Category Archives: Information

Facts About Unemployment In Lebanon

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These stats below were compiled and shared by the The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform as part of their campaign for electoral reform. The [CCER] was founded in 2006 and includes more than 65 civil society associations and two coalitions covering all of Lebanon.

Here are some of the facts related to unemployment in Lebanon:
Around 30% of university graduates in Lebanon are unemployed.
77% of Lebanese immigrants are aged 35 years or below.
More than 50% of Lebanese capable of working are without a job.
50% of the jobs are without a work contract.
40% of males and 20% of females leave Lebanon after 1 year from graduating.
The unemployment rate among the youth is double the global unemployment rate.

There are other videos with interesting stats related to education, the electoral law, women rights in Lebanon and others.

Tweet Your Complaints To The Lebanese ISF #مش_عالرسمي

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The Lebanese ISF is opening up to the Lebanese people and asking them to tweet their complaints and questions. The complaints don’t have to be formal ones and you can write in whichever way you like. I’ve followed up on some of the tweets and their replies seem to be fair and balanced so give it a try if you have something you wish to complain or inquire about.

They already promised to investigate the picture that I posted earlier today of a woman tanning on top of a car.

Nokia Appoints Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus As President of Nokia’s Technologies Business

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Nokia appointed Ramzi Haidamus as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team few days ago. Ramzi used to work with Dolby Laboratories where he helped the business grow from a USD 72 million private business into a nearly USD 1 billion thriving public company. He was featured on Forbes as one of the top 10 highest paid marketing executives.

Read the full story [Here].

PS: The story was originally posted on blogoftheboss

Footage of Pointure Antelias Robbery

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The report says the thief tried for almost one hour to break the glass and go in and the owner is saying the police should be doing an extra effort in patrolling the streets but I have to ask here:

- How come no alarm went off as he was tried to break the front door?
- How can the police catch thieves without any alarm or alert sounds?

I think the best way is to have more police patrolling the streets and enhancing the alarm systems of all shops and linking them to the police station.

Walid Jumblatt And The Islamic State’s New Caliphate “Rolex?” Watch

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Ever since the new Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance, everyone’s been speculating, including Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, over the brand of the watch he was wearing. Some are saying it’s a Rolex, while others are claiming it’s an Omega or a Tag Heuer or even an Al-Fajr WA-10S Deluxe watch.

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The Al-Fajr watch is apparently Swiss made and is pre-programmed with the correct prayer times for all the world’s major cities. You can also set the date according the standard international, or Gregorian calendar, based on the birth of Christ, or the Muslim calendar, dated to the Hejirah. The compass found on the watch shows the direction of prayer (Kiblah).

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The funny part is that this self-proclaimed Caliph was denouncing the West in his speech. The sad part is that people nowadays seem more interested in the brand of his watch rather than the persecutions, massacres and atrocities his group is committing.

Three Lebanese Families Killed In The Air Algeria Crash

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At least 20 Lebanese nationals were on board of the Algerian flight AH5017 that went missing on Thursday between Burkina Faso and Algiers. Here are the names of the victims as compiled from MTV and Naharnet:

Randa Bassam Daher and her three children
Joseph Jerjes al-Hajj
Fadi Rustom and his son-in-law Omar al-Ballan
Mohammed Akhdar
Fady Sioufi
Monji Hassan, his wife Najwa, their four children
Bilal Dheini, his wife and their three children

Unfortunately, there were no survivors from the plane crash which is the third in the past couple of months. BBC showed a video of the wreckage site in Mali and explored the odds of having a cluster of plane accidents so close together.

Sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

Lebanon Sees 90% Rise In Arab Tourism In June (Waynoun?)

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The Tourism Ministry is saying the number of Arab tourists is up by 90 percent in June when compared with the previous year. Considering that practically no one came last year, I guess any improvement is good. What we really need though is a 1000% increase to start noticing any tourists in Lebanon and it’s not looking good again this summer despite a promising start.

The French tourists topped the list of non-Arab nationalities visiting Lebanon, followed by the German and Swedish tourists.

BEIRUT: The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.

“We don’t want the months of May and June, that witnessed this improvement, to be an exception, instead we want them to be a model for the coming months,” Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon said, arguing that the increase in tourism resulted from Lebanon’s “renewed openness to Gulf countries and the new dynamic in the tourism sector that accompanied the security plan.” [Link]

Helping Donner Sang Compter Reach 10,000 Donors

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I added a banner on the right side of the blog to help Donner Sang Compter reach 10,000 donors in 10 months. The campaign will end on May 16 2015 and everyone is invited to spread the word and sign up!

Donner Sang Compter has been pulling a tremendous job by linking blood donors to patients in need, so let’s make this mission easier for them by becoming donors. You can register at this website: [www.donatebloodtoday.me]

DSC’s emergency number is 03 314 868 for those who don’t know it.

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#TouchGivesBack: 16,000 Tweets To Treat Two Kids From The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon

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As part of its campaign this Ramadan, Touch has launched an intiative on Twitter to raise funds for two children at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon. Their goal is to reach 16,000 tweets and they are at 2000 tweets with 8 days left. You don’t need to donate money or do anything except tweet @touchLebanon and use the hashtag #touchGivesBack.

I always take pride in encouraging campaigns aimed at helping people in need so let’s make this happen and let’s spread the word!