Flash flooding expected in southern Plains as West faces another heat wave


first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — There is a high chance for flash flooding on Wednesday in the southern Plains. Already, more than a foot of rain has fallen since Sunday from Oklahoma to Arkansas.Additionally, severe storms have produced seven tornadoes in Texas and Arkansas, with significant damage reported near Little Rock, Arkansas.More dangerous weather is expected for the southern Plains Thursday including, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and southern Missouri. Flood watches and warnings have been issued for those areas.In the next 24 to 48 hours, 4 to 6 inches of rain is expected from Dallas to Little Rock, Arkansas, where more major flooding is possible.Out west, fire dangers persist and there is another heat wave developing. Red flag warnings have been issued in the northern Rockies and the High Plains, with wind gusts near 50 mph.There were evacuations Tuesday with the Slink Fire, which is near the California/Nevada border. The fire is now up to 11,000 acres, but evacuations have been lifted Wednesday.The LNU Lightning Complex fire is still burning and has now grown to more than 375,000 acres, but the blaze is now 74% contained.Along the West Coast, a developing heat wave is expected to push temperatures over 110 degrees in some areas.Heat warnings and advisories have been issued from Oregon through most of California, southern Nevada and into Arizona.Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits near Los Angeles and all the way into Oregon.Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Nana is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane later Wednesday as it moves in the direction of Belize. It could make landfall there early Thursday morning.A hurricane watch has been issued for Belize and a tropical storm warning for Honduras. Damaging winds and flash flooding will be the biggest threat in these Central American countries.The rest of the tropical Atlantic continues to be active with several systems trying to develop. For now, there is no imminent threat to the U.S.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Glacial melt under a porous debris layer


first_imgIn this paper we undertake a quantitative analysis of the dynamic process by which ice underneath a dry porous debris layer melts. We show that the incorporation of debris-layer airflow into a theoretical model of glacial melting can capture the empirically observed features of the so-called Østrem curve (a plot of the melt rate as a function of debris depth). Specifically, we show that the turning point in the Østrem curve can be caused by two distinct mechanisms: the increase in the proportion of ice that is debris-covered and/or a reduction in the evaporative heat flux as the debris layer thickens. This second effect causes an increased melt rate because the reduction in (latent) energy used for evaporation increases the amount of energy available for melting. Our model provides an explicit prediction for the melt rate and the temperature distribution within the debris layer, and provides insight into the relative importance of the two effects responsible for the maximum in the Østrem curve. We use the data of Nicholson and Benn (2006) to show that our model is consistent with existing empirical measurements.last_img read more

Hybrid estate agency moves into profit and looks for cash to expand


first_imgA hybrid estate agency appears to have beaten rivals Yopa, EasyProperty and many other well-known companies to profitability just 14 months after launching.HouseFox.co.uk was founded by Neil Urch (pictured, above) in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset and now claims to be the town’s fastest-growing estate agency.Urch says he is now looking for outside investment to expand the business, which has won several regional awards.Prior to starting up HouseFox, the 49-year-old enjoyed a successful 30-year career in traditional high street agency including working for haart and local chain Mayfair Properties.Urch says he started up his hybrid estate agency because he felt the time was ripe to introduce the model into the town.“In the age of smartphones, laptops and tablets, running a high street office is an unnecessary expense that is passed on to vendors,” he says.“I have a vision to bring estate agency up to date and make it more accessible, efficient and customer friendly – with first-class service at the heart of everything we do but harnessing technology to deliver that service online at a cost that is fair to all sellers.”Housefox charges an up-front fee of £695 and a further £695 fee upon a sale completing. It also offers a more traditional fee model of £2,390 upon completion, but a zero fee if the property fails to sell.Unlike Purplebricks and many other hybrid estate agents, both fee structures include accompanied viewings as well as all the usual services offered by high street agents.According to its Rightmove listing, the business is based within a residential address in the Worle area of Weston Super Mare.HouseFox Neil Urch Weston-Super-Mare YOPA November 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid estate agency moves into profit and looks for cash to expand previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid estate agency moves into profit and looks for cash to expandNeil Urch of hybrid agency HouseFox has made a profit just 14 months after start up and says his unusual fees structure is proving popular.Nigel Lewis7th November 201901,132 Viewslast_img read more

