Interior Minister Machnouk Did The Right Thing By Postponing Game 5 Between Riyadi and Sagesse

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mashnouk Neshan wasn’t very happy with Machnouk’s decision

Game 5 between Riyadi and Sagesse was about to kick off yesterday when officials received an order from the Interior ministry to postpone the game due to security reasons. While I find it weird that both teams weren’t informed ahead of time of such a decision, I think Machnouk took the right call by banning fans and holding the games an on a neutral ground, which will be Emile Lahoud’s stadium in Mar Roukoz.

A lot of people started hating on Machnouk yesterday and blaming him for ruining basketball in Lebanon, but I disagree and strongly believe that a lot of Basketball fans in Lebanon don’t deserve to attend any of the games and have been doing more harm to the sport than anyone else, and that we should all be punished for their mistakes because we’ve contributed to them directly or indirectly. As far as the federation is concerned, they should take a more pragmatic approach next year and implement the necessary measures to prevent what happened this year. Basketball fans, players and management should understand that violating any rule is a very serious offense that will be severely punished.

Having said that, Game 5 will take place tonight at 9:30pm, to be followed by Game 6 and 7 on Tuesday and Wednesday (if needed).

Over 3 Million Internet Users In Lebanon By 2017

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According to a study conducted by Madar Research & Development center, 69.2 percent of the Lebanese population will be using the internet by the end of 2017, as opposed to just 45.1 percent in 2012. That means we will reach 3.2 million users in 2017 and will have the 5th highest number of internet users in the Arab World, after Bahrain (87.4 percent), Kuwait (73.7 percent), Morocco (72.4 percent) and the United Arab Emirates (72.2 percent).

Of course what matters most is that we have an internet as quick and abundant as the ones in other Arab countries and it looks like we are on the right path.

via DailyStar

Lebanese Ministers Trying To Resolve World Cup Broadcasting Rights In Lebanon

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cable via Chi7as

Telecom Minister Boutros Harb, as well as the Finance minister and Sports minister are apparently working on resolving the World Cup broadcasting rights in Lebanon with Sama, the sole agent responsible for broadcasting the tournament. Minister Harb said he should be making a pleasant announcement in the upcoming hours.

Let’s hope it works out. I will keep you posted if I have any updates on that matter.

Lebanese Cyclist Toni Khoury Dies In Kuwait Accident

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Lebanese Cyclist Toni Khoury was killed in Kuwait when a taxi hit him as he was cycling a couple of days ago. Toni is originally from Amchit but has been living in Kuwait for the past 16 years, and is a member of the Kuwait Cycling team. He was married and had two children.

May he rest in peace.

Back in September 2013, Former Arab triathlon and Lebanese champion Roy Nasr was killed in Dubai after being hit by a drunk driver. Roy had co-founded Tri Dubai and was training for Ironman South Africa which took place in April 2014.

PS: I read the news in Al-Rai newspaper.

Jägermeister Demonic Worshippers Arrested In Lebanon

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I couldn’t stop laughing while watching the report and seeing the pictures shared online. How could they have missed the Friday 13th hashtag on the wall and what does Jägermeister have to do with anything here?

I love Jägermeister and I attend creepy Halloween or Friday the 13th themed parties. Does that make me a devil worshiper?



Dekkenet El Balad Offering Free Diplomas + List Of The Most Corrupt Public Institutions

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Since it’s the Lebanese official exams’ season, Dekkenet el Balad decided to hit the streets and distribute free Brevet and Baccalaureate diplomas for those interested. Moreover, they published on their website the below “Champions of Corruption” list showing where most of the bribes are taking place in Lebanon.

It’s great to see this initiative picking up and as mentioned on previous occasions, the only way to fight corruption in Lebanon is by reporting and exposing people involved in these acts of bribery and it’s everyone’s duty to get involved in this campaign La Nsakkir el Dekkene once and for all.


Woman Comes Back To Find Her Mar Mikhail House Partly Demolished: Developer Promises To Buy Her A New Home

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Updates: One of the people who commented, is saying he is the lady’s son and the developer didn’t offer anything or even show up. On the other hand, Prad is saying the contractor had warned the woman prior to demolishing the building next to hers and had signed an agreement with her two months ago to terminate her rental agreement.

Given these two versions, it would be nice if LBCI, MTV, FTV or any local TV investigates this issue further and let us know what really happened because such an issue is more important than Jägermeister Demonic Worshippers.

I tried getting new updates regarding this story since it spread yesterday, and the only news I got was from Habib who said the developer promised to buy her a new house.

However, whether the developer damaged the house intentionally or not, the woman was fortunate enough not to be in the house when the walls were taken down and this is a serious mistake that cannot be ignored just like that. I say the developer should be heavily fined, forced to fix the lady’s house and have his project suspended until further notice.



Four Seasons Beirut Lebanese Street Foods Photo Contest

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The Four Seasons Beirut Hotel is running a pretty cool competition asking people to take shots of their favorite Lebanese Street Foods and share them [here], or on Instagram/Twitter by using the hashtag #LBStreetFaves (and tagging @FSBeirut) for a chance to win a stay at the hotel.

I think it’s a pretty smart and fun competition and I will be looking for new street kiosks and shops to try out in Lebanon. Moreover, I hope FS Beirut will compile the pictures on a website or some page in order to let tourists have a glimpse of our Lebanese street food.

You can find more information about the competition [Here].

PS: I’ve stayed at the Four Seasons Beirut few months ago and it was an amazing stay! Expect a review soon.