TWITTER POLL: French mandate over Lebanon receives mixed reviews

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Updated 03 September 2020

TWITTER POLL: French mandate over Lebanon receives mixed reviews

  • Less than half said Lebanon was not better under the French
  • A petition has been created calling for Lebanon to fall under France's management

DUBAI: Respondents to a Twitter Poll gave mixed reviews to the French mandate over Lebanon as tens of thousands signed a petition calling for the Middle East country to return under France’s management for 10 years.

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Lebanon this week for the country’s centenary and told its politically elite to end the corruption or face sanctions, as well as form a government within two weeks.

The League of Nations issued a decree on Aug. 31, 1920, for the creation of Greater Lebanon under a French mandate which continued until 1943, now some want to see a return to the days of France’s rule and have presented a 60,000 strong petition.

In an Arab News Twitter poll with 1,314 respondents, 43,2 percent said they did not believe that Lebanon was better managed under the French, but 32.4 percent said they did.

One quarter said they did not know or had no opinion.

 

“The division in Lebanon was caused by the French! They divided the people based on religion, region and sect, favoured a certain sect and oppressed another which lead to the situation we have today!” tweeted @Z_00plz

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First UAE sighting of one of the world’s rarest birds in Abu Dhabi 

Updated 20 September 2020

First UAE sighting of one of the world’s rarest birds in Abu Dhabi 

  • Known as a Steppe Whimbrel, the bird is estimated to have a global population of only around 100
  • It is believed to have travelled in time for the autumn bird migration

DUBAI: One of the rarest birds in the world has been spotted in Abu Dhabi by two members of the Emirates Bird Records Committee (EBRC), according to state news agency WAM. 
Known as a Steppe Whimbrel, the bird - estimated to have a global population of only around 100 - was seen by Oscar Campbell and Simon Lloyd at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Course, WAM reported on Saturday.
Believed to have travelled in time for the autumn bird migration, the Steppe Whimbrel is an extremely rare sub-species of the widespread Whimbrel, which regularly passes through the Emirates in spring and autumn.
The Steppe Whimbrel seen in Abu Dhabi is believed to have been born this year, making it the first time a juvenile Steppe Whimbrel has been spotted anywhere in the world, according to WAM.
“On August 29, we were studying around 20 whimbrels on the Saadiyat Beach golf course. We were stunned when one flew off showing the distinctive white wings, clearly different from the other birds,” Campbell and Lloyd told WAM. 
“We immediately realized the potential significance of this so we concentrated on observing the bird and obtaining photographs, allowing us to check the key identification features,” they said.
Campbell and Lloyd then shared their photographs with world’s top expert on Steppe Whimbrels, Gary Allport, who confirmed their findings. 
“The discovery of a Steppe Whimbrel in Abu Dhabi is remarkable in itself, and confirms our suspicion that the migration route of the sub-species passes through the Arabian peninsula region,” Allport said. 
“What is even more remarkable is that this is the first time ever, anywhere in the world, that a juvenile Steppe Whimbrel has been seen in the field…It’s an amazing find,” he added. 
The Saadiyat Beach Golf Course management was delighted with the discovery. 
“When you look at the significance of sighting the Steppe Whimbrel in Abu Dhabi, its history and the subspecies actually being declared extinct in 1995, it is pretty amazing,” Clinton Southorn, Cluster Director of Agronomy for managers Troon Golf, told WAM.
“This is one of the reasons the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club has worked hard to achieve its Audubon certification and showcase the positive environmental impact the course can have on the environment,” he added.