It’s obvious now that the Jounieh/Dora highways traffic problem is not going to be solves specially if they’re building bridge onramps right in the middle of the highway so how about the government builds a train track? Imagine how much traffic that would solve. I hate it how the government spends all their time fighting with each other instead of solving our current day to day problems. I’m pissed. For fucks sake we don’t even have 24 hour electricity yet!
Check out this article on Daily Star which talks about a guy called Elias Maalouf who wants to bring trains back to Lebanon. That’s a guy I respect. It’s probably a hopeless case but at least he’s passionate and doing something. [Link]
There were reports of corruption and bribery in the recent Miss Lebanon Pageant but nothing confirmed yet. I must say it is not very hard to imagine “wasta” being used with some of the jury especially when the ministry of tourism is deeply involved this time.
However and funnily enough, it was the previous Miss Lebanon 2010-2011 Rahaf Abdallah who was apparently caught cheating during a final exam in LAU. [Link]
Yara Khoury Mikhael won the 2011-2012 Miss Lebanon title yesterday in a competition held in Beirut Souks. Other winners included 1st runner up Carolina Nassar, 2nd runner up Sonia Lynn Gabriel and 3rd runner up Paloma Mady. [Link]
Not sure if she deserved to win or not, but she is way more beautiful than the previous one we had last year.
Also and no offense to anyone, but is the IQ of the competitors diminishing by the year? I watched a bit when they were answering questions and it was just sad. And why were they talking about twitter like it’s the newly discovered cure to cancer?
Back to our new Miss Lebanon, that’s my favorite quote from her first interview:
“Wou badde se3id el ahel li 3am bida77o kteer ma3nawiyyan la yi2amno mousta2bal la wledoun”. [YouTube]
Ma3nawiyyan it is indeed.
Funny thing is that LBCI asked her if she’s gonna have her own website. How about coming up with a website for Miss Lebanon in the first place? Oh and throw in a Twitter account cause it’s the cool thing to do.
For those interested in reading more about it, check out those cool updates from the Daily Star. [Link]
Pictures of the fire that caught the plastic industry belonging to no one but our dear minister of tourism Fadi Abboud.
I wonder if the necessary precautions are being taken by the ministry of health to avoid any harm on the nearby residential areas and if the minister in question is going to justify the incident or not.
On the positive side, Fadi Abboud did leave the Miss Lebanon ceremony after hearing about the fire. [Link]
A submarine cable which will give Internet service providers the capacity they need to supply high-speed Internet services, including 3G, was put into action Monday, after months of waiting. â€œThe tap was closed, and now itâ€™s open,â€ Antoine Boustany, an adviser to Telecoms Minister Nicolas Sehnawi said Tuesday. [DailyStar]
So we should be hoping for a faster and cheaper internet soon.
Ever wondered why the internet is that expensive?
Unlike government-owned Alfa and MTC, ISPs currently pay some $3,000 for a line which costs the government $100 to supply, and Tarabay said that this is prohibitive to ISPs being able to provide affordable fast Internet to users.
â€œAt the moment itâ€™s as if they were inviting you to buy property in Downtown [Beirut],â€ he said. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of land, but nobody can afford it.â€
We should call it a national holiday the day we get a decent internet connection in this country. Nevertheless, I am not buying this story and won’t believe a word they say until I have a proper connection at home.
The fight that was scheduled between an Egyptian man and the lion he purchased finally took place few days ago and the Egyptian came out as victorious from what looked more like a fake show off rather than a real fight.
Apparently the lion was fed a whole donkey before the fight and he was too lazy to do anything, leaving Al-Sayed al-Essawy to poke him for 20 minutes before he declared himself a winner. [Link]
I’ve come to realize that the place causing most of the traffic on the maritime road facing City Mall lately is a new open air night club in town, called Pier 7.[Chahe's post]
I don’t want to judge it before going there but is it a smart idea to open an open-air place in an industrial area and facing the Karantina garbage mountain? Can you imagine the smells there? How about the inexisting parking spaces in that area that Chahe mentioned as well?
It is always refreshing to see new places opening up, but I wish people thought a bit further before rushing and opening new places just because that’s the trend and “of course its gonna work”.
I am not saying the place is bad, just that this is a very bold move to open there, so the expectations will be very high from people and any ‘smelly’ night might cost the place dearly.
Gino went to the opening night and wrote a review for those interested in reading it [Review]. No mention of smells though, maybe he had a cold.
I spotted this automated parking cashier at the Beirut Souks’ parking the other day. It is very easy to use and lets you insert 1000 LL, 5000 LL and 10000 LL, as well as coins which is very convenient.
Maybe the park meter people should think about doing the same instead of forcing us to go from one shop to the other looking for coins.