ColumnsAnother Challenge to Independence of Constitutional Institutions: Can AP Government Remove Election Commissioner? Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu15 April 2020 10:09 PMShare This – xAndhra Pradesh Ordinance on term of SEC is now under challenge before the bench headed by Chief Justice Maheswari, of AP High Court, who gave four weeks of time to Government to answer the petitions filed by N Ramesh Kumar, ‘removed’ SEC and others. A serious Constitutional controversy is kicked off by the AP Government, which used its extraordinary power through promulgation of ordinance to…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?LoginAndhra Pradesh Ordinance on term of SEC is now under challenge before the bench headed by Chief Justice Maheswari, of AP High Court, who gave four weeks of time to Government to answer the petitions filed by N Ramesh Kumar, ‘removed’ SEC and others. A serious Constitutional controversy is kicked off by the AP Government, which used its extraordinary power through promulgation of ordinance to get rid of Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar as State Election Commissioner, around 8 months in advance. Can the AP Council of Ministers led by its Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, recommend the Governor to promulgate an ordinance which is blatantly violative of Article 243-K of the Constitution seriously undermining the independence of the State Election Commission which might compromise the fairness of elections to local bodies which is now pending? How could the Governor of AP simply promulgate the ordinance showing Nelsons’ Eye to a significant article 243 K? If the AP Government does not want AP State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar to continue in his office, only recourse left to them is to prepare for impeachment in the same lines of impeaching the High Court Judge. Without removing him as provided under 243-K of the Constitution and adhere to norms affirmed under Section 200 of AP Panchayati Raj Act 1994, the Government chose to reduce his term from five years to three years, resulting in cessation of his office. What is directly prohibited by the Constitution has been done by the Executive of the AP state by indirectly removing him. Thus, the ordinance strikes fatally at the independence of the State Election Commission and creates doubts on the sincerity of Government in conducting elections in free and fair manner. Free and fair election is the basic structure of our constitution. Surprisingly, the AP Government followed the opaque policy. It has kept ‘ordinance’ and consequential GOs and everything about them secret till new incumbent has joined office. The meaning of this ordinance amending the AP Panchayati Raj Act 1994, is mere removal of the present State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar, when the process of Election is going on, before end of his five-year term. Article 243(K) says, Subject to the provisions of any law made by the Legislature of a State, the conditions of service and tenure of office of the State Election Commissioner shall be such as the Governor may by rule determine: Provided that the State Election Commissioner shall not be removed from his office except in like manner and on the like ground as a Judge of a High Court and the conditions of service of the State Election Commissioner shall not be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.”As per this Constitutional provision, only way to remove the SEC is by impeachment before the term is ended. However, term of SEC can be truncated by amending the law, which cannot be disadvantageous to existing Commissioner. The AP Ordinance amending AP Panchayat Raj Act 1994 reduces the term from 5 years to 3 and this was made applicable to SEC N Ramesh Kumar, who completed four plus years in office. Is it not unconstitutional?The basic purpose of giving fixed tenure of five years and making removal process difficult is to secure the independent position of SEC from the whims and fancies of newly elected Government. If actions and decisions of the office holders are adverse to their interests, rulers prefer to remove them from such position either by transfer, or removal. Media reported that department of law and the Chief Secretary warned the government of breaching Article 243 (K) but interpreting two decisions of the SC in their favour, the Government has resorted to this ordinance. The Government is trying to defend Ordinance saying that its main aim was to bring in electoral reform to ensure neutral, fair and independent SEC, hence, it cannot be considered unconstitutional. It is also reported that the HC verdict in the Aparmita Prasad Singh vs State of UP and SC judgment in Kailash Chand Mahajan were used to support their point. Kailash Chand Mahajan was Chairman of State Electricity Board, who was removed from office by amending statute to reduce the term. In State of Himachal Pradesh v. Kailash Chand Mahajan (https://indiankanoon. org/doc/311809/ decided in 1992) Supreme Court held that reduction of tenure of service amounts to cessation and not removal. The AP Government is trying to justify that Ramesh Kumar was not removed but just his term was shortened and hence he must step out. Whether