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  • 30 days

    After encouraging the people of Flint to begin drinking tap water using a filter, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was asked by residents: Would you drink this water yourself? He said that he’ll commit to drinking and cooking with filtered Flint tap water for thirty days to prove to skeptical locals that it’s safe. Snyder visited a home which had tested for high lead levels, and took 5 gallons of water from the tap with a filter attached to it.

    tap water/eau du robinet - to commit/s’engager – local/habitant (de la ville) – safe/sûr, sans danger – lead/plomb – gallon/3,785 L (US), 4,55 L (GB)

    Publié le 20/04/2016

  • $2M

    Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced last month that the provincial government will dedicate up to $2 million toward long-term solutions to prevent suicide attempts in the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation, CBC reports. The remote First Nation of about 2,000 is facing a suicide crisis among its youth. Mental health workers have been flown in to help, kicking off some difficult conversations with young people about what's causing them to want to end their lives. The Attawapiskat chief declared a state of emergency after 11 suicide attempts in a single day and reports of over 100 suicide attempts and at least one death since September.

    to dedicate/consacrer – attempt/tentative - First Nation/terme désignant au Canada un peuple autochtone (à l'exclusion des Inuits et des Métis) – remote/éloigné, reculé - to face/être confronté à - to fly, flew, flown sb/dépêcher qqn par avion - to kick off/commencer, démarrer - state of emergency/état d'urgence - reports of.../informations faisant état de...

    Publié le 20/04/2016

  • $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

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