Prof. Bill Harris - Features in ODT again - 25th Jun 2012

Prof. Bill Harris - Features in ODT again Another article featuring Professor Bill Harris was in the ODT on Saturday 23rd June.  He appears talking to Foreign Minister Murray McCully and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago Richard Blaikie.

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Prof. Bill Harris - Middle East Turbulence - 21st Jun 2012

Here are two articles involving Bill Harris.  One is from the ODT & the other from D-Scene (links to articles below).

Bill talks about the Otago Foreign Policy School examining the Middle East's uprisings.

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ODT Article:   See picture below

COL Dunedin AGM - 16th May 2012

COL Dunedin AGM Greetings Folks,

Last night we held our Cedars of Lebanon, Dunedin, AGM at the Dunedin Club.  To read Richard's President's Report for the 11/12 period, please click on the below link to take you to the 'download' section of the website:

The Man Behind The Prophet - National Radio Broadcast - 16th May 2012

The Man Behind The Prophet - National Radio Broadcast Michael Nidd advised that National Radio (in conjunction with BBC World Service) had played a piece on Kahlil Gibran earlier this week.  Michael rated it very highly and suggested it be posted here for others to enjoy.  (link below)

"Ian Skelly visits Gibran’s home village in the mountains of Lebanon, and retraces his steps to find out how a young boy, who was raised in poverty and received little formal education as a child, went on to become one of the most popular writers of the century."

You may also be interested in the 'Related Links' on the same page.

Passing of Saba (Dr Fred) LaHood - 8th May 2012

Passing of Saba (Dr Fred) LaHood It is with much regret and deep sadness that we advise Dr Fred (Saba) passed away last Wednesday.   Saba, Marie & their family lived much of his life in Dunedin, where Saba practiced as a General Practitioner in Waverley.  For those of you who knew Saba, it would come as no surprise that he was very highly thought of as a Doctor by his patients and colleagues alike.  I have very fond memories of Saba from the time he & Marie were our neighbours in Maitland Street.  He was always an affible gentleman who had a ready smile and time for a chat.  He was also a very humble man who was an achiever from an early age, becoming Dux of Christian Brothers High School and then going on to become a Doctor of Medicine at a young age.

He was a much loved and respected member of our community and will be dearly missed.

His funeral is being held this morning (Tuesday 8th May) in Wellington.  

Our thoughts, love, and prayers are with Marie & the entire family.

Richard Joseph

Wreath Laid on ANZAC Day on behalf of COL Club Dunedin - 7th May 2012

Phillip George, on behalf of the Cedars of Lebanon Club Dunedin, laid a wreath for the remembrance of our fallen members at the ANZAC Dawn Service, Wednesday 25th April 2012.

Visit from Japenese Professor of Middle Eastern Studies - 19th Apr 2012

At Ironic Cafe with Professor Hidemitsu Kuroki. A few weeks ago, some members of our community had the pleasure of hosting Professor Hidemitsu Kuroki from the Japan Centre for Middle Eastern Studies.  Hidemitsu regularly comutes between Tokyo and Beirut to promote academic exchanges between scholars from Japan and the Middle East, primarily Lebanon.  He was introduced to us by our own Professor Bill Harris.  

Hidemitsu intends coming back to Dunedin some time this year. We will then arrange an evening and invite members of our community along.

Passing of Fred Farry - 2nd Apr 2012

Passing of Fred Farry Unfortunately I have to convey some sad news. Fred Farry passed away yesterday morning (April 1st) at 11am aged 87. He was surrounded by his family and passed on peacefully after a long illness. The funeral will be held on Thursday in Melbourne. If anyone has any messages, please send to Tony and Tracy Farry via  Thank you.   Fred and his family lived for many years in Dunedin, and he was a loved and valued member of the Cedars of Lebanon Club.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all Fred's family and friends at this difficult time.

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