Violent undercurrent to Limerick City’s drug problem

first_img TAGSAlan JacquesAna Liffey Drug projectfeaturedheroinlimerickTony Duffin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleThis weeks #LimerickPostNext articleAAA called to account over Limerick street collections Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Twitter NewsLocal NewsViolent undercurrent to Limerick City’s drug problemBy Alan Jacques – February 12, 2015 1922 WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Print Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories THE Ana Liffey Drug Project Mid-West have provided a positive response to substance abuse in the city through its ‘low threshold — harm reduction’ model since opening its doors in 2012. Limerick Post reporter Alan Jacques met with its outreach team who work with some of the city’s estimated 800 heroin users.Rachel Conway, Team Leader and Aoife Marshall, Project Worker with Mid-West Ana Liffey Drug Project. Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22WHILE the profile of heroin users around the country indicates that many become involved in drugs to cope with past traumas and hurts, a more disturbing picture has emerged on the streets of Limerick.At the height of Limerick’s gangland feud, one young man in a disadvantaged city estate made the “conscious decision” to start using heroin as an escape from the vicious cycle of violence in his community. He said he took heroin so as to be considered unreliable and escape pressure to be involved in gangland activity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “By using drugs, he would have been considered unreliable by these criminals and was then left alone and not bothered by the gangs. It would have been very difficult for young men in these areas to escape the feud. He thought he would probably get off heroin easily enough, but 10 years on he was still using,” Dawn Russell, Head of Services at Ana Liffey Drug Project told the Limerick Post.The Ana Liffey Drug Project was established as Ireland’s first ‘low threshold – harm reduction’ service during the height of the drugs epidemic that swept through Dublin’s North Inner City area in the early 1980s. The response to heroin use at the time was muddled at best and for those whose lives were being destroyed by substance abuse, the organisation founded by Jesuit priest Frank Brady must have seemed a ray of light in a time of dark despair.Since opening its doors in Limerick in May 2012, Ana Liffey has engaged with the most marginalised members of society and offered a hand of friendship to those who know little other than despair and chaos in their daily lives. The number using heroin in Limerick is estimated at about 800 and, since setting up in Limerick almost three years ago, Ana Liffey has engaged with 460 heroin users in the Mid-West, with all but about 20 of these located in the city.Based in the Fairgreen, the group operates in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary, among people affected by problem substance abuse, their families and the wider community. Currently engaging with around 120 drug users locally, the organisation provides a range of services including assertive outreach, needle and syringe programme, medical services and assessment for residential treatment.The profile of drug users availing of Ana Liffey’s services nationwide is typically 70/30 in favour of men. However, in Limerick, Ana Liffey staff have noted these numbers balance out at 50/50 between the sexes.They have also noted that drug users in Limerick report issues, seemingly unique to the city.Where many drug addicts report violence and abuse in their past, in Limerick, people presenting to the Ana Liffey claim that this threat of violence and abuse is ongoing for them.“Compared to other regions in the country, we get much higher reports of physical attacks in Limerick. Drug users here are facing that threat of violence every day — it’s imminent,” said Ms Russell.“Be it domestic abuse, sexual abuse, violence, intimidation or family feuds, we have seen a trend in Limerick where substance users are particularly vulnerable. We’ve also heard horror stories from women in Limerick about men, often much older men, who appear to be kind and offer to take them in and give them a bed for the night, only later for these women to be opportunistically attacked or abused. It’s a hellish and chaotic existence,” she added.Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Tony Duffin, agrees that the profile of its clients in the Mid-West region distinguishes it from other areas.Director of Ana Liffey Drug Project, Tony Duffin“Many of the women who access our services in the Mid-West report that they are victims of significant levels of abuse. Often they do not wish to report their experiences to the Gardaí for fear of reprisal from the alleged perpetrators or their associates — either immediately after reporting or in the years to come,” Mr Duffin explains.The situation for men in the region is also concerning, and they too often report being victims of violence.Mr Duffin said that the fear associated with violence could impact on the individual’s ability to make positive choices.“This is highlighted by the experience of the young man who reported to us that he made a conscious decision to take heroin so that he would be considered unreliable and untrustworthy. In this way, he hoped to escape the pressure he was coming under to be involved in organised crime,” he commented.While the levels of violence reported to the Ana Liffey in Limerick are high compared to other parts of the country, the other issues people experience are similar to those in other areas.