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Date of Board Meeting
Zhejiang Expressway Co., Ltd. announces Date of Board Meeting
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Date of Board Meeting
Zhejiang Expressway Co., Ltd. announces Date of Board Meeting
For details, please visit: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1489402/E_Date_of_Board_Meeting___20210416.pdf
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Following the Press Release published yesterday by Intesa Holding S.p.A., Syngenta Crop Protection AG ("Syngenta") together with Valagro S.p.A. ("Valagro") would like to confirm that they both remain interested in pursuing a potential transaction involving SICIT Group S.p.A. ("SICIT Group"). In this respect, and consistently with the Letter of Interest delivered to SICIT Group, yesterday Syngenta and Valagro received access to certain limited confirmatory due diligence information and are in the process of reviewing expeditiously this information in order to decide in a short timeframe whether or not going forward with the proposed voluntary tender offer on SICIT Group pursuant to Article 102 and 106, fourth paragraph, of the Italian Financial Act.
BOUSSARD & GAVAUDAN HOLDING LIMITED Ordinary Shares The Directors of Boussard & Gavaudan Holding Limited would like to announce the following information for the Company. Close of business 11 May 2021. Estimated NAV Euro SharesSterling SharesEstimated NAV€ 26.9834£ 23.5169Estimated MTD return -0.44 % -0.43 %Estimated YTD return 4.04 % 3.29 %Estimated ITD return 169.83 % 135.17 % NAV and returns are calculated net of management and performance fees Market information Euro SharesAmsterdam (AEX)London (LSE)Market Close€ 21.60N/APremium/discount to estimated NAV -19.95 %N/A Sterling SharesAmsterdam (AEX)London (LSE)Market CloseN/AGBX 1,800.00Premium/discount to estimated NAVN/A -23.46 % Transactions in own securities purchased into treasury Ordinary Shares Euro SharesSterling SharesNumber of sharesN/AN/AAverage PriceN/AN/ARange of PriceN/AN/A Liquidity Enhancement AgreementEuro SharesSterling SharesNumber of sharesN/AN/AAverage PriceN/AN/A BGHL Capital BGHL Ordinary SharesEuro SharesSterling SharesShares Outstanding 12,760,769 294,494Held in treasuryN/AN/AShares Issued 12,760,769 294,494 Estimated BG Fund NAV Class B Euro Shares (estimated)€ 227.7090Class GBP A Shares (estimated)£ 124.7800 The Class B Euro Shares of BG Fund are not subject to investment manager fees, as the Investment Manager receives management fees and performance fees in respect of its role as Investment Manager of BGHL. For further information please contact: Boussard & Gavaudan Investment Management, LLP. Emmanuel Gavaudan +44 (0) 20 3751 5389 Email : email@example.com The Company is established as a closed-ended investment company domiciled in Guernsey. The Company has received the necessary approval of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and the States of Guernsey Policy Council. The Company is registered with the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets as a collective investment scheme pursuant to article 2:73 in conjunction with 2:66 of the Dutch Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht). The shares of the Company (the "Shares") are listed on Euronext Amsterdam. The Shares are also listed on the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange plc's main market for listed securities. This is not an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities in the United States or in any other jurisdiction. This announcement is not intended to and does not constitute, or form part of, any offer or invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of the securities referred to in this announcement in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. Neither the Company nor BG Fund ICAV has been, and neither will be, registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act"). In addition the securities referenced in this announcement have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). Consequently any such securities may not be offered, sold or otherwise transferred within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, US persons except in accordance with the Securities Act or an exemption therefrom and under circumstances which will not require the issuer of such securities to register under the Investment Company Act. No public offering of any securities will be made in the United States. You should always bear in mind that: all investment is subject to risk; results in the past are no guarantee of future results; the investment performance of BGHL may go down as well as up. You may not get back all of your original investment; and if you are in any doubt about the contents of this communication or if you consider making an investment decision, you are advised to seek expert financial advice. This communication is for information purposes only and the information contained in this communication should not be relied upon as a substitute for financial or other professional advice. Attachment Daily NAV - BgHL
