Brother Of Youngest Boston Marathon Bombing Victim Finishes Race In Honor Of Brother


Henry Richard, 20, was emotional as he completed his first Boston Marathon on Monday. He was 10 years old when his 8-year-old brother Martin was killed and his sister Jane lost her left leg in the bombing.

Henry’s parents and sister Jane were there to meet him with hugs at the finish line.

“It meant the world to me that they were here waiting,” Henry said.

Henry ran with Team MR8, to raise money for the Martin Richard Foundation, which promotes inclusion, kindness, and peace in Martin’s legacy.

Meb Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston Marathon winner, was there to give Henry his medal.

“It’s great to get here finally. It’s been years in the making for me so I’m just so happy I could finally be here,” Henry said. “I know Martin would have been doing it with me — so happy to finish it, that’s all I can think about.”

Former Wolves owner Steve Morgan donates £50m to help find type 1 diabetes cure


Steve Morgan, through the foundation that bears his name, has given £50 million to help fund diabetes research.

The Liverpool-born businessman, who owned Wolves from 2007 until 2016, has made the donation after his son’s diagnosis. Hugo Morgan, son of Mr Morgan and his wife Sally, was diagnosed with the condition when he was seven years old.

The money will fund the Steve Morgan Foundation (SMF) Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge which will “cultivate collaboration” between researchers, scientific organisations and diabetes charities to “drive innovation and accelerate research breakthroughs worldwide”, led by Diabetes UK and JDRF UK.

“We’re so incredibly proud to announce this landmark partnership with Diabetes UK and JDRF UK,” Mr and Mrs Morgan said in a joint statement.

“With the expertise of the two leading diabetes charities in the UK, and our shared ambition to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes, the SMF Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge will supercharge type 1 diabetes research, with the aim of having new treatments and ultimately a cure.

“We know from our own experience the impact that type 1 diabetes has on family life – it’s something we carry with us every day. But with research we can change that, and allow people with type 1 diabetes and their families to live without this relentless, lifelong condition.”

Israel drops almost all COVID health rules as it exits Omicron wave


Israel on Tuesday rolled back almost all of its COVID-19 health rules as a recent wave of infections receded, leaving in place just a handful to prevent a reversal of the positive development.

As the country transitions to the more relaxed status, the most notable rule to remain is a requirement to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces. The current requirement for masks in some large outdoor gatherings is canceled.

In addition, the Green Pass certificate, granted to those who are vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested negative for the coronavirus, will only be needed to enter old age homes.

Also, under the new guidelines, both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists of all ages will be allowed into the country, as long as they submit a negative PCR test before boarding the flight and take another one after landing in Israel. Citizens will no longer need to test before returning home (though it’s suspected that some airlines will still insist on a test), but will still need to test upon arrival.

A Green Pass was previously needed to attend almost any public event and many venues, but the rules of its use have been gradually rolled back as infections dropped, leaving only the care home requirement still in place.

COVID cases, deaths continue to fall globally, WHO reports


The number of new coronavirus cases reported globally dropped by 16% last week, marking a month-long decline in COVID-19 infections, according to figures from the World Health Organization.

In its weekly report on the pandemic issued late Tuesday, the U.N. health agency also said that deaths fell by 10%, continuing a drop in fatalities first seen last week. WHO said there were more than 10 million new cases and about 60,000 deaths globally. The Western Pacific was the only region where COVID-19 increased, with about a third more infections than the previous week. Deaths rose by 22% in the Western Pacific and about 4% in the Middle East, while declining everywhere else.

WHO said the omicron variant remains overwhelmingly dominant worldwide; among virus sequences shared with the world’s largest publicly accessible database, more than 99.5% were omicron while only 0.3% were delta. In the last month, none of the other worrying variants — including beta, gamma, lambda or mu — have been reported, although WHO said there were surveillance challenges in many countries.