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Here’s How to Play Mattel’s Upcoming Earnings Report – TheStreet.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The stock market has been anything but fun and games in the first three weeks of the year, but investors would do well to place a long-term bet on Mattel (MAT – Get Report) . Known for popular toys such as Barbie and Hot Wheels, Mattel is scheduled to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2015 earnings results after the closing bell Monday. The company is seeing its estimates climb by analysts at both Wells Fargo and Goldman…

Politics in picture books: big questions for the smallest readers – The Guardian (blog)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Politics and picture books aren’t, perhaps, ideas that automatically go hand in hand in readers’ minds – especially if they are exhausted parents, absently chanting rhymes as their minds steal off. But political themes, both quiet and strident, are often interwoven with the usual suspects’ anthropomorphised cuteness, noisy transport and fairytale retellings. From feminism to climate change, war, immigration and human rights, picture books can provide an easy way into,…

Children’s novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year – BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Media captionFrances Hardinge urges readers to explore fiction written for young adults and children A children’s novel has been named Costa Book of the Year for only the second time in the prize’s history. The judges said Frances Hardinge’s Victorian murder mystery The Lie Tree would “grip readers of all ages”. Hardinge beat bookmakers’ favourite, debut author Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic horror The Loney, to win the £30,000 prize. The…

UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children – UNICEF (press release)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. For the first time ever, the largest portion of the appeal – 25 per cent – is going towards educating children in emergencies.  This year UNICEF plans to dramatically increase the number of children in crises who are given access to education – from 4.9 million at…

Lewiston students shop for children’s hospital – Beatrice Daily Sun

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The community of Lewiston and its local school were asked to give. They delivered. A sixth grader, three fifth graders and a teacher of Lewiston Consolidated Schools organized a recent fundraising effort for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha that resulted in 600 donated clothing items and $245 spent on activities for the patients. “This was completely their idea,” said Debbie Goossen, the school librarian and instructor of…

UNICEF Seeks $18 Million for Children in North Korea – TIME

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UNICEF is seeking $18 million in relief funds to help about 25,000 children in North Korea who are suffering from severe and acute malnutrition. The children are believed to have been impacted by last year’s drought, which cut crop production by a fifth the Guardian reports. Aid workers are also grappling with an increase in diarrhea among children under the age of 5 in drought-affected areas, lack of access to…

HPV vaccines: Research on safety, racial disparities in vaccination rates and male participation – Journalist’s Resource

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Since it became available in the United States in 2006, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been a source of debate, with proponents lauding it as a substantial gain in the fight against cancer, and opponents concerned with its implications for sexual activity among youth. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of Gardasil-9 — a vaccine that protects against nine of the most common strains of HPV…

Shannon introduces telemedicine technology for pediatrics – San Angelo Standard Times

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Shannon Medical Center has partnered with Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth to connect pediatric patients to telemedicine care. Meeting a need based on geographical location, the two hospitals announced Tuesday a “first-of-its-kind program” that will allow Shannon physicians to consult with a variety of board-certified pediatric specialists from Cook about diagnoses and treatment plans. Usually when babies need a…

Indianapolis School Bus Crash Injures Two Children, Kills Hero Principal – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A beloved principal was struck and killed when a school bus jumped the curb near an Indianapolis elementary school Tuesday, but not before she was able to push several pupils out of harm’s way, authorities said. Two 10-year-old children were also struck and were listed as serious but stable Tuesday night. Susan Jordan, principal of Amy Beverland Elementary School in Lawrence Township for 22 years, pushed several children out of…

Lawmakers told of importance of early childhood education – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Testifying before the Legislature’s Task Force on Urban Education on Tuesday, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Darienne Driver stressed the importance of early childhood education, calling it crucial for children’s academic development, job prospects and outcomes in life. And Driver called on lawmakers to increase funding that would allow MPS to expand the 3-year-old kindergarten program it bolstered two years ago to give students a head start on that path….

UK childcare policies failing poor families, report finds – The Guardian

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The government’s main childcare policies are fragmented, uneven and failing to deliver for families in poverty, according to a new report. The study by the Family and Childcare Trust (Fact) says that from next year £7.2bn of public funding – which constitutes 0.48% of GDP – will be allocated to childcare spending, yet evidence shows that low-income families are still losing out. It calls on the government to come up…

Snyder to seek aid for Flint children exposed to lead – Detroit Free Press

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Buy Photo Mike Henry Sr. of Grand Blanc holds his grandson, Kaiden Olivares, 3, as he screams while giving a blood sample to be tested for lead on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at the Masonic Temple in downtown Flint.(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday he will seek permission from the Obama administration to allow all young people in Flint the chance to receive publicly funded health…

Pilot program to address food access among poor children – Washington Post

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

(Ellen F. O’Connell/Hazleton Standard-Speaker via Associated Press The Obama administration will announce new plans on Wednesday to launch a pilot program aimed at increasing poor children’s access to food through the National School Lunch Program. The new pilot program will allow participating states to use Medicaid data to automatically certify students for free and reduced-price school lunches. Currently, families have to submit an application — a laborious process for parents and a costly one for schools…

Who Is ‘DEAD NO MORE’ At Marvel? – Newsarama

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CREDIT: Marvel Comics So Marvel’s back out there teasing (as they’re prone to do) their next “next big thing” and it appears as if that next big thing will be resurrection … or maybe more accurately, the undoing of death. Last…

How Marvel And Disney Plan To Combat Superhero-Movie Fatigue – Cinema Blend

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Many people are convinced that the current superhero trend won’t last forever. Steven Spielberg predicted that it will one day go the way of the dodo and the western. One studio with a particularly vested interest in the survival of the genre is Disney, which owns Marvel Studios. But it turns out the Disney chairman Bob Iger has a relatively simple plan for making sure that superhero movies don’t go…

Star Wars: History and Legacy on Space Exploration – Space.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI A long time ago — roughly four decades — the world was introduced to Jedi knights, lightsabers, droids, Wookies and the Force.  “Star Wars” exploded into movie theaters in 1977, and it became an instant hit, eventually spawning a pop-culture empire, including sequels, prequels, books, comics, video games, television series and radio shows. Before long, elements of the space fantasy had an effect on real-life…

Children’s novel The Lie Tree wins Costa Book of the Year – BBC News

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Media captionFrances Hardinge urges readers to explore fiction written for young adults and children A children’s novel has been named Costa Book of the Year for only the second time in the prize’s history. The judges said Frances Hardinge’s Victorian murder mystery The Lie Tree would “grip readers of all ages”. Hardinge beat bookmakers’ favourite, debut author Andrew Michael Hurley’s gothic horror The Loney, to win the £30,000 prize. The…

Principal dies, 2 children seriously injured in school bus crash – WISH-TV

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A school bus crashed Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. (WISH Photo) Related Coverage INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The school principal died and two children were seriously injured when a school bus jumped a curb at Amy Beverland Elementary School on the far northeast side of Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Two 10-year-olds were seriously injured and taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, an Indianapolis Fire Department spokesperson said. Officials…

Star Wars Outpost, A Cancelled LucasArts Game, Looked Way Better Than FarmVille – Kotaku

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

About a year before LucasArts shut down, the iconic studio cancelled a near-finished game called Star Wars Outpost. Today, we’ve learned a bit more about that game. Developed by LucasArts’ Singapore studio—which at the time was also assisting on other games like Star Wars 1313 and even working on its own projects like an HD version of the adventure game Day of the Tentacle—Star Wars Outpost was planned for release…