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  • Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson

    England coach Roy Hodgson has warned his players to sacrifice their egos for the good of the team at the World Cup lest they end up like the strife-torn France side of the 2010 finals. Hodgson said he would be quick to knock any threats to team harmony on the head in Brazil where England will play Group D rivals Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica when the tournament kicks off. Hodgson warns England players of perils of team disharmony "One thing is for certain: there's no chance for any team in the World Cup if they're not in it together," he told British media. "If you want to win any tournament, if you want to win a league for that matter, you'd better make certain that you as a team are all together. That you're all singing off the same hymn sheet, that you all have the same aspirations and that you're all prepared to make sacrifices for each other."

    to warn/avertir – lest/de peur que – strife-torn/déchiré par les conflits – to knock on the head/ici sévir contre, éliminer – threat/menace – to kick off/débuter – for that matter/en l’occurrence – to sing, sang, sung off the same hymn sheet/parler d’une seule voix

    Publié le 27/05/2014
  • Tony Benn

    Tony Benn

    Tony Benn, a passionate orator, prolific diarist and provocative icon of the British left who became the first peer to surrender an aristocratic title to remain in the House of Commons, died last month at his home in west London. He was 88. Throughout his career, Mr. Benn was a rebellious figure. He embraced a socialist position to the left of many of his colleagues in the Labour Party, particularly as it moved to the center under Prime Minister Tony Blair in the 1990s. A prolific writer, the last of his nine volumes of diaries was published in October.

    diarist/diariste (auteur d’un journal intime), chroniqueur - peer/pair (du Royaume) – to surrender/renoncer à – House of Commons/Chambre des communes – throughout/tout au long de – to embrace/adopter

    Publié le 1/04/2014
  • Richard Haass

    Richard Haass

    Richard Haass, the chair of talks aimed at resolving parades, flags and the past in Northern Ireland has said the two unionist parties and Alliance have to justify their decisions not to fully endorse his proposed agreement. He said implementing his proposals would help create a much calmer NI. Sinn Féin and the SDLP have endorsed the proposals, but the DUP, UUP and Alliance have so far rejected elements of the Haass blueprint.

    chair/président – to aim at/viser à – parade/défilé – flag/drapeau – Alliance=Alliance Party of Northern Ireland/Parti de l’Alliance, parti libéral non confessionnel – to endorse/soutenir, approuver – to implement/mettre en œuvre – Sinn Féin/Parti républicain irlandais – SDLP=Social Democratic and Labour Party/Parti social-démocrate et travailliste – DUP=Democratic Unionist Party – UUP=Ulster Unionist Party

    Publié le 4/02/2014
  • Rob Ford

    Rob Ford

    Scandal-scarred Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of many of his powers last month. A video showed Canada's most famous politician charging across the crowded chamber to assist his brother during an "altercation," where he barreled into a female lawmaker — sweeping her off her feet and leaving her with a fat lip. "It was a complete accident," Ford said later. "I sincerely apologize." The incident happened as legislators debated a series of measures to strip Ford of much of his staff, budget and authority after a stunning run of bad behavior that included crack-smoking, drug-buying and drunk-driving.

    scandal-scarred/déshonoré par ses scandales – to strip of/priver de – crowded/bondé – to barrel into/foncer dans – lawmaker/législateur – to sweep, swept, swept s.o. off their feet/faire tomber qn – fat lip/lèvre gonflée – to apologize/présenter des excuses – stunning/incroyable – run/série – behavior (US)= behaviour (GB)/conduite, comportement – drunk-driving/conduite en état d’ivresse

    Publié le 10/12/2013
  • Janet Yellen

    Janet Yellen

    Last month, US President Obama nominated renowned economist Janet Yellen to become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, calling her a tough, proven leader. In a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Obama said that Yellen was a role model for other women. He pointed to her work on unemployment as one of the key challenges facing the economy and to her early warnings of the impending housing crash as an example of the clear-eyed thinking required at the head of the nation’s central bank. "She doesn’t have a crystal ball, but what she does have is a keen understanding about how markets and the economy work, not just in tech but the real world," Obama said. "She calls it like she sees it."

    Publié le 25/10/2013
  • Barack Obama

    Barack Obama

    President Obama defends National Security Agency surveillance programs, and disputes the notion that he is following in the footsteps of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    In a PBS interview with famous American television talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose in June, the US President said efforts to track terrorists through phone and Internet surveillance had safeguards to prevent abusing the civil liberties of innocent Americans. Obama cited both congressional and judicial oversight. When Rose asked, "should this be transparent in some way?" Obama responded: "It is transparent. That's why we set up the FISA court."

    to dispute/contester – to follow in the footsteps of/suivre l’exemple de – host/présentateur – safeguard/garantie, dispositif de sécurité – to prevent/empêcher – oversight/supervision, contrôle – FISA= Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

    Publié le 27/06/2013
  • The Australian Sarah Palin?

