3 teens charged for killing Mon Repos man

first_imgThree teenagers, along with a 33-year-old man, were on Friday charged for the murder of 30-year-old Christopher Swamy of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD).Vikash Persaud, 18; Osafo Douglas, 19; Rafael Hannif, 19; and 33-year-old Jessie Knight appeared before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.It is alleged that the teens killed Swamy on October 21, 2018, at his Lot 161 Mon Repos Pasture, ECD home. In court on Friday, the three teenagers, who reportedly admitted to committing the crime following their arrest, told the court that they were severely beaten by Police to confess to the murder. They were all remanded and the case will continue on December 12.Divisional Commander Calvin Brutus had said one of the suspects was positivelyDead: Christopher Swamyidentified by the dead man’s wife during an identification parade on Monday.Swamy, a father of two, was gunned down on Sunday last after four armed men invaded his ECD property. Based on information received, Swamy was among a group of persons including his wife, hanging out and imbibing in front of the house when at about 01:30h, they were confronted by masked men, one of whom brandished a handgun.Police said the suspects relieved one of the persons of a cellphone and an undisclosed sum of cash, after which they assaulted another person to the head. It was during the commotion that Swamy was shot to the chest. The men then fled the scene.Swamy was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.A post-mortem examination performed by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest. A bullet has been recovered from Swamy’s body.last_img read more