Municipal Election Schedule Continues Monday With Council Debate


first_imgVIDEOTAPED STATEMENTS Videotaped statements from all candidates will be replayed on several occasions on the city’s government access channel (Channel 97 on the Comcast cable system).The city established the policy of providing access to the channel for local election candidates in 2006. The city provides candidates the opportunity to have a five-minute statement professionally recorded at their cost and then replayed on Channel 97.The candidates’ statements will air on Channel 97 on the following dates and times:Friday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, April 19, NoonWednesday, April 23, 7:30 a.m.Friday, April 25, 7:30 a.m.Sunday, April 27, NoonWednesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. The Fairness in Taxes community group will host a debate for City Council candidates 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The event is free and all are invited to attend.Five candidates are running for three at-large seats on City Council. Incumbent Councilmen Mike Allegretto and Keith Hartzell are seeking re-election, and Mike Hyson, Pete Madden and Eric Sauder are running for the first time.Allegretto, Hartzell, Hyson and Sauder will participate in Monday’s debate (Madden, who had planned a family vacation during the school district’s Easter break before he received the invitation, will be unable to attend). The event will be rebroadcast on local access Channel 97.Ocean City Sentinel Editor David Nahan and OCNJ Daily Editor Doug Bergen will moderate.Remaining campaign events are as follows: FORUMS AND DEBATESApril 23: The Ocean City Community Association will host a City Council candidates forum from 6 to 7 p.m. and a mayoral candidates forum from 7 to 8 p.m. on April 23 at the Ocean City Free Public Library auditorium. Questions have been solicited from its members and the public prior to the meeting.  The forum is open to the public and attendees will be invited to sign up for annual membership ($10) at the door.The mission of Ocean City Community Association is to protect and promote the best interests of the property owners and residents of Ocean City.  For further information, e-mail [email protected](Correction: An earlier version of this story included incorrect information about public access to the forum.)April 29: The Ocean City Democratic and Republican clubs are joining forces to sponsor a forum for the five City Council candidates 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The event will be rebroadcast on local access Channel 97.May 7: The Ocean City Democratic and Republican clubs are joining forces to sponsor a forum for the two mayoral candidates 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). The event will be rebroadcast on local access Channel 97.center_img CANDIDATE PROFILESMayor:Jay GillianEd PriceCity Council:Michael AllegrettoKeith HartzellMike HysonPete MaddenEric Sauderlast_img read more

