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Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. Announces C$30,000,000 Million Bought Deal Financing | 2020-10-21 | Press Releases


PHOENIX, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. (“Harvest” or the “Company”) ( CSE: HARV ), a vertically integrated cannabis company and multi-state operator in the U.S., is pleased to announce that is has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Eight Capital, as lead agent and bookrunner, together with a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the “ Underwriters ”), will purchase on a “bought deal” basis 13,274,400 units of the Company (“the Units ”) at a price of $2.26 per Unit (the “ Offering Price ) for aggregate gross proceeds to Harvest of $30,000,144 (the “ Offering ”). (All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.)

Each Unit shall consist of one common share of the Company (each, a “ Unit Share ”) and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole common share purchase warrant, a “ Warrant ”). Each Warrant shall be exercisable into one common share of the Company at an exercise price of $3.05 per common share for a period of 30 months from the Closing Date (as defined below) (the “ Warrant Shares ” or together with the Unit Shares, “ Shares ”). If the daily volume weighted average trading price of the common shares of the Company on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “ CSE ”) for any 10 consecutive days equals or exceeds $4.97, the Company may, upon providing written notice to the holders of the Warrants, accelerate the expiry date of the Warrants to the date that is 30 days following the date of such written notice.

The Company has granted the Underwriters an option, exercisable, in whole or in part, at any time not later than the 30 th day following the closing of the Offering, to purchase up to an additional 15% of the Offering at the Offering Price for market stabilization purposes and to cover over-allotments, if any (the “ Over-Allotment Option ”). If the Over-Allotment Option is exercised in full, the total gross proceeds of the Offering will be approximately $34,500,000.

The Units will be offered by way of (i) a prospectus supplement (the “ Prospectus Supplement ”) to Harvest’s short form base shelf prospectus dated June 24, 2020, of which the Prospectus Supplement will be filed with the securities commissions and other similar regulatory authorities in each of the provinces and territories of Canada; (ii) in the United States by way of private placement pursuant to the exemption from registration provided for under Rule 144A of the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended; and (iii) in jurisdictions outside of Canada and the United States as are agreed to by the Company and the Underwriters on a private placement or equivalent basis.

The net proceeds of the Offering are expected to be used for working capital and general corporate purposes.

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Laid-off hotel workers rally after health insurance yanked: ‘We’ve been thrown out like yesterday’s garbage’

About 150 hotel workers who’d been laid off — but promised their jobs back when the hotel industry rebounds — gathered in Grant Park Friday to call on their employers to continue providing health insurance.

They are among about 7,000 Chicago hotel workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 1 who are out of work and, since Oct. 1, without health insurance.

“I have really, really bad arthritis and only four pills left, and I have a daughter who needs her braces taken off,” said Shawan Johnson, 41, who worked turning over rooms at the Hilton Chicago for six years until she was laid off in March.

“When you work for a company for many, many years and once a pandemic hits they just say, ‘Well, forget it, no more healthcare, no more anything.’ … It’s like insult to injury,” said Johnson.

Jesus Morales, who’d worked as a banquet server at the Drake Hotel for 33 years until he lost his job in March, said he’s in a tough spot because his wife, who had brain surgery a few years ago, and daughter, who was recently in a car accident, both depend on him for health insurance.

“We have spent years and decades of our lives working for these companies, and now we’ve been thrown out like yesterday’s garbage,” he said. “They should be ashamed of how they’re treating us.”

Jesus Morales, a banquet server at The Drake, took part in a rally with other hotel workers who are demanding health insurance in the Loop, Friday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2020. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
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The crowd chanted, “We deserve better!” before marching under a light drizzle several blocks around the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

The majority of workers represented by the union are women of color, according to Unite Here spokeswoman Sarah Lyons. The workers are, in part, room attendants, bartenders, cooks, servers, bellmen and doormen.

Hotel workers and their supporters march to demand health insurance in the Loop, Friday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2020. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
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Their jobs are spread among dozens of hotels, but the largest chunk of them work for the Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt hotel chains, Lyons said.

Representatives of the three hotel groups did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Health unit tweaks new rules to keep sports and recreation facilities open

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has modified new rules announced on Wednesday to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which will allow many sports to continue.

“We want to make sure these sports can continue as much as possible,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Chris Mackie.

Fears were rampant throughout the sports community that the strict safety measures would sideline sports and potentially put some recreation facilities out of business.

“What’s become clear is that we need to tweak them so that we don’t disrupt sport,” Mackie said.

The revisions were shared during a virtual townhall meeting Friday afternoon for sports, recreation and fitness facility stakeholders.

