What’s in the new Rugby World?

first_imgThe Rugby Championship – All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith looks ahead to the southern hemisphere’s elite tournamentJosh Lewsey – The England World Cup-winning full-back is now the WRU’s Head of Rugby. RW editor Owain Jones went to meet himTop 14 – Toulouse struggled in Europe and the Top 14 last season, so can the French aristocrats bounce back? We speak to coach Guy NovesStephen Ferris – The former Ireland flanker has had to hang up his boots because of injury, so what does he plan to do next?Saracens – They lost two finals last season, but they are still upbeatScotland – How should the SRU spend their £20m windfall for the Murrayfield naming rights? We asked four Scottish rugby fans – and got very different answersADVICE SECTIONPro Insight – NZ Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens on the secrets of his successFitness – Our new-look guide shows you how to jump like Paul O’Connell. Watch a video of the three exercises herePro Playbook – England Women’s flanker Maggie Alphonsi explains a set moveMini rugby – A step-by-step guide to a switch pass – watch a video here – and learn how to play rugby footballREGULARSEssentials – The latest books and products reviewed TAGS: Highlight THIS is a special issue of Rugby World as we’ve compiled a list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby, counting down the movers and shakers who currently shape our game. Running over 33 pages, it is sure to provoke debate.We also look ahead to the Rugby Championship as well as the Top 14, chat to Stephen Ferris and Josh Lewsey, get stuck into a hot debate in Scotland and find out how Saracens plan to bounce back from their two final defeats. Here is a full list of contents – and you can find out where to buy your copy here or download our free magazine finder app here. Plus, download the digital edition here.SIDELINESThis month we look at changes that could improve the women’s game, reflect on Glasgow 2014, find out more about Brive’s new academy in Fiji, shine the spotlight on two up-and-coming players and grill Nigel Owens in 30 MinutesCOLUMNISTSMichael Lynagh – The former Australia fly-half on the Rugby ChampionshipStephen Myler – Can Saints succeed again? The fly-half gives his thoughtsJamie Cudmore – Clermont’s menacing lock on a tough Top 14 season aheadSPOTLIGHTSChristian Wade – The Wasp is eager to make up for lost time after his injuryMatthew Morgan – The Welshman is proving that size isn’t everythingLuke Marshall – The Ireland centre talks concussion and comic team-matesGreig Laidlaw – Scotland’s scrum-half explains why he is in need of a changeFEATURESThe 50 Influential – We reveal our list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby right now, including interviews with some of the big names and verdicts from stars on others who’ve made the cut Find out what’s inside the September issue of Rugby World magazinecenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Uncovered – Japan head coach Eddie Jones on his life in rugbyTour Tale – Lawrence Dallaglio tells a story from the 1997 Lions tourlast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: US surgeon general resigns, saying, ‘I wasn’t always right’

