Scrum-halves – Conor Murray, Mike Phillips, Ben YoungsProps – Dan Cole, Cian Healy, Gethin Jenkins, Adam Jones, Matt Stevens, Mako VunipolaHookers – Dylan Hartley, Richard Hibbard, Tom YoungsSecond-rows – Ian Evans, Richie Gray, Alun Wyn Jones, Paul O’Connell, Geoff ParlingBack-rows – Tom Croft, Toby Faletau, Jamie Heaslip, Dan Lydiate, Sean O’Brien, Justin Tipuric, SAM WARBURTONSammy boy is the captain of your ship. Aye, aye, captain!11.01Here. We. Go.10.55Yes, we know, five minutes to go is not the time for wild rumours. Soon enough we will know who the captain is, and my how we will laugh about those crazy suggestions. Why would we ever think that?!10.52The teases! The Lions official twitter account posts this photo of some nervy coaches…But where is the Captain?! In the makeup room probably, there are a lot of cameras… Of course, if the “wild rumours” are true, they aren’t the type to break out the blusher!10.46The word ‘surprises’ is being used a lot. Santa Gatland is bringing gifts, but will they be the ones you asked for?!In scrabble games around the country a lot of people will be playing the word Bolter tonight, it seems.10.44 The journalists are being called in to the hall….10.41More news. Apparently as the list is read out we will get the backs, then the forwards. Then pandemonium. Then moaning, and then the final stages of acceptance and support. Strap yourselves in. It will be carnage and then, after that, they are our Lions.10.38Rumours abound that the magic number is 37 for this squad.10.36Our spies on the ground soaking up some last minute sun before the announcement…10.25One dead cert, nailed-on Lion? This fluffy fella.Who will be carrying him out under their arm in the tests, though?! 10.18Mind you, with Rugby World columnist Craig Chalmers suggesting that he has five Lions going, and others naming three, could there be more Leicester Tigers than Scots in the squad? Still just speculation at this stage, of course. Who would the five be, though? Stuart Hogg, Tim Visser, Sean Maitland, Greig Laidlaw, Ryan Grant, Richie Gray and Kelly Brown all in with a shout, and Nathan Hines could come from left field.10.10 There could be up to six Leicester Tigers named in the Lions squad today. Manu Tuilagi, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Dan Cole, Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs… 9:35Tension is building. The clocks have stopped. Traffic is…well, still as much of a mangle as ever.It’s Lions day. That day that international rugby players love and dread in equal measure. Will they be in; out; shaking it all about? Only one man knows for sure and at 11am Warren Gatland will proudly present his squad for the 2013 tour to Australia.Will your favourites make it? Will my favourites make it? It is a day we have been speculating about for the last year and Rugby World will be there every step of the way. Warren G and Warbs: Lions Captain Sam Warburton is paraded in front of the cameras by a happy Warren GatlandBy Rugby World Staff12.13So now we know. We’ve got our squad and our captain! Follow us on Twitter @Rugbyworldmag and like us on Facebook Rugby World Magazine for all the updates over the next few weeks!12.01Talk is now turning to who has cried into their brunch the most today. Rory Best must be particularly upset (although not as much as the masses on Twitter). According to Opta the hooker has five more turnovers than anyone else in the Heineken Cup, with 14.Robshaw should take this in his stride, you would think. Despite some outraged fans bristling and suggesting he play for the Baabaas this summer, he will keep on trucking. He will go to South America on the England tour, won’t he?11.48Here is what Warburton said of his prestigious role: “Warren gave me a call, it’s been nine or 10 days since I found out and the biggest secret I’ve had to keep. It’s unbelievable, an accolade very few people achieve and it’s an unbelievable honour.”Warren G? He is obviously chuffed: “In the last two or three years he’s been the most successful captain in the northern hemisphere.I have a huge amount of respect for Sam, he’s an absolute professional and he leads from the front.”11.44That rumour mill keeps churning, doesn’t it. Apparently Gatland has been talking to Wilkinson about being a back-up. Which is probably the sensible thing to do considering there are only two 10s. (Yet another rumour) Stuart Hogg may be the ‘utility back’ on his first tour. That dreaded role that Keith Earls occupied in South Africa. Let’s hope young Hogg’s first taste of Lions rugby goes a bit smoother.11.42Here is the voice of reason:11.39Then, there is the oppositions view on the matter. Who do they fear?:11.37There’s a teeny weenie bit of outrage out there. It’s an emotive subject, obviously. It may be time to forget your favourites, but of course there is always the back up list. 11.33Remember we mentioned the Leicester boys? All six mentioned made it. That is double the number of Scots. There are also four Cardiff Blues.11.28What’s being said:Warren G: “Last night was the seventh meeting we’ve had and it was a ‘robust’ debate. There was some really healthy discussions.