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Trop de noyades

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Depuis le début du mois de juillet, 91 personnes se sont noyées en France. Le ministre de l’Intérieur [chef de la police]appelle les gens à la prudence. Les policiers, eux, estiment que les plages manquent de surveillants.

C’est un triste bilan des vacances. Depuis le début du moins de juillet, 91 personnes se sont noyées. Rien que ce week-end, 14 personnes ont trouvé la mort. Elles nageaient le long de la plage, mais aussi dans des rivières ou des plans d’eau. Quelle est la raison de ce terrible chiffre ?
Pas assez prudents
Une des principales causes des moyades est l’inprudence des baigneurs. Un Français sur 5 ne sait pas nager. Et certains ne nagent que pendant leurs vacances. Ils n’ont pas l’habitude des vagues, des courants, de l’eau froide…
Trop de baigneurs ne tiennent pas compte des indications données sur la plage.
La majorité des noyades au bord de la mer ont eu lieu alors que le drapeau hissé était orange ou rouge. Mis en place par les maître nageurs sauveteurs, ces drapeaux sont là pour indiquer le danger. Si le drapeau est vert, pas de souci, on peut de baigner tranquillement. S’il est orange, mieux vaut éviter d’aller dans l’eau si on n’est pas un bon nageur. S’il est rouge, cela signifie que la baignade est interdite.
Mais les vacanciers n’acceptent pas toujours ces consignes.Dans le département de l’Hérault, où de nombreuses noyades se sont produites, le préfet [qui représente l’Etat] a même proposé aux maires de mettre des amendes aux baigneurs qui refusent de sortir de l’eau !
Pas assez surveillés
S’il y a autant de noyades, c’est parce que les plages ne sont pas assez surveillées, estime le syndicat [groupement de travailleurs] de police Alliance. Il rappelle qu’en 2002, les plages françaises accueillaient 720 maîtres nageur sauveteurs. Aujourd’hui, il n’y en a plus que 471. Et ce n’est pas assez.
Mais quand on sait que 80 % des noyades ont lieu en dehors des zones ou des horaires de surveillance, on se dit que les gens devraient vraiment être plus prudents.
Pour en savoir plus: retrouvez notre article consacré au métier de maître nageur sauveteur sur http://www.jde.fr/article/le-metier-de-sauveteur-en-mer—2865

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Forte chaleur = canicule ?

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Forte chaleur = canicule ?

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Publié le : 01/08/13 à 12:02

Eh non ! Ce n’est pas parce qu’il fait très chaud qu’il y a une canicule. La définition est très précise depuis 2003. Cette année-là, la France a connu une période de fortes chaleurs qui a duré de juin à août, faisant de nombreuses victimes.

 

  • D’où vient le nom “canicule” ?

Une canicule est une période de très fortes chaleurs. Ce mot vient du latin canicula, « petite chienne ». C’est aussi l’ancien nom de l’étoile de Sirius dans la constellation du Grand Chien. Du 24 juillet au 24 août, cette étoile se couche et se lève en même temps que le soleil. Elle  annonce des périodes très chaudes.

  • Définition

En France, la définition est très précise : il y a « canicule » lorsque les fortes chaleurs durent au moins trois jours de suite et lorsque, la nuit, la température baisse peu.
Ce qui n’est pas le cas actuellement.

  • La terrible canicule de 2003

Cette définition date de 2003. Il y a 10 ans, l’Europe a connu une vraie canicule : une vague de chaleur exceptionnelle qui a duré de juin à août. En France, elle a fait 20 000 victimes, la plupart étaient des personnes âgées qui vivaient seules.
Le pays a tiré les leçons de ce drame sanitaire [qui concerne la santé] puisque depuis 2004, en cas de fortes chaleurs, elle a mis en place des mesures pour informer la population et protéger les plus fragiles, comme les personnages âgées, isolées ou handicapées. Ce “plan canicule”comporte 4 niveaux, du plus faible au plus grave (vert, jaune, orange et rouge).
La semaine dernière, l’alerte orange a été déclenchée dans plusieurs départements où les températures atteignaient 40 °C. Dans ce cas-là, les personnes fragiles sont surveillées. Celles qui travaillent en plein air doivent prendre des précautions.

