Blog Baladi http://blogbaladi.com Made in Lebanon Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:15:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Khod Nafas: Join The Beirut Yoga Festival http://blogbaladi.com/khod-nafas-join-the-beirut-yoga-festival/ http://blogbaladi.com/khod-nafas-join-the-beirut-yoga-festival/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:47:05 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30559 [YouTube]

Remember the picture of that woman doing yoga in the middle of the street in Achrafieh? Well it wasn’t a random act but a stunt to promote the first yoga festival in Beirut which will take place in Pleine Nature in Mansourieh on the 20th of September 2014.

Check out more info on [Facebook] and the [website].

Update: I didn’t give the location much importance at first, but it’s pretty weird that it’s not in Beirut as pointed out by Nour specially that it’s the first Beirut Yoga Festival.

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Canadian Government Stripped A Lebanese Family of Their Canadian Citizenships And Fined Them $63,000 http://blogbaladi.com/canadian-government-stripped-a-lebanese-family-of-their-canadian-citizenships-and-fined-them-63000/ http://blogbaladi.com/canadian-government-stripped-a-lebanese-family-of-their-canadian-citizenships-and-fined-them-63000/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:26:27 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30556 Passport

I am almost done with my immigration papers for Canada yet I’ve never considered cheating or going there just for few days then lying about my stay. If the Canadian government is welcoming us and offering us new opportunities, it’s not an excuse to steal their money and lie to them to get the citizenship.

Apparently the Canadian authorities identified more than 3,000 citizens and 5,000 permanent residents under suspicion in ongoing large-scale fraud investigations, and I am pretty sure there are a lot of Lebanese families among them.

Ottawa has stripped a Lebanese family of their Canadian citizenships — and handed them a $63,000 bill — after they were caught blatantly lying about living in Canada, part of a government crackdown on bogus citizens that could extend to thousands of cases. The family — a father, mother and their two daughters — signed citizenship forms claiming they lived in Canada for almost all of the previous four years when they really lived in the United Arab Emirates, a fact even posted online in the daughters’ public résumés on LinkedIn.

The bold nature of the fabrications — that successfully won them citizenship in 2008 and 2009 — and their attempts to fight Ottawa’s decision brought rebuke from both the government and the Federal Court of Canada: not only have their citizenships been revoked, but they have been ordered to pay all of the government’s $63,442 in legal bills.

It is a punishment historically associated with only the most egregious cases, usually accused Nazi war criminals who hid their involvement in atrocities when fleeing to Canada after the Second World War. This case is only the beginning. The RCMP has targeted about 11,000 people from more than 100 countries suspected of fraud by misrepresenting their residency in Canada. [Link]

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Drunk Woman Roaming Beirut Streets http://blogbaladi.com/drunk-woman-roaming-beirut-streets/ http://blogbaladi.com/drunk-woman-roaming-beirut-streets/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:00:19 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30552 [YouTube]

I really don’t understand the Lebanese people anymore. First they film and make fun of a topless (mentally ill?) woman and now they harass a drunk girl walking in the middle of the highway instead of calling the police?

The good thing is that the guy who filmed her apparently ended up calling the police, but that’s not enough as he shouldn’t have filmed her and tried to calm her and keep her away from the cars if he wanted to really help.

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Movie + Pictures: Massive Attack Show Support For Syrian Refugees & Palestinians in Gaza During Byblos Concert http://blogbaladi.com/movie-pictures-massive-attack-show-support-for-syrian-refugees-palestinians-in-gaza-during-byblos-concert/ http://blogbaladi.com/movie-pictures-massive-attack-show-support-for-syrian-refugees-palestinians-in-gaza-during-byblos-concert/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:31:13 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30538 via Glamroz

Here are some of the supporting messages (with a couple of spelling mistakes) that were shown during Massive Attack’s concert at the Byblos International Festival.

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Pictures via BlogOfTheBoss

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I have no idea what they meant with the below picture as I didn’t see the end of it in the video or anywhere else.