“Andy Farrell, defensive leader says: “There’s no bigger occasion than the Lions going anywhere. These three Tests are the ultimate challenge. Australia will be ready for us.”11.22Gethin Jenkins is the only France-based player who will miss a potential Top 14 final to play the BaaBaas. Phillips is the only other player from France. That means no Jonny Wilkinson. Other notable absentees: Rory Best, Le Jonny, England captain Chris Robshaw, Chris Ashton, Ryan Grant, Kelly Brown. And I bet you all thought “Wade!” when we said surprises…Still, you do the maths: Six props, two fly-halves, three full-backs, four centres. Outta 37. Someone was always going to miss out.11.20So there you go. 15 Welshmen, 10 English, nine Irish and three Scots.Make a joke outta THAT!11.13So, here are your backs:Full-backs – Leigh Halfpenny, Stuart Hogg, Rob KearneyWings – Tommy Bowe, Alex Cuthbert, Sean Maitland, George NorthCentres – Jonathan Davies, Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Roberts, Manu TuilagiFly-halves – Owen Farrell, Jonny Sexton 9:44A lot of people outside the hall, with registration opening at 10. It’s a bit like the first day of school… Lots of journos, lots of flashes of red. Nervous chatting. Not long now… 9:53Do we reckon Gatland is on the stage now, frantically scribbling away still? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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By Michael Downing, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Tufts University and first published on theconversation.comOne hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight saving legislation, lawmakers in Florida this week passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which will make daylight saving a year-round reality in the Sunshine State.If approved by the federal government, this will effectively move Florida’s residents one-time zone to the east, aligning cities from Jacksonville to Miami with Nova Scotia rather than New York and Washington, D.C.The cost of rescheduling international and interstate business and commerce hasn’t been calculated. Instead, relying on the same overly optimistic math that led the original proponents of daylight saving to predict vast energy savings, crisper farm products harvested before the morning dew dried and lessened eye strain for industrial workers, Florida legislators are lauding the benefits of putting “more sunshine in our lives.”It’s absurd – and fitting – that a century later, opponents and supporters of daylight saving are still not sure exactly what it does. Despite its name, daylight saving has never saved anyone anything. But it has proven to be a fantastically effective retail spending plan.Making the trains run on timeFor centuries people set their clocks and watches by looking up at the sun and estimating, which yielded wildly dissimilar results between (and often within) cities and towns.To railroad companies around the world, that wasn’t acceptable. They needed synchronized, predictable station times for arrivals and departures, so they proposed splitting up the globe into 24 time zones.In 1883, the economic clout of the railroads allowed them to replace sun time with standard time with no legislative assistance and little public opposition. The clocks were calm for almost 30 years, but for an annual debate in the British Parliament over whether to pass a Daylight Saving Act. While proponents argued that shoving clocks ahead during summer months would reduce energy consumption and encourage outdoor recreation, the opposition won out.Then, in 1916, Germany suddenly adopted the British idea in hopes of conserving energy for its war effort. Within a year, Great Britain followed suit. And despite fanatical opposition from the farm lobby, so would the United States.From patriotic duty to moneymaking schemeA law requiring Americans to lose an hour was confounding enough. But Congress also tacked on the legal mandate for the four continental time zones. The patriotic rationale for daylight saving went like this: Shifting one hour of available light from the very early morning (when most Americans were asleep) would reduce the demand for domestic electrical power used to illuminate homes in the evening, which would spare more energy for the war effort.On March 19, 1918, Woodrow Wilson signed the Calder Act requiring Americans to set their clocks to standard time; less than two weeks later, on March 31, they would be required to abandon standard time and push their clocks ahead by an hour for the nation’s first experiment with daylight saving.It didn’t go smoothly. In 1918, Easter Sunday fell on March 31, which led to a lot of latecomers to church services. Enraged rural and evangelical opponents thereafter blamed daylight saving for subverting sun time, or “God’s time.” Newspapers were deluged by letter writers complaining that daylight saving upset astronomical data and made almanacs useless, prevented Americans from enjoying the freshest early morning air, and even browned out lawns unaccustomed to so much daylight.Within a year, daylight saving was repealed. But like most weeds, the practice thrived by neglect.In 1920, New York and dozens of other cities adopted their own metropolitan daylight saving policies. The Chamber of Commerce spurred along this movement on behalf of department store owners, who had noticed that later sunset times encouraged people to stop and shop on their way home from work.By 1965, 18 states observed daylight saving six months a year; some cities and towns in 18 other states observed daylight saving for four, five or six months a year; and 12 states stuck to standard time.Actress Barbara Lawrence reminds television viewers to set the clock ahead, from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., on April 29, 1956. AP PhotoThis wasn’t exactly ideal. A 35-mile bus trip from Steubenville, Ohio, to Moundsville, West Virginia, passed through seven distinct local time zones. The U.S. Naval Observatory dubbed the world’s greatest superpower “the world’s worst timekeeper.”So, in 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which