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  • 75,400

    A new projection of opioid overdose death rates in the United States suggests that the number of fatal overdoses — which reached 47,600 in 2017 — will rise sharply in the coming years. By 2022, such deaths would peak at about 75,400. According to Jagpreet Chhatwal of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who led the research, the opioid epidemic “is not finished growing.” Currently, opiates kill an average of 130 people a day in the country, an increasing proportion of which were initially hooked on street drugs like heroin.

    projection/prévision - opioid (syn. opiate)/opiacé - rate/taux, nombre - to reach/atteindre - to rise, rose, risen/augmenter - sharply/fortement, considérablement - according to/d’après, selon - to lead, led, led/mener - currently/actuellement - average/(en) moyenne - increasing/croissant, de plus en plus important - to be hooked on/être accro à (hook crochet)

    Publié le 28/02/2019

  • 1€

    In the Sicilian town of Sambuca, dozens of homes have been put up for sale for the price of €1. The deal is aimed at reviving a town that has greatly suffered from depopulation in recent years. According to local officials, anyone interested in buying a house in Sambuca can do it straight away... but on one condition: they must commit to refurbishing their property within three years. The starting cost for refurbishment is €15,000. In addition, buyers must give a €5,000 security deposit, which will be returned once the refurbishment is complete.

    to put, put, put up for sale/mettre en vente - to be aimed at/viser à - to revive/faire revivre, redynamiser - local officials/autorités locales - straight away/immédiatement - to commit to/s'engager à - to refurbish/rénover, moderniser - property/bien (immobilier) - security deposit/dépôt de garantie

    Publié le 31/01/2019

  • €7

    The European commission has announced that British citizens will have to pay to visit mainland Europe after Brexit, as soon as the EU’s free movement laws no longer apply. Before travelling to mainland Europe, they will have to fill out an online form and pay €7 for a visa waiver, valid for three years. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, this measure would be implemented as of 30 March 2019.

    mainland Europe/Europe continentale - no longer/ne... plus - to fill out/remplir - form/formulaire - visa waiver/exemption de visa - deal/accord - to implement/mettre en oeuvre, appliquer - as of/à partir de, dès (le)

    Publié le 3/01/2019

  • 305m

    This is the size of London’s new skyscraper design. If plans for its construction are approved, “The Tulip” will become the tallest building in the City and the second-tallest building in London, after The Shard, which is four metres taller. Designed by architects Foster + Partners, the building is to stand next door to The Gherkin and will be a tourist and educational attraction, as well as office space. If permission is granted, construction will begin in 2020 and could be finished by 2025.

    Publié le 10/12/2018

  • 400%

    Meghan Markle helped boost sales of yellow clothing this year at British chain of high-end department stores John Lewis. The chain has recorded a 400 per cent increase in yellow dress sales over the past year. In its annual retail report, John Lewis also reveals that searches for ‘yellow’ skyrocketed after the Duchess of Sussex wore a bright yellow dress at a Commonwealth reception in July.

    to boost/stimuler - high-end/haut de gamme - department store/grand magasin - to record/enregistrer - increase/augmentation - retail/vente au détail - to skyrocket/grimper en flèche - bright/ici, vif

    Publié le 9/11/2018

  • 400

    400 people were paid to take part in an experimental cinema project led by Ilya Khrzhanovsky, a Russian film director. For the art film Dau, 400 citizens lived for three years in a meticulously-constructed set replicating a research institute from the Stalin-era. The set was located just outside Kharkov, in Ukraine. During the shooting, which ended in 2011, the “actors” were monitored 24-7 by surveillance cameras. They had to live and behave as if they were in a Soviet-era totalitarian regime and would be fined if, for instance, they smuggled in phones. Dau, which is a biopic about the Soviet physicist Lev Landau, will be shown to the public for the first time at an art installation in Berlin this month.

    film director/réalisateur – citizen/citoyen ici, personne – set/plateau, décor - to replicate/reproduire - Stalin-era/époque stalinienne - to locate/situer – shooting/tournage - to monitor/surveiller - to behave/se comporter - to fine/infliger une amende - to smuggle in/ici, introduire en douce – biopic/film biographique – physicist/physicien

    Publié le 1/10/2018

  • 350

    On August 16, about 350 American media outlets posted editorials denouncing Donald Trump’s criticisms of the media. Since his election, the American president has often ranted about "fake news" and called the news media "the enemy of the people". Trump responded to the coordinated action with a series of tweet, one of them saying: "There is nothing that I would want more for our Country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS." The Senate, on the other hand, adopted a resolution reaffirming "the vital and indispensable role the free press serves to inform the electorate."

    media outlet/média, organe de presse - to post/ici, publier - to rant about (sth-sb)/fulminer contre (qch-qqn) - on the other hand/d'autre part; ici, quant à lui - to serve/ici, jouer

    Publié le 3/09/2018

  • 5-4

    In the United States, the Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from several predominantly Muslim countries — also called "travel ban". The court made its decisions in a 5-to-4 vote. It is the third and final version of this controversial executive order that was approved. The court’s conservatives said that the US president’s power to secure the country’s borders should not be undermined by his past contentious statements about Muslims, while the court’s liberals, led by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, strongly denounced the ruling. The decision endowed Trump with a major political victory ahead of the midterm elections.

    to uphold, held, held/valider, maintenir - executive order/décret (présidentiel) - to ban/interdire - to secure/protéger – border/frontière - to undermine/miner, affaiblir – contentious/controversé – statement/déclaration – ruling/décision, jugement - to endow with/ici, offrir à - ahead of/avant, dans la perspective de

    Publié le 5/07/2018

  • 2,4 millions

    James Harrison, an 81-year-old Australian man who has given blood a record-breaking 1,173 times, made his final donation last month. When he was 14, James Harrison needed numerous blood transfusions to survive an operation, and he has given blood every few weeks across Australia since then. Along the way, health professionals discovered that he carried a precious antibody that is used to make a medication that combats rhesus disease. He became known as the “Man with the Golden Arm” and received a Medal of Order in Australia. Thanks to his donations, he helped to save 2.4 million babies.

    blood/sang - record-breaking/qui bat tous les records - numerous/nombreux - every few/tous les deux ou trois - since then/depuis lors - along the way/au fil du temps - health/santé - disease/maladie - thanks to/grâce à

    Publié le 7/06/2018

  • 20 m

    Famous artist, Christo, has started working on his latest installation, a mastaba (referring to the trapezoidal structure used as a tomb in ancient Egypt) that will float on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, in London. The artwork, made from thousands of barrels, will be 20 metres tall, 30 metres wide and 40 metres long. It will be unveiled on or around 20 June, in conjunction with an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery devoted to Christo and his late wife and artistic partner, Jeanne-Claude.

    Serpentine/lac artificiel couvrant 11 hectares situé à Hyde Park, à Londres - artwork/œuvre d'art - barrel/baril - to unveil/dévoiler, présenter au public - exhibition/exposition - to be devoted to/être consacré à - late/défunt(e)

    Publié le 23/04/2018

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