Bank of America intern dies after reportedly pulling ‘three all-nighters’

The dangers of pushing oneself too hard.

Financial Post | Business

A 21-year-old intern collapsed and died one week before completing a summer program at Bank of America, after reportedly working 72 hours in a row.

Moritz Erhardt, who was on a seven-week pre-graduate program in London, died Aug. 15, Bank of America spokesman John McIvor said by telephone Monday. The death is being treated as non-suspicious, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police in London said in a statement.

“He was popular amongst his peers and was a highly diligent intern at our company with a promising future,” Bank of America said in its statement. “Our first thoughts are with his family and we send our condolences to them at this difficult time.”

Erhardt was found unconscious at Claredale House, a student residential facility in East London. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being treated by paramedics, said the police spokesman, who asked not to be identified, citing agency…

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Many parents see competitive activities as not just important, but essential for their children’s success

National Post | News

“Five! Four! Three! Two! One!” booms the announcer at the front of a downtown Toronto ballroom packed with chessboards and pensive children Thursday morning.

The countdown signals the start of Round 2 of the 2013 North American Youth Chess Championship run by the Chess ‘N Math Association this weekend, drawing hundreds of young people ages 7 to 18. It’s also last call for hovering parents, sending them scrambling for the door, some of them eying the double-rows of gleaming trophies at the front of the room before slipping out.

Five minutes later, Darlene White stands a few paces outside of the doors looking stressed. Her son Aidan is inside, going head to head in the under-10 category. She and her husband Ernesto Mirabelli, who live in Georgetown, Ont., will wait right there until their son — a veteran player at age 8 — emerges with either a win or a…

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Sugary drinks linked to aggressive behaviour in young children: U.S. study

National Post | Life

New research conducted in the United States has found that young children who consume four soft drinks a day are more likely to be violent, moody, and have difficulties concentrating.

The study, done by researchers at Columbia University, asked mothers of five-year-old children how many sugary drinks they consumed each day over the previous two months, as well as how their behaviour was over that same period.

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A recent Quebec study at the University of Montreal shows a correlation between the amount of time a toddler spends in front of a television and their ability to learn at a young age, and may put them at higher risk of being bullied by their peers later in life.

The research is suggesting that just three hours of television a day could end up…

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