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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

If I were God

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byFGuzzardi

Todaystrangelyandwithout any ofparticular celebration(maybe for the sultry heat ofNew York), I isreminded ofan old song byGiorgioGaber.I just want toshare it withthemost young people, that you may notremember orwere not born yet. I entrust itwithout anyparticularcommentbecause `it is one of those textsthat wereconcilewith art anda glimpse ofa glimmer of lightin the middle of these yearsalmost completelydevoid of anysubversive, intellectualactivity.



Giorgio Gaber (from If I were God, 1980)

If I were God (And I might be so, otherwise I do not see who!)
If I were God,I would scrub the crafty ways of the people:
I would not be not an amateur!I would be ever present.
I would be really everywhere to spy , even better, to criticize, in fact ...what people do.
For example, the petty bourgeois how boring!Never commits major sins!It's never intensely sinful!
Moreover, poor fellow, is too miserable and petty and, knowing that God is more accurate than a Sweda,he thinks that the error is…

FG 6/25/2013

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The 2013 Top Restaurants In Europe


NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Opinionated About Dining (OAD) released today its annual Top 100 European Restaurants for 2013 list. The list is based upon the opinions of food bloggers and diners who travel regularly in an effort to visit the world's best restaurants. More than 3,500 people contributed over 110,000 reviews toward this year's results……reade more
--------------------------------------------------------------  Robert Kennedy Criticizes Privatization of Water at World Environment Forum

SAO PAULO,June 22, 2013/PRNewswire/ -- Privatization is currently the most troubling issue we face in relation to water. That is the opinion ofRobert F. Kennedy Jr., an activist and attorney specializing in environmental law who took part in the World Environmental Forum organized byLIDE – Grupo de Lideres Empresariais[Group of Business Leaders], in Foz do Iguacu. "Water ought to be a right for all human beings," asserts Kennedy. He …

Statement by Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) on Corker-Hoeven Amendment to Gang of Eight Immigration Bill

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WASHINGTON,June 20, 2013/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dan Stein, president of theFederation for American Immigration Reform(FAIR), issued the following statement about the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill, S.744: "The amendment offered by SenatorsBob Corker(R-Tenn.) andJohn Hoeven(R-N.D.) offers promises of future border enforcement, while guaranteeing amnesty for illegal aliens immediately. Illegal aliens would gain irrevocable Registered Provisional Immigrant status whether or not the border enforcement promises in the amendment are ever kept. "The amendment does nothing to address the significant problem of people who overstay visas and, in fact, weakens existing laws requiring the collection of biometric data on all people departing the United States via air, sea and land ports. Moreover, by Sen. Corker's own admission, the amendment he is offering fails to address concerns about interior enforcement of immigration laws. "The Corker-Hoev…

The 2013 Top Restaurants In Europe

NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Opinionated About Dining (OAD) released today its annual Top 100 European Restaurants for 2013 list. The list is based upon the opinions of food bloggers and diners who travel regularly in an effort to visit the world's best restaurants. More than 3,500 people contributed over 110,000 reviews toward this year's results. The OAD approach to rating restaurants relies on tapping into the experience and opinions from diners who are passionate about where they eat, and are able to describe how strongly they would recommend a restaurant and why. In describing what makes the list different, OAD founder, Steve Plotnicki, says "Other lists typically base results on the opinion of journalists and other food professionals. I started OAD to give a voice to bloggers and other avid dining hobbyists." Adding that, "It isn't unusual for our top reviewers to eat between 100-150 meals at restaurants around the world every year, for no o…

Robert Kennedy Criticizes Privatization of Water at World Environment Forum

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SAO PAULO,June 22, 2013/PRNewswire/ -- Privatization is currently the most troubling issue we face in relation to water. That is the opinion ofRobert F. Kennedy Jr., an activist and attorney specializing in environmental law who took part in the World Environmental Forum organized byLIDE – Grupo de Lideres Empresariais[Group of Business Leaders], in Foz do Iguacu. "Water ought to be a right for all human beings," asserts Kennedy. He believes that free market capitalism is the best solution, but it must be managed with a social interest, otherwise future generations will have to pay for our mistakes and excesses. And he insists: "We should encourage a more rational use of water, but we cannot restrict the use of water by the poorest people through pricing."   Kennedy cited the example of Cochabamba, Bolivia, a country where water was privatized in such a way that people were dying from lack of access to it.  The revolt was so great that the French and American compa…

