Paper book is better than ereader for bedtime story bonding

first_imgA graph showing how paper books beat e-readers for bonding  The researchers assessed seven to nine-year-old children and their mothers sharing a story book in each of four conditions: mother or child as reader, paper or tablet screen as medium.They discovered that whilst the medium did not affect information retention, interaction and warmth was lower for screen than for paper and dropped over time for screens, particularly when children rather than mothers took the role of reader.Children also showed higher story engagement with paper than with screen, and there was evidence that mothers made more story-relevant comments with paper books.Additionally, the team found evidence that use was linked to different positioning for mother and child; on the whole, child readers held and used tablets in ways more typical of individual use, so mothers had to ‘shoulder-surf’ the screen.Conversely, mothers read paper books in ways that supported shared visual attention, enabling the child to adopt a range of curled-up postures.The research was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Reading with an e-reader is more distracting and changes the posture for parent and child  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A graph showing how paper books beat e-readers for bonding  Reading with an e-reader is more distracting and changes the posture for parent and child  Reading bedtime stories from paper books rather than kindles can help parents bond with their children far more than using an e-reader or tablet, researchers have found.Since e-readers were invented there have been arguments about whether the technology distorted the experience, or enjoyment, of reading.Now the University of Sussex has discovered that children feel less of a physical and emotional connection to their parents if they are read bedtime stories from an electronic device.The researchers believe that tablets can be distracting for youngsters, because they know they could be watching a film or playing a game on them instead of reading. It also changes the posture, allowing for less cuddling.Dr Nicola Yuill, who led the study, said: “A paper book tends to have a single purpose, while an e-book is often only one app on a highly multi-functional device that can also be used to book tickets, play games, work on spreadsheets, and watch films.“And because digital devices are so often used in solo situations, reading books on digital devices moves from a potentially shared activity to a more individual, private activity.“Our results demonstrate that the use of digital technology and the activity of reading seemed to exist in two somewhat separate spheres.”last_img read more

Selfinterested internet generation need persuasion to become military reservists head of the

first_imgArmy BT relationship – high quality Reservists for the Army; unique leadership skills for businesses— Gen Nick Carter (@ArmyCGS) January 10, 2017 Army BT relationship – high quality Reservists for the Army; unique leadership skills for businesses— Gen Nick Carter (@ArmyCGS) January 10, 2017 The army needs help to recruit young people because the internet has made the so-called Generation Y “slightly self-interested”, the Chief of the General Staff has said.Speaking about the need to sign up more reservists, General Sir Nick Carter said the technological skills of young people made them well-suited to 21st century warfare, but millennials tend to look for “instant self-gratification” and “want to know what’s in it for them”.He said there were benefits for both young people and their employers to joining the reserve forces, as he urged workers from creative industries including fashion and design to consider military service. “We are now dealing with a different generation, Generation Y, born after 1985, and they have a slightly different expectation of life, which tends to be slightly self interested, very committed”, he said at the re-signing of the Armed Forces Covenant and launch of the army’s leadership doctrine at the BT Tower in central London.”They are much more adaptable to the information age than my generation, they want to know what’s in it for them.”They are looking for instant self gratification. They are much more adaptable and what we wish to do is to empower every level to seize opportunities that further our cause. General Sir Nick Carter (right), Chief of the General Staff, signs the Armed Services covenant with BT chairman Sir Mike Rake Credit:Steve Parsons /PA He said the offer for reservists was now better than ever, with new specialisms being catered for. “We are particularly looking for people from production, for people from creative areas, from fashion and design, they are coming forward in great numbers to take part in this.”It’s a great opportunity this idea to build a portfolio of ideas.”The Armed Forces Covenant, first signed in 2013, is described by the Government as “a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly”.Businesses and other organisations sign it to demonstrate their support for the armed forces, including by employing and encouraging reservists.  Last week the army announced a £3m recruitment drive with advertisements focussing on comradeship among soldiers, after previous campaigns failed to turn around falling numbers.  “Whether you are led or whether you are a leader, leaders don’t accept the status quo, they set a clear direction.”They have a duty to set standards and have the moral courage to enforce them.”We need help in explaining what this is all about and persuading employers that this is not a burden, it’s actually a bonus.” General Sir Nick Carter (right), Chief of the General Staff, signs the Armed Services covenant with BT chairman Sir Mike Rake  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Dambusters bouncing bomb discovered washed up on a beach in Kent

