Archive for February, 2010

Environmental Debate at AUB, with the Ministry of the Environment, the Green Party & IndyACT

The American University of Beirut, Faculty of Health Sciences Student Representative Committee and The Environmental Club organised an  Environmental debate, at AUB.
The theme of this debate is “The Environment: How Serious is Lebanon from Copenhagen to Beirut“,  held at the Issam Fares Hall located at the Facutly of Medicine of the American University of Beirut.
The event hosted the following speakers:
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Summary of  institution’s environmental agenda/action plan for Lebanon.

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2nd Mikati CSR Initiative seminar

The Mikati Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Seminar

The Olayan School of Business (OSB) at the American University of Beirut hosted  its second seminar as part of the Mikati CSR Speaker Series and the CSR initiative sponsored by the Mikati Group.

Dr. Dima Jamali opening the seminar

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Dubai Metro… a flop?

After 5 months of service, did the Dh28 billion (75% above the original estimates), one of the most advanced, longest automated driverless WiFi-enabled train system live up to the initial hype and fanfare?
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The world’s newest & most advanced metro aimed to join the league of megacities around the world, to ease the traffic problem, and to reduce road congestion and distances between key locations… Beyond its posh & mesmerizing design, did it meet these goals?
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On the positive side, the metro fare is affordable, and the surrounding of the metro stations (mainly malls) will flourish…
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On the other hand, the researchers and experts from around the world who have been working on the project since 1990, missed a key issue: that last mile connecting people from and to the stations:
Long walks in the desert heat is not the greatest ideas,
the 300 taxis assigned to support Dubai Metro network charge the regular fare (wasn’t the metro supposed to reduce the number of cars?),
and busses do not allow passengers that do not have a pre-paid card.
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Nayla Mouawad & Solange Gemayel love candy

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