Monthly Archives سپتامبر 2020

NRLW to make for finals triple-headers

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The Broncos will be aiming for a NRLW three-peat when the season gets underway next month.
Camera IconThe Broncos will be aiming for a NRLW three-peat when the season gets underway next month.

NRLW matches will be played as triple-headers with the men with 90-minute gaps between games to ensure the competition can be played in the COVID-safe bubble.

The NRL confirmed plans for the four-team women’s competition on Wednesday, just a week out from the opening game.

As part of the schedule, the competition will be played on three straight Saturdays before the grand final is contested before the men’s on Sunday October 25.

To ensure dressing rooms used by the women can be cleaned between matches, the opening game will kick off as early as 11:30am before the next follows three-and-a-half hours lat...

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Qantas ends Rugby Australia sponsorship

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Qantas says it's "not in a position to continue its 30-year relationship with Rugby Australia".
Camera IconQantas says it’s “not in a position to continue its 30-year relationship with Rugby Australia”.

Qantas is ending a 30-year sponsorship with Rugby Australia as the airline continues to tighten its purse-strings in the face of a crippling pandemic.

Just days after announcing massive salary cuts among its executives, Qantas said it has reviewed its five key sporting sponsorships as it continues to manage the fallout from the coronavirus on the aviation industry.

“Regrettably, Qantas is not in a position to continue its 30-year relationship with Rugby Australia beyond the end of this calendar year,” the airline said on Wednesday.

However, as a result t...

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NASA and US Space Force team up for planetary defense, moon trips and more

NASA and the United States Space Force are banding together for the future of human spaceflight. 

As the agency moves forward with its Artemis program, which aims to return humans to the lunar surface by 2024, NASA is also working on its relationship with the newly-minted Space Force, which was formed Dec. 2019. Today (Sept. 22), NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John “Jay” Raymond announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NASA and the U.S. Space Force. 

This agreement officially joins the two entities in collaboration with regard to “human spaceflight, U.S. space policy, space transportation, standards and best practices for safe operations in space, scientific research and planetary defense,” NASA said in a statement

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveils new coronavirus restrictions amid UK COVID-19 spike

A stream of Boris Johnson's address to the nation is seen on a phone during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road.
Camera IconA stream of Boris Johnson’s address to the nation is seen on a phone during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Luton Town and Manchester United at Kenilworth Road. Credit: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appealed for resolve and a “spirit of togetherness” through the winter as he unveiled new restrictions on everyday life to suppress a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases.

Warning that the measures could last for six months, Johnson voiced hope that “things will be far better by the spring” when a vaccine and mass testing could be in place.

The most high-profile change centred on pubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues in England, which from Thursday m...

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Blue Origin will launch its next New Shepard suborbital test flight Thursday

Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard spacecraft will take to the skies this week for the first time in nine months. 

New Shepard, which is designed to ferry people and payloads to suborbital space and back, will launch on an uncrewed test flight Thursday (Sept. 24) at 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) from Blue Origin’s Texas location, company representatives announced today (Sept. 22).

You can watch the flight, which is called NS-13, live here at Space.com, courtesy of Blue Origin, or directly via the company, which is run by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

Related: Blue Origin’s amazing NS-11 New Shepard test flight in photos

The suborbital flight will be the seventh for this particular vehicle and the 13th for Blue Origin’s New Shepard program overall...

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Deal reached on stopgap funding bill; quick House vote scheduled

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., a freshman who knocked off a GOP incumbent two years ago, tweeted Tuesday that taking farm spending authority out of the stopgap was a “partisan move that slows down much-needed relief for farmers and agribusinesses.”

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the top Democrat on the Agriculture Committee, said Monday that the farm money has been used as a “slush fund” for favored political interests, including oil refiners.

Other Democrats had also picked up on that talking point after Reuters reported earlier this month that the Trump administration had considered diverting up to $300 million in CCC funds to refiners who were denied waivers from costly renewable fuels quotas. Reuters reported late Monday that the tentative plan had been shelved.

Senate Agricu...

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Arson squad requested after Morley restaurant goes up in smoke

The police arson squad are on their way to a restaurant and shisha lounge in Morley after a fire broke out at the popular venue.
Camera IconThe police arson squad are on their way to a restaurant and shisha lounge in Morley after a fire broke out at the popular venue. Credit: 7NEWS

The police arson squad are on their way to a restaurant and shisha lounge in Morley after a fire broke out at the popular venue.

Firefighters were called to the Walter Road restaurant about 3am, after police responded to reports of active alarms sounding from the business.

Five fire crews arrived to find the double storey restaurant full of smoke and it took them about 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

The Police Arson Squad are on their way to a restaurant and shisha lounge in Morley after a fire broke out at the popular venue.
Camera IconThe Police Arson Squad are on their way to a restaurant and shisha lounge in Morley after a fire broke out at the popular venue.

Witnesses described see...

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Astronauts take shelter as space station dodges orbital junk

The International Space Station just dodged a fast-moving hunk of orbiting junk.

Controllers maneuvered the station away from a potential collision with a piece of debris today (Sept. 22) at 5:19 p.m. EDT (2119 GMT). They did so by firing the thrusters on a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft that’s docked to the orbiting lab’s Zvezda service module, NASA officials said in an update today.

The three astronauts currently living aboard the station — NASA’s Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner — sheltered in the station’s Russian segment during the maneuver to be closer to their Soyuz spacecraft, the NASA update stated.  

This was done “out of an abundance of caution,” the update said. “At no time was the crew in any danger.”

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WA’s biggest brewer Gage Roads opens Atomic Beer Project brewpub in Sydney

Perth brewer Nick Ivey with his new kit at Redfern’s Atomic Beer Project.
Camera IconPerth brewer Nick Ivey with his new kit at Redfern’s Atomic Beer Project.

WA’s biggest brewer Gage Roads open their first-ever venue way over in Sydney this week when the Atomic Beer Project starts pouring at a renovated mid-century warehouse in Redfern.

Perth-raised head brewer Nick Ivey, who crossed the Nullarbor late last year for the role, and his team will brew on site with limited release, seasonal and experimental beers joining the core range Atomic Pale Ale, XPA and IPA.

Ivey worked for Gage Roads at their Palmyra brewery, which pumps out 14 million litres of beer each year, after a stint in Italy.

While the hospitality professional lobbed in Florence hoping to explore his love of wine, Ivey ended up w...

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2014 MU69: Arrokoth, the most distant object ever explored

After its famous flyby of Pluto in July 2015, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made history a second time when it buzzed the most distant object ever explored: 2014 MU69.

“We set a record! Never before has a spacecraft explored something so far away,” Alan Stern, the New Horizons principal investigator, said after the flyby. “I mean, think of it. We’re a billion miles further than Pluto, and now we’re going to keep going into the Kuiper Belt.”

Both Pluto and 2014 MU69 lie within the Kuiper Belt, a collection of icy rocks that surrounds the outer reaches of the solar system. These objects are thought to be pristine samples from the early solar system, cast out into the boundary zone through gravitational interactions with the larger objects that would grow into planets...

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