After having freed the abducted Syrians earlier today, the Lebanese security forces freed the Turkish national few hours ago. By doing so, the Lebanese army put an end to the kidnappings spree of Syrians and Turkish nationals in Lebanon in the past few weeks.
As posted earlier today, the salaries hike agreed on recently in Lebanon wasn’t limited to public sector employees but also reached the salaries and compensations of the three top presidential posts of the country, the ministers and the parliament members.
Despite the dilemma over the funding of the new wages scale, the salaries hike wasn’t limited to public sector employees but also reached the salaries and compensations of the three top presidential posts of the country, the ministers and the parliament members, As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday. [Source]
Accordingly, the top 3 presidential posts will have an increase of around 6,200,000 LL while ministers and MPs will have an increase of around 4,300,000 LL.
Seriously? Is that the appropriate time to give raises to MPs and ministers? The funny thing is that the Economy and Trade minister is actually justifying this move, saying “the raise was equally distributed between everyone”. Couldn’t he have exempted high officials, MPs and Ministers from this law? How hard could it be?
I had totally forgotten about this small piece of heaven until Mark posted about the amazing day he spent there. We used to organize a yearly biking trip all the way from Hrajil to Afqa and rest at the restaurant located underneath the cave and overlooking the Afqa falls. La Reserve wasn’t founded back then but was pretty much needed to preserve the location and organize all-day activities for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers.
If you don’t know what to do with your weekends, I highly recommend you book a full day at La Reserve. You can also go camping the night before in Faraya like Mark did. Check out more about La Reserve [Here].
Habib Haddad, Founder of Yamli & CEO of Wamda (Lebanon)
The TR35 program, jointly hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region and MIT’s Technology Review, selects the most outstanding innovators from the Arab region under the age of 35 to move on to the TR35 Global Competition and ultimately participate in the Emtech MIT Conference on October 24-26, 2012. [Link]
Three out of the Five winners were Lebanese, while the two others were from Palestine and Saudi Arabia. You can check them all out [Here].
Hind Hobeika, Butterfleye (Lebanon): Hind is an inventor and entrepreneur, pioneering the way swimmers train for their races
Elie Khoury co-founded iFusion Labs and developed Woopra in 2008, pioneering real-time analytics and giving businesses and blogs the power to instantly turn live data into actions and results
I know the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert is already over but I am still getting comments trying to convince me that they are evil and love Israel and no one else and we should boycott them. The last comment I got on this was the below:
Watch the RHCP express their love of Israel.
They are either:
- absolute idiots, unaware of what Israel stands for and how artists have been boycotting it for a few years.
- supportive of what Israel stands for.
- apathetic and lacking any human compassion.
I wish whomever left this comment had bothered to see other similar videos. As it happens, the RHCP upload a video showing their excitement every time they are going to a new destination (including Beirut). So I am going to say that one final time, art and politics do not mix and the RHCP boycott campaign was a complete failure.