Press Association After 16 years without a tour success, the Lions secured an unforgettable series victory against the Wallabies with Saturday’s fine 41-16 victory in Sydney. More than a hundred fans welcomed home the triumphant Lions at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday morning, with a huge cheer going up when captain Warburton emerged with the trophy on top of his baggage trolley. “It is a lot cleaner than it was Saturday night, that’s for sure,” he said. “There were a few bottles of champagne in the trophy.” Sam Warburton has returned home a proud man, having led the British and Irish Lions to victory in Australia. He added: “It is a great feeling. It has been a long time coming this Lions tour so it is nice to come back with a trophy. “It has only been done nine times in 125 years so all the players know they are part of a very prestigious group and are very proud of that.” Warburton missed the series decider with a hamstring tear and, watching on from the sidelines, admitted he could not relax until the 75th minute. “People might have thought I might have relaxed in the 60th-odd minute,” he said. “But, being the pessimist I am and knowing Australia can always strike back with a few tries in a few minutes, I could not relax until it was five minutes to go. I figured out in my head that they had to get a try every 75 seconds to win, which I would have backed our defence on that one. That’s the point I start smiling and celebrating.” It has been quite a week for British sport, with the Lions triumph followed by Andy Murray winning Wimbledon on Sunday. The England cricket team are now looking to keep the feelgood factor and Warburton is confident Australia will suffer yet more sporting woe. “We will all be watching keenly,” he said. “We’ve got nothing to do for four weeks now but to watch cricket, so our eyes will be glued to the telly and hopefully they can do the job. I am sure they have had a massive influx of messages but the boys have sent good luck messages to them for the last couple of weeks now.”
CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake Volunteer Fire Department has received an anonymous donation to be used to purchase a remotely operated underwater vehicle to be utilized for search and rescue operations throughout north-central Iowa.Fire Chief Doug Meyers says it’s basically a computer-controlled submarine the size of travel luggage that can be used from a boat platform in the open-water season as well as from the ice during the winter months. “The drone itself has a couple of different sensors on it. There’s some high-intensity lighting that’s included with it, and a live video camera. Probably the most important part is a multi-beam sonar that’s attached to it. That would be much more useful when the water is kind of cloudy or poor visibility, like at night when you don’t have a lot of ambient lighting. The sonar is a real high-intensity sonar that allows for basically 3D imaging objects in the water, whether it be a victim of a drowning or a submerged piece of equipment like an ATV or car or something like that.”Meyers says when reflecting on the past, this piece of equipment would have been a tremendous help in rescue efforts. “What it does is that it really would shorten down the length of time you could do a search of an area, plus in the event that you were able to locate something with traditional side-scan sonar, this would allow you to grab a hold of the victim with some sort of retrievable device on it, or deploy some sort of marking system, whether it would be a small buoy or line to the victim, that you could use for the retrieval process.”Meyers says the device would also help reduce the number of department members in the water searching for a victim, especially in the winter months. “In particular in Clear Lake when we have the aerator sections that are wide open and really cover a large area, especially in the early and late season when you may have areas of 30 or 40 acres of open water, and it’s almost impossible to get a small boat to those areas and then use traditional sonar. This could be deployed directly from the ice, and we have about 450 feet of tether line that we could use from the safety of the ice shelf without putting people in the water.”Meyers says it’s great to see people step up such as the anonymous donor for this piece of equipment as well as those who made the donation for the department’s fire boat. “The fire boat was donated by a couple that was passionate about the lake as well as the community as a whole. They had a lot of experience with boating and sailing. Those are the type of people that make living in Iowa great, they look forward to giving back to communities when they have opportunities.”Meyers says they will have a couple of weeks of training before having the device ready for use, and he says under their mutual aid agreements, it will be available for other departments to use when needed.
This afternoon, the Nerazzurro group published a statement announcing the “home insulation” and the “respect for hygiene standards“mandatory after the news from Valencia, Gasperini’s last rival in the Champions League.A necessary measure, with which they reach seven sets of the calcium in quarantine right now: In addition to the Bergamaschi, Juventus, Inter, Sampdoria, Verona, Fiorentina and Udinese. Eleven, on the other hand, the infected soccer players: Rugani, Gabbiadini, Colley, Thorsby, Ekdal, La Gumina, Vlahovic, Cutrone, Pezzella, Depaoli and Bereszynski. The Atalanta, despite living in Lombardy, the region with the most COVID-19 infections at the moment in the world, does not yet have players suffering from the new disease in their ranks. However, paradoxically, will have to be quarantined due to the outbreak of coronavirus that Valencia is suffering.
Burak Yilmaz West Ham are set to return with an improved offer for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz.Slaven Bilic tried to sign the Turkish international in the summer but the Hammers had a £3.5m bid rejected.However, according to Takvim, West Ham will come back with an improved offer in January as they try to bolster their attacking options.Yilmaz, who has scored five times this season, is under contract with Galatasaray until 2019.The 30-year-old is reportedly keen to test himself in one of Europe’s elite leagues and Galatasaray may want to cash in on him before his contract expires. 1