Clint Capela (Atlanta Hawks) with an alley oop vs the Brooklyn Nets, 01/27/2021
Clint Capela (Atlanta Hawks) with an alley oop vs the Brooklyn Nets, 01/27/2021
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Poland could loosen coronavirus restrictions in May, provided a third wave of the pandemic peaks between March and April, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Thursday. Poland's new daily coronavirus cases will reach 15,250 on Thursday, he said, having jumped to 15,698 on Wednesday in one of the biggest spikes since November. "Maybe after (the Easter holidays) we will be able to make more forthright decisions about loosening restrictions if we see that the pandemic's peak is behind us," Niedzielski told Polish web portal WP.pl.
From 1 January next year, commercial water equipment and water closet flush valves that are supplied and sold in Singapore will need to meet minimum water efficiency requirements.
China’s top legislative advisory body opened its annual session Thursday against the background of a crackdown on Hong Kong’s political opposition and the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In his opening address, the head of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Wang Yang, pledged support for calls that only “patriots” who show undivided loyalty to the ruling Communist Party should be allowed to hold elected office in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous southern Chinese city where Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law last year. “We will strengthen unity and friendship with our compatriots overseas and in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, and conduct studies and consultations on fostering patriotism among young people in Hong Kong and Macao,” Wang told delegates in the hulking Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing.
Dublin, March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "2021 Organic Seed Market - Size, Share, COVID Impact Analysis and Forecast to 2027" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This report provides comprehensive research with in-depth data and contemporary analysis of Organic Seed Market at a global, regional and key country level, split by different sub-segments of the industry. The report presents growth projections in the Organic Seed Market between 2021 and 2027 for companies operating across different types, applications, and end-user verticals.Organic Seed Market is quickly reaching its pre-COVID levels and a healthy growth rate is expected over the forecast period driven by the V-shaped recovery in most of the developing nations.Key strategies of companies operating in Organic Seed Market Industry are identified as showcasing their contactless manufacturing and delivery methods, highlighting USP statements, focus on product packaging, and increased the presence of products on online platforms.The food industry is set to experience a few changes in 2021 due to the increased consciousness of consumers in selecting food. This inclination towards sustainable, regenerative, plant-based food and demand for foods and beverages with immunity-boosting ingredients is driving the demand for these products and their constituents. Do It Yourself (DIY) trend has seen huge momentum during Corona times and is expected to continue in 2021.Considering the rapidly changing market landscape, companies are changing their perspectives on expanding beyond traditional markets. In addition to focusing on widening applications, introducing new product portfolios, most food and beverage companies are planning to capture domestic and international markets.Fast pace recovery of developing economies leading to increased disposable income will support the Organic Seed Market demand between 2021 and 2027.Lockdowns across the globe in 2020 and continuing restrictions in 2021 disrupted the supply chain posing challenges for manufactures in the Organic Seed Market. Intense competition, pricing issues, and shifting consumer preferences will continue to put pressure on vendors' profit margins.Short-term and long-term trends affecting the market landscape are included in the research. Further, market drivers, restraints, and potential opportunities are also provided in the report.The Organic Seed report computes the 2020 market value in revenue terms based on the average Organic Seed prices and sales/revenue models of key companies operating in the Organic Seed Market Industry. The study forecasts the market size to 2027 for different types of Organic Seed and provides respective market share and growth rates.The study discusses technological innovations and the potential shift in demand among various products in the Organic Seed Market, over the forecast period. The leading five companies in the Organic Seed Market Industry together with their products, key strategies, and comparisons are provided.The Organic Seed Market size, share, and outlook across different types and applications are provided at geographic levels of North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East Africa, South and Central America. Further, country-level Organic Seed Market value is also provided.All recent developments in Organic Seed Market Industry including mergers, acquisitions, contract awards, licenses, product launches, and expansion plans are included in the report. Base Year - 2020; Forecast period: 2021 - 2027Publication frequency - Every six monthsResearch Methodology - Data triangulation with top-down and Bottom-up approach are used for market size Scope of the Report Global Organic Seed Market Industry size, 2020-2027Market trends, drivers, restraints, and opportunitiesPorter's Five forces analysisTypes of Organic Seed, 2020-2027Organic Seed applications and end-user verticals market size, 2020-2027Organic Seed Market size across countries, 2020-20275 leading companies in the industry - overview, key strategies, financials, and productsLatest market news and developments Key Topics Covered: 1. Table of Contents2. Organic Seed Market Latest Trends, Drivers and Challenges, 2020 -20272.1 Organic Seed Market Overview2.2 Post COVID Strategies of Leading Organic Seed Companies2.3 Organic Seed Market Insights, 2021-20272.3.1 Leading Organic Seed types, 2021-20272.3.2 Leading Organic Seed End-User industries, 2021-20272.3.3 Fast-Growing countries for Organic Seed sales, 2021-20272.4 Organic Seed Market Drivers and Restraints2.4.1 Organic Seed Demand Drivers to 20272.4.2 Organic Seed Challenges to 20272.5 Organic Seed Market-Five Forces Analysis2.5.1 Organic Seed Industry Attractiveness Index, 20202.5.2 Threat of New Entrants2.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers2.5.4 Bargaining Power of Buyers2.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry2.5.6 Threat of Substitutes3. Global Organic Seed Market Value, Market Share, and Forecast to 20273.1 Global Organic Seed Market Overview, 20203.2 Global Organic Seed Market Revenue and Forecast, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)3.3 Global Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Type, 2021-20273.4 Global Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by End-User, 2021-20273.5 Global Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Region, 2021-20274. Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market Value, Market Share and Forecast to 20274.1 Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market Overview, 20204.2 Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market Revenue and Forecast, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)4.3 Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Type, 2021-20274.4 Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by End-User, 2021-20274.5 Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Country, 2021-20274.6 Key Companies in Asia Pacific Organic Seed Market5. Europe Organic Seed Market Value, Market Share, and Forecast to 20275.1 Europe Organic Seed Market Overview, 20205.2 Europe Organic Seed Market Revenue and Forecast, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)5.3 Europe Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Type, 2021-20275.4 Europe Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by End-User, 2021-20275.5 Europe Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Country, 2021-20275.6 Key Companies in Europe Organic Seed Market6. North America Organic Seed Market Value, Market Share and Forecast to 20276.1 North America Organic Seed Market Overview, 20206.2 North America Organic Seed Market Revenue and Forecast, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)6.3 North America Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Type, 2021-20276.4 North America Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by End-User, 2021-20276.5 North America Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Country, 2021-20276.6 Key Companies in North America Organic Seed Market7. South and Central America Organic Seed Market Value, Market Share and Forecast to 20277.1 South and Central America Organic Seed Market Overview, 20207.2 South and Central America Organic Seed Market Revenue and Forecast, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)7.3 South and Central America Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Type, 2021-20277.4 South and Central America Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by End-User, 2021-20277.5 South and Central America Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Country, 2021-20277.6 Key Companies in South and Central America Organic Seed Market8. Middle East Africa Organic Seed Market Value, Market Share and Forecast to 20278.1 Middle East Africa Organic Seed Market Overview, 20208.2 Middle East and Africa Organic Seed Market Revenue and Forecast, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)8.3 Middle East Africa Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Type, 2021-20278.4 Middle East Africa Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by End-User, 2021-20278.5 Middle East Africa Organic Seed Market Size and Share Outlook by Country, 2021-20278.6 Key Companies in Middle East Africa Organic Seed Market9. Organic Seed Market Structure9.1 Key Players 9.2 Organic Seed Companies - Key Strategies and Financial Analysis9.2.1 Snapshot9.2.2 Business Description9.2.3 Products and Services9.2.4 Financial Analysis10. 