SC Villa seek fourth successive win over rivals Express

first_imgA goal erupted the crowd that had tried to cause violence after a controversial Ibrahim Kayiwa red card moments earlier.Going into the Tuesday tie, either side still has a minimal chance of claiming the league although it’s entirely out of their hands.Third on the log with 48 points, Express can win the league with victories in all three remaining fixtures including beating KCCA and pray that Mike Mutebi’s side as well as second placed Vipers falter their remaining games.The Jogoos on the other hand are also mathematically in the race but must win all their remaining eight games to surpass leaders KCCA who must falter.READ FULL STORY HERE Share on: WhatsApp By UPL co ugTuesday May 10, 2016Express Vs SC Villa – Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku  4pm Live on Azam TVIn a dramatic five goal thriller in the first round, SC Villa rallied from two goals down at half time to win 3-2 against Express at Nakivubo.That made it three in three who had gotten a double over their bitterest rivals although it came in the boardroom following abortion of both games.The first leg aborted after 83 minutes with the Jogoos leading 2-1 at Sazza Ground, Mityana while the second ended moments after Erisa Ssekisambu had equalised for the visitors at Wankulukuku to cancel out John Semazzi strike.last_img read more

Five things from the Bundesliga comeback

first_imgThe Norwegian, who turns 20 this summer, swept home the opener, the league’s first goal of its restart, before laying on the first of Raphael Guerreiro’s brace, showing once again that he is Europe’s player to watch.He has 41 goals this season in all competitions and 13 for Dortmund in just 12 games since joining in January from Red Bull Salzburg.All eyes on GermanySpecialist website reported on Sunday that over six million people in Germany watched the first top-tier matches in two months, with 3.68 million tuning into broadcaster Sky Germany’s subscription channels on Saturday.A further 2.45 million tuned into the ‘Konferenz’ — a simultaneous live broadcast of the five afternoon games — on free-to-air Sports News Channel.Sky Germany had a market share of 27.4 percent on their pay-to-view channels and 18.2 percent on their free channel.The German Football League (DFL) told AFP that matches were televised by more than 70 broadcasters worldwide, all on previously-agreed deals.British newspaper the Daily Mail reports that UK viewers were left frustrated as the BT Sport application showing the matches buckled under the weight of demand from fans.Fans protest ‘ghost games’Germany has one of the world’s most vibrant football fan cultures, with raucous fans packing stadiums where entrance fees are priced at a fraction of what Premier League fans have to shell out.And while millions tuned in to watch some live football, a significant portion of match-going supporters are livid at the idea of games going ahead without the noisy backdrop provided by German fans.On Saturday Augsburg fans left a banner inside their team’s ground which read “Football gives life — your business is sick”.St Pauli, meanwhile, on Sunday published a picture on Twitter of a banner that read: “Football lives through its fans! Without you, it’s all nothing!”Share on: WhatsApp Empty stands are set to become a regular sight as football league in Europe try to salvage their seasonsBerlin, Germany | AFP | Bayern Munich maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga as Germany gave fans across the world their first taste of elite football for two months amid empty stands and stringent hygiene guidelines designed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.AFP looks at the five things we learned from one of oddest weekends in the game’s history.A vision of the future?The Bundesliga has a head start of at least a month on the other major leagues aiming to restart this summer, and some of strange scenes seen in Germany will become the new normal should football return to England, Italy and Spain.La Liga and Serie A are aiming for mid-June as a potential start date for their suspended seasons, and fans in both countries may have to get used to silent, empty stadiums, socially-distanced goal celebrations, footballers in face masks and the spectre of players catching COVID-19.Italy’s clubs for example are debating a medical protocol that currently rules that if a player tests positive for the virus he and anyone who has come into close contact with him must be quarantined for two weeks, in contrast to Germany where only the player is isolated.How Bundesliga teams fare under their hygiene regulations could provide the model for the coming months.Bayern show no ring-rustinessHeading into his team’s tough trip to giant-killers Union Berlin, Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick wondered whether his team would be able to last a full 90 minutes after only being given the go-ahead to resume full team training last week.However a dominant display in the German capital, against a team that had already beaten two different league leaders at home this season, showed why they are the strongly-tipped to win their eighth straight league title.Bayern had two thirds of possession at the Alten Foesterei stadium, and once Robert Lewandowski slotted home his 26th league goal of the season from the penalty spot five minutes before the break, the result was never in doubt as the champions went on to claim a 2-0 win.Haaland talks on the pitchIn the aftermath of Dortmund’s 4-0 thumping of Ruhr rivals Schalke, teen striking sensation Erling Braut Haaland was a young man of few words with the awaiting media desperate for something from the 19-year-old goal machine.However, according to AFP subsidiary SID, Haaland mumbled a total of eight English words to reporters, including “Why not?” and “Yes”.It didn’t really matter, as Haaland had done his talking on the pitch, picking up where he left off before the world went into virus lockdown.last_img read more

