That’s how Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s wine correspondent, ended her article on Lebanon’s wine industry, on the end of an era with Serge Hochar’s tragic death and how Lebanese wine is booming abroad. She spoke about the obstacles that wine makers are facing recently in Lebanon, and how she was impressed by the energy and commitment of the new generation of producers that managed to double the quantity of Lebanese wine abroad in five years.
Lebanon moved from 12 wineries in 2004 to 40 commercial wineries by 2012 making eight million bottles of wine a year and exporting wine worth $14.5 million. Some of the wineries mentioned in Moore’s article include Domaine des Tourelles, Ixsir, Chateau Musar and Château St Thomas.
Lebanese wine is great and definitely worth trying. I will post shortly a list of my ten favorite Lebanese wine bottles.
You can check the full article [Here].
It may seem hard to believe but these people are demonstrating because Zahle is getting 24-hour electricity soon and their generators will become useless. I think they should be held accountable for ripping off people with ridiculous generator bills all these years.
A car filled with explosives was apprehended by the Lebanese authorities after it flipped due to bad road conditions. The driver abandoned the vehicle on one of the Arsal roads after he fell into a pot hole on and lost control of the vehicle which contained 120kg of explosives.
Every year, I tell myself that driving can’t get any worse in this country but I am proven wrong. Drivers are becoming more violent, more reckless and unpredictable and what happened with Johny is a clear proof of that. The last time I got into a verbal dispute with a driver, it was a 60 year old man who cut me off and almost hit me. I was with my brothers and we could have easily kicked his ass but I just ignored him and drove away because he was with his family and I don’t believe in violence, even though he was cursing at us and broke my front mirror.
Going back to Johny’s story, this poor guy was trying to clear the way for an Ambulance yet somehow ended up getting beaten and rushed to the nearest hospital. The cops were no where to be seen and even though they manage to arrest the assailants later on, it was only for few hours. Luckily no one got shot or killed in the incident but that’s not a reason for the cops not to arrest and jail these people for:
1- Driving in the wrong lane and blocking the road.
2- Blocking an Ambulance which is a very serious charge anywhere in the world.
3- Beating Johny and another driver.
Check out the full story [here].
The person who uploaded this video said he took the film from the store owner and that it happened somewhere in Beirut. I can’t really tell where the crash took place but that was a very close call!
I pulled over to get something from the grocery store and was just heading towards the store when I heard screeching tires. I looked and without thinking I just ran to the store. With respect to the driver, he was a reckless guy driving above speed limit and lost control of the car so he hit the brakes and his car turned and crashed into my car and the ice-cream refrigerators outside the store. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
The store owner was kind enough to let me film his CCTV monitor before he deleted the tape, so i’ll always have this video to remind me just how lucky i was.
I can’t believe what I just watched! Are these guys for real? They didn’t mean to kill him? Yves khaykoun sar halla2??
LBCI stated this video was shot right before the two killers turned themselves in.
Members of the Syrian delegation assaulted Fadi Saad, a Lebanese lawyer, after he spoke against the Syrian army and the Syrian regime during the 23rd conference for Arab lawyers that was being held in Egypt. You’d expect lawyers to be the last people to resort to violence but then again everything is different in the Arab world.
PS: It seems Miss Israel photobombed Sally’s selfie by taking her own selfie. This calls for a new hashtag #Incelfie 😛
I just noticed people have been tweeting all day at Miss Lebanon Sally Jreij because of a selfie that included her and Miss Israel. I looked a bit and found that Miss Lebanon’s manager issued a statement where she says that she was being harassed by Miss Israel and that Miss Israel photo bombed her picture. If this is really the case, then the organizers should have taken action and avoided this whole mess.
In all cases, I think the statement Sally is pretty clear and she should report the picture and have it removed if it’s going to cause her trouble. Until then, let’s focus on more serious issues we have in Lebanon, like the two Lebanese army soldiers that were injured after Israeli troops tossed smoke grenades in Aita el Shaab today.
Update: Here’s what Sally told her fans apparently:
“To all my supporters and Lebanese citizens, I would like to thank you indeed for your continuous support of Miss Lebanon at the Miss Universe contest …The truth behind the photo: Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me).
I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia and myself; suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media. This is what happened and I hope to have your full support in the Miss Universe contest”
Update (20/01/2015): It appears that the government won’t be fixing any prices and the prices will drop by more than 1,000 Lebanese Lira tomorrow.
Gas prices have dropped by over 13,000 Lebanese Liras from last year until now in Lebanon, and they should normally continue to drop since oil prices are plunging worldwide. However, it appears that the Lebanese authorities and the concerned ministries want to put an end to this drop and set a minimum price for the tank. Moreover, there are talks that they might re-introduce a fixed amount that is related to internal distribution and governmental taxes and that was abolished by Gebran Bassil a couple of years ago.
Knowing that the prices are related to international market fluctuations, I don’t think it’s fair for the government to set a minimum price. If they want to compensate for the oil companies and gas stations’ losses, they should also set a maximum price and relieve the Lebanese from high fuel bills. If the government wants to take action and help oil companies by fixing the price of 20 liters of gas at 22,000, they should also prioritize the average citizen and set a maximum price.
On another note, I wonder if the drop in gas prices has anything to do with the increase in traffic lately.
I had posted back in September that Forever 21 is set to open early January and today is the official opening.