narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 90.2 million people worldwide and killed over 1.9 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 11, 10:42 amPalestinian health ministry approves Russian vaccineSputnik V, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia, has been registered by the Palestinian Ministry of Health for emergency use in Palestinian self-ruled territory, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund announced Monday.The first shipment of doses is expected to arrive next month, according to a press release from the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for worldwide marketing of the vaccine.The RDIF didn’t say how many doses would be shipped to the Palestinian Authority — which governs parts of the West Bank under interim peace deals with Israel — but that supplies would be facilitated by manufacturing partners in India, China, South Korea and other countries.As of Jan. 5, the World Health Organization had recorded more than 157,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the occupied Palestinian territories, including at least 1,578 deaths.Jan 11, 9:29 amModerna vaccine doses arrive in France More than 50,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. biotechnology company Moderna are expected to arrive in France on Monday, according to a statement from the country’s health ministry.France should have nearly eight million doses of the Moderna vaccine by the end of June, the health ministry said.Last week, the European Medicines Agency authorized the Moderna vaccine for use across the European Union. Another COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech was approved two weeks earlier. Both vaccines are administered in two doses.French Health Minister Olivier Veran told Europe 1 radio that the Moderna doses will then be sent to towns and cities with the highest virus circulation. The doses should reach vaccination centers by Wednesday, he said.By the end of the weekend, Veran said, more than 100,000 people should have received a first dose of the vaccine.France has faced criticism for a slow vaccine rollout compared to its EU neighbors.Jan 11, 7:24 amMexico detects first case of UK variantA new, more infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom has now been discovered in Mexico.The strain, called B117, was confirmed in a 56-year-old foreign citizen who had traveled from Amsterdam to Mexico City on Dec. 28, and then to the northeastern city of Matamoros the following day. The individual was asymptomatic when he arrived in the country, according to Mexico’s director general of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia Zegarra.After testing positive for COVID-19, the man was admitted to a Mexican hospital last week where he remains intubated, Zegarra said.Genomic sequencing of the patient’s sample that tested positive for COVID-19 revealed its B117 lineage. More than 500 suspected cases of the U.K. variant have been tested in Mexico, but this is the country’s first verified case, according to Zegarra.Mexican health authorities are tracking contacts of the patient, including people who traveled on the same flight. Two individuals who showed symptoms have since tested negative for COVID-19, while another 31 are asymptomatic and remain in isolation. Officials have been unable to locate 12 others, Zegarra said.The highly contagious strain has become prevalent in London and other parts of southeast England, after first being identified in the English county of Kent in September. The B117 variant has since been detected in over a dozen other countries.Jan 11, 6:40 amSeychelles becomes first African nation to roll out COVID-19 vaccineSeychelles, an island nation of just under 100,000 people, has begun immunizing its population against COVID-19 with a vaccine developed by China’s state-owned pharmaceutical company, Sinopharm.Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan became the first African head of state to receive the Sinopharm vaccine on Sunday, as the country officially launched a national COVID-19 immunization campaign — the first in Africa to do so. The Seychelles Ministry of Health began administering the shot to priority groups on Monday, starting with health care professionals and other front-line workers, according to a press release from the president’s office.Last month, China authorized Sinopharm’s vaccine for general use after the company announced that preliminary data from late-stage trials had shown it to be 79.3% effective. The shot is administered in two doses.The United Arab Emirates donated 50,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Seychelles. India offered 100,000 doses of another COVID-19 vaccine developed by England’s University of Oxford and British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which are due to arrive in Seychelles at the end of the month, according to the president’s office.“With such a robust vaccination campaign, Seychelles aims to be the first country in the world to vaccinate at least 70% of its over 18 population,” Ramkalawan said in a statement Sunday. “From there, we will be able to declare Seychelles as being COVID safe. This will allow us to reopen our economy.”Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago located off the coast of East Africa, has reported 508 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, including at least one death, according to the latest data from the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Jan 11, 5:44 amUS reports over 213,000 new casesThere were 213,905 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Sunday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the sixth straight day that the country has reported more than 200,000 newly confirmed infections. Sunday’s tally is less than the all-time high of 302,506 new cases, which the country logged on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 1,814 new deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Sunday, down from the country’s peak of 4,194 fatalities on Jan. 7, 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 22,409,131 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 374,329 of them 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 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Jan 11, 5:16 amWHO experts probing virus origins travel to China, as country marks one year since 1st COVID-19 deathA group of experts from the World Health Organization are set to arrive in China on Thursday for