first_imgA World War Two bouncing bomb which was trailed prior to the Dambusters raid has been discovered on a beach in Kent. The May 1943 raid is one of the most memorable British war victories – and now a piece of one of the iconic explosives washed ashore on a picturesque beach.Beach cafe owner Lisa Clayton has owned her business on Reculver Beach near Herne Bay, Kent, for 11 years, and spotted the bomb on Wednesday morning around 10am.The 49-year-old said: “We saw the police, coastguard and bomb disposal people on the beach so we went to have a look. There have been other little mine-type things on the beach before, but nothing like thisBeach cafe owner Lisa Clayton “We were really surprised – we’ve been here 11 years and had never seen a bomb here before.”It’s only one end of it but it’s quite big, it’s a lot bigger than I thought.”There have been other little mine-type things on the beach before, but nothing like this.”It’s right by the sea wall, it’s a busy area, but at that time it’s really quiet and there was this sudden commotion.”Luckily you could see the concrete on the inside from where it was just a practice bomb.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A real ‘bouncing bomb’ at Duxford Imperial War MuseumCredit:Martin Richards A Lancaster bomber flies over Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak District to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War TwoCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Reculver Beach was used as a testing ground in the build up to Operation Chastise, a daring raid on Nazi Germany’s dams in the industrial Rhur Valley.Alan Porter, trustee of the Herne Bay seaside museum, said: “It is the end section of a test Bouncing Bomb which was trailed prior to the Dambusters raid in World War Two.”It is an Upkeep, which is a larger type than the complete one we have on display, with plenty of information, at the Seaside Museum.” A Lancaster bomber swoops over Derwent Reservoir to mark the 70th anniversary of the raids  He said: “The Environment Agency found the piece of the bomb during routine clearing of the shingle, it was uncovered by a digger.”We’ve got a similar one at the museum but it’s quite a bit smaller – this one is an Upkeep, which were actually used in the Dambusters raid.”The army went out in 1997 and retrieved about ten from the sea, which they gave to different museums, but I’ve not seen one on the beach before.”It’s quite exciting after all these years for this one to turn up, I’m pretty astounded by it.”We’re not quite sure what to do with it – it’s so heavy that we might leave it there, I like the idea of keeping it as a public sculpture. “I’m getting a sign made up asking people to respect it, someone found a fragment of it which they’ve already taken home but they’re historical artefacts.”There are no plans at the moment, but we need to decide whether it’s kept in a museum or left where it is.”So many things are sat in museums under glass cases, but this is sat on the beach.” The dams were heavily fortified and needed the innovative bouncing bomb – which bounced on the water over torpedo nets and sank before detonating. A Lancaster bomber swoops over Derwent Reservoir to mark the 70th anniversary of the raids Credit:REUTERS/Darren Staples A Lancaster bomber flies over Ladybower reservoir in the Derbyshire Peak District to mark the 70th anniversary of the World War Two A real 'bouncing bomb' at Duxford Imperial War Museum The raid, orchestrated by Guy Gibson and the RAF’s 617 ‘Dambuster’ Squadron, was seen as a major victory for the British, and Wing Commander Gibson is recognised as one of the war’s most revered heroes.Residents of the town where a piece of a World War II bomb was found are calling for it to remain on the beach.Alan Porter, trustee of the Herne Bay seaside museum, is hoping the Dambusters bomb will stay on the seafront as a public sculpture.The 71-year-old has lived in the town in Kent for 22 years, and says he has never seen another bomb wash up on the beach.last_img read more

Second childrens hospital poised to reverse decision and keep Presidents Club funds

first_imgGreat Ormond Street HospitalCredit:John Stillwell/PA  Great Ormond Street Hospital Evelina said last month that it was not the kind of event it wished to be associated with and would “therefore be declining funding from it and returning all previous donations from the Presidents Club”. However, Lord Fink, the former hedge fund boss and Evelina’s honorary president, is said to have told trustees that he was opposed to returning the previous donations.”He doesn’t want to do anything which could disadvantage the sick children who are treated at the hospital,” a person close to Lord Fink, a former Conservative Party treasurer, told Sky News.In a statement, a spokesperson for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity said: “We have written to the Charity Commission about our proposed course of action and are currently in dialogue with them about our next steps.”It has been claimed that only one of the five organisations which vowed to return Presidents Club donations has so far formally applied to the Charity Commission watchdog to do so.The Royal Academy of Music is said to have requested permission to return a £10,000 donation made in 2017 as a scholarship for a violin student.The Liverpool-based Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and Alder Hey Children’s Charity have also said they will refund donations.GOSH said trustees would make a formal decision about the funds when they meet next month.center_img A second children’s hospital is reconsidering its decision to hand back a hefty donation from the Presidents Club in the wake of the harassment scandal, it is claimed.Evelina London Children’s Hospital may keep two six-figure donations it had previously vowed to return after concerns were raised that sick children could lose out.The change of heart follows a similar rethink by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) which has revealed it is in discussions with the Charity Commission about the £530,000 it had collected from the disgraced club since 2009.Evelina, which is supported by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, received four donations totalling £265,000 from the Presidents Club in 1998, 2013, 2016 and 2017.At last month’s controversial dinner at the Dorchester hotel, London, at which female hostesses were groped and sexually harassed by businessmen, restaurant tycoon Richard Caring also pledged to donate £400,000 for a new intensive care unit at the hospital.It is understood that in the wake of the scandal, which resulted in the Presidents Club closing down, he has offered to donate the money privately. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Prince William will not attend World Cup in Russia