Kailash Chand Mahajan’s rule applies to State Election Commissioner’s removal also, who is protected by a Constitutional provision Article 243K? The AP Government heavily depending is Allahabad High Court’s judgment in Aparmita Prasad Singh versus State of Uttar Pradesh decided on 23.8.2007. Aparmita was State Election Commissioner in UP during the rule of Mulayam Singh Yadav. He was appointed during Mayavati’s rule. Originally in 1994 the term of SEC was five years or 65 years of age, whichever is earlier. The Rules were amended in 2006 extending the term to 7 years and 67 years of age. After change of guard the new CM did not like the way SEC questioned the transfer of several officers during the local body elections. Then the Government amended the service conditions and amended the Rules in 2007 restoring 5-year-term and 65 years of age. Every amendment was made applicable to present SEC, Aparmit. The amendment to Rules in 2006 was valid because the change was not disadvantageous to petitioner as SEC. But changed Rules 2007 cannot be valid because of being disadvantageous to him. Aparmit challenged this change and contended that it was his removal in glaring breach of Article 243K. Allahabad High Court agreed with the UP government and did not give any relief to SEC saying he has attained age of 65 by that time though 2006 Rules permit him to continue up to 67 years of age.In Kisansing Tomar’s case the SC held 2005 (https://indiankanoon.org/doc/1736371/) that the State Election Commission is vested with the same power as the Election Commission of India possesses and the provisions contained in Art 243-K are pari materia and it is the duty of the ECI and the SEC to conduct election in a just and fair manner. The EC must discharge its constitutional obligation independently and effectively without being influenced by political party in power or the executive. Free and fair election is the basic structure of our constitution. The purpose of Art 243-K is, not only the ECI but also the SEC should discharge its constitutional obligations independently without fear of hanging sword on their head. In Mohinder Singh Gill and another v The Chief Election Commissioner, New Delhi and others (1978) 1 SCC 405 the Supreme Court considering scope and ambit of Article 324 of the Constitution of India, observed: “Elections supply the visa viva to a democracy. It was therefore deliberately and advisedly thought to be out paramount importance that the high and independent office of the Election Commission should be created under the Constitution to be complete charge of the entire electoral process commencing with the issue of the notification by the President to the final declaration of result….”The apex court also agreed that the EC is a high-powered and independent body which is removable from office except in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution relating to the Judges of Supreme Court and intended by the framers of the Constitution to be kept completely free from pulls and pressures that may be brought through political influence in a democracy run on party system. Once appointed by the President, the Election Commission remains insulated from extraneous influences and that cannot be achieved unless it has an amplitude of powers in the conduct of elections, or course, in accordance with the existing laws. In TN Seshan v Union of India (1995) 4 SCC 611, the Supreme Court observed that two limitations – removable by legislature, and conditions of service shall not vary to his disadvantage after his appointment- are intended to protect the independence of the Chief Election Commissioner from political and/or executive interference. It further stated: The provision that the ECs or RCs once appointed cannot be removed from office before the expiry of their tenure except on the recommendations of the CEC ensures their independence. The scheme of Article 324 in this behalf is that after insulating the CEC by the first proviso to clause (5), the ECs and the RCs have been assured independence of functioning by providing that they cannot be removed except on the recommendations of the CEC…..That is so because this privilege has been conferred on the CEC to ensure that the ECs as well as the RCs are not at the mercy of political or executive bosses of the day. It is necessary to realize that this check on the executive’s power to remove is built into the second proviso to clause (5) to safeguard the independence of not only these functionaries but the Election Commission as a body”.Three tier Indian federation suffers because of over-concentration of authority in State Executive, who after assuming power invariably reduces the term of other constitutional functionaries, office bearers of local bodies and corporations on one or the other ground. Whether Art 243K should be interpreted in such a manner which should not defeat its very purpose to provide independence to the SEC?The Allahabad High Court ignored all these basic principles of securing independence of the office of SEC, the specific provisions of Article 243K and judicial dictum of the Supreme Court in MS Gill and TN Seshan cases. It has depended on literal interpretation of ‘conditions of service’ and ‘term of office’ as per General Clauses Act and concluded