an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.China’s National Health Commission confirmed the upcoming visit in a brief statement Monday, saying the WHO team would be meeting with Chinese scientists to conduct joint scientific research on the virus’ origin. It’s unclear exactly where they will be carrying out their research and whether they will travel to the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus was first detected in December 2019.The visit follows negotiations between both sides, with WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressing disappointment last week over delays with the probe.Meanwhile, China marked one year on Monday since confirming its first death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. China’s National Health Commission has since reported more than 87,000 cases of COVID-19 on the Chinese mainland, including at least 4,634 deaths, though those figures are believed to be much higher.Jan 11, 4:30 amRussia detects first cases of UK variantA new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom has now been discovered in Russia.The strain, called B117, was confirmed among four Russian citizens who had tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning from the U.K., Russia’s chief sanitary doctor, Anna Popova, told reporters Sunday evening.After being identified in England in late December, B117 has become prevalent in London and other parts of southeast England.Last month, Russia joined the growing list of countries to suspend flights from the U.K. amid rising COVID-19 infections and concerns about the highly infectious variant there.With more than 3.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, Russia has the fourth-highest tally of diagnosed infections in the world, followed by the U.K., according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Russia confirmed 23,315 new cases and 436 additional deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to the country’s coronavirus headquarters.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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QPR captain Joey Barton says his former club Manchester City are in for a “reality check” if they think the title is as good as won.Barton started his career at Man City.City are overwhelming favourites to clinch the Premier League crown by beating Rangers, who need a point to guarantee their top-flight survival.The Daily Mirror quote Barton as saying: “I can’t wait for the game – I can’t wait to go to Man City.“They expect us to turn up and them to probably stuff us and go on and win the league .“If that is their attitude, they will get a reality check. It’s 11 men against 11 men. There is a lot of pressure out there – I can’t wait for it.“We have one game to go and we are masters of our own destiny.”Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteClick here for Tuesday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Learn how to create a dazzling high-res hologram in this exclusive Star Wars-inspired tutorial. Includes free project file and assets!There are few motion graphic sequences as iconic as the holograms from the Star Wars saga. From “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi.” to “It’s true. All of it.“, holograms are an essential part of the Star Wars storytelling process. So naturally the team at PremiumBeat thought it would be a great idea to put together a tutorial on creating a Star Wars-inspired hologram.Here’s the look:The tutorial covers:Simulating LightingSimulating Depth of Field Using 3D CamerasCompositing ElementsWhile this tutorial covers a Star Wars-inspired hologram, the same technique can be applied to create other styles of HUDs, such as military or superhero.Download the Free Star Wars-Inspired Hologram Project FileThis tutorial comes fully equipped with a free project file and video assets. If you would like to follow along using the same clips, you are highly encouraged to download the project file below.DOWNLOAD FREE HOLOGRAM PROJECT FILE + ASSETSIf you want to learn more about creating Star Wars effects in After Effects, here are a few more great tutorials from around the web:Star Wars Lightspeed in After EffectsCreate the Star Wars Titles in After EffectsStar Wars Tutorial RoundupHave any helpful tips for making holograms in After Effects? Share them in the comments below!
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now In the summer, I ride a bicycle. A few years ago, I was training to ride across Death Valley. A friend of mine, Johnny, spent the summer training with me. We rode a century (100 miles) together almost every Saturday. Once we rode 107 miles in the rain. Johnny never complained. Not once.On one miserably hot Saturday, we were riding through the hills in southern Ohio. One hill was really steep. I wanted to get off my bike and walk, but I held in there, barely turning the pedals over. Johnny was falling further and further behind. A couple of cyclists rode up to me and said, “Hey, you need to wait up for your buddy. He’s really struggling.” I said, “Thanks. He’s fine, though.” They persisted, “You should really wait.” I said thanks again and kept pedaling. These two cyclists were clearly disappointed I didn’t wait for Johnny. But I had spent all summer riding with Johnny. I really didn’t need to wait.Later in the day, the same two riders who were badgering me to wait for Johnny looked up, surprised to see Johnny barreling by them with me barely hanging on to his wheel. Johnny doesn’t look like a cyclist. He doesn’t look like an athlete. But he’s tougher than nails. And his second wind is a sight to behold. I told him the story about the two cyclists, and he smiled at them as flew past them.Cycling, like much of life, is a mental game. When the little voice in your head tells you that you’re done, that you can’t go on, you’re really just getting started. That little voice tries makes it easy to quit. It tells you that you’re tired. Sometimes it’s clever enough to persuade you not to start, that there will be time tomorrow.But you don’t have to listen to that little voice. You are much stronger than you believe. You can go much further than you ever imagined. You have a second wind. And a third wind. And even a fourth.Sometimes you might have to put the chain in the small ring and move slower than you’d like. But when your second wind kicks in, you can put the chain back on the big ring and pedal like there’s no tomorrow. Just keep turning the pedals over until your second (or third) wind kicks in.