mandated six months of standard time and six of daylight saving.Great for golf – but what about everyone else?Why do we still do it?Today we know that changing the clocks does influence our behavior. For example, later sunset times have dramatically increased participation in afterschool sports programs and attendance at professional sports events. In 1920, The Washington Post reported that golf ball sales in 1918 – the first year of daylight saving – increased by 20 percent.And when Congress extended daylight saving from six to seven months in 1986, the golf industry estimated that extra month was worth as much as US$400 million in additional equipment sales and green fees. To this day, the Nielsen ratings for even the most popular television shows decline precipitously when we spring forward because we go outside to enjoy the sunlight.But the promised energy savings – the presenting rationale for the policy – have never materialized.In fact, the best studies we have prove that Americans use more domestic electricity when they practice daylight saving. Moreover, when we turn off the TV and go to the park or the mall in the evening sunlight, Americans don’t walk. We get in our cars and drive. Daylight saving actually increases gasoline consumption, and it’s a cynical substitute for genuine energy conservation policy.Lawmakers in Florida, of all places, ought to know that year-round daylight saving is not such a bright idea – especially in December and January when most residents of the Sunshine State won’t see sunrise until about 8 a.m.On Jan. 8, 1974, Richard Nixon forced Floridians and the entire nation into a year-round daylight saving – a vain attempt to stave off an energy crisis and lessen the impact of an OPEC oil embargo.But before the end of the first month of daylight saving that January, eight children died in traffic accidents in Florida, and a spokesperson for Florida’s education department attributed six of those deaths directly to children going to school in darkness.Lesson learned? Apparently not. 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Action Planning announces winners of £100,000 consultancy giveaway 315 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity consultancy Action Planning has announced the winners of its £100,000 consultancy giveaway, which it launched earlier in the year to mark its 30th anniversary.Through its Pearls of Wisdom campaign, launched in January, Action Planning offered 56 separate consultancy packages with an average market value of £2,000, and including CEO mentoring, crisis advice and support, fundraising support, communications and marketing services, HR consultancy, governance reviews and income generation workshops.The initiative received 427 applications, with Action Planning announcing the winners today.Governance and strategy winners include Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which receives a governance review, Bromley Mencap, which receives a board awayday, and Anthony Nolan, with an impact measurement workshop.Fundraising and marketing winners include Hospice UK, which receives a “Making the Ask” training session and coaching calls, Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling, which receives a Branding Review with Brand Strategy, and Felix Fund UK, with a content and social media review.People and practice winners include Ideas Alliance, which receives executive and leadership coaching, Theatres Trust, which receives HR consultancy support, and Commonweal Housing Limited, with a three month coaching package for Trustee or CEO. The full list of winners can be viewed here.The services will be provided free of charge throughout 2020 by Action Planning’s community of consultants, which include Fundraising Consultant Ondine Upton, Consultant Andrew Middleton, Senior Consultant Andrew Jermey-Boys, Major Giving Consultant Annabel James, and Action Planning Chairman David Saint.In light of the current situation, Action Planning has also extended its campaign to offer a 30% discount on most of the Pearls of Wisdom packages and many other services for bookings made before 31 July. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 30 April 2020 | News 314 total views, 2 views today Advertisement Tagged with: consultancy pro bono About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Twitter WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Facebook Letterkenny Mayor wants consultation on use of An Grianan plaza The Mayor of Letterkenny is proposing that more use be made of the plaza outside An Grianan Theatre.Speaking at last night’s meeting of the Town Council, Cllr Dessie Larkin said it’s time to explore how best to use it as a public space. There have been concerts and events there in the past, and at one point. a farmers’ market was held there.Cllr Larkin says he wants a full consultation to decide how to use an area that could start a regeneration of a whole Port Road area……………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/dlark1pm.mp3[/podcast] News 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today By News Highland – November 20, 2012 Previous articleBuncrana Councillor hits out at lack of progress on Kelvin spurNext articleConsultation launched on Master Plan for City of Derry Airport News Highland
