• Operation Unicorn

    Operation Unicorn

    The codenames for the events planned after the death of Queen Elizabeth II have long been established and were triggered after she died yesterday. Operation Unicorn was the codename used, first and foremost, as it took place at Balmoral in Scotland. The palace decided to name the operation after Scotland's national animal for that particular scenario. It runs alongside ‘Operation London Bridge’ which spans the 10 days leading up to her funeral. The Queen’s body will be moved from Balmoral in Aberdeenshire to Edinburgh, where she is to rest in state at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. She will then be transported to London, where her state funeral will take place. It is understood that she is to be buried with her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh, and parents at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

    unicorn/licorne - to trigger/déclencher, activer - first and foremost/tout d’abord, en premier lieu - to take, took, taken place/avoir lieu, se produire - to run, ran, run/ici, se dérouler - alongside/parallèlement, en même temps que - to span/s’étendre sur - to rest in state/exposer (corps, dépouille) - to bury/enterrer

    Publié le 9/09/2022
  • Salman Rushdie

    Salman Rushdie

    Author Salman Rushdie, 75, who was attacked while speaking at an event in New York State on August 12, and hospitalised with serious injuries, is now in recovery. Many writers and politicians around the world have condemned this assault as an attack on the freedom of expression. Mr Rushdie was forced into hiding for nearly 10 years and has faced years of death threats for his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims believe to be blasphemous. Many argued that the portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad was a grave insult to their faith. Ironically, before the attack, Mr Rushdie was to give a speech about how the US has served as a haven for such writers.

    serious/grave - injury/blessure - in recovery/en convalescence - assault/agression - to hide, hid, hidden/se cacher - death threat/menace de mort - novel/roman - The Satanic Verses/Les Versets sataniques - Muslim/musulman - to argue/affirmer, prétendre - faith/foi - haven/havre, refuge

    Publié le 26/08/2022
  • Allyson Felix

    Allyson Felix

    Allyson Felix is the most decorated U.S. track and field athlete in history. She recently announced she will be retiring and has decided to dedicate her last season to women athletes like her — especially mothers. Felix has spent recent years advocating for maternal health for Black women. She's worked to ensure mothers have childcare support when competing. In June, she kicked off an initiative with her sponsor Athleta and the nonprofit group &Mother to provide free child care to athletes, coaches and staff at the U.S. Track and Field championships. The runner said the burden of child care costs is "the biggest barrier" to women continuing to compete at a high level.

    decorated/ici, médaillé - track and field/athlétisme - to retire/prendre sa retraite, s'arrêter - to dedicate/dédier - to advocate/prôner, soutenir, plaider en faveur de - to ensure/s'assurer que, garantir - childcare/garde, prise en charge des enfants - to compete/faire de la compétition - to kick off/donner le coup d'envoi (de) ; ici, se lancer dans, entreprendre - coach/entraîneur - staff/personnel - championship/championnat - runner/coureur(-se) - burden/fardeau, poids

    Publié le 5/07/2022
  • Chris Pratt

    Chris Pratt

    Actor Chris Pratt, who returns as Owen Grady in Jurassic World Dominion, has been facing a recent online backlash that could affect the franchise movie. Pratt’s loss of popularity might be because he is no longer has the accessible everyman appeal due to fame or overexposure. Other detractors blame him for his perceived insensitivity towards ex-wife Anna Faris on social media, as well as the off-colour jokes he made on the Parks and Recreation set. However, judging by current projections, this will not hurt the movie’s box office, which is projected to make between $165 and $205 million. Jurassic World Dominion is the finale of a trilogy and the first chance to see the 1993 original cast together again on-screen.

    Jurassic World Dominion/(VF) Jurassic World : Le Monde d'après - backlash/ici, réactions négatives - everyman/monsieur tout-le-monde - appeal/attrait, charme - insensitivity/ici, manque de tact - off-colour joke/plaisanterie douteuse, déplacée / set/ici, plateau de tournage - to hurt, hurt, hurt/nuire à - finale/ici, dernier épisode - cast/distribution (acteurs) - on-screen/à l'écran

    Publié le 7/06/2022
  • Ivanka Trump

    Ivanka Trump

    Since the January 6 Committee was formed last July to investigate the events surrounding the attack on the Capitol, a not-insignificant number of Donald Trump’s allies have refused to cooperate. However, his daughter, Ivanka Trump reportedly spent nearly eight hours voluntarily testifying before the House Select Committee. While it is unclear what the former first daughter told investigators, Committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney said that Ivanka’s testimony “was helpful”. The president’s daughter, who served as a White House adviser, has unique insight into what her father was up to on January 6, as well as the days leading up to it.

