Day: September 15, 2020

Va. high school community stages ‘Let them Play’ rally at state capitol

Virginia community stages ‘Let them Play’ rally at state capitol originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Parents, coaches and student athletes of northern Virginia high schools met in Richmond at the state capitol Monday as a part of the “Let them Play” campaign — an initiative designed to pressure state officials into hastening a high school sports return to play.

The Virginia branch of “Let them Play” consists of prominent community leaders such as Stone Bridge head coach Mickey Thompson, Dan Bruton of Briar Woods and Paul Troth of Champe. The leader of the rally, though, was Leesburg resident Holly Wiles. Wiles, the mother of Stone Bridge quarterback and Tulane commit Billy Wiles, believes it’s time student athletes leave the sidelines and return to the field.

“We firmly believe kids should be playing sports,” Wiles said. “We believe the benefits far outweigh the risks. It does not make sense to

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Bolsonaro Scraps Plans for Social Program Amid Budget Woes

(Bloomberg) — President Jair Bolsonaro abandoned plans to launch his signature social program, the so-called Brazil Income, given the challenges in financing it without breaching the country’s fiscal responsibility rules.

Visibly irritated by media reports saying his government was considering reducing other social spending to fund the new program, Bolsonaro said the new plan is now on hold and that Brazil’s existing minimum income policies would remain in place.

“Until 2022, in my government, it’s forbidden to mention the words Brazil Income,” the president said about the program in a video posted on social media on Tuesday. “We’ll continue with Bolsa Familia. And period,” he added, referring to the widely-praised social program launched by leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 17 years ago.

Finding funds for Brazil Income has become a big headache for Bolsonaro after he rejected Economy Minister Paulo Guedes’ strategy to finance the program by redirecting

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A Job That Isn’t Hard to Get in a Pandemic: Swindlers’ Helper

Denise Newton, 24, who was contacted by a company called Heies this year after she lost her job, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 2020. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)
Denise Newton, 24, who was contacted by a company called Heies this year after she lost her job, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 13, 2020. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)

After the fitness center where Denise Newton worked closed down in April because of the coronavirus, she posted her résumé online to look for a new job. She soon got a call from a company she had never heard of.

The woman who phoned from the company, Heies, invited Newton to apply for a job as a “local hub inspector.” When she started work in May, Newton began receiving boxes with Apple Watches and laptops in them. Her job was to open the boxes, check the contents and then mail them off to foreign addresses.

But something was off. The boxes were suspiciously plain, even though they included brand-name products. The name on the labels was never Newton’s. When she asked

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Science mag makes first endorsement in 175 years, taps Biden

NEW YORK (AP) — Even though Scientific American had never endorsed a presidential candidate in the magazine’s 175-year history, its top editor said Tuesday there was little internal debate over a decision to back Democrat Joe Biden.

Editor-in-Chief Laura Helmuth said President Donald Trump’s administration was much worse for the scientific community than the magazine had feared.

The magazine’s endorsement was posted online Tuesday, a day after Trump questioned the science of climate change in relation to the California wildfires. Helmuth said the timing was coincidental and the editorial was written during the past two months.

Scientific American said that “the evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has basically damaged the United States and its people because he rejects evidence and science.”

The editorial by senior editor Josh Fischman sharply condemned Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The magazine criticized Trump for seeking cutbacks in scientific

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Thinking About Adopting the Neighborhood Stray Cat? We Asked a Vet For Advice!

British Shorthair cat lying on the gray chair. Copy-space
British Shorthair cat lying on the gray chair. Copy-space

As someone who has taken in five stray cats over the last decade, I’m aware of how deeply rewarding the process can be. Although adopting a wayward kitty might seem like a tall order at first, people are often surprised at just how quickly they assimilate in their new surroundings. Currently, approximately 3.2 million cats in the United States need forever homes, which means there’s no shortage of four-legged friends to love.

Obviously, families who are considering taking in the neighborhood stray should be certain it’s not someone else’s pet first. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to tell if the kitty already has an owner. “Not all outdoor cats will wear a collar, but many will,” Zay Satchu, DVM, Bond Vet’s cofounder and chief veterinary officer, told POPSUGAR. “You can also look at their physical appearance. Do they look

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iPhone giant unveils new iPad, Apple One subscription bundle and Apple Watch 6 with blood oxygen monitor

Apple has unveiled an all-in-one monthly subscription in an attempt to put the tech giant squarely at the centre of people’s digital lives.

The “Apple One” subscription will charge up to £30 a month for a bundle of services such as Apple Music, iCloud and a newly-announced fitness programme, and is designed to boost revenues from outside its iPhone division.

It came as the company unveiled an Apple Watch with a blood oxygen sensor, saying it would work with researchers to investigate whether the wearable device could detect early signs of Covid-19. 

Apple also unveiled several new versions of its iPad, sales of which have boomed as families have been stuck at home during the pandemic.

The string of announcements came during a virtual version of Apple’s September event, an annual affair in which the company typically unveils new iPhones.

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Apple Fitness+ subscription service unveiled alongside Series 6 Watch

Apple has unveiled a new personalised workout subscription service alongside new smartwatches and tablet computers.

Fitness+ collects health data gathered by an Apple Watch and then displays it alongside workout videos shown on a larger display.

The platform will compete with existing fitness apps on iOS from Peloton, Les Mills and Fiit.

It also poses a challenge to Fitbit, whose wearables benefit from their own health-coaching subscription service.

As many had forecast, Apple decided to hold back details of its next iPhones for a separate event.

Yoga and dance

Like some of its rivals, Fitness+ also allows competitive users to see how their own efforts compare with others who have completed the same fitness routine previously.

“Health-tracking continues to be a major focus for Apple, and its new Fitness+ service signals its intent to generate more revenue from its products in this area,” commented Leo Gebbie from the consultancy CCS

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Everything Apple revealed at its September event

Everything Apple revealed at its September event
Everything Apple revealed at its September event

Alright! This Apple event is about to begin. We’ll be updating this story as new products are announced.

What you’ll probably see:

  • Two new Apple Watches, including a “budget” Apple SE.

  • A new iPad Air with smaller bezels.

  • And, seeing as Apple is releasing new Apple Watches, it makes sense it would make watchOS 7 widely available.

Waaaait … what about the iPhone 12? According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, that won’t make an appearance until October when we’ll do this entire thing all over again.

SEE ALSO: How to watch Apple’s big September event

What might make an appearance:

  • Will Apple release iOS 14 now? Or wait until it unveils the iPhone 12?

  • Bloomberg reported that Apple will sell a subscription bundle called Apple One. It will let you subscribe to Apple Music and Apple TV+ in the least expensive tier, and upgrade

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Will Canada have a ‘massive shutdown’ in the second wave? Tam ‘concerned’ about regions with rising cases

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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Apple announces two new Apple Watches, iPad and subscription services

Apple today introduced two new editions of its popular Apple Watch, updated iPads and subscription services.

The top of the line Series 6 Watch sells for $399, while a budget version called the SE, offering a faster processing chip than the older $199 Series 3 Watch, starts at $279. The watches will be available Friday.

Apple said the new Series 6 watch has a faster processing chip, and 2.5X brighter face that will make it easier to read in bright sunlight. A new health feature lets owners check their blood oxygen level from the Watch.

The SE has a slightly slower chip but includes all the health features, said Apple. The company will continue selling the older Series 3 from 2017 for $199.

Apple also announced two new subscription services, Fitness + for workouts and Apple One, which combines various Apple services for backup, music, gaming, news and TV. Fitness

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