Sunny skies in Texas for Election Day

first_imgCorinne Hildebrandt Facebook ReddIt What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Twitter printIf you don’t vote this midterm season, you can’t blame the weather.With early voting numbers at a record high, the weather in Texas shouldn’t hinder the number of people who cast ballots tomorrow. Sunshine is to be expected from the time polls open to the times they close, which should encourage a high voter turnout. The temperature during the afternoon will be warm, reaching a high in the low 70s. Chris Bryan, the campaign manager for Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, said while weather across the country could have an effect on the number of voters heading to the polls, he doesn’t see a threat for Texas.“Inclement weather can certainly depress turnout on Election Day,” said Bryan. “However, it looks like Texas voters should have a mostly beautiful day, so I don’t anticipate a significant impact here.”For those not willing to take the chance with the weather on Election Day, the state’s “no-excuse” two week early voting period gives voters more flexibility for casting their ballot. James Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said more Texans are taking advantage of early voting, taking weather completely out the picture. “Even if there was a relationship between Election Day voting and weather, early voting would almost certainly dilute weather’s impact on turnout,” Henson said. Voters heading to the polls this evening after their work day should still see the same fair weather conditions, but the chances for rain and scattered thunderstorms increases throughout the evening. While the weather in Texas may be ideal for Election Day, other regions of the country are at risk.A severe storm hit last night, damaging parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The storm is predicted to bring heavy rainfall and damaging winds to parts of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast, which could impact tight races in states like Georgia and Florida. Parking lot closures cause new problems for students ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Voters stand in line to vote at an early voting polling site, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Early voting began Monday across Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to enforce a contested voter ID law this election. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Facebook What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandt What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Previous articleWho’s who on the ballotNext articleTexas Government 101 Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. + posts Corinne Hildebrandt Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders Linkedin Linkedin Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Twitterlast_img read more

Nematode Impact

first_imgA recent University of Georgia Cooperative Extension survey of 431 Georgia vegetable fields found that more than 60% contained root-knot nematodes, tiny parasitic worms that feed on roots and destroy plants.The survey was conducted May through December of 2018 by UGA Extension nematologist Abolfazl Hajihassani. His research group surveyed fields in 30 Georgia counties for plant-parasitic nematodes and found 10 genera of nematodes. Root-knot nematodes are the most important nematodes that vegetables producers should be concerned with, he said.Hajihassani conducted the survey to better understand the incidence, abundance and spread of plant-parasitic nematodes within vegetable fields in southern Georgia. The counties surveyed represent about 85-90% of the state’s vegetable production.During the survey, soil samples were collected from vegetable fields and nematodes were extracted and identified to the genus level.“Right now, the root-knot nematode is the main problem in most vegetable crops grown here, based on distribution, soil population density and incidence,” he said. “Therefore, root-knot nematodes will be the target of our future research, which will include the evaluation of old and newly introduced fumigant and nonfumigant nematicides.”Root-knot nematodes can enter the plant’s roots and move through the cells where they grow, produce more eggs in only three to four weeks and cause the roots to swell. This reduces the plant’s growth and yield potential.South Georgia’s sandy soils allow nematodes to reproduce frequently because they can move easily through the soil’s loose texture.UGA Extension’s observations in the field indicated that fumigating the soil before applying plastic will stop the nematodes for the season, but only for that season.Hajihassani said that there are a few nematode-resistant vegetable varieties available, but Georgia producers don’t want to use them because of quality issues. Growers prefer to plant high-yielding varieties and use chemical nematicides, although they’re not always 100% effective.Currently, Hajihassani is researching the nine other types of nematodes the survey identified in case they could become threats to vegetable production in Georgia. This includes stubby root, ring, spiral, root lesion, reniform, lance, cyst, stunt, and dagger nematodes.“Hopefully, in one to two years, we’ll have a good source of information as to what species of nematode we have,” he said. “Through Extension agents, we have already communicated the survey data with those growers who participated in our survey. Our aim is to continue sharing the data with growers, find out what problems they have and design the appropriate management techniques.”Nematodes need three components to thrive: water, high temperatures and a suitable host. Georgia has water, hot summers and a variety of host plants, which has Georgia farmers concerned. Along with vegetables, nematodes can cause problems in cotton, peanut and tobacco plants.For more information on Hajihassani’s work and plant-parasitic nematodes, visit read more

New legislation to fight crime in Jamaica – says PM

first_imgJamaican prime minister reveals his government is planning to introduce more stringent plans to combat crime in Jamaica.Combatting crime in JamaicaPrime Minister Andrew Holness, says his administration will be implementing new legislation that will inflict harsher penalties on perpetrators of crime in Jamaica.Administration concerned about crimeHolness, also leader of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), made the statement on Sunday in addressing supporters at the party’s 74th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston.The Prime Minister acknowledged his administration is concerned about the crimewave that has led to the murder of 1400 persons so far, this year.He told the crowd of supporters the recently implemented Zones of Special Operations in the communities of Mount Salem in the western parish of St. James and Denham Town in the Corporate Area, have been successful and disclosed the government is now focusing attention on 20 communities where the bulk of the violence occur.Fighting crime with law and intelligence“We hear the desperate cries for tough and extreme measures to deal with the criminals. Jamaica cannot go back to that, there are greater costs to Jamaica. We have to fight crime with law, with intelligence, with citizens cooperation by providing information and not giving in to criminals in your community,” the Prime Minister said.New gun laws to be introducedMeanwhile, National Security Minister Robert Montague who also addressed supporters said new gun laws will also be introduced to fight crime as security officials have found that guns are used in 84 percent of the crimes committed.He said while it is anticipated that the legislation will be challenged by the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) and other groups, he urged Jamaicans to back the government.“When I bring that bill to Parliament, we are going to say that if you are charged with a gun crime – no bail. So far, this year 143 Jamaicans have been murdered by men who are on bail for other charges. We are going to put it in law that if you are caught with a gun or any gun crime, there will be mandatory minimum sentence that you know that when you get convicted you going to prison for 15-20 years.”Since the start of the year 795 illegal guns and 21,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized by members of the security forces.Montague also defended the administration’s efforts to implement an anti-crime plan.“We all want a safer Jamaica. Of the seven categories of crime, murder and shootings are up, but robbery is down by 15 percent. Aggravated Larceny is down by 28 percent and rape is also down by 15 percent. We are doing the work but there is no overnight solution. There is no instant cure. There is no quick fix and this government is working … we have put a $1 million reward on every wanted man in Jamaica. So if you have any information on a wanted man  – call crime stop and earn a million dollars for your Christmas,” he said.last_img read more