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Woman Comes Back To Find Her Mar Mikhail House Partly Demolished: Developer Promises To Buy Her A New Home

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Updates: One of the people who commented, is saying he is the lady’s son and the developer didn’t offer anything or even show up. On the other hand, Prad is saying the contractor had warned the woman prior to demolishing the building next to hers and had signed an agreement with her two months ago to terminate her rental agreement.

Given these two versions, it would be nice if LBCI, MTV, FTV or any local TV investigates this issue further and let us know what really happened because such an issue is more important than Jägermeister Demonic Worshippers.

I tried getting new updates regarding this story since it spread yesterday, and the only news I got was from Habib who said the developer promised to buy her a new house.

However, whether the developer damaged the house intentionally or not, the woman was fortunate enough not to be in the house when the walls were taken down and this is a serious mistake that cannot be ignored just like that. I say the developer should be heavily fined, forced to fix the lady’s house and have his project suspended until further notice.

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I am not sure if this is a stunt or not but I thought it was fun. If it’s a stunt to advertise for some yoga or meditation classes, she chose the perfect spot as all the drivers go crazy at this intersection.

Municipal Council Rejects Jounieh’s Floating Island

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I am quite surprised to read that the municipality in Jounieh did not grant permission to the Floating Island project. “There is no place for the island” and “the municipality does not have the capacity to accommodate the Island’s guests” are not valid arguments to be honest. There’s a lot of space in Jounieh and there’s a huge parking lot near the Casino that’s empty all year long.

We are talking about a one of its kind project that will contain “a sea resort, hotel, gym, nightclub, restaurant and sporting activities” and will attract a lot of tourists to the area. It doesn’t make any sense to reject the project and let another area make use of it. If the municipality is concerned about space and pollution, how about they redeem the stolen beaches from resorts, close down some super night clubs in Maameltein, and do whatever it takes to close down the Zouk power plant?

Moreover, I urge them the municipality to stop causing further traffic with their road works and seek the help of experts before making any changes.

The world’s “first floating island,” currently under construction and destined for Jounieh Bay, has been rejected by municipality officials as incompatible with the seaside resort town.

“There is no place for the island in Jounieh,” Mayor Antoine Frem told The Daily Star, adding that the municipality did not have the capacity to accommodate the island’s guests. Frem said the Municipal Council had decided not to grant permission for the project, which was to launch in Jounieh in summer 2015

“A project of this caliber needs to be constructed in an area that does not have a dense population” Frem said, stressing that the project would require infrastructure and a large number of parking spaces. The mayor also raised environmental concerns, pointing out that mechanisms for waste and sewage management had yet to be resolved.

World Cup 2014 Giveaway: Win 1 Of 2 Twelve Sports Watches For Your Favorite Team

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I unfortunately missed the launch of Twelve Watch in Lebanon which was on the same day as the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico. It was the perfect occasion to gather football fans and launch the brand which is aimed at football fans mainly. In fact, Twelve represents the “Twelfth man” in a football-game which is of course the fans, and their watch collection is inspired by the jersey/country flags of football teams.

The people behind Twelve were kind enough to send me a Germany watch, which I found to be cool and original. The designs are nicely made, the watch doesn’t look cheap at all, is equipped with Ronda Caliber 505 and 515 and Swiss-made movements and is priced reasonably at $130.

You can check the whole Twelve Watch collection [Here].

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Knowing that the World Cup is in a couple of days, I asked Twelve if they’d like to give away a couple of watches to the blog’s readers and they were more than happy to do so. So if you are into Football and want a watch for your favorite team, here’s your chance to win 1 of 2 Twelve watches.

All you need to do is answer these questions correctly:
- Which German Player is set to miss the World Cup after injuring himself in a friendly 3 days ago?
- What is the name of the World Cup Football stadium located located on the former site of the Vivaldão stadium in Manaus, Brazil?
- What is the nationality of the “sorcerer” that is claiming responsibility for Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury?

Please make sure you mention the team you support in the World Cup after writing down the answers.

I will announce the two lucky winners tomorrow morning.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Official Exams Must Be Held On Thursday

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I don’t know what’s wrong with the Syndicate Coordination Committee but they are obviously not thinking straight and need to step down once and for all. I am sure that they have righteous demands even though I am against approving the new wage scale that they are proposing, but delaying official exams is a very bad move and affects the students first and foremost.

I fully support the Education Minister in keeping the exams on time and holding them with or without the SCC’s collaboration. If SCC’s argument is that standards must be followed in holding official exams, there are also standards to be followed in protesting. Speaking of official exams, maybe it’s a good idea to let a private company oversee them because we all know how things go during the Brevet and Baccalaureate exams.

The Syndicate Coordination Committee warned on Sunday Education Minister Elias Bou Saab against holding official exams without teachers and proper monitors, renewing its call on parliament to approve the new wage scale draft-law.

But the minister hit back later in the day, announcing that “there is a very high probability that the official exams will be held on Thursday.” He stressed that “no one intends to strip them (the exams) of the official nature in order to privatize them.”

“It is only for the education ministry to decide whether or not to hold the official exams,” Bou Saab underlined. Earlier, the SCC said during a press conference: “If parliament does not approve the new wage scale draft-law on Tuesday, then the official exams will not be held on Thursday.”

Parliament is scheduled to convene on Tuesday to address the draft-law amid concerns that lack of quorum will prevent the session from being held. The SCC added: “There are standards that should be adopted in holding official exams. [Naharnet]”

Lebanese Environment Minister Mohamad Machnouk Condemns Fencing Of Raouche’s Coast

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As mentioned a month ago, there are plans to turn the Dalieh area near Raouche Rock to a private luxury marine, and fences have already been set up to prevent civilians from coming in.

Let’s hope the minister’s remark will incite the government and concerned parties to stop this project once and for all because it doesn’t look like anyone’s listening to those who have been protesting for weeks.

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Lebanon Among The World’s 10 Unhappiest Countries

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Iraq, Iran and Egypt are the unhappiest countries in the world according to a Gallup report. Lebanon ranks 10th.

Gallup measured negative emotions in 138 countries in 2013 by asking people whether they experienced a lot of anger, stress, sadness, physical pain and worry the previous day. Gallup compiles the “yes” results into a Negative Experience Index score for each country. The higher the score, the more pervasive negative emotions are in a country.

Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults in each country, aged 15 and older, conducted in 2013 in 138 countries and areas. For results based on the total global sample, the margin of sampling error is less than ±1 percentage point at the 95% confidence level. For results based on country-level samples, the margin of error ranges from a low of ±2.1 to a high of ±5.3. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.