The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 29th, 2020 evening edition

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It all boils down to a concept called “botanical sexism” which was first termed by horticultural epidemiologist Thomas Leo Ogren.

Ogren has been studying the allergy-potential of common horticultural plants for 30 years and has even written several books on gardening techniques for mitigating allergies.

Botanical sexism involves the process by which urban landscapers, in an effort to keep city streets and sidewalks clear of seeds and flowers, plant only male trees.

The male trees lack the seeds of their female counterparts but have an abundance of pollen, and as the trees get bigger, their pollen counts increase.

In an article for the Scientific American, Ogren discusses the timeline of male trees dominating city streets.

In an effort to replace them, many landscapers opted to plant clonal male trees.

“The problem is that while these trees and plants are “litter-free,” they all produce abundant allergenic pollen,” Ogren told Scientific American. »

Irrfan Khan, actor extraordinaire and India’s face in the West, dies at 53

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India’s most recognisable face in the west and an actor par excellence, Irrfan had left India shocked in 2018 when he had announced that he’d been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour.

And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen.

Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. »

No COVID-19 bailouts for firms that use tax havens, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will not allow companies that use offshore tax havens to receive COVID-19 bailout funds.

During the House of Commons’ first virtual sitting Tuesday, Trudeau was pressed by the Bloc Québécois to prevent companies that don’t pay their fair share of tax from benefitting from government aid.

“We will continue to ensure that those who need help will get it, but those who evade or avoid tax will not receive aid,” he said. »