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  • $3 million

    They're "therapists," not "strippers," argued New York City's Penthouse Executive Club, creatively characterizing its dancers to avoid $3 million in back taxes, but the state's appeals board ruled against it in April. Penthouse had insisted that its performers were more akin to counselors for lonely men, and that the club's "door charge" was an untaxable fee for therapeutic health services.

    Publié le 3/07/2017

  • £2.3tn

    A £2.3tn windfall for those lucky enough to own their own homes during the property boom of the 1990s and early 2000s has opened up a deep and widening inequality gap between the generations, a think tank has warned. Rising house prices that have enriched older generations have priced the young out of home ownership, said the Resolution Foundation, adding that the pattern whereby each generation was wealthier than the previous one had broken down. In a new report, the think tank noted that the baby boomers born in the 20 years after the Second World War were the big beneficiaries of rapidly rising house prices, but had amassed most of the wealth through no skill of their own.

    Publié le 3/07/2017

  • US$25

    A Washington state-based start-up says that since 2013, it has been developing a fleet of hybrid-electric planes that could make US$25, short-haul flights possible. Zunum Aero has some heavyweight investor partners, including Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures, subsidiaries of their respective companies. It also faces a number of competitors and obstacles, particularly battery limitations. But if successful, it could significantly change regional air travel.

    fleet/flotte - short-haul/court-courrier – flight/vol – heavyweight/ici, de poids – subsidiary/filiale – competitor/concurrent

    Publié le 2/06/2017

  • One million

    In the UK, one million hours of police time are being wasted each year on policing the ban on smoking cannabis, the Liberal Democrats say. Research by the party drawn from official figures shows a total of 87,247 police caseloads relating to the drug were opened in 2015, with the average cost to the taxpayer per case estimated at £2,256. The estimate says that in total £31m was spent on 1,044,180 police hours. The party says the drug is already “freely available and widely used” and that regulation rather than prohibition makes sense.

    to waste/gâcher, perdre - to police/veiller à l'application de – ban/interdiction – caseload/dossier, cas – average/moyen – taxpayer/contribuable

    Publié le 2/06/2017

  • 3,000/day

    More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world -- an average of 3,000 deaths per day -- from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The leading cause of death among 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region, however, the leading causes of death differed significantly. The report says two-thirds of deaths among adolescents occur in Southeast Asia and Africa.

    preventable/évitable – leading/premier, principal – globally/dans le monde - road injury/accident(s) de la route - lower respiratory infection/infection des voies respiratoires inférieures - self-harm/ici, suicide - to occur/survenir

    Publié le 2/06/2017

  • $13

    A pack of cigarettes in New York City is going to get more expensive, $13 at a minimum, and harder to find. Mayor de Blasio announced last month his support for a package of City Council bills aimed at cutting the number of smokers by 160,000 by 2020, including hiking the minimum price for a pack from $10.50 to $13, capping the number of retailers in each neighborhood that can sell tobacco, banning pharmacies like Duane Reade from selling smokes, and regulating e-cigarettes in the same way as cigarettes.

    to get, got, got/ici, devenir – mayor/maire – support/soutien - to aim at/viser (à) - to cut, cut, cut/ici, réduire - to hike/augmenter, relever (prix) - to cap/limiter, plafonner – retailer/détaillant, vendeur - neighborhood (US) = neighbourhood (GB)/quartier - to ban/interdire – smoke/cigarette – way/façon

    Publié le 3/05/2017

  • 108-128 billion

    Greenpeace claims it has uncovered what it calls Coca-Cola’s “eye-popping” use of throwaway plastic. The charity looked at Coca-Cola’s annual sales figures of certain product lines and the proportion that they have represented in the company’s overall packaging mix since 2012. Using this method, Greenpeace concluded that Coca-Cola sells in the region of 108 to 128 billion plastic bottles each year.

    billion/milliard - to claim/affirmer, prétendre - to uncover/découvrir - eye-popping/effarant, ahurissant – throwaway/jetable – charity/ici, organisation non gouvernementale (internationale) - to look at/étudier, analyser - sales figures/chiffres des ventes – overall/total, global, toutes catégories confondues – packaging/emballage, conditionnement – mix/mélange; ici, variété, ensemble - in the region of/aux alentours de, environ

    Publié le 3/05/2017

  • £10,000

    The average price of London property has dropped by nearly £10,000 since this time last year, just as the rest of the country hits a record high. Properties in the capital are now coming to market 1.5 per cent (£9,423) cheaper than a year ago, the biggest fall since May 2009 according to Rightmove’s latest house price index. But the decline is almost entirely due to a rapid drop in the price of high-end properties and those in inner London, with the rest of the market showing resilience. The overall average asking price of a property in London is now £649,772.

    average/moyen - to drop/chuter, baisser – by/ici, de – nearly/près de - just as/au moment même où - to hit, hit, hit/atteindre - record high/record historique, niveau record, pic – cheap/peu cher - (the) latest/(le) dernier (en date), plus récent – almost/presque - high-end/haut de gamme, de luxe, prestigieux – inner/centre, cœur - to show, showed, showed or shown/ici, faire preuve de – resilience/ici, résistance, capacité de maintien (prix) - asking price/prix demandé-de vente

    Publié le 3/05/2017

  • 1/5

    According to the Office for National Statistics, a fifth of British adults under-25 are teetotal, and numbers are on the rise. Motivated by health and income concerns, this new generation is bucking the trend of their parents, and choosing to drink in moderation, or not at all. “Young people are drinking less, but pubs aren’t keeping up with what they want,” says Laura Willoughby, the founder of Club Soda, a guide that rates pubs based on the quality of non-alcoholic beverages on offer.

    teetotal/qui ne boit pas d'alcool – income/revenu(s) – concern/préoccupation, souci - to buck/aller à l'encontre de – trend/tendance - to keep, kept, kept up with/ici, s'adapter, répondre à - to rate/évaluer, noter

    Publié le 22/03/2017

  • £483,803

    New research shows that despite recession blues and political and economic uncertainty, property values have comfortably outpaced growth in London salaries, which since 2011 have risen by just 54p a day — pushing the gulf between average incomes and average property prices to its widest ever point. The research found that in December 2011 the average home in London cost £292,284. Today that has soared to £483,803, according to analysis by Savills. Meanwhile, average London salaries have inched upwards from £34,336 to £34,531. The average London home has been going up in value by £105 a day for five years.

    property/bien (immobilier) - to outpace/devancer, dépasser – gulf/ici, écart - to soar/grimper en flèche - to inch upwards/augmenter lentement

    Publié le 22/03/2017

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