Category Archives: Lebanon

British, Italians, Greeks and Lebanese kidnapped in Nigeria

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Adamu Aliyu, the chairman of the local government area that encompasses Jama’are, stated there are four Lebanese among the kidnapped but Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said only two Lebanese – Imad al-Indari and Carlos Abu Aziz – were among the abducted foreigners. Chinese newspaper Xinhuanet said 5 Lebanese were kidnapped.

The only explanation I have is that there are Lebanese among the abductors lol!

There are around 20,000 Lebanese living in Nigeria.

What about the other guy?

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I read today that ex-MP Elias Skaff got into an accident with another car belonging to Mohammad Ali Safar in Ebleh. Elias Skaff was unhurt but no one bothered checking on Mohammad to see if he was ok.

If the media is not doing its job properly, the MP should issue a statement clarifying what happened and checking on the other guy because it probably wouldn’t have made it to the news if it wasn’t a big crash.

Thanks Dany

Fatmagul Sultan is here!

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The first of two power ships finally arrived to Lebanon and will dock near the Zouk power plant. Linking the vessel to the Zouk power plant will take at least 3 weeks. The two powerships combined are supposed to generate 270 megawatts of electricity, and allow the authorities to undergo some maintenance works (Thank you Kuwait) on the old electric power-plants in Zouk and Jiyyeh in order to enhance their production.

Lebanon currently produces 1,500 MW of electricity per day while its consumption exceeds 2,400 MW. In my opinion, this is a positive step but I still think we should have parallel plans to handle the problem like the one Electrical Engineer Ahmad Habli proposed and by promoting environmentally friendly solutions such as solar panels.

Find Ali initiative

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Find Ali is dedicated to the memory of Ali Abdallah, a homeless man who passed away 40 days ago. Ali had no roof over his head, no one looking after him and died due to the cold wave that hit Lebanon earlier this year. In order to honor his memory, the [FindAli] website was initiated to locate homeless people and try to help them before it’s too late.

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Here’s how the website works (Taken from HummusForThought.com ):

1- Go to the project’s website
2- Click on ‘Submit a report’
3- You’ll be redirected to a page that has many boxes.

Report Title (e.g.: homeless man found on bliss street),
Description (e.g.: include all available info),
You can modify the date and time (it starts automatically at your current time)
Choose appropriate Category: Medicine, Blankets & Clothes, Education, Food, Shelter, Unknown, Urgent, Trusted Reports
What does He/She looks like?
Location Name. Here you can also use the map to pinpoint the exact location
News Source Link: Was he/she reported in the news?
External Video Link: Was he/she recorded on video?
Upload Photos: Do you have his/her photo?
Submit
You can get e-mail alerts (enter your e-mail here and confirm the link they’ll send you) of homeless people as soon as they are spotted and you can choose how you wish to help (medicine, shelter, food etc.)

The project also has its own Facebook page and allows iPhone and Android users to install the Ushahidi application.

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Picture via HumansOfLebanon

I’ve been following up on that various initiatives that were suggested after Ali’s death and I believe this is the best one I heard about so far. Nevertheless, I think it will be very challenging to maintain unless someone’s doing the proper follow-up and people are submitting useful reports. For example (see below screenshot) this kind of description “Man digging in trash: Older man, gray hair, shaddy clothing. not really a beard but not freshly shaved. on the short side” is not helpful at all.

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In all cases, I ask everyone to give this initiative a try, submit useful reports of homeless people and try to offer help regularly. If the government and the authorities don’t care about the poor and homeless, we have a duty as citizens to try and help as much as possible.

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Marwan Charbel promises to approve Nidal & Kholoud’s civil marriage

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Why the sad face? You are doing the right thing!

I am glad he changed his mind and will go on and sign it. Now we wait and see if he will keep his word.

Expect a new Zaghlouta from WhenHopeSpeaks.

Abdo Feghali breaks “Longest Drift in a Car” World Record

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I will post the video as soon as I find one.

Lebanese driver Abdo Feghali, best known for being Red Bull’s frontman at drifting events, has apparently just set the world record for the longest continuous drift, as certified by the Guiness Book of Records.

As news trickles in from the record attempt today morning at the skidpad in Yas Marina Abu Dhabi, Abdo Feghali managed to double the previous record, with a distance of more than 11 km using a Chevrolet Camaro SS. We assume he was going around in a large-diameter circle to keep the drift going in an area no larger than a football pitch. While the car matters little in a stunt like this, we’d be more interested to know what tyres he used for this feat, if he made them last twice as long! [Source]

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Picture from ChevroletArabia Page

Dictateur manager apologizes to Dalal Mawad

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What they did is still very wrong but it’s good that they issued an apology.

