New wave of abuses and intimidation against journalists

first_imgReporters Without Borders strongly condemns the persecution by the Iraqi authorities of the radio station Al-Sada, the only independent broadcaster in the province of Al-Qadisiya, Ahmed Al-Qasier, founder and manager of the station, recently told the press freedom organization that the station had come under severe pressure.Three days ago, the provincial council decided to close the station, in the provincial capital Diwaniyya south of Baghdad, on the grounds that its programmes contained music which was “contrary to local morality”, although the manager said they were composed of songs from the classical Arabic repertoire. When Al-Sada was preparing to start broadcasting at the beginning of the year, the governor intervened to prevent the launch of the station.After negotiations between the editorial team and the authorities, the station finally opened in May. However, the provincial council promptly asked it to pay a fee of 50,000,000 Iraqi dinars (28,700 euros), renewable annually, to continue broadcasting. This “registration tax” was imposed as a result of intervention by the Telecommunications Committee, Al-Qasier said.Al-Sada nevertheless continued to be the target of intimidation and pressure. This month, several of the station’s contributors received anonymous threats on the mobile phones. Several members of the editorial staff, including programme director Muntather Al-Kifaey, decided to resign. Yesterday, the local branch of the Iraqi journalists’ union urged the authorities to revoke the station’s closure, a decision which it said violated freedom of the press as guaranteed by the constitution. Its representative stressed that such a move was unprecedented in Iraqi justice and warned of the dangers that it might present for the media industry. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities in Diwaniyya to put a halt to the persecution of Al-Sada staff. The organization recalls that freedom of the press is guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution and has been reaffirmed in the law on protection of journalists approved by parliament in August. News Receive email alerts News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iraq February 15, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information October 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New wave of abuses and intimidation against journalists It also asks the governor to reconsider his decision and allow the radio station to continue broadcasting and guarantee the safety of its staff.Also, the freelance American journalist Daniel Smith was arrested at noon on 21 October after the weekly demonstration held in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. He was released in the early hours of 26 October.Smith was held incommunicado and was not allowed to contact colleagues, relatives or the U.S. diplomatic mission in Baghdad, nor was anybody alerted of his arrest by the Iraqi government. On the day of his arrest, he was taken to the army’s Muthanna Airport detention centre near the airport where he was questioned several times, in particular about his persistent presence at the demonstrations. On October 25, he was taken to a detention cell in an interior ministry building after an order to deport him was made, before being released some hours later, after the intervention of the prime minister.Smith has worked in Iraq since 2003. He has worked with the think-tank International Crisis Group since 2009 and other organizations, and contributes occasionally to the Iraq press freedom organization Journalistic Freedoms Observatory. to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Septic systems

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaLike hot water and electricity, your home septic system is one ofthose things you may not think about every day. That is, until itstops working. Then it’s all you think about.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialist Kent McVaysays an easy way to prevent septic system problems is to haveyour system inspected every few years. Training the state’s installers”Septic system installation used to be as simple as knowing a guywith a backhoe,” McVay said. “Now, installation is much moreprofessional. And the state requires installers to attend whatamounts to one day of training every two years to earn eighthours of continuing education credits.”UGA specialists, engineers, state environmentalists and industryconsultants teach with both classroom and hands-on field trainingin the UGA program.About 4,000 Georgians are employed as installers. Another 400soil scientists and engineers work in the field, McVay said.With 70 percent to 80 percent of new home construction using on-site septic systems, McVay says septic system installation should be regulated because improper installation can severely impact public health.”The soils in Georgia are capable of taking careof this waste,” he said. “But the systems need to be installedcorrectly.”For a list of upcoming trainings, call McVay at (770) 233-5506or email him at [email protected] Pay now or pay laterIf you haven’t had your home septic system inspected in fiveyears, McVay recommends making an appointment with a septic tankpumper.”You may not want to spent the $200 or $300 for the inspectionand pumping now,” he said, “but it’s a lot cheaper than diggingup your lawn and installing new drain fields because youneglected your system.”McVay recently joined the UGA faculty in Griffin, Ga., asdirector of the university’s wastewater management educationprogram. He teaches proper septic system installation proceduresto installers across the state and at on-site training centers inGriffin and Hazlehurst.Each site demonstrates various types of septic system designs.The sites and the training program are funded by the GeorgiaDepartment of Human Resources, with support from the GeorgiaOnsite Wastewater Association.center_img An ounce of prevention”It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s something that has to bedealt with,” McVay said. “The easy way to remember it’s time tohave your septic system cleaned is to have it done every electionyear.”To help extend the life of your home septic system, McVay offersthese tips:* Minimize water usage. “Your system can handle only so muchwater at a time,” he said. “Keep that in mind when you’re washingclothes, taking showers and running the dishwasher.”* Don’t use a garbage disposer. “If you’re on a home septicsystem, compost your kitchen scraps,” McVay said. “This canreduce the organic load by as much as 50 percent and help yourhome garden, too.”* Reduce harsh chemical usage. “Don’t use chlorine bleach toclean everything in your home,” he said. “Moderate use is okay,but excessive use kills the useful bacteria that are working tobreak down bacteria in your septic system.”last_img read more

