Sika reassures about its sales over nine months despite the pandemic

The Swiss chemicals group Sika, which specializes in building materials, reassured investors when it released its nine-month results on Thursday, despite sales down slightly with the shock of the health crisis.

For the first nine months of the year, the group which manufactures sealants, adhesives and sealants for the building industry reported sales in line with expectations, down 3.4% year-on-year to 5.8 billion Swiss francs (5.4 billion euros), he said in a statement.

But the group surprised on its net profit, better than expected, despite the pressure of the Swiss franc. Compared to the comparable period last year, it contracted 0.9% to 561.5 million Swiss francs. By comparison, analysts surveyed by the Swiss agency AWP expected an average of 506.5 million in profit for 5.8 billion in revenue.

The Swiss group was affected in the first half of the year by site closures but managed to limit the erosion of its sales thanks to its recent acquisitions.

Sales growth in Asia-Pacific

Last year, Sika made the biggest acquisition in its history by spending 2.5 billion Swiss francs to buy the French company Parex, with the aim of doubling the size of its mortars activities. This acquisition enabled it to continue to grow in Asia-Pacific despite the health crisis, in particular in China where the activities inherited from Parex have particularly “withstood the crisis”, Sika pointed out.

In Asia-Pacific, its nine-month sales climbed 13.9% in local currencies over the past nine months, offsetting slower growth in other markets.

«Despite the severe repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic“Sales in local currencies rose 2.6% across the group, with acquisitions contributing 9.2% to growth, Sika detailed.

At 7:53 GMT, the stock appreciated 2.98% to 235.20 Swiss francs, one of the few values ​​in the green within the SMI, the benchmark index of the Swiss Stock Exchange, which fell by 0.61%. These figures will give back “more investor confidence“, Who had questioned”few months ago“His growth forecasts, wondering if they were not”too optimisticJefferies analysts responded in a stock commentary.


A virus attacking zucchini, cucumbers and melons detected in France

An investigation is underway to determine the origin of the contamination.

By Le Figaro with AFP

The virus has been detected in two regions in the south of France, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
The virus has been detected in two regions in the south of France, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. HELENE BAMBERGER / Le Figaro Magazine

A new virus attacking zucchini, cucumbers and melons, present in several European countries (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece) but so far unknown in France, has been detected in two different regions in the south of France, the Agriculture Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Contamination by this virus, called Tomato Leaf curl New Delhi virus (ToLCNDV), was identified on zucchini leaves in one plot in Occitanie and three in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur. The infected vegetables were in seed production and resale establishments, on plots not intended for commercial seed production, and in farmers’ homes. Not presenting “no risk to human healthThe virus causes damage to zucchini, cucumber and melon crops. In India, it is virulent on tomato crops, the ministry said.

Measures have been implemented to prevent any spread by pruning tools, knives or secateurs or through the insect that carries the virus on plants, a small white fly called the whitefly Bemisia tabaci. The destruction of the plants is organized under the control of the State services in the contaminated plots, with the aim of completely eradicating the virus. An investigation is underway to determine the origin of the contamination and reinforced surveillance will be implemented for the next growing season, specifies the ministry.


Fortnite: Eating Candy, Nightmare Challenge – Breakflip – News, Guides and Tips

What would Halloween be without candy? Epic Games got it right and for the Nightmares event Fortnite, the publisher has decided to offer players a taste of candy. And since the world of Fortnite is well done, there is even a challenge who asks you to eat 25 candies (you can complete this challenge with others).

In this article, we explain where to find candy for the challenge called ” Eat some candies “. As you have seen, you have to eat 25 in all in order to complete the challenge and unlock 1 Shadow of Midas, a purple shade-colored coating.


The different locations with candy jars that you must destroy with a pickaxe or weapon to eat the candy.

Image credit: @meetlootllama

Where are the candies in Fortnite?

The candy from the Nightmares event (Halloween in Fortnite) can be found everywhere in the game. At each locality, you will find jars, whether on the ground or on a piece of furniture to destroy.


