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‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

‘Time outs’ don’t do any harm, parents told

Health
Using "time outs" to discipline children is not going to harm them or your relationship with them, US research suggests.Despite criticism of the "naughty step" strategy, children's anxiety did not increase and neither did their aggressive behaviour, the eight-year study of families found.But a UK psychologist said the key was how the technique was used.And not all children responded to authoritarian forms of discipline.The study, by the University of Michigan, tracked almost 1,400 families and their parenting strategies at three, five and 10 years old.The researchers measured children's positivity and negativity to parents, and their mental health and social skills - using games, observations and video-taped interactions.At three...
Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Insecticides that threaten bees also harm damselflies, study finds

Science
July 5 (UPI) -- New research suggests damselflies are being harmed by thiacloprid, a common neonicotinoid insecticide used by farmers to kill aphids and whiteflies. When researchers first began testing the efficacy and safety of neonicotinoids, insecticides synthetically derived from nicotine, they determined the chemicals only harmed insects that actually ate the sprayed crops. Thus, only the targeted pests would be killed. But over the last decade, dozens have studies have shown this assumption to be false and identified neonicotinoid exposure as the primary driver of colony collapse disorder and the decline of honey bees all over the world. The latest study, published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, suggests other bystanders are also being negatively affected, including d...
Huawei: US blacklist will harm billions of consumers

Huawei: US blacklist will harm billions of consumers

Business
A US move to put Huawei on a trade blacklist "sets a dangerous precedent" that will harm billions of consumers, the firm's top legal officer said.Speaking at a press conference, Song Liuping said the trade ban would also "directly harm" American companies and affect jobs. Washington recently added Huawei to a list of companies that US firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence.The trade ban is part of a wider battle between the US and Huawei.Washington has moved to block the Chinese company, the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment, on national security concerns. Huawei has repeatedly denied claims the use of its products presents security risks, and says it is independent from the Chinese government. "Politicians in the US are using the st...
Election interference is ‘online harm’, MPs hear

Election interference is ‘online harm’, MPs hear

Technology
Adverts using disinformation to influence elections is a "significant online harm" needing urgent action from the government, MPs have been told.Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham spoke to a parliamentary committee looking at disinformation.She said that she was surprised that a recent government White Paper on online harms had failed to address the issue of political adverts online.It was "a gap" that needed to be addressed, she said."I was surprised and disappointed that there wasn't more focus on what I think is a huge societal harm, which is around electoral interference and the need for more transparency in political advertising."It's surprising to me and concerning that the government hasn't done a comprehensive exam...
RBS warns of Brexit harm as profits double

RBS warns of Brexit harm as profits double

Business
Media playback is unsupported on your device Royal Bank of Scotland has reported profits of £1.62bn for 2018, more than double the £752m it made a year earlier.RBS chief Ross McEwan called the results "a good performance in the face of economic and political uncertainty".Mr McEwan said the UK economy faced "a heightened level of uncertainty related to ongoing Brexit negotiations".He told the BBC that Brexit could have a bigger impact on the economy than the Bank of England has suggested. Mr McEwan said: "Larger corporations are pausing on their investments. And this cannot be good for the economy long-term because those large corporations then employ smaller businesses and individuals."If this goes on for a long period of time we'r...