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Steven Sonneveld Still Searching For His Lebanese Roots

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Steven was born in Achrafieh in 1974 but his parents gave him away to a Dutch family who adopted him and raised him in the Netherlands. I don’t know how it feels to be adopted and go look for your biological parents in a country you know nothing about and I hope he ends up knowing what happened, but all I could think of at the moment is that he doesn’t need a Schengen VISA to travel to Europe lol!

FAIL: Al Jadeed News App

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I downloaded the Al Jadeed News App few days ago and it seems they always show their numbers in reverse order, which means that the 18 reported kills from last night’s blast turned into 81!

I hope they fix that bug ASAP. I already reported it to them.

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Lebanese Brazilian Tony Kanaan Wins his first Indy 500

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“It is still hard to describe how it feels to have won the Indy 500,” Kanaan said. “It is something that I have always wanted to have that I have worked so hard for over the years. It was very special.” [Source]

Tony Kanaan is a Brazilian driver of Lebanese Descent. I am not a big fan of Indy 500 races but I remember seeing Kanaan’s name since ever. His best results so far were second spot in 2004 and twice third spot. He was also the driver that had led the most laps without winning before the race, with 221 laps.

Thanks Rachid

Lebanese Ministry of Tourism shuts down Ghost night club

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The Lebanese Ministry of Tourism decided to shut down Ghost night club after it reopened less than a week ago, just like it did with Acid over a year ago. Of course no legal actions were taken against Antoine Chakhtoura for his wrongdoings and for violating the most basic human rights.

I had no clue it was the same person behind the two clubs. I am surprised to be honest that he didn’t file any lawsuit against Chakhtoura.

Arab Idol Haifa Wanna-Be Raghad Jaber committed suicide

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Apparently Raghad killed herself after getting rejected by Arab Idol’s jury but that’s not yet officially confirmed.

To be honest, I never followed this show nor am I interested by its news but I just watched the video above and don’t quite understand why the judges are behaving that way. Who’s that guy making weird gestures, giggling for no reason and laughing at her? Why are they making fun of her even before she started singing? Who’s the plastic fat chick who can’t even smile?

It’s one thing to be rude and criticize the participant but it’s a talent show after all, so the least you can do is show some respect and let them perform. Anyway, I guess I’ll never understand these talent shows.

Carlos Slim Helu still world’s richest man

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Carlos Slim Helu is the world’s richest man for the fourth year in a row. He clocks in at $4 billion more than a year ago, thanks to surging stock prices at his financial arm, Grupo Financiero Inbursa, and at his Grupo Carso industrial and retail giant. [Link]

The first Arab Billionaire is Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal with $20 billion, followed by Mohammad Al Amoudi with $13.5 billion. Both are from Saudi Arabia.

As far as Lebanese billionaires are concerned, Prime Minister Najib Mikati tops the list for the second year in a row with $3.5 billion dollars followed by his brother Taha Mikati with the same amount. The richest of the Hariris is Bahaa with $2.4 Billion then ex-PM Saad Hariri with $1.9 Billion dollars.

You can check out the full list of billionaires as of 2013 [Here].

CNN: Did Phoenicians beat Columbus by 2000 years?

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Christopher Columbus has long been the poster boy Renaissance explorer who found fame and fortune by sailing from the Old World to the New. But more than five centuries later, a British adventurer plans to show that the New World could have been reached by another seafaring nation 2,000 years before Columbus. Former Royal Navy officer Philip Beale hopes to sail a replica Phoenician boat 10,000 kilometers across the Atlantic in an ambitious voyage that could challenge maritime history.

By completing the journey, Beale aims to demonstrate that the Phoenicians — the ancient Mediterranean civilization that prospered from 1500BC to 300BC — had the capability to sail to the U.S.; a theory disputed by historians. “It is one of the greatest voyages of mankind and if anyone could have done it [before Columbus], it was the Phoenicians,” said Beale.

Here’s Karl’s interpretation of the story::

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