that cessation office will not amount to removal to validate the removal through indirect means of reduction of term. Similarly, the HC overlooked the dangerous effect of validating the pulls and pressures of political government over independent office of SEC by interpreting that term of office is not ‘condition of service’ hence term of office can be altered even if it adversely affects the existing SEC.While accepting the immunity of SEC and similar constitutional bodies, the Allahabad High Court totally departed from this objective and refused to give relief to the petitioner Aparmit. This was taken in appeal and the Supreme Court summarily dismissed by single sentence judgment saying ‘need not interfere with HC judgment’. As the order of SC was not based on comprehensive hearing on merits, it cannot be a precedent. Allahabad HC order, though not in tune with objective of securing independence of SEC, has legal sanctity as precedent but only limited to Uttar Pradesh. It does not prevail over the Andhra Pradesh and its High Court. Kailash Chand Case, is about reduction term of Himachal State Electricity Board which is not by Article 243-K that has limited the powers of legislature to amend. Removal co-relates with the reduction of tenure. Whether it is cessation or removal in pursuance to the power conferred in Art 217 of the Constitution, the outcome of both the process is the same, i.e., SEC shall cease to hold office. Jaganmohan’s Government has a duty to prove that there are no mala fides in making this ordinance. There are several reasons which might establish political mala fide. 1. The SEC had been targeted and criticised on caste and linking him with Telugu Desham party. 2. The decision of SEC to defer elections was not liked by the Government, Chief Minister and his Ministers. This is evidenced by the language used by them in press conferences. 3. One cannot conclude that decision to postpone elections was not correct because the Supreme Court agreed with the reasons quoted by Ramesh Kumar in a recent decision. 4. Article 243-K specifically grants the full term to SEC and immunity from political removal by the new government. 5.Any Government does not possess the power to reduce the term or change service conditions to the detriment of the persons in the office. 6. When the process of elections is continuing and another phase is pending to be completed, the SEC cannot be removed. 7. What cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly also. State cannot remove the SEC before the term is completed. Pre-Legislative Consultation Policy is totally ignored. Obligation to disclose entire information as to what was the urgent need to promulgate ordinance, why it did not wait for Assembly to be convened, what was the urgent need to reduce the term of State Election Commissioner, i.e., sudden removal from service, why it was done when the process of election began, continuing and awaiting the last phase, as it was deferred due to spreading of ‘coronavirus’. And why the entire text of Ordinance is kept secret for a long time? Why were not all material that led to this Ordinance and GOs kept in public domain? Similarly, Governor of Andhra Pradesh also must answer these questions. What made him to sign this Ordinance? Did he enquire into the urgency and whether 243K is examined? If the Government thinks Ramesh Kumar is biased, that could be a misconduct and it should prepare to impeach him preceded by an inquiry by the committee appointed by SC, to also verify also the grave allegations by Ramesh Kumar of gross violence indulged by the ruling party to prevent the opposition from filing nominations and forcing the unanimous elections in many seats, in his letter to centre seeking protection of Central forces. The issue is not service rights of Ramesh Kumar, but it is about the immunising the office of SEC from political interference and threats. One has to wait for the judgment of the AP High Court regarding the fate of State Election Commission. Views are personalAuthor is a former Central Information Commissioner Next Story
News UpdatesE-Connectivity Issues At Courts In Jammu & Kashmir: High Court Directs BSNL To Convene Meeting With IT Staff & NIC; Submit ATR LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 March 2021 3:43 AMShare This – xTaking note of connectivity issues faced by many Courts in the Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to sit with the IT Officers and resolve all the issues cropping up in the High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts. While hearing a suo moto PIL registered at the time of outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which was…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?LoginTaking note of connectivity issues faced by many Courts in the Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to sit with the IT Officers and resolve all the issues cropping up in the High Court as well as in the Subordinate Courts. While hearing a suo moto PIL registered at the time of outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic, which was later expanded to address as many as 18 issues, a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma ordered, “the Nodal Officer to have a meeting with the IT staff of the