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  • 200

    More than 200 detainees in UK immigration centres staged hunger strikes in a three-month period, the Guardian has learned, prompting warnings of “desperation, frustration and helplessness” among asylum seekers arriving in Britain. According to figures released following a Freedom of Information request, 218 people refused to eat in July, August and September this year. It is thought to be the first time data revealing hunger strikes in detention centres has been made public.

    detainee/détenu - to stage/ici, entreprendre, faire - hunger strike/grève de la faim - to prompt/susciter - warning/avertissement, mise en garde - helplessness/impuissance - asylum seeker/demandeur d'asile - request/demande

    Publié le 1/12/2016

  • 100-member

    Republicans keep control of Congress - The Republican Party has retained control of both houses of the U.S. Congress in elections on November 8, preserving majorities that could provide considerable legislative muscle to Republican President-elect Donald Trump. Republicans defended vulnerable Senate seats in swing states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and New Hampshire, where a particularly strong Democratic turnout had the potential to go against their candidates. But with two Senate races still undecided, Republicans had locked up a slim majority in the 100-member upper house, allowing them to steer key votes over their Democratic rivals.

    to retain/conserver – to preserve/préserver – to provide/fournir – swing states/États américains où aucun des deux principaux partis politiques ne domine le vote populaire – turnout/taux de participation – to go against/aller à l’encontre de – to lock up/verrouiller - slim/mince – upper house/chambre haute – to steer/gouverner

    Publié le 9/11/2016

  • 850,000

    In the UK, more than 850,000 public sector jobs could be lost by 2030 through automation, according to a study conducted by Oxford University and Deloitte. The business advisory firm, found that the 1.3m administrative jobs across the public sector had the highest chance of being automated. But even teachers, police officers and social workers could be replaced, at least in part, allowing the government to either free up more staff for frontline work or reduce the number of workers on the payroll.

    through/ici, à cause, en raison, du fait de - automation/automatisation - advisory(en)/conseil - chance/probabilité, risque - even/même - at least/(au/tout) du moins - to allow/permettre à - either... or/soit... soit - to free up/libérer, dégager, débloquer - frontline/(de) première ligne - on the payroll/au registre des effectifs

    Publié le 8/11/2016

  • 20x

    The richest one per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth, making the country one of the most unequal in the developed world, according to analysis by Oxfam. The figures suggest that around 634,000 Britons are worth 20 times as much as the poorest 13 million and the charity urged Theresa May to take action to close the gap between the "haves" and the "have nots". Oxfam's report suggested that the massive inequality in British society contributed to the vote to leave the European Union and called for sweeping reforms to big business.

    to own/posséder, détenir – wealth/richesse, fortune - according to/d'après – figure/chiffre, pourcentage – Briton/Britannique - to be worth/valoir, représenter (une valeur de) – charity/organisation caritative - to urge/exhorter; ici, appeler - Theresa May/actuel Premier ministre (conservateur) du Royaume-Uni - to take, took, taken action/(ré)agir, prendre des mesures - to close the gap/combler le fossé, amoindrir l'écart - "haves"/personnes qui "ont", détiennent des biens; ici, les (personnes) riches - "have nots"/personnes qui "n'ont pas", ne détiennent pas de biens; ici, les (personnes) pauvres – report/rapport, étude – sweeping/vaste

    Publié le 29/09/2016

  • 69,000

    69,000 people moved to New Zealand since the beginning of the year. In his weekly appearance on Radio New Zealand, the New Zealand prime minister John Key was asked to explain high immigration figures, with 200,000 Kiwis currently unemployed. He said the country was forced to rely on overseas workers to fill jobs because some Kiwis lacked a strong work ethic and may have problems with drugs.

    to move to/emménager, s'installer en – Kiwi/Néo-Zélandais – currently/actuellement - to rely on/compter sur, dépendre de – overseas/outre-mer; ici, étranger - to fill jobs/remplir les postes vacants - to lack/manquer de, ne pas avoir

    Publié le 29/09/2016

  • +25%

    The Orlando Sentinel reports that bank robberies by women are up 25 per cent over the last year, from 6 per cent to 7.5 per cent of all money-grabbers. One expert thought the trend would continue because of the non-violent nature of the note-passing robbery. Another thought a woman's role has evolved from working as an accomplice or sidekick to running the show.

    robbery/vol, cambriolage - trend/tendance - note/billet (de banque) - accomplice/complice - sidekick/acolyte, sous-fifre - to run, ran, run the show/être aux commandes, mener la barque

    Publié le 22/08/2016

  • 1 million pounds

    A top competitive eater has insured his taste buds for a whopping 1 million pounds. Adam Moran, also known as Beard Meats Food, has won countless awards as a professional eater. After landing a tasty job as CEO at American diner Huckleberrys – that’s Chief Eating Officer - bosses were so keen to keep Adams eating skills up to scratch that they’ve insured his taste buds and stomach for a wallet-busting 1 million GBP.

    to insure/assurer - taste bud/papille gustative - a whopping.../(somme) énorme de - beard/barbe - award/récompense, prix - to land/décrocher, obtenir - tasty/savoureux, ici intéressant - diner/restaurant (bon marché) - to be keen to/tenir absolument à - up to scratch/ici, au plus haut niveau - wallet-busting/litt., à faire exploser le portefeuille ici, montant astronomique

    Publié le 22/08/2016

  • $30

    According to a study from Wellesley College for The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and based on survey data from the US Census Bureau, "Increasing food subsidies for the poor in the US by just $30 a month per person would allow families to eat healthier and obtain better nutrition outcomes. They would purchase 2 per cent more green vegetables and 3 per cent more tomatoes and yellow vegetables, as well as slightly more lean meats like chicken and fish. Conversely, fast food consumption would go down by 2.5 per cent."

    according to/d'après – college/université – policy/politique – survey/étude, enquête – data/données – census/recensement - to increase/augmenter, accroître - to allow/permettre à – healthy/sain, diététique – outcome/résultat - to purchase/acheter - as well as/ainsi que – slightly/légèrement – lean/maigre – conversely/à l'inverse – consumption/consommation

    Publié le 30/06/2016

  • 48 km

    Ohio Judge Michael Cicconetti ordered a woman who stiffed a cabbie out of his fare to walk 48km. It was 60 days in jail or the hike, which was the distance of the cab ride she took for free. The offender chose to walk off her punishment. Judge Cicconetti believes in giving people a taste of their own medicine and has sentenced offenders to novel alternatives to jail time, like dressing up in a chicken suit.

    to stiff/voler, priver (ici, de sa rémunération) – cabbie/chauffeur de taxi – fare/prix de la course – jail/prison – hike/ici, (longue) marche – ride/trajet, course – punishment/ici, peine - to give, gave, given sb a taste of his-her own medicine/rendre à qn la monnaie de sa pièce - to sentence/condamner - to dress up/se déguiser, s'habiller – suit/costume (ici, déguisement), combinaison

    Publié le 30/06/2016

  • -7%

    The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair says it expects its average fare to fall by 7% this year as it cuts prices to boost its market share amid intensifying competition, the BBC reports. "If there is a fare war in Europe, then Ryanair will be the winner," Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary said. Analysts said rival airlines were likely to follow suit. The cuts came as the budget airline reported a 43% rise in net profit to €1.2bn for the full year to the end of March, just short of analyst forecasts. Mr O'Leary vowed to take market share from rival airlines, saying: "If other airlines want to compete with us on price, then we will lower our prices again."

    Publié le 6/06/2016

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