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More on the discrimination at our beach resorts

It looks more like a hopeless case to me… The anti racism movement called several beach resorts and none of them except one at Saida (Zahrat Al-Khayzaran) allows maids to swim in the pools, moreover, the circular issued earlier by the ministry of tourism banning discrimination at beaches seemed irrelevant to them.

The problem however isn’t actually about how the owners of these resorts think, it’s in fact about how WE think. Resorts owners will never mind charging maids regular fees and let them swim instead of admitting them for free to just watch over kids, but it’s us who are deep down racist and wouldn’t accept swimming with our maids, and those resorts are therefore just catering to our demands!

So until we become more civilized and accept the fact that people of different skin color are equal to us, you’ll keep seeing videos like the one above.

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Yet another flash mob at ABC Achrafieh

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), one of the most common and serious forms of arthritis, is a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium, of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function, irreversible joint destruction and disability.
RA affects 1% of the Lebanese population according to the Lebanese Society of Rheumatology.

The 2012 awareness campaign will highlight the importance of early diagnosis by detecting signs and symptoms of the disease.

As part of the awareness campaign activities and to ensure that the campaign reaches all segments of the society, the flash mob comes as a visual message highlighting the importance of early diagnosis for people with RA so as to keep on dancing and enjoying life.

Not only did it surprise and delight the mall shoppers who witnessed the ‘live’ version, the video has also gone viral via social media.

Credits:

This project is organized by IRADA, a non-profit patient support group that focuses on Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness in Lebanon. It was held at the ABC Mall, Achrafieh, and was performed by 100 talented dancers from the ‘Moves Dance Studio’.

Special thanks to: ABC Mall, Moves Dance Studio, MEMAC Ogilvy PR, Martin Solveig, Wagram Music

Soundtrack : Martin Solveig – Everybody Performed by Lee Fields

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Boycott Spinneys?

Looks like there’s a campaign building up to boycott Spinneys because of treating their employees unfairly.

According to Abir Ghattas, Spinneys refused to abide by the government’s decision to increase wages, and went further by firing the employees who dared to voice their demands to the management by signing a petition.

Unfortunately, Spinneys is not the only firm who refused to give that increase to its employees, in fact many others also did the same, but luckily for them very few or even none of these cases made it to the media since these companies knew beforehand that their employees will prefer to keep their mouth shut than risking their job by making a trouble about the matter.

Anyway, now that the minister of labor is aware of the issue, let’s see if he will really have the guts to do something about it as promised!

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Bull invades a supermarket in Dora

This bull escaped from Bouj Hammoud’s slaughterhouse and invaded a supermarket located in a gas station in Dora before getting stuck at the service area and die inside the pit!

It’s good no one got injured… I really wouldn’t like to be in the shoes of those who were inside the supermarket at that time!

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AUB commencement exercises flash mob dance 2012

Awesome!!

via AUB’s Facebook page

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Nemr & Jay Wud – Lebanese internet the song

As Nemr puts it, the song is a harrowing tale of love, loss, tragedy, and rebirth!

The guitar man is Jay Wud by the way, you can check his Facebook page here, and of course Nemr’s page here.

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Vimto in Lebanon

I spotted these Vimto bottles at TSC Hazmieh yesterday.

Vimto is a quite popular drink in the gulf, and to my knowledge people there heavily consume it during the holy month of Ramadan that stocks are sometimes rationed!

I bought a bottle to try it out, and noticed that it actually contains berry flavored concentrated syrup to be mixed with cold water, but found it tasting quite average compared to the homemade berry juice we have here.

Anyway, if you’re used to Vimto and was looking to have it in Lebanon, you now know where to find it!

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Vintage photos from Studio Shehrazade in Saida

Our man in Beirut shared this really cool find of vintage photos obtained from an old photography studio in Saida, dating back to the 1960s. The poses and the objects people choose to pose next to look quite funny! But that’s probably the same thing that’s going to be said about our photos in 50 years from now!

Anyway, the collection contains photos for people of all ages, including Palestinian fighters, a body-builder, and even two women french kissing. You can check them all here.

It would be really amazing is those people come across the collection and identify themselves!

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Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Beirut Party Cruise

If you’re bored already of the traditional party venues in Beirut, here’s your chance now to dance the night away on the triple-decker boat “Beirut Party Cruise“.

One of the boat’s parties is happening on July 14th, and its organizers were generous enough to offer 2 regular tickets to one lucky reader of the blog, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post to enter the draw, and I’ll be randomly choosing the winner on Friday night (Just make sure to use a valid e-mail address).

For more about the party and the featured DJs you may check this Facebook event.

Regular tickets are selling for $65 with open bar, while VIP are selling for $85 with open premium bar, and they’re available  through Time Out Tickets at Cash United Booths in ABC & City Mall.

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Comment #3, Marie, You’ve got mail! :)

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MAMNOU3! Episode 1 & 2

You can watch the upcoming episodes on MAMNOU3’s channel on YouTube.


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