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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyTOKYO—It’s been said that if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns—but that’s not true in Japan, which has some of the strictest laws on the books forbidding the possession of guns, and imposes even harsher penalties for using them. If you fire a gun at someone here, you’re likely to spend more than 20 years in jail. The severe penalties even deter the yakuza, Japan’s organized crime syndicates, from using firearms. In 2017, there were only three people killed by gunshots in the entire nation. But human beings will always find ways to kill each other and, as it turns out, when you outlaw guns in Japan outlaws will resort to other deadly weapons—like crossbows.Thwack.Now, the Japanese government is considering banning most people from buying, selling, or owning these semi-automatic bow and arrows. After a series of horrific crimes using the weapons there are now pending revisions to Japan’s laws which will limit their usage to sports and tranquilizing animals. The new revisions are expected to be passed in the current session of the parliament.The new laws will be retroactive, so those outlaws out there who were planning malfeasance with their handy crossbows are going to have to turn them in to authorities, or get a permit, or face jail-time. If you were planning to take a shot at being a real-life (homicidal) Green Arrow—think twice. The penalties for using it as a weapon are likely to be severe. However, if you’re using a crossbow for a legitimate purpose—like crossbow shooting—you’ll be allowed to keep it, if you are granted a permit.Fearsome Yakuza Really Miss Halloween This YearThere have been several grisly murders over the last decade that provided the impetus to crack down on the handling of these potential weapons. According to Japan’s National Police Agency, in the last 10 years there have been 32 cases of crossbows being used in crimes, with six people killed and 11 people injured.Of these murders, the most horrific was a familicide that left three people dead and one person in critical condition.Last summer, Hideaki Nozu, a troubled 23-year-old living in Takarazuka City in western Japan, reportedly purchased a crossbow and used it to shoot his entire family. According to reports in Sankei Newspaper and other Japanese media, he went on a murderous rampage on the morning of June 4, shooting his younger brother twice in the bathroom at point-blank range, his mother in the living room, and his 75-year-old grandmother in her bedroom. Each shot was fired to the head and pierced the skull. Later that day, he summoned his aunt to the house. When she arrived and opened the door, he shot her in the neck at the entrance. She ran out of the house with the arrow still lodged in her neck and called for help. Having successfully removed one of the arrows, his younger brother was still breathing when police arrived, but died at a hospital seven hours later.During a period of self-imposed isolation and possible mental illness, Nozu had reportedly blamed his family for all his troubles, including having to drop out of college because he was unable to pay for tuition. He was indicted on murder and attempted murder charges and reportedly told police that—with the objective of killing his entire family—he had practiced with the crossbow several times at home before putting his plan into action.The crossbow killings unleashed a volley of copy-cat crimes. One incident, which occurred on July 26, prompted Hyogo Prefecture to make an ordinance restricting the sales and ownership of crossbows. It involved an unemployed housewife who shot her husband with a crossbow while he was sleeping. Luckily for the husband, the arrow only grazed his head, and he woke up before his wife could finish the job by attempting to slit his throat with a kitchen knife. The crossbow-bearer told police investigators that after losing her job and being trapped at home because of the pandemic she had become increasingly irritable. She had heard of the murders committed in June of that month and decided to purchase her own crossbow to use on her husband. The following month there was another incident: a 28-year-old unemployed woman used a crossbow to shoot an elderly social worker, piercing his right arm. Fortunately, he lived, and the assailant was arrested for attempted murder.Under the pending laws, crossbows—which are usually referred to as “bow guns” or “Western bow and arrows” in Japan, though they’re officially called crossbows in parliament—will be strictly defined as a bow that uses a locking mechanism to hold down the string after it has been drawn, and can release an arrow with enough force to harm a living human being. Nine months after the anti-crossbow bill becomes law, citizens who want to get their hands on the weapons will have to get permission from the local public safety commission and keep the bows locked away when not in use. Crossbow use will only be allowed at firing ranges and other special venues. Recently released ex-convicts, drug addicts, and those under the ge of 18 will not be allowed to own crossbows. Illegal possession of a crossbow can be punished with a prison term of up to three years or a fine of up to 500,000 yen (about $5,000). Restrictions on the buying and selling of crossbows are being fine-tuned as the bill heads towards finalization, but crossbow dealers who do not do proper background checks or fail to confirm whether the buyer is licensed, will face up to six months in jail or a fine of up to $2,000. If there was a National Crossbow Association in Japan, they would be fuming. The Daily Beast did ask the National Bowgun Shooting Association for comment on the pending law but as of press time they had not responded.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
c/o ACLUThe Biden administration this week will determine the fate of people who were impacted by the Muslim ban, which ultimately targeted a large number of African countries. Rescinding the ban was a critical step toward restarting our immigration system and providing equitable access to Black and brown immigrants. But what about the people who would have received visas during the past four years—some of whom spent their life savings on the process but were nevertheless denied simply because of a discriminatory ban? Trump created this catastrophe, but it’s now Biden’s responsibility to remedy it.In President Biden’s proclamation rescinding the ban, he directed the State Department to send him a report in 45 days. That deadline is Saturday. This report will advise on many things, including how to address Trump’s rampant denials of immigrant visas—that is, visas intended for people to come to the United States, become permanent residents, set down roots, and eventually become citizens.The Biden administration must do everything possible to undo the Trump administration’s harms, including reopening previously denied cases to fairly reassess their claims, waiving fees (especially for those who would have to pay a second time), expediting their cases, and ensuring people are not penalized for the previous administration’s visa denials. There are glimmers of this hope in Biden’s order, as these issues are explicitly outlined for consideration.Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Destroying These Americans’ Lives, Two Years OnThe critically unknown question is how the Biden administration will help people and their families who were denied opportunities through our diversity visa program. This program was codified in the Immigration Act of 1990 in an effort to ensure that people with fewer opportunities to come to the United States through other parts of our immigration system—like family relationships or employment—would have a chance to “win” the lottery, affording them a shot to become American. It helps to ensure that the U.S. continues to reflect the diversity of our world, and winning the “lottery” to become eligible often represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.In recent years, the program has predominantly benefited people from Africa and Asia due to the dearth of other immigration opportunities for people in those regions. That’s why, following Trump’s slander of people from African countries in reference to our immigration system, members of Congress and other leaders have prioritized this program in proposed immigration reforms, and Biden’s immigration bill would in fact raise the number of available diversity visas. These proposals, in part, acknowledge the racism in our systems, and the need to ensure opportunities for Africans, Muslims, African Muslims, and others who lack opportunities through our immigration system.From beginning to end, the countries listed under the Muslim ban completely overlapped with countries eligible for America’s diversity visa program. As a result, people who spent their life savings traveling with their partners and children—often through war zones—to embassies for interviews and processing found themselves ultimately denied because of Trump’s ban. Yemenis have been particularly impacted by Trump’s ban. Yemen is in the midst of war, which makes the physical process to get one’s visa approved arduous. It also makes leaving the country even more critical when such an opportunity is received.For example, Anwar “won” the diversity visa lottery. He then traveled through militant-controlled regions and checkpoints to get the documentation he needed. He had to travel to Djibouti with his family because there is no embassy in Yemen, borrow money from family and friends, and wait an extended period of time there, only to be informed that his visa was denied because of the Muslim ban. Anwar, his wife, and two children had an opportunity to come to the United States, leave the dangers of Yemen, and build a future as a family—until Trump ripped it away. Their fate hangs in the balance, along with many others in Yemen, other countries in the region, and African countries as well.It is now Biden’s decision as to whether Anwar, his family, and others like them will get back the opportunity they lost, this once-in-a lifetime chance that was destroyed by a president intent on discriminating against Black and brown immigrants. Biden must honor the invitation people were given by permitting them to come to the United States now. And that is just the start. People also deserve the opportunity and citizenship that the diversity visa would have given them.Biden made the end of the Muslim ban a Day One priority. Now, he must ensure that people like Anwar and his family get the golden tickets they were promised.