Urban Forest

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If you are tired of looking at rigid building designs, this post is surely going to blow you away! Designing is an art and one rarely envisions such path breaking ideas. This building, modeled by MAD architects will be located in Chonquing, China. Connected by a core cylindrical structure, each floor has been placed a little off the centre, giving the building a unique feel. Abstract floors with full length glass windows make the building look surreal and the balcony gardens only add to its beauty. The floors are designed to create an illusion of each floating upon another. The model is such that it brings together nature and the urban metropolis thereby creating a masterpiece that would please all! Take a look. These were the two proposals for the…
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Masjids around the world

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 Fatma Masjid in Kuwait Jamie Asr Masjid in Brunei (night) Koutoubia Masjid in Marakesh - Morocco Kul Sharif Masjid in Kazan - Russia Larabanga Masjid in Ghana Masjid Al Nabawi in Madinah - Saudi Arabia Masjid in Akhaltsikhe - Georgia Masjid in Bangladesh Masjid in Bobo Dioulasso - Burkina Faso Masjid in Gauteng - South Africa Masjid in Kazkhstan Masjid in Kyrgyzstan Masjid in Matara - Sri Lanka Masjid in Pattani - Thailand The Underground Masjid in Malaysia Cyristal Masjid in Kuala Terengganu - Malaysia (night)  
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The Benefits of Islamic Finance Instruments for Russian Businesses

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The Benefits of Islamic Finance Instruments for Russian Businesses15 December 2009Pepelyaev, Goltsblat and PartnersRustam Vakhitov Senior manager of international taxation group Pepelyaev, Goltsblat and PartnersIslamic finance is gaining more business interest worldwide as well as in Russia. Why has this way of doing business gained so much popularity over the recent years?The reason is that a significant number of Islamic investors have recognized that there is an opportunity of doing business in accordance with their religious standards and have encouraged the financial institutions that handle their funds to offer Shariah-compliant solutions. As Shariah is not a written law, but rather a flexible guidance based on a number of principles, creating such solutions was not that difficult.What benefits can Islamic finance bring to Russian businesses? One of the most obvious benefits is to…
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Islamic Finance in Russia: Issues and Solutions

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Islamic Finance in Russia: Issues and Solutions15 December 2009Norton Rose LLPFarmida Bi Partner, International Securities Team Norton Rose LLPIslamic finance is the fastest growing market in ethical finance with an annual average growth rate of between 10 percent and 20 percent. Current global Islamic finance assets stand at $800 billion and are predicted by some to rise to $4 trillion by 2015. The credit crunch has provided Islamic finance with a unique opportunity to assert its values of ethically based financing, which could help to shape the global financial industry as a whole.Islamic finance distinguishes itself from conventional finance in its compliance with the principles of Islamic commercial jurisprudence. Islamic finance techniques seek to promote ethical and socially responsible investment while providing an alternative to interest-based finance. The main tenets of…
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India, China will economically surpass U.S., U.K. in 2048

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By Andrew Nusca | Nov 25, 2009 | 7 CommentsIn a speech at TEDIndia, statistician Hans Rosling predicted the exact date that India and China’s economies will catch up with the U.S. and the U.K. Background about Rosling: He’s a doctor and professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute who previously identified a new paralytic disease induced by hunger in rural Africa. His current work focuses on dispelling common myths about the so-called “developing world.” A few quoted takeaways from Rosling’s presentation: “Asia will regain its dominant position as the leading part of the world, as it used to be, over thousands of years…I will [predict] that by trying to predict precisely at what year the average income per person in India, in China, will reach that of the…
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The Cyber Sea

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December 8, 2009 | 1 comments World's First Internet Undersea Science Station Boots Up [Slide Show] NEPTUNE Canada, the world's first regional cabled undersea network, promises to usher in a new era of ocean sciences when it goes online December 8. By Anne Casselman      OAS_AD("x81"); BENTHIC CRAWLER: Meet Wally the Benthic Crawler, the world's first Internet-operated deep-sea crawler (here astride a gas hydrate outcrop in Barkley Canyon). Wally was designed by ocean scientists at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany to measure conditions such as temperature, salinity, methane content and sediment characteristics at seafloor depth.Photo taken by ROPOS[[http://ropos.com]], which is operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility. aArticleImages = new Array; aArticleImages[0] = new Object; aArticleImages[0].title = "BENTHIC CRAWLER:"; aArticleImages[0].caption = "Meet Wally the Benthic Crawler, the world's first Internet-operated…
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Interiors of the Air Force 1

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Interiors of the Air Force 1 Dec 8th 2009,   tweetmeme_url = 'http://www.home-designing.com/2009/12/interiors-of-the-air-force-1'; tweetmeme_source = 'homedesigning'; Air Force 1 has always brought with it a certain degree of curiosity and amazement for the laymen. Unless you are a member of the inner circle of the President of the United States, chances are that you would be unable to visit the air-borne office. However, Pete Souza, who is the Chief White House photographer for Barack Obama, has managed to click and display a few of the pictures with the president of the United States of America and his team inside, which is what this post is about. A post on the Russian Air Force 1 will be released. Covered with gold, the Russian office is a treat for the eyes. We run…
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Storeowner: A little compassion changed would-be robber's life – CNN.com

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Storeowner: A little compassion changed would-be robber's life - CNN.comNew York (CNN) -- Six months ago, a Long Island convenience store owner turned a would-be robbery into an act of compassion. On Wednesday, the shoplifter made amends with a $50 bill and a thank you letter for saving him from a life of crime.The story began in May 2009, when Mohammad Sohail of Shirley, New York, was closing his Shirley Express convenience store one night. Security camera footage from that evening shows a man wielding a baseball bat barging into the store and demanding money.Sohail had a rifle ready and quickly aimed it directly in the robber's face, forcing the man to drop the bat and lay on the ground. Unbeknownst to the man, Sohail never loads his gun.According to…
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In fear of 'Eurabia'?

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 By Mark LeVine The posters encouraging people to vote for the ban, showed a niqab-wearing Muslim woman [EPA] The images were clearly intended to get out the vote, and judging by the 57 per cent "yes" vote to ban the construction of minarets in Switzerland on Sunday, they worked all too well.They included the depiction of minarets piercing through the Swiss flag; minarets on top of the flag, with a menacing, niqab-wearing Muslim woman in the foreground.One could be forgiven for imagining that the Muslims were at the gates of Vienna, or even Lucerne, threatening to overrun Christian Europe. And of course, for the proponents of the ban, that is precisely the situation Europe faces today. For centuries, the peoples of Europe have defined their continental identity against the threat of Islam.…
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