Does it depend who they play against?Yes, this is what makes the rules so complex! It’s not just about the team the player is representing but the team they are facing.The opposition team at 15-a-side level also need to fulfil the criteria laid out above for a player to be ‘captured’. So a player is deemed to have ‘played’ for one of those teams listed above if they have reached the age of majority and:They play in an international match against the senior 15-a-side or next senior 15-a-side representative team of another union.They play in a match for the nominated next 15-a-side national representative team against the senior or next 15-a-side national representative team of another union.Prior to 1 January 2018, they played for an U20 national representative team that had been nominated as that union’s ‘next’ 15-a-side team in an international match at the Junior World Championship, Junior World Trophy or U20 Six Nations.Rule three has been changed since the Steve Shingler case a few years ago. Andy Robinson picked him in his Scotland squad for the 2012 Six Nations but the WRU successfully lodged an appeal with World Rugby to say he had been captured by Wales.He had represented the national U20 team – nominated as Wales’ ‘next’ 15-a-side team – against France U20, who were the French union’s ‘next’ team. The fact that both U20 teams were the ‘next’ representative sides meant the fixture tied players to their respective countries.After that and while U20 teams were still allowed to be nominated as a union’s ‘next’ team, the opposition was no longer taken into account.The lines are still very blurred, though, and the fact the opposition is a factor at senior level adds to the confusion. A rule of thumb is that players will not be captured unless they are playing against a capturing team.No ties: Mike Haley playing for England Saxons against South Africa A in 2016 (Getty Images)For example, Mike Haley played for England against the Barbarians in an uncapped match in May 2017 and for the Saxons against South Africa A in June 2016. The eligibility of Belgium and Romania players has… Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying Here’s the lowdown on World Rugby’s Regulation 8, which governs players’ international eligibility Line-ups: The Webb Ellis Cup on display during the anthems at RWC 2015 (Getty Images) Eligibility controversy in World Cup 2019 qualifying Collapse What are rugby’s international eligibility rules?There has been a fair bit of chat during Rugby World Cup 2019 about players’ eligibility. So what are rugby’s international eligibility rules? This all falls under World Rugby’s Regulation 8 and here we break it down.Which country can a player represent?There are four ways a player can be eligible to represent a country at international level. They are:They were born in the country.They have a parent or grandparent who was born in the country.They have lived in the country for 36 consecutive months (three years) to qualify on residency immediately before playing.They have completed ten years of cumulative residence in the country before playing.Long stay: Kiwi Hadleigh Parkes qualified for Wales on the three-year residency rule (Getty Images)With regards to point three, the residency rule increases to 60 months (five years) on 31 December 2020, so only players who moved countries up to 31 December 2017 will be eligible under the three-year rule above. Anyone who has moved since the start of this year will be subject to the five-year rule.Point four was another reform introduced at the same time as the five-year rule but came into use in May 2017.When is a player ‘captured’ by a country?Captured is the term used when a player becomes tied to one country and can no longer represent another nation on the international stage. This happens when a player plays for one of three teams:The senior 15-a-side national representative team of a union. This is quite simple and basically means playing in a Test match, eg England v Ireland in the Six Nations.The next senior 15-a-side national representative team of a union. This is where it gets slightly complicated as each union may have a different idea of what to nominate as their second team. It could be an A team, like England Saxons, but it’s up to each union to decide which team they want to designate as their ‘next senior’ side. In the past some unions have nominated their U20 side, but since the start of 2018 they are no longer able to do that.The senior national representative sevens team of a union where the player is aged 20 or older or, if at an Olympics or Sevens World Cup, the player has reached the age of majority (18).You can find a list of a union’s next senior representative teams on the World Rugby website here. In the women’s game a lot of unions don’t have a second team to nominate but England, for example, have this year designated their National Academy as the next senior side while the likes of Canada, Ireland, Scotland and USA have designated their A teams.MORE ON RUGBY WORLD CUP ELIGIBILITY Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying However, he has not been captured by England because the Barbarians are classed as a club side and South Africa U20 were South