Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has expressed confidence that in the absence of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the nation will have a long-lasting peace and cohesive society.Speaking at the occasion marking the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, held under the theme, “ A Force for Peace, Change, the Future,” on Thursday, May 29, at the Pan African Plaza, VP Boakai said it is important that Liberians continue to reconcile themselves as one nation.The Vice President said there could be no greater safety measure in place than the will of the people to hold together and to build their nation, even as the peacekeepers had endeavored to see Liberia and its people unite.“This is my continuing reminder to my compatriots that it is only when we have reached peace with ourselves, that we can give the biggest tribute to UNMIL sustaining that which they have for so long sacrificed to maintain is realized by the people.”According to VP Boakai, at the other end, however, the departure of service personnel from locations where they had significantly bonded with the population engenders profound separation anxiety.“Liberia stands confident that we will build on the peace you have helped to shape. We will always remain attached to you in spirit and in recognition of what you have helped this nation to fashion,” he assured.According to the Vice President, the Ministry of National Defense, the Liberia National Police and relevant international outfits are fully on top and they could ensure that Liberians foresee only the reinforcement of the current peace and stability we enjoy now for over a decade.Vice President Boakai further stated that more importantly, the advent of the departure of forces leaves that leery thought of the existence of vacuum.He explained that in such situation, jittery feelings always abound in some quarters about the adequacy of the safety mechanism put in place to compensate for the massive departure and how the reinforcement of the demand for well calculated existing strategy is prepared. “It is in that we have remained unequivocal on the need for deliberate and well-thought out coordination framework between the relevant local security institutions and the international mission.”According to VP Boakai, the draw-down of the UN peacekeepers signifies a huge welcome recognition of remarkable progress made toward peace and stability in the country, and this is always worth celebration as its mission has been achieved with success.The celebration brought together personalities including; Karin Landgren, Special Representative of the Secretary General, Deborah Malac, US Ambassador to Liberia, Colonel Clarence C. Massaquoi, Police Director, Colonel Daniel Ziankahn, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Brownie Samukai, Minister of National Defense among others.A special message delivered on behalf of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, by SRSG Karin Landgren said, UN Peacekeepers have a long and proud history, with more than one million peacekeepers having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since its establishment in 1948.According to the statement, more than 116,000 UN Personnel from more than 120 countries serve in 16 peacekeeping operations.The Secretary-General said, these military, police and civilian personnel helped stabilized communities, protected civilians, promoted the rule of law and advanced human rights.Over the past year, the Security Council has established two peacekeeping operations –in Mali and the Central African Republic again highlighting its trust in UN Peacekeepers to take on tough challenges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana’s position on the World Bank’s 2018 Report signals a dip in investors’ confidence. This year, the country placed 126th in the global rankings. Last year, Guyana ranked 124th, while in 2015 the nation ranked 140th.Ease of Doing Business Index is one of most comprehensive studies done by World Bank.In determining ease of doing business, the World Bank looks at key indicators such as registering, compliance, taxation, obtaining loans and similar factors such as administrative procedures. It also looks at legal measures, such a protection and settlements.Guyana saw an increase in the cost of starting a business dropping seven places, from 92 to 99. A drop of 13 places, from 123 to 136, was also recorded in the areaA graph showing Guyana’s ranking on the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business” Report starting in 2008 to 2017of paying taxes.However, the country rose in the ranks in areas such as dealing with construction permits, getting credit and protecting minority investors.It was commended for decreasing the time to transfer property by allocating higher resources and personnel and the adoption of a new code of civil procedure which the report notes make enforcing contracts easier by regulating time standards for key court events.Several Caribbean countries, including The Bahamas and Jamaica, have recorded improvements in absolute terms on the ease of doing business, indicating that they are getting closer to global best practices and business regulations, according to a new report.Jamaica remains the highest ranked Caribbean country on