Reggae Girlz Captain, Konya Plummer Drafted by Orlando Pride in NWSL

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Reggae Girlz captain Konya Plummer created history on January 16 by becoming the first-ever Jamaican to be drafted in the National Women’s League Soccer College (NWSL) Draft when she was selected by the Orlando Pride.Plummer, 22, led the Reggae Girlz during their inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in France last summer while a student of the University of Central Florida.She was the 10th overall pick and the first in the second round of the draft held at the Baltimore Convention Centre on Thursday morning.“I am very humbled for this moment,” she told Sportsmax.TV moments after her historic selection.“I feel like this will impact the younger kids in Jamaica to show that if they work hard they can achieve what they want.”Her sentiments were echoed by former reggae Girlz Assistant Coach Andrew Price.“It does a world of good for the national programme, especially with Konya being the national senior captain,” he said.“It will inspire young girls to understand that with hard work and perseverance they can achieve anything.”Plummer, a St Mary native, attended Titchfield High School in Jamaica where she started playing football before migrating to Florida at age 16. She worked under the guidance of former Reggae Girlz coach Hue Menzies, who said she was one of the best young players he had seen.She soon worked her way up to the senior national team as central defender and was named captain. Menzies said she may be young on paper, but her maturity and leadership qualities are evident in the way she carries herself.“We have players on the team who are 33 years old and look up to her. It’s just who she is as a person,” Menzies says. “She is Jamaica. She is what Jamaica is about,” Menzies said.She led the team through the World Cup qualifying stages in 2018, eventually helping the team secure a World Cup spot in October when the Reggae Girlz defeated Panama on penalties to secure the third and final spot during the CONCACAF qualifiers in Texas in the United States.In 2019, her final year in college, she was American Athletic Conference Defensive of the Year, earned AAC Defensive Player of the Week twice and earned first selection to the First Team All-Conference.last_img read more

Wiggins and Garcia-Muñoz Named Cross Country Athletes of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana junior Harry Wiggins was named Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week, while sophomore Garcia-Muñoz earned Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors, the league announced Tuesday. Honorable Mention: Daniel Block, Abilene Christian Honorable Mention: Celia Zaeringer, Southeastern Louisiana Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Harry Wiggins, Southeastern LouisianaWiggins turned in the overall fastest time at the Wolfpack Invitational on Saturday. With a time of 15:13.38 in the 5K race, Wiggins led the Lions to a first place team finish. For the second week in a row, the Prairieville, La. (Family Christian Academy), native placed first in individual times.center_img Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Diana Garcia-Muñoz, Abilene ChristianGarcia-Muñoz won the Wildcats’ first race of the year at the West Texas College Open on Saturday. Her 5K time of 20:57 led Abilene Christian to a first place team finish. The Phoenix, Ariz. (Tempe H.S.), native finished 17 seconds faster than the runner-up. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his or her own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

Donayre determined to end four-fight losing skid in ONE

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Donayre is facing a 36-year-old veteran kickboxer in Latoel, who is also looking to end a slump of his own after back-to-back losses.But Donayre is optimistic it’s his time to come out victorious for the first time since joining ONE on August 2014.“I am motivated to win this fight. I want to secure my first win in ONE Championship. That’s my goal. It keeps me focused and driven for this fight,” he said.Despite his dismal record, he is not letting the frustrations get to him as long as he gets to do what he’s passionate about.“I am continuing my career as an MMA fighter because I love this sport. It keeps me alive. Moreover, this is what I live for. Setbacks don’t matter because I love what I do. That’s why I do it,” he shared.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View comments Filipino MMA bet Vaughn Donayre in a ONE Championship bout. PHOTO from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPOnly two months removed from his last loss, Vaughn Donayre is set to return to the cage anew this January.Donayre is determined to join the winner’s circle to welcome the new year when he takes on Dutch-Indonesian Vincent Latoel on January 14 in ONE: Quest for Power in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFA Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “It’s not surprising that I have this fight. I asked for another fight immediately right after the bout against Amir Khan in November. Even if I win or lose, I will fight again anytime,” he said.The 37-year-old Filipino lost to Amir Khan at ONE: Defending Honor in Singapore last November, stretching his losing skid in the promotion to four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngInstead of setting him back, the submission loss to the Singaporean bet only fueled Donayre’s desire for victory even more.“I need this win. I can’t lose forever. It feels like I’ve been losing forever already. But this is my chance to prove that there is a light at the end of tunnel. No one stays on the losing side,” he stated. MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Lady Blazers give up long hair after failing to sweep elims Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 9-24-16