  • Comment ne pas souffrir de la chaleur ?

Quand il fait si chaud, il faut éviter de sortir entre midi et 16h, de faire du sport, il faut boire beaucoup d’eau et se rafraîchir (en allant au cinéma, à la bibliothèque…), par exemple.

  • (Photo AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

 

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Sacré voyage pour un pigeon

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Publié le : 27/06/13 à 15:23
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Un pigeon japonais a parcouru 8.000 km au-dessus de l’océan Pacifique, du Japon au Canada. Un exploit qui a pu être confirmé puisque l’oiseau portait une  étiquette avec le numéro de téléphone de son propriétaire.

En temps normal, un pigeon est capable de parcourir, au mieux, 650 km. Mais un oiseau japonais vient de battre le record de vol en parcourant pas moins de 8.000 kilomètres !
Parti du Japon, ce pigeon a été retrouvé épuisé à Vancouver (Canada), dans une base de l’Armée de l’air canadienne. “Nous pensons que le pigeon s’est envolé du Japon et s’est perdu ou a été happé par une tempête, avant de parvenir au Canada en se reposant sur des cargos tout au long de son vol”, a indiqué Reg Westcott, de la Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (une société qui protège les animaux).
En 17 ans dédiés au sauvetage des animaux, M. Westcott dit n’avoir vu qu’une fois un pigeon qui avait réussi la traversée de l’océan Pacifique, un voyage de deux ou trois semaines.
Trop cher
Le propriétaire du pigeon a pu être identifié, car l’oiseau portait une étiquette avec son nom. Mais celui-ci n’a pas tenu à récupérer le volatile, car ça lui aurait couté trop cher en billets d’avion ! Une association canadienne de courses de pigeons a fait des démarches pour adopter l’oiseau, espérant que celui-ci pourra avoir des petits. Ils seront sûrement très bons en course de longue distance !

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Une future naissance “royale”

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Publié le : 03/07/13 à 11:52
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D’un jour à l’autre, un heureux évènement va avoir lieu, en Grande-Bretagne : la naissance du premier enfant du Prince William d’Angleterre et de sa femme Kate Middleton, duchesse de Cambridge.

Les caméras et les appareils photos des journalistes sont déjà braqués sur l’hôpital St Mary à Londres, où Kate Middleton devrait mettre au monde son bébé.
Selon le Palais de Buckingham [où vit la reine Elisabeth II d’Angleterre], la naissance est prévue le 13 juillet.
Le monde entier est pressé de savoir si ce sera une fille ou garçon et de connaître son prénom. Personne ne sait comment s’appellera ce 3e prétendant dans la lignée des héritiers du trône d’Angleterre (après Charles d’Angleterre et son fils William).

En Grande-Bretagne, cet événement fait déjà l’objet de nombreux paris proposés par des bookmakers [organisateurs de jeux de paris].  
Ils ont lancé des paris sur le sexe de l’enfant-roi (garçon ou fille), mais aussi sur la couleur de ses cheveux, de ses yeux, son poids… et bien sûr sur son prénom.
Certains pensent que ce prénom sera en rapport avec la lignée royale de William, c’est-à-dire que le prénom sera l’un de ses ancêtres.
D’autres pensent que le couple princier choisira un prénom d’un de leurs proches.
Pour le moment les plus attendus sont : Alexandra ou Charlotte si c’est une fille ;  James ou George si c’est un garçon.
Mais certains joueurs anglais ont vraiment des idées saugrenues [bizarres]… Ils ont parié sur le prénom « Psy », comme le chanteur sud-coréen du tube « Gangnam Style » !
Dans tous les cas ce futur enfant, qu’il soit un garçon ou une fille, sera le futur héritier de cette longue lignée : ça veut dire qu’il montera peut-être un jour sur le trône d’Angleterre.