the index at 70, followed by St Lucia at 91, Dominica at 98, The Dominican Republic at 99, Trinidad and Tobago at 102, Antigua and Barbuda at 107, and The Bahamas at 119. New Zealand topped the entire ranking.But the World Bank said the biggest challenges for the Region are in the areas of paying taxes, registering property and protecting minority investors.In 2016, a World Bank IFC team visited Guyana at the invitation of the Business Ministry and met with stakeholders of both the private and Public Sectors to help improve Guyana’s ranking.Those engagements led to an Information Communication Technology assessment report, a review of laws and regulations that pertain to doing business in Guyana as well as recommendations for short-term reforms.But the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has long criticised Government for its low ranking in the Ease of Doing Business Report and not being able to attract any foreign investments to the country as obtained in the past under their leadership.Opposition Member of Parliament and PPP Shadow Finance Minister threw punches at the Government during one of his presentations earlier this year when he referred to the reduced ranking for ‘ease of doing business’ index, reflecting significant declines in several areas.Ali said the low ranking saw a deterioration in several categories. “This is the reality that our country is faced with decline, slippage,” he said, noting that Guyana did far better under the PPP and made huge progress when it comes to investment coming here.The Private Sector Commission (PSC) has also declared a loss of confidence in the Government, based on the economy’s performance and the poor policies. The body had called for the Government to create an enabling environment to push economic activities.
Daisy Duran smiled with tears in her eyes as she watched a flock of six white doves fly off into the clear blue sky Saturday. The doves were meant to represent the spirits of her three young daughters, who were killed when a fire consumed the converted garage apartment in which they were sleeping. Stephanie Aviles, 6, and 10-year-old Jasmine Aviles died after the fire erupted about 2 a.m. Dec. 14. Their sister, 7-year-old Jocelyn Aviles, died the next morning after suffering several heart attacks. The sisters had been sleeping in the converted garage with their 17-year-old aunt, Nancy Dearmas, when a fire erupted from a portable space heater. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn a panic, Dearmas ran out to get help. But when she tried to get back in to get the girls, fire had blocked the apartment’s only entrance. More than 200 people, many dressed all in white, came to pay their respects Saturday at a memorial service for the girls at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Long Beach. Duran and most of her family members wore white T-shirts with pictures of the “three little angels in heaven.” During a service conducted mostly in Spanish, the Rev. Jose Maga a said a prayer over the three small, white caskets. “This is not the end for us,” said Maga a, urging Duran to be strong for her youngest children, a 5-year-old boy, and 3- and 2-year-old girls. “Life must continue, even though it’s painful and hard. Your daughters are in heaven watching over you, walking with you.” Mayor Bob Foster attended the service with his wife, Nancy. “This tragedy is beyond words,” Foster said. “But I hope that the caring, generosity and heartfelt sympathy expressed by the entire city is comfort to you at this time.” Long Beach Councilman Dee Andrews also expressed his sympathy for the family. Andrews’ district includes the building where the fire occurred. “Sadly, something like this has to happen to open people’s eyes,” he said before the service. “Just a little $4 smoke detector could have saved lives.” After the service, a caravan of more than 50 cars led by three white hearses traveled to All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach. Surrounded by friends and family, Duran sat quietly by the graveside, holding one of her youngest daughters. After a priest read a prayer in Spanish, Duran and several family members released the doves into the air. “It was beautiful,” said Cesar Jimenez, a former neighbor. Jimenez talked about the girls’ different personalities. Jasmine, he said, was the feisty princess. Jocelyn was the loud one and little Stephanie was the quiet one, whom her sisters would sometimes call “the flea” because she was so tiny. Jimenez said the family has been touched by the community’s generosity – there have been several fundraisers over the past week where some people gave $50 and $100. Unfortunately, he said, a few people who volunteered to help raise funds stole some of the boxes of donated money. “I don’t understand why some people have to be like that,” he said. More misfortune struck the family last Sunday night when an aunt of the three girls, Jessica Herrera, was hit in the leg by a stray bullet while attending a vigil near 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Herrera attended Saturday’s funeral in a wheelchair. Although she is recovering, doctors have not been able to remove the bullet from her leg because it is dangerously close to a nerve, family members said. A family member said they hope to soon hold