New Mobile Application “Najat” To Help The Lebanese Red Cross

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Telecom Ministry and Alfa will sponsor the new “NAJAT” application

A new mobile application called “Najat” will be launched very soon to help the Lebanese Red Cross locate people who call them for emergencies. The app is called “Najat” after Najat Waked, a loving mother who passed away few days ago on her way to the hospital. Her family had called an ambulance but they were in a state of shock and didn’t guide the driver properly to their house, which made him lose his way and arrive late. Najat could have been saved if she had made it 3 minutes earlier to the hospital.

Nevertheless, a great initiative came out of this tragic story as the Waked family decided to help the Lebanese Red Cross to quickly and accurately locate people in need of help by creating a free mobile app and installing a navigation system on every Red Cross Ambulance. Alfa Telecom and the Telecommunications Ministry sponsored the idea and provided tablets, 3G connections and covered all the app development and training costs.

The Najat mobile application will become available very soon on iOS and Android. Stay posted for updates [Here].

New Lebanon Stamp To Honor The Armenian Genocide Victims

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First Look at the Stamp

Telecom Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui tweeted a while ago that a new national stamp was launched in honor of the Armenian Genocide victims. The stamp is meant and I quote as a “shout-out to the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide”.

The Armenian Genocide resulted in the death of 1.5 million people and should be recognized by Turkey and the whole world!


Google Autocompletes For Countries In The Middle East (Lebanon Included)

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Randal Olson, a Computer Science graduate research assistant at Michigan State University, created this map of the top autocomplete words for each country in Europe after one for America arose.

Olson, who is the moderator of the r/DataIsBeautiful subbreddit and a BI contributor, also sent along the below up showing a Google autocomplete for Asia created by reddit user system637 in Hong Kong.

Google’s autocomplete suggestions come from previous searches by Google users or other places on the web. Suggestions may include relevant searches the user has done in the past (if you’re signed in and have Web History turned on). [Link]

Why is Lebanon ….? and the answer was “So Important”. So Important that almost every Lebanese wants to leave it lol!

Check out the rest of the countries [Here]. There’s also a map for America and Europe.


Giveaway: Win Three Tickets to the Beirut Premiere of ‘The Lego Movie’

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The Lego Movie is coming out next week on the 6th of February in Lebanese cinemas, and I am sure a lot of you are as excited as me to watch it. That’s why I am giving away 3 tickets (each ticket admits two people) to the Lego Movie Premiere on February 1st, 4pm at Vox Cinemas at Beirut City Centre.

In order to get in the competition, you have to answer the below question:

Which Lebanese-American artist is famous for building custom three-dimensional sculptures and large-scale mosaics using LEGO bricks?

Hint: I once posted about him.

I will draw the 3 winners by the end of the day and announce the winners tomorrow morning.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

FAIL: Al-Akhbar On Marlboro’s Marijuana Cigarettes

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Update: Al-Akhbar acknowledged the fake news. Read [Here].

Al-Akhbar posted on Saturday on their English and Arabic website (and apparently on their print copy as well) the fake news about Marlboro introducing Marijuana cigarettes. The story was picked up by Ranya Radwan from NowLebanon and finally enough Al-Akhbar still didn’t remove the article from their website.

PS: A good idea would be to read the tags under each article

Lebanon Only Recycles 6% Of Its Collected Waste

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Pictures from NowLebanon

We don’t do enough recycling in Lebanon. In fact, out of the 4,200 tons of wastes collected every day, a maximum of 6% is recycled in the 44 recycling bins available across the country, according to estimates from the Ministry of Environment. The rest is either buried underground or dumped into landfills like the Naameh one.

I honestly don’t know if Sukleen is required by contract to provide further recycling bins or increase the recylcing percentage, but what I know is that 6% is very low and that we have a serious problem that showed clearly after the Naameh landfill was closed for a couple of days. There’s a lack of awareness among the Lebanese but more importantly a lack of initiatives from the government.

There are so many ways to make use of all this garbage, mainly by converting it to energy and I am sure there are tons of companies who would be willing to do this job for us. If we can transform our garbage to electricity, we could partially resolve the constant electricity cuts and find a decent replacement for generators. Oslo in Norway ran out of trash for example and is seeking to import some to generate power for the city. Of course I am not comparing both countries but I am just saying there’s a huge potential from turning garbage to energy.


Speaking of recycling, Syrian artist and entrepreneur Wissam Muases has been turning Almaza bottles into large green glasses, wine bottles into dark brown ashtrays and 961 bottles into candle holders in his Furn el Chebbak house. Ziad Abi Chaker, founder of the Green Glass Recycling Initiative, has also been trying to “tackle Lebanon’s lack of recycling capacity by reviving the glass blowing artisanship”. Of course these are shy initiatives but it’s good to support them and spread awareness on the importance of recycling.

You can read the original article on [Now].