A Case Study about Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Human beings experience stress early, even before they are born. A certain amount of stress is normal and necessary for survival. Stress helps children develop the skills they need to cope with and adapt to new and potentially threatening situations throughout life. Support from parents and/or other concerned caregivers is necessary for children to learn how to respond to stress in a physically and emotionally healthy manner.
The beneficial aspects of stress diminish when it is severe enough to overwhelm a child’s ability to cope effectively. Intensive and prolonged stress can lead to a variety of short- and long-term negative health effects. It can disrupt early brain development and compromise functioning of the nervous and immune systems. In addition, childhood stress can lead to health problems later in life including alcoholism, depression, eating disorders, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Keep reading…
Apple no longer actually needs to do ANY advertising when it launches new products, marketing chief Phil Schiller testified Friday in the Apple v. Samsung patent trial in a San Jose, Calif., federal court.The media is so reliably disposed to favor Apple’s products that when the iPhone was launched in 2007, the company didn’t do any advertising for a period, according to Bloomberg: Schiller, discussing the iPhone, said Apple decided not to pay for any advertising during a brief period after the device was introduced in January 2007 and when it went on sale later in the year.
“We didn’t need to,” Schiller said. He read from several rave reviews of the iPhone and iPad, explaining that such stories did a better job than advertising to build buzz. Apple also relies heavily on product placement, Bloomberg says: “We would love to see our products used by stars,” Schiller told the jury. Click here to read more…
Study Report on India’s credit ratings: Moody says Food Inflation Negative
Credit rating company Moody’s Investors Service Inc. on Monday said India’s rising food inflation is negative for India’s sovereign rating and may hurt government finances and monetary policy flexibility. Sustained food inflation is credit negative because it exacerbates India’s macroeconomic challenges of slowing growth, high inflation and large fiscal and current account deficits, Moody’s said. The comment comes a day before the central bank announces its mid-quarter monetary policy review on Tuesday.
India’s wholesale price inflation for food accelerated to 11.4% in February even as non-food manufacturing inflation or core inflation slowed to 3.8%. Retail food inflation for the month accelerated to 13.73%. Economists, however, expect the Reserve Bank of India to cut policy rates by 25 basis points on account of falling core inflation.
A Study Report about Cabinet Committee to Discuss Food Security Bill
The cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) will discuss on Monday freeing the prices of sugar and the proposed food security legislation, which is expected to be a key campaign plank for the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition in the state polls and the 2014 national election.
The specially called meeting is likely to discuss completely freeing sugar prices that has been suggested by a panel led by C. Rangarajan, chairman of the Prime Minister’s economic advisory council. “This is the first time that the cabinet is considering all the recommendations of a panel for the reforms on sugar decontrol, a government official said on condition of anonymity.
The Rangarajan committee, established in January, has favoured complete decontrol of the sugar industry. Its key recommendations include dispensing with the present mechanism of regulated release of non-levy sugar, dismantling of the levy obligation for sourcing sugar for the public distribution system at a price below the market price, and lifting outright bans and quantitative restrictions in favour of a stable external trade policy regime with modest tariff levels of 5% to 10%
A Study about Improved Working Conditions For Women: Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers always felt that he and his executives were doing a good job creating a positive working environment for women. The issue of women in the workplace has gotten high levels of attention in recent weeks.
Sandberg, who has made millions of dollars as a top executive at the massive social networking company, has been at the centre of attention during the weeks leading up to the publication of her book, which has generated huge amounts of both praise and criticism. At the same time, new Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer made headlines in February when her company announced that it was ending work-at-home arrangements and requiring all employees to work in the office starting in June.
Cadbury used nonexistent factory in India to avoid taxes
Cadbury Plc, now part of Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ.O), used a nonexistent factory in India to avoid about $46 million in taxes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing a report by the Indian tax authorities. Cadbury’s Indian unit manipulated invoices and other documents to get an exemption from taxes available to companies that began production in new plants in Himachal Pradesh by March 31, 2010, the Journal said. The Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence.
which conducted the investigation, concluded that the factory could not have existed by the deadline as the company had not received the