first_imgPrince Harry and Prince William at the Algeria v England match in 2010 In 2014, Prince Harry went alone as part of a tour in South America which saw him enjoy a kickabout with local children and cheer England on against Costa Rica.In Frankfurt in 2006, Prince William watched England vs Paraguay, meeting fans and delivering a letter to the FA from the Queen. Prince William joins David Beckham and David Cameron for the world cup bid in 2010Credit:Reuters The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have no plans to attend the World Cup football tournament being hosted by Russia, a Royal source has said.It is expected to be the first time no senior member of the Royal Family has supported England in person during the tournament in decades, and the first time in at least 16 years that neither Prince has attended.At least one of the brothers has cheered England on at matches in the last three World Cups in Brazil, South Africa and Germany.The Duke’s attendance at this year’s tournament had become contentious after former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were targeted by what is believed to be a nerve agent.As president of the FA, English football’s governing body, the Duke would usually be expected to support the national team in person or with a close representative during the World Cup.His involvement this year will likely be restricted to pre-tournament visits on home soil, or messages to wish the team luck. A source there are “no plans” for the Duke or Prince Harry to attend the games in Russia. Prince Harry plays football with children during his visit to Brazil in 2014 Prince Charles and Prince Harry at the 1998 World Cup in France  A Royal source said there were no plans in place for the Duke or Prince Harry to attend any matches in Russia. Theresa May said the Government would “look at whether ministers and other dignitaries should attend” the sporting event during Prime Minister’s Questions.Ministers, including the sports minister Tracey Crouch, would be among those who would cancel plans to travel to Russia for the World Cup in July in the event of a proven link between the host nation and the alleged attack on the former spy and his daughter. Whitehall sources said ministers were “a long way off” having to make decisions about the Duke’s travel arrangements, but did not deny that he would be advised to stay away if a boycott was in place.center_img Kensington Palace declined to comment.The Duke and Prince are both expected to have a busy summer, with the Duchess of Cambridge expecting her third baby in April and Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle in May.This summer, the Duke will visit Israel, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian Territories on the request of the Foreign Office. Prince Harry and Prince William at the Algeria v England match in 2010Credit:Reuters The Duke and Prince Harry both attended an England group game in 2010, when the tournament was hosted by South Africa. In 2002, Prince Andrew watched the quarter final against Brazil, while Prince Charles took the young Prince Harry to cheer England on against Colombia in France in 1998. The Duke played a role in England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, joining a delegation in Switzerland in 2010 to argue the case alongside David Cameron and David Beckham.Earlier this week, Boris Johnson, the  Foreign Secretary, told MPs it would be “very difficult to imagine that UK representation” at the World Cup could “go ahead in the normal way” this summer. Prince Charles and Prince Harry at the 1998 World Cup in France Credit:Reuters Prince Harry plays football with children during his visit to Brazil in 2014Credit:Getty Prince William joins David Beckham and David Cameron for the world cup bid in 2010last_img read more

