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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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…

The devil is left-handed.

                                                By F Guzzardi
File:Nicolo Paganini by Richard James Lane.jpgWait for a moment and just do not leave me alone, my son is my voice and knows what to say. in unconsecrated ground , my bare  why do you believe it's right , you know that I do not align , and I watch from afar, my fingers burned from the ropes , and you do not know how to listen , listen you do not know but you know very well that the devil is left-handed , they know well your faithful - in Nice, people do not want , but you know, the devil is left-handed, and sticks his delirium in E major , then writhes on Stradivarius and a grin , bouncing out of his chair tender woman , and you know that the devil is left-handed - i do not believe in doctors, quacks and presumptuous , but I can not do anything , my lungs and my throat , my voice , which is over the my voice? Achilles give me your hand and take me far beyond what you see , make me the words that I can only write , and sadness that I can only play - put away the doctors , all but one , the one that will be able ` to save me , and then these people who hates me but I do not feel it, I swear I do not speak , maybe you wanted to know this , no, not swear , stretch my legs along the bed and remain motionless until the end , until the end in unconsecrated ground , and you know my lord , that the devil is left-handed, is sneaky and plays the violin.

In 1836, Paganini returned to Paris to set up a casino. Its immediate failure left him in financial ruin, and he auctioned off his personal effects, including his musical instruments, to recoup his losses. At Christmas of 1838, he left Paris for Marseilles and, after a brief stay, travelled to Nice where his condition worsened. In May 1840, the Bishop of Nice sent Paganini a local parish priest to perform the last rites. Paganini assumed the sacrament was premature, and refused. 
A week later, on 27 May 1840, Paganini died from internal hemorrhaging before a priest could be summoned. Because of this, and his widely rumored association with the devil, the Church denied his body a Catholic burial in Genoa. It took four years and an appeal to the Pope before the Church let his body be transported to Genoa, but it was still not buried. His remains were finally laid to rest in 1876, in a cemetery in Parma. In 1893, the Czech violinist, František Ondříček, persuaded Paganini's grandson, Attila, to allow a viewing of the violinist's body. After this bizarre episode, Paganini's body was finally reinterred in a new cemetery in Parma in 1896.

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