Lebanese Men Try To Skin A Fox Alive; Fox Rescued by BETA but dies of a broken spine

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These men should be put in prison for what they’ve done. What a bunch of savages!

Here’s the original story as shared by Beta Lebanon:

A frantic phone call about a dying fox today, and 2 of our volunteers rushed straight to the scene.
To their dismay, the fox was not on the side of the Nahr el Mot highway as they were told; he was on the trunk of a car with men surrounding him as you can see in the photo. Their plan, original plan hadn’t we interfered we must say, was to tie him up on the hood of the car, drive around showing off their “trophy” and eventually sell him.

Our volunteers tried to rescue the fox, but the proud men there tried to intimidate them and scare them off, especially that they were 2 women. And one very enthusiastic man stopped them, angrily screamed at them, cursed them and asked for money in order to surrender the poor fox.

We strongly stand against the selling and buying of any animal, let alone a wild victim agonizing in front of our own eyes.

Shouts, screams, curses, but still, our volunteers tried to calm down the man and rationally explain to him that he cannot claim the fox, a wild animal that belongs to the Lebanese wild.
We are often faced with hostility during our rescues, but the same man took “aggression and ignorance” to a whole new level!

It was simple! Our volunteers refused to give up and started calling backup. So the man held the fox by the tail in one hand and a knife in another hand, and tried to skin the fox alive!

This is when you run out of patience and constructive discussions! Our volunteers aka “task force” took action, screamed, shouted and threatened, came near the fox and took him by force, and kept on threatening until the man was scared off and fled the scene, needless to say without the fox.

The fox was quickly transported to a clinic, and currently tests are being done to determine his case.
But the fox is in extremely critical state and the prognosis doesn’t look good so far!

We will keep you posted!

The fox was rescued on time before getting skinned but he was in a critical state as his spine was broken and eventually died.

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Lebanese politicians are the least trustworthy in the world

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The crew on board the Polarcus Adira in the Mediterranean Sea – Picture from The DailyStar

I was reading an article on the “serious concerns over transparency in Lebanon’s oil and gas process” and they mentioned Lebanon’s ranking in the ‘public trust in politicians’ category as per the The Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014. I looked up the report and we “proudly” ranked last in that category.

Moreover, the report stated the below as the top 4 problematic factors for doing business in Lebanon:
– Government instability/coups
– Inefficient government bureaucracy
– Corruption
– Inadequate supply of infrastructure

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This being said, let’s pray that oil and gas companies will never sign any contract with the Lebanese authorities until further notice.

Here are few excerpts from the original article as well:

Lebanese politicians are the least trustworthy in the world, or so its people think — in last month’s World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report the country scored 148th out of 148 in the ‘public trust in politicians’ category. The oil and gas industry is among the world’s most secretive, with Middle Eastern countries among the least forthcoming with their information, according to the pro-transparency group Revenue Watch.

A senior source with knowledge of the negotiations told Executive that Bassil has controversially been contacting oil and gas companies, seeking to meet them personally. This is highly unusual and potentially suggests Bassil’s role in the process needs evaluation. “I have never seen this anywhere in the world, not even in deeply corrupt countries like Nigeria and Algeria,” the source said. Several of the largest companies in the bidding round have expressed their discontent at Bassil’s conduct, the source added. “The companies are saying that it is not the way it should be done. [Source]

Lebanese Michel Daher rings Wall Street opening bell for the second time in three years

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Michel Daher is the founder and chairman of Daher Capital. He also founded Master Chips and Poppins, two of the largest FMCG companies in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the very first hedge fund in Lebanon and Master Capital Group, the largest independent non-bank affiliated financial services company.

Michel Daher is the first Lebanese to ring the Wall Street Stock Exchange opening bell in 2010, and the only other Lebanese person to ring that bell after Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh.

Lebanese businessman Michel Daher rang the opening bell of the Stock Exchange on Wall Street for the second time in three years. The real estate mortgage firm Stonegate, in which he is the main investor, had achieved a record launch of two global stock underwriting processes within three years.

Daher had restructured Stonegate and invested in making it one of the top fastest-growing enterprises in the US, according to the ‘Inc.’ magazine. This helped revive the US housing market after the subprime mortgage crisis that began in 2008. [Source]

FAIL: Dutch Studies Show 85% of Lebanese Women Are Not Married

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I’ve seen at least two Lebanese channels share these studies and discuss them but a simple looks at the original article and graph show that we have 5,000,000 unmarried women in Lebanon (And 1,750,000 women in the UAE). I know that’s probably a typing mistake but it says a lot about this so-called study.

More importantly, this whole concept of “عنوسة” should not be even considered as it is demeaning to women. If a woman is 40 years old and still single, it doesn’t mean she’s unhappy and couldn’t find the right guy for her. Marriage is not an obligation and women are free to do whatever they want with their lives.

