I was reading about LA authorities planning to close Interstate 405 for 53 hours for some maintenance work and the campaign they’ve done to keep LA citizens from using their cars to avoid what they called “Carmageddon”. [Link]
I am sure the Lebanese authorities in charge of our roads are laughing at those Americans. Weeks of campaigns to prevent people from getting stuck in traffic and alarming them to stay home just because of some works on the highway??
Where’s the element of surprise if we tell people about upcoming road works?
Where’s the fun if we don’t let people get stuck in traffic unexpectedly for hours?
PS: Heading towards the weekly Dora-Casino du Liban carmageddon in 2 hours time if anyone likes to join me.
More importantly, and according to many sources and articles I read, it appears that the Lebanese Security forces, be it army, ISF, army intelligence and other factions, had no clue about the operation!
I don’t know if any of you guys watch the UNIT, but this story could make a great episode. We should email the guys behind this series ask them to include it. [The UNIT]
Whenever you hear the Lebanese Basketball officials appointing a Lebanese coach head of the National team, it teams they are running out of money. Ghassan Sarkis was assigned the task of head coach of the Lebanese Basketball National Team after the miserable results Tab Baldwin provided.
Some of you recall how I critisized that guy even before he was appointed and how terrible were our results because of his stupid tactics. [Link]
Back to Coach Sarkis, I never liked him and I think he only became famous because of Hekmeh’s achievements which were due to Elie Mechantaf (Estez el Riyadi) rather than his coaching skills. The positive side of the story is that we won’t have to pay him 100,000$ to screw us up like Baldwin did.
You ask me why I am always pessimistic about our national team, It’s mainly due of 3 issues:
– The players are never paid and treated like slaves. They have to show up or else be penalized, yet they are barely provided with transportation and training shoes. The federation and ministry of sports are to be blamed here.
– The coaches are never given time to prepare the team and never signed for 3 to 5 years. We expect miracle workers all the time. Most coaches we got were bad as well so it turned into a nightmare. The federation and ministry of sports are to be blamed here.
– Lebanese Coaches are paid ridiculous amounts compared to non-Lebanese ones, but at least they are paid something unlike the players. However, and here’s the worst part, our dear federation invests all its money every year to naturalize and pay for a Lebanese-American player and expects him to do wonders. As a result, other players not getting a penny feel insulted and disrespected and don’t give a damn about the team as a whole.
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]
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]