Looks like our friend Gino has some strong connections when it comes to the Lebanese nightlife. According to his Weekly Leaks, SkyBar will open on Thursday June 16th.
Added to that, The clubâ€™s decor has completely changed and the construction works were clearly noticed if you passed by BIEL the past winter and spring. [Link]
As for the opening party’s host, it’s gonna be T-Pain. [YouTube]
Apple is rumored to begin selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 4 in the U.S. starting at $649 on Wednesday. MacRumors is now reporting that unlocked iPhones have “shipped to Apple Stores this week” and will be priced at $649 and $749 for 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. [Link]
Hoping that this will put an end to the fluctuating and unrealistic iPhone prices that we have in Lebanon. I remember iPhone 4 was being sold as high as 1500$ in Lebanon when it was first launched.
It is quite sad that something tragic needs to occur for Lebanese to wake up and realize the dangers surrounding them. Two days ago, a blast at gas station in Beirut left 7 dead. The next day, officials were raising concerns over safety measures adopted at gas stations and our dear minister felt he should share with us the fact that half of the gas stations in Lebanon are illegal. [DailyStar]
According to minister Gebran Bassil, we have 3250 gas stations out of which only 1450 have licenses, 700 with expired licenses and 1100 with no licenses whatsoever. [NowLebanon]
Added to that, we have almost four times more gas stations in Lebanon when compared to Italy and a gas station for every 1250 Lebanese.
I don’t know what our officials or ministers want to prove, but I would have resigned when facing such facts.
PS: There are two gas stations facing the one that had the blast, even though it is not allowed for gas stations to be built near each others.
Seven people were killed and several others wounded Monday evening in an explosion in a fuel oil depot at a gas station on the outskirts of the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Fiat Bridge, state-run National News Agency reported. The bodies of five victims were moved to Hotel Dieu Hospital, while two other bodies were moved to Rizk Hospital, according to NNA. The gas owner is among the dead.
Al-Jadeed television reported that the explosion resulted from an electrical failure during a welding operation on a fuel oil tank. [Naharnet]
I don’t recall the last time we had such an unfortunate incident. Thank God though that the explosion did not take place during day time as it would caused way more kills. May the dead rest in peace.
A Lebanese hacker known as Idahc dumped another user database at Sony Europe containing approximately 120 usernames, passwords (plain text), mobile phone numbers, work emails and website addresses. The attacker claims that he used standard SQL injection techniques to acquire the database. [Link]
Seems like this hacker is really bored or has some serious grudge against Sony.
Donner Sang Compter is planning to create the world’s biggest ever human blood drop on the upcoming World Blood Donor day. More than 3500 Lebanese people will participate in this event. [Link]
Who the hell has time to organize such pointless things? Are we on some sort of mission to have the world’s silliest Guinness records? Wouldn’t it be smarter to raise money and open an additional yet very much needed blood bank, and with that prevent hospitals from trafficking blood by selling them to those in need?
I thought nothing could beat UFC’s action but it looks like we are one step away from having gladiators again.
In an unusual move to revive Egyptian tourism, a young Egyptian man has announced he will fight an African lion. Al-Sayed al-Essawy said he bought the lion, which weighs 280 kilograms, for $4,200 and he’ll use only an iron shield and dagger to defend himself… but will kill the lion with his own hands. [Link]
Not even Lebanon’s Chamchoun dared such a thing.
I truly hope the local authorities will stop him from this barbaric act as I don’t see how killing a lion could revive Egypt’s tourism.
Chili’s Margarita bar will finally open its doors on June 1st in Gemmayze. I heard that the municipality was giving them a hard time which is why the opening got delayed by a few months.
According to Gino’s Weekly leaks, they’ve been ready to open for quite some time. [Story]
Hoping that more bars with awesome food like Chili’s open up to replace the many overpriced lousy-food bars we have now.
If I was in their place I don’t know what I would have done. I keep reading about planes being stuck on the runway for hours and I find it horrifying. Imagine being stuck on the airport tarmac for a duration longer than the actual flight back home.
More pictures and the full story [Here]
Lebanese actress-director Nadine Labaki on Sunday was awarded the Francois Chalet prize for her film “Halla2 Lawen” (Where Do We Go Now?). The prize is awarded annually for best feature film. Labaki won the trophy under the “Un Certain Regard” category, which contained the event’s second largest pool of competitors.
This is great news for Nadine Labaki but I am curious as to why this award is not shown on the Cannes Festival official website. The movie is showing under the official selection for the mentioned category but it is no where to be seen under the 2011 awards section, nor is Nadine Labaki’s name. [Link]