PAINTER ARTIST

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SWMONIKA
THE OBSESSIONAL CLARITY IS  FIREWORKS OF HYPER-REAL GESTURE 


by F Guzzardi
After working oncreatingan advertising agency, SWMonikaretires for tolive in the worldof painting. Inhis Paris studio, it sharpenshis brushesalone,withoutmasterorstudy  in the distinctive designswhatthe hyperrealism.When it begins tomaster this technique, she discovers that herpowers of observationhaslednaturally infurrowsby the Masters: VanEyck, JacquesLouisDavid, HenriCadiou,JacquesPoirier,etc..
His discoveryleads himfurthertohyperrealism, when"is emerges from thebackgroundto giveform,"as she says.
She metat the timean organizerof exhibitions thatwill pushto participate inan event thatwill be held inVersaillesduring the exhibitionofcontemporary artists. Followed by asecond exposure toLa Baule, in the same frame.
SWMonikaleavesParisfor  the Switzerland, where she worked onseveral series:walls, fences, utility objects, stuffed animals, always treatedclose-up.
She saysfindan attractiontothis expressi…

Kazakhstan Host International Forum to Discuss "Future Energy"

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by F GuzzardiASTANA,Kazakhstan,June 11, 2013 Oil-richKazakhstanis taking a lead in steering Central Asian region in becoming a pioneer in alternative energy resources.Kazakhstangovernment, led by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has committed itself to launch an unprecedented challenging campaign to go green to reap the benefits of renewable energy in the coming years.More than 800 delegates from over 35 countries are slated to descend in capital Astana onOctober 8-9, 2013to take part in the VIIIth edition of KAZENERGY Forum that would discuss "Future Energy- Eurasian Prospects." Besides some heads of states and leading politicians, senior experts from the field of energy, gas, oil and renewable energy will take part in the two-day meeting. The vision, strategy and key approaches towards Future Energy would be discussed during the conclave.Benefits, risks and prospects of the Future Energy will also be discussed at the Forum.The international meeting would be hosted by KAZENE…

First Baby Born in Scotland Using New Ground-Breaking IVF Technology

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GLASGOW, Scotland, June 14, 2013
Baby Eva named after the test that gave her life





by F Guzzardi


















The Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine (GCRM) one of the UK's most innovative IVF clinics, announces the birth of the first baby to be born in Scotland using a ground-breaking new approach to IVF, The 'Early Embryo Viability Assessment' (Eeva) test, that improves embryo selection. Scotland is welcoming Baby Eva today, the world's first baby to be born and named by her parents after the new Eeva test. Eva was born on 11 June following Susan Walker-Dempster and David Dempster hardship of trying to build a family together. Susan and David chose to have the Eeva test at the GCRM to increase their chances of IVF success. The new mother, Susan said "we wanted every chance to be successful, so we chose Eeva" The Eeva test uses unique predictive software in combination with a time-lapse analysis technique to automatically analyse embryo development against scienti…

Free Online Cancer Encyclopedia for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer

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 by F Guzzardi

OSLO, Norway, June 13, 2013/ http://www.Oncolex.org is a non-profit, online cancer resource, providing updated and detailed information on cancer care for health care providers worldwide. As a web-site in continual progress, sourced directly from acclaimed medical specialists, Oncolex keeps track of novel procedures and technology transforming the field of cancer diagnostics and treatment. Diagnosis, treatment procedures and follow-up care for each cancer type is thoroughly explained by use of text, illustrations, animations, photos and video footage. Norwegians have used Oncolex since 2006, and this unique resource is now available in English.
Oliver Bogler, Professor Neurosurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center states: "MD Anderson is thrilled to be collaborating with our partners at Oslo University Hospital on editing the content in Oncolex. We are proud to be a part of this leading contribution to the new generation of cancer resources, and excited about t…

Au revoir Paris! Geneva has most expensive club sandwich

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by F Guzzardi


TORONTO, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The City of Light is no longer the most expensive city in the world to order a club sandwich, having lost the top spot to Swiss city, Geneva. Travellers craving this classic menu staple of a chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich can now enjoy it for the average price of $31.34 according to the travel experts at  Used as a barometer of affordability, the  Club Sandwich Index (CSI) provides travellers with an indication of the cost of living that comes with travel in popular cities around the world. The CSI average price is calculated from the real prices paid by guests for a Club Sandwich in 30 hotels in the capital or major tourist city of each country surveyed, across five, four and three-star categories.  In total, 840 hotels globally were part of the index.
This is the second year of the CSI and the current index reflects not only changes in the actual price of a Club Sandwich across the globe but also the eff…