Monthly Archives: September 2012

Meanwhile in Tripoli …

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Via Annahar

Al-Manar: Demonstrators in Tripoli, Lebanon set fire to KFC restaurant to protest anti-Islam film.

Few media sources are saying it was an angry Lebanese policeman who started the fire after his order was 20 minutes late. Others are saying Tripoli residents thought of holding a large BBQ to welcome the Pope and things went wrong.

Meet Skandar (Not Alexander) Keynes, Charles Darwin’s great-great-great-grandchild

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Skandar Keynes is a British actor known for starring as Edmund Pevensie in the Chronicles of Narnia film series since 2005. Keynes’s mother is Zalfa Hourani, who is of Lebanese descent.

Added to that, Keynes’ great-great-great-grandfather was naturalist Charles Darwin, and he is the great-great-nephew of economist John Maynard Keynes.

This being said, and in a recent interview with NowLebanon, Keynes stated that he likes to be called ‘Skandar’ not Alexander, and that he loves Lebanon and wants the Lebanese Nationality. [Link]

Darwin would have wanted him to pick another country, that’s for sure!

(FAKE NEWS) Lebanese Fadi Flat-White reserves iPhone 5 for $200,000

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Update: Al Arabiya removed the article, Naharnet posted it without checking the source as well [Link].

Update2: Naharnet removed it as well.

I read this piece of news in Al Arabiya earlier this morning and posted about it, but as I was looking for other links on that story (Guy’s name was too weird), I fell on the Pan-Arabia Enquirer and realized it was a made-up news by the site and quickly removed the post few minutes later.

The funny thing is that Al Arabiya changed the text from the original article to exclude “a noted imbecile” without doubting the authenticity of the story. Until this hour, the story is still on their website. [Link]

Here’s the original passage from the Pan-Arabia Enquirer:

Fadi Flat-White, a noted imbecile, is said to have handed over $200,000 – around 200 times the iPhone 5’s estimated price on release – to ensure he is the first in the Middle East to receive the smartphone when it eventually hits shelves later this month. Flat-White made headlines earlier in the year when he ordered the first iPad 3 in the UAE for $500,000

And the one from Al Arabiya:

Fadi Flat-White handed over around 200 times the iPhone 5’s estimated price on release to ensure he is the first in the Middle East to receive the smartphone when it eventually hits shelves later this month. The same person made headlines earlier in the year when he ordered the first iPad 3 in the UAE for $500,000.

Now let’s wait and see which Lebanese TVs or news portals will be covering that story today.

PS: You have to check Pan-Arabia Enquirer website, it’s hilarious!

Closed Roads During The Pope’s Visit

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For all of you who are wondering which roads will be closed during the Pope’s visit, Abir posted everything you need to know today, along with maps illustrating the closed roads for the 3-day visit. Read the full post [Here]

Here’s a brief summary of the post:

Friday 14th of September: From 11am to 4pm, the Coastal road from Dbayeh Bridge towards the Karantina Bridge will be closed.

Saturday 15th of September: From 7am to 2pm, the Coastal road from Dbayeh Bridge towards the Karantina Bridge will be closed.

Sunday 16th of September: From 4am to 7pm, the Coastal road from Dbayeh Bridge towards the Carantina Bridge will be closed.

Added to that, The Harissa highway will be closed from 14 to 16 September, starting at 8am from Fouad Chehab Intersection in Jounieh & the middle of Ghousta Village towards Harissa.

You can check out more details on the official website [Here].

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Not Good Enough Mr.Miqati

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Prime Minister Najib Miqati announced readiness on Wednesday to reexamine a government decision to increase the public sector’s salaries after criticism over the boost in the wages of the country’s top three leaders, ministers and lawmakers, Information Minister Walid al-Daouq said. [Naharnet]

There’s nothing to re-examine in this decision. Lebanon’s top three leaders, ministers and lawmarkers should not be getting any raise and should be exempted from the law. If anything, their salaries should be cut in half to help boost the Lebanese economy. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s an [infographic] displaying the new Wages scale.

Sardeh Comic By FOO

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Samir’s story is about a young Lebanese guy living in Lebanon, A story that could not have happened anywhere else! Samir delivers Arguilleh on his trusty scooter, and like every young scooter boy Samir is an amazing driver pulling off stunning in-betweens in mid-day traffic. This is the story of how that changed and how his adventure at the top of a utility pole became an adventure for everybody else….

Anyone has read this comic yet?

You can download it [Here].