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Update: Here’s the rest of that picture.

mass Thanks Ghiwa

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Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta From the American University of Beirut In Gaza To Provide Medical Care http://blogbaladi.com/dr-ghassan-abu-sitta-from-the-american-university-of-beirut-in-gaza-to-provide-medical-care/ http://blogbaladi.com/dr-ghassan-abu-sitta-from-the-american-university-of-beirut-in-gaza-to-provide-medical-care/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:42:28 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30535 [YouTube]

Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta is the head of the Plastis Surgery division at the American University of Beirut and this is his 4th trip to Gaza to help the injured Palestinians. That’s really brave of him to go to Gaza as the Israelis are even targeting hospitals. I wonder how he managed to get to Gaza though.

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Facts About Unemployment In Lebanon http://blogbaladi.com/facts-about-unemployment-in-lebanon/ http://blogbaladi.com/facts-about-unemployment-in-lebanon/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:54:26 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30531 [YouTube]

These stats below were compiled and shared by the The Civil Campaign for Electoral Reform as part of their campaign for electoral reform. The [CCER] was founded in 2006 and includes more than 65 civil society associations and two coalitions covering all of Lebanon.

Here are some of the facts related to unemployment in Lebanon:
Around 30% of university graduates in Lebanon are unemployed.
77% of Lebanese immigrants are aged 35 years or below.
More than 50% of Lebanese capable of working are without a job.
50% of the jobs are without a work contract.
40% of males and 20% of females leave Lebanon after 1 year from graduating.
The unemployment rate among the youth is double the global unemployment rate.

There are other videos with interesting stats related to education, the electoral law, women rights in Lebanon and others.

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Cadbury Dairy Milk With Ritz and Lu Biscuits http://blogbaladi.com/cadbury-dairy-milk-with-ritz-and-lu-biscuits/ http://blogbaladi.com/cadbury-dairy-milk-with-ritz-and-lu-biscuits/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:33:41 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30527 20140725_130328

I spotted those at Super Dfouni in Achrafieh. It’s quite an interesting mix specially with the Ritz but it’s a bit too expensive (2500 each).

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Tweet Your Complaints To The Lebanese ISF #مش_عالرسمي http://blogbaladi.com/tweet-your-complaints-to-the-lebanese-isf-%d9%85%d8%b4_%d8%b9%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b1%d8%b3%d9%85%d9%8a/ http://blogbaladi.com/tweet-your-complaints-to-the-lebanese-isf-%d9%85%d8%b4_%d8%b9%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b1%d8%b3%d9%85%d9%8a/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:23:10 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30524 ISF

The Lebanese ISF is opening up to the Lebanese people and asking them to tweet their complaints and questions. The complaints don’t have to be formal ones and you can write in whichever way you like. I’ve followed up on some of the tweets and their replies seem to be fair and balanced so give it a try if you have something you wish to complain or inquire about.

They already promised to investigate the picture that I posted earlier today of a woman tanning on top of a car.

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Nokia Appoints Lebanese Ramzi Haidamus As President of Nokia’s Technologies Business http://blogbaladi.com/nokia-appoints-lebanese-ramzi-haidamus-as-president-of-nokias-technologies-business/ http://blogbaladi.com/nokia-appoints-lebanese-ramzi-haidamus-as-president-of-nokias-technologies-business/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:08:08 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30520 wpid-img_81106925370026

Nokia appointed Ramzi Haidamus as President of Nokia’s technologies business and member of the Group Leadership team few days ago. Ramzi used to work with Dolby Laboratories where he helped the business grow from a USD 72 million private business into a nearly USD 1 billion thriving public company. He was featured on Forbes as one of the top 10 highest paid marketing executives.

Read the full story [Here].

PS: The story was originally posted on blogoftheboss

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Live Love Lebanon: Try Our Tanning On The Roof While Stuck In Traffic Package http://blogbaladi.com/live-love-lebanon-try-our-tanning-on-the-roof-while-stuck-in-traffic-package/ http://blogbaladi.com/live-love-lebanon-try-our-tanning-on-the-roof-while-stuck-in-traffic-package/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:22:30 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30517 tanning via Yasa

You can’t really blame people if the traffic is going to be that bad everyday from Nahr el Kalb towards Jbeil and vice versa. A good idea though would be to get a pick up and be more comfortably seated in the back, and maybe add a Jacuzzi and a mini bar as well.

