Philipp Kurashev scores his first NHL goal

Philipp Kurashev scored his first NHL goal. The success of the 21-year-old Bernese, however, did not prevent Chicago’s 5-4 loss to Sunrise to Florida.

The Blackhawks begin their season with four losses in four games. On Monday evening, however, they picked up their first point as they only lost in overtime on a goal from Frank Varano.

Philipp Kurashev will therefore only have waited for his third game to shake the NHL’s nets. He victoriously concluded a break in the 47th to give his colors the 4-3 advantage. The Bernese was credited with a +1 record for 10’03 ” on the ice. Pius Suter returned a neutral record for a playing time of 13’31 ”. Double scorer, former Ambri-Piotta top scorer Dominik Kubalik was the Blackhawks’ sharpest forward.

Another Swiss player scored a point on Tuesday night. Dean Kukan provided an assist for Frenchman Alexandre Texier in Columbus’ 3-2 overtime loss to Detroit.

Finally, it should be noted that the meeting between the Nashville of Roman Josi and the Carolina of Nino Niederreiter was postponed due to the Covid-19. Monday during the first clash between the two teams, Jordan Staal (Carolina) and Mikael Grandlund (Nahville) had not been aligned due to the protocol imposed by the Covid-19.

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Falling figures for Tornos

Tornos’ 2020 financial year was marked “significantly” by the coronavirus crisis. The Provost manufacturer of machine tools issued a press release to this effect on Wednesday morning. New orders fell 27.7% last year to 135.5 million francs and sales fell by almost half, or 49.6%, to 103.4 million of francs. Tornos will publish its detailed figures on March 8. The company also notes an “encouraging” trend in demand in the fourth quarter of 2020, mainly in China but also in certain European markets. However, the positive effect will only be felt during the current year.

Tornos has taken “strict austerity measures” but still expects a net result for the second half of 2020 that is lower than that of the first part of the year. However, the group begins the 2021 financial year before more liquidity “thanks to a significantly adjusted cost base”. As a reminder, more than 90 positions, including 70 in Switzerland, have been crossed out despite partial unemployment measures. According to the financial director, Luc Widmer, these were mainly temporary jobs. The company is not currently considering a new workforce reduction plan. / comm-fco-alr

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Pro Senectute encourages seniors from the age of 50 to get vaccinated

Pro Senectute encourages all people 50 years of age and over to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible. They will thus help to preserve three essential aspects: their own health, the economy and intergenerational solidarity.

Seniors who are vaccinated protect not only themselves but also vulnerable groups and the people with whom they are in daily contact, such as their loved ones or care staff, argued Pro Senectute during a press briefing in line Tuesday.

“It is proven that the immune system weakens after 50 years and that old age brings with it other diseases”, underlined the former federal councilor and president of the foundation board Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

An act of solidarity

Swiss society as a whole and businesses have had and will still have to agree to many deprivations in order to protect people at increased risk of contracting a severe form of the disease, but also in order to control the pandemic.

Vaccination from the age of 50 therefore represents an act of solidarity with the young and active population, which participates in the application of measures to protect the most vulnerable groups.

Helps maintained

Since the start of the pandemic, Pro Senectute has worked to fight to protect older people from discrimination or exclusion. ‘In these difficult times, understanding, solidarity and mutual respect are indeed more essential than ever,’ said the president of the foundation board.

The organization maintains the immediate aids deployed for seniors from the start of the pandemic, such as the AMIGOS purchase and delivery service, intended for people in quarantine or in self-isolation, as well as other services for the elderly living home.

The 24 cantonal and inter-cantonal organizations of Pro Senectute support the national vaccination campaign and its implementation in the cantons. In particular, they answer by telephone or via the national Infoline on 058 591 15 15 to all questions relating to the vaccination against the coronavirus of the elderly and their relatives.

