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Winners Of The Brit Floyd Tickets

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The winners of the standing tickets (2 tickets each):
1- Bruna
2- Nicolas Abou Chedid
3- Rita Saad
4- Eddy Hatem
5- Celine

The two lucky winners of the Golden Circle Tickets:
1- Canady
2- Moxybeirut

Congrats to all the winners! You will get an email shortly on how you can collect your tickets.

Four AUB Students Mugged Outside Medical Gate

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I understand that the streets in Beirut are no longer safe but AUB should either get some extra protection or ask the police to secure its surroundings, specially if this is happening quite often.

As the foursome walked through Bliss St., they passed through the alley leading up from Zaatar W Zeit, where Caspers and Gambini’s is located. As the young man chatted with one girl, the other two walked ahead. They were about 15 meters ahead of them when he heard one of them scream and shout, “I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die!”

YF looked up only to see a tall man standing in front of his friends, pointing a silver gun in their direction. His first instinct was an attempt to duck behind a car to call the police. “That was my biggest mistake,” he explained. “As I rushed towards the car, the man saw me and pointed his gun at me and shouted, ‘come stand with them!’”

Based on the assailant’s accent, they deduced the man was Syrian. The second thing he noticed about the man was the terror in his bloodshot eyes and the manner in which his hand trembled while holding the gun. “He seemed more scared than we were. And that was what worried me the most,” YF confessed . “I was afraid he would do something stupid, because he was obviously not thinking clearly because of his fear and perhaps drugs. It was clearly one of his first stick-ups.” As two girls stood paralyzed in fear and the other sobbed in fright, YF tried to pacify the assailant by offering the money in his wallet and speaking calmly. Eventually, a car approached and the jittery man turned and ran away without taking anything. [Source]

Alexa Snow Storm To Hit Lebanon Tomorrow

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The storm will hit Lebanon on Tuesday and last for several days. We should expect something similar to the “Olga” storm that hit Lebanon back in January 2013.

Here’s a day by day forecast taken from [LebanonWeatherForecast]:

Monday 9 December: Sunny and very cold, frigid on mountains. Icing overnight above 800m, taking precautions in driving is a must.

Tuesday 10 December: LATE NIGHT WARNING
After a sunny start, turning cloudy around noon with some spotty afternoon showers. Heavy stormy rain & thunderstorms by Wednesday morning. Snow late Tuesday night down to 1400m (1300m in the north). Strong winds.

Wednesday 11 December: WARNING
Stormy winds, very heavy continuous rainfall, very strong winds. Taking precautions is a must all over the country.Snowy averaging 1300m, then down late overnight to 800m & Bekaa.

Thursday 12 December: WARNING
Stormy winds, heavy rainfall, very strong winds. Taking precautions is a must all over the country.Snowy averaging 750M – keep an eye on tonight’s update

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via LebanonWeather

Byblos To Join The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network

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By joining this network, The city of Byblos will receive the below:

1- Membership in a new network. 100 Resilient Cities is creating the 100 Resilient Cities Network, which will provide support to member cities, share new knowledge and resilience best practices and foster new connections and partnerships.
2- Support to hire or fund a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). The creation of this innovative new role will help ensure resilience building and coordination is the specific responsibility of one person in a city government. The CROs will also oversee the development of a resilience plan for the city and be part of a learning network of other CROs as representatives to the 100 Resilient Cities Network.
3- Support to create a resilience plan that reflects each city’s distinct needs.
4- An innovative platform to provide tools and resources for implementation of the plan focused on four areas: innovative finance, innovative technology, infrastructure and land use, and community and social resilience from partners such as Swiss Re, Palantir, the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity, and the World Bank.

If you want to read more about The Rockefeller Foundation, click [Here].

The Rockefeller Foundation today announces the first 33 cities selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. The cities were selected from nearly 400 applicants across six continents. In applying for the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge cities were required to submit their visions, needs and plans to build resilience in a way that connects government, the private sector and civil society, and specifically addresses the needs of their poor and vulnerable citizens. The announcement of the selected cities will be made during The Rockefeller Foundation’s third annual Innovation Forum titled, “Building Resilient Cities.”

The other cities selected:
Alameda, California, USA
Medellin, Colombia
Berkeley, California, USA
Mexico City, Mexico
Ramallah, Palestine
Boulder, Colorado, USA
Porto-Alegre, Brazil
Dakar, Senegal
El Paso, Texas, USA
Quito, Ecuador
Durban, South Africa
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bangkok, Thailand
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bristol, UK
Da Nang, Vietnam
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Glasgow, UK
Mandalay, Myanmar
New York City, New York, USA
Rome, Italy
Semarang, Indonesia
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Surat, India
Oakland, California, USA
Veije, Denmark
Christchurch, New Zealand
San Francisco, California, USA
Ashkelon, Israel
Melbourne, Australia

Own a Picasso For 100 Euros And Save An Ancient Lebanese city

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Pablo Picasso’s grandson is selling 50,000 raffle tickets at 100 Euros each for a chance to to win “The Man with the Opera Hat,” a cubist work nearly 100 years old. The reason why he’s doing that is for the rescue of Tyre, “a city devastated by decades of military conflict, including Lebanon’s 15-year-long civil war”.

Yup you heard me right! You could own a Picasso for 100 Euros only and by doing so, you will be helping an old Phoenician city in Lebanon. Olivier Picasso got the idea from his friend who was fed up with “boring” charity dinners.

You can read the full article from CNN [Here].