Blog Baladi Made in Lebanon Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:31:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 17-year old Lebanese Abdel-Ghani Ramadan Joins Manchester City’s Youth Program Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:31:10 +0000 304885_mainimg

Abdel-Ghani will be the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club. Back in December 2013, Manchester City signed a highly talented Swedish player of Lebanese origins called Zackarias Faour.

This is great news for Lebanese Football!

Manchester City have signed Abdel-Ghani Ramadan to their famed youth development program the Academy, making the youngster the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club, local newspaper Al-Liwaa reported.

The 17-year-old from the coastal town of Barja immigrated to Belgium at a young age before his football talents saw him sign for Greater Manchester side Ashton United. [DailyStar]

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Red Bull BC One Lebanon Cypher 2014 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:04:48 +0000 1977378_10152011789786629_516080207_n

Red Bull BC One is an annual international B-Boy competition where candidates compete in one-on-one dancing battles. We have a lot of talented dancers in Lebanon yet only one of them will be crowned winner tomorrow and get to represent Lebanon at the Middle East & Africa Final held in Algeria.

I am probably going to attend so stay posted, if you are interested of course, as I will share pictures and videos on my Instagram. If you have time, drop by as it’s a lot of fun!

Here’s a video of the Red Bull BC One finale last year:


And one taken on the Saint Nicolas stairs in Achrafieh.


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Almaza has a new beer: The Radler Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:32:02 +0000 10005849_10152038407661762_661031453320736148_o

Almaza posted the teaser photo a couple of days ago but it looks like it’s already out. It’s called the Radler and it’s basically beer and lemon. I’ll pass by a supermarket today see if they got it and try it out. The last beer they released (Light Almaza) was quite good but I still prefer the original Almaza.

via Dany’s

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Lebanese Minister For The Environment Mohammad El Machnouk Orders Construction of Janna Dam To Stop Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:06:24 +0000 1497818_623019291087231_364228326369770225_o
By Adonis, The Jabal Moussa Reserve FB Page is referring to the Adonis Valley in Nahr Ibrahim

Back in July 2013, I posted about the Janna damn and asked if it was yet another scandal in the making, given that there was a report done by The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources that strongly recommended not to go ahead with the construction of the planned Janneh dam. Moreover, a new report appeared recently explaining the dangers of building the Janna Dam that you can read [Here].

Having said that, Gebran Bassil, who was the Energy and Water Minister back then, decided back in 2013 to go ahead with the dam in Janna, claiming that the German report is wrong and basing himself on studies performed by Khatib & Alami, Artelia and Safege. However, the current Minister for the Environment Mohammad El Machnouk doesn’t seem convinced by Bassil’s reports and asked today the new Energy Minister to stop the Janna dam project in order to conduct further studies.

Honestly speaking, I think it’s better to put the project on hold for the time being and get different expert opinions on this matter. The new Energy minister should cooperate with the Environment Minister to form a committee of experts and take the right decision once the studies are out.

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Trailer: I’m Not A Martyr By Samah El Kadi Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:26 +0000

Just like the 16-year-old student Mohammad el Chaar who died wasn’t looking to become a martyr, a lot of Lebanese weren’t willing to fight for any militia or any cause during the war and just wanted to live in peace with their families. I’m Not A Martyr is the story of a poet who tried to escape the Beirut war by taking shelter with his family in the mountains, only to find himself forced to join a local militia and take up arms.

I will be looking forward to seeing this movie. Based on what the press kit says, the release date will be around the start of next fall or winter.

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Woman Gives Birth on Zalka Highway Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:46:26 +0000 [YouTube]

Isn’t there a couple of hospitals on the Zalka Highway? I wonder why she had to deliver on the road.

Thanks Mustapha!

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Iceland’s Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) TimeLapse By Karim BouKarim Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:54:49 +0000 [YouTube]

Aurora Borealis is a beautiful natural light display in the sky that can extend as high as 640km above the earth’s surface. It is the result of “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere”.

Here’s a time-lapse shot by a Lebanese Photographer using a Canon 6D over a period of 3 days.

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Achrafieh2020 “Use Your Power” Video Competition Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:26:32 +0000 10171085_688609001199714_5679061956988511024_n

For those interested, Achrafieh2020 is organizing a video competition aimed at raising awareness on energy saving, solar and alternative power. You can use your smartphone, camcorder and DSLR cameras to record your video.

For those interested in more details, check the [link].

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The Global Competitiveness Report: Lebanon Infrastructure Ranked 127th Out of 144 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:44:46 +0000 Lebanon

According to the 2013 Global Competitiveness Report, Lebanon ranked 116th out of 144 in terms of basic requirements, 125th out of 144 in terms of institutions, 135th and 32nd (out of 144) in terms of macroeconomic environment and health/primary education respectively.

