Monthly Archives: July 2011

Medicare in Lebanon

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A friend of mine got into an accident while in Beirut so he went to the Hotel Dieu emergency room to get it checked. He had a problem with his right hand and arm yet as you can see above, even though they marked down that he had pain in “his right arm, forearm and right elbow”, they requested an xray of “his left arm, forearm and left elbow”. I mean seriously? [Link]

It’s Carmageddon everyday in Lebanon!

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I was reading about LA authorities planning to close Interstate 405 for 53 hours for some maintenance work and the campaign they’ve done to keep LA citizens from using their cars to avoid what they called “Carmageddon”. [Link]

I am sure the Lebanese authorities in charge of our roads are laughing at those Americans. Weeks of campaigns to prevent people from getting stuck in traffic and alarming them to stay home just because of some works on the highway??

Where’s the element of surprise if we tell people about upcoming road works?

Where’s the fun if we don’t let people get stuck in traffic unexpectedly for hours?

PS: Heading towards the weekly Dora-Casino du Liban carmageddon in 2 hours time if anyone likes to join me.

Marina Dbayeh to turn into WaterFront City

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Waterfront City, the flagship project to line the Joseph Khoury Marina stretch in Dbayeh , was launched Wednesday, in a breathtaking ceremony on-site in Lebanon. [Naharnet]

At last the Marina Dbayyeh is gonna be finished. I don’t know what took them so long but the masterplan is now here and one of the biggest real estate developers Majid Al Futtaim Properties along with Joseph Khoury are funding and implementing the project.

To learn more about the project, click here. [WaterFrontCity]

Angry Dude terrorizes Saida pharmacy

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The guy threatening and swearing is Mustapha Qawas, the head of the Baath party in Saida and he made all this fuss because his nephew was denied some medicine because he didn’t have money to pay for it. Very manly of him to take it against a woman.

Will the poor pharmacy owner dare press charges against him? I guess not.

Will we hear about this guy getting arrested anytime soon? I don’t think so.

via NowLebanon

Update: The guy was arrested and put in jail. Glad I was wrong for a change. He will be out in a few days but I guess he learned his lesson. Thank you Rana!

How the Estonians were freed

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We were all happy to see the Estonians freed yesterday, but no one still knows how and who freed them?

More importantly, and according to many sources and articles I read, it appears that the Lebanese Security forces, be it army, ISF, army intelligence and other factions, had no clue about the operation!

I don’t know if any of you guys watch the UNIT, but this story could make a great episode. We should email the guys behind this series ask them to include it. [The UNIT]

Here are few articles, from [Al-Akhbar] & [Naharnet] on the matter.

Ghassan Sarkis to coach Lebanese National Basketball Team

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[Old Picture of the National team]

Whenever you hear the Lebanese Basketball officials appointing a Lebanese coach head of the National team, it teams they are running out of money. Ghassan Sarkis was assigned the task of head coach of the Lebanese Basketball National Team after the miserable results Tab Baldwin provided.

Some of you recall how I critisized that guy even before he was appointed and how terrible were our results because of his stupid tactics. [Link]

Back to Coach Sarkis, I never liked him and I think he only became famous because of Hekmeh’s achievements which were due to Elie Mechantaf (Estez el Riyadi) rather than his coaching skills. The positive side of the story is that we won’t have to pay him 100,000$ to screw us up like Baldwin did.

You ask me why I am always pessimistic about our national team, It’s mainly due of 3 issues:

- The players are never paid and treated like slaves. They have to show up or else be penalized, yet they are barely provided with transportation and training shoes. The federation and ministry of sports are to be blamed here.

- The coaches are never given time to prepare the team and never signed for 3 to 5 years. We expect miracle workers all the time. Most coaches we got were bad as well so it turned into a nightmare. The federation and ministry of sports are to be blamed here.

- Lebanese Coaches are paid ridiculous amounts compared to non-Lebanese ones, but at least they are paid something unlike the players. However, and here’s the worst part, our dear federation invests all its money every year to naturalize and pay for a Lebanese-American player and expects him to do wonders. As a result, other players not getting a penny feel insulted and disrespected and don’t give a damn about the team as a whole.

Food poisoning in Lebanon

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I was back from an outing yesterday when I joined my dad in watching Marcel Ghanem’s Kalam el Nass which happened to be on food regulation in Lebanon and health concerns after the poisoning that killed 1 young man and harmed 6 others at a restaurant in Jieh called Utopia. I myself was food poisoned a few times in the past few years with the last time being a week ago. There’s nothing you can do honestly except not going to that place you’ve been to.

The reports shown by LBCI were horrific and pretty much showed us that we should not be eating anywhere outside our homes. How people operate at the slaughter house is just disturbing and tests from few samples taken from supermarkets and shops showed high levels of poisonous substances at the AUB lab.

As far as the Jieh restaurant is concerned, the doctor who treated the young man who died made an interesting phone intervention on how the boy was only admitted 48 hours by his family and did not show signs of food poisoning. I am guessing he was hinting at drug abuse but I am not sure.

All in all, there’s no doubt that we don’t have efficient food regulation policies in Lebanon and from the political bickering that occured between the ministers of health and tourism and some other MP, it doesn’t look like things are getting any better. Nevertheless, I urge LBCI to point out risky restaurants and tell us which ones are the good ones for a change. I don’t understand how they expect people to avoid bad food if they are not shown where’s the good food?

I think the best way to handle food issues in Lebanon is for LBCI and other media channels to have a safe list of restaurants for all to go to and blacklist some others, thereby helping people avoid getting food poisoned. Teaching people how to check for fake or bad products bought at supermarkets could also be helpful.

Last but not least, we need some decent statistics on that matter because according to the ministry of tourism and health, only 96 cases of food poisoning were reported in all of 2010 while the local health expert Marcel had on the show claimed to have over 100 cases per day as per the hospitals’ reports.