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Good News From Tripoli! KFC Opens Again ..

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We haven’t heard good news from Tripoli for a long while now, but today KFC reopened its Tripoli branch after it got burned by demonstrators back in September 2012.

I know that’s not a big deal when compared to what’s happening there but at least few Tripoli residents will get to work there and benefit from this re-opening.

Thanks Mustapha!

Who’s Going To Be Lebanon’s Next President?

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I like the president-2014 campaign but I want whomever is behind this campaign to do more than just an online vote. They should try to organize debates between various presidential candidates, as well as start an online platform to connect citizens and members of the Lebanese online community with candidates and allow them to interact and ask questions. Special online forums and hangouts can be organized as well and reports could be taken out of these discussions to rate the candidates better.

They’ve already implemented a similar idea in Germany and it was a very successful experience, as it helps boost transparency and build a bridge between the people and the president, even if they are not the ones voting for a new one.

Roqayya Monzer A New Victim Of Domestic Violence + Parliament To Discuss Draft-Law On April 3

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Roqayya Monzer is yet another victim of domestic violence in Lebanon after her husband shot her dead when she asked him to divorce her. Roqayya was fed up from all the beating and asked for a divorce on several occasions according to her sister who was brave enough to come out and testify against the criminal husband. Unfortunately, the victim was pregnant.

This is not the first case of domestic violence and definitely won’t be the last, not before there’s a new law to protect women from abusive husbands, a law that would come under the penal code rather than being personal status laws. That’s what KAFA has been working on for years now and Nabih Berri has vowed to include and discuss the draft-law proposed in the next parliament session on April 3, after KAFA collected 71 signatures from MPs in favor of adopting the new law.

For those interested in knowing the remarks added by KAFA to the draft-law proposed, you can check them [Here] and follow [KAFA] for further updates on this matter.

I hope that the law will be passed quickly and put into action, so that these murderous husbands are put in jail and not freed the next day.

PS: There’s a seminar for women only that teaches them how to defend themselves against domestic abuse and crimes of rape on April 5 for those interested.

Naameh Landfill To Close Permanently in 2015

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Environment Minister Mohammed al-Mashnou assured on Tuesday that the Naameh landfill will be shut down in 2015 once the extended contract expires. As you all might recall, Nahmeh residents started a protest a couple of month back and blocked the road to the Nahmeh landfill causing a major garbage crisis in the country.

While this is good news for the Nahmeh residents, what the government should do next is revise the contracts signed with Sukleen and work on a better recycling process in order to get rid of public waste in an eco-friendly way. The last thing we need is a new landfill in a different location.

Speaking of Sukleen, they announced lately that they are giving away recycling boxes for offices. If you are interested in having them, read more [Here].

Dear Lebanon

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Dear Lebanon is a movie showing Lebanese teenagers’s views on Bombings, Religion and Politics. I want to believe that the new generations will make a change in the right direction and rebel against the corrupted political class that’s been ruling and ruining the country for years but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

What does this constant insecurity mean for them? What are their thoughts on religion and politics? To what extent do they feel personally affected by the bombings?

Together with a team of eight youths between the ages of 15 and 18, film producer Raphael Schanz set off on a journey in search of answers. During the course of seven weeks he accompanied them through the streets of Beirut and discussed the points in which they felt their wishes clashed with the crude reality. This 30 minute documentary features youths’ ambivalent love for their home country. Which role do teenagers see for themselves in Lebanon? How can they succeed in making their voices heard?

via StopCulturalTerrorismInLebanon

Lebanese Individuals, Companies and Organizations Participating In The 2014 Green Mind Awards

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Ixsir Winery

The Green Mind Award is an annual program that awards the Top Green Achievements done by Individuals, Companies and Organizations in the MENA Region. Here’s a list of participants from Lebanon that you can vote for under their respective category:

The Green NGO Award
- The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), The Green Production Help Desk (GHD)
- Beirut Green Project, Beirut Green Guide

The Green Education Award
- Christelle Ziadé, L’Art-Terre du Savoir-Vert
- Michel Maalouly Student Group, Sustainable Housing Unit
- Lama Al Haj Hassan, Breathe Green (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green Media Award
- Eurisko Technology Solutions, Green Lebanon
- Oleg Farah, Standby

The Green Industry Award
- Wines of Lebanon, IXSIR (Project and Winery)

The Green Individual Award
- Ramy El Khazen, The Junkyard
- Pascal Ibrahim, Green Micro-Landscape (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green Hospitality Award
- MON MAKI A MOI, MON MAKI A MOI
- Bioland, Bioland Green Meeting Point

The Green Community Award
- Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, NEEREA
- Municipality of Jbail, Jbail – a Zero Waste City

The Green Innovation Award
- Green Studios, Hydroponic Green Walls and Roof Gardens Adapted to Hot Weathers (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green CSR Award
- AUB, Hazardous Waste Management Program

I couldn’t find any participants under The Green Woman Of The Earth Award and there’s no information available on any of the projects submitted which is weird.

24 Public Gardens To Go In Beirut

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According to the Beirut Green Project, there are 24 public gardens to go to in Beirut. This may seem like a lot specially when most of us have heard of 3 or 4 gardens only, but Beirut has 0.8 meters of green space per person which is way below the 9 meters per person minimum requirement, according to the World Heath Organization.

Here’s a list of some of the public gardens in Beirut as shown on the Beirut Green Guide map:

- Ghobayreh Park
- Ramlet el Baida Garden
- Mufti Hassan Khaled Garden
- René Moawad Garden, also known as Sanayeh Garden
- Leila Osseiran Garden
- Capuchins Garden
- National Evangelical Church of Beirut Garden
- Abdul Rahman el Hout Garden
- Gebran Khalil Gebran Garden
- Bashoura Square
- Hawd el Wileyeh
- Walid Eido Garden
- Metropolite Elias Audi Garden
- Saint Nicolas Garden
- Jesuits Garden
- William Hawi Garden
- Karantina Garden
- Horsh Tabet Garden
- Children’s Garden
- Horsh Beirut Park
- Sioufi Garden
- Museum Garden

Not to be thwarted, we dug deeper and found that all hope is not lost for public green spaces in Beirut. According to research by BGP, there are around 24 public gardens in Beirut. “People are largely unaware of how many gardens and parks we have in Beirut; they mainly know Sanayeh, Jesuit or Sioufi, but are shocked when we tell them how many there are,” says Boulad, adding that the number would have been higher had they relied on what the Beirut Municipality considered parks — BGP only included public spaces with benches and greenery, size aside. [Executive]

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