Category Archives: Information

CNN Report On Lebanon’s Slow Internet


While one cannot deny that Minister Sehnaoui has improved the internet situation in Lebanon as a whole, internet is still relatively slow in Lebanon and the data caps are still ridiculously low. I am currently registered to the 1.5GB 3G plan and always exceed my monthly limit, even though I use WIFI at work and at home.

Let’s hope things will improve with the new minister.

You can watch the full CNN Report by Mohammad Jamjoum [Here].

Little Helps: Baking Maamoul For A Cause


A little help from everyone can make a huge difference sometimes. That’s what “Little Helps” is hoping to achieve this year by making, baking and selling Maamoul during April to help the needy in Lebanon. All revenues that come out of the sales will be distributed to underprivileged Lebanese, elderly people, orphans or refugees fleeing the Syrian war. The sales will start during the month of April every Saturday in Souk el Tayyeb, Beirut Souks.

I love Maamoul and I love such genuine initiatives so I’ve already placed an order for 1 box of Dates and 1 box of Pistachios. You can place your orders [Here] or visit Souk el Tayeb starting April.

For more info, click [Here].


MIT Student From Lebanon Found Dead


23-year old Hadi Kasab was found dead in his university-owned residence in Cambridge on Thursday night. Hadi comes from Saida, Lebanon and was a second-year graduate student in MIT’s program in computation for design and optimization. He also used to work at the MIT Gas Turbine Laboraty, and if I am not mistaken, this is a [picture] of him.

MIT mourned the young man whose cause of death is still unknown.

Sincere Condolences to his family.

Hadi Kasab, 23, a second-year graduate student in MIT’s program in Computation for Design and Optimization, was found deceased last evening in his room in Sidney Pacific. Kasab was a native of Saida, Lebanon.

As is standard procedure in such cases, an investigation led by the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office is under way; the state Medical Examiner’s office has not yet given its determination of the cause of death. The MIT Police have determined that there is no threat to the community. [Link]

Michel Sakr Freed By The Lebanese Police After Getting Kidnapped Yesterday Morning In Zahle


The son of Ibrahim Sakr, a reputed business man in Zahle, was freed after he got kidnapped yesterday in front of his house. Some reports are saying a prominent political figure intervened to release the kid, probably Nabih Berri.

Tens of kidnappings for ransom have taken place in the Bekaa area since last year, and it looks like everyone knows the groups behind them yet nothing’s being done. In all cases, this is definitely good news for the kid and his family.

via Lebanese-Forces

Two More Reasons To Join The Protest Against Domestic Violence In Lebanon Tomorrow


The demonstration is taking place this Saturday March 8 (International Women’s Day) from 2 to 3 pm. The protesters will walk from the Museum to Beirut’s Justice Palace.

Here’s a call from the mothers of the latest domestic violence victims to join the protest:


And here’s another powerful ad by March:


It reminded me of this awesome ad on how children repeat what their parents do.


Three ReVa (Reverse Vending Machines) Installed At The American University of Beirut


The ReVa machines are based on the 3Rs principle: Recycle, Redeem and Reward. They accept empty juice bottles and cans, soft drink bottles and cans and water bottles and give in return green coupons which AUB staff or students can exchange later on for free water bottles, Plat Du Jour or even free guest passes at CHSC.

This is a great initiative to help spread awareness and improve the recycling process at AUB. So far 3 ReVa machines were installed at Ada Dodge Cafeteria, Charles Hostler Student Center and AUBMC Cafeteria as part of the pilot program and hopefully the idea will spread to other universities and even businesses. Based on AUB article, the number of bottles placed inside the machines during the month of February reached around 9000 bottles.

Spinneys already has ReVa machines in all its branches.

Beirut On Ice 2014 – Ice Skating at City Mall Dora


I was passing by City Mall a couple of weeks back and I noticed there’s an ice skating rink on the last floor. The ice rink is pretty big and could fit up to 60-70 people maybe. There are trainers to help out the first timers and trust me you will need one otherwise you will keep falling down. I remember when I first tried ice skating long time ago in the huge ice rink near Dream Park in Zouk Mosbeh, I kept hurting (my ass and back) for a couple of days after.

The entrance is for 25,000 LL but there are special discounts for students and groups. You can check out more information [Here].


The Most Powerful Lebanese Women – 2014


Arabian Business released their “100 most powerful Arab women 2014″ list and 17 Lebanese women were ranked among the top 100, with Swatch’s Nayla Hayek climbing 2 ranks from last year to 6th position. UAE’s Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is still ranked first for the fourth year in a row.

6- Nayla Hayek
14- Leila el Solh
39- Ayah Bdeir
45- Grace Najjar
49- Nadine Labaki
56- Hanan Al Shaykh
58- Fairouz
59- Nesreen Ghaddar
62- Joumana Haddad
63- Reine Abbas
64- Nancy Ajram
76- Hind Hobeika
79- Rabab Al Sadr
83- Mona Bawarshi
87- Christine Sfeir
93- Elissa
98- Najwa Karam

Here’s what Arabian Business wrote about Nayla Hayek.

Nayla Hayek is one half of a brother and sister team that oversees the world’s biggest watch company. Last year, Swatch posted a 20 percent increase in annual profits to $2bn, with overall revenues coming in at just under $10bn.
Hayek, whose father co-founded the company, has been an active member of the board ever since her appointment in 1995. When her father died in 2010 he was ranked the 232nd richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of $3.9bn.
Swatch’s importance lies not just in the fact that it is such a huge manufacturer; it makes most of the parts that make other Swiss watches tick. The firm has been on the acquisition war path in recent years; its stable of brands includes Breguet, Blancpain, Omega, Longines and Tissot.
Last January, the watch giant announced it had acquired the Harry Winston Diamond Corp’s luxury goods operation in a deal valued at as much as $1bn. After that deal was concluded, Hayek became CEO of the company.

Tripoli Celebrates Zambo Carnival Before Lent


The Zambo carnival is a yearly tradition that Christians in Tripoli Mina celebrate before the beginning of the lent. They wear tribal clothes, paint their skins in dark colors and put on scary masks while wandering around the alleys of the Old Mina. It’s a fun event that Tripoli residents from all religions take part in. Zambo has been held for almost a century now.

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At the end of the carnival, the participants jump in the water of a nearby beach.

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Pictures via Natheer