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Las Vegas Sands, founded by the late Sheldon Adelson, reached an agreement to sell the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas to private-equity and property investors for more than $6bn. The investors are taking a punt that Sin City will rebound when COVID-19 restrictions are eased. The deal underpins Las Vegas Sands’ focus on its casinos in Macau and Singapore, the backbone of its business.

由已故的謝爾登·阿德爾森(Sheldon Adelson)創立的拉斯維加斯金沙集團(Las Vegas Sands)達成協議,將拉斯維加斯的威尼斯人酒店以超過60億美元的價格出售給私募股權和房地產投資者。投資者正在押注,當新冠肺炎限制措施放鬆時,“罪惡之城”將會回暖。這筆交易鞏固了拉斯維加斯金沙集團對其業務支柱——澳門和新加坡賭場的關注。

Both Lufthansa and International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways, reported big annual losses. Looking for ways to save cash, BA has reached an agreement to defer 450m pounds ($628m) in pension deficit contributions.

漢莎航空和英國航空的母公司——國際航空集團都報告了鉅額年度虧損。為了尋找節省現金的方法,英航已達成協議,將推遲繳納4.5億英鎊(6.28億美元)的養老金赤字。

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COVID-related restrictions brought about a 6% drop in energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions last year, according to the International Energy Agency. But as demand picked up, so did emissions, which were 2% higher in December 2020 than in December 2019.

根據國際能源署(IEA)的數據,去年,與新冠病毒相關的限制措施使與能源相關的二氧化碳排放量下降了6%。但隨着需求的增加,二氧化碳的排放量也在增加,2020年12月的排放量比2019年12月高2%。

There may be a new president in the White House, but Amazon still finds itself caught in political crosshairs. Joe Biden warned the retail giant this week not to interfere with a vote by workers at a warehouse in Alabama on whether to unionise, a first for all the employees at an Amazon facility. Meanwhile, Amazon was forced to change the recent redesign of its app logo, because the Twitterati thought it resembled Hitler.

白宮可能會易主,不過亞馬遜(Amazon)發現自己仍然陷入了政治焦點。本週,拜登警告這家零售巨頭,不要干涉阿拉巴馬州一家倉庫的工人就是否成立工會進行的投票,這是亞馬遜工廠所有員工首次進行這類投票。與此同時,亞馬遜被迫改變了最近重新設計的應用程序logo,因為推特達人們認為這個標誌很像希特勒。

Birkenstock was sold to a private-equity firm backed by LVMH in a deal worth 4bn euros ($4.8bn). Associated with hippies in the 1970s until they became de rigueur for hipsters in the 1990s, Birkenstock sandals trace their history back to Germany in 1774; the current design dates from the 1960s. The Birkenstock family will no longer be sole owners, but they will retain a minority stake.

路易威登集團支持的一傢俬募股權公司將以40億歐元(合48億美元)的價格收購勃肯(Birkenstock)品牌。勃肯涼拖在20世紀70年代與嬉皮士聯繫在一起,直到20世紀90年代成為嬉皮士的一種必備品。勃肯涼拖的歷史可以追溯到1774年的德國;當前的設計始於20世紀60年代。勃肯家族將不再是該品牌唯一的所有者,但他們還將保留少數股權。

Maezawa Yusaku, a Japanese tycoon, invited applications for eight places on his planned trip around the Moon, pencilled in for 2023. Meanwhile SpaceX, the firm that will fly Mr Maezawa and his companions, was testing a prototype version of the rocket he hopes to use. The machine managed to return to its landing pad after flying 10km into the air, but blew up a few minutes later.

日本富商前澤友作(Maezawa Yusaku)計劃在2023年繞月球旅行,他將挑選8名同伴一同前往。與此同時,將為前澤友作和他的同伴們提供飛行服務的SpaceX公司正在測試他希望使用的火箭原型。這枚星艦原型機在飛到10公里的高度後成功返回了着陸平台,但幾分鐘後爆炸了。

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