Doctor Who stars reject claim the show has become too PC

Doctor Who stars have rejected claims that the show has become too PC, with one actor asking whether it is even possible to be ‘too’ correct.Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who play Yaz and Ryan in the show, instead praised the programme in an interview with Radio Times for being an “entertaining reminder” of important issues. Ms Gill said she believed the programme was ‘creating conversation’ on important issues.  “It makes me laugh, because having the words ‘too’ and ‘correct’ in the same sentence is really bizarre to me. How can you be too correct about something?,” she said.”You do see some extreme comments under news articles. I’m only human and I do check and read them. But they don’t bother me and actually they’re creating conversation.” Jodie Whittaker became the first female actress to play Doctor Who earlier this year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The appointment of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor in July was widely met with praise. Ms Gill and Mr Cole were brought on-board at the same time, along with Bradley Walsh, to play the Doctor’s companions in the series. Fans have reported a change in tone since Ms Whittaker stepped into the Tardis, with storylines focusing on racism, intolerance and other social issues.Two recent episodes have dealt with sensitive historical issues. ‘Demons of the Punjab’ saw Ms Whittaker visit India in 1947 against the backdrop of partition, while another episode retold the story of Rosa Parks and the struggle for civil rights.  Bradley Walsh, Tosin Coll and Mandip Gill play Doctor Who's three companions Fans commented on the controversial use of language during the prime time episode, including use of the words ‘paki’ and ‘negro’. Jodie Whittaker became the first female actress to play Doctor Who earlier this yearCredit:Sophie Mutevelian/BBC Studios But Mr Cole denied the recent historical episodes were too political saying they were instead encouraging viewers to engage with important issues. “Everyone’s going to have their own opinion – it is what it is. The fact that we can give everyone a little friendly, entertaining reminder of these issues is great,” he said.Last month, Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh described the idea that the programme was becoming too politically correct as “such a load of b******s” ahead of a guest appearance on the show. A New Year’s Day, rather than Christmas, special of Doctor Who will air this year on January 1st. The full interview with Ms Gill and Mr Cole is available in Radio Times magazine out today. Bradley Walsh, Tosin Coll and Mandip Gill play Doctor Who’s three companionsCredit:Simon Ridgway/BBC Studios read more

Taxi driver ambushed car stolen by passenger others in Eccles

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWeeks after car stolen, gunmen storm Diamond home of businessmanAugust 30, 2018In “Crime”Elderly taxi driver robbed, carjacked at gunpoint in EcclesDecember 11, 2017In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” An Albouystown, Georgetown taxi driver was on Monday evening robbed of his silver/grey Toyota Allion motorcar, HC 2675, by bandits-one of whom was pretending to be a passenger.The victim has been identified as Muhammad Edun, 27.According to information received, the incident occurred at about 21:55hrs.Edun told police that he was sitting at the taxi’s base, when one of the suspects entered his car and requested to be taken to Industrial Site, Eccles, in the vicinity of the dump site.While on their journey, the suspect who was sitting in the back passenger seat, reportedly pulled out a weapon and placed it to the right side of the victim’s face and instructed him not to make a move or he will die.Shortly after, a silver/gray Raum motorcar drove up alongside the taxi and another male exited and ordered Edun out of the driver seat and into the back seat of his car.This perpetrator also had a weapon in his hand.After driving for a while, one of the bandits reportedly ordered Edun to get out of the vehicle.When he complied, the men reportedly drove away from the scene with his vehicle.Police are currently investigating the matter. read more

Increase in Berbice Bridge tolls a campaign gimmick by the Govt

Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is now calling the 365 per cent increase in the bridge tolls that was announced on Tuesday by the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) a political “campaign gimmick” by the incumbent Administration.“The Berbice Bridge Act in section 3 under Toll Order states that the Maximum amount of toll to be charged during concession periods and any increase requires the Minster’s intervention and the Minster implements it through a toll order… the toll order specifies the rates and has to be signed by the Minister…this increase can’t happen without the Governments intervention.  It’s easy for anyone who wants to get to the bottom of this matter to do so…this is purely a campaign gimmick” Jagdeo said.He was at the time speaking during his weekly press conference held at his Church Street, Queenstown office on Wednesday.According to the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), the increases seemed to have come as a result of collusion between the Government and BBCI which would then see the current Administration acting as the knight in shining armour who steps in and saves the day by lowering or blocking the increases.The Opposition Leader said that the financial model which is an annex to the bridge’s contract, guides how the bridge is to be operated.He noted that the financial projection shows a constant decrease, with the exception of two years, of tolls until 2026 when the bridge is expected to be handed over to the state.Currently, the revenue of the Berbice River Bridge is reportedly doing better than that in the financial model, as such; Jagdeo further questioned the shocking increase.The former President posited “All Government has to do is not sign the toll order. If they collude with the company to increase toll, we are committed to decreasing rates back to same level if we regain power.Jagdeo speculated that the Chairman of BBCI, Dr Surendra Persaud instigated the decision made by the Board.“They prevailed upon him not just to announce an increase but to make it so shocking that they will once again get a campaign issue, so Patterson like Granger will be the knight and shining armour. This is purely a campaign gimmick, it is criminal. This is an act of desperation on the part of the coalition Government… they can’t campaign on anything else so they are whipping up sentiments” the Opposition Leader claimed.Jagdeo pointed to several reasons why the Government had to resort to this means in order to garner support.“Health care has not improved in Berbice, the Ophthalmology centre is inoperable, no jobs and thousands were left without jobs, no major infrastructural  work in the region, so what do they do? Well they have the toll majorly increased in order for them to act like they care for the people when they decrease it” Jagdeo pointed.Addressing the notion that the bridge was a bad deal hence why it is in its current state, the Opposition Leader said that he will remain proud of his decision to have the bridge constructed.The Berbice Bridge“I’m proud of the fact that I passed this law and signed an agreement and built the bridge without burdening taxpayers. The toll was similar to what people were paying to cross on the ferry. We are proud of that fact. We are proud also that the fares would have remained constant and that it would eventually have decreased until it is handed to the Government.“This bridge has been transformational for Berbice and I am being blamed. But I want to say that in my tenure, the airport was started, and the stadium was built in my tenure and the swimming pool, convention centre, many tactical institutions, Linden hospital and water treatment plant, the Skeldon factory, the Leonora Track…contrast that with what they are doing, practically nothing. Since the sixties they talked about building that bridge and nothing so we built it” Jagdeo said as he applauded his Administration.Moreover, the Opposition Leader urged the Government to to release documents to the public regarding to operations of the bridge.“PPP is opposed to any increase in the tolls, financially it cannot be justified, we believe that this increase is not part of the contract that we signed, we believe that the Minster must release the document which is a public document and toll order as well as contract because there is no secrecy about this. We urge the Minster to not sign toll order, if they persist in this which we believe is a ploy, PPP will reverse this. We believe that this is a part of a gimmick in the campaign season” he said.It was announced on Tuesday that to cross the bridge, cars and minibuses will now have to pay $8,040; small trucks, pickups and four-wheel drive vehicles $14,600; medium trucks $27,720; large trucks $49,600; boats $401,040; and freight $1,680.The increases are expected to take effect on November 12, 2018. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt mum on burning questions over new Demerara river bridgeSeptember 13, 2017In “Business”PPP says it’s ‘categorically opposed’ to any increase in Berbice Bridge tollsOctober 16, 2018In “Business”New Demerara bridge: Govt allowing contractors to take the lead unprecedented – JagdeoFebruary 19, 2018In “Business” read more

