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A private member’s bill encouraging the change was defeated by the Liberals, NDP and Green MPs.
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O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC (OSAM), announced today the release of new performance functionality on its industry-leading Custom Indexing platform, Canvas®. The new functionality empowers financial advisors to see transparent performance details across a range of desired time frames with just a few clicks. The latest release provides advisors with enhanced tools to deliver investment expertise surrounding custom allocation decisions, taxes, factor performance, and risk through a single and intuitive web interface. Like other features within Canvas, growth in technology and a desire to provide advancing capabilities to RIAs triggered an opportunity to improve upon the industry status-quo and build a performance hub that enables advisors to have more impactful client conversations, helping them and their clients make more informed, goals-based investment decisions.
The RBI Governor also emphasised on the need for calibrated reduction in taxes
(Bloomberg) -- European shares fluctuated between gains and losses, with investors rotating into value shares and out of defensive and growth sectors.The Stoxx 600 Europe Index added less than 0.1% as of 2:21 p.m. in London, after earlier rising as much as 0.5% and falling 0.2%. Energy, banks, and mining shares were up 1.2% or more, while chemical and food and beverage shares dropped at least 1%.Europe’s equity benchmark is still up more than 4% this month, poised for its best February since 2015. Economically sensitive and cheap stocks are gaining traction, helped by rising bond yields and reflation bets, while pandemic winners have come under pressure. The relative outperformance of value shares over growth peers kicked off with the breakthroughs in inoculations and the U.S. election in November, a trend that many see continuing in 2021.“European shares are benefiting from tailwinds as vaccination gains traction across the region and the latest wave is being controlled, making us more optimistic about a potential start of the recovery in activities such as tourism soon,” said Alfonso Benito, chief investment officer at Spanish asset manager Dunas Capital. “Earnings season is also being overall positive, with a better outlook for this year.”Earnings also drove share moves on Thursday, with Anglo American Plc up 4.9% and Tenaris SA surging 14% after reporting profits that beat estimates. Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev NV dropped as it missed quarterly profit estimates.Nokia Oyj jumped 8.2% amid fresh interest in a Reddit trader forum. DS Smith Plc rallied as packaging and paper rival Mondi Plc was said to explore a takeover.You want more news on this market? Click here for a curated First Word channel of actionable news from Bloomberg and select sources. It can be customized to your preferences by clicking into Actions on the toolbar or hitting the HELP key for assistance.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
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Willis Towers Watson survey finds two-thirds of employers cite caregiving demands as primary driver of employee stressARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. employers are expanding efforts to enhance their employees’ wellbeing as they map out a benefit strategy for operating in a post-pandemic environment. These initiatives come as less than three in 10 employers say their wellbeing (29%) and caregiving (27%) programs have been effective at supporting employees during the pandemic. That’s according to a new survey by Willis Towers Watson, which also found the majority of employers cite rising stress and burnout as the number one wellbeing and mental health concern — generated by an increase in caregiving needs and a lack of social connections. “The pandemic has taken its toll on employees especially in the areas of emotional and social wellbeing. In fact, the impact is so great that many employers expect these effects will continue in a post-vaccine environment,” said Regina Ihrke, Wellbeing leader, North America, Willis Towers Watson. “Therefore, many employers are now acting with urgency as they look to take their wellbeing programs to the next level. To achieve this transformation, they will ramp up listening to their employee needs, communication efforts and realignment of benefit programs with a focus on mental health and caregiving.” More than half of respondents (54%) report rising stress or burnout as the biggest wellbeing challenge connected to the pandemic, while 40% cite higher mental health-related claims as a top challenge. To address these challenges, 62% cite enhancing mental health services and stress/resilience management as a top priority over the next six months, compared with just 47% six months ago. Additionally, twice as many employers report developing a strategy for benefits in a post-COVID-19 environment as a top priority over the next six months (33%) compared with six months ago (15%), indicating a shift