I got yesterday the official certificate of Adoption and the GPS coordinates for the Cedar Tree I planted in Kfardebian. Of course it will be years before the tree grows a bit but I love the initiative.
If you want to know how to adopt a Cedar tree, click [Here].
Rand Ghayad is a Lebanese Economist who will shortly be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University. He published a paper back in 2012, along with his doctoral adviser William Dickens, which offered a new take on long-term unemployment and found that “the long-term unemployed were qualified for jobs but were ranking lower than other potential candidates because of the length of time they had been out of the workforce”.
Rand’s paper was described by the Atlantic Post as “pioneering”, and was cited recently by US Senator Rand Paul, to which Ghayad responded. More importantly, this new theory on unemployment has caught the attention of US president Barack Obama who invited Ghayad to attend a meeting by Gene Sperling, Obama’s National Economics adviser.
For those interested in economics and the topic of unmeployment, here’s a [Link] to Ghayyad and Dickens’ paper, which was originally written for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
I am not sure how dumb you have to be to drive on the highway with your dog on the front hood.
The Hitchhike Girls are representing Lebanon at The “Red Bull Can You Make It” Adventure and need some support. I think what they’re doing is pretty awesome so it wouldn’t hurt to give them a boost and share their adventures.
I just finished watching that video everyone’s been sharing about Beirut’s Acting governor supposedly harassing a woman and I honestly have mixed feelings about. While it’s unfair what this woman is going through, she sounded like she’s flirting as well, given that we don’t know what happened the first time. She’s obviously laying a trap to the man but I don’t think that’s the best way to do it.
Anyway, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has apparently taken “all necessary legal procedures” over the case which I hope will include at least the dismissal of the governor.
For those interested, you can check out the calendar and all the information needed [Here].
The Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT) is a long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Qbaiyat in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, a 440 km path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at altitudes ranging from 600 to 2,000 meters above sea level. The LMT aims to showcase the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon’s mountains and to demonstrate the determination of the people of Lebanon to conserve their heritage. [LebanonTrail]
I am not sure if it’s safe to drive these things in Lebanon.
Picture via BeirutBeasts
The issue will be released for public on April 6 for those interested. Mabrouk to [Mashrou3Leila]!
Rolling Stone Middle East has chosen the first regional artists to appear on the cover of their next magazine issue: Lebanese indie band Mashrou’ Leila. Set for public release on April 6, the issue will feature an in-depth look at a band that, since being formed six years ago, has risen to the “forefront of the alternative Arabic music scene,” according to Rolling Stone Middle East.
Front man Hamed Sinno and guitarist Firas Abou Fakher are featured in the magazine, shedding light on the origins of the band and discussing the struggles of being independent artists in the region. [AlArabiya]
Williams has confirmed today the signing of Felipe Nasr as its official reserver and test driver behind its drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteria Bottas. Nasr will partake in five free practice sessions during the 2014 seasons. Felipe Nasr is a Brazilian of Lebanese descent.
Here’s what Frank Williams had to say about him:
Added team principal Frank Williams, “Felipe has a strong record of success in his career so far, and we’ve watched closely for a while. We have a history in Williams to bring new talent and give them a chance to show what they can do on the biggest stage in the world. When driving in FP1 five sessions this season, Felipe will have the perfect opportunity to show his skills, and I am confident he will be a strong addition to our squad of pilots.”
Update: Here’s Nasr’s comments after FP1.