Opinion https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/146540 en A Growing Number of Students Turn to Online Education https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912723/a-growing-number-of-students-turn-to-online-education <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Rapid technological developments have allowed for internet infrastructure to grew tremendously all over the world, which in turn has created the right environment for the online education industry to succeed. Then, the pandemic prompted schools and universities to adjust for a more online model of curriculums. Now, the education system is expected to continue to rely on remote online solutions even after the pandemic. Ipsos Group S.A. conducted a survey for the World Economic Forum in 29 countries on how they see higher education being delivered in five years&#39; time. According to the survey&#39;s results, in 2025, higher education will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Since the pandemic&#39;s inception, about <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/infographic-covid19-coronavirus-impact-global-education-health-schools/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">1.3 billion</a> learners have been affected as schools and universities were forced to close, and eventually adopt &#39;blended&#39; learning strategies. And, according to Research and Markets, the global online education market is projected to witness a CAGR of 9.23% during the forecast period to reach a total market size of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 319.167 Billion</span> in 2025, increasing from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 187.877 Billion</span> in 2019. Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/METX#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">METX</a>), GSX Techedu Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GSX#NYSE" rel="nofollow">GSX</a>), 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TWOU#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">TWOU</a>), New Oriental Education &amp; Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/EDU#NYSE" rel="nofollow">EDU</a>), TAL Education Group (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TAL#NYSE" rel="nofollow">TAL</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Around the world, the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Asia-Pacific</span> region is leading in terms of market share growth, as the region is expected to provide the highest revenue generating opportunities. This growth is the result of a rapidly expanding internet infrastructure, which has caused numerous investments in the market. For example, according to a report by Bloomberg from earlier this week, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tiger Global Management LLC led a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 1.6 Billion</span> investment in Chinese online education startup Zuoyebang, highlighting how the pandemic has turned web-based learning into an attractive industry.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/METX#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">METX</a>) reported last week breaking news that, &#34;the gross billing and student enrollment of its junior ELT business increased by 238% and 192%, respectively, in January compared to the same period last year.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Company&#39;s junior ELT business enjoys the competitive advantage in geographical coverage brought by the Company&#39;s nationwide network of more than 100 existing learning centers. The Company values the teaching quality, the growth experience of outstanding students, and the integration of online and offline high-quality learning resources, striving to provide students with effective and fruitful learning products and a shortcut to becoming talents. Quality teaching and good brand reputation has led to increases in renewal and referral rates, which helped lower the Company&#39;s customer acquisition cost.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Looking forward, the Company will continue to strengthen its R&amp;D capabilities and optimize its business structure. The Company believes the Junior ELT market will maintain growth momentum. The Company will be more well-positioned as the economy of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">China</span> continues recovering from the COVID-19 epidemic. The Company expects to gain market share from those small and medium-sized institutions that did not survive the epidemic.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">For our latest &#34;Buzz on the Street&#34; Show featuring Meten EdtechX Education Group Ltd., recent corporate news, please head over to: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqSfyFd6MI8&amp;ab_channel=FinancialBuzzMedia" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqSfyFd6MI8&amp;ab_channel=FinancialBuzzMedia</a> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">GSX Techedu Inc.</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GSX#NYSE" rel="nofollow">GSX</a>) an online K-12 large-class after-school tutoring service provider in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">China</span>, announced back in November its unaudited ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912723/a-growing-number-of-students-turn-to-online-education alt=A Growing Number of Students Turn to Online Education>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> EDU GSX METX Multimedia/Online/Internet TAL TWOU Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19912723 at https://www.benzinga.com Medical Breakthroughs Propel Psilocybin Closer to Legalization https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912721/medical-breakthroughs-propel-psilocybin-closer-to-legalization <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The psychedelics market is currently navigating a similar legal situation to the one the cannabis market found itself in for many years. Psychedelics are not legal for recreational use in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> or <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span>, yet medical research on the efficiency of such products may help reduce some of the stigma around them. In fact, some major developments have already begun to change the landscape for the better in this market. For example, earlier in 2019, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span> became the first state to decriminalize magic mushrooms (mushrooms containing psilocybin). More recently, the state of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Missouri</span> introduced a bill that would allow seriously ill people to use substances such as MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, DMT, mescaline and ibogaine with a doctor&#39;s recommendation. Mydecine Innovations Group Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MYCOF#OTC" rel="nofollow">MYCOF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MYCO#CSE" rel="nofollow">MYCO</a>), Aikido Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AIKI#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">AIKI</a>), New Wave Holdings (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SPOR#CSE" rel="nofollow">SPOR</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TRMNF#OTC" rel="nofollow">TRMNF</a>), Better Plant Sciences Inc. (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PLNT#CSE" rel="nofollow">PLNT</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/VEGGF#OTC" rel="nofollow">VEGGF</a>), Codebase Ventures (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CODE#CSE" rel="nofollow">CODE</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BKLLF#OTC" rel="nofollow">BKLLF</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The health-promoting benefits connected with the consumption of medicinal mushrooms is one of the growth drivers for this market. Medicinal mushrooms are rich in various nutrients such as vitamin D, potassium, calcium, vitamin B, amino acids, fiber, and other nutrients that are essential for the human body. The FDA has also commented on psychedelics, as it awarded the second Breakthrough Therapy designation to non-profit Usona Institute in 2019, which is studying the effects of psilocybin as an anti-depressant. Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as psilocybin mushrooms. Additionally, according to a market analysis by Data Bridge Market Research, the psychedelic drugs market is expected to grow at CAGR of 16.3% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2027. It is also expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 6,859.95 Million</span> by 2027 from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 2,077.90 Million</span> in 2019.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mydecine Innovations Group Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MYCOF#OTC" rel="nofollow">MYCOF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MYCO#CSE" rel="nofollow">MYCO</a>) announced last month that, &#34;its subsidiary Mindleap Health (&#34;Mindleap&#34;), a digital health platform and the world&#39;s-first telemedicine application purpose-built for the psychedelic medicine industry, has filed a provisional patent for its technology platform in both The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;As our company continues to innovate we are focused on vigorous protection of all of our inventions,&#39; said Mydecine CEO and Chairman <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Josh Bartch</span>. &#39;Mindleap&#39;s software patents will strengthen our intellectual property portfolio overall which now totals 8 patent filings currently in process.&#39;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mindleap&#39;s telemedicine platform combines mood, emotion and habit tracking that allows users to purchase and receive virtual mental health coaching from an international network of specialists. In the coming months, Mindleap&#39;s software development team will introduce more advanced mental health and wellbeing tools including expert on-demand programs, streaming mental wellbeing content and convenient and affordable access to mental health support right from the palm of their hand. These inventions cover various advanced technologies currently in development with the most vital being digital mental health and wellbeing programs, enhanced data collection and aggregation, proprietary wellbeing score and personalized automated alerts and suggestions.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mindleap 2.0</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Since the launch of the initial app in Fall 2020, Mydecine has developed Mindleap 2.0, a refined version of the platform that enhances the end-user experience in order to deliver improved patient outcomes. Enhancements to the platform include improved remote telemedicine services and a newly reskinned user interface expected to launch in Spring 2021.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;We&#39;re really excited about what we&#39;re working on right now at Mindleap. There are a number of advancements that we&#39;ll be introducing to the public over the next few months, and we can&#39;t wait to see how our users respond,&#39; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Jack Bunce</span>, Head of Digital at Mindleap. &#39;More than ever before people are looking for ways to access high-quality, on-demand content that will positively impact their mental health and well-being. Through the creative partnerships we&#39;ve formed and the digital programs we&#39;ve developed, ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912721/medical-breakthroughs-propel-psilocybin-closer-to-legalization alt=Medical Breakthroughs Propel Psilocybin Closer to Legalization>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AIKI BKLLF CSE:CODE CSE:MYCO CSE:PLNT CSE:SPOR MYCOF TRMNF VEGGF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19912721 at https://www.benzinga.com Regulatory Support Grows for the Expansion of Online Gambling https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912720/regulatory-support-grows-for-the-expansion-of-online-gambling <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Online gambling is a diverse market and includes such businesses as casinos, virtual poker, sports betting and more. Online gambling has also been growing over the past two decades, owing to the rise of the internet, various technological advancements related to fintech and easy to use mobile interfaces. Last year however, the demand for online gambling grew exponentially, as the pandemic created a friendlier environment for online businesses. In fact, the progress made last year in regards to the regulatory rollback of online gambling and sports betting is now expected to continue in 2021. In states where such businesses were allowed to legally operate, strong demand was observed and the states benefited from a new source of tax revenue. For example, according to recent data from PlayPennsylvania, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Pennsylvania&#39;s</span> sportsbooks and online casinos set new records in January with more than <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 600 Million</span> in monthly sports wagers for the first time. Trident Acquisitions Corp. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TDAC#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">TDAC</a>), DraftKings Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/DKNG#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">DKNG</a>), Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PENN#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">PENN</a>), Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SGMS#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">SGMS</a>), MGM Resorts International (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MGM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">MGM</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The swing to a more favorable attitude towards online gambling businesses is noticeable across the board. According to data published by the American Gaming Association (AGC), Americans&#39; views of the casino gaming industry improved in 2020 as voters increasingly recognize the industry&#39;s economic benefits and commitment to local communities. Nearly 7 in 10 (69%) Americans say that gaming provides a positive benefit to the U.S. economy and 63% agree that the industry provides high-quality jobs. At the local level, 69% say that the industry behaves responsibly in the communities. &#34;Voters are also aware of the importance that gaming tax money plays in funding vital public services, as 76% of voters believe that the industry&#39;s tax payments to state and local governments will become even more important in the future due to COVID-related budget shortfalls,&#34; the report indicates.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Trident Acquisitions Corp.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TDAC#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">TDAC</a>) and Lottery.com, which entered into a definitive agreement with Trident Acquisitions Corp. on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">February 22, 2021</span>, just announced breaking news that, &#34;<span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Luc Vanhal</span> has been appointed as the Company&#39;s chief financial officer. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Since 1990, Vanhal has been providing executive leadership in the roles of chief financial officer, chief operating officer and president. In addition to being the chairman of several boards, he has also been a member of the compensation &amp; audit committees for Interplay Entertainment Corp., a video game developer and publisher, and ViewSonic, a multinational electronics company. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">As chief financial officer of the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$3 billion</span> consumer products division of The Walt Disney Company from 1990 to 1999, Vanhal led over 500 team members in planning, business development, financial reporting, accounting and acquisitions. Among many other highlights, from 2001 to 2004, he managed the development of World of Warcraft, which still has over five million paying subscribers, at Vivendi Universal Games.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Vanhal brings to Lottery.com years of experience in global executive management with an expertise in financial leadership. Not only does he have experience working in the gaming sector, Vanhal also brings his skills of navigating through highly regulated industries.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;I&#39;m thrilled to attract such a talented and proven veteran in finance and accounting with great industry experience,&#39; said Lottery.com CEO <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Tony DiMatteo</span>. &#39;We needed a strong candidate leading us through the upcoming transition to becoming a public company. Combine this with our aggressive expansion into new states and countries, which brings all new financial regulations to consider, and it was clear to us that Luc was the obvious choice.&#39; </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">As CFO, Vanhal will lead Lottery.com&#39;s global finance organization and will be responsible for accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis. He will also play a crucial role in Lottery.com&#39;s global expansion plans, ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912720/regulatory-support-grows-for-the-expansion-of-online-gambling alt=Regulatory Support Grows for the Expansion of Online Gambling>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> DKNG entertainment MGM Multimedia/Online/Internet PENN SGMS TDAC TDACU Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19912720 at https://www.benzinga.com Gold Companies Expand Exploration and Production as Market Heats Up https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912352/gold-companies-expand-exploration-and-production-as-market-heats-up <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The gold market is once again heating up as the US dollar weakens and crude oil prices solidify. Global stock markets have weakened in recent weeks and key markets are experiencing high inflation, signaling that market lows could continue into the year. Federal Reserve Chairman <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Jay Powell</span> <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/02/23/business/stock-market-today" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">gave testimony</a></u> to the Senate Banking Committee on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">February 23</span>, noting that &#34;economic recovery remains uneven and far from complete, and the path ahead is highly uncertain.&#34; This uncertainty may signal a big few months for the gold industry as companies like <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury Gold Mines </b>(TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FURY#TSX" rel="nofollow">FURY</a>) (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FURY#NYSE" rel="nofollow">FURY</a>), Barrick Gold Corp (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GOLD#NYSE" rel="nofollow">GOLD</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ABX#TSX" rel="nofollow">ABX</a>),<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> Newmont Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/NEM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">NEM</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/NGT#TSX" rel="nofollow">NGT</a>),<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> AngloGold Ashanti </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AU#NYSE" rel="nofollow">AU</a>) (ASX:AGG), and <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AEM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">AEM</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AEM#TSX" rel="nofollow">AEM</a>)</b> expand and ramp up exploration and production at key gold properties.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury Gold Mines Advances Key Assets</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury Gold Mines (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FURY#TSX" rel="nofollow">FURY</a>) (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FURY#NYSE" rel="nofollow">FURY</a>)</b> is setting up for a huge year of exploration at its three Canadian gold assets. The company owns properties in three of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada&#39;s</span> most prolific mining regions, with the company&#39;s flagship <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Eau Claire</span> project located in the James Bay Gold Camp in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Northern Quebec</span>, as well as its 7,500-hectare Homestake Ridge project in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Northwest British Columbia</span> and Committee Bay gold project in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nunavut</span>. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">On <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">February 10</span>, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury </b><u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://furygoldmines.com/news-and-media/news/fury-outlines-first-regional-exploration-target-at-4620395/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">outlined</a></u> the company&#39;s first regional exploration target at the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Eau Claire</span> project. The company plans to explore the project&#39;s <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Percival Trend</span> this summer, which was discovered in 2018 with drill intercepts of 78.5 meters of 1.46 g/t gold and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">87m</span> of 2.35 g/t gold   from surface. Throughout 2021, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury </b>plans to conduct an extensive biogeochemistry program across the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Eau Claire</span> property with the goal of developing new drill targets.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;Over the past six months our technical team has identified considerable opportunities to increase ounces at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Eau Claire</span> and expand upon past discoveries throughout the land position,&#34;  <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury Gold Mines </b>SVP, Exploration, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Michael Henrichsen</span> said in the company&#39;s release. &#34;At Percival we have significantly advanced the detection of surface mineralization under till cover using biogeochemistry. This opens up the entire property for new target development as we plan to explore the Percival, Serendipity and North Structure trends this summer,&#34; he continued.