Africa’s next senior team in 2016. So Haley is leaving Sale to join Munster at the end of the season with a view to representing Ireland at international level – he qualifies to wear the green shirt because his maternal grandmother was born in Ireland.Interestingly, World Rugby’s stance on the Barbarians means that even when countries make a fixture against the invitational side a capped match, as Wales have done in recent years, they are not officially captured because the match they’re playing in does not fit World Rugby’s criteria. So theoretically, if a player won their first cap against the Barbarians, they would still be free to represent another country at international level (if they haven’t been previously captured by one of the other criteria of course!).What about sevens?This is slightly simpler in that a player is deemed to have represented the senior national sevens team, and is therefore tied to that country, if they play an international match against the senior national sevens team of another union.So this would be any match on the World Sevens Series (providing the player had reached the age of 20) or any match at an Olympics or Sevens World Cup (providing they have reached the age of majority on or before their participation in the tournament).Has the Olympics created a loophole?Yes. Rugby’s entry into the Games has meant players are able to switch allegiance. The Olympics operates with different eligibility rules so rugby had to adapt to this.Prior to the Rio Olympics, if a player had been captured by one nation but hadn’t represented that country for at least 18 months (that stand-down period has now reverted to the IOC norm of three years) and was a passport holder of another (ie a national), they were able to change their affiliation to the other nation.The stipulation was that the player had to play in four Olympic qualifying events. This could be four rounds of the World Sevens Series, which doubled as an Olympic qualifying tournament, and/or regional qualifying tournaments.On the move: Tim Nanai-Williams breaks for Samoa against New Zealand (Getty Images)Tim Nanai-Williams did this in order to be able to represent Samoa at RWC 2015 and the Olympics (although ultimately Samoa failed to qualify for Rio 2016), having previously played for New Zealand Sevens.Cooper Vuna has done the same, so is now representing Tonga having played two Tests for Australia in 2012.There are rumours that former All Blacks wings Charles Piutau and Frank Halai would like to go through the process in order to qualify for Tonga.It’s all very confusing!Quite. And the recent incidents surrounding World Cup qualifying illustrate why eligibility needs to be far more closely monitored. Tahiti have already been kicked out of the qualifying process for fielding two ineligible players against Cook Islands while the spotlight is now on several European countries for possible breaches of Regulation 8.It may be relatively easy to keep track of whether players have been captured by the Tier One nations as they are more high profile, but it is clear that in lower tiers there are many issues and that brings the integrity of international rugby into question. Cook Islands replace Tahiti in Rugby World Cup… Eligibility controversy in World Cup 2019 qualifying LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Expand Regardless of whether a breach is intentional or not, the confusion around Regulation 8 is leading to myriad problems. The fact players may not even be aware if they are tied to a nation highlights the issue.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
11. Alivereti Raka (Clermont)Chipped by John Cooney for the Ulster try but unstoppable against Harlequins at home the week before. He scored two tries and assisted Peceli Yato, showing his often unsung opportunism and soft hands in his involvements.10. Finn Russell (Racing 92)We didn’t think Russell could better that try against Saracens, where he made two line breaks in 20 seconds with a magic offload in between. But against Munster he managed it. Taking the ball in the face of the blitz, grubbering the ball between Rory Scannell’s legs and gathering to score under the posts. The best front-foot ten in the world? Team of the European Champions Cup – so farThis year’s Champions Cup has already had its share of stunning individual performances and classic European nights. The atmosphere at Kingsholm on the first Friday night, in Belfast a week later and at a febrile Thomond Park has underlined why this tournament is the pinnacle of club rugby. But who has shone brightest over the first two rounds? Here is the Rugby World Team of the Tournament so far…15. Elliot Daly (Saracens)Daly only made his Saracens debut against Ospreys, luckily missing the pasting in Paris by Racing 92, but gave the standout full-back performance of the competition so far against the Welsh region. He teed up two tries for Rotimi Segun, the first after gathering an inspired Tom Whiteley chip, and the second from a clever offload, whilst his aerial prowess – sometimes questioned for England – was of the highest quality.14. Tom O’Flaherty (Exeter)Frighteningly quick for his try against Glasgow, making Tommy Seymour look like a