Returning skipper savours success

first_img 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.center_img 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.” last_img read more

Clear Lake Fire Department gets anonymous donation for underwater search and rescue device

first_imgCLEAR 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.last_img read more

The Atalanta, in quarantine due to the spread of Valencia

first_imgThis 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.last_img read more

West Ham to make new move for Galatasaray star in January

first_img 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. 1last_img

Tiny sea creatures are making clouds over the Southern Ocean

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But the cause might be surprising: tiny marine organisms called phytoplankton, which live in the ocean’s stormy waters. A new study has measured how particles and gases emitted by these creatures enter the atmosphere and become the seeds of clouds. The study represents the first large-scale correlation between biological activity in the Southern Ocean and cloud formation. Establishing that link is an important first step toward understanding a longstanding question in climate modeling: the role of clouds and tiny air particles called aerosols in global climate change. Clouds and aerosols are two of the great wild cards in climate models, and divining their impact on climate is even more complex when it comes to how they interact with each other. Soot is one type of aerosol produced by human activities, but there are also natural aerosols—sea spray, sulfate, or ammonium salts—in the atmosphere. These particles all form the “seeds” around which water vapor condenses and forms tiny droplets that turn into clouds. Daniel McCoy center_img Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Diagram of the proposed linkage between clouds and biological activity in the Southern Ocean, including potential sources of cloud condensation nuclei (dimethyl sulfide, sea spray, sea salt). The dimethyl sulfide transforms into sulfate in the atmosphere; sulfate aerosols can also be produced by both volcanoes and human activities. Clouds can play a key role in climate—but a complicated one. Low-lying clouds tend to cool the planet by acting as reflectors that bounce solar radiation back into space, whereas higher clouds can actually trap heat and enhance warming. In the Southern Ocean, climate models have been particularly poor at capturing clouds’ influence, by tending to estimate less reflected radiation than actually exists. To improve these models, scientists will need to understand more about cloud-forming aerosols and how they have altered climate over the past 200 years. But that’s difficult to track without knowing how many “natural” aerosols were in the atmosphere prior to industrialization.That matters because climate sensitivity to greenhouse gas inputs depends, in part, on aerosol concentrations, says Susannah Burrows, an atmospheric scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, and a co-author of the new study. “If you had a higher preindustrial concentration of aerosols, then human perturbations to aerosols would have a smaller impact.”That’s where the Southern Ocean comes in. In addition to being the cloudiest place on Earth, it’s also one of the cleanest, relatively untouched by human activity. That makes it “a fantastic laboratory for looking at aerosol-cloud interactions,” says Greg McFarquhar, a cloud physicist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, who was not involved in the new study.Scientists have postulated that marine organisms are a significant natural source of atmospheric aerosols for decades, but few studies have tried to quantify this. So atmospheric scientist Daniel McCoy of the University of Washington in Seattle, along with Burrows and other colleagues, turned to satellite data. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite has data on cloud droplets in the atmosphere over a broad swath of the northern Southern Ocean from 35° south to 55° south. The researchers compared these data with the region’s concentrations of chlorophyll a, a type of chlorophyll that often serves as a proxy for biological activity within the oceans.What they found was an unambiguous link between patches of ocean with high biological activity and cloudiness. On average, the  ocean life boosts the number of cloud droplets by about 60% annually, the team reports online today in Science Advances. In summer, the effect is strongest—cloud formation is likely doubled as the phytoplankton kick into high gear. The potential to reflect energy back into space is also strongest in summer, as more bright reflective clouds form right when the incoming radiation is also strongest, McCoy says. That ultimately translates into additional reflected solar radiation of about 10 watts per square meter—comparable to the amount of reflected energy in the northern hemisphere due to heavy pollution.The team also sought to understand more about the underlying mechanisms by which phytoplankton helps form clouds. “There are at least two ways in which phytoplankton can affect aerosols in the atmosphere,” Burrows says. One is through the emission of dimethyl sulfide gas by phytoplankton. In the atmosphere, that gas is chemically transformed to sulfate, a highly efficient cloud condensation nucleus. The second way is through sea spray: Organic matter in the ocean collects on the skins of tiny bubbles in surface waves; when the waters churn sea spray into the atmosphere, they also send up these loaded bubbles, which also serve as cloud condensation nuclei. The researchers found that from 35° south to 45° south, water droplets formed mainly due to sulfate aerosols, whereas further south, in the 45° to 55° swath of ocean, organic matter in the sea spray was the primary source of cloud seeds.These findings are an important first step, McFarquhar says: “This paper has done a great job in documenting the seasonal and spatial correlations” and in demonstrating that both sulfate aerosols and organic matter are important to cloud formation in the Southern Ocean. But, he adds, we now need to understand why. To do a better job and improve the climate models, scientists simply need more direct observations of the aerosols’ physical and chemical properties as well as those of the clouds themselves, he says.An effort is afoot to collect such data in the Southern Ocean—an international project called SOCRATES (Southern Ocean Clouds, Radiation, Aerosol Transport Experimental Study), on which McFarquhar is a member of the planning team. The project is currently seeking funding from the National Science Foundation. Data such as these will be essential, he says, to get a more detailed picture of the mechanisms of cloud formation. “Ultimately, that’s the only way to represent aerosol-cloud interactions in models.”last_img read more