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Hurricane Ida was transformed into a Category 2 storm on Saturday afternoon as it intensified towards the US Gulf of Mexico coast, where people prepared to make landfall as a life-threatening Category 4 in danger Sunday, on the occasion of the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, forecasters said. By 2 p.m. EST on Saturday, the …

Posted: 6:46 PM Aug 28, 2021 By Roisin Henderson [email protected] TO SHARE THE FIGHT against fracking in Fermanagh is still in full swing, with a local MP following in her predecessor’s footsteps in trying to ban fracking in the North as local campaign groups join the quest for a worldwide ban.MP Aine Murphy, who was …

Le Taoiseach said the government is looking at how the country moves from an emergency to a more normal environment, but said much remains to be decided. Micheál Martin today did not confirm a report from the Irish Independent that the National Public Health Emergency Team, along with two other emergency committees, will be disbanded …

Nearly 88 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with 92 percent having received at least one dose, HSE chief executive Paul Reid confirmed. r Reid said the finish line for this phase of the immunization program is now “so close”. His comment comes as 1,997 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by …

An eight-year-old boy from Co Tyrone who died of cancer has been described by his local pastor as a “special little boy”. Jake Rankin of Castlederg died in the early hours of Sunday morning after a battle with illness. At Jake’s funeral on Tuesday at St. Bestius Church in Killeter, Reverend Peter Ferguson paid tribute …

A week ago, on August 17, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country was entering strict containment after the first case of the coronavirus in six months was reported in the city of Auckland. Ms Ardern urged New Zealanders to follow lockdown rules to stop the spread of the virus, reassuring people …

Earlier this month, in a stunning example of culture cancellation gone awry, President Judy Olian of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, announced the permanent closure of the Great Hunger Museum of Ireland, Musaem An Ghorta Mhóir, the gem of Quinnipiac and the only museum in the world to feature a comprehensive collection of art and …

The protection provided by two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech and Oxford / AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines begins to wane within six months, new research shows. The reasonable worst-case scenario could see protection drop below 50% for seniors and healthcare workers by winter, an expert said. The Pfizer jab was 88% effective in preventing Covid-19 …

Randal Plunkett crosses the the tall hip grass of Dunsany, a 650 hectare (1,600 acre) estate in the middle of Ireland, dragged by an invisible swarm of midges and its four Jack Russell burrows: Tiny, Lumpy, Chow and Beavis & Butt -Head. Cattle and sheep are long gone, as are lawns and many crops. In …

The Institute for Economic and Social Research, in its quarterly economic commentary published in June, argued for increased government capital spending in the current environment of very low interest rates. He recognized the need for prudent management of current spending to reduce the budget deficit and put public finances back on a sustainable basis after …