Pop Pop!!! at Vick Vanlian

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Fuck it. Let’s go Dancing – Artwork by Corinne Martin

Vick Vanlian were celebrating the Beirut Design Week by displaying the artworks of two talented Lebanese artists, Corinne Martin and Hady Beydoun, in addition to their new limited edition items. I wasn’t familiar with Hady’s work to be honest but he’s apparently very well known and there’s a lot of cool stuff on his [website]. As for Corinne, I’ve been following her for a while now on Instagram and Facebook and checking her blog and I am glad I finally got the chance to meet her and have a small chat.

Here are few pictures I took from the exhibition:

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Help Animals Lebanon Rescue A Tiny Kitten!

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If you have any idea on how to help [Animals Lebanon] rescue the little kitten, please do share it!

Challenging rescue – your ideas are welcome!

It is been three days in a row that our team have been trying to rescue a tiny kitten who fell off a very high ledge.

We were able to go down to her using secure ropes.
Unfortunately as soon as she sees people she would go and hide inside deep holes in the ground, which makes it impossible for us to reach her. In such cases, we usually use a humane trapping cage putting tempting food inside – when the cat steps inside the trap, he steps on a trip plate, which will trigger the door to close automatically without harming the cat.

We have installed the cage and put food inside but she didn’t go in. Still she is too stressed and not wanting to go inside. We will not give up on her and keep trying.

Any more creative ideas are welcome!

FIBA warns the Lebanese Basketball Federation

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Lebanese Player Roy Samaha guarding a foreign player in the Lebanese League

The situation of Lebanese basketball remains firmly in the mire with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) expected to issue a n imminent warning to their Lebanese counterpart over recent interference in , according to Robert Abu Abdullah, president of the basketball union.

Last week during the inauguration of the House of Basketball in Geneva and in the presence of Abu Abdallah, the Central Board reviewed cases of national member federations – in particular those who were involved in government interference – and adopted a very firm stance, recommending that sanctions be imposed.

However, the statement made by FIBA remains unclear regarding the Lebanese basketball issue, as the recent crisis started following a court decision, not government interference in general. But the highest basketball authority is believed to have addressed a warning over the failure to complete the league and the necessity to implement changes in the whole system of the game and stop political meddling in the federation’s work. [DailyStar]

As most of you know by now, the 2012-2013 Basketball season was halted in Lebanon due to unsettled legal issues. In details, the federation took a decision few months back to make Champville win their series against Amchit after Amchit refused to attend the game as a sign of protest. I honestly don’t recall what Amchit were protesting against but the way they were put out of the competition was apparently illegal and as a result they filed a lawsuit and won it few weeks back. This complicated things further as we had reached the semi-finals and many teams refused to replay their games. Consequently, the league was stopped and no serious initiatives were taken ever since to resume the league and finish it.

I hope this warning will serve as a wake up call to all the teams and more importantly the Lebanese Federation, specially that this season was one of the best in years!

BlackBerry Q5

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The new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America by mid July but BlackBerry-ME were kind enough to send me a device to try it out yesterday. The first thing I had to do was go to the airport and register it (As per the new Telecom Ministry regulations), so I didn’t have the chance to test it yet.

I currently carry a BlackBerry Curve for work purposes and I’ve been wanting to change it for a newer one but I wasn’t convinced of the BlackBerry Z10 (No Keyboard) and thought the Q10 was a bit too expensive. Having said that, the Q5 comes at a much lower price and looks like a great replacement for the BB Curve (Or even the BB Bold).

I will hopefully post a quick review about it very soon.

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Remembering Riad Charara

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I just saw that there’s a Riad Charara Special on MTV tonight and remembered how much I loved this guy’s shows, specially “El Awwal 3al LBC”.

Here are few things I didn’t know about him though:

Riyad Charara started his career on television as a sports commentator. He was a school in the sports commentary for basketball games and athletics. Sharara was a legend, he commented on more than one Olympic game. He was also a basketball player and a member Al-Ahly Club and Al-Jazira Club.

He enriched the sports library with a set of books and articles. He also worked in the Al-Akhbar newspaper. Riad commented and presented a number Egyptian sport games. [Link]

Check out this old video of Riad Charara’s “Al Hossn” show:

And a very old interview with Sabah