Can Minister Abou Faour Implement The Smoking Ban (Law 174) In Lebanon?

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Health Minister Wael Abu Faour announced that indoor smoking ban will be enforced, and that the ministry will be raiding restaurants and other enclosed public places to make sure the law is being implemented. The first attempt to ban smoking took place two years ago and failed miserably as the majority of restaurants, pubs and venues are breaking Law 174.

I would love to see the smoking ban law implemented in Lebanon but I believe Minister Abou Faour should take a pragmatic approach and avoid the mistakes that were done before, specially in regards to restaurants serving shisha that are still growing in numbers unfortunately and are the biggest problem nowadays. If we want this smoking ban to really work, it should be done in several phases and over 1 or 2 years to allow all pubs and restaurants to adapt. In fact, if the government had adopted a proper strategy back in 2012, the law would be running smoothly by now.

In all cases, we can’t but support any initiative to cut down smoking in Lebanon so let’s see how things will go this time.

It’s Time To Recognize The New Lebanon: The King is Dead; Long Live The King

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That’s how Victoria Moore, The Telegraph’s wine correspondent, ended her article on Lebanon’s wine industry, on the end of an era with Serge Hochar’s tragic death and how Lebanese wine is booming abroad. She spoke about the obstacles that wine makers are facing recently in Lebanon, and how she was impressed by the energy and commitment of the new generation of producers that managed to double the quantity of Lebanese wine abroad in five years.

Lebanon moved from 12 wineries in 2004 to 40 commercial wineries by 2012 making eight million bottles of wine a year and exporting wine worth $14.5 million. Some of the wineries mentioned in Moore’s article include Domaine des Tourelles, Ixsir, Chateau Musar and Château St Thomas.

Lebanese wine is great and definitely worth trying. I will post shortly a list of my ten favorite Lebanese wine bottles.

You can check the full article [Here].

Zahle Is Getting 24-hour Electricity Soon And Some People Are Demonstrating Against It!

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It may seem hard to believe but these people are demonstrating because Zahle is getting 24-hour electricity soon and their generators will become useless. I think they should be held accountable for ripping off people with ridiculous generator bills all these years.

[YouTube]

Thanks Mustapha!

What Happens When You Try To Do The Right Thing In Lebanon?

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Every year, I tell myself that driving can’t get any worse in this country but I am proven wrong. Drivers are becoming more violent, more reckless and unpredictable and what happened with Johny is a clear proof of that. The last time I got into a verbal dispute with a driver, it was a 60 year old man who cut me off and almost hit me. I was with my brothers and we could have easily kicked his ass but I just ignored him and drove away because he was with his family and I don’t believe in violence, even though he was cursing at us and broke my front mirror.

Going back to Johny’s story, this poor guy was trying to clear the way for an Ambulance yet somehow ended up getting beaten and rushed to the nearest hospital. The cops were no where to be seen and even though they manage to arrest the assailants later on, it was only for few hours. Luckily no one got shot or killed in the incident but that’s not a reason for the cops not to arrest and jail these people for:

1- Driving in the wrong lane and blocking the road.
2- Blocking an Ambulance which is a very serious charge anywhere in the world.
3- Beating Johny and another driver.

Check out the full story [here].

Is Civil Marriage Legal Or Not In Lebanon?

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Civil marriage in Lebanon was dealt a setback last week after Interior Minister Machnouk’s statement. During an interview on Kalam Ennas, Machnouk said that he doesn’t encourage legalizing civil marriage and that “Cyprus is not too far”. Legally speaking, couples can still get married in a civil way in Lebanon but their wedding won’t be registered as long as the minister refuses to sign them, which is problematic for them and more importantly for their children. Surprisingly enough, Minister Machnouk was at some point in favor of civil marriage but for some reason changed his position. I hope we can still count on Saad Hariri’s support whenever he comes back.

The ever-growing influence of religious authorities and the lack of officials brave enough to take the initiative and legitimize civil marriage in Lebanon are still the main obstacles and I honestly don’t see any changes happening anytime soon.

Here’s a reminder on the steps to follow to get a civil marriage in Lebanon:
– Go to a mayor and fill in a request to strike off your sect from your ID.
– Submit the form at the personal status directorate of your region
– Get a proof of address (إفادة سكن) for you and your spouse.
– Perform medical tests for you and your spouse and get witnesses for your wedding.
– Afterwards, you need to post a memo on your new house’s door stating that you are getting marriage in a civil way and asking people to contest the marriage if they have a valid reason. Once done, you can go sign your marriage contract at your notary public!

How Lucky Is This Guy?

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The person who uploaded this video said he took the film from the store owner and that it happened somewhere in Beirut. I can’t really tell where the crash took place but that was a very close call!

I pulled over to get something from the grocery store and was just heading towards the store when I heard screeching tires. I looked and without thinking I just ran to the store. With respect to the driver, he was a reckless guy driving above speed limit and lost control of the car so he hit the brakes and his car turned and crashed into my car and the ice-cream refrigerators outside the store. Luckily no one was seriously injured.

The store owner was kind enough to let me film his CCTV monitor before he deleted the tape, so i’ll always have this video to remind me just how lucky i was.

[LiveLeak]

Thanks Hadi!

The Easiest Way To Forget Miss Lebanon’s Controversial Selfie

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Miss Lebanon Sally Jreij’s selfie with Miss Israel is still making the news and was mentioned on [CNN], [NYPost], [FoxNews], [Independent], [Time], [Mashable] and others.

The good thing is that Mawtoura figured out a very easy way to resolve this dilemma. I think it’s the best way to put an end to this silly topic once and for all. You should follow Mawtoura as she posts hilarious stuff.

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Update: Jon Stewart commented on this “war of the poses”. HILARIOUS!