A dog roaming the Corniche of the coastal city of Sidon for nearly an hour frightened bystanders early Thursday morning before a policeman subdued the animal and took it away.
Sidon Municipality Police arrived at the scene and were about to sedate the animal using a stun gun. However, a policeman from the Internal Security Forces who is a longtime pet owner was able to calm the dog without using force and put a chain leash on it.
Hard to believe no one tried to shoot it or run it over. Even the cops were planning to use a stun gun and not real bullets. I’m impressed. [Link]
I was just told that F1 Driver Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen is as we speak meeting the President of the Lebanese republic Michel Suleiman in Baabda. I don’t have a picture yet but I will post it as soon as I have one.
Cheapflights.com (www.cheapflights.com) has come up with a list of top 10 places to celebrate Easter, with Lebanon ranked 3rd. Here’s what they say about Lebanon:
Visitors will notice the ornately decorated streets, shops and restaurants filled with all things Easter from bunnies to chocolate, painted eggs and even live baby chicks in some places. Good Friday is marked by mass. Easter Sunday is a huge celebration where absolutely everyone goes to church. After taking communion, the 40-day fast comprising a strictly vegan diet, is broken with a feast featuring lamb and lots of egg breaking. Get your hands on the delicious Easter sweets called Maamoul. These are little cookies made with a mixture of semolina and butter then stuffed with either dates or ground sugared nuts and dusted with icing sugar. [Source]
They sure are right about Maamoul. If you are interested in knowing how to make Maamoul, check out this awesome post at the Food Blog.
Full rankings are a follows:
1 â€“ Argentina
2 â€“ Greece
3 â€“ Lebanon
4 â€“ Scotland
5 â€“ Spain
6 â€“ Sweden
7 â€“ France
8 â€“ Germany
9 â€“ United States
10 â€“ Canada
Regarding the hippodrome, the leaked correspondence shows that the culture ministry agreed to â€œthe reintegration of the whole southern section of the ruins into the structure intended to be built by keeping it in situ, and the dismantling and re-installation of the central course and northern sections.â€
Layoun vociferously defended his decision when he spoke to Al-Akhbar.
â€œWhat we did is an important achievement. It corrects the mistake by Solidere, which deceived property owners by not informing them that there were archaeological finds before buying the property,â€ he said. [Link]
I am not surprised to read this one single bit. In fact, I am a bit happy that they will actually preserve the site by “integrating” it into an upmarket commercial development, because I don’t expect better from this government or any other one. When you hear about filling up an archaeological site with sewers in Beirut in order to build a monument on top, you should not be shocked to hear this.
Few days ago, I read on a Lebanese news portal that a man by the name of Zakaria Ahmad Hankir was arrested outside a Palestinian camp in Lebanon with a “Doshka” in his trunk. The weapon was confiscated and the man put behind bars.
Surprisingly, the man was released today because, and I quote, “he was using the weapon as a decoration item”.
Miss Farah has taken online education in Lebanon one step further, by introducing Brainy, an interactive and educational website for kids between 5 and 10 years old.
Brainyâ€™s aim is to help kids who need extra help or just more practice on a certain skill. After all practice makes perfect right? At Brainy your child can play educational games in English, Math, Science, Computer, Drama, Art, learn new songs, and read online stories with audio. [Source]
There’s also a weekly treasure hunt game that all children can participate in and collect a signed certificate from Miss Farah if they win.
Thumbs up for the great job and Happy Teacher’s day to you Miss Farah and all the teachers out there! Click here to check out [The Brainy Website]
For those of you who don’t know Miss Farah by now, you can read more about her [Here].
ABC’s smoke-free environment campaign is definitely a step in the right direction, even though restaurants and cafes will only have to abide by this non-smoking initiative on Mondays only. Some say it’s not enough and smoking should be banned all week long but I think it’s unfair:
1- Because smokers should be allowed to smoke in designated places and I honestly don’t see how Arguile places in ABC are going to manage that, such as Leila and Cafe Blanc (Assuming arguile is also considered as smoking).
2- Because ABC is not ready to endure major financial losses and be the only mall to ban smoking.
Among those present at the official launch of the happy smoke-free campaign at ABC Achrafieh were Minister of Public Health Mr. Ali Hassan Khalil and Minister of Tourim Mr.Fadi Abboud. I was glad to hear Minister Abboud is planning to increase the price of the cigarette pack, but his statement on the non-smoking law in the airport was a complete joke.
He also reminded people how they believed it would not be possible to implement a non-smoking law in the airport and they were proven wrong. [Source]
In fact, the most difficult task awaiting ABC at the moment is making sure no one is smoking and being able to kick out those who refuse to turn off their cigarettes, because last time I checked, no one cared about the smoking ban at the airport.