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Too much screen time, too little sleep linked to child development problems: Study

Too much screen time, too little sleep linked to child development problems: Study

Health
The average American child spends 3.6 hours staring at a computer, television, tablet, or smartphone daily -- an amount of screen time associated with inferior cognitive development and academic performance, according to a new study of over 4,500 children between the ages of eight and 11 published yesterday in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. The study was conducted by Canadian researchers, but examined children in the U.S. using the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. Those guidelines recommend that children get nine to 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep, less than two hours of screen time and at least one hour of physical activity every day. The children who scored best on tests for assessing language abilities, memory, executive function, attention, and proc...
Why perks aren't the answer to retention problems

Why perks aren't the answer to retention problems

Finance
Could future offices be homes for farm animals? Perks like free car washes, dry cleaning pickup and a fully-stocked kitchen can help entice new workers to join a company. But they won't necessarily keep them there. "It's a job seeker's market right now. That means employers need to work a little harder to find and retain talent," said Sarah Stoddard, senior public relations specialist at Glassdoor. "And when you boil it down to what employees are really looking for, it is traditional benefits with a strong company culture — one that really values employees." Having a strong company culture helps workers feel more purposeful and connected to their work. That leads to more engaged and loyal workers. "You can pay attention to how much people are paying and their p...
Facing pension related problems? Here's how to complain to the government

Facing pension related problems? Here's how to complain to the government

Finance
If you are a central government pensioner who has been facing issues related to your pension and your grievances are not being resolved by the bank or government department despite your repeated complaints, then you can lodge your complaint on the www.pensionersportal.gov.in. This portal helps pensioners to raise their grievances with senior people in the concerned department in case they have received unsatisfactory responses so far or if they do not know who to approach regarding their pension related issues. To file a complaint on the portal, you must keep your Pension Payment Order (PPO) number handy to ensure that your complaint is quickly answered by the government. Follow the steps below to lodge your pension grievance. 1. Go the website, www.pensionersportal.gov.in and click on CPE...
Shakira on her vocal problems: 'I doubted I'd ever sing again'

Shakira on her vocal problems: 'I doubted I'd ever sing again'

Entertainment
After postponing her El Dorado tour for seven months due to vocal problems, Shakira finally hit the road last week with an athletic, hip-shaking show that encompassed more than 20 years of hits.It's the star's first tour in seven years, after taking time out to start a family with her husband, Spanish footballer Gerard Pique.Footage from the opening night in Hamburg showed the 41-year-old looking overwhelmed, clasping her hands to her chest as she acknowledged her long journey back to health."Last year was one of the most difficult times of my entire life," she tells the BBC from Amsterdam. "Being back on stage has been so emotional."With the tour hitting London next week, the Colombian star took time out from her schedule to chat about how she's stopped ...
TSB customers report online problems

TSB customers report online problems

Business
TSB customers have reported problems with their online banking after weekend upgrades to the company's systems. The bank warned its users that it was carrying out upgrades between 16:00 BST on Friday and 18:00 on Sunday.But a number of customers were still facing problems on Sunday evening. One customer was credited with £13,000 he didn't have, and could see details of someone else's account.TSB apologised and said it is working to fix the issues as a priority. Laim McKenzie, from Paisley, in Scotland, signed into his app shortly after 18:00 on Sunday and discovered the problem. The 20-year-old said: "I saw the details of one other account holder, as well as my own. "My balance, because of my overdraft, is in minus, but my balance was showing at £13,000. "I closed the app and went in agai