from crisis management to future planning. More than two-thirds (68%) cite communicating benefits and wellbeing programs as a top benefits priority over the next six months. Supporting the needs of employee caregiversWhile employers addressed some caregiving and childcare issues through many initiatives in 2020, important challenges still remain for employees and employers alike. The survey found two in three employers (67%) identify increased caregiving demands as the top driver of employee mental health concerns. The survey also reported that caregiving issues for employees with young and school-age children (56%) and decreased use of paid time off (43%) are the top workforce challenges due to the pandemic. To promote employee wellbeing, many employers also modified employee benefits. Half (50%) changed the features of paid time off or vacation/sick day benefits offered, and about a quarter (23%) changed their annual carryover limits. “Employers have assessed their caregiving support was not as effective as hoped, and as a result the mental health of their workforce is suffering. Many solutions were short term in nature, which contributed to their ineffectiveness. With the stakes so high, employers need a revamped approach to caregiving support that includes a holistic view of benefits, paid time off and flexible work policies,” said Rachael McCann, senior director, Health and Benefits, Willis Towers Watson. Preparing for vaccines The survey also found that may employers are exploring ways to increase employees’ access to vaccines. Nearly two-thirds (65%) are planning or considering exploring vendor solutions to provide vaccines. Almost no employers have mandated vaccines, but 45% are planning or considering proof of vaccination as a condition to return to in-person work, while 34% are planning or considering mandating vaccines as a condition of employment.Other key findings from the survey: Return to normal: Two-thirds of employers (67%) expect the pandemic to recede enough so they can reach a “new normal” in terms of returning to the workplace and bringing to an end pandemic-related policies and programs during the second half of 2021. One in four (26%) expect that to happen by the first quarter of 2022 or later.Remote workers: Employers expect nearly two in five employees will still be working remotely at the end of 2021, compared with 57% who work remotely now, although that varies by industry.Health care costs: More than six in 10 employers (61%) say their medical and pharmacy benefit costs came in under budget in 2020. Among those that came under budget, more than one-third (37%) report actual costs 8% or more below budget. Despite this, employers remain cautious and are budgeting a 4.2% median increase for 2021 before making plan design changes and 3.0% after plan changes. About the survey A total of 494 employers participated in the Emerging from the Pandemic Employer Survey, which was conducted between January 4 and 15. Respondents employ 6.4 million workers. About Willis Towers WatsonWillis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) is a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 45,000 employees serving more than 140 countries and markets. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Our unique perspective allows us to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas — the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Together, we unlock potential. Learn more at willistowerswatson.com. Media contactEd Emerman: +1 609 240 firstname.lastname@example.org
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DAKAR, Senegal — A crisis over the supply of medical oxygen for coronavirus patients has struck nations in Africa and Latin America, where warnings went unheeded at the start of the pandemic and doctors say the shortage has led to unnecessary deaths. It takes about 12 weeks to install a hospital oxygen plant and even less time to convert industrial oxygen manufacturing systems into a medical-grade network. But in Brazil and Nigeria, as well as in less-populous nations, decisions to fully address inadequate supplies only started being made last month, after hospitals were overwhelmed and patients started to die. The gap in medical oxygen availability “is one of the defining health equity issues, I think, of our age,” said Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who said he survived a severe coronavirus infection thanks to the oxygen he received. Doctors in Nigeria anxiously monitor traffic as oxygen deliveries move through the gridlocked streets of Lagos. Desperate families of patients around the world sometimes turn to the black market. Governments take action only after hospitals are overwhelmed and the infected die by the dozens. In Brazil’s Amazonas state, a pair of swindlers were caught reselling fire extinguishers painted to look like medical oxygen tanks. In Peru, people camped out in lines to get cylinders for sick relatives. Only after the lack of oxygen was blamed for the deaths of four people at an Egyptian hospital in January and six people at one in Pakistan in December did governments address the problems. