County Commissioners Honor Departing JBLM Base Commanders

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston County  Cols. Hodges and Davit recognized for fostering partnerships with neighbor jurisdictions.Thurston County Commissioners issued a proclamation today honoring JBLM Base Commander Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr. and Deputy Base Commander Col. Anthony J. Davit, who will both be leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August.In today’s proclamation, commissioners expressed their gratitude to Col. Hodges and Col. Davit for their leadership both on base and in the surrounding community, and for their work to reach out to the cities and counties that neighbor the base to build and strengthen the level of cooperation and partnership between the military and the communities where many of JBLM military personnel and their families live.“During their tenure, Col. Hodges and Col. Davit have really made the relationships between the base and the neighboring jurisdictions a top priority,” said Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe. “I would say that the level of collaboration now is at an all-time high because of their efforts, and the positive impact they’ll leave on this community is tremendous.”Col. Hodges said, “It has been an amazing partnership with Thurston County. Three years ago, we didn’t really have a relationship, and today it is so very strong and beneficial.”“We continue to work to keep the relationship strong,” said Col. Davit. “The benefits gained by all parties allow everyone to understand each other’s perspectives. Being able to give back in this way makes a difference in the larger community.”“We have a great relationship with JBLM that is just incredible, and I think a big ‘thank you’ goes to Col. Hodges and Col. Davit for that,” said Commissioner Sandra Romero, who serves on the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership. “The relationship we’ve built has helped the base, and I know it’s helped the county and other jurisdictions, but I think the real winners are the people who live in our communities—the troops, their families, the civilian workers, and even those who are not directly tied to base. We all benefit from a strong base-community relationship.”“Col. Hodges and Col. Davit have laid a foundation for continued success in many areas. Their work has strengthened JBLM’s relationship with surrounding communities, such as recently fighting to keep troop reduction to 1,250 personnel. They also commanded garrison functions, formulating policy and plans for soldier readiness for deployments and redeployments and logistic services to thousands of families who work and reside at JBLM. Thurston County values their leadership, and I thank them for their dedication and professional service.” said Commissioner Bud Blake.Col. H. Charles Hodges, Jr. took command of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2012 and will be retiring from military in August after serving for 30 years in the U.S. Army. As JBLM Base Commander, Col. Hodges is responsible for the general management of the systems and infrastructure that make up the “city” of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, such as facility maintenance and construction, environmental protection, housing, emergency management, police and fire services, and roads and transportation, among others. Col. Hodges manages and oversees an annual operating budget of $438 million for JBLM.Col. Anthony J. Davit was named Deputy Base Commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2013, and also serves as Commander of the 627th Air Base Group. Along with his duties as the Deputy Base Commander, Col. Davit is responsible for organizing, training and equipping more than 800 Airmen in five squadrons, as well as managing the chaplain and equal opportunity offices. Col. Davit has served in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, and will be leaving JBLM for his new post as Director of Readiness for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM is home to more than 41,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports nearly 55,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles. That makes JBLM the fourth largest military base in the United States by population, and the seventh largest “city” in Washington state. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Bantam Leafs ‘exceed expectations’ in Salmon Arm

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs managed to hold off a charge from some top competition to finish fourth overall at the Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Bantam Rep Tournament Sunday in the Shuswap Country.The Leafs dropped a semi final contest to the eventual champion from Aldergrove in the team’s final contest Sunday.“We are a Tier III team . . . and this was a Tier II (12-team) tournament so the boys performance exceeded our expectations,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.“In addition, we had two defence injured and one recovering from injury so one forward (Nolan Percival, Grayson Reitmeier or Michael Viala) had to alternate to defence for the weekend,” Hunt added.The Leafs pulled out two come from behind wins over Williams Lake and Salmon Arm before dropping a close two-goal contest to a team from Vancouver.In the first three games Nelson allowed a minuscule seven goals thanks to some solid netminding.“Our goalies Adam Maida and Brayden Pompou were outstanding,” Hunt exclaimed.Brandon Sookro and Viala led the team in scoring. The Reps consist of 14 players and two goalies, with two of the skaters from Nakusp.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Metta World Peace not closing door on playing in PH

