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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. President Obama showed his support by inviting Ahmed—and his clock—to the White House. 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.last_img read more

Environmental lobby group backs creation of ex-fossil fuel index

first_imgKevin Bourne, managing director at FTSE, told IPE that, while it was not for FTSE to dictate for customers, including pension schemes, to divest, it would provide solutions to do so.“Institutions are either engaging with fossil fuel companies, tilting away from carbon or in some cases divesting,” Bourne said.“It is not for us to say whether our customers should divest, but if there are those that wish to, we have made sure we have a product in that space.”Bourne said that while some customers may use the index to divest from fossil companies, others might use it to measure and model the index over time to use within risk-management processes for overall portfolios.The idea of divestment over moral and ESG issues has sparked debate throughout the industry.The UK’s Law Commission explained environmental factors could be taken into consideration for divestment, overruling previous requirements focusing solely on financial return.However, the Environment Agency Pension Fund, a £2.2bn (€2.7bn) scheme, was recently urged not to divest from fossil-fuel stocks held passively and told to engage with companies over their carbon exposures.A senior legal figure also recently said UK local government schemes may divest but only if members are not financially affected.FTSE’s index works on an exclusion basis and will remove any company that conducts exploration or production in oil, gas and coal, has revenues from coal mining, crude petroleum or gas production, or is proved to have reserves in coal, oil or gas.Gordon Morrison, also managing director at the index firm, said that, due to the nature of the index, it would remain sensitive to the performance of the excluded stocks.“We are not managing the risk of these companies,” he said.“We have tracking error in the portfolio, so we would not expect to track the main indices closely, but it is not a variable we are looking for. So we will get the resulting performance and are sensitive to resulting performance of the excluded stocks, and will never avoid that.“There will be a trade-off between the expected risk and expected reward.”ShareAction, a UK lobby group, welcomed the launch of the index.Chief executive Catherine Howarth said: “We will be bringing them to the attention of UK pension funds whose beneficiaries are demanding stronger attention to the financial risks presented by climate change and climate regulation.” The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has funded the creation of FTSE Group’s ex-fossil fuel index, for global passive investments excluding exploring, mining and reserve holding companies.FTSE created the index at the request of the NRDC, a US-based lobby group, which will also provide a seed investment.The pair also worked jointly with asset manager BlackRock, which will launch a fund matching the new index using seed finance from the lobby group.FTSE said the request from the NRDC was not to create a bespoke index for its own equity investments but one that could be used as an industry benchmark.last_img read more

Angels’ Albert Pujols enjoying his best month of the season so far

first_imgFor the season, Pujols has 15 homers with a .772 OPS, which is up from his marks of .672 and .700 in the previous two seasons.He’s also played 57 games at first base already, which is nearly the total of 70 he reached last season before having season-ending surgery.ROTATION JUMBLEThe Angels optioned Dillon Peters on Tuesday and recalled Taylor Ward, giving them an extra position player on the bench for two games in a National League park.However, the move also left their rotation full of questions for the four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles that begins on Thursday. They played on Tuesday night with just three starters on the active roster: Félix Peña, Jaime Barría and Griffin Canning.Barría is scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, and after that it’s uncertain. Canning is likely to start on Friday, so the Angels can give him an extra day. Peña could pitch again on Sunday. “I can’t give you (the pitchers for) Baltimore till I see what happens the next two days,” Ausmus said before Tuesday’s game. “I have a general idea, but it’s not etched in stone. Unfortunately, that’s where we’re at right now.”ALSONoé Ramírez said he has no idea when the appeal of his three-game suspension will be heard. Ramirez was suspended after hitting Jake Marisnick, who had been suspended for his collision with Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy. …Shohei Ohtani threw another bullpen session on Tuesday. He said he’s still throwing only fastballs, and not at full velocity. Ohtani said so far he’s had no problems with his elbow in his throwing rehab. …The Dodgers announced that they would donate the proceeds from Tuesday’s 50-50 raffle to the Tyler Skaggs Baseball Foundation.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Jaime Barría, 3-3, 7.36) at Dodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 4-3, 3.64), Wednesday, 7:10 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They could bring José Suarez back as soon as Thursday, because he will have been optioned for 10 days then. Peters can’t return until Aug. 2.JC Ramírez, who is scheduled for at least one more outing with Class-A Inland Empire, is going to return as a multi-inning reliever. He still could be used a part of a pitching solution, either as an opener or by essentially splitting a start with another multi-inning reliever such as Taylor Cole or Trevor Cahill.Andrew Heaney, who is on the injured list with a shoulder issue, isn’t expecting to be out long, but he also won’t throw for a few more days, Ausmus said.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter LOS ANGELES — More than halfway through the season, at age 39, Albert Pujols has gotten hot.“At this point, he may be the best he’s looked all year,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said on Tuesday.Pujols has lifted his average each month of the season, going from .220 in April to .238 in May to .250 in June to .359 so far in July. His monthly OPS has gone from .713 to .750 to .750 to .996.“I think he feels really good physically,” Ausmus said. “He gets his workouts in, maintains his strength. I have given him rest at times. I know he’s not always happy about getting rest, but that plays into it. It’s been remarkable how he’s performed as we’ve gotten deeper into the season.”center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more