An article published on Raseef22 was discussing the lack of streets named after artists in the Arab world and pointed out that there are no streets named after Fairouz in Lebanon, or Saba7 for that sake.
The Rahbani brothers have a street named after them in Antelias, Said Akl got his own street finally two years ago, Samira Toufic as well this year but there are still no Fairouz or Saba7 streets in Lebanon, even though that’s the least the authorities should do to honor them and plenty of other artists.
So Almaza Beer kicks off a campaign entitled “Almaza, Lebanon’s Beer” or #BeeretLebnen and Beirut Beer hits back at them by reminding them that they are part of Heineken (they didn’t name it though). A lot of people didn’t appreciate the attack against Almaza and started bashing Beirut Beer but I don’t see the problem in it. It’s pure competition and advertising and it’s fun even though Beirut Beer is not as good or as popular as Almaza in Lebanon.
Let’s see if Almaza will reply back or not, noting that their marketing campaigns are among the best and their replies to certain events are always epic.
I linked to the two videos below as I couldn’t embed them.
Polluted Litani River Photo Credits: Gettyimages/JosephEid
There are over 150 farms using Litani’s polluted water to irrigate crops even though the Litani is no longer suitable for swimming or irrigation. The high levels of pollution are not only affecting the farmers and nearby residents and businesses but all of us as the Litani extends from the West Bekaa Valley all the way down to the southern districts of Nabatieh and Tyre.
The government is still not taking this issue seriously and their $880 million dollars plan to clean up the river is a joke. Such an imminent matter cannot be just another point on the government’s agenda and direct actions need to be taken to stop making things worse.
Check out this LBCI report to see how bad the pollution is and remember that some of these fruits and vegetables are ending up on our plates or in our dishes.
Biometric passports are officially available as of today. Anyone can apply for the new passport and those who wish to replace their old passports can also do so. According to the below FTV report, the documents needed are as follows:
– Passport Request Form to be filled out at the mayor’s office.
– Applicant’s original Individual Civil ID (Ikhraj Kayd Fardi) or or his original new Lebanese I.D. card.
– One recent color photo showing full details of the face with a white background.
– The old passport if available.
– The price will remain the same, $40 or 60,000 LL for one year and $200 or 300,000 LL for 5 years.
Design wise, I think they should have kept the big Cedar tree in the middle showing like the one before. It’s a nice and modern-looking passport but the Cedar tree in the middle is barely showing.
Those who just renewed their passports will NOT need to replace their existing ones. As for Lebanese expats, I believe they should follow the same procedure at any embassy. Check out this useful [link] taken from the website of the Lebanese Embassy in Washington.
A “Five Guys” burger & fries place just opened recently in Antoura. It even has five little guys underneath its logo. Obviously it’s not the real deal but I am actually tempted to try it out as I love these small Lebanese burger shops. Last year when I was in Dubai, I went to the real Five Guys to give it a try. It was good but not as good as I thought it would be. I will review it later on this week.
It’s wedding season and a lot of newly weds in Lebanon believe it’s okay to close down roads or drive slowly on the highway with endless convoys. Yesterday night, a couple apparently decided to close down Ramlet el Baida road to celebrate.