By Dr. Phillippe Jean Collin* With screens virtually everywhere, controlling a child's screen time can be challenging. To complicate matters, some screen time can be educational for children as well as support their social development. So how do you manage your child's screen time? Here's basic principles on guiding your child's use of screens and media. The problems with screens Unstructured playtime is more valuable for a young child's developing brain than is electronic media. Children younger than age 2 learn and remember information better from a live presentation of real life than from a video or image. By age 2, children can benefit from some types of screen time, such as programming with music, movement and stories. By watching together, you can help your child understand what he or she is seeing and apply it in real life. However, passive screen time shouldn't replace the irreplaceable reading, playing or problem-solving. As your child grows, keep … [Read more...] about Screen time and children: How to guide your child
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by Robert Bicknell I was in a discussion with some golf friends the other day, specifically the sustainability of golf in Việt Nam. As you might expect, golf in the US came up as part of the discussion, because the US seems to be the benchmark for everything… which still confounds me. Most expensive healthcare, most expensive school fees, most gun deaths… you get the picture. And now we could probably add – most golf club closures as well. According to the NGA (National Golf Foundation) around 200 clubs close per year in the US, which had over 16,000 golf clubs at one time. Now it’s down to 14,800 in 2018. The reasons for the closures can be mostly attributed to a lack of interest (milennials do not like golf… or anything else it seems), the high costs to play (equipment, fees, etc). I just read where an old club in Illinois just changed from private to public in a desperate effort to keep their doors open, but the owner is still hoping … [Read more...] about Too much of a good thing
Valtteri Bottas (right) and Lewis Hamilton celebrate a Mercedes one-two in Melbourne. (Photo: AFP/PETER PARKS) Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise to see Mercedes romp away to a one-two victory, but the absence of Ferrari from the podium was a real shock. And so we are left with some obvious questions: Where did all of Ferrari's preseason promise go? Will it come back on a different type of track? And, ultimately, will anyone be able to challenge Mercedes? There is a weight of evidence (outlined below) that suggests Ferrari will recover, but even if it doesn't, the emergence of a more aggressive Valtteri Bottas this year has the potential to keep things interesting. Again, it's too early to draw conclusions, but if Bottas can continue to drive on the level we saw in Australia, he will be a genuine threat to Lewis Hamilton's title defence. So let's start with the race winner and how he managed to put a five-time world champion in the shade on Sunday. THE REAL VALTTERI BOTTAS … [Read more...] about Formula One: How Valtteri Bottas rediscovered himself and why Ferrari need to do the same
The Hanoitimes - The sanctions leave direct impact on North Korean economy shown through a sharp decline in exports last year. What are visions for the denuclearization after second no-deal summit? The failure of the second Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi suggests sanctions remain a big issue between the US and North Korea, foreign media quoted international experts as saying. The UN Security Council votes to adopt a resolution imposing sanctions against North Korea. Photo: Getty Images North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Yong Chol told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May 2018 that Pyongyang’s shift away from weapons was “not a result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside.” But in July 2018, Seoul-based Bank of Korea estimated the North Korean economy had seen its biggest decline in two decades, with the country’s real annual gross domestic product (GDP) falling by 3.5% in 2017 while exports declined 37.2% in 2017 alone. … [Read more...] about How much do US-led sanctions hurt North Korea economy?
Bob or two: Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed at the Etihad Stadium. AFP PhotoViet Nam News by Paul Kennedy I don’t really know that much about Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan although it’s safe to say he has far more money than I can ever dream of. And believe me, I can dream of a lot. Ten years ago, Sheik Mansour bought Manchester City football club for a reported £210 million (VNĐ6.5 trillion). The season before the member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi decided to splash the cash, they finished ninth in the Premier League but since his investment, the only way has been up. They have won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup and last weekend for the fourth time they won the Football League Cup. Money well spent or success bought? City fans don’t care either way as long as the side is winning trophies. And right now, that’s exactly what they are doing. For many years, generations in fact, Manchester City lived in the shadows of … [Read more...] about No matter how much you have, money can’t always buy you love