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Montreal’s Lebanese Film Festival 2010 on May 15-16 by Lebanus

Lebanus, the Lebanese organization behind the famous Lebanese Night in Montreal, is celebrating their 10th edition of the Lebanese Film Festival in Montreal on May 15th and 16th.

It is a great opportunity to discover and learn more about the many talented authors of short and feature-length films from Lebanon. All proceeds will be donated as scholarships for Lebanese students.

5 pm and 7h30 pm – Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of May 2010

Cinémathèque de l’ONF
1564 Rue Saint Denis, Montreal, QC
H2X 3K3

For more information, you may check the event’s Facebook page here.

Lebanese Film Festival 2010 in Montreal by Lebanus

Lebanese Film Festival 2010 in Montreal by Lebanus

C.S Sagesse (Hekmeh): A childhood memory of Lebanon

C.S. Sagesse Lebanon LogoWe all pass by phases or experiences in our life that get carved into our memory, and tend to stay with us most of our lives. One of such experiences for me is the Lebanese C.S. Sagesse (Club Sportif La Sagesse) club, also known as Hekmeh, which I played football (soccer) with during my adolescent years. I have played with them for almost two years when I was around 15 years old, but the sweet memories of this short period of time still linger in my head.

For a Lebanese, I don’t think Sagesse needs an introduction. For an outsider, it is a Lebanese sporting club based in Beirut which takes part in football and basketball. Hekmeh is arabic for “Wisdom”. C.S. Sagesse was founded in 1943, under the patronage of the late father Boulos Kik, supported by his excellency late Mgr. Jean Maroun. The club started as a football team, then in 1992 basketball became part of it. The basketball team is more popular than the football team. In football, the team competes in the Lebanese Premier League. The team usually plays their home matches in Fouad Shehab Stadium which can hold up to 5,000 supporters. In basketball, it is known to be the Lebanese Club that had won the most in championships such as 8 Lebanese Leagues, 3 Lebanese Cups, 2 Arab Clubs, and 3 Asian Cups.

The picture below was shot in Ain Saadeh at the time I used to play with them. There used to be our training field, and it was actually one of the best football fields in the country, and only 5 min away from where I lived. I still wonder why they didn’t make it an official football stadium. In the middle of the picture (in dark green) you can see the legendary Emile Rustom. For those of you who do not know him, he is a prominent Lebanese football coach and manager. He was the head coach of Sagesse until 2005, when he joined Lebanon’s national team. He is currently the coach of the Lebanese National Football Team. Emile Rustom is the father of Paul Rustom, a rising star and current football player of the team Nijmeh. Paul used to train and play with us, but he does not appear in the picture.

Can you spot me in the picture? (Click on it to enlarge)

C.S. Sagesse Lebanon football (soccer) team picture

C.S. Sagesse Lebanon football (soccer) team picture

Yoga injuries

Nowadays Yoga is becoming more and more popular. A growing number of people is learning it day after day. While there is much more to Yoga than just the physical fitness, it can still induce injuries if it’s not done right. So it’s important to take precautions to avoid getting hurt.

Dr. Rhonda Low from CTV explains, in the video below, precaution steps to keep in mind when going for Yoga:

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Discovery Mk VI, the Scuba Diving Rebreather

Back in 2008 when I took my Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open Water Diver course, none has been mentioned or taught about scuba diving Rebreathers since they weren’t intended for use by recreational divers. They are the state of the art in scuba gear. They let divers stay underwater for hours, silently, like the “fish men” that Jacques Cousteau envisioned at the dawn of the age of underwater. What they do is they recirculate the exhaled gas for reuse and do not discharge it to the atmosphere or water.

Having been reserved for deep diving enthusiasts and military divers in the past, Poseidon Diving Systems of Sweden is bringing this month Rebreathers to the recreational diving community. After it took merely three years to develop, Discovery Mk VI - their latest closed-circuit Rebreather (CCR) - uses advanced electronics and sensor technologies, buckled with a built-in expert-system software to deliver the most enjoyable experiences of the underwater world: safer diving with less risk of decompression sickness (DCS), no bubbles and quieter to allow you to experience the marine life up close and longer dives meaning never having to ascend before your buddies again. Closed-circuit Rebreathers can give you seven times as much dive time as standard scuba equipment, regardless of depth.

The all-around tech guy Karl Shreeves at PADI and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has tested out the Discovery Mk VI last October, and was very pleased with the test dive. Setup took a mere 10 minutes, compared with an hour for conventional Rebreathers. Karl was left with the impression that this may indeed be the first CCR for casual recreational divers.

While I hope this would be the mainstream development for the recreational scuba diving community - and seems it is in the near future as some label it the “secret revolution” of scuba diving - recreational divers have to wait for the launch of this innovation. No price quote has been made public yet, but with its innovative technologies in mind, I expect it to be quite high. For those who aren’t that patient, they can get their hands on Rebreathers currently found in the market such as the Megalodon, Inspiration Vision, Ouroboros, and Sport Kiss.

Update: the price of the Discovery Mk VI on the Poseidon website is around US$ 5,800 excluding taxes.

Read more on the Discovery Mk VI at the Poseidon Website.
Check out the article by Karl Shreeves at the IEEE Spectrum magazine’s January 2009 issue.

Karl Shreeves test diving the Discovery Mk VI

Karl Shreeves test diving the Discovery Mk VI - IEEE Spectrum