BRAC Liberia: Reaching, Serving and Creating Opportunities for the Underprivileged

first_imgBRAC Liberia NGO has reached 12,339 agriculture and livestock, vulnerable, and smallholder farmers whom it enabled to increase their income and resilience, and increased access to sufficient and nutritious food.BRAC is a development organisation founded by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in February 1972, soon after the liberation of Bangladesh to help settle returning refugees. Over the past 40 years, BRAC has developed, tested, and implemented development and poverty alleviation programmes in post-war and post-disaster contexts. This has enabled the organisation to replicate the same models in distressed countries in Asia and Africa. BRAC currently operates in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.BRAC International has been operating in Liberia through its country office BRAC Liberia since 2008. In recognition of its invaluable contributions to the socio-economic development of Liberia through sponsorship of multi-sectoral programmes, the organisation was awarded the highest national award “Knight Official of the Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption”.BRAC Liberia operations are conducted through two distinct legal entities namely: BRAC Liberia NGO and BRAC Liberia Microfinance Company Limited (BLMCL). BRAC Liberia as NGOBRAC Liberia is a non-governmental organisation which has successfully implemented a suite of holistic, integrated programmes focused on the following sectors: Food security and livelihoods, Education, Microfinance, Health and Adolescents and Youth related projects. The organisation is currently reaching vulnerable Liberians in ten counties through 33 branch office locations. The branch offices are located in the following counties ; Margibi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Gedeh, and Gbarpolu. Our human resources comprise of over 500 staff, of which 95% are national staffs and majority (63%) of whom are women.Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) ProgrammeThe programme’s core objective is to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition in Liberia, and to support a shift from subsistence to commercial farming. This is achieved through providing trainings on poultry and livestock production, climate smart agriculture, and production of nutrition rich crop varieties, diversified agricultural crop production, and post-harvest storage and processing, to the target populations. In addition, the programme provides approved farmers with agricultural inputs including; Day old chicks, pigs, goats, sheep, stress tolerant rice and cassava cuttings. Furthermore, the programme also provided “Cash for work” to most vulnerable household affected with disease like HIV or Ebola, disability, who engaged in casual labor, relied on hunting and gathering in the forest, and the landless, especially the female headed household.The programme has reached 12,339 agriculture and livestock, vulnerable, and smallholder farmers whom it enabled to increase their income and resilience, and increased access to sufficient and nutritious food.Additionally, the programme runs a poultry hatchery which produced 78,980 day-old-chicks. This is complemented by a chicken feed mill which produced 119 metric tons of feed over the period 2017 and 2018. The seed farm produced 1.5 tons of quality rice seed (Nerica L 19 variety) which was distributed among 1,500 project beneficiaries across the areas. BRAC FSL programme activities are implemented in 6 counties including; Bomi, Bong, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi, and Montserrado.Education Programme           This programme has two main areas of focus: early childhood development / education, and primary education. Since the inception of the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) now Liberia Education Advancement Programme (LEAP) Programme in September, 2016, BRAC Liberia has stimulated teaching and learning thereby dramatically improving learning outcomes which can be validated by the IPA’s Report, 2017. Consequently, BRAC was contracted as the second largest implementing partner of the Ministry of Education in its “Partnership School for Liberia (PSL)” project.  Subsequently, BRAC was assigned to operate additional 13 schools in Grand Gedeh during Year 2 Programme to the initial 20 public primary schools in two counties; Lofa and Nimba. The programme is intended to; enhance learning outcomes for under age children.Starting September, 2018, BRAC started implementing the Second chance project which focuses on increasing school enrollment, and provide basic education among out of school and school dropouts aged between 5 – 11 years. Enhancing the capacity of facilitators and project staffs’ is also entailed.  The project’s duration is 10 months during which it’s intended to reach 625 children in 2 districts (Klay and Suehn Mecca) located in Bomi County.Health, Nutrition & WaSH ProgrammeAfter successful completion of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Project and in 2017; we started another two projects – GFATM TB Project and MNHSD Project during Jul-Dec 2017. Through all these projects we sensitized women about maternal, child health, and referred clients to the nearby health centers to ensure improved health care services. Also, regular Health awareness sessions, community Mobilization, Health Campaigns were conducted on personal health and hygiene   issues. During 2017, CHPs covered 615,696 households and referred 78,156 clients to health institutions to seek health care related to maternal and child health issues like- Antenatal Care (ANC), safe delivery, Postnatal Care (PNC), Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI), Immunization and modern family planning methods. The program contributed towards better accessibility for health care among children. Children under five in catchments area of RMNCH project were 18% more likely to have received antimalarial drugs to treat malaria within 24 hours (RMNCH Report, 2017)The center piece of this program is the Community Health Promoters (CHPs). As of today, BRAC Liberia Health Program has been developed and trained 