Chenapau miners released from Police custody

first_img– charged with illegal mining at KNPDetained in clampdownBY LAKHRAM BHAGIRATThe remaining 18 Chenapau, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), residents in Police custody were released on Tuesday and are expected to make an appearance at the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court on July 18, to answer to the charge of illegal mining in a protected area.Some of the miners released on Tuesday, inclusive of the two women and toddler who were released on Monday (Carl Croker photo)The 18 males released are Calixtus Francis, 47; Kenvil Cyril, 18; Donald Andrew, 48; Aladin Sebastian, 29; Garlon Andrew, 32; Clifford Andrew, 30; Leroy Fraser, 29; Collin Francisco, 27; Phillip Andrew, 18; Rudolph Bobb-Semple, 37; Franklin George, 38; Carlton Lewis, 40; Jason Baptiste, 30; Cecil Baptiste, 56; Bryan Mason, 31; Tomson Edwards, 17; Mark Andrew, 26; and Clive Edwards, 20.The two females; Carrol Williams, 22, and Sabrina Dos Santos, 26, along with two-year-old Naziel Williams were released late Monday night.The miners are adamant they were mining on legal claims and not in the Kaieteur National Park (KNP) as stated by the Government.At about noon last Saturday, officers from the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) rounded up some 21 persons who allegedly were mining in the Kaieteur National Park, a designated no-mining zone that is protected under the laws of Guyana.They were taken into custody, and were forced to spend Saturday night in the backdam before being brought out to Georgetown on Sunday evening. The raid was ordered by President David Granger.No clear channel of informationAll the men chided the authorities for their lack of information. They noted that during the time in custody at the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Eve Leary, in Georgetown, they were not afforded any information. The men said they were forced to sit down for approximately 48 hours without even being afforded a shower or a change of clothes.Following his release, Cecil Baptiste, told Guyana Times that he, along with four other persons were rounded up and instructed not to move. “I was till down in the Kurupung area in my camp and they told me that they were given a presidential order to get everybody out off the Park. Not everybody was working but we were moving and going into our location where I have my claims and my other camp ground and then we had to leave everything there and we had to come out,” he related. The distraught man said he is unaware of the state of his equipment since they were forced to leave all of that behind. He said he has been mining since 1978 and this is the first time he has encountered such a situation. Baptiste related that they are yet to be told why they were held and brought to Georgetown.“The Police only took our names, addresses, age and that’s all they took. We were sitting there (at CID Headquarters) all the time. One time I saw three GGMC officers came in and (a senior Police rank) told us that we have to wait until the GGMC officials come again,” Baptiste revealed.Another one of the detained men, Rudolph Bobb-Semple, related that he along with another miner was on the tail heading back to the village when they were apprehended by soldiers around 09:00h on Saturday morning.“When the soldiers them catch we, I was 45 minutes away from Kaieteur Landing and the soldier turn we back because they said that they got order from the Government and they round up everybody working and then they ship we out with boats and then they say that we will talk to the GGMC officers,” he said.He added that when they arrived at Eve Leary, they were again asked for their names and addresses and then they were informed that they were mining illegally in the Kaieteur National Park. This, however, he denies, noting that his employer, Charlie Layne, owns 13 mining claims in the area.“The person who took me in there to work with them, they have 13 claims which they pay for from GGMC. Now if the claim is not valid then why GGMC collect the money for the claim…. that is not right. All the other (miners held) had claim and so, and now we get summons for working in Kaieteur National Park and I don’t think that is right,” Bobb-Semple lamented.“We were not mining. We were prospecting when we met up with the soldiers halfway up the trail and they brought us back to the boat landing and we had to sleep the night there, choke up under some old tarpaulin. They had some heavy guns, all corner, any move you make is a big gun just moving around. The soldiers told me that we have to go back with them and that they are not allowing anybody to leave,” another miner Calixtus Francis complained.Government’s responseSection Four of the Kaieteur National Park Act states, “It shall not be lawful for any person to enter into, travel or encamp within the Park or to build any structure therein, or to hunt, chase, catch, shoot at, kill or otherwise disturb any animal or cut, pluck or gather any of the flora or interfere with or disturb the soil by mining or other operations within the Park or to remove anything whatsoever from the Park except in accordance with regulations made under this Act. (2) Any person acting in contravention of any of the provisions of subsection (1) shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of ninety-seven thousand five hundred dollars, and anything taken by such person from the Park shall be forfeited.”Further, according to the regulations made under the Mining Act 2005, Part XXVII Section 251 (1) (a), “No person shall conduct mining and quarrying activities in the following areas- (b) In specified nature reserves and parks where resource extraction is prohibited; (c) In buffer areas without express approval of the Commission and the notification of parties likely to be affected by the activity.”Additionally, Section 122 of the Protected Areas Act 2011 states that “Any person, except persons under the Amerindian Act, who mines, quarries, drills or removes any minerals, stone, gravel, earth, sand, or other substances or prospects for such substance in a national protected area commits an offence under paragraph (a) of the Fourth Schedule.”The Fourth Schedule (a) states “A fine of not less than ten thousand dollars nor more than fifty thousand dollars and (f) a fine of not less than five hundred thousand dollars nor more than two million dollars and one hundred thousand dollars per day for continuance of activity with imprisonment for five years for repeating activity after the second instance.”Government warningThe Government in a statement said the operation stemmed from several sightings of illegal mining in the KNP. They noted that the miners were warned and ordered to cease all operations.However, the detained miners are contesting that they were never warned and that they were away from the boundaries of the KNP. They also used to opportunity to call on the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) to mark the boundaries of the Park to prevent any further misunderstanding.The Government, in an effort to verify its claims released aerial pictures to prove illegal mining in the KNP but the miners are saying that the pictures do not represent the area they were found in.“The treatment they have received has been every extreme… I would like to strongly believe that these guys are paying for something else; they’re paying for others, because the photographs in the media are not where they were, these guys were able to identify those photographs and they were far from the areas,” Chairperson of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), Laura George, said.“Ms (Denise) Fraser said that the PAC (Chairman) has been in contact with the Ministry of Natural Resources as well as the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs to ensure that the detainees have access to food and are taken care of while in custody. She noted that once released, the PAC will work with the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs to provide accommodation, where necessary,” the Government’s statement said.That statement did not go down well with George who became angry and called out the PAC for their misleading comment. She noted that they are yet to be contacted by the PAC and while in custody the detainees were afforded only one meal and that was provided by relatives and friends.The arrests sparked widespread protest in Chenapau Village and the Toshao, Edward McGarrell, along with other Councilors travelled to Georgetown on Tuesday hoping to meet with the President and Minister Trotman today.last_img read more

