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Today’s Buzz – May 29, 2014

ICT ministry brings iParks to Shahaniya, Umm Salal
Free wireless Internet is being introduced at two new parks in Qatar as part of the iParks initiative of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.
The communities in Shahaniya and Umm Salal are now able to take advantage of free, high-speed connectivity while enjoying the beautiful parks.
With both parks being officially launched on the sidelines of the third edition of Qatar ICT Conference and Exhibition (Qitcom 2014), there will now be nine iParks across Qatar.
[Source: Gulf Times]

ICT programme to benefit migrant workers in Qatar
Qatar’s almost half a million migrant workers, who are mostly housed in labour accommodations, are to get access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools, it was announced yesterday.
The initiative is an outcome of the “Better Connections Programme” launched by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQatar) within the framework of its digital inclusion programmes.
The programme, which “provides content that is relevant to the needs of migrant workers”, will be available in languages such as English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali and Nepali.
[Source: Gulf Times]

Most parents not aware of health guidelines for children: survey
Most parents are unaware of physical activity and calorie guidelines for children, a survey into lifestyle habits in Qatar has revealed.
The Lifestyles Qatar Survey, sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar as part of its partnership with Action on Diabetes and with the Schools Olympic Programme, looked at the physical behaviours of children, the perceptions of parents and families’ dietary and lifestyle habits.
[Source: Gulf Times]

Temporary ban on hiring Nepal maids
Nepal has imposed a temporary ban on the recruitment of its women as housemaids in Gulf countries, according to a senior diplomat.
The ban was imposed two weeks ago and might be lifted soon, Harihar Kant Poudel, Second Secretary at the Nepalese embassy, told this daily.
He said the Nepalese Ministry of Labour has appointed a committee to recommend on how to “regulate” sending female domestic workers to the Gulf.
[Source: The Peninsula]

Varsity employee dies in lab mishap
A man died in an accident that happened in a laboratory at one of the international universities in the Education City yesterday.
The victim was an employee of the Texas A&M University at Qatar and he died “while working in a laboratory” at its Engineering Building, the university said in a statement last evening.
[Source: The Peninsula]

Qatari lawyer shares insights at GU-Q talk
Qatari lawyer and assistant professor of commercial law at Qatar University (QU) Dr Mohammed Abdulaziz al Khulaifi was a guest speaker at a distinguished public lecture held at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) in Education City recently.
At the lecture, Dr Khulaifi presented ˜Insights into the Qatari Legal System’, which included a brief history of Qatari law, a review of legal departments and steps required in passing new laws today.
[Source: Qatar Tribune]

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