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Adel Karam Apologizes To The 63 Year Old Man Presenting His Brevet Exams

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Adel Karam issued an apology few hours ago for disrespecting a 63 year old man who was presenting his brevet exams after the story went viral online and Elie posted about it. Needless to say, it’s a shameful thing to mock an old man for wanting to complete his brevet exams at the age of 63 and he should be praised instead and even though it’s too late to apologize now, I’m glad Adel decided this time to do so instead of blocking those who are attacking him and ignoring them (which he did earlier on Twitter with a separate incident).

More importantly, I hope Adel and his team will learn from this mistake and try to focus on positive stories worth sharing instead of hosting dumb guests and updating us on Kim Jong-un. What happened with Fares Karam few months back was also unacceptable as he handed Adel a loaded gun live on TV.

I still think Adel’s show is a decent one and he does make me laugh from time to time, but it can be much better than that in my opinion.

Update: Never mind the blocking remark, it seems he did block few tweeps who attacked him. I think this is a silly move (from him or whomever is managing his account) that will only backfire on him.

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Giveaway: Win An iPhone 6 With Zomato, My New Favorite Restaurant Guide In Lebanon

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Update: Deadline is extended till Tuesday 16th of June at noon as a lot of readers asked me for more time to write their reviews.

Update 2: And Our winner is Rita AS! We will contact you by email to inform on how to collect your prize. Thank you all for participating and I wish you the best of luck next time.

Zomato is going to offer the below 10 people (picked randomly) food vouchers as well to thank them for participating:
1- DanielaSK
2- Sam_LB
3- Fadi Bteich
4- Hala
5- Charbel Jammous
6- George Saliby
7- Michel Bseibes
8- Ralph Dagher
9- Roubz
10- Roy el Hachem

I’ve used many restaurant guide apps in Lebanon over the past years but nothing compares to Zomato in terms of user-friendliness, ease of use and the amount of information available. I was addicted to Four Square previously and I still use it from time to time, but ever since they came up with Swarm and messed up their whole layout, I lost interest in it. Zomato is a much simpler platform where you can browse places easily and find all the relevant information from updated menus, location, price range, reviews in seconds. You can also build your foodie profile by adding reviews and pictures and I like how you collect points for reviews and pictures and people get to see that.

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What I love most about Zomato is how simple and efficient the search is there. You can either perform quick searches, by cuisine or just switch to the Nearby feature and see what’s around you. For example since Ramadan is near now, they already have two categories up “Open During Ramadan” and ” Iftar & Suhoor”. I know some of these features are available in other apps but they are not as clear and easy to access and the information is quite relevant and accurate but that’s probably because Zomato has a team in Lebanon working on the app and on updates daily and did not just deploy here.

big foodie Follow me [Here].

As far as food bloggers are concerned, it’s a great platform to get more exposure as you get to write your reviews and link back to your blog. I have already 28 reviews and 137 photos and I’ve already received almost 150,000 views for my reviews and pictures combined. You can check out my profile and follow me [here].

Moving on to the giveaway part, I met with the Zomato guys last week and decided to spice up my review to encourage people to use the app and understand why I like it so much, so we decided to come up with a small competition where one of the readers will win a brand new iPhone 6.

The conditions are quick simple:

1- Download, install and register on Zomato. [iOs] [Android]
2- Follow me [here] and update your Zomato profile with a picture and useful information and write at least 2 reviews (new reviews if you already have a user).
3- Write a comment on the blog post sharing your username and the names of two restaurants or places that you reviewed.

The Zomato team and myself will be going through every entry so please avoiding copy pasting reviews or creating several users as you will be instantly disqualified. I will draw a name by Sunday night and the winner will be awarded an iPhone 6.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Justice For Issam Maalouf But Don’t Close Down Hospitals!

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I’ve been closely following on Ella’s story and I’ve refrained from posting anything about it so far because I’m not qualified to do so and I don’t agree on the way this story was handled from the start. The doctor should not have been arrested that way and the media should not have exploited what this girl had to go through the way they did. More importantly, the Lebanese syndicate of doctors should not have issued a work stoppage order to its 12,000 members to protest against Maalouf’s arrest.

