Lebanese star Nancy Ajram rues long immigration queues at Beirut airport

Lebanese star Nancy Ajram deplored the long immigration queue she and her daughter encountered at Beirut airport. (AFP)
Updated 05 July 2019

Lebanese star Nancy Ajram rues long immigration queues at Beirut airport

DUBAI: Veteran Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram aired on social media her exasperation after being stuck with her daughter in an endless queue trying to pass the immigration counters at Beirut’s airport.

Arjam, who has more than 13 million followers on Twitter, shared her experience in a series of tweets: “I’m not talking as an artist, but as a Lebanese citizen. My daughter is five months old, and has been crying on my shoulder for an hour.”

The Arabic music sensation added that she believed there were a lot of other women who regularly faced the same difficulties. 

In another tweet Ajram said: “In many countries around the world, pregnant women and infants have exceptions [at airports], but not here.”

“Is it fine that there’s so much neglect of our citizens in our own airport?” she asked. “Is it fine that we’re this far from the simplest of our human rights?”

The pop star, a judge for the region’s Arab Idol and The Voice Kids singing competitions, then asked, “is this Lebanon that we glorify in history books? Is this Lebanon that you want to encourage tourists to visit? Our younger kids can now see and understand the defects, and you can’t even see it.”

She ended her thread with the hashtag #shameonyou, which started to circulate on Twitter.

In June, Beirut airport announced new procedures especially for foreign travellers, by removing the requirement for arrival and departure cards, to minimize time spent at immigration queues.

 


Driver smashes $750,000 Porsche on deserted Manhattan streets during New York COVID-19 lockdown

Updated 09 April 2020

Driver smashes $750,000 Porsche on deserted Manhattan streets during New York COVID-19 lockdown

  • The millionaire luxury car owner was arrested by officers and charged with reckless driving

LONDON: A driver wrecked a $750,000 rare Porsche while speeding down the deserted streets of Manhattan during New York City’s coronavirus lockdown.

Luxury car owner Benjamin Chen, 33, lost control of his Porsche Mirage GT on Tuesday, plowing into several cars in the process.

 

 

Several New York residents watched on as Chen drove the heavily damaged car away from the scene with only two functioning wheels.

Police officers eventually caught up with Chen, who is known for his luxury car collection and his participation in the Gold Rush Rally — a supercar race across several US states notorious for its accidents.

The millionaire was arrested by officers and charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence.

CCTV footage of the crash circulated on social media in the hours after the incident, with other videos on Instagram showing Chen speeding away from the scene as well as his arrest.

New York has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak with 731 new fatalities reported on Tuesday, which brought the total to 5,489 deaths and 138,836 infections.