Photo Credits: Akl Yazbeck
Prior to the F1 showrun that took place a couple of weeks ago, The Red Bull F1 team made two stops in the Cedars and Byblos. Since I couldn’t take Brian to the show run given how noisy and crowded it will be, I thought of taking him to Byblos where a private shoot was taking place the day before.
I know he’s too young to understand what an F1 car is, but it might take years before we see an F1 car in Lebanon and he might not got the chance to sit in a real Formula 1 car so I had to grab that opportunity and capture the moment.
I headed to Byblos early in the morning, had breakfast with Brian at eBaladi and walked around in the souks while waiting for the Red Bull team to arrive. I had to make sure his clothes stay clean before the shoot but it was an epic fail. He spilled water on himself and on my man2oushe so I had to change his diaper and pants later on in the car. Trust me if there’s anything worse than cleaning bottles, it’s changing diapers in the car lol!
As soon as Red Bull got there, it took them almost an hour to bring down the car and decide on a shooting spot. Once done, I waited for instructions to take pictures with the car since no one was allowed to get anywhere near the car.
Once we were given the green light, Brian & I got a couple of awesome shots with the car and I was even able to put Brian for a few seconds inside the car. He couldn’t care less of course but I’m sure he will look back one day and appreciate these pictures.
Photo Credits: Akl Yazbeck
Photo Credits: Akl Yazbeck
Next on the list is taking Brian and the wife to attend an F1 Grand Prix.
Photo Credits: Akl Yazbeck
Special thanks to the Red Bull Lebanon team and Red Bull for making that happen!
This is by far the cheesiest article I’ve ever read this year, if not ever. I tried hard to read it with a straight face but I couldn’t stop laughing at every quote.
I wish the couple all the best but I would have never let anyone write something like that for my wedding. You can read the whole thing [here].
If you can’t understand Arabic, my good friend and blogger Rania from transpremium.com translated it for me and it sounds even better in English!
Happiness Still Prevails among the “Lebanon Files” Family
In the presence of many media and political figures, Nathalie tightly gripped the heart of colleague George, placing the latter under arrest for the sweet crime of deliberate and premeditated love.
George did not conceal his doing. In fact, he pleaded guilty to sneaking into Nathalie’s heart and occupying the vast majority of it.
In a public hearing, the final verdict was issued yesterday on George, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Nathalie’s golden heart, with the blessing of a group of family members and relatives and with as a witness the sky of Kfarhbab which was dressed in its brightest colors until after midnight on Sunday night.
The attendees cheered for the justice of love, dancing for a long time to the tunes of the hearts of the newlyweds who then finally lifted the anchor of bachelorhood, for their love to embark on a journey towards the islands of stability, security and holy partnership.
Lebanon Files blesses the marriage of colleague George and his wife Nathalie, and wishes them a long life crowned with joys and happiness.
I was actually defending Sagesse against the decision taken by the Lebanese Federation and I was hoping they’d file a proper complaint but this is just crazy. I can’t believe this guy, who happens to be Sagesse’s honorary president, is justifying fans throwing water bottles by saying the water is holy.
What was he thinking? I really hope he was joking.
Since I keep sharing news about Lebanese shining abroad, I thought it’s about time I brag about my own brother, Dr. Zahi Mitri who was awarded The 2016 Young Investigator Award by the Conquer Cancer Foundation in the United States. “The Young Investigator Award (YIA) provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology”.
My younger brother has always been the family genius. He was always at the top of his class in school, he was always in the top 5 in his biology years at AUB, he aced all his Medicine tests, ranked top 5 in all his Med years, graduated with honors, won the Pen Rose Award at the American University of Beirut, matched with his first choice (Emory University Hospital) where he completed his residency, then moved to MD Anderson, widely regarded as one of the best cancer hospitals in the United States and the World where he completed his fellowship.
What I love about my brother is that he makes all these achievements look so easy. He used to go out all the time, party, drink, exercise and then come back home and read 500 pages to prepare for his next exam. Even when abroad, he always has time for family and used to look after all of us. He’s also very modest and doesn’t brag about what he does. Aside from being a doctor, he’s also a loving husband and a proud father.
My brother has always been into research since his AUB medicine years and has chosen a difficult field (oncology) that could help improve the lives of millions of people around the world. The CCF Young Investigator Award is aimed to help promising young investigators and some of the brightest minds in clinical and translational cancer research and I’m proud, even though not surprised, to see my brother on that list.
We are all proud of him. My dad was very proud of him and he’d tell everyone about his achievements 🙂
The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) was founded by the foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment and cures of all types of cancer. CCF works to conquer this disease by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide, by improving quality of and access to care, and by enhancing quality of life for all who are touched by cancer.
Most of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut but there were also communities in other cities like Saida and Tripoli. In fact, there were around 1,500 Jews living in Saida in the early 1970s according to Nagi Georges Zeidan, who memorialized Lebanon’s Jewish community by researching its history and creating a database. Unfortunately, the last Jewish family in Sidon, the Levy family, left in the early 1980s and the synagogue was abandoned and has become ever since a shelter for Palestinians refugees.
One of those refugees was called Jihad Al-Mohammed and I found his story, who was published on pri.org quite fascinating.
Jihad Al-Mohammed in his kitchen. He has a flat screen TV and a WiFi router where the synagogue used keep its Torah scrolls. Photo Credits: Rebecca Collard – via PRI.ORG
Jihad Al-Mohammed moved into the abandoned Synagogue in 1990 but it took him nearly 10 years to realize what this abandoned building was, despite the Stars of David on the wall and area being called “Haret al-Yahud” or the Jewish Quarter. When tourists started visiting his place and asking him questions, he finally realized what it was.
