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Ian

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Re: Stop Press
« Reply #1245 on: July 05, 2015, 11:15:28 AM »
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« Reply #1246 on: July 06, 2015, 05:36:50 PM »
Alien life on its way?

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, studied in detail by the European Space Agency Rosetta and Philae spacecraft since September 2014, is a body with distinct and unexpected features. Now two astronomers have a radical explanation for its properties – micro-organisms that shape cometary activity. Dr Max Wallis of the University of Cardiff set out their ideas today (Monday 6 July) at the National Astronomy Meeting at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, Wales.

Comet CG details smallA close up image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken at a distance of 130 km using the OSIRIS camera on the Rosetta spacecraft. A range of features, including boulders, craters and steep cliffs are clearly visible. Rosetta data have revealed an irregular ‘duck shaped’ comet with about 4.3 by 4.1 km in extent. It appears to have a black crust and underlying ice and images show large, smooth ‘seas’, flat-bottomed craters and a surface peppered with mega-boulders. The crater lakes are re-frozen bodies of water overlain with organic debris. Parallel furrows relate to the flexing of the asymmetric and spinning double-lobed body, which generates fractures in the ice beneath.

Dr Wallis, and his colleague Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, argue that these features are all consistent with a mixture of ice and organic material that consolidate under the sun’s warming during the comet’s orbiting in space, when active micro-organisms can be supported.

In their model, the micro-organisms probably require liquid water bodies to colonise the comet and could inhabit cracks in its ice and ‘snow’. Organisms containing anti-freeze salts are particularly good at adapting to these conditions and some could be active at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius.

Sunlit areas of P/67 Churyumov-Gerasimenko have approached this temperature last September, when at 500 million km from the Sun and weak gas emissions were evident.  As it travels to its closest point to the Sun – perihelion at 195 million km – the temperature is rising, gassing increasing and the micro-organisms should become increasingly active.

Dr Wallis said: “Rosetta has already shown that the comet is not to be seen as a deep-frozen inactive body, but supports geological processes and could be more hospitable to micro-life than our Arctic and Antarctic regions”.

Wallis and Wickramasinghe cite further evidence for life in the detection by Philae of abundant complex organic molecules on the surface of the comet and in the infrared images taken by Rosetta.

Professor Wickramasinghe commented: “If the Rosetta orbiter has found evidence of life on the comet, it would be a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the birth of Sir Fred Hoyle, one of the undisputable pioneers of astrobiology.”

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.
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Re: AIR/SEA RESCUE...2015 RNLI
« Reply #1247 on: July 15, 2015, 04:56:26 PM »
MISSING BOAT: Four RNLI lifeboats - from Rhyl and Llandudno have been at sea for several hours today following reports of a missing fishing vessel. Caernarfon-based Coastguard SAR helicopter and coastguards ashore were scrambled just before mid-day to help. An area between Rhos Point and Llanddulas is currently being searched.

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« Reply #1248 on: July 15, 2015, 06:19:16 PM »
5.40pm.  SEARCH ONGOING: An extensive search since 10am today for a fisherman out fishing in Conwy Bay since last night in his 24-ft fishing boat is ongoing after a concerned relative called the Coastguard this morning to report the vessel had not returned as expected. A massive search with lifeboats and helicopter found a life raft from the boat drifting off Llanddulas,

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Re: AIR/SEA RESCUE...2015 RNLI
« Reply #1249 on: July 15, 2015, 08:51:59 PM »
A life raft found by search and rescue services has been matched to a missing fisherman’s vessel.
An extensive air and sea search has been continuing since before midday on Wednesday after the man failed to return from night fishing.
The alarm was raised on Wednesday morning after there had been no communication with the lone fisherman since 11.30pm on Tuesday night.
UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark said: “We are fearful that this fisherman may have entered the water overnight.
“Nevertheless the search is ongoing.”
Inshore and all weather lifeboats from Rhyl and Llandudno were leading the search for the 24ft fishing vessel, with support from the Coastguard’s Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter based in Caernarfon.

Coastguard rescue teams from Rhyl and Llandudno also combed the shore investigating debris and searching for clues to the fate of the craft.
After reports of the drifting life raft this morning off Llanddulas crews were quickly at the scene to establish that it was from the missing fishing vessel.
The search was continuing into the early evening on Wednesday with the S-92 helicopter visible around four to five miles off the coast.
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MISSING FISHERMAN: Missing fisherman thought to be skipper of boat the Susie Mo II from Conwy.