first_imgBooking #:SCJAIL:2016-000998 View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001002 View Profile >>> View Profile >>> HOLLAN, OLLIE Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR View Profile >>> GAY, JOE Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000987 Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR Booking Date:09-24-2016 – 12:58 am WIESMAN, ROBERT Booking Date:09-24-2016 – 5:03 am ROUDENBUSH, STEPHANIE Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 9:02 pm Release Date:09-24-2016 – 12:47 am Booking Date:09-21-2016 – 2:37 pm View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000996 Booking Date:09-24-2016 – 12:58 am View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000989 Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000999 Charges:IC 35-48-4-7 ~ POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE Release Date:09-23-2016 – 11:03 am View Profile >>> REA, ROBBIE Charges:9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000992 Charges:IC 7.1-5-1-3 ~ PUBLIC INTOXICATION View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-24-2016 – 5:27 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000999 BURTON, JOSHUA View Profile >>> TESCH, ANDREW Charges:FAILURE TO COMPLY ~ FAILURE TO COMPLY Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 8:14 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000993 Booking Date:09-22-2016 – 7:39 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000994 SMITH, SHAWN HAYNES, MATRIA Booking Date:09-13-2016 – 6:20 pm Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR) Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000965 Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 1:43 pm Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001000 Charges:IC 35-48-4-7 ~ POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 2:44 pm SMITH, KEVIN Inmates booked into the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. BROCK, MICHAEL View Profile >>> Charges:IC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR) Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 2:51 pm Booking Date:09-24-2016 – 5:41 am Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000997 View Profile >>> BRADEN, STEVEN NEVILS, CAROLYN Release Date:09-24-2016 – 12:47 am View Profile >>> SMITH, KEVIN Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-000995 Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Release Date:09-23-2016 – 10:47 am Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 2:49 pm Release Date:09-23-2016 – 11:17 am View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-21-2016 – 9:03 pm Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-3 ~ FALSE INFORMINGIC 9-26-8-1 ~ LEAVING THE SCENE OF ACCIDENT9-24-18-1 ~ OPERATOR NEVER LICENSE JENNINGS, SUSAN View Profile >>> Charges:HOLD ANOTHER AGENCY ~ HOLD FOR ANOTHER AGENCY Booking #:SCJAIL:2016-001001 Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-3 ~ FALSE INFORMINGIC 35-48-4-7 ~ POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE Release Date:09-23-2016 – 8:33 am Charges:IC 35-44.1-2-9 ~ FAILURE TO APPEAR View Profile >>>last_img read more

More Money Making Workers Mad

first_imgMany states and localities are increasing their minimum wage, effective this year. January is the popular month for changes.So, the minimum wage went up in your state or city, like it did in dozens of others.  You budgeted to increase the pay of the minimum wage earners. Now the more senior employees are upset.Those earning the minimum wage are excited because they basically get an unmerited raise as a result of legislation, but their colleagues may not be so excited to see people who may not have the same experience, length of service, proven commitment, etc. get an increase in pay while they do not. After all, they had to “earn” all of their increases.Now what do you do?Consider calibrating your compensation structure so that increases are given across the board to account for the minimum wage increase, not just to the minimum wage earners. The minimum wage is meant to be a floor, a bottom, not a standard or a goal.  So, if there are other employees that are a step or two or ten above minimum wage now, consider whether they should still be a step or two or ten above minimum wage when the minimum wage increase is effective. Let employees know your decision to calibrate (or not to calibrate) and let them know that you are obligated to pay the minimum wage…not more. Educate them as to why the increase is happening. And, to keep it short, it is happening because of the law; but spin it to make the company look good. Let them know how the whole thing works for everyone. Consider freezing pay for those getting an increase. If only a few are getting raises, they do not have to get increases at the same pace the others get increases. For example, Employee A goes from the old minimum wage today to the new minimum wage tomorrow when the law is effective. They would be due a raise, say, this summer. They do not have to be given a raise this summer, but their coworkers who did not get a min wage bump can still get their raise when summer comes. Tell them this in a meeting and follow up with an e mail.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: January 23, 2018

