Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today

first_img Tweet Share 23 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today by: – June 1, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: luxurytravel-destinations.comToday (June 1) marks the official start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.However, the season has already gotten off to a quick start with Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl which were formed in the month of May. This is the first time since 1908 that two Tropical Storms have developed before June 1. Tropical Storm Beryl which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach, Florida early on May 28 was the strongest pre-June Tropical Cyclone to make landfall in the United States.This year is expected to be a near Average year with according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 9 -15 Named Storms, 4 – 8 Hurricanes and 1 – 3 of those possibly becoming Intense Hurricanes of Categories 3 to 5.The names for 2012 are Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.Although this season isn’t expected to be as busy as last year’s above-average season island residents especially those on the coast should start stocking up on hurricane supplies, forming evacuation plans and generally preparing adequately.“There is still going to be a lot of activity. So just because we’re predicting a near normal season doesn’t mean anybody’s off the hook at all,” says one of the lead seasonal forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Dominicans are therefore being urged to continue all preparedness activities, ensure they are in a safe shelter whenever a storm is announced, move away from coastal and other vulnerable areas and have on hand emergency supplies as advised by Disaster Management Officials. By:Cecil P. ShillingfordDisaster Risk Management Correspondentlast_img read more

Thanksgiving

first_imgAhhhhh, Thanksgiving!  A sport-loving man’s favorite day!  What could be better–a hardy meal with 5 or 6 football games to watch after you stuff yourself with turkey and all the trimmings?  This is great, right?  Oh, you are the lady of the house, and you don’t see it quite the same as your husband!  Just maybe he could take the kids outside and run some energy off of them while you clean up after the meal.  Or better yet, he and the kids could help mom clean up so that all can sit down and relax or go out and have some fun.  If you are the mom, you might even say “how about dad and the kids cleaning up this one time?”  Oh, come on, we all know that on Thanksgiving everybody likes the turkey and all of its trimmings, and I suppose, most people don’t begrudge watching a game or maybe two.  I do find it hard, however, even as much as I like sports, to believe that the TV is the man’s possession and the kitchen is his wife’s.  Come on, guys, give your wife a break.  Happy Thanksgiving!last_img read more

Campbell backs Arsenal to challenge

first_imgFormer defender Sol Campbell believes Arsenal can become genuine challengers once again next season if they buy a couple more players who can “frighten” the opposition. Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who had been in superb form before his thigh injury on Boxing Day, marked his return to fitness with a goal in the 3-0 win at Hull, when German playmaker Mesut Ozil was also fit again following six weeks out because of a hamstring tear. With England forward Theo Walcott set to miss the World Cup with the serious knee injury and Jack Wilshere also currently on the way back from a fractured foot, Arsenal have certainly seen their squad stretched. Campbell – a bedrock of the Invincibles championship side from 2003/2004 – believes with a few more high-calibre players for manager Arsene Wenger to pick from, there is no reason why his old team cannot last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race once again, having faded badly since the turn of the year after going out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich. “You have got to get to the stage where teams are frightened of you. You need options and they could do with a few more players who could frighten other teams with their playing ability,” said Campbell, speaking at an Independent Arsenal Supporters’ Association question-and-answer session to help promote his new book, Sol Campbell – The Authorised Biography. “It will turn, but you need that cutting edge in your side. The board might have to put their head on the block and go for it and do not be scared. “If you spend money on a player and it does not work, you have to go again. “Yes you can get players through scouting around the world, but ultimately these players are ready made and you have got to play top dollar to get them in. “Arsenal need some more players who are ready-made and world-class. With everyone fit, I think they need another three players.” Campbell added: “Injuries have not helped Arsenal this season. Who knows, if Aaron Ramsey was fit, Theo Walcott did not get injured and Jack Wilshere played more regularly, you never know. “They could be in a situation like Liverpool, who have not had many injuries.” Arsenal will tackle Hull at Wembley in the FA Cup final on May 17 looking to finally end a near decade trophy drought. Wenger insists his men – who before then are aiming to secure a top-four finish, with Newcastle coming to the Emirates Stadium on Monday night – will be fully focused. Campbell knows from first-hand experience the dangers of taking anything for granted in the world’s oldest knockout competition, having been part of the 2008 Portsmouth side which beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and went on to lift the trophy. “In the quarter-finals we played against Manchester United, they were confident, but in the FA Cup you never know. We were not expected to win anything that season at Portsmouth,” he said. “Hopefully Arsenal can heed that and realise that you have to earn it. “Do not think ‘here is the FA Cup’. Hull will have a different game, so hopefully Arsenal will understand that.” Campbell played more than 200 games for Arsenal over two spells at the north London club, having first joined in a controversial switch from Spurs in 2001, and won 73 caps for England at two World Cups before he finally retired from playing in May 2012 The 39-year-old maintains he is keen to one day return to football, but only at the right time. He added: “I know I have to do the (coaching) badges. I know I am not ready now, but I know I am going to have to do it. “I am very tactical and like breaking teams down in my head, like a chess board. I love characters as well. “Football is a beautiful game. I have had a fantastic time playing. “As a manager, if I really go for it and am really committed, I will really go for it. “I want to win everything I did not win as a player. I want to be ready. “Sometimes I think players go from having a long career, straight into management and they are burned out. “It is full on and maybe I am not ready for that yet. I know that, when I am ready, I have got everything in place. “If I have to go abroad to start things, I will do that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Munster ready for the Dragons

first_imgSimon Zebo and Ronan O’Mahony return to the back-three on the left and right wing respectively with Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino switching to full-back. Dave Foley and Mark Chisolm are in the second row while Robin Copeland is at number 8. Gerhard Van Den Heever and Tyler Bleyendaal are on the bench In tonight’s action leaders Connacht are away to Cardiff at five past seven while Ulster welcome Edinburgh at twenty five to seven.last_img

Chelsea get boost as Barcelona are priced out of transfer bid

first_imgBarca had been expecting to sign France attacker Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid, but he has now decided to stay where he is.The club are now putting together a new shortlist of targets, which includes a number of players.However one of those not on the list, according to Mundo Deportivo, is Hazard.The Spanish newspaper claims Barcelona believe a move for the Belgium international is simply too expensive and they will not pursue him.The 27-year-old is, however, understood to be on Real Madrid’s radar as they look to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. 1 Belgium and Chelsea star Eden Hazard impressed at World Cup 2018. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Latest Premier League news silverware REVEALED How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won ALTERED possible xi How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Barcelona are now out of the running to sign Chelsea star Eden Hazard having been priced out of a move.The LaLiga title holders are looking to sign a superstar forward this transfer window to bolster their attacking options. who plays? predicted Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes gameday last_img read more