Alexandra Cane opens up about her ‘fitness journey’, describing life after losing two stone

She’s the 2018 Love Island star who famously lost two stone following a health and lifestyle overhaul. 

And on Monday Alexandra Cane opened up about her ‘fitness journey’ and past relationship with food and alcohol as she shared a short video of her gym-honed physique on Instagram. 

The 29-year-old looked sensational in a white and blue sports co-ord, featuring a sports bra and a pair of skin-tight leggings. 

Fitness fanatic: Alexandra Cane opened up about her ‘fitness journey’ on Monday, in the caption of a short selfie video of her gym-honed physique that she posted to Instagram

The outfit revealed the reality star’s washboard abs and incredible gym-honed figure as she struck a pose in front of a full length mirror.  

Alexandra pulled her raven tresses pulled back in a tight pony tail, with just a hint of smokey make-up accentuating her good looks. 

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In an accompanying caption the brunette was candid with her fans about her relationship with the gym and her own sense of self. 

Describing how bad things used to be, she wrote: ‘I experienced years of no purpose, attempting the gym numerous times with money wasted on memberships I never used because I was so scared & didn’t have a clue what I was doing.  

Curvy: The stars blue and white fitness co-ord revealed the reality star’s washboard abs and incredible gym-honed figure
Opening up: In an accompanying caption the brunette was candid with her fans about her relationship with the gym and her own sense of self

‘Last year I hit rock bottom and knew that no one was going to save me but myself.

‘I had an unhealthy relationship with food & alcohol which I was using as coping mechanisms to mask what was really going on underneath.’

Alexandra decided things could not go on as they were, and she turned her life around by heading to the gym and losing two stone in just three. 

She said: ‘A solid year of self development has transformed me not only physically, but most importantly, mentally. I am a different woman.’

The reality star also emphasised that external appearance is not everything, and it is important to care for yourself on the inside as well as out.

Candid:  On Sunday evening Alexandra shared more words of sage advice, as she opened up to her 1.4 million Instagram followers during a Q and A on her Instagram story
Open: The star cut a cosy appearance in a big cream turtle-neck jumper, as she took a series of selfies and responded to questions
Self love: When asked what she does to fend away loneliness, the brunette penned, ‘taking myself on dates… Like what I’m doing right now, taking my ass to the cinema’

She penned: ‘The aesthetics were fun for a while, but recent events (pandemic, stress etc) have emphasised the importance of truly looking after yourself from the inside out. Self care is not selfish, it’s necessary.’ 

The previous evening, Alexandra

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Liz Weston: How losing Obamacare could cost you

If the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, your finances and your future could pay the price.

THE RETURN OF PREEXISTING CONDITIONS

The Trump administration and a group of Republican attorneys general have asked that the entire law be thrown out. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Nov. 10.

Before the ACA, insurers routinely used preexisting health conditions as a reason to deny coverage or charge people more. Preexisting conditions included serious ailments such as cancer or heart disease as well as more common conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and obesity, and temporary conditions including pregnancy. Insurers denied about 1 in 5 applications for individual policies because of preexisting conditions, and some employer-provided group policies required people to wait up to a year before their preexisting conditions were covered.

President Trump signed an executive order in September announcing “a steadfast commitment to always protecting individuals with preexisting conditions,” but the order alone can’t force insurers to offer coverage if the ACA is struck down.

And America is a land of preexisting conditions. Half of adults under age 65, or up to 133 million people, had health issues that could cause them to be denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums, according to a 2017 government analysis.

‘USE IT AND LOSE IT’ COVERAGE

Health insurance is meant to help people pay their medical expenses and avoid potentially catastrophic bills. Before Obamacare, however, using your insurance could cause you to lose it.

If someone with an individual insurance policy got sick, the insurer could scour the person’s application looking for errors. Even minor mistakes could cause the company to revoke the policy, a practice called

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How losing Obamacare could cost you

If the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, your finances and your future could pay the price.



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Retiring early or starting a business might become too hazardous if your access to health insurance isn’t guaranteed. You might have to wait a year before preexisting conditions are covered by an employer’s plan. Young adults could be kicked off their parents’ policies. Millions of people who buy insurance through the ACA marketplaces or who now qualify for Medicaid could lose their coverage as well.

Even if you were able to keep your health insurance, you could face caps on your coverage that expose you to enormous medical bills. Preventive care and birth control could cost you more. Medicare beneficiaries could face higher premiums, deductibles and copays. Insurers could cancel your policy retroactively for even minor mistakes on your application.

In the decade since the ACA became law, many Americans have become so accustomed to the protections and savings afforded by the landmark legislation that they may not realize how much could change if Obamacare is struck down. Its effects on health care are so pervasive that nearly every American could be affected, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which tracks health care issues.

THE RETURN OF PREEXISTING CONDITIONS

The Trump administration and a group of Republican attorneys general have asked that the entire law be thrown out. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Nov. 10.

Before the ACA, insurers routinely used preexisting health conditions as a reason to deny coverage or charge people more. Preexisting conditions included serious ailments such as cancer or heart disease as well as more common conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and obesity, and temporary conditions including pregnancy. Insurers denied about 1 in 5 applications for individual policies because of preexisting conditions, and some employer-provided group policies required people to wait up to a year before their preexisting conditions were covered.

Back then, many people who had health issues — or whose family members did — avoided changing jobs, starting businesses or retiring early because of the risk they couldn’t find affordable health insurance.

President Trump signed an executive order in September announcing “a steadfast commitment to always protecting individuals with preexisting conditions,” but the order alone can’t force insurers to offer coverage if the ACA is struck down.

And America is a land of preexisting conditions. Half of adults under age 65, or up to 133 million people, had health issues that could cause them to be denied coverage or charged exorbitant premiums, according to a 2017 government analysis.