    The Australian Sarah Palin?

    A right-wing nationalist Australian political candidate dropped out of the election race last month after a blundering interview. Stephanie Banister, 27, had been campaigning for just 48 hours when she gave the interview to the Seven Network which quickly went viral online and saw her labeled "Australia's Sarah Palin", who was pilloried for her gaffes as US vice-presidential candidate in 2008.

    "I don't oppose Islam as a country, but I do feel that their laws should not be welcome here in Australia," Banister said in the taping. Banister also spoke out against "Halal" foods, but she cited that “less than 2 per cent of Australians follow Haram." ("Haram" in Arabic means something that is forbidden or considered sinful by Islam, while "Halal" refers to foods that Muslims are permitted to eat. Banister probably mean to say "Quran," the Islam holy book). She then waded deeper into murky waters by defending the kosher foods eaten by Jews, although she seemed to misunderstand one of the fundamental precepts of Judaism. "Jews aren't under Haram, they have their own religion which follows Jesus Christ," she said. "They [the Jews] don't have a tax on it, they've just got a certain way of making it where Haram has a tax on the food." In brief remarks to the media as she confirmed her withdrawal from the race, Banister said the interview was edited to make her look "quite the fool".

    right-wing/de (extrême) droite – to drop out of/se retirer de – blundering/gaffeur – to go, went, gone viral/se propager – to label/étiqueter, qualifier (de) – to pillory/clouer au pilori – taping/enregistrement – forbidden/interdit – sinful/comme un péché – Quran/Coran – holy/sacré – to wade deeper into murky waters/s’embourber, s’enfoncer davantage (en eaux troubles) – Jew/Juif – withdrawal/retrait – to edit/couper, tronquer – fool/crétin, débile

    Publié le 27/06/2013
  • Mark Zuckerberg

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Mark Zuckerberg has plans to voyage to the centre of the earth. "Sir Richard Branson to launch journeys to the centre of the earth," the website Virgin Volcanic states.

    "In its first three years of operation, VVS1 will target the five most active volcanoes in the world: Etna, Stromboli, Yasur, Ambrym and Tinakula. "Using patented carbon-carbon materials pioneered for deep space exploration, Virgin is proud to announce a revolutionary new vehicle, VVS1, which will be capable of plunging three people into the molten lava core of an active volcano. "Sir Richard Branson will go on the first expedition along with Black Eyed Peas recording artist and science enthusiast Will.i.am and actor/producer Seth Green. Virgin registered Virgin Volcanic in the late 1990s in anticipation of the development of technology to explore active volcanoes." The first Virgin Volcanic trips are scheduled for 2015.

    to launch/lancer, inaugurer – to state/déclarer – to target/cibler – proud/fier – molten/en fusion – core/coeur – to schedule/prévoir, programmer

    Publié le 19/11/2012
  • Tom Morello

    Tom Morello

    GOP congressman and Mitt Romney VP pick Paul Ryan says the hardcore rock band Rage Against the Machine is one of his favorites, but the feeling isn't mutual.

    Tom Morello wrote an editorial attacking Representative Paul Ryan in Rolling Stone. "Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," Mr. Morello said. "I wonder what Ryan's favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of "F- the Police"? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!"

    GOP= Grand Old Party/Parti républicain – VP= Vice-President – pick/choix – Representative/membre de la Chambre des représentants, député – embodiment/incarnation – decade/décennie – to wonder/se demander – to lambast(e)/fustiger – cover/reprise – F- = Fuck – to seize/s'emparer de – to jam out/jouer (musique) avec enthousiasme et énergie/se démener, danser, s'agiter (sur une musique)

    Publié le 19/11/2012
  • Julia Gillard

    Julia Gillard

    Last month, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up in the House of Representatives to attack opposition leader Tony Abbott for misogyny and sexism in a video that has since gone viral on social-media platforms and online.

    Her speech came after an acrimonious day of debate in Australia's parliament that culminated in the resignation of the house speaker. Ms. Gillard singled out Mr. Abbott's decision last year to attend a political rally opposing a new carbon-emissions tax where protesters brandished placards with slogans such as "ditch the witch"—widely interpreted as a slander against Ms. Gillard, the nation's first female prime minister and fierce supporter of the carbon-tax plan. The incident, Ms. Gillard argued, is evidence of Mr. Abbott's gender bias in politics. The passionate speech has received a mixed reception in Australia.

    to go, went, gone viral/se propager – resignation/démission – house speaker/président de la Chambre des représentants – to single out/sélectionner, ici se référer à, citer – to attend/assister à – to ditch/se débarrasser de, chasser – witch/sorcière – slander/calomnie, diffamation – fierce/farouche – evidence (inv.)/preuve – gender bias/sexisme

    Publié le 19/11/2012

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