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Alstom remains optimistic, revenue slightly down in Q3

The railway manufacturer Alstom on Tuesday published a slightly lower turnover in the third quarter of its postponed fiscal year 2020/21, and confirmed its objectives, counting on a positive outlook for the market in the medium term.

Sales fell 0.5% between October and December 2020, to 2.049 billion euros (2.2 billion francs), but increased by 2.0% at constant scope and exchange rates , according to a statement.

Over nine months since April 1, 2020 – a period that includes almost all of the pandemic -, the drop in revenue was limited to 10%, to 5.567 billion euros (-8% at and constant exchange rates).

New order intake was more affected by the Covid-19, with a decline of 48% in the third quarter and 45% over nine months.

The group notably sold metros in Toulouse and Bucharest and trams in Cologne, but also a signaling system in India.

The group’s order book, which is due to buy Bombardier Transport on January 29, reached 40.1 billion euros as of December 31, 2020, against 43 billion a year earlier.

Alstom confirmed its objectives put forward in November for the whole of fiscal year 2020/21, with a turnover of between 7.6 and 7.9 billion euros, an operating margin of between 7.7 and 8.0%, and zero or positive cash flow (catching up to -253 million in the first half).

The group adds an orders-to-sales ratio above 1, driven by the ‘commercial potential’ of the fourth quarter. This indicator was 0.8 over nine months.

In the longer term, management considers the outlook for the rail market to be ‘positive’, and confirms its outlook announced in May: the objective of an average annual growth rate of 5% over the period 2019/20 to 2022/23 should be ‘slightly impacted by the temporary slowdown in tendering activity’, but that of an operating margin of 9% in 2022/23 is confirmed.

These forecasts do not include the contribution of Bombardier Transport, which Alstom is to absorb on January 29.

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Lindt & Sprüngli saw its sales decline in 2020

Lindt & Sprüngli saw sales decline in 2020, affected by store closures and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group confirms its objectives.

The Kilchberg chocolate maker recorded sales of 4.02 billion francs in 2020, representing negative organic growth of -6.1%, according to the press release on Tuesday. In francs, the fall reached 10.9%. All regions have been affected, but in contrasting ways. In addition, online sales have doubled, representing around 5% of revenue.

Both revenue and organic growth are doing worse than the AWP consensus.

The group has confirmed its objectives, including an operating margin (EBIT) of around 10% for 2020. Lindt & Sprüngli is still aiming, in the medium and long term, for organic growth of 5-7% per year.

Detailed results will be released on March 2.

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Record auction for a drawing by Tintin: 3.175 million euros

A design by Hergé for the cover of Tintin’s album ‘Le Lotus bleu’ on Thursday broke the world auction record for comics. It was sold for 3.175 million euros including fees, announced the Artcurial house.

‘After a bidding battle between three phones, this coveted masterpiece finally flew to 3,175,400 euros,’ the auction house reported in a statement. The buyer is a ‘private collector’.

Sold by the Casterman family in Paris, this 1936 drawing, in India ink, gouache and watercolor, with a black background, was ultimately deemed too thin and complex for the comic strip to be printed. It has been replaced by a simpler red background design.

The history of this drawing remains mysterious. According to the heirs, it had been offered by the Belgian designer, Georges Rémi of his real name, to the son of the publisher Louis Casterman, Jean-Paul, aged seven, who had folded it in six and put it in a drawer. . Experts question the veracity of this story, particularly the account of Jean-Paul Casterman, difficult to verify nowadays.

Turning point in Hergé’s work

For several Tintin experts, the fold marks on the sheet of paper are the work of the author himself, who slipped the drawing into an envelope to send it to the deputy director of the publishing house. The drawing would have remained since 1936, with many others, on deposit with Casterman.

The ‘Blue Lotus’ is one of the masterpieces of the Belgian designer, inspired by his meeting with a young Chinese graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, Tchang Tchong-Jen, who will remain his faithful friend. The album marks a turning point in Hergé’s work. The boards appeared in 1934 and 1935 in the review ‘Petit-Vingtième’, before the album’s publication in 1936, and were immediately seen as a major work in the history of comics.