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fury </b>announced the company&#39;s 2021 <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://furygoldmines.com/news-and-media/news/fury-announces-2021-exploration-plans-for-committe-4627639/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">exploration plans</a></u> for the Committee Bay gold project on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">February 17</span>. The company will be drilling between 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the property over the course of the summer, with a focus on Committee Bay&#39;s underexplored Raven high-grade vein target, which the company says has the potential for a ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912352/gold-companies-expand-exploration-and-production-as-market-heats-up alt=Gold Companies Expand Exploration and Production as Market Heats Up>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AEM AU Banking/Financial Services FURY GOLD NEM TSX:ABX TSX:AEM TSX:FURY TSX:NGT Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:50:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19912352 at https://www.benzinga.com New Partnerships Lead to Innovative Additions in the Gaming Industry https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912351/new-partnerships-lead-to-innovative-additions-in-the-gaming-industry <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Partnerships continue to drive the gaming industry forward, whether it&#39;s through adding more lockdown friendly payment methods or by spotlighting the growing mobile gaming sector. For starters, with the world health crisis still very much in effect, the gaming industry has added another aspect to their online platform--digital wallets. Digital wallets, also referred to as cashless wallets, have been increasing in popularity thanks to their online capabilities--usable during lockdown periods while maintaining gaming activity. Now, more companies are starting to introduce this new trend and are seeing a positive outcome. With these new changes, cashless wallets are enhancing the user experience and are able to target a larger market. Companies such as <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Boyd Gaming Corp. </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BYD#NYSE" rel="nofollow">BYD</a>),<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> International Game Technology PLC </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/IGT#NYSE" rel="nofollow">IGT</a>),<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b>and <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Real Luck Group Ltd, &#34;Luckbox&#34;, </b>(TSXV:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/LUCK#TSXV" rel="nofollow">LUCK</a>) are seeing the benefit of expanding their payment options and what it means for the gaming industry. Meanwhile, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Glu Mobile Inc. </b>(NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GLUU#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">GLUU</a>)<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b>and <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Skillz Inc. </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SKLZ#NYSE" rel="nofollow">SKLZ</a>) have taken steps to solidify their places as mobile gaming leaders.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Gaming Companies Add New Payment Options Through Partnerships and Innovation</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To meet the growing demand, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Real Luck Group Ltd, &#34;Luckbox&#34;, (TSXV:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/LUCK#TSXV" rel="nofollow">LUCK</a>) </b>has just announced its partnership with <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.newsfilecorp.com/release/74622/Real-Luck-Group-Ltd.-Announces-Partnerships-with-Major-Payment-Providers-Skrill-NETELLER-ecoPayz-and-Trustly" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">four leading payment processing companies</a></u>. <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Luckbox </b>has confirmed and signed agreements with Skrill, NETELLER, ecoPayz, and Trustly, which will allow customers to make use of a wide variety of payment options such as Visa, Mastercard, ApplyPay, and Google Pay. This service will be available globally in 100+ countries. Since 2001, Skrill has developed the reputation of a global leader in payment solutions, and NETELLER is known for connecting businesses with digital wallet holders all over the world.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Luckbox </b>CEO <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Quentin Martin</span> has chimed in on this new partnership, stating, &#34;We are delighted to be working with four of the most prestigious payment providers in the betting industry. These deals provide a broad range of payment options to players in key markets for us, not least in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Latin America</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Europe</span> and the CIS region, where esports betting is hugely popular.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Martin has emphasized the importance of user experience and noted that it should be made as smooth and enjoyable as possible, which explains <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Luckbox&#39;s</b> move to expand its payment options for customers. Future possibilities of payment partnership expansion are still in the works and <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Luckbox </b>will provide updates if it chooses to incorporate other parties.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Luckbox </b>is well known for its esports betting platform, and offers an array of services on both desktop and mobile devices. With Google&#39;s recent announcement of the Play Store welcoming gambling apps, <b ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912351/new-partnerships-lead-to-innovative-additions-in-the-gaming-industry alt=New Partnerships Lead to Innovative Additions in the Gaming Industry>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services BYD entertainment GLUU IGT SKLZ TSXV:LUCK Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:50:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19912351 at https://www.benzinga.com As Additional COVID Variants Surface, Questions Arise to Effectiveness of Vaccines to Combat New Strains https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912219/as-additional-covid-variants-surface-questions-arise-to-effectiveness-of-vaccines-to-combat-new-st <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Fla.</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The epic global race to solve the COVID-19 crisis has just gotten a be a more of a puzzle with the emergence of new variants. The existing vaccines have been based on research centered on the original virus but the variants are raising questions if the approved vaccines will be effective on these new variants. In the U.S. the CDC <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant-cases.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">has said</a> that: &#34;… mutations in the virus genome that alter the characteristics and cause the virus to act differently in ways that are significant to public health (e.g., causes more severe disease, spreads more easily between humans, requires different treatments, changes the effectiveness of current vaccines). It&#39;s important to understand that genetic mutations are expected, and some variants can spread and become predominant while others subside… A new virus variant has one or more mutations that differentiate it from the wild-type or predominant virus variants already circulating among the general population. As expected, multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been documented in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span> and globally throughout this pandemic. Several new variants that emerged in the fall of 2020 are concerning, most notably: <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">B.1.1.7</b>: In the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">United Kingdom</span> (UK); <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">B.1.351</b>: In <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">South Africa</span>; and <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">P.1</b>: In <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Brazil</span>. &#34;  Active biotech companies in the market this week include <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Johnson &amp; Johnson</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/JNJ#NYSE" rel="nofollow">JNJ</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BioVaxys Technology Corp.