Photo Credits: Jihad al-Mohammed
Mohammed considers the Synagogue as his home and has no plans to leave it anytime soon. He divided the building into different rooms and turned the main area into a living room. “Mohammed has photos on his phone of the many visitors he’s received over the years — from the US, Canada and Europe”. In 2012, prayers were said for the first times in decades in Saida’s Synagogue after two Rabbis visited the Synagogue. In 2015, Sidon’s Jewish cemetery got a face lift.
As far as other synagogues in Lebanon are concerned, There’s Beirut’s Maghen Abraham Synagogue which was renovated recently and two others in Aley and Bhamdoun. There was one as well in Deir el Amar but it got sold in 1900.
Beirut Synagogue – Photo Credits: Delphine Darmency – via Raseef22
Bhamdoun – Photo Credits: Delphine Darmency – via Raseef22
You can read more about the Jewish worship places in Lebanon and their history [here] and [here].
While the first phase of the Janna dam construction was handled by a local firm, the second phase which should have started in 2014, consists of the construction of a dam that will enable the storage of up to 38 million cubic meters of water and was awarded to a Brazilian company (Andrade Gutierrez).
This same construction company, Brazil’s second-largest, “has just agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors for its alleged role in a massive corruption scandal centered on state oil company Petrobras and agreed to pay 1 billion reais ($286 million) to settle the allegations”.
Ironically enough, a controversial hydropower dam in Brazil being built by Andrade Gutierrez (AG) was pushed through, despite protests by environmental and social campaigners, by Brazil’s ex-president Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended recently over corruption allegations. The Belo Monte dam went ahead regardless of concerns about its environmental impact and economic viability, which is exactly what’s happening now with the Janna dam. Andrade Gutierrez is also involved in the World Cup scandal and is behind the controversial Amazonia Arena in Manaus.
These dams and stadiums were all built to serve the political parties in Brazil and were all overcharged. The total cost of the Janna dam is estimated at $200 million and works are ongoing despite several concerns raised and the lack of scientific reports to back its construction.
Another scandal in the making. Why am I not surprised?
Original Story via YouStink
via APAF ( Animals Pride And Freedom )
Young and stupid. The school should reprimand the two teenagers as well as the person filming them. I can’t believe they are scouts. Nevertheless, I am totally against harsh punishments such as kicking them out of school. Someone should sit down and explain to them what they did wrong otherwise they will commit worse acts later.
The new RD look and feel has been the talk of the town for the past three days. Some people liked the new look, some hated it while others said it’s a copy of Divvy restaurant. I refused to share the comparative pictures between both restaurants that were circulating online because I’ve never been to the new RD branch and I thought they were misleading.
Anyway, I passed by the Backyard this morning before Roadster even opens, looked around the new branch and personally loved it. The new look is actually pretty cool and a breath of fresh air. In fact, I don’t think the old RD would have fitted in this new venue because most of the shops open there have the same feel, and the same applies to the Village Dbayyeh. As far as the new logo is concerned, I’m still not very comfortable with it but what matters to be is that the food and service quality remain the same.
In terms of comparing it to Divvy (I love that place by the way!), I think those who are saying it’s a “copy paste” obviously haven’t been to Divvy or other diners. Divvy Mar Mikhail doesn’t look anything like Divvy at the Village so you can’t really compare the two to begin with, and most restaurants open at the Village and the Backyard have this urban industrial feel so again the comparison doesn’t stand. Still, I do agree that Roadster’s new round couches (RD had round couches since ever) and menu look very similar and RD should have paid more attention to these minor details especially that Divvy & RD owners were ex-partners.
On another note, I’m surprised that no one saw similarities with the Zaatar W Zeit branches that re-branded few years ago (notice the front facade and stairs), noting that ZWZ & RD belong to the same people.
All in all, what I care about mostly is the food and service quality to remain the same because I’m not there to eat the logo. In recent months, I found myself ordering more frequently from Deek Duke because it’s constantly evolving and introducing new items. At this point, Roadster should do the same and reconsider its portions and prices. In terms of delivery service, the quality has been dropping drastically for all diners and restaurants not just Roadster.
Here are few pictures of the new RD branch in Hazmieh:
1- Chris Daniels to be naturalized after proving that he has all the “Lebanese Machklaje” skills.
2- Riyadi and Hekmeh supporters to be banned and replaced by foreign supporters.
3- A spiritual summit headed by Ghayyath will be held to reconcile both teams.
4- Both teams will be allowed to change all their foreign players and local players and coach and management just because that’s the trend in the Lebanese Basketball League.
5- LBCI to introduce basketball drama to its Ramadan schedule.
6- The bottle of water that injured one of the Riyadi staff will be held in custody and interrogated.
To be honest, I am not surprised the series ended with a fight and the only party to blame is the Lebanese Federation and the concerned ministry. When a player misbehaves, he gets kicked out and suspended for at least 2 games. When fans misbehave the team gets penalized and the game goes on. It’s really that simple.
PS: If you want to watch the fight, start at Minute 17:45 [here].
PS2: In other news, the Lebanese National Team is almost out of the Asian Cup after losing today.
No smoking signs are taken very seriously at the Beirut Rafik Hariri airport. I spotted at least 4 people smoking while waiting for my brother to land last week.