Police search for suspect who shot man while operating a jet ski

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a suspect who reportedly shot another man while operating a jet ski.The incident occurred Saturday afternoon in Dania Beach.Police say the victim and the shooter got into some sort of altercation before the gunman fired his weapon and took off on a blue jet ski.According to the report, the a bullet grazed the victim’s leg and his refused to be taken to the hospital.The shooter is described as a Hispanic male between the ages of 25-30 with short black hair.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.last_img

Gardai warn Donegal students as €2 million ‘Money mule’ fraud investigation launched

first_imgGardai have launched an investigation into a €2m money laundering fraud involving so-called money mule accounts.The “money mule” practice involves criminals recruiting people to help launder stolen or illegal money using their bank account, often unwittingly. Gardaí have said students are often targeted by the practice.The Garda National Economic Crime Bureau is examining transactions of up to €35,000 on over 200 accounts around the country. The accounts were used for single transactions of between £5,000 and £35,000 to a financial institution abroad.Over 1,600 of these cases were reported by the banks to gardaí last year.Detective Inspector Catharina Gunne from the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said that if you act as a money mule, knowingly or unknowingly, you are committing the offence of money laundering.“Money laundering is a serious offence which on convictions carries a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment,” she said. “This will have a serious impact on your future travel plans, career opportunities, vetting and credit ratings.”Gardai warn Donegal students as €2 million ‘Money mule’ fraud investigation launched was last modified: April 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

South Africans ‘must save more’

first_img7 July 2009Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says there is a need for financial literacy eduction in South Africa, as the country’s savings performance is disappointing.Addressing the launch of Savings Month in Pretoria this week, Nene said there has been considerable belt tightening by both business and consumers due to the economic downturn.Nene said the country’s gross savings as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 17.1% in the first quarter of 2009, up from an average of 15.4% in 2008.“But even with the recent rise in South Africa’s savings rate, our savings performance remains disappointing.“Our savings rate is low by international standards, and compares especially poorly to those developing countries with high rates of economic growth,” Nene said, noting that China’s gross saving rate was over 40%.Aggregate savings declineThe country’s aggregate saving has been on a decline, following the drop in both corporate and household savings. The ratio in net terms for corporate savings, which represents the bulk of total savings, fell from 6.6% of GDP in the 1980s to 5.6% in the 1990s and to only 3% between 2000 and 2008.“As a percentage of GDP, household savings has declined sharply over the last 15 years, from 3.2% during the 1980s to 0.2% between 2000 and 2008,” Nene said.“As a percentage of disposable income, household savings has fallen from around 5.4% in the 1980s to 0.28% between 2000 and 2008.”Increased household debtAs a result of this, household debt had risen steadily in recent years, and currently stood at 76.7% of disposable income. Nene said the low rate of savings was worrying, because inadequate savings left households vulnerable to shocks in income and prices.“This has also hampered people’s ability to put down deposits for large assets like houses, thereby affecting wealth accumulation.“Likewise, low levels of individual savings have add to the burden on government to provide retirement assistance, increasing the need to raise taxes for this purpose,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Conservation Tillage Breakfast Series