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 96.3 million people worldwide and killed over 2 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:Jan 20, 7:43 pmUS reports daily death recordThe U.S. reported 4,409 deaths Wednesday, the highest number of daily COVID-19 fatalities on record, according to the COVID Tracking Project.“With 11 days remaining in the month, January 2021 is now the 2nd-most deadly month for COVID-19 in the US,” the tracking project tweeted.The seven-day average of daily deaths is 3,043, according to the health data.The tracking project found that daily hospitalizations have seen a slight decrease over the last few days and is now at 122,700.“A hopeful trend: In the last week, no states have reported an increase in hospitalizations by 10% or more,” the tracking project tweeted.Jan 20, 6:24 pmTexas saw record 450 deaths in 1 dayTexas saw a record number of new daily coronavirus deaths, according to the Texas Department of Health.The state reported 450 new COVID-19 fatalities Wednesday. Texas has had over 32,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.There were 25,512 new cases and 5,017 probable cases recorded Wednesday, the state Health Department said. Texas has over 2.1 million cases confirmed so far, according to the COVID Tracking Project.-ABC News’ Gina SunseriJan 20, 4:39 pm‘Better, healthier days lie ahead’: 1st message from new CDC directorDr. Rochelle Walensky, the nation’s new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called for optimism and adherence to science in her first message to the American people Wednesday.“Better, healthier days lie ahead. But to get there, COVID-19 testing, surveillance, and vaccination must accelerate rapidly,” Walensky said in a statement. “We must also confront the longstanding public health challenges of social and racial injustice and inequity that have demanded action for far too long.”Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, will be conducting a comprehensive review of the agency’s existing COVID-19 guidance and will update those recommendations based on the best available scientific evidence, so that Americans can make informed decisions about their lives, Walensky added.-ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Jan 20, 2:43 pmUS may be ’rounding a corner,’ PolicyLab researchers sayThe U.S. has experienced “a second week of encouraging data trends and projections” which “lends greater confidence that the country may, as a whole, be rounding a corner,” according to researchers with PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.In its weekly report based on an analysis of COVID-19 data, PolicyLab said much of the country appears “to be in a transition period during a winter surge.”Current positivity rates are down nationally and “projections from Southern California to Arizona suggest while overall case incidence may continue over the next four weeks, these areas might expect declines in overall transmission rates in many counties,” the report stated.Researchers noted caution “not to overstate … optimism,” citing evidence for possible increased transmission in winter vacation destinations such as Vail, Colorado, as well as Park City, Utah, and Sun Valley, Idaho.Despite some positive outlook, the report said incidence in coastal areas of the Southeast may continue to worsen into February as people attempt to escape the winter weather.Variants of the coronavirus could also be a factor in the “potential to increase case incidence again,” the report stated.-ABC News’ Brian Hartman contributed to this reportJan 20, 12:14 pmUS marks 1 year since confirming its 1st caseWednesday marks one year since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the United States.It wouldn’t be until several months later that scientists identified the virus that caused COVID-19 in blood samples from people in various U.S. states as early as December 2019.Since the first confirmed case 365 days ago, more than 24.2 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19, which means that approximately one in every 13 Americans have contracted the disease, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.At least 402,400 lives in the U.S. have been lost to COVID-19, representing approximately 19.5% of the worldwide death toll from the disease. That means one in every 823 Americans have now died from COVID-19.New York remains the worst-hit U.S. state in terms of COVID-19 deaths — with more than 37,000 confirmed fatalities — followed by Texas, California and Florida.Since the start of the pandemic, nearly 763,000 people in the U.S. have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Just under 124,000 people nationwide are currently hospitalized with the disease. In the last two weeks, that number has declined by 5.6%, according to data compiled by The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the U.S. outbreak.January has already proven to be one of the worst months on record for the U.S. outbreak. In the first 19 days of 2021, the country has confirmed more than 4.15 million cases and over 55,000 deaths from the disease.Although the numbers are currently impacted by the holiday weekend, the U.S. continues to see a drop in new infections, now averaging approximately 197,000 newly confirmed cases per day, according to The COVID Tracking Project.Jan 20, 11:20 amUS surgeon general resigns at Biden’s requestU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams resigned from his post Wednesday at the request of President-elect Joe Biden.“I’ve been asked by the Biden team to step down as Surgeon General,” Adams wrote on his official Twitter account.In a lengthy statement that was posted on Facebook, Adams reflected on his role in the COVID-19 response.“In the face of a once in a century pandemic, I sought to communicate the rapidly evolving science on this deadly adversary, and arm people with the knowledge and tools they needed to stay safe,” he said. “I wasn’t always right — because no one was, and this virus continues to humble all of us — but I was always sincere in my efforts to speak to every day Americans, and address the terrible health inequities this virus exposed.”Biden has nominated former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy back to the position and as a senior adviser in the COVID-19 response. Murthy’s nomination will need to be confirmed by the Senate.Jan 20, 10:23 amBiden to sign executive order that will require masks on federal propertyJoe Biden plans to sign more than a dozen executive actions after he is sworn-in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, including one that will impose a mask mandate in federal buildings and on federal land.The new requirement will be part of Biden’s “100 Days Mask Challenge,” which asks Americans to wear face masks for that time period.Biden plans to sign another executive order that will create the position of COVID-19 Response Coordinator and restore the National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which is responsible for pandemic preparedness and was dissolved by the Trump administration in 2018.Biden also plans to reverse President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization.Jan 20, 9:51 amVatican begins vaccinating Rome’s homeless against COVID-19Vatican City began offering free COVID-19 vaccinations to Rome’s homeless community on Wednesday, according to Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.The vaccinations took place in the atrium of the Paul VI Audience Hall, the massive auditorium where the Pope holds his weekly general audiences. An initial group of around 25 homeless individuals, who are all looked after in facilities run by the Office of Papal Charities, received their first doses of the vaccine Wednesday morning, according to Bruni.“Further groups are to follow in the coming days,” Bruni said in a statement.Vatican City, an independent enclave surrounded by Rome that serves as the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, launched a COVID-19 immunization campaign last week, administering doses of a vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The tiny city-state has a population of only around 800 people but employs more than 4,000.Both Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, have received their first doses of the vaccine.The vaccination campaign is voluntary and people under the age of 18 are being excluded for the time being, according to Bruni.Since the start of the pandemic, Vatican City has reported at least 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Jan 20, 8:49 amSome UK hospitals are ‘like a war zone,’ government’s top scientific adviser saysSome hospitals in the United Kingdom look “like a war zone” as doctors and nurses workers grapple with an influx of COVID-19 patients, according to Patrick Vallance, the British government’s chief scientific adviser.“It may not look like it when you go for a walk in the park, but when you go into a hospital, this is very, very bad at the moment with enormous pressure and in some cases it looks like a war zone in terms of the things that people are having to deal with,” Vallance told Sky News in an interview Wednesday.He said there have been “huge numbers” of COVID-19 cases in recent days and that the country’s health care system “is under enormous pressure at the moment.” Official figures show nearly 38,000 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.K.Vallance’s comments come after the U.K. reported a record 1,610 additional deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the cumulative total approaches 100,000. Since the start of the pandemic, the country has confirmed more than 3.4 million cases of the disease, including more than 91,000 fatalities, according to the latest data published on the British government’s website.The U.K. — an island nation of 66 million people made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — has the fifth-highest number of diagnosed cases worldwide and the fourth-highest death toll, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Jan 20, 7:56 amZimbabwe’s foreign minister dies from COVID-19Zimbabwe’s minister of foreign affairs and international trade, Sibusiso Moyo, has died from COVID-19, officials said. He was 61.Moyo “succumbed to COVID-19 at a local hospital” early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from presidential spokesman George Charamba.Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa took to Twitter to confirm the news and post a photo of Moyo.“Zimbabwe has lost a devoted public servant and a true hero, and I have lost a friend. He fought his entire life so that Zimbabwe could be free,” Mnangagwa tweeted. “May he rest in peace.”Moyo gained recognition in November 2017 as the army general who announced on national television that the Zimbabwean military had placed then-President Robert Mugabe under house arrest, while insisting it was not a coup. The move ended Mugabe’s 37-year rule and Moyo was appointed to Mnangagwa’s cabinet when he took power with military backing.Zimbabwe has recently seen a surge in COVID-19 infections amid fears of a new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus that emerged in neighboring South Africa. Zimbabwe has confirmed more than 28,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least 825 deaths, according to the latest data from the Africas Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 20, 6:41 amOver 15.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in US so farMore than 15.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States to date, according to data published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.Over 13.5 million people have received one or more doses of the vaccine, while more than two million have received two doses, according to the CDC data, which was updated Tuesday.Jan 20, 5:39 amUS reports over 168,000 new casesThere were 168,058 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 2,550 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Tuesday, down from a peak of 4,462 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the holidays followed by a potentially very large backlog.A total of 24,253,368 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 401,730 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before nearing 300,000 on Jan. 2.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ozil wants Arsenal to lay marker