</b> (OTCPK: LMNGF) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BIOV#CSE" rel="nofollow">BIOV</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Pfizer Inc.</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PFE#NYSE" rel="nofollow">PFE</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Moderna, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MRNA#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">MRNA</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">INOVIO </b>(NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/INO#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">INO</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">An <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00298-1/fulltext" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">article</a> in the U.K. based Lancet said that: &#34;Many variants of SARS-CoV-2 are emerging, but will they have different clinical effects? A new consortium is trying to find out… All viruses mutate. But three variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) have raised particular concerns. Making sense of how the variants will influence the pandemic is the task of the newly formed G2P-UK National Virology Consortium. Its remit is to use cell cultures and animal models to examine how the mutations affect the transmissibility of the virus, the severity of the disease, and the effectiveness of the vaccines and treatments. The initiative brings together researchers at ten academic institutions in the UK, who will work alongside the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BioVaxys Technology Corp.</b> (OTCPK: LMNGF) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BIOV#CSE" rel="nofollow">BIOV</a>) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS:  BIOVAXYS EXPANDING TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM TO ADDRESS EMERGING SARS-COV-2 VARIANTS</b> - <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BVX-0320 and Covid-T to have capability to address UK, Brazilian and South African Virus Variants</i></b><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </i>- BioVaxys Technology Corp. (&#34;BioVaxys&#34;) the world leader in haptenized protein vaccines for antiviral and cancer applications, announced today that it is assessing steps to modify BVX-0320 and Covid-T, its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate and T-cell diagnostic, to address the newly emerging variants (the South African, UK, and Brazilian variants) of SARS-CoV-2 that are of high concern to worldwide governments, healthcare practitioners, and infectious disease researchers.   </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Given the flexibility in BioVaxys&#39; viral vaccine platform based on haptenizing viral antigens, the Company is exploring the potential for producing a multivalent vaccine, which will be a combination of the haptenized spike proteins subunits from each clinically significant variant. Once the amino acid sequences for the variants are available, BioVaxys should be able to quickly produce a multivalent vaccine.  BioVaxys is also planning a product line extension of Covid-T, its disposable diagnostic for screening for T cell response to SARS-CoV-2, that would have capability to screen for T-cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 variants.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In recent months, highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variants - <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">United Kingdom</span> (B.1.1.7 lineage), <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">South Africa</span> (B.1.351 lineage), and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Brazil</span> (P.1 lineage) - with mutations in the spike protein have been spreading globally and appear to cause <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-u-k-coronavirus-mutation-is-worrying-but-not-terrifying/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">major changes in the way the virus acts, including enhanced transmissibility</a> </u>and possibly increased clinical severity.  Most disconcerting are findings that recently approved Covid-19 vaccines may not work as well against these variants.   In <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2102017?query=featured_home" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">a new study</a></u> which was published the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Pfizer, BioNTech, and the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-org">University of Texas</span> Medical Branch examined how well blood taken from people who had ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19912219/as-additional-covid-variants-surface-questions-arise-to-effectiveness-of-vaccines-to-combat-new-st alt=As Additional COVID Variants Surface, Questions Arise to Effectiveness of Vaccines to Combat New Strains>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services CSE:BIOV INO JNJ MRNA PFE Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:45:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19912219 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Aslan Pharmaceuticals, electroCore, Novan, OpGen, or Salarius Pharmaceuticals? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19911769/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aslan-pharmaceuticals-electrocore-novan-opgen-or-salarius-pharmaceu <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for ASLN, ECOR, NOVN, OPGN, and SLRX.</p> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="PRN_ImbeddedAssetReference" id="DivAssetPlaceHolder1"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><br /> <img xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.jpg" title="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" ...</a></p></div><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19911769/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aslan-pharmaceuticals-electrocore-novan-opgen-or-salarius-pharmaceu alt=Thinking about buying stock in Aslan Pharmaceuticals, electroCore, Novan, OpGen, or Salarius Pharmaceuticals?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ASLN Banking/Financial Services ECOR NOVN OPGN SLRX Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:30:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19911769 at https://www.benzinga.com Climate Change Could Mint The World's First Trillionaire https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19909769/climate-change-could-mint-the-worlds-first-trillionaire <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">LONDON</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">March 1, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Elon Musk</span> isn&#39;t the front runner to become the world&#39;s first trillionaire simply because he&#39;s iconic, genius, or ambitious.   Mentioned in today&#39;s commentary includes:  <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Tesla, Inc</b>. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TSLA#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">TSLA</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">NIO Limited</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/NIO#NYSE" rel="nofollow">NIO</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Plug Power Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PLUG#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">PLUG</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Bloom Energy Corporation</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BE#NYSE" rel="nofollow">BE</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">FuelCell Energy, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FCEL#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">FCEL</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">He might have tens of millions of followers on social media and the biggest car company in the world. He might be worth just slightly more or less than Amazon&#39;s <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Jeff Bezos</span> on any given day. He might be madly driven to take us to Mars. But he&#39;s most likely to become the world&#39;s first trillionaire for a different reason … because he is a major figure in our fight against climate change. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Climate change is the world&#39;s mega-problem that can only be fought at the crossroads of high-tech and energy …Exactly where <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Elon Musk</span> is positioned, along with his genius, his cult following and his endless drive.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The world is at the dawn of a new industrial revolution, and this time, it&#39;s green and multiple trillions of dollars are at stake. And with so much money pouring into this, the opportunities are boundless--as long as they are in some way connected to the revolution.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">That revolution ties together a huge line-up of technology advancements related to everything from electric vehicles and energy storage to innovative ways to deal with a global pandemic, present, and future. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Elon Musk</span> might end up being the world&#39;s first trillionaire, but the revolution is minting billionaires in his wake … and all of them are tech-driven innovators who understand the most pressing issues of our time. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">All you have to do is follow the money through the new king of Wall Street, BlackRock (BLK), with its nearly <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/011515/worlds-top-10-hedge-fund-firms.asp" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$4 trillion</span> in assets</a></u> under management, eyeing anything that fits the revolutionary scenario.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The path leads to new tech-driven visionary companies, like … <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">NextEra</b>, which is fast becoming the new king of energy …Or, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">PlugPower (PLUG),</b> the hydrogen fuel cell play in an industry set to hit <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$11 trillion</span>, that&#39;s gained over 789% in 12 months …And <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Facedrive</b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">(</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/FD.V" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">FD</a></u></b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">,</b><u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/FDVRF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">FDVRF</b></a></u><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">), </b>the pioneer of carbon-offset ride-hailing in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">North America</span>, which stunned North American markets late last year with the acquisition of US-based Steer EV subscription company, and is now becoming a market leader in COVID contact-tracing technology that will help bring people back to work for real economic recovery … </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Tech Element of the Pandemic Recovery </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The pandemic recovery isn&#39;t as easy as inventing a vaccine. The world is learning that by now. The uncertainty is alarming. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The U.S. just passed half a million <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-02-23-21/index.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">COVID-19 deaths</a></u>, and cases are falling while vaccines are being slowly but surely doled out, but we&#39;re still in for the long haul. It could be a problem for several winters to come, with or without vaccines. And that doesn&#39;t even address the great unknown of COVID variants, including the troubling one now surging in <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/health/coronavirus-california-variant.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span></a></u>. Even worse, we don&#39;t know if the existing vaccines will work against <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-says-covid-vaccine-makers-can-modify-shots-variants-emerge-n1258528" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">new variants</a></u>.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">So, one can bet on the big pharma stocks behind the COVID vaccines, like Pfizer and Moderna, or you can find the tech-driven companies that are focused on fail safes, that get people back to work whether we have vaccines or not. Moderna has netted investors 34.4% year-to-date, and there doesn&#39;t seem to be much more upside. Pfizer is actually down almost 8% YTD.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">On the other hand, Facedrive (<u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/FD.V" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">FD</a></u>, <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/FDVRF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">FDVRF</a></u> ) was an early innovator of COVID contact tracing technology in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span>, and that&#39;s won it several big deals, but the biggest boost came on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">February 18th</span>, when the government of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Ontario</span> injected <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/60375/ontario-investing-in-wearable-contact-tracing-technology-to-help-protect-workers-from-covid-19" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.5 million</span></a></u> into Facedrive to accelerate deployment of the tech company&#39;s wearable contact-tracing technology.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">TraceSCAN alerts users within a workplace who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. That means that workers in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Ontario</span> will be alerted whether they can return to a safe workplace for economic recovery. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Under this government project alone, Facedrive plans to manufacture some 150,000 devices and create 68 new skilled jobs for Ontario.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">With some major shoutouts from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Ontario&#39;s</span> Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Vic Fedeli</span>, who said: &#34;In our fight against COVID-19, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Ontario</span> is continuing to support companies like Facedrive that are developing the innovative technology that adds new layers of defence against this global pandemic.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Clean Energy Bonanza </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Clean energy investments hit <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikescott/2021/01/26/clean-energy-attracts-half-a-trillion-dollars-of-funding-for-first-time/?sh=6562b7c4393e" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">half a trillion dollars</a></u> for the first time in 2020. