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Rapala VMC CorporationStock Exchange Release21.4.2021 RAPALA VMC CORPORATION: Share repurchase 21.4.2021 In the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Trade date 21.4.2021 Bourse trade Buy Share RAP1V Amount 3,000SharesAverage price/ share 8,3808EURTotal cost 25,142.40EUR Company now holds a total of 325 553 shares including the shares repurchased on 21.4.2021 On behalf of Rapala VMC Corporation Nordea Bank Finland Plc Janne Sarvikivi Sami Huttunen For further information: Olli Aho Investor Relations, tel. +358 9 7562 540 www.rapalavmc.com Attachment RAP1V_21_4_trades new
The recent kidnapping of an 8-year-old girl, the arrest of her mother and five suspected accomplices and the issuing of an international arrest warrant for a former politician accused of orchestrating the operation from abroad have cast light on the influence of QAnon and other conspiracy theories in France. For five days last week, French media followed the abduction of an 8-year-old girl identified as Mia from her grandmother’s home in eastern France to her recovery at a squat in Switzerland, some 200 kilometres away.The search, involving some 200 police, ended Sunday when Mia was found with her mother, 28-year-old Lola Montemaggi, inside an abandoned factory in Sainte-Croix, near the French border.Mia was returned to her grandmother’s care on Monday, while Montemaggi, who had lost custody of her daughter and was no longer allowed to see her alone or speak with her on the telephone, remained in Swiss custody pending extradition.During the search, French police detained five suspected accomplices, all men, three of whom are accused of posing as child welfare officials to convince Mia’s grandmother to let them take the girl away.Following the arrests, prosecutors said the suspects had concocted a bizarre plot code-named Operation Lima that involved walkie-talkies, camping gear, fake licence plates, a 3,000-euro budget and a prepared script to be read to the grandmother.Police described the suspects as survivalists and anti-system activists motivated by the belief that children placed in care were unfairly taken from their parents. None had criminal records.With their testimonies leading investigators to seek the arrest of prominent conspiracy theorist Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann, a former French politician suspected to be living in Malaysia, a picture has emerged of a network of individuals under the sway of some of the most extreme conspiracy theories to surface in recent years.Changing social media postsReports in French media said Lola Montemaggi worked for many years as a waitress at a restaurant in Montélimar, in the south-eastern Drôme department, before moving closer to her parents in the eastern Vosges following her separation from Mia’s father.Montemaggi was reportedly close to her family and kept a garden before dedicating herself to the anti-government Yellow Vest movement that began in late 2018.“I think she found her cause at that time,” a friend told media, also describing the changing nature of Montemaggi’s social media posts. “The last link she sent me was on 20 March. I didn’t look at it… but I noticed it was about abusive placements of children.”Through 2019 and 2020, Montemaggi’s Facebook posts showed newfound preoccupations with vaccines, 5G technology and especially the notion of a malevolent state taking children from their families. Some posts bear hallmarks of QAnon, a US-based theory that has taken root in Europe.“The elites are known to be paedophiles. Child trafficking networks really exist, they are highly structured and organised, but above all go unpunished,” reads a message posted by Montemaggi in April 2020. “Conventional media never talk about that, you have to do your own research. Wake up, sheep! New world order, 5G chip, satanism etc etc."An organised abductionPolice said a court decided to temporarily place Mia in the care of her maternal grandmother in January 2021, citing Montemaggi’s “violence towards her companion, suicidal remarks and refusal to send [Mia] to school despite the rejection of a request for home schooling.”Under the court order, Montemaggi was able to see her daughter twice per month, never alone. Police said she stopped responding to summons from the child protection office and the family court.The abduction happened on 13 April, when a man convinced Mia’s grandmother that he represented the child protection services and, with two accomplices, brought the girl to Montemaggi.Over the next five days, a public abduction alert made for a heavily mediatised search for the kidnapped girl, drawing testimonies that led police to identify and arrest the suspected accomplices.Newspaper Le Parisien reported intelligence and anti-terrorist services identified the accomplices through a separate investigation into individuals preparing to attack vaccination centres and to abduct children who had been placed in care.Testimonies helped police determine Montemaggi had travelled to Switzerland, passing by Neuchatel and a campsite with the help of contacts before arriving in the squat on 17 April, a day before their discovery by police.Mia’s paternal grandparents said through their lawyer the rescue was “a huge relief” and “the end of nights of anguish and fear for the life of our little girl, in particular because of the extremist commitments of the kidnappers.”Striking another tone, Mia’s maternal grandfather, separated from the grandmother lodging the girl, defended his daughter throughout the search.