“Both men and women are often homeless as well as using drugs problematically. The lasting solutions to these problems are appropriate housing with support, provided on a ‘housing first’ basis, and timely access to suitable treatment and rehabilitation,” Mr Duffin stated.But there’s a distinct lack of options in these areas.“Ultimately, Ireland has limited resources to deal with problem drug use and associated issues. Both nationally and locally, we need to target the resources we have towards evidence informed interventions that reduces the harm drug use causes to individuals, families and communities in cost effective ways.”Most of Ana Liffey’s clients are between 20 and 30 years old and also tend to present as poly-drug users. Funded predominantly by the State, Ana Liffey does not charge for any of its addiction services and team members emphasise the importance of treating its clients with “respect and dignity”.“A lot of the time we are the first to engage and have a real conversation with people. Drugs are a big part of their identity and they tend to isolate themselves, as they have not had very many positive experiences. They are very vulnerable and live totally chaotic and traumatic lives,” said Ana Liffey’s Team Leader in Limerick, Rachel Conway.A direct link has emerged in the city in the last couple of years between young people abusing benzodiazepines, known as ‘benzos’ and ‘upjohns’, and the increase of heroin use. ‘Benzos’ includes drugs such as Xanax and Valium and their more dangerous street versions such as ‘stick’.Ana Liffey have also seen evidence of Limerick drug users taking Lyrica, a prescription drug for controlling seizures and treating nerve pain.“I was on Xanax, I was on more than I should have been. I was out of my head going out doing very stupid things and then I started dabbling with heroin. My mother died three years ago and I got on Xanax first and then I went completely off the rails and pushed everyone that was near to me away,” 22-year-old Ana Liffey service user Carol (not her real name) told the Limerick Post.“I just constantly wanted to be stoned and live in a different world. I’d take anything at all just to take away that reality. My mother and her partner were heroin addicts so I had seen it from a very young age. I knew all about it and I swore I’d never go down that path, but you don’t know what’s in front of you. I had witnessed my mother on heroin since I was around seven or eight up till 18 when she died,” the young woman admits.Research undertaken by homelessness agency Novas Initiatives, revealed that in an 18-month period between May 2012 and November 2013, they responded to 34 overdoses — an average of one incident every two weeks. The first study of its kind in Ireland, it confirmed that benzodiazepines and heroin were the drugs most frequently used by those interviewed in Limerick, with one-fifth injecting daily.This week the Limerick Post joined Ana Liffey Mid-West’s outreach team in the city centre as they set out to provide clean needles and syringes to drug users; a health promotion intervention grounded in the organisation’s harm reduction philosophy.Team Leader Rachel Conway and Project Worker Aoife Marshall both carried plastic bags filled with injecting equipment and other drug paraphernalia such as needles, syringes, water, pots, bins and Vitamin C, available at no cost to those who might need it. The Mid-West outreach team also offers a wide range of advice and support regarding safer drug use and safer injecting techniques, tailored to the drug users needs. The aim of this service is to reduce the damage associated with sharing used injecting equipment.“This all helps the wider community,” Rachel explains.“You can’t just tell them to give up drugs altogether because they are not ready for that. We engage with them and if we get them to trust us, that’s a big thing. We work with them to find a way to be able to look after themselves and keep them safe by not overdosing,” she said.Ana Liffey Drug Project Mid-West team leader Rachel ConwayOne drug user we met begging on Denmark Street is freezing cold so the outreach team buys him a warm coffee and engages him in even warmer conversation to gage his wellbeing. This human interaction manages to bring a smile to the young man’s face and the team moves on happy in the knowledge that he has no pressing health issues.“It’s quiet today. Sometimes they come into town early, get their money and disappear then to buy their drugs,” Rachel points out.Set up as an alternative to the ‘just say no’ abstinence-based approach of the eighties, Ana Liffey works on the frontline engaging and supporting those who’ve slipped off the radar. The organisation’s work brings about positive change in the lives of substance users in a non-judgmental environment.For 22-year-old drug user Carol, this model has made a positive difference.“I made lovely friends here and the support is brilliant. They go out of their way to get you here. They give you help and I want to thank them because they are a very good group of people. God only know where half of us would be without them,” she says.As I depart the Ana Liffey Mid-West team on the city’s streets, the words of Dr Seuss spring into mind: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”For more details on Ana Liffey Drug Project log on to www.aldp.ie or call their Freephone number 1800 78 68 28. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebooklast_img read more

