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Fireworks banned in Lebanon

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Interior Minister Marwan Charbel banned the use of firecrackers and restricted the use of fireworks in a statement carried by the National News Agency Monday. [More]

Does this decision remind you of any previous one? I really want to see how our new minister is gonna implement this law. Imagine cops running after little kids playing with firecrackers in every little town in Beirut to celebrate Ramadan. That’s gonna be fun.

And Miss Mermaid Jounieh’s title goes to …

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Madeleine Lichaa! (Since Ivy was obviously dying to know)

I don’t know which one the winner is in the picture but I am guessing the one sitting in the middle. She’s the nicest looking of all.

Funny though how Lebanese like to sneak in a beauty pageant competition into every festival or event. I wonder what were the questions they asked them?

– How can one become a mermaid?
– How’s the sea doing these days? Chou se3er el le2oss?
– We hear a lot of pirates are stealing boats these days. What will you mermaids do to take out that threat?
– If you had 10 sea pearls, what will you buy with them (Except your voice)?

List of Lebanese Restaurants to avoid

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I was sent an email today listing more than twenty restaurants to avoid in Lebanon. The email said the list was from Marcel Ghanem’s blog. However I searched and could not find any blog for Marcel, just a website, a facebook page, and a twitter and YouTube account.

So if anyone has any reliable link to such a list, please share it with us so we post the list, cause otherwise we would be damaging some restaurants’ pages unjustly.

PS: LBCI news send a text message last night and denied such list. Good thing I did not post it.

Met Fehman

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Mahmoud Mabsout, best known as Fehman, had a heart attack while performing on stage in a local festival in Kfarssir, South Lebanon. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but died few hours later. [Link]

His shows used to be (and probably still are) broadcasted on Tele Liban.

Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse

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Amy Winehouse, one of the most talented singers of her generation whose hit song “Rehab” summed up her personal struggles with addiction, died in London on Saturday at the age of 27. [Link]

We all knew she was a drug addict but I never thought she’d die that soon. What a tragic end to such a great artist. Too bad we never even got to see her perform in Lebanon.

Training Center for maids in Lebanon

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Mark emailed me this piece of article [DailyStar] a week ago and I honestly don’t know what to think of it. There are positive and negative aspects to this training but I don’t think it will make things better overall.

1- From one side, training is good specially when the maid in question didn’t even have a house to live in. One of my friends’ maid did not know how to use the toilet when she came and used to wash her face with it. Those may seem like basic issues, but let us not forget where those workers are coming from and most importantly that we are not doing much better in terms of poverty and poor areas in Lebanon.

2- From another side, training maids will not stop racist Lebanese from beating them or treating them badly. If anything, those Lebanese should be the ones trained and slapped in the face to realize they are dealing with human beings.

3- There’s something very worrying about those training centers, is that agencies providing them would start demanding higher salaries for the trained domestic workers, and consequently start a bidding on those human beings as if they’re goods to sell.

4- Last but not least, there are no guarantees that these trainings are of any use, and for that purpose, the government or even better (Since we cannot rely on the gov doing anything) the embassies concerned should demand such a training for all their workers in Lebanon. There are many offices who pretend to train maids before providing them with employment but they could be beating them just as well.

In all, the training center could prove useful and harmful at the same time and is still not tackling the main problem which is our society and the mentalities we still have. I leave you with few made-up testimonies by Angie from NowLebanon blogs on that training center [NowLebanon].

“I’ll admit it, I did give Maria an insane beating Tuesday night after she failed to answer the front door for a guest because she was too busy using the plastic pail we placed especially for her on the balcony to urinate in.”

“What she does with the contents of the pail once it’s filled remains a mystery to me. But my point is, I can’t *not* beat her for something like that, right?”

Another academy participant, Zeinab Khattar, says she’s learned that physical abuse is actually counter-productive. “After a while, the pain from beating my maid was slowing her down. Now I just threaten to kill her in her sleep instead.”

“I hope one day I can make my home a safe place for maids, but until then, I just look at the four dead bodies I’ve racked up over the last few years as another reason to feel superior to my neighbor, Nadine, who’s had the same woman working for her for 8 months now. Ptfff. Commoner.”

A lebanese couple disappears in Jbeil

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This is one of the weirdest stories I’ve ever heard about in Lebanon. I was flipping through the LBCI news yesterday when they talked about this missing couple.

Charbel Ghaleb and his wife, Myriam Khadra, went missing Monday night in the town of Al-Kherbe, outside Jbeil, LBC television reported. [NowLebanon]

Apparently both were at their relatives’ house and went inside a bedroom to put their stuff and stayed in the room for a long while. An hour or two later, they came in to check on them and they had just disappeared.

The only way they could have gone out of the house was through a backdoor which leads to some nearby fields. The police however traced their footprints up to a certain point where they vanished.

Alien Abduction?

Saf2it Hawa

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A friend of mine had to leave work early yesterday because she was having some severe abdominal pain. She went from her work straight to the hospital’s ER and had some blood and urine tests.

After waiting for around 40 minutes, some doctor came out and told her: “Saf2it hawa 3al klewe, ma te3tale ham”.

What sort of medical diagnostic is this? What sort of medical term is saf2it hawa?

Even though I’d still take that over mistaking one arm for the other like what happened with Mark’s friend, it’s just absurd.

When I told my brother, who’s doing his internship in medicine in Atlanta, he laughed and it made his day. He told me they might have a “wind tunnel” at the hospital where they reproduce “saf2et hawa”.

I’ve been hearing quite often about lazy doctors who are abusing their patients’ ignorance and letting them go carelessly. What’s the use if one is the best doctor in the Middle East and is not serious about his job?

It seems what matters most nowadays is the “60$ Salemto” fee we have to pay for our 35 seconds visit.

PS: The girl’s doctor examined the tests later on and told her there’s no sign of appendix or irritable bowel and is probably due to extensive exposure to air conditioning.