889CHPs and 490 Traditional Trained Midwives (TTMs)  in all seven counties under different project; those who are locally active and working on voluntary basis.Currently, we are implementing GFATM TB project (4th Phase) aiming to reduce morbidity and mortality of tuberculosis in Montserrado County, through providing; community mobilization and sensitization by conducting household visits, engaging in capacity building of CHPs and Government Community Health Volunteers (gCHVS), conducting campaigns on TB awareness, providing support for case identification, treatment, referrals, and providing joint monitoring and supervision. In addition, we will provide physiological and social support to TB patients during household visit, distribute IEC Materials and conduct awareness campaign among School Children in 10 selected schools in Monrovia. The project is scheduled to run from June – Dec 2018 initially and further extendable up to 2020.Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA)BRAC Liberia is implementing the ELA Programme in 4 counties (Bong, Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi) in 60 safe spaces. The aim of the programme is to enhance economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls to help them overcome their challenges and contribute towards reduction in teenage pregnancy. The programme engages the community and parents through convening community and parents meetings.Through their community volunteers commonly known as mentors, adolescents are provided with training on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), as well as encouraged to share knowledge and issues regarding SRH issues. It was based on this, BRAC Liberia was contracted by UNFPA to copperiest a comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) strategy which is about to be validated by the Government of Liberia.In addition, girls aged 15 – 19 years are provided with financial literacy training and access to loans for business enterprises. The Programme has reached 2562, provided training in financial literacy to 1838 and life skills training to 1800 adolescents. Further, 1067 adolescents have been provided with livelihood trainings and practical livelihood skills and input to 200 adolescents. During August, 2018, programme ensured provision of entrepreneurship skills training/Business coaching and mentoring to 125 adolescent within it four (4) operating counties in Liberia.Targeting the Ultra-Poor: Graduation Programme This is a pilot project which is going to be implemented in Unification Town-Air Port & Kakata branch in Margibi County and in Gbarnga branch in Bong County. The project is intended to eliminate extreme poverty among 750 women in ultra-poor households. Thus contribute towards informing national policy re-formulation or design regarding social safety mechanisms.The project’s approach entails providing trainings in both life skills and livelihood and support related to livelihoods, financial inclusion, social empowerment, health water and sanitation. BRAC Liberia Microfinance Company Limited (BLMCL)This is a company which is separate from the NGO, and is regulated by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). It focuses on providing financial services to the poor people, especially women who have no access to any financial services, and no assets to offer as collateral security for borrowings, but have income generating ideas. The loans to borrowers are collateral free; hence the business model is that first time borrowers are given small loans which gradually grow as they establish a track record with the company. Customers can take loans as small as LDR 10000 as long they have a sustainable income generating project.Being a limited company, it is required by its stakeholders to carry out its operations in a self-sustaining manner, therefore it follows sound commercial business practices that ensure it remains in business for the foreseeable future for the benefit of its customers and other stakeholders.The company continues to make diligent efforts to carefully balance the cost of its services to customers and the need to be operationally self-sufficient; hence it has kept interest rates low and consistently at the lower end of the range charged by comparable institutions operating in the country and in the regionMicro and Small business enterprises are catered for under the company’s Small Enterprise Programmeme (S.E.P) and the Micro, Medium Small Enterprise (M.S.M.E) Programme where the loan size reaches over US$1200.Microfinance Performance Overview: Owing to its limited sources of funding, the company’s collateral free loans have a short term duration with options to pay in 6 months or 12 months. This enables the money to benefit a larger pool of needy women. The short repayment cycle enables it to collect over 98% of loans, which demonstrates the determination to conserve capital, make a small surplus and stay in business for the foreseeable future.  The company is delighted with its 30 day Portfolio at Risk of 1.25% against an international benchmark of 3%.The company provided loans to 26,899 clients to whom it disbursed USD9.95million in 2018 through 25 branches in 6 counties with 11 branches in Monrovia where there is a concentration of enterprising women, and 14 branches outside of Monrovia. There are plans to expand to other counties over the next 5 years using mainly surpluses from current operating activities. Those branches presently employed 221 staff because of the labour intensive nature of the business.BRAC Liberia ascribes the success of its operations to the excellent relations that it has with, and the support from, key stakeholders who include the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Central Bank of Liberia, among others; to its dedicated staff; the donor community and the hard working people of Liberia.“BRAC Liberia will continue working with the Liberian people and its partners in the fight to improve livelihood through implementing various programmes across the country.”Signed By:ManagementBRAC LiberiaOld Road, Divine Town1000 Monrovia, 10 LiberiaShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Koe and team offer helping hand to local curlers

