The Ride For Roy is a 65 km ride that starts and finishes at Atlantis, The Palm. It was organized to honor Triathlon Lebanese Champion Roy Nasr‘s memory. Roy was killed by a drunk driver whilst riding his bike near Safa Park back in September 2013.
More than 1000 cyclists joined the ride, noting that all the registration fees will go into the Roy Nasr Memorial Fund.
Here are few testimonies given by athletes on Roy, including Lebanese Maxime Chaaya.
“This is to celebrate the life of a man who was an inspiration to so many,” said Paul Venn, an organiser with Race ME, which hosts triathlon events. “It is a chance for people to pay their respects to a man who was never happier than when on his bike. The thought of more than 1,000 people on a ride with jerseys with his name would have put an enormous smile on his face.”
“Roy was a natural leader and had a certain aura about him, so whether it was in the sea or in the pool he would give others a boost and help them swim a bit quicker,” Seth Chappels, founder of Dubai Masters Swim Club where Nasr trained, said. “He was a competitive triathlete but always had time for a word for you,” he said. “You could not help but like him.”
“Roy was a motivator and such a warm person,” said Chris Khouri, an IT manager who took to triathlons after a 2009 motorbike accident left him disabled below the chest. “He would call me every couple of months to chat and he didn’t have to. He has left behind a legacy. He touched so many people because of his positivity.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the arrest and dismissal of Samer Kubba, Baghdad Airport’s deputy head as well as all “those responsible for preventing the plane coming from Beirut from landing in Baghdad”. Yesterday, Iraqi authorities forced a MEA airplane to return to Beirut because the son of the Iraqi Transport Minister had missed the flight.
I want to believe that the Iraqi authorities will take the necessary measures but I have a feeling it’s just a media stunt to cover up the story.
And the reason is that the son of the Iraqi Transport Minister was very late and the plane had to leave without him. Apparently the Iraqi authorities didn’t like that and asked the plane to go back and bring the Iraqi Minister’s son and his friend.
Hilarious stuff from the Pan-Arabia Enquirer and the comments are as epic as ever! Read the full article and comments [Here].
In an announcement made this morning, the company revealed that the ‘Wasta’ category would be launched next month and would instantly allow its “10 million plus users across the region to update their profiles with important information about who they know, who they’re related to and any other influential connections that could improve their chances of getting a job”.
“Localisation is absolutely vital for us,” said LinkedIn regional manager Hisham Caterjee. “Our MENA clients need to show prospective employers key abilities such as having an important uncle or being the shisha buddy of a high ranking civil servant.”
PS: Pan-Arabia Enquirer is a satire website.
Arabian Business released their “100 most powerful Arab women 2014″ list and 17 Lebanese women were ranked among the top 100, with Swatch’s Nayla Hayek climbing 2 ranks from last year to 6th position. UAE’s Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is still ranked first for the fourth year in a row.
6- Nayla Hayek
14- Leila el Solh
39- Ayah Bdeir
45- Grace Najjar
49- Nadine Labaki
56- Hanan Al Shaykh
59- Nesreen Ghaddar
62- Joumana Haddad
63- Reine Abbas
64- Nancy Ajram
76- Hind Hobeika
79- Rabab Al Sadr
83- Mona Bawarshi
87- Christine Sfeir
98- Najwa Karam
Here’s what Arabian Business wrote about Nayla Hayek.
Nayla Hayek is one half of a brother and sister team that oversees the world’s biggest watch company. Last year, Swatch posted a 20 percent increase in annual profits to $2bn, with overall revenues coming in at just under $10bn.
Hayek, whose father co-founded the company, has been an active member of the board ever since her appointment in 1995. When her father died in 2010 he was ranked the 232nd richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of $3.9bn.
Swatch’s importance lies not just in the fact that it is such a huge manufacturer; it makes most of the parts that make other Swiss watches tick. The firm has been on the acquisition war path in recent years; its stable of brands includes Breguet, Blancpain, Omega, Longines and Tissot.
Last January, the watch giant announced it had acquired the Harry Winston Diamond Corp’s luxury goods operation in a deal valued at as much as $1bn. After that deal was concluded, Hayek became CEO of the company.
According to Executive-Magazine’s [article], we won’t be having PayPal anytime soon in Lebanon.
The Lebanese launch, however, is not just stuck in the pipeline – it has been taken out of it altogether. Currently, Barel says, there are no specific plans to launch in Lebanon at all. “We are trying to expand to new territories and to other countries, but right now we don’t have specific targets for Lebanon,” he says.
The numbers are taken from the most recent data from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators on female labor force participation rates, but to be honest, I find 25% a very low percentage for Lebanese women. You check out the original article [here].
That’s a jargony way of measuring the percentage of women ages 15 and up who are employed. The higher this number, the better for women (economic self-sufficiency, or at least the potential to be economically self-sufficient, is closely linked with all sorts of other basic rights) and the better for countries. Any country where it’s hard for women to work, whether because they’re pressured to stay home or because educational attainment is tougher or just because of straight-up discrimination, is effectively suppressing half of its economic potential. That makes everybody poorer and worse off. [WashingtonPost]
Syria is the worst ranked Arab country in 177th spot (out of 180). Kuwait is the best ranked Arab country in the 91st spot.
Here’s the list of Arab Countries and their respective ranking:
Syria – 177
Saudi Arabia – 164
Bahrain – 163
Iraq – 153
Jordan – 141
Palestine – 138
Oman – 134
UAE – 118
Qatar – 113
Kuwait – 91
Lebanon had dropped 8 spots last year and 5 more spots this year. You can check the full report and World map [Here].
In Lebanon, where the media serve as the propaganda outlets of businessmen and politicians, the Syrian conflict has consolidated the existing fault line between media allied with “8 March” (the mainly Shiite movement supported by Tehran and Damascus) and media allied with “14 March” (the mainly Sunni coalition supported by Saudi Arabia against Damascus). This polarization between media that support and oppose the Syrian government has reinforced Lebanon’s social and political polarization.
The driver could be a Gad el Maleh fan but he better be careful because Gad is not welcome in Lebanon. In fact, his show got cancelled few years back because someone decided to edit Gad’s Wikipedia page and circulate a false picture of him fighting with the Israeli Army. Needless to say, Gad has a lot of fans in Lebanon and a lot of them made the trip to watch him live in Dubai on the 13th and 14th of February.
Lebanon is way behind countries in the The Gulf Region but is still at the same position from last year. UAE and Saudi Arabia are on top of that list with a considerable margin from Bahrain in 3rd spot.
You can check out the full report [Here].
The report ranks countries based on how they perform in 11 different aspects of the business cycle: the business environment, starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, and resolving insolvency.
The region as a whole ranked highest in paying taxes, getting electricity, and registering property, while coming in behind on getting credit. Regionally, the UAE placed first in five different topics: starting a business, paying taxes, registering property, getting electricity, and trading across borders.