Women’s lacrosse ready to build upon success

first_imgFour years ago, the Women of Troy made their debut as a program, finishing the 2013 season with an 8-10 overall record. In just four seasons, the Trojans have made tremendous strides as a team and as a program, ending their 2015 run with a 14-6 record and a Round of 16 appearance in the NCAA championship tournament.With 15 seniors on the roster this year and ten returning starters, USC’s 2016 campaign appears promising.“[The seniors have] been in it from day one,” head coach Lindsey Munday said. “They’ve really bought in from top to bottom; every single person in the senior class is just all in and I think that’s all you can ask for as a coach, to have that level of buy in and for them to translate it to the younger players.”Among the members of the senior class are All-MPSF First Team attacker Caroline de Lyra, who notched 38 goals last season and midfielder Amanda Johansen, who scored 40 goals of her own in the team’s 2015 season. Junior attacker and MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael will also be a key asset to the team’s offense, tallying 63 goals and 13 assists last season.On defense, the team will look to senior Courtney Tarleton and junior Nina Kelty who recorded 34 and 12 ground balls respectively. To protect the net, sophomore Gussie Johns returns as the Trojan goalie with an 8.68 goals allowed average.With a plethora of experienced upperclassmen and five new members to the squad, the Trojans look forward to beginning their 2016 season, kicking off their schedule with Stetson on Feb. 12th.“It’s just time to get after it. We’re excited for our first game and to see our growth on the field,” Munday said. “We’ve seen it outside of lacrosse, in terms of leadership, and bonding and having fun and being able to compete at practice, but to see it now on the field is going to be the last step.”In addition to the team’s experience on the field, the Trojans’ team chemistry will be beneficial, as the girls have gelled and gotten to know each other both on and off the field.“We have a huge senior class and the chemistry has been really great this season. We’re all best friends on and off the field so that really helps,” Johansen said. “The chemistry is definitely there and it’s really improved season to season so I’m excited to see how the chemistry looks out on the field this year.”After weeks of hard work in practice, the girls are looking forward to Saturday’s opportunity to translate their efforts into conference play. Looking ahead to the remainder of the season, the Women of Troy have a tough road in front of them, facing Duke on Feb. 20th, Stony Brook on Mar. 14th and Northwestern on Apr. 15th. Yet the Trojans are focusing on taking it one step at a time and one day at a time.“We’ve faced our hardest obstacles growing to the point we are now so I think the next step is really playing to our potential and playing to the hype and really showing everyone how good we are,” Johansen said. “So we have to be pushing it every single day.”For the seniors, this season provides an opportunity to leave their mark. Munday emphasizes that the girls have an ongoing legacy and that their commitment and dedication to the team began the moment they first put on that red and gold uniform.“With such a big senior class, there’s always that feeling of wanting to leave a legacy and wanting to leave it the best you can possibly be,” Munday said. “But we are just trying to convey to them that they’ve already done all that. They left their legacy, they’ve already put so much into this program, so now it’s just time to enjoy it.”The contest between USC and Stetson is slated for 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 13th at McAlister field.last_img read more

