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Beirut-Based Mukhi Sisters Among The Top 5 Middle Eastern Daywear Jewelry Designers

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Style.com (Arabia) featured the Mukhi Sisters as one of the top 5 Middle Eastern Jewelry Designers. I don’t know much about jewelry but I’ve met the Mukhi sisters on several occasions and appreciate their work and designs. One more reason why I like them is that their designs would fit perfectly on some Game of Thrones characters and I am a huge GOT fan.

Anyway, here’s the [list] featuring all 5 jewelry designers.

Using gold, diamonds, as well as other precious and semi-precious stones, they draw on their personalities, interests and obsessions to create high-end pieces. You can describe a Mukhi Sisters piece as a statement of individuality. Some of their favorite statement and signature collections are the ones that Mukhi clients tell them are conversation pieces. Their jewelry, at once whimsical and original, conveys things both about the 3 Mukhis -Maya, Meena and Zeenat- and about the women (and lately men) who wear their designs.
Jewelry runs in the Mukhi family genes: their mother is Effat Kreidie, the creative force behind Effy’s Jewelry. Their father, Chandru Mukhi, comes from a long line of Indian jewelers in the industry since 1875. Born into a world of dazzle and sparkle, Maya, Meena and Zeenat were on intimate terms with fine gems and jewelry from an early age. With such a rich heritage, the sisters began collaborating on their own brand.

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Lebanese Hashim Sarkis Named Dean of School of Architecture and Planning at MIT

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Lebanese Architect Hashim Sarkis, a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism, has been named the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), effective in January. Hashim has published works on architecture and urbanism in Lebanon, in addition to writing about leading 20th-century modernist architects. Some of his projects include the new town hall of Byblos in Lebanon, a housing project in Tyre and a park in downtown Beirut.

This is quite an honor so congrats to Hashim! Another Lebanese Amale Andraos was appointed back in August the new dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture.

Here’s what MIT’s president said about Sarkis’ appointment:

“As the longtime director of the Aga Khan Program at Harvard, Hashim Sarkis is well-known and widely admired in our School of Architecture and Planning community,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif says. “Through his collaborations at this end of Mass. Ave., he begins this new role with a strong sense of the culture, values, and aspirations of our School of Architecture and Planning and of MIT. In the best MIT tradition, he is a person of bold ideas who likes to test them in the real world of practice. I look forward to working with him to build upon the tremendous progress made by former dean Adele Naude Santos.”
“The energy and forward-looking attitude I have encountered at one of the oldest schools of architecture and planning in the country makes it feel like the youngest,” Sarkis says. “Educators of architects and planners worldwide are emulating the MIT research-based model, and it is a true honor to build on Adele’s legacy and to guide this model forward. MIT at large provides an ideal setting for such an undertaking, especially as it invests in the future of education and in initiatives like energy, environment, and innovation that are at the core of SA+P. It is especially invigorating to see the scientists and engineers reach out to the designers and to see how much they value their contribution to the One Community.”

You can read the full story [Here].

Thanks Marwan!

ABC More Smoke-Free Than Ever

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People were complaining earlier online that they spotted some people smoking indoors at ABC Achrafieh and that the mall is breaking the smoking bank law. It didn’t take long for ABC’s owner Robert Fadel to contact the concerned people and state that “he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC”.

That’s great news and thumbs up to ABC for responding that quickly and in the best way possible.

For those of you who aren’t aware, ABC Achrafieh started breaking the smoking ban in indoor areas a few days ago despite being the first establishment to embrace the law before it was even passed. Ironically, ABC was at the same time raising awareness about breast cancer! Needless to say, many of you got enraged at the new status quo, and without us even spreading the news, you flooded ABC’s page with furious complaints.

And guess what? It worked!! MP Robert Fadel, owner of ABC, contacted us a few hours ago saying that as soon as he heard about the situation, he gave extremely strict directives for smoking to be absolutely banned in all indoor areas at ABC. Thank you Mr. Fadel for preserving a law you were a pioneer in adopting a few years ago.

Dear supporters of Law 174: in less than 24 hours, YOU made a company retract its decision just because YOU vehemently defended your right to breathe clean air that’s guaranteed by Law 174. In the process, YOU proved wrong those who claim the law is dead and nothing can be changed in Lebanon. The law is well and alive when there are people like YOU fighting for it!! So the next time you’re sitting at a restaurant or bar and people around you start smoking indoors, protest to the owner, protest on the venue’s Facebook page, and protest by calling 1735 to report the violation. Change will happen only if you fight for your rights and make your voice heard!

Mabrouk again and enjoy your smoke-free visits to ABC!

Lebanese-American Journalist Serena Shim Killed In Turkey

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Press TV, for which Serena used to work, is not buying the car accident story and is pointing at the Turkish Intelligence. Serena had stated few days before that the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.

