I spotted Michael Haddad during the last Beirut Marathon and am looking forward to meeting him in person hopefully this year. What an inspiring young man!
Update: Watch Aline Lahoud’s performance [Here].
It looks like Aline Lahoud will be competing in the French Edition of The Voice this year. Aline is a very talented singer and the daughter of Salwa Al-Katrib, one of the best known singers in Lebanon and the Arab World. She will be the third Lebanese talent to compete in the Voice France after Johny Maalouf in 2012 and of course Anthony Touma in 2013.
Good Luck to you Aline!
PS: If you never heard of Salwa Al-Katrib, I recommend you check out some of her songs on YouTube.
Three students Ramzi, Sam and Sahar were sent by their psychology teacher, Nour, to a Lebanese village, Ain AL Jen, to investigate a series of supernatural activities; Khalil, a man pretending that he can perform miracles, Em Emad, a mother who can see her dead son, a house haunted by Jinn, and a pregnant woman possessed by a Demon Child Killer called Al KRINEH. Faced by their own fears and dark secrets, will they be able to solve the mystery and return to their normal lives?
The trailer is not very appealing but I don’t recall ever seeing a Lebanese movie like that, so it’s worth a try. Insan Hayawan Shay2‘s release date is set to the 16th of January 2014.
The LBCI report caught my attention but for some reason, they didn’t mention the name of the product. I tried looking around and found a useful link to what is presumably the doctors’ invention. It’s called [MM‐MTA™] and as mentioned in the source I found, has been developed in collaboration with Dr Issam Khalil and Dr Alfred Naaman from the Laboratory of the Medicine and Dentistry University of the Saint-Joseph Faculty, Beirut, Lebanon. The source also mentions that Dr Issam Khalil won the Paul Calas Prize in 2008 with MM-MTA™.
You can read all about it [here]. If any of the information posted is inaccurate, please do correct me as I am not into medicine but I thought it would be nice to highlight this important achievement by two Lebanese doctors.
The news turned out to be unfortunately wrong and the picture a fake one, and so both sources removed them.
This is not the first time fake pictures are shared on Lebanese media outlets, so here’s a link I posted few months back on [how to verify if a picture is false or not]. It’s very simple and could avoid the embarrassment of having to delete the news later on. It took me 30 seconds to realize the picture is a fake one so it’s not that time-consuming specially when your credibility is at stake.
Rima Nadji is a Lebanese performance artist who is revolting against the situation that we Lebanese have put ourselves into. “She is protesting against the normalization of suicide bombing in Beirut and She knows that some people may take a glimpse at her and smile, or think this is a joke, but it is not. This is not a joke. It is a matter of life and death.” [Source]
It is definitely a weird way to protest but a very powerful one. We should not get used to suicide bombing and car bombs in Lebanon, we should not behave as if nothing’s happening because all of us are targeted at the moment. Let’s all keep in mind that we are only victims, not martyrs of these explosions. [#NotAMartyr]
Madame Bomba at Torino pub in Gemmayze
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is based on a short story by James Thurber. The movie is about Walter Mitty, an average man whose daydreams take him to a world of adventure, heroism and romance. Honestly, I had high hopes for this movie but I didn’t think it was that great. The story is nice, the plot is interesting, the views are breath-taking but the movie is slow-paced and a bit boring. Mitty’s character is quite interesting and you get attached to it but then I lost interest at some point and wanted the movie to just end. The end was nice and emotional even though it was predictable.
It’s definitely a feel-good movie and I don’t regret watching it, but I thought for some reason it would be much better than that. I do agree with Patrick though that the movie’s soundtrack is amazing!
Picture via CedarsBox.com
As most of you probably know, Lebanon is known for its Cedars yet today cedar forests cover only 0.0002% of Lebanon’s surface, mainly due to the climate change, over-harvesting and of course the lack of initiatives from Lebanese authorities. Luckily though, a number of local NGOs and the private sector have been working for years to preserve Cedar forests and expand them by planting new cedar trees. One of the most recent initiatives is the “Adopt A Cedar Tree” which is a collaboration between Byblos Bank, Jouzour Loubnan and Cedars Box to plant thousands of Cedars in Kfardebian, Zaarour, Ehden and Ehmej.
I received a complimentary Cedars Box as a gift on Christmas and already planted it in Kfardebian. I was given precise GPS coordinates and an official certificate of Adoption soon after I filled all the needed information. I will share a picture of the tree as soon as I visit it.
If you want to know how you can adopt a tree, click [Here].
WTH was this guy thinking?
Note: If I found it funny, it doens’t mean I approve of it. I am laughing at the person for putting such a thing not at the picture itself.