Women’s rights activist blasts weak judicial punishment

first_imgDrunken father’s assault on pregnant daughter– says alcoholism wreaking havoc on societyWomen’s Activist Nicole ColeMinister with responsibility for social cohesion and for culture youth and sport, Dr George Norton, had indicated in September 2017 that an Alcohol Control Bill would be introduced in Parliament. He had, at that time, called for increases in the ages of those allowed to purchase alcohol and those allowed to consume same, having also expressed concern at the way in which people conduct themselves while being under the influence of alcohol.Just recently, a father of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara assaulted his pregnant adult daughter by cuffing and kicking her, because he “didn’t like the way” she was speaking to him after she had objected to his disorderly behaviour while under the influence, which normally includes swearing at family members.Wales Magistrate Dylon Bess has placed that father on a 6-month bond to keep the peace, and he is expected to maintain sober conduct; failing which, he would be incarcerated for 6 months.However, in the view of Social and Women’s Rights Activist Nicole Cole, a stronger penalty should have been imposed on that offender for his conduct, which she contends is becoming “too normal” in our society.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton“I think the father should have been incarcerated (in order) to send a strong message that the SOCIETY is serious about eliminating violence against women and children; because he has caused physical as well as psychological damage to his pregnant daughter and her child,” Cole told Guyana Times in an interview on Saturday.She opined that being placed on a bond is “wholly egregious” for an act she views as cruel and inhumane to the unborn.“Did the magistrate, for one moment, stop and think about the long-term neuropsychological harm (done) to that unborn foetus? Where is the compassion for the pregnant woman and her unborn child? (This sentence is) an ABSURDITY by the Judiciary! (It is) wholly despicable! The punishment (imposed) by the magistrate points to the abnormal being viewed as normal. Violence is normalised by such weak judicial punishment for such brutality meted out to the pregnant woman,” the activist stressed.The Women and Gender Equality Commissioner also feels “wholly disheartened” by this recent case, which she surmises is on a long list of abuse against women; which is sometimes occurring without punishment.Stressing that this further represents psychological issues within our society, Cole called for establishment of additional rehabilitation centres to deal with substance abuse problems.“Only recently, there were reports of another pregnant woman being abused by her father, who subsequently committed suicide after failing in his bid to murder his spouse. What we now are witnessing is even nauseating, because even the unborn foetus is now being attacked violently, which smacks of a deep psychological malaise within the society! Alcoholism is a disease, and it’s wreaking havoc in our society more than marijuana and cocaine, which are illicit drugs,” she noted.The activist has said that more focus should have been placed on the “12 women” who have already met their demise for this year. She noted that there were about four murder/suicide cases recorded in the first half of 2018. “I am in trepidation of what will be the final count,” Cole disclosed.During last week’s ‘father assault on pregnant daughter’ case, Aleem Mohamed admitted that he had assaulted his daughter at the family’s home.In March of this year, City Magistrate Judy Latchman fined Ibeniko Fredericks $100,000 or one month’s jail for unlawfully and maliciously assaulting his 16-year-old daughter in Georgetown after she had allegedly answered him rudely when he had enquired why she had come home late from school. Fredericks had held on to her hair, pushed her down, and proceed to slap her. He was also alleged to have used a wooden scrubbing board and iron pipe to hit the teen.Being abused is a violation of women’s human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. However, Reyona Payne, Rosemary Rudder, Ursilla Paradat, Darmattie Persaud, Diana Hernandez and Deorani “Priya” Inderpaul were some of the many Guyanese women who were literally slaughtered this year as the scourge of domestic violence seemingly consolidated its presence in Guyanese society. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Human rights body urges autonomy for State oil agencies