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2018 Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Plaza Inn Restaurant in Mt. Victory.  Each session will start at 7:30 am with complimentary buffet breakfast followed by the program at 8:00 am.  Other sessions will be held on Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and 20.On Jan. 9, the program will feature Mike Bacon and Andrea Weaver, CAUV Property Tax Changes.  Bacon is the Hardin County Auditor and Weaver serves as the Union County Auditor.  They will be joined by a panel of other property tax and conservation experts.  As county auditors, they have sent out notices of changes and held meetings with landowners, local schools, and farm groups to help explain how changes brought about by the Ohio Department of Taxation will affect them. The presentation at the Conservation Tillage Club breakfast will focus on the most recent changes in the CAUV formula in regards to conservation lands and what landowners must do in order to see possible reductions in their property taxes for coming years.The Jan. 23 program will feature Ben Brown, Worldwide Grain Markets 10 Year Forecast & Farmers’ Grain Marketing Toolkit.  Brown is the program manager of the OSU Farm Management Program.  He has previously worked at the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri, where he also received his M.S. in Agriculture and Applied Economics.  Previously, he earned his B.S. in Agriculture Economics and Agronomy at Kansas State University.  His previous work looked at supply and demand in regards to grain prices over a 10 year worldwide forecast and is currently creating a grain marketing toolkit for farmers to assist them with this aspect of their business.Feb. 6 Aaron Wilson will speak to the Conservation Tillage Club.  He will be presenting Climate and Weather information and how it has affected crops over recent years.  Wilson is an Atmospheric Scientist at The Ohio State University, holding a joint appointment as a Senior Research Associate at the Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center.  He is also a contributing member to the State Climate Office of Ohio.   He helps coordinate the state’s weekly contribution to the U.S. Drought Monitor activities at the National Drought Mitigation Center, and helps Ohioans understand how changing weather extremes are impacting their lives.  His outreach activities include presentations at county events, field days, and the Farm Science Review.The Feb. 20 program will feature Elizabeth Hawkins, Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems with OSU Extension sharing her Soybean Populations information.  Hawkin’s research interests include using on-farm research to identify methods to increase farm profits including improved crop yields, better management of resources, and the employment of effective precision agriculture technologies.  She is using on-farm research to better understand how to make precision technologies like site-specific and prescriptive agriculture work, both agronomically and economically.  Before coming to The Ohio State University to specialize in in Precision Agriculture, Agronomic Crop Production, On-Farm Research, Hawkins earned degrees from Purdue and the University of Illinois.The Conservation Tillage Club breakfast program series is jointly sponsored by OSU Extension and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Hardin, Logan, and Union Counties, and in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Breakfast is provided by the generous support of agricultural lenders and agricultural businesses.  All events are open to the public and no advance registration is required.  Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers is pending.last_img read more

Miami Trace FFA Chapter Members Visit With State Legislators

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest COLUMBUS- On Wednesday, September 25th 5 members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, attended the 8th annual Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference at the Ohio Statehouse. Members representing the Miami Trace FFA were: Aubrey Schwartz, Morgan Eggleton, Kyler Batson, Shana Lott and Taylor Moore.  These members took part in a morning workshop led by the Ohio Farm Bureau focusing on advocating for agricultural education, informing students about important issues and preparing them to speak with legislators.  During this activity, the more than 200 FFA members from across the state were given several agriculture-related issues to lobby and advocate for legislative support.  FFA members learned firsthand the process of creating new bills, representation in the statehouse and the roles of lobbyists.After the morning workshop, students were given time to tour the historic Ohio Statehouse and learn more about the state’s history as well as the layout of our state legislative government.  During this time, the Miami Trace FFA members spent time visiting with President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate, Bob Peterson.  Members toured Senator Peterson’s office and were able to ask him questions about is role as a senator, the history of the Ohio StateHouse and about their role in communicating with their legislators.The Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference concluded with a meal in which FFA members were given the opportunity to hear from the Ohio FFA Officer Team, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Dorothy Pelanda as well as leaders of both the House of Representative and the Senate.  During the meal, Miami Trace FFA members were seated with two legislative aides.  This enabled the members the opportunity to share personal stories and concerns with legislative staff.The five Miami Trace FFA members that attended the conference gained valuable information about our state government while interacting with FFA members statewide.  Miami Trace FFA senior member Shana Lott said “I enjoyed this event and learned about the many steps it takes for a bill to become law.”last_img read more

