Timothy Eatman

first_imgEvan Thompson, head of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, has sought to defend the credibility of his organisation in light of the threat-level downgrade expected from Hurricane Matthew.The National Hurricane Center, which is based in Miami, Florida, indicated yesterday afternoon that Jamaica was now likely to experience tropical-storm conditions from Matthew.Jamaica was placed under a hurricane warning last Friday, and despite various models suggesting that Matthew was moving east of Jamaica, the authorities kept the country under high alert for impending disaster.”We have never hidden anything that we have been saying, so I believe that our transparency should lead to us being considered to be credible,” Thompson said.Thompson, when asked whether the Met Service could have predicted the shift in the system earlier, said yes.”It was seen to some extent,” he said.Thompson, however, explained that the erratic nature of Matthew and its slower-than-expected approach contributed to the delay in communicating to the public that Jamaica was no longer likely to experience hurricane-force conditions.Up to press time last night, approximately 3,500 Jamaicans had gone to 158 emergency shelters as Hurricane Matthew threatened the country.The hurricane has maintained Category Four status for more than 72 hours and is expected to hit the southwestern Haiti and southeastern Cuba on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgThe village of Maghery west of Dungloe Town, once famous for its king, will be the headquarters for a new adventure event on Saturday 30th July.The Mary from Dungloe International Festival in partnership with the Dungloe GAA Club have this year introduced an adventure challenge as part of the programme.Sponsored by well-known Dungloe solicitor Paddy Sweeney, the Martello Adventure Event will provide a physical and mental challenge for all abilities of athletes. It will be run over some of the most scenic areas in west Donegal taking in along the route Clendra Hill (famous for the Mass Rock) Traigh Eanach Bay, Meenacross, Falmore, Crohey Head and Maghery.This fun event is open to all and will include age categories for men and women and is also open to teams of two or three participants to get together for the challenge.The event which includes in this order a 5 k run, 20 k cycle and a 350 meter water based challenge on Maghery beach will cater for swimmers and non swimmers.Speaking at the press launch for the event main sponsor Paddy Sweeney, solicitor said that he was delighted to support this innovative physical challenge. He said that the country has seen a huge growth in adventure events which challenge the body and the mind and that it was great to see the growth of an event in the Rosses area.He hoped that this event would add significantly to the programme of events being planned for the Mary from Dungloe Festival.In addition to the category prizes each finisher will also receive a specially designed medal and be provided with post event refreshments.Registration will take place on the day from 2pm however pre registration can also be completed on the Run Ireland website.Ends ON YOUR MARKS FOR THE MARTELLO ADVENTURE EVENT was last modified: July 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Martello Adventure EventMary From Dungloelast_img read more