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wellesenterprises/iStockBy JACK DATE and MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has died following injuries suffered in the violent siege on the building Wednesday, according to a press release from the department.The death is the fifth connected to the riots, which saw swarms of pro-Donald Trump protesters overwhelm police barricades, surge into the Capitol and force lawmakers to go into hiding.The officer, identified as Brian D. Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, police said.“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” USCP said in a statement. “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.”Sicknick had been with the department, most recently as part of the first responder unit, since 2008.Three people died of medical emergencies, while a 35-year-old woman, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol police while trying to enter a broken window into the House Chamber.Law enforcement said more than 50 Capitol police and Metropolitan police officers suffered injuries in the rioting, and “several USCP officers have been hospitalized with serious injuries.”“These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” the USCP said in a statement. “They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage.”Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned on Thursday afternoon in the wake of the riots. Several prominent people had called for him to step down, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the head of the police union.Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement Thursday that officers were “frustrated and demoralized by the lack of leadership.”“We have several protesters dead, multiple officers injured and the symbol of our Democracy, the U.S. Capitol, desecrated. This never should have happened,” Papathanasiou said in a statement.Sicknick’s brother also spoke out in a statement sent to ABC News Thursday night.“After a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero,” he said. “I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family. My family and I hope that our privacy can be respected as we grieve. Thank you.”Various lawmakers have since reacted to Sicknick’s death, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who tweeted: “On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. May he Rest In Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.”Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been criticized for his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, wrote on Twitter: “Devastating. Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”Sen. Marsha Blackburn tweeted: “I am truly devastated to learn that a Capitol Police officer has died as a result of yesterday’s violence at the Capitol. My heart goes out to the officer, their family, and all of our front line law enforcement that put their lives on the line each day to protect this nation.”Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said his heart is broken over the loss and added that Sicknick’s death should serve as a “reminder of the bravery of the law enforcement who protect us every day.”Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, wrote: “I am devastated to hear about the passing of U.S. @CapitolPolice Officer Brian Sicknick and extend my deepest sympathy to his family. My staff and I cannot say enough to express our appreciation for his sacrifice to keep us safe.”“My sincerest condolences to the Sicknick family,” tweeted Rep. Veronica Escobar. “I’m grateful for Officer Sicknick’s service to our country and his work to protect everyone who worked at the Capitol. My heart goes out to his loved ones.”Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted: “Devastating news. Please join me in praying for our fallen Capitol Police officer’s family during this heartbreaking time.”Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, New York Rep. Paul Tonko, California Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton also voiced their condolences on Twitter.“As members, staff and reporters sheltered from terrorists attacking the Capitol, countless officers risked their lives to uphold their duty to protect us,” Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for their bravery and devastated to learn that one of those heroes, Officer Brian D. Sicknick, has died.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 99.2 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 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 is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Jan 25, 7:31 amIsrael bans almost all incoming flights for one weekA ban on almost all incoming flights went into effect in Israel on Monday.The ban will last until Jan. 31, according to a joint statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Transport.The measure applies to all incoming flights except for cargo planes, aerial firefighting and flights for emergency medical evacuation. There is also a “temporary restriction” on permits for operating Israeli airlines, according to the statement.Meanwhile, people are now only allowed to fly out of Israel for medical treatment, judicial proceedings to which the person is a party or must participate in, or the funeral of a close relative. The measure also applies to private Israeli planes, according to the statement.The Israeli government previously announced it is extending the country’s lockdown to the end of the month amid a spike in COVID-19 infections, and that travelers are only allowed to board a flight to Israel on presentation of a negative COVID-19 test during the 72 hours preceding travel.Jan 25, 6:27 amFauci describes what it was like working with TrumpDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, opened up about his experience working with former U.S. President Donald Trump in an interview with The New York Times that was published Sunday.When COVID-19 began to rapidly spread in the northeastern part of the country last year, particularly in New York City, Fauci said Trump had “almost a reflex response” to try to “minimize” the situation.