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Apple supplier Foxconn said it expects first-quarter revenue to rise more than 15% from a year earlier, boosted by strong iPhone sales and robust demand for electronics during lockdowns worldwide to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The world's largest contract electronics manufacturer has previously forecast strong demand for the new iPhone 12, saying its business will be supported by "stronger than expected" sales for smartphones and for telecommuting devices amid a coronavirus-induced work-from-home trend. Taiwan-based Foxconn, in a short statement on Thursday, said it expects consumer electronics revenue, which includes smartphones and smart watches, to rise more than 15% in the January-March quarter from a year earlier.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo via GettyMIAMI—Early Tuesday evening, a quartet of maskless, twentysomething beachgoers scanned the laminated menu near the outdoor seating area of Kantina, a Mexican restaurant on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida. The popular party strip was teeming with people looking to soak up booze and three-star cuisine amid a global pandemic that, at least until recently, appeared to be slowly ebbing away as vaccinations ramp up across the United States.Still, Candelaria Mesa, the 23-year-old hostess manning the entrance to Kantina, told The Daily Beast now was the time for every food-service worker in Miami Beach to put their guard up. This week, she said, the first horde of Spring Breakers arrived in the city, posing a renewed threat that new COVID-19 cases would spike after more than a month of decline.“I think Spring Break is going to be crazy and the cases are going to shoot up,” Mesa said through a black cloth mask. “People are out here partying and don’t take precautions seriously.”Florida Guv Gave Out VIP Vaccines. This Is Who Got Screwed.The young woman explained that her co-workers were anxious to get the shots as party season set in.“I know people here who are older than me and one who has asthma that want [the vaccine],” Mesa said. “And they should be able to get it.”Likewise, Marco Gonzalez, a 46-year-old waiter at Smith and Wollensky steakhouse about 10 city blocks from Kantina, told The Daily Beast he would love to get the vaccine, but doesn’t know when he will be allowed to do so. Under the vaccination pecking order established by Gov. Ron DeSantis, food service, grocery store, and retail employees are in limbo—even as the state has no mask mandate and in fact prevents localities from enforcing their own.“Absolutely, the vaccine should be available to us,” Gonzalez said. “We come into contact with hundreds of people a day. Most people at my restaurant have said they can’t wait to get the vaccine.”Gonzalez said he felt relatively safe at work because Smith and Wollensky implemented stringent protocols to minimize coronavirus outbreaks among staff. But that’s not the case with every drinking and food establishment in South Beach, he added.“I went to this bar the other night and it was COVID central,” Gonzalez said. “No one was wearing masks and it was packed to the hilt. I was like, ‘yeesh,’ and I got out of there.”Earlier this week, Gov. DeSantis expanded the pool of who can get immunizations to law enforcement officers, firefighters, and school employees who are 50 and older. Previously, the governor zeroed in on getting frontline health-care workers and seniors 65 and older vaccinated. As of March 1, Florida has vaccinated 14 percent of the state’s 21 million people.But the governor’s relentless approach to reopening Florida could intensify the spread of new coronavirus variants as college kids descend on the Sunshine State to let loose. During his State of the State speech in Tallahassee this week, DeSantis said he welcomes more visitors to Florida to keep the state economy’s humming along. That kind of thinking makes it even more imperative to give service industry workers their shots a lot sooner, according to infectious disease experts in Florida.Spokespersons for DeSantis and the Florida Department of Health did not respond to requests for comment.To be sure, the state is in a much better place than it was several weeks ago. Daily new COVID-19 cases have declined since late January. Since Feb. 1, the daily positivity rate has fluctuated between 5.2 percent and 7.4 percent. On Monday, Florida had a 5.6 percent daily positivity rate. During the same time period, Florida cracked 10,000 new cases a day only twice, on Feb. 1 and Feb. 5.Florida is far from breaking through the pandemic, though. The influx of Spring Breakers, even though crowds are unlikely to be as intense as years past, is a looming threat, especially with the state leading the nation in the number of new, more contagious—and possibly deadlier—variant cases. According to the Miami Herald, University of Miami researchers found that the B.1.1.7 strain, or the U.K. variant, caused 25 percent of recent infections in nearly 500 samples taken from patients treated in Miami-area public hospitals. They also found samples of variants first sequenced in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Aruba, Israel, and New York.Vaccinating people who work in hospitality and retail is essential if Florida is going to allow out-of-state, college-aged tourists to turn up down here, Dr. Edwin Michael, a University of South Florida epidemiology professor, told The Daily Beast.“You have to safeguard the industries that are serving those who come for Spring Break,” Michael said. “The problem has been that we don’t have enough vaccines, so the strategy has been to safeguard the older population.”Florida Is a COVID Nightmare—Even for Vaccinated PeopleThat is also the most politically favorable option for DeSantis. “Yes, politics definitely plays a role in this,” Michael said. “Young people don’t vote, while elderly people do. But if you are allowing people to come for Spring Break to have some economic activity, then you definitely have to begin vaccinating service economy workers as well.”As Florida’s vaccine allotment continues to grow with the addition of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine, “the time has really come to start pushing vaccines to the 20- to 49-year-olds,” Michael added.In a perfect world, the state would be supplying hospitality and retail workers with N95 and K95 masks until they become eligible for vaccines, Dr. Thomas Unnach, also a University of South Florida infectious disease professor, told The Daily Beast. “Spring Break will [create] a fairly high-risk environment, I think,” Unnach said. “Unfortunately, these masks are not readily available and we can’t provide them to every frontline worker. That is the dilemma we are facing now.”In other words, Florida’s hospitality workers have to fend for themselves during Spring Break a year into a gruesome pandemic.Adam Gersten, owner of Gramps, a popular bar in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, said he’s held off on loosening restrictions at his watering hole—despite being allowed to do so—because he’s “very worried” about Spring Breakers charging into town.“That’s why we haven’t relaxed protocol,” Gersten said. “When they leave and it’s rainy, hot, and shitty, we will take a look.”Gramps is currently open for outdoor seating only with 50 percent capacity and patrons have to wear masks even when belting out tunes during the bar’s weekly karaoke night, Gersten said. If they had access to vaccines, it would give him and his crew peace of mind.“It makes it that much safer to be around groups of people even in a tightly-controlled spot like ours,” Gersten said. “Also, the fact that restaurant, bar, and hospitality workers were to get vaccinated would project that there is momentum toward a workable new way of life that is leaps and bounds better than where we are at now.”In explaining why he won’t shut down businesses again, DeSantis often cites the need to keep people employed and earning money. But if the governor wants to use service industry workers as political pawns, it’s only fair that the he prioritize them in the vaccination line, Gersten said.“I think people who are considered essential—specifically those in hospitality, grocery stores, and high-volume places that he is touting as signs of his decisions to remain open were the right ones—deserve the vaccines,” Gersten said. “If you’re gonna use us for your political ambitions, pay us in vaccines.