The most problematic factors for doing business in Lebanon are:
- Inadequate supply of infrastructure
- Inefficient government bureaucracy
- Government instability/coups
- Corruption
- Policy instability
- Access to financing
- Inflation
- Insufficient capacity to innovate
- Poor work ethic in national labor force
- Inadequately educated workforce
- Restrictive labor regulations
- Poor public health
- Tax regulations
- Tax rates
- Crime and theft
- Foreign currency regulations

You can check out the full report [Here].

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Against Approving The Wage Scale Draft Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:46:33 +0000 Minimum_Wage_Lebanon_pic_1
via Al-Akhbar

I am glad the wage scale draft submitted by the Syndicate Coordination Committee did not pass yesterday, not because the banks and economic committees’ arguments convinced me, nor because I believe the current system is a just one, but simply because it’s not the right time to approve such a bill.

I will not dig into details here, but the problem is not with those who are demonstrating in favor of this bill, but in the thousands of useless and corrupt government employees that will get undeserved raises and worsen the financial burden on the Lebanese state. Unfortunately, a lot of decent workers are paying the price for these corrupt individuals, but things could get much worse for ALL Lebanese if this bill is to pass, at least in its current form.

The Lebanese government needs to find a way to cut down expenses, by eliminating the MPs and Ministers’ salaries to begin with, by cutting down the number of employees in governmental institutions, and by increasing the taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and other non-essential goods. These are few suggestions and I am sure a lot of economists and experts have better ideas, better than raising the VAT like it was suggested yesterday.

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Old Footage (1958) Of The Beirut International Airport Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:38 +0000 [YouTube]

The quality of the videos is quite impressive!

There are more videos to check out about Lebanon [Here].

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FAIL: Allah Ye7meek (الله يحميك) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:35:07 +0000 20140303_155849

Allah ye7meek indeed because that so-called camouflage on the back of the car ain’t gonna protect you from anything.

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FAIL: Tourist Information At The Beirut – Rafic Hariri Airport Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:33:42 +0000 20140303_160703

I wonder how hard it is for the Ministry of Tourism to spell-check Lebanese cities. Hamra is spelled differently twice, Achrafieh three times and Broummana is misspelled.


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Idiot Of The Day Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:32:20 +0000 10153095_661507150551168_5675674065280119887_n

He’s wearing a helmet though. He obviously cares about his safety.

Spotted by Ahmad Kurdi via Yasa

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Telecom Ministry: Higher And Cheaper Internet Speeds Within A Month Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:22:07 +0000 8-internet-lebanon
Picture via MayaZankoul

Lebanon’s Telecom Minister Boutros Harb is promising faster and cheaper internet speeds within a month as well as unlimited plans. He’s also talking to the Wall Street Journal about fiber optics and implementing Law 431, which would allow free competition in the telecom market and stop the duopoly led by Alfa and Touch.

These are very ambitious plans to accomplish within few months, but I can only wish him good luck as these are all positive steps that would help make the internet better in Lebanon. I don’t think the government will allow competition as it will cut down its revenues from the Telecom sector but faster and cheaper internet speeds are great news. The first change introduced by Harb on prepaid cards wasn’t relevant to the majority of mobile users in Lebanon, so let’s wait and see if any of these more suitable demands is implemented.

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Bkerke Website Hacked Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:49:01 +0000 bkerke_hacked

The website is back to normal now.

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Lebanese Civil Defence Volunteers Rescue Woman On Verge Of Suicide Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:50:10 +0000

The woman was identified as being an Ethiopian domestic worker. The Lebanese Police should investigate on the reasons why she was throwing herself off the balcony with the owners.

Great work from the Civil Defence guys!

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Douaihy Easter Ads Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:52:07 +0000 1016935_229329057268259_7487329645113450497_n

What does the XO game have to do with Maamoul and is this E-store supposed to mean Easter? I really hope not. On a positive note, I got a Knefe from Douaihy on Friday and it’s still one of the best out there.

Taken from Douaihy

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Nadine Magazine Spot On Cover Page And Headline Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:21:38 +0000 nadine1

The woman on the front page with her panties showing told the magazine she will succeed without compromises.

I believe you :D

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Answering ReThinkIsrael’s BuzzFeed Article: The 13 Delicacies That Are Israeli .. Aren’t Israeli Mon, 14 Apr 2014 05:29:25 +0000 Labneh-with-Turkish-Bread_839
Picture from Al-Abraaj

ThHank you Rumzz for writing this. Read the full article [Here].

Cultural appropriation is at least inappropriate. Israel has colonized Palestinian indigenous land and displaced and dispossessed Palestinians. Now it is claiming Palestinian traditions as its own. A buzzfeed article claimed that ‘in Israel hummus flows almost as freely as water’… unfortunately, Israel has ensured that water doesn’t flow freely to Palestinians, now they’re appropriating food too! Many of the dishes that Israelis claim as their own are from the Mediterranean region common to all Arabs as well as Turks, Greeks, Cypriots, Armenians, and Persians. Everyone should enjoy the food the world has to offer, just don’t colonize and appropriate it.

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