World Bank increases drought aid to Horn of Africa - 24 September 2011 "It says that the funds are needed to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people...
The conditions, it says, are causing increasing malnutrition and food insecurity, and are displacing large numbers of people." (BBC)
Bank robbers dressed as nuns "Authorities in Illinois said a former bank employee and an accomplice robbed the facility of $120,000 while dressed in nun costumes."
They wore nun costumes and "Nun on the Run adult masks". (upi.com) The masks were "similar to the one(s) featured in the hit film "The Town", which tells the story of a group of bank robbers in Boston
who allude police and authorities by wearing nun costumes." (All Headline News)
California's 'Geezer Bandit' strike for the 13th time
"An 'elderly' thief, who is nicknamed the 'Geezer Bandit', is being hunted by police in California after he pulled off his thirteenth bank robbery." (telegraph.co.uk) VOCABULARY :
- to hunt / to elude / to rob / to threaten / to disclose / to escape
- thief / bank robbery / branch / cashier / investigator / witness / reward / arrest / CCTV footage / pistol / raid / outfit / disguise
Mumbling, fumbling, bumbling robber fails twice
"Communication skills were clearly lacking in a woman who police said tried to rob two Memphis credit unions. She fled empty-handed both times." (newsvine.com) VOCABULARY : to mumble =marmonner to fumble (handle clumsily) = fouiller to bumble = cafouiller (parler bizarrement)
Bank Street - interactive
"The global banking industry is almost unrecognisable from 12 months ago...
Take a walk down Bank Street and follow the fortunes of some of the world’s largest banks as they navigate the global financial crisis.
Hit play and then click on a building to learn more." (ft.com)
Tax havens to ease bank secrecy - A text and an audio report
"Amid growing pressure over tax evasion and money laundering, two small European states, Liechtenstein and Andorra, have agreed
to ease strict bank secrecy rules."
+ Vocabulary explained (BBC)
Yunus - "Banker of the poor" - Nobel Peace Prize 2006 (Wikipedia)
RY COODER - "No Banker Left Behind" "My telephone rang one evening, my buddy called for me
Said the bankers are all leavin', you better come round and see
It started revelation, they robbed the nation blind,
They're all down at the station, no banker left behind..."
Bet against the American dream!- a song with the lyrics
"L'émission This American Life, du réseau public américain NPR, a mis en ligne une chanson pédagogique et rigolote sur les scandales financiers où les banques ont parié, et gagné, sur l'échec de leurs propres produits financiers (en anglais). Ils ont, disent les chanteurs, « parié contre le rêve américain »." (rue89.com) NPR = National Public Radio
CDO = Collateralized Debt Obligation(See Wikipedia)