I woke up to what sounded like a truck crashing into a wall. I wasn’t too far off; it was the sound of a truck breaking the concrete wall of our building, knocking over an electricity pole, crashing into the parking lot, totaling 1 car, damaging another one and bending the gate of the building.
The driver jumped out of the cabin Indiana Jones style right before the crash. Thankfully no one was hurt.
HSBC has embarked on a major global restructuring program that will include its operations in Lebanon, a banking source told The Daily Star Friday. â€œHSBC branches in Lebanon will eventually witness some restructuring as part of the plan set by the administration in London,â€ the source said. [Daily Star]
This piece of news came out two weeks ago and it seems they’ve already started closing down the Verdun branch.
Food For The Poor, Inc. is a Christian charity that provides food, health, social, economic, and emergency relief services in 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The nonprofit organization helps those most in need through feeding, housing, medical assistance, education, water projects, micro-enterprise programs, and emergency relief operations. Food for the Poor was co-founded by Ferdinand Mahfood and his brother, Robin Mahfood, in 1982, which are both of Lebanese descent.
You can’t get a better name than that as CEO of “Food for the Poor” lol!
It is quite sad how setting stupid Guinness records gets more coverage in Lebanon than having for the first time ever a swimmer in the Olympic Games.
Lebanese swimmer Katya Bachrouche has secured a spot at the next Olympic Games in London in 2012 after setting a new record in the 400-meter freestyle event for Lebanon, a first in the countryâ€™s history. [Article]
Mabrouk for Katya and for Lebanon!
Knowing that she doesn’t live or study in Lebanon, you can read more about Katya [Here].
PS: I hope the government is financing her trip, not letting her go on her own expenses like they always do.
PS2: Chahe emailed me that the Olympics are in 2012, not 2011. It seems the Daily Star got the date wrong unless there’s some pre-Olympics qualifying round a year earlier.
Via The Lebaneseinnercircle
“I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders…Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.” Gaddafi told al-Jazeera television in 2007.
He had a gorgeous Ukrainian nurse and had a thing for Condoleezza Rice? Talk about weird.
You can read more about it [Here].
Following Fiat S.p.A.â€™s acquisition of majority ownership of Chrysler Group LLC, a range of strategic organisational moves, all designed to create sustainable long-term success, have been announced.
The latest of these has seen Saad Chehab named as Chief Executive Officer for the Chrysler/Lancia brands and appointed as a member of a new Group Executive Council (GEC) that has been formed in-line with the objective of enhancing operational integration of the two companies.
You can read more about the new Lebanese-born CEO [Here].
[Picture taken yesterday]
Six months after having posted about plans for a new maritime sidewalk in Jounieh, the municipality has only managed to take out some old building on the verge of crumbling and turned the place into a parking lot.
Here’s a picture of how it looked six months ago.
Remember the story about the Lebanese couple that disappeared mysteriously a month ago ?
Well they were found dead this morning in a nearby bush outside their town. Crimes in Lebanon are just getting worse and worse.
This is an update on last year’s post on VISA restrictions for Arab countries.
According to Henley & Partnersâ€™ Visa Restrictions Index, a global ranking of 194 countries according to the travel freedoms their citizen enjoy, passport holders from parts of the Arab world now need visas to enter more countries. Not surprisingly, the lowest-ranked Arab country was Lebanon with visa-free access to 33 countries. [Link]
Jad was kind enough to compile the list of countries Lebanese can have visa-free access to. Check out the full list [Here].
Yesterday’s blast in Antelias could have easily killed a dozen people if not more, yet and according to the new interior minister Marwan Charbel, and I quote, “the explosion was a result of a financial and personal dispute between several people, including some car dealers.” [Naharnet]
I mean seriously??? All TVs reported that one guy was on his knees planting a bomb when it exploded in his hands. Do you need to plant a bomb under someone’s car to settle some old scores? Can’t you just smash it with a bat or scratch it?
“Our investigation so far does not point to an act of sabotage,” he told reporters.
How does it point to a personal dispute then? Those are two close friends coming to an area unknown to them, taking over 100,000$ from a nearby bank and almost succeeding in planting a bomb and running away.
I don’t care about the political background of the interior minister or the killers but claiming that this is a personal dispute is an insult to our intelligence.