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LBCI Changed Its Logo To LBن http://blogbaladi.com/lbci-changed-its-logo-to-lb%d9%86/ http://blogbaladi.com/lbci-changed-its-logo-to-lb%d9%86/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:14:29 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30514 IMG-20140729-WA0002

It appears that they’ve done so in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mossul. They also had an interview with an Iraqi Sunni journalist Muslim called Dalia al-Aqidi who decided to wear a cross around her neck in solidarity with her country’s Christian minority.

To be honest, I’d expect Tele Lumiere to do so instead of LBCI but it’s a nice initiative nevertheless.

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TEDxBeirut: Suzanne Talhouk Doesn’t Want Us To Kill The Arabic Language http://blogbaladi.com/tedxbeirut-suzanne-talhouk-doesnt-want-us-to-kill-the-arabic-language/ http://blogbaladi.com/tedxbeirut-suzanne-talhouk-doesnt-want-us-to-kill-the-arabic-language/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:38:35 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30512 [YouTube]

I just watched this old Ted talk and I wonder if it’s really worth it to love our own language that much. After all, we don’t even talk Arabic but a Lebanese dialect and if any successful book comes out in Arabic, it will probably get translated and become more popular in a foreign language.

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La Maison de la Forêt In Bkassine http://blogbaladi.com/la-maison-de-la-foret-in-bkassine/ http://blogbaladi.com/la-maison-de-la-foret-in-bkassine/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:45:49 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30509 maison

Has anyone been to La Maison de la Foret? It looks really nice and the prices are quite reasonable. There are cottages, tents and a nice restaurant but it’s definitly not just 1 hour drive from Beirut! You easily need an hour and a half to get to Bkassine but it’s a very good road.

So there are two places that I want to visit in Jezzine now, Pinea Campus and La Maison De La Foret.

Filled with the culture of the South, La Maison de la Forêt is the coming together of outdoor activities, rustic accommodations, camping sites, family getaways, childhood memories, the warm smell of morning coffee, donkeys rides and trails, the unexpected enchantment with the silence of nature, and all the bright skies and chilly starry nights in between.

All the houses are made of wood, all the greetings are made of the warmth of the community and all the products are made of the goodness of the southern soil. The many passageways and the main activities on site are welcoming, safe and secure for any physical disability.

Only one hour away from the capital city, Beirut, La Maison de la Forêt is the sweetest escape away from the urban hustle and bustle. [LaMaisonDeLaForet]

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Footage of Pointure Antelias Robbery http://blogbaladi.com/footage-of-pointure-antelias-robbery/ http://blogbaladi.com/footage-of-pointure-antelias-robbery/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:22:09 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30507 [YouTube]

The report says the thief tried for almost one hour to break the glass and go in and the owner is saying the police should be doing an extra effort in patrolling the streets but I have to ask here:

- How come no alarm went off as he was tried to break the front door?
- How can the police catch thieves without any alarm or alert sounds?

I think the best way is to have more police patrolling the streets and enhancing the alarm systems of all shops and linking them to the police station.

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Eid Mubarak To All! http://blogbaladi.com/eid-mubarak-to-all/ http://blogbaladi.com/eid-mubarak-to-all/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:49:11 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30504 Eid_Mubarak_I_2009_by_Muhanned Picture by Muhanned

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Extreme Resto-Pub Spotted in Jounieh http://blogbaladi.com/extreme-resto-pub-spotted-in-jounieh/ http://blogbaladi.com/extreme-resto-pub-spotted-in-jounieh/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:45:27 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30501 20140726_195502-1

What is an extreme resto-pub? How is it any different from a regular resto-pub?

PS: Place looks really nice by the way.