Go with your gut


first_imgScientists are already working to develop treatments that can be tailored to an individual’s genetics, but what about tailoring treatments based on the genetics of the trillions of microbes that live in a person’s gut?The idea might not be as far-fetched as it sounds, said Peter Turnbaugh, a Bauer Fellow at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Center for Systems Biology.In a recent paper in Cell, Turnbaugh and co-authors Corinne Ferrier Maurice and Henry Joseph Haiser, both postdoctoral fellows at the Center for Systems Biology, show that, as drugs are administered, the activity of human gut microbes can change dramatically. Understanding how those changes affect drugs could one day help researchers to design drugs that work more effectively and antibiotics that more specifically target pathogens.“The big question is: To what extent do the benefits and side effects of different types of drugs depend on the microbes in our gut?” Turnbaugh said. “For decades, we have known they can play some role. The microbes inhabiting our gut are able to change the structure of drugs in ways that can contribute to toxicity, or to activate or inactivate compounds. In almost all cases, however, we don’t know the particular microbes that are responsible, the genes they may be using, or the factors that promote or inhibit these activities.”Previously, Maurice and Haiser could examine how the microbes in the gut reacted to various treatments. However, they wanted to know exactly which microbes were there, and whether all were equally active.To get at that question, they turned to a technique borrowed from aquatic microbial ecology.They first marked cells with a series of three stains designed to highlight whether and how severely cells were damaged, and how active the cells were, based on the amount of DNA and RNA they contained. Using a flow cytometer, a device that uses lasers to count and sort cells precisely, they were able to determine how many of each type of cell were present in the samples.“Our initial view suggests that the gut microbiota is quite active relative to other environments, and there’s also a substantial percentage — around 30 percent — of damaged cells,” Turnbaugh said. “We also found that both the active and damaged groups were primarily made up of Firmicutes, one of the two major groups of bacteria in the gut. That suggests that the Firmicutes may be more highly active than other members of our gut microbial community.”Armed with that data, researchers used next-generation sequencing to study how the gene expression of the bacteria changed as six drugs and eight antibiotics were administered.“We know that at least some members of the community are able to change these drugs. Our hope was that finding changes in gene expression would give us a clue as to who is responsible and what genes they might be using,” Turnbaugh said. “We were able to identify a variety of changes in gene expression, many of them consistent with the known biochemical changes to each compound, providing a starting point for more mechanistic studies.”For the various antibiotics they tested, Turnbaugh said, colleagues were surprised to see different responses between individuals and for each individual on different days.“The main goal of antibiotics is to eliminate pathogenic bacteria, but we’re learning that there are many side effects that these drugs have on the microbes that are normally found in the gut, which may have negative consequences,” he said. “There has been a great deal of emphasis on personalized medicine in recent years, and the standard way of thinking about that is understanding the human genome and trying to predict how a given drug will react inside your body. I think this paper emphasizes that it may be equally important to think about how your particular gut microbiota will interact with a given drug.”last_img read more

Free information


first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaBook stores and Web sites are filled with the latest manuals geared for both advanced and novice gardeners. But if buying the newest how-to book doesn’t fit your budget, turn to University of Georgia experts for free information online.Some 600 publications availableThe UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Web site (www.caes.uga.edu/publications) offers more than 200 research-based publications on gardening and landscaping. Another 400 publications cover subject areas ranging from how to raise horses, cattle, pigs and chickens to how to control carpenter ants and termites. To a home gardener, there’s nothing like nurturing a tomato plant and watching it produce ripe, red tomatoes. But seeing the fruit begin to rot on the vines can cause even a seasoned gardener to panic. For answers, home gardeners can turn to the CAES publications on blossom-end rot to learn how to combat this problem. View instantly or download for laterThe easiest way to find the information on the site is to do a Google search for your topic, said Amanda Swennes, the CAES publications editor who manages the collection. The Web-based publications can either be viewed online or downloaded as a PDF file. “We average about 2.5 million hits a month and 11 percent of those are from addresses outside the U.S.,” she said. The most requested publications in May were Rats and Mice – Keep Them Out of Your House and Yard, Fast-growing Shade Trees, Centipede Lawns, Camellia Culture for Home Gardeners, Dogwood Diseases and Problems, Home Garden Apples and Home Garden Strawberries. The newest or most recently updated CAES publications include Blossom-End Rot and Calcium Nutrition of Pepper and Tomato, Home Garden Blueberries, Home Garden Strawberries, Flowering Annuals and Perennials for Georgia Gardens and Growing Indoor Plants with Success.Most popular publications change with seasonsEach month Swennes keeps a record of the most popular publications. To make sure the publications remain current, Swennes asks UGA faculty to update their publications every one to three years. “This summer, we will release part two of the Native Plants for Georgia publication, which focuses on ferns,” she said. “The first one focuses on trees, shrubs and woody vines.” “Crape Myrtle Culture is usually one of our most requested publications,” she said. last_img read more