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES Given a chance, what excites the former Lakers forward is the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of fans who have never seen him play live.“I really want to play in front of fans that I have never played in front of. I’ve been in the NBA for just 18 seasons. I played in China for a season, and I wanted to play in China because I wanted to play in front of the Chinese fans and they were so supportive over the last couple of years. And then, I went to Italy and played in front of the Italian fans. It’s a great experience,” he said.“So if I do come here to play one day, I’ll be fortunate and I want to win.”However, World Peace said that everything is still up in the air right at this moment, with him still being undecided what to do next.“As of right now, I’m not sure where I’m going to play this year. I might go on business this year and play next year. But I really enjoy my business and I really enjoy playing basketball,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Injured Madarang hopes to play for Malditas in SEA Games RELATED VIDEO Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “I’m still in pretty good shape and I’d really like to play basketball. I think I’m going to play until I’m about 45,” World Peace shared on Sunday in a media conference.READ: Metta World Peace says Fil-Am son gets PH passport, hopes to play for GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’World Peace did not hesitate when asked if he’d be open on taking his talents to the Philippines, noting that the idea of being an import in the PBA had been broached before.“I was planning to go to the Philippines two years ago. And I’m not gonna count it out,” he said. “I play basketball every day. It’s not hard to find an NBA team for me, it’s not hard to make a Filipino team or a European team. I can do that in my sleep,” he said. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Metta World Peace. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAt 37 years of age, Metta World Peace is already at the twilight of his career.But the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year begs to differ and said that as far as he’s concerned, he’s still in tip-top shape.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

Fort St. John teenager Taylor DeVos still making a difference day-by-day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Taylor DeVos turns 15 in September, but as she gets older, she finds a way to make a bigger difference and bigger impact.You may remember that Taylor recently travelled to Haiti to visit the schools that she helped build.Well, now she is taking on another challenge. One that not many people pay much attention to. That is why Taylor and her sister Hanna walked around Staples in a wedding dresses wearing signs, to make people aware about childhood marriage in Africa and why it is a reason so many girls don’t get a proper education.“We are trying to show that girls in Malawi, Africa and other places, developing countries in the world, we’re trying to show how they live on a day-to-day basis with not being able to go to school because they are being married off at a young age.”- Advertisement -Taylor says the idea of wearing wedding dresses came from how girls in other countries live on a day-to-day basis and to symbolize what other girls in those countries go through.“Girls get married off before 18. Under the age of 18. So it is pretty crazy that in a few years, if I lived in a country like that, I would be married off already.”Advertisement She wants to see how many girls she can get to graduate, before she herself graduates.Taylor also has another project on the go. She is starting a group called K.I.D.S which stands for Kids Inspiring Dreams and Sustainability, where she says they will be trying to raise money which will then be sent to Malawi and will send as many girls to school as they can afford.For information on the club, you can contact Taylor via email or Facebook. They will also be at the Community One Stop Registration on September 1oth.last_img read more

Chetwynd Employer and CUPE create a new contract for Municipal workers.

first_imgFor the first time, the agreement includes the recognition of a new category of workers. Bargaining took place from October 28th, 2019 to October 30th, 2019.  The contract is effective from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2023. Chetwynd has a population of around 2,600 people. Advertisement According to CUPE, it took three days of negotiations, to reach the agreement that gives employees better scheduling of overtime, annual pay increases of two percent, a $600 signing bonus and improved standby and callout language. – Advertisement -“We hit a home run with this deal, which we are very pleased recognizes workers at the Recreation Centre and brings them into the bargaining unit,” said CUPE Local 3052 President Carla Sanford.center_img “Bargaining was respectful, and the employer really wanted to listen. We are proud of the agreement, and how it exemplifies the benefits of addressing affordability and scheduling challenges,” said Sanford. Local 3052 represents some 62 public workers, including for the first time, pool-side waterslide attendants. Other employees include indoor and outdoor workers, such as building service workers and trades. CHETWYND, B.C – CUPE Local 3052 and the District of Chetwynd have ratified a four-year collective agreement.last_img read more

