Where Lebanon Stands From The Ebola Outbreak

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The Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems at Northeastern University in Boston published a list showing the countries in which Ebola is most likely to show up. The scientists used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to come up with this table but keep in mind that this is the risk of a single imported case, not the risk of an outbreak.

Even though Lebanon is on that list, the risk is less than 25% but it wouldn’t hurt to take all the necessary precautions. On another note, I hope this map will help some Lebanese understand that a tiny part of Africa is affected by Ebola because our ignorance of Africa is proving to be more dangerous than Ebola.

Check out more info [here] and [here].

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Reducing Working Banks In Lebanon From 72 to 25 (Update: Denied By BDL)

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Update: BDL governor Riad Salameh denied some media reports that the Americans had urged him during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings in Washington to reduce the number of banks operating in the country from 72 to 25 through consolidations and mergers. [Source]

How is it possible to reduce the number of banks from 72 to 25 in just five years?

The World Bank and the U.S. Treasury Department proposed to Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh to reduce the number of working banks in Lebanon from 72 to 25 within a period of five years.

According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Tuesday, the proposal came in light of the tough measures imposed on transactions, especially those conducted by expatriates. The newspaper said that the reduction in bank numbers would give the banking sector the needed boost and increase the capital of national banks by merging their branches. [Link]

Run The Beirut Marathon In A Wedding Dress To End Early and Forced Marriages in Lebanon

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ABAAD and Esposa Beirut are asking female participants in the Beirut International Marathon to participate and run the 10KM fun run in a wedding dress in order to raise awareness on early and forced marriages in Lebanon and the Middle East and North Africa region. That’s a pretty cool and fun idea. I just hope women will be able to find cheap wedding dresses.

You can find more information [Here].

Waynon Movie Trailer

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Thousands of people who disappeared during the war in Lebanon and its aftermath are still missing today. The government has done nothing to clarify the fate of the missing persons, and the families are still waiting. Waynon is about six Lebanese women representing three generations, each one still waiting for the man in her life who was kidnapped during the Lebanese Civil War and is still missing.

It will be out on October 30.

[YouTube]

Thanks Kriks!

There’s Nothing Special About Nawal Berry’s Twitter Wedding Proposal

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Can someone explain to me why everyone’s talking about this wedding proposal that Nawal Berry has turned down on Twitter? Did anyone bother look at the guy’s twitter account? He’s been active for a month now and most his tweets look like spam. Moreover there’s nothing priceless or funny about his proposal. The only funny thing is that most Lebanese on Twitter were surprised by this man’s proposal and all acted as if religion didn’t matter to them. That’s the best joke I’ve heard in a long while.

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British Ambassador Tom Fletcher Worked As A Domestic Worker To Highlight Migrant Worker Rights

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Few months back, His Excellency was invited to a formal dinner when he noticed domestic workers were all seated on a separate table, so he went and sat down with them then left the dinner. Today, Tom has decided to fill in the shoes of Kalkedan, an Ethiopian domestic worker, to highlight once again migrant workers rights in Lebanon.

Needless to say, this is a great initiative, just like all the previous initiatives that his Excellency has taken. Ambassador Fletcher has been serving as a role model for everyone in Lebanon, and has been doing way more than what he’s required and setting the bar very high for other ambassadors and foreign representatives and Lebanese politicians of course.

We are very lucky to have someone like Tom Fletcher serving our country and I am very fortunate to have met him on several occasions.

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One Of The Lebanese Kidnapped Army Soldiers Met With His Family

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What these families are going through is unbearable and unacceptable. From one side, the government is barely doing anything to free the soldiers and from another side the terrorists are giving the families false hopes and leaving them anxious and fearful regarding the future fate of their sons.

29 soldiers have been kidnapped for over a month now by al-Nusra Front and ISIS in Ersal.

[YouTube]