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said medical oxygen is a “huge critical need” across the continent of 1.3 billion people and is a main reason that COVID-19 patients are more likely to die there during surges. Even before the pandemic, sub-Saharan Africa’s 2,600 oxygen concentrators and 69 functioning oxygen plants met less than half the need, leading to preventable deaths, especially from pneumonia, said Dr. John Adabie Appiah of the World Health Organization. The number of concentrators has grown to about 6,000, mostly from international donations, but the oxygen produced isn't pure enough for the critically ill. The number of plants that can generate higher concentrations is now at 119. Yet without formal requests from governments, nearly $20 billion in World Bank coronavirus funds for the world’s poorest countries remains unspent so far, the organization told The Associated Press. Nigeria was “struggling to find oxygen to manage cases” in January, said Chikwe Ihekweazu, head of its Centre for Disease Control. A main hospital in Lagos, a city of 14.3 million, saw its January virus cases increase fivefold, with 75 medical workers infected in the first six weeks of 2021. Only then did President Muhammadu Buhari release $17 million to set up 38 more oxygen plants and another $670,000 to repair plants at five hospitals. Some oxygen suppliers have dramatically raised prices, according to a doctor at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk to reporters. That has driven up the cost of a cylinder by 10 times, to $260 — more than the average monthly wage — and a critically ill patient could need up to four cylinders a day. Money and influence don't always help. Femi Odekunle, a Nigerian academic and close ally of the president, went without adequate oxygen for nearly 12 days at the Abuja University Teaching Hospital until two state governors and Ministry of Health officials intervened. He died anyway, and relatives and friends blame the oxygen shortage, the Premium Times newspaper reported. The hospital attributed his death to his severe infection. In Malawi, the president promised funding for protective gear for medical workers and the immediate purchase of 1,000 oxygen cylinders. Corruption was blamed for defects in a new oxygen plant at a hospital in Uganda's capital of Kampala, the Daily Monitor newspaper reported. Workers had to rely on rusty oxygen cylinders blamed for the deaths of at least two patients. “While top health officials basked in the oxygen of good publicity, patients were literally choking to death,” the newspaper said. Leith Greenslade of the Every Breath Counts Coalition, which advocates for wider access to medical oxygen, said the looming shortages were apparent last spring. “Very little was done. Now you have a second wave, not just in Africa but in Latin America and Asia, and the oxygen shortages are becoming at crisis levels,” she said. The World Bank has set aside $50 billion for the world’s poorest countries alone during the pandemic, and $30.8 billion has been allocated, including $80 million for oxygen-related upgrades. “We make money available for countries, but it’s countries, governments who have to make a decision about how much they spend and what they spend it on,” said Dr. Mickey Chopra, who helps with the World Bank’s global medical logistics response. A global task force focusing on oxygen was formally announced Thursday and will include the World Health Organization and World Bank, among others. Already, $90 million was identified in immediate oxygen funding needs for 20 developing countries, including Nigeria and Malawi. Many countries view oxygen supplies primarily as an industrial product for more lucrative sectors such as mining, not health care, and it has not been a focus of many international donors. Oxygen manufacturing plants require technicians, good infrastructure and electricity — all in short supply in developing nations. The main provider of medical oxygen to Brazil’s Amazonas state, White Martins, operated at half capacity before the pandemic. The first infections hit the isolated city in March and led to so many deaths that a cemetery was carved out of the jungle. Doctors in its capital of Manaus were forced last month to choose which patients to treat as oxygen supplies dwindled. Brazil’s Supreme Court began an investigation into management of the crisis after White Martins said an “unexpected increase in demand” led to shortages. “There was a lack of planning on behalf of the government,” said Newton de Oliveira, president of Indústria Brasileira de Gases, a major oxygen supplier. Only after deaths averaged 50 a day did the government say it would build 73 oxygen plants in the state. Within a month, 26 were up and running. Oxygen shortages remain critical in Peru, where Dani Luz Llamocca waited five days outside a distribution centre in Lima, saying her virus-stricken father was down to less than half a tank of oxygen. She was willing to wait as long as it took. "If not, my father will die,” said Llamocca. In all, health experts estimate that 500,000 patients in developing countries currently need 1.1 million oxygen cylinders a day. The WHO's