The order of physicians has every right to protest until Maalouf was released but why close down hospitals? Who closes down hospitals and stops receiving patients except for emergencies? Who will determine what’s urgent and what’s not and how is this going to help Maalouf or Baby Ella? Moreover, who will be held responsible for patients who are left untreated and die during this strike? I have a friend who got admitted to the ER a week ago and was supposed to do further tests and an MRI today but it got postponed until further notice. He may not be in a critical condition but that’s not an excuse to cancel appointments and leave patients anxiously waiting.

Since the matter is between Lebanon’s state prosecutor, the Health Minister, the media and the syndicate of doctors, they should treat this matter legally and sort things out without having to call for a strike. Last but not least, medical malpractice is a serious and growing problem in Lebanon and I’ve had (and heard about) plenty of bad experiences with doctors which I chose to ignore because it wasn’t an urgent matter and I had no clue how to report them. This being said, the syndicate and the health ministry should sit down and figure out a way to tackle these matters in a more professional way and avoid what’s happening right now.

Gino wrote about this earlier today and I agree with most of what he had to say, check out his post [here].

Lebanon’s Youngest Entrepreneur Jihad Kawas Is Among 2015 Thiel Fellows, Will Receive $100,000 To Drop Out Of College & Start A Company

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Few days ago, the Thiel Foundation announced its next class of 20 fast-tracked college dropouts to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, and Lebanese Jihad Kawas is one of them. Kawas will be receiving $100,000 but more importantly a wealth of mentorship during the two-year program provided he drops out of college during this period. Jihad, who’s only 17, is the founder of Saily, a new and evolving startup that consists of an online marketplace aiming to make selling goods as quick and easy as possible for the public. Kawas attended the Worldwide Developer’s Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco where he took a selfie with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook who gave him the thumbs up for his idea with the advice “to just keep working on it.

What is the Thiel Foundation and why is this a big deal?

The Thiel Fellowship was created by Peter Thiel, who’s an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist. He co-founded PayPayl and was the first outside investor in Facebook. He’s also the “president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with $700 million in assets under management; a managing partner in Founders Fund, a venture capital fund with $2 billion in assets under management”. Thiel has a net worth of US$2.2 billion as of Jan.2015 and is ranked 12th on the Forbes Midas list.

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Week28: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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You can follow LiveLoveBeirut on Instagram on [Instagram]. I’m also on Instagram and you can follow me [Here] if you like.

Tyre2 Catch me if you can – by ChrisKabalan

Tyre Live Love Tyre – by Haig

La Marina yakht Sailing away – by Michaelmhayek

Jounieh night Jounieh bay by night – by George

Ehden A sky full of stars – Ehden by SebaChamoun

Remembering Samir Kassir: Ten Years Already

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The 2015 Beirut Spring Festival was concluded yesterday with a stunning performance entitled “Beirut, the timeless city” “بيروت كانت وتكون” to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samir Kassir’s assassination. The open air unique performance took place at Martyrs’ Square where attendees experienced art in all its forms, from dance to music to poetry to light and image projections. Ivan Caracalla, Reza Aligholi, Talal Haidar, Beirut Symphony Orchestra, actors Gabriel Yammine, Rafaat Tarabay, Jihad Al Andary, Alecco Daoud, Khaled Al Sayyed, Fadi Rifai, Ali el Zein, Romeo El Hachem, singers Hadi Khalil, Yasmine Hadj Nasser, Tania Saleh, Faten Sidawi, Marc Reaidi, local bands and musicians Who Killed Bruce Lee, Fareeq Al Atrach, Saad Saab & The Oud Family, dancers from Totem Contemporary Dance Company and composer pianist Rami Khalife all made this commemoration “an artistic travel in time through the eyes of Samir Kassir and scenes taken and inspired by Samir’s book “Beirut”.

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When I think about Samir Kassir, I remember Gebran Tueni and how these two were the most inspiring and daring journalists during Lebanon’s darkest years. Samir Kassir was the first journalist I ever sat down with back in 2002 to discuss local and regional issues. I met with him right before the lecture and we sat outside the AUB cafeteria and talked for like an hour. I was already a big fan of his article and books and he never ceased to amaze me by the amount of knowledge he had and the way he was able to connect things. He was a calm and modest person but also charismatic and captivating in his lectures and speeches. You can never get bored listening to Samir and he’d always listen back and take you seriously.

Beirut misses Samir Kassir and the freedom of press and expression that he represented. Quoting European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst “Amid the absence of the freedom of media, there’s no presence for press, but for systematic propaganda”, and this is where Lebanon is headed unfortunately.

