(MENAFN – Swissinfo) A Swiss-designed telescope traveling aboard the CHEOPS space satellite has revealed three previously undiscovered planets orbiting a distant star, whose physical composition raises questions about how the planetary system formed.
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Previous observations of the star TOI-178 point to a three planet system. CHEOPS immediately discovered two other planets, with the five planets orbiting the star in different time spans (two, three, six, ten, and 20 days) but aligned with each other.
Scientists believe that there are other planets that could exist with orbital periods of 15 days. The CHEOPS telescope avoided a close collision with space debris to confirm the hypothesis and reveal the sixth planet.
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“We need to close the border, because we don’t want to continue importing high-risk Covid cases back into Victoria,” Weimar said.
“We don’t think it will be right or fair for the Victorian community.
“We don’t have the capacity to put hundreds of people into hotel quarantine because they choose to leave late at night.
“If anyone has ever been to NSW, we are not designing and setting up a hotel quarantine system to allow people vacationing in NSW to return later.”
However, some of the people who rushed to the border last night had traveled as far as Queensland.
Images posted on social media show massive queues hours before the border closes.
Photographer Simon Dallinger is at the Hume Freeway checkpoint. He reported that the last people allowed to pass, seconds before midnight, were Kelli Rippon and Rachel Bartlett. The couple traveled from Brisbane to Dubbo, and then to Victoria.
They made it in time. Others weren’t that lucky.
Health authorities in Victoria believe the virus has been spreading there for nearly two weeks.
All 10 cases reported since Wednesday ate at the Smile Buffalo Thai restaurant in Black Rock on December 21, or were close contacts of others who did.
“We know we have a possible starting point until December 21 – that is now 10 or 11 days ago,” Weimar said yesterday.
“That gives us good reason to be concerned that this could cause another chain of transmission to return to that point.”
Across the border in NSW, three new infections were identified in West Sydney yesterday.
The contact tracer is now trying to link the new cases to the existing cluster.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian has warned tighter restrictions could be imposed on Greater Sydney if more cases arise without a known link.
“If we reach a stage, or if we feel there are too many cases that are completely unlinked or unrelated, or something unexpected comes up and raises concerns, of course we will adjust our arrangements if that is the case,” Berejiklian said. yesterday.
Now, residents on the north coast will find out whether their local restrictions will be relaxed. The lower north coast, in particular, can be governed under the same rules as the rest of Sydney.
New Zealand has never seemed so far away for the heartbroken Kiwis living abroad this Christmas.
Kiwi entrepreneur Sarah Ayala – who lives in Texas with her husband and children – always thought she and her family were just a flight from home when it came to life’s big moments.
She has long kept an emergency fund of cash to buy last-minute tickets to New Zealand or Argentina – where her husband is from – if they had to return home soon.
It was a godsend when Ayala’s son was very sick as a baby and his mother ran across from New Zealand to support him through difficult times.
But Covid-19 has since created barriers around the world.
Ayala was unable to return to New Zealand for her mother’s funeral in September and is now unable to return at Christmas to see her remaining family as her children only get two weeks of school holidays in the US.
“Being stuck might be a bit exaggerated, but it feels really weird knowing we can’t go when we need it,” he said.
And not just his family.
The protective COVID-19 border wall that New Zealand has set up on the other side of the world makes family and friends appear more distant than usual at this year’s celebration time, said fellow US expat Hayden Garrett.
He’s been in Colorado with his family for five years, but can’t come home this Christmas because it’s too expensive.
Isolation from family back home adds to the gloomy festive season in the US where a surge in the virus means the country faces major challenges over the next four to eight weeks, he said.
Likewise, Ayala said she is proud of how New Zealand is handling Covid-19 and the way everyone can participate in their role to keep others safe.
By contrast, the virus is “out of control in the US” with more people dying from it every day than what happened in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, he said.
“I’ve heard people tell me that wearing a mask is like slavery or complaining about why everyone with a health condition or an elderly person destroys it for all of us,” he said.