slouch. He also showed his power against La Rochelle in the first round, holding off two defenders to acrobatically score from a looping Ian Whitten pass. He’s showing the form which made him undroppable at the tail-end of last season. On the ball: Elliot Daly stood out on his Saracens debut against Ospreys (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 13. Rory Hutchinson (Northampton)Unlucky to miss out on World Cup selection for Scotland, the centre scored a silky try against Lyon in the first round before pulling the strings for Saints in Treviso this weekend as they battled to a win. Impressive how he’s standing out in a team with so many in-form backs.12. Jan Serfontein (Montpellier)Rohan Janse van Rensburg ran his fellow South African close for this spot, but Serfontein has consistently oozed class over the past two weeks. Finishing a brilliant Montpellier move early in the game against Gloucester, he also made 17 tackles and won two turnovers in a massive defensive performance. Cooney’s performances over the past few weeks have seen calls for him to start at scrum-half in the Six Nations. His nerveless kicking and excellent game management mean that Ruan Pienaar is now missed less than ever, whilst his solo try against Clermont showed some incredible attacking flair.1. Joe Marler (Harlequins)Eddie Jones said one of his World Cup final regrets was not starting Marler for his scrummaging ability. Marler showed that off against Bath in a niggly, tight game, as he won two kickable scrum penalties, and led the pack in a dominant forwards performance. The horse realised what he wanted to do. Jacob Whitehead has been glued to the opening rounds of the Heineken Cup and here’s his standout XV Relive every moment of the 2019 World Cup in the December 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine – in shops now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 2. Epalahame Faiva (Benetton)Benetton put in an excellent performance against red-hot Northampton, only losing to a last-minute Dan Biggar penalty, 35-32. Faiva scored two tries, the first from an improbable carry through three Northampton defenders, whilst his second brought his team level with minutes left.3. Harry Williams (Exeter)Forward dominance has been at the heart of Exeter’s wins against Glasgow and La Rochelle, and tighthead Williams has been irrepressible in both. Always resplendent with his billowing hair and scrumcap, the prop will look to force his way into the England’s match-day 23 ahead of an ageing Dan Cole come the Six Nations.4. Jonny Hill (Exeter)When Hill goes well Exeter tend to go well – look at his try during Chiefs’ incredible first-half performance in this year’s Premiership final. He scored again against Glasgow to kick-start the Exeter performance, and has recently shown himself to be one of the best maul defenders in the country.5. Iain Henderson (Ulster)Ulster’s away win at Bath in the first round was built on small victories – a loose ball gathered here, an offload affording an extra couple of metres there. This is Henderson’s bread and butter, and he backed up a fine performance in the West Country by negating the Clermont pack at a rainy Kingspan as Ulster sealed an impressive 18-13 win.Leader’s speech: Iain Henderson talks to his Ulster team after the win over Clermont (Getty Images)6. Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92)For all the panache of the Paris backs, they need both ball and linkmen to shine. Lauret gives them that, always seeming to be first to the ruck or the key offload in the chain. A try against Saracens was a fine reward for his efforts.7. Ben Earl (Saracens)One of the youngsters who is really taking advantage of the opportunities afforded him by Saracens this year. Beginning to develop a highly effective carrying game to match his jackaling, he stayed resolute against the Racing 92 tsunami and then made hay against the Ospreys.8. Caleb Timu (Montpellier)Sunday’s game between Gloucester and Montpellier saw a titanic back-row clash, as the ball-carrying of Timu and Jake Polledri were the heartbeat of their respective teams. Timu’s carry for his try was truly frightening, so he gets the nod. 9. John Cooney (Ulster)
Save this picture!© Ben Rahn/A-Frame+ 13 Share Houses Projects Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/380603/clear-lake-cottage-maclennan-jaunkalns-miller-architects Clipboard Year: “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/380603/clear-lake-cottage-maclennan-jaunkalns-miller-architects Clipboard Clear Lake Cottage / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller ArchitectsSave this projectSaveClear Lake Cottage / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects 2012 Clear Lake Cottage / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects Area: 215 m² Area: 215 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMacLennan Jaunkalns Miller ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMississaugaHousesCanadaPublished on June 09, 2013Cite: “Clear Lake Cottage / MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects” 09 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Igualada N1 / Jaime Prous + Damián Ribas Year: