Misc

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USEK students tackle the parliamentary extension creatively

First let me begin by saying that this an academic exercise, which by no means reflects the university politics or is endorsed by the brands in question. After Stoli made a punch to the self-extended parliament my brief was for my students to choose a brand and also tackle the same event creatively. Honestly, I was spoiled rotten! The below result is posted in random order for an execrise that was done under strict internet-less conditions (meaning, any a resemblance with anything currently floating online is a simple coincidence).

Is The National Library Opening Soon?

The Lebanese National Library is renovated and ready to open but it won’t unfortunately because the cabinet has yet to appoint an executive board and director.
Check out Habib’s comprehensive post on the National Library [here].
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Qatar Launches Ambitious Nobel Prize Programme, Acquires Einstein For $10mn

The small, oil-and-gas rich, state of Qatar has concluded a $10mn deal to acquire the legacy of Albert Einstein in a bid to increase its number of Nobel Prize laureates. The deal is the first step of a an ambitious programme to increase Qatar’s historic contributions to science and will be followed by further deals to acquire Pierre and Maria Curie, Guglielmo Marconi, Max Planck, Enrico Fermi and many others.

Helvetic Zebra: the stripes that earned Station (even more) stars!


Photo credit: George Zouein and Nabil Canaan

The Islamic State Versus Lebanon

I don’t think we will have a new civil war in Lebanon and I strongly believe the Lebanese and the Army (Add to that the Lebanese Pot Farmers) will keep Da3esh away from here.
While the Islamic State and the Al Nusra Front lack the capacity for a full scale invasion, many fear their car bombings, kidnappings and beheadings might prove so destabilizing that the nation might once again spiral towards sectarian civil war.
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Lurpak Billboard Looks Like A Shampoo Ad

I didn’t even notice that was a Lurpak ad until I saw Maria’s post yesterday. It does look like a shampoo bottle and ad.
via Maria

AUB Among The Best Five Arab Region Universities

The American University of Beirut was the best ranked in Lebanon, followed by the Lebanese University in 37th spot, Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth in the 50th spot and finally the Lebanese American University which was ranked 52 out of 91 universities. The rankings seem pretty reasonable except for LAU which I believe should be at a much higher position.
You can check out the full list [Here] and the methodology followed [here].

Lebanon’s Top 20 Entrepreneurial Companies in Science and Technology

Rami Khawandi, the founder of the Tari2ak app which I posted about few weeks back made the list

ACs Not Working At The Beirut Airport

via Salma
My friend Salma tweeted yesterday that air conditioners are not working at the Rafic Hariri Airport and I’ve read a report a week ago about the same matter. I don’t know what the problem is but it’s a good thing winter is almost here.

Stay Baladi and #KeepWalkingLebanon

I took part in Johnnie Walker’s latest campaign #KeepWalkingLebanon and prepared a #Baladi inspired tweet to show my support. It’s a really cool campaign to show that you can’t put out the Lebanese spirit as it’s a fire that burns within us all. I hope you guys like it.
You can share your own tweets using the #KeepWalkingLebanon hashtag or just go [Here].
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MTV Misspelled Messi’s Name

We are not talking about any football player here but one of the greatest footballers of all time. It’s Lionel not Leonel MTV!

God is of Lebanese Origin!

The Phoenician god ElOmar Sharif, Mika, Salma Hayek, Terrence Malick, Paul Anka, and many many others are all international celebrities of Lebanese origin. But those big names are about to be eclipsed by the biggest personality of them all – God! According to the findings of a recent extensive investigation, God is also of Lebanese origin, a revelation that is bound to shock the world and increase the Lebanese people’s pride in their country.

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