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Researchers in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec will also study the effects of the pandemic on teachers’ mental healthMONTREAL, March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As in-class learning has been affected in much of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through its COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF), is supporting three research projects that will estimate how many teachers and school personnel have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Approximately $2.9 million has been provided for three studies, one each in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, to help further inform decision-making around prevention strategies in neighbourhoods, schools and daycares. This will also help with vaccine surveillance once vaccines are given to teaching personnel. The studies will also evaluate the effects of the pandemic on teachers’ mental health. All three studies will ask teachers and education workers for blood samples to establish how many have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, which would indicate a previous COVID-19 infection. The studies will also ask participants to complete a questionnaire to determine both the risks they have faced and the protective measures they have taken, at the individual, household, school, and community levels. When a vaccine becomes available to education workers, these studies will determine how many teachers agree to be vaccinated and whether antibodies are detected in their blood after vaccination at several points in time. The Ontario study aims to enroll up to 7,000 teachers and education workers and will follow participants for 12 months to determine the factors associated with infection. “Blood tests are an important part of our study,” explains Dr. Brenda Coleman, PhD, researcher at Sinai Health and Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. “They allow us to determine how many participants have already been exposed to the virus, how many become exposed between enrolment and the end of the study, whether vaccination induces antibodies, and whether antibody levels change over time. We also ask participants to fill out the questionnaires to assess levels of distress over time.” The study in British Columbia will focus on both staff and students within the Vancouver School District. It aims to determine how many staff members in Vancouver schools have already been infected with COVID-19 by checking blood samples for antibodies. The study will also examine the risk of exposure to the virus in schools and assess the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of staff members. “To get a more complete picture of how many people are exposed to the virus in schools, the research team will check blood samples from staff for antibodies indicating a previous exposure,” says lead researcher Dr. Pascal Lavoie, MD, PhD, investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, pediatrician, and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). “Additionally, in the months to come, when a student or staff member has been declared positive for COVID-19, we will test their close contacts using a non-invasive mouth rinse gargle test that was first evaluated and implemented at BC Children’s Hospital.” The Quebec study will build on an existing CITF-funded study named EnCORE, which has been determining how many children and adolescents have had SARS-CoV-2 infections in four Montreal neighbourhoods. The new study will use the same schools and daycares being used for EnCORE in Beaconsfield, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montreal-North and the Plateau, but will expand to include school staff. The study will determine how many daycare and school staff members have had SARS-CoV-2 and will measure how antibody levels fluctuate over the next six months. The study will also establish the prevalence of pandemic-related emotional and mental health issues among daycare and school personnel in Montreal. “Participation involves completing an online questionnaire to collect information on health, socio-demographics, COVID-19 prevention practices, and mental and emotional health,” explains project lead Dr. Kate Zinszer, PhD, Assistant Professor at l’École de santé publique, Université de Montréal, and researcher at the Public Health Research Institute. “We will also be asking whether they have received a vaccine, and which one, and incorporating this information into our analysis.” “Although daycare and school staff may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 in their work settings, we don’t have much data on how many school staff have had asymptomatic infections, meaning they had no symptoms but potentially could transmit the virus,” says Dr. Catherine Hankins, co-Chair of the CITF. “The pandemic has also had negative impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of daycare and school personnel for various reasons which the studies will document. Examples include feeling anxiety about the potential risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, being responsible for ensuring compliance with infection control measures, and experiencing the disruption that the pandemic has had on their work and their workplace.” “These studies will help us understand more about COVID-19 infection among staff in educational settings,” says Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. “By including questionnaires that delve more deeply into teachers’ experiences, including their mental health, this research will help develop strategies to support the well-being of teachers and daycare staff.” Researchers will inform participating school staff if they have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, although that still does not guarantee immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19. School personnel wishing to participate in one of the three studies can go to: Quebec study: encorestudy.ca, BC study: bcchr.ca/COVIDatschools, Ontario study: tibdn.ca/covid-19/education ABOUT THE COVID-19 IMMUNITY TASK FORCE In late April 2020, the Government of Canada established the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force with a two-year mandate. The Task Force is overseen by a Leadership Group of volunteers that includes leading Canadian scientists and experts from universities and healthcare facilities across Canada who are focused on understanding the nature of immunity arising from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To that end, the CITF is supporting numerous studies to determine the extent of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Canada (in the general population as well as in specific communities and priority populations), understand the nature of immunity following infection, develop improved antibody testing methods, and help monitor the effectiveness and safety of vaccines as they are rolled out across Canada. The Task Force and its Secretariat accordingly work closely with a range of partners, including governments, public health agencies, institutions, health organizations, research teams, other task forces, communities, and stakeholders. Most recently, the Task Force has been asked to take a major role in supporting vaccine surveillance for effectiveness and safety. Our overriding objective is to generate data and ideas that inform interventions aimed at slowing and ultimately stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Canada. 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Nokia Corporation Stock Exchange ReleaseMarch 4, 2021 at 12:00 (CET +1) Notice of the Annual General Meeting of Nokia Corporation Notice is given to the shareholders of Nokia Corporation (the "Company") of the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday April 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the Company’s headquarters at Karakaari 7, Espoo, Finland. Participation and exercise of shareholder rights in the Meeting is possible only by voting in advance and by submitting counterproposals and asking questions in advance in accordance with the instructions given in section C of this notice and otherwise by the Company. It is not possible for the shareholders or their proxy representatives to participate in the Meeting at the meeting venue. The Board of Directors of the Company has resolved on extraordinary measures pursuant to the legislative act concerning temporary deviations from the Companies Act (677/2020), which entered into force on October 3, 2020. In order to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting will be held without shareholders’ and their proxy representatives’ presence at the Meeting venue. This is necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of the shareholders, employees and other stakeholders of the Company as well as to organize the Meeting in a predictable way allowing equal means for shareholders to participate while also ensuring compliance with the current restrictions set by the authorities. It is possible to follow the Annual General Meeting through a webcast, provided that the webcast can be arranged in compliance with all regulatory rules and restrictions imposed by the Finnish authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructions regarding the webcast will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. It is not possible to ask questions, make counterproposals or vote through the webcast, and following the webcast is not considered as participation or any kind of exercise of shareholder rights in the Meeting. A. Matters on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting At the Annual General Meeting, the following matters will be considered: 1. Opening of the Meeting 2. Matters of order for the Meeting The Chair of the Meeting will be Seppo Kymäläinen, attorney-at-law. In case Seppo Kymäläinen would not be able to act as the Chair of the Meeting for a weighty reason, the Board of Directors will name another person it deems most suitable to act as the Chair of the Meeting. 3. Election of a person to confirm the minutes and a person to verify the counting of votes The person to confirm the minutes and to verify the counting of votes will be Ulla Nyberg, the Company’s Senior Legal Counsel. In case Ulla Nyberg would not be able to act as the person to confirm the minutes and to verify the counting of votes for a weighty reason, the Board of Directors will name another person it deems most suitable to act in that role. 4. Recording the legal convening of the Meeting and quorum 5. Recording the attendance at the Meeting and adoption of the list of votes The shareholders who have voted in advance and who have the right to participate in the Meeting pursuant to Chapter 5 Sections 6 and 6a of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act will be recorded to have attended the Meeting. The list of votes will be adopted according to the information provided by Euroclear Finland Oy. 6. Presentation of the Annual Accounts, the review by the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report for the financial year 2020 As participation in the Meeting is possible only in advance, the “Nokia in 2020” annual report, which includes the Company’s Annual Accounts, the review by the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report is deemed to have been presented to the Meeting once it is published in week 9 of 2021, after which it is available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. 