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Choueiri E.M.,La Sagesse University | Choueiri G.M.,LAPS | Choueiri G.M.,Lebanese University | Choueiri B.M.,LAPS
Advances in Transportation Studies

Currently, there is no comprehensive national land transport strategy (NLTS) in Lebanon. The car ownership rate in the country is one of the highest in the world, estimated at a ratio of around one car for every 2.5 persons. The transportation sector is serviced by a fleet of mainly old and poorly maintained vehicles. Passenger trips occur on a relatively inferior road network, with a weak public transportation system, and without regulation enforcement. In summary, the main problems facing land transport in Lebanon are the overdependence on the private car, lack of organization and regulatory enforcement, and the deterioration of the levels of service provided. The main barriers facing a comprehensive national land transport strategy in Lebanon are: Changing the attitude of the public toward car use. Lack of enforcement. Perceived accident risk of non-motorized modes of transport. Cultural and institutional bias against green modes of transport. Generated road space that can be an incentive for increased car use. This paper provides an overview of the land transport sector in Lebanon, with special emphasis on traffic safety. Its aim is not to analyze statistical data relevant to land transport and traffic safety, which have been the subject of numerous articles by the authors, but to pinpoint, as best as possible, the problems facing the land transport sector in general and traffic safety in particular, and to provide recommendations to alleviate these problems. Source

Choueiri E.M.,La Sagesse University | Choueiri G.M.,Lebanese University | Choueiri B.M.,Court of Appeal
2012 International Conference on Interactive Mobile and Computer Aided Learning, IMCL 2012

The paper discusses aspects of capacity building for ICT in higher education that include infrastructure development, teacher training, technical support, pedagogical change, and content development that is important to ensure the success of the strategic policy outlined in the paper. Also discussed are the key initiatives taken by Lebanon in particular to ensure adequate capacity building for effective integration of ICTs in education. The main strength of the paper is the use of ICT to improve quality in higher education. It raises the critical issue that, without adequate capacity building, even well-designed policies and the availability of up to date technologies would not be able to achieve the desired results. © 2012 IEEE. Source

Mendelek F.,Physiotherapy Service | Mendelek F.,La Sagesse University | Mendelek F.,University of Lille Nord de France | Caby I.,University of Lille Nord de France | And 3 more authors.
Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health

Low back pain (LBP) is a widespread musculoskeletal condition that frequently occurs in the working-age population (including hospital staff). This study proposes a classification-tree model to predict LBP risk levels in Sacré-Coeur Hospital, Lebanon (as a case study-236 chosen staffs) using various predictor individual and occupational factors. The developed tree model explained 80% of variance in LBP risk levels using standing hours/day (90% in relative importance), job status/sitting hours per day (80% each), body mass index (71%), working days/week (63%), domestic activity hours/week (36%), weight (35%), job dissatisfaction/sitting on ergonomic chairs (30% each), height (28%), gender (27%), sufficient break time (26%), using handling techniques/age (25% each), job stress (24%), marital status/wearing orthopedic insoles/extraprofessional activity (22% each), practicing prevention measures (20%), children care hours/week (16%), and type of sport activity/sports hours per week, car sitting, and fear of changing work due to LBP (15% each). The overall accuracy of this predictive tree once compared with actual subjects was estimated to be 77%. The proposed tree model can be used by expert physicians in their decision-making for LBP diagnosis among hospital staff. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Mehanna R.-A.,La Sagesse University | Yazbeck Y.,Saint - Joseph University
Journal of Transnational Management

This article estimates the efficiency of the Lebanese banking sector within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through examining the diversification efforts, the macro-financial environment, and the strategy and operations of Lebanese banks. Unlike previous works that address the banking sector in the traditional context of the input-output efficiency models (see Ben Naceur, Ben-Khedhiri, & Casu, 2011; Staub, Souza, & Tabak, 2010; Grigorian & Manole, 2005; Bonin, Hasan, & Wachtel, 2005; and Yeh, 1996), this study employs the DEA approach in a modified manner by using a tripod of input variables that capture the micro, as well as the macro effects comprising policy, industry, management, and product line issues. DEA results reveal that although it enjoys more stability than the MENA region, the Lebanese banking sector still needs to develop its internal structures and ways of doing business by implementing the sound practices of corporate governance, relying on the latest technologies of information and communications, innovating new retail products and financing the private sector more. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Source

Choueiri E.M.,La Sagesse University | Choueiri G.M.,LAPS | Choueiri G.M.,Lebanese University | Choueiri B.M.,LAPS
Advances in Transportation Studies

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) capture the world's headlines when there is a war, a terror attack or a bloody government crackdown. But the deaths caused by soldiers and gunmen are tiny compared to the carnage that the region's residents create behind the wheel of a car. Prior to the so-called ARAB SPRING, the MENA region was experiencing a transportation boom, with the construction of high-speed rapid-transit systems, the expansion of highways, the introduction of toll roads, and the reduction of automobile tariffs in several markets. As incomes rose and more people took to the road, the automotive industry continued to grow. This development has created problems that are now on national agendas. Pollution, gridlock and traffic safety, which is the main subject of this article, have become burning issues in many MENA countries. Source

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