According to Annahar, Ministers Nohad el Machnouk and Rachid Derbas were late for the first picture and by the time they arrived, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri had left, so they decided to take another picture with all the ministers and someone filling in Berri’s place then photoshop Berri into it.
I have to say I didn’t expect a new government to see the light, and I am quite saddened that we couldn’t break Belgium’s word record of 589 days without a government. That would have been quite the achievement!
Here are few good reads on the new government for those interested:
Lebanon’s New Government (Feb 15, 2014) – Qifa Nabki
A Team Of Rivals – BeirutSpring
Eleven Months Later – Who Won? – Moulahazat
The 2014 Lebanese Basketball Season is proving to be the best in years and the clash everyone’s been waiting for is happening tonight between Hekmeh and Riyadi at 6pm. Nothing can make these two teams and their fans love each other, even if the game is on Valentine, but that’s not what bothers me as such rivalries are good for the sport. What really bothers me is the unsportsmanlike conduct that we witness from one of the teams or both or from the fans in almost every game between the two sides.
Hate each other all you want but respect the sport and play the damn game! I am not cheering for any side tonight. Who are you with?
The Nawaya Network is a non-profit organization aimed at empowering disadvantaged and at-risk youth by developing their talents and passions to keep them away from crime, violence, and drugs, and to help lift them out of poverty. Check out more about them [Here].
I am sure all of you have heard Pharrell Williams’s Happy song and seen the world’s [first 24 hour music video]. The whole video and idea are pure genius and seeing all these people dancing happily is a great way to cheer yourself up on a bad day.
Having said that, and since Lebanon is going through bad MONTHS not just days, I thought we make our own version of Pharrel’s song by compiling clips sent from various Lebanese from all across the country. I tweeted last week to see how many people would be interested in this idea and got plenty of positive replies. Liliane also posted about that yesterday and also got some positive feedback.
I think we all agree that dancing and music are great ways to boost happiness and feel better, so here’s what you have to do to take part in this video clip and make it happen!
- Film yourself either alone or with your friends or anyway you want for at least 10-15 seconds dancing the Pharrell Williams’s Happy song. You could film yourself dancing at home, on a sidewalk, in the park, in the parking lot, on the roof, anywhere you like.
- Make sure the camera is fixed and set properly just like you can see it in the video clip above.
- Check that the video is a good quality one, save it as .mov or .mp4
& email me email@example.com. If you are filming using a smart phone, use it horizontally and avoid using the zoom.
Once I receive the needed entries, I will compile and edit them with the help of a friend into one video clip and upload it on YouTube. The sooner I get the needed amount of videos, the earlier I upload the video so spread the message and let’s make this happen and show a better image of Lebanon.
You can check out the [Dubai Version] or [Bucharest] version or [Paris Version] and a lot more versions online to have an idea on how to make your video and send it over.
The Lebanese online community is showing its support for Lebanese Alpine Skier Jackie Chamoun by posing for pictures using the hashtag #StripForJackie. It’s great to see so many Lebanese uploading their pictures in support of Jackie. There are over 150 entries on Instagram since yesterday only. Check them out [here].
Taken from Siestke
In addition to what I posted yesterday, here are three cases as exposed by Executive Magazine Faisal Karami should be investigating:
1. The country’s basketball crisis
2. Ongoing corruption in sport
3. Crippling youth unemployment
Read the full details [here].
The “Roum Catholique” one still cracks me up!
You don’t need to apologize for anyone. We love you and wish you the best of luck in your upcoming races!
I just want to make it clear to everyone who commented, shared the photos that appeared on the net in Lebanon yesterday. Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes 3 years ago. The photos of the photoshoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making off, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public. Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticise this.
Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race. [Source]