Maliksi regrets early exit after tough stand against Meralco

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESBlackwater was 12 minutes away from history.After a forcing top seeded Meralco into a do-or-die with a 92-91 stunner in Game 1, the no. 8 Elite had a real chance to advance to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img View comments Blackwater even had the upper hand early in the rubber match but Meralco just showed its class, outscoring the Elite 31-19 in the fourth quarter en route to the the semifinal clincher.Maliksi, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting and six boards, was disappointed he couldn’t lead his new team to greater heights.“I feel bad about myself because the trust of the coaches is there,” said Maliksi who only came to the Elite a couple of games before the eliminations ended. “My teammates trusted me and I feel bad because there were opportunities I know I’ve wasted.”ADVERTISEMENT Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ All Blackwater needed was one more strong quarter to prove that a small franchise could make it big in the PBA.The Bolts, however, had other plans and that came in the form of a 104-96 win that ousted the Elite in a heartbreaker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All of us want something to prove, we can’t call this overachieving if we played just the quarterfinals,” said a dejected Allein Maliksi Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Of course you want to win the championship. So, I think there’s a reason why we were put in this situation.”“It’s that we have to learn from this and apply whatever we need to do next conference, next season.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Happy feet

first_imgIt’s the joy of seeing the unexpected, of not knowing what each day holds and the carefree leisure of curiosity which gets you feeling like a child again and makes going to a new place so exciting. Whether you are the kind of person who enjoys the relaxed leisure of,It’s the joy of seeing the unexpected, of not knowing what each day holds and the carefree leisure of curiosity which gets you feeling like a child again and makes going to a new place so exciting. Whether you are the kind of person who enjoys the relaxed leisure of sandy beaches, the exotic romance of desert country or are just looking to satisfy the adventurer in you. Here’s everything you need to know about the 10 best places to travel to, in India and abroad, that will suit your budget and mood, with tips on what to expect, the places not to miss and how to perfect that stylish yet practical holiday look.IstanbulReasons to visit: If flea markets and the mysticism of dervishes are not reason enough, then you have great food and architecture to look forward to. The beautiful beaches are an added bonus.Hot spots: Explore the Byzantine wonders, especially the Church of St Saviour in Chora, known for its mosaics and frescos. Haggle for great Turkish carpets at the Grand Bazaar, ferry around the Bosphorous and do not forget to walk along the legendary city walls.Wardrobe: Stylish, casual dresses are your best bet. Dress up more for the city and less for the seaside. Focus on light dresses with flats rather than the staple touristy shorts and T-shirt look. Do not forget to carry some modest clothing for the mosques as you will not be allowed in if you are showing skin.Sandals by Bess; Price: Rs 23,196Dress by Missoni; Price: Rs 60,053Bag by Stella McCartney; Price: Rs 58,914Tunic by Versace; Price: Rs 1,83,930advertisementBora BoraReasons to visit: This French owned territory in the Pacific Ocean is known for its white sandy beaches and idyllic beauty. The perfect place to head out to if you are looking for an easy relaxed vacation.Hot spots: Take part in all the exciting water sports, which include everything from windsurfing to shark feeding. It’s known for its varied marine life and snorkeling is a sport that every visitor should experience.Wardrobe: Before you even begin to pack, make sure to buy or borrow a small weekend bag, even for a week long trip, as Bora Bora has no direct flights and you will take a smaller plane from Tahiti’s main island to your resort. Keep your wardrobe very basic. Include lots of beachwear and carry simple totes that are water-resistant.Shorts by JC Crew; Price on RequestSandals by Lanvin; Price Rs 47,728Tankini by Missoni; Price Rs 35,324Bag by Anna Hindmarch; Price Rs 12,692JordanReasons to visit: If the history of a place is what excites you, then travel to Jordan to follow the ancient footsteps of the Queen of Sheba, Cleopatra, Prophet Mohammed, Jesus, and Lawrence of Arabia.Hot spots: Visit the nature reserves of Dana and Wadi Rum, Jerash, Madaba, and Mt. Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. Float in the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. Discover dramatic crusader castles. Take the camel ride into the Wadi Rum desert, then explore Petra for two full days.Wardrobe: No cleavage. Please stick to demure garments that do not attract too much attention to you. Wear long flowy dresses, team them with headscarves and avoid shorts. Skirts are fine, as long as they are not too short.Jumpsuit by Stella McCartney; Price on Request Sandals by Paloma Barcelo; Price Rs 34,028 Bag by Christian Louboutin; Price on RequestBandhavgarhReasons to visit: If being wild is what you crave for, then this national park in Madhya Pradesh is the best bet for you. There are 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds to watch out for.Hot spots: Beside the wildlife, Bandhavgarh is also famous for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period that have been found there. There are caves belonging to the pre-historic period, which should not be missed, as they date back to the first century.Wardrobe: Refrain from carrying anything fancy to this part of town. Focus on pants, boots and camping gear. Carry cottons and do not forget to pack some woollens, as the temperature tends to dip in the evenings. Say no to skirts and shorts as they will be uncomfortable in the jungle.Boots by Belstaff; Price Rs 24,657Cargos by JC Crew; Price Rs 23,395Gloves by Burberry; Price on RequestJaisalmerReasons to visit: Known as much for its majestic architecture as for its magical sand dunes, this place is a must visit for those who are looking for a little bit of gypsy romance.Hot spots: The most magnificent attraction is the Jaisalmer Fort known as the Sonar Kila, made famous by Satyajit Ray, due to the yellow stone it was built from. Then there is the Jain temple. But the most important thing to do when here is to go on a desert safari.Wardrobe: Do not carry clothes in dark colours. Carry ample linen shorts for the day. You can also carry day dresses. Make the most of the chilly desert evenings in romantic flowy dresses and dramatic jewellery as Rajasthan is all about opulence and luxury.Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg; Price Rs 29,295Bag by Lanvin; Price Rs 60,078Dress by Elizabeth and James; Price Rs 25,910advertisementTuscanyReasons to visit: Known as much for its history as for its romance. From Renaissance art in Florence to tasting local wines, this part of Italy is a must visit for every romantic.Hot spots: Visit the cities such of Florence, Siena, Lucca and Pisa and the countryside for its quaint villages, castles, villas and vineyards.Wardrobe: A place this dreamy deserves your fashionable best. Wear skirts during the day teamed with leggings, opt for wedges to stay comfortable without lowering your style quotient. In the evenings switch to gowns and elegant dresses.Boots by Stella McCartney; Price Rs 34,665Dress by Vionnet; Price on RequestClutch by Temperley London; Price Rs 78,827LakshadweepReasons to visit: These are India’s only coral atolls and geologically a part of the same chain as the Maldives. This is a place known for its sandy beaches and thriving marine life.Hot spots: The Coral Reef Cruise to Kavaratti, Kalpeni and Minicoy islands is an interesting opportunity to rejoice in the solitary pleasures of these emerald islands.Wardrobe: The only thing you need to carry while on these islands is your swimwear. Pack a few kaftans or light shirt dresses for the times when you feel like covering up.Kaftan by Mathew Williamson;Price Rs 74,266 Bag by Valentino; Price on RequestDress by Halston Heritage; Price Price Rs. 30,077Araku ValleyReasons to visit: Famous for its coffee plantations, tunnels, bridges, orchards and waterfalls. Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is the perfect place to go to if hill stations are what make you happy.Hot spots: The picturesque Ananthagiri Hills in the ranges of the Eastern Ghats and the Burra caves for their stalactites and stalagmites are a fascinating experience.Wardrobe: The best wardrobe for this destination is a pair of denims or cargo pants with comfortable T-shirts and flat shoes as there is a lot to explore. T-shirt by Fendi; Price Rs 34,028Bag by Stella McCartney; Price on RequestJeans by 7 For All Mankind; Price Rs 17,292HampiReasons to visit: The capital of Vijayanagar, the 14th century empire has its ruins spread over Hampi. It is a great place to spend a few days discovering its rich, vibrant history and admiring its scenic views.Hot spots: Major tourist attractions of this royal relic include Hampi Bazaar and the the royal center near Kamalapuram. The stone chariot is a must visit and so are the the rock cut caves of Badami, Pattadakal.Wardrobe: Avoid tight fits and synthetic fabric as it is usually quite hot. Wear loose-fitting clothes and something to protect and cover your head. Sunglasses are a must because of the the harsh sun.Ballerinas by Alia; Price Rs 80,065Dress by Anna Sui; Price Rs 47,366Sunglasses by Elizabeth and James; Price Rs 25,898advertisementSurinameReasons to visit: The smallest independent country in South America is filled with nature reserves, beaches and rivers. An idyllic vacation spot if you want to see a little bit of everything and be exposed to different cultures in one spot.Hot spots: The White Beach, an artificial beach created on the Suriname river is a popular destination. So is the Brownsberg Nature Park. It boasts of three vegetation types and can be a nature lover’s delight. The bustling city of Paramaribo by the banks of the Suriname river is another must-visit.Wardrobe: Western clothes are very popular in the area. Carry casuals such as a pair of jeans and shorts to keep you comfortable.Jeans by Bess; Price on RequestMarc by Marc Jacobs; Price Rs 19,767Shorts by Lover; Price Rs19,767last_img read more

