How to get kids to read? Tell them why you do it. So says the team at TEDxYouth@Doha, who have just launched a new campaign called Laysh (“Why” in colloquial Arabic), calling for people across Qatar and the world to upload a 1-2 minute video in Arabic or English on their relationship with reading to encourage kids to pick up more books.
“Through Laysh, we hope to speak to the youth of Qatar who (unfortunately) do not read much,” says organizer Uzair Mohammad.
“Whether you want to tell your story by speaking to a camera, acting for it, or directing it, you can take part by joining us in a conversation on reading,” the team writes on their website. “So, now that we are asking you, what would you like to share?”
How to share with Laysh? They’ve provided 6 easy steps:
Step 1: Turn on a camera.
Step 2: Record yourself or someone or something.
Step 3: Check your video to see if you like it. If you’re not happy with it, return to Step 1.
Step 4: Upload the video to us.
Step 5: Tell your friends to spread the word.
Step 6: Follow the conversation on:
For more information on Laysh, visit their website at http://laysh.org/
Please join in to the conversation!
Doha News: Laysh: Jumpstarting a conversation about reading -
How do you feel about reading? Laysh: to read or not to read is a new initiative that is asking people in Qatar and abroad to upload a 1-2 minute video about their relationship with reading.
The campaign, which means “why” in Arabic, is being launched by TEDxYouth@Doha and Bloomsbury…
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Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen, at least five times more powerful than any that have been observed to date. Quasars are extremely bright galactic centres powered by supermassive black holes. Many blast huge amounts of material out into their host galaxies, and these outflows play a key role in the evolution of galaxies. But, until now, observed quasar outflows weren’t as powerful as predicted by theorists. | image ESO
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In a few articles today, the Peninsula explores the living conditions of some of Qatar’s most underprivileged residents - namely, security guards at construction sites, and unskilled workers living here illegally.
In a country with extremely low unemployment rates and one of the highest per-capita incomes in the world, these expats’ lifestyles depict a side of Qatar that’s not often seen or heard - though a recent Human Rights Watch report points out the poor treatment is far too pervasive.
In the first article, Fazeena Saleem reports on the nomadic life of expats who are tasked with guarding construction sites for small firms.
No water, no lights
The men, usually hailing from South Asian countries, lack permanent accommodations and instead reside in small concrete structures near where they work, which changes regularly. These spaces normally do not have running water or electricity, the newspaper reports.
Under Qatar labor law, companies are required to provide all non-national workers with accommodations that meet a minimum standard. But regulations are not always enforced, as demonstrated by one watchmen’s situation, whose name has been changed to protect his identity:
During summers, Dipendra rigs up a makeshift hut out of wood and cloth next to this room as it is too hot to sleep inside the concrete structure. He earns QR700 a month and sends the major portion of his salary home, with plans to give his four daughters in marriage.
“I have gone home only once during these six years, and then also the company deducted my salary. I have commitments to my family, so I continue to work here,” said Dipendra, who is illiterate and could not read his job contract.
In another article, Mohmmad Shoeb interviews expats living in Qatar illegally who reside in ramshackle accommodations because they say they cannot afford to pay more. They work in the black market by offering private taxi services and selling paan or fish to generate money to send home to their families.
Nazrul Islam (not his real name), a Bangladeshi national, lives in a room that admeasures 300 square feet—a spacious one but he shares it with six others. He and his companions drive private taxis. The building which their room is part of is dilapidated and can come crashing like a pack of cards any moment.
The room is congested with three bunk-beds, a television set and a few other household items, leaving little space to walk around. A stench hangs in the air, so strong that it causes instant nausea.
One private taxi driver tells him:
“I can hardly afford to spend more than QR400 a month for accommodation. With the rising cost of living, saving money is becoming increasingly difficult now,” he says. “And due to long traffic snarls and more private transport companies with a growing fleet of taxis, our daily income is dwindling,” adds Guruwardane.
Meanwhile, the newspaper also reports that the Ministry of Labor has formed a guidance team to educate companies about their responsibilities under the labor law.
Credit: Photo courtesy of Human Rights Watch
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