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Sport Relief appeal raises more than £40m for charities

Sport Relief appeal raises more than £40m for charities

Entertainment
The BBC's Sport Relief event had raised more than £40m for charitable causes by the end of its live TV show.Gary Lineker, one of the hosts, said "a chunk" of the money would go to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The fundraising marathon - which helps vulnerable people in the UK and around the world - went ahead in front of a live studio audience in Salford despite the health crisis.The BBC said it would do "everything possible to keep people safe".Match Of The Day presenter Lineker said the UK is living through "unprecedented times", stressing that "never have the vulnerable" been more at risk.He hosted the fundraiser alongside Paddy McGuinness, Alex Scott, Emma Willis, Rylan Clark-Neal, Oti Mabuse, Maya Jama and Tom A
Coronavirus: Italy deaths jump to 52 as EU raises risk level

Coronavirus: Italy deaths jump to 52 as EU raises risk level

World
The number of people who have died from coronavirus in Italy has risen to 52, as the risk of the virus in the European Union was raised to its second highest level.More than 2,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have now been confirmed in Italy, which is facing Europe's biggest outbreak. The number of deaths in the country from the virus rose by 18 over the last 24 hours. The EU commission said the risk level of COVID-19 to the European Union is now considered moderate to high. The top level is high.The illness has now spread to most of western Europe, with Portugal reporting its first two cases. ...
Xi’s early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

Xi’s early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

Health
BEIJING -- A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis. The publication of the Feb. 3 speech was an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the Communist Party leadership acted decisively from the beginning, but also opens Xi up to criticism over why the public was not alerted sooner. In the speech, Xi said he gave instructions on fighting the virus on Jan. 7 and ordered the shutdown that began on Jan. 23 of cities at the epicenter of the outbreak. His remarks were published by state media late Saturday. “On Jan. 22, in light of the epidemic’s rapid spread and the challenges of prevention and control, I made a clear request that Hubei
Lack of HIV knowledge revealed by survey raises concern among experts, activists

Lack of HIV knowledge revealed by survey raises concern among experts, activists

Health
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- HIV can't be passed from one person to another through a hug, but the reluctance of younger Americans to share the gesture with someone who is HIV positive has raised concerns that additional education on the disease is desperately needed. In a survey conducted by the Prevention Access Campaign, HIV-positive activists and drugmaker Merck, more than one quarter of HIV-negative "Millennials" who responded said they have avoided hugging, talking to or being friends with someone with HIV. Additionally, 30 percent said they would prefer not to interact socially with someone with HIV. Activists involved in the project say the results are evidence that many in the general population -- particularly those between 18 and 36 years of age -- remain poorly informed about the virus an...
Client best interest rule raises standards but ‘muddies the water’ on advisor, broker differences

Client best interest rule raises standards but ‘muddies the water’ on advisor, broker differences

Finance
Ariel Skelley | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesWhat is a suitable investment for someone? What is in an investor's best interest? What is the difference between a securities broker and a financial advisor? If you have no idea, you're not alone."There is still so much confusion with financial terms," said Ashley Guerra, chief compliance officer for registered investment advisor Gamble Jones Investment Counsel, ranked No. 12 on the CNBC FA 100 list of top financial advisors for 2019. "I don't see a lot more awareness of the issue among investors."I still have friends that call me their broker sometimes," she added.Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI), the new rules passed by the SEC in September, may have raised the standard of care required of brokers making investment recommendations to the...