On this screen, the jar has been broken and we can see the candies on the floor

The easiest way to achieve this challenge is to be accompanied. If you are in a squad, each candy eaten by one of your allies will be counted for the challenge which asks you to eat 25.


All the challenges of Fortnite season 4


Fortnite: patch 14.40 size and weight, update and download – Breakflip – News, Guides and Tips

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Update 14.40 maintenance has started on Fortnite, find out the patch size!

A Season 4 patch is coming, and maintenance has started. This is patch 14.40, which will require a download before you can access and play the game. Fortnite !

There aren’t really any tips for speeding up downloading an update, althoughit is recommended to be connected via ethernet and not in wi-fi to maximize the speed of its connection. Also be careful if you want to download this with the 4G of your phone because you risk exceeding your plan very quickly.

How much does the update of patch 14.40 weigh?

On Twitter, the first information falls concerning the weight of this update. This is a season patch, so the size isn’t as big as the Season 4 update, which hit 10GB or more on each platform. The download should therefore be quite fast, and you can quickly play Fortnite again, once the maintenance is finished!

  • PC size: 27 Go
  • PS4 Size : 2,9 Go
  • Xbox Size : 2,82 Go
  • Taille Switch : 1,5 Go
  • Mobile Size : 1,2 Go

Do not hesitate to tell us the weight of the update on other platforms in the comments, we will take care of updating the article with what we see and what you send us!


All the challenges of Fortnite season 4


more than 400,000 cases of contamination in 24 hours worldwide, a record

By Le Figaro with AFP

A total of 404,758 new infections were reported, resulting in 6,086 new deaths.
A total of 404,758 new infections were reported, resulting in 6,086 new deaths. PASCAL ROSSIGNOL / REUTERS

More than 400,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination were announced worldwide on Thursday alone, a record according to the count made on Friday October 16 by AFP from reports provided by the health authorities. A total of 404,758 new infections were reported, resulting in 6,086 new deaths.

This increase in the number of cases reported worldwide is only partly explained by the increase in the number of tests carried out since the first wave of the epidemic in March-April worldwide.

Second wave

In Europe, but also in the United States and Canada, the number of cases detected has risen sharply in one week, by 44% and 17% respectively compared to the previous week. In Europe, the maximum number of cases identified since the start of the pandemic was even reached on Thursday, with more than 150,000 new cases in the region.

Several countries on the continent believe they have entered a second wave of the epidemic. The number of deaths recorded is still far from the levels reached in April (more than 4,000 daily deaths were then recorded on average), but after a slowdown this summer (less than 400 deaths per day in July), the past week has seen the region once again exceed an average of 1,000 daily deaths.

In the United States, where the number of cases announced had declined in September, after a peak in mid-July, contaminations are also on the rise, with an average of more than 50,000 new cases daily in the last seven days, and peaking Thursday at over 70,000.


Paris and Berlin denounce Turkey’s “inadmissible” behavior in the Mediterranean

Ankara has returned a gas exploration vessel to a disputed area.

By Le Figaro with AFP

The seismic research vessel, Oruç Reis, has become the symbol of Ankara's gas appetites in the Mediterranean.
The seismic research vessel, Oruç Reis, has become the symbol of Ankara’s gas appetites in the Mediterranean. OZAN ​​KOSE / AFP

Germany and France denounced Thursday, October 15 the new provocations “inadmissibleOf Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, which could earn it European sanctions if Ankara does not return to a “spirit of dialogue».

«It must be noted that there are permanent acts of provocation on the part of Turkey which are not bearable. We really want Turkey to clarify its positions», Declared the head of French diplomacy Jean-Yves Le Drian after a meeting with his German and Polish counterparts.

The return of a Turkish gas exploration vessel to Greek waters constitutes “a new provocation which is completely unacceptable», Added the German Heiko Maas. The two ministers recalled that the European Union had asked Turkey to stop its provocations by the December European summit on pain of being imposed sanctions.

One week delay

«The ball is in Ankara’s court», Underlined Jean-Yves Le Drian. “We are ready to accept the balance of power in the event of further provocations from Turkey even if our shared objective is to establish a real dialogue with Turkey.“, he added. Heiko Maas mentioned a delay “one weekTo see if Turkey is changing its attitude. “Then the European Union will decide on the attitude to adopt“, he said.

