1. A study commissioned by the Australian government to tackle obesity recommended this month that children under two should be banned from watching TV and electronic media such as computer games. It also said those aged two to five should watch no more than one hour a day, as exposure to TV at an early age could delay language development, affect concentration, and lead to obesity.
2. For ten years the official advice to parents from the American Academy of Paediatrics has been that children under two should not see any electronic media. In 2000, a law was passed that requires all television units to have V-chip technology. This allows parents to block certain programmes based on their ratings category. A password prevents children from changing the settings.
3 . Advertising junk food during young children's programmes was banned in Britain in 2007; this was later extended to all those aimed at under-16s. But health campaigners say children are still seeing the ads during adult shows and have called for a total pre-9 p.m. ban on junk food ads.
4. Over the past thirty years the globalisation of the economy has proceeded at a faster pace than ever. Customers, suppliers and employees often come from all over the globe, resulting in an increasingly diverse workforce and business environment. Managers routinely interact with and rate the performance of employees from diverse backgrounds.
One country with an increasingly important role is China, which accounts for almost four per cent of world output and is a viable site for cross-cultural research on job performance.