Two plead guilty to murder of Cal Poly co-ed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Both defendants accepted plea bargains while jury selection was underway in their trial in Pomona Superior Court. Each was charged with murder in the 2001 death of Burmeister, the 20-year-old sorority woman who was kidnapped and slashed to death on her way to a fraternity party in Pomona. The Cerritos woman’s body was found inside her pickup truck on a turnout along Highway 39 above Azusa. Prosecutors say Singer and Dixon helped kidnap the woman and take her into the mountains. They say Dixon is the woman caught on a bank surveillance video using Burmeister’s ATM card to withdraw cash around the time of the kidnapping. Dixon’s husband, James Dixon, is also charged in the case. Prosecutors believe he delivered the fatal knife wound to Burmeister’s throat, and they are seeking the death penalty for him. His trial is set for February. In court on Thursday, Markeisha Dixon was forced to admit specific details of her role in the crime. She said she saw her husband approach Burmeister with a knife in his hand, but she turned away and did not see the killing itself. She said he later admitted the crime to her. Rosi Burmeister, who was in court with her husband and daughter Thursday morning, said the hearing brought mixed emotions. It satisfied her to hear Markeisha Dixon admit to her role in the killing, but the details of what she heard were almost too much for the family to bear. “I think we got a bird’s-eye view of our daughter’s last hours of life,” she said. “It was difficult to listen to that.” Singer’s plea bargain requires that he testify against James Dixon. If he testifies truthfully, he will receive the 25-years-to-life term. If he does not, he could be sentenced to life without parole. Prosecutors declined to comment on the pleas Thursday, saying they didn’t want to say anything that might jeopardize the case against James Dixon. Staff writer Neil Nisperos contributed to this story. r_leveque@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Two of the three suspects charged in the slaying of a Cal Poly Pomona student pleaded guilty to murder this week on the eve of their trial. Henry Singer, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the first-degree murder of Christina Burmeister. He will face a sentence of either 25 years to life in prison or life without the possibility of parole. His co-defendant, Markeisha Dixon, 26, admitted to a murder charge Thursday. She was immediately sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. “I think justice has been pretty well served at this point with these two,” said Burmeister’s mother, Rosi. “We’re satisfied with the sentences and I guess we’re glad that part of the process is done.” last_img read more

DONEGAL ANGER AS SELF-EMPLOYED & FARMERS HIT WITH ‘ASSETS’ MEANS TEST

first_imgFianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Government to scrap plans to include certain capital assets in the means testing for third level grants from next year.Questioning the Minister of State Seán Sherlock in the Seanad this week Senator Ó Domhnaill said the changes are highly discriminatory against farming families and the self employed.“The Government has set up a Capital Asset Test Implementation Group. This has been set up with the absolute intention of changing the criteria for student grants in a way that will certainly discriminate against the children of farm families,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. “Under the current grant application system, all farm income is assessed. If the Government goes ahead and also assess the value of the farmland as an income source on its own, this would be totally unfair and would amount to double assessment on the same land.“The myth that all farm families avail of Third Level Grants could not be further from the truth. A Higher Education Authority (HEA) survey completed on 72% of First year students in the 2009.2010 Academic Year showed that only 8.9% of new students were from farming backgrounds. Furthermore only 39.7% of the children from farmers were in receipt of Higher Education Grants.”Senator Ó Domhnaill appealed to Minister Sherlock to reconsider this discriminatory policy, but the Minister indicated that will go ahead as planned in 2013.Minister Sherlock said: “Given the increasing cost of providing student maintenance grants, the potential for this proposal to deliver cost savings on the student grant budget is also a critical consideration at this time. “While the introduction of a capital assets test for student grants may have traditionally been perceived as likely to impact particularly on the farming community, this is not the object of the proposal… The group has been charged with bringing forward detailed implementation proposals on new means testing arrangements for student grants, to include the value of assets, for new applicants from the 2013/14 Academic Year.”Speaking afterwards Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “I am very disappointed at the Government’s refusal to reconsider this targeted cut. Once again rural and farming communities have been singled out by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn in an unfair and discriminatory manner.” DONEGAL ANGER AS SELF-EMPLOYED & FARMERS HIT WITH ‘ASSETS’ MEANS TEST was last modified: April 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

Sharks without three key players for do-or-die Game 6 vs. Blues

first_imgST. LOUIS — The Sharks were without center Tomas Hertl, defenseman Erik Karlsson and Joe Pavelski for a do-or-die Game 6 of their Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.Earlier Tuesday, coach Pete DeBoer said.Pavelski’s availability would be determined at game-time. But Pavelski, who traveled with the Sharks to St. Louis, did not take part in pregame warmups and missed his seventh game of these playoffs.Hertl and Karlsson, who played in all 19 Sharks playoff games …last_img