Strong progress on expense savings program and plans to improve risk profile
Ageas reports good first quarter results 2021 Good start to the yearAll segments contributing to the strong net resultSound commercial performance in both Life and Non-Life Net Result The Group net result was EUR 296 million driven by a solid operating performance in both Life and Non-LifeInsurance net result increased from EUR 113 million to EUR 318 millionNet result in Non-Life amounted to EUR 91 million compared to EUR 24 million in last years’ first quarterLife net result of EUR 227 million compared to EUR 89 million last year Inflows The Group inflows (at 100%) were up 6% to EUR 12.6 billionLife inflows (at 100%) were up 4% to EUR 10.4 billion driven by Asia and BelgiumNon-Life inflows (at 100%) were signicantly up to EUR 2.2 billion including EUR 355 million contribution of Taiping Re OperatingPerformance Excellent Combined ratio at 91.7%Operating Margin Guaranteed at 92 bps and Operating Margin Unit-Linked at 34 bps. Both margins within the target range Balance Sheet Shareholders’ equity at EUR 11.7 billion or EUR 62.71 per shareGroup Solvency IIageas ratio remained strong at 195%General Account Total Liquid Assets as at 31 March 2021 at EUR 1.2 billionLife Technical Liabilities excl. shadow accounting of the consolidated entities up 1% compared to end 2020 to EUR 74 billion A complete overview of the figures and comparison with previous year can be found on page 5 of this press release and on the Ageas website. Key figures and main highlights on the segments can be found in the Annexes of this press release Ageas CEO Hans De Cuyper said: “Both commercially and operationally, Ageas performed strongly in the first quarter of 2021. The growth in inflows both in Life and Non-Life and the overall solid operating performance reflects the resilience of our business and our people in a world still affected by Covid. The strong first-quarter performance gives us confidence that we can strengthen our guidance to EUR 900 – 950 million.” “We have also welcomed new colleagues from AvivaSA in Turkey. The investment we made in AvivaSA, provides us with a balanced Life and Non-Life presence in the fast-growing Turkish market. And in the UK, we say goodbye but also thank you to the employees of Tesco Underwriting, wishing them every success in the future development of their business.” Attachment Read the full press release
Bekaert makes a very strong start to 2021All-time high quarterly sales – substantial volume growth Highlights Record-high quarter revenue: consolidated sales of € 1 128 million (+19%) and combined sales of € 1 339 million (+23%)Global demand rebound and strong momentum in Latin American and Indian marketsWorking capital on sales further down to 13%, despite the impact from wire rod price increasesMore than € 1 billion cash on hand with € 60 million incremental liquidity over year-end 2020Strong balance sheet: debt deleveraging continued in the first quarter Our business focus and priorities Continued focus on protecting the health and safety of our employees and their families through the Covid-19 pandemicSecured raw material supplies to ensure delivery continuity to customers worldwideFurther accelerated profit restoration and improvements across all business units and at Group level Product and business mix improvements, in line with our strategy to upgrade the business portfolioPricing discipline aligned with raw materials price evolutions Continued effective control on cost and working capital Attachment p210512E - Trading update Q1 2021
Talen Horton-Tucker made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers improved their hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament and prevented the New York Knicks from clinching a postseason berth with a 101-99 victory Tuesday night. The Knicks trailed 98-93 with 1:56 remaining, but scored six straight points to grab the lead, including Julius Randle's 3-pointer with 1:11 left.
"It would have happened this year if it had not been for the COVID-19 pandemic, obviously, and above all if the Tokyo Olympics had not been after the (men's) Tour, so the best riders may not be available," Prudhomme told The Guardian. The women's Tour de France was previously held from 1984 to 1989 and Prudhomme said they needed to ensure the race did not end up losing money if it was to have a permanent slot on the calendar. Prudhomme said the challenge was to set up a race that can "live for 100 years".
