Beirut Open Stage

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Beirut Open Stage is a walking platform that aims to showcase the best of Lebanon’s artistic talents through a series of open stage events/concerts across the country’s capital. If anyone is interesting in applying, you can visit the [Website].

The first event took place at Dictateur on February 8th with over 450 attendees. [Read More]

What’s pretty cool about this initiative is that it’s a non-profit project aimed at sharing art and music, getting people together and giving exposures to new artists.

Deadline for submissions is March 3rd.

Two Lebanese Football Players banned for life

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LBC report on the Lebanese Football players involved in match-fixing

Update: Regarding the other players implicated:
- Hadi Al Sahmrani and Mohammad Jaafar were banned for 3 seasons and charged $5000 each.
- Ali Bazzi, Ali Faour, Ahmad Zreik, Hassan Mezher, Abbas Kanaan, Mohammad Hammoud, Mohammad Abou Atik, Hussein Dakik, Samer Zeineddine, Hassan Alawiye, Mohammad Younes, Ali Al Saadi, Omar Owaida, Tarek Ali, Akram el Maghrebi, Nazih Assaad, Bashar el Mokdad, Hussein Charife and Ahmad Younnes were banned for 1 season and charged $2000 each.
- Al Ahed club officials Fadi Fneich and Ali Zanit were banned for life as well. [Source]

Lebanese Football Players Mahmoud Al Ali and Ramez Dyoub were banned for life and charged $15,000 for their involvement in the match-fixing scandal that hit Lebanese Football few months back.

To be honest, $15,000 is a ridiculous punishment for what they’ve done. If it were up to me, I would have thrown them in jail for a year or two and made them pay more along with the lifetime ban. Added to that, early reports indicate tens of players involved, including 9 in the National Team. What happened to the other players implicated in that scandal?

I hope Mahmoud and Ramez didn’t serve as scapegoats.

No Parking For Trucks at the Marina Dbayyeh

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You can’t really blame the municipality or police officers as it’s very hard to spot a truck stationed in Marina Dbayyeh with all the buildings and towers there. On a serious note, the only place where trucks can hide is behind Emile Lahoud’s ugly Olympic pool, the one that cost us 18 million dollars yet was never finished.

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Seth MacFarlane at The Academy Awards ceremony (The Oscars) 2013

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The Family Guy creator singing “We saw your boobs” song, where he listed the actresses who had gone topless in films- including Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron.

Some may find his jokes inappropriate and offensive but I thought MacFarlane was hilarious!

Speaking of the Oscars, here’s a list of winners:
Best Picture: Argo
Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, Argo
Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna (a Canadian)
Original Song: Skyfall from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Production Design: Lincoln
Film Editing: Argo
Foreign Language Film: Amour, Austria
Documentary (short subject): Inocente
Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Live Action Short Film: Curfew
Makeup and Hairstyling: Les Miserables
Costume: Anna Karenina
Sound Editing: Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty (a tie)
Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Cinematography: Life of Pi
Animated Short Film: Paperman
Animated Feature Film: Brave
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How was Mohammad Nibal Awada freed?

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Mohammad Awada is a 12 year old schoolboy who got kidnapped in Beirut last week. Today at 4:30 am, his kidnappers dropped him off under the Wati Bridge between Corniche al-Nahr and Adlieh and got back $100,000 as ransom money (Even though 1 million dollars were requested originally).

Now the interesting part is that the kid’s father thanked the Lebanese Army and police (Normally), but also Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Mikati for their efforts to release his son. This is where I join my voice to Habib’s and ask: How exactly did they help? by bargaining for a better price? by getting him a discount?

That’s not the first time we hear about kidnap-for-ransom cases, but we should be arresting those criminals, not negotiating ransom prices and wait for the next kidnapping.

AUB Spell-Check Fail

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There’s a very reasonable explanation to why students (including myself) didn’t notice this spelling mistake until now. That’s the only time that they are being paid by AUB and not the other way around (And chances are their parents don’t know about this refund money).

Thanks Rachel!

L’Armonial – Beirut

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I wish other real estate developers would follow Greenstone’s example and try to preserve some of Beirut’s history by combining the traditional to the modern. What Greenstone has done is keep the facade of the original building and incorporate it into the design of the new building and the outcome, as you can see above, is amazing.

You can read more on L’Armonial and the project’s progress [Here].

I hope this project will inspire other real estate companies and our culture minister Gaby Layoun to avoid demolishing old houses, like Amine Maalouf’s residence, and try come up with alternatives similar to what L’Armonial did.

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Consolidating the front facade

Ixsir Winery in Pictures

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I’ve had the honor to attend Ixsir’s launch and take a picture with the great Carlos Ghosn, one of the key investors in this Lebanese winery. I highly recommend that you try their 2009 Ixsir Grande Reserve Red Wine.

Integrated within the green thick skin of the Basbina outskirts, in a site that overlooks the northern costal lines from its north-western edges, and the cedar lines from its south eastern stretch, the winery synthesises an old exciting resorted feudal house with the factory’s modern built structure. [More]

Ixsir has been nominated for an award for the category ‘restaurants’ on Architizer. You can vote for them [Here].

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Event: Pecha Kucha Night #16

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Pecha Kucha Night #16 will be held on Wednesday February 27 from 8pm to 11pm at AltCity. 20 images x 20 seconds to be presented by:

1. Asma Hoballah – Print is not dead
2. Badeeh Abla – Blue House
3. Carl Halal
4. Charlie Rayne – Thirty Sunsets [Website][Facebook]
5. Luana El Turk & Petra Abousleiman – Bittersweet Beirut
6. Mazen Jannoun – Watercolor [Website] [Facebook]
7. Narina Najm – RAGHUNTER in the making [Website] [Facebook]
8. Raja Kanafani – Inclinations
9. Samer Azar – AltCity
10. Saseen Kawzally – Sharashef
11. SAVE BEIRUT HERITAGE & BiZAROOB – Heritage v2.0
12. Yorgui Khawam – The knowledge terminal

For more information on the event click [Here]

What is Pecha Kucha? Click [Here] to find out.