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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…

Jimmy Olson and the Mysterious "Poison Makers"

 By F Guzzardi

"Poison Makers", trhiller of 2011 published by Hoffman House press , (English edition) is the story masterfully written and orchestrated by Jimmy Olsen . A story set in the Caribbean, with zombies, voodoo rites and mysterious intrigue.
A book with all ingredients of necessary to activate our imagination to reproduce in  images, the incredible adventures of Edgar Espinosane - Jones (EJ).
A story that, while remaining in the genre "noir", can stir up emotions and even a few laughs.
EJ takes a job from his enigmatic mentor Garrett Yancy to investigate the suspicious death of the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Adam Quist.To soon will find himself involved in `mysteries that will force him to defend himself for not to die.
Poison Makers is far from the usual mystery. Set in the Caribbean of the years 70, with political intrigue, revolutionary, superstitions, violence and love stories. The protagonist, with the help of his best friend, a Dominican cop a little bit clumsy, split between rationality (Dominican / American) and superstition to solve the mystery. The end is unexpected ..... in a full
Jimmy Olsen style.

Image of Jimmy Olsen
Jimmy Olsen  didn't start writing fiction until he was well past 40. In the tradition of American writers like Jack London and Louis L'Amour, Olsen spent much of his life seeking adventure. He began scuba diving in 1961 at age 13 and continues today. A machine-gunner in Vietnam, after two tours he settled down awhile, married, started a family and graduated college with a BS in English. Still at college, he published his first national story in a diving magazine. A year later he moved his family to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic where he taught at a private American school and started the Republic's first professional diving school, Scuba Dominican, C por A. Hearing rumors of shipwrecks and gold, Olsen and a small group of adventurers discovered the site of the French Man-O-War Imperial and several other vessels. After five years in the Caribbean, Olsen completed his MA at the University of Alabama and returned to writing, taking a job with a daily newspaper in Athens, Alabama for a year before becoming an editor back home in Minnesota. This lasted four years before the thirst for adventure overtook him again and he was back in the diving business, traveling to dive destinations from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. The snorkeling scene in Thing In Ditches comes directly from the author's own rich experiences. Jimmy Olsen has written two additional novels, Scuba, due to be released next year and YR-71, a Vietnam seafaring adventure set near Da Nang. In addition, he's completed 20 short stories, some set in his native Minnesota and others from around the globe. Several of these have recently been sold and will soon be in print. Olsen continues to travel extensively, returning to the Dominican Republic to dive his old haunts only hours before Hurricane Georges. Equally at home at the keyboard of a computer or his ancient Royal, Olsen spends his writing days in a north woods setting without even the basic comforts such as running water or electricity and at his modern office in the city. He has three children, now grown, and lives with his wife in Minnesota.

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