a press conference to thank everyone for their support. “We were shocked by the generosity,” the relative said. “We never expected the whole community to come together as they did.” firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Before……It may have looked like a road to nowhere yesterday morning. At least it did when concerned readers sent Donegal Daily sent us a picture of the White Cross Road at Ranafast.But obviously the right people in the right places were reading our report!At least that’s what we like to think after the huge potholes were filled in just a few hours later.The restoration works left local users including schoolchildren jumping with joy. After…….TAR-RA! POTHOLES DISAPPEAR AS COUNCIL TAKES ACTION ON CRATERS was last modified: January 31st, 2013 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:potholesRanafastWhite CRoss Road
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That’s too bad, because the business of financial writers is to explain and educate as well as we can, to present facts and lay out the pros and cons so readers can make better informed decisions. Only you can decide what’s best for you, either on your own or with the guidance of a competent financial adviser who spends the time needed to get to know you and help you prioritize your goals. That brings me to another point. Many people who ask questions or seek financial advice do so without a clear understanding of what they want to accomplish or what their most important goals are. If you don’t know what you are saving or investing for, how much it is going to cost you, and when you will need the money, how can any formula be of any help? “My experience shows that the vast majority of people do not know where they are trying to go or what to focus on,” said Larry R. Frank, Sr., a certified financial planner in Roseville, Calif., and author of the book “Wealth Odyssey.” One of his main points: Financial planning is a process rather than a collection of separate products or issues. “People are conditioned to think about the products that solve their concerns, yet they have not adequately determined what their concerns are, or what their priorities are among those concerns,” Frank said. In practical terms, that means that most financial products (different types of investments or retirement accounts or insurance policies or annuities, for example) are not “good” or “bad” in themselves but rather appropriate or inappropriate in the context of your goals. Another problem is that, even when people say they have clear goals, their actions belie their words. “People make decisions that undermine their goals every day,” said Mari Adam, a certified financial planner in Boca Raton, Fla. For example, they may say their goal is to retire at age 55, and then they stretch their budgets and spend $50,000 in home improvements they are unlikely to recoup if and when they sell. That doesn’t mean the expenditure was necessarily “bad.” Perhaps the home improvements will bring more satisfaction than retiring at 55 would. But you have to know that. “If your mind is clear as to what you are trying to do, if you can say what you want out of life and make your money moves in that direction, you will be happy,” said Adam, a self-described saver whose own priorities include protecting her children financially, providing for their college education, and having a reasonably comfortable (but not extravagant) lifestyle, now and in retirement. On the other hand, “you need to know what motivates you,” Adam said. “If buying a Porsche is going to make you incredibly happy, maybe that’s the right decision.” (Of course, you need to make sure you can really afford it.) “It is OK to spend money” Frank said. “That is the purpose of money. However, it is not OK to spend money if there is nagging concern about not accomplishing” goals that are more important than the immediate purchase at hand. So here is my “formula:” Know yourself. Know your goals, and prioritize them. And spend, save and invest accordingly. If saving for retirement is indeed your most important financial goal, for example, contribute to a retirement account first, then budget for current expenditures with the money that is left. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q: I catch your column in the paper every now and then, but not always. So I don’t miss it, please e-mail me the formula for figuring out how much to save and how to invest. A: I am sorry I can’t e-mail you any formula because I address reader questions only through this column – and, more importantly, because no simplistic formula can provide a satisfactory answer. But I am glad you asked, because your question is representative of literally thousands I’ve received in 10 years of writing this Q-and-A column. Largely, I have found that most readers long for formulas and sound-bite type answers to financial questions. They want a quick thumbs up or thumbs down to a financial strategy or product rather than the almost always more appropriate answer, “It depends.” And I am afraid I agree with Jonathan Clements, personal finance columnist of The Wall Street Journal, who wrote a couple of months ago that most people aren’t really interested in educating themselves about financial matters but want to be told precisely what to do.