Thumbs up to Dalal for posting about it!

The Dictateur’s owners official reply on the incident that happened with Ms. Dala Mawad:

On behalf of the Dictateur owners and manager, we would like to apologize to Miss Dalal Mawad for the inconvenience that has happened yesterday. We definitely don’t believe in insulting or assaulting our customers, we go to extreme measures to insure that they have a pleasant stay at our place, but yesterday a misunderstanding obviously got totally out of hand, and for that again we apologize.

As for smoking ban, Dictateur fully respects Law 174, and we’ve been very clear about where our customers can or cannot smoke; our garden and terrace are outdoor spaces where smoking is allowed. Our lounge is a closed space so we prohibit smoking there, and we have been very strict about making sure it remains smoke free. As for the bar, yes it’s a bit in the grey area, since it has 2 open elevations, and different parties are interpreting it differently. However we highly appreciate any further clarifications regarding that case.

Mardig Troshagerian

Dictateur violating anti-smoking Law 174

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Picture taken from Dictateur Facebook Page

Read below what Dalal went through when she was complaining to Dictateur’s manager that someone is smoking inside. Regardless of whether Law 174 is right or not, the manager had no right to yell at her that way (Based on what she said) and should apologize.

Dictateur is a pub in Mar Mikhael.

Tonight was valentine’s night. My friends and i decided to go to “Dictateur”, a bar in Mar Mikhael. For the couples among us, this was a night to share a toast for “love” and for the single folks, an opportunity to have fun and maybe meet someone. The bar had a valentine’s special “speed-dating” game.
There was both a closed door and a “quasi” outdoor space (it’s a section with an open rooftop). We sat outside, where the game was taking place and I was watching my friends play. People were smoking where we were, which I thought was ok since there was no ceiling.
At some point, I spotted a woman smoking inside, a clear breach of law 174, which prohibits smoking in closed public spaces. At first, I didn’t react, thinking that the bartender would eventually tell her to stop. But he didn’t. A few minutes later, other men were also smoking.
It was not the first time i witnessed indoor smoking, and as in other times, i tried to play my part of a being a “good” citizen. I wrote a post on the Facebook group of law 174, and called 1735 to report the violation. Basics.
But, I wanted to give the manager the chance to justify what I had seen. I spotted a waiter and asked for his superior, told him I would like to complain about the smoking.
A few minutes later, a small man, in a white shirt and beige pants shows up, clearly wearing a mocking look on his face. He said he was the manager and that i had no right to complain because this was an outdoor space. I explained that the people i spotted were actually smoking inside and i had a picture of them ( which I actually do). He aggressively yelled at me accusing me of being ” anal”, he said he couldn’t care less if I complained or not, that I could leave if I wasn’t happy, and said something about ” stupid people like me”, who keep reporting violations about his bar to no avail. ” Go waste your time on something else,” he said yelling, ” i’m sick of people like you.”
At this point, i felt like i had to leave. It was the only way to protest my frustration. i felt helpless.
I told him it’s because of people like him that Lebanon will never be a better place, that change starts with small things, that the rule of law was the rule of law, whether it’s as simple as a smoking violation, or as grave as a crime.
Many people witnessed the argument.
But it doesn’t end here. I packed my things and was paying my share of the bill, when he showed up again. When he saw that i hadn’t left yet, he started shouting at me,” leave, leave, leave now, ten others will come,” making weird hand gestures.And when some of my friends tried to defend me, asking him to be polite, and to apologize for yelling at me in public, he verbally assaulted them as well, following me outside and calling me a “slut”.
Many people who witnessed what happened probably didn’t know why it happened.
I was told the owner of the bar sends his apologies on behalf of his manager, and that the police did come to check the place after i called them. But, that to me is not the problem. Dictateur is one among many other places breaching law 174. There is an endless number of restaurants violating the law with the blessing of the ministry of tourism. Many of us, my friends included, have been encouraged by the civil campaign for law 174 and the concerned ministries to report violations. Some got phone calls from restaurant and bar owners threatening them, right after calling 1735, and others, like me, got humiliated in public.
So my question is, who protects citizens like us, who are trying to protect the law? [Source]