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Obligé de voir papy et mamy

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Publié le : 02/07/13 à 14:47
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En Chine (Asie), une loi oblige les enfants à rendre visite à leurs grands-parents. Les personnes âgées sont de plus en plus nombreuses, mais aussi de plus en plus seules.

En Chine, pour que les personnes âgées ne restent pas seules, une loi oblige leurs enfants à leurs rendre visite. C’est vrai que de nos jours, certains préfèrent passer du temps sur leurs ordinateurs, plutôt que d’aller voir papy et mamy. Les progrès de la technologie, mais aussi la distance, éloignent les familles. Mais les personnes âgées sont de plus en plus nombreuses, car les gens vivent plus vieux avec les progrès de la médecine.Et trop souvent, elles vivent isolées.
En Chine, les personnes âgées sont très nombreuses. Environ 185 millions de Chinois ont plus de 60 ans. En plus, les familles ne sont autorisées à n’avoir qu’un enfant, il y a alors de moins en moins d’enfants.
Tous les Chinois doivent aller voir régulièrement [souvent] leurs grands-parents et rester en contact avec eux. Si les habitants chinois ne respectent pas cette nouvelle loi, ils risquent une amende [peine imposée par la loi] voire même la prison !
SOS parents battus !
En Chine, les personnes âgées sont parfois délaissées, mais aussi maltraitées. Dans la province de Jiangsu, une grand-mère âgée de 91 ans a été jetée à la porte de chez elle pour avoir seulement demandé un potage [sorte de soupe]. Autre situation triste : celle d’une mère de 100 ans enfermée dans une porcherie [endroit sale] par son fils agriculteur. Cette histoire a fait scandale dans toute la Chine !
Et en France ?
Ce ne sont pas les vieilles personnes qui sont le plus touchées par la solitude en France, mais… les jeunes !
Il y a de plus en plus de personnes en France qui n’ont aucune relation, que ce soit amicale, familiale, professionnelle… Les liens humains deviennent de plus en plus rares, et cela peut avoir des conséquences graves.

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Coffee addiction: Do people consume too much caffeine?

US officials are investigating the safety of caffeine in snacks and energy drinks, worried about the “cumulative impact” of the stimulant – which is added to a growing number of products. Is our tea and coffee-fuelled society too dependent on the world’s favourite drug?

The bubbling kettle, the aroma from the mug, the first bitter mouthful of the morning.

It’s a ritual without which the working day would be, for millions of people, frankly horrifying.

Caffeine is, according to New Scientist, the planet’s most popular “psychoactive drug”. In the United States alone, more than 90% of adults are estimated to use it every day.

But now even the US – home of Coca-Cola, Starbucks and the 5-Hour Energy shot – is questioning the wisdom of adding it to everyday foodstuffs like waffles, sunflower seeds, trail mix and jelly beans.

In a statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) highlighted the “unfortunate example” of Wrigley chewing gum producing packs of eight sticks which each contained as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee. Subsequently, Wrigley said it would “pause” production of the product.

The agency is also looking at highly-caffeinated energy drinks, and said it was concerned about the “cumulative impact” of adding stimulants to products.

According to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of people seeking emergency treatment after ingesting energy drinks doubled to more than 20,000 in 2011.

However, the energy drink industry says its products are safe and insists there is no proof of a link with any harmful reactions.

There have been documented cases of fatal overdoses caused by “caffeine toxicity”, though these are very rare. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University, studying its addictive properties, found that withdrawal symptoms included tiredness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, muscle pain and nausea.

But there is far from any kind of scientific consensus that caffeine use is harmful. A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health suggested that “coffee drinking doesn’t have any serious detrimental health effects” and that drinking up to six cups a day was “not associated with increased risk of death from any cause”.

In moderation, caffeine may have some positive effects. Research suggests it could be associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer. A recent study linked drinking coffee and tea with a lower risk of type two diabetes.

