Week in Review – Irish Birth Certificates, Volcano in Guatemala and Fossil Found

Irish Birth Certificates

Tusla, an Irish child and family agency has revealed that 126 people born between the years 1949 and 1969 have had incorrect birth registrations.

It is said that almost 79 people of these cases may be entirely unaware of the circumstances of their birth.

The agency has gained records from St Patrick’s Guild a former adoption agency which closed down in 2004, Tusla is now using these records to help people track down their relatives and trace their birth.

People born between 1949 and 1969 who are incorrectly registered may have false information on their birth certificates, their adoptive parents may be registered as their birth parents.

Katherine Zappone the Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs revealed that the child and family agency Tusla, was able to discover these cases because they were marked with an unconventional “adopted from birth”.

Because of these cases, over 150 thousand other cases are considered to be compromised, therefore Mrs.Zappone has asked that a targeted sampling exercise be carried out instantly by Tusla and the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

revealed (rɪˈvild) – etw. offenlegen
incorrect (ɪnkəˈrɛkt) – fehlerhaft, falsch
registrations (rɛʤɪˈstreɪʃənz) – die Anmeldung
cases (ˈkeɪsəz) – die Angelegenheiten
circumstances (ˈsɜrkəmˌstænsəz) – die Umstände
records (rəˈkɔrdz) – die Aufzeichnungen
adoption agency (əˈdɑpʃən ˈeɪʤənsi) –  die Adoptionsagentur
birth certificates (bɜrθ sərˈtɪfɪkəts) – die Geburtsurkunden
discover (dɪˈskʌvər) – erfahren
marked (mɑrkt)  –  markieren
unconventional (ˌʌnkənˈvɛnʃənəl) –  unkonventionell
compromised  (ˈkɑmprəˌmaɪzd) – beeinträchtigt
targeted (ˈtɑrgətɪd) – zielgerichtet
sampling (ˈsæmplɪŋ) – die Probeentnahme
instantly (ˈɪnstəntli)  – sofort

Volcano Erupts in Guatemala

The Fuego volcano erupted in Guatemala on Sunday, leaving at least 75 dead and around 192 missing, the eruption affected 1.7 million people and led to the evacuation of 3000 others.

After the eruption on Sunday, volcanologists predicted that it was over for the near future, but an explosion took place on Tuesday taking everyone by surprise, the explosion wiped an entire village off the map. Inhabitants of the village had received training in emergency procedures but were not able to implement them because the initial volcanic activity happened too fast.

Rescue work was still being done on Tuesday when it was interrupted by the explosion which sent hot gas and molten rock streaming down the volcano’s south side.

Almost 200 people remain unaccounted for and no evacuation alert was issued before the volcano erupted on Sunday leaving hundreds of people missing.

volcano (vɑlˈkeɪnoʊ) – der Vulkan
erupted (ˌɪˈrʌptɪd)  – ausgebrochen
missing (mɪsɪŋ) – fehlend
affected (əˈfɛktəd) – jdn./etw. berühren, betreffen
evacuation (ɪˌvækjəˈweɪʃən) – die Evakuierung
volcanologist (ˌvɔlkəˈnɔləʤɪst)  – der Vulkanologe
predicted (prɪˈdɪktɪd)  – vorausgesagt
Inhabitants (ɪnˈhæbətənts) – die Einwohner
procedures (prəˈsiʤərz) – die Verfahren
implement (ˈɪmpləmənt) – etw. umsetzen
interrupted (ˌɪntəˈrʌptɪd) – unterbrochen
molten (ˈmoʊltən) – geschmolzen, flüssig
unaccounted (ˌʌnəˈkaʊntɪd) – unerklärt
alert (əˈlɜrt) – der Alarm

Fossil Found

A Chinese research team has uncovered the oldest known animal footprints in southern China.

The 546-million-year-old tracks’ animal identity has not yet been discovered, but they come from the period when the earliest animals are thought to have evolved.

Researchers believe that the tracks probably belong to a bilaterian, because the fossil consists of 2 rows of imprints. Bilaterian animals are characterised by having paired appendages, they are one of the most diverse animal groups in existence today.

The fossil tracks were found in Yangtze Gorges, an area in southern China, they were found on rocks dated to between 551 million and 541 million years old.

The tracks show that the animal appears to have paused from time to time, since the trackways seem to be connected to burrows that may have been dug into the sediment, perhaps to obtain food.

uncovered (ənˈkʌvərd) – aufgedeckt
footprints (ˈfʊtˌprɪnts)  – die Fußabdrücke
identity (aɪˈdɛntəti)  –  die Identität
evolved (ɪˈvɑlvd) – entwickelt
tracks (træks) – die Spuren
fossil (ˈfɑsəl) – das Fossil
imprints (ɪmˈprɪnts) – die Abdrücke
appendages (əˈpɛndɪʤɪz) – die Anhängsel
dated (ˈdeɪtɪd) – etw. datieren
burrows (ˈbɜroʊz) – die Höhlen
sediment (ˈsɛdəmənt) – der Bodensatz
obtain  (əbˈteɪn) – etw. erhalten