How to resolve Roumieh Prison’s last scandal

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Picture from Naim Halawi Facebook Page

In case you missed the last scandal at the Roumieh Prison, here’s a brief summary of what happened:

Roumieh Prison inmate G. al-Qandaqli was beaten to death and strangled by other inmates after he uncovered a detailed scheme to escape the prison. Three prison guards were rewarded for foiling the attempt and State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged five members of Fatah al-Islam for al-Qandaqli’s murder.

However and here’s the funny part, Islamist inmates refused to hand over two of the killers to the security forces and started negotiating with them. Is it so hard for the army forces to storm the prison and capture them? Is it acceptable to negotiate with criminals? Of course not but it’s pointless to talk about this, so it’s better if we just laugh about it like Naim Halawi is.

Come to think of it, had the Prison Break creators done some research on Roumieh Prison, they would have easily come up with 10 extra seasons.

St. Sarkis (Mar Sarkis) cake

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Armenians in Lebanon and around the world celebrate today the holiday of St. Sarkis, one of the most beloved saints among the Armenian nation. According to traditions, the night before St. Sarkis Day, “teenagers will go to church, firmly keeping an “Aghi plit” (salty cookie) in their pockets, which must be eaten before going to sleep. The salty cookie will make them thirsty and in their dreams whoever offers them a drink of water, will be their future husband or wife” [Source]. Added to that, there’s a special cake prepared on St. Sarkis holiday, known as the Musa Daghian “kumba”, which is a kind of “Darehats”. A coin (“michink”) is hidden inside the cake and whoever gets it will be the luckiest of the year, and will be the supporter of his/her family. [Read More]


I honestly had no idea about this feast or those food traditions up until I read a post about the Saint Sarkis cake on TasteOfBeirut. As it appears, this cake is a specialty of the Armenian community in the town of Anjar, a town located in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

The cake looks delicious and is easy to prepare (For those who cook). I have no idea if it is sold anywhere in Lebanon though. Here’s the required list of ingredients and method as taken from TasteOfBeirut’s post.

INGREDIENTS: 12 servings
3 cups of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of boiling water (I added another 1/4 cup)(enough water for the dough to be moist but thick and firm)
1/3 cup of honey
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of raisins
1/4 cup of dried apricots, diced (I used candied orange rind also)
1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or almonds
1/4 cup of pine nuts or other nuts, plus extra to garnish the top
1/2 cup of sesame seeds
Spices: 3/4 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of cardamom, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of mahlab
2 tsp of baking powder
1 coin, wrapped in foil

1- Place the flour in a large skillet over medium-low heat and stir gently until the flour turns a light tan color. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the sugar, spices and baking powder. Add the olive oil then the boiling water and mix until a thick dough is formed similar to a cookie dough; add the honey, nuts, raisins, apricots and mix to combine.
2- Spread the dough in a greased and floured round pan (9 to 12″ in diameter), inserting the foil-wrapped coin. Cut a piece of plastic wrap and place it over the dough and with your fingers pat the dough to smooth it out. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the surface and garnish with almonds or walnuts or other nuts. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes until the surface is dry and golden brown. Cool and serve.

Felix Baumgartner coming to Lebanon

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felix-baumgartner-stratos_25874_600x450 Picture from NationalGeographic

If you don’t know who Felix Baumgartner is, he is an Austrian skydiver, daredevil and BASE jumper who has set the world record for skydiving an estimated 39 kilometres on 14 October 2012, and became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent.

The 8th edition of the Mena Cristal Festival promises to have a high quality line up of speakers, making it the place for creative directors to unleash their creativity and inspire each other through debates and discussions, with some guest appearances from people outside the industry.

After Mikhail Gorbachev and Jimmy Wales, the MENA Cristal Festival is pleased to welcome, with the support of Choueiri Group, Felix Baumgartner Austrian skydiver, daredevil and base jumper. [Source]


Be the Minister of Telecom for 1 day or Win 1 of 200 4G Pilot Dongles

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Why is there an ‘e’ at the end of Pilote?

I wonder if the competition is implying one has to be James Bond to replace the minister for one day or make the 4G pilot dongle work. I entered the competition and will be hoping to be a minister for one day and test the 4G.

You can enter the competition [Here].

via Gino

Adel Karam named ambassador for Roads for Life

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Zeina Kassem, the head of Roads for Life, announced during a press conferences a week ago that Actor Adel Karam will become an ambassador for the organization in Lebanon and abroad and will volunteer in all of the group’s media campaigns and advertisements in Lebanon. [Link]

ROADS FOR LIFE, “The Talal Kassem Fund for Post Accident Care” works for the training of Emergency physicians. It was formed after 17-year-old Talal Kassem was killed in 2010 after being struck by a car while crossing the road on his way to school in Beirut.

I never thought I’d see Adel in a serious ad or awareness campaign. Looking at the guy makes me want to laugh so I am not sure if he’s the right person for such a thing.


Roads for Life awareness campaign

Funny yet highly unprofessional comment

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Picture via Trella

I saw this screenshot yesterday taken from Tayyar’s news portal during the Kalam el Nass episode with Michel Mouawad. Knowing that Michel has issues pronouncing the “r”, just like some other personalities and a certain Sheikh, I laughed when I read this but this is not how you report news on an official page.

Speaking of which, I think we are the only country in the world where political parties have online news portals that are more updated than local news agencies.