Baltic sovereigns face growth and fiscal shock, but GDP contractions are set to be among smallest in eurozone – Emerging Europe

Weaker public finances and the shock to economic growth, together with their potential impact on medium-term growth and fiscal dynamics, are the main channels through which the coronavirus pandemic can affect the sovereign credit ratings of the Baltic States, Fitch Ratings says in a new report.

However, the report notes that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are much better positioned to weather the current shock than they were during the global financial crisis; a period of multi-notch downgrades.

The economies of the three Baltic States are being hit hard by the pandemic. As small, open economies with relatively large transport sectors, they are vulnerable to the sharp fall in external demand, while domestic containment measures have hit household consumption, industrial production and what were until recently rapidly growing tourism sectors. However, the relatively quick easing of containment measures and fiscal stimulus packages have supported economic activity meaning the contractions in GDP

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8 foods and drinks to help replenish electrolytes

  • The best way to get electrolytes is by consuming them through your diet.
  • You can get electrolytes from foods like chicken, watermelon, and avocado.
  • You can also get electrolytes through drinks like 100% fruit juice, coconut water, or sports drinks.
  • This article was medically reviewed by Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, nutrition and wellness expert with a private practice based in New York City.

Fruits, dairy, and poultry are a great source of electrolytes like potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium.

Electrolytes help you stay hydrated, along with many other important functions that keep you alive and kicking.

If you’re looking to replenish your electrolytes, there are plenty of delicious options from coconut water to parmesan cheese.

What are electrolytes?

Electrolytes are critical for regulating the amount of water in your body, which helps everything from nerve responses to muscle contractions, says Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, a nutritionist at Kelly

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Top Sex Toys for Men to Buy Today

With self-care reigning high during the lockdown, the conversation around sex toys for women has become more ‘normal’ than ever. Sex toys for men though, still remains a bit of a taboo, even though men shop for the majority of sex toys online! Fret not, as we uncover some of the best sex toys for men that are available in Singapore. 

A gift for that special someone (both for solo and couples play) or just a sex toy for yourself while you socially-distance at home, these are some of the best sex toys for men to buy.

Top Sex Toys for Men to Buy Today

Male Masturbators and Vibrators

Are you looking for the best male sex toy? Max 2 by Lovense is perhaps the most realistic male masturbator in the market and awesome for solo or couple’s play. Max by popular sex toy brand Lovense is a lifelike

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The impact of Covid-19 on state economies – analysis

An unfortunate consequence of Covid-19 is the adverse impact on the economy. India’s economy contracted by 23.9% in the first quarter of the fiscal year, according to data from the government. It reveals that all sectors of the economy, except agriculture, shrank in the first quarter. Beyond the national level, however, we are keen to understand how state economies are doing. It might be a while before the data on state economies becomes available, so we used micro-data from the Google mobility report to analyse contractions in economic activity across states.

We studied trends in the retail and recreation sector such as visits to restaurants, malls, commercial centres and so on to gauge the impact of Covid-19 on economic activity. The analysis reveals an overall sharp contraction of approximately 38% that still prevails across India, compared to the period prior to Covid (January 3 to February 6). The time trend

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LOOK: The Mountain from ‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes first son with wife

The Mountain, Game of Thrones

Kelsey Henson (L) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson with their first son. Image: Instagam/@thorbjornsson

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as The Mountain in “Game of Thrones”, has welcomed his first son with wife Kelsey Henson.

Henson gave birth to their baby boy on Sept. 26, as per the actor’s Instagram post yesterday, Sept. 28. The proud father also recalled the day of his son’s birth alongside photos of the two of them in sweet moments with Henson.

He explained that Henson woke him at 6 a.m. since she had been already losing water. As she continued to experience stronger contractions, their midwife advised them to go to a birthing center.

The couple arrived at the clinic before 9:00 a.m. and Henson immediately asked for the birthing pool. When she finally sat in the tub, she quickly began pushing.

