Hurricane Ophelia disaster in Ireland, Britain


This video says about itself:

Three dead and 360,000 properties without power as Storm Ophelia hits Ireland

16 October 2017

At least three people have been killed by storm Ophelia in Ireland. It also left hundreds of thousands of houses and businesses without power.

Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Phillips reports from the northwest coast of Ireland.

By Margot Miller:

Hurricane Ophelia’s tail hits Ireland and UK

17 October 2017

The Republic of Ireland and large parts of the UK were battered by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia Monday.

Strong winds led to extensive damage and three fatalities. While Ireland was the worst affected, the storm also hit West Wales, Scotland, south west England and the north of England.

A woman in her fifties died when a tree landed on her car in West Waterford, while her companion, a woman in her seventies, was hospitalised. A downed tree crushed a car, claiming the male driver, in Ravensdale, Dundalk. A 30-year-old man died in a chainsaw accident in Cahir, Co Tipperary, while attempting to remove a tree felled by the storm. Another man narrowly escaped with his life when a tree fell on his car in Midleton.

As the storm made its way northeast, winds left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland. Power was also lost to thousands of homes in Northern Ireland—18,000 affected—and Wales. Tens of thousands remained without electricity during Monday evening. Full power for all is not expected to be restored for all for at least ten days.

Winds reached 95 mph in many places and up to 109 mph in Fastnet Rock.

Waves as high as 27 feet were reported at sea in the south of Ireland. Winds ripped the roofs off many buildings and uprooted trees. A gust tore the roof from Douglas Community School, while the soccer stadium in nearby Cork, which was hit by gusts of up to 105 mph, had its roof blown off and was badly damaged.

The Guardai (Irish Police) advised people to stay indoors and refrain from travelling for their own safety. The Fine-Gael minority government ordered 1,000 troops on standby.

During the evening, police in Carrickfergus had to evacuate residents, who were at risk of flooding, due to tidal surges. They were taken to a local council hall to stay the night.

Met Eireann issued a “status red alert” ahead of the ex-Hurricane’s landing, which despite being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone was potentially life threatening due to flying roof tiles and debris, falling trees and high seas, with waves pounding the coastline.

The Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, warned that the storm, which originated in the Atlantic as a Category 1 hurricane, was a potential danger to life. It issued a yellow warning of extreme winds in the West of Scotland, the North of England and Wales.

In west Wales, winds reached 90 mph in Aberdaron. Four thousand properties were without power in Camarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

Southwest Scotland was hit by winds of 80 mph during Monday evening and the heavily populated central belt, including Glasgow, faced 60 mph gusts. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued a series of flood alerts, while parts of England also braced themselves for flooding, with three flood warnings issued.

All schools and colleges in the Republic of Ireland closed their doors Monday and will remain closed Tuesday until the worst of the storm is over. Some head teachers berated the authorities for not informing them earlier about the closures—many had to contact parents and pupils late on Sunday night.

As a precaution, 80 schools in West Wales were shut, as well as all 48 on the Isle of Anglesey.

Due to the severe weather, all trains, ferries, buses and trams stopped running in Ireland, while Ryanair, Aer Lingus, British Airways, Qatar Airlines, Air France, City Jet, Emirates and KLM grounded flights in and out of Dublin airport. Passengers were told to check their flights from Belfast airport while Manchester airport in northwest England cancelled 20 flights. Edinburgh Airport cancelled all flights to Ireland.

Former US President Bill Clinton was forced to cancel his planned visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont, to discuss the ongoing crisis in which there has been no functioning devolved government for nine months. Stormont suffered a power outage due to the storm.

The famous Peace Bridge across the River Foyle in Londonderry was closed as a precaution.

Debris strewn everywhere is expected to cause major public safety problems for days to come. According to Travelwatch NI, by 6 p.m., 179 trees/branches had fallen, causing chaos on roads. Several trees were brought down near to each other making roads impassable.

Five flights to UK airports were forced to make emergency landings, reporting mysterious “smoke smells” in cockpits that were thought to be linked to the remnants of the hurricane.

Many parts of the UK experienced eerie sepia light. Other areas reported “sunset at midday” as the sun glowed red in the sky due to particles of dust from the Sahara and debris from the wildfires in Portugal and Spain sucked over by Hurricane Ophelia.

Hurricane Ophelia was the worst storm to hit Ireland in 50 years. Extreme weather is hitting more parts of the world, with increasing frequency and ferocity, due to global warming. At least 27 people have been killed this week in the hundreds of wildfires in Portugal, leading to a state of emergency being declared in an area amounting to half of the country.

As with the hurricanes which have devastated large parts of the United States and Caribbean in recent months, evidence points to the fact that the Irish government did little to ensure public safety and prepare for what was known well in advance to be a massive storm.

Eugene Murphy, the flood relief spokesman of Ireland’s other main party, Fianna Fáil, seeking to score political points, noted that the National Emergency Coordination Committee met on Sunday. But all local authorities, civil defence and emergency services “were not put on stand-by. … Hurricane Ophelia is due to be the worst storm to hit this country in over a decade, but we have less than 24 hours to prepare for it.”