David di Donatello 2021, da Sofia Loren - vincitrice come miglior attrice per il film ‘La vita davanti a sé’ - a Elio Germano - miglior attore per 'Volevo Nascondermi' (pellicola scelta anche per la miglior regia e come miglior film) - ecco tutti i protagonisti della 66esima edizione dei premi del cinema italiano, la cui cerimonia è stata trasmessa su Rai1, condotta da Carlo Conti. Ad aprire la serata Laura Pausini che, dal Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, ha cantato 'Io sì', brano premiato ai Golden Globes e nominato agli Oscar, oltre che al David come miglior canzone originale, tratto dal film 'La vita davanti a sé' di Edoardo Ponti con Sophia Loren. Sophia Loren E’ proprio Sophia Loren a ricevere il David di Donatello come migliore attrice protagonista per il film diretto dal figlio dell'attrice, Edoardo Ponti (VIDEO). Rimane dunque la primatista dei David nella categoria Miglior attrice protagonista. L'attrice, 86 anni, ha prevalso su Vittoria Puccini (per '18 regali'), Paola Cortellesi (per 'Figli'), Micaela Ramazzotti (per 'Gli anni più belli'), Alba Rohrwacher (per 'Lacci'). "Madonna mia, aiutatemi", ha detto emozionata, raggiungendo il palco a braccetto del figlio regista mentre la platea le tributava una standing ovation. "È difficile credere che la prima volta che ho ricevuto un David è stato più di 60 anni fa. Ma oggi è come la prima volta. La gioia è la stessa e l'emozione è la stessa", ha aggiunto. Per concludere, dopo i ringraziamenti alla squadra del film: "Forse sarà il mio ultimo film, questo non lo so. Ma dopo tanti film ho ancora voglia di farne sempre uno più bello. Perché io senza il cinema non posso vivere". Elio Germano Elio Germano vince il David di Donatello al miglior attore protagonista nei panni di Antonio Ligabue per 'Volevo Nascondermi'. "Volevo ringraziare tutti quelli che mi hanno aiutato a costruire questo personaggio", ha detto l'attore che ha dedicato il premio "a tutti le lavoratrici e i lavoratori dello spettacolo, soprattutto a quelli dimenticati". Giorgio Diritti e il suo 'Volevo nascondermi' Giorgio Diritti è il vincitore del David di Donatello alla migliore regia per il film 'Volevo nascondermi', dedicato alla storia di Antono Ligabue. "Un uomo ai margini della società per tanti ma un uomo con tanta volontà di esprimersi e un grande artista", ha detto il regista ricevendo la statuetta del David. 'Volevo nascondermi' si è aggiudicato il David di Donatello 2021 per il miglior film. Il film vincitore ha prevalso su gli altri quattro film in nomination: 'Favolacce' per la regia di Fabio e Damiano D'Innocenzo; 'Hammamet' per la regia di Gianni Amelio; 'Le sorelle Macaluso' per la regia di Emma Dante; 'Miss Marx' per la regia di Susanna Nicchiarelli. "Viva il cinema - ha detto Giorgio Diritti - tutti gli altri finalisti erano grandi film, anche diretti da giovani registi e questo fa ben sperare. Ricordiamoci di Ligabue anche quando incontriamo un clochard che disegna una madonnina. Ricordiamoci del valore di ogni uomo e difendiamolo finché possiamo, in ogni modo". Pietro Castellitto Pietro Castellitto è il vincitore del David di Donatello al miglior registra esordiente per 'I Predatori'. "I premi fanno piacere e le sconfitte fanno creare. Un bacio a mamma e un abbraccio a papà", ha detto l'attore e regista, protagonista quest'anno anche di 'Volevo morì prima' nei panni di Francesco Totti. Matilda De Angelis Matilda De Angelis è la vincitrice del David di Donatello 2021 alla migliore attrice non protagonista per 'L'incredibile storia dell'isola delle rose'. Lo ha annunciato Carlo Conti in diretta su Rai1. "Emozionata e felice", l'attrice ha ritirato il premio ringraziando il regista del film e la