Covid-19 stokes interest in health and fitness, and sportswear chains such as Lululemon, Decathlon, and Sweaty Betty reap the benefits



a woman holding a football ball: A fitness event sponsored by Decathlon in Hong Kong. The French sportswear chain avoided opening in Hong Kong for years because rents were too high, and only now is expanding as rents fall further amid an exodus of luxury stores from the city.


A fitness event sponsored by Decathlon in Hong Kong. The French sportswear chain avoided opening in Hong Kong for years because rents were too high, and only now is expanding as rents fall further amid an exodus of luxury stores from the city.

When British activewear brand Sweaty Betty opened its first store in Hong Kong in October 2019 – a small boutique in the upscale IFC Mall – the city’s retail industry was in the early stages of what would become one of its worst slumps in history.

Following months of anti-government protests that caused frequent temporary store closures, especially on weekends, and a plunge in arrivals of high-spending visitors from China, Hong Kong’s retail scene had by then been severely impacted.

The start of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 and the ensuing global economic downturn that shows no signs of abating have dealt yet another blow to

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Private employers show new interest in expanded Medicare and regulated drug prices

U.S. employers, battered by rising hospital and pharmaceutical prices, are increasingly open to a bigger government role in healthcare, including regulating prices and expanding Medicare to more working Americans.



a group of people performing on a counter: High costs for hospital care and prescription drugs are causing more employers to be open to government regulation. (Associated Press)


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High costs for hospital care and prescription drugs are causing more employers to be open to government regulation. (Associated Press)

In one recent survey, more than three-quarters of responding employers said government regulation of drug prices and hospital rates would be “very helpful” or “somewhat helpful.”

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About half said a “Medicare public option” — usually understood to mean expanding eligibility for the large government health plan to younger Americans — would be helpful, according to the survey by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, which represents employers that provide health benefits to their workers. That’s up from about 4 in 10 employers who responded to last year’s survey.

“A lot of employers feel the private

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Dentist Careers For Every Interest

Before considering a job in the dental field, it is important to think about what kind of specialty you would like to have. There are, in fact, many varieties of dentists covering every facet of oral care. Whether your desire is to work with children, to perform surgery, or to improve the beauty of your patients, there is sure to be a field that appeals to you. This is, of course, just an introductory text and you may find that something that at first did not appeal to you may become your passion during dental school.

Traditional “general practitioner” dentists are far and away the number one type of specialty that most doctors choose to go into. Although they do not necessarily have the specialized techniques of some of these other areas of dentistry, they are the cornerstones of their patients’ oral health.

A variation of this field is pediatric … Read More