Here are few pictures from yesterday’s performance and there are videos being shared on the Facebook page [here].

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Champions League Final (Juventus vs. Barcelona) GiveAway: The Winning Team’s Jersey From Football Shop Hamra

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Update: Congrats to Sami Hert for winning the jersey and guessing the right score!

Football is a very popular sport in Lebanon but there aren’t that many shops that are purely dedicated to football where you can find everything from jerseys, shoes, scarfs, mugs, balls, figurines, DVDs, flags etc. In fact, the only place I know in Lebanon is Football Shop in Hamra and what I love about this shop is that its owners are hardcore football fans and take part in almost every football-related event in Lebanon. They are always sponsoring and supporting fan clubs and one of the guys who works there (Tarek) is a good friend (even though he’s a Manchester United fanatic :P) and is very active on Twitter.

I passed by the shop today to pick up a couple of things for tonight’s finale and found an awesome Retro Juventus 1970 jersey, as well as an awesome Maradona shirt back from his Napoli years. I even found a Spurs jersey. I ended up buying the Juventus Retro jersey and a tiny German jersey for my future kid :)

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The shop is organized according to leagues (EPL, Serie A, Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1) and there’s a small section for the national teams as well. In the middle there’s a whole section of cool tshirts, figurines, DVDs and other gadgets. There are also huge posters and flags and the best part is that you can print your name instantly there and don’t have to wait for the second day like other shops. Needless to say, everything is authentic.

Moving on to the giveaway, and since the Champions League final is tonight, I thought I’d prepare a small competition for the football fans and Football Shop agreed to give away the jersey of the winning team to one lucky reader. All you have to do is the following:

– Follow me and the Football Shop on Instagram.
– Guess who’s gonna win the finale tonight to enter the draw. There’s no need to mention the score but whomever gets it right will get a extra special gift.

You need to leave a comment on the blog post and I will draw the winner’s name as soon as the game ends. I’m personally cheering for Juventus but it’s gonna be very hard to defeat Barcelona tonight.

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For more info regarding Football Shop, check their [Facebook page], their [website], their [instagram] and their [Twitter] account.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

What Happens When The Education Minister Visits Public Schools During Official Exams

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This picture was caught yesterday while Elias Bou Saab, Lebanon’s Education Minister, was visiting public schools to inspect the students who are undergoing official exams. It looks like the student was handing a pen, not a small piece of paper, to the other student but it’s still funny.

I blurred the girl’s face because I don’t want her to get in trouble, even though she might end up getting an 2ifedé if the teachers go on strike once more lol!

Update: Minister Elias Bou Saab just posted on his Facebook page that the girl was handing a tipex and was not cheating haha!

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How Captain Saadeddine Dabbous Became MEA’s First Ever Lebanese Pilot In 1952

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The above picture was shared yesterday by LiveLoveBeirut and includes Captain Saadeddine Dabbous who is Middle East Airlines’ first ever 6pilot, as well as his sons and two grandsons who also work for MEA Airlines. Two of them are captains and the two others are first officers.

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The Dabbous family has three proud generations of pilots, which is quite amazing but what’s even more amazing is how Captain Saadeddine Dabbous became the MEA’s first pilot Lebanese ever. Saad always dreamt of flying a plane but he joined the Middle East back in 1947 as an accountant and used to earn 150 Lebanese Liras per month. Two years into the job, he decided to apply for a pilot training session. Saad passed the medical tests, then the first round so MEA transferred him to Cairo for a year and a half to complete his training. He graduated on top of his class and then traveled to London for another 6-month training.

After 4 years of training, studying and flying as a co-pilot, Saad became officially the first Lebanese MEA pilot in 1952 when he drove a Dakota DC3 plane from Cairo to Beirut. Saad’s first ever trip was covered by the Lebanese media and the Prime Minister at the time Saeb Salam was waiting for the plane to land at Beirut’s airport. Captain Saad was honored during a ceremony the next day and officially proclaimed as MEA’s first official pilot. Saad worked as a proud MEA pilot until 1985 when he retired after doing a final trip from Cairo to Beirut just like his first ever flight. His two sons Tarek and Hisham later on became pilots as well and their respective sons Saad and Wassim are on their way to become pilots.

Captain Saad flew over 25,000 hours in his career and was honored by the Lebanese President.

PS: I got the story details from [CedarWings].

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