ISF Launch #زغير_البيت Child Safety Awareness

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The Internal Security Forces launched the #زغير_البيت campaign on Twitter last week to raise child safety awareness, and the importance of putting children in car safety seats when driving. I thought the hashtag was quite original and a lot of Lebanese use it to tweet pictures of their children.

It’s good to see the ISF making good use of twitter and the internet, and I believe they should get closer to bloggers, influential tweeps and the whole Lebanese online community in order to make the best out of social media. More importantly, following up should be crucial to any campaign. For example, the منحط_دركي_لكل_سيارة campaign that was started by the Ministry of Interior back in January was great but a lot of people posted pictures of policemen and officials breaking the law and to my knowledge, no measures were taken against any of them. Moreover, a lot of pictures are shared daily showing idiots making stunts with their bikes on the highways without helmets or anything and nothing’s being done to arrest them.

I think the initiatives being taken recently by the ISF are very encouraging but more actions need to be taken regarding the daily violations we are all aware of.

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Former Minister Fadi Abboud And News Anchor Dima Sadek In Favor Of Legalizing The Cultivation Of Marijuana

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Lebanon’s former Tourism Fadi Abboud called for the “legalization of the cultivation of marijuana, and the authorization of its use for medical purposes and exportation” a couple of weeks back and LBCI’s TV host Dima Sadek tweeted in favor of cultivating marijuana few days ago. Even Al-Akhbar newspaper back in September asked on their front page to legalize weed as it’s the only source of income for a lot of Lebanese families.

I’ve already posted about this matter last year and said that while I have nothing against legalizing it, we need a proper plan to start the cultivation and let the government profit from it to close the debt and not gangs and armed groups. Honestly speaking, I don’t see how this can be done in our current state and I really wish someone proposes a viable plan and present it (Why didn’t Abboud propose this while he was still minister?). One of the readers suggested that the authorities strike a deal with the families growing marijuana so that both parties could benefit, but this is just to good to be true, specially when marijuana trade is thriving with or without the government’s approval and the areas where it’s being grown are out of the state’s control.

On a positive note, I am glad the marijuana issue is being brought up to the public as there’s a lot of misconception around it and I noticed a lot of people still associate it with hard-core drugs which is totally wrong.

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The Lebanese Transparency Association Anti-Corruption Campaign

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This comic is inspired from a common case of corruption in Lebanon and is part of the anti-corruption campaign launched by The Lebanese Transparency Association. There are 14 other comics that will follow and that you can check [Here].

For those who haven’t heard about LTA before, it is a Lebanese NGO that “focuses on curbing corruption and promoting the principles of good governance. LTA does not investigate or expose individual cases of corruption but advocates for reform by focusing on systemic improvement and by building coalitions with other anti-corruption stakeholders, including governments, the private sector and civil society organizations”.

Haifa Wehbe’s Movie Pulled From UAE And Egypt Cinemas

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Apparently the movie has caused an uproar in Egypt because of the sexually provocative scenes as well as a young boy’s infatuation with the character played by Wehbi. As for the UAE, Halawet Al Rooh’ was the third most-watched film in UAE cinemas before it was removed from cinemas on Thursday morning.

Has anyone seen the movie yet in Lebanon? Any feedback?

Excavation Underway For The New ABC in Verdun

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This picture was posted today by a friend of mine, showing where ABC Verdun will be located. I always dug out a couple of pictures showing how the land looked like before the excavation works begun.

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To be honest, I am not really sure if we need yet another huge mall in Beirut, and even if we do, it would have been nicer to have a greener mall with a small park in front of it or surrounded by trees and greenery. ABC Verdun is expected to open in 2017.

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17-year old Lebanese Abdel-Ghani Ramadan Joins Manchester City’s Youth Program

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Abdel-Ghani will be the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club. Back in December 2013, Manchester City signed a highly talented Swedish player of Lebanese origins called Zackarias Faour.

This is great news for Lebanese Football!

Manchester City have signed Abdel-Ghani Ramadan to their famed youth development program the Academy, making the youngster the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club, local newspaper Al-Liwaa reported.

The 17-year-old from the coastal town of Barja immigrated to Belgium at a young age before his football talents saw him sign for Greater Manchester side Ashton United. [DailyStar]