Centre Notifies Rules For Regulation of Social Media Intermediaries, OTT Platforms & Online Media

first_imgTop StoriesCentre Notifies Rules For Regulation of Social Media Intermediaries, OTT Platforms & Online Media Akshita Saxena25 Feb 2021 3:03 AMShare This – x The Central Government on Thursday announced the Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 to regulate the social media intermediaries, OTT platforms and online news and current affairs websites. The Rules prescribing a Code of Ethics and a three-tier content regulation mechanism have been framed under the decades…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login The Central Government on Thursday announced the Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 to regulate the social media intermediaries, OTT platforms and online news and current affairs websites. The Rules prescribing a Code of Ethics and a three-tier content regulation mechanism have been framed under the decades old Information Technology Act, 2000. They have come into force with their notification in the Official Gazette today. Code of Ethics in Relation to Digital/Online Media The Code of Ethics shall inter alia apply to publishers of online curated content and intermediaries. It stipulates that an applicable entity shall exercise due caution and shall take into consideration the following factors, when deciding to feature any content on its platform: Content which affects the sovereignty and integrity of India; Content which threatens, endangers or jeopardizes the security of the State; Content which is detrimental to India’s friendly relations with foreign countries.India’s multi-racial and multi-religious context.Activities, beliefs, practices, or views of any racial or religious group in India. It also stipulates categories of rating from U to A based on several factors like language, nudity, violence, etc.The Ministry shall establish an online Grievance Portal, as the central repository for receiving and processing all grievances from the public in respect of the Code of Ethics Three-tier grievance redressal framework for news sites and OTT platforms For ensuring adherence to the abovesaid Code of Ethics and for addressing the grievances thereof, the Government has proposed a three-tier structure as under: Level I – Self-regulation by the applicable entity An applicable entity shall establish appoint an India based Grievance Redressal Officer, for redressal of grievances. He shall act as the nodal point for interaction with the complainant, the self-regulating body and the Ministry. The applicable entity shall address the grievance and inform the complainant of its decision within 15 days. Level II — Self-regulation by the self-regulating bodies of the applicable entities All applicable entities shall come together to form an independent “Self-Regulatory Body” that shall be headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court, appointed from a panel prepared by the Ministry. The Body will further comprise of maximum six members, being experts from the field of media, broadcasting, technology and entertainment. This Body shall perform the following functions: Oversee and ensure adherence to the Code of EthicsProvide guidance to such entities on various aspects of the Code of EthicsAddress grievances which have not been resolved by such entities within the stipulated period of 15 daysHear appeals filed by the complainant against the decision of such entitiesIssue advisories to entities for ensuring compliance to the Code of Ethics While disposing a grievance or an appeal, the Self-regulatory Body shall have the following powers: Issue warning, censure, admonish or reprimand such entityRequire an apology by such entityRequire such entity to include a warning card or a disclaimer Further, in case the Body is of opinion that there is a need for taking of action in relation to the complaint under Section 69A of the IT Act, refer such complaint to the Oversight Mechanism. Level III – Oversight mechanism by the Central Government Where the applicable entity fails to comply with the advisories of the self-regulating body, the latter shall refer the matter to the Oversight Mechanism within prescribed time. The Oversight Mechanism with have the following functions- Publish a charter, including Codes of Practices, for self-regulating bodiesDevelop the Grievance portal for prompt disposal of the grievancesEstablish an Inter-Departmental Committee for hearing grievancesRefer to the Inter-Departmental Committee grievances arising out of the decision of the self-regulating body or where no decision has been taken by the self-regulating body within the stipulated time period Inter-Departmental Committee The IT Ministry shall constitute an Inter-Departmental Committee consisting of representatives from: Ministry of Information and BroadcastingMinistry of Women and Child DevelopmentMinistry of Law and JusticeMinistry of Home AffairsMinistry of Electronics and Information TechnologyMinistry of External AffairsMinistry of DefenceIndian Computer Emergency Response Team Such other Ministries and Organizations, including domain experts, that it may decide. The functions of this Committee shall include hearing complaints regarding violation or contravention of the Code of Ethics by an applicable entity — arising out of grievances in respect of decisions taken at the Level I or II, including where no such decision is taken within the time