first_imgAs Petroleum commission bill awaits day in Parliament…says entities must be protected from political influence When it was first introduced, there was widespread criticism that the Petroleum Commission Bill gave too much political influence to the Government.According to the Executive Committee of the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) in a statement on Saturday, oil and gas institutions must be protected from undue political influence.The body questioned how the oil sector would directly improve the lives of citizens, and reiterated that entities that would have an input on state oil resources must be insulated from partisan political directives.“The unwillingness…to discuss that a problem exists renders reaching a solution remote,” the association noted. “Determining and defending the national interest would include, for example, taking steps to insulate oil and gas development from the vagaries of Guyanese elections.“Moreover, creation of state agencies and mechanisms related to oil and gas should be genuinely ring-fenced from partisan influence.“The (prevailing opinion) is that life in Guyana is about to be transformed. To date, it is unclear whether the transformation will create a secure, fulfilling life for all Guyanese, or will plunge our chronic failure to create such a society into something significantly worse,” the GHRA expressed.The association pointed to the recent controversies surrounding the appointment of a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission. This, it said, indicate the difficulties of filling posts through a bi-partisan process.“The price of polarised politics is to be counted, in part, in our inability to develop a truly national position on oil and gas. This implies, for example, that ExxonMobil, with its decades of experience as a global economic power, will be confronted across the table with inexperience, pettiness and mediocrity,” the association added.AppointmentsAccording to the GHRA, appointment of the questionably suitable rather than the eminently suitable is forcing certain considerations. These considerations, it noted, included whether it was time to appoint foreign nationals with the needed experience and qualifications to certain posts.“If we cannot bring ourselves to such a workable compromise domestically, are we prepared to consider, for example, that all appointments above a certain level should be of non-nationals? Galling as such a prospect may be, intransigent partisanship and willingness to sacrifice Guyana’s future by appointment of questionably suitable, rather than eminently qualified persons, are forcing such considerations upon us.“Guyanese have had enough of the posturing, the contempt for ethics, and the blatant preferment of political allies which passes for politics. If the transformational public policies required of us are not to be found in the political parties, where will such an initiative come from?”Autonomous institutionsThe Government came under a barrage of criticism when the Audit Office of Guyana (AoG) became one of several agencies to have their budget proposals cut by the Government for the year 2018.Since the office must provide oversight for Government spending at both the central and regional levels, the move did not go down well with the parliamentary Opposition. Auditor General Deodat Sharma has already stated that these cuts will have an effect on the agency’s plans.The association’s statement comes even as the Petroleum Commission Bill sits on the National Assembly’s Order Paper to be discussed at an upcoming sitting of Parliament. In fact, a number of other bills — such as the Animal Welfare Bill and even a motion to provide duty free concessions for two Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) staff — took precedence before this Petroleum Commission Bill, with first oil just two years away.The bill was sent to a Special Select Committee last year after the proposed powers of the minister had come under intense criticism. One example is that it allowed for the Natural Resources Minister to act in the absence of the Petroleum Commission Board, and even to dismiss the board.With Government already taking flak for sending a draft law, the Animal Welfare Bill, to a select committee but making no substantial changes thereafter, it remains to be seen whether this bill would propose that the minister’s powers be reduced.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgWHITTIER – Were you shaken up by the Whittier Narrows Earthquake 20 years ago? If so we want to hear from you. Tell us, in 200 words or less, your best memory from the Oct. 1, 1987, event that reshaped the community. Selected entries will be included in a special section this newspaper plans to publish on the 20th anniversary of the 5.9 temblor. Submit entries by e-mail to news.wdn@sgvn.com, Attn. QUAKE; fax to (562) 698-0450; or mail to 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. No phone calls please. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. For information, call (562) 944-1616. Council to decide aquatic center fees LA MIRADA – The City Council at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting will discuss the setting of fees for Splash!, the city’s aquatic center that is under construction. The proposed basic adult fee would be $14 for entrance, and $64 for a season pass, to Buccaneer Bay, the city’s water park. It would cost $3 for lap or recreational swimming or use of the spa. New Biola University President Barry H. Corey also is expected to be introduced and summer photo contest winners will be recognized at the meeting. The council meets at City Hall, 13700 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. For information, call (562) 943-0131. Elks Lodge hosting champagne brunch WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge No. 1258, 13620 Whittier Blvd., is hosting a champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the brunch will go to local charities. The buffet meal will include baron of beef, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, omelettes and waffles made to order, plus fruit and pastries. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For information call (562) 696-7117. Free tire disposal at Claremont event CLAREMONT – Los Angeles County residents seeking a way to legally dispose of old tires can get rid of them for free at the Waste Tire Recycling Event be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Claremont City Yard, 1616 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. The event is organized by the county’s Department of Public Works, and co-sponsored by Firestone Complete Auto Care, which will provide those who drop off tires with coupons for 15 percent off the purchase of Firestone or Bridgestone tires. For information, call (888) 253-2652. Hypnotherapy expert in town Hypnotherapist and author Dr. Rick Collingwood is visiting Southern California as part of his tour of the United States. Collingwood, an Australian-born pioneer in the use of hypnosis therapy, is in the Los Angeles area through Monday to promote his hypnosis CDs and DVDs. Collingwood is the principal of the Australian Academy of Hypnosis. He has appeared on KTLA’s “Morning News Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and “A Current Affair.” For more information Collingwood’s visit, go to www.MindMotivations.com – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Deadline for submissions is Friday. Chamber to host business seminar SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce will host a workshop on “Access to Capital” for local businesses from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at City Hall, 11710 E. Telegraph Road. Jeff Ball, president and chief executive officer of Friendly Hills Bank, Emily Baldizon of Riviera Financing, Barry Menzel of Training Funding Source and Brent Costello of Sun West M&A Advisors will lead the lecture. The group will cover aspects of capital-raising for local businesses. A question-and-answer period will follow a panel discussion. last_img read more

