Gemmayze residents still suffer from the noise...

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-12-09

It has been more than 2 years now that the residents of Gemayzeh have been voicing their cry of protest over the busy nonstop traffic jams caused by the nightlife of this buzzing street. Many complaints and strikes have been so far manifested in this street; the residents have had it with the noisy traffic in the late morning hours, along with the humming music coming from the cars or the pubs and sometimes drunken screams which usually rise in the late afterhours.

The owners also protest that many lives would be ruined if they changed their locations which they do not have the budget in the first place to, while also many employees would be hurt in the process.

Lebanese youth and nocturnal jobs

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-12-05

For some time now, many of the Lebanese youth have been working in the hospitality business throughout the night and pursuing their university studies or other employment during the day. However, how does this nightshift arrangement affect their social life? How does it mark their psyche? What is it that they sacrifice in the line of their occupation?

Tourism and hospitality management have risen critically following Beirut's prosperity, however we currently notice young university students fulfilling these posts in spite of the inflexible schedule it requires of them. On the other hand, we also spot many of those whom seek better financial status therefore struggle a double shift.

Jean Saadi, hairdresser at Sassine : Scissors and laughter

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-11-25

Jean Saadi, 65 years, has a hairdressing salon for men since 5 years in a street parallel to Elia Sarkis Avenue, in Sassine. He worked before in a hairdressing salon in Hamra but he preferred to open his own salon in the "tranquility" of Achrafieh, he says.

All his clients became his friends. If the salon remains very quiet, let’s say (2 to 3 clients per day usually), a quiet and friendly ambiance reigns, conducive to discussions between the hairdresser and the client. Jean Saadi wants to entertain his clients, although getting a haircut is not in principle very exciting.

Still no water in certain buildings of Achrafieh

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-11-23

This phenomenon probably doesn't affect the new ultra modern buildings that are growing everywhere in Achrafieh. However the inhabitants of more modest and old buildings are since like every summer forced to face water shortages in their apartments. Unfortunately this year, it seems that summer has decided to last.

It's been like this since August: no running water in this apartment on the fifth floor of an Achrafieh building, right next to ABC. The problem is recurrent each year. The cause: the lack of water supplies during the dry season in Lebanon. That forces the State to ration out water. The specificity of this year is that summer is lasting really long: we are in mid November and the rain has barely touched the ground once at the end of October. Another cause: the antiquated pipes.

A History Lesson at Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-11-15

"A History Lesson", a documentary by Hady Zaccak will be released in Cinema Metropolis Empire Sofil, starting the 18th of November till the 23rd. (Screening Sessions: 18:00, 20:00 and 22:00).

In 1989, MPs gathered together in Taef and decided to consolidate books about history and civil education in Lebanon. A unified history book has yet to come to fruition. Instead, there are several history books reflecting different versions of history.

One Day Struggle, a worldwide event celebrated in Lebanon by Nasawiya

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-11-09

The second One Day Struggle is an international campaign taking place today and aiming to promote sexual and bodily rights across the Muslim world. In Lebanon, the feminist association Nasawiya, based in Achrafieh, celebrates the date.

In a very political and religious context, a few people try to make things change. About 50 human rights associations worldwide are participating in the One Day Struggle on November the 9th. This movement was launched last year by the Coalition for Sexual ad Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) last year.

A Young prisoner in Roumieh graduated from Saint Joseph University

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-10-13

Saint Joseph University (USJ) has been following, three years ago, through its social aid department, a young adult prisoner in Roumieh.

The young prisoner in Roumieh could take all the courses thanks to the scholars who used to move to the prison for that purpose. He also had regular contact with a USJ social assistant.

According to the USJ, "The student whose sentence is still very long, has brilliantly continued his academic career in International Affairs, at the History department at the Arts and Human Sciences Faculty, and yet, obtained his Bachelor degree last June".

A 200 million USD loan for Beirut water project

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-10-11

Here is some news that might catch the attention of many Achrafieh residents: the World Bank extended to Lebanon a $200m loan to help finance the Greater Beirut Water Supply Project.

This $370m project aims to provide clean water to around 1.5 million people in the Greater Beirut Region. The Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Authority will provide $140m, while land appropriation will cost an additional $30m.The World Bank indicated that water supply in Lebanon has not kept pace with demand and lags far behind the standards associated with the country's level of economic development.

The annual cost of inadequate public water supply is estimated at $470m, equivalent to 2% of GDP in 2008, including $380m in household spending on private water supply.

Nasawiya: the anti-harassment campaign continues

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-09-06

Feminist NGO Nasawiya on september 7 holds a conference entitled “Feminist Tools For Change”. This Lebanese association also holds a fundraiser event on September 12 in its office in Achrafieh. These events are organized in the framework of the anti-harassment campaign launched by Nasawiya in Lebanon in April 2010.

Although considered among the Arab world’s most “westernized” countries, no legislation stipulates any sanctions against obscene remarks or gestures, or even sexual touching sometimes, leaving daily many victims among women either on the steet, in the public transports and in the workplace. Thus, a group of feminists decided to launch an “anti-harassment” campaign, in order to raise public awareness of this problem which, for many women, unfolds, under the pretext that it was part of the country’s “culture”. Nasawiya

These girls don't just want to have fun!

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liveachrafieh.com
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2010-09-03

They usually come with summer, and they leave in September. As their male equivalent, women from Achrafieh who left to study abroad are likely to come back to Beirut for the whole summer: they recharge their batteries and reconnect with their roots. LiveAchrafieh decided to meet up with two of those surprising girls.

Marie Hélène arrived in Beirut a few weeks ago. So did her friend Magalie. Both young women are studying in Paris. Marie-Hélène in Literature at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) : she is currently doing research for her last year project. As for Magalie, she is studying psychology. Both of them chose complex study fields.