Great Rescue Story from Faraya Mzaar

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We need more people like Ammar in Lebanon.

I am a proud mother of 3. I am a wife, a daughter, a sister. I am a sports addict and I do my best to pass my passion for sports onto my children.

Today, I am a mother who is in shock after what happened to her son on the slopes of Faraya Mzaar. Today, I am a citizen calling for change. Adel is my eldest child, he is 9 years old and has been skiing for 5 years. Like all other parents, we take every single detail in consideration when sending our kids to ski.

Adel wears a helmet to protect himself, he wears 4 layers of clothes to protect him from the wind and cold; but most of all, Adel only skis with my husband & I, or with the official ski school of Faraya Mzaar.

If anything were to happen to him, it would be because he didn’t ski well, or because, God forbid, someone bumped into him on the slopes. At least, this is what we thought.

On Saturday January 26th 2013, Adel was involved in a life-threatening incident that left all the onlookers frozen in shock, and left him traumatized by his ordeal. Adel was on the “Refuge” slope ski lift, on his own. For starters, in no case and under no circumstances should a 9-year old child be ever allowed to ride a ski lift on his own.

As any skier would do, Adel had lowered the safety bar and was waiting to reach the top of the “Refuge” terminal to catch up with the rest of his skiing group – some were in the lifts in front of him, and others (including his instructor) were behind him.

Upon reaching the “Refuge” terminal, Adel was unable to lift the safety bar – the wind was blowing in gusts and was resisting his efforts. He started screaming in panic, hoping the lift controller notices him and stops the ski lift. To Adel’s bad luck, the controller did not stop the ski lift; he either did not pay attention to him!! Or decided to ignore the distress screams and assumed the screaming child would eventually manage to raise the bar.

Right as he arrived to the terminal, Adel eventually pulled the bar upwards…but a strong wind gust slammed the bar violently and made Adel loose his balance and fall off the lift. His 4 layers of clothes got tangled on the foot bar and he was now being dragged along with the lift upwards screaming towards the “Mzaar” slopes..and still, the lifts were going full speed. People were shouting, Adel was screaming… until the ski lift suddenly stopped.
If you’re familiar with this part of the slopes, you probably figured out where Adel was exactly. If you’re not, I will just describe the nightmare in one sentence:

“Adel was now hanging by the tip of his clothes with one of his hands holding on for life and below him was a drop of at least 12 meters”.

The lifts do not reverse; they could not bring him back. The only way was either forwards or downwards.

A helpful man who spotted him (and who we are very grateful to) kept talking to Adel, calming him down guiding him to unmount his skis and throw his poles while he was dangling. Adel, was now effectively hanging for his life.
At this stage, no safety procedures, no emergency response. No rescuers or Red Cross were in sight, and certainly no initiative being taken by anyone employed by Faraya Mzaar.

My son was hanging in mid-air, with 25km/hr winds gusting and with no one equipped enough to save him, no net or anything to ensure a soft landing; but many onlookers standing there in shock and the friendly man who stood helplessly underneath Adel.

In sight of all this, the man beneath asked Adel to try and untangle himself and let go, promising to catch him but Adel wasn’t letting go.
Some minutes later, the drama took another twist when a hero made an appearance to save our son.

One of Faraya Mzaar’s controllers (on his 3rd day on the job) working in the nearby button-lift (tire-fesses) took initiative. He stopped his station and ran across to the ski lifts.

This man, Ammar, reached the nearest pole to Adel’s lift and climbed-up. He then used his bare hands to dangle his body from the cable and made his way across 10 meters to reach Adel’s chair. He pulled Adel back up onto the chair and back to safety.This man saved our son and if it weren’t for him, we cannot imagine what could have happened if he hadn’t. [Link]

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Support Civil Marriage in Lebanon

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The fight to legitimize civil marriage in Lebanon and recognize Kholoud & Nidal’s civil marriage is not over yet as President Michel Sleiman reiterated his full support and slammed Prime Minister Najib Mikati for his take on the matter.

The Lebanese online community also reacted yesterday to Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani’s fiery remarks yesterday and started a Facebook Page where all Lebanese couples who had a civil marriage outside Lebanon are posting about it with the date and location and asking to legitimize civil marriage in Lebanon.

In case you missed what Qabbani said:

“Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani made fiery remarks Monday, saying any Muslim official who supported civil marriage would not be considered Muslim.

“Every Muslim official, whether a deputy or a minister, who supports the legalization of civil marriage, even if it is optional, is an apostate and outside the Islamic religion,” Qabbani said in a religious edict, or fatwa.