first_imgThe skip talked about the event, which will be taking place at the EnCana Events Centre from Jan.25-29.”These slam events are some of the toughest going. There are some of the best teams, played on the best ice and are some of the hardest to win. They are a lot of fun and we are looking forward to get back to Dawson Creek.”Koe and his team will first slide into action Wed. Jan.25 when they take on team Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C. in a round robin match, which begins at 7:30 p.m.For a look at the full draw list, or results please visit the tournament’s official website.Advertisement Every sheet of ice at the local curling club was occupied, as kids from all across the Peace Region attended and learned a few tips and tricks from the four pros.Everything from technique to strategy was covered at the clinic, as the pros offered nothing but friendly help to the young curlers.Following the clinic, Koe, the skip on his team, talked about the enjoyment of putting on clinics like Tuesday evenings.- Advertisement -“It’s great; we are all from small towns and all started in junior programs like these. It’s always nice to give back and be in communities we’ve never been in before and it’s a lot of fun.”He also talked about the importance of clinics like the one in Fort St. John to get kids interested in curling, especially because of a lack of opportunities to play the game these days.Koe and his team mates are in the Peace Region because they will be competing in the 2012 Pomeroy Inn & Suites National, part of the 2012 Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bomb scare at Man United training centre

first_imgMourinho’s side have been using UCLA’s Drake stadium as their base – a venue taken over by students, visitors and faculty members on Wednesday evening after a bomb threat.Many of those evacuated from housing around the campus gathered in the United-branded training base as the emergency services checked facilities were safe.A statement from UCLA read: “UCLA received a bomb threat on Wednesday evening and, as a precaution, ordered residents evacuated from campus housing at about 10.10pm.“Many of the residents who were affected gathered safely in Drake stadium while emergency responders checked campus facilities. No suspicious device was found.“At 12.20am on Thursday, residents were allowed to return to all residence halls at UCLA. Police are continuing to investigate.”United are due to return to training at UCLA for a double session on Thursday, while Real Madrid will also be training just metres away at North Athletic Field.A security team follows Mourinho’s side around the city, just as they do elsewhere on their travels, and UCLA security presence is visible around Drake Stadium.United play five matches on their pre-season tour of the United States, kicking off against LA Galaxy on Saturday.-By Sky Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United have been based at Drake Stadium throughout the week .PHOTO/Sky SportsLOS ANGELES, USA, Jul 13 – A bomb threat led hundreds of students to seek refuge at Manchester United’s pre-season base at in Los Angeles, just hours after Jose Mourinho’s men finished training.United arrived in California on Sunday for their pre-season tour and have been undertaking double training sessions at the college since the start of the week.last_img read more