The previous record was 2.51 million euros (costs included again) for the design of the cover pages of Tintin’s albums, at Artcurial in 2014.

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A second goal for Nino Niederreiter

Nino Niederreiter has scored his second goal of the season – his eleventh already – in the NHL. The Grison sealed the score in Carolina’s 4-2 victory at Nashville.

El Nino scored in the empty cage 36 seconds from the siren. Aligned for 13’00, he was credited with a +2 record. In the opposing camp, the evening was less auspicious for Roman Josi. The captain is -2 in this first loss for the Predators who started their season with two wins over Columbus.

The two teams will face off again this Tuesday in Nashville.

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Priceless victory for Atlanta and Clint Capela

With 23 points and 15 rebounds, Clint Capela was one of the architects of Atlanta’s 108-97 success ahead of Minnesota. The Geneva pivot was keen to bring out the big game during the Martin Luther King Day.

The Hawks were able to salute the memory of the Reverend who was born in Atlanta with a jersey flocked with his initials. ‘It was important to win this meeting, admits Clint Capela. Last year was a very hard year. I learned what it means to be a person of color in this country. ‘

Faced with an opponent who now remains on a nine-game losing streak in his last ten meetings, Atlanta has never been really in danger. Beaten six times in their last seven games before the arrival of the Timberwolves, the Hawks did not pass up the windfall.

Aligned for 39 minutes, Clint Capoela was credited with a 10 of 16 shooting and a 3 of 3 shooting. He is slowly building up to be already in third place among the best rebounders in the League behind Andre Drummond (Cleveland) and Rudy Gobert (Utah).

The shock of this Martin Luther Kink Day has returned to Brooklyn. The Nets won 125-123 ahead of Milwaukee thanks in particular to 30 points from Kevin Durant and 34 from James Harden. The former OKC duo are poised to take power in the East. And all this in the absence of Kyrie Irving who is expected to return to the game this week.

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Priceless victory for Atlanta and Clint Capela

With 23 points and 15 rebounds, Clint Capela was one of the architects of Atlanta’s 108-97 success ahead of Minnesota. The Geneva pivot was keen to bring out the big game during the Martin Luther King Day.

The Hawks were able to salute the memory of the Reverend who was born in Atlanta with a jersey flocked with his initials. ‘It was important to win this meeting, admits Clint Capela. Last year was a very hard year. I learned what it means to be a person of color in this country. ‘

Faced with an opponent who now remains on a nine-game losing streak in his last ten meetings, Atlanta has never been really in danger. Beaten six times in their last seven games before the arrival of the Timberwolves, the Hawks did not pass up the windfall.

Aligned for 39 minutes, Clint Capoela was credited with a 10 of 16 shooting and a 3 of 3 shooting. He is slowly building up to be already in third place among the best rebounders in the League behind Andre Drummond (Cleveland) and Rudy Gobert (Utah).

The shock of this Martin Luther Kink Day has returned to Brooklyn. The Nets won 125-123 ahead of Milwaukee thanks in particular to 30 points from Kevin Durant and 34 from James Harden. The former OKC duo are poised to take power in the East. And all this in the absence of Kyrie Irving who is expected to return to the game this week.

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A VFM-NUC derby in the quarter-final of the cup

Volleyball Franches-Montagnes has known its next Swiss Cup opponent since Sunday evening. Les Taignonnes will host the NUC on January 31 in the quarterfinals. The Neuchâteloises easily disposed of Lugano 3-0 on Sunday at La Riveraine in the round of 16. The VFM had been exempted by drawing lots from the first round of the competition which, due to the health context, this season only includes Ligue A teams. In the event of victory against the current 2e of the championship, the volleyball players from the mountains would face Cheseaux or Toggenburg at home in the semi-final. / jpi

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