    to investigate/enquêter sur - attack/ici, assaut - reportedly/d'après certaines sources - to testify/témoigner - Select Committee/ommission parlementaire spéciale (et temporaire) - former/ancien(-ne) - chair/président(e) - to serve as/exercer les fonctions de - adviser/conseiller(-ère) - insight/aperçu, compréhension, informations - to be up to/mijoter, fabriquer - to lead, led, led up to/aboutir à, ici précéder

    Publié le 25/04/2022
  • Brent Renaud

    Brent Renaud

    The award-winning American journalist, Brent Renaud, was killed by Russian forces in the Ukrainian city of Irpin on 13 March. In a tweet, police from the Kyiv region identified the dead man as Renaud, who was 50. Police posted a photo of his body and his American passport as evidence, as well as a photo of an outdated New York Times press badge with Renaud's name. At the time of his death, Mr. Renaud was on assignment for Time Studios working on a “project focused on the global refugee crisis,” according to a statement from Time executives. He is the first foreign journalist known to be killed in the war in Ukraine.

    award-winning/primé, récompensé - evidence/preuve(s) - outdated/dépassé, obsolète - assignment/mission - to be focused on/être axé sur - global/mondial - statement/déclaration - executive/cadre, dirigeant - foreign/étranger

    Publié le 29/03/2022
  • 100 year centenary of the publication of Ulysses

    100 year centenary of the publication of Ulysses

    One hundred years ago, other publishers refused to handle the new novel by James Joyce, the favourite bookshop for expat literati in Paris, Shakespeare and Company, published Ulysses. The work is a masterpiece of modern fiction elevating Joyce, the modern novel, and Dublin to worldwide status. On the centenary of its publication, Ulysses and its author is being celebrated in Ireland, with the issue of commemorative stamps among other events and in Paris with a photo exhibit at the Irish Cultural Centre and a walking tour of Joyce’s Paris by the University of Notre Dame.

    publisher/éditeur - to handle/prendre en charge, s'occuper de - novel/roman - bookshop/librairie - literati/hommes et femmes de lettres - masterpiece/chef-d'œuvre - worldwide/international - status/prestige - issue/émission - stamp/timbre - exhibit/exposition - tour/visite (guidée)

    Publié le 28/02/2022
  • Joe Biden

    Joe Biden

    Over the past decade, in the US, voting rights have been restricted in many states. From requiring voter IDs that people on low incomes cannot obtain, to preventing convicts (2.3% of the population) to cast a ballot, the decrease in access to voting is putting America's democracy in peril. Joe Biden recently tried to pass a voting-rights package through Congress; but failed to rally a sufficient majority behind him. A year on from the January 6th attack on the capitol, this political failure is a symbol that the country still has many difficulties to face...

    Publié le 1/02/2022
  • Keechant Sewell

    Keechant Sewell

    Keechant Sewell, the Nassau County chief of detectives, will become New York City’s first female police commissioner. Her appointment is an important decision for the incoming mayor, Eric Adams. Chief Sewell, 49, was chosen from among a field of rumoured candidates from within the New York Police Department and from larger police departments around the country. Ms. Sewell will likely have to steer the department through what could be one of its most significant restructurings since Sept. 11, “I grew up in Queens,” Chief Sewell said in a video interview, “This is my city, and now this being my department, I feel like I’ve come full circle”.

    police commissioner/commissaire (cheffe de la police de New York) - county/comté (aux États-Unis, collectivité locale la plus importante à l'intérieur d'un État) - appointment/nomination - incoming/entrant - mayor/maire - field/ici, liste, groupe (de candidats) - rumoured/ici, pressenti - likely/probablement - to steer/diriger, guider - significant/important - to come, came, come full circle/arriver à l'aboutissement de qqch (la boucle est bouclée)

    Publié le 3/01/2022
  • Joe Biden

    Joe Biden

    The US President had his first one-to-one online meeting with China's President Xi Jinping recently. Though there was no major breakthrough, the tone was peaceful and businesslike on both sides, which appeased some of the tensions inherited from the Trump era. "Our responsibility as leaders of China and the United States," stated Joe Biden, "is to ensure that the competition between our countries does not veer into conflict, whether intended or unintended."

    one-to-one/(en) face à face - breakthrough/avancée, progrès - peaceful/pacifique - businesslike/professionnel - leader/dirigeant - to state/affirmer, déclarer - to ensure/(s')assurer, veiller à - to veer/s'orienter, ici basculer (dans) - intended/voulu, intentionnel

    Publié le 6/12/2021

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