first_imgA large bowie knife laying on the wooden table used for hunting or camping.LP associate almost stabbed during alleged shopliftingThree people from Chattanooga, Tennessee, were arrested this past week after they allegedly shoplifted at the Sweetwater Walmart and tried to stab an employee. Sweetwater Officer Brandon Cansler said he was told two people had pushed a buggy full of merchandise out of the store without paying and as an employee tried to stop them, one pulled out a pair of scissors and tried to stab the employee Monday night around 9:30 p.m. Cansler said he was given the description of a dark gray Nissan Altima with tinted windows to look for and he soon found it on New Highway 68 near Cleveland Road. He stopped the car and found the driver to be Quwana Young, the front seat passenger Jeremiah Woods, and in the backseat was Delicia Brown, all from Chattanooga. Cansler said he could see blue jeans with tags still on them in the backseat along with two food saver machines. Cansler said he talked to Officer Suzanne Ward, who was at the Walmart, and Brown and Woods matched the description of the two people who had allegedly left the store with an unpaid buggy of items. Ward said Woods matched the description of the person who had attempted to stab the employee. Woods had also been banned from all Walmart stores for a previous transgression. Cansler had everybody in the car get out and said he found a pair of scissors in the backseat. A further search of the car turned up a large air mattress still in its box in the trunk of the car. Cansler said all the items had a total value of $1,138.06. Woods, 20, was charged with criminal trespassing, theft over $1,000 and aggravated assault. Brown, 20,and Young, 22, were both charged with theft over $1,000.  [Source: The Advocate & Democrat]Connecticut man sent to prison for running $4M shoplifting operationA Connecticut man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for running a large-scale fencing operation. Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Matthew Harwood, of Stratford, will report to prison March 19 after being sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison. Hardwood pleaded guilty in 2016 to interstate transport of stolen property and conspiracy to commit the interstate transport of stolen property. Prosecutors say Harwood ran a ring of shoplifters who stole from Petco, Staples, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Harwood and another man, Andrew Sacco, then sold the stolen items on eBay, Amazon and other online sites. Prosecutors estimate the scheme cost retailers nearly $4 million.  [Source: CTpost]Amazon Go opens to the publicMore than a year after launching the pilot, Amazon has opened its highly anticipated Amazon Go store in Seattle to the public, open 7 a.m. — 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. The 1,800 square foot store is “conveniently compact,” according to the company. Shoppers there need an Amazon account, the free Amazon Go app and a recent-generation iPhone or Android smartphone. Once the app is open and the shopper is scanned, the phone can be put away. Customers simply walk out with products, which have been automatically deposited to their Amazon baskets and paid for with the form of payment registered to their account. While the store reportedly suffered bugs over the past year, including how to deal with multiple shoppers (including kids) on one account, they have apparently been smoothed out, according to IHL Group Vice President of Technology Jerry Sheldon, who shared his own visit there in recent weeks with Retail Dive. “It’s absolutely fascinating — it really operated smoothly,” he said in an interview. “There were no glitches. The system functioned flawlessly, with no limitations placed upon any items I selected.” [Source: Retail Dive]- Sponsor – Off-duty police officer arrested for shopliftingAccording to police, officers responded to the shoplifting call around 3:45 p.m. Thursday and discovered that the arrested individual was off-duty San Antonio Police Officer Stephanie Solis. Solis, a nine-year veteran, was seen concealing merchandise in her purse before walking out of the store without paying, police said. Loss prevention associates detained Solis until SAPD arrived. Solis was taken into custody and booked for Theft $100-750, a Class B misdemeanor.  “The San Antonio Police Department issued the following statement on the incident: “Officer Stephanie Solis is a nine year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department. She will be placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. The theft case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and an Internal Affairs investigation into this incident is already underway.”  [Source: KSAT12 News]Identity thieves behind bars after victim tracks down transactionsRedding, California, police said they arrested a pair of professional identity thieves after the victim who had her wallet stolen began following the shopping transactions and alerted officers. Police arrested Camila Fernandez, 25, and Julietta Smith, 29, both of Los Angeles, as the culprits who stole a wallet from Elisa Bearden, of Redding, charging nearly $10,000 on her credit cards within a two-hour period. Bearden told police she was shopping at T.J. Maxx Friday evening when she noticed her wallet was stolen. Within an hour, she received notifications that her card was being used in multiple locations in Redding. Bearden went to each of the businesses where her credit cards were used, only to miss Smith and Fernandez by minutes, police said. She drove to the Mt. Shasta Mall after she learned that her credit card was being used at Macy’s, and worked with the loss prevention associate there to find the suspects on video surveillance and contacted police. A Redding police officer, assisted by a loss prevention associates from Macy’s and Mt. Shasta Mall security, found the pair at Foot Locker. The officer ended up detaining Smith and Fernandez in handcuffs because they didn’t cooperate with the officers.After searching their belongings, an officer discovered items that had been stolen from Bearden. They also found a “booster bag,” which is a purse lined with aluminum foil to thwart electronic security devices and contains false compartments. The purse also contained a powerful magnet, which is used by thieves to deactivate electronic security devices, police said.  Fernandez initially falsely identified herself with a fake ID from Puerto Rico before she was identified through her fingerprints. Officers also found that Fernandez had a felony warrant out of Oregon Smith also provided identification from Puerto Rico, but despite getting her fingerprints, police said they could not immediately confirm her identity. Officers learned the pair had already created a fake Nevada identification card using Bearden’s name, but with a picture of Camila Fernandez, which is how they were allowed to use Bearden’s credit cards at multiple stores. In addition to charging $10,000 on Bearden’s card, they stole approximately $6,000 in cash from Bearden’s wallet of which police recovered $1,200. Aside from the missing cash and wallet, officers were able to recover all of the Bearden’s property.  An officer searched the pair’s car and found items that are used to create fake identifications and a large amount of property that was recently purchased from nearby stores. Officers said Smith and Fernandez appear to be professional identity thieves and have no contacts in Redding. Both women were booked on suspicion of a number of charges relating to identity theft and conspiracy.  [Source: Record Searchlight]Wyoming shoplifter who claimed kleptomania research pleadsA 24-year-old Wyoming woman who claimed she shoplifted from Walmart as part of her research for a college term paper on kleptomania has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony shoplifting. Lydia Marie Cormaney also pleaded guilty Jan. 3 in District Court to two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend she serve suspended three- to six-year sentences on the felonies with three years of supervised probation and suspended 180-day jail sentences on the misdemeanors with six months of probation, all concurrent. The Gillette News Record reports that she also must pay restitution on all the counts. Sentencing is set for June 4. [Source: US News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