High Court and State Informatics Officer (SIO), NIC at the earliest within a period of two weeks to iron out all the issues as far as possible. A report after the meeting and the action taken thereon be submitted by Sh. Ravinder Gupta, learned AAG by the next date.” The Bench was referring to three issues: (i) e-Connectivity of Courts; (ii) e-connectivity of High Court; and (iii) Lack of connectivity/communication in areas of UTs of J&K and Ladakh. During the hearing, Amicus Curiae Monika Kohli informed the Bench that BSNL is unable to provide proper and suitable services. At this juncture, AAG Ravinder Gupta appearing for BSNL assured the Court that he would ask the Nodal Officer, Principal GM (CFA) Office of CGMT, Circle J&K, to contact the Registry of the High Court and to sit with the IT Officers to resolve all the issues. Taking the statement on record, the Court directed the Government to hold a meeting within two weeks and submit an action taken report by April 6, 2021. Background The issue of e-connectivity was first raised before the Court while high speed mobile internet services were still suspended in the valley in the aftermath of abrogation of Article 370. “Access to justice is a fundamental right and cannot be impeded. It has to be ensured to every citizen and courts are required to remain accessible,” the High Court had remarked while stating that despite best efforts on the part of the High Court IT Team, it had been impossible for the Court to have even a “bare semblance of a hearing”. Thereafter, a five-member Committee was set up to undertake an audit of the facilities and infrastructure and examine the issue of e-connectivity at the High Court. Case Title: Court on its own motion v. Government of India & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
A continuum model describing sea ice as a layer of granulated thick ice, consisting of many rigid, brittle floes, intersected by long and narrow regions of thinner ice, known as leads, is developed. We consider the evolution of mesoscale leads, formed under extension, whose lengths span many floes, so that the surrounding ice is treated as a granular plastic. The leads are sufficiently small with respect to basin scales of sea ice deformation that they may be modelled using a continuum approach. The model includes evolution equations for the orientational distribution of leads, their thickness and width expressed through second-rank tensors and terms requiring closures. The closing assumptions are constructed for the case of negligibly small lead ice thickness and the canonical deformation types of pure and simple shear, pure divergence and pure convergence. We present a new continuum-scale sea ice rheology that depends upon the isotropic, material rheology of sea ice, the orientational distribution of lead properties and the thick ice thickness. A new model of lead and thick ice interaction is presented that successfully describes a number of effects: (i) because of its brittle nature, thick ice does not thin under extension and (ii) the consideration of the thick sea ice as a granular material determines finite lead opening under pure shear, when granular dilation is unimportant.
Steven PinkerJohnstone Family Professor of PsychologyHarvard College ProfessorIn the mid-20th century, psychology was no longer “the science of mental life” (as William James had defined it), but “the science of behavior.” Mentalistic concepts —thoughts, memories, goals, emotions — had been banned as unscientific, replaced by associations between stimuli and responses.But new ideas about computation, feedback, information, and communication were in the air, and psychologists realized they had enormous potential for a science of mind. Four Harvard scholars used them to launch the “cognitive revolution.”George Miller noted that people could label, quantify, or remember about seven items at a time, whether they were tones, digits, words, or phrases. That meant the human brain must be constricted by a bottleneck of seven (plus or minus two) units, which Miller called “chunks.”Linguist Noam Chomsky, while at the Harvard Society of Fellows, noted that people can produce and understand an infinite number of novel sentences. They must have internalized a grammar, or set of rules, rather than having memorized a list of responses. Children are not taught this grammar, and so are equipped with a “language acquisition device” that instantiates a “universal grammar.”Jerome Bruner co-authored “A Study of Thinking,” which analyzed people as constructive problem-solvers rather than passive media as they mastered new concepts. His colleague Roger Brown analyzed the relationship of concepts to language and initiated a new science of language development in children.In 1960, Bruner and Miller founded the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies, which institutionalized the revolution and launched the field of cognitive science. Today the study of the human mind is among the most exciting frontiers of science. Its practical applications include the design of software, the diagnosis of neurological disease, and the formation of public policy, and its theories have revolutionized our understanding of ancient problems such as consciousness, free will, and human nature.
