Picture from DailyMail.co.uk : Lake Brienz in the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. The country is the best place for a child to be born in 2013
Switzerland is the best place to be born in the world in 2013, and the U.A.E is 18th, right after the U.S and Germany, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister company of The Economist. The where-to-be-born index takes into account 11 indicators and links “the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys – how happy people say they are – to objective determinants of quality of life across countries.” [Source]
Being rich is important of course but there are other factors that come into play. As far as other Arab countries are concerned, Kuwait ranked 2nd in the region (22nd world wide), followed by Saudi Arabia (38th world wide). I could not find Lebanon as it wasn’t included in the 80 countries chosen for the study, but I say we would have ranked in the bottom 30 spots.
I got this message from Spinneys today and wanted to clarify that it’s not Halloween that we are celebrating few days from now but Saint Barbara. Both may be a bit similar in terms of traditions and costumes but they are two different holidays and we celebrate each of them separately.
The movie is a romantic comedy of a prostitute in 3D. It’s supposed to be funny and from what I read offers a satirical approach to certain topics in Lebanon.
Having said that, I don’t know on what basis the order of nurses filed a lawsuit against the movie for disrespecting their profession. If they don’t know much about prostitution and how it works in Lebanon, I am sure many super nightclub owners would be more than delighted to give them a brief intro on the topic.
Actually, and in order to make it easier, I invite them to attend one of Excalibur’s unmissable nights where “they can live the never aging fantasy of hot nurses”. Excalibur, as well as regular night clubs and pubs, organize quite often theme nights with sexy cops, teachers, doctors, school girls etc…
Put aside prostitution and super nightclubs, Barbara (Lebanese version of Halloween) is on the way and there will be plenty of naughty nurses costumes all over the shops, not to mention Halloween movies on TV with girls dressed as naughty nurses.
The point from all this post is that no one’s disrespecting nurses or cops or teachers, and that the lawsuit is silly and should be ignored by the censorship bureau. In fact, I don’t see the ISF censoring movies that show a girl dressed as a naughty cop or asking Excalibur to take out such costumes.
Last but not least, I urge Lebanese to stop taking hits at Lebanese directors and give their movies a chance instead of asking for their ban or censoring them. If some can’t handle 18+ movies, they can stick to Turkish-Syrian-Mexican TV series.
Jennifer Chedid is a 10-year old girl who was severely wounded during Achrafieh’s bombing a month ago. She was rushed to the hospital and her condition was critical but the brave young girl refused to die, fought back and recovered. Today Jenny is doing well and back to school with her friends.
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