7. Adoption of the Annual Accounts The Board of Directors proposes that the Annual General Meeting adopt the Annual Accounts. 8. Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet Both Nokia Corporation and the Nokia Group reported a loss for the financial year 2020. While Nokia has strengthened its cash position, the Board of Directors continues to focus on ensuring Nokia’s ability to increase investments in 5G and strategic areas, while continuing to establish a track record of sustainable cash generation. Therefore, the Board of Directors proposes to the Meeting that no dividend be paid based on the balance sheet to be adopted for the financial year ended on December 31, 2020. 9. Resolution on the discharge of the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability for the financial year 2020 10. Addressing the Remuneration Report As participation in the Meeting is possible only in advance, the Remuneration Report is deemed to have been presented to the Meeting once it has been published by a stock exchange release in week 9 of 2021, after which it is available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. The resolution to adopt the Remuneration Report is advisory. 11. Resolution on the remuneration to the members of the Board of Directors The Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee has made a recommendation to the Board to introduce additional annual fees to be paid to the members of the Personnel Committee and Technology Committee in addition to the Committee Chairs. Other remuneration payable to the Board members would remain unchanged and no additional annual fee payable to the Committee members is proposed to be paid to the members of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee or the Chair of the Board for her service in any of the Board Committees. Consequently, on the recommendation of the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee, and in line with the Company’s Remuneration Policy presented to and adopted by the Annual General Meeting 2020, the Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the annual fees payable for a term ending at the close of the next Annual General Meeting be as follows: EUR 440 000 for the Chair of the Board;EUR 185 000 for the Vice Chair of the Board;EUR 160 000 for each member of the Board;EUR 30 000 each for the Chairs of the Audit Committee and Personnel Committee and EUR 20 000 for the Chair of the Technology Committee as an additional annual fee; andEUR 15 000 for each member of the Audit Committee and Personnel Committee and EUR 10 000 for each member of the Technology Committee as an additional annual fee. In addition, the Board proposes that the meeting fees for Board and Board Committee meetings payable to all the other Board members, except for the Chair of the Board, remain at current level. These meeting fees based on travel required between the Board member’s home location and the location of a meeting would be paid for a maximum of seven meetings per term as follows: EUR 5 000 per meeting requiring intercontinental travel; andEUR 2 000 per meeting requiring continental travel. Only one meeting fee would be payable in the usual case of multiple Board and Board Committee meetings per eligible travel. Furthermore, the Board also proposes that members of the Board of Directors shall be compensated for travel and accommodation expenses as well as other costs directly related to Board and Board Committee work. It is proposed that approximately 40 per cent of the annual fee be paid in Nokia shares purchased from the market, or alternatively by using treasury shares held by the Company. The meeting fee, travel expenses and other expenses would be paid in cash. 12. Resolution on the number of members of the Board of Directors On the recommendation of the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee, the Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that the number of Board members be eight (8). 13. Election of members of the Board of Directors Elizabeth Nelson has informed that she will no longer be available to serve on the Nokia Board of Directors after the Annual General Meeting. The Board proposes, on the recommendation of the Board’s Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee, that the following eight current Board members be re-elected as members of the Nokia Board of Directors for a term ending at the close of the next Annual General Meeting: Sari Baldauf, Bruce Brown, Thomas Dannenfeldt, Jeanette Horan, Edward Kozel, Søren Skou, Carla Smits-Nusteling, and Kari Stadigh. All candidates for the Board of Directors and evaluation on their independence are presented on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. 14. Resolution on the remuneration of the Auditor On the recommendation of the Board’s Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes to the Meeting that the auditor to be elected for the financial year 2022 be reimbursed based on the invoice of the auditor and in compliance with the purchase policy approved by the Audit Committee. 15. Election of Auditor for the financial year 2022 Since 2019 the Board of Directors has proposed to the Annual General Meeting that the shareholders would elect the auditor for the financial year commencing next after the election. Therefore, on the recommendation of the Board’s Audit Committee, the Board of Directors proposes to the Meeting that Deloitte Oy be re-elected as the auditor of the Company for the financial year 2022. Deloitte Oy has informed the Company that in the event it is re-elected as the auditor, the auditor in charge will be Authorized Public Accountant Marika Nevalainen. 16. Authorization to the Board of Directors to resolve to repurchase the Company’s own shares The Board of Directors proposes that the Meeting authorize the Board to resolve to repurchase a maximum of 550 million shares, which corresponds to less than 10 per cent of the Company’s total number of shares. The repurchases under the authorization are proposed to be carried out by using funds in the unrestricted equity, as resolved by the Board, which means that the repurchases will reduce distributable funds of the Company. The price paid for the shares under the authorization shall be based on the market price of Nokia shares on the securities markets on the date of the repurchase. Shares may be repurchased to be cancelled, held to be reissued, transferred further or for other purposes resolved by the Board. The Company may enter into derivative, share lending or other arrangements customary in capital market practice. The shares may be repurchased otherwise than in proportion to the shares held by the shareholders (directed repurchase). The Board shall resolve on all other matters related to the repurchase of Nokia shares. It is proposed that the authorization be effective until October 7, 2022 and terminate the authorization for repurchasing the Company’s shares granted by the Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2020. 17. Authorization to the Board of Directors to resolve to issue shares and special rights entitling to shares The Board proposes that the Annual General Meeting authorize the Board to resolve to issue in total a maximum of 550 million shares through issuance of shares or special rights entitling to shares under Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act in one or more issues during the effective period of the authorization. The Board may issue either new shares or treasury shares held by the Company. The proposed maximum amount corresponds to less than 10 per cent of the Company’s total number of shares as of the date of this proposal. Shares and special rights entitling to shares may be issued in deviation from the shareholders’ pre-emptive rights as a directed share issue within the limits set by law. The authorization may be used to develop the Company’s capital structure, diversify the shareholder base, finance or carry out acquisitions or other arrangements, to settle the Company’s equity-based incentive plans or for other purposes resolved by the Board. The Board would resolve on all terms and conditions of the issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares under Chapter 10, Section 1 of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act. It is proposed that the authorization be effective until October 7, 2022 and terminate the authorization for issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares resolved at the Annual General Meeting on May 27, 2020. 18. Closing of the Meeting B. Documents of the Annual General Meeting This notice, all the proposals by the Board of Directors relating to the agenda of Meeting, the Remuneration Report as well as the “Nokia in 2020” annual report, which includes the Company’s Annual Accounts, the review by the Board of Directors and the auditor’s report, are expected to be available on the Company’s website at www.nokia.com/agm in week 9 of 2021. The “Nokia in 2020” annual report will be sent to shareholders upon request. The minutes of the Annual General Meeting will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm latest on April 22, 2021. C. Instructions for the participants of the Annual General Meeting The Company takes the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic seriously, and in its efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual General Meeting has been decided to be held without shareholders and their proxy representatives’ presence at the Meeting venue. This is necessary especially in order to ensure the health and safety of the Company's shareholders, employees and other stakeholders. The Company’s shareholders and their proxies can participate in the Meeting and use their shareholder rights only by voting in advance and by submitting counterproposals and asking questions in advance by following the below instructions. It is possible to follow the Annual General Meeting through a webcast, provided that the webcast can be arranged in compliance with all regulatory rules and restrictions imposed by the Finnish authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructions regarding the webcast will be available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. It is not possible to ask questions, make counterproposals or vote through the webcast, and following the webcast without voting in advance, or issuing a proxy related thereto, is not considered as participation or any kind of exercise of shareholder rights in the Meeting. 