Picture from Al-Akhbar
I am glad they finally decided to do something about this dump. It’s almost as bad as the Bourj Hammoud one and is getting worse every day.
Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. Do you remember our mountain-like dump of garbage in Saida? The one that is over 50 meters high? You know, the one that looks like this?
Well, I have some news for you. The government has finally approved step one to start the dump’s rehabilitation, which involves the construction of a maritime barrier to separate the dump from the sea and making the Sinnik waste management plant operational. In addition, there will be a detailed study as to the current state of the dump, how to stop the use of this land as a dumpsite, how to deal with the existing waste, and identify the sites to which the waste will be sent to be processed. Great! The garbage will finally be processed and the site will be rehabilitated!
However, there are some down sides to this plan. In the long run, the plan will involve filling in a total of 63 hectares of the sea with land (18 in the first stage, 45 in the second), and the land that will be “created” by filling in this part of the sea will be used to either build a new port for the city, a public garden for the municipality or commercial institutions. Granted, the second part of the plan has yet to be approved, but even at the first stage, 18 hectares of our sea is destined to be filled with soil in order to be turned into land.
Filling the sea with land, also known as “land reclamation” in order to build structures on it, has environmental consequences. It is a form of habitat destruction. Land reclamation disrupts eco-systems and kills marine life. What an environmental plan should focus on is rehabilitation, not using the site to build something new. We need to rehabilitate the polluted sea around the dump too, not destroy it by filling it with soil. Lebanon, it’s great that the dumpsite is finally going to be treated, but the land reclamation part of the plan has dire environmental consequences. Let us advocate for environmental rehabilitation of both the dump and the sea! We can do it, Lebanon! [KeepLebanonGreen]
This is how the dumbsite should look like in the future but we all remember how Bourj Hammoud was supposed to look like years ago and is still the same.
Wadi Mechmech gets electricity for the first time since Lebanon’s Independence
It would be a good idea for the Lebanese media to shed the light more often on these impoverished areas in Lebanon and pressure local MPs, concerned ministries and the government to help improve their condition and give them the minimum requirements for a decent living.
Elie first noticed this error 3 days ago in an American research symposium and the news quickly spread before they finally corrected the information today.
I think it was good someone noticed this mistake because it’s pretty weird that they put Israel after the American University of Beirut.
According to the 2013 Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index, Lebanon is among the worst countries in the world when it comes to freedom of travel and visa restrictions. So not only no one wants to come to Lebanon these days, but it’s a hassle for Lebanese to go anywhere lol!
You can read more about these results [Here]
Picture from TheBeirutReport
Construction works at Beirut’s Roman Hippodrome that were suspended last year by the Shura Council, are set to resume after the Ministry of Culture “has approved (in the absence of a general director) construction across the remaining hippodrome grounds, so long as the developer reintegrates the wall into the basement level of the luxury housing development.”
I am not sure how much of the wall will be preserved nor how the Shura Council decision was overruled, but it’s quite disappointing to see such an impressive 1st century monument be replaced by luxury apartments.
If you wish to read more about it, check out Habib Battah’s detailed report for BBC [Here].
What the hippodrome could have looked like 2000 years ago
Last picture taken from the boat via AlJadeed
A lot of Lebanese families have been risking their lives and paying thousands of dollars to get to Australia and leave Lebanon once and for all. Their argument is that they are forced to carry arms and die or seek asylum and try to start a new life outside the country.
Lebanonfiles posted the names of the Lebanese who died on that boat. Most of the families were from Qab3it village in Akkar. You can check it [Here].
It’s quite sad how everyone’s talking about Syrian Refugees in Lebanon these days while there are forgotten Lebanese fleeing the country looking for a better life. How about we try to help these families stay in Lebanon?
At least seventeen Lebanese including a number of children drowned on their way to Australia in a boat accident off the coast of Indonesia, a local official said Friday.
“I only have confirmation that 17 people have died on the boat,” Ali Hussein, mukhtar of the northern village of Qabeet, where the victims are from, told The Daily Star.
Lebanese officials in Jakarta said the boat carrying at least 80 people sunk earlier Friday, 12 hours by sea off the Indonesian coast on its way to Australia. The boat was said to be carrying migrants from different nationalities. [DailyStar]
Speaking of smoking, I can’t wait to see how the smoking ban law will be implemented in pubs and restaurants during winter, because I haven’t been to any restaurant/pub/night where smoking was banned. In fact, I once walked into a shop with a “No Smoking” sign outside and the owner smoking inside.
Congrats to Rashed and Cybele! You won 3 tickets each to watch the Avant-Premiere of Malavita.
You will receive an email during the day!
I’ve already posted about the dangers of stray bullets and the need to ban celebratory gunfire in Lebanon once and for all. That’s not something so difficult to implement yet nothing is being done about it and innocent people are getting killed. If the security situation is that bad in Lebanon, let the concerned ministry start with the simplest things that don’t require security plans and could save tens of lives if not more every year.
The last victim of celebratory gunfire is a 28 year old man who was shot by accident by his friend during a wedding. This is not a tradition we should be proud of, this is a stupid act that could kill people and can easily be replaced by harmless fireworks.
I live in Detroit. Our priest at our church is Abouna Michel Cheble. Saturday night his brother in law Wassim, age 28 was killed in a wedding celebration in Baalbak. It was celebratory gun fire, and his close friend shot him on accident. Wassim left a wife, a boy age 5, and a daugther 10 months old. I know this is a tradition, all across Lebanon regardless of religion… but it costs many lives. I thought this would be a good blog idea about this topic/incident… I want to bring awareness to our people about this. I know we think we know everything but this is very dangerous.
Thank you Tom!
Ania is a Polish woman who has reportedly vowed to travel to every city across the world in a quest to sleep with 100,000 men. She’s planning to visit every city in Poland before going on a world tour, including a stop in Beirut. In fact and according to Annahar, she got the approval to visit Lebanon and do her thing as long as she doesn’t violate any laws.
Obviously this girl is not thinking clearly, because aside from the fact that wanting to have sex with 100,000 is a disturbing idea, she will need some 20 years non-stop to achieve her goal.
Either way, check out Sallim Allawzi’s funny take on the Lebanese who will agree to have sex with Ania, and Elie Marouni’s epic answer:
Here’s a link to her [website] for those interested.
Update: Ania was denied a VISA to Lebanon by the local authorities.