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.
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.
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]
Obama’s limo nicknamed “The Beast” was revealed in 2009 and is supposed to be the world’s most indestructible limo. It has 8in thick armor-plated doors, its own oxygen supply, pump-action shotguns, night-vision cameras, Obama’s own personal storage of blood, Kevlar-reinforced tires that are puncture and shred-resistant, and special steel wheels that can drive without the tire attached.
Yet with all these features and it got stuck on a ramp! [YouTube]
Two deaths and three injuries were the result of the accident that occurred yesterday in Mazraat Yachouh when a truck lost its brakes and crashed into four cars. One of those cars was my friend’s uncle’s car who was lucky enough to escape with minor damage to the car.
This is not the first major accident on that stretch of road and I wonder how many deaths are needed before officials make a move. Maybe they are waiting for a real tragedy like a bus full of children or elderly men and women?