“If we want to stay in a situation where we can continue to have team sports, we need to take action to prevent the spread,” Mackie said.

Among the adjustments to the Section 22 Class Order for Indoor Fitness Facilities, the total number of people permitted in a class at a facility cannot exceed 12. The maximum number of people allowed on a field of play, such as an ice pad or soccer field, is 25. For team sports with substitutions, a maximum of 12 people are allowed on the roster, and player waiting on the sidelines must maintain a two metre distance from one another.

Mackie says no contact is allowed between individuals during any play and that means there will be zero tolerance for any touching.

“When you are that close, you are entering a high-risk situation. It doesn’t matter if that’s a normal part of your sport, there’s no contact.”

Parents, athletes, coaches and owners of numerous sports facilities are expressing some relief.

“It’s definitely a positive move,” said the VP of Hockey Operations for The London Junior Knights, Kevin Gardner.

“We can work with it,” he said.

However, there is still some uncertainty about how the rules will be implemented and how they will play out on the ice. Still, Gardner says he’s pleased that the health unit has listened to the community’s concerns.

“It was a groundswell of all sports in the community that made the change, and the health unit listened, so that’s great.”

The Junior Knights have ice time scheduled for this Saturday and plan to implement the new rules.

“We want to follow the rules. We don’t want anyone to get sick,” said Gardner. But the unexpected changes, with no notice, came as a huge shock.

“That’s what upset everyone.”

Hundreds of stakeholders of indoor sports and recreation facilities, including volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics associations, as well as health clubs and yoga studios, took part in the town hall with health officials answering questions about how the new rules will impact them.

The health unit’s revised restrictions on gyms come after more than 70 people tested positive at a fitness studio in Hamilton. Officials say the studio was following all public health guidelines when the outbreak occurred.

Mackie says the orders are meant to avoid a situation where there are gaps in the rules

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City of London recreation programs on hold to adapt to health unit measures

The City of London is putting recreation programs on hold as of Saturday while it adjusts to new measures announced by the Middlesex-London Health Unit to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Aquatic programs are exempt from the change, which impacts indoor sport, recreational and fitness facilities, as well as Learn to Skate programs.

This follows Wednesday’s announcement from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, which placed restrictions on the region’s fitness centres, bars, restaurants, salons and spas. The measures come into effect on Saturday, and include limiting the number of people in a fitness class to 10 and requiring instructors to wear face coverings.

Any businesses or facilities found guilty of breaking the new public health guidelines could be fined up to $25,000.  

Aquatic programs will continue as other city-run programs are put on hold. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

People registered for city-run programs at community centres or arenas will be directly notified and refunded, according to a press release from the city. Volunteer and sport organizations that use city arenas for programs will be contacted about ensuring the new requirements are met.

According to the release, the city is working with the health unit to modify programs to adhere to the new measures, and will share more information about the future of the programs as soon as possible.

More information about city-run programs is available here.

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United Airlines to Test Health App Designed to Ease International Travel Restrictions

United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ:UAL) on Wednesday will become the first U.S. airline to test a digital health project designed to standardize international COVID-19 screenings and allow for borders to reopen.

United and Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways are both testing a system set up by CommonPass, a nonprofit backed by the World Economic Forum that hopes to create a “COVID passport” of sorts that will ease concerns about the virus spreading via travel.

A United Airlines jet takes off.

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Travelers on a United flight from London to Newark on Wednesday will upload COVID-19 test results into their smartphones and complete all health screening questionnaires required by the country of entry. The system verifies that the test results, or eventually vaccination records, come from a trusted source and that they satisfy the destination country’s requirements.

Users of the system will get a QR code that border officials can scan upon arrival.

The system isn’t an app itself, but rather the underlying technology that can be used in apps created by airlines, travel companies, and government agencies. The goal is to have an international standard trusted enough that it will allow countries to do away with the bans and quarantine procedures currently in place.

Other airlines are expected to trial the system in the months to come.

Airlines have struggled since the onset of the pandemic, and it will likely take years for lucrative international travel to return. Although there isn’t likely to be any immediate impact from initiatives like the CommonPass, any framework that helps governments feel more secure in lifting travel restrictions should help travel demand to return more quickly than it otherwise would.

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CHLA Launches Hotel Meeting Health Standards

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The California Hotel and Lodging Association today released its “Clean + Safe Guidance for Meetings and Events,” providing COVID-19 health safety protocols for California hotels as they prepare to reopen for individual meetings and events.

The Guidance incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA and is aligned with CHLA’s guidelines for individual travel that was issued in April.