1. The right to participate in the Meeting Each shareholder, who on March 25, 2021 is registered in the Register of Shareholders of the Company, maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy, has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting. A shareholder, whose shares are registered on his/her Finnish book-entry account, is automatically registered in the Register of Shareholders of the Company. If you do not have a Finnish book-entry account, see section 4. Holders of nominee-registered shares or section 5. Holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADR). Shareholders cannot participate in the Meeting by any other means than voting in advance in the manner instructed below as well as by submitting counterproposals and asking questions in advance. 2. Registration and voting in advance for shareholders registered in the shareholders’ register maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy Shareholders with a Finnish book-entry account, who wish to participate at the Annual General Meeting, must register for the Meeting by giving a prior notice of participation and by delivering their votes in advance no later than by March 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (EET) by which time the notice and votes need to be received. Registration and advance voting will open on March 10, 2021 by 10:00 a.m. and end on March 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (EET). A shareholder, who has a Finnish book-entry account, may register and vote in advance by the following means: a) through the Company's website at www.nokia.com/agm Private persons can register and vote by using strong authentication (for example Finnish bank ID). For legal persons, a business ID and the book-entry account number of the shareholder are needed for voting in advance. b) by email or mail A shareholder may send the advance voting form available on the Company’s website to Euroclear Finland Oy by email at email@example.com or by regular mail to Euroclear Finland Oy, Yhtiökokous/Nokia Oyj, P.O. Box 1110, FI-00101 Helsinki. In connection with the registration, a shareholder or a proxy representative is required to provide the personal information requested. The personal information collected will only be used in connection with the Annual General Meeting and registrations related to it. If a shareholder participates in the Meeting by sending the votes in advance by mail or email to Euroclear Finland Oy, in accordance with applicable instructions, the delivery of the votes constitutes due registration for the Meeting. No other separate notification of participation is required. Further instructions relating to the advance voting will be available on the Company's website www.nokia.com/agm and information is also available by telephone at +358 20 770 6870 from Monday to Friday at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EET). 3. Proxy representatives and powers of attorney A shareholder may participate in the Annual General Meeting by proxy. The proxy representative of a shareholder is also required to vote in advance in the manner instructed in this notice. A proxy representative shall produce a dated proxy document or otherwise in a reliable manner demonstrate their right to represent the shareholder. Should a shareholder participate in the Meeting by means of several proxy representatives representing the shareholder with shares in different book-entry accounts, the shares by which each proxy representative represents the shareholder shall be identified in connection with the registration for the Meeting. Proxy authorization documents should be delivered to Euroclear Finland Oy by letter to Euroclear Finland Oy, Yhtiökokous/Nokia Oyj, P.O. Box 1110, FI-00101 Helsinki or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at the latest by March 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (EET). 4. Holders of nominee-registered shares A holder of nominee-registered shares has the right to participate in the Annual General Meeting by virtue of such shares, based on which they on the record date of the Annual General Meeting, i.e. on March 25, 2021, would be entitled to be registered in the shareholders’ register of the company held by Euroclear Finland Oy. The right to participate in the Meeting requires, in addition, that the shareholder on the basis of such shares has been registered into the temporary shareholders’ register held by Euroclear Finland Oy at the latest by April 1, 2021 by 2:00 p.m. (EET). As regards nominee-registered shares this constitutes due registration for the Annual General Meeting. A holder of nominee-registered shares is advised to request without delay necessary instructions regarding the temporary registration in the shareholders’ register of the company, the issuing of proxy documents and registration for the AGM from his/her custodian bank. The account management organization of the custodian bank shall temporarily register a holder of nominee-registered shares, who wants to participate in the AGM, into the shareholders’ register of the company at the latest by the time stated above. In addition, the account management organization of the custodian bank shall arrange advance voting on behalf of the holders of nominee registered shares. Further information on these matters can also be found on the company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. 5. Holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADR) A holder of American Depositary Shares (ADR) intending to vote at the Meeting shall without delay notify the Depositary Bank of Nokia, Citibank, N.A., of his/her intention and shall comply with the instructions provided by Citibank, N.A. 6. Other instructions and information Shareholders who hold at least 1/100 of all shares in the Company have a right to make counterproposals on the agenda items for the Meeting, to be put for a vote. Such counterproposals are required to be sent to the Company by email to email@example.com no later than by March 9, 2021 at noon (EET). The shareholders shall in connection with the counterproposal present sufficient evidence of their shareholding in the Company. The counterproposal will be taken to a vote in the Meeting provided that the shareholders making the counterproposal have the right to participate in the Meeting and that they hold at least 1/100 of all outstanding shares in the Company on the record date of the Meeting. Should the counterproposal not be taken to a vote at the Meeting, votes in favor of the counterproposal will not be taken into account. The Company will publish the counterproposals eligible for voting on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm on March 10, 2021 at the latest. Shareholders have the right to ask questions referred to in Chapter 5, Section 25 of the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act with respect to the matters to be considered at the Meeting. Such questions must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 19, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (EET). Shareholders shall in connection with their questions present sufficient evidence of their shareholding in the Company. Such questions from shareholders, the Company’s management’s answers to them, and any counterproposals that have not been considered to be put for a vote are available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm on March 24, 2021. Information on the General Meeting required by the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act and the Securities Markets Act is available on the Company’s website www.nokia.com/agm. Changes in the number of shares held after the record date of the Annual General Meeting shall not have an effect on the right to participate the Meeting nor on the number of votes held by a shareholder in the Meeting. On the date of this notice of the Annual General Meeting the total number of shares in Nokia Corporation and votes represented by such shares is 5 675 461 159. BOARD OF DIRECTORS About Nokia We create the critical networks and technologies to bring together the world’s intelligence, across businesses, cities, supply chains and societies. With our commitment to innovation and technology leadership, driven by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs, we deliver networks at the limits of science across mobile, infrastructure, cloud, and enabling technologies. Adhering to the highest standards of integrity and security, we help build the capabilities we need for a more productive, sustainable and inclusive world. For our latest updates, please visit us online www.nokia.com and follow us on Twitter @nokia. Media Enquiries:Nokia CommunicationsTel. +358 (0) 10 448 4900Email: email@example.comKatja Antila, Head of Media Relations Investor Enquiries:Nokia Investor RelationsTel. +358 4080 3 4080Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- If governments in Canada want to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship (and increase the possibility of a four-day work week), they should eliminate trade barriers, ease restrictions on foreign investment, lower taxes and reduce