Man City win to keep perfect Liverpool in their sights

first_imgManchester CityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City clung onto the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Liverpool with a hard-fought win against Everton on Saturday after Jurgen Klopp’s men extended their perfect start to the season.Elsewhere, 10-man Tottenham put their recent wobbles behind them to clamber into the top four with victory against Southampton while Chelsea grabbed their first home league win under new boss Frank Lampard.In the early match, Liverpool won their seventh Premier League game out of seven thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s fortunate strike in a 1-0 victory at Sheffield United.The European champions looked short on invention against the well-organised Blades until Wijnaldum’s shot from the edge of the box 20 minutes from time trickled between the legs of United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.Liverpool, who have won 16 consecutive league games, finished a single point behind champions City in the Premier League last season but are now setting a searing pace as they chase their first top-flight title since 1990.“For us it was important to win, we had unbelievably big chances,” Klopp told BT Sport.“In the first half we had two big chances and in the second one, which we scored from. These games, they are not all beauties and you have to work hard for the results.”City were under huge pressure to respond in the late kick-off at Goodison Park and took the lead through Gabriel Jesus midway through the first half.But while Pep Guardiola’s men were irresistible going forward, they looked shaky at the back, with makeshift centre-back Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi in central defence.Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised and both sides had further chances to score before a Riyad Mahrez free-kick and a late Raheem Sterling goal sealed a 3-1 victory, which moved City back to within five points of Liverpool.“It’s always difficult here,” said Guardiola. “First half we started incredible, the first 20-25 minutes, then we had problems to control Gylfi Sigurdsson in that position.“But we created from wide areas in the second half and we had the quality of Riyad Mahrez for the goal.“Everton have fast players, they caused a lot of problems at the back, so I’m delighted because we want to go for this league and try to win it again.”– Kane strikes – Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino recalled his big guns for the home match against Southampton, making 11 changes from the side that suffered a shock League Cup exit at Colchester in midweek.Spurs had won just two of their opening eight games in all competitions before Saturday and looked in deep trouble when they were reduced to 10 men.Tanguy Ndombele fired the home side ahead but they suffered a blow when Serge Aurier was sent off after half an hour for two yellow cards.Hugo Lloris then gifted Southampton an equaliser with a goalkeeping howler, Danny Ings dispossessing the Frenchman in his six-yard box and forcing the ball home before Harry Kane restored the home side’s lead shortly before half-time.The 2-1 win lifted Spurs into fourth place in the Premier League, one spot behind West Ham, who drew 2-2 away to Bournemouth after beating Manchester United last week.Pochettino said he was proud of the spirit his side had shown, adding it was an “amazing victory” for his team.“Unbelievable fightback from the team, scoring the goal with 10 men and then fighting all together in the second 45 minutes, keeping a clean sheet in the second half,” he said.Chelsea boss Lampard said his side’s 2-0 home win against Brighton, coupled with a clean sheet, would boost his players’ confidence.Speaking about the crop of young players coming through, he told the BBC: “It is great for the club and a long time coming. The work is done in the academy. The mentality is great. They want to play for this club. At the moment they are earning it and setting a level for others.”Also on Saturday, there was a first league win of the season for Wolves, 2-0 against bottom club Watford, and Crystal Palace were 2-0 winners against Norwich.Aston Villa twice led against Burnley but were pegged back and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.High-flying Leicester host struggling Newcastle on Sunday while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s misfiring Manchester United are at home to Arsenal on Monday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wildcats show signs of improvement, move into top 10 of Single-A provincial poll

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats moved up the confidence ladder to place in the gold tier at the 48-team Best of the West High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.”It was a good weekend overall for us,” said Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira. “(We) took some baby steps forward.”The Wildcats lost all three games in the round of 16 gold tier, but Moreira was more than pleased with the improvement of his young team.”We competed against teams that are better than us,” Moreira explained. “We lost to McMath (of Richmond #3 – AAAA), Trinity from Edmonton, and St. Thomas Moore (of Vancouver #8-AA). We had only one (poor game) . . . the first set versus STM. The rest we played with only a minimum of fear.”The Wildcats opened the tournament Friday reeling off three impressive wins, including an upset of sixth-ranked White Rock Christian. The Warriors are ranked four spots ahead of Mount Sentinel in the more recent High School Single-A Girl’s poll.”We played well and with confidence,” said Moreira of his team of Grade 9s and 11s.After three weeks of tournaments the Cats get a breather before heading to the South Okanagan to play in the Pen Hi Lakers tournament Oct. 28-29.The Kootenay High School Single-A volleyball playoffs is set for mid-November. The B.C. High School Single-A Volleyball Championships are December 1-4 in [email protected]last_img read more