  HELP.....My last 3 posts appear to be on Stop Press. ?  ?...............

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« Reply #1250 on: July 15, 2015, 09:27:37 PM »
The new rescue helicopter appears on FlightRadar24 so you can track it's flightpath.  It's spent the past couple of hours flying back and forth between Rhos-on-Sea and Rhyl and slowly working it's way towards the shore.

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« Reply #1251 on: July 16, 2015, 06:59:39 AM »
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HELP.....My last 3 posts appear to be on Stop Press

Sorry, Steve.  I moved them into here as it seemed to be a developing emergency situation.
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Re: Stop Press RNLI
« Reply #1252 on: July 16, 2015, 12:40:38 PM »
Missing Conwy fisherman: search for Brian Hughes called off

The search for missing fisherman Brian Hughes has been called off, the Coastguard has confirmed.
It was called off at 10.15am this morning, a spokesman said.

Coastguard rescue teams, RNLI lifeboats and rescue helicopters were involved in the operation to find Mr Hughes, who went out on his boat the Susie Mo II on Tuesday night but never came back.
The extensive search covering the sea and coastline continued until last light yesterday and resumed with a shoreline search for several hours this morning.

The Susie Mo II is believed to be the boat missing at sea
A life raft belonging to the missing vessel was found yesterday drifting off Llanddulas.

Messages of support for family of missing fisherman Brian Hughes

UK Coastguard Controller Graham Clark said, “We have completed extensive searches both yesterday and this morning, unfortunately the fisherman hasn’t been found. His family have been informed that the search has finished."  REF  DP.

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« Reply #1253 on: July 19, 2015, 09:13:28 PM »
Man's body found on Kinmel Bay beach
A body has been found washed up on a beach in Conwy.

Police were called to the beach in Kinmel Bay at 5.29pm this afternoon. Inspector Rob Rands of North Wales Police says the body is that of an adult male, but says the force will not be releasing any further details at this stage.

A spokeswoman for the coastguard said they sent a rescue team to the scene following reports that a body had been washed ashore.
She said they are continuing to assist police with their enquiries.
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« Reply #1254 on: July 20, 2015, 04:06:55 PM »
The body of missing fisherman Brian Hughes has been found.

Mr Hughes, 66, went missing last week after going out fishing in his boat the Susie Mo II but never returned.

A massive search and rescue operation was launched but it was called off after 24 hours.
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Re: Stop Press St Trillo Theft
« Reply #1255 on: July 21, 2015, 08:53:51 PM »
CROSS THEFT: The altar cross from Britain’s smallest chapel has been stolen, sparking fears it could be used for “occult purposes”.

The plain wooden cross was taken from the historic St Trillo Chapel in Rhos on Sea, which is thought to be the smallest chapel in Britain.REFDP

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Re: Stop Press St Trillo Theft
« Reply #1256 on: July 21, 2015, 09:35:10 PM »
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CROSS THEFT: The altar cross from Britain’s smallest chapel has been stolen, sparking fears it could be used for “occult purposes”.
The plain wooden cross was taken from the historic St Trillo Chapel in Rhos on Sea, which is thought to be the smallest chapel in Britain.REFDP
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Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
« Reply #1257 on: July 25, 2015, 10:03:12 PM »
     The new Search and rescue helicopter is hovering over Cwm Mountain, Llandudno with searchlights on.

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« Reply #1258 on: July 25, 2015, 10:09:38 PM »
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     The new Search and rescue helicopter is hovering over Cwm Mountain, Llandudno with searchlights on.
I got this link of Andy not so long ago very interesting you can follow most aircraft, the chopper is on line now.....
If you zoom in and click on the chopper you will see previous flightpath and aircraft info on the left hand side...... You get thirty minutes on line
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this is going on a long time nearly twenty mins. circling
Aircraft(S92)
Sikorsky S-92A
Registration(406DDB)
G-MCGJ
Altitude
1,400 ft   Vertical Speed
0 fpm
Speed
59 kt   Track
177°
Latitude
53.3079   Longitude
-3.8237
Radar
T-EGNR12   Squawk
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« Reply #1259 on: July 25, 2015, 10:32:27 PM »
They have lowered a crew member down on the Cwn mountain.............waiting to pick up stretcher

Picked up stretcher heading to Ysbyty Gwynedd landed at 22. 50