Monthly Archives: November 2012

Death Penalty for Roland Chbeir’s Killer

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What Charbel Shallita did is unforgivable but the death penalty is wrong.

Examining Magistrate Judge Ziad Makna demanded in his indictment the death penalty against the killer of 22-year-old Roland Chbeir, who was murdered on October 28 by his friend. Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday that Makna accused Charbel Shallita of committing a premeditated crime. [Link]

Write to Santa

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LibanPost launched a week ago the first Lebanese Santa stamp that will be sold starting November 16 in all LibanPost offices. The idea behind this stamp is to sell Santa Postcards at 5,000LL and donate the profits to Himaya, a Lebanese NGO that promotes the global protection of children from all types of abuse.

According to a study carried out by Kafa in partnership with the ministry of social affairs, more than 885’000 children are victims of psychological abuse, of which, 738’000 are also victims of physical abuse and 219’000 victims of sexual abuse. [Himaya]

I think it’s a nice initiative specially that children at schools will be asked to write letters and make selfless wishes to help other less fortunate children. The letters will be addressed to Santa who will be answering each and every one of them.

So if you still mail friends or loved ones Christmas cards, you can buy some of Santa’s postcards and help Himaya in its fight against child abuse.

Time Out Nightlife Awards 2012

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The Time Out Nightlife Awards 2012 event took place this Monday at Music Hall in DownTown Beirut. The awards included Beirut’s best DJs, clubs, promoters, gigs, bars and concerts over the past 12 months.

I tried to compile the full (unofficial) list of winners as tweeted by TimeOut and Ziad Kamel, Founder/CEO of The Alleyway Group.


Best Club of the Year : BO18
Best Bar of the Year : The Angry Monkey
Outstanding Contribution Award : Nagi Baz (Buzz Productions)


Best New Bar : The Angry Monkey
Best Bar Design : Dictateur (Critics Choice: Feb 30th)
Best New Club : Pier 7 (Critics Choice Award: Mad)
Best Live Music Venue : Mandaloun (Critics Choice: Music Hall)
Best Outdoor Venue : White (Critics Choice Award: Sky Bar)
Best Local DJ : Djette (Critics choice: DJ Jade)
Best Local Cover Act : JLP Band (Critics Choice: Who Killed Bruce Lee)
Best Local Act: The Wanton Bishops (Critics choice: Lazy Lung)
Best Lounge Bar : Iris (Critics Choice Award: Le Capitole)
Best Bar Food: The Angry Monkey
Best Bartender : Marcel Haddad from Bar 360 (Critics choice: Varia Dellian-Momo’s)
Best Live Music Concert (3,000+ capacity) : Snow Patrol at Byblos International Festival (Critics choice: Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Best Music Festival : FĂȘte De La Musique

Haifa Wehbe banned in Egypt

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According to this article, Salah Abdel-Maksoud, Egypt’s Information Minister, has forbidden all Egyptian TVs from broadcasting any show including Haifa Wehbe or Elham Chahine. The article continues that Haifa’s latest divorce from Egyptian businessman Ahmad Abu Hashima may have something to do with the ban.

Funnily enough, this is the same minister that was accused of sexually harassing Dubai TV Host Zina Al Jarhi. [Video]