Accused in murder of GDF lieutenant remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Suspect in fatal stabbing of GDF rank turns self inJanuary 2, 2019In “Crime”4 years jail for teen who killed trio in accidentJuly 9, 2015In “Crime”Corentyne triple murder: Fourth suspect chargedSeptember 22, 2016In “latest news” Accused: Kamal Matthews also called “Son”The accused in the Philippe murder of  Guyana Defense Force (GDF) lieutenant Mark Bagot was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court to answer to the capital offence.Kamal Matthews also called “Son”, 26, of Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on December 23, at Philippe, Corentyne he unlawfully killed Mark Bagot.Matthews is being represented by Attorney at law Chandra Sohan.Magistrate Renita Singh has set January 21, for the accused to return to court when the police will present a progress report.Scores of residents from the Black Bush Polder and also from the Village of Philippe were present during the proceeding on Monday.Murdered: Mark BagotAt the time of the incident Bagot was reportedly sharing a drink with a friend at the Beer Garden when an argument ensued between Bagot and the suspect over the purchasing of “Guinness”.Bagot was subsequently stabbed during a confrontation.He was taken to the Port Mourant Hospital treated and transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.On Wednesday last, Matthews, who was being sought by the police, turned himself in accompanied by Sohan to the Whim Police Station. read more

Latest XERAS release continues to enhance user experience

first_imgAs the first of many software releases slated for the current quarter, RungePincockMinarco’s latest XERAS release continues to enhance its user experience in strategic financial modelling. “A uniquely versatile financial modelling solution, XERAS is adept at handling short to medium budgeting requirements as well as complete life of mine planning. It has been mining’s trusted financial modelling solution for almost 20 years.” the company says. “This latest release adds innovations to save time and effort, new features and improvements to the popular Navigator pane as well as improvements for the calendar, quick charts, and graphing tools.”The Navigator pane, introduced to XERAS in early 2012, quickly guides users through the complexities of financial modelling using pre-defined workflows and shortcuts. Financial plans can be created with ease making XERAS highly usable for frequent and infrequent users.RungePincockMinarco’s technical experts can tailor Navigator workflows as templates to suit clients’ unique business processes, while power users can create their own. Existing templates can also be altered to help new and infrequent users of XERAS.Darren Rostron, XERAS Product Manager explained, “This new release of XERAS reaffirms our commitment to improving the user experience of XERAS for our customers. Through its usability and meaningful, logical structure, financial models prepared in XERAS continue to set the standard of rigorous financial discipline and corporate governance. By implementing XERAS early on in your mining operation, you set the standard for the life of your mine.”XERAS 7.12.1 is now available globally to both new and existing users.last_img read more