Day: September 18, 2020

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Apple rolled out a new version of its smartwatch operating system this week, timed to the release of two new Apple Watches.

WatchOS 7 will come installed on the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. The new operating system is also compatible with Apple Watches dating back to the Series 3, which the company continues to sell as a budget-friendly option, though not all features will work on the older models. 

The new watches officially go on sale Friday. Apple also is rolling out new iPads, an online fitness subscription, and options to bundle existing services, such as Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, into a single monthly plan.

In addition to a new look that includes a handful of fresh watch faces designed with fun and productivity in mind, watchOS 7 includes new sleep- and fitness-tracking

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Apple Fitness+ doesn’t terrify the founder of this Peloton rival — here’s why

If two of the hottest names in at-home fitness are worried about Apple Fitness+, they sure aren’t showing the public. That says a lot about the total addressable market for at-home fitness in the post COVID-19 pandemic world — leaving the door open for many players to compete effectively.

Earlier this week, Apple took the wraps off its first fitness experiences designed for the Apple Watch and iPhone. Launching later this year, Apple Fitness+ will offer studio-style workouts that focus on popular training methods such as cycling, treadmill running, rowing, high intensity internal, yoga, dance, and core.

“We do welcome Apple’s entry into the space. We see it is as further validation of the shift to working out from home,” Tonal founder Aly Orady told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. Tonal, a Peloton rival, is a connected strength training platform.

In typical Apple services form, it will make the pricing

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Key workers become models for Halpern’s London Fashion Week show

Ghalia, an obstetrics and gynaecology surgeon, wearing Michael Halpern's spring 2021 collection
Ghalia, an obstetrics and gynaecology surgeon, wearing Michael Halpern’s spring 2021 collection

Eight ‘heroines of the frontline’ became models at London Fashion Week on Friday, cast in a jubilant digital presentation for the designer Michael Halpern. 

A senior staff nurse at London’s Homerton Hospital and a train operator for the London Underground were among the women chosen to showcase Halpern’s spring / summer 2021 collection, unveiled via an online film in lieu of the designer’s usual, physical catwalk show.

At a time when many designers have been struggling to convey their work with impact online, Halpern’s video and the accompanying portraits feel uplifting. On a paint-splash set designed by Shona Heath, they are a reminder of the power of creativity in conveying a mood – and raising a smile. Choosing key workers as models, for Halpern, is also not a tokenistic PR stunt – he has been working with some

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Tam reveals fear about keeping COVID-19 under control, Canada-U.S. land border to remain closed

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 6,771 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 134,900 diagnoses so far) and 9,100 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

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Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford pens powerful essay on why he won’t ‘stick to football’

Matthew Stafford penned a powerful essay for The Players’ Tribune website Friday in which he detailed racist behavior he experienced while with some of his teammates this spring and urged everyone to continue fighting against racial injustice.

Stafford said his proudest day as a Detroit Lion came in August when the team called off practice to demonstrate against the Jacob Blake shooting.

Blake was shot at least seven times by Kenosha, Wisc., police, and the Lions’ protest sparked other demonstrations across the sports world, with some games in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball being canceled.

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws against the Bears in the first half on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Ford Field.

“We can’t just stick to football,” Stafford wrote. “Not

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The Best Workplaces for Women are expanding the turf for women in finance

Finance has typically not been welcoming to women. But the “boys club” of yesterday is changing. A sign of the times: Financial firms rule this year’s list of Best Workplaces for Women. Nine organizations in financial services and insurance earned a spot in the top 20—triple the number on last year’s list.

What’s behind the shift? One reason is that the industry is evolving, with the value of financial advice changing. Almost nowhere is digital transformation shaking up an industry as it is in finance. With a finger swipe across a smartphone, investors can access their accounts and see how their portfolios are doing.

But women are adding value in ways that “robo-advisers” cannot compute.

“In the past, the value of financial services or the value of a financial adviser was in constructing a portfolio or trading stocks,” said Kristin Johnson, chief human resources officer at Edward Jones, No. 5

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Ontario takes over Quebec’s spot for most active cases nationwide

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9,067 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 141,565 diagnoses, 9,201 deaths and 123,297 recoveries (as of Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,483 active cases (16,274 total cases, including 254 deaths, 14,537 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,705 active cases (7,663 total cases, 220 deaths, 5,719 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 293 active cases (1,500 total cases, 16 deaths, 1,191 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 2 active cases (194 cases, 2 deaths, 190 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 1 active case (271 total cases, 3 deaths, 267 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

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4 Accident & Health Insurance Stocks to Watch Amid Pricing Pressure

The Zacks Accident and Health Insurance industry is likely to benefit from prudent underwriting and increase in underwriting exposure. Aflac (AFL), Unum Group (UNM), Amerisafe (AMSF), and Employers Holdings (EIG) should continue benefitting from prudent underwriting standards, though rise in claims frequency could weigh on the positives.  

The industry has been witnessing soft pricing over the past several quarters. Nonetheless, rise in claims due to the pandemic is likely to increase pricing for this industry in the coming days. Also, increasing adoption of technology in operations will help in smooth functioning of the industry amid coronavirus-induced challenges.

About the Industry

The Zacks Accident and Health Insurance industry comprises companies that provide workers’ compensation insurance, largely to employers operating in hazardous industries, such as construction, trucking, logging and lumber plus manufacturing and agriculture. These companies also offer group, individual or voluntary supplemental insurance products.

Workers’ compensation is a form of accident

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When Will We Take Women’s Pain Seriously?

Physical fitness has never been my strong suit. I was never into team sports, absolutely hated P.E. class, and can count the number of times I’ve entered a gym as an adult on one hand. But when I moved to Colorado, one of the “fittest” states in the country, I decided I’d finally develop a love of working out. It seemed every person I met spent their weekends adventuring—no one seemed to have any physical limitations. I longed to finally become the fourteener-conquering, marathon-running woman I was now seeing on every corner, but it felt impossible. I was only 32, but even climbing the stairs to my apartment sent pain shooting through my body.

The previous year I’d taken a nasty spill on the concrete that left me with a fractured vertebra. Some days the pain was minimal, but others I could barely walk without feeling sharp pain. Still, the

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Medical experts ask questions about school reopening before School Board meets Monday

A small group of medical experts met virtually Thursday to weigh in on whether Miami-Dade County Public Schools should open for in-person learning, possibly as soon as this month.

The School Board will hold a special meeting, also virtually, Monday at 11 a.m. to discuss the medical experts’ comments and that possible reopening.

Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease professor at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, drove the conversation, asking direct questions about the district’s preparedness, from air quality and ventilation to how high-risk activities like music programs will be handled.

Marty said of the eight criteria laid out for reopening schools, all but two had been met. There is a lag in the reporting of school immunizations to the health department, said the school district’s chief of staff, Jaime Torrens, although Marty noted improvement in that area. She also expressed concerns over contact tracing.

A school district spokeswoman

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