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The picture above has been circulating online to tell people who are nagging about the floods in Lebanon that streets and roads get flooded everywhere, even in developed countries like the US, England and Australia. Of course floods happen everywhere but that’s not the real problem in Lebanon and I think Lebanese should complain 24/7 to the authorities about the shitty infrastructure and useless measures being taken during rainy days.

Just a few words to those claiming this is normal:
– People got stuck for hours (More than 2 hours on average) just because it rained a bit, not cause of a storm.
– There were barely any police units on the roads to assist people stuck inside their cars. Thumbs up to the Civil Defense units though for doing an impressive job despite being badly equipped.
– The authorities released a statement asking people to stay home after everyone was already stuck in traffic.
– A vital road like the airport one SHOULD NEVER be flooded by water and closed for 5 hours.
– In developed countries, the authorities take extraordinary measures for upcoming storms. This was just a normal rainy day. What are the measures being taken for next week’s Alexa storm?
– Shouldn’t there be a hotline dedicated to situations like that?

Emergency Numbers in Lebanon:
Civil Defense 125
Lebanese Red Cross 140
Internal Security 112 (Emergencies)
Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport 150
International Operator 100
OGERO (Telephone Service) 1515

Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed

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via Chicago Tribune

Even The Onion found a way to honor this great man and they’re spot on!

“Certainly people have felt a sense of sorrow at the deaths of politicians in the past, but Nelson Mandela’s death is the only one on record that people everywhere unanimously agree has left the world notably worse off. I miss him, we all miss him—and that’s entirely unprecedented in the world of politics.” Delaney added that he could not predict who might be the second politician to be missed by humanity, but confirmed there were no viable candidates anywhere out there right now.

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

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Picture taken by myself: @LeNajib

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