Track makes for wild runs at Vegas

first_imgKahne’s teammate Elliott Sadler was third, followed by former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya and Chevrolet’s Jeff Burton. Gilliland qualified 21st on his first lap, but was trying to push for a front-row starting position on his second lap when he spun out and wrecked. As a result, he’ll start Sunday’s race from the back of the field. Others who wrecked included Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Ken Schrader and Paul Menard. Waltrip and Schrader were among the 10 drivers who failed to qualify for the race, a group that included five Toyotas – two each from Michael Waltrip Racing (Waltrip and David Reutimann) and Team Red Bull (Brian Vickers and A.J. Allmendinger, who has yet to make a race). CLEANING UP There have been two Busch-Cup sweeps so far this season, when the winner of the Busch Series race has gone on to win the Nextel Cup race the next day. So Daytona 500 champ Kevin Harvick was asked Friday morning what the “odds were that someone would sweep this weekend.” “Oh, I don’t know,” Harvick replied. “The janitors do a pretty good job cleaning up.” BUSCH POLE Harvick got the pole for today’s Busch Series race, the Sam’s Town 300, ahead of Stremme, Reed Sorenson and Las Vegas native Kurt Busch. Track officials said the expected crowd of between 100,000 to 110,000 could be the largest in series history. California Speedway’s Nextel Cup race drew roughly 70,000 fans. JUST JUAN QUESTION Sadler and Colombian native Montoya were two of the top qualifiers, so they both visited the media center to answer a few questions. But after hearing his southern Virginia accent amplified on the microphone, Sadler had a question of his own. “Does my accent and Juan’s sound the same up here?” he inquired. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kasey Kahne won the pole for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 on Friday afternoon, leading the qualifiers – or survivors – with an average speed of 184.856 mph around the 1.5-mile track. How fast is the track now that officials increased the banking and repaved the surface? Kahne broke his own track record by 10 mph. As an answer to the new track’s speeds, Goodyear engineers brought a rock-hard tire to the race in an attempt to slow the cars. But there’s one problem: the tire is causing all sorts of mayhem. “I will guarantee you that this is definitely the worst Goodyear tire I think I have ever been on in my entire nine years of driving in the Nextel Cup Series,” said driver Tony Stewart, who qualified 25th. “I’ve held my breath for every lap I’ve been here.” Five drivers, including former Inland Empire resident David Gilliland, wrecked their cars during qualifying. That followed nine or 10 incidents during Busch Series practice earlier in the day. “It’s hard to drive,” said David Stremme, who qualified second for Sunday’s race. “It’s so unpredictable when it’s going to come out from underneath you.” Kahne and Stremme led a contingent of strong Dodge Chargers, which took the top four spots and six of the top seven. center_img LAS VEGAS – Go ahead, roll the dice. Spin the roulette wheel, double down, or call someone’s bluff. Making it through Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be as much of a gamble as any game on the Strip. last_img read more

NAVY TO BE DRAFTED IN TO LOOK FOR MISSING TEENAGER

first_imgNAVY divers are to be drafted in in the search for missing teenager Sean McNair off the coast of Donegal.More than 150 volunteers braved stormy weather conditions yesterday for the young Derry teenager who was last seen jumping off Rathmullan Pier on Saturday morning.The 17 year old had been celebrating an 18th birthday party and a group had decided to go for a late night swim. Since then his family and friends, including his mother Jackie, have kept a vigil at the small seaside village.Today’s search was confined to the shoreline as storms stopped boats from putting out to sea.The searches, under the guidance of the Greencastle Coast Guard and the Mulroy Coast Guard, stretched for miles along both sides of Lough Swilly.The Siorsky search and rescue helicopter from Sligo did manage to take part in the operation for a small window of time during the afternoon. Irish Coastguard spokesman Derek Flanagan revealed a meeting of all search and rescue teams is to take place tonight in the hope of better weather tomorrow.“We are hoping for better weather and a concentrated effort can then me made to resolve the situation.“We are also hopeful of receiving assistance from navy divers,” he said.He appealed to anybody considering taking part in the huge search to make sure they were the proper clothing and to inform people of where they are searching.Meanwhile local priest Fr Martin Collum has paid tribute to the search and rescue teams who are hoping to find Sean. “It was an eye opener for me to see all the voluntary services there working away.“I was fortunate enough to sit in on one of their briefing and to see their professionalism was wonderful and a real inspiration.“We take these people for granted and we never appreciate what they do and the family really appreciate what they are doing for them. Their work in trying to find Sean has been absolutely fantastic,” he said.Ends NAVY TO BE DRAFTED IN TO LOOK FOR MISSING TEENAGER was last modified: July 18th, 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)last_img read more