The Lebanese authorities should call for an open and transparent investigation into the death of Serena Shim.

A journalist working for Press TV on the Turkish-Syrian border was killed on Sunday in what are claimed to be suspicious circumstances.

Serena Shim was reported to have died in a car accident while returning to her hotel in Turkey after leaving the strategically important Syrian town of Kobani.

She was a passenger in a car that collided with a truck. But Press TV, an Iranian broadcaster, does not accept that it was an accident.

Her death occurred the day after she broadcast an item – as shown in the clip above – in which she said the Turkish intelligence agency had threatened her and accused her of spying.

A Conversation With An Internet Supplier in Lebanon

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One of my friends just moved into his new house and wanted to get a decent internet connection, so he called several companies and chose what he thought was the best plan for him. The internet supplier called him few weeks later and here’s the conversation that took place:

X:Hello

Hi

X: We are contacting you regarding the internet plan you’ve requested. U asked for the 6mb plan right?

Correct

X: Unfortunately ur phone line cannot handle more than 2mb

How come?

X: We r not responsible for that. We just check with Ogero. So which plan do u want? The 4mb or 6mb?

I dont get it. U just told me I can’t have more than 2mb

X: Yes sir but we only offer 4 and 6mb for this plan.

But I can’t use any of them. You just told me that. You want to pay for a speed I can’t use?

X: Of course not but these are the offers we have.

U do realize half of Lebanon can barely get 1 or 2mb right?

X: You should contact Ogero for that. We are not responsible.

Ok I will do and let u know

X: Great so I sign you up for the 4mb plan? Right?

What?

X: I just want to know which plans u r choosing.

Dude Chou ostak? Why would I pay for a connection I can’t use? I ‘ll see what to do and let u know.

X: ok I’ll keep it as 4mb for now.

Whatever. Bye

I am currently signed up at my parents’ place to the 2MB Ogero connection (minimum speed) yet their phone line cannot handle more than 1MB and I’ve been asking for years if we can fix this problem but in vain. The only way to get a decent connection outside Beirut is through a 3G/4G dongle even if it costs more.

Religious And Ethnic Hatred Top Concern Among Lebanese

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Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia also shared Lebanon’s concern. Check out the rest of the study [Here].

At 58%, Lebanon had the highest level of concern of any country and identified religious and ethnic hatred as the single greatest danger to the world, correlating to its diverse religious makeup of Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, Lebanese Christians, Greek Orthodox, and Jews. Meanwhile, severe battles between Hezbollah and Jabhat al-Nusra have brought war to Lebanon. Egypt, Israel, Palestine, and Tunisia also shared Lebanon’s concern. [PewGlobal]

MP Nicolas Fattoush Got An Apology Instead Of Getting Arrested

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I was about to write a post on how MP Fattoush should not get away with what he did today and that there’s no reason not to punish him, but I just heard on MTV that Manale Daou has apparently apologized to Fattoush while LBCI stated that Judge Claude Karam reconciled the two in his office.

That’s just pathetic and sad and yet another proof that Lebanon is going backwards.

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MP Fattouch Punched A Female Employee at Justice Palace According To LBCI

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If this is true, he should resign immediately.

Sources from the Justice Palace reported that MP Nicolas Fattouch punched a female employee, identified as Manale Daou, responsible for filing complaints at Justice Palace on Monday.
In the details, MP Fattouch headed to the Justice Palace to file a complaint, when the employee, Manale Daou, who is responsible for filing the complaints, asked him to wait his turn, “since she had other complaints previously presented by other lawyers,” the sources said.
The sources added that the deputy was disturbed by her answer and replied: “I am the deputy Nicolas Fattouch and I cannot wait.”
“I will file your complaint but you have to wait your turn,” the employee reportedly said, leading him to punch her in the neck as retaliation. [LBCI]

Amal (Alameddine) Clooney Is London’s Most Powerful Woman Ahead of Victoria Beckham

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Amal Alameddine, who recently got married to Georges Clooney, was ranked fourth according to The Evening Standard newspaper annual power ranking list, right after George Osborne, Boris Johnson and Demis Hassabis. I am not sure how credible this list is but she sure is a powerful and smart woman and deserves to be among the ten most influential Londoners.

She may have only just married Hollywood hot property George Clooney, but wife Amal Alamuddin is already the most influential woman in London, according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.
The newly married lawyer – who changed her name last week after marrying the US heartthrob in September – is at number four, five places ahead of international fashion mogul Victoria Beckham as they both head up the Top 10.
Amal, 36, and Victoria, 40, beat off competition from leading men like British Prime Minister David Cameron and world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking and their equally-influential husbands were nowhere to be seen in the Top 20. [DailyMail]