South Africa’s trek to the start of time

first_img8 October 2010 It will be capable of probing the edges of our universe. It will search for gravitational waves, predicted but never detected. It will be a virtual time machine, enabling scientists to explore the origins of galaxies, stars and planets. And South Africans are at the heart of its development. Allied with eight other African countries, South Africa is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international SKA consortium is due to announce the winning bid in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2014 and finish by about 2022. The completed telescope will comprise around 3 000 antennas with a combined collecting area of roughly one square kilometre. South Africa plans to locate the core of these in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape – an arid, remote area blessed with exceptionally clear skies and minimal radio interference – with outlying stations in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. The country is no newcomer to major league astronomy. The Northern Cape is already home to one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Southern African Large Telescope or SALT. South Africa also works closely with neighbour Nambia on the HESS gamma ray telescope, and is currently building an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT), due to be commissioned in 2014/15 as the most sensitive radio telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. In the process, South African engineers are already working on some of the SKA’s technological building blocks – such as a prototype dish antenna that combines new materials with innovative design processes to meet the SKA’s exacting precision, durability and cost criteria. If awarded to South Africa, the SKA would establish the southern African region as a major international astronomy hub. And the SKA consortium, comprising 55 institutions in 19 countries, is optimistic that the United States will be part of the project. In its latest report to the US National Research Council, released in August, the US Committee for a Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics endorsed the SKA, expressing “unqualified enthusiasm for the science that this facility could deliver and recognition that it represents the long-term future of radio astronomy.” This does not automatically translate into the 40% funding the SKA partners were hoping the US would provide. The committee noted that the SKA schedule and the US funding timetable are out of synch. At the same time, it urged funding for two other projects – HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array) and NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) – that could greatly assist the SKA. Responding to the report, SKA project director Richard Schilizzi said: “We are cautiously optimistic that the US will take part in the SKA.” This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).last_img read more