“It leaves me breathless – this is literally the person I know and talk to.”
All staff and visitors to her workplace must wear masks, with Ayala joking that she hired a new employee three months ago and still hasn’t seen her face.
“I saw his driver’s license working on the paperwork, and I thought, ‘oh that’s what he looks like’,” he said.
People often underestimate New Zealand’s achievements, saying it should handle the virus well as a small and isolated island, Ayala said.
But the country’s leadership and support from every day Kiwi to do their part is extraordinary when compared to most of the rest of the world.
It’s also not easy as Kiwis have chosen to maintain tight borders that come at sacrifices they can’t easily make or have family and friends come home for Christmas.
“I feel influenced by the quarantine rules, but still agree with what has been done in New Zealand,” he said.
“And it might be in contrast to what I’m seeing here in the US, people feel they shouldn’t be affected in any way.”
Ayala says she’s only voicing the sadness of many Kiwis this Christmas at being so far away from home.
While people always talk about how special a white Christmas is in the US, no one celebrates Christmas better than New Zealand, he said.
“There’s a barbeque on the beach, the family gets together and everyone’s really nice to each other for the day, you have a few drinks, sit in the park, the kids run around and someone might start kicking a ball.”
It means that when she sees her family photo together this year, there will be extra pain in her heart.
“I would be like: ‘Aww, it would be great to be there’.”
Inside Bulgari’s first New Zealand store, which opens in Auckland on 18 December. Photo / Provided
Upscale jewelry retailer Bulgari is only days away from debuting in New Zealand.
The Italian fashion house on Friday will open its doors to a 260 square meter luxury boutique on Queen St Auckland – its the first retail store in the country.
Jean-Christophe Babin, managing director of Bulgari, said New Zealand has been on the brand’s radar for years, and retailers of jewelry, watches and accessories began exploring opportunities to launch in the market a few years ago.
Babin told the Herald that Bulgari will continue to look for “the right opportunities” to develop locally. He remains tight-lipped about other places he might want to open a boutique.
Aotearoa is an attractive market for expansion because it has a “fast growing luxury market” and has traditionally been a strong tourist market, he said.
“New Zealand is increasingly becoming a treasured treasure chest for the luxury world as one of the best-yielding countries for major international retailers and important positive perspectives. The possibility to engage local and foreign customers more closely makes us very honored,” Rome-based Babin told the Herald.
Queen St Bulgari’s boutique will replicate the same “contemporary Roman” aesthetic and architecture featured in its stores around the world, and will employ 11 staff.
It will sell a wide variety of products and the same collection of jewelery, watches, fragrances, and clothing found in all its locations.
Babin said he was confident the brand would be well received in the market.
Founded in Rome in 1884 by Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari, the brand has quickly built a reputation for high-quality workmanship. Today, Bulgari has 350 stores located around the world, including five in Australia.
Lelio Gavazza, vice president of sales and retail at Bulgari, took a look at some of Auckland’s central locations for boutiques, before settling on the upscale Queen St location that is located among other high-end designer brands.
Gavazza said the investment into the shop was significant, with most of the materials used in interior fixtures imported from Italy.
Bulgari will monitor the performance of its Auckland stores over the next year before deciding on its next steps for expansion, he said.
“We need to get out of this pandemic situation and we need to make sure people can start traveling and New Zealand can start accepting tourists to understand how this business is going to be,” said Gavazza.
The brand hopes to launch its local online store to serve the e-commerce market next year. It will launch cross-border e-commerce, fulfilling local orders from its European headquarters in the first quarter of 2021, before launching local domains.
“We are all excited to enter a new market. In this day (of the coronavirus) it is not easy to open new markets, and of course we are delighted that we have managed to enter the market furthest away from the rest of Rome with our beautiful flagship store.”
The Bulgari family sold a controlling stake to luxury goods conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, owners of Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Christian Dior, among others, for US $ 5.2 billion in cash and stock in 2011.
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has a market capitalization of US $ 250 billion ($ 350 billion).