Lebanese Jamil Rima’s RPC Reactor Can Turn Garbage Into Carbon

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Dr. Jamil Rima is a Lebanese professor and inventor who came up with a reactor called RPC that takes any piece of garbage and turns it into carbon, which later on can be transformed into clean fuel. I heard that Rima tested out his new machine in Sassine and that it was successful but I didn’t hear much about it till Matt from NowLebanon interviewed him.

In the interview, Dr. Rima is saying he’s had serious talks with Sukleen and few ministers and that things should kick off soon.

NOW: How much does the reactor cost?

Rima: We paid around $250,000 to build our prototype. But I think the price will go down.

NOW: Is it safe for the environment?

Rima: It is 100 percent environmentally friendly. In our system of carbonization, you have pressure inside so you eliminate 100 percent the combustion [and the resulting pollutants]. With our system, nothing is emitted into the atmosphere.

NOW: Will you focus only on selling this reactor to private industry or will you try to sell it to the Lebanese government also to help lower the country’s fuel bill?

Rima: We are trying to install a 3.5-ton-capacity system in the south of Lebanon, for the municipality of Ain Ebel, a small village there. We will service not only Ain Ebel, but it will service 100,000 thousand people. It can treat 100 tons of trash a day. The carbon can be used in the house for heating, it can be used for barbeques. The carbon comes out of the reactor as a power, and you have to press the powder into shapes to burn it. But industries like cement can burn the carbon powder as is.

NOW: Who else are you talking to?

Rima: I had a discussion with Sukleen, maybe we can do something with them. I have some connections with Saudi Arabia, with the son of the king. I have some connections with Kuwait. I’m looking to do something, to develop. I think this technology will take off fast. I’ve had talks with the Lebanese government, but they are busy. They are interested. A lot of ministers in Lebanon called me and I discussed with them. I think we will start. Soon. I think.

I found this video back from 2012 but I am not sure if that’s the same machine Rima is talking about. It looks like it though.

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Public Park At Marina Dbayeh

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There’s a public park that’s been under construction for almost a year now at the Marina Dbayeh. It was supposed to open last year based on what Kfoury told Gino back in August of 2013 but obviously it needs some time still.

I think it’s a good initiative but I am not a big fan of palm trees to be honest and I wish they could have replaced them with something else. Moreover, there’s no parking space around that public park so I hope they won’t let people park around it because that would create a lot of traffic and pollution.

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Lebanese Filmmaker Lucien Bourjeily’s Play “Bto2ta3 Aw Ma Bto2ta3″ At The Index Freedom Of Expression Awards 2014

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Bto2ta3 Aw Ma Bto2ta3 is an interactive play written by Lucien and produced by MARCH that explores the theme of “Freedom of Speech & Censorship in Lebanon” and that was ironically banned in Lebanon. Nevertheless, it got nominated under the Arts section at the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2014 that is being held in London.

Here’s an [article] I wrote on censorship in Lebanon.

Beirut’s Derelict Buildings: A Very Serious Problem

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It’s been two years now since the Fassouh Building tragedy yet there are still thousands of buildings in Beirut only that are at risk of collapsing. According to the owners of old rental flats, “buildings that are at risk of collapse have entered a dangerous stage”.

Based on this article, Beirut Engineers Syndicate head Elie Bsaibes has proposed a solution to address this problem that goes as follows:
– Amend the current rent law which contains many legal loopholes which prevent the maintenance of old buildings.
– Create a special fund for the reinforcement of cracked buildings using the best technical and least expensive methods.
– Propose legislation that defines building conditions and establishes mechanism for tending to unstable buildings.

This is a good initiative and should be followed up promptly by the concerned authorities. We shouldn’t wait for another tragedy to strike before doing anything.

“There are more than 3,000 buildings in Beirut that were built before 1950 and did not meet building public safety standards, and are at risk of collapse,” said George Rabahye of the Committee for the Defence of Old Property Owners’ Rights.

Rabahye, who lives in a house in Ashrafieh his father bought in 1930, told Al-Shorfa the house was built with sandstone and limestone and has been repaired and rehabilitated over the decades without issue.

“All old buildings that are at risk of collapse have the same construction specifications as my house,” he said. “Their owners are unable to repair them as required for many reasons, foremost among them the low rent.”

“After the collapse of the Fassouh building, the municipal council received hundreds of requests from citizens to have their old buildings inspected, and we informed some of the owners of buildings that are susceptible to collapse of the necessity to vacate them,” said deputy Beirut mayor Nadim Abou Rizk.

“Our responsibility is limited to the inspection of those buildings when we are requested to do so,” he said. [Link]

Love Translator App by The Mukhi Sisters

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It’s no secret that men and women don’t always get each other. That’s why the Mukhi sisters have come up with a fun Valentine app that translates what women really mean. Men just type in what women are telling them and the app translates the sentence to “English”. In case Love Translator doesn’t return an answer, you could always suggest one with the help of your wife/fiancee/gf or just “Break the language barrier” and get a jewelry suggestion. I think that’s a pretty cool idea and I would love to see a compilation of the best suggested answers after a while.

Speaking of jewelry, I never understood why women or anyone for that sake love getting jewelry so much. Personally speaking, that’s like the worst gift I could get from anyone.

