I wish it was as simple as that.
If your boss asks you why you didn’t go to work, tell him/her the Interior Minister told me to stay home.
Picture taken by George: ESIB road – Mansourieh
Here are some fresh pictures of the storm taken this morning, noting that the storm will get worse in the days to come.
Picture taken by @NadiaBsat: Karantina
Picture taken by @NadaAbdelsamad : Karantina
Picture taken by Leila: Mathaf – Sodeco road closed by trees
Picture taken by Rania el Khatib: Saida
Picture taken by SamSalameh : Saida
Picture by @khaladk: Tripoli under water
Amioun under water: Picture from Rania el Khatib
Picture from Saida via CeeReports
Taken from Sareen’s Inkontheside
Merry Armenian Christmas everyone!
PS: I hope I got the title right.
Storyline: A Russian woman runs away her boring Parisian life and lands in Beirut, a city of chaos and violence, to work as a cabaret dancer.
Too Much Love Will Kill You is the latest movie by Lebanese-French director Christophe Karabache. This is Karabache’s first long film and it’s not going so well for him as his movie was banned by the General Security, based on his interview with Skies Media website.
The General Security however “denied on Saturday claims of banning the movie Too Much Love Will Kill You from Lebanese theaters, stating that such allegations by Lebanese-French director Christophe Karabache were a cheap publicity stunt at the expense of Lebanon and its public institutions [Source]“. They also continued by stating that “no company has applied for a license to show the film in Lebanese cinemas”.
I have to admit the trailer and the storyline aren’t that appealing but that doesn’t entitle the General Security to ban his movie, if it turns out that they really did.
Sagesse Team – Picture from Sagesse Team Facebook Page
Lebanese businessman Wadih al-Absi declared during a Press Conference yesterday that he will no longer be Sagesse’s financier for the 2012-2013 season. He claimed that ever since he entered the Sagesse Club, he called for keeping politics away from sports yet he finished his Press Conference by attacking a rival political party.
Honestly I am glad he left the team and I hope others will follow and leave Sagesse alone, starting with Imad Wakim and whomever is behind him. Even if Sagesse fans are overwhelmingly supportive (That’s what Absi’s opponents say) of a certain political party in Lebanon, a basketball team requires a competent management and long-term strategies to sustain the team and its players and the fans want to see their team win at the end of the day. Having said that, I honestly can’t but acclaim the Sagesse fans who are probably fed up with all this mess yet keep on showing to every game to support their team.
Basketball in Lebanon has never been the same ever since President Choueiri left and I don’t expect it to get any better unless drastic measures are taken and a proper federation is formed. Every year, we have a new Pr. Choueiri-wannabe willing to invest millions of dollars in 1 or more teams before it gets messy and he drops out.
To be honest, the problem is quite simple yet no one’s willing to acknowledge it. Basketball teams don’t make money in Lebanon and the people investing in them, whether it is for personal reasons or not, realize sooner or later it’s not worth it and quit. After all, pouring millions into one team does not mean the team’s going to win all titles. That’s not how basketball works.
IMHO, the only way to salvage whatever is left of Lebanese Basketball is by doing the following:
1- Limit the budget of all teams to a certain range, say between 500k and 1M a year.
2- Limit Foreign players to just one per team as long as his yearly salary doesn’t exceed 15% of the total team’s budget.
3- Naturalized players or Lebanese-American players will be paid the same way local players are. It is absurd to pay a Lebanese playing in the US 20 times more than a Lebanese player, not to mention how discouraging and frustrating this is for the rising talents.
4- Teams will be penalized financially if their fans were to shout political or racist slogans. This applies to the players and management as well.
5- Full-time Members of a political party, sons of politicians and officials etc, are not eligible to preside or take part of the team’s management.
6- Management must submit a 5-year financial plan to help make their teams profitable and improve sustainability.
Of course there are more issues to tackle but those are good enough for a start and if there’s anyone in the current federation really concerned about the future of basketball in Lebanon, they have to step up and do something before it’s too late. Until then, and I agree with Absi on that one, we will all be enjoying an exciting season since elections are coming and everyone’s throwing money left and right, but don’t expect much next year.
Picture via @Rodriguea
Amer is a 7 year old boy with a wild and magical imagination. Meshkal, inspired by true events, is the story of Amer’s journey as he sneaks into his dad’s car in the middle of the night and goes tire burning with him. [More]
I think the topic she chose for her film is quite interesting. As weird as this may seem, I am curious to know more about these Lebanese who go out and burn tires to express their anger. Why do they behave that way and who incites them to commit such acts are questions we all ask yet no one has tackled yet.
In fact, maybe if someone (Dania maybe?) talked to them and explained how harmful it is to burn tires for the environment, they’d stop doing it. This being said, I am glad she decided to come back from NYU in New York city to Beirut and I hope many will support her and other talented Lebanese film-makers.
You can also check the movie’s Facebook page [Here].
Young Al-Qaeda recruits heading to the training camp north of Lebanon
I honestly couldn’t stop laughing when I heard everyone talking about the Syrian refugees in the past few days and whether we should keep our borders open or not. The Syrian crisis has been ongoing for over a year now and tens of thousands have been fleeing to Lebanon/Jordan/Turkey yet we just noticed that we can’t handle that many refugees after they reached almost 200,000.
I don’t want to dig into details because they are pointless and boring. In fact, even if some people want to close down the borders, which I totally disagree with, the Lebanese authorities will never be able to monitor 375 Km of land boundaries. As for the refugees already in Lebanon, the government should have thought earlier about setting up camps to keep them safe and be able to monitor their numbers and needs. Last but not least, I ask any Arab/European/American side who wants to make us feel bad about not taking proper care of the refugees to send in money and donations because we’re not exactly at our best state right now. In other words, “ma minbeed massaré!”
All in all, this is a purely humanitarian cause which should be dealt with as such. I can’t stop but thinking how these poor families will spend the next few days with the upcoming storm.
Syrian Terrorists threatening our community
A major storm is likely to hit Lebanon in the next few days with snow expected at 400 meters on Thursday. Lebanon Weather Forecast decided to call the storm “The Bride” for some reason. Here’s a detailed post on what to expect in the upcoming days:
Getting rainy Saturday with some winds becoming strong later during the day, and rain becoming also heavier. Snow level 1500M on average.
Sunday the weather will be rainy and very windy during the first part of the day Sunday, then getting very stormy with very heavy rain, strong winds & heavy hail. Snow cover might go down as low as 1100M during the peak times of the stormy weather. Winds are expecting to cross 100KM/H during Sunday Night & Monday.
Monday: the weather continues as Sunday night: heavy rain & hail with strong thunder & strong winds. Snow level is around 1000M during the day then is expected to decrease down to 850M overnight & in BEKAA as an average (details in the table).
Tuesday the weather continues rainy moderately, with snow in BEKAA & averaging 800M during the day, 600M late overnight. Winds become moderate. Details in the table.
Wednesday the weather will be rainy and snowy with heavy rainfall, heavy hail, and heavy snow in BEKAA & accumulating above 700M during the day, then going gradually below 500M overnight, even 400M in many areas in the evening (150M in North Lebanon – flurries and maybe a snow cover? – to be confirmed).
Thursday: the weather during the first part of the day is snowy in BEKAA and lightly rainy on the coast, some flurries at 300M, with possible cover — TO BE CONFIRMED – then Frigid & clears gradually. Icing Thursday all over Lebanon overnight. [Source]