Burns and blindness Very nasty giant hogweed plant spreading in Canada

first_imgIt can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness – and it’s spreading.Giant hogweed is cutting a wider swath in B.C. and Ontario, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada is urging people across the country to document sightings of the­ towering, three-metre green plant with large umbels of white flowers.Dan Kraus, a biologist with the conservancy, said the invasive Asian species likely arrived in Canada in the 1940s and can now be found in areas of the Atlantic provinces and Quebec, and has been spreading in southern Ontario and southern B.C.“Nobody’s really sure when it arrived here. It was probably introduced as an ornamental plant and it is starting to slowly spread,” said Kraus from Guelph, Ont.“It’s possible people are moving it from garden to garden. They see it in their aunt’s garden and they think it’s this wonderful plant, and they’re collecting seeds and moving it to another location, which is something we definitely don’t want people to do.”In 2015, five children in England were reportedly burned in two separate incidents after coming into contact with giant hogweed in public parks.Often mistaken for the similar-looking cow parsnip, it can be seen growing in gardens, along roadsides, in ditches and on the shores of rivers and streams. Its clear sap can cause blistering third-degree burns and even permanent blindness if it touches the body and is then exposed to the sun, through a phototoxic reaction.“It’s very nasty. It can cause huge water blisters — almost like boils — that erupt on your skin,” said Todd Boland, a research horticulturist at Memorial University’s Botanical Garden in St. John’s, N.L.“It may be the next day before you start to see the effects. That’s the funny thing about this. It’s not like it’s an instant thing. It takes awhile and you have to have repeated exposure to the sun.”But simply touching the plant is not dangerous, Boland stressed. It’s the sap that is problematic and washing your body and clothes after exposure can prevent the phototoxic reaction.“If you get it in your eye, it can lead to permanent blindness, but that’s pretty rare. You’d be hard-pressed to get it in your eye unless you were rolling around in the plant,” said Boland, adding that giant hogweed can be found in the St. John’s area.The plant has prompted communities across Canada to issue warnings to residents in recent years.Guelph, Ont., has been dealing with giant hogweed for about two years and although it is now contained in two locations, eradicating the plant has proven difficult.“In 2015 we removed some plants from one location and the next year we returned to the site and there were no plants, but this year we returned to find plants,” said Timea Filer, an urban forester with the city. “So there appears to be a seed bank and we’ll have to monitor it continually.”Kraus said there is also a concern about a loss of native biodiversity, as giant hogweed is an aggressive plant that can outcompete native plants and spread — especially when it grows near waterways and its seeds are carried downstream. One plant can produce thousands of seeds and they can stay in the ground for years before germinating.The conservancy is asking people to document sightings of the invasive plant through apps such as iNaturalist, which helps scientists understand how the plants are spreading and identifies areas in which they need to be eradicated, he said.“We also want to make people aware that they may have a plant in their garden which at some point could spread into a natural area and impact on biodiversity… or have public health impacts,” said Kraus.“Ideally you want to keep invasive plants out, but the next best thing is to detect them early and to remove them before they take over large areas.”Kraus said Canadians who spot giant hogweed should contact local parks officials.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more