A shotgun-wielding hunter mercilessly pursues his target. Angry space aliens vaporize a defenseless town. A bloodthirsty shark preys on the weak and tiny. These movie scenes aren’t from the latest action thrillers – they’re from G-rated animated films such as Disney’s new “Chicken Little.” As pop culture mimics today’s permissive social values, violence and veiled sexual references have crept into the seemingly innocent cartoon landscape, giving parents new reason to do research beyond the ratings. It’s not that the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board has become more permissive, said MPAA President Dan Glickman: “It’s bound to be a reflection of society.” A series of Harvard studies confirms that violence has increased during the history of animated G-rated films. In one study, more than half of all G-rated animated features showed characters using alcohol or tobacco. These movies are also likely to contain more violent content than their live-action counterparts. Glickman said the MPAA ratings system is “somewhat subjective.” The Los Angeles-based ratings board is a full-time panel of 10 to 13 members, many of whom are parents. They evaluate the amount of violence, language, sexuality and drug use in each film before deciding a rating by majority vote. A G rating means the movie is “good for all audiences,” containing nothing that would be offensive to parents whose younger children view the film. But culture isn’t static, and not all parents have the same values, so the definition of “offensive” can vary wildly. “It’s not the MPAA’s fault,” said James Steyer, chief executive of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit parent resource group. He founded the organization in 2003 to provide parents with more insight into children’s entertainment. “Standards have been inconsistent,” he said. “Parents need to be better-informed consumers on behalf of their kids.” Common Sense Media and similar organizations, such as Parent Previews and Kids-in-Mind, offer their own ratings systems and provide additional details for parents about the content of popular movies. They note the potential scariness of sharp-toothed sharks in “Finding Nemo,” for example, and warn parents of the bawdy humor and armed hunter in “Wallace & Gromit.” Both films earned G ratings. Children learn just as much from animated features as they do from other media, said Kimberly Thompson, author of the Harvard studies. “All media are educational. The only question is what they are teaching,” she said. “Kids are sponges. They don’t make this artificial distinction between entertainment and education.” Though most kids understand cartoons aren’t real, they can still be affected by what they see. Some children imitate name-calling or bullying they witnessed on screen, or fear that something they saw in a movie could happen in real life, said pediatrician Ken Haller, a professor at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Providing context is key to helping children make sense of an increasingly media-saturated world, he said. “Being there to discuss things that might be disturbing, upsetting or funny is probably the most important thing parents can do,” he said. They should research the movies their children plan to see and learn about any questionable content in advance, he said, then be prepared to discuss it afterward. “Parents think of animated feature-length films, even going back to ‘Snow White,’ as being a safe harbor they can put their kids in front of and not worry about,” Haller said. “All the animated films involve violence or threats of violence. Snow White gets poisoned. The problem is when kids don’t have anyone to help them process these things.” The MPAA’s Glickman also cited old Road Runner cartoons, in which all sorts of unthinkable things happened to Wile E. Coyote. “We like to think that things are more violent today, and it may be,” he said. “But 30 or 40 years ago, there were a lot of things falling on heads and dropping off cliffs.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It’s also a reflection of movie studios following the formula of hits such as the “Toy Story” and “Shrek” films, whose sophisticated scripts include plenty of subtle jokes aimed at adults. So the octopus-armed alien robots in “Chicken Little,” who shred a cornfield and use their laser-gaze to zap away the town’s animal citizens, are just typical cartoon characters. The film’s allusion to “Girls Gone Wild” is just another cultural reference. The melons held chest-high by the heroine in “Wallace & Gromit” are just large pieces of fruit. “Everybody is trying to reach out to as wide an audience as possible,” said Disney spokesman Dennis Rice. “It may have some adult humor that goes over the heads of other audiences, but it’s never so colorful that it would affect the MPAA and how they rate the movie.” Historically, cartoons have always contained some strong elements. Bambi’s mother is shot and killed in the 1942 Disney classic, and Daffy Duck took many a shotgun blast from Elmer Fudd. But as animation techniques become more sophisticated and cartoons speak to audiences of all ages, the animated world looks more like reality, said Elayne Rapping, professor of film history and theory at the University of Buffalo. “We become increasingly desensitized, so movies have to be more and more viscerally exciting,” she said.