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;The world committed a record <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$501.3 billion</span> decarbonization in 2020, beating the previous year by 9% despite the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,&#34; according to a BloombergNEF report.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Renewable energy, EVs, fuel cells, batteries, charging, green hydrogen … it&#39;s all undergoing a dramatic shift to the top of our energy hierarchy. That means it&#39;s where all the big capital is flowing ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/03/n19909769/climate-change-could-mint-the-worlds-first-trillionaire alt=Climate Change Could Mint The World&#039;s First Trillionaire>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services BE Environmental Products & Services FCEL green technology Multimedia/Online/Internet NIO Oil PLUG TSLA Utilities Commodities Opinion Press Releases Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19909769 at https://www.benzinga.com Brunswick Main Street Secures $134,215.00 Grant from the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19888558/brunswick-main-street-secures-134-215-00-grant-from-the-maryland-strong-economic-recovery-initiati <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">BRUNSWICK, Md.</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Brunswick Main Street&#39;s Micro-Grant program received a major boost thanks to the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative (MDSERI) administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Established in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Micro-Grant is available to the state&#39;s designated Main Street Maryland communities and aims to support those downtown businesses impacted by state-mandated closures, reduced foot traffic, and higher operating expenses. No match component or repayment is required of businesses. The first round of micro-grant funding, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$11,000</span> in total, was distributed in 2020. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The MDSERI grant award gives the BMS Micro-Grant program an additional <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$114,082.75</span>, allowing Brunswick Main Street to offer a second, even larger round, of funding. Funds will be divided equally among all applicants ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19888558/brunswick-main-street-secures-134-215-00-grant-from-the-maryland-strong-economic-recovery-initiati alt=Brunswick Main Street Secures $134,215.00 Grant from the Maryland Strong Economic Recovery Initiative>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services News Workforce Management/Human Resources Contracts Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:20:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19888558 at https://www.benzinga.com Should you invest in Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, Zscaler, Virgin Galactic, or Procter & Gamble? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19881967/should-you-invest-in-johnson-johnson-general-motors-zscaler-virgin-galactic-or-procter-gamble <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for JNJ, GM, ZS, SPCE, and PG.</p> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="PRN_ImbeddedAssetReference" id="DivAssetPlaceHolder1"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><br /> <img xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.jpg" title="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" alt="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" /><br /> ...</a></p></div><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19881967/should-you-invest-in-johnson-johnson-general-motors-zscaler-virgin-galactic-or-procter-gamble alt=Should you invest in Johnson &amp; Johnson, General Motors, Zscaler, Virgin Galactic, or Procter &amp; Gamble?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services GM JNJ PG SPCE ZS Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:40:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19881967 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Northern Dynasty Minerals, Palantir Technologies, Workhorse Group, Fisker, or Draftkings? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19881966/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-northern-dynasty-minerals-palantir-technologies-workhorse-group-fis <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for NAK, PLTR, WKHS, FSR, and DKNG.</p> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="PRN_ImbeddedAssetReference" id="DivAssetPlaceHolder1"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><br /> <img xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.jpg" title="InvestorsObserver ...</a></p></div><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19881966/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-northern-dynasty-minerals-palantir-technologies-workhorse-group-fis alt=Thinking about buying stock in Northern Dynasty Minerals, Palantir Technologies, Workhorse Group, Fisker, or Draftkings?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services DKNG FSR NAK PLTR WKHS Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:40:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19881966 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about trading options or stock in Rocket Companies, General Electric, Apple, Groupon, or American Airlines? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19879636/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-rocket-companies-general-electric-apple-groupon-or-amer <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for RKT, GE, AAPL, GRPN, and AAL.</p> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="PRN_ImbeddedAssetReference" id="DivAssetPlaceHolder1"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><br /> <img xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.jpg" title="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" alt="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" /><br ...</a></p></div><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19879636/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-rocket-companies-general-electric-apple-groupon-or-amer alt=Thinking about trading options or stock in Rocket Companies, General Electric, Apple, Groupon, or American Airlines?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AAL AAPL Banking/Financial Services GE GRPN RKT Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19879636 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about trading options or stock in Beyond Meat, Exxon Mobil, Sprouts Farmers Market, Carvana, or Carnival Corp? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19879635/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-beyond-meat-exxon-mobil-sprouts-farmers-market-carvana- <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for BYND, XOM, SFM, CVNA, and CCL.</p> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="PRN_ImbeddedAssetReference" id="DivAssetPlaceHolder1"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><br /> <img xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.jpg" title="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" alt="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" /><br /> ...</a></p></div><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19879635/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-beyond-meat-exxon-mobil-sprouts-farmers-market-carvana- alt=Thinking about trading options or stock in Beyond Meat, Exxon Mobil, Sprouts Farmers Market, Carvana, or Carnival Corp?