Watsa Shuns China as Fairfax Looks for Investment in India, U.S.

(Bloomberg) — Prem Watsa, the billionaire head of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., sees plenty of opportunities for investment in the U.S. and his native India. He’s less interested in the other Asian powerhouse. “In China, we are less invested,” Watsa said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg Television Friday. “We like democracy. We like business-friendly policies.” Watsa, who emigrated from India 46 years ago, is most excited about the opportunities being created there due to the policies implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “He’s very business friendly and he’s got a great…

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Some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February

Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February. If you still want to take a winter vacation, Travel and Leisure Magazine says February is a great time to fly. Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. if you want to get away. Honolulu, Hawaii The magazine says it’s a big wave season and also a great time for whale watching tours. Beaver Creek, Colorado  The magazine points out that the town has increased its focus on non-ski activities, which could be…

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U.S. Scrambles to Clear Egg Exports to Bird Flu-Hit Korea

U.S. officials are urgently seeking an agreement with South Korea that would allow imports of American eggs so farmers can cash in on a shortage caused by the Asian country’s worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. The two sides are negotiating over terms of potential shipments after South Korea lifted a ban on imports of U.S. table eggs that it imposed when the United States grappled with its own bout of bird flu last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If an agreement is reached, U.S. shipments could bring…

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Fewer U.S. Children Lack Access to Healthcare

As a growing number of U.S. children have gained health insurance over the past decade, fewer kids are missing out on things like physicals and dental exams, a recent study suggests. Steep declines in the number of uninsured have been well documented, largely as a result of growth in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. But the current study offers fresh evidence that kids are not only getting insured – they’re also becoming more likely to receive the care they need. “In addition to having improved insurance coverage we…

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Depression Becoming More Common Among U.S. Teens

The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreated depression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests. For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014, the study found. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the prevalence climbed from 8.8 percent to 9.6 percent during the study period. But there hasn’t been much change in the proportion of teens and young adults seeking mental health treatment, the study also found. “We already know that teens…

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Smoking, Alcohol Associated With Most Cancers in U.S

Preventable risk factors like smoking and alcohol are closely associated with 11 of the 15 cancers in the US, finds a study. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that the cancer burden is 20 per cent to 30 per cent higher in African-Americans than in all races and ethnicities combined. To measure cancer burden, researchers from the American Cancer Society calculated the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to cancer. This measure combines mortality, incidence, survival, and quality of life into a single summary indicator. DALYs…

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