The Week in Review from Beirut November 14  1998 ...Search

Liver transplant patient leaves hospital in excellent condition

After undergoing the first liver transplant operation in the Middle East, the three-year-old girl will leave hospital by the end of this week. This according to the head of the doctors' syndicate in Lebanon, Dr. Ghattas Khoury, who was also among the surgeons who performed the operation at the beginning of this month.

Dr. Khoury's office at the American University Hospital in Beirut issued a statement saying there have been no surgical or medical complications adding the girl is in excellent condition.

The operation was conducted over a period of 18 hours non-stop at the AUH. It was performed by a Lebanese team of surgeons including Drs. Khoury, Mohammed Khalifeh, and Hani Hajj. They all agreed the surgery's success would pave the way for further transplant operations in the country and the region.

There is a considerable number of patients in Lebanon who need a liver transplant, many of whom die because of the lack and complications of the operation. Moreover, the cost of transplant surgery is often too expensive and the availability of organs is so low that many patients have to travel abroad.

ESCWA hosts conference on crime

The permanent headquarters of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in downtown Beirut this week hosted a conference that studied crime in the region. The three-day conference looked into better ways to control and prevent crime on the national and regional levels.

The meetings also presented regional concerns for combating crime and identified new techniques to prevent crime. Four workshops were conducted on combating corruption, computer crimes, community crime prevention, and women in the criminal judicial system.

The event was organized by the UN Center for International Crime. It was also attended by delegates from 11 countries in the Middle East. A number of high-ranking Lebanese law-enforcement officers and representatives of international non-governmental organizations were also present at the meetings.

Forum on earth sciences says 1% of soil eroded every year

An international conference on geology and earth sciences opened earlier this week in the capital. The meeting revealed more than one percent of the Earth's soil is lost per year. It was hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia under the theme, "The Science of Geology for Sustainable Human Development in the Mideast".

Among the speakers at the opening were Administrative Reform Minister, Bshara Merhej and William Fyfe, professor at the Canadian University of Western Ontario. Minister Merhej hoped the conference would help boost awareness and formulate future plans to fight the problems of desertification, soil erosion, and water shortage.

Some 100 lecturers and specialists from more than 20 countries worldwide took part in the four-day sessions. The conference was organized by the National Council for Scientific Research

Conference on sewage water opens in Beirut

A conference on water and sewage was opened earlier this week at the Saint Joseph University in collaboration with the Ministry of Hydraulics and Water Resources and the French Embassy in Lebanon.

The opening was attended by a number of concerned officials and specialists in the field, in addition to delegations from Syria and Jordan.

The three-day conference aims at discussing modern technologies in the field of recycling sewage water and ways to solve the different problems facing the sewage systems in the country.

ESCWA report reveals 700% increase in foreign investment during 7 years

Foreign investment in Lebanon has increased in the last seven years by 700%. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia stressed this in its 1998 report on investment. The report added investment figures increased to reach 53 million US dollars during the year 1990 and 337 million in the year 1997. The percentage of the increase is estimated at 636%.

The head of the department of economic development at the UN House said there are many reasons behind the increase, the most importance of which are, he added, political and economic stability and the reconstruction process in the country which played an important part in facilitating communication activities.

Baalback's museum opens to the public

"Heliopolis, Baalback 1898-1998: Rediscovering the Runis"? Under this title, a new museum opened in the City of the Sun, Baalback last Saturday. The permanent exhibition contains archeological artifacts from pre-Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras.

Roman statues and smaller artifacts can be found in an underground gallery, the walls of which are decorated with maps and drawings explaining why and how the temples were built in Arabic, English, French, and German.

The one-million-dollar project was co-funded by the German Institute of Archeology and the Lebanese government. It involved the renovation of the tunnel underneath the great courtyard of the Jupiter Temple and the southern tower of the Ayoubid Citadel.

European Union Chamber Orchestra plays in Sidon

Beethoven, Mozart, Solima, and Hyden were all remarkably enlivened by the European Union Chamber Orchestra in a unique performance Thursday in Sidon.

The event was organized by the Hariri Foundation and held under the patronage of the head of the education parliamentary committee, MP Bahiyaa Al-Hariri and the European Union representative in Lebanon, Dimitris Kourkolas.

Formed in 1981 with professional musicians from the member states of the EU, the EUCO has an annual schedule of some 70 concerts worldwide and an established reputation for musical excellence. The chamber orchestra is patronized by Queen Sofia of Spain and funded by the European Commission.

Feyrouz performs tomorrow in Tunisia

Lebanon's ambassador to the stars, Feyrouz, is expected to perform tomorrow in Tunisia. Lebanon's most famous singer arrived there on Wednesday. She was received at the airport by the Tunisian Secretary of State for the Solidarity Fund and a number of officials there.

Feyrouz's concert is being sponsored by the Tunisian Foundation for National Solidarity that provides assistance for poor and needy families in Tunisia.

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