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Arguile Cafes vs. Salim Slam Tunnel

Sitting in a place that serves Arguileh (waterpipe) is like sitting in Salim Slem Tunnel. Literally!

Tunnel Air Quality

The National Tobacco Control Program recently carried out an Air Quality test inside Salim Slem Tunnel to measure the level of pollution emitted by car exhausts during the busiest time of day. The machine used (called SidePak) manages to capture ultra fine particles. These tiny particles go deep into the lungs and are easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

According to the World Health Organization, humans should be exposed to 25 ìg/m³ (25 particles per million) of these particles or less, to be considered in a safe and healthy environment. One would expect that the notorious tunnel would host ‘off the chart’ measurements. The test result proved this case when it recorded a 429 ìg/m³ which falls into the “Hazardous levels” according to the WHO.

The surprise came after comparing this result with tests previously done in 15 restaurants that served Arguileh, in which the measurements averaged at 376 ìg/m³. Well into the “Hazardous” range, the average air quality result for these restaurants was very close to that of Salim Slem tunnel. Six of these restaurants even had higher levels than Salim Slem, with one reaching a maximum of 723 ìg/m³!

The difference between the two locations, is that in a restaurant that serves Arguileh, you sit for hours, while it takes less than a minute to pass through Salim Slem Tunnel (most of the time with windows closed). Read the rest of this entry »

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Enhance your public speaking skills with Toastmasters

Do you want to become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience? It’s much easier than you think: join Toastmasters!

I am member of my local Toastmasters chapter, and have benefited tremendously from my experience in the last year. It helps me give more effective presentations at work and be more at ease in big social gatherings.

I was curious to survey the clubs in the Arab region (I had already heard of a club in BAU in Tripoli and another in AUB in Beirut via YouTube a few months ago). I found that there are no less than 315 Toastmasters clubs in the Arab countries, the oldest being in Manama in Bahrain (established in 1964!), they’re distributed as follows. Click to see the club locations and schedules:

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