Beer: Be Grateful


first_imgCharlottesville craft beer powerhouse Starr Hill is about to release a brand new summer seasonal, Grateful Pale Ale, and we got a chance to knock out a six pack before the beer hits the shelves.Personally, I’m a sucker for anything that’s reminiscent of the heyday of Jam Bands (girls in flowy skirts, selling grilled cheese from the back of a van so you can buy beer for girls in flowy skirts…), so Grateful Pale started with a big check in the “Pro” category.The beer pours more like a pilsner than a pale, with a light straw, almost transparent color in the glass. You get a huge citrusy (grapefruit) aroma and flavor upfront followed by the typical bitterness associated with hop-heavy beers. But Grateful comes across lighter than most pale ales on the market, thanks in large part to its crisp, lean body and low alcohol content (4.7 percent abv).Now, I hate it when beer reviews stop after that first two or three initial sips. In my mind, you don’t know a beer until you hang out with it, drink several at one sitting, and then live with the consequences the next day. And this is where Grateful Pale outshines its competitors. I’m happy to say that this beer gets better and better as you move through the six pack and doesn’t leave a trace of regret the following morning, unlike many of the local pales you find out there today. I’m looking at you Wicked Weed Brewing! Bottom line: This is a session beer for American pale ale lovers, or a great intro into the hoppiness of pales and IPA’s for craft beer beginners. If you’re looking to transition a friend from the land of Blue Moon into the beautiful world of local beer, this could be your ticket.I’d say it’s my favorite beer from Starr Hill, although to be certain, I’d have to try every single beer they produce side by side…which I’m willing to do in the name of science.We got our Grateful Pale in a six-pack of bottles. If you live between Pennsylvania and South Carolina, you can do the same starting May 1, when Starr Hill releases this summer brew to the public. And here’s something else to look forward to in May—BRO is producing a feature about summer seasonal releases from local breweries, and the best outdoor bars in the South. So May is shaping up to be the best month of the year.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.comlast_img read more

Paraguay’s Joint Task Force on Alert Against the EPP


first_imgThe EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. “The knowledge we have gained about their behavior, their management methods, their food supply, the type of equipment, and other data provides a lot of material for analysts to design more effective strategies to locate them,” Urdapilleta said. On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Kidnappings for ransom Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC), a team consisting of Military and police personnel, is in a state of high alert in its fight against the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), a terrorist group responsible for kidnappings for ransom and killings. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” The FTC is confronting a terrorist group that is comprised of family-based gangs, such as the Bernal Maíz, Larrea and Villalba organized crime groups, according to Urdapilleta. In addition to battling the EPP, the FTC is also confronting an offshoot of the terrorist group, an organization which calls itself the Armed Peasant Association (ACA). This group, which arose in 2014, operates in the northern region of the country. By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). The EPP has continued to commit kidnappings for ransom. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. By Dialogo January 29, 2015 The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” By 2008, the outlaw group had changed its name to the Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo, or Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP). Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “The fight is constant and the work does not cease. There are things we do not make public due to the security of the operations,” said Lieutenant Colonel Víctor Urdapilleta, an FTC spokesman. “This does not mean we are not working on it.” On January 6, FTC Troops and police were on patrol in the district of Horqueta, in the Department of Concepción, when they tried to capture ACA leader Albino Ramón Jara Larrea. He resisted arrest, and the FTC killed him, as well as another ACA leader, Rosalba Moraez. The two ACA members were carrying cash in local currency worth the equivalent of about $12,000. Paraguayan security forces have been battling the EPP since 2001, when the organization was the armed wing of the Marxist and anti-imperialist political party Patria Libre (Free Homeland). The first of six kidnappings committed by the illegal group took place against María Edith Bordón de Debenardi, the wife of a prominent businessman in November 2001 for whom they demanded a ransom of $1 million for her release. The ransom was paid, and the terrorist group released her after two months in captivity. “We cannot take credit for the release of Arlan Fick, but we can say that, thanks to actions that we undertook and other extreme actions we refrained from taking, he was released,” according to Urdapilleta. The FTC confronts the ACA The FTC has compiled intelligence about the ACA that will help it fight the terrorist group. That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4). The terrorist group continued to use kidnapping for ransom. In September 2004, the outlaw group kidnapped Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubas Grau and current Senator Mirta Gusinky. Law enforcement authorities eventually found Cubas’ body in a grave outside Asunción, despite the payment of a $350,000 ransom. The kidnappers justified the killing by claiming that the payment was not a ransom, but a “fine against Cubas’ parents.” That year, the EPP kidnapped rancher Luis Lindstron, who remained in captivity from June 21 until September 12, when his family paid a ransom. But in 2013, Lindstron was killed, allegedly by the EPP. Law enforcement authorities suspected the EPP killed Lindstron because he was not willing to pay a “toll” to the terrorist group. Kidnappings for ransom The Military and police are continuing to work hard to secure the release of Police Master Sergeant Edelio Morínigo, who was kidnapped by the EPP on July 5, 2014. The EPP has not demanded a ransom, but instead proposed a trade, offering to free Morínigo in exchange for the release of 46 EPP members who had been sentenced to prison. The FTC confronts the ACA On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. Security forces have also made great advances in fighting the EPP, according to Colonel Jorge Mieres, director of the Army’s Social Communications Division (DICOSO). In recent years, the Prosecutor’s Office has obtained convictions against 46 individuals who confessed to being members of the EPP. On April 2, 2014, the EPP kidnapped Arlan Fick, 16. His father, Alcido Fick, paid $500,000 for his release. The terrorist group held Fick for 267 days before releasing him on Christmas Day. While the FTC did not rescue him, it helped make sure he was released safely. The government rejected the idea. “The government will not negotiate with terrorists,” Minister of Interior Francisco De Vargas said on December 25 in a telephone conversation with Telefuturo (Channel 4).last_img read more