produzione. Mattia Torre Standing ovation e grande commozione durante la cerimonia di consegna dei David di Donatello all'annuncio del premio postumo alla migliore sceneggiatura originale che è andato per il film 'Figli' a Mattia Torre, lo sceneggiatore e regista scomparso nel 2019 a soli 47 anni. A ritirare il premio sono salite sul palco la moglie Francesca e la giovanissima figlia. E a pronunciare il discorso è stata quest'ultima, che ha ereditato l'ironia del papà: "Complimenti a mio padre che è riuscito a vincere questo premio anche se non c'è più", ha detto ringraziando le ostetriche che fanno nascere i figlie. "Bravo papà", ha concluso nella commozione della platea. Checco Zalone "Se lo sapevo venivo". Con la consueta ironia, in collegamento da casa con la diretta di Rai1, Luca Medici, in arte Checco Zalone, ha accolto il David alla migliore canzone originale ricevuto per il brano 'Immigrato', scritto e cantato dallo stesso Zalone per la colonna del film 'Tolo Tolo'. Fabrizio Bentivoglio Fabrizio Bentivoglio è il vincitore del David di Donatello 2021 al miglior attore non protagonista per il film 'L'incredibile storia dell'isola delle rose'. Monica Bellucci "Dedico questo premio alle mie bambine, Deva e Leonie". Così Monica Bellucci, in collegamento con la cerimonia dei David di Donatello ha accolto il suo David Speciale. "Con la speranza - ha aggiunto l'attrice - che l'arte in tutte le sue forme possa trovare nuova vita". Gigi Proietti L'allievo Enrico Brignano ha voluto omaggiare sul palco dei David di Donatello il maestro Gigi Proietti, dedicandogli un suo premio ideale e scatenando la standing ovation della platea. "Un grande attore, uno che ha rappresentato la sua città se l'è portata sottopelle per tutta la sua carriera, lui che ha incantato fiumane di persone e l'ha portate a teatro", ha detto Brignano. "Signore e signori, stasera lui non c'è ma c'è eccome perché il mio premio, il nostro premio, stasera e per sempre va a Gigi Proietti". Sam Mendes È infine andato a '1917' di Sam Mendes il David di Donatello 2021 al miglior film straniero.
Intense fighting between Palestinian militants and the Israeli army continued overnight, after Israeli Prime Minister warned Hamas that they will pay a "heavy price" for firing rockets from Gaza into Israel and the head of Hamas says the Islamists are "ready" if Israel escalates violence. Meanwhile, a US State Department spokesman said civilian deaths on the Israeli and Palestinian sides have to stop.
Israel has declared a state of emergency in the city of Lod after rioting, as conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants continued to intensify. Cars were set alight and several people were reportedly injured in clashes that the mayor of the city, near Tel Aviv, likened to a civil war. It comes after Palestinian militants fired 130 missiles at the city of Tel Aviv following an Israeli air strike on a tower block in the Gaza Strip.
TV tonight: courtroom drama recounts real-life case of Iraq war soldier Brian Wood. Toby Jones plays the human rights lawyer who questions the line between war and unlawful killing. Plus: Davina McCall: Sex Myths and the Menopause. Here’s what to watch this evening
Gavin Lux hit a dramatic three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers rallied late for a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Lux pounded his chest and gestured to his dugout while his first homer of the season landed in the right-field bleachers for the defending World Series champions, who opened a nine-game homestand with just their sixth win in 21 games. Corey Seager had a two-run single in the seventh for the Dodgers, and Max Muncy hit an early homer as they fell behind 4-1.
