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Venus: Nasa announces two new missions

Venus: Nasa announces two new missions

Science
ReutersNasa has announced that it is sending two new missions to Venus in order to examine the planet's atmosphere and geological features. The missions, which have each been awarded $ 500m (£352m) in funding, are due to launch between 2028 and 2030. Nasa administrator Bill Nelson said the missions would offer the "chance to investigate a planet we haven't been to in more than 30 years". The last US probe to visit the planet was the Magellan orbiter in 1990. However, other spacecraft - from Europe and Japan - have orbited the planet since then. The missions were picked following a peer review process and were chosen based on their potential scientific value and the feasibility of their development plans. Reuters"These two sister missions both aim to understand how Venus became an inferno-l...
Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke announces plans for surrogate baby

Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke announces plans for surrogate baby

Entertainment
Made In Chelsea star Ollie Locke has revealed he is planning on having a baby via a surrogate with his husband Gareth.The couple married at London's Natural History Museum last year, just days before England's second coronavirus lockdown began. Locke, 33, made the announcement on Instagram, along with a picture by Mexican pop artist Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, showing two male Disney heroes sharing a kiss and cradling a smiling baby boy. Fellow reality stars including The Only Way Is Essex's Lydia Bright, Geordie Shore's Vicky Pattinson and presenter Gaby Roslin were quick to congratulate the couple.In his post, Locke said they will be traveling to America for treatment "soon", admitting the "legal formalities" have been "difficult". ...
Kotak Mahindra Bank announces launch of Kotak Remit on mobile

Kotak Mahindra Bank announces launch of Kotak Remit on mobile

Finance
NEW DELHI: on Monday announced the launch of its outward forex remittance service, Kotak Remit, on mobile that will allow users to send money abroad directly from their mobile phones. The outward forex remittance solution is live on the Kotak Mobile Banking App. For the first time, Kotak customers can conveniently transfer money internationally to their beneficiaries straight from their mobile, Kotak Mahindra Bank said in a release. The private sector lender said that it is an industry-first move, and customers will not have to furnish any physical documents for transactions up to USD 25,000 or equivalent seamlessly to permissible geographies across the world. "The mobile has been at the centre of a revolution of sorts and it has changed the way we bank, invest, shop and pay. "Domestic pa...
PM announces new lockdown for England expected to last until mid-February

PM announces new lockdown for England expected to last until mid-February

Business
Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England - with people instructed to "stay at home" as they did during last March's first shutdown.The prime minister revealed the action in an eight-minute TV address on Monday night, after being told that COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in every part of the country due to the new coronavirus variant. The public are being asked to follow the new rules, which have now replaced England's tiers system.It is expected the new lockdown in England - the third time a national shutdown has been introduced - will last until the middle of February.Mr Johnson expressed his hope that, at this point, the most vulnerable will have all been offered the first dose of a vaccine. ...
Miller announces transfer of $29.3M in equipment to Philippine military

Miller announces transfer of $29.3M in equipment to Philippine military

Business
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller announced the transfer of $ 29.3 million in military equipment to senior Philippine military officials. During a visit to Manila, Miller said the United States would transfer sniper and anti-IED equipment to the country's military. Advertisement Miller met with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. and discussed the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to regional and national security. Miller also highlighted the more than $ 23.4 million the United States has sent to the country in COVID-19 assistance and disaster relief for recent typhoon victims as well as ongoing U.S. support for Philippine counterterrorism and maritime security efforts. "I...