Lebanon’s Central Bank announced few days ago that they are launching a new 50,000 LBP banknote to commemorate the Lebanese Army’s 70th anniversary. The banknote will feature the Lebanese Army’s Slogan on the front side with a soldier holding the Lebanese flag and the Army Martyrs memorial as well as the number 70 on the back. The new banknote should already be available in banks. The BDL has already issued a special bill for Lebanon’s Independence Day (with the famous spelling mistake) and the bank’s 50th anniversary.
I love the new bill and I think the BDL should donate all the money from people exchanging their old bills with this new one to the Lebanese Army.
Enough with the garbage talks and the ugly pictures we’ve been seen for over a week now, here’s an breathtaking movie showing Lebanon’s natural beauty though the eyes of Silvio Chiha, an internationally known Lebanese water skiing champion, and the lens of my good friend Charbel Bouez.
Sit back and enjoy the beautiful Lebanon we know and that we want to show to the world!
Sarah Khalife has just won a Bronze Medal in the Aquatics 100M Free Style for Lebanon at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games that are being held in Los Angeles. Sarah is not the only member of the Lebanese delegation as there are 13 other athletes competing in different events. I looked them up on the LA Special Olympics website:
Mohammad al Agha
Saad el Ghadban
Congrats to Sarah and best of luck to all our athletes!
I previously wrote a long post on ways to reduce waste and shared a list of Lebanese companies that recycle with all the information you need. I’m hoping that some of you have already started recycling and contacting these companies but for those who still didn’t, Uber Beirut just launched today in partnership with Live Love Beirut & Advanced Cars an initiative to encourage recycling by collecting on-demand recyclable wastes from Lebanese citizens from Uber.
All you need to do is select the UberRECYCLE Option from the app between 3pm to 8pm from July 29th through August 5th and a van will pass by to collect your bags and hand them to ARCENCIEL who will handle the recycling process. All pickups are free of charge so you have no excuse not to start recycling as of today.
Here’s how to divide your trash: Blue bags: Plastic (i.e Water bottles, detergents, shampoo bottles, beverages…) Black bags: Metal (i.e Tins, cans, metal caps…) Pink: (or any other colur): Paper (i.e Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, boxes…)
If you wish to keep sending recyclable wastes to ARCENCIEL after #UberRECYCLE campaign ends, all you have to do is call 01/495561 ext 1413.
As I’ve stated in previous posts, we don’t need to wait for the government or Sukleen to start recycling and reducing waste and I’m glad to see some municipalities like Arssoun in Baabda Kaza already started doing that. We can put an end to this garbage crisis by sorting our own trash and contacting the tens of companies in Lebanon that recycle.
I’m sharing once again the list of companies that recycle in Lebanon:
I’m sure you are all familiar now with the Velfie dude. As I said he has some funny videos but some of them are pretty annoying. I wasn’t sure how to explain it in words but Rabih Salloum did by posting a counter-velfie and it’s hilarious.
NAFTTEE stands for “National Advanced Formula for the Transformation of Trash into Eco-Electricity” and is a registered trademark by Indevco whose CEO is Nehmat Frem. The project emerged after the last garbage crisis that hit Lebanon but has been there for quite some time . NAFTTEE “provides a green solution for waste treatment and channel the latter into a decentralized generation of eco-electricity”, so it basically sorts and converts trash into electricity. This is exactly what we need in this country, yet our dear government is still looking for new landfill locations and more innovative and corrupt ways to pollute the country.
I don’t have a lot of information on NAFTTEE but maybe municipalities and big cities should consider investing in it to reduce waste and generate electricity. Is it possible for them to do it without coming back to the authorities? Was NAFTTEE implemented anywhere in Lebanon already? Does anyone know anything about it?
PS: I know for a fact NAFTTEE has been implemented in the state of Pennsylvania for several years now.