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Letterkenny has its fair share of eating houses to cater for its bustling population.One of Alana’s mouthwatering dishes!But one of the newest kids on the block is an unlikely contender as a place to make a regular stopping-off spot.‘Fingers and forks’ is the brainchild of young local chef Alana Gallagher. A graduate of the Killybegs Catering College, Letterkenny woman Alana has brought her culinary skills to the Voodoo Lounge.While at night Voodoo may be thumping to the sounds of the latest beats, during the day it is a much more relaxing affair.In fact, the chilled out atmosphere of the bar offers the perfect surroundings for Alana’s food.The woman behind the superb food at Fingers and Forks at Voodoo Lounge in Letterkenny.Available from 12.30pm until 10.30pm, the menu offers everything from sandwiches with a twist to splendid seafood platters. On the day we visited, there were a few bodies who have already cottoned on to Alana’s culinary offerings.After we ordered, Alana surprised us with a bowl of pea and ham soup.Not being a lover of soup, and certainly not peas, I was nervous.Needless to say my companion reminded me that I said I didn’t like soup as I scraped the end of the bowl. Perfection!My companion had a seafood platter as a main which looked like it had just come off the boat at Greencastle it looked so fresh. He assured me it tasted as good as it looked.The surprisingly stunning pea and ham soup.I opted for the chargrilled chicken Panini and it was cooked to perfection complete with a generous portion of handmade chips.We didn’t have time for dessert but they looked to die for.Voodoo might not be the first place you might think of for lunch or a bite of bar-food. But once you gets your ‘fingers and forks’ into Alana Gallagher’s cooking, you’ll be back.Give it a go.WHY ALANA’S FOOD IS WORTH GETTING YOUR ‘FINGERS AND FORKS’ INTO! was last modified: February 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Alana GallagherFingers and ForksVoodoo Lounge
ALAMEDA — Jon Gruden wants to make sure you understand Nathan Peterman is just a practice-squad quarterback.The Raiders mainly signed him because Derek Carr’s backup, A.J. McCarron, is in Alabama with his wife, who gave birth to Cash McCarron on Tuesday. In McCarron’s place, Peterman will run scout team as the Raiders prepare for Monday Night Football against the Broncos.“Not quite sure when he’s going to be back,” Gruden said of McCarron. “That leaves us with one quarterback. We’re happy to …
4 March 2013South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt captured the biggest title of his career at the Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate outside Pretoria on Sunday when he was crowned the winner of the inaugural Tshwane Open.The final round of the event, co-sanctioned by the Sunshine and European Tours, began with a four-way tie for the lead, with Van der Walt, Africa Open champion Darren Fichardt, Charl Coetzee and Mark Tullo all on 16-under-par 200.Fichardt remained in the running, with a final round of three-under-par 69. Coetzee failed to mount a real challenge, posting a level-par 72, while Tullo’s game fell apart as he closed with a five-over 77. Van der Walt, meanwhile, fired an eagle on the 626-metre fourth, added four birdies and dropped just an single shot on the 10th, to finish with a five-under-par 67.‘Goal’“My goal was to shoot 10-under for the weekend, and my focus was reaching five-under for the round today. I’m just really happy that I played well and won, because you can play well and not win,” he said.Van der Walt, whose only previous wins had come on the satellite tours in the USA, was thrilled to finally make a breakthrough on home soil. He said: “You can only imagine what it’s like to win such a big one. I don’t know what I’ll do yet. The purses are a lot bigger on the European Tour, so I’ll have to rethink some things.”Van der Walt’s winner’s purse was €237 750 (R2.8-million).“You start doubting yourself,” he admitted, “and at 30 years old you start to wonder if you’re good enough, and this proves that I am.‘Fantastic’“I would have liked to win before 30, but I’ll definitely take this! Golf is a game where you don’t get a lot of chances to win, and to do it is fantastic.”Van der Walt identified the 12th hole, where he made a birdie, as being crucial to his victory. “It was a big turning point when I made that putt on 12, because I was just trying to make another birdie to get to five-under, and once it dropped I felt like I was in control,” he said.Fichardt began his final round superbly, slotting three birdies within the first five holes. He couldn’t find another one the rest of the way, though, and finished with 13 consecutive pars.Coetzee, like Fichardt, began well, with birdies on the second and third holes, but drops on the seventh, 13th and 14th, along with another birdie on the 10th led to a level-par round.Fell apartAfter rounds of 67, 66 and 67, Tullo had birdied 16 holes without a single