regulation, finds a new essay released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Rates of entrepreneurship have been declining in Canada, and given the close link between entrepreneurship and productivity growth, if policymakers across the country want to increase productivity, they should enact policies that better incentivize new business ventures,” said Russell S. Sobel, professor of economics and entrepreneurship at The Citadel and author of Enhancing Productivity Growth by Encouraging Entrepreneurship. For example, because high tax rates lower the return on entrepreneurial activity, governments can help spur entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity by reducing tax rates. Moreover, governments could reduce or eliminate regulatory hurdles (permit processes and costs, for example) that make it more costly and difficult for Canadians to start new businesses and/or compete with larger firms, which have the resources (including tax and legal departments) to better navigate the regulatory process. Finally, Canadian governments—including the federal government—could help increase productivity by lowering domestic and international trade barriers so entrepreneurs can sell their products or services in larger markets. A separate related essay examines how restrictions on competition discourage innovation, thereby slowing productivity growth and limiting the possibility of a four-day work week. “When governments—intentionally or not—use tariffs, foreign ownership restrictions and high regulatory hurdles to suppress market competition, the overall economy, which relies heavily on entrepreneurship and innovation, suffers,” said Steven Globerman, professor emeritus at Western Washington University, Fraser Institute senior fellow and author of Promoting Productivity Growth by Encouraging Innovation. And a third essay, Entrepreneurial Finance and Productivity in Different Institutional Contexts: Lessons from Equity Crowdfunding, by Douglas Cumming, professor of finance and entrepreneurship at Florida Atlantic University, notes how Canada regulates non-traditional capital markets more than other jurisdictions, which can also frustrate startup businesses. These essays are part of a series published by the Fraser Institute, which focuses on policy reforms that can improve productivity growth and lay the foundation for a four-day work week. MEDIA CONTACTS: Russell S. Sobel, Professor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, The Citadel Steven Globerman, Senior Fellow, Fraser Institute To arrange media interviews or for more information, please contact:Mark Hasiuk, Senior Media Relations Specialist, 604-688-0221 ext. 517, email@example.com Follow the Fraser Institute on Twitter | Like us on Facebook The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal and ties to a global network of think-tanks in 87 countries. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families and future generations by studying, measuring and broadly communicating the effects of government policies, entrepreneurship and choice on their well-being. To protect the Institute’s independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit www.fraserinstitute.org
The Board of Directors in Norwegian Finans Holding ASA (“the Company”) refers to the announcement at 08.00 CET at 4 March, where Nordax Bank AB announces its intention to launch a voluntary offer for the shares in the company. The Board of Directors will consider any offer launched. Shareholders are advised to refrain from taking any action in respect of their shares in the Company, before the Board of Directors has given their recommendation, and to exercise caution when dealing in the shares of the Company. Such actions may be prejudicial to shareholders interests. There can be no certainty that any offer will be made or completed. Further announcements will be made as required. For any questions please call: Klaus-Anders Nysteen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, phone: +47 99 26 56 91 / + 46 72-566 54 15 Tine Wollebekk, CEO, phone: +47 40 80 55 57 Klara-Lise Aasen, CFO, phone: +47 47 63 55 83 This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to Section 5-12 the Norwegian Securities Trading Act
Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - March 4, 2021) - Canadian Natural Resources Limited (TSX: CNQ) (NYSE: CNQ) announces its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common shares of C$0.47 (forty-seven cents) ...
DENVER and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: KBEVF) (the "Company" or "Koios") is pleased to announce that its KOIOS™ nootropic beverages and Fit Soda™ functional beverages (collectively, “Koios Beverages”) have been approved for placement at Sprouts Farmers Market (“Sprouts”) (NASDAQ: SFM) who has more than 360 stores in 23 states. With the addition of Sprouts, the brand will now be carried in more than 4,200 stores across various regions of the United States. Sprouts inspires wellness naturally with a carefully curated assortment of better-for-you products and a strong focus on customer service among its more than 35,000 team members. Team members are trained to educate customers about the thousands of products offered, which also include cutting-edge vitamins and supplements made using strict quality standards and ethically sourced ingredients. In addition to personalized service, Sprouts offers resources on sprouts.com to educate customers on health topics such as nootropics and cognitive health. The following SKUs of Koios Beverages will be available in Sprouts beginning in April 2021: KOIOS™ Nootropic Beverage: KOIOS™ is designed to naturally support focus, memory, mental drive, clarity, and energy. Apricot VanillaBlack RaspberryBlood OrangePeach MangoPear Guava Fit Soda™ Functional Beverage: Fit Soda™ is designed to deliver nutrients to the body, but still taste like soda. It is infused with BCAAs and electrolytes. Black Cherry ColaOrange CreamRoot Beer Vanilla FloatSparkling Citrus Koios Chief Executive Officer Chris Miller commented, “As a company centered in health and wellness, we’re thrilled to partner with Sprouts as our first national retail partner to carry all nine SKUs simultaneously. Our products are designed to support cognitive function and nutrition, which meets the needs of Sprouts’ shoppers who are looking for innovative and differentiated products made with quality ingredients.” On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company, KOIOS BEVERAGE CORP. “Chris Miller” Chris Miller, CEO, and Director For further information, please contact: Gina Burrus844firstname.lastname@example.org THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE (CSE) HAS NOT REVIEWED AND DOES NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR ADEQUACY OF THIS RELEASE. About Koios Beverage Corp. The Company is an emerging functional beverage company which has an available distribution network of more than 4,400 retail locations across the United States in which to sell its products. Koios has relationships with some of the largest and most reputable distributors in the United States, including Europa Sports, Muscle Foods USA, KeHE, and Wishing-U-Well. Koios uses a proprietary blend of nootropics and natural organic compounds to enhance human productivity without using harmful chemicals or stimulants. Koios products have been shown to enhance focus, concentration, mental capacity, memory retention, cognitive function, alertness, brain capacity and create all day mental clarity. Its ingredients are specifically designed to target brain function by increasing blood flow, oxygen levels and neural connections in the brain. Koios produces one of the only drinks in the world infused with MCT oil. MCT oil is derived from coconuts and has been shown to help the body burn fat more effectively, create lasting energy from a natural food source, produce ketones in the brain, allowing for greater brain function and clarity, support healthy hormone production and improve immunity. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.koiosbeveragecorp.com. Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking information and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information in this news release includes statements regarding: Potential placements following Sprouts’ approval of Koios Beverages to be placed in their supermarkets in the United States. The forward-looking information reflects management's current expectations based on information currently available and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking information. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include: (i) adverse market conditions; (ii) changes to the growth and size of the functional beverage markets; and (iii) other factors beyond the control of the Company. The Company operates in a rapidly evolving environment. New risk factors emerge from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company’s management to predict all risk factors, nor can the Company assess the impact of all factors on Company’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking information. The forward-looking information included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. The statements in this news release have not been evaluated by Health Canada or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. As each individual is different, the benefits, if any, of taking the Company’s products will vary from person to person. No claims or guarantees can be made as to the effects of the Company’s products on an individual's health and well-being. The Company’s products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This news release may contain trademarked names of third-party entities (or their respective offerings with trademarked names) typically in reference to (i) relationships had by Koios with such third-party entities as referred to in this release and/or (ii) client/vendor/service provider parties whose relationship with Koios is/are referred to in this release. All rights to such trademarks are reserved by their respective owners or licensees.
