Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds

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Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family's home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family’s home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014.

Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t, according to research by British scientists. In a study of more than 800 students aged 14 and 15, researchers from Cambridge University also found that physical activity had no effect on academic performance. Since this was a prospective study, in which the researchers followed the pupils over time to see how different behaviors affected performance, the scientists said it was reasonable to conclude that too much screen time reduced academic achievement. “We only measured this.. in Year 10, but this is likely to be a reliable snapshot of participants’ usual behavior, so we can reasonably suggest that screen time may be damaging to a teenager’s grades,” said Kirsten Corder of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, who co-led the work. The study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, found the average amount of screen time per day was four hours. An extra hour in front of the TV or online at age 14-and-a-half was linked with 9.3 fewer exam points at age 16 — equivalent to two grades, for example from a B to a D. Two extra hours was linked to 18 fewer points. Unsurprisingly, the results also showed that pupils doing an extra hour of daily homework and reading scored better – getting on average 23.1 more points than their peers. The scientists said further research was needed to confirm the effect conclusively, but advised parents worried about their children’s grades to consider limiting screen time. In a breakdown analysis of different screen activities, the researchers found that TV came out as the most detrimental in terms of exam performance.

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UP among top 500 universities in the world

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

The University of the Philippines (UP) has made it to the top 500 top universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

UP is placed in the 401-500 rank which is higher compared to their 501 to 600 rank in 2019 World University Rankings .

The university outranked top schools like Harvard University, University of Oxford and the University of Stanford in health research citation rankings.

READ: UP beats Harvard, other top universities in health research citations

In a statement the World University Rankings said that global higher education has grown considerably in recent years.

“Between 2000 and 2014, the number of university students across the world more than doubled to 207 million,” according to their statement which cited a paper published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University also made it to the top rankings, placing at 1001+.—AAC

Manila ordinances to provide P500 monthly to PWDs, seniors, students, solo parents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 25, 2019

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Thursday, July 25, signed two ordinances granting a P500 monthly allowance for Grade 12 students of Manila public schools, solo parents, PWDs and senior citizens at the Manila City Hall.Domagoso was joined by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, Majority Floor Leader Joel Chua, and members of the Manila City Council. (Manila PIO)

Two Manila ordinances, signed by Mayor Isko Moreno, will provide P500 monthly allowance to Persons with Disability (PWD), seniors, students, and solo parents.

On Thursday, Moreno has signed two ordinances granting the release of a P500 monthly financial assistance for Grade 12 students of city government-run schools, senior citizens, persons with disability and solo parents.

Under Ordinance No. 8564, qualified Grade 12 students will receive P500 monthly allowance from the local government, provided that they have a good standing, must be a bonafide resident and registered voter in the City of Manila.

If the student is not of legal age to become a voter, his or her relatives should be a registered voter.

Students may still be disqualified from receiving the monthly allowance if they were dismissed from school.

Ordinance No. 8565, meanwhile, grants P500 monthly allowance to senior citizens, PWDs, and solo parents who are residents of Manila. Senior citizens must be a bonafide resident, registered voter and included in the master list of the Manila Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs.

For PWDs and solo parents, they also have to be bonafide residents, registered voters and included in the master list of the Manila Department of Social Welfare.

Moreno, meanwhile, said this is a first time an ordinance was passed in just three weeks.

“Sa buong buhay ko, bilang lokal na mambabatas ng Lungsod ng Maynila, sa loob ng 18 taon, ngayon lang ako nakarinig ng ordinansa na naipasa sa loob lamang ng tatlong linggo (In my time as a lawmaker in the City of Manila—for 18 years, this is the first time I heard that an ordinance was passed in just three weeks),” he said. —AAC

Directors’ group: Eddie Garcia’s passing is a reminder of the importance of safety protocols in film, TV

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2019

Eddie Garcia’s passing is a reminder of the importance of safety protocols in film and TV according to Directors’ Guild of the Philippines, Inc. (DGPI).

READ: Eddie Garcia passes away at 90

“The DGPI believes that his tragic passing is a sad and urgent reminder to the film and television industries that safety protocols at work and on the set are of paramount importance,” according to their statement

The group also said that Garcia contributed generously to the national film culture as an actor right up to the age of 90. 

They also extend their condolences to the family of Eddie Garcia.

Garcia passed away on Thursday (June 20) after suffering a neck fracture. He tripped over a cable wire while shooting a scene for a TV series.—AAC

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