As a result, the FDA has pledged to “determine what is a safe level” of caffeine use.

The agency’s move has been welcomed by those who fear caffeine is already encroaching too much into our daily lives – often in products where it may not be expected.

“Many people just aren’t aware of how much caffeine they are taking,” says Lynn Goldman, dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

As a result, she says, they could unwittingly create problems for themselves with insomnia, indigestion, or their blood pressure.

It’s especially worrying for parents, who can find it hard to regulate their children’s intake.

Beverage Caffeine (mg) Quantity
SOURCE: ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Coffee 77-150 6oz/170g
Tea 40-80 5oz/142g
Coca-Cola 34.5 12oz/340g
Pepsi 38 12oz/340g
Red Bull 80 8.3oz/235g

But challenging the hegemony of caffeine may be a difficult task on a planet that consumes 120,000 tonnes of the substance per annum.

In Finland, the world’s most caffeinated country, the average adult consumes 400mg of the drug every day – equivalent to four or five cups of coffee a day, and equal to the maximum daily limit recommended by the UK Food Standards Agency.

“We think that, when used in moderation, caffeine doesn’t pose a risk,” says Sanna Kiuru, a senior officer at Evira, the Finnish food safety authority. “It’s mainly adults who drink coffee, not children. For us the levels are quite moderate.”

Even buzz-loving Finns have been troubled by the rise of stealth stimulants, however.

“We have been concerned about the rise in caffeine in different foods,” says Kiuru. Highly-caffeinated energy drinks in Finland are obliged to carry warning labels – a practice that will be extended across the EU from 2014.

For most caffeine consumers, its chief benefit is that, by stimulating alertness, it helps you get more done.

This is a trait that makes it unusual among recreational substances, says Stephen Braun, author of Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine.

Coffee-drinkers chart

“Its appeal is that it helps us earn more money,” he adds.

“What makes it different from other drugs is that it’s used as a productivity tool – not for pleasure, like cannabis, or as a relaxant, like alcohol.”

Perhaps the closest analogy is with coca leaves, chewed by labourers to give them extra energy in countries like Peru and Bolivia.

It’s no coincidence, Braun believes, that caffeine’s popularity boomed in Europe at the dawn of the industrial revolution, when the race for ever-increased productivity accelerated.

Many of history’s creative minds have also been associated with some truly epic feats of caffeine consumption.

According to one biographer, the French novelist and playwright Balzac drank as many as 50 cups of coffee a day. “Were it not for coffee one could not write, which is to say one could not live,” he once insisted.

For seven years, the film-maker David Lynch ate at the same Los Angeles diner every day, drinking up to seven sweetened cups of coffee “with lots of sugar” in one sitting, which he said would guarantee that”lots of ideas” arrived.

Ludwig van Beethoven was said to have painstakingly counted out exactly 60 coffee beans per cup when he brewed coffee.

Perhaps the most well-publicised recent tales of caffeine excess featured the somewhat less critically revered singer Robbie Williams, whoreportedly consumed 36 double espressos and 20 cans of Red Bull a day.

It is the routine task itself, as much as the stimulant properties of caffeine, that makes the process so significant, Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.

“A lot of artists use the process of making the coffee as a gateway to the creative process,” he adds.

“You need to get into the right mindset to do that sort of work, and the preparation ritual provides a focus.”

Cup of tea

Does the very ritual of preparing caffeinated drinks help minds focus?

But attempts to clamp down on the spread of the substance have historically proved futile.

In 1911, the US government sued the Coca-Cola Company, on the basis that the caffeine in its drink was “injurious to health”, but Coca-Cola prevailed in the courts.

One problem with attempting to regulate the substance, says Braun, is that it affects everyone in differently – people’s varying physiologies and metabolisms making it impossible to prescribe a “safe” limit that works for everyone.

“Ultimately, you have to become your own scientist – there isn’t an alternative to careful self-experimentation,” he says.

