The storm hit Lebanon hard in its first day leaving 4 people dead and tens injured according to the Red Cross [Source]. The victims I know about are 3: A young baby in Iqlim al-Kharroub who died after rainwater flooded Bedouin camps, a man identified as Joseph Antoine Sfeir who got killed in a car crash on the Zhaimeh-Mansourieh road, and a van driver who died when his vehicle collided with a car on the Dahr al-Baidar road. [Naharnet]
After seeing the disastrous outcome of the storm today, the minister of education decided to close down schools and nurseries all over Lebanon for the next two days, but I honestly think everyone should stay home until this storm calms down because the authorities/municipalities/ministries are not capable of keeping us safe.
Annahar Newspaper has finally launched a mobile App for Android and iOS platforms. I downloaded the app and I like the layout. It’s very easy to browse and you can instantly share/submit articles and photos. Added to that, I read on ameinfo.com there’s an interesting feature within the app, which is the historical oath of Gebran Tueni that starts playing as soon as Annahar newspaper logo is scanned.
Unfortunately for Annahar though, they got hacked the same day the app was released and apologized to their readers for the inconvenience.
The council of Ministers has Approved during his session on October 10 2012, the amendment of article 15 of the Public Code of Contractuals , Nizam el Am lil Oujara2. Now, a woman contractual in the public sphere can benefit from a 60 day maternity leave instead of a 40 days maternity leave! [Source: RitaChemaly]
I think it’s time Lebanese men start asking for a paternity leave. 60 days for women and nothing for us? Wayniyye el Dawoule?
I’ve heard of Anti-Pope protests due to the Vatican’s views on homosexuality, abortion, contraception or even Pope Benedict XVI’s comments on Islam, but organizing a protest due to some report on corruption and immorality in the Vatican seems to me a bit silly. What exactly are these people trying to prove? That out of all the people who visit Lebanon, the Pope is the last thing we need here? Really?
I am against banning the protest or threatening its organizers but I think there are far more important issues to protest against than corruption in the Vatican.
Pope benedict XVI will be visiting Lebanon on September 14th, and we intend to voice our frustration with his political deceit and lack of rectitude to the man himself (Peacefully). Join us if you are fed up with the Vatican’s corruption and immorality. Show the world that the Likes of Pope Benedict are the last thing we need in Lebanon, or anywhere for that matter. Please share the event and invite your friends. [Event]
Lebanese water skier Silvio Chiha snagged the gold medal Monday at the Asia-Australasia Oceania (AAO) water skiing championship in Chuncheon, South Korea, the state-run National News Agency reported Wednesday. [DailyStar]
The final ranking of the competition came as follows:
1-Silvio Chiha (Lebanon)
2- Cha Bum-Kun (South Korea)
3-Josh Briant (Australia)
4-Kim Don John (South Korea)
According to an article from Lâ€™Orient-Le Jour, Lebanese athlete Gretta Taslakian was banned from the Olympic Village in London for wearing the Irish team’s uniform during a training session and flew back to Lebanon on Tuesday.
Lâ€™Orient-Le Jour contacted Gretta who denied that she was wearing the Irish uniform and said it was simply a green Nike jacket. She added that she still has the jacket and it has nothing to do with the Irish team except the color maybe.
Last but not least, so what if she wore another countryâ€™s uniform? Doesnâ€™t that fall under the â€œOlympic spiritâ€ slogan? I donâ€™t recall that happening in any of the previous Olympics. Actually according to Lâ€™Orient-Le Jour, it may be the first time ever an athlete is banned for such a reason. They also pointed out on how the Kenyan runner Kemboi, winner of the 3000m race, wore the French uniform while parading around the stadium and no measures were taken against him.
Gretta is a great athlete and has won gold medals for Lebanon in Asian and Arabic tournaments and deserves much better than that!
The Season1 Finale ended up with a pleasant surprise, whereas Sheikh Ahmad Al Assir decided to end the sit-in in Saida as a gift on the occasion of Army Day. Season2 is still under negotiation and Sheikh Assir has decided to join Twitter in order to keep all his fans up to date. [@Ahmad Al Assir]
Update: As it appears, she is Palestinian and not Lebanese.
Sportswriter Jessica Ghawi just missed being shot at a Toronto mall in June. When a killer opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, she was not so lucky. Jessica was only 24. [Link]
A tragic loss for her family and friends!
Eleven other people died in the Colorado shooting that occurred when 24-year-old James Holmes burst into the movie house and began shooting patrons, allegedly killing at least 12 and injuring 70. The number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. [Source]
Sincere condolences to all the victims’ families and friends.
Jessica had posted on her [Blog] on the Eaton Center shooting that she had luckily survived a few weeks back. May she R.I.P.
Update: Her brother has a blog and has been blogging about the incident in details [Here]
Update: The whole thing was a prank. Thank you Gilbert for the [Story]
Update2: LBC are saying it’s not a prank. Lol! [Link]
I saw this post earlier today in AlBaladOnline and on Plus961.com but I didn’t give it much importance at first. However I checked again tonight and I was surprised to see the video has been seen over 21,000 hits already even though it has been up for one day only.
I looked up the scandal in the news and Ward Al Khal has not yet commented on the incident and is refusing to talk to the press apparently. [ListenArabic.com] [ElNashraFan]
While looking for more info about her online, I found this interview with Mona Abou Hamze on MTV’s Talk of the Town show. The interview is labeled for adults only and forbidden for children under the age of 16 but I couldn’t understand why though. [YouTube]
For those of you who don’t know, Ward Al Khal is a famous Lebanese Actress and the sister of another famous Lebanese actor Youssef Al Khal. [Ward Al Khal’s Website]