Archive for November, 2009

Le 16e Festival du Film Européen à Sofil

34 European films, in addition to shorts films done by Lebanese students, are screened during the 16th edition of the European Film Festival, which is held until the 6th of December.

16e Festival du Film Europeen

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A smoke-free Lebanon: Reality or pipedream?

Dr. Georges Saade, again, on CNN this time:

"We are a tobacco-friendly society," says cardiologist Dr. Georges Saade, a former WHO official who now heads the Tobacco Control Project at Lebanon’s Ministry of Public Health.

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Grendizer in Beirut

Poster of Grendizer, created by SamandalA Los Angeles Times article about the Beirut Animated film festival in Metropolis-Empire Sofil:

Grendizer is a unifying figure for an entire generation of Lebanese who grew up during the country’s bitter 15-year civil war. When Beirut was being torn to pieces by local warlords and their foreign-funded militias, the Grendizer cartoons were a welcome distraction for children who were more likely to miss school because of shelling than chicken pox.

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Vote for Raghida Haddad to win the Earth Journalism Award

Raghida has currently 203 votes, and is ranked #3

Vote for her!

The Earth Journalism Awards started as a competition of approximately 450 submitted applications from over 100 countries. It is now 15 finalists from just 10 countries.
Until December 9, this is YOUR chance to select the winning story which will be presented at the Earth Journalism Awards ceremony in Copenhagen, on December 14.

Raghida Haddad on the Amundsen

Raghida Haddad, from Lebanon, is executive editor of Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia (Environment & Development), a leading environment magazine in the Middle East. In 2008, she spent 2 weeks in the Arctic Ocean to witness global warming.

2 Scientists Testing Ice & WaterRaghida was among 14 journalists invited by the World Federation of Science Journalists to join an international scientific expedition onboard the Canadian research icebreaker Amundsen.
In July-August 2008, she took a two week voyage in the Arctic Ocean to get first hand experience of global warming where it is unfolding the fastest, and relay this experience to readers throughout the Arab region.

She was the first Arab journalist to go this far north and field-report about meltdown and global warming.

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Affordable Apartments for Rent in Beirut

In really near suburbs you can find pretty cheap but still big enough apartments.

BadaroAin el Remmaneh for example is 5 or 10 minutes away from Ashrafieh, depending on where in this area you live (if there is a lot of traffic, it could take you 30 or 40 minutes depending on where you want go in Ashrafieh cause it is a big area).

Other than Ain el Remaneh, you have Badaro (slightly more expensive), Furn el Chebbak, Sin el Fil and Ras el Nabeh/Sodeco.

Those are the main areas surrounding Ashrafieh that are not considered to be inside the city but very very close suburbs with flats that are quite cheap
(pour te donner un petit exemple, tu peux facilement trouver un bon T1 bis ou T2 meublés à 300 euros)

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Vitamins B12 in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes?

Since Kellogg’s Corn Flakes are vegetarian, where did the vitamins B12 come from?
Would any nutritionist like to answer?

Kellogg Corn Flakes Package


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Painting for sale: Beirut Harbor

A rare painting dated 1841 by the short-lived English painter William James Muller, depicting the port at Ras Beirut, is for sale

The watercolor measures 12 x 17 inches and is in excellent condition. The painting was purchased in London in 1970.

Beyrout Harbor, watercolor and gouache

William James Muller
Beyrout  circa 1841
watercolor and gouache (bodycolor) on paper
12 x 17 inches, matted and framed behind glass 

William J. Muller worked a great deal in the southwest of England. Muller also loved to travel around the Mediterranean basin and a portion of these paintings were used to create printing plates that were in turn used in creating handbooks.
The composition of this work is the harbor of Beirut. This painting has been off the market for 45 years; the short life of the artist severely reduced his art output, making this painting very rare.  Additionally, 19th century views of Lebanon are scarcely ever seen for sale.

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Towards a smokeless Lebanon

Yet another about smoking in Lebanon, from Assafir:

,66% من الفتيان
و45% من الفتيات
بين 11 و15 عاماً مدخّنون

Smoking Tombفي تقديم ورشة العمل، لا يستغرب منسّق البرنامج الوطني للحدّ من التدخين، الدكتور جورج سعادة، أن يكون التدخين «مزدهراً» عندنا، إذا ما كان 27 في المئة من طلاب الطبّ في لبنان يدخّنون على الرغم من معرفتهم عواقب فعلتهم. فيلفت إلى أنه مقابل هذه النسبة المرتفعة، تسجّل مصر في الإطار نفسه 7 في المئة.
وبهدف تحديد حجم المشكلة الحقيقيّة في الأماكن العامة، عرض سعادة لنتائج دراسة تمّ خلالها قياس نسبة التلوّث بالتدخين في تلك الأماكن، وذلك بواسطة آلة أحضرها المعنيّون من جامعة «هارفارد».
فيشير سعادة الى أنه في حين يستطيع الإنسان تحمّل يومياً كحدّ أقصى 15 ماكروغراما من المواد الملوّثة، سجّل لدينا وفي أكثر من موقع الرقم: 309 ماكروغرامات. أيّ أننا نتخطّى الحدّ المسموح به بأكثر من 20 مرّة. وهذا لا يعني فقط أن الوضع غير صحّي، فكلّ مؤشّر يعادل أو يتعدّى 251 ماكروغراما هو مؤشّر «خطورة»، الأمر الذي يتطلّب تحذيراً صحّياً في ظروف تصنّف بطارئة، بما أن السكان بمجملهم معرّضون لتلك الملوّثات.

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