Matteo el Khodr On Hisham Haddad’s Lahon w Bass

It's good to see Hisham host Matteo on his show, especially after he mocked his talent three years ago. As I said back then, I am not an opera fan but one cannot but praise Matteo's unique voice and he most recently got all four judges to turn on the Voice France which is a great feat. Thank you Hisham for doing the right thing by hosting him back and supporting an awesome local talent.…

Ministry of Public Health First COVID-19 Bulletin is Out

The Ministry of Public Health shared its first National Epidemiological Surveillance Program Bulletin on COVID-19 as of March 8th and it contains some insights on the spread of this virus in Lebanon. - 32 cases were confirmed as of March 8 . - 38% of the cases came from Iran, 3% from Egypt, 3% from the UK. - Reasons of infections for 30 out of the 32 cases were travel related and contacts of confirmed…

[Open Thread]: Coronavirus in Lebanon – Daily Updates

I'm opening a thread on the Coronavirus spread in Lebanon and I will update it on a daily basis. This will hopefully help keep the blog's readers up to date with what's happening, raise awareness on the virus and the precautions being taken and more importantly contain the panic that's spreading faster than the virus. First things first, here are the official numbers to call and websites to visit for any Corona-related emergency or inquiry:…

Tennis – Lebanon emphatically wins tie against Thailand to remain in Davis Cup Group I

Spanning over 2 days, and withstanding rain, the Coronavirus fears and Eurobonds crisis, it seemed like there was another Lebanon inside the ATCL arena, celebrating today the consolidation of the country's presence in the Davis Cup Group I, after emphatically claiming the tie against Thailand 3-1. A first rubber took place on Friday, with Benjamin Hassan needing less than an hour to dismantle a player ranked more than 1000 places below him, 6-1 6-2. Saturday…
Critiques

Lebanon to Default on its Payment For the First Time Ever

3 weeks ago
It’s official, PM Hassan Diab has announced today that Lebanon is unable to pay its foreign currency loans and will default on its sovereign debt ($1.2bn Eurobond due on 9 March) for the first time ...
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Fighting Corruption: Ten Cases We Can Start With

3 weeks ago
Lebanon’s revolution against corruption continues and the long awaited judicial appointments “might” be a step in the right direction if no political interference takes place. An independent judiciary committee and a capable judiciary system have ...
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Financial Public Prosecutor Freezes Assets of Lebanese Banks’ Heads

3 weeks ago
Update: State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat has suspended a ruling by Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim on freezing the assets of 20 banks, TV networks said. Financial Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim has put a “prevention of disposal” signal ...
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Can We leave Mar Charbel Out of The COVID-1 Epidemic Please?

3 weeks ago
The coronavirus has been making headlines for the past two weeks now in Lebanon, cancelling schools and disrupting travel. Yesterday, a young lady showed up at the Rafik Hariri hospital claiming that Mar Charbel appeared ...
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