drop, but his challenge fell apart over the final 18 holes. He improved to 18-under with birdies on the fourth and seventh, but then dropped a shot on the eighth.His inward nine then turned into a nightmare, with four bogeys and a double-bogey seeing him tumble to a 42 over the last nine holes and 77 for the round.Louis de Jager, who started the final round one shot off the pace, matched Fichardt with a 69 to finish in third place on 18-under-par 270.American Peter Uihlein, a former number one amateur in the world, claimed fourth place on 17-under 271.LEADERBOARD 267 Dawie van der Walt (RSA) (-21) 68, 65, 67, 67269 Darren Fichardt (RSA) (-19) 65, 71, 64, 69270 Louis de Jager (RSA) (-18) 71, 65, 65, 69271 Peter Uihlein (USA) (-17) 68, 66, 68, 69272 Bjorn Akesson (Swe) (-16) 66, 75, 66, 65272 Charl Coetzee (RSA) (-16) 67, 65, 68, 72272 Danny Willett (Eng) (-16) 68, 68, 70, 66273 Morten Orum Madsen (-15) 70, 67, 69, 67273 Graham van der Merwe (-15) 70, 66, 68, 69 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have a very active pattern over the state this week, starting today. We have rain and snow from I-70 southward, with the moisture slowly lifting northward through the day. By midday to early afternoon, action should be approaching US 30, and by sunset we should see light precipitation all the way up to US 20. Meanwhile, the rains will continue pretty much all day south of I-70, meaning the heaviest totals will end up down there. Moisture over the southern half of the state will be from .25”-.6” with coverage at 100% of the region, while we expect a few hundredths to .25” between US 20 and I-70 with 75% coverage. By tomorrow morning we have rain over a majority of the state, with only some wet snow in NW Ohio. Even that snow quickly transitions to rain statewide by mid-morning to midday, and then rain continues through sunset. Heavy rains will be working into SW Ohio tomorrow morning and will spread northeast. After sunset tomorrow, we would not be surprised to have rain change back over to snow before ending mid morning Wednesday. Most of the state will see only minor accumulations after that switch over, but in north central and northeast parts of the state, along with east central Ohio, there can be a lot more. All told, we think tomorrow we have potential for half to 1.5” liquid equivalent precipitation totals, and we wont rule out the potential for some localized 2 inch totals for tomorrow. Some of that comes as a coating to 2 inches of snow to start the day in far NW Ohio, and then some more as another coating to 2 inches of snow overnight tomorrow night into early Wednesday. Now, north central, northeast and east central Ohio will see bigger snow potential, with 2-6 inches possible with lake enhancement. Generally speaking, this is most easily summed up as “a mess”. The map at right shows potential cumulative precipitation through Wednesday morning. Flurries and light patchy snow continues for the balance of Wednesday behind this event, although we should see an attempt at some clearing from west to east. Strong NW winds mean we will see a much colder push, and some lower wind chills, but we are not as concerned about cold air now, like we were in our forecasts for this period last week. Temps likely end up near normal for midweek, and we see partly sunny skies for Thursday. Friday has become much more problematic. We have a significant low moving across the eastern corn belt. Right now, the low looks like it wants to move northeast across Indiana, and really miss us. That would put most of Ohio in the warm sector with moderate to heavy rain potential. We would have to watch the overnight and early Saturday part of the event closely, as the arrival of cold air would allow precipitation to perhaps end as snow. However, right now, the track of the low is very important, and would make all the difference between all rain for us, and something much worse. Right now, we have some concern that Indiana to the west sees Rain, ice (freezing rain) and heavy snow…all three of the biggies!. But, track could easily put us in the firing line too. So, for right now, we are not stepping out in any specific direction on this event. It looks formidable in any form, but what we get and where we get it depends entirely on track, and it is too far out to really get a good idea on that at the moment. Stay tuned! Windy and colder for Friday, so any snow that would fall on Friday would be subject to blowing and drifting through the day Saturday. Temps will be well below normal and we will see wind chills as a problem again. We stay cold for the balance of the weekend through Monday, with partly sunny skies. Some sub zero lows are likely for the morning of Presidents day. Tuesday the 19th we have minor snows moving through, bringing a coating to 2 inches with 70% coverage. Then we turn partly sunny and colder again for Wednesday the 20th. While we are keeping our forecast relatively conservative for those days, other models are trying to bring a much more interesting solution to the table, with snow in far southern areas, near the Ohio River for Tuesday, and then rain south of I-70 on Wednesday and snow north. We think that is overdone and will stay with a more subdued outlook at this time. For the extended period, we have flurries for Thursday the 21st, then partly to mostly sunny skies for Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. Colder air with another snow event arrives for Monday the 25th and goes through Tuesday the 26th. Accumulations are likely.