Houses Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/454197/igualada-n1-jaime-prous-damian-ribas Clipboard CopyHouses•Igualada, Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/454197/igualada-n1-jaime-prous-damian-ribas Clipboard Igualada N1 / Jaime Prous + Damián RibasSave this projectSaveIgualada N1 / Jaime Prous + Damián Ribas Projects ArchDaily Architects: Damián Ribas, Jaime Prous Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsRecommended ProductsWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroArchitecturally, the project is articulated by three cubes, these cubes are arranged in such a way that they generate courtyards between them, which serve to illuminate the various rooms and spaces.These cubes house the more static part of the functional program, that is, living room, kitchen and bedrooms. These volumes have a stone and solid character, where windows are perceived as perforations.Save this picture!© Aleix BaguéWhite stone from Capri was the material chosen for these containers. With an apparently anarchic but extensively studied unfolding, it serves to increase the sense of massiveness, and decreases the time required for cutting the stone.These three volumes are connected by a flat, light concrete slab, that gives the more tectonic image of the proposal and is a sort of enclosed porch. For these reasons, windows have no framing and are embedded directly into the stone walls that come in from the outside.Save this picture!© Aleix BaguéThis flat slab is intended for a much more dynamic use, the circulation between volumes.The second element that comprises this house are the courtyards arising from the layout of the volumes. The courtyards have different characters and finishes, depending on their position and function.Save this picture!© Aleix BaguéThe staircase is lit through a vertical courtyard that leads to the basement and is clad in the same white stone that makes up the facade. The kitchen overlooks a sheltered courtyard with a sunshade. The lobby is lit through another courtyard with glass walls and a reflecting pool in order to give it an ethereal character. The courtyard is lit through another courtyard filled with cornus sanginea, a type of plant with a very green stem.Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsThe third and final element that comprises this house is the porch, which allows to project the interior to the exterior while allowing users to colonize the exterior space. The porch attached to the volume of the living room has the same intention as the hall, to be a slab of concrete with a very light appearance.Besides this porch, the house has many other different porches that are adapted to the needs of the area they protect: access, rooms …Save this picture!© Aleix BaguéPorches, courtyards, and volumes along with light and shadow are the true materials that make up this house, which intend to help and make a better experience for its users. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessA Year Without OscarArchitecture NewsTunnels Under London: the Largest Infrastructure Project in EuropeArchitecture News Share “COPY” 2013 Save this picture!© Eugeni Pons+ 24 Share CopyAbout this officeJaime ProusOfficeFollowDamián RibasOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIgualadaSpainPublished on December 04, 2013Cite: “Igualada N1 / Jaime Prous + Damián Ribas” [Igualada N1 / Jaime Prous + Damián Ribas] 04 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern today about pressures being exerted on the widow of murdered journalist Kutlu Adali, apparently from those close to the authorities trying to get her to drop a lawsuit against the government connected with his death.”Adali’s wife Ilkay is a key witness in the case against the Turkish government which will be heard by the European Court of Human Rights next month,” said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders in a letter to the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, Rauf Denktash and the Turkish Minister of State for Cypriot affairs, Tayyibe Gülek.”The threats being made against her suggest that certain people do not want her to give evidence to the court and do not want this serious case to be dug up again. We ask you to ensure her safety and will hold you responsible for whatever happens to her,” Ménard said.Strangers tried to break into Mrs Adali’s house on 6 September and she later found her dog lying dead outside. She says her phone is tapped and is regularly cut off. She believes this is to get her to drop the family’s complaint against Turkey before the European Court for failing to properly investigate her husband’s death. The case will be heard in Strasbourg on 8 October and she will testify.Adali, a columnist on the Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, was murdered in front of his home on 6 July 1996, soon after he had published a story saying that a former senior officer of the Turkish army in Cyprus had been involved in an attack on a monastery and reporting the misuse of civilian vehicles belong to the defence ministry. Nobody has dared to give evidence about the murder, which remains unsolved. News CyprusEurope – Central Asia September 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wife of murdered journalist threatened to go further News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information CyprusEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Cyprus Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en
