Baskil Bicycle Festival In Beirut

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From 23 to 27 April, Medawwar in Beirut is hosting the Baskil Festival, a celebration of everything the bicycle represents, from community, sustainability, sport and fun. There’s a fun ride on Sunday around the Medawwar area for those who like to bike.

Here’s the full program from Baskil’s Facebook Page:

Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 27th April:
‘The Good City’ exhibition in Medawwar Public Garden. Showing the success of bicycle-based city planning in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wednesday 23rd April:
Press conference and official opening of the Festival by Rolf M. Hay Pereira Holmboe, the Danish Ambassador in Beirut.

Friday 25th April:
EXCHANGE EVENING – picnics, presentations and discussions in the garden. Come hear about the success story of Deghri Messengers دغري, learn about the power of bikes to transform cities and discuss how it can be done in Beirut.

Saturday 26th April:
MAKING DAY – bring your bike, fix it, paint it and give it new life. With the help of ريغار Regar and.
AND STREET FESTIVAL – BMX gangs, skater crews, street artists, buskers and dancers will come together and fill Medawwar with colour.

Sunday 27th April:
RIDING DAY – join fun rides exploring the Medawwar area, and participate in a special Baskil-edition ride around Beirut.
AND STREET FESTIVAL – BMX gangs, skater crews, street artists, buskers and dancers will come together and fill Medawwar with colour.

You’ll Be Missed Ramzi!

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To be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting at all because I didn’t know where to start but I couldn’t sleep yesterday night after hearing the news and I’ve been thinking all day today about Ramzi, his family and his wife. I’ve been friends with Ramzi since 3 years and even though we’d mostly meet at events, I always had fun hanging out with him. He’s the kind of guy who’s always smiling and enjoying his time and was one of the best geeks you could ever meet.

I was supposed to see Ramzi on Friday but I couldn’t make it and I regret it terribly. Even though we weren’t the closest of friends, I will always remember Ramzi every time I go Karting as that’s the first time we met, every time I play Gran Turismo, every time I pass right in front of his office and every time I post about techy stuff. Ramzi is the kind of people I could never forget and I truly mean it.

Ramzi loved his bike too and unfortunately died in a motorcycle accident. I don’t know how the crash happened and I am not interested at all. All I know is that Ramzi’s gone and he’ll be terribly missed.

RIP My friend!

Well Played Duo

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I hate it when toilets are very far from the restaurant and that’s the case at ABC Achrafieh. I also hate it when you have to climb stairs to get the toilets. I guess I am lazy after a meal, just like everyone else :-)

Lebanese Economist Rand Ghayad’s Research On Long-Term Unemployment

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Rand Ghayad is a Lebanese Economist who will shortly be receiving his Ph.D. in economics from Northeastern University. He published a paper back in 2012, along with his doc­toral adviser William Dickens, which offered a new take on long-term unemployment and found that “the long-​​term unem­ployed were qual­i­fied for jobs but were ranking lower than other poten­tial can­di­dates because of the length of time they had been out of the workforce”.

Rand’s paper was described by the Atlantic Post as “pioneering”, and was cited recently by US Senator Rand Paul, to which Ghayad responded. More importantly, this new theory on unemployment has caught the attention of US president Barack Obama who invited Ghayad to attend a meeting by Gene Sperling, Obama’s National Economics adviser.

For those interested in economics and the topic of unmeployment, here’s a [Link] to Ghayyad and Dickens’ paper, which was originally written for the Fed­eral Reserve Bank of Boston.

Acting Beirut Governor Accused of Harassment : Governor Says Video Is Fake

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I just finished watching that video everyone’s been sharing about Beirut’s Acting governor supposedly harassing a woman and I honestly have mixed feelings about. While it’s unfair what this woman is going through, she sounded like she’s flirting as well, given that we don’t know what happened the first time. She’s obviously laying a trap to the man but I don’t think that’s the best way to do it.

Anyway, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk has apparently taken “all necessary legal procedures” over the case which I hope will include at least the dismissal of the governor.