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Consumer Reports Survey: Holiday Tipping Grows More Generous; Child-CareProviders, Housekeepers and Teachers Among The Most Tipped
The traditional list of holiday tip recipients is growing and gratuityamounts are increasing according to a recent survey in Consumer ReportsDecember 2007 issue.
Who was the most likely to receive a holiday tip last season? Sixty-twopercent of respondents who gave tips in Consumer Reports' survey reported thatthey tipped their child-care provider. Housekeepers/cleaners, and child'steachers were also among the most likely to receive some form of holiday bonusfrom respondents.
The good news for those on the receiving end: compared to a similar surveyConsumer Reports conducted last year, tips were up about five dollars apiecein many instances. Cash or cash substitutes, such as gift cards, were morepopular than giving an actual present.
Garth Brooks Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America(RIAA) as the '#1 Selling Solo Artist in U.S. History'
Garth Brooks has been honored as the "Number One Selling Solo Artist inU-S History," certified by the Recording Industry Association of America, withover 123 million albums sold. Longtime marketing partner and head of sales forPearl Records Joe Mansfield, as well reps from the R-I-A-A presented him witha plaque on Monday. He also received two Diamond Awards from the R-I-A-A, eachrepresenting ten million in sales for two different albums. In addition, theAcademy of Country Music gave Garth a "Milestone Award" for the first time inhistory.
Watching Violent TV at Pre-School Age Linked to Aggression in Young Boys
Watching violent television programs between the ages of two and fiveyears of age is clearly linked to aggressive and anti-social behaviors in boyswhen they reach age seven to nine, according to a new study published in theNovember 2007 issue of Pediatrics. Investigators with Seattle Children'sHospital Research Institute and the University of Washington School ofMedicine add these findings to their growing body of research on the effectsof television and media on children and their ability to learn, socialize anddevelop.
Carrie Underwood Tops CMT Poll to Predict Winners of the '41st Annual CMAAwards'
Carrie Underwood continues her winning streak when America picks the C-M-Awinners, according to the findings of a recent C-M-T poll predicting winnersof the "41st Annual CMA Awards." Underwood emerged as the clear cut favoritefor Female Vocalist of the Year, while Kenny Chesney was chosen as MaleVocalist and Entertainer of the Year.
In an interesting twist, some 74 percent of those polled agreed that womenshould have been included in this year's Entertainer of the Year category.America thought that Underwood, Faith Hill and Martina McBride should havebeen among those nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year category,predicting that Underwood would have taken that trophy too, had she beenincluded.
2007 America's Health Rankings(TM) Show a Decline in the Overall Health ofthe Nation
The overall health of the nation declined over the past year, despiteprogress made in several key health indicators, according to a report byUnited Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association andPartnership for Prevention. The 18th annual edition of America's HealthRankings: A Call to Action for People and Their Communities measures theoverall healthiness of states and the nation using a comprehensive andlongitudinal set of related health determinants and health outcomes. Thereport indicates that the overall health of the nation declined by a rate ofzero-point-three percent