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

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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

Lebanese Bayern Munich Fans vs. Manchester United Fans Football Tweetup

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We will be playing with the World Cup 2014 Ball – The Brazuca courtesy of Adidas

I’ve been playing and watching Football for more than 15 years now. I follow the FIFA World Cup (Men and Women), Euro Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, Champions League. My favorite leagues are the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga. My all-time favorite team is Bayern Munich and I support the German team in the World Cup.

I also enjoy live-tweeting during football games and I’ve noticed lately that there are fan clubs being formed in Lebanon, some of them which are very active like the Manchester United one, so I talked with some of them and decided to organize a friendly Football game between ManUnited fans and BayernMunich fans next week.

I will be picking the teams with a friend of mine this time as we’re organizing the whole thing, but if it works out then we’ll definitely plan another Football tweetup and figure out a way to let other people join in. Of course everyone’s welcome to join as a lot of tweeps are coming just to watch the game and have fun. The game is a friendly one but we will be playing seriously and for the win as the rivalry between Bayern Munich Fans and Manchester United goes way back.

To make things even better, we will be the first to play with the World Cup 2014 official ball, the Brazuca that was unveiled few days ago by Adidas.


I got the New Messi Shoes (Adizero F50 Trx FG) 3 months back and I’m loving them! Hopefully they’ll help me make my team win

PS: I will tweet the place and time in the next few days and you can follow me or the hashtag #MUFCvsFCBTweetup for further updates.

Own a Picasso For 100 Euros And Save An Ancient Lebanese city

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Pablo Picasso’s grandson is selling 50,000 raffle tickets at 100 Euros each for a chance to to win “The Man with the Opera Hat,” a cubist work nearly 100 years old. The reason why he’s doing that is for the rescue of Tyre, “a city devastated by decades of military conflict, including Lebanon’s 15-year-long civil war”.

Yup you heard me right! You could own a Picasso for 100 Euros only and by doing so, you will be helping an old Phoenician city in Lebanon. Olivier Picasso got the idea from his friend who was fed up with “boring” charity dinners.

You can read the full article from CNN [Here].

Lebanon’s Win Against Korea Among The Six Best FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

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Out of the 800 qualifiers played over two and a half years, FIFA picked 6 games as the best qualifiers from the road to Brazil, and Lebanon’s awesome victory over Korea in 2011 was one of them.

Here are the other 5 games chosen by FIFA:

American Samoa 2-1 Tonga, 22 November 2011
Colombia 3-3 Chile, 11 October 2013
Ghana 6-1 Egypt, 15 October 2013
Panama 2-3 USA, 15 October 2013
Sweden 2-3 Portugal, 19 November 2013