Alexa Storm Hits Lebanon, In Pictures ( 11/12/13 – 14/12/13)

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Storm “Alexa” was not as weak as some people think, but its “Center”, which is determined only before 24 to 48 hours, did not suit the Lebanese territories and especially Mount Lebanon.

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Fakiha – Baalbeck (Louis Mrad)

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Bcharre (Micha)

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Bayno – Akkar (Zaher Kafrouni)

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Chadra – Akkar

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Kfardebyen (Salah El Din)

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M3aser El Chouf
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Daher El Baydar (LBCI)

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Broumana

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Hrajel – Keserwen

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Baskinta

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Daher El Baydar

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This is Jounieh Highway in January 2013, For more pictures of January’s Bride(Olga) Storm Click Here:

The BRIDE(OLGA) Storm hits Lebanon : 7/1/2013 – 8/1/2013 – 9/1/2013 in Pictures !

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It’s true! Rain came late this year, yet it arrived with a blast; roads were flooded, highways transformed into rivers and cars, well, are not submarines!

As officials try to solve the situation as swiftly as possible, another ominous sign looms high in the skies; Alexa, although a fair name for a fair maden – or not – seems to have taken on a different meaning this year, for it bears wind, snow and everything in between. According to the Agricultural Research Institute, The said storm will hit Lebanon next week with frost and snow.

On Monday 9th, freezing northern winds will hit Lebanon with rain and snow at 1000 meter above sea level, which might also cover the Bekaa area. The same applies for the following day. However, we will witness lower temperatures on Wednesday, 11, with torrential rain and snow reaching 800 meters above sea level.

Just as you might think this is over, temperatures will further drop in Thursday and Friday, accompanied by rain and snow, also reaching 800 meters above sea level.

The storm will recede on Saturday with a possibility to renew on Sunday.

Google celebrates Earth Day 2013 with an animated doodle

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Google on Monday came out with an animated doodle to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Earth Day.

Earth Day is observed every year on April 22 to create awareness among the masses on environmental issues.

Events are held across the world to sensitize people about the need to protect our environment.

John McConnell in 1969 at the UNESCO Conference in San Fransisco first proposed the idea to observe Earth Day on March 21. But a month later, Gaylord Nelso, US Senator from Wisconsin, proposed April 22 as the date for observing Earth Day.

Nelson was also a conservationist and an environmental activist and he pushed for Earth Day celebration as a national teach-in on environmental issues after the frightful oil spill off the coast in 1969.

Every year millions of people across the globe come together to celebrate the Earth Day.

Non-profit organizations, governments, schools and communities hold several interactive programmes and activities to create awareness about the need to protect environment.
Google Earth Day 2013 doodle animated

The Earth Day 2013 doodle released by Google features a landscape and a static sun with a featured button inset inside.

When clicked on the doodle’s featured button, the sun starts moving and gradually sets in the west.

As the sun sets, the moon rises in the glittering sky. The moon can be seen in different phases as it moves across the sky.

The doodle also features the cycle of seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Earth Day 2013 is the best time to let people know about the need to conserve nature and create more awareness.

Earth Hour 2013: World To Dim The Lights On Saturday, March 23

A record 7,000 cities in 152 countries are expected to turn off the lights for an hour on Saturday night for Earth Hour 2013.

Some of the world’s most famous landmarks — including the Empire State Building, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa — will go dark from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time during the seventh annual Earth Hour. The event started inSydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million people turned off all non-essential lighting.

The initiative, led by the World Wildlife Fund, is meant to raise global awareness about climate change and extend beyond the hour-long event.

“The hour itself is symbolic,” Andy Ridley, executive director of Earth Hour, wrote in a blog entry on HuffPost. “It signifies their concern for the future of this planet, but it doesn’t mean an hour-long lights off is the one action they are committed to.”

One of the biggest changes to the program this year is an expansion of the ‘I Will If You Will’ challenge. Someone makes a promise to complete an action if enough people pledge to perform a green act, like plant a tree or walk to work (like this incredible video of a women pledging to get a tattoo of a happy panda if 10,000 people start recycling).

Critics of Earth Hour have downplayed its symbolic message and criticized its relatively minor impact on emissions. Yet, as HuffPost’s Tom Zeller Jr. notes, Earth Hour isn’t meant to “demonize electricity,” but rather “raise awareness about resource use, resource constraints and the looming consequences of doing precisely nothing to address climate change.”

Google Maps Captures The Most Famous Mountains On Earth

Google Maps Captures The Most Famous Mountains On Earth

Google Maps has been going beyond simply mapping streets lately as they’ve been able to map NFL stadiums and the Grand Canyon earlier this year. You would think that would be enough to earn a pat on the back from the majority of the tech world, but Google is announcing they’re taking Google Maps where most people haven’t gone before: mountains.

Google Maps now allows you to explore a number of the most famous mountains on Earth, which includes Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in South America and Mount Elbrus in Europe. Each of these mountains belong to a group of peaks known as the Seven Summits, which means they’re the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

The imagery that is now a part of Google Maps was captured by a lightweight tripod and a digital camera equipped with a fisheye lens, and of course actual people scaling these huge mountains. We’re sure the trip was as easy as going down to the local grocery store and picking up a pack of ice on a hot summer’s day.

Google will also be hosting a Google+ hangout at 10 a.m. PT to tell their tales of adventure, romance and intrigue they experienced during their time mapping the Seven Summits.

Baby with HIV: Cured in Mississippi !

A child born with HIV has apparently been cured in Mississippi, scientists confirmed yesterday, marking only the second time in history a patient with this disease was able to fight it off entirely.

The announcement was made yesterday at an AIDS meeting in Atlanta, as Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said of the now-two-and-a-half-year old:

“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen.”

Tests have determined that mere traces of the virus’ genetic material are lingering.

 

Treatment was given to the baby within 30 hours of birth, at a time where doctors were only aware he was at risk because his mother was diagnosed as HIV positive during labor.

Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, was responsible for the treatment, acting so quickly because she said she “felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk.”

The first person cured of HIV was Timothy Brown, known as the “Berlin patient.” That middle-aged man also had leukemia and received a bone-marrow transplant from a donor genetically resistant to HIV infection.

“For pediatrics, this is our Timothy Brown,” said Dr. Deborah Persaud, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and lead author of the report on the baby. “It’s proof of principle that we can cure HIV infection if we can replicate this case.”