Turkey returned the seismic research vessel Oruc Reis to the eastern Mediterranean on Monday, despite protests from Athens. The deployment of this ship, which has become the symbol of Ankara’s appetite for gas in the eastern Mediterranean, has undermined hopes of de-escalation, after several weeks of sharp tensions between Turkey and Greece, in August and September.

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[clicazot] Nadia Ramassamy wants to strengthen the immune defenses of adults through vaccination

Deputy Nadia Ramassamy wrote to Minister of Health Olivier Véran concerning the reactivation of the immune coverage of adults by vaccination.


Doctor, and while waiting for a vaccine adapted to COVID, I would like to draw your attention once again to the potential beneficial effects of vaccination coverage in children, which I believe currently provides them with an important immune defense. mitigating the disastrous pathogenic effects of the virus.

Despite recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), some compulsory vaccinations for adults – such as the DT-Polio vaccine required every 20 years for those under 65, and every 10 years for those over 65 years old – no longer or very little. Other vaccinations, due to the reappearance of certain pathologies, such as measles and pertussis, are recommended in adults.

It is questionable whether the lack of regular vaccinations and therefore reactivation of immune coverage does not weaken the immune defense of some people in the face of COVID-19.

Also, and while the strengthening of the immune systems of adults is a necessity, I suggest you, as a matter of urgency, to check the current state of vaccination coverage for adults and to reinstate compulsory vaccinations, some of which are particularly protective.

Currently, eleven vaccines are compulsory for children (diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenzae B, pertussis, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcus C and pneumococcus). Each doctor should, in my opinion, recheck and reactivate the vaccination coverage of their adult patients if this proves necessary, with reference of course to the state of comorbidity.

Thus, it might be possible to place adults, and in particular those at risk, in an immune defense situation similar to that of children, especially by injecting the following vaccines: measles-mumps-rubella, Prevent against pneumococcal infections, and DT-polio-pertussis. If there is nothing to lose for the French to be vaccinated regularly according to the recommendations of health agencies, they have everything to gain.

I would therefore be grateful to you, Minister, for studying with the greatest attention the feasibility of my proposal aimed at strengthening the immune defenses of adults, which are sometimes non-existent for lack of regular reactivation.

Please accept, Mr. Minister, the expression of my highest consideration.



Kenin joins Swiatek in the final – Fil Info – Roland-Garros

The American Sofia Kenin disposed of the Czech Petra Kvitova two sets, 6/4, 7/5 and 1h46. The winner of the last Australian Open will meet the young Polish, Iga Swiatek (19) on Saturday in the final, slayer of the qualifier Nadia Podoroska, 6/2, 6/1.


EU contracts US for 500,000 doses of remdesivir

By Le Figaro with AFP

Gilead Sciences Headquarters on April 29, 2020 in Foster City, California.
Gilead Sciences Headquarters on April 29, 2020 in Foster City, California. JUSTIN SULLIVAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The European Commission announced on Thursday that it had reached an agreement with the American pharmaceutical group Gilead for the supply of 500,000 doses of remdesivir, an antiviral authorized in the EU to treat patients with Covid-19.

«Today, we guarantee access to remdesivir for the treatment of 500,000 patients who need itHealth Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in a statement. “Thanks to our common public markets, we are giving European countries the means to join forces and have access to essential equipment and medicines.”She explained.

The Gilead Group produces Veklury, the brand of remdesivir. The agreement announced by Stella Kyriakides provides for the possibility of increasing the supply beyond 500,000 doses. All EU countries, member countries of the European Economic Area, the United Kingdom and six candidate countries (Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina) benefit from these purchases. “Veklury is, at this stage, the only medicine with conditional marketing authorization in the EU for the treatment of patients in need of oxygen supply.», Specifies the European Commission.

A previous contract with the American group has enabled the distribution of 33,380 Veklury treatments in the EU and the United Kingdom since August, recalled the Commission.

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