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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 Dallas Pumpkin Village

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden celebrates Autumn at the Arboretum featuring 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash and the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, named one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals"

DALLAS, Aug. 18, 2015 /-- With the welcome change of seasons comes one of "America's Best Pumpkin Festivals" according to Fodor's Travel and one of the Dallas Arboretum's most anticipated events—Autumn at the Arboretum—which opens on September 19 and continues through November 25, 2015. Autumn at the Arboretum is supported by Alliance Data and Texas Instruments.
The highlight of the festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash by the talented horticulture team. Dave Forehand, Dallas Arboretum's vice president of gardens, said, "As we say, 'Everything is bigger in Texas.' A jaw-dropping 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash is a record-breaking num…

Transgender athlete to become first to compete for Canada internationally

LAS VEGAS, NV, Aug. 10, 2015 / - Team Canada Womens dodgeball of the Canadian Dodgeball Association, will make history in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend and will be another step towards inclusion in the world of sports.
 With so many more Transgender people coming out, along with one of the highest profile athletes in history Caitlyn Jenner recently and proudly proclaiming herself to be transgender. Competitive sports are at a crucial point in time with respect to providing appropriate guidelines for participation for Transgender athletes. 
"My goal would be, through my participation and visibility, that other Trans people especially Trans youth feel they are able to participate at any sport they choose and will be welcomed by their respective governing organizations. Governing organizations have an obligation to provide welcoming, safe, and inclusive environments for all athletes." said Savannah Burton. Member of Team Canada and Professional actress.
History will b…

Prince New Album, HITNRUN

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 /Multi-platinum music icon Prince, and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL, today confirmed that the next release from the entertainer will be exclusively on TIDAL on September 7, 2015.
The upcoming release, the experimental, HITNRUN, was first announced by his band, 3RDEYEGIRL, on BBC radio late last month, following the release of the critically praised first single, "HARDROCKLOVER".Minutes after the song was released on July 1st, critics raved with The Guardiansaying, "Prince is back to his old sensual self 'ripping jeans' and 'making women scream' on this minimal slow jam."  Billboardcalled the single "A dreamy rock song", and Rolling Stonedescribed it as simply "Wild".
"Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he's ever recorded - we refer to them as 'The Purple Collective' or 'The Purple Army' - this album is abs…

Canada Take Proactive Approach to Marijuana Advertising Enforcement

New direction will mean Health Canada will actively monitor for advertising violations

OTTAWA, Aug. 1, 2015 The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced she has directed Health Canada to take a more proactive approach to monitoring illegal advertising of marijuana by non-regulated parties. This will be done using existing authorities under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Health Canada will proactively monitor all forms of marijuana advertising and promotion, and will issue compliance letters in cases where violations are identified. Continued violations may be referred to law enforcement. The department will also be more active in working with businesses to ensure that they are aware of the rules around advertising marijuana for medical purposes. Businesses and individual Canadians will be provided with an opportunity to file complaints about illegal advertising for follow-up.

Consistent with Health Canada's commitment to openness and transp…