Poultry market to shut over bird flu fears | Shanghai Daily

This will do more to cut flu cycle than any other step! After five years, it will revolutionize their poultry market and the fight against annual and novel flus!

Shanghai will suspend live poultry trading from January 31, the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, until April 30 to prevent a recurrence of the bird flu.

The suspension will be an annual feature for the next five years, dependent on the evaluation and warning of the bird flu and the seasonal onset, according to a joint statement issued by the Shanghai Agricultural Commission and the Shanghai Commerce Commission.

All the designated wholesale and retail markets will be banned from trading in poultry and violators face hefty fines between 10,000 yuan (US$1,641) and 30,000 yuan under a new rule that took effect in June.

via Poultry market to shut over bird flu fears | Shanghai Daily.

Christopher Walken “Wasn’t Weirded Out” When Fans Gave Him Ride Across City: Gothamist

Last month, we saw photographic evidence that dancing enthusiast Christopher Walken was randomly picked up by two strangers who saw him struggling to hail a cab on the Upper West Side. Sergio P. told us that he and his friend Ash K., both 38, had been driving down Columbus Avenue around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday Nov. 19th when they spotted the iconic actor: \”He said he was hailing a cab. Wasn\’t weirded out [by the situation], but did look at us both and into the car. We were really nice and told him we were fans and would be honored to give him a lift. [He was] totally cool with it.\” So now you know how to act if you happen to drive by Walken.

\”I have never picked up anyone. Not an actor or a random person,\” Sergio told us. Walken told them politely, \”I don\’t want you guys to go out of your way. I am going straight downtown and you can leave me anywhere.\” Sergio described a little bit of what the three men talked about as they drove from around W. 83rd Street to somewhere in the W. 40s: \”Since we were in NY he knew the area well but couldn\’t believe how much things had changed. Also told us he was born in Astoria Hospital, because my son went to St. John\’s High School. We talked about neighborhoods in NY and acting—he gave [Ash] advice on acting.\”

The best part: Walken is even nicer than we imagined. \”We had time to talk because there was traffic but it was moving. When we stopped at his destination he didn\’t immediately get out. Finished the conversation and got out a few minutes after.\” So feel free to kindly offer Walken a ride if you see him—it\’s probably better that way than the other way around.

via Christopher Walken “Wasn’t Weirded Out” When Fans Gave Him Ride Across City: Gothamist.

Zaatar W Zeit’s Act of Kindness

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

I was walking around Beirut the other day, in neighborhoods I hadn’t been to in a long time, only to find streets that have drastically changed. The most poignant moment of my walk was when I saw an old woman, sitting by the corner of the road crying. She had her mattress next to her. She had nowhere to go. The walk up to that woman was full of people like her. Things are getting tougher and there’s nothing to make them easier.

As a rule of thumb, it can be said that Lebanese restaurants are very disassociated with the general security of the country. As things get tougher, their prices get higher. I’ve rarely, if ever, heard of stories like the one below. But it is one of those rare instances that take you a few minutes to believe. 

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Of course, Zaatar w Zeit didn’t advertise this. It…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Lebanon Edition

Tripoli indeed deserves better, especially it’s children!

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

I went to watch a movie in Beirut yesterday. It was done by 1AM so I simply went back home. As I walked up the sidewalk leading to my apartment, I could hear the parties bustling around me. Gemmayzé was gearing up to lose its cars. Cars were still circling the roads fervently in search for their next destination.

Even the movie that I watched was marred by the beats being dropped at a nearby nightclub. It was one of those old cinemas that didn’t bother invest in soundproof systems. Or was the club too loud? I guess nightlife in Beirut is alive and well. All was well.

As I walked back home, there was probably someone my age also making his way back to his place in the Northern city of Tripoli. Unlike me, however, he did not walk carelessly to his apartment, carefully examining his surroundings. That man…

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