first_img Press Association Mesut Ozil has called on Arsenal to underline their Barclays Premier League title credentials with victory over Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. The Gunners recovered from their opening-day home defeat by West Ham to record a battling 2-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend. Liverpool, though, head to north London on the back of successive victories from their first two matches. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been impressed by the progression of the World Cup winner. “Mesut is now completely committed to the club. Maybe in the first year he didn’t know a lot about it. He came from Real Madrid and he didn’t know how long and whether it would work for him, whether he would enjoy it or not,” Wenger said. “I believe now he is completely on board, committed and focused on the results of the club.” The Reds were defeated 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium in April, with Arsenal going on to claim third place before lifting the FA Cup again at Wembley. Ozil, who netted a fine 25-yard free-kick in that encounter, believes Monday night provides another opportunity for the Gunners to show just what they are capable of. “I remember that we delivered a really convincing display. In the first half we decided the game because we had a high level of concentration and wanted to utilise our potential. We want to do that again this time,” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “We are at home and we know exactly how we can beat Liverpool; that is what we want to do on Monday. “We were highly concentrated. The manager gave us tasks on the pitch and we executed them perfectly. That’s what we will have to do on Monday again. “We have to believe in ourselves as we have the potential to beat every team and we will show that on Monday.” Ozil delivered a virtuoso display at Selhurst Park last Sunday, completing a 98 per cent pass accuracy which included setting up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal. It has been a solid transition for the German playmaker, who became the club-record signing when he joined from Real Madrid in September 2013. last_img read more