“Things escalated super quickly. Throughout it all she did amazing,” Björnsson said. “She

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Researchers develop unique diagnostic tool to detect dystonia from MRI scans

Researchers at Mass Eye and Ear have developed a unique diagnostic tool that can detect dystonia from MRI scans, the first technology of its kind to provide an objective diagnosis of the disorder.

Dystonia is a potentially disabling neurological condition that causes involuntary muscle contractions, leading to abnormal movements and postures. It is often misdiagnosed and can take people up to 10 years to get a correct diagnosis.

In a new study published September 28 in PNAS, researchers developed an AI-based deep learning platform -; called DystoniaNet -; to compare brain MRIs of 612 people, including 392 patients with three different forms of isolated focal dystonia and 220 healthy individuals. The platform diagnosed dystonia with 98.8 percent accuracy.

During the process, the researchers identified a new microstructural neural network biological marker of dystonia. With further testing and validation, they believe DystoniaNet

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Titans’ Kevin Byard can share home-birth story with his son ‘for the rest of our days’ – Tennessee Titans Blog

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Leon Byard IV was due to be born on Aug. 24. But he had his own schedule, coming a day early and forcing his dad, Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard, into action.

Byard helped deliver his son at home on Aug. 23 while receiving instructions over the phone from a doula.

Earlier that evening, Byard’s wife, Clarke, started having contractions. But after they subsided, Byard fell asleep — until Clarke’s contractions returned around 10:30 p.m. Byard checked on Clarke before getting some clothes and helping her get dressed. He called and asked the doula to meet them at the hospital.

But then things progressed rapidly.

“I was downstairs getting the car ready, then went back upstairs and she was still having pretty

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‘You’re in labour aren’t you?’: eventer welcomes baby son straight after show

An eventer who went into labour while attending a show has welcomed a healthy baby son, having made it to the hospital in the nick of time.

Cheshire-based Bonnie Fishburn had been at a show four miles from home with her husband Tom Hollins and miniature Shetland pony Mr Pegs on 20 September – a week before Bonnie’s due date.

“I woke up after midnight and it felt like I was having contractions 20 minutes apart. I had been having Braxton Hicks [false labour pains] earlier in the week so I put it down to the same thing and thought it was a false alarm,” Bonnie told H&H.

“At 6am I got up and bathed Mr Pegs for the show, didn’t tell Tom or my mum Lynn what had happened and we carried on to the show.”

Bonnie said as the morning progressed, the intervals between contractions became shorter.

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Newborn girl died after overworked midwives failed to spot mother’s high blood pressure

  • Wynter Sophia Andrews died at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, last year 
  • Her mother Sarah Andrews had contractions six days before going to hospital 
  • She was placed on ward seen by midwives, not clinicians, by midwife Clare Lee 

A newborn girl has died after overworked midwives in an understaffed maternity ward failed to spot her mother’s high blood pressure.   

Wynter Sophia Andrews died at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, on September 15 last year, an inquest has heard.

Her mother Sarah Andrews, a Nottingham City Council worker, says she felt ‘humiliated, worthless and forgotten’ after arriving at the hospital.

Wynter Sophia Andrews died at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, on September 15 last year, an inquest has heard

Ms Andrews had started having contractions and experiencing pain six days before being admitted to the maternity ward on September 14.

Jo Taylor, a midwife at King’s Mill Hospital who had conducted a home visit,

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Who’s hiring? These companies

The pandemic sent the United States into one of the steepest economic contractions in history, but some businesses are pulling through — and even thriving during this time of adversity. Some are hiring thousands of employees to keep up with their fast-paced growth.As the holiday season approaches, many companies are bringing in seasonal employees to boost staffing in their stores. Here’s who’s hiring:AmazonAmazon had several hiring announcements in September. The company was looking to hire 33,000 new employees for corporate and tech jobs and held a Career Day to facilitate new hiring. The tech giant also announced that it was hiring 100,000 people for $15-per-hour jobs.FedExFedEx said it plans to hire 70,000 workers — the majority of them seasonal employees — as it gears up for the holidays. The company also announced that it’s going to increase its shipping rates starting in January 2021.Party CityAs Halloween approaches, Party City is … Read More