In The Spotlight – Anthony Ziade

first_imgIn the eleventh edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Anthony Ziade, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career.  Name: Anthony ZiadeNickname: ZeeAge: 31Affiliate: Western Suburbs MagpiesOccupation: BuilderPosition: LinkDebut for Australia: 2000 Under 20’s, 2004 Men’s Open. Career highlights so far: Winning 2007 World Cup, 2010 Trans Tasman, winning the Vawdon Cup and State Cup double for Wests in 2005.How you got involved in Touch Football: My two older sisters played for Wests. My school teacher, Steve Murphy, who was a current Australian Men’s Open player got me involved in the sport.Favourite player: Garry SondaWhat does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I’m excited to play with my good mate Jamie Stowe and to be coached by my club coaches Paul Sfeir and Tony Trad at the top level.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Tony Trad – not only a mentor but a great friend.Favourite sporting moment: Kostya Tszyu knocking out Zab Judah.What do you know about Scotland: No underpants, kilts, haggis and William Wallace.Any superstitions: Same seat on the team bus to and from games.Funniest Australian teammate: Jamie Stowe.Favourite quote: This is a quote from my good mate Paul Sfeir – “It’s better than a sliced breakfast.”Any travel plans for after World Cup: YesStay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 43 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 read more

10 months agoO’Shea backs Man Utd to appoint Solskjaer permanently

first_imgO’Shea backs Man Utd to appoint Solskjaer permanentlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star John O’Shea has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to remain as manager beyond this season.The Norwegian will be caretaker boss until the end of the season after replacing Jose Mourinho. But after four wins from his first four games, O’Shea thinks his former teammate could take over permanently.”Why not?” O’Shea replied when asked if Solskjaer could be permanent United manager. “If he carries on the run in the league, he will be a front runner for the job that’s for sure. “Rightly so, he will talk about the next game, and won’t look too far ahead. He has been brought in until the summer, but that can all change very quickly.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Energy Minister Recuperating in Hospital

first_imgMinister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, and his driver are recuperating in hospital, following a motor-vehicle crash this morning (April 9), in Portmore, St. Catherine.The accident occurred at 9:00 a.m. at the four-way intersection of Passage Fort, Portsmouth, Waterford and Independence City.Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, while addressing a press conference at his New Kingston offices this morning, said Dr. Wheatley and his driver are undergoing precautionary tests.“I went and visited with him at the Andrews (Memorial Hospital) and he is okay on the face of it. He is speaking, jovial as usual, but, just out of an abundance of caution, he is being subjected to tests to make sure there is no internal damage,” Dr. Tufton said.Meanwhile, Dr. Wheatley took to social networking site, Twitter, to express gratitude to well-wishers.“Thanks for all the well-wishes. I am fine… just (experiencing) some neck pains. I hope the others involved in the accident are doing well,” he said.last_img read more

