Lebanon Water Festival 2014 Edition

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The Lebanon Water Festival for the year 2014 will take place between August and September and is open to everyone. You can join in as a participants, spectator or volunteer and take part in activities like Underwater Diving, water skiing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddle and kite boarding.

Check out the full calendar [here] and go have some fun!

Lebanese Don’t Like To Admit Defeat, Even In The World Cup

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I’ve been asked by at least 5 people today about the stupid rumor circulating that Brazilian players got paid to lose the game to Germany. Apparently there’s an article in Arabic claiming that its source is AFP and that Brazilians lost the game on purpose. Needless to say, the story is fake and no one mentioned it except few lousy blogs and websites and it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Why the hell would the Brazilian team, who’s playing on home soil, want to get humiliated by the Germany team 7 to 1?

So please stop sharing this story, and accept the fact that one team played better than the other and won. There’s no conspiracy theory or anything of the sort. This is not Lebanese Football or Basketball, and teams sometimes lose and move on believe it or not!

Uber Now Available In Beirut

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I’ve always heard about Uber but never tried it to be honest. Uber is a transportation app that you can use to request a ride by pinning your location and get picked up within minutes. Uber is available in more than 130 cities and 30 countries.

If you are a new user, here how it works:

1- Download Uber via the App Store on iOs & Android.
2- No need for cash. Register your account with a credit card (Visa/MasterCard).
3- Drop the pin on a pick up location & track the car in real-time.

You can use the promo code UberLovesBeirut as mentioned on Uber’s blog and your next ride in Beirut is for free! (up to $20 valid until August 31st, 2014). Gino mentioned that you could also use the promo code “PRNIB“ to get $30 of free Uber rides!

The app is available for [Android] and [iOS]. You can also get estimates of the fares [Here].

We’re super excited to have Beirut join the ride along with the 140+ cities from across the globe because it’s about time the Lebanese crowd experiences a reliable, safe and comfortable ride at the tap of a button!

Pierre Rabbat, the famous face of #MinElEkhir TV show on MTV loved the idea of Uber hitting the streets of Beirut and was one of the first to test…

He opened the app this morning, booked his trip and rode as he planned his pitch at the back of his Uber for the international star he is inviting to the final episode of his show – NO ONE and yes NO ONE knows who she is but that one driver.

At the same time in Saifi Village, Daniella Rahme, the winner of Dancing with the Stars Middle East Season 2 and TV/Radio host, opened and booked her first Uber ride through the app. A few minutes later… …her private chauffeur showed up and accompanied her from meeting to meeting throughout the day. She certainly rode in style!

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Beirut To Nowhere

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This is a documentary on the Fouad Boutros highway, a motorway connecting Hekmeh in Achrafieh to Mar Mikhail and piercing through one of the city’s old neighborhoods. There are a lot of people working against the project, but I don’t think it’s as bad as they are making it look. In fact, I got a presentation a while back on the project that I will share soon with you.

How The Lebanese Conquered Brazil

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Executive Magazine is doing a special report this month about Lebanese in Brazil, by giving a historical overview and compiling the success stories of several Lebanese personalities. As most of us know or have heard, there are at least 6 million Brazilians of Lebanese origin and Lebanese in Brazil have made it to the top in many fields.

All the articles on Lebanese successes are quite interesting, and I advise you to read them all, from Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer to Latin America’s Indiana Jones Amyr Klink, former Supreme Court judge Francisco Rezek and others.

Check out all the articles as they are published [Here].

Lebanese Amhaz Electronics Hit By U.S. Sanctions

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As far as I know, Ahmaz people were not really hiding their political allegiance, so they must have seen it coming. For those of you who don’t know Stars Group, they basically mobile phones to the majority of shops in Lebanon and always get the new phones ahead of others somehow.

As the Treasury Department announced today, the United States targeted a key Hizbullah procurement network by designating brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their business, Stars Group Holding, which is based in Beirut and has subsidiaries in China and the UAE; and certain managers and individuals who supported their illicit activities,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Later on Thursday, a Stars Group manager denied the accusations in remarks to LBCI television, saying his firm had not yet received the sanctions decree in an official manner. “Hizbullah relies heavily on front companies such as Stars Group Holding, which continue to procure dual-use material for the organization to enhance its military capabilities,” the State Department said in its statement.

It accused Stars Group Holding of covertly purchasing sophisticated electronics and other technology from suppliers around the world, including “a range of engines, communications, electronics, and navigation equipment.”

Batroun Khallia A7la: Beach Clean Up Campaign

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A group of young Lebanese have started an initiative “Batroun Khalia A7la” aimed at keeping beaches in Batroun clean. They’ve already cleaned with the help of volunteers the Ghleyghile beach and gathered over 40 trash bags that included a TV, some car wheels, used baby diapers among other things. I uploaded before and after pictures from their Facebook page.

This Sunday, they are organizing another beach clean up at BlueBay Beach in Batroun as well. You can meet them at 7 am there and help them with the cleaning process. Everyone is more than welcome to join!

I love these initiatives and I wish people from every area in Lebanon would volunteer to keep their city clean.

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Between The World Cup And Israel’s Military Offensive Against Gaza

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Ever since Israel started its offensive against Gaza few days ago, a lot of people have been showing their support for the Palestinian people while some of them have been bashing football fans for not caring enough about Gaza and cheering for their teams. “How could you watch the World Cup while children are dying?” and “Shame on you for ignoring the massacres on Palestine” are some of the messages I got and I couldn’t but laugh at them.

We all condemn what’s happening in Gaza and what’s been happening for the past 30 years, as we condemn the hundreds of innocent civilians killed in the Syrian conflict everyday, and in Iraq and Yemen and anywhere there’s a conflict. However, as much as some Lebanese and Arabs feel concerned with what’s happening in neighboring countries, there’s nothing we can do to help even if we wanted to, and the truth is we need help in Lebanon more than any other country (except Palestine maybe). Moreover, if you truly wish to help Palestinians, do so on a daily basis and don’t just remember them during wars and start spreading pictures of dead babies and burned bodies on Facebook.

Going back few months from now, innocent people were dying in Tripoli (In Lebanon of course) due to sectarian fights yet a lot of people who are sharing Gaza posts and pictures all over the internet didn’t feel that concerned with what’s happening. A lot of Lebanese as well don’t feel concerned with the suicide bombings in Dahieh and Beirut’s suburbs, without forgetting the 1 Million+ Syrian refugees suffering in Lebanon.

To sum things up, stop pretending to care about Gaza children if you’ve just realized that they are suffering, stop telling people not to watch the World Cup because people are dying in Palestine and stop sharing graphic images to get people’s attention. If anything, start caring about your country more and let people enjoy their lives the way they see it appropriate.