Hot Mess Pests

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Weather extremes are a major threat to U.S. row crops, as 2019 demonstrated vividly. But some insects and diseases actually thrive in the chaos of flooding, drought, hail and heavy rainfalls, and they are poised to prosper in the years ahead.Diseases that prefer overly wet seasons, such as sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Physoderma brown spot, or overly dry seasons, such as charcoal rot, are posing greater challenges to Midwest farmers, said Iowa State University Extension plant pathologist Daren Mueller.Mueller hosted a webinar for the North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) this week, where he highlighted how climate change — and the extreme weather it brings with it — may affect field crop pests.Other winners? Heat-loving insects, like thrips, and the diseases they vector, are on the rise, Mueller noted. Traditionally “Southern” diseases like Southern corn rust and frogeye leaf spot, are also becoming yield-challenging staples in the Midwest in recent years. And diseases with origins in equatorial regions and the Southern Hemisphere, like tar spot and bacterial leaf streak in corn, are suddenly surfacing in the middle of North America.The development and life cycles of diseases and insects are notoriously complex, and many factors influence their rise and fall in agriculture, from economic pressures to evolving pest management and farming practices, Mueller stressed in his presentation. But for many of these pests, the weather changes associated with climate changes can be linked to their ascent as major agricultural pests, he said.So let’s take a look at some of these climate change opportunists.THE EXTREMISTS: SDS, PHYSODERMA AND CHARCOL ROTSudden death syndrome is well known for the abrupt and highly visible interveinal yellowing and necrosis that occurs during the reproductive stages of a soybean field, usually in late July or early August. Entire patches within a field can turn brown and die, causing substantial yield loss.Long before these symptoms surface, the disease is already present, Mueller noted. The fungus, Fusarium virguliforme, thrives in cool, wet soils and infects plants’ roots during the seedling stage of development. When rainfall events occur later in the season during early to mid-reproductive stages, a toxin caused by the disease is flushed up into the plant, causing the dramatic symptoms and yield loss.SDS has become an extremely prominent disease in recent years, Mueller said. “It is now the No. 1 soybean fungal disease as far as yield loss across the north-central region and really across the U.S.,” he said. “It is now a major disease in most soybean-growing areas.”Physoderma brown spot in corn, caused by a fungus called Physoderma maydis, is also thriving in recent years, Mueller added. The disease’s swimming spores infect when heavy rainfall and flooding causes standing water in the whorl of a corn plant — a common phenomenon in the spring and summer of 2019. The fungus causes lesions to form on the leaves and stalks and can lead to a stalk rot later in the season, as well. “This is one where we’ve really seen an uptick in the last five years or so, and this is one that is directly related to having heavy rainfalls very early in the season,” Mueller said.On the other end is charcoal rot, a disease that thrives during hot, dry seasons. Tiny structures called microsclerotia grow inside the soybean’s taproot and stems, clogging the plant’s ability to move nutrients and water, and causing them to turn yellow and brown and wilt. Plant pathologists expect charcoal rot to become more prominent as extreme weather events like dry growing seasons become more common, Mueller said.“Extreme examples — one too much water, one too little water — and there are diseases ready for either condition,” he said.THE INSECT OF THE HOUR: THRIPSThrips love heat. These plant-sucking pests prefer to reproduce when temperatures rise into the 80s Fahrenheit, and they do best in dry conditions. During the drought of 2012, their populations swelled across the Midwest as they assaulted already stressed crops with their feeding, Mueller recalled.But thrips do more than bleed precious moisture from plants; they also vector viruses such as soybean vein necrosis virus, tobacco ringspot virus and tobacco streak virus. Between 2013 and 2017, plant pathologists have seen outbreaks of these viral diseases — a good indicator that thrips are doing very well, Mueller noted.In contrast, viral diseases vectored by another common pest, the soybean aphid, such as the soybean mosaic virus, have been on the decline. One factor seems to be that soybean aphids do not do well in hot, dry conditions — their reproductive abilities slow dramatically as temperatures push into the upper 80s, and they die within days when temperatures surpass 95 degrees, Mueller said.THE SOUTH IS RISING: SOUTHERN CORN RUST AND FROGEYE LEAF SPOTSouthern corn rust has been defying its name in recent years, sneaking into the Midwest as early as July, in time to infect cornfields and threaten yield loss. (See some DTN stories here: https://www.dtnpf.com/… and here: https://www.dtnpf.com/…). This year was no exception, as the disease arrived in Midwest states like Iowa and Nebraska in time to cause yield loss in 2019, Mueller said.The disease usually gets its start each year in Mexico and the Caribbean, but the disease may be overwintering farther north in recent years. Plant pathologists have responded by creating a tracking tool to help growers stay aware of the fast-moving disease during the growing season: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/….Likewise, frogeye leaf spot, long the bane of Southern soybean growers, is becoming a regular Midwest invader, Mueller said. The Crop Protection Network, a research collaboration by U.S. and Canadian university crop scientists, has developed a disease loss calculator for corn and soybeans. It shows that, on average, farmers lost around 460,000 bushels per year to frogeye leaf spot in the Midwestern states between 1996 and 2000 — a 4-cents-per-acre economic impact. In contrast, from 2013 to 2017, Midwestern growers lost 7.6 million bushels — or $1.15 per acre — to the disease. See that calculator here: https://loss.cropprotectionnetwork.org/….“So you can see a very dramatic increase in frogeye leaf spot in these Midwestern states over the last five years,” Mueller said.GLOBETROTTERS: TAR SPOT AND BACTERIAL LEAF STREAKYou have to look even farther south to find the origins of two new invaders — tar spot of corn and bacterial leaf streak of corn.Tar spot of corn was first discovered in the U.S. in 2015 in Illinois and Indiana and has since been documented in eight states, where it can cause serious yield losses in susceptible varieties. The disease’s arrival in the U.S. remains a mystery, as it was previously only found in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. See its spread in the U.S. this year here: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/….Likewise, bacterial leaf streak of corn surfaced in Nebraska in 2013 and has since been found in nine other states. The bacteria that causes the disease, Xanthomonas vasicola, was previously most common in the Southern Hemisphere, in places like the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Australia. (See more from the University of Florida: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/…).How are these distant southern invaders getting here? Scientists are still hunting for answers to this question, but one prominent theory is that they may be moving north on the increasingly severe tropical storms that form near the equator in the Atlantic Ocean and besiege North America each year, Mueller noted.“There is a lot of aerobiology that needs to be sorted out,” he said. “But we are certainly continuing to see new or invasive disease and insects.”See more from this webinar here: https://northcentralclimate.org/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at Emily.unglesbee@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more