Most people are likely to have ascertained by adulthood how much, or little, tea or coffee they can tolerate at a time.

But critics say this doesn’t apply to energy drinks and caffeinated foodstuffs, whose effects are arguably more difficult to judge.

However profitable these products may prove for their manufacturers though, Currey suspects they well never acquire the mystique of coffee and tea.

“There’s something that’s not quite as special and evocative about them,” he says.

“Buying an 5-Hour Energy drink from the 7-Eleven [convenience store] doesn’t have the ambience of brewing a cup of coffee. I can’t imagine future biographers of great artists and writers describing this stuff in the same way.”

How healthy is your coffee?

Coffee beans

“On the plus side, coffee is known to be packed full of antioxidants, which stop other molecules oxidising and producing free radicals.

“Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed, other research suggests.

“However previous studies have linked high caffeine intake to raised cholesterol and short-term high blood pressure.”

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German economic strength: The secrets of success

 

The German education system is much more geared to vocational training than many of its economic competitors

 

Imagine a country whose inhabitants work fewer hours than almost any others, whose workforce is not particularly productive and whose children spend less time at school than most of its neighbours.

Hardly a recipe for economic success, you might think.

But the country described above is none other than Germany, Europe’s industrial powerhouse and the world’s second largest exporter; a country whose economy has single-handedly stopped the eurozone falling back into recession and the only nation rich enough to save the euro.

When you consider that only the Dutch work fewer hours among the 34 members of the OECD, that German children spend 25% less time in the classroom than their Italian counterparts, and that there are six more productive economies in Europe alone, these facts appear all the more remarkable.

So why is the German economy so powerful, and what lessons can the rest of us learn from it?

 

data on hours worked by country

Euro bliss

There is no doubt that Germany has benefited greatly from the euro.

By getting into bed with more sluggish economies in southern Europe, Germany adopted a much weaker currency than would otherwise have been the case – as one of the very few countries in the world running a balance of payments surplus, the deutschmark would have been a great deal stronger than the euro.

This has provided a terrific boost to German exports, which are cheaper to overseas consumers as a result.

But this goes only some way to explaining Germany’s current economic might.

Just as important are the relatively low levels of private debt. While the rest of Europe gorged on cheap credit throughout the 1990s and 2000s, German companies and individuals refused to spend beyond their means.

One reason for this, says David Kohl, deputy chief economist at Frankfurt-based Julius Baer bank, is that real interest rates in Germany remained stable, unlike those in other European economies.

“In the UK, Italy, Spain and Portugal, for example, higher inflation meant real rates moved down, so there was a huge incentive to borrow money,” he says.

But cultural differences are just as significant – quite simply, Germans are uncomfortable with the concept of borrowing money and prefer to live within their own means.

“In German, borrowing is ‘schulden’, [the same word for] guilt. There is an attitude that if you have to borrow, there is something wrong with you,” says Mr Kohl.

This has been particularly beneficial to Germany in recent years – unlike its European counterparts, consumers and businesses did not need to slash spending to cut their debt levels when banks stopped lending during the recession.

Most productive economies in OECD

Country GDP/hr worked
SOURCE: OECD. FIGURES IN $.
Norway 81.5
Luxembourg 78.9
Irish Republic 66.4
US 60.3
Netherlands 59.8
Belgium 59.2
France 57.7
Germany 55.3
Denmark 53.2
Switzerland 51.7

Labour reforms

But there are other, deep-rooted reasons behind Germany’s current economic pre-eminence in Europe, not least in fact the relatively low number of hours spent at work and in the classroom.

Germany embarked upon a programme of fundamental labour market reform in 2003, sparked by the excesses of post-unification wage increases.

Strong employment protection legislation and a degree of trust on behalf of the workforce in well-capitalised companies that had not over-borrowed, meant the Social Democratic government was able to use its close ties with labour unions to push for moderation in wage inflation.