Liverpool target signs new contract in Spain

first_img1 Inaki Williams Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has disappointed any potential Premier League suitors by signing a new contract with the Primera Division side.The highly-rated 21-year-old, who has been linked with a host of English clubs, has extended his deal at San Mames until 2021.The club confirmed the release clause in the new contract would be 50 million euros (£38.1million).Watch: Inaki Williams’ stupendous flick and volley for Athletic Bilbaolast_img

SEAN DUNNION RETURNED TO TOP JOB ON DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD

first_imgSean DunnionSEAN DUNNION has been returned to the top job as Chairman of Donegal GAA County Board.The popular chair easily defeated Denis Ellis by 128 votes to 27 at the annual convention at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.St Eunan’s Frankie Doherty was elected vice-chairman. The full list of appointments is as follows:Chairperson: Sean DunnionVice Chairperson: Frankie DohertySecretary: Aideen GillenAssistant Secretary: Declan MartinTreasurer: Cieran KellyAssistant Treasurer: Paddy TinneyPRO: Ed ByrneDevelopment Officer: Terence McSheaOifigeach Gaelige agus Cultúir: Fergus McGeeCoaching Officer: Anthony HarkinCentral Council Delegate: Seamus O DomhnaillUlster Council Delegates: Pat Connaghan and PJ McGowanChildren’s Officer: Mick McGrathDelegates to Ulster Convention will be: Seamus O Domhnaill, Mick McGrath and Edward Molloy. SEAN DUNNION RETURNED TO TOP JOB ON DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD was last modified: December 14th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Donegal GAASean Dunnionlast_img read more

A WEEK OF SUNSHINE AHEAD – AND A WARM DAY FOR THE ALL IRELAND FINAL, SAYS MICKEY THE POST!

