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Red Bull King Of The Rock Lebanon 2014

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For all street basketball fans, the Red Bull King Of The Rock is back for its third consecutive year in Lebanon. It’s a 1 on 1 game and basketball in its purest form. Qualifiers will take place on June 13,14, 20 and 21. The Final will be held at an unusual place, the abandoned Marche du Pont in Zouk on Saturday the 28th of June at 8:30PM.

The winner will get to represent Lebanon at the Red Bull King of the Rock World Finals in the prison exercise yards of Samasana Island on September 6.

Last year I was out of Lebanon and this year I will be out of the country during the first weekend of qualifiers, but hopefully I will be at Rebound on Saturday 21 for the second round of qualifiers. Check out more details on the event [Here].

See you all there!

QUALIFIERS:
– Friday 13th of June – Sagesse University, Furn El-Chebak

– Saturday 14th of June – Mocean, Kaslik

– Friday 20th of June- Balamand Univeristy, Koura [King Of The Rock + Queen Of The Rock]

– Saturday 21st of June – Rebound, Jdeideh [King Of The Rock + Queen Of The Rock]

Registration is at 4:00 PM, games start at 5:00 PM.

FINALS:
Finalists will play at MARCHE DU PONT, ZOUK on Saturday the 28th of June at 8:30PM.

Ellie Goulding Live At Biel On July 23

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I think I kept listening to “Lights” for a whole month once it came out and I still listen to it every now and then. I also like “Burn” and “I Know You Care” and of course “I Need your love” with Calvin Harris.

I am glad MIX FM are bringing her to Beirut as the lineup of foreign artists coming this summer to Lebanon kinda sucks. So far I am seriously considering going to Ellie Goulding and Stromae.

You can get tickets for Goulding [Here].

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Remembering Samir Kassir

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Samir Kassir was assassinated on June 2, 2005, in Beirut, when a bomb placed under his car was detonated. The tragic death of this journalist and writer was one of many attempts to silence Lebanese free thinkers, put an end to the Independence Intifada, and prevent Beirut’s winds of liberty from spreading across the region. Samir Kassir, who wrote Beirut’s history, has therefore become a part of this history.

The model of intellectual renaissance embodied by Samir Kassir during his life and at the moment of his death, through his articles and academic research, has placed him at the avant-garde of Lebanese and Arab opinion leaders who have paid their life to fight tyranny and lead their country to freedom and independence. [Source]

#BreakingBarriersLebanon: Michael Haddad Defying Disability To The Top Of Raouché’s Rock

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Michael Haddad is a young Lebanese who lost control of 75% of his body after a jet-ski accident 26 years ago and stays standing up with his two crutches and a 15-kilogram steel exoskeleton. Despite all that, he has already succeeded in walking 19 kilometers between the Cedars of Bcharre and the Cedars of Tannourine and now wants to climb to the top of the Raouche Rock on June 8 which happens to be World Oceans Day.

Michael is a great guy and an inspiration to us all. Let’s wish him the best of luck!

AUB Outdoors 2014

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Ever since I was an AUB student, I enjoyed going to the AUB outdoors as it’s a lot of fun and it’s great walking around the AUB campus and meeting with your old buddies. This year’s theme is “Take me to New York” and looks like a lot of fun. There’s Nemr Abou Nassar, Comedy Night, VRL live, my good friend Gino hosting the event and Who Killed Bruce Lee and Meen entertaining the crowds with their awesome music.

AUB Outdoors are taking place on May 24th and 25th from 10 Am to 10 PM. Check out more details [Here].

Lezem Fashion Show

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I don’t usually post about fashion shows but this one is a different one as it doesn’t only showcase the work of young talented Lebanese but also uses the collective funds of the event in order to benefit the Lebanese society”. In fact, the funds collected from this fashion show will be donated to Basmeh and Zeitooneh, an NGO aimed at helping under-privileged people of all nationalities across camps in Lebanon.

If you wish to know more about Lezem, check their FB page [Here].

Bringing Life Back To The Baabda Forest

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The Green Party Of Lebanon is organizing on Sunday the 18th of May a guided hiking tour with fire fighting demonstration in order to raise money for the reforestation after the huge fire last week. You can check out more about the event [here].

I am glad the Green Party has decided to organize this event but I wish they’d take some pro-active measures and start initiatives to safeguard whatever is left of our forests in Lebanon.

Pictures and Inspiring Stories From The 2014 Beirut Women Race

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I proudly took part in the Beirut Women Race last Sunday and ran the 5K in support of women and their rights in Lebanon. Almost 10,000 attended the event running for fun, for women and for official causes making it a successful and joyful one.

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Here are some of the inspiring stories that happened on that day and are worth mentioning:

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The winner of the 10k race was Aregu Abate with a new course record at 41:06. For those of you who are not familiar with Aregu, she’s not a professional athlete coming from abroad to participate, but instead a housekeeper who works in Beirut for the awesome blogger Sietske. Aregu ran for “all the nannies, housemaids and cleaning ladies, showing that change is possible”. I’d like to meet her and Sietske one day because their story is quite an amazing and inspiring one! Read it all [Here].

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One of the participants Rita, who’s on wheels, was assisted by her blind friend Liliane and they both completed the 10k.

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Another participant finished the whole 10k barefoot. I honestly don’t know how she managed that as it was very hot.

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One of the most inspiring stories from this race was Zena Mhanna’s, as she was running over all “that is dark and negative and painful in her life”. I’ve read her story like 3 times and cannot but admire this girl for her strength and courage. I hope she won’t have to face any difficulties or tragedies in her life anymore and wish her all the best!

Check out other awesome stories on Beirut Marathon’s website [Here].

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On a last note, MARCH performed a great stunt to raise awareness on violence against women that I posted about a couple of days ago.

PS: Pictures that aren’t mine were taken from Beirut Marathon’s Facebook Page.