A building collapses in Ashrafieh, killing 27 people

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liveachrafieh.com
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2012-01-15

At least 27 people were killed on Sunday when an old six-storey apartment block collapsed in the Ashrafieh (Fassouh).

According to neighbours interviewed by Lebanese TV channels, it was "like an earthquake" when the block collapsed.

Traffic jams in Achrafieh are perpetual

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liveachrafieh.com
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2011-09-06

It is 11:00 a.m in Sassine Square. In all directions, long lines of cars are waiting to move.
Although 11:00 a.m is not a rush hour, traffic jams in Achrafieh are perpetual.

It takes at least ten minutes by the car to cross the 200 meters separating the Sofitel Hotel from Sassine Square. The traffic lights not working in the Independence Street add to the confusion, and every car trying to move ends up by blocking the traffic.

Hawkers know how to profit from the situation and use traffic jams by offering products and services that fit perfectly to the drivers needs. Only scooters arrive in advance zig-zagging between stopping cars.

“Where are you going sir?”

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liveachrafieh.com
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2011-07-11

He stops, honks, and asks: "Wasil estez wein?”(Where are you going sir?). Bchara el Sabagh, a taxi driver, carefully apply the traditions of a typical Lebanese taxi. He takes you wherever you want: Hamra,el Dawra, Burj Hamoud,Tripoli, Zahle ....

Bchara has been working as a taxi driver since 1959. He was passionate about driving, long car ride, enjoyed transporting people. But unfortunately this passion didn’t last very long.

Father Elias Farah: "Sports is essential for everyone: it passes on the right values"

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liveachrafieh.com
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2011-06-15

On the occasion of the Live Achrafieh Festival on Saturday, June 18, the organizing team will present an award to selected people who have marked the life of the neighbourhood. Among them: Father Elias Farah.

He was born on May 18, 1955, but says he always forgets his birthday. Father Elias Farah is from the Mousaytbeh neighbourhood in Beirut. He studied in the capital until the first certificate. He had to start working quite soon, to help his family, while following evening classes to graduate in management and join La Sagesse University. And there is soccer as well. Elias played soccer since he was small. Fascinated, he even works in the sportswear sector.

In seventh heaven: SKOUN celebrates its 5th annual gala dinner in the Sursock Palace gardens

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liveachrafieh.com
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2011-05-27

The SKOUN annual Gala dinner was held once again in the enchanting and historical Sursock Palace Gardens, where more than 500 guests were invited to celebrate and support SKOUN in its ongoing addiction awareness and treatment activities.

Bedecked with stars, clouds, angels, and bubbles, the party scene embraced the whimsical theme “Heaven”, contributed by set designer Rana Salam. The event was organized by “Stree”. Guests were welcomed with cocktails, lounge tracks from DJ Caline, and a chance to enter a tombola with luxurious prizes. Chic dresses designed by Lebanese designer Caroline Seikaly hung from the trees, as if raining down from heaven.

Why do so many people learn Arabic in Beirut?

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liveachrafieh.com
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2011-02-21

Mary, Genya, Laura… They came from all over Europe, from Colombia or even the United States to learn Arabic in Beirut. They preferred Beirut to Damascus, and they have explained us why. We met some of them at the Saifi Arabic center in Gemmayze.

One would think, rightly or wrongly, that moving to Beirut to learn Arabic is not the most brilliant idea. In fact, who has not already tried to speak Arabic with a taxi driver, and heard him answering in French « bonjour comment allez-vous? » ("Hello, how are you?”). In Hamra, many people speak English, but in Achrafieh, French prevails. The famous expression "Hi Kifak ça va?" (“Hi, how are you, fine?”), this combination of English, Lebanese and French, did not appear out of nowhere.

small shopkeepers in Achrafieh

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liveachrafieh.com
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2011-01-18

Theresa and Roland are a mother and her son, whose origins go back to Italy. In a street perpendicular to the Elia Sarkis Avenue, they opened in 1964, a small grocery store about ten square meters. In all, Theresa four children: two daughters have left to work France, another has returned to Lebanon a few years after moving to Italy. Only Roland remained in Achrafieh with his mother to help her keep with the grocery store.

This store is a beautiful neighbourhood story. Often during the civil war, Theresa and Roland kept their little shop open. If getting the right the supplies was complicated, the neighbours still filled up their shop, protected by sandbags. Thus, for a long time now, the mother and son have seen many children grow up in the neighbourhood. Today, Roland has confirmed to me: "It's more than customers, friends ... almost. " Well past the forties, he sees the childhood friends with whom he played in the street or at school pass by every day. The children of his friends now come too.

Christmas in Achrafieh

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-12-30

Minister of State Michel Pharaon attaches great importance to the Christmas parties, and perhaps even more today: while the people are at a critical phase in their history, creating feelings of unity and love among the Lebanese in general and Christians in particular is of vital importance. Mr. Pharaon made these remarks during a Christmas ceremony organized by his office in collaboration with the association "Live Achrafieh”, in the presence of Minister Jean Oghassabian, MPs Nadim Gemayel and Serge TorSarkissian and with the participation of four thousand children from Ashrafieh, Rmeil and Saifi who attended a Christmas show at the Forum in Beirut.

The ceremony began with a speech by Minister Pharaon, who wished those present a happy holiday, hoping that this period would generate goodness and joy in Lebanon, and that the sons of Ashrafieh, Rmeil and Saifi will remain united in "One voice, because unity is strength. " He then invited parents and children to stand together to sing the national anthem of Lebanon.
 

Mr. Pharaon said the celebrations must be present in the minds of many in Lebanon, despite the difficult conditions the country is experiencing.
 

Student housing in Beirut

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-12-22

In university towns around the world, the housing issue is feared by many students. And this especially in our capital, where the price per square meter has increased tenfold in recent years and in parallel, the apartments available are fewer and fewer. For students, the budget allocated to housing is often low (very few exceed $ 400) ans so this is the main difficulty.

It is obviously necessary to differentiate between the Lebanese students and foreign students. Logically, for the Lebanese students, the task is simplified. Many still live with their parents. This is the case of Ives, who studied literature at the Lebanese University of Beirut. In the end, he lives with his parents in Furn el Chebbak: "I live with my parents and it helps me a lot. I have no rent to pay, and by car, it's pretty easy to access my university. " Similarly, Anthony, her design student is still lodged with his family in Badaro.

Christmas spirit in Children Care Centers and Hospitals

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-12-21

Hotel Dieu, Geitawi : in those hospitals in Ashrafieh, children will enjoy a genuine environment. They are among 15 hospitals and children care center throughout Lebanon that were decorated this year by a famous Lebanese mall.

Hotel Dieu and Geitawi are among 15 Children Care Centers and hospitals that were decorated by volunteers across the country. This action was carried out by ABC employees, who wanted to help less fortunate children suffering from difficult health or social conditions, by giving them a more enjoyable Christmas and hope for better days.

From the 18th till the 30th of November, those volunteers brought with them Christmas trees, Santa’s and Teddy’s corners, crèches and many others, in the aim of spreading the joy and magic of Christmas spirit.