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.
由已故的谢尔登·阿德尔森(Sheldon Adelson)创立的拉斯维加斯金沙集团(Las Vegas Sands)达成协议，将拉斯维加斯的威尼斯人酒店以超过60亿美元的价格出售给私募股权和房地产投资者
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
日本富商前泽友作(Maezawa Yusaku)计划在2023年绕月球旅行，他将挑选8名同伴一同前往。与此同时，将为前泽友作和他的同伴们提供飞行服务的SpaceX公司正在测试他希望使用的火箭原型 。这枚星舰原型机在飞到10公里的高度后成功返回了着陆平台，但几分钟后爆炸了 。
1. blew up 爆炸；爆发
Saboteurs blew up a small section of the track.
2. no longer 不再
He's no longer a depressive character.
3. pick up 捡起；获得
Will you pick up all your toys?
4. a few minutes later 几分钟后
A few minutes later the bomb went off, destroying the vehicle.