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Mini-Documentary: Earthrise – Fog Nets (Video)

info-pictogram1 Harvesting water from thin air in the foothills of the Andes. More than a million residents living in Peru’s capital Lima do not have access to running water. But in the arid hillsides surrounding the capital – the second driest in the world – farmers are using simple fog nets to catch moisture in the air.

The area’s thick fog condenses on specially erected mesh nets, and drips onto a plastic gutter before collecting in a storage tank. The water is then used to irrigate crops on once barren land.

Russell Beard travels to the foothills of the Andes to see landscapes and communities transformed by these simple fog catchers.
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More bodies found in Nepal avalanche area

Source: aljazeera.com

A snowstorm in the Himalayan region of central Nepal has killed at least 20 people, including eight foreigners and a group of local yak herders, while dozens of climbers remain unaccounted for, officials have said.

Improving weather conditions allowed rescue workers to recover the bodies of four trekkers – two Poles, an Israeli and a Nepali – from the Thorong La pass area on the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail on Wednesday, a day after they were caught in a blizzard.

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How to open an Islamic weekend school in your area?

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Source: http://www.idealmuslim.com/

Islamic schools or Islamic institutes are places where the basics of the religion of Islam, the principles of the religion of Islam and the ways of Muslims are taught to people who are interested in learning about them. Typically, Islamic schools are attended by Muslims. However, in some cases, they are also attended by people from other religions who are interested in learning about the religion of Islam. An Islamic weekend institute is an institute which is only open on weekends but serves the same purpose as a regular Islamic institute. Islamic weekend schools are typically organized and conducted by Muslim families in their respective residential areas.

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Food Distribution in Brazilian Favela (Video)

info-pictogram1 877-Why-Islam presents the glimpses of food distribution in the slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Food packages were sponsored by Helping Hand (www.hhrd.org). It was amazing how receptive the people were. They said that they want to know more and where should they go to learn more about Islam. They took us to an area where we were able to see the reality of the Favela (slum). It was an area where we ascended some deep steps and at the top they had a very delicate wood platform and behind it was an area where all of their waste (fecal matter, garbage, rats, etc.) are found.

Israel Announces Massive West Bank Land Grab

It’s quiet in ‪#‎Gaza‬ but apartheid ‪#‎israel‬ is still stealing land! ‪#‎FreePalestine‬‪#‎Boycottisrael‬ ‪#‎bds‬ ‪#‎icc4israel‬

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Source: huffingtonpost.com

By: Jeffrey Heller

JERUSALEM, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years, drawing Palestinian condemnation and a U.S. rebuke.

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San Francisco earthquake injures dozens

Biggest quake in decades knocks out power to about 40,000 homes and businesses in northern San Francisco area.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked the northern San Francisco area, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.

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Iran rocked by 6.3 magnitude earthquake

At least 60 people injured and power cut after major earthquake struck Iran’s Ilam province, according to state media.

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Source: http://www.aljazeera.com

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck a remote area in western Iran, leaving dozens injured and causing considerable damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit 36km southeast of the western city of Abdanan, in Ilam province, close the border with Iraq.

USGS said the quake struck at 02:32 GMT on Monday, and its epicentre was at a depth of 10km.

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Activists declare first victory as Israeli ship delays docking at Oakland

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By: Charlotte Silver

Source: http://electronicintifada.net

San Francisco Bay Area Palestine activists have declared their first victory in attempting to prevent the offloading of an Israeli cargo vessel at the Oakland Port. Originally planning to show up at 5:00 am Saturday morning to block the ship, activists sent word out late last night that the meeting time had been moved up  to 3:00pm, as the ship had delayed its arrival at Oakland in an apparent attempt to avoid the protest.

Activist Mohamed Shehk told The Electronic Intifada that the organizers have been tracking the vessel Zim Piraeus, and realized last night that it had stopped before reaching its Oakland destination, spending the night at sea.

“This delay is seen as a victory for us. It shows how much Zim is trying to avoid our protest, and it shows how effective we can be when we can organize these types of actions,” Shehk said.

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Subhana’llah: Lavender Fields (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Nectar from lavender plants are used to make high quality honey. Lavender comes from the same family as mint. The scent of lavender deters mice, flies, mosquitoes and other pests from the area. It is one of the most fragrant and highly versatile herbs that you can grow. As you may already know, lavender is used in essential oils, perfumes, in aromatherapy, in traditional herbal medicine and in the kitchen as a culinary herb.