NewsPoliticsMisery of 200 per cent interest on Santa loansBy Bernie English – December 22, 2018 921 TAGSChristmasdebtLimerick City and CountyLimerick City and County CouncilloanmoneyNewspolitics WhatsApp Designed by rawpixel.com / FreepikLIMERICK City councillors have called for a clampdown on legal moneylenders who are collecting up to 200 per cent in interest and causing misery to people who can least afford their exorbitant rates.At last Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Joe Leddin (Lab) got full support from his colleagues for a motion calling on Finance Minister Paschal Donohue to introduce interest caps on lending bodies.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There are a number of these so-called credit companies distributing promotional leaflets around certain housing estates, offering instant approval for €100 to 500 regardless of the person’s circumstances.“They charge up to 60 per cent in interest. They are, in my view, preying on low-income families who are looking for loans at this time of year.“A €500 loan they can end up costing €700, taking into account interest rates. Yes, they are licensed but there is no cap on interest. In my view, these are one step above the moneylenders who have scourged people in this city for years”.The City West councillor also called on the Minister to promote more affordable lending institutions such as the credit union, pointing out that such institutions are more likely to be supportive and to help people who get into difficulty with repayments.Supporting the call Cmhlr Séighin Ó Ceallaigh (SF) said that “60 per cent interest was a conservative estimate as there were also collection and court charges. You’re talking up to 200 per cent, depending how long it goes on for.“This only affects the poor of society – those who are desperate. There is so much expectation on people at Christmas. People who are unemployed or on zero hour contracts don’t want to let their children down,” he said.The motion was unanimously supported. Missing you this Christmas Twitter Linkedin Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Delicious Wiltshire Farm Foods brightening your days in Autumn Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Send a bar of Cadbury chocolate for free! Email Previous article2018: The year in musicNext articleSpace to remember the lost little ones Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Arctic air is moving over the Great Lakes and the Northeast Thursday morning, bringing bitter cold wind chills and heavy lake effect snow from Michigan to New York.In Western New York, more than 9 inches of snow fell in Erie County Wednesday due to the lake effect. Roads were slick Wednesday and lingering slick spots continue Thursday morning.Wind chills are in the teens and single digits in the Great Lakes and the Northeast Thursday morning, and it feels like it’s below freezing all the way to Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama.In the meantime, a new storm system is developing in the Gulf Coast Thursday into Friday, and it will move up the East Coast Friday into Saturday with heavy rain.By Friday, the storm system will spread heavy rain from Florida to the Carolinas.By Friday night into Saturday morning, heavy rain is expected in the Northeast, with snow cover in some areas. Frozen ground and flooding is possible.In the west, a series of storms and lots of Pacific moisture will bring heavy rain to the West Coast and heavy snow to the mountains.Already, seven western states, from Washington to Colorado, are under winter weather alerts for heavy snow.Snow and rain is already falling in the West Thursday morning, and will continue into the weekend.Through the weekend, rainfall could reach 2-4 inches in Northern California and Southern Oregon, and snow in the mountains from Washington to Colorado could reach 2-4 feet. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO, ERIN SCHUMAKER, IVAN PEREIRA, JON HAWORTH and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide.Over 57 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has also varied from country to country.The United States is the worst-affected nation, with more than 11.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 253,309 deaths.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Nov 20, 1:43 pmCases double in Kansas counties without mask mandateA new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Kansas counties that opted out of a statewide July 3 mask mandate saw COVID-19 cases jump 100% from July 3 to Aug. 23.While 81 counties opted out of the mandate, the 24 that adhered to it saw a 6% decrease in cases, according to the CDC.ABC News’ Sony Salzman contributed to this report.Nov 20, 12:45 pmMore than half of El Paso cases coming from retail shoppingIn hard-hit El Paso, Texas, rising cases are due to community spread, primarily through retail shopping, Mayor Dee Margo said.