specifiedSuo motu if in the opinion of the Committee such hearing is necessary, for reasons to be recorded in writingReferred to it by the Ministry. It shall then make its recommendations to the Ministry as under : Issue warning, censure, admonish or reprimand such entityRequire an apology by such entityRequire such entity to include a warning card or a disclaimer Due diligence to be observed by Intermediaries Rule 4 of the 2021 Draft Rules provide 16-due diligence rules to be followed by intermediaries in India. Further, all intermediaries shall be required to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer who shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with the Act. he shall also act as a nodal person of contact for 24×7 coordination with law enforcement agencies and officers to ensure compliance to their orders or requisitions made in accordance with the provisions of law. Centre releases the draft of rules to regulate social media intermediaries, OTT platforms and digital/online news media. The rules titled “INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (GUIDELINES FOR INTERMEDIARIES AND DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS CODE) RULES, 2021” will come into force when notified.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) February 25, 2021 Commenting on the rules, Sidharth Varadarajan, founding editor of ‘The Wire’ said :”On a quick reading, the burdens being placed on publishers of digital news go beyond the basic restrictions on freedom of speech (and thus freedom of the press) envisaged by Article 19 and are therefore ultra vires the Constitution. Digital publishers are already subject to Article 19 restrictions and the numerous defamation cases filed against them, not to speak of various criminal cases, are proof of how existing laws are being used (or abused) in order to regulate digital media. The Indian constitution does not grant the executive the power to sit in judgment over the suitability of content published by the media. Granting an inter-ministerial committee of bureaucrats the power to pass judgment on what can and can’t be published or to decide on whether a media platform has responded adequately to grievances raised by members of the public has no basis in law and will amount to killing freedom of the press in India. Just to reiterate, existing laws already define the reasonable restrictions on press freedom in India and any reader or government official with a grievance is free to seek a legal remedy provided it falls within the four walls of the “reasonable restrictions” defined by the constitution and 70 years of Indian jurisprudence on them. The media cannot be compelled to address “grievances” that go beyond that Lakshman Rekha”.Click here to read/download the RulesSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

West Genesee, Bishop Ludden boys soccer advance in sectionals

first_imgIt was close and hard-fought, but the Wildcats won 1-0, the decisive moment coming in the first half when Justin Klaczko put in the game’s lone goal.The Wildcats’ defense did the rest, turning back every Northstars charge in the latter stages and helping WG earn a chance at toppling top seed and defending champion Baldwinsville in Wednesday’s AA semifinal at Jamesville-DeWitt. The winner meets Henninger or Liverpool (who ousted no. 2 seed Fayetteville-Manlius in penalty kicks) in next Monday’s sectional title game, also at J-D.As for Bishop Ludden, the no. 3 seed in Class C, the desire to win a sectional title was augmented by wanting to send its revered head coach, Oscar Vergara, into retirement on the highest note possible. Tags: Bishop Luddenboys soccerWest Genesee Hosting no. 14 seed LaFayette in last Wednesday’s opening round, the Gaelic Knights were relatively quiet at the outset, but took charge in the second half to eliminate the Lancers 5-1.At the forefront of the getaway were Noah Kerwin and Liam Casey, each of whom scored twice as Kerwin chipped in a pair of assists. Luke Infanti earned one goal and one assist, with Michael Gaughan and Charlie Colella also earning assists.This allowed Ludden another home game on Friday as it battled no.  6 seed Waterville (who ousted Beaver River 3-0) in the sectional quarterfinals. Amid a steady rain, the two teams absorbed plenty of mud and grit, but the Gaelic Knights still emerged with a 1-0 victory.Through a scoreless first half, both sides had many opportunities without converting. That continued until Gaughan, in the second half, found an opening and put one past Indians goalie Cole Pearsall.For the game, Pearsall had 14 saves, yet Waterville could not help him out, taking 11 shots, all stopped by Jim McGarvey.In the sectional Class C semifinals Wednesday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, Ludden would face no. 2 seed Bishop Grimes, with whom it split two regular-season meetings. The winner there goes to the Nov. 5 sectional final against South Lewis or Westmoreland/Oriskany.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Whether it was West Genesee working among the large schools or Bishop Ludden attempting to conquer small schools, a pair of area high school boys soccer teams had all kinds of motivation heading into the Section III playoffs.In the case of the Wildcats, it was a chance to confirm that its slow, steady rise among large-school programs could sustain itself amid post-season pressure, having lost 4-0 to Liverpool in its sectional opener a season ago.WG took a no. 4 seed into Thursday night’s quarterfinal at Mike Messere Field against no. 5 seed Cicero-North Syracuse, whom it beat 1-0 just one week earlier. A date in the semifinals with top seed and defending champion Baldwinsville was at stake.last_img read more