E Cape: big sky, big fish, Big Five!

first_img5 May 2003The Eastern Cape’s tourism sector is pitching to align its Big Five game reserves with the popular Cape Town and Garden Route international tourist destinations.The Eastern Cape, still the poorest part of South Africa, has experienced massive growth in the tourism sector. Tourism MEC Enoch Godongwana announced last week that the sector netted the province a staggering R4-billion last year, ascribing the success to the government and the Eastern Cape Tourism’s marketing drive abroad.The success can also be linked to positive contributions from the private sector, and the department of health’s effort to keep the province a malaria- and bilharzia-free zone.Tourism operators say tourism infrastructure in the Eastern Cape has grown to take advantage of the province’s newfound status as a “happening” international destination.Emergence of world-class game reservesOne critical area of change has been the rapid amalgamation of stock farms into massive game-viewing reserves or hunting and game-producing farms.Johannesburg-based Lodge Logistics MD Keith Stannard said the emergence of world-class reserves like Shamwari and Kwandwe has placed the province “within striking distance” for international tourists visiting Cape Town and touring the Garden Route.Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourism destinations, and the Garden Route is regarded as a prime self-drive option.One tourism observer said tourists seeking the Big Five game experience to complete their trip to South Africa are often forced to fly or drive to KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga reserves. According to this observer, the Eastern Cape’s bite of the Cape Town-Garden Route package has grown by 3% in the last two years, up from 8% in 2001 to 11% last year.According to local operators, tourists are saying that their Eastern Cape add-on tour was “very convenient”, “cost-efficient”, “saved time”.Big Five? How about the Big Seven!Frontier Country Marketing Association chairperson Peter Repinz says the Eastern Cape, once the “forgotten jewel of tourism in southern Africa”, has been building up its infrastructure for over a decade.There are now at least 12 game reserves in the market, some more advanced than others, but soon most will be offering the Big Five – and a cheeky extension of the formula, the “Big Seven”, that includes southern right whales and great white sharks.Inspired by the world-class Shamwari reserve, and then the Kwandwe on banks of the Great Fish River, Repinz said new reserves like Amakhala, Kariega and Lalibela had expanded the market to offer great opportunities to international operations.While Shamwari has captured the world’s top awards and the patronage of British royalty, Kwandwe’s elephants, lions and leopards are also packing in top-paying clients. Since Kwandwe opened its doors in 2001, not a single bed has gone empty.Kwandwe managing director Angus Sholto-Douglas said Desantis, an American eco-tourism investor, has invested R100-million in the 20-farm reserve, creating 140 jobs.From ‘soft’ to ‘extreme’ adventure sportsUnspoilt landscape is a strong point cited by most role players, who say that such landscapes attract both “soft” and “extreme” adventure sport lovers interested in activities like 4×4 trail riding, mountain biking, fly-fishing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing and, lately, even government-sponsored bolted rock-climbing, one of Europe’s huge pursuits.Mountain tourism routes have shot up around Hogsback in the Amatola range, Barkley East, Rhodes Village, Nieu-Bethesda’s Owl House and historic Graaff-Reinet, all of which offer a baseline benefit of simple tranquillity under big blue skies.Local promoters add that the Eastern Cape can also trade on its controversial frontier history. Europeans, particularly, are fascinated about how their Dutch, British and German colonial ancestors struggled and prospered on the turbulent Eastern Cape frontier – or met a grim fate on the battlefields during the 100-year war against the Xhosa (1779-1878).Big drawcards for such visitors are the well-maintained settler architecture of farmsteads, homes and public buildings in places like Bathurst, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and East London; eateries and historic pubs; and African arts and crafts.With its growth in infrastructure, rapid market repositioning, and unspoilt landscape, the Eastern Cape is starting to offer a winning tourism package.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