According to Dr. Dann Mitchell of the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol, “There is evidence that hurricane-force storms hitting the UK, like Ophelia, will be enhanced in the future due to human-induced climate change.

“While tropical hurricanes lose strength when they travel north, they can re-intensify due to the nature of the atmospheric circulation at UK latitudes. It is the rise in temperatures over most of the Atlantic that is a primary driver of this, a clear signature of human-induced climate change.”

Writing in the Guardian, Environment Editor Damian Carrington said, “An increase in hurricane-force winds wreaking havoc across the Britain and Ireland is entirely consistent with global warming, according to scientists.” Higher temperatures create “more energy in the climate system, especially in the oceans, which is where big storms derive their energy from.”

A report commissioned in May by the Association of British Insurers (ABI)—carried out by the Consultancy firm Air Worldwide in conjunction with the UK Met Office—warned of the disastrous consequences of even a minimal increase in global warming by 1.5º C. The ABI called for action to reinforce buildings to withstand damage from wind destruction, which the report projects would likely increase by over 50 percent across the UK.

A 2,000-page report produced over three years by 80 experts for the Committee on Climate Change found the UK completely unprepared for the effects of global warming—which could see deadly heatwaves with temperatures in the high 30º C and up to 48º C in London, more flooding and water shortages.

The indifference of the ruling elite to the safety and wellbeing of the population was demonstrated by Theresa May on becoming prime minster last year. One of her first acts was the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Republic of Ireland: Storm clean-up under way, 245k homes and businesses still without power. … Around 20,000 households are without water: here.

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Hurricane Ophelia kills, damages electricity in Ireland


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Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands lose power as storm hits Ireland – BBC News

16 October 2017

Thousands are without power in southern Ireland as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia reach the British Isles.

The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life”, with winds off the south coast of Ireland reaching 109mph (176km/h) at Fastnet Rock.

In the Republic of Ireland, Met Eireann has issued a red wind warning and the government has deployed the army.

An amber warning for Northern Ireland, Wales, south west Scotland and the Isle of Man is in force until 23:00 BST.

From the Irish Times today:

Hurricane Ophelia: 230,000 without power as monster storm hits

Woman killed after tree falls on car as storm hits the southwest with winds of over 160 km/h

Patrick Logue, Seán Dunne

Some 230,000 homes are without power on Monday as Hurricane Ophelia sweeps in over Ireland with damaging gusts and heavy rainfall.

Members of the public have been advised to stay inside and not to make unnecessary journeys as the worst storm the country has seen in more than 50 years passes over. Public transport services have been cancelled countrywide and there have been a series of road closures, including the M8 motorway.

The death of a woman in the hurricane has been confirmed. A tree fell on the car in Aglish, Co Waterford, according to a spokeswoman for Waterford County Council. Gardai say the woman driving the car in her 20s died when the car was struck and a passenger in her 50s was injured.

Power outage

As of 1pm, approximately 230,000 electricity customers were without power, with the main areas impacted in the southern half of the country including Counties Kerry, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Limerick. The ESB expects this to rise significantly in the coming hours and could take several days to restore power.

There are widerspread reports from the counties of fallen trees and blocked road with the extreme weather moves through the southwest and southeast.

The storm winds have hit the south-west and south Leinster and are moving quickly up across the country. Met Éireann is warning that violent and destructive gusts of 120km/h are expected countrywide and that winds could exceed these value in some exposed and coastal areas.

Met Eireann has said the eye of the storm passed over Valentia Observatory in Co Kerry.It has reported gusts as high as 160 km/h with extremely severe conditions across Cork and Kerry.

“The most severe winds over Munster and south Leinster at present will extend quickly to the rest of the country this afternoon,” according to Met Éireann.

“The heaviest of the hurricane winds will be down along the south and east coast of the Irish sea. As the storm moves along, there’s another extra core going to fed into Co Clare and the West Coast of Galway. The estimated time of the secondary core is 3pm. …

The public have been advised to stay indoors and the Government’s crisis management committee, the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, met this morning and warned against all unnecessary travel.

Ophelia: Man dies in ‘chainsaw accident’ in Ireland during storm: here.

UPDATE: Three people die in Storm Ophelia incidents: here.

Brother Kevin Crowley, who runs the Capuchin Day Centre for homeless people in central Dublin, has criticised the Government for failing to make timely provision for rough sleepers during Storm Ophelia: here.

British Conservative-Irish terrorist coalition, parody song


This satiric music video from Britain is called Dr May (feat. Snoop DUP) – “The Next Episode”.

It is a parody of the song The Next Episode, by United States rappers Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.

The parody video says about itself:

12 June 2017

A classic G-funk anthem celebrating the coalition between Theresa May’s Conservatives and the DUP.

