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These Amazon Prime Day Toy Deals Will Save You Hundreds On Holiday Shopping

It’s hard to beat that moment when your kid receives a new toy that brings a smile of joy to her face. And of course all those ensuing moments when she loves playing with said new toy are also pretty great.

For kids, playtime is also serious stuff. It’s through play activities that children hone fine motor skills, develop creativity and imagination, improve critical thinking abilities, and learn how better to relate to peers. So buying the best toys for your kids isn’t mere child’s play. And it’s not cheap, either, provided you want to get high quality toys for your kids.

MORE FROM FORBESAmazon Prime Day 2020 Starts Now: The Best Deals That Just Went Live

During Amazon’s two-day Prime Day sales blitz, you can score huge deals on some of the best toys out there, so whether you’re looking for a new way to

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Why Did Hundreds of Thousands of Women Drop Out of the Workforce?

— Stefania Albanesi, an economics professor at the University of Pittsburgh


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The September jobs numbers, released by the Labor Department on Friday, confirmed what economists and experts had feared: The recession unleashed by the pandemic is sidelining hundreds of thousands of women and wiping out the hard-fought gains they made in the workplace over the past few years.

While the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in September, far below the record high of nearly 15 percent in April, a large part of that drop was driven not so much by economic growth — though there were some job gains — but by hundreds of thousands of people leaving

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Midwife feels pressure after hundreds of pregnant women get in touch

Midwife Marley Hall has been helping pregnant women over social media. (SWNS)
Midwife Marley Hall has been helping pregnant women over social media. (SWNS)

A midwife has said she has been “inundated” with private messages from pregnant women unable to get in-person support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Restrictions due to COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of some face-to-face maternity appointments, which has led to Marley Hall, 39, receiving social media requests from women who have questions about their pregnancies.

The NHS and private midwife said that one request came from a 12-year-old girl who thought she was pregnant and was unable to get support.

She estimates that she receives around 300 messages each week – a tenfold increase – since lockdown began.

Read more: Health visitors raise concerns about vulnerable patients during pandemic

Hall spends a significant amount of time replying to the queries, with women confiding in her that they simply don’t know where to turn for advice.

She’s calling

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H&M to close hundreds of stores in 2021 as COVID-19 hits sales

Fast-fashion retailer H&M plans to close 250 stores next year as the coronavirus pandemic pushes its customers online.

The Swedish chain on Thursday said it’s accelerating plans to slim down its brick-and-mortar portfolio amid the COVID-19 crisis, which continued to weigh on its sales through September.

“More and more customers started shopping online during the pandemic, and they are making it clear that they value a convenient and inspiring experience in which stores and online interact and strengthen each other,” H&M CEO Helena Helmersson said in a statement.

H&M — the world’s second-largest fashion retailer to Inditex, which owns Zara — expects to close a total of 350 stores in 2021 and open roughly 100, leaving it with about 250 fewer stores than it currently has. The planned reduction accounts for about 5 percent of the company’s more than 5,000 stores.

The pandemic forced H&M to temporarily shutter about 80

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