Last but not least, I still think the 8 to 1 ratio in Lebanon is exaggerated and wrong.

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Salim Eddé – Mim Museum

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Last week’s Kalam Ennas episode was about “Mim”, a private museum displaying Lebanese Salim Edde’s collection of over 1400 minerals, representing more than 300 different species from over 60 countries. Eddé’s collection is considered as one of the world’s paramount private collections which is impressive to say the least.

The museum is located on the Saint-Joseph University campus and is set to open very soon. Given that we barely have any museums in Lebanon, I think this is a great addition to the cultural attractions to visit for both tourists and Lebanese.

For more information, check out Mim Museum’s [Facebook Page].

“Mim” is a private museum in Lebanon, located on the Saint-Joseph university campus in Beirut. More than 1400 minerals are exhibited there, representing more than 300 different species from over 60 countries.
Mr. Salim Edde has built up this collection since 1997. There you can discover pieces originating from a number of renowned collections –both old and more recent– as well as from the major mining discoveries of our era. It is now considered to be one of the world’s paramount private collections for the variety and quality of its minerals.
A didactic circuit, accompanied by screens showing films and scientific applications of mineralogy, will reveal a world of unsuspected marvels–priceless both from an aesthetic and scientific point of view.

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Lebanon Ranked 119th In The 2013 Global Slavery Index

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According to this report, 29.8 million people live in modern slavery globally, out of which nearly 4000 in Lebanon. Honestly speaking, I am not sure how accurate this report is as it is estimated that Lebanese families employ more than 200,000 migrant domestic workers mainly from Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and the Philippines and the way of recruiting these workers can be best described as Lebanon’s Polished Version Of Modern Slavery.

You can check out the full rankings [Here].

The Global Slavery Index provides a ranking of 162 countries, reflecting a combined measure of three factors: estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, a measure of child marriage, and a measure of human trafficking in and out of a country. The measure is heavily weighted to reflect the first factor, prevalence. A number one ranking is the worst, 160 is the best. [Source]

CNN Travel: Beirut Among the World’s Top Cities

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Downtown Beirut by Michaelallangrant, on Flickr

Condé Nast Traveler announced the winners of its 26th annual Readers’ Choice Awards two days ago and Beirut made it as one of the World’s best cities. It’s quite surprising to be honest to see Beirut on that list, specially after the past two years we had and the ongoing Syrian war. Let’s hope things will get better in Lebanon this year so we could improve on that ranking.

You can check out the full list [Here].

World’s best cities

The “Top 25 Cities in the World” list had refreshingly surprising additions and rankings — Paris came in at a lowly 22 while Bruges and Cape Town tied for 11th place.

Budapest and Florence tied for second, while the very top spot was seized by the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, which took the crown from last year’s favorite of Charleston, South Carolina (which was tied for fifth this year).

Italy snapped up five of the top 25 cities, while Spain managed to take three.

Despite its slide in the global rankings, Charleston was still voted the top city in the United States for the third year in a row, for its “sand, sun, history, good food and friendly people.”

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A Short Documentary on The Beirut Neighborhood of North Philadelphia

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Eugene Martin’s “Beirut” Show

Unfortunately, there are still gun battles taking place in Beirut every now and then and the last one was yesterday in Tariq el Jdidé.

The area of Beirut, Philadelphia is just 3 square blocks. It was named that way by the people who lived there in the late 90s since there was a gun battle for about 2 weeks and at the time, there was a war in Lebanon and Beirut was on the news a lot.

Goals: Kuwait 1 – 1 Lebanon

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Despite conceding a goal in the first half-time, Lebanon had a great second half against against the Kuwaiti team and could have won the game but only managed to score the equalizing goal. A draw places us behind Kuwait in the rankings but we still have a chance to qualify to the Asian Cup if we win the next game.

As far as refereeing is concerned, I still can’t believe the Kuwaiti player got away with a yellow card after his flagrant handball. What the hell was the referee thinking?

I wasn’t able to find a Youtube video showing what he did but it was a deliberate handball and deserved a red. It’s called as per the Laws of the Game shown below “A deliberate handling offense to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by any player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area”

Law 12 of the Laws of the Game lists the categories of misconduct for which a player may be sent off. These are:
– Serious foul play (a violent foul)
– Violent conduct (any other act of violence) e.g. assaulting the referee.
– Spitting at anyone or another player
– A deliberate handling offense to deny an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by any player other than a goalkeeper in his own penalty area
– Committing an offense that denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (informally known as a professional foul)
– Using offensive, insulting or abusive language or gestures
– Receiving a second caution (yellow card) in the same game [Wiki]