World Press Photo of the Year

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Suhaib Hijazi, 2, and his brother, Muhammad, 3, were killed when an Israeli airstrike struck their Gaza City house. Winning Picture by photographer Paul Hansen

This year’s Photo of the Year, taken by Paul Hansen, is a striking image of the bodies of two young children carried through the streets of Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on their home, the photographer said. They are being taken to a mosque for burial, their father’s body carried on a stretcher behind them. Their mother was hospitalized. [CNN]

You can check other great pictures selected [Here].

British, Italians, Greeks and Lebanese kidnapped in Nigeria

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Adamu Aliyu, the chairman of the local government area that encompasses Jama’are, stated there are four Lebanese among the kidnapped but Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said only two Lebanese – Imad al-Indari and Carlos Abu Aziz – were among the abducted foreigners. Chinese newspaper Xinhuanet said 5 Lebanese were kidnapped.

The only explanation I have is that there are Lebanese among the abductors lol!

There are around 20,000 Lebanese living in Nigeria.

What about the other guy?

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I read today that ex-MP Elias Skaff got into an accident with another car belonging to Mohammad Ali Safar in Ebleh. Elias Skaff was unhurt but no one bothered checking on Mohammad to see if he was ok.

If the media is not doing its job properly, the MP should issue a statement clarifying what happened and checking on the other guy because it probably wouldn’t have made it to the news if it wasn’t a big crash.

Thanks Dany

Fatmagul Sultan is here!

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The first of two power ships finally arrived to Lebanon and will dock near the Zouk power plant. Linking the vessel to the Zouk power plant will take at least 3 weeks. The two powerships combined are supposed to generate 270 megawatts of electricity, and allow the authorities to undergo some maintenance works (Thank you Kuwait) on the old electric power-plants in Zouk and Jiyyeh in order to enhance their production.

Lebanon currently produces 1,500 MW of electricity per day while its consumption exceeds 2,400 MW. In my opinion, this is a positive step but I still think we should have parallel plans to handle the problem like the one Electrical Engineer Ahmad Habli proposed and by promoting environmentally friendly solutions such as solar panels.

Find Ali initiative

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Find Ali is dedicated to the memory of Ali Abdallah, a homeless man who passed away 40 days ago. Ali had no roof over his head, no one looking after him and died due to the cold wave that hit Lebanon earlier this year. In order to honor his memory, the [FindAli] website was initiated to locate homeless people and try to help them before it’s too late.

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Here’s how the website works (Taken from HummusForThought.com ):

1- Go to the project’s website
2- Click on ‘Submit a report’
3- You’ll be redirected to a page that has many boxes.

Report Title (e.g.: homeless man found on bliss street),
Description (e.g.: include all available info),
You can modify the date and time (it starts automatically at your current time)
Choose appropriate Category: Medicine, Blankets & Clothes, Education, Food, Shelter, Unknown, Urgent, Trusted Reports
What does He/She looks like?
Location Name. Here you can also use the map to pinpoint the exact location
News Source Link: Was he/she reported in the news?
External Video Link: Was he/she recorded on video?
Upload Photos: Do you have his/her photo?
Submit
You can get e-mail alerts (enter your e-mail here and confirm the link they’ll send you) of homeless people as soon as they are spotted and you can choose how you wish to help (medicine, shelter, food etc.)

The project also has its own Facebook page and allows iPhone and Android users to install the Ushahidi application.

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Picture via HumansOfLebanon

I’ve been following up on that various initiatives that were suggested after Ali’s death and I believe this is the best one I heard about so far. Nevertheless, I think it will be very challenging to maintain unless someone’s doing the proper follow-up and people are submitting useful reports. For example (see below screenshot) this kind of description “Man digging in trash: Older man, gray hair, shaddy clothing. not really a beard but not freshly shaved. on the short side” is not helpful at all.

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In all cases, I ask everyone to give this initiative a try, submit useful reports of homeless people and try to offer help regularly. If the government and the authorities don’t care about the poor and homeless, we have a duty as citizens to try and help as much as possible.

via Gino