The Crested Cranes will take part in this year’s COSAFA Women’s tournament as guests (file photo)COSAFA Women ChampionshipHost: South AfricaDates: 12th-22nd September 2018The Uganda Women football Team-Crested Cranes has started residential training at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru at they build up to the 2018 COSAFA Women Championship.Faridah Bulega’s side received invitation to take part in this year’s competition that will be hosted by South Africa from 12th-22nd September.Ahead of the residential training, Bulega named a squad of 23 players that will be trimmed to 20 for the tournament.The team traveled on Thursday to Njeru and will hold double training sessions on Friday i.e morning and evening.The players in Njeru:GoalkeepersAturo Ruth (UCU Lady Cardinals), Nakaziro Daisy (Muteesa I Royal University), Adeke Juliet (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC).Outfield players:Namuddu Viola (She MAK), Nankya Shadia (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga), Nabisaalu Bridget(Ajax Queens), Namukisa Aisha (Kampala Queens), Aluka Grace (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Nalugya Shamirah (Israh Academy), Nassuuna Hasifah (UCU Lady Cardinals), Akiror Tracy Jones (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Mutiibwa Shakira (Gafford Ladies), Nakacwa Spencer (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga), Alupo Norah (Olila Women FC), Mutuuzo Lillian (Tagy High), Nabbumba Phiona (Ajax Queens), Nabbosa Riticia (Lady Doves), Namuleme Zainah (Kampala Queens), Nalukenge Juliet (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Nanziri Resty (Tagy High), Nakabugo Mariam (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Najjemba Fauzia (Israh Academy) and Favor Nambatya (Muteesa I Royal University).Team Officials:Leader of Delegation: Chris KalibbalaHead coach: Faridah BulegaAssistant head coach: Edward KazibaTeam Manager: Paul Ssali MukisaMedical Officer: Kabatalindwa MableGoalkeepers’ trainer: James MagalaTeam Media Officer: Stephen MayambaFitness trainer: Oliver MbekekaComments Tags: 2018 COSAFA Women’s championshipcrested cranesfaridah bulega
Four young Donegal footballers played in an exhibition game at Croke Park today for the visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Killian Rushe-Gallinagh, Caoimhe McMenamin, Molly McKelvey and Eoin Scanlon – all from the Red Hughs GAA club – featured in the game.The Red Hughs quartet were among players from all over Ireland to play in the game. Caoimhe McMenamin meets Prince Harry at Croke ParkThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on their first official visit to Ireland since their marriage in May and their trip to Croke Park was part of a busy two-day itinerary in Dublin.Donegal captain Michael Murphy was also in Croke Park today and met the Royal couple.Killian Rushe-Gallinagh gives chase during the gameFour Red Hughs youngsters play in Croke Park exhibition for Royals was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the announcement of confirmed human cases of influenza following the Clinton County Fair H3N2 swine influenza discovery and H1N1 discovered in hogs at the Franklin County Fair, state leaders are reminding fairgoers and livestock exhibitors about commonsense ways to address and prevent the problem.“We have had a few people get sick from the Clinton County Fair. Nobody was hospitalized, but there were certainly flu-like symptoms in about nine individuals that have been confirmed. It is something we need to take seriously and it can be prevented very easily with hand washing and moving our animals in and out in a three-day period. We just need to be proactive,” said Tony Forshey, Ohio’s State Veterinarian. “We are reiterating the importance of hand washing stations, signs and keeping food out of the barn — just common sense things that are good sanitation and good hygiene. This virus is pretty easily killed with heat and soap and water.“It is critical that you get these pigs into the fairs — particularly in the partial terminal shows — and have those pigs on the fairgrounds no longer than 72 hours. If you have a breeding show get them in first. If you have an open class market show have it next, and have the junior market terminal shows last. Any time you’re over three days on the fairgrounds with those pigs you double your risk every day after that for having a disease outbreak. So get them in and get them out.”Cooler, less humid conditions help too.