American Manganese Inc. (T.AMY) hit a new 52-week high of $2.58 on Wednesday. American Manganese has granted 5,950,000 incentive stock options to certain of its directors, officers and consultants. The options are exercisable at a price of $2.63 per share for a five-year term. Any shares issued on the exercise of these stock options will be subject to a four- month holding period from the date of the grant. The stock option grants are subject to acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange.

A2Z Smart Technologies Corp. (V.AZ) hit a new 52-week high of $4.33 on Wednesday. A2Z Smart announced the appointment of Mr. Rafael Yam as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary Cust2Mate Ltd. Yam was head of NCR Israel BU, a role he has excelled in from 2015 until present. Previously, Yam served as the executive account manager of the Nordics and Baltics region for NCR.

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After a year of mostly terrible news, the rapid roll-out of the coronavirus vaccination programme in the UK has at last brought some positive headlines.

Assuming that challenges with supply or new virus mutations do not derail the programme, it is likely that the entire UK adult population will have been offered a vaccination later in 2021. This brings with it the tantalising prospect of reopening the economy, and our lives returning to something approaching normality.

Despite the success of the vaccine roll-out, we know that covid-19 is not going to disappear immediately. None of the current vaccines offer 100% protection, and not everyone wants or is able to be vaccinated. So how can we reopen the economy and restore international travel without risking another wave of infections? One possible ‘solution’ is the introduction of so-called vaccine passports. A vaccine passport is a document, probably in electronic form, that provides … Read the rest

Canada’s main stock index scaled an all-time high on Tuesday as energy stocks rallied on higher oil prices, while hopes of fresh U.S. economic stimulus also aided sentiment.

The S&P/TSX Composite came off its highs of the morning, but remained buoyant 46.12 points Tuesday to reach noon hour EST at 18,506.33.

The Canadian dollar slid 0.40 cents to 78.74 cents U.S.

The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Aphria, which jumped $3.99, or 18.5%, to $25.54, and Cronos Group, which rose 79 cents, or 5.1%, to $16.35.

New Gold fell six cents, or 2.7%, to $2.19, while OceanaGold recovered from losses in the rmoning, taking on half a cent to $2.24.

Statistics Canada reported Tuesday Canadian investors acquired an unprecedented $26.9 billion of foreign securities in December, largely purchases of U.S. shares.

Meanwhile, non-residents added $5.1 billion of Canadian securities to their holdings, the lowest investment in three months. … Read the rest

Quebec-based aerospace company Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) has announced that it is cutting 1,600 jobs and will stop making Learjets, a business airplane that has been around for nearly 60 years.

Bombardier announced the moves while posting quarterly financial results that showed the company lost $337 million U.S. in the last three months of 2020. The latest job cuts will bring Bombardier’s total workforce down to about 13,000 people worldwide.

About 700 of the job cuts are planned in Quebec and 100 in Ontario. A further 250 jobs will be eliminated in Wichita, Kansas, where the company’s Learjet is built. The rest of the job losses will be scattered across the U.S. and Canada.

Unifor, which represents 2,500 workers at a Bombardier facility in Montreal, is calling on the federal government to do more to help the aerospace industry survive the pandemic. However, most of Bombardier’s problems predate COVID-19.

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Stocks in Toronto somehow kept their heads above water, as Friday’s closing bell sounded, as momentum in energy kept the negatives affecting utilities at bay.

The S&P/TSX Composite gained 67.22 points Friday to close the week at 18,460.21, a jump of 324 points, or 1.8%, on the last five sessions.

The Canadian dollar eked lower by 0.01 cents to 78.73 cents U.S.

Energy roared through the day, with Vermilion Energy charging ahead 35 cents, or 5.4%, to $6.82, while Prairie Sky Royalties added 84 cents, or 7.3%, to $12.31.

Industrials were next, with Air Canada taking off the sky, gaining $1.10, or 5.2%, to $22.30, while Mullen Group was 31 cents more solid, or 3.1%, to $10.34.

In consumer staples, Jamieson Wellness grabbed 47 cents, or 1.3%, to $35.94, while Alimentation Couche-Tard improved 49 cents, or 1.3%, to $39.73.

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Online travel agent Lastminute.com will be taken to court unless it pays more than £1m of outstanding refunds, the competition regulator has said.

Lastminute.com had promised to refund people for package holidays cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it missed a repayment deadline at the end of January.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the company needed to pay people back within seven days to avoid court action.

“It is wholly unacceptable that thousands of Lastminute.com customers are still waiting for full refunds for package holidays despite the commitments the company signed with us,” said CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli.

“We take breaches of commitments extremely seriously. If Lastminute.com does not comply with the law and pay people their outstanding refunds quickly, we will take the company to court.”

Lastminute.com has been approached for comment. Last week, the online travel agent said the refund process had been “very … Read the rest