ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012
Bacteria carried by tiny, winged insect
Tree disease threatens $2b Calif citrus industry
LOS ANGELES, April 21, (RTRS): “This is the tip of the iceberg for “The disease could be devastating to
California orange and lemon growers are California,” said Ted Batkin, a former Officials demand health, safety upgrades our entire industry, economy, and our
bracing for a deadly bacterial disease citrus grower and now president of the very identity,” said Leslie Leavens-
that could ravage the state’s $2 billion Citrus Research Board, which was Crowe, a partner at Leavens Ranches in
citrus industry after the first infected tree
in the state was identified in a suburban
Los Angeles yard.
responsible for detecting the diseased
tree near Los Angeles.
“Never in our history have we dealt
SF restaurant known for ‘rudest waiter’ closing Santa Paula, California, a fourth-genera-
tion commercial grower of lemons and
avocados. “We’ve complained about
The tree ailment, called with a disease that is this persistent, and SAN FRANCISCO, April 21, (AP): A ton soup. rant’s house rules maintained his gruff other pests, but this disease actually kills
Huanglongbing, citrus greening or yel- we have searched the world for 50 years 100-year-old Chinese restaurant in “I know change is good, but some- demeanor. Among its warnings: “No trees and there is no known cure.”
San Francisco once known for having times you want to hold onto the happy Jive, No Coffee, Milk, Soft Drinks,
low dragon disease, is usually spread by and have not been able to find resistance “the world’s rudest waiter” is slinging its memories,” said customer Darlene Fortune Cookies.” The March 30 detection has sent
the Asian citrus psyllid, a tiny, aphid-like to this bacteria,” Batkin said. last insults and barbequed meat noodle Lee, 71, who had been coming to the Sam Begler, a caterer who had been growers racing to set up bug traps, hop-
winged insect that feeds on the leaves of The diseased tree in Hacienda Heights rolls. restaurant for 60 years and said its dining at Sam Wo since 1976, recalled ing to stave off the advance of a deadly
citrus trees. was removed, and officials are keeping a Sam Wo, a Chinatown hole-in-the- inexpensive fare was comfort food that how Fung would refuse to serve people pathogen that already has cost billions of
The first appearance of the disease in close watch on 400 to 500 other trees wall that typified the kind of ethnic reminded her of going home. he didn’t like the looks of and chastise dollars in damage to citrus crops in
California was confirmed on March 30 they suspect may have been infected, eateries for which the city’s culinary For those who did not grow up dining customers who dared to complain Florida since 2005.
when a lemon-pomelo hybrid tree in Batkin said. scene was lauded before it became a at Sam Wo, it became a cultural main- when they were brought the wrong The pest and the disease have also
Hacienda Heights, east of Los Angeles, State agricultural officials have set up trendy haven for foodies, planned to stay in the 1970s through reports by dishes. It was never quite clear turned up in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia
serve its last customers early Saturday. the late San Francisco Chronicle whether his crustiness was genuine or
tested positive. Experts believe it was a quarantine area of some 20,700 square David Ho, a descendent of one of the columnist Herb Caen and the “Tales of an act, but it was always an experi- and South Carolina. Arizona,
transmitted by an infected bud shoot miles (53,600 square km) to prevent restaurant’s original owners, decided to the City” novels of Armistead Maupin. ence, especially for locals who wan- Mississippi and Alabama have detected
grafted onto the tree by a friendly neigh- potentially infected fruit from leaving a shut down after officials demanded Both men immortalized the restau- dered in to take advantage of the the pest, but not the disease.
bor and amateur horticulturist. region that spans six California coun- extensive health and safety upgrades. rant by writing about the antics of Edsel restaurant’s 3 a.m. closing time. The Citrus Research Board estimates
The disease poses no health risk to ties. Heartbroken customers lined up Ford Fung, the waiter who was known “The Soup Nazi is the Dalai Lama that psyllids have invaded the Los
humans or animals, but its effect on cit- Growers are worried that if the dis- down the block Friday to get a seat at for verbally abusing patrons and slam- compared to Edsel Ford Fung,” Begler Angeles basin by the millions since the
rus trees is lethal and without a known ease spreads north it could wreak havoc one of the eight lunch tables and to ming dishes on tables. said as he tucked into chicken rolls and bugs first arrived in the state in 2008,
cure. The bacteria has previously devas- on the prized orchards in California’s mourn the loss of another San Fung died in 1984 at age 57, but for chow mein. “He is the Don Rickles of though not one has been found carrying
Francisco institution over bowls of won a long time a sign listing the restau- restaurants.”
tated crops in China, Brazil and Florida. Central Valley, the heart of the state’s $2 the Huanglongbing bacteria.
