Sea Wall Protection for Saida’s Dump

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Picture from Al-Akhbar

I am glad they finally decided to do something about this dump. It’s almost as bad as the Bourj Hammoud one and is getting worse every day.

Hello, Lebanon. It’s me, your friendly Green Patriot. Do you remember our mountain-like dump of garbage in Saida? The one that is over 50 meters high? You know, the one that looks like this?

Well, I have some news for you. The government has finally approved step one to start the dump’s rehabilitation, which involves the construction of a maritime barrier to separate the dump from the sea and making the Sinnik waste management plant operational. In addition, there will be a detailed study as to the current state of the dump, how to stop the use of this land as a dumpsite, how to deal with the existing waste, and identify the sites to which the waste will be sent to be processed. Great! The garbage will finally be processed and the site will be rehabilitated!

However, there are some down sides to this plan. In the long run, the plan will involve filling in a total of 63 hectares of the sea with land (18 in the first stage, 45 in the second), and the land that will be “created” by filling in this part of the sea will be used to either build a new port for the city, a public garden for the municipality or commercial institutions. Granted, the second part of the plan has yet to be approved, but even at the first stage, 18 hectares of our sea is destined to be filled with soil in order to be turned into land.

Filling the sea with land, also known as “land reclamation” in order to build structures on it, has environmental consequences. It is a form of habitat destruction. Land reclamation disrupts eco-systems and kills marine life. What an environmental plan should focus on is rehabilitation, not using the site to build something new. We need to rehabilitate the polluted sea around the dump too, not destroy it by filling it with soil. Lebanon, it’s great that the dumpsite is finally going to be treated, but the land reclamation part of the plan has dire environmental consequences. Let us advocate for environmental rehabilitation of both the dump and the sea! We can do it, Lebanon! [KeepLebanonGreen]

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This is how the dumbsite should look like in the future but we all remember how Bourj Hammoud was supposed to look like years ago and is still the same.

Epic Fail: Lebanese Ministry Of Tourism Arabic Translation

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This is the English version:

Landscapes that change with the seasons, but are always bathed in the warm sun. The daylight rising over Lebanon brings endless opportunities of fun, beach, nature and outdoor activities. You’ll never know what to choose. Whatever it will be, an unforgettable time awaits you under the shiny Lebanese sun.

via @Akl_yaz

Update: They fixed it
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Akkar villages get electricity after 70 years

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Wadi Mechmech gets electricity for the first time since Lebanon’s Independence

It would be a good idea for the Lebanese media to shed the light more often on these impoverished areas in Lebanon and pressure local MPs, concerned ministries and the government to help improve their condition and give them the minimum requirements for a decent living.

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Zaatar W Zeit’s loyalty program

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I got an email from ZWZ a month ago informing me that I can now collect points on my loyalty card through delivery. I didn’t understand what loyalty card they were talking about but as it turns out, it’s the card few of us got a couple of years back after the missing Z campaign and the rebranding ZWZ went through.

The weird thing though is that there was no mention of that loyalty card at the ZWZ branches when I’d visit, and the waiters would never ask me for my loyalty card, which is quite frustrating as I’m a regular at ZWZ. I even asked around some friends who always visit ZWZ and they never heard of such a thing. One of them doesn’t even want to go anymore there knowing he could have collected points for two years lol!

As for deliveries, I order all the time from ZWZ (almost daily during July and August of this year) so it’s a shame they enabled the delivery option in September.

Either way, I am glad they finally decided to promote their loyalty program as it is much needed for a brand like ZWZ. You can check more information about it [Here].