Taoiseach says Government will proceed with abortion legislation

first_img The Taoiseach says the Government will proceed with abortion legislation, despite opposition.Enda Kenny faced a barrage of criticism at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting last night, while dozens of psychiatrists have also come out against terminations on the ground of suicide.Mr Kenny says a leaked draft of the legislation confirming that six medical professionals would have to assess a suicidal case was “meaningless”.And he’s vowed that the legislation will be enacted by the coalition:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/16kenn1.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleNorth’s Agriculture Minister says DARD relocation to Ballykelly will go aheadNext articleFormer Waterford Crystal workers to receive € 300 million as they win case against the State News Highland Facebook By News Highland – April 25, 2013 Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ News WhatsApp Taoiseach says Government will proceed with abortion legislation Twitter Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

“Below average” Atlantic hurricane season predicted

first_img Share Share LocalNews “Below average” Atlantic hurricane season predicted by: – April 7, 2012 Dr. William Gray & Dr. Phillip Klotzbach, Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project.The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season will be “below average” with 10 named storms, four of which will strengthen into hurricanes and two of those may become major hurricanes of Categories 3, 4, or 5, Colorado State University forecasters Professor William Gray and Dr. Phillip Klotzbach predicted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. This is the first of the three forecasts which will be presented this Hurricane Season. The other two will be June 1 and August 3. In a presentation made at the recently held National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida, they indicated that they have abandoned their first forecast in December of the previous year citing lack of conclusive information at that time. In an average year, there are 11 named tropical storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico during the season that runs from June 1 to November 30.The outlook for a quieter 2012 season was based on two main factors. Hurricanes thrive on warm water and the tropical Atlantic has cooled this year and there is also a “fairly high” likelihood that an El Nino effect will develop this summer, the forecasters said.El Nino is a warming of surface waters in the tropical Pacific that occurs every four to 12 years and has far-ranging effects around the globe. It creates wind shear that makes it harder for storms to grow into hurricanes in the Atlantic-Caribbean basin.“We anticipate that the 2012 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have reduced activity compared with the 1981-2010 climatology. The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Niño event this summer and fall are relatively high. We anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean”, says Dr. Klotzbach of the CSU Tropical Meteorology Project.Despite the forecast for a moderate number of storms, Dr. Phil Klotzbach added vulnerable coastal residents should take the same hurricane preparations and precautions they do every year since it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.There is a 42 percent chance that a major hurricane will hit the U.S. coast this year, compared with a historical average of 52 percent, the researchers said.The forecasters said there was a 24 percent chance a major hurricane would hit the U.S. East Coast, compared with a historical average of 31 percent, and a 24 percent one would hit the Gulf of Mexico coast, compared with an average of 30 percent.Forecasters, Meteorologists, Emergency Managers and Weather watchers will notice a few small changes when the National Hurricane Center begins issuing its advisories this year. Forecasters made some small changes to the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity to fix a longstanding problem that arises from rounding up figures.The scale divides hurricanes into five categories based on wind speed measured in 5-knot increments. For public advisories, knots are converted to miles per hour and kilometers per hour, rounded up to the nearest 5 mph or 5 kph.That created problems when storms neared the threshold dividing the categories. Because of the rounding up of figures, it was possible for a storm to fall into Category 4 when measured by knots and Category 3 when measured in miles or kilometers per hour.To remedy that situation, small adjustments in thresholds were made to categories 3, 4 and 5, while categories 1 and 2 remain the same. The change takes effect on May 15 and does not affect categories assigned to hurricanes that occurred previously.The new scale is:Category 1: 74-95 mphCategory 2: 96-110 mphCategory 3: 111-129 mph (Currently 111 – 130 mph)Category 4: 130-156 mph (Currently 131 – 155 mph)Category 5: 157 mph or higher (Currently higher than 155 mph)Residents of this region should note the information and begin their preparedness activities from now while it is still early. The Hurricane season normally peaks during the months of August/September.Preparedness activities should focus primarily on shelters and shelter management and vulnerability reduction or elimination.By: Cecil P. Shillingford Tweetcenter_img 5 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more