Steve Wozniak is Coming to Beirut

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Yesterday I got an e-mail from the organizers of Banque du Liban Accelerate announcing that Steve Wozniak will be among the speakers in their 3rd annual international conference in November.

For those who know little about him, Steve Wozniak (or Woz) was one of the co-founders of Apple along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in 1976. He single-handedly developed the Apple I computer in the same year and then designed the Apple II in 1977 which became one of the first highly successful mass-produced personal computer, that’s why he’s considered a pioneer of the PC revolution in the 70s and 80s.

I know there are a dozens of YouTube videos featuring talks by Wozniak, but watching him live will definitely be an enriching experience for tech entrepreneurs.

BDL Accelerate is an innovation and startup conference that will take place at Forum de Beyrouth on November 3, 4, and 5, and attendees will be allowed admission for free. In addition to Wozniak, the organizers have so far announced  3 other speakers among which is Mike Butcher from TechCrunch.

For more information you can check BDLAccelerate.com.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 24th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. A lot of interesting events are happening this week but I recommend you check the “Shouf Lebnen” event in Barouk as it caters for all ages and promises some cool performances.

  1. Summer Fusion 2016 – Rockring
  2. 1st BDD Talk on Beirut Digital District Rooftop
  3. Shouf Lebnen Bel Barouk 2016
  4. The Story In Me NGO is holding a book signing and reading event by Amir Yute a 5 year old Author
  5. Red Bull King of the Rock Lebanon 2016
  6. 4 km Kayak Tours at Wadi Chamsine
  7. The Big Jazz Jam at Nova Club
  8. Opening Week of OPAL Radio One
  9. International Theatre Festival of Lebanon
  10. Souk el Akel “Aley”
  11. Aaliya’s book club: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  12. Dany’s 8th anniversary Infamous BBQ in Hamra
  13. Maki and Wine Night at Sticks and Maki
  14. Majd Shidiac Hosts: The Poetry Pot

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Middle East Airlines New Safety Video

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So our national carrier Middle East Airlines seems to have made a new safety video to show on their flights featuring some of Lebanon’s beautiful places like Jeita grotto, the cedars forest, and the Pigeons’ rock.

Making a creative safety video is pretty cool and featuring beautiful sceneries from around Lebanon was a good idea, but what’s with the constant silly dance moves?!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 17th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I recommend you check the outdoor events happening these days before the weather turns chillier in September and everybody start moving inside!

  1. The Cocktail Festival – Brummana 2016
  2. WHITE NIGHT with Harley Owners Group® to fund a dream with Tamanna for children with cancer
  3. Oriental Night Every Tuesday with live OUD at Batchig
  4. City Picnic Beirut – Lebanon’s Largest Picnic!
  5. Kul-Cha Reggae Festival
  6. Discover Japanese Culture
  7. YOGATHON in Horsh Beirut #RiseForACause
  8. Layli Wara Layli Launching at ABC – Bruno Tabbal
  9. SelfWE Taanayel Trip
  10. Concert // Serge Jamo Sings Brassens-Brel-Renaud

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 10th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I’m really loving the open air movie screenings taking place during summer so I recommend you check on both the Cabriolet Film Festival in Byblos and The Boat That Rocked screening at The Gärten.

  1. Oriental Night Every Tuesday with live OUD at Batchig
  2. NEMR ABOU NASSAR at Casino Du Liban
  3. Cabriolet Film Festival – Byblos
  4. Week of the Perseids | 2016
  5. Circus Circus at Mzaar
  6. The Boat That Rocked | Outdoor Movie Screening at The Gärten
  7. Poetry for Everybody | August edition
  8. Cedars International Festival 2016
  9. Summer at the Top – Faqra Club 2016
  10. Mza’art Sous La Tente 2016

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 3rd 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I really recommend you go check the Lakeside festival in Zaarour as well as the Jim Beam event which promises to be a really cool one!

  1. Lie Detection Complete Certification Course – Intensive Workshop
  2. Double Concert – Buika & Carminho at Beiteddine Art Festival 2016
  3. Sunset Sundays at Cherry on the Roofto
  4. Oriental Night Every Tuesday with live OUD at Batchig
  5. MIKA live in concert in Lebanon – Part of Baalbeck International Festival 2016
  6. Beirut Art Center presents… Beirut Groove Collective All-Nighter
  7. Lakeside Festival – Zaarour Club
  8. Jim Beam Rocks! 2016
  9. Nour and Bernard at The Next Whiskey Bar
  10. Sia at Byblos International Festival 2016

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Our Silliest Record Breaking Attempt to Date

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Earlier last week, a friend told me that the organizers of BIAF (Beirut International Awards Festival) are planning to lay down the world’s longest red carpet as part of their 2-day event. The red carpet is expected to start somewhere in Hamra, then goes towards Achrafieh and all the way through downtown to Zaytouna Bay where the ceremony is taking place.