Badgers set high goals for conference meet

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWhile most people are just beginning their golf season, the Wisconsin men’s golf team is winding down its campaign, starting this weekend with the Big Ten Championship.The spring season has been a bit of a rocky endeavor, and the Big Ten Conference continues to be strong, but UW head coach Jim Schuman said at a press conference Monday that he is refusing to allow his team to be satisfied with anything but the best.”I’d be satisfied with a win, quite frankly,” Schuman said. “I mean, I don’t think anything bad happens when you shoot for that. I think you sell yourself a little bit short if you talk about trying to finish in the top half, although there’s nothing wrong with that.”While the second-year head coach is optimistic, even finishing in the top half of the standings will be a challenge. The Badgers have their work cut out for them, and they have been able to see that after taking on conference foes in tournaments over the past few weeks.At last week’s Fossum Invitational, Indiana took home the team title by finishing 6-over for the three-round tournament. Minnesota finished second, while Illinois tied for third and Northwestern tied for fifth.In fact, Michigan State and Ohio State both finished ahead of Wisconsin, which finished in ninth place, edging out just one other Big Ten school, Iowa, which finished tied for 10th, one stroke behind the Badgers.”It’s about winning — you don’t win too often in this sport,” Schuman said. “It’s going to take just a great effort by everybody. We’re not the kind of team where one guy is going to carry us along or two guys are just going to carry us along to a championship or a good finish in the Big Ten. It has to be all five guys.”While it would take an entire team effort for a great finish this weekend at Conway Farms Country Club in Lake Forest, Ill., the road to success begins with Garrett Jones. The junior is coming off the best outing of the spring by a Badger — finishing fourth at the Fossum Invitational — and has been UW’s leader the past two years.”I think this spring has been a tough one for him, honestly. I think probably he hasn’t made a lot of putts, and sometimes you can get down a little bit,” Schuman said. “But it was nice to see him shoot 68 on Sunday. He’s just one of those guys where the bigger the event gets, he’s able to step up and do those things.”Wisconsin also knows what it is going to get from Jeff Kaiser day in and day out. Though a tough first round last weekend put him in a hole early, he battled back and will go into this weekend with some momentum after a final-round 72.”Jeff Kaiser finished with 72 last week and also comes off with some great momentum for us,” Schuman said. “We forget he’s just a sophomore and he’s played every tournament since the day he arrived here.”From there on down, the picture gets a bit blurrier.Freshmen Pat Duffy and Tyler Obermueller have consistently remained in the lineup, and have shown great potential, but little consistency. They will both need to put together solid weekends if the Badgers hope to challenge for the Big Ten title.Nick Engen and Adam Steinhofer have battled for the fifth and final spot, and whoever makes the trip to Conway Farms will be depended upon to have a great weekend.”If we’re going to do something or contend for any kind of Big Ten championship, [the three lower spots in the lineup is] where we’re going to have to get our scores from,” Schuman said. “Going back and assuming that our one and two players play well, and that’s the way it’s been for us.”last_img read more

ESL One Birmingham breaks records with ticket sales

first_imgESL One Birmingham was only announced a handful of days ago and it’s already proving to be a popular event. The very first Dota 2 Major to be hosted in the UK, it’s been made clear that it’s going to be a big one – selling over 1,000 tickets in the first five minutes of them being made available.Specific numbers haven’t been released as of yet, but it’s evident that this particular Dota 2 event is out-performing any other hosted by ESL in the past. Ulrich Schulze, SVP of Product, ESL tweeted that “no Dota 2 event has ever sold tickets faster for us than [ESL One] Birmingham. Currently discussing an adjustment of the venue and stage layout to allow more seats since we are almost at capacity already.”[email protected] fans, you are amazing, you’ve made it a historic day.#ESLOne Birmingham is officially the fastest selling ESL Dota 2 Major, EVER!Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets so far! Have you got yours? ?https://t.co/4ryLpvcsnj ? pic.twitter.com/9cgnLZD5ua— ESL UK (@ESLUK) March 15, 2018Dota 2 was the title that was played at ESL UK’s first ever tournament, so it’s crazy to see how well it’s set to perform six years later. ESL One Birmingham will take place on May 25-27th, with 12 teams from around the world facing off against each other for two very important prizes: the $1,000,000 (£716,260) prize pool and 1,500 qualifying points for The International 2018.It was said to have been quite the battle to secure Birmingham as the location for the next Dota 2 Major, with two other ESL territories vying for the tournament to take place there. Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city by population, but it’s always overshadowed by London when esports is concerned – ESL UK will be hoping to change this when May comes round.Esports Insider says: If the news of a Dota 2 Major being hosted in the UK wasn’t enough to get you excited, then we’re sure the record-breaking ticket sales for ESL One Birmingham will do the job. It’s building up quite the buzz, and we’re sure ESL UK will prove exactly why the city is the perfect host for such a big tournament.last_img read more