Egyptian farmers turn to ancient agricultural techniques to bring dead land to life (World Bulletin)

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Egypt to use ancient farming techniques

A lack of water in the desert is making Egyptian farmers turn to ancient agricultural techniques to bring dead land to life.

Faris Farrag, a well-known Egyptian banker, is leading an Aquaponics project aimed at turning the Egyptian desert green. Farrag, who himself owns a farm in Cairo and is said to be fond of growing plants, told Al-Jazeera ‘As the price of water soars, as the price of petrol soars, and when the subsidies on farming disappear, this model makes sense.’

Aquaponics is an ancient irrigation technique which is believed to have been invented by the Aztecs which combines the commonly used aquaculture and hydroponic agricultural systems. Having studied the subject in the University of the Virgin Islands under Dr. James Rakocy, Farrag plans to introduce this technique to Egypt. The system has already…

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Stories From The Fringe – ‘Texas fundamentalists want to teach Garden of Eden in science class’

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‘Christian fundamentalists in Texas are out to destroy your child’s education again’.

‘The state school board, which is stuffed with right-wing ideologues who cheerfully reject any science they feel is in conflict with fundamentalist Christianity, are once again trying to use that power to try to teach your kid their religion in the science classroom’.

‘The Texas Freedom Network, a group that advocates for church-state separation in Texas, obtained notes from the state school board and found that the board members even went so far as to claim that the Garden of Eden myth is “science,” and the equivalent of the theory of evolution’.

‘One of the board members, a nutritionist at Texas A&M named Karen Beathard, explained the strategy of smuggling in religious instruction into the science classroom’:

“Students should have the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills to weigh the evidence between evolution and ‘creation science.’”
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Hand, foot and mouth infections rising ‘dramatically’ in Hong Kong : Shanghaiist

Don’t touch anything, Hong Kongers. Over 4,200 cases of the viral hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported in the city so far this year, more than the total number of cases of the two previous years combined, according to SCMP.

Doctors are also seeing more and more adult cases of the infection, which usually affects children:

Academy of Medicine president Dr Donald Li Kwok-tung said the large number of outbreaks might be related to humid weather and a low overall immunity in the population.

“In the past, we hardly ever saw cases in adults, but recently we have been seeing more,” said the family medicine specialist. “It may be due to a generally lower resistance against infections in the population, especially when people are tired and stressed.”

Chinese University pediatrics professor Ellis Hon Kam-lun says that the virus is mainly being transmitted through the touching of infected people’s saliva or feces. So stop doing that.

The usual peak season for the disease falls from May to July, however, this year, the number of cases climbed in May, fell in July and rose again in September.

via Hand, foot and mouth infections rising ‘dramatically’ in Hong Kong : Shanghaiist.

From Zulu to the ‘white widow’, why do all African stories need a white face? | Afua Hirsch | Comment is free | The Guardian

Samantha Lewthwaite’s involvement in the Westgate mall siege in Kenya may not be complete fiction, but either way the real story is about much more than her

via From Zulu to the ‘white widow’, why do all African stories need a white face? | Afua Hirsch | Comment is free | The Guardian.

6-year-old loses eye to Israeli rubber bullet | Maan News Agency

Israeli forces shot 6-year-old Musab al-Sarahneh in the eye in al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron early last week, his family reported.

The boy lost his right eye after Israeli forces opened fire on the car he was traveling in with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the family’s account.

At the time, last Friday, Musab was sitting in a car holding his mother’s hand as they made their way home, his family says.

via 6-year-old loses eye to Israeli rubber bullet | Maan News Agency.

How the Shutdown Is Hurting Low-Income Families | National Women’s Law Center

Federal payments for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides food and services to millions of low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children each month, are suspended during the shutdown. While states may be able to keep the program running for a few more weeks, some WIC clinics are already closing, and more will run out of funds as the shutdown drags on.

The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program is a block grant to states to fund cash assistance, work supports, and other services for low-income children and parents (mostly single mothers). Federal TANF funding expired September 30, so states will have to advance the funds until the shutdown ends – or stop providing benefits, as Arizona did on Wednesday, cutting off assistance to over 5,000 low-income families.

On Tuesday, the federal government could not distribute funds to 23 Head Start programs that were scheduled to receive their annual grant that day; those 23 programs, which serve nearly 19,000 children from low-income families, will be forced to close. Prior to October 1, another 57,000 children had already lost Head Start services due to sequester cuts. While most Head Start programs can continue to operate for a while, an extended shutdown will put more grants at risk.

Meals on Wheels, which provides food for low-income, homebound seniors, has also cut services this year due to sequestration; without any new federal funding under the shutdown, the program will only be able to operate for another week or two without making more cuts. Elderly women, who live longer than men and are more likely to be poor, are especially at risk from cuts to nutrition assistance.

The federal agency that distributes Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds to domestic violence programs across the country announced that it will close if the shutdown lasts beyond today – meaning programs that rely on VAWA funding may soon reduce services. Many of these programs, too, have already been affected by sequester cuts that have eliminated access to recovery programs and shelters for an estimated 70, 120 victims of domestic violence.

via How the Shutdown Is Hurting Low-Income Families | National Women’s Law Center.

Protesters cut through Israel’s wall near Jerusalem | Maan News Agency

Popular resistance activists drilled a hole in the wall which separates Jerusalem from nearby Abu Dis on Thursday, a spokesman for the activists said.

Hani Halabiya said Arab and foreign activists cut three holes in the wall to affirm the right to reach Jerusalem, which Israel seized in 1967 and later declared its capital.

He said Israeli forces arrived in the Tur area in Jerusalem and stun grenades to disperse the protest.

“The cities of Abu Dis and al-Eizariya are part of Jerusalem but the wall isolated them completely from the holy city and cut people off from each other,” Halabiya said.

via Protesters cut through Israel’s wall near Jerusalem | Maan News Agency.

SPAM/SPIN/GOP! Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 75) making continuing appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes. (H.Res. 371) – GovTrack.us

Can’t pass the US budget but will propose passing hot button items piecemeal so they can claim – I was for WIC – NOT. Mothers and their children are out of luck now!

appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes.

Introduced:

Oct 03, 2013

Sponsor:

Rep. Tom Cole [R-OK4]

via Providing for consideration of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 75) making continuing appropriations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules; waiving a requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII with respect to consideration of certain resolutions reported from the Committee on Rules; and for other purposes. (H.Res. 371) – GovTrack.us.

‘Government Slimdown,’ Not ‘Shutdown’ Insists Fox News’

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‘According to Fox News, America is not facing a “government shutdown,” just a “government slimdown.”
‘In various Associated Press reports being used on FoxNews.com, they have replaced the word “shutdown” with “slimdown” in what can only be seen as an attempt to minimize the disaster currently being perpetrated against the American people by a handful of Tea Party Republicans’.
‘he blog at MediaMatters.org reports several instances of the Fox News website altering the AP titles and reports’.
‘For instance, one AP headline- ”Obama Shortens Asia Trip Because Of Shutdown”- was changed to “Obama shortens Asia trip due to government slimdown.”From : http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/10/04/government-slimdown-fox-news/

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