At first I was mainly concerned about the traffic jam this red carpet will be causing on a weekday. But after spotting parts of it on my way to work this morning, I think the traffic jam is absolutely not a problem compared to how hideous it looks!

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The thing doesn’t qualify as a red carpet. It’s barely a piece of red cloth, and it seems that some genius decided to lay it down last night and cars eventually ended up tearing it down.

The end result is needless to say, bahdaleh. I wish all the money that was put into this silly attempt to make it into the Guinness Book was allocated for something more meaningful, like helping Rozine get that liver transplant maybe!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – July 27th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Many cool events are taking place around town this week, from concerts to festivals, exhibitions and even seminars, so there’s definitely something for everybody.

  1. The Walk of Legends with Coach Anthony Rizk
  2. CHANCE Annual Fundraising Party at Seven Sisters
  3. Live Weekends at Cherry on the Rooftop with Samer Maroun & Cinda Ramseur
  4. Le Festival de Sourat 2016 – Diner et Concert
  5. Flashback 2016 in Broumana
  6. Beer, Wine & Seafood Festival in Batroun
  7. Tribute to Zaki Nassif at Beiteddine Art Festival 2016
  8. Who Killed Bruce Lee LIVE at Biel
  9. Unleash Your Creativity
  10. Embrace the MYUsic
  11. Majd Shidiac Hosts: The Poetry Pot
  12. “Des Couleurs Jamais Vues” photography exhibition by Ghassan Abourjeily

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Please Help Rozine Get A Liver Transplant

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It aches the heart when you feel powerless about saving the lives of your loved ones, and this is exactly what Catherine Moughalian is going through right now after she learned she has to collect $200,000 in order finance a liver transplant for her mother Rozine.

Rozine was recently diagnosed with a liver failure, and due to her health deteriorating so fast she cannot wait until she finds a donor in Lebanon, so her daughter turned to the online community to help secure the necessary funds for a transplant outside Lebanon before the end of July.

Please consider contributing with whatever amount you can afford to help Rozine make it, some of us spend $50 over a couple of drinks in Beirut, so why not skipping a plan this weekend to help save a life instead?

You can donate through Zoomaal here.

My mom, Rozine Moughalian, is a 56 year-old psychologist and mother of two. She lives in Bourj Hammoud, an area that has been recently piled with garbage and darkened by black smoke from burning trash. In the last three months, my mom developed subacute liver failure, which doctors were unable to diagnose and suspect possible drug or toxin exposure. The condition developed quickly, and mom went from working three jobs two months ago to being hospitalized with a terminal condition today. She is currently in need of a liver transplant without delay (within the next two weeks).

It is an extremely difficult process to find donors and secure funds in such a short period of time. So, due to bureaucratic procedures and time constraints, she can’t receive a liver transplant in Lebanon and it was recommended by doctors that she be transferred abroad for proper assessment and treatment. We are currently aiming for transferring her to Iran or India, these being the cheapest options. France was also an option earlier but it costs double what the surgery would cost in Iran or India.

Mom does not have the money for such a surgery, and she doesn’t have access to free quality healthcare. We need to raise at least 200,000 USD by the end of the month to be able to fund her surgery or it will be too late.

I find it absurd that my mom won’t get to live out the month because we can’t afford the money or a donor. She has the right to access free medical care, she has the right to get appointments with doctors without wasta, and the right to be admitted into the hospital at the expense of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) without having to wait a day in the ER while we make the “right calls to the right people.”

In a country where our basic rights are not available, or only available to a select few, sticking together is more of a basic need than duty. If you feel you can donate, any amount will bring us closer to the goal of keeping my mom alive.

I understand if you can’t donate, but please share this message with people who you think can help, either financially or by pointing us to people who have had a similar experience and can help with procedures and logistics.

I urge you to gather your resources as I am gathering mine. Thank you for reading this.

In solidarity,

Catherine Moughalian

If you have means of helping other than donations please contact me:

catherine.moughalian@gmail.com 961 3 098 817

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – July 20th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. I will personally be attending the Cine Club event at BDD and the the Summer Festival at Makdissi Street.

  1. Cine Club on the roof at BDD: Movie & Discussion – The Peaceful Warrior
  2. Yamal el Sham in Concert at Beiteddine Art Festival 2016
  3. The Walk of Legends with Coach Anthony Rizk
  4. Sunset Sundays at Cherry on the Rooftop
  5. Summer Festival at Makdessi Street
  6. Salon des Saveurs
  7. Ladies, Wine & Design Beirut – with Joumana Mattar
  8. Faraya On The Beach
  9. INTERNATIONAL DANCE WORKSHOP 2016
  10. ΛVICII in Beirut | prod by Poliakov

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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