The reforms laid the foundation for a stable and flexible labour market. While unemployment across Europe and the US soared during the global downturn, remarkably the jobless number in Germany barely flickered.

German workers were simply willing to work fewer hours, knowing that they would keep their jobs because of it.

They were all the more willing to do so due to the stronger bond that exists between workers and employers compared with many other countries.

“There is a culture of business owners acknowledging and rewarding the efforts of the workforce,” says Andreas Woergoetter, head of country studies at the OECD’s economics department.

No wonder, then, that Germans work fewer hours than most.

Hours spent at school, aged 7-14

Country Hours
SOURCE: OECD. SELECTION OF COUNTRIES.
Italy 8316
Australia 7806
Netherlands 7700
France 7432
Spain 7364
England 7258
Germany 6362
Japan 6344
Greece 6340
Poland 4715
OECD average 6732

Job skills

More important still to Germany’s industrial strength is the country’s education system.

School finishes at lunchtime across much of Germany due to what Mr Woergoetter calls a “societal preference”, designed to allow children to spend more time with their families.

But it’s in the later years of schooling that the German model really stands apart.

“Half of all youngsters in upper secondary school are in vocational training, and half of these are in apprenticeships,” says Mr Woergoetter.

Apprentices aged 15 to 16 spend more time in the workplace receiving on-the-job training than they do in school, and after three to four years are almost guaranteed a full-time job.

And in Germany, there is less stigma attached to vocational training and technical colleges than in many countries.

“They are not considered a dead end,” says Mr Woergoetter. “In some countries, company management come from those who attended business school, but in Germany, if you’re ambitious and talented, you can make it to the top of even the very biggest companies.”

The German education system, therefore, provides a conveyor belt of highly skilled workers to meet the specific needs of the country’s long-established and powerful manufacturing base, which is rooted in the stable, small-scale family businesses that have long provided the backbone of the economy.

Lessons learned

There is clearly much to learn from the German model, but blind replication may not be the answer.

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Germany is home to some of the world’s best-known manufacturers

Many economies jealously covet Germany’s manufacturing prowess, particularly while demand for its industrial products in emerging markets such as China continues to boom.

And yet, not so long ago, the roles were reversed.

“Ten years ago, we in Germany were looking at the much higher value-added potential of the UK service sector,” says Mr Kohl.

“There are limits to adding value in manufacturing. If you want to be rich and move up the value chain, you need to be in services.”

As unlikely as it seems, perhaps one day Germany will once again look to others for inspiration.

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Sharapova looks for sweet taste of business success

Maria Sharapova will be looking to win her second Wilmbledon crown this summer

The world’s highest-paid female athlete is carefully explaining the process that she hopes will bring her global success.

But Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, who plays her opening match at Wimbledon today, is talking about her business, not sporting, ambitions.

The 26-year-old has taken the first steps to becoming her own brand, and creating a new business career, with her Sugarpova sweets, newly launched in the UK.

It is just the latest country launch, in an ambitious drive that she hopes will see her become one of the biggest premium confectionery names in the world.

“Business and sport are both very competitive worlds, and I want to be the best in both,” says the 2004 Wimbledon champion.

Out of the sport

She says the product, begun entirely with her own money, is the start of her setting up a strong independent commercial foundation for when she leaves the game.

“When I was injured it gave me a chance to consider other options outside tennis,” she says, referring to a period in 2008-09 when shoulder surgery meant she was out of the sport for nine months.

Maria Sharapova at the launch of her Sugarpova

The logo of the Sugarpova confectionery brand

The French Open runner-up says it took her two years to create the sweets, which were launched in the US last year and have since been introduced to a number of other countries.

According to Forbes, she has total career earnings of $26m (£17m) and is rated by the business magazine as the 22nd highest paid athlete in the world, and the top female one.

But she laughs off the statistics, saying that “these are just numbers”, and that financial gain was not her prime motivation for moving into the sweets business.

Rather it was about financial responsibility.

