How Can We Bring This Kid Back To School?

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I took this picture yesterday of a small kid begging in the street and looking at a group of students coming out of Empire theater in Achrafieh and probably wishing he’s among them. I’ve spotted a lot of kids begging in this area and this picture pretty much sums up the struggle that they are going through.

Since a lot of people loved the picture (some told me it’s award winning which is quite flattering) and it’s being shared like crazy online, I was wondering if there’s anyway we could use it to help bring this kid back to school. We could maybe sell it in some online bid and donate the money or use it in an awareness campaign to help bring this kid and hopefully others back to school.

Let me know what you think.

Zalfa Will Answer All Your Questions On #Law293 That Protects Women From Family Violence

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Zalfa is a woman who lives in Lebanon and suffers, like many, from discrimination, violence and injustice. She’s here to help other victims understand the newly adopted Law 293 to protect women and other family members from family violence. Zalfa is an initiative from KAFA to inform women in Lebanon about their rights and legal choices while warning them against the legal loopholes that could hamper their full protection.

I think it’s very important for women to take legal action whenever they are abused for their sake and their children’s sake. I know it’s easier said than done and it takes a lot of courage specially in our society, but things are changing in the right direction and there are qualified NGOs and parties ready to assist every victim legally, financially and morally. We need more women to speak out and motivate others to do the same in order to spread further awareness and adopt a stricter law hopefully soon.

You can check out Zalfa’s Questions and Answers [Here]. LBCI News is also showing daily hints and tips from Zalfa as you can see below.

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Who’s To Blame For The Taanayel Les Fermes And Centre Taanayel Mix up?

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As soon as I read that a center called Taanayel got closed down by the Health Ministry, I had the curiosity to go in and verify which Taanayel they are talking about because the only Taanayel I know is Taanayel Les Fermes whose products I trust and consume all the time (Specially the Laban). Needless to say, it turned out to be another Taanayel but rumors (as usual) started spreading about Taanayel Les Fermes and they were forced to kick off an online marketing campaign to clear out their name and state that they fully support the Ministry of Health who is safeguarding the consumer and upholding industry and health standards.

We can’t really blame Health Minister Bou Faour for this confusion, as Lebanese are supposed to verify everything they are reading, but as I’ve stated previously, I think Bou Faour should stay away from press conferences and flashing popular restaurant names and hot brands because the information might get misinterpreted like the Taanayel case and cause considerable financial losses to the brand. In my opinion, the best thing to do is keep everything confidential until the ministry is done inspecting all factories in the Bekaa area for example and then list all those who are compliant and not.

I hope this post will help clarify any confusion regarding Taanayel Les Fermes and spread further awareness on the food safety campaign.

Barbara Sweets

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It was Saint Barbara yesterday in Lebanon and I always look forward to this day for two things:
– The Atayef (قطايف) that my mum prepares.
– Other Barbara sweets like the Macaron and Ouwaymet and wheat.

If you are interested in doing Maakaron yourself, check out MarmiteetPonpon’s recipe and TasteofBeirut’s recipe. TasteofBeirut has also a nice recipe for Ashta Atayef.

Happy Barbara everyone!

Beirut+TV Launched: Episode1 Is Out

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Beirut+TV is not yet another TV station in Lebanon. It’s a new animated web series that will tackle topics and situations that every Lebanese experiences in a way or another. I think there’s a lot of potential behind Beirut+TV and I have tons of ideas to share with the super talented Maya Zankoul, Tony of course and the whole WeZank team.

We saw a couple of episodes at the launch but the first one is only available for now. Stay tuned and keep checking [Beirut+TV] for further updates.

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