Appiah said countries with mining industries could convert their systems to produce medical-grade oxygen. India's national trade body for gas makers suggested that last April and industrial storage tanks were repurposed at hospitals, said Surendra Singh, a manager at the multinational Linde corporation. “It’s not rocket science,” said Saket Tiku, president of the All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association. “The decision saved thousands of lives.” ___ Hinnant reported from Paris. Sam Olukoya and Lekan Oyekanmi in Lagos, Nigeria, Aniruddha Ghosal in New Delhi, Franklin Briceño in Lima, Peru; Sam Magdy in Cairo, Diane Jeantet in Rio de Janeiro, Cara Anna in Nairobi, Kenya, Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan, and Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda, contributed. —- Follow AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak Carley Petesch And Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press
Shares of the pizza chain slid 7% in premarket trading as sales at its U.S. stores open for more than a year rose 11.2%, but missed analysts' estimates of 12.48%. Easing coronavirus restrictions in the United States have led to a rebound in business for dine-in restaurants, which have also doubled down on their digital operations and inflicted more pressure on sales at pizza chains. Fast-food giants have also been incurring high costs to sanitize their stores regularly, while investing more in digital business to keep up with the surge in online orders during the pandemic.
The increase comes amid a surge in demand from companies wanting to create an online presence due to the coronavirus pandemic. "The trend of businesses, brands and commerce moving online accelerated in 2020, and we believe this momentum will continue to 2021," said Nir Zohar, Wix's president. Last week, Wix said it expects to grow by one third in 2021.
(Bloomberg) -- Developing nations remain at risk of a debt crisis due to the impact of the global pandemic, and the World Bank is working on ways to reduce the burden, President David Malpass said.The Washington-based development lender and the International Monetary Fund are collaborating closely on designing plans that connect debt reductions to freeing up resources for countries to invest in health care and initiatives to fight climate change, Malpass said.A debt crisis is “a prominent risk for some of the countries at the bottom, and that has to do with the difficulty of getting new investment,” Malpass said in a Bloomberg TV interview with Lisa Abramowicz, Jonathan Ferro and Tom Keene. “The rest of the world should see that there’s a beneficial linkage” in finding ways to reduce unsustainable debt in developing countries, he said.Malpass spoke before the start of a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 biggest economies on Friday, where they’re expected to discuss creating $500 billion of new IMF reserve assets called special drawing rights, or SDRs, to provide liquidity to developing nations devastated by the pandemic.(Updates headline.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
This is a correction to an announcement from earlier today for the Notice to Annual General Meeting. The day of the meeting was incorrectly stated in the main text of the previous announcement. The Annual General Meeting of Iceland Seafood International hf will be held on Thursday 18 March 2021 at 4pm at Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, Suðurlandsbraut 2, 108 Reykjavik, Iceland. The meeting will be webcasted live, a link will be published on the Company's website www.icelandseafood.com/investors before the meeting starts. Recording will also be available after the meeting on the Company's website. Enclosed is the Notice to convene the Annual General Meeting, proposed agenda and proposed resolutions for the Annual General Meeting. Attachments ISI_AGM_Board Proposals 2021 ISI_AGM_Notice to convene the AGM 2021
The North America ketogenic diet market is expected to grow from US$ 3,757. 38 million in 2019 to US$ 5,434. 83 million by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4. 8% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing awareness about the health benefits of ketogenic diets drives the demand for ketogenic diet in various cuisines.New York, Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "North America Ketogenic Diet Market Forecast to 2027 - COVID-19 Impact and Regional Analysis by Product Type, and Distribution Channel" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p06004210/?utm_source=GNW The ketogenic diet helps reduce weight by approximately two times faster than the calorie-restricted low-fat diet.The low-fat diet is a contributing factor for the introduction of a ketogenic diet in various cuisines.A ketogenic diet leads to a natural reduction in appetite that proves to be beneficial to the consumers trying to lose weight.The excess visceral fat, which is accumulated in the abdominal cavity, is associated with insulin resistance and inflammation that may also be responsible for the metabolic dysfunction.The low carb ketogenic diet is beneficial and effective in reducing