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  • $5.09 billion

    Ambient air pollution cost the United States $5.09 billion dollars in medical expenses and lost economic productivity related to preterm birth in 2010, researchers said. Of that total, $760 million was attributed to direct medical costs, according to Leonardo Trasande, MD, of New York University School of Medicine, and colleagues, writing in Environmental Health Perspectives.

    billion/milliard – expenses/dépenses, frais - related to/lié à, en raison de – preterm/avant terme, prématuré – MD or DM = Doctor of Medicine – health/santé

    Publié le 6/04/2016

  • 6 miles

    A Florida man was arrested last month after travelling six miles with his wife on the roof of his vehicle, police say. Richard Addy, 69, said it was only when he stopped at a traffic light that he "heard her banging on the roof and realized that she was there."

    mile = 1,609 km – wife/femme, épouse – roof/toit - traffic light/feux de signalisation - to bang/frapper, taper

    Publié le 6/04/2016

  • 7

    Microsoft has delivered its promised real time translation service in Skype. Redmond's VoIP service can now comprehend Mandarin, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and convert one to another as you chat. With one caveat: it's on Windows only for now, although Microsoft promises more languages and platforms real soon now.

    to deliver/ici, lancer - VoIP = Voice over IP/téléphonie sur Internet - to comprehend/comprendre, analyser - to chat/bavarder - caveat/réserve - real/très

    Publié le 28/01/2016

  • 269

    Walmart will close 269 stores around the world in a strategic move to focus more on its supercenters and e-commerce business, the company said last month. The closures include 154 U.S. locations, encompassing Walmart's entire fleet of 102 'Express' format stores, its smallest stores that have been in pilot testing since 2011.

    Walmart/chaîne de super et hypermarchés - move/mesure, décision - to focus on/se concentrer sur - supercenter (US)/grande surface - e-commerce/commerce sur Internet - location/(lieu d’) implantation ici, établissement - to encompass/inclure, englober - fleet/flotte ici, panoplie, éventail - format store/petit magasin

    Publié le 28/01/2016

  • x3

    Londoners are paying three times the price of an UK average property for their home according to a new survey. MoveHub compiled data on 16 cities across the UK, as well as the national average for two, three and four bedrooms homes, to show that Londoners are paying over the odds on a home. A four-bedroom house in the capital is £1,285,638, almost three times the UK average price of £426,099.

    average/(en) moyen(ne) – property/bien immobilier – survey/enquête, étude – data/données, statistiques - to pay over the odds/payer un prix excessif

    Publié le 29/12/2015

  • 0.25%

    The Federal Reserve voted last month to raise interest rates and begin pulling back its unprecedented support for the American economy, ending an era of easy money that helped save the nation from another Great Depression but has yet to produce a full-throttled recovery. The unanimous decision nudges the central bank's benchmark interest rate up from near zero by a quarter of one percent to a range of 0.25 to 0.5 percent.

    to raise/augmenter – rate/taux - to pull back/retirer – unprecedented/sans précédent – era/ère, période - Great Depression/années de dépression économique qui suivirent la débâcle financière de 1929 - full-throttled/à plein régime – recovery/reprise (économique) - to nudge/pousser (doucement, petit à petit) ici, porter – benchmark/de référence – range/fourchette

    Publié le 29/12/2015

  • 36.4%

    The percentage of young women living at home with their parents or relatives in the US has reached its highest level since 1940, as living costs increase and attitudes towards marriage and education change. Some 36.4 per cent of women aged between 18 and 34 live with their parents, according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. By analysing US Census Bureau data, researchers found that current figures match those reflected 74 years ago, when 36.2 per cent had such living arrangements.

    Publié le 30/11/2015

  • 35

    In the UK, more babies have been born to women aged 35 and over than to those under 25 for the first time since records began in 1938. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that not only are women having children later in life, but fewer women are having children at all, either through choice or circumstance.

    Publié le 30/11/2015

  • 6.1 pounds

    A man from Gwent in south Wales won an award at the East of England giant vegetable competition for a tomato he grew. Ian Neale, 72, of Langstone, Newport, set a new British record for a tomato which weighed in at 6.1 pounds. On his record, Mr Neale said: “I’m already planning for next year – it’s like running a mile. You do it once and you just want to keep it going.” He now holds four world records, but this labour of love started out as just an activity to keep himself busy. “I spend about 60-80 hours a week tending to my vegetables, and it is great for a retired person like myself,” he said.

    pound/livre (453,6 grammes) – award/récompense, prix - to set, set, set/établir - to weigh/peser - mile = 1,609 km - to keep, kept, kept sthg going/poursuivre, continuer - to hold, held, held/détenir - labour of love/travail passionné - to tend/s’occuper de – retired/à la retraite

    Publié le 6/11/2015

  • 7 million

    Crime levels in Britain have more than doubled after official figures included cyber crime and fraud for the first time. More than seven million of the newly counted offences are being committed a year, according to the first official estimates provided by the Office for National Statistics. The ONS said preliminary research indicated there were 5.1 million incidents of fraud, with 3.8 million adult victims in England and Wales in the 12 months prior to being interviewed between May and August. There were a further estimated 2.5 million incidents of cyber crime falling under the Computer Misuse Act.

    level/niveau, taux – figure/chiffre – newly/récemment - to count/recenser, comptabiliser – offence/délit, infraction – Wales/Pays de Galles – prior/ici, qui précède(nt) - to fall, fell, fallen under/relever de - Computer Misuse Act/loi sur le piratage électronique (datant de 1990)

    Publié le 6/11/2015

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