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services BYND CCL CVNA SFM XOM Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19879635 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Powerbridge Technologies, BioCryst Pharma, Oramed Pharma, Ampio Pharma, or Plus Therapeutics? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19879633/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-powerbridge-technologies-biocryst-pharma-oramed-pharma-ampio-pharma <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for PBTS, BCRX, ORMP, AMPE, and PSTV.</p> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="PRN_ImbeddedAssetReference" id="DivAssetPlaceHolder1"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><br /> <img xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" src="https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1333368/InvestorsObserver_Logo.jpg" title="InvestorsObserver (PRNewsfoto/InvestorsObserver)" ...</a></p></div><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19879633/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-powerbridge-technologies-biocryst-pharma-oramed-pharma-ampio-pharma alt=Thinking about buying stock in Powerbridge Technologies, BioCryst Pharma, Oramed Pharma, Ampio Pharma, or Plus Therapeutics?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMPE Banking/Financial Services BCRX ORMP PBTS PSTV Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19879633 at https://www.benzinga.com Medical Cannabis' Burgeoning Reputation is a Boon for the Market's Expansion https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19878813/medical-cannabis-burgeoning-reputation-is-a-boon-for-the-markets-expansion <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Feb. 26, 2021</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The cannabis industry has drastically changed over the course of the last five years. Thanks to shifting consumer sentiments, legislative victories across several major states and the availability of new products for a wide demographic, the cannabis industry has become a major market attracting investors from all over the world. Slowly, more and more states are implementing legislating to regulate such products. For example, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New Jersey</span> voters legalized an adult-use marijuana market last year, and this week Gov. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Phil Murphy</span> finally delivered on a 2017 campaign promise, signing legislation that legalizes cannabis for adults, decriminalizes the possession of up to six ounces of the drug and codifies criminal justice reforms that will upend how police officers interact with underage offenders. Some obstacles still remains however, and according to a report by Politico, the newly-formed Cannabis Regulatory Commission has been tasked with overseeing both the adult use and medical marijuana markets as well as with developing rules that will dictate the distribution of dispensary and cultivation licenses. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Red White</span> &amp; Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/RWB#CSE" rel="nofollow">RWB</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/RWBYF#OTC" rel="nofollow">RWBYF</a>), Sundial Growers Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SNDL#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">SNDL</a>), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACB#NYSE" rel="nofollow">ACB</a>), Acreage Holdings Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACRHF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ACRHF</a>), Canopy Growth Corporation (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CGC#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">CGC</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Currently, the medical cannabis sector accounts for the majority of the market share. Additionally, progress is slowly being made in removing the stigmas associated with such products. Medical cannabis is predominantly being used to alleviate symptoms associated with afflictions such as chronic pain, cancer, and epilepsy. Positive data has even led many U.S. states to legalize medical cannabis, as CBD products, in particular, have become more popular and well-known due to their lack of psychoactive effects many associate with cannabis. For example, in a survey conducted by HelloMD and Brightfield Group, approximately 60% out of 2,400 patients said that CBD participants used the compound to successfully treat insomnia or other sleep problems. Meanwhile, 42% of CBD users stopped using traditional medications and now use cannabis instead, and 80% of CBD users found CBD to be very or extremely effective for treatment.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Red White</span> &amp; Bloom Brands Inc.</b> (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/RWB#CSE" rel="nofollow">RWB</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/RWBYF#OTC" rel="nofollow">RWBYF</a>), announced yesterday breaking news that, &#34;it has entered into a definitive agreement with HSCP, LLC (the seller&#34; a subsidiary of Acreage Holdings Inc. (&#34;Acreage&#34;) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACRG#CSE" rel="nofollow">ACRG</a>, ACRG.B.U)) (OTCQX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACRDF#OTCQX" rel="nofollow">ACRDF</a>, ACRHF)), pursuant to which a newly incorporated subsidiary of the Company, RWB Florida LLC will purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Acreage Florida, Inc. (&#34;Acreage Florida&#34;) from the Seller. The Company will also acquire certain owned and leased real estate assets used in Acreage Florida&#39;s operations</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Acreage <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Florida</span> is licensed to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, a processing facility, and a cultivation facility in the state of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Florida</span>. The deal also includes the sale of property in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Sanderson, Florida</span> that includes over 15 acres of land and has an 113,546 SF facility for cultivation and a 4,360 SF freestanding administrative office building. In addition, Acreage Florida has 8 leased stores in prime locations throughout the state.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">RWB intends to immediately introduce its award winning Platinum Vape brands as well as leverage the previously announced rights to High Times&#xAE; branded products at both the RWB store level and throughout the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">State of Florida</span> following the closing of this acquisition.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Brad Rogers</span>, Chief Executive Officer of RWB, stated, &#34;Our core strategy has always been to focus on a limited number of markets within which to operate at scale, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Florida</span> has always been one of those targeted markets. Today we have our path to entry into the third largest market by revenue in the US and are excited with what we can do with the brands we have amassed as well as the skill to execute on our vision.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">When coupled with the Company&#39;s recently announced acquisition in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Illinois</span>, this transaction further expands the Company&#39;s representation in States with limited cannabis licenses. Upon ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/n19878813/medical-cannabis-burgeoning-reputation-is-a-boon-for-the-markets-expansion alt=Medical Cannabis&#039; Burgeoning Reputation is a Boon for the Market&#039;s Expansion>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACB ACRDF ACRHF CGC CNPOF CSE:ACRG CSE:RWB RWBYF SNDL TSX:RIV Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 19878813 at https://www.benzinga.com