A Kim Kardashian Inspired Lebanese Campaign To (Try To) Break The Lebanese Government

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No one’s breaking the Lebanese government and when we had the chance as Lebanese to say no, only few of us went down and got beaten up while trying to say no to the extension. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t hurt for politicians to eat the crap we’re apparently eating everyday according to our Health Minister lol!

By the way and speaking of Kim Kardashian, let’s just keep in mind that her ugly plastic ass made the headlines around the world while the Rosetta mission was making history by landing on the surface of a comet. This is very similar to what’s happening in Lebanon lately, whereas we ignore important topics and get distracted by silly things or come up with silly things to promote noble causes but end up forgetting all about them (Just like that Ice Bucket Challenge).

This #Telhassotize reminded me of the “Strip for Jackie” campaign. Where is Jackie anyway?

Roadster Diner To Donate A Full Working Lab To The Health Ministry

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Roadster Diner has re-asserted its commitment to food safety and quality and has decided to donate a full working lab to the Ministry of Public Health to improve their capabilities. Of course this is a good move but I am honestly quite surprised that the full report hasn’t been issued yet by Minister Bou Faour. We know nothing about the nature of the violations, the standards applied etc …

Instead of announcing few names every now and then, he should do it all at once and follow up in a month and that’s it. If his results are scientific and prove wrongdoings we all want to see how and where. As for Roadster, and despite being ISO 22000 certified, I think they should release reports showing their chicken is safe from the same laboratories the government is using.

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Lebanese Men With Beards: Hipsters or Jihadists?

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It’s hard to be a hipster in Lebanon as cops might mistake you for a terrorist if you have a long beard, just like what happened with Lebanese Rapper AA the Preacherman back in January. Kayan Bartender Mazen Hariz has the same problem as he gets mistaken for a Jihadist at checkpoints and was once threatened by a police officer.

Of course such mistakes do happen here and abroad but Lebanese cops should be more respectful towards such “suspects” and anyone they arrest, and more importantly should apologize in case they mistreat an innocent civilian.

“My beard is like my girlfriend,” he says during a cigarette break from a shift at the Kayan bar in east Beirut.

It took seven months to grow, and needs 30 minutes of attention every morning. First, hot water, then shampoo, conditioner, blowout and then sometimes straighteners. But not too often because that’s not good for the beard.

Girls like it, he says. But the Lebanese police at checkpoints, which have sprung up on his route to work, aren’t so enthusiastic. He says cops stop him every day.

“They say, ‘What’s this, why do you have a beard?’ ” he says.

Lebanon is a small country, yet its social spectrum is broad. It ranges from cosmopolitan hipsters like Hariz to a very different tribe that’s also fond of long beards: Islamist extremists, who’ve attacked the army and planted car bombs. Hariz says it’s annoying that people assume he’s an extremist because of his beard.

“Maybe I’ll cut it,” he says, reluctantly.

You can read the full article [Here].

Lebanese Karen Shammas & Nacif Elias Win Medals At The 2014 Phuket Asian Beach Games

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Karen Shammas was competing in the Sambo competition and won a silver medal after beating Korea and Syria in the quarter and semi finals respectively. As for Nacif Elias, he won a bronze medal in Jiu Jitsu after winning 3 games out of 4. [Sports-961]

Nacif has won a silver medal for Lebanon as well at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon back in September.

Congrats to both athletes!

What Could غير مطابق Mean?

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Public Health Minister Wael Bou Faour published a new list of “bad” restaurants and supermarkets today but we have yet to see the full report upon which these checks were conducted. Just to make myself clear, I am fully supportive of this initiative but I don’t agree with the approach that the minister has taken. The businesses that were found guilty and the Lebanese have the right to know everything related to this scandal and what how severe is every violation. Stating that a specific item at a reputable chain or supermarket is “غير مطابق” could mean a million things and not giving further details could harm a restaurant’s reputation and scare away customers for the wrong reasons.

Moreover, I am very surprised that he hasn’t released the full list and is giving out few names every 2 or 3 days. What’s the point of that? Why focus on few names and leave the rest for later? If he wants his campaign to be successful, he should be scientific and professional about it. In all cases, everyone is still waiting for the full report if it will ever be released.

In order to illustrate better what I mean, check out Elyse Abdel Massih‘s take on this matter and the example she gave of what a “غير مطابق” chicken breast could mean:

To help better illustrate this, i’ll give a short example of how a simple chicken breast might be evaluated by the ministry and for the sake of argument lets forgo for now any potential responsibility of the suppliers who actually provide the chicken to their client restaurants and supermarkets.

1- Did the restaurant follow the right checklist for each item received to make sure that the received item is up to the health standard? (Expiry date, quantity, description of item, temperature, clean, odor, color, refrigerated…) ?
2- Did the restaurant have these sections available: cold section, dry stores, vegetable section, pastry lab, dishwashing, central kitchen?
3- If all sections are available are they also efficiently separated?
4- Was the refrigerator temperature the right one? Were the items in it separated properly? (The chicken always goes below the meat but never above)
5- Were the defrosting, cutting, knives clean and not used on other products? Separating chicken from meat? Water used to clean it also clean?
6- How about ambient room temperature, location, and the windows were they opened or closed? (They are not allowed to be open)
7- What about surrounding chemical hazards?( Strong perfumes , pesticides..)
8- Was there control of worker personal hygiene in place? (Health, hair, nails, shoes..)
9- Was there a risk of cross contamination? (It occurs when bacteria cross from food to food, hand to food or equipment to food)

Any point or all of them may have led to the stamp of “غير مطابق” or ”Not compliant” .

The ministry of health should publish the list of restaurants with explanation of what wasn’t up to the standard to avoid causing major reputation damage and mass panic.

If the mistake wasn’t a major one (transferring salmonella is way different than placing chicken above meat or forgetting a hairnet) the inspectors of ministry of health are obliged to take immediate actions on the spot before going public. Isn’t that what inspectors do?

PS: Elyse Abdel Massih is dietitian with experience and knowledge in food service

London’s ‘Gherkin’ Tower Sold To Lebanese-Brazilian Billionaire Joseph Safra

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Joseph Safra is presumably the richest banker in the world and is the top ranked Lebanese in the world’s richest Arabs list.

The Safra Group bought the Gherkin for a bit over 1 Billion Dollars.

London’s Gherkin skyscraper has been sold to investment giant the Safra Group in a deal reportedly worth £726m. BBC News spoke to a consultancy firm ahead of the sale to gauge how much the capital’s iconic skyline might now be worth.

It is estimated that 10 of the buildings that make up the city’s world-renowned skyline could be worth more than £7.2bn ($11.4bn). [BBC]

Rich-Leb

Quick Review: Dumb and Dumber To

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I don’t know how many of you remember the original “Dumb and Dumber” that was released back in 1994, but it was hilarious and a huge success. The prequel “Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd” that went out in 2003 and didn’t include Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels was a complete disaster though and I wasn’t expecting any new sequel after that, unless both original actors agreed to take part in it and that’s what happened.

“Dumb and Dumber To” brings back Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, aka Lloyd and Harry as they try to convince people 20 years later that “if they each had half a brain, together they would still only have half a brain”. It’s a fun movie to watch and if you liked the randomness of the first movie, you will not be disappointed with this one.