‘USE IT AND LOSE IT’ COVERAGE

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Medicine, Education, and Investment Jobs at High Risk of Losing Talent, According to Workforce Logiq’s New Q3 2020 Labor Market Report

Predictive workforce intelligence shows all but three U.S. states – New Hampshire, New Mexico, and New Jersey – decreased in employee volatility

Workforce Logiq, a global provider of AI-powered workforce intelligence, technology, and services, today released its Q3 2020 Workforce Management Benchmark Report. The market analysis, which offers a predictive quarterly snapshot of U.S. talent volatility for professional and knowledge workers, reveals the total number of these employees categorized as volatile – and more likely to switch jobs – is down 7% over last quarter.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a rollercoaster impact on the labor market. Our benchmarks indicate employment sentiment is stabilizing after a highly volatile second quarter,” said Jim Burke, Workforce Logiq’s CEO. “Given recent corporate downsizing announcements, new COVID-19 spikes, and continued economic difficulty, employee volatility and retention risk may pick back up through end-of-year. Every employer needs to be equipped with data and context to make fast, accurate, and cost-effective talent decisions that help them ride out the uncertainty and plan an optimal workforce to take their organizations into 2021.”

The report, which explores employment volatility across major industries, job functions, metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), and states, is based on Workforce Logiq’s proprietary and patent-pending workforce analytics and data science. Key findings include:

  • All but three of the top 35 job categories – Doctors and Medicine (up 13%), Education (up 10%), and Investment (up 2%) – saw decreased risk of losing talent over the quarter. Public Safety (-33%) and Skilled Trade (-26%) showed the biggest volatility decreases. Of the 19 industry sectors, 13 showed quarterly score degradation compared to only five in the second quarter.

  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation jumped to the top spot for worker volatility. At 16% above the national average, this hard-hit industry moved ahead of Finance and Insurance (60.1), Mining, Quarrying, and Gas Extraction (60.0), Utilities (56.7), and Transportation and Warehousing (55.9) with the highest average TRR ScoreSM (60.3).

  • Recruiting jobs and finance roles are now tied for having the largest percentage of employees open to exploring new opportunities. Both functions are 76% above the national average for volatility. Marketing (74%), HR (66%), Investment (54%), and Engineering (52%) follow closely behind.

  • The utility industry experienced the highest increase in talent retention risk. The sector’s employment volatility increased 13% over Q2. Mining, Quarrying, and Gas Extraction was one of the few industries to show improvement (-9%).

  • District of Columbia (DC) is now the most volatile geographic area in the U.S., moving ahead of New York at 32% above the average for worker volatility. This shift is likely due to spikes in election and COVID-19 uncertainty, given DC’s heavy concentration of government and public service jobs and lack of operational control over federal buildings. All the top 25 MSAs, and all states except for New Hampshire, New Mexico, and New Jersey, decreased in volatility. Baltimore-Columbia-Townson, MD saw a considerable 27% improvement.

“Top workforce leaders anticipate and hedge against both retention risk and talent gaps with fast, strategic moves,” said Dr. Christy

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From losing loved ones to volunteering for a vaccine

Anil Hebbar
Anil Hebbar runs a company making medical devices in Mumbai

In September, a close friend of Anil Hebbar died of Covid-19 in India’s western city of Mumbai after being ferried around three hospitals over five days.

Mr Hebbar, who runs a medical equipment firm, had visited his 62-year-old friend, a well-known social worker, in the intensive care unit, hours before his life ended.

The social worker was not the only friend Mr Hebbar lost during the pandemic. Since March, 10 people he knew well have succumbed to the virus in Mumbai, which quickly emerged as a hotspot. The city has reported more than 230,000 cases so far.

“It was all very overwhelming. I felt this had to stop. That’s one reason I decided to volunteer for the Covid-19 vaccine trial,” Mr Hebbar, 56, told me.

Earlier this month, he signed himself up for the clinical trials for a vaccine being developed by pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

The vaccine is made from a virus which is a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees. It has been genetically changed so that it is impossible to grow in humans, according to Dr Tania Thomas of the Oxford Vaccine Group. It is also one of the most promising Covid-19 vaccines among some 180 being tested around the world. None has yet completed clinical trials.

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Some 1,600 volunteers are receiving the Oxford vaccine in India

Mr Hebbar is among the more than 20,000 volunteers who have signed up for this trial in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and India. In India, he has joined 1,600 volunteers who are receiving doses at 15 centres across the country. With more than seven million reported infections, India has the second highest caseload worldwide after the US.

The trials will find out whether the vaccine induces good immune responses and whether it causes any unacceptable side effects. Adult participants will be randomised to receive one or two doses of either the vaccine or a licensed vaccine that will be used as a “control” for comparison.

It was not easy for Mr Hebbar to convince his family to join what is essentially an altruistic – and potentially risky – trial.

His wife, a professor of development studies at a leading social sciences school, was not pleased about it, he says. His 11-year-old daughter quizzed him on what a vaccine trial meant. Reports about the brief suspension of trials after two volunteers fell sick in UK stoked the family’s anxieties.

But not Mr Hebbar’s. “I didn’t worry at all. I have faith in science,” he says.

In early October, he called up a hospital in Mumbai which was conducting the second and third phases of the trials. He was told that 55 people had volunteered for the six-month trial, but finding the remaining 45 in a planned 100-volunteer trial at the hospital was “becoming difficult”.

A health worker collects a nasal swab sample of an employee of Justdial call centre, to conduct a Rapid Antigen test for COVID-19, at the Justdial head office in Mumbai, India, 09 October 2020.
Mumbai has been one of India’s worst-hit cities

Next morning, he drove to the hospital where

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