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Walid Jumblatt And The Islamic State’s New Caliphate “Rolex?” Watch http://blogbaladi.com/walid-jumblatt-and-the-islamic-states-new-caliphate-rolex-watch/ http://blogbaladi.com/walid-jumblatt-and-the-islamic-states-new-caliphate-rolex-watch/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:23:12 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30491 140706035841302

Ever since the new Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi made his first public appearance, everyone’s been speculating, including Lebanese MP Walid Jumblatt, over the brand of the watch he was wearing. Some are saying it’s a Rolex, while others are claiming it’s an Omega or a Tag Heuer or even an Al-Fajr WA-10S Deluxe watch.

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The Al-Fajr watch is apparently Swiss made and is pre-programmed with the correct prayer times for all the world’s major cities. You can also set the date according the standard international, or Gregorian calendar, based on the birth of Christ, or the Muslim calendar, dated to the Hejirah. The compass found on the watch shows the direction of prayer (Kiblah).

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The funny part is that this self-proclaimed Caliph was denouncing the West in his speech. The sad part is that people nowadays seem more interested in the brand of his watch rather than the persecutions, massacres and atrocities his group is committing.

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Lebanese Basketball Teams Are Pushing For Three Foreign Players Next Season http://blogbaladi.com/lebanese-basketball-teams-are-pushing-for-three-foreign-players-next-season/ http://blogbaladi.com/lebanese-basketball-teams-are-pushing-for-three-foreign-players-next-season/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:45:55 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30487 bball

I’ve heard that the majority of basketball teams in Lebanon, with the exception of Riyadi, are asking the federation to allow three foreign players next season, specially after Ismail Ahmad got the Lebanese nationality. I really hope that this is just a rumor because that’s the worst thing that could happen to Lebanese Basketball.

I’ve been urging the Lebanese Federation for years to force teams to cut down their expenses on foreign players and invest in young Lebanese talents, because that’s the only way to develop new talents and improve the game in Lebanon. Ismail Ahmad has been living in Lebanon for around 10 years and turns 38 this year, so using him as an excuse to get more foreign players is invalid.

Like I said on previous occasions, the Lebanese Federation must force all the teams to set a 5 or 10-year plan and invest as much money on recruiting and improving local talents as they spend on getting foreign players. If we keep on relying on retired NBA players and undermining our youth, we will be killing the game in Lebanon.

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Why Many Restaurants And Cafes Close Down In Lebanon … http://blogbaladi.com/why-many-restaurants-and-cafes-close-down-in-lebanon/ http://blogbaladi.com/why-many-restaurants-and-cafes-close-down-in-lebanon/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:56:05 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30480 20140726_191053

You don’t really have to be a genius or an MBA graduate to conduct a simple feasibility study and see if opening a restaurant or a cafe or any business for that sake at a specific location is a good choice or not. Unfortunately, very few people do that in Lebanon and then they curse their luck when they go bankrupt and have to close down.

If an arguile place opens, 4 or 5 other arguile places open right next to it. If a burger place is doing well, they open 10 other burger places on the same street. The worst part is that no one even bothers to offer competitive prices anymore. On the contrary, the new mentality is to up the prices and claim they offer a better quality which is not true most of the time.

Take for example this very special offer I spotted the other day at a small restaurant. Taouk + French Fries and Coleslaw for 10,000LL! How is that a good offer? The place is located in a deserted alley next to a hospital, was almost empty of course and there were a couple of tables smoking arguile and playing backgammon. The worst part is that Malak el Taouk is 200 meters from this restaurant and offers you a huge Taouk platter with fries, coleslaw, ketchup and garlic for almost the same price.

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I really don’t know why some Lebanese are so keep on throwing their money away to be honest. Here’s another place on the Kaslik maritime road that’s been puzzling me for quite some time. It’s now a trading company, but before that it was a car showroom, a sushi place, a poker place, a shop that sells dairy products and a Shawarma place.

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Strict Swimming Pool Rules 3al Lebnené: Mamnou3 el Boumba! http://blogbaladi.com/strict-swimming-pool-rules-3al-lebnene-mamnou3-el-boumba/ http://blogbaladi.com/strict-swimming-pool-rules-3al-lebnene-mamnou3-el-boumba/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:26:38 +0000 http://blogbaladi.com/?p=30476 boumba

Spotted in Zahle. Thanks Rachel!

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