(Bloomberg) -- Chinese corporations are defaulting on local bonds at the fastest pace on record, as authorities ramp up efforts to introduce more financial discipline and transparency in the world’s second-largest debt market.Firms so far this year have failed to make payments on 99.8 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) of onshore bonds, according to Bloomberg-compiled data. While 2021 is set to be the fourth straight year the 100 billion yuan level has been topped, it previously hadn’t happened before September. For all of 2015, when China’s stock market crashed, defaults totaled just 8.9 billion yuan.Missed payments are running at a record pace this year, following the late 2020 defaults of some state-linked firms which affirmed convictions that authorities in China are increasingly willing to not bail out weak firms. The recent tumult surrounding bad debt manager China Huarong Asset Management Co. raised fresh questions about support for central state-owned firms, even as the risk of contagion remains relatively contained. Signs of a maturing credit market have helped Chinese officials’ effort to refocus on financial risks in areas like asset prices and debt levels.Ultimately, more defaults are part of a healthy credit market with a genuine high-yield onshore sector and adequate pricing of risk, according to Jean-Charles Sambor, head of emerging-market debt at BNP Paribas Asset Management.“Policy makers are willing to draw a line in the sand between what is systemic and what is not,” he said. “They want to inject more credit risk in the system and change the mindset of investors, forcing them to look more at stand alone credit risk rather than speculating on the likelihood of support from the central government.”Delinquencies are crucial in helping develop a mature and efficient market that improves transparency, reduces moral hazard and prompts a reassessment of risk. Increased financial discipline for companies and improved credit ratings serves Beijing’s longer-term goal of attracting more foreign cash to the country’s capital markets-- especially from more stable sources like pension funds and insurers instead of hot money flows.China’s central bank, in its first-quarter monetary report published Tuesday, urged establishing a mechanism that holds local party and government leaders accountable for major financial risks.Developer DefaultsReal estate firms are leading this year’s surge in onshore bond defaults, as authorities tighten access to funding in the debt-laden sector. Developers have made up about 25% of those missed payments with the government’s “three red lines” policy increasingly weighing on these borrowers. Payment failures at China Fortune Land Development Co. and Tianjin Real Estate Group Co. topped 10 billion yuan in the first quarter, according to Bloomberg-compiled data. They also did for chipmaker Tsinghua Unigroup Co. and Hainan Airlines Holding Co.Defaults on offshore bonds have also ramped up -- logging a combined $3.7 billion in January and February but none since, according to Bloomberg-compiled data. Still, that’s nearly half of 2020’s full-year $8.3 billion.(Adds details of central bank report in the seventh paraphraser.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks slid along with U.S. and European equity futures Wednesday amid concern that faster inflation and the surge in commodities could test the economic recovery from the pandemic.Taiwan’s benchmark dropped as much as 8.6% on a tech rout and Covid-19 curbs, with margin calls also taking some blame. An Asia-Pacific stock gauge was set for its lowest close since January. Nasdaq 100 futures underperformed after dip buyers helped the tech-heavy gauge finish little-changed overnight. The S&P 500 slid for a second day.Treasury yields were steady and the dollar rose. Investors are awaiting inflation data and government debt sales in the U.S. -- events that could spark market volatility. Consumer-price inflation is set to quicken, with the year-on-year comparison amplified by the shock of Covid-19 shutdowns in 2020.Debate over whether price pressures will be persistent enough to force the Federal Reserve to tighten policy sooner than current guidance suggests comes as abundant stimulus has powered a rally in global equities, raising concerns valuations had become expensive. A chorus of Fed officials said the U.S. economy is on the road to recovery but still faces risks, and reiterated that it’s premature to discuss pulling back monetary support.Equity markets have sold off quite heavily recently “because we got to year-end target figures for a lot stock market indices already,” Oliver Kettlewell, Mashreq Capital head of fixed income and global portfolios, said on Bloomberg Television. Semiconductor supply bottlenecks and commodity-induced inflation concerns spooked investors, he added.Oil was steady above $65. The biggest U.S. pipeline is still closed in the wake of a cyberattack, leading to acute fuel shortages in some parts of the nation.Australia’s 10-year bond yield jumped after the government unveiled a big-spending budget to spur the country’s rebounding economy. The Commonwealth Bank of Australia warned the country could lose its AAA credit rating.Copper traded near a record, and the Bloomberg Commodity Spot Index hovered around the highest levels in almost a decade. Palm oil futures in Kuala Lumpur climbed to the highest intraday level on record. A Chinese commodity exchange raised trading limits and margin requirements as authorities try to temper prices after a scorching rally in industrial commodities.MLIV’s Question of the Day: How Priced In Is a European Reopening?Here are some key events to watch this week:U.S. CPI report Wednesday is forecast to show prices continued to increase in AprilBank of England Governor Andrew Bailey speaks WednesdayThese are some of the main moves in markets:StocksS&P 500 futures fell 0.4% as of 2:15 p.m. in Tokyo. The S&P 500 index fell 0.9%Nasdaq 100 contracts lost 0.7%Japan’s Topix index shed 2.1%Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 index was down 1.2%South Korea’s Kospi fell 2.1%Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 0.4%China’s Shanghai Composite index was flatEuro Stoxx 50 futures retreated 0.3%CurrenciesThe yen fell 0.2% to 108.85 per dollarThe offshore yuan was at 6.4397 per dollar, down 0.2%The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index added 0.3%The euro traded 0.2% lower at $1.2122BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasuries was steady around 1.62%Australia’s 10-year bond yield climbed five basis points to 1.78%CommoditiesWest Texas Intermediate crude was at $65.33 a barrelGold fell 0.4% to $1,829.97 an ounceFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
In the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Lod, near Tel Aviv, video from the Magen David Adom Society (MDA) showed paramedics and police outside a house hit directly by a rocket on Wednesday. MDA reported that two people were in a critical condition after the strike.Into the early hours of Wednesday morning, Gazans reported their homes shaking and the sky lighting up with Israeli attacks, outgoing rockets and Israeli air defense missiles intercepting them.Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza, as the Islamist group and other Palestinian militant groups fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and Beersheba.