Infection billion citrus industry, causing signifi- The state and the industry have spent
cant losses in revenue and jobs. fresh-market oranges, according to the The Central Valley, a vast, fertile crop. millions of dollars to curtail a potential
The infection attacks the vascular sys- California produces approximately 80 Citrus Research Board. The state also region stretching 500 miles (800 km) Also troubling is the potential toll the outbreak of the disease, according to the
tem of the trees, causing a yellowing of percent of the nation’s fresh citrus fruit supplies 87 percent of the nation’s from Bakersfield to Redding, accounts disease could take on the image of a California Department of Food and
leaves and death within a few years. and is the country’s main source of lemons. for the bulk of the state’s overall citrus region synonymous with sun and citrus. Agriculture.
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ICAI Seminar: The Kuwait Chapter of
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❑ ❑ ❑ In this March 22, 2012 photo, Kim Lee (center), wife of ‘Crazy English’ founder Li Yang, is surrounded by local journalists as she walks into a court for her divorce trial in Beijing, China. (AP)
Palestinian Cultural Expo:
Palestinian Cultural Exhibition will take
place at the Kuwaiti Women’s Cultural
1 in 4 women in China victim of domestic violence
and Social Society in Khaldiya from April
23 through April 26.
Rounding out the exhibition is a food
sale of traditional Palestinian delicacies,
with freshly-prepared baked goods and
other dishes available on Thursday; beau-
US woman becomes hero for battered wives
BEIJING, April 21, (AP): Her head was sites, along with protests and talk show They married in a Las Vegas chapel in cally ruled the family, with authority over was a shy child afraid to answer the phone
tiful and popular hand-made ceramics ringing from the blows. Once, twice, three debates. It is especially explosive because 2005, a few years after their first daughter women and girls. Women were supposed or leave the house. In 2004, his father Li
from Hebron; and a well-stocked book times, her husband slammed her face into she is a foreigner, at a time when China is Lily was born. But with Li away at work- to obey their fathers when young, their Tiande told a Beijing newspaper he raised
section with English and Arabic titles, the living room floor. particularly sensitive about how it is shops much of the time, the relationship husbands when married and their sons his son with a firm hand, and recounted an
including the just-published “Atlas of understood and treated by the world. when widowed, according to advice
Palestine” by Dr Salman Abu Sitta. He Kim Lee tried to twist her tall but skin- grew strained. incident when a colleague told him Li had
will be signing his book on Monday from ny frame out from under his 91-kilogram “A lot of people said, ‘Oh, is it because One day, during an argument over attributed to the ancient sage Confucius. been up to mischief.
6:30 to 8:30 pm. On Thursday at 6:30 pm (200-pound) body, scraping her elbows Kim is an American and so she’s too money, he slapped her hard, she says. She Those who broke family laws could be “At that time, I felt like I had lost face,”
the traditional Palestinian “dabkah” dance and knees on the carpet. He kept on strong-willed, or her personality is too blamed herself. “Just drop it, just don’t beaten, with no questions asked. the elder Li said. “So I gave Li Yang a
will be performed. pounding. Eight, nine, 10 times — she strong?’… Some others have asked make him angry,” she thought. Another Communism brought new laws that beating when I returned home.”
The exhibition timings are from 10 am thought she might black out. whether she is making a big fuss over a time, arguing about work, he pushed her gave women the right to work alongside After the scandal with his wife erupted
to 1:30 pm and from 4:30 to 8:30 pm Then, close to the floor, she glimpsed small issue,” says Feng Yuan, founder and in front of their colleagues. men, and decades of economic growth last year, Li acknowledged in an interview
from Monday, April 23 through Thursday, the neon pink-painted toenails of her 3- chair of the Anti-Domestic Violence In February 2006, while Lee was seven have created dramatic shifts in Chinese with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV that
April 26. The venue is the Kuwait year-old daughter, Lydia. “Stop!” the Network in Beijing. “This shows that in months’ pregnant with their second child, society. But inequities persist, particularly his relationship with his parents was bereft
Women’s Cultural and Social Society in child cried. “What are you doing? Stop, terms of the public perception of domestic her husband promised to accompany her in rural areas. of emotional or physical intimacy. He said
Khaldiya, Block 2, Al Ourouba Street, Daddy, stop!” She jumped on her father violence, we still have a long way to go.” to the hospital for a test. He did not show There is no official data on domestic he still suffers from mild depression.
telephone 99376608 or 24843397. and scratched his arm. The story of Li Yang and Kim Lee is up. violence in China today, and underreport- “Just holding my father’s hand or giv-
“Damn it!” he yelled. He loosened his documented in photographs, letters, text Lee went home and deleted four chap- ing is common. However, a recent nation- ing him a hug, I would get goose bumps,”
April 24 messages, police documents and hospital wide survey by the All-China Women’s
grip on his wife, and she crawled away. ters of a textbook she had written for him. Li said. “Something was broken in the
KTAA meeting: The Kuwait Textile It wasn’t the first time in their relation- records seen by The Associated Press, as When he called, she told him, “I want you Federation found that 25 percent of middle. ... I grew up in an environment
Arts Association under the auspices of Al ship that Li Yang, a Chinese celebrity well as extensive interviews with her in to understand what it feels like when you women reported domestic violence from that was lacking. You will find that my
Sadhu House will hold the presentation: entrepreneur, had struck her — but for his Beijing. Li refused repeated requests for count on someone to do something and their spouses, almost the same as in the ability to love is poor. It is a problem.”