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersYou may remember that I’ve written a few times in this column about false claims made against Roundup — namely, that it causes cancer. In my most recent column on the topic, I wrote about how several respected health and environmental organizations have cleared the popular herbicide of these charges, like the Environmental Protection Agency, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority and the German consumer health agency BfR.Now I want to share with you a news report I recently ran across about how a New Mexico dairy operation is being threatened by cancer-causing nonagricultural chemicals that have contaminated the groundwater.The chemicals in question are perfluoroakyl and polyfluoroakyl substances, a group of manmade chemicals that I’ll refer to by their acronym, PFAS. Since 1940 PFAS chemicals have been incorporated into products used all over the world. Some compounds in this group are familiar, such as Teflon, which keeps food from sticking to frying pans. Other PFAS compounds are used in fabrics. Still others, to make carpet waterproof and stain resistant. Some of these substances have been used in food packaging to stop grease absorption.A couple of PFAS chemicals are used in firefighting, as fire retardants, and for fire prevention. There’s particular concern over the adverse human health effects caused by this subset of PFAS compounds. These are the types of chemicals that are putting the dairy farm I mentioned in grave danger.When humans and animals consume certain PFAS in their food, or by coming into contact with them through water, the chemicals accumulate in their bodies over time. Animal studies demonstrate that specific fire retardant PFAS can cause cancer. Human studies demonstrate that PFAS also raise blood cholesterol.There’s a potential goldmine here for the attorneys of Moose & Moose, as PFAS lawsuits have far more merit than legal cases against Roundup. So, don’t be surprised if Moose & Moose starts interrupting more of your favorite TV shows to sign up with them over new cancer alarms.Now, here’s the rest of the story about the dairy farm in New Mexico. The dairy farm is just a couple of miles from Cannon Air Force Base where PFAS fire retardants were used in training firefighters to extinguish aircraft fires, using mock or junk planes. Apparently, this was standard procedure for many years. Consequently, groundwater used by the dairy was contaminated by these PFAS chemicals.A cows’ digestive system protects it somewhat from PFAS. The microflora in the rumen neutralizes some PFAS contamination, which reduces the resulting toxicity of milk and tissue. Yet, PFAS residue has been detected in the milk and tissue of this farm’s cows.The dairyman and his wife also have been tested for PFAs. They have 10 times the considered safe level of PFAs in their bodies.The cows’ milk has been declared unmarketable — as it should be. And the cows are in quarantine with the recommendation that they be euthanized. Can you imagine being in this dairyman’s place? You’ve given your life to your herd and now you’re being ordered to shoot all of them.One of the quandaries is where to dispose the cows, as no one has a clue about the long-term implications of PFAS residues in animal carcasses. I would recommend Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a disposal site. That’s a site designated for disposal of spent nuclear rods and associated radiation waste.And by the way, Congress was mandated to establish rules for Yucca Mountain’s use more than 10 years ago. And guess what? The rules haven’t been written! Until Congress establishes rules for nuclear waste disposal, it has cost taxpayers $24 billion in additional hidden fees over the past 10 years. This does not show up in the budget that Congress fights over every year because Congress doesn’t want to ‘fess up.If the cows were buried in Yucca Mountain, no one would ever know the mountain also contained some dead cows. Certainly, Congress would never admit to it.In the meantime, the government pays damages to the dairyman for his discarded milk. And the dairyman continues to await the government’s final resolution of this sad state of affairs – to euthanize the cows and close the dairy.Dairy farmers are a unique group of people. They’re animal lovers, just like pet owners. Their cows are their mission in life and their source of survival and inner peace.I truly feel for this dairyman and what he and his wife are going through.