The Board of Directors has reached a unanimous decision, during the regular Board meeting of 11 May 2021, on proposals in relation to (1) the introduction of double voting right and (2) the future Board composition, both of which with intended application in 2022. Double voting right On 6 May 2021, the reference shareholder of NV Bekaert SA, Stichting Administratiekantoor Bekaert, proposed the Board of Directors to consider the introduction of double voting right. After careful deliberation, the Board reached a unanimous decision in support of the introduction of double voting right as an enabler to reward long-term perspective and loyalty in shareholder engagement. Double voting right would be granted to all shares that have been recorded in the share register in the name of the same shareholder for an uninterrupted period of at least two years. The proposed introduction of double voting right will be submitted to an Extraordinary General Meeting, the approval of which requires a quorum of 50% and special majority of 66.67%. Upon approval, the double voting right would apply from the next General Meeting onwards, which is expected to be the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders 2022. Board Composition The Board of Directors also decided to further strengthen its governance profile by proposing changes to its composition. In its current composition, the Board already displays strong governance with an independent Chairman and a high level of diversity in gender (38%/62%), expertise and nationality (54% non-Belgian). Moreover, the representation of independent Directors is strong in the two committees of the Board: majority (66.67%) in the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and balanced (50%) in the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. The Board proposes to further strengthen governance by way of the following changes if double voting right is approved: Increased independence in a balanced Board where the independent Directors and the CEO will represent at least half of the members of the BoardReduction of the number of Board members from 13 to 10, including a reduction of Directors appointed upon nomination by the reference shareholder from 7 to 5 The changes in Board composition will require approval by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 11 May 2022. The Stichting Administratiekantoor Bekaert has confirmed to fully support this proposal. Attachment p210512E - Loyalty voting right and Board composition 2022
International player union FIFPRO is ready to issue a formal complaint against South Korea’s soccer association and top-flight domestic league for agreeing on an “inexplicable” new standard contract without the consent of professional players. FIFPRO issued a statement saying the agreement, which means that Korean players in the K-League would be obliged to move teams if another club offers better terms, is a violation of player rights. “I’ve never heard of it elsewhere — a player not being able to decide where his future is — and I’ve been in football for a long time,” Jason Davidson, an Australian who plays for K-League club Ulsan Horangi, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The Cologne-based group now expects 2021 adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 950 million to 1 billion euros ($1.15-1.21 billion), hiking the lower end from its previous forecast by 50 million. Strong demand for disinfectant ingredients in the pandemic has helped Lanxess, whose rivals include Dutch-based Akzo Nobel and Germany's BASF, offset a slump in the auto sector, which makes up about 20% of its sales. But the economic rebound in China - the world's biggest automobile market - has now helped the car industry to recover faster than expected.
Little Mix, Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, HAIM and Billie Eilish were among the winners at the female-dominated Brit Awards. Jack Whitehall kicked off the event with a sketch featuring Line Of Duty stars Vicky McClure and Martin Compston, as well as social media sensation Jackie Weaver, who went viral with her contributions to a parish council meeting.