LYRICS:

Na na na na na
It’s the motherfucking DUP
(Snoop DUP!)
Na na na na na
You know we’re mobbing with the Tory party

Snoop DUP, we be burning shit up
UVF, UDA, we be blowing shit up
No wait, actually, we’re NOT blowing shit up
We’re a legitimate organisation
Snoop DUP signing up to a coalition
Arlene, Snoop Dodds, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson
Ian Paisley and all the Orangemen
We’re socially conservative and now we’re in government
Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, ripping it up
Getting whorey with the Tories, now you’re living with DUP
Don’t be getting an abortion, don’t do anything gay
But if you do, get on your knees and fucking well pray
DUP, Tories reigniting the Troubles
Loud bang as we burst your liberal bubbles
Paramilitary violence is okay with us
If you’re Catholic, stay the fuck away from Carrickfergus

Na na na na na
It’s the motherfucking M-A-Y
(Theresa May, motherfuckers!)
Na na na na na

You know I’m mobbing with the DUP guys
We need a government that’s strong and stabilised
So we struck a deal for confidence and supplies
Brexit donation came from someone in disguise
Could be the Saudis ‘cause they are such key allies
They helped the Leave campaign get advertised
But not in front of Northern Irish eyes
Now my Brexit mandate is compromised
‘Cause Lynton Crosby filled my campaign with lies
It used to work, but then the public got wise
To the overarching PR exercise
And all the while, lefties mobilised
Now Boris Johnson’s got his eyes on the prize
Standing next to Lord Buckethead in Maidenhead
Watching swathes of the country get painted red
I felt smaller than Donald Trump’s chode
And I realised that it’s the next episode

Snoop DUP and May
Coalition on a mission for Brexit
We’re Snoop DUP and May
Keep the progressive alliance at bay
We’re Snoop DUP and May
Fuck the Good Friday Agreement
We’re Snoop DUP and May
Hope you’re ready for the next episode

We’re DUP and May!

Skellig Michael island, Ireland


This video says about itself:

2 June 2017

Over seven miles off the Irish coast lie the sea crags of Skellig Michael, a breathtaking island once home to a community of reclusive monks. More recently, a different kind of hermit used it as his fictitious home: Luke Skywalker.

The video does not mention the many seabirds of Skellig Michael. When I was there long ago, puffins nested along the footpath. There were razorbills and guillemots. On the other Skellig island, Little Skellig, many gannets nest.

Gay prime minister in Ireland?


This video from Ireland says about itself:

Nov 18, 2012 by Trade Union TV Ireland

March to protest the horrific state of affairs as it stands in Ireland, where Savita Halappanavar in the year 2012 in an Irish hospital died suffering and in pain after being denied an abortion she and her husband repeatedly requested.

Enough is enough. No more women can die.

From the Garden of Remembrance to the Dáil, where we will hold a candlelight vigil in conjunction with Galway Pro-Choice to grieve Savita’s unnecessary death. Bring a candle to light to mark her loss.

We will have one speaker at the Garden of Remembrance to start our protest then we’ll march to the Dáil and at 5pm we will light our candles in solidarity with the vigil taking place then in Galway.

Video © Paula Geraghty

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 2 June 2017:

Conservative Ireland gets homosexual Prime Minister with migration background

Ireland is likely to get a gay premier: Leo Varadkar, son of an immigrant from India. He is open about his homosexuality.

Varadkar was officially appointed party leader of the ruling party Fine Gael and is likely to take over as prime minister soon. He is a politician from the right wing of the center-right party.

His predecessor Enda Kenny announced his resignation last month. Kenny received a lot of criticism in recent months. He was, eg, involved in a scandal within the police.

Gay minister

Varadkar was a doctor and minister of health care. He told openly in 2015 about his homosexuality, during the campaign of a referendum about equal marriage. He received much praise for that.

The choice for Varadkar as the new party leader is remarkable in mainly Catholic Ireland. According to various media, this is a sign of modernization and liberalization in the country.

However, it is not expected that he will be a liberal on all issues. Thus he indicated that he believes that abortion can not be a free choice for a woman.

Likewise, that women can now become Prime Minister in Britain is progress. However, when these women are Margaret Thatcher or Theresa May, that is not much progress in practice.

If Donald Trump would be replaced as president by Kellyanne Conway or Ann Coulter, then that would be the first ever woman president in the USA. However, I doubt whether it would be much, if any, progress in practice; including for women.

If Donald Trump would be replaced as president by Peter Thiel, then that would be the first ever gay president in the USA. However, Thiel is a right-winger who opposes the right of women to vote (like Ann Coulter).

If Donald Trump would be replaced as president by Milo Yiannopoulos, then that would be the first ever gay president in the USA. However, Milo Yiannopoulos is a right-wing racist in a child abuse scandal. Very probably, this would not mean progress, including for LGBTQ people.

Swifts in Ireland, video


This video says about itself:

12 May 2017

The Swift is one of Ireland‘s most special migrant birds, visiting Irish towns and cities for just three months each summer to nest and raise their chicks. The rest of lives of the Swifts breeding in Ireland are spent entirely on the wing, high in the skies of Africa.

They are among nature’s best fliers, spending most of their time in flight. Now scientists have shed new light on how swifts can glide with ease, whatever the weather: here.