this visceral fat, which is present in overweight people.Apart from this, a ketogenic diet has various other properties. The ketogenic diet helps lower the blood pressure, which is a major concern across the world, and reduce the risk of diseases such as kidney failure, heart diseases, and strokes. Metabolic syndrome is another syndrome that is highly associated with heart diseases and diabetes. High triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol levels, and elevated blood sugar are a few symptoms associated with metabolic syndrome that can be treated by ketogenic diets. Increasing demand for ketogenic coffee is among the other factors expected to boost the growth of the North America ketogenic diet market during the forecast period.Based on product type, the snacks segment led the North America ketogenic diet market in 2019.The ketogenic snacks offer high amount of protein and are low in carbs and sugar.There is an availability of a wide range of healthy and delicious ketogenic snacks.Also, various ready-to-eat keto-friendly snacks are easily available in the market.Avocados are commonly consumed as a snack as they contain a high amount of fats and proteins.Olives are a good source of fiber and fats with minimum proteins and carbs.Care should be taken to avoid olives with carb-ridden ingredients and added oils. A good alternative to carb-rich crackers or chips is pork rinds made with the simplest ingredients such as salt and pork rinds and are not fried in unhealthy oils. Macadamia nuts is also a good ready-to-eat keto snack that contains minimal omega-6 content and high amounts of monounsaturated fats. There are several beef jerky snacks available that have very low or no-carb content with very few ingredients added to them. The bone broth and kale chips are a few of the healthiest ketogenic snacks with very low-calorie content. The availability of these keto-friendly easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat snacks influences the ketogenic diet market growth in North America.The US has the highest number of COVID-19 confirmed cases around the globe.The pandemic is hindering the food and beverages industry in the region owing to the restrictions on the supply chain.In addition, the overall disruptions in manufacturing processes, research, and development activities are restraining the growth of the North America ketogenic diet market.The overall North America ketogenic diet market size has been derived using both primary and secondary sources.To begin the research process, exhaustive secondary research has been conducted using internal and external sources to obtain qualitative and quantitative information related to the market.The process also serves the purpose of obtaining an overview and forecast for the North America ketogenic diet market with respect to all the segments pertaining to the region.Also, multiple primary interviews have been conducted with industry participants and commentators to validate the data, as well as to gain more analytical insights into the topic.The participants of this process include industry experts such as VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, along with external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders, specializing in the North America ketogenic diet market. A few players operating in the market are Ample Foods; Ancient Nutrition; Danone S.A.; Keto and Company; Know Brainer Foods; Love Good Fats; Nestle S.A.; Perfect Keto; Pruvit Ventures, Inc.; and Zenwise Health.Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p06004210/?utm_source=GNWAbout ReportlinkerReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place.__________________________ CONTACT: Clare: email@example.com US: (339)-368-6001 Intl: +1 339-368-6001
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Mexico's economy grew quicker than first estimated during the fourth quarter as the country recovered from its sharpest economic contraction in nearly nine decades, official data showed on Thursday. National statistics agency INEGI said the economy grew by 3.3% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with the previous three-month period, revising up its Jan. 29 preliminary estimate that gross domestic product (GDP) had expanded by 3.1%. Battered by disruptions triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, GDP in Latin America's second-biggest economy plummeted by 8.5% across the whole of 2020 in seasonally-adjusted terms, INEGI said, confirming its preliminary estimate.
Fanatics Inc, the world's biggest licensed sports merchandise retailer, said on Thursday it was expanding into China via a venture with private equity firm Hillhouse Capital Group, as the e-commerce platform considers a possible public listing. Fanatics, the Softbank-backed firm with annual revenue that exceeds $3 billion, is betting on what it sees as untapped demand in China for sports equipment and clothing. "China has been a market we followed for a while, and we've been meeting with multiple partners in China trying to figure out how we approach it in the best way," Zohar Ravid, Fanatics' head of international corporate development, told Reuters.