The Organic Chicken’s Story


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Summer is right around the corner.Time for cold beer, burgers on the grill, SPF 30 on the beach, and weekend escapes with the convertible top down.Farmers’ markets have bloomed everywhere, filled with organic foods by the bushel.But have you noticed that organic foods seem a little different this year?Suddenly, it’s no longer enough just to be labeled “organic.” Now everything organic has to come with a little story.From leaf lettuce “carefully tended by dedicated gourmet vegetarian monks,” to beef cattle “pampered by sensitive cowboys on isolated ranches in Wyoming,” the stories get more and more creative.Organic foods now compete with other organic foods for the best “back story,” to use Hollywood screenwriters’ favorite word.And even writing a menu for an organic restaurant is now an officially sanctioned academic course at some schools.Example: Do you only want a “Cobb Salad”?Or would you rather have “Fourme d’Ambert, preservative-free Applewood Smoked Bacon, Buttermilk ‘Panna Cotta’ from specially-bred Guernsey Cows, organic-certified Romaine Lettuce, Free-Range Hard Boiled Egg and Scallion Salad” on your plate?Same thing, my friends.So here’s the story of an organic chicken. We’ll call her Melinda.Melinda was hatched into a wonderful, loving family, as you might expect.And she was raised properly on a farm in Utopia, Vermont. That is, she grew up pecking away at organic corn and nine other natural grains, and she greatly enjoyed listening to Mozart’s beautiful “Piano Concerto in G Major, K. 453,” which was piped into her coop.The occasional yoga class kept her flexible, fit and helped her achieve a harmonious relationship with her barnyard world.A good-natured, sociable chicken, Melinda learned the art of meditation from her mother, one of the first Buddhist chickens in the coop. She learned that if she led a good life, she might eventually attain chicken nirvana.But also being a down-to-Earth bird, so to speak, Melinda knew that she would probably come back to Earth several times in various incarnations. In her next life, she hoped to return as a golden retriever, after enviously watching several on the farm who seemed to be eternally happy and filled with joy at the sight of something as simple as a small yellow ball.Melinda was, of course, a free-range chicken, which gave her the comforting illusion that she could wander around without care for the rest of her natural life.She loved the wholesome grain, the gentle breeze, the sun on her beak, the stars at night and the 15,000 other young chickens with whom she shared her cozy home.All in all, Melinda was the ideal organic chicken—with the perfect credentials to wind up in our local farmers’ market the other day: free-range, grain-fed, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, relaxed, at peace with herself, and looking forward to a happy afterlife.Melinda was priced at 10.50 a pound. (Hey, good “back stories” don’t come cheap. Also note that, following the advice of marketing gurus, I didn’t use the $ sign. Research tells us that would make Melinda look too expensive.)It’s a big, organic world out there—more than $30 billion worth of organic food is now sold every year in our country.So whether you buy chemically-free, or non-GMO, or naturally-sedated or whatever, as the Cockneys say in London, “you pays your money and you takes your choice.”It all comes down to whose story you believe.last_img read more

