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|Jounieh kicks off Summer Festival 2004
Jounieh Mayor Jouan Hobeish announced, in a news conference at the Madison Hotel, the start of Jounieh's Summer Festival 2004, which is scheduled to take place on Friday as a result of a cooperation between the Jounieh and Kesrouan Merchants Association.
The festival, which is expected to run for 10 weeks, will include "artistic, cultural, sports, tourism and commercial activities in addition to various displays and religious and children activities."
Hobeish invited the public to take part in the festival.
"We want Jounieh to shine over the Mediterranean," the mayor said.
Gathering calls for 'radical' fix to economic crisis
The Gathering of Parties and Lebanese Forces said a plan for swapping mature treasury bills for other deferred ones amounts to just delaying such deadlines and letting the economic crisis snowball.
The gathering, which met at the Hizbullah Politburo premises, called for "radical solutions" to the economic crisis. It accused the government of "running away from its responsibility and increasing the direct and indirect tax burden on members of the public."
In a statement, the gathering said that the direct and indirect taxes "hit the rich only marginally, due to the government's attitude on tax havens" that predominantly benefit the rich and big corporations.
Safadi on hand to congratulate IT graduates
Tripoli MP Mohammed Safadi was on hand Tuesday to witness the graduation of 81 students from the Safadi Computer and Internet Institute in Koura.
Certificates of achievement were handed out to the graduates by Safadi himself and Koura MP Fayez Ghosn.
The ceremony took place at the local tennis club, in the Koura town of Bishmezeen, a statement issued by the Safadi office said Tuesday.
A spokesman for the graduates, reverend Camille Katrib, expressed gratitude to the Safadi Foundation.
"You have satisfied out hunger for information in the fields of computer science and the internet," Katrib said in an address to the gathered audience.
Hariri in Bulgaria for regional developments talks
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri arrived in the Sofia airport, in Bulgaria, Wednesday with a delegation of Lebanese businessmen led by Economy and Trade Minister Marwan Hamade.
Hariri was received by Bulgarian officials represented by Bulgaria's Prime Minister Simon of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Lebanon's Ambassador to Bulgaria Nicolai Andreiev.
After the official reception ceremony, Hariri laid a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier, before heading to the government headquarters for a bilateral meeting.
The Daily Star