Liam Payne talks Bear, secret lockdown music and TV presenting

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Liam Payne has had a busy lockdown during the coranvirus pandemic. Not only has he been working on new music projects but he’s also helped to raise more than $10million (£7.9 million) for charities fighting COVID-19 just by playing the video game FIFA

The Stack It Up singer joined premiership footballers and pro esports players to play FIFA 20 together online in the biggest esports charity event in history this week, with charity Gamers Without Borders raising money for COVID-19 relief.

In Liam’s match in the tournament, he played against Liverpool FC right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. He may have lost his particular back-to-back matches, but “to be able to do that and make money for unfortunate people at the same time, what an absolute winner – it’s just absolutely amazing to be a part of it,” Liam said, at the event.

In his only exclusive interview during the event, Yahoo

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How hucksters and would-be profiteers invaded California’s online COVID-19 marketplace

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In early April, Gov. Gavin Newsom launched a website where people and companies could help California gear up for the coronavirus pandemic.

The portal was designed as a marketplace for middlemen, manufacturers and business giants to pitch deals and donations with the state, which was scrambling to obtain medical supplies to fight COVID-19.

For some, the site was a chance to clear out their closets.

Someone in Los Angeles found seven masks while cleaning out an apartment and asked to donate them. A Santa Rosa resident offered an ice machine, an orthopedic boot and two N95 masks that were leftover from the 2017 wildfires.

“Sorry,” the person said, “that’s all I had left.”

Along with these small gestures, the portal soon became cluttered with hundreds of questionable offers and a dizzying array of sales pitches, a Sacramento Bee review of more than 6,000 submissions found. Hucksters looked to cash-in on

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Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim

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DETROIT (AP) — African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic.

Eleven percent of African Americans say they were close with someone who has died from the coronavirus, compared with 5% of Americans overall and 4% of white Americans.

The findings are based on data from three COVID Impact surveys conducted between April and June by NORC at the University of Chicago for the Data Foundation about the pandemic’s effect on the physical, mental and social health of Americans.

While recent surveys conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research have found that black Americans are especially likely to know someone who had the virus, the new data from the COVID Impact research

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9 of the best skipping ropes from speed to weighted to beginners

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Following three months of lockdown (read: three months of home workouts), it’s no wonder we’re turning our attentions to the best at-home fitness equipment. Top of our list? The humble skipping rope. Ropes can be the backbone of a solid workout, provide a cardio hit and are a super versatile tool – perfect for when your usual yoga or HIIT class is off the table.

“The first thing to consider when buying a skipping rope is what results you’re after – if it’s increased endurance, go for a speed rope. If you want to build strength, pick a weighted one,” advises Tom Jenane, a nutrition and fitness expert for Natures Health Box, adding that weighted ropes tend to be the bigger calorie burner. “Then you need to consider your ability level, there are both beginner and advanced ropes.”

“Cheap flimsy ropes are incredibly hard to improve your form on,” notes

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The coronavirus pandemic has put women off going for smear tests

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coronavirus has put women off going for smear tests and the cervical screening programme is re opening across england

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Coronavirus put paid to pretty much every element of everyday life. From shopping, to offices, to, erm, financial stability, the disease turned it all upside down.

You might not have noticed unless you were due one or had an appointment booked, but the pandemic also disrupted the cervical screening programme, AKA smear tests, across the UK.

It is estimated over one million people across the UK have been unable to access screening over the past few months. Programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been paused, while in England many GP practices have stopped or reduced the number of appointments available.

The good news is that – in England at least – smear tests are now being offered again, while plans to restart cervical testing are underway in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

But new research from Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, which coincides

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Big money may soon be chasing the ‘Robinhood’ investor: Morning Brief

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Institutional investors are underexposed to the stock market

One of the most fascinating stories in finance right now is the explosion of retail investors riding the stock market’s current three-month long rally higher.

“The global pandemic brought retail investors back into the equity market after being largely absent for a decade,” Deutsche Bank strategist Binky Chadha wrote last week.

“They were important buyers of the correction in equities.”

The phenomenon has caught the attention of more Wall Street experts, who are split on whether or not this ‘Robinhood’ class of investors is fueling the rally. However, they do seem to agree on one thing: as the retail class has been cleaning up, the big institutional money has largely been missing out.

“Institutional investor positioning in equities by contrast

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Long queues as shops reopen in England after lockdown

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Pent-up demand has prompted queues at some shops as rules are relaxed in England after a three month lockdown.

Long queues were reported outside Primark shops in London and Birmingham ahead of their 8am opening time.

The chain, which like other clothing shops has been closed since 23 March, does not offer online shopping meaning customers can only buy in the store.

All shops in England are allowed to open, although retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to “shop with confidence”.

He said he was “very optimistic” about stores reopening – although acknowledged that retailers did not know whether there will be a “huge wave of customers” or a “trickle”.

Although food shops, pharmacies, banks and other essential retailers have stayed open, vast swathes of the High Street, from bookshops to clothes outlets, have been closed since 23 March.

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From materials to filters, here’s everything you need to know

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The coronavirus pandemic has meant that face masks and coverings will become part of daily life.

The UK government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have both advised wearing face coverings in a bid to reduce the infection transmission of Covid-19.

From 15 June, it will be mandatory in England to wear them while using public transport and in hospitals. Failure to follow these rules can result in an £80 fine on public transport. These rules apply to everyone, except for children under the age of two, disabled people and those with respiratory conditions.

Uber will also be making coverings mandatory for drivers and customers from 15 June and taking additional safety measures such as regularly sanitising their cars. Customers will also be reminded to sit in the backseat only and to roll down the windows for ventilation.

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Aloe vera producers are being squeezed as people make DIY hand sanitizer

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Amidst the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Vicki Sherlock had a hard time finding hand sanitizer. 

She decided to make her own using rubbing alcohol, which she had in the cabinet, and aloe vera, a product that was alarmingly hard to find. 

“It’s DIY time,” Sherlock said as she browsed the internet for a bottle of aloe vera gel. The local Vitamin Shoppe sold out. Her neighborhood Target was out of stock. A nearby Walmart didn’t have any available for curbside pick up.

“I really didn’t think a basic bottle of aloe vera would be this difficult to locate,” Sherlock said. 

She’s among a wave of Americans seeking to make hand cleaners amidst a national shortage of select sanitary products. 

First, the pandemic created a scarcity of hand sanitizers at stores and online across the globe. Now, more people are resorting to the do-it-yourself method. And manufacturers of one of the key

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Retailers welcome back customers after three months

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Shops in England selling non-essential goods can reopen on Monday for the first time in almost three months.

Retailers have had to introduce strict safety measures and the High Street experience will be very different.

Amid fears about the health of the UK economy, getting a key part of the service sector running again is vital. But retail experts warned shops were unlikely to see any immediate relief.

Boris Johnson has urged people to “shop with confidence”.

He said he was “very optimistic” about stores reopening – although acknowledged that retailers did not know whether there will be a “huge wave of customers” or a “trickle”.

The unlocking comes as face coverings become compulsory when travelling on public transport in England from Monday. Children under the age of 11 will be exempt, and the rules might be waived for people who have a legitimate health reason for not wearing one.

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