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World’s largest ocean monitoring system BRUVS launched

World’s largest ocean monitoring system BRUVS launched

Science
Professor Jessica Meeuwig, the Director of the Centre for Marine Futures at the University of Western Australia, has told the BBC about her hopes for a new ocean monitoring system.The UK government funded project, known as BRUVS, will focus on monitoring marine life in ten British Overseas Territories including Pitcairn and Ascension Island.Video produced by Anna BoydLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
WXV: ‘Landmark’ global women’s rugby union competition launched

WXV: ‘Landmark’ global women’s rugby union competition launched

Sports
A "landmark" global women's rugby union competition has been launched by the sport's international governing body.World Rugby is investing £6.4m in the WXV tournament, due to begin in 2023.The competition will have three tiers, offering consistent international Test-match opportunities to 16 teams to help them prepare for the 2025 World Cup.World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont hailed a "landmark moment" and said the plan would "accelerate the development of the women's game".The announcement comes a week after the 2021 World Cup - for which three teams are yet to qualify because of postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic - was pushed back to 2022.The WXV competition will be played in a global window from September to October, except in World Cup years.World Rugby says the aim of...

Arson inquiry launched for French cathedral fire in Nantes

World
French officials have launched an arson inquiry after a fire broke out in a Gothic cathedral in the western French city of NantesBy LAETITIA NOTARIANNI and THOMAS ADAMSON Associated PressJuly 18, 2020, 9:50 AM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNANTES, France -- French officials launched an arson inquiry Saturday after a fire broke out in the Gothic cathedral of the western French city of Nantes, shattering stained glass windows and sending black smoke spewing from between its towers. Residents and tourists watched aghast, and emergency workers cordoned off the area around the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral, in the historical center of this city on the Loire River. A City Hall official said the fire broke out Saturday morning inside the cathedral, and the cause...
NRO satellites launched from NASA’s Virginia facility

NRO satellites launched from NASA’s Virginia facility

Business
July 15 (UPI) -- The first launch on Wednesday morning of a Minotaur IV rocket from Wallops Island, Va., was a success, the Air Force announced. Northrop Grumman launched four classified remote sensing payloads into low earth orbit Wednesday at 9:46 a.m. for the National Reconnaissance Office, the agency's first use of the Minotaur IV, officials said in a press release. Advertisement The mission was called NROL-129, and no information regarding its payload was released. The four-stage rocket can place payloads of up to 3,800 pounds into orbit, using the first three stages of the decommissioned Peacekeeper missile and a specially-designed upper stage. It was the first use of the rocket by NASA's Wallops Island facility in eastern Virginia, formally called the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spacepo...
New loans scheme launched for firms with turnovers above £45m

New loans scheme launched for firms with turnovers above £45m

Business
Businesses with a turnover of more than £45m will be allowed to access funding through a new government scheme, the chancellor has announced.Rishi Sunak said the government wanted to ensure that "no viable business slips through our safety net of support as we help protect jobs and the economy" during the coronavirus outbreak. Sky's city editor Mark Kleinman reported at the weekend that ministers were preparing to overhaul the emergency loan programme for larger companies whose future has been put at risk of collapse by the COVID-19 pandemic. ...