“We have had a lot of hot humid weather and we can get such a viral load because the pigs are stressed in the heat and humidity,” Forshey said.The Ohio State Fair has set an example over the years of taking precautions to ensure a healthy experience for all involved, human and livestock alike. This has included properly marked hand sanitizer stations around the barn, reminders to visitors of the importance of well-cared for animals, and spaced out shows which allow animals to be in and out in a matter of days with minimal stress.Fairs have a number of resources available to help get out accurate and informative reminders at pork.org/flu including fact sheets, biosecurity recommendations, and influenza surveillance tips. The Ohio Pork Council has even taken the step to help county fairs out with providing hand sanitizer.“If county fairs can show the Ohio Pork Council that they have taken the time to put up hand sanitizing stations, wash stations and signs reminding folks the best hygiene and practices to wash their hands before entering the building and not taking food in, we will provide reimbursement or two jugs of hand sanitizer for their county fair,” said Bryan Humphreys, executive vice president of the Ohio Pork Council. “We just want to know that they are hanging signs and doing what needs to be done because that can prevent a lot of trouble for the animals and the people that we care about.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsWalking corn throughout the past few weeks has revealed a significant number of fields showing nitrogen (N) deficiency. Several factors have contributed to these N shortages, but what is imminent is that stalk strength and standability will likely be compromised in these situations.Contributing factors of N shortage include:There were less than ideal planting conditions resulting in poor root structure.Tillage performed in wet conditions has created a density layer for root restriction. This has also led to decreased aggregate stability and poorer water infiltration.There were dry conditions during the rapid N-uptake period. Beginning at approximately V8-V10, N uptake is approximately 7 pounds per day for three weeks. The majority of N is mobilized into the plant with water.There was the potential for significant N loss with pre-plant or early N applications.Beginning at approximately the R2 growth stage (kernel blister), the corn plant begins to remobilize most of the necessary N for grain fill from the stalk and leaves. Corn plants are trained to fill grain regardless of the sacrifices that may impact the overall health of the plant. If the “N bank” is not adequately full at the time of remobilization, the plant will draw down the N bank (stalk and leaves) in an attempt to fill the grain. This N drawdown can and will likely result in greater foliar disease infection as well as stalk cannibalization.Another observation made earlier in the season that has not cured itself is crown discoloration or crown rot. The extremely wet weather many areas experienced in the month of June led to Fusarium and Pythium species of fungi to enter the corn plant via the root system around V2 to V7. While these fungi enter the plant very early, infected plants show little to no outward sign of infection until several weeks prior to black layer. By then, the stress of nutrient remobilization along with the obstruction of the crown area (which prevents water or nutrient movement from the roots to the remainder of the plant) is too much to bear and the plant succumbs to premature death or PMD.The impact of PMD is smaller ear sizes and lower test weight. However, what further complicates this issue is the typical stalk breakage that occurs at the soil level (crown region) or just above.Many farmers have chosen not to apply a fungicide post tassel this year for various reasons. Because of this and the observations described above, it is my opinion that corn in these situations will not likely stand well late into the fall.I would encourage you to walk your fields and take observations now in order to develop a harvest plan and prioritize affected fields for an early harvest. While I recognize increased drying costs are not ideal, they may cost less than the value of the grain lost due to complications of harvesting down corn.Have a safe fall.