“I approve of what she’s done, it’s very brave,” Claude Montemaggi said, expressing “relief” that his daughter “could find the find support of organised persons willing to take risks for her”.Orchestrated from abroad?Testimonies of the suspected accomplices turned the investigation towards Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann, who was leader of the office of the centrist MoDem party in the southern Haute-Garonne department in 2007 before his expulsion in 2010.More than a decade later, he operates a website dedicated to an overthrow of the French government and outlines a vision for France that hits on many libertarian and QAnon themes, including abolishing Covid-19 sanitary measures including mandatory masks and shop closures, cancelling deployment of 5G technology and stopping “undue placement of children”.“Rémy Daillet appears to be a leading organiser of the ‘movement’ to which the suspects belong” and may have “played a role in organising the kidnapping and provided the contact details for the person who took in the mother and child in Neuchatel,” read a statement issued by state prosecutor François Perain.Investigators also suspect Daillet-Wiedemann of encouraging a vehicle ramming attack on a police station in the southwestern city of Dax in November and using a fake social media account to praise the vandalism of a memorial to victims of a Nazi massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane in central France.For the moment, the story of the kidnapping and the alleged perpetrators is largely based on police statements, media testimonies and social media posts. None of the accused had spoken publicly or in court as of Wednesday. (with newswires)
The European Union has not done enough to capitalise on its 18 billion euro ($21.6 billion) space programmes, including its Galileo satellite positioning system and Copernicus observation satellites, EU auditors said on Wednesday. The European Court of Auditors (ECA) found that the EU had failed to spell out the societal and economic benefits of its space programmes, or set clear targets or timeframes to achieve those benefits. The EU has spent 18.3 billion euros up to the end of 2020 and has earmarked more than 14 billion euros for the 2021-2027 period.
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(Bloomberg) -- President Joe Biden is bringing together dozens of foreign leaders along with corporate executives, union heads and Pope Francis in a two-day virtual summit meant to invigorate the global fight against climate change and restore U.S. credibility on the issue.The heads of state of all 40 nations invited have agreed to attend the event, which begins on Earth Day, Thursday, as Biden seeks to prove the U.S. is committed to making deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts needed to avert the most catastrophic consequences of climate change.The gathering is aimed at driving more aggressive climate action that can keep average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), a key tipping point.The leaders of some of the world’s top-emitting countries will appear alongside officials from smaller, island nations that are already dealing with the consequences of a warming planet. Chinese President Xi Jinping is slated to appear during the conference and Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to make live remarks.About 18 top executives from the U.S. government, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, also will participate, as will executives from Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., electric vehicle maker Proterra Inc. and other companies.Biden administration officials said they are “upping the ante” on climate change ambition and intend to utilize all the tools available to confront the crisis, including finance, which will be in focus on the first day. While many recent international climate change discussions have focused on the role of multilateral development banks and formal climate assistance programs, the conversation at this week’s summit will include a more expansive look at the role of private capital in propelling clean energy and building resilience, the administration officials said.The agenda also includes a Thursday session on nature-based solutions to climate change, such as reducing deforestation, promoting sustainable agricultural practices and conserving wetlands.Click here to see schedule of events for two-day summitFriday’s summit will focus on unleashing technological innovation necessary to curb emissions and the economic opportunities of climate action.The administration officials plan to point to sustained climate action by corporations and state governments as a sign of enduring U.S. progress, even as former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord and dismantled domestic policies key to driving emissions cuts.Biden has made combating climate change a priority. He’s launched an interagency task force, deputized a White House climate czar to coordinate action and directed agencies to consider a suite of new rules meant to spur clean energy. This week’s summit marks his first big step to address climate on the global stage.In the weeks