A school teacher in Saida forgot her baby inside the car during the day and by the time she realized that, the baby boy was already dead. That’s just terrible news and the mother apparently had a nervous breakdown following the incident.
While it’s hard to believe a mother could forget her baby in the car or anywhere for that sake, it is unfair to judge the mother and accuse her of neglect without knowing what she’s going through in her life. For all we know, she could be working long hours and undergoing a lot of stress to provide for her child.
TeleLiban is undergoing some major renovation and will reopen soon with a new logo and a new team. They are already on [Facebook], [Twitter] and their [website] is under construction.
Based on what Sharbel has posted, Tamer Abu Fadi who works at Voice of Lebanon and Nabil Rifai who works for Free Lebanon Radio will be presenting the news. Other known TV figures who are joining TeleLiban include Shada Omar and Sana Nasr.
I wonder if Chef Antoine is gonna keep his show.
When I first read that the domestic violence law got approved without any amendments, I thought the parliament passed the draft-law including Kafa’s remarks without amending it, but as it turns out, they only voted on the original draft-law and not the crucial modifications requested by KAFA. One of the KAFA lawyer went as far as calling the law a “farce”.
This is definitely bad news as the law approved doesn’t incriminate marital rape and doesn’t protect the children or give women custody of her children. Having said that, I am not even sure we could call this a step in the right direction. What I know is that the MPs who signed on the draft-law with all the amendments have failed KAFA and the Lebanese women.
The parliament just ratified the law to protect women from domestic violence without making any amendments. Congrats to all the Lebanese!
Update: The law was passed without the amendments requested by KAFA, so it’s not what we were hoping for but definitely a step in the right direction.
Update2: Here’s the statement released by Kafa.
Believe it or not, I’ve never gotten into a fight in my life. It’s not that I don’t have any wasta or am not strong enough to beat someone up (I played Rugby for two years), it’s just that I don’t like resorting to violence to solve anything.
I thought it was the Super Sport model but it’s the normal one, if we could really call this car a normal one!
Telecom Minister Boutros Harb announced that the prices of phone calls made through prepaid cards will be slashed by 50% for land line calls and 30% for cellular phone calls. International calls were also made cheaper by 50%. Prices will be adjusted starting April 1st which is today.
Here are the old and new rates:
– LL50 instead of LL100 per minute of call from a landline.
– LL100 instead of LL200 per minute of call from a mobile line.
– LL300 instead of LL600 between 7am and 10pm for international calls (LL100 instead of LL200 for the rest of the day).
Of course any reduction in prices is always welcome, even though the above are irrelevant to me and many Lebanese, but what we really need are better internet quotas at the moment at lower prices. Moreover, these unbelievably high subscription fees for postpaid lines should be lowered. Anyway, I think it’s too early to judge Minister Harb as he’s been in office for a couple of weeks now, so let’s just hope he fulfills all his promises which include unlimited internet, deployment of fiber optics, better DSL coverage and an enhanced 3G service.
The Lebanese Parliament is meeting tomorrow to vote on the draft-law presented by KAFA for protecting women from domestic violence and there’s a gathering taking place at 10:30am right before the voting in order to impact and influence the parliament. If you can’t be there, you can still show your support online by using the hashtag #NoLawNoVote on the various social media tools and spread the word.
It’s time to put an end to these heinous murders and jail any asshole who tries to abuse his wive or any woman for that sake. Roqayya Monzer was the last victim of domestic violence after her husband shot her dead when she asked for a divorce.
Here’s a [Link] to the event.
Exotica showed support too
Miss Lebanon Yara Ghrawi
Picture via Rita
There’s a pub in Hamra called London Bar that serves a Tarboush shot, which is basically a Gandour Tarboush (previously known as Ras el Abed) filled mainly with the Famous Grouse whiskey. I don’t know if they mix it with other stuff but it looks like a very interesting shot, definitly one worth trying.
I noticed the Tarboush shot was introduced last year but I honestly haven’t heard about it till Rita posted a picture of it on Instagram.
Next time I am in Hamra, I will make sure to pass by and give it a try!
Picture from Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi’s FB Page
I was eager to see pictures of the Tripoli Bikeathon that took place yesterday and was aimed at “reflecting the real image of Tripoli” as a city of peace and a city that loves life but I could barely find any. I looked on Tripoli’s most active facebook page and it didn’t include a picture from yesterday, the same for Bikeathon-Tripoli page and the event page with its lousy poster.
Assuming whomever is running the page didn’t have time yet to upload all the pictures taken, I looked on Instagram and barely found 5 or 6 decent pictures. I used the hashtags #TripoliLB, #Bikeathon, #WeLoveTripoli, #Tripoli and #LiveLoveTripoli.
It’s a real shame that such a great initiative doesn’t get the proper online coverage, specially when the aim is to show a better image of Tripoli amid the tensions and fights happening there. It’s a good thing LBCI covered the event live on NharkoumSaid.
Having said that, I hope the organizers will follow the Achrafieh2020 model next time and make a proper buzz for their beautiful city Tripoli.
Here are some of the pictures I found:
Dutch ambassador Hester Somsen was there – Picture via Sietske