Ravena, Teng lead respective teams in mini-tournament at Draft Combine

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But it’s not all Ravena and Teng as the coaches in attendance also took notice of some stalwarts in day one.Raymar Jose, Louie Vigil, Julian Sargent, Jon Gabriel, Jett Manuel, Gab Dagangon, Davon Potts, and Michael Juico are just some of the prospects who churned out solid performances for their respective teams.The mini-tournament continues on Tuesday as it goes on to the crossover semis.Ravena’s Team A-2 will take on Team B-2 of Vigil and Sargent at 9 a.m., while Teng’s Team B-3 face off against Team A-1 of Jose and Manuel at 10 a.m.Team A-3 of Potts and Mac Tallo and Team B-1 of Juico and Arvie Bringas will also be meeting in a battle for fifth game at 11 a.m., before the losers of the crossover semis face off at 1 p.m. in a battle for third.ADVERTISEMENT There will also be a three-point shootout at 2 p.m., before the Finals commence at 2:30 a.m.The Scores:First Game:A-2 71 – Perkins 20, Flores 13, Herndon 13, De Chavez 8, Ravena 7, Cabahug 6, Manuel 4, Geronimo 0.A-1 49 – Casiño 12, Dagangon 12, Moralde 11, Jose 8, Apreku 4, Dela Peña 0.Second Game:B-2 60 – Vigil 17, Gabriel 13, Palma 12, Sumido 7, Baltazar 6, Sargent 3, Torres 2.B-1 58 – Bringas 16, Juico 15, Ortega 11, Onwubere 8, Capacio 6, Grimaldo 2, Sollano 0.Third Game:A-1 72 – Jose 24, Manuel 22, Dagangon 10, Apreku 6, Casiño 5, Moralde 5.A-3 68 – Potts 13, Nalos 12, Bulawan 10, Tallo 10, Gabayni 9, Enguio 9, Arong 5. PBA IMAGESKiefer Ravena and Jeron Teng captained their respective crews to the top of their groups in the 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine mini-tournament Monday at Gatorade Hoops Center.Ravena, a two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player, anchored Team A-2 as they swept Group A in lopsided fashion.ADVERTISEMENT The former Ateneo stalwart displayed his playmaking skills in his side’s 71-49 rout of  Team A-1 as Jason Perkins (20 points), Lervin Flores (13 points), and Robbie Herndon (13 points) did the damage on offense.Ravena, then, took charge down the stretch to pull off the 69-58 win over Team A-3, firing nine of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHerndon continued his stellar showing in the second game, going perfect from the field to wound up with 23 markers, as Flores had 13.Meanwhile, the Teng-led Team B-3 had its victory come in contrasting fashion, squeaking out a 44-41 thriller over Team B-2, and a close 49-48 shave against Team B-1.Teng showcased his full array of talent in the combine, pacing his side with 10 points in a highly physical first game before going for 23 markers in the second game, but not before dishing out the game winning assist to Kyle Neypes for the go-ahead bucket in the waning seconds of the second game. Runner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turn Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Fourth Game:B-3 44 – Teng 10, Grospe 9, Neypes 8, Nicholls 8, Abrigo 5, Sara 4, Cahilig 0.B-1 41 – Juico 19, Capacio 8, Sollano 6, Grimaldo 3, Ortega 3, Onwubere 2, Bringas 0.Fifth Game:A-2 69 – Ravena 24, Herndon 23, Flores 14, Perkins 8, Geronimo 0, Cabahug 0, De Chavez 0.A-3 58 – Potts 16, Gabayni 12, Arong 10, Tallo 9, Nalos 5, Bulawan 4, Enguio 2.Sixth Game:B-3 49 – Teng 23, Grospe 10, Neypes 4, Abrigo 7, Sara 5, Nicholls 0.B-2 48 – Vigil 16, Gabriel 9, Sargent 9, Baltazar 6, Palma 6, Torres 2, Sumido 0.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast October 8, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sunny and dry for the rest of the week. Temperatures will slowly climb through the period. There can be a few more clouds around on Thursday, but they will not have any good moisture threat.Saturday Rain totalsA cold front moves through the state on Saturday. This cold front is part of a very strong system that will pound the upper Midwest and northern plains with snow later this week. However, the front has limited moisture by the time it gets here, and will losing some strength too, with the strong low maturing over Canada. All that to say that we expect showers over Ohio with 90% coverage on Saturday, rain totals from a tenth to half an inch.Mostly sunny, dry and cooler for Sunday. We may even see some patchy frost Sunday morning over Ohio, but the threat does not look as impressive as 24 hours ago. However, models are still significantly different…with the GFS model much colder, and the Euro more mild. We will continue to watch this period for changes in cold air magnitude as we get closer to its arrival. WE stay dry for Monday with plenty of sunshine.Tuesday of next week, we see clouds increase, and then a few showers work through. From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday midday we can see a few hundredths to half an inch of moisture develop, with the heaviest action overnight Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in far SE Ohio. Coverage will end up being around 70% of the state.We finish the 10 day period and go through the entire 11-16 day window with rain free weather. WE are dry from next Wednesday afternoon through the following Wednesday (23rd) with generally sunny to partly cloudy skies. As it stands right now, this could turn out to be another excellent harvest window.last_img read more