“With our meeting protocols, California hotels will be ready to host safe individual meetings when the state and county health officials allow – hopefully soon,” said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, President and CEO of CHLA. “California hotels did an outstanding job protecting guests and employees when they reopened for tourism in June; we trust that our meeting guidance similarly will ensure the well-being of attendees.”

The 11-page Guidance focuses on planning ahead, enhanced communications and adaptability as hotels support customization of “group” customers such as businesses, associations, religious events, charities and others. The standards include attendee arrival procedures, electronic registration, breaks for sanitation, increased use of presentation technology, use of multiple rooms for one meeting, same seating for attendees and non-contact, cashless transactions.

The Clean + Safe Guidance for Meetings and Events is available at www.calodging.com.

About the California Hotel and Lodging Association
The California Hotel and Lodging Association is the leading resource and advocate for thousands of California hotels, motels and boutique inns that employ more than 285,000 workers. CHLA, established in 1893, is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and is a partner with the American Hotel & Lodging Association. For more information, go to www.calodging.com.

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Summit recreation centers work to expand amenities as health regulations allow

Sanitizer and towels are lined up behind the front desk at the Silverthorne Recreation Center on June 24. The center previously was closed from 1-3 p.m. each weekday but now will be open to the public during those hours.
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FRISCO — The recreation centers in Silverthorne and Breckenridge are working to slowly roll out more offerings as resources and health regulations allow.

The Silverthorne Recreation Center has expanded its operating hours to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, adding an additional three hours open to the public. Before the change, the center was open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and closed from 1-3 p.m. for cleaning. The center will no longer close in the afternoons.

Recreation Center Manager Steven Herrman said the center also has reopened some amenities, including some lockers and showers, and added household reservations for the pool or gymnasium. In these two areas, people from the same household can reserve up to four spots in the gym or five spots in the pool. Pickleball reservations for up to four people also are available.

Herrman said that while the center would like to open up some weekend hours for individual workouts and classes, there currently isn’t enough staffing to do so. However, the facility is still used on weekends for swim lessons and for middle school and high school club sports that typically would practice at the high school.

Herrman said the center is preparing for more demand as the weather changes and people move to indoor exercise. 

“Right now, our focus is going to be really dialing in our current operations, trying to educate on some of our policies and procedures a little bit more, and trying to work toward some weekend hours while balancing everything,” Herrman said.

The final fall program session for November and December opened for registration Monday, Oct. 19. The programs provide after-school activities like swim lessons, gymnastics, volleyball or outdoor activities. Herrman said mornings are busier and tend to fill up with 25 available reservations per 45-minute time slot. Evening hours are gaining more traction, and Herrman expects them to fill up when the snow starts to set in. He noted that capacities won’t be expanded unless the county’s COVID-19 dial moves in a positive direction. 

In an effort to step up sanitation measures, Herrman noted that a bipolar ionization system was installed in the facility’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the beginning of the month. Currently, maintenance staff is testing the system for efficiency. 

“We’re definitely constantly exploring better ways to improve the safety of our indoor space so we can keep our doors open,” Herrman said. 

Farther south, the Breckenridge Recreation Center has a maximum use capacity of 50 people indoors and is open from 5:30-7 p.m. weekdays, which is a 90 minute extension from when the center originally reopened. While the climbing wall, leisure pool and indoor playground remain closed, lap lanes are open, and the personal training program

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Vacation Health Benefits

If you don’t take all the vacation time you’re allotted, you’re not alone.

If you work while you’re on vacation, you’re like a lot of other people in the workforce.

If you’re stressed when you return to the office, there are a number of reasons for that.

There seems to be no question that the United States has an unhealthy “vacation culture.”

It ranges from how much time off we’re given, to how much vacation we actually take, to how we act while we are away from our jobs.

Americans simply don’t take enough vacation time, and when we do, we don’t take full advantage of it.

And that’s too bad.

Experts say there are a number of health benefits to enjoying a vacation… for both the employee and the employer.

“It gives you a chance to relax and recharge and clear your head,” said Alison Sullivan, a career trend expert at the website Glassdoor. “Vacations reduce stress that can build up when you are working, working, working.”

“People do better at work if they take time off, rest, refresh and get away from the daily grind,” added Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of the book “Dying for a Paycheck.”

“If they don’t take vacations, employees are less productive, less creative, and think less outside the box,” noted Ken Yeager, PhD, director of the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

That stress can produce some serious consequences.

A 1992 study that tracked workers for 20 years concluded that men who didn’t take vacations were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack. For women, it was a 50 percent greater risk.

“Stress, we know, is bad for our health,” says Pfeffer.

So, with all this evidence, why don’t we leap at the chance to go on vacation?