Born to an Indian father and a Lebanese mother, the Mukhi Sisters bring you the best of both worlds in contemporary jewelry pieces. Passion for jewelry was innate and inherited by their parents who have been renowned jewelers for years. Each their own design and their own personal touch, the Mukhi Sisters line of jewelry is sure to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

The app is available only on the iTunes Store. [Download]

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Respect Is Free

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Ever since we started BlogBaladi, we’ve always had this golden rule that we don’t do adverts, sponsored posts or whatever you may call them. I honestly didn’t have much experience on how to deal with agencies but Mark would always advise me on what’s wrong or right for the blog and its credibility, given that he had experience with his original blog back in Kuwait. I had specific guidelines that I’ve been following since Day1, that consisted of never posting stuff in exchange for money or a freebie, avoid reviewing a restaurant or a venue following an invite, and always being honest with our readers and I’ve never faded from these 3 points. I don’t do sponsored stories and I NEVER GOT PAID to post anything whether some people wish to believe it or not.

In fact, I’ve had to turn down in the last couple of years a bunch of awesome freebies (which included a $1000 TV and half a dozen smart phones) because I wanted to keep the blog’s reputation intact, and what I would usually do is suggest that I give away the item or service (If I believe it’s worth blogging about) to the blog’s readers instead of giving it back, or just give it back. As far as giveaways are concerned, and I’ve been advised many times to stay away from them as they sound out the wrong message, I like doing them because it makes the blog more engaged with its readers and I get to know the readers better and meet them in real life. It gives me personal satisfaction to let them share the same experience I’ve had and have their feedback on the matter, plus it’s a fun and harmless activity for everyone.

Now you may wonder why I am writing all this. It’s because a fellow Lebanese Blogger, Tarek Chemali, found it necessary to write a whole post on the Valentine dinner I am giving away, to try and say that it can’t be just a give away and that I am getting something in return for it. Well I hate to break it to you Tarek but it is a simple giveaway and I was the one who approached Le Gray’s PR and asked them to organize this as I wanted to do something for Valentine and I’ve enjoyed in the past year my visits to Le Gray, which by the way were personal visits, as well as a book signing and Ivy’s big reveal event. Come to think of it, most if not all of the giveaways I’ve run on this blog were initiated by me and not the business in question, just because I thought the readers would be interested in such things and because I love doing them.

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Having said that, and this is addressed to you Tarek: I’ve been a keen follower of your blog for years now and shared your posts on several occasions [1] [2] [3] [4] because I liked what I saw not because you asked me to. I look for appealing and interesting material (For me at least) and I share it or write my comments on it. It’s as simple as that for me and it will never change.

I still need the TV that I could have gotten for free, I am NOT going to Le Gray on Valentine but ironically to another hotel which I fully paid for, I’ve paid for every smartphone I’ve ever had, I rarely make it to most of the events I get invited to, I avoid invites to newly open restaurants or pubs and usually go alone at least two or three times before reviewing it and most of the freebies bloggers get in Lebanon are crap.

Of course not everyone agrees with my approach, and obviously you are one of them, but I don’t find it justifiable that you bad-mouth and disrespect me and the blog without having any proof to back your theory. Of course you are free to do and post whatever you want, but please don’t speak to me about blog ethics when you’re labeling me as a #sharmoutAD. The same way you believe some of your ads, such as the Exotica Dubai one, is better than the original one, try to have some faith in Lebanese bloggers and believe that they are not for sale and have some dignity after all. Nothing is for free indeed but nothing is more important than being respected and respectful and that is earned with time and is priceless. Moreover, earning such a reputation changes the way agencies and businesses deal with you as you start building friendships and have the upper hand when it comes to posting about a certain brand or product or service.

If you believe you have some tips to offer on how to enhance my blogging skills, and I’ve already taken into consideration ur comments in previous posts, feel free to drop me an email (since we do exchange emails from time to time) and I will be glad to discuss this anywhere you want. We could even hold a tweetup (without freebies or sponsors) and discuss this live because I have nothing to hide or disclose from BlogBaladi’s readers.

Valentine Giveaway: Dinner for Two At Le Gray Hotel

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If you still haven’t made plans for Valentine, here’s your chance to win a dinner for two at Le Gray Hotel on February 15th. I’ve been to Le Gray quite a few times last year and had the chance to discover all their venues, which are equally awesome. Gordon’s Café is a great spot for for a breakfast or a coffee (and awesome pizzas too) in Beirut, Cherry on the Rooftop Lounge is perfect for afternoon summer drinks while enjoying an awesome view, and you can always go in during the winter at Bar360 to have cocktails and enjoy a breath-taking view of Beirut from above with great music playing until late hours.

Last but not least, a romantic dinner at Indigo On The Roof is not to be missed, and that’s what I am offering for one of BlogBaladi’s readers. All you have to do is:

1- Go to My Instagram Account LeNajib (Follow me if you like).
2- Find Pictures I’ve taken at Le Gray.
3- Name three Le Gray Restaurants & Bars I’ve been to in a comment under this post.

You could always refer to Le Gray’s [website] to make sure your answers are correct.

I will draw randomly the name of the winner tomorrow at noon midnight.

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NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.