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]
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.
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.