Androka and Antsikoroke â€“ a village closer to Ambohibola â€“ were part of the villages that have seen women leave to work in Lebanon and I had the fortune, or rather misfortune, to find out that two of these women are now missing. The Androka woman was supposed to return home 3 years ago and the Antsikoroke woman was supposed to return home 12 years ago. Shocked yet? Let me continue, the Androka woman stopped sending money home at one point for no known reason and the Antsikoroke never even contacted her family. Now you might think Iâ€™m jumping to conclusions here by claiming that both women are probably enslaved or dead but what if I told you that 17 Malagasy maids died in Lebanon last year? What if I told you that foreign domestic workers are not covered by Lebanonâ€™s labor laws?
More than 300,000$ were collected so far by a joint-effort between Bashir Gemayel Foundation and MTV. Achrafieh MPs Nadim Gemayel & Michel Pharaon, as well as Telecom Minister Nicolas Sehnaoui helped promoting this campaign which was initiated on Sunday and will last for 1 week only. [Link]
For those of you who wish to donate, there are two days to do so:
1- SMS the letter ‘A’ or ‘ Ø£” to the number 1000.
2- Donate directly by heading to the nearest Bank Audi branch and depositing in the account mentioned below: (IBAN:LB03005600020009446100200907)
I just posted this to inform you the two individuals who stole a KFC branch in Saida last week were finally arrested.
The ISF members have been working day and night to catch those criminals and make sure KFC remains operational. Chicken-fried restaurants are a matter of national security in Lebanon.
â€œItâ€™s true. I have been exchanging emails with Joe Dumars [Detroit Pistonsâ€™ President], who has asked me to come in summer,â€ revealed Khatib, who is 32 years old. He added: â€œI donâ€™t know yet if I am going. Playing in the NBA is something professional players dream of, but I have a family and I am starting a new project here.â€ [Source]
My friend was telling me the Pistons are serious about it and are being critisized for bringing in a 32 year old basketball player with no NBA experience. I never really liked Khatib but I wish him luck and hope he’ll be joining them soon.
He was already deprived from this chance some 10 years ago when he was playing for Sagesse. That’s probably the last chance he’ll ever get to join the NBA.
The Detroit Fans however don’t seem very happy about it. [Link]
We sent our team to the location and explained that we needed to take the hyena for treatment, rushing the animal to a veterinarian where x-rays revealed the extent of her injuries. We were shocked to find that her body was riddled with shot gun pellets. The hyena had an open wound on her lower thigh and a badly broken leg. Immediate surgery was needed to clean her infected wound and a further operation was planned to fix her leg.
The story doesn’t have a happy ending but it’s a must read. [Link]
One would think Lebanese are more worried these days about getting 24/7 electricity and water than grooming their pets, but this whole pet care business is booming lately and there are even Spas dedicated mainly to cats and dogs.
However, some people still can’t find time to pick up their dogs’ poop off the sidewalk.
You can check out more about DogRoom mobile grooming service on their [Website].
[Picture of Jezzine's entrance taken by Annahar]
According to a satellite picture taken last Friday, over 2680 square kilometer of Lebanon’s surface is covered with snow, with snow levels ranging from 20 centimeters to few meters. [Annahar]
It’s been a few years since we had a winter that cold and snowy and that’s the way it should be. I haven’t been to the mountains yet but I am planning to go for a snowmobile ride this weekend or the next.
Very cool anti littering awareness campaign designed by graphic design students Mohamed Olaymi,Nadine Razzouk and Lama Shehadeh. It’s a very simple idea, they printed out messages on the back of what looks like a folded LL10,000 note and dropped them in strategic places. When passerby’s notice the money on the floor they bend down to pick it up only to discover it’s not really money and instead find the anti littering message on the back. Here is a link to their [Facebook Page]
The Lebanese basketball team Annibal Zahle beat Al Ahly (UAE) in the final tonight to clinch their first Dubai Basketball Tournament cup. The final score was Annibal (Lebanon) 89-79 Ahly (UAE). The best scorer for the Zahle team was Lebanese player Ghaleb Reda with 30 points.