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Lebanese Flag Spotted At The Brazil World Cup Opening Ceremony

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There’s another picture circulating with the same guy holding the Amal party flag. I don’t know if it’s a photoshopped one but I will stick to that one. Speaking of the ceremony, I didn’t like it much to be honest and the first game that followed was a huge disappointment, as Brazil sucked and the referee was the uncontested man of the match, specially with that outrageous penalty he gave to Brazil.

How To Watch The FIFA World Cup 2014 In Lebanon?

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The World Cup kicks off today and the Lebanese are still unsure whether they will be able to watch it for free on TeleLiban or not. Like I said yesterday, the way Lebanese officials are dealing with this matter is quite shameful and humiliating. We shouldn’t be begging anyone to watch the World Cup, nor waiting for Qatar’s Prime Minister or BeIN’s chairman to make up their mind and decide whether the Lebanese can watch the World Cup for free or not.

Having said that, and since most of the Lebanese have illegal cable subscriptions, chances are the cable guy will charge you an extra amount and get either BeIN channels or some foreign channels that are broadcasting it for free. There’s a list of free channels (TF1, Rai Sport, Canal+ Sport etc ..) that is being circulated that you can see below, but chances are these will be blocked on the receivers by the local providers. Here’s the full list of TVs broadcasting the World Cup as provided by the FIFA.

In case you have a decent internet connection, there are TVs that will be broadcasting the first two rounds for free on their website and mobile apps, like Spanish Univision and French TF1.

There’s also a website I use to livestream almost any sports event that is called feed2all.eu. I never tried it during a World Cup but I am sure they will be showing games.

If you are still not sure what time the games are, go to FIFA’s website and click the “Change to local time” for the games you are interested in. It will show you the game schedule based on Beirut local time.

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For All German Football Fans In Lebanon

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We all know that there are a lot of German fans in Lebanon, but there hasn’t been an official fan club up until this year. This being said, the German Football Fans Facebook Group was founded back in May 2014 and has gathered over 9000 fans till now. Moreover, they’ve managed to reserve two football courts with the help of the German Embassy in Beirut where German fans can go to watch the games on huge LED screens.

The two courts are open for all the fans throughout the World Cup and can fit up to 3000 people per game. Entrance fees are for 15,000LL (2 drinks (soft or beer) + snackers) or 20,000LL (2 drinks (soft or beer) + 1 Sandwich (4 options) + snackers) which are reasonable fees. There’s also a section for those who want to smoke Arguile which I disapprove of to be honest.

I usually like to watch the games at home but I think I will join all the German fans for a game or two at the courts.

The football courts are located at LEFC Arena in Mkalles. To know more about the event and get directions, check [Here].

Confirmed? Tele Liban To Broadcast The 2014 FIFA World Cup

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TeleLiban posted few minutes ago the above status stating that Qatar will allow the TV to broadcast the Brazil 2014 World Cup games. To be honest, it feels like we’re begging Qatar to let us watch the World Cup for free which is quite embarrassing for all of us Lebanese, specially that Qatar waited till today to make up their mind.

I guess we only have FIFA to blame for this.

Municipal Council Rejects Jounieh’s Floating Island

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I am quite surprised to read that the municipality in Jounieh did not grant permission to the Floating Island project. “There is no place for the island” and “the municipality does not have the capacity to accommodate the Island’s guests” are not valid arguments to be honest. There’s a lot of space in Jounieh and there’s a huge parking lot near the Casino that’s empty all year long.

We are talking about a one of its kind project that will contain “a sea resort, hotel, gym, nightclub, restaurant and sporting activities” and will attract a lot of tourists to the area. It doesn’t make any sense to reject the project and let another area make use of it. If the municipality is concerned about space and pollution, how about they redeem the stolen beaches from resorts, close down some super night clubs in Maameltein, and do whatever it takes to close down the Zouk power plant?

Moreover, I urge them the municipality to stop causing further traffic with their road works and seek the help of experts before making any changes.

The world’s “first floating island,” currently under construction and destined for Jounieh Bay, has been rejected by municipality officials as incompatible with the seaside resort town.

“There is no place for the island in Jounieh,” Mayor Antoine Frem told The Daily Star, adding that the municipality did not have the capacity to accommodate the island’s guests. Frem said the Municipal Council had decided not to grant permission for the project, which was to launch in Jounieh in summer 2015

“A project of this caliber needs to be constructed in an area that does not have a dense population” Frem said, stressing that the project would require infrastructure and a large number of parking spaces. The mayor also raised environmental concerns, pointing out that mechanisms for waste and sewage management had yet to be resolved.

Beirut Café: A Cozy Mom-and-pop Eatery In St. Petersburg

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These family restaurants usually serve the best food! Check out the full article [Here].

Lakkis and Houssein met while in school in Beirut. Lakkis’ parents ran the Middle East Bakery near Allentown, Pa., for years, so she comes by her pastry prowess honestly. She is responsible for Beirut Café’s spinach pies, for the maamoul shortbread of semolina with dates or pistachio, the namourra with the texture of corn bread drizzled with rosewater, and (the showstopper) cheesecake baklava.

This spring has seen some joy and some hardship for the owners. In May, one of the couple’s sons got married and, on the same day, another went into the hospital. The result was that the restaurant spent a few weeks shuttered, but the tiny, 34-seat cafe is back in full swing.

Take a gander at the dessert case before finding your table. Lakkis will whisk by to take drink orders or open your beer or wine for you (it’s BYO) and bring glassware. By her own admission, service can be sluggish, but she’s confident the food is worth a wait.

I agree. The maza (appetizer) sampler is a fine way to start ($14 for 2 people, $26 for 4), with five items arrayed attractively. The falafel are some of the best in Pinellas County, crisp and greaseless with the earthy flavor of chickpea and fava bean, best dunked in piquant tahini sauce. Join these with tightly rolled, minty grape leaves (sometimes with rice, sometimes with wheat berries), maybe with a scoop of thick, garlicky labneh (yogurt sauce), hummus dotted with sauteed ground meat and toasted pine nuts and refreshing yogurty cuke salad.