first_imgMichael Gallagher pictured with county players Rory Kavanagh and Neil Gallagher at the open day on Saturday where the postman was a stewardDONEGAL can look forward to a week of wonderful weather, Met Eireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said today.And Donegal postman Michael Gallagher says we’re all in for a mild autumn, with a ‘lovely day’ for the All Ireland Final on Sunday week.“It’s going to a great day on Sunday week, in more ways than one – sunshine and the Senior and Minor double,” said Micky. “We’re in for some lovely weather at the moment, great for the farmers and great for everyone else. Sure it would put a smile on your face.”Forecaster Evelyn says the weather has been turned on its head this week.Afternoon temperatures will hit 21C inland in Donegal this week.It will be chilly at nights however, she says. The current high pressure system – or blocking high – is over Ireland instead of Spain and Portugal which are being hit by Atlantic rain and winds. A WEEK OF SUNSHINE AHEAD – AND A WARM DAY FOR THE ALL IRELAND FINAL, SAYS MICKEY THE POST! was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALMichael Gallagherpost manlast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: MY SISTER’S WARDROBE IS READY FOR MASSIVE TWO-DAY SALE

first_imgPicture Special: Some of the images above are the designer labels available to purchase at My Sister’s Wardrobe massive two-day sale at An Grianan Hotel, Burt.Prices have been slashed and there has been reductions on all items, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to pick up some top of the range designer clothing on the cheap.The event will last over two-days so you’ll have plenty of time to visit the exhibition which is being held in the beautiful An Grianan Hotel, Burt. My Sister’s Wardrobe will have the pre-loved designer mother of the bride and groom outfits on display.While they’ll also have occasional wear and designer casuals that cater for all ages and sizes.As stated above there is massive discounts across the range, so you’d be mad to get there this weekend and snap up some designer clothes for half the price.It’s the best way to ditch those January blues, so make sure and get down to My Sister’s Wardrobe this Saturday and Sunday at An Grianan Hotel, Burt.  PICTURE SPECIAL: MY SISTER’S WARDROBE IS READY FOR MASSIVE TWO-DAY SALE was last modified: January 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesMy Sister’s Wardrobenewspicture specialSALElast_img read more

Warm nights could be hurting corn yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The warm, muggy summer nights that have made things generally unpleasant for people may have also had a detrimental impact on corn yields.Weather prognostication guru Elwynn Taylor from Iowa State University regularly gets a good estimate on the national yield by tracking the nighttime temperatures during the growing season.“If we want a large yield, we like to see the nights being a little cooler than usual with normal daytime temperatures. Clear nights will make things cooler. If the nights are warmer than usual, it shortens the time for our crop to put on weight and we do not want to shorten that,” Taylor said. “From the first of July to the first of September, if the nights are cooler than usual, it is helping our yields. If they are warmer than usual it hurts them.”With numerous uncomfortable nights in the books this summer in Ohio and around the Midwest, there is legitimate reason for concern about corn yields.“Past studies show that night time temperatures affect yield potential. High night temperatures (in the 70s or 80s in degrees F) can result in wasteful respiration and a lower net amount of dry matter accumulation in plants. The rate of respiration of plants increases rapidly as the temperature increases, approximately doubling for each 13 degree F increase,” said Peter Thomsion, Ohio State University corn specialist. “With high night temperatures more of the sugars produced by photosynthesis during the day are lost; less is available to fill developing kernels, thereby lowering potential grain yield. High night time temperatures result in faster heat unit — growing degree day — accumulation that can lead to earlier corn maturation, whereas cool night temperatures result in slower GDD accumulation that can lengthen grain filling and promote greater dry matter accumulation and grain yields.”Thomison points to research at the University of Illinois conducted back in the 1960s that indicated corn grown at night temperatures in the mid-60s out yielded corn grown at temperatures in the mid-80s.“Average corn yields are generally much higher with irrigation in western states, which have low humidity and limited rainfall. While these areas are characterized by hot sunny days, night temperatures are often cooler than in the Eastern Corn Belt,” Thomison said. “Low night temperatures during grain fill (which typically occurs in July and August) have been associated with some of our highest corn yields in Ohio. The cool night temperatures may have reduced respiration losses during grain fill and lengthened the rain fill period. Cooler than average night temperatures can also mitigate water stress and slow the development of foliar diseases and insect problems.”The weather National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for temperatures 1 to 5 degrees F above normal for the rest of August in Ohio and continued above-normal temperatures for September.last_img read more