World Bulletin / News Desk
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 been implemented in Yemen, Bangladesh and the UAE.
Dr. Ashraf Ghanem, who is a professor of water engineering at Cairo University, supported the project saying, ‘Could serve as a means of income generation for unemployed women, as well as a means of education for children of the household on principles of water saving, plant and fish biology, nutrient cycle, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, microbiology and renewable energies.’
At present Egypt is heavily dependent on the River Nile for its water, 85% of which goes to farming. However, Ethiopian plans to place a damn on the Blue Nile threatens to reroute the great river, which would be disastrous for Egypt.
Government spokesman Hossam al-Qawish quoted by the official Middle East News Agency as saying that the emergency extension would come to an end on April 25.
Palestinian National Commission to Break the Siege NGO said that the new port would be "Gaza's window to the world."
Police source tells local newspaper that number of dead may be as high as 36; army troops now in area to assist police forces.
"Once again, appeasement encourages the aggressor to greater acts of violence. Time to step up our policy based on cold facts, not illusions," Tusk tweeted
The authorities accuse the BNP leader of ordering the attack as part of the party's campaign to blockade Dhaka to try to force a general election.
A protestor was killed in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a security source said, on the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Sheikh Naim Qassem's comments were the first reaction from the group's leadership to the missile attack in the Syrian province of Quneitra near the Israeli border.
Obama blamed Russia for the fighting that has flared anew between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine, and said the United States would consider additional options to ratchet up pressure on Moscow.
Fighting between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine has intensified in recent days after the rebels ruled out more peace talks.
Netanyahu said his priority was to urge the United States and other powers not to negotiate an Iranian nuclear deal that might endanger Israel.
Obama said the two countries had made progress on two issues holding up commercial civil nuclear cooperation, one of the major irritants in bilateral ties.
The election is expected to be one of the most closely fought in modern British history
Arms approved for Saudi Arabia included six weapons systems for testing and electronic surveillance equipment.
The kidnapping of Armel Ningatoloum Sayo follows the kidnapping earlier this week of a U.N. staff member and a French charity worker
Police said the deadliest explosion took place near Tahrir Square when a bomb placed in a plastic bag exploded near a popular restaurant