Nahr el Mot bridge is no longer in the middle of the highway as they closed down the right side of the highway and kept it for those visiting City Mall or internal roads. Let’s hope they do something about the other side of the bridge which takes you back to Jounieh and is a complete mess.
I am not expecting the authorities to fix this before an unfortunate car accident takes place. Hope I am wrong.
I can’t really tell where this place is in Antelias.
The truck wasn’t blocking neither the highway nor the maritime road yet roads were jammed because everyone was slowing down to see what happened.
That’s some pretty cool driving!
Nicolas Amiouni is the youngest Lebanese rally driver and a very promising one. He’s definitely impressing at this year’s rally as he’s managed to rank in the top 3 or 4 at most stages behind the more experienced Abdo and Roger Feghali and Nasser Al Attiya. Unfortunately his car caught fire yesterday and he lost some time.
Let’s hope he will be the one to break Roger Feghali’s winning streak.
The Rally of Lebanon is the only tarmac rally in the Middle East. The rally was first held in 1968 and has been won by Roger Feghali for the past 9 years (and probably this year too).
You can follow up news on the 2013 Edition of the rally [Here].
This week’s episode on the Freakonomics radio examines the Lebanese Diaspora and how successful it is. Listen to it [Here].
“If you look at ten or twenty or thirty of the richest countries around the world, among the richest people in those countries is someone from Lebanon.” Of course Taleb would say this, Dubner thought. He is Lebanese. But the idea stuck. And that’s what this week’s episode is about.
How successful is the Lebanese diaspora? And how did they get to be this way?
Rayak Train Station – Picture taken from Bambi’s Soapbox
Based on the below article, the European Investment Bank will conduct a study to examine the cost and feasibility of reopening the approximately 80 km Beirut-Tripoli railway. The article doesn’t say who ordered such a study but they’ve been doing studies for over 10 years now and still nothing so maybe it’s better if we invest these 2 million euros somewhere else.
It seems Lebanese will have to wait for the oil drilling to begin before they have a chance of any electricity, water or high speed trains (Assuming politicians don’t steal the money first).
LEBANON: Tenders for a study into the feasibility of rebuilding the disused railway from Beirut north along the coast to Tripoli are to be invited by the European Investment Bank during September.
The standard gauge line linking Haifa, Beirut and Tripoli was built by Allied forces during World War II. Along with the rest of the Lebanese rail network it is currently derelict, with the last trains having run around 1997.
EIB plans to commission a comprehensive study of the technical, economic, financial, environmental, social and institutional aspects of rehabilitating and reopening the approximately 80 km Beirut – Tripoli section, and it will seek assistance with the development of tender documentation for procurement of the construction works.
The study is expected to cost around €2m, funded by the Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment & Partnership programme.
Taken from Yasa – by Mary Nawar