Category Archives: Lebanon

Lebanon Among The 20 Countries Where People Get Kidnapped The Most

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A lot of kidnappings in Lebanon take place in the Bekaa – Source

Lebanon ranked 6th out of 20 countries where people get kidnapped the most. We even scored better than Syria which is quite the achievement!

Read the full report [Here].

Asia and the Pacific had the most recorded kidnaps-for-ransom in 2013, up to 35% of global cases from 31% in 2012. Risks remain in Africa, especially in Nigeria where “the overwhelming majority of incidents taking place in the oil-producing Niger delta.”

“A large number of cases continued to be reported in the Middle East, fuelled by the unstable security environment created by the Syrian civil war,” according to the report. “Kidnapping-for-ransom has become a common problem in Syria and Lebanon, with Lebanon ranking sixth in Control Risks’ global top ten in 2013.”

Here are the top 20 countries for kidnap-for-ransom in absolute terms for 2013 (as of September 30):

1. Mexico
2. India
3. Nigeria
4. Pakistan
5. Venezuela
6. Lebanon
7. Philippines
8. Afghanistan
9. Colombia
10. Iraq
11. Syria
12. Guatemala
13. Yemen
14. Libya
15. Egypt
16. Brazil
16. Kenya (tied)
18. Nepal
19. Malaysia
19. South Africa (tied)

Nine Sharks Killed in Tyre

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Nine sharks, each averaging around 50 kilos, were hunted down and killed in Tyre today. I don’t know what’s the law regarding shark fishing in Lebanon, but given that we barely see any sharks in our seas, maybe it would have been better to capture these sharks or just leave them alone.

Neuf requins d’une cinquantaine de kilos chacun ont été pêchés dimanche au large de Tyr, dans le Liban-Sud, rapporte l’Agence nationale d’information (ANI, officielle).
Les requins auraient été désorientés par la tempête de neige Alexa qui a frappé la région du Moyen-Orient cette semaine, explique Majed Bawab, l’un des deux pêcheurs à l’origine de cette découverte. [Link]

25+ Trucks Fully loaded with clothes and blankets + $20,000 raised for The Syrian Refugees in the North & Bekaa Area

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1489027_10151773802361373_1723884673_n Picture via I am Not a Tourist

I passed by Biel yesterday to donate 6 bags of clothes collected from friends and family to the Syrian Refugees in the North and Bekaa Area and it was just heartwarming to see hundreds of people coming to give away clothes, blankets and anything that could help these refugees. The best part was that this was an initiative started by individuals and not political parties and it quickly went viral and got people interested in helping.

The organizers will be today in the North and Bekaa areas to distribute the warm blankets and clothes. I truly hope this will be one of many initiatives to help the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and specially the children who are the most vulnerable during winter time.

1486923_10153605980235080_972519343_n The Bekaa today – Picture via Gino

On a last note, some people have been saying that we should be helping out deprived Lebanese families before thinking of helping the Syrian Refugees. I honestly don’t know if I should bother answer these people, but let me just say that I personally help out people who are in need regardless of their nationality and the humanitarian crisis that Syria is going through these days requires all of us to step in and help at least those in Lebanon.

Let’s stop being racist and selective as we’re talking about human beings here and if we don’t help out the 1 million+ Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, we’re basically screwing ourselves as Lebanese first and foremost.

Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs 2013

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CardioDiagnostics by Ziad Sankari and Layla el-Zein

Executive Magazine posted a list of Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurs of 2013. I wouldn’t call some of them entrepreneurs to be honest and it’s weird to find so many “undisclosed revenues”.

Category: Industry Leaders
Anghami – Entrepreneurs: Eddy Maroun, Elie Habib
Cedar Books – Entrepreneurs: Cyril Hadji-Thomas, Sany Naufal
Cedar Environmental – Entrepreneur: Ziad Abi Chaker
Cleartag – Entrepreneur: Tarek Dajani
Dawtec – Entrepreneur: Wissam Daou
Diwanee – Entrepreneurs: Delphine Eddé, Hervé Cuviliez, Ivan Petrovic, Patrick Boulos
Nymgo – Entrepreneur: Omar Onsi
Paravision – Entrepreneur: Michel Sfeir
The Little Engineer – Entrepreneur: Rana Shmaitelly
Woopra – Entrepreneur: Elie Khoury

Category: Startup Entrepreneurs
Bnooki – Entrepreneurs: Elie BouJaoude (pictured), Nicolas L’Helgoualch, Yann Rotyl
CardioDiagnostics – Entrepreneurs: Ziad Sankari, Layla el-Zein
Dom Controls – Entrepreneur: Ahmad Bizri
eTobb – Entrepreneurs: Paul Saber, Sara Helou, Jad Joubran
Kashida – Entrepreneurs: Elie Abou Jamra, Mirna Hamady
Moujaz – Entrepreneurs: Shadi Moadad, Ali Hammoud
Pin Pay – Entrepreneur: Omar Bader
Presella – Entrepreneurs: Walid Singer, Louay Al Kadri
Ubility Net – Entrepreneurs: Ziad Mabsout, Khaled Dassouki
Zoomal – Entrepreneur: Abdalla Absi

There is a lot of talent active in Lebanon’s entrepreneurial landscape. The country’s entrepreneurs are clever, innovative and, most of all, resilient. When Executive picked its list of top 20 entrepreneurs, it looked at impact, innovation, business model, and scalability. This year’s entrepreneurs reflect excellence in these categories, both in terms of successful companies that have presented success stories for the country, and on the part of startups who are boldly launching their businesses in an uncertain climate.

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.