Three Lebanese Families Killed In The Air Algeria Crash

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At least 20 Lebanese nationals were on board of the Algerian flight AH5017 that went missing on Thursday between Burkina Faso and Algiers. Here are the names of the victims as compiled from MTV and Naharnet:

Randa Bassam Daher and her three children
Joseph Jerjes al-Hajj
Fadi Rustom and his son-in-law Omar al-Ballan
Mohammed Akhdar
Fady Sioufi
Monji Hassan, his wife Najwa, their four children
Bilal Dheini, his wife and their three children

Unfortunately, there were no survivors from the plane crash which is the third in the past couple of months. BBC showed a video of the wreckage site in Mali and explored the odds of having a cluster of plane accidents so close together.

Sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

Beirut Beer: A New Beer In Town

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Beirut Beer was launched by Kassatly Chtaura few days ago but I haven’t had the chance to try it out yet. I’ve seen their commercials though and I didn’t like them. In fact, they sound a lot like the XXL and Buzz commercials.

I will update you on the beer once I give it a try. It’s a nice looking bottle that’s for sure.

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Lebanon Sees 90% Rise In Arab Tourism In June (Waynoun?)

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The Tourism Ministry is saying the number of Arab tourists is up by 90 percent in June when compared with the previous year. Considering that practically no one came last year, I guess any improvement is good. What we really need though is a 1000% increase to start noticing any tourists in Lebanon and it’s not looking good again this summer despite a promising start.

The French tourists topped the list of non-Arab nationalities visiting Lebanon, followed by the German and Swedish tourists.

BEIRUT: The Tourism Ministry said Tuesday the number of Arab tourists increased by 90 percent in June, compared with the previous year.

“We don’t want the months of May and June, that witnessed this improvement, to be an exception, instead we want them to be a model for the coming months,” Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon said, arguing that the increase in tourism resulted from Lebanon’s “renewed openness to Gulf countries and the new dynamic in the tourism sector that accompanied the security plan.” [Link]

Beaten Not Broken: A Lebanese Woman Shares Her Domestic Violence Story To Encourage Others To Speak Out

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I was reading a story on ellearabia about a domestic violence survivor from Lebanon sharing her experience and then I find out she’s one of my good friends. I’m talking about Nadine Mazloum, who’s a blogger, the editor for LBCI Online English News and more importantly someone I deeply respect and admire for her opinions. I’ve had endless talks with Nadine and I love everything she writes and covers and I can’t believe such a terrible thing would happen to her!

Nevertheless, Nadine decided to share her experience and talk about it openly, or as she beautifully puts it: “I speak because I can, and I assure you gutless man, that all your attempts to break me will only double my efforts, will only give me strength, will only make me rise.”

You can read her original post [Here] and her interview with ElleArabia [Here].

I hope all women get inspired from her and share their domestic violence stories because it always helps to speak out and let others know and take action in anyway possible.

Stay Strong Nadine!

Helping Donner Sang Compter Reach 10,000 Donors

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I added a banner on the right side of the blog to help Donner Sang Compter reach 10,000 donors in 10 months. The campaign will end on May 16 2015 and everyone is invited to spread the word and sign up!

Donner Sang Compter has been pulling a tremendous job by linking blood donors to patients in need, so let’s make this mission easier for them by becoming donors. You can register at this website: [www.donatebloodtoday.me]

DSC’s emergency number is 03 314 868 for those who don’t know it.

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#TouchGivesBack: 16,000 Tweets To Treat Two Kids From The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon

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As part of its campaign this Ramadan, Touch has launched an intiative on Twitter to raise funds for two children at the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon. Their goal is to reach 16,000 tweets and they are at 2000 tweets with 8 days left. You don’t need to donate money or do anything except tweet @touchLebanon and use the hashtag #touchGivesBack.

I always take pride in encouraging campaigns aimed at helping people in need so let’s make this happen and let’s spread the word!

Topless Woman Spotted Again In Mar Mikhail

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I just saw a video of a topless woman running on the Karantina highway in the Mar Mikhail area. I’ve been hearing about topless people roaming the streets of Mar Mikhail but that’s the first time I see a video and it looks very real. In fact, I am surprised it got uploaded because I don’t think it’s the right thing to do and that’s why I am not sharing it. The woman could be mentally ill for all we know.

Update: Video was removed.