“I would try to express the gravity of the situation, and the response of the president was always leaning toward, ‘Well, it’s not that bad, right?’ And I would say, ‘Yes, it is that bad,’” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the newspaper. “It was almost a reflex response, trying to coax you to minimize it. Not saying, ‘I want you to minimize it,’ but, ‘Oh, really, was it that bad?’”Fauci, who was a key member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, said another thing that made him “really concerned” was the former president taking input from non-experts on unproven methods to treat COVID-19, like hydroxychloroquine.“It was clear that he was getting input from people who were calling him up, I don’t know who, people he knew from business, saying, ‘Hey, I heard about this drug, isn’t it great?’ or, ‘Boy, this convalescent plasma is really phenomenal,’” Fauci told the newspaper. “And I would try to, you know, calmly explain that you find out if something works by doing an appropriate clinical trial; you get the information, you give it a peer review. And he’d say, ‘Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, this stuff really works.’”“He would take just as seriously their opinion — based on no data, just anecdote — that something might really be important,” Fauci added. “That’s when my anxiety started to escalate.”When the leadership of the White House coronavirus task force changed hands last February, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence coordinating the government’s response and Trump at the podium taking questions from reporters during the press briefings, Fauci said it went from “the standard kind of scientifically based, public-health-based meetings” to “the anecdotally driven situations, the minimization, the president surrounding himself with people saying things that didn’t make any scientific sense.”“Then I started getting anxious that this was not going in the right direction,” he told the newspaper. “We would say things like: ‘This is an outbreak. Infectious diseases run their own course unless one does something to intervene.’ And then he would get up and start talking about, ‘It’s going to go away, it’s magical, it’s going to disappear.’”That’s when Fauci said it became clear to him that he needed to speak up, even if it meant contradicting the president.“He would say something that clearly was not correct, and then a reporter would say, ‘Well, let’s hear from Dr. Fauci.’ I would have to get up and say, ‘No, I’m sorry, I do not think that is the case,’” he told the newspaper. “It isn’t like I took any pleasure in contradicting the president of the United States. I have a great deal of respect for the office. But I made a decision that I just had to. Otherwise I would be compromising my own integrity, and be giving a false message to the world. If I didn’t speak up, it would be almost tacit approval that what he was saying was OK.”This upset Trump’s “inner circle,” Fauci said.“That’s when we started getting into things I felt were unfortunate and somewhat nefarious — namely, allowing Peter Navarro to write an editorial in USA Today saying I’m wrong on most of the things I say,” he told the newspaper. “Or to have the White House press office send out a detailed list of things I said that turned out to be not true — all of which were nonsense because they were all true. The very press office that was making decisions as to whether I can go on a TV show or talk to you.”Fauci said there were a couple times where Trump even called him personally to say, “Hey, why aren’t you more positive? You’ve got to take a positive attitude. Why are you so negativistic? Be more positive.”Fauci said he and his family have received death threats, beginning last March, and that his wife once suggested he consider quitting.“But I felt that if I stepped down, that would leave a void. Someone’s got to not be afraid to speak out the truth,” he told the newspaper. “Even if I wasn’t very effective in changing everybody’s minds, the idea that they knew that nonsense could not be spouted without my pushing back on it, I felt was important. I think in the big picture, I felt it would be better for the country and better for the cause for me to stay, as opposed to walk away.”Jan 25, 5:13 amRussia sees lowest daily case count since NovemberRussia confirmed 19,290 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the country’s lowest daily case count since the start of November, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.An additional 456 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Sunday. That brings Russia’s totals to 3,738,690 confirmed cases and 69,918 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fourth-highest cumulative total of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Jan 25, 4:22 amUS reports over 130,000 new casesThere were 130,485 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Sunday’s tally is the lowest daily case count that the U.S. has recorded in a month and is also far less than the country’s all-time high of 298,031 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,770 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Sunday, 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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 25,127,009 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 419,215 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.