Ghassan Sarkis Back To Lead The National Team

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I can’t believe they appointed once again Ghassan Sarkis as head coach of the Lebanese National Basketball Team. That’s just unfreakin-believable! He’s been failing miserably with the National Team year after year and there’s no reason to keep him.

Personally speaking, I would have opted for a young coach like Joe Moujaes or a foreign coach like Subotic assisted by Joe Moujaes or Fouad Abou Chakra.

BlogBaladi Taking Part In Bifex 2014: Bloggers & Brands: How should they interact?

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I was invited to join a discussion panel tomorrow on Bloggers and Brands and how they should interact as part of the Bifex 2014. I will be joined by fellow bloggers and my good friends Darine the moderator, Mustapha from BeirutSpring and LebaneseBlogs, Lana from L’armoire de Lana, Rita from Android.AppStorm and Anthony from NoGarlicNoOnion.

If you are going to the Bifex tomorrow, make sure to stay for the bloggers’ panel.

Baalbeck Festival going back home

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The Baalbeck Festival was held in Jdeideh last year for security concerns. It was the first time in 15 years that the International Festival was held outside the city’s ancient ruins. However, Nayla de Freige, President of Baalbeck International Festival’s executive committee, told Executive that they are hoping to bring back the festival to Baalbeck this year.

I’ve been to Baalbeck a couple of years ago and to be honest, something needs to be done around the ancient ruins and in the city to attract the tourists. There’s absolutely nothing you can do there except attend the festival.

The 2014 Program for the Baalbeck Festival wasn’t announced yet.

Around 11,000 Lebanese Attended John Paul II and John XXIII’s Canonization In Rome

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140427-vatican-aerial-st-peters-1150a_f35cdef7c55db609174e08cbacaa9ddc Picture via NBC

It was reported that more than 11,000 Lebanese, including the President of the Republic Michel Sleiman and Maronite Patriarche Bechara El Rai, made the trip to Rome to attend the canonization of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II. While it’s true that Lebanese feel particularly close to John Paul II who visited Lebanon in 1997, I was a bit surprised by the numbers and by the media coverage in Lebanon. In fact, most of the TV channels in the past couple of days haven’t done anything except talk about the canonization of John Paul II and cover every aspect of the process.

Some Lebanese who made it there were even convinced that John Paul II is “a Lebanese saint, like Charbel and Rafka”. As long as it unites Lebanese and makes them happy, I guess there’s nothing wrong with that.

Georges Clooney Reportedly Engaged To Lebanese Lawyer Amal Alamuddin

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I posted back in October about Clooney’s mystery lady and that she’s originally Lebanese and a successful lawyer in the UK. Well it looks like the couple just got engaged according to TMZ.

Amal Alamuddin is a “barrister specializing in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. She is currently representing Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, in his extradition proceedings with Sweden and was also voted the hottest UK barrister earlier back in 2013.

De-Feet Cancer Run: Charity Run For The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL)

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A group of 8 Lebanese friends are running the whole Lebanese coast (210Km) starting May 7th and for 5 consecutive days in an attempt to raise $50,000, which is the cost of treating one child at The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon. The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon is a non-profit association that treats children with cancer for free and relies purely on donations. CCCL is affiliated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, Tennessee; and works in close coordination with the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

I’ve donated for the CCCL on several occasions and I am fully supportive of such initiatives! For those of you who wish to help, click [Here].