Tanzanians count SportPesa Super Cup gains

first_imgWhile Yanga, Singida and Simba had completed their domestic campaign, JKU were preparing for the play-off round with the top two teams from Pemba Islands to determine the overall winner of the Zanzibar league after finishing top of the Unguja region.“It was a great opportunity for us to weigh ourselves against one of the best teams in the region and see what we need to do to ensure that we go back home better,” JKU head coach Salum Khatib Omar said after his side’s 3-0 loss to eventual champions Gor Mahia in the quarter finals.“In football you must be ready for any result and for us I think we did well in many areas. Gor are a better side, they are more experienced and physically, they are at a better place. For us, we were not at our best physically also considering most of our players are fasting,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia winger George Odhiambo is tackled by JKU’s Suleiman Mwinyi during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOmar further notes that the opportunity to play in the SportPesa Super Cup also handed them an opportunity to learn from other teams and give them an edge when they go back to vie for the title at home as well as preparing for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Meanwhile, Yanga who had a disastrous season domestically further had a disappointing outing in Nakuru, bowing out in the quarter finals after losing 3-1 to debutants Kakamega Homeboyz.The Tanzanian giants have expressed they will not be taking part in this month’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup as they choose to concentrate on their CAF Confederation Cup campaign where they will clash with Kenya’s Gor.Assistant coach Juma Mensah was dejected that his side bowed out in the first round of matches, but noted the gains picked from the tournament will be vital even as among other agendas they plot to wrestle the title back from sworn enemies Simba.“We had very many new young players in the squad because up to seven of our first team players were not with us. This tournament gave the young boys a chance to show what they can do and gain experience,” Mensah noted.His charges will face Gor in the first leg of the Confederation Cup on July 18 in Nairobi before playing the return leg in Dar es Salaam 10 days later.AFC Leopards winger Brian Marita wheels past Singida United’s Kennedy Juma during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Singida United came into the tournament under the tutelage of new head coach Suleiman ‘Morocco’ Hemed who was taking over from Dutchman Hans van der Pluijm who left for Azam at the close of the season.Hemed who guided Zanzibar to the CEACAFA Senior Challenge Cup final last year said it was a good starting point from him and added winning the tournament’s bronze was a huge plus for his confidence and that of the team.“It was very difficult to plan for this tournament because I am new in the team and I didn’t even have time to know the players and train with them. Everything we did was in-match and that made it very tough for us,” the tactician said.He added; “I can say it’s a good start and I have seen the players and their abilities and also if need be where we need to bring in new players. From here now we can plan for the new season.”Singida finished sixth in the Tanzanian Premier League on their debut season and reached the domestic cup final. From the Super Cup experience, Hemed is confident they can be a force to reckon next season in the Tanzanian top tier.Simba SC players pose for a group photo before their SportPesa Super Cup final against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Simba SC who lost the final to Kenyan giants K’Ogalo were disappointed not to end their otherwise successful season with a ticket to England but stand-in coach Djuma Massoud was pleased with the performance of his players.“This was a good opportunity for me to give the young players a chance to prove themselves. We also have very many new players who needed an opportunity to integrate with the team and I am pleased with how they performed,” Djuma noted.He added; “Obviously it is sad for us not to win but we choose to look at the positive side of it and what we have gained.”Simba will now switch their attention to the Kagame Cup which kicks off later this month.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Singida United players walk out for warm up before their SportPesa Super Cup semi-final match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12- The week-long SportPesa Super Cup hosted in Nakuru gave the four invited Tanzanian clubs an opportunity for post-season review with the teams saying they gained massively from the tourney after the completion of their domestic campaign.Champions Simba SC who reached the final and lost to Gor Mahia, third placed side Singida United, Yanga and Zanzibar’s Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) were the invited sides from Tanzania.last_img read more

COULD OLYMPIC 5K TIME BE BROKEN IN TERMON TONIGHT?!

first_imgA large crowd is expected in Termon this evening for the Termon GAA 5k Fun Run/Walk.The event starts at the Craobhin Centre at 7.30pm and fininshes at the Termon GAA pitch with registration form 5.30pm. Organisers are appealing to everyone to come and register early as a large crowd is expected with the fine evening.Patsy McGonagle, the Irish Athletics Team Manager will start the Race/Walk on what will be his last official engagement before he heads to London!!Organisers are not expecting any Olympic qualifying times but you never know!!  COULD OLYMPIC 5K TIME BE BROKEN IN TERMON TONIGHT?! was last modified: July 12th, 2012 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

