Imagine you have to travel over 1000 kilometers across Europe in 7 days without cash, credit cards or phones, but instead with only Red Bull cans to trade for transportation, lodging, food and other necessities until you reach Berlin. This may seem like a crazy idea but that’s what the Red Bull Can You Make It? is all about and Lebanon will be the only country in the Middle East to take part in this once in a life time adventure this year.
Who Can Apply?
University students over 18 years of age are eligible to apply in teams of three beginning January 31 until the application deadline on March 12. Thousands of teams will apply, but only 100 will be selected.
How To Apply?
Gather a team of three and create a video explaining why your team should be chosen to compete. Red Bull Is looking for teams that are adventurous, have an up-for-anything attitude, and can rely on charm, wit and quick-thinking abilities when faced with a challenge.
This is a brilliant idea and I truly envy the teams who will be selected for this adventure. Check out Red Bull’s [Website] for more details.
Aline Lahoud impressed all four judges in her first performance at the Voice France and chose to join Florent Pagny’s team. However she lost tonight in the Voice Battles round and is now out of the competition. I was told that Mika, who’s originally Lebanese and a judge, could have saved her and kept her on his team but he didn’t, but I don’t really follow the show so I can’t tell.
In all cases, Aline still made us all proud and we wish her the best of luck in her career!
The Southern village will be the first to test out Jamil Rima’s Rapid Pulse Carbonization device, which can transform solid waste into carbon and is considered a “clean alternative to burying garbage and large-scale waste burning”. Ain Ebel are hoping to become a model for environmentally friendly waste management thanks to this invention. [DailyStar]
If you haven’t heard of Rima’s invention, check out my previous post on it. Let’s hope it works out and other villages will make use of it.
Here’s a full recap on the Fouad Boutros Project, to try and help everyone understand what it really is, its impact on the residential areas, who’s opposing it and what are the alternative solutions proposed?
What is the Fouad Boutros Project?
The Fouad Boutros Project, also known as the Highway Project “Hekmeh-Turk” Axis, is an estimated $75 Million Dollars (Activists say $150M) project aiming at improving traffic and flows through the densely populated Achrafieh areas. The concerned districts with this project are Achrafieh, Rmeil, Medawar and Mar Mikhail. You can check out the project’s map [Here].
The Fouad Boutros Project Impact
Based on various studies done by NGOs and the Civil Coalition against the Fouad Boutros Project, here’s what this project would cause if implemented:
– The demolition of around 30 buildings, some of high heritage value.
– The uprooting of about a hundred trees (Man of which are centennial).
– The destruction of around 10,000sqm of green spaces.
– The fragmentation of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
– Further pollution and noise.
– Increase of traffic in some areas and lack of parking space.
What are the alternatives to such a project?
Activists sent a book to the authorities with a proposed “Foud Boutros” Park that would replace the highway planned while limiting the damages to a minimum. Here’s a link to the [map] proposed.
When Are The Protests planned?
The Civil Coalition against the Highway Project “ Hekmeh-Turk” Axis (“Fouad Boutros” Road) is asking people to join them for two consecutive days;
– Saturday 1st of March starting 3:00 pm at Mar Mikhayel-Armenia street facing ”Afteem” shops, North-East of EDL.
– Sunday 2nd of March starting 11:00 at Rmeil area, at the back of the Maronite Archbishopric of Beirut, in front of Saint Joseph Maronite Church.
According to Executive-Magazine’s [article], we won’t be having PayPal anytime soon in Lebanon.
The Lebanese launch, however, is not just stuck in the pipeline – it has been taken out of it altogether. Currently, Barel says, there are no specific plans to launch in Lebanon at all. “We are trying to expand to new territories and to other countries, but right now we don’t have specific targets for Lebanon,” he says.
Sometimes I wonder if the people in charge of fixing our roads are so damn blind that they are unable to see a huge pothole like this one. It’s been there for months now and it’s still expanding and no one’s fixing it. I will tag the TMC team to see if they will do something about it.