Calgary, Alberta--(Newsfile Corp. - March 4, 2021) - Commenting on the Company's 2020 results, Tim McKay, President of Canadian Natural (TSX: CNQ) (NYSE: CNQ) stated "The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic effected the very way we conducted our lives and the way we operated our businesses. Through the year we took protocols to protect our stakeholders and would like to thank our employees, contractors, suppliers and shareholders for their support through this challenging year. ...
Thomas Flohr Thomas Flohr, Founder and Chairman, Vista Global Apollo Jets Apollo Jets exterior Apollo Jets is the latest in a series of acquisitions for Vista Global, allowing more clients than ever before to benefit from its technology and fleet solutions. This follows from the successful acquisitions of Red Wing Aviation in 2020, JetSmarter in 2019 and XOJET in 2018. Accelerates outreach and provides a world leading offering to over 4,000 new clients and reinforces Vista Global’s position in the global business aviation market; Vista Global expects to see an increase of over 20% flights in North America following Apollo acquisition;Vista Global is the world’s largest On Demand provider with its industry changing membership and subscription business model;Apollo will be integrated as a division of XO, Vista Global’s digital brand, and the addition of Apollo’s globally renowned client executives will help accelerate sales of XO memberships and subscriptions to new and existing clients;Vista Global also expands its dedicated fleet access and services portfolio to support individual aircraft owners through aircraft management partnership with Talon Air. Dubai, March 4, 2021: Vista Global, the world’s largest On Demand private aviation group, announces that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Apollo Jets, a leading private aviation provider. Founded in 2008, Apollo has become one of the most prominent and established private aviation providers in the United States, with strong client relationships across leading Fortune 500, medium and large businesses, and sports and entertainment industries — servicing clients such as Derek Jeter and Shaquille O’Neal. With over 4,000 clients, Apollo’s client-leading position within the US marketplace will now be complemented by access to Vista Global’s end-to-end technology platform and owned fleet — joining Vista Global to be part of the world’s largest subscription-based business aviation community. Thomas Flohr, Vista Global’s Founder and Chairman said: “The Apollo acquisition reinforces Vista Global’s unrivalled commitment to providing every business aviation client with the best value flying solutions around the world. I believe this is just the beginning of consolidation in our industry and Vista Global is leading this market transformation. We are excited to add the strongest independent team of client executives to our leading global infrastructure, to offer more and more clients the opportunity to access Vista Global’s worldwide flying solutions. Just as at Vista Global, Apollo’s company culture is centered around best-in-class client service through its extraordinary team, renowned personal trust and committed 24/7 availability. It is a hugely exciting time for Vista Global — this acquisition expands our global services to a rapidly growing membership and subscription base, and furthers our promise to new and current clients, anytime, anywhere.” As part of the acquisition, Vista Global’s digital brand, XO, will now offer a full aircraft management service to its existing clients and new owners, operated by Talon Air. This directly allows Vista Global to support individual aircraft owners with their maintenance and overhaul needs. At the same time, Talon Air’s fleet will be commercially integrated into XO’s client offering. The acquisition will strengthen Vista Global’s leading position and enhances the diversification of its offering in the business aviation market. Headquartered at the DIFC in the UAE, Vista Global brands are now reaching out to every aviation client in the world through a network of 20 offices across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia, offering access to a global owned and managed fleet of over 160 aircraft, and a further 2,100 alliance aircraft. Since its foundation in 2018, the Group’s revenues have nearly doubled, with a carefully selected mix of owned, managed and alliance aircraft providing an asset-right platform to service growing revenue and provide the best solutions for our clients globally. Additionally, internal talent has doubled in just over two years to almost 2,000 experts around the world. The acquisition of Apollo is the latest in a series of M&A deals which have expanded Vista Global’s service offering, following on from the successful acquisitions of Red Wing Aviation in 2020, JetSmarter in 2019 and XOJET in 2018. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. - Ends - About Vista GlobalVista Global’s subsidiaries provide worldwide business flight services. A global group headquartered at the DIFC in Dubai, Vista Global integrates a unique portfolio of companies offering asset-free services to cover all key aspects of business aviation: guaranteed and On Demand global flight coverage; aircraft leasing and finance; and cutting-edge aviation technology. The Group’s mission is to lead the change to provide clients with the most advanced flying services at the very best value, anytime, anywhere around the world. Vista Global’s knowledge and understanding of all facets of the industry deliver the best end-to-end offering and technology to any business aviation clients, through its VistaJet and XO branded services and duly licensed carriers. Vista Global is not a direct air carrier and does not operate flights. More Vista Global information and news at www.vistaglobal.comMore information on VistaJet at www.vistajet.com More information on XO at www.flyxo.com About Apollo Jets Apollo Jets is the brainchild of an elite group of specialists and pioneers in the private jet services industry. Founded in 2008, the company has become one of the most successful private jet charter companies in the sector. Combining industry veterans with strong vendor relationships and utilizing fleets meeting rigorous safety requirements, Apollo Jets offers the best possible value in the market. Through its commitment to providing outstanding service, Apollo Jets has captured an elite list of clientele including Fortune 500 executives, money managers, celebrities, athletes and sports teams. Contactspress@vistaglobal.com Attachments Thomas Flohr Apollo Jets