“I have been thinking for a long time that I wanted to be the person making the business decisions, be it the financial, creative or advertising side of things,” she says.

“I also wanted to build something else of my own, aside from tennis.”

Sponsorship deals

Sharapova says she took two years before the launch because she wanted to study closely what else was on the market.

“For me, it has been a process combining creativity and brand creation,” she says.

Perhaps it is not too surprising that she wanted to create her own brand, given her history of active involvement and collaboration in her sponsorship deals.

Big names such as Porsche, Nike, Tag Heuer, Evian, Cole Haan, Head and Samsung have clamoured to work with the four-times Grand Slam tournament winner.

Maria Sharapova at a TAG Heuer store

Sharapova has worked closely with a number of big-name brands

“I have had a lot of experience of creative input with my business partners,” she says.

She created a line of shoes for Cole Haan and the Sharapova’s ballerina flat was one of the top-selling shoes for the company.

For TAG Heuer she designed a line of sunglasses, and Sharapova also has her own tennis line for Nike, which six other female players on the WTA tour use.

Perhaps one of her most interesting collaborations was with the famed architect Frank Gehry to come up with items of jewellery for Tiffany.

‘Fashion and cosmetics’

So which of these many sectors does she plan to expand into once her playing days are over?

“I see my brand going into a few directions. Fashion and cosmetics are passions of mine, and I think there is room there,” she says.

Some flak has come her way for launching a sugar-based product when much of the Western world, including the US and UK, has an obesity epidemic.

“It is understandable. The world is full of different opinions,” she says.

Maria Sharapova

The Russian says she has taken her tennis strengths into the business world

“I am an athlete, so I am one of the first to know what is important for the body, and a healthy lifestyle.

“At the end of the day, things are fine if taken in moderation.”

The Wimbledon No 3 seed says she has taken the tactical and mental strengths she has found in tennis into the world of business.

They will called upon once more today, when Sharapova starts her Wimbledon campaign, and she is ready to take up battle with Serena Williams again.

“I love coming back to Wimbledon, and playing on the Centre Court. It is a special tournament for me.”

Maria Sharapova

  • Born in Russia in 1987
  • Now resident in the US
  • One of only six women in the history of the WTA to win all four Grand Slams
  • The most followed female athlete in social media, with more than 10 million followers
  • Her foundation supports the children of Chernobyl
  • Proceeds from Sugarpova sales will go to the foundation
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Consommation : avec 5 dollars vous achèteriez quoi ?

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Publié le : 24/04/13 à 12:00

Selon vous, 5 dollars (3.80 euros) c’est beaucoup ou très peu d’argent ? Que peut-on s’acheter avec cette somme ? Le site américain BuzzFeed a publié une vidéo qui montre la quantité de nourriture que l’on peut avoir avec 5 dollars dans différents pays du monde.

5 dollars permettent d’acheter un peu plus de 2 kilos de bananes en France. Pas mal non ? Mais la France est loin derrière l’Ethiopie (en Afrique) où avec la même somme d’argent on peut acheter un peu plus de 11 kilos !
L’Afghanistan (en Asie) est le pays qui permet d’avoir le plus de riz (première céréale alimentaire dans le monde) : plus de 6 kilos pour 5 dollars. Le plus surprenant c’est qu’au Japon (en Asie) avec cette somme d’argent on a moins d’1 kilos. Pourtant, le Japon est un pays qui produit et consomme [mange] énormément de riz. Si vous aimez les œufs le mieux est d’aller en Chine où 5 dollars permettent d’en acquérir [avoir] 57 contre 15 en Suède (en Europe).

  • De fortes inégalités

Cette vidéo permet de constater [de voir] qu’il existe de grandes inégalités entre les pays du monde. On se rend compte aussi que ce n’est pas dans les pays les plus riches que l’on peut avoir le plus de nourriture. Et pourtant, c’est dans les pays pauvres que les personnes ont le plus de difficultés à se nourrir correctement.
Et vous avec cette somme, vous achèteriez quoi ?
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