“[Such officials] would not be washed, would not be wrapped in a [burial] shroud, would not have prayers for their soul in line with Islamic rules, and would not be buried in a Muslim cemetery,” Qabbani added.”

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Pr. Sleiman not letting go off the civil marriage issue and asking Interior Minister Marwan Charbel to verify again Kholoud & Nidal’s contract

If you want to read more about the civil marriage law, click [Here].

Abjadiye.com

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That’s a pretty cool website to learn the most used Lebanese words and sentences. I like how the lessons are divided. The first 5 are for free but you have to pay for the rest. You can check out more about Abjadiye [Here].

You are of Lebanese origin, or you are a friend of Lebanon wishing to communicate with fellow Lebanese or simply understand their conversations, Abjadiye.com is
for you.

You are a business-man, the Lebanese spoken language will be your passport to the entire Middle-East.

PS: This website could come in handy if you are reporting a kidnapping.

Ma fi Metlo – I saw you Jackses

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I thought I figured out what Abbas meant when he says “I saw you Jackses” but then after watching few Ma fi Metlo episodes, I noticed he uses it in different circumstances. Does anyone know what it really means? Or is it just a silly phrase he came up with?

Speaking of Ma fi Metlo, it was honestly funnier when it started and it’s getting a little repetitive lately. I think that’s a bit weird because there’s so much material they can work on with everything that’s going on in Lebanon.

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Eli Khoury named Man of the Year by ArabAd

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Lebanese Eli Khoury is the founder of Saatchi & Saatchi Levant in Beirut in 1992. The agency flourished, winning dozens of awards in Lebanon and the Middle East, setting new standards in
creative excellence and brand design across the region and becoming a key component of the Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide network. [Bio]

He is currently the Chairman and Chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi Levant.

Eli Khoury, directeur général et président de M&C Saatchi MENA, a été désigné homme de l’année 2013 par le magazine Arab Ad pour ses nombreuses réalisations et son travail créatif dans le domaine de la publicité au Liban, dans la région et à travers le monde. « Khoury est un patriote réformiste qui aura risqué son affaire à plusieurs reprises au nom d’une idée brillante, toujours avec le courage propre à ces hommes qui croient réellement en leurs capacités à changer le monde », a souligné Walid Azzi, éditeur et rédacteur en chef du magazine. Le choix d’Arab Ad a par ailleurs été salué par de nombreuses personnalités, dont l’ex-directeur général du groupe Zain qui écrit : « Il est difficile d’exprimer toute la gratitude et le respect que je lui porte tant sur le plan professionnel que personnel. C’est quelqu’un pour qui j’ai la plus grande estime et je reste extrêmement fier d’avoir eu l’occasion de collaborer avec lui. [LorientLeJour]

First Pictures of The HyperSport Lykan

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All pictures taken from Biser3a.com

First Peek at the W Motors HyperSport Lykan

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This is the first peek at the first model of W Motors: The HyperSport Lykan – first seen on MotorvisionHD, on the 28th of January presented at Qatar Motor Show. The first Arabian Super Car!

The HyperSport Lykan, the world’s most exclusive supercar, will be launched today at the Qatar Motor Show 2013.

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Picture via Benoit Fraylon – Brand Communications Director at W Motors

Dog shot 12 times on Beirut Corniche

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If Lebanese have no problem killing each other these days, I don’t find it hard to believe that they’d treat animals this way. Quite sad!

There’s a petition requesting “Justice for Whiskey” that was prepared by Christine Linder and addressed to Pr.Michel Sleiman and PM Najib Mikati. You can sign it [Here].

On Sunday 27 January 2013, Whisky was being walked by a friend of his owner along the Corniche of Beirut. According to Whisky’s wonder, Bassem, they would regularly walk along this busy part of Beirut, with Whisky playing with people and enjoying one of the few areas of public space for dog owners to walk with their dogs.

Around 9AM, Bassem received a phone call from his friend who had volunteered to take Whisky for a walk as Bassem was suffering from an injured leg. His friend said that Whisky had been shot 12 times and killed by a man who claimed that Whisky had attacked his daughter. Whisky regularly walked along this busy route and did not have a history of aggressive behavior. Rather he was remembered to be “very peaceful and lovely he used to play with everyone and smile for everyone”.

The shooter is now being held by the police, but it is not sure for how long. As the law protecting Animal Rights is still waiting to be implemented, this man may be released with a minimal, if not zero punishment.

In addition, Bassem has noted that the shooter is now arguing that Bassem should pay for the injuries that he suffered while killing Whisky. [Source]

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Picture of the dog before and after he got shot – Taken from Animals Lebanon