“We did a deep dive from Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 in our contact tracing,” he told “GMA 3: What You Need To Know.” We found out that 55.11% of our positives were coming from retail shopping. Primarily in what we would term the big major retailers, the big-box stores. So it’s a community spread.”El Paso is in the middle of its fifth week of its latest COVID-19 spike, the mayor said. With so many fatalities, the county Thursday put out a call for morgue staffing.With 1,000 cases reported on Friday, the Texas city has had at least 79,000 — and 845 fatalities.ABC News’ Ariane Nalty contributed to this report.Nov 20, 12:27 pmMore cases in past 4 weeks than in first 6 months of pandemicThere have been more COVID-19 cases worldwide in the last four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic, said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization.He again urged people, despite promising news on vaccines, to continue using all tools to interrupt chains of transmission and save lives now.ABC News’ Kirit Radia contributed to this report.Nov 20, 9:57 amFlorida Sen. Rick Scott tests positive, urges everyone to wear masksSen. Rick Scott, R-Fl., announced Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.After returning to Florida last week, Scott came into contact with someone who subsequently tested positive. The Republican senator has been quarantining at his home in Naples since then. He took multiple rapid tests earlier this week, all of which were negative, but a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test he took Tuesday came back positive Friday morning, according to a press release from his office.“After several negative tests, I learned I was positive this morning,” Scott said in a statement Friday. “I am feeling good and experiencing very mild symptoms. I will be working from home in Naples until it is safe for me to return to Washington, D.C.”Scott is the eighth member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 just this week.“I want to remind everyone to be careful and do the right things to protect yourselves and others. Wear a mask. Social distance. Quarantine if you come in contact with someone positive like I did,” he said. “As we approach Thanksgiving, we know this holiday will be different this year. But, listen to public health officials and follow their guidance. We will beat this together, but we all have to be responsible.”ABC News’ Mariam Khan contributed to this report.Nov 20, 8:54 amUS Army general says there’s 40 million vaccine doses ready to go once FDA grants authorizationA top U.S. Army general who is co-leading the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine initiative said they will start distributing doses throughout the nation 24 hours after the Food and Drug Administration grants emergency use authorization (EUA).“We have about 40 million doses of vaccine, give or take, exactly when the EUA comes out,” Gen. Gustave Perna, chief operations officer for Operation Warp Speed, told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“We’re going to execute fair and equitable distribution based on the population of the jurisdictions — jurisdictions identified as the 50 states, eight territories and six metropolitan cities,” he added, noting that governors will then “make sure the priority for the execution of the vaccine within the state will be implemented.”“We’re going to get it down to the states. The states are going to tell us exactly where they want it to be,” the general said. “We will ensure that the vaccine gets there in a timely manner. We’ll make an initial push — once EUA is approved — of everything we have on the shelf, and then every week we’re going to maintain a cadence of delivery of vaccine so the states have access and prior planning knowledge to ensure it gets to the right places and the right times.”Perna said the news that Pfizer and partner BioNTech will submit a EUA request to the FDA on Friday for their COVID-19 vaccine candidate is “really remarkable.” He expressed “100% confidence” that Operation Warp Speed’s distribution plan will be a success — a process he said began some six months ago.“We started with the development, manufacturing. We have taken no shortcuts to this end,” he said. “It has been a well regulated and accounted for process that we are ensuring occurs the right way.”The general said Operation Warp Speed has also teamed up with companies like Walgreens and CVS.“I’ve sat down with their CEOS and their teams — very elaborate, very comprehensive, operational plans on how they can partner with states to deliver vaccines from inner cities to rural America,” he said, “and I’m incredibly confident that they can do that.”When asked whether outgoing President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with President-elect Joe Biden and his transition team has hindered vaccine efforts, Perna replied, “Absolutely not.”Nov 20, 6:45 amPfizer and BioNTech to submit emergency authorization request to FDA todayPfizer and partner BioNTech announced they will submit a request on Friday to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate.The submission, which is based on a vaccine efficacy rate of 95% demonstrated in the Phase 3 clinical study with no serious safety concerns to date, will potentially enable use of the drug in high-risk populations in the United States by the middle to end of December.