“The Turkmen Yurt and Its Furnishings” American wife, it was going to be the last. interviews, but in past interviews on TV they don’t.” United States. Smaller-scale studies report
by James Bishop. She scooped up her wailing child, and on his microblog, he has confessed to He hung up. a rate in Chinese rural areas of up to 65 By 2009, Lee was plotting her escape.
Inhabiting the steppes of Central Asia, grabbed their passports and a wad of cash, beating his wife. The next day, while she was baking percent. But how? She worked for her husband’s
the diminishing nomadic people of They met on the first day of her first trip “What it shows is the tip of the ice-
Turkmenistan weave some of the most and walked out of their Beijing apartment. cupcakes with their daughter, he flew into company, with no independent income
And in doing so, she opened the door to a to China in 1999, in what Lee has come to the kitchen and knocked a hot pan out of berg,” says Feng, the advocate against and no bank account. She lived in an
iconic rugs. The weavings of each tribe see as “yuanfen,” or fate. domestic violence. “How big the iceberg
are distinctive with characteristic octagons torrent of anguish about domestic vio- her hand. He grabbed her by the hair, apartment under her sister-in-law’s name,
lence in her adopted country, inadvertent- Then a teacher in Miami, she was visit- threw her on the floor and choked her. She really is, we actually don’t know.” and relied on cash Li brought home in
or guls. Being nomadic, they live in ing a Chinese school to learn about bilin- Wei Tingting is one of about 10
mobile homes, known as yurts. ly becoming a folk hero for Chinese bat- reached up and pushed a clothes rack at envelopes every month. And she was
tered women. gual education. He was there to speak him. activists who staged a protest over Lee’s afraid that without money, she would lose
This evening you will learn about some about his popular program, “Crazy plight on Valentine’s Day on a busy pedes-
of the major tribes, the primary design Domestic violence everywhere lives in He managed to land a few kicks on her custody of their three children.
features of their various guls, their bags the shadows, and in China it thrives in a English,” a radical approach to learning stomach, but she turned on her side to pro- trian shopping street in Beijing. She and Lee started to push back. She told her
(chuvals, torbas, jollars, etc.), tent bands, secrecy instilled by tradition that holds the language that involved hand gestures tect the unborn child. Despite bruises on two other women wore bridal gowns husband she wanted a home under her
animal trappings, and chirpies. family conflicts to be private. It is also and slogans such as “Conquer English to her legs and body, a sonogram showed the splashed with fake blood and makeup that name, a monthly deposit in her account
James Bishop is a marine biologist with hard to go public in a country where many Make China Stronger!” Li sold more than baby was all right. Li said later he “could looked like bruises on their faces. and a life insurance policy for him.
the Kuwait Institute for Scientific English lessons — he sold a life philoso- Fault
still consider women subservient to their phy of shedding inhibitions, with a patri- not tolerate” threats to his work. “You control everything in my life,”
Research (KISR). His research interests husbands, and there is no specific national Lee did not tell her family or friends she complained.
cover renewable marine resources, biodi- otism that resonated with many in today’s Wei, who grew up in the Chinese coun-
law against domestic violence. China. about the beating. She thought it was her tryside in southern Guangxi province, “Shut up,” he warned.
versity and conservation issues. He has a
comprehensive collection of traditional At least one in four women in China is fault for provoking him, and he seemed often saw her father beating her mother. “I will not shut up,” she responded.
estimated to have been a victim of domes- Inspired sorry. Her grandfather hit her grandmother too. He stood up. “I said, ‘shut up.’”
Continued on Page 26 tic violence at some point in her life, sur- Li persuaded her to move to China to She mentioned it to her sister-in-law, “The neighbors around us were doing She got to her feet also. “I will NOT
veys show, with the rate in rural areas as work for him. Inspired by a Chinese folk- who dismissed her concerns, saying: “It’s the same, everyone took it to be a very shut up,” she said.
high as two out of every three women. tale called Journey to the West, he called nothing. All men are like that.” normal thing. You beat a woman because Then came the beating that finally
The violence takes many forms, from himself the “Hopeless Master” and Kim the woman is at fault,” says the 23-year- drove her out. When he let go, she
physical and sexual assault to emotional his “Monkey Queen,” to the delight of The expectation that all men are violent old. “Some women even think that it is grabbed Lydia and walked to the police
abuse or economic deprivation. colleagues. In private, he wrote to her that — or at least have the right to be violent their fault, that’s why they are beaten.” station. She hesitated at the door, then
Lee’s case has spawned tens of thou- “a hopeless master can’t survive without — is common in parts of China. Li Yang grew up in a city in the remote thought of her daughter, took a deep
sands of postings on Chinese Twitter-like his monkey queen.” As with many countries, men histori- western Xinjiang region, where he says he breath and walked in.