Red Bull BC One is an annual international B-Boy competition where candidates compete in one-on-one dancing battles. We have a lot of talented dancers in Lebanon yet only one of them will be crowned winner tomorrow and get to represent Lebanon at the Middle East & Africa Final held in Algeria.
I am probably going to attend so stay posted, if you are interested of course, as I will share pictures and videos on my Instagram. If you have time, drop by as it’s a lot of fun!
Here’s a video of the Red Bull BC One finale last year:
And one taken on the Saint Nicolas stairs in Achrafieh.
Almaza posted the teaser photo a couple of days ago but it looks like it’s already out. It’s called the Radler and it’s basically beer and lemon. I’ll pass by a supermarket today see if they got it and try it out. The last beer they released (Light Almaza) was quite good but I still prefer the original Almaza.
By Adonis, The Jabal Moussa Reserve FB Page is referring to the Adonis Valley in Nahr Ibrahim
Back in July 2013, I posted about the Janna damn and asked if it was yet another scandal in the making, given that there was a report done by The German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources that strongly recommended not to go ahead with the construction of the planned Janneh dam. Moreover, a new report appeared recently explaining the dangers of building the Janna Dam that you can read [Here].
Having said that, Gebran Bassil, who was the Energy and Water Minister back then, decided back in 2013 to go ahead with the dam in Janna, claiming that the German report is wrong and basing himself on studies performed by Khatib & Alami, Artelia and Safege. However, the current Minister for the Environment Mohammad El Machnouk doesn’t seem convinced by Bassil’s reports and asked today the new Energy Minister to stop the Janna dam project in order to conduct further studies.
Honestly speaking, I think it’s better to put the project on hold for the time being and get different expert opinions on this matter. The new Energy minister should cooperate with the Environment Minister to form a committee of experts and take the right decision once the studies are out.
Just like the 16-year-old student Mohammad el Chaar who died wasn’t looking to become a martyr, a lot of Lebanese weren’t willing to fight for any militia or any cause during the war and just wanted to live in peace with their families. I’m Not A Martyr is the story of a poet who tried to escape the Beirut war by taking shelter with his family in the mountains, only to find himself forced to join a local militia and take up arms.
I will be looking forward to seeing this movie. Based on what the press kit says, the release date will be around the start of next fall or winter.
Isn’t there a couple of hospitals on the Zalka Highway? I wonder why she had to deliver on the road.
Aurora Borealis is a beautiful natural light display in the sky that can extend as high as 640km above the earth’s surface. It is the result of “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere”.
Here’s a time-lapse shot by a Lebanese Photographer using a Canon 6D over a period of 3 days.
For those interested, Achrafieh2020 is organizing a video competition aimed at raising awareness on energy saving, solar and alternative power. You can use your smartphone, camcorder and DSLR cameras to record your video.
For those interested in more details, check the [link].
According to the 2013 Global Competitiveness Report, Lebanon ranked 116th out of 144 in terms of basic requirements, 125th out of 144 in terms of institutions, 135th and 32nd (out of 144) in terms of macroeconomic environment and health/primary education respectively.
The most problematic factors for doing business in Lebanon are:
- Inadequate supply of infrastructure
- Inefficient government bureaucracy
- Government instability/coups
- Policy instability
- Access to financing
- Insufficient capacity to innovate
- Poor work ethic in national labor force
- Inadequately educated workforce
- Restrictive labor regulations
- Poor public health
- Tax regulations
- Tax rates
- Crime and theft
- Foreign currency regulations
You can check out the full report [Here].
I am glad the wage scale draft submitted by the Syndicate Coordination Committee did not pass yesterday, not because the banks and economic committees’ arguments convinced me, nor because I believe the current system is a just one, but simply because it’s not the right time to approve such a bill.
I will not dig into details here, but the problem is not with those who are demonstrating in favor of this bill, but in the thousands of useless and corrupt government employees that will get undeserved raises and worsen the financial burden on the Lebanese state. Unfortunately, a lot of decent workers are paying the price for these corrupt individuals, but things could get much worse for ALL Lebanese if this bill is to pass, at least in its current form.
The Lebanese government needs to find a way to cut down expenses, by eliminating the MPs and Ministers’ salaries to begin with, by cutting down the number of employees in governmental institutions, and by increasing the taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and other non-essential goods. These are few suggestions and I am sure a lot of economists and experts have better ideas, better than raising the VAT like it was suggested yesterday.
The quality of the videos is quite impressive!
There are more videos to check out about Lebanon [Here].