Spread of invasive species in Canada costs billions changes environment

first_imgVANCOUVER — For two decades experts have been carefully nursing a community of endangered northern leopard frogs in B.C.’s Kootenay region but invasive bullfrogs and fish threaten to muscle in, potentially swallowing years of work.Purnimia Govindarajulu, a small mammal and herpetofauna specialist at B.C.’s Ministry of Environment, said disease and invasive fish already mean the endangered frogs aren’t thriving as they should be in a wetland in Creston.More concerning to her is that a mass of bullfrog eggs was recently missed in a lake just 15 kilometres away, and Govindarajulu said teams in Canada and the United States are preparing to do battle with the voracious bullfrog to prevent its spread.“We call it the American bullfrog action team,” she said, lowering her voice with mock authority.“The defenders of the northern leopard frog,” she added with a chuckle.Bullfrogs are native to parts of Central and Eastern Canada and are even on the decline in some areas, but they have overtaken parts of southern B.C. and are known to eat native fish, frogs, salamanders, snakes, birds and turtles.Experts say the plight of the spotted frog is one of many examples of how invasive species can overtake an area, squeeze out existing plants or animals, create a lasting scar on the landscape and impose huge costs on the Canadian economy.A common thread to the threat to many of Canada’s species at risk are invasive species, said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species.“So not only do invasive species take over our natural environment, they actually threaten species at risk. They have a major environmental impact.”Invasive species like giant hogweed, zebra mussels and knot weed can overwhelm entire ecosystems, stripping lakes, valleys and cities of wildlife and vegetation.A 2008 report by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said there were at least 486 invasive alien plant species alone in Canada.The cost of battling or holding back invasive species is incalculable, Wallin said, pointing out that every level of government, homeowners, farmers, businesses and other groups spend money on the fight.The annual economic impacts on agriculture, crops and forestry is estimated at $7.5 billion, she said.“When we look at these huge economic costs, we have to recognize that we’re only looking at samples, we’re not looking at all the costs of the total number of invasive species in Canada,” Wallin said.David Nisbet, manager of partnership and science at the Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., said putting a price tag on the issue is difficult because an invasive species can set off all kinds of actions and reactions. When pests kill trees it can change the oxygen supply, prompt flooding, reshape the neighbourhood canopy and cost homeowners or a city for replacements, he said.Recent surveys by the centre on spending in Ontario shows an average municipal cost of $381,000 a year.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency classifies invasive species as plants, animals and micro-organisms in an area where they’ve never been before. They can adapt, spread quickly and don’t have natural predators in their new environment.Insects like the emerald ash borer, which kills ash trees, have ravaged hundreds of thousands of hectares of Ontario’s forests. Giant hog weed with its highly toxic sap has taken over entire valleys in B.C. and nematodes have had devastating impacts on Canadian crops.Most invasive species are moved by people, Wallin said, adding that’s where they’re aiming education.Hogweed was brought in as a garden plant. Firewood moved between campsites also transports pests. Boaters carry Eurasian milfoil or zebra and quagga mussels with them when they change lakes, she said.Some of the largest factors in the spread and introduction of invasive species are trade and travel, Wallin said. Bugs can hide in untreated pallets and tourists may bring something back intentionally or not.“We’ve got way more trade coming in now so we need to be more conscious of that. Other countries have new regulations in place, making sure that before you ship into our countries that your cargo is clean of invasive species,” Wallin said.“We can do more than what we do now. It’s a big world and we’re all travelling. So yes, regulation will be really important.”The problems spread because people aren’t aware of the risks, said Nisbet.“They don’t have a negative intent in mind, we should try not to place the blame on Canadians who just aren’t aware, we try to place a lot of effort in raising that awareness.”Govindarajulu said many people don’t realize it’s illegal to move or remove frogs from their environment and it’s also against the Wildlife Act to bring them back because they could be introducing disease into the rest of the population.“Often it’s children and often people mean well. It’s not like they’re being vindictive, they want to help frogs and they think they are.”The Invasive Species Centre runs a citizen science program in Ontario, training those interested to identify a problem before it spreads. Nisbet said the program has been helpful with people reporting their suspicions and findings around the province.The lesson is to take action, he said.“Whether it’s cleaning you gear after you go boating, or if you go hiking, cleaning your boots, cleaning your pets, getting all the seeds and plant material off, buying local firewood, buying native plants, just taking these sorts of actions to prevent the spread of invasive species further.” Terri Theodore , The Canadian Presslast_img read more