Muslim Teen’s Arrest In Texas Over Homemade Clock Sparks Outrage


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim high school student in Texas for bringing a homemade clock to class has sparked a national uproar about Islamophobia.Mohamed Ahmed, an eighth grader at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, has an affinity for building electronic gadgets in his bedroom. He rose to fame overnight as social media erupted over his controversial arrest on Monday. By Wednesday afternoon, he’d been invited to meet President Obama at the White House–with the clock in hand.Ahmed’s whirlwind ordeal began when he decided to bring it to school to impress his teachers. One science teacher complimented Ahmed but warned him not to show it to anyone else. Acting on his teacher’s advice, Ahmed left it in his schoolbag. But the clock’s alarm sounded during his sixth-period English class, prompting that teacher to notify the principal and confiscate the clock, which Ahmed had built at his home in 20 minutes.“It looks like a bomb,” the teacher purportedly told Ahmed, according to the Dallas Morning News.“I told her, ‘It doesn’t look like a bomb to me,’” Ahmed replied.Ahmed was eventually led into the principal’s office with a police escort. He was handcuffed despite vehemently explaining that the presumed “bomb” was indeed a working clock, according to news reports.“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” said Irving Police spokesperson James McLellan, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.”Following his arrest, a photo of Ahmed in handcuffs surfaced on social media. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter Wednesday morning, featuring a bevy of support and Tweets lampooning police and school officials for what many considered an overreaction and an example of blatant American Islamophobia. Dr. Hussein Rashid, an adjunct assistant professor of religion at Hofstra University and founder of the consultancy group islamicate, L3C, which focuses on religious literacy and cultural competency, began laughing when he was asked about Ahmed’s arrest.“I’m utterly flabbergasted,” said Rashid. “You got to think about the multiple failures that had to happen here, right? A student who wants to prove he’s good in science goes to his teacher and says, ‘I am a good student.’”Rashid criticized the teacher and school administration in Texas for involving law enforcement.“It’s a perfect storm of social factors,” continued Rashid. “There’s a culture of Islamophobia, where your first thought anytime you see a brown person acting smart is that they must be a terrorist because we’ve got this long history of racism where people of color are inherently stupid. And then, so a brown, smart person is a terrorist.”When it was first revealed that the NYPD was spying on Muslim communities on Long Island, the five boroughs and in New Jersey, Muslim groups said such tactics would discourage members of the community to speak their mind, and in some cases pray at their mosque, out of fear that something they say or do could make them a target of law enforcement.“This has a real impact beyond getting eighth graders arrested for trying to impress the teacher,” Rashid added. “This has a very casual [message]: we’re all being surveyed right now.”Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of Westbury’s Islamic Center of Long Island, was mystified when a Press reporter informed her of Ahmed’s arrest in Texas.“For how long will ethnic minorities walk on eggshells?” she asked. “That is not right. It’s counterproductive to everything, every belief, that we as Americans have. It doesn’t have to be a religious belief, but a belief in freedom of an individual living a peaceful life. Ethnic minorities have to constantly prove themselves because of a certain name or because of a skin color or because of hair color or eye color.”MacArthur High School in Irving released a statement following Ahmed’s arrest, noting that the Irving Police Department had responded to a “suspicious looking item on campus.”“We are pleased to report that after the police department’s assessment, the item discovered at school did not pose a threat to your child’s safety,” said the statement.Irving police said Wednesday that Ahmed would not face criminal charges.Ahmed, who has been bombarded with interview requests, thanked his supporters on Twitter. President Obama showed his support by inviting Ahmed—and his clock—to the White House.last_img read more