I thought the story is very weird and did some research and asked some friends around and the truth is I was shocked to hear what really happened, or at least what I was told from some presumably reliable sources and read in an article. Here’s a summary of the Press Release Inter-Liban club issued yesterday:
1- Gretta is participating in the Olympic games for the third consecutive time unlike Vahe who’s there for the first time. As a result Gretta has a lot of friends among athletes and coaches.
3- Gretta was friends with the Irish coach for years and with others as well and used to roam around the village all the time. The jacket she was wearing was a Nike one that had nothing to do with the Irish team.
4- The Lebanese Olympic committee should have gone through the report Vahe issued more thoroughly and verified the facts stated. Gretta is a great athlete that does not deserve such treatment. What a shame!
It looks like a sexual harassment case and if this is true, this coach will be in serious trouble when he gets back to Lebanon.
The Lebanese banks infected by the “Gauss” virus are Bank of Beirut, EBLF, Blom Bank, Byblos Bank, FransaBank and Credit Libanais.
The malware, which steals system information but also has a mysterious payload that could be destructive against critical infrastructure, has been found infecting at least 2,500 machines, most of them in Lebanon, according to Russia-based security firm Kaspersky Lab, which discovered the malware in June and published an extensive analysis of it on Thursday.
The spyware, dubbed Gauss after a name found in one of its main files, also has a module that targets bank accounts in order to capture login credentials. The malware targets accounts at several banks in Lebanon, including the Bank of Beirut, EBLF, BlomBank, ByblosBank, FransaBank and Credit Libanais. It also targets customers of Citibank and PayPal. [Article]
It’s a great honor to have a Lebanese at such a high position especially that this is the first time NASA has successfully put together a video of a landing on Mars.
NASAâ€™s latest adventure to Mars has given the world more than just glimpses of a new alien landscape. It opened a window into the trip itself, from video footage of the landing to a photo of the rover hanging by a parachute to a shot of discarded spacecraft hardware strewn across the surface. And the best views â€” of Mars and the journey there â€” are yet to come. [Link]
I’ve been very pleased with the connection and speed ever since I switched from Wise to DSL few months back, but I’ve been having some weird issues that I was only able to figure out on Sunday.
When Ogero first came to install the modem, they put filters on all the phones in the house to prevent any internet disruption, mainly on handy-phones for some reason. This however did not stop the connection from going down occasionally but I always thought it was a problem with Ogero as we are used to frequent short internet outages.
However, internet was down all day on Saturday and on Sunday as well. It would go up randomly then go down few minutes later. I called the support like ten times and they would re-assure me every time that thereâ€™s no problem from their side and that my connection is working fine. They would also ask me to check the cables or unplug everything and plug them back. I tried everything and the connection was still dropping until I noticed something. Every time I placed a call with the living roomâ€™s handy phone, the internet signal on the DSL modem would go off. I thought it was a coincidence at first but then I tried it 4 times and it would disconnect over and over again.
As a result, I unplugged the phone line from this specific handy phone and the connection stopped dropping. Noting that the phone has a filter, and we barely use it, I donâ€™t understand why it would cause a drop in the internet connection and have no clue on how to proceed to fix it. I guess I will have to call back support today.
Following the national uproar in Lebanon when large amounts of rotten meat and dairy were found at some of Beirutâ€™s top restaurants and supermarkets, researchers at the American University of Beirut (AUB) carried out a study on levels of bacterial contamination in Lebanonâ€™s meat and dairy products. The lead researcher and environmentalist Rabih Kamleh explains how the findings reveal worrying levels of harmful pathogenic microorganisms such as Salmonella , Listeria and Escherichia Coli in Lebanese food. As far as dangers go, cheese â€œsmellsâ€ the worst.
Water is at the base of any type of consumption or production process, especially for food supplies. If this source is highly contaminated Lebanon risks a severe public health hazard, as the food supply now becomes a potential vehicle for the transmission of many resistant bacterial pathogens .
Some Lebanese take pride in how our society is a conservative one and still has values while in reality itâ€™s asking guys to have Superman-like skills to navigate a relationship and make it endure.
I never thought I would be writing an article on relationships in Lebanon but somehow I ended up writing one that got published in RAGMAG’s July issue which is awesome. You can read the full article [Here].
The idea sounds great at first but as one of our readers pointed out, he was unable to connect to this alleged “free internet” provided by the government from 3 different phones (Iphone, Blackberry, and Nokia).
[YouTube] Richest city in the world. A poor disabled couple. A dream. And a heartbreak.
Lebanese Niam Itani is a finalist this year in the Your Film Festival, YouTubeâ€™s movie competition in partnership with iconic US Ã¼ber director Ridley Scott and the Venice Film Festival. Her film â€œSuper.Full.â€ has already been screened at several international competitions and won at Forster Film Festival in Australia earlier this year. [Link]
Update: Ray unfortunately had relatively weak rounds of shooting and ended up 18th. [Results]
Lebanese National Ray Bassil will make her Olympic debut in the Women’s Trap event (Shooting) scheduled at noon Lebanon time. Ray Bassil is only 23 and has already several achievements to her name, most notably a Bronze medal at the Shooting World Cup held in 2007.
She’s our biggest hope for a medal at the Olympics.
Katya Bachrouche of Libya competes in the women’s 800m Freestyle heats
This is the comment that showed underneath Katya’s picture on the official London Olympics website. [Link]
Why Libya? It doesn’t even sound the same and you can’t confuse our Lebanese flag with the Libyan one. The only thing we have in common is Tripoli. That doesn’t justify CNN’s gaffe last year though. [Link]
Someone owes the Lebanese team an apology.
Update: I submitted a complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katya finished second in Heat2 of the Womenâ€™s 800m Freestyle Swimming which is an excellent result but her time wasn’t good enough to advance to the finals. She ended up in 19th position overall (Out of 35) which is an encouraging result.
When I first went to try the new Grand Cinemas at ABC in the first week of July, the rooftop wasn’t open yet. A week ago, I went to the movies again and noticed that it’s now accessible to all with some restaurants already open, mainly Leila, Roadster, Napoletana, OBI and Duo.
I don’t necessarily agree that the whole electricity crisis is Bassil’s fault despite him being the concerned minister, but he’s become a joke after the last statement he gave (see below video) and one of the outcomes is that website.
In the austere police station, after they are asked to undress, they are told to lean forward or crouch, submitting to a medical examination to determine their sexual orientation. Who are they? People suspected of homosexuality, a punishable offense in Lebanon, a country considered far more tolerant than other Arab countries. [LeMonde]