leading up to the summit, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has been traveling the globe, working to coax stronger emissions-cutting pledges from U.S. allies. Some of those efforts have borne fruit, as Japan, Canada, the U.K. and other nations are expected to outline more aggressive targets for paring planet-warming greenhouse gases.The administration officials, noting that the U.S. is responsible for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions, said they anticipate participating nations will use the forum to make announcements about their own plans for combating climate change.On Wednesday, Kerry said he expects Xi to “to make some announcements” about what China plans to do to address emissions between now and 2030. The next nine years, Kerry said, are critical for putting the Earth on a path to slow global warming.“If we don’t have people signing on to raise ambitions by 2020 to 2030, we don’t get to where we need to go by 2050,” Kerry said during a Washington Post interview streamed online. “And there is no holding the Earth’s temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Centigrade.”Even before it starts, the U.S. climate summit is helping galvanize greater ambition, said David Waskow, director of the World Resources Institute’s International Climate Initiative. Still, a key test will be how much funding the Biden administration dedicates to aiding developing nations in adapting to climate change and pursuing clean energy projects, Waskow said.“Clearly the summit has propelled action in the early part of the year,” Waskow said. “There’s much more to be done, but this does give the traction that we need.”Kerry’s push so far has not prompted India, the world’s third-biggest emitter, to declare a target for achieving net-zero emissions domestically. And other nations, such as Brazil, are seeking more financial support to curb deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.Other challenges surround negotiations with China, as the U.S. seeks to compartmentalize talks on climate amid concerns around trade, intellectual property and human rights. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned Monday that the U.S. won’t let other countries use climate progress as a chip “to excuse bad behavior in other areas.”Xi, meanwhile, issued a veiled critique of his own on Tuesday, as he urged other nations to avoid “bossing others around,” and insisted that “the future destiny of the world should be decided by all countries.”The U.S. pledge would require dramatic changes in the U.S. energy landscape, from the way electricity is generated to the cars traversing the nation’s highways. The U.S. would also need to curtail emissions from the industrial sector, with carbon-capture technology deployed at ethanol factories, cement makers and petrochemical plants.Ahead of the summit Thursday and Friday, Biden is set to announce a U.S. vow to at least halve domestic greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by the end of the decade, according to people familiar with the matter.The Biden administration also is advancing a slate of policies meant to buttress that carbon-cutting pledge -- including work to marshal U.S. government spending on electric vehicles and devote more money to helping other nations pursue clean energy.(Updates with Kerry comments on possible Xi announcement from 13th paragraph.)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.
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(Bloomberg) -- China’s appetite for the world’s corn is expected to soar to a record this year as the Asian nation grapples with a grain shortfall.Corn prices in Chicago surged to a nearly eight-year high after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beijing office lifted its forecast for China’s corn imports by 17% to 28 million metric tons for the marketing year ending in September. If realized, it would be the most ever, according to Bloomberg data going back six decades.China, the world’s biggest pork producer, is contending with a grain supply pinch as it works to feed hogs recovering from a deadly virus. While its goal is to boost reliance on domestic crops, the Asian nation is still expected to buy up 15 million tons of the world’s corn in the new season starting in October, according to the USDA. That would be the second-biggest year on record.“Sources indicate that substantial corn imports will be necessary to control further price increases and maintain buffer stocks throughout calendar year 2021,” the agency’s attache said Wednesday in a statement.China is expected to rely more on rice and wheat stocks in the next season due to the high price of corn. Still, corn demand isn’t expected to change “until late calendar year 2021 or 2022 at the earliest,” the statement said.Corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade climbed as much as 1.4% on Wednesday to $6.005 a bushel, the highest since May 2013. Prices have nearly doubled in the last year as China scooped up massive amounts of the grain to replenish pig herds that were decimated by the deadly African swine fever.Fresh outbreaks of the deadly virus have emerged, triggering concern that China’s demand for feed imports may wane and cool the biggest crop futures rally in almost a decade.In other markets, soybeans and wheat rose.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.