HP sets empowerment precedent

first_img3 September 2007Hewlett Packard (HP) has become the first company in South Africa to make use of an equity-equivalent project as part of its contribution to black economic empowerment (BEE), announcing plans to set up a training institute for employees and graduates.The equity-equivalent option offers mainly international companies operating in South Africa a means of contributing to local empowerment without having to sell shares.The company will set up the HP Business Institute (HPBI), an enterprise and skills development programme aimed at fostering scarce and critical skills among graduates and employees in small businesses in the information communication technology (ICT) sector.The announcement followed a meeting between President Thabo Mbeki and his advisory panel on ICT last month.HP South Africa chief executive Thoko Mokgosi-Mwantembe said in a statement last week that the company was committed to transformation in South Africa, and had to date invested over R150-million in broad-based BEE initiatives.“Through HPBI, the company will continue to contribute to our country’s economic growth by creating new jobs and opportunities for SMEs and ICT professionals, as well as addressing the skills shortages in critical areas,” she said.According to HP, the programme is designed to train 1 800 students over the next six-and-a-half years, with skills being delivered to existing BEE-compliant small and medium enterprises, enabling those companies to break through into the more sustainable high-end of the ICT industry.“The HPBI initiative is aligned with the Department of Communication’s national e-skills strategy, which aims to address the ICT skills requirements for the sector,” Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said.The company will identify individuals who will be placed in short-term skills programmes and one-year learnerships, equipping them with the necessary ICT skills, thereby helping create employment and reducing the skills gap in the sector. The first intake of graduates at the institute is scheduled for February 2008.Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa hailed the country’s first-ever equity-equivalent project, stating that it was “another significant milestone” in the country’s transformation process.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 13, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mother Nature becomes a little bi-polar in our latest forecast. We have cold air that wants to stay in control through the end of this week, but it has to endure some moderating pushes coming from the south and west. Then, next week, we look to get warm enough that approaching systems have more rain potential than snow. Overall, we are lowering our expectations of a white Christmas down to about a 20% chance – but we still can be bailed for a white Christmas by a Christmas day storm.  Here is how we see it at this time.A warm front tries to lift into west central and southwest Ohio today, but cannot get much farther north and east than that. The low pressure center that spawned this warm front will work into west and NW Ohio later this afternoon, and crosses the rest of the state overnight. We should see some snows associated with that low passage. These snows do not look as impressive as they did 24 and 48 hours ago and they do not extend as far south. But right now we do not think we are going to waver from our thoughts of 1”-4” of snow. There is potential for much higher totals over and north of Lake Erie…but they do not look to drift south at this time. Those snow totals are clearly north of I-70, and honestly, a good bit of those snow totals will be seen north of US 30. Areas between US 30 and I-70 may end up closer to a coating to an inch. We will see. Coverage north of 70 will be around 80% for at least some snow, and only 10% coverage of even snow flurries south of I-70 tonight into early tomorrow. By noon tomorrow, all action will be off to the east.High pressure behind the system keeps us dry and sunny through the balance of Thursday into early Friday. Northwest winds pick up Friday midday and that may bring some lake effect snows back to northern Ohio later Friday afternoon and Friday evening. WE can see a coating to 2 inches in northern Ohio, particularly NE Ohio, but nothing farther south.We should see a bit of a break for Saturday, and temperatures will start to moderate. Then, Sunday looks to turn wet. Strong south flow ahead of our next weather system takes temperatures up to the point where rain breaks out late Sunday morning over southern Southwest Ohio and moves north-northeast from there. Rain totals can be from .25”-.5”, and just south of the river we can see some .75” rains that we have to watch to make sure they don’t try and surge up into southern Ohio.  Farther north, temps don’t climb quite as much. We see a large chunk of the area from US 30 northward topping out only near 35 degrees Sunday.  That is warm enough for rain, but also cold enough for sloppy wet snow. So, liquid equivalent precipitation can be up to .5”, but we can see a mix of rain and wet snow in the north. 90% of the state sees some kind of action on Sunday.Next Monday we go drier behind that system, and we stay dry through Thursday morning over most of the state. The exception will be northeast Ohio, especially Tuesday. This will be another push of lake enhanced action. IT may not be all snow, but there will be some minor action around Tuesday afternoon and evening in NE OH, with liquid equivalent precipitation of .25” or less. Temperatures moderate through the period, and will be normal to even slightly above normal by midweek next week. Our final front of the 10 day period arrives late next Thursday overnight into Friday the 22nd. This front again brings mostly rain, as the cold air waits to arrive until after the moisture is gone. We look for .25”-.75” of rain over 70% of the state. That system will be the one that puts the nail in the coffin for a white Christmas, unless cold air can come faster.Dryer the 23rd into the 24th. Extended models are suggesting a potential late Christmas Eve system that goes through Christmas day. This system has good moisture potential…and if cold enough, may bail out those wanting a white Christmas. But, for now, it is far enough out that we are just going to watch it and see the track it wants to carve out.last_img read more