Tweens and TV: 50-year survey reveals the values kids learn from popular shows

How important is fame? What about self-acceptance? Benevolence? The messages children between the ages of 8 and 12 glean from TV play a significant role in their development, influencing attitudes and behaviors as they grow into their teenage years and beyond, UCLA psychologists say. Now, a new report by UCLA’s Center for Scholars and Storytellers…Continue Reading

10-year yield falls after Treasury auction demand is adequate enough to ease investors’ fears

U.S. Treasury yields dipped slightly on Wednesday after key 10-year Treasury auction data showed enough demand to stave off fears of investors worried about a possible slump in demand for the government’s debt and a recent rapid rise in rates.The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell about 2 basis points to 1.518% at…Continue Reading

Suicides end 10-year decline in Japan as pandemic stress hits women harder

TOKYO (Reuters) – Suicides increased in Japan during 2020 after a decade of declines, with the number of women committing suicide surging amid the emotional and financial stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic even as fewer men took their own lives.FILE PHOTO: A volunteer responds an incoming call at the Tokyo Befrienders call center, a…Continue Reading

‘Best tech employer of the year’ threatened trainee with £15k penalty fee for quitting to look after his sick mum

A company hailed as the UK’s top tech employer tried to diddle a former trainee out of £2,000 in unlawfully withheld back pay – and a judge was startled when he discovered how Sparta Global treats its new hires. The London-headquartered firm, which boasts of delivering “top business and technology professionals”, in fact forces its…Continue Reading

‘Lost year’ for education: Global lessons on how students can rebound

The closure of millions of schools worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic has stoked fears of a “lost generation” of students. Education experts say this isn’t inevitable, though, and that targeted interventions for the most vulnerable have been shown to make up lost ground. As with any contingency, planning can make a huge difference. Another lesson is that…Continue Reading

Jump in 30-year Treasury yield raises expectations of Fed purchases

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing on oversight of the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve response to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Washington 2/2 By Kate Duguid NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investors are raising expectations the Federal Reserve will act to tame an upturn in…Continue Reading

VA taps Philips for 10-year, potentially $100M telehealth critical care contract

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a major long-term contract to Philips to build out the VA’s tele-critical care infrastructure. WHY IT MATTERS The 10-year agreement, which could total as much as $100 million, will see Philips innovating the VA’s telehealth technology and services – including tele-ICU, remote patient monitoring, diagnostic imaging, sleep…Continue Reading