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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…

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Interactive Progress on Draft Plan for Overcoming Long-term Consequences of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis for UN Member States

The G-Global info-communicative platform hosted an online conference on the 19th March on the theme “Draft Plan for overcoming long-term consequences of the global financial and economic crisis for UN Member States” in preparation for the second World Anti-Crisis Conference to be held in the Kazakhstan capital, Astana, on 21-23 May 2014.






Opera Lights Up Sydney Harbour

SYDNEY, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sydney Harbour sparkles as the 3(rd) annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (21 March - 13 April) opens with its spectacular water-top stage playing host to a new production of Madama Butterfly. Under the stars and on the water's edge, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is the city's grandest cultural event. Unique to Sydney, this world-class event is like no other, turning the iconic Sydney skyline into an operatic backdrop for a nightly audience of 3,000.








Marijuana on Main Street

NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 -- WebMD Health Corp. (Nasdaq: WBMD), the leading source of health information, today released Marijuana on Main Street, a special report that provides an in-depth look at the debate over medical marijuana. As numerous states consider bills to legalize medical marijuana, WebMD surveyed nearly 3,000 consumers and Medscape surveyed more than 1,500 doctors about their attitudes regarding legalization, marijuana as a potential treatment option, and the perceived risks and benefits of its use to help shed light on this evolving issue.




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