Incorporating music into foreign-language lessons can help students concentrate, understand what they are learning and create a sense of community, writes language instructor Natascha Chtena. In this blog post, Chtena shares other ways that music can enhance language learning while making teaching methods more effective.
Sales of existing homes dropped 3.4% in October as the median home sales price reached $219,600, according to the National Association of Realtors. Meanwhile, average 30-year fixed mortgage rates neared 4% after measuring at 3.79% the previous month, according to Freddie Mac data.
As education technology companies increasingly offer portfolio options, it is important to know who owns the work stored on those platforms -- the students or the companies, administrator George Couros writes. In this blog post, Couros explains his decision to use blogs as digital portfolios in order to ensure that students maintained control of their own work.
Politicians and leading contenders for the White House have criticized Pfizer's planned merger with Allergan, which will let the pharmaceutical giant be headquartered in Ireland and escape US taxation. "We cannot delay in cracking down on inversions that erode our tax base," Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said. Donald Trump, a leading Republican candidate, has called the $160 billion deal "disgusting."
Pinnacle Foods plans to add to its roster of health-focused brands with the acquisition of Boulder Brands in a deal valued at about $975 million, including debt, the companies announced today. Boulder produces brands including Evol Foods and Udi's Gluten Free.
A study of the immune cells of 22 people found that micro RNAs that restrict HIV replication are downregulated in the macrophages of heroine users. The research in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology found that HIV replication increased in in-vitro tests when the cells where exposed to heroin.
Macy's is taking advantage of Instagram's Marquee ads that enable brands to use three spots to target a big audience. The retailer is dividing a three-minute spot into segments, and Facebook will show the full spot to consumers who've watched the Instagram ads. "You can tell a piece of the story and then target that customer who engaged with that first ad unit with another element of the story later in the day," Macy's Serena Potter said.
Toys R Us plans to set itself apart from mass merchant and online rivals with a focus on voice-activated toys, robots and other interactive, technology-fueled playthings, Toys R Us Chairman and CEO David Brandon said. Longer term, the retailer will evaluate the size of its brick-and-mortar stores. "Our stores are probably larger than they need to be. We'll be looking at formats that allow us to be in a little smaller space," Brandon said.
Perrigo agreed to pay $380 million to acquire from AstraZeneca the US rights to Entocort, or budesonide, which is intended for the treatment of mild to moderate Crohn's disease. The acquisition will be completed later this year.
Apple Pay gained more support for its mobile-payment platform with Square's move to bring new readers to 100 businesses across the US that will accept Apple Pay and chip credit cards. Separately, Apple Pay has completed deals with four Chinese banks that would facilitate the introduction of Apple Pay in China early next year if the company obtains regulatory clearance.
The rail infrastructure in Connecticut is aging and uses less than all its tracks because of frequent repairs. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to modernize the rail system and spend $100 billion over the next 20 years on the state's transportation infrastructure, including reconfiguring the railroad tracks in a way that could potentially quadruple service.
Cementing a meaningful climate deal at the Paris talks will require leadership from national and local politicians, as well as strong support from activists and the business community, writes former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "The more that people from different perspectives speak out, the better our chances are of achieving an ambitious global agreement in Paris," he writes.
JetBlue Airways recruits flight attendants for its Mint premium service from the cream of the crop to provide the highest level of customer service. According to Rachel McCarthy, vice president of in-flight experience for the carrier, the highly personalized service is paying off because a high number of Mint fliers remember the name of their crew member. McCarthy said "50-70% of the surveys call the crew members out by name. We have people who have flown Mint 15, 20 times. They feel connected to us."
Hoteliers should tailor offerings to a growing contingent of Latino travelers but take care not to be overly conspicuous, experts advise. "At the end of the day, a traveler is a traveler is a traveler, and Latinos have the same needs as travelers from Asia or Europe or wherever, so I wouldn't be looking at changing the design of the hotel or the design of the room," said Carlos J. Rodriguez, a board member of the Latino Hotel Association. Subtle amenities, such as appealing events and extra storage for shopping vacations, can pay off, he says.