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Monday, May 31, 2010
L'Orient Le Jour -31.05.2010
Coeur a Coeur
Merci à tous ceux qui ont répondu à l'appel du cœur ou qui l'ont même précédé, des plus connus aux plus anonymes, des plus nantis aux moins favorisés, ceux qui ont répercuté l'appel aux quatre coins du pays, aux quatre coins du monde via Internet.
Jounoune's personal note (as posted today on the FB group @ 04:00pm): "Philippe, i am positive that you are now resting in peace within the arms of our Holy Mother on this last day of the month dedicated to Her! You have achieved a great feat in uniting strangers as well as friends to your cause. Your flame is a flame of hope and solidarity that will never go out. Thank you for the valuab...le lessons you taught us: to never loose faith in God or in the people around us, and to never give up... Thank you."
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sky Bar - Beirut, Lebanon
JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER
In 2008, we held a dinner at Beirut's Sky Bar and raised over $50 000 USD. The proceeds were put towards prevention and early detection and were used to offer women across Lebanon free mammograms.
In 2009, we held another dinner at Sky Bar and raised over $100 000 USD. This time, the proceeds were put towards treatment and support and offered women battling the cancer free chemotherapy, hormone therapy, radiation, etc...
2010's dinner will once again be in Sky Bar on Monday June 21. The proceeds will again go towards treating and supporting women with breast cancer (May Jallad Foundation).
A few of the prizes at this year's dinner...
- New 2010 Mazda M2
- De La Cour Ladies Watch
- MEA tickets to Europe
- Tufenkjian jewelry
DINNER + DRINKS (seated 3 course meal + open premium bar + raffle ticket) - $150
DRINKS (open premium bar; non-seated) - $100
FOR RESERVATIONS: +961-3-140-433
Lebanon, which registered a record year for tourism in 2009, hosts three prestigious festivals -- Baalbeck, Beiteddine and Byblos -- which are major attractions for tourists visiting the tiny Mediterranean country.
The Baalbeck International Festival, which was officially launched in 1956 and is the oldest in the Middle East, runs from June 24 to August 7 and is staged among spectacular Roman ruins in eastern Lebanon. The festival opens with a concert by Lebanese-born pop sensation Mika and features performances by jazz saxophonist Odean Pope, the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre and Iraqi musician Naseer Shamaa.
The Beiteddine Festival runs from June 25 to August 6 and stars award-winning pianist and singer Diana Krall, multi-national pop opera quartet Il Divo and Lebanese jazz icon Ziad Rahbani.
The Beiteddine concerts are held in a palatial 19th century residence in the Shouf mountains, an area of green hills and traditional villages southeast of Beirut popular with tourists.
The Byblos International Festival, staged against a backdrop of Phoenician ruins in the ancient port of Byblos north of Beirut, will announce its programme on June 1.
The festivals were cancelled in past years because of political crises, assassinations and all-out war, but made a comeback in 2008. They were largely sold out last year with the arrival of a record two million tourists in Lebanon. The three international festivals are widely expected to attract thousands of visitors this year despite rising tension in the region.
Links to festivals:
Byblos Festival: http://www.byblosfestival.org/
Beiteddine Festival: http://www.beiteddine.org/
Baalbeck Festival: http://www.baalbeck.org.lb/
Al Bustan Festival: http://www.albustanfestival.com/
Tyre Festival: http://tyrefestival.com/
at Project Lebanon 2010
Date: June 1-4, 2010
Time: from 04:00 to 10:00 pm
Come visit stand no. B42
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
On 21.05.2010, Habib Alberto performed his extraordinaire fiddling on top of the Azimut Yatch at Beirut Boat 2010 (La Marina, Dbayeh) wearing a Captain and Captain "Dolvor" shorty wetsuit and booties!
A fantastic and extravagant violin performance that was not to be missed for the world!
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Niha is home to four Roman temples that were constructed between the first and third century A.D. The Lower two temples are located on the edge of the village, and the upper two temples are about 2 km above the village in what is known as "Hosn" Niha. The first and smallest temple was built in the first century A.D. As one enters the gate at the edge of the village into the archeological park that is maintained by the Department of Antiquities, the Lower Small Temple appears first and directly ahead to the right of the creek. The temple was dedicated to the Syro-Phoenician mermaid goddess Atargatis and her consort, the god Hadaranes. Hadaranes is the local name of Hadad, the god of thunder, lightning and rain. Atargatis is the goddess of fertility. In the remains of this temple, archaeologists discovered a stone with an inscription mentioning a female virgin prophet named Hochmea. Hochmea was the priestess of Hadaranes and Atargatis; she dedicated herself to those two gods and cut herself off from the world. The stone inscription says: According to an order from the god, she stopped eating bread for 20 years and lived for 100 years. This small temple was apparently used for the public cult, which allowed everyone to participate in purification rituals. Opposite the creek lies the Great Temple which was extensively restored by the government of Lebanon in the 1950s. Towering nearly 20 m, the temple was built during the second and third centuries A.D. and was apparently used for a mysterious cult that spread during that era, similar to the temple of Bacchus in Baalbeck. The temple was also dedicated to the god Hadaranes and goddes Atargatis, as well as to a young god who played the role of their son.
The Small Temple of Niha is oriented north-south, while the Great Temple is oriented east-west. During the excavations of the site, an oratory was discovered in front of the Small Temple. The oratory had an altar representing the goddess of Niha, surrounded by a number of steles sculpted in the local style (not Roman style). The reason for the perpendicular orientation of the two temples is the presence of this monumental altar, which was situated in front of the Small Temple, and which was used as a base for the orientation of the Great Temple.
Two other Upper Roman temples were constructed at the Hosn, approximately 2 km away from the two temples mentioned earlier. Located at an elevation of 1,400 m with difficult road access, these two temples are not restored. Architectural evidence at the site indicates that it was transformed into a small fort during the medieval period (hence the name of Hosn). The altar in front of the temple was destroyed by a Byzantine Basilica that was built over it. The Basilica has three naves and a semi-circular apse to its east end. The second Small Temple opens to the south and was accessed through a stairway that is almost completely destroyed today.