Our vacation culture

The lack of vacation time is not only part of America’s business culture.

It’s also part of our laws.

The United Kingdom mandates that companies provide at least 28 days of vacation to their employees, according to the official UK government website.

Other countries such as Sweden and Austria require a minimum of 25 days.

Australia insists on 20 days, Mexico mandates 6 days, and China requires 5 days.

The U.S. government does not require companies to provide any vacation days. That’s right. Zero.

A lot of U.S. companies apparently take advantage of this lack of legislation, too.

A 2013 study estimated that almost one in four American workers have no paid vacation time.

Even workers who are given vacation days don’t seem to take them.

A 2016 study by Project: Time Off indicated that U.S. workers took an average of 21 days of vacation in May 1996. That fell to 16 days in March 2016.

In fact, the average American worker takes only about half of their allotted vacation time, according to an article published on Inc.com.

And even when we’re on the beach or in the mountains, we don’t completely unplug.

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Importance of Leisure & Recreation for Health

In the 1950s and 1960s, activities such as horseback trail riding, skiing, snowmobiling and taking a day hike were among some of the popular choices among outdoor enthusiasts. While these are still enjoyed, people have been leaning toward less vigorous physical activities since that time, according to H. Ken Cordell of the U.S. Forest Service. Yet incorporating physical activity into your leisure and recreation activities is an ideal way to fit more exercise into your schedule — as well as address your mental wellness.

Physical Benefits of Recreation

Taking part in recreational activities, particularly outdoors, can improve your physical wellness. In fact, people who frequently take advantage of park activities have fewer doctor visits, lower body mass indexes and lower systolic blood pressures than those who don’t, according to Dr. Laura L. Payne of the University of Illinois. A 2005 California State Parks report also highlights that outdoor recreation provides an excellent opportunity to increase exercise 3. It cites a 2001 study revealing that the availability of recreational facilities in a location impacts the amount of physical activity in which residents participate.

Leisure Lowers Stress and Depression

Mental wellness is an important part of your overall health and can impact your physical well-being. Participating in leisure and recreation activities can help you better manage stress and reduce depression. Leisure provides you the chance to find balance in your life; it also puts you in control of how you’re spending your time, which is an important consideration because you may feel overwhelmed by obligations. Taking part in leisure activities as a family is also beneficial for your kids because you’re modeling healthy ways to handle stress and emotions. Participating in leisure activities regularly reduces depression; in fact, just thinking about past outdoor recreation experiences can improve mood, according to the 2005 California State Parks report 3.

Improve Your Quality of Life

Finding balance is also a reason why leisure and recreation can enhance your quality of life. Physical recreation, in particular, is associated with improved self-esteem. In addition, you’re more likely to feel satisfied about your life when you regularly take part in recreation activities. This has significant implications for your mental health and, in turn, your physical health. In fact, 90 percent of respondents in a 2000 American Recreation Coalition study reported being satisfied with their health and fitness. In contrast, 60 percent of those who didn’t take part in such activity reported not being satisfied with their health and fitness.

Recreational Therapy

All of these health benefits explain why recreational therapy can be such an essential part of a rehabilitation program. This type of therapy involves using various recreation or leisure activities to enhance or promote wellness. The American Therapeutic Recreation Association shines a spotlight on some of the benefits for the populations that commonly take advantage of the therapy including psychiatric patients, recovering addicts, children and seniors. Some of these benefits include faster healing from medical conditions, stress management, improved body function and better cognitive function.

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Travel health advice & information about travel diseases

TravelHealth.co.uk provides health information and practical advice for those who go abroad.  Whether travelling for work or on holiday you will find tips on preparing for your trip.  You will also find information on how to stay healthy while you are away.  Suggestions on how you can prevent common illnesses, tropical diseases. Help in considering what vaccines to consider.  Guidance on selecting the right insurance and common-sense advice on general travel well-being.

The information will provide knowledge on what to expect when you travel abroad.  These articles should not be used as medical guidance.  If you are going overseas, or are researching an illness, always seek advice from a health professional at your local travel clinic or doctor’s surgery or pharmacy.

We hope that you find this site helpful as you plan your trip.

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Here you will find information about a long list of tropical diseases, symptoms and how to prevent infection: Preventing Malaria, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Zika Virus, Japanese Encephalitis, Tick Borne Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, …

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We have provided links to a number of on-line insurance providers, including specialist providers of insurance to cover pre-existing health conditions.

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In association with the ‘Know Before You Go’ Campaign, we are working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to do all that we can to help British travellers stay safe overseas. Before you go overseas, check out the FCO website at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo. It is packed with essential advice and tips, and up-to-date country information.

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