“Our work to deliver a safe and effective vaccine has never been more urgent, as we continue to see an alarming rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 globally,” Dr. Albert Bourla, chairman and CEO of Pfizer, said in a statement Friday. “Filing in the U.S. represents a critical milestone in our journey to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine to the world and we now have a more complete picture of both the efficacy and safety profile of our vaccine, giving us confidence in its potential.”The companies have already initiated rolling submissions with several drug regulatory agencies around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the United Kingdom, and plan to submit applications to others in the coming days. The companies said they will be ready to distribute the vaccine within hours after authorization.Based on current projects, the companies said they expect to produce globally up to 50 million doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021.“Filing for Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S. is a critical step in making our vaccine candidate available to the global population as quickly as possible,” Dr. Ugur Sahin, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech, said in a statement Friday. “We intend to continue to work with regulatory agencies worldwide to enable the rapid distribution of our vaccine globally. As a company located in Germany in the heart of Europe, our interactions with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are of particular importance to us and we have continuously provided data to them as part of our rolling review process.”Nov 20, 6:40 amRussia reports record high of over 24K new casesRussia confirmed 24,318 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.It’s the highest single-day tally of COVID-19 infections that Russia has reported since the start of the pandemic, and it marks the second straight day that the country has set a new record for its daily case counts.An additional 461 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide over the past day, just under Russia’s peak of 463 deaths recorded the previous day. The country’s cumulative total now stands at 2,039,926 cases, including 35,311 deaths, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nov 20, 6:02 amNorth Carolina college student dies from COVID-19 complicationsA 23-year-old college student in North Carolina died from COVID-19 complications on Thursday morning.Jamesha Waddell was a senior at Livingstone College, a private, historically black Christian college in Salisbury, about 45 miles northeast of Charlotte. She left campus on Sept. 19 and was self-isolating at home after testing positive for COVID-19, according to Livingstone College president Jimmy Jenkins.“While isolating at home, Jamesha’s condition worsened, and she required hospitalization and intensive care,” Jenkins said in a statement Thursday. “This morning, her spirit transitioned due to complications related to the COVID-19 virus.”As students prepare to leave campus next week for winter, Jenkins urged them to “remain vigilant in mitigating the spread of this virus” by wearing a face mask, practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently.Nov 20, 5:31 amIndia becomes second country in the world to reach nine million casesIndia’s tally of COVID-19 cases has hit the nine million mark, becoming only the second country in the world to do so.The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare confirmed 45,882 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, along with an additional 584 deaths from the disease. That brings the country’s cumulative total to 9,004,365 cases with 132,162 deaths.Despite surpassing the grim milestone, India has seen a steady decline in its infection rate since reaching a peak of 97,894 new cases on Sept. 16.India has the second-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, and the third-highest death toll from the pandemic, after the United States and Brazil. The relatively low death toll in a vast county of 1.3 billion people has raised questions about how India is counting COVID-19 fatalities.Nov 20, 4:20 amUS records all-time high of over 187K new casesThere were 187,833 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Thursday, marking the highest single-day increase in infections worldwide since the pandemic began, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time that the United States has reported over 180,000 newly diagnosed infections. Thursday’s count shatters the country’s previous record of 177,224 new cases on Nov. 13.An additional 2,015 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Thursday, the highest since May 6 but still under a peak of 2,609 new deaths on April 15, according to Johns Hopkins data.A total of 11,717,947 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 252,555 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 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 and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.