Men’s Basketball Names Award Winners At Annual Postseason Banquet

first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team handed out its annual postseason awards on April 10, 2016, at the team’s postseason banquet hosted by Sheraton – West Des Moines.Sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) was honored as the season’s Most Valuable Player. The guard led the team in scoring at 16.8 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting and was 40-of-99 (.404) from the three-point arc. He also had 112 rebounds on the season and was second on the team in assists with 78. He scored 20 or more points in a game nine times during the season to earn honorable mention All-MVC honors. He was also named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a five-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week.Fellow sophomore Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) earned the team’s ‘Best Defender’ award for his continued improvement and commitment to defense. As the team’s best defender, her regularly drew the toughest defensive assignment on the floor and Junior Jacob Enevold (Lunderskov, Denmark) was recognized as the team’s ‘Top Rebounder’ for the second-consecutive year. Enevold averaged 5.1 rebounds per game and hauled in a season-high 13 boards against DePaul and had two other games in double-figures on the glass.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Clarity sought over existing energy scheme applications in Donegal

first_imgFianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has called on the Environment Minister to clarify whether homeowners who signed up to the Deep Energy Retrofit Scheme issued by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will be reimbursed for work they have carried out on their homes.The SEAI has confirmed that the scheme has run out of funding, with the demand far exceeding the level of funding available.Deputy McConalogue said: “This is just the latest case of Fine Gael mismanagement of its own policies. Only a few months ago the government launched a Climate Action plan with higher retrofitting targets and now today we have confirmation from the SEAI that it has reached its funding limit for this year and that new application cannot be considered. “People living in Donegal want to play their part in reducing emissions and tackling climate change, but the government’s low level of ambition is preventing them from doing that.“The demand for this deep retrofitting scheme is a clear indication that people are willing to make the necessary changes, but they need to be able to access supports to carry out what can be very expensive works.“Just like the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan this Fine Gael government seems happy to don the hard hats, pose for photos, and announce new projects but the substance is not there.“Now homeowners are losing out because the government failed to provide the necessary funding for this retrofitting scheme. “Some people, who have been in the evaluation process for months, had already begun investing in their home to make it more energy-efficient.  They may not get that money back if funding is not made available.“Minister Bruton needs to urgently clarify the situation for families who have already committed to these works, and when a new retrofit scheme will be put in place,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Clarity sought over existing energy scheme applications in Donegal was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

South Africa’s Performance in the 2019 WEF Global Competitiveness Index improves

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 09 October 2019 – Brand South Africa welcomes the release of the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), which indicates South Africa’s over-all ranking improved position from 67 out of 140 nations in 2018, to position 60 out 141 nations in 2019.The WEF GCI is made up of 12 pillars, each covering a unique area of performance that ultimately influences the over-all competitiveness profile of the market. It offers insights into the prospects of 141 economies, providing unique acumen into the drivers of economic growth. Competitiveness has a direct impact on the reputation of countries for several reasons, but primarily plays a role in framing an understanding of the broader environments that impact on societal productivity and efficiency. Most importantly, competitiveness is a major factor that impacts Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) decisions.According to the GCI data, South Africa now ranks number 1 out of 141 nations for budget transparency, a significant ranking that is an illustration of the robust and transparent political governance system of the country, which is anchored on the Constitution of the Republic. This is also supported by the Open Budget Index, where South Africa ranks number 2 out of 103 nations, clearly highlighting South Africa’s high levels of transparency in its political governance system. South Africa’s ranking on judicial independence also improves markedly with fifteen positions in 2018 and currently stands at 33 out of 141 nations.South Africa’s over-all performance in the 2019 GCI is specifically driven by improvements in Institutions, Health, and the Product Market.The Institutions pillar improves from 69 out of 140 to 55 out of 141 – this is due to reputational damage in the area of governance in recent years;Health, also historically a weaker area of SA’s performance, improves from 125 to 118 in 2019;Product market improves from 74 to 69 in 2019.Speaking on the results, Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock says; “Interestingly enough following on 2018, a year wherein local and global media carried extensive and mostly negative coverage on South Africa’s proposed Land reform policy, South Africa’s rankings in Property Rights & Quality Land Administration show improvement. This affirms the country’s strengthened competitiveness profile and a growing economy”.While there are notable improvements, it is also important to note that there are several indicators which show negative movement that calls for urgent interventions, especially in the era of 4IR”.Other areas that have negatively impacted South Africa’s performance include;The skillset of graduates declines from 85 to 102 out of 141;Ease of hiring foreign labour also declines from 102 to 123 out of 141;Attitudes towards entrepreneurial risk; the country also declines from 38 to 46 out of 141“The Financing for SMEs declines from 72 to 96/141 as well as the attitudes towards entrepreneurial. These are particularly concerning in a period of slow GDP growth, and continued emphasis placed on the development of entrepreneurship, and to increase support for SME development,” adds Dr De Kock.For the full report; World Economic Forum 2019. The Global Competitiveness Report – 2019. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TheGlobalCompetitivenessReport2019.pdfBrand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews. RSVPS/Enquiries      :      Ntombi NtanziEmail: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number: 064 890 6819last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, April 30, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Another round of rain will be with us today, and we have no significant changes in our forecast going forward. There is still way too much moisture around, and yesterday’s rain action from northern Indiana across lower Michigan and into northern Ohio was in some cases much higher than we were hoping for. Today will see showers moving across central and northern Ohio, but they spread south tonight, and then additional rains come tomorrow and Thursday. Showers still look strong on Friday statewide, and we may even have to deal with some lingering shower action in southern/SW Ohio on Saturday morning before clearing starts to win out. All told, we are expecting an additional .5”-2” for the remainder of the week with 90% coverage.  That runs today through Saturday morning. The map at right shows cumulative precipitation for that period. Saturday should have clouds giving way to sun in the north through the day, but clouds dominate most of the south. The Sunday period starts with a mix of clouds and sun, but clouds quickly take over, as additional shower action returns. We have a wet finish to the weekend Sunday night into Monday, with a few hundredths to .3” coming with those showers. High pressure sets up over  Indiana and western Ohio for next Monday morning and midday, allowing for a rare dry 24 hour period. However, that high will not linger long. Showers and thunderstorms start to move over the northern part of the corn belt and the great lakes for Tuesday. Rains in MI will drag into Ohio Tuesday, and then Wednesday action sags farther south. By Thursday, the showers will be statewide. Once again, the combined totals favor the heaviest rains in the northern half to third of the state. Cumulative rain totals will be from .25”-1” with coverage at 80% of the state over the Tuesday-Thursday period. Models went wetter in the extended period yesterday and continue to show that today. We start the extended period with a dry Friday. But then rain comes Friday night into Saturday morning, likely a tenth to .4”. Two more waves are expected in the extended period. One Sunday with a half to 1” of rain, and the second for Tuesday the 14th into Wednesday the 15th. That one can bring .1”-1” with coverage at 60%, mostly north. Temps the next 10 days will be mostly normal. We will be a little warmer tomorrow into Thursday, but the rest of the period features nothing special in terms of temps. This pattern continues to show difficult conditions for getting any fieldwork done in many areas.last_img read more

Kupwara operation at controlling stage: IGP Pani

first_imgThe operation by security forces against the militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara is at the “controlling stage,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S.P. Pani said on Thursday morning.“The combing operation is on in the area. It’s at the controlling stage,” Mr. Pani said in Srinagar, after the laying wreath on the mortal remains of two slain policemen. Five militants and five security forces, including three Armymen, were killed in the encounter that started on Tuesday afternoon at Kupwara’s Halmatpora belt.The killed militants were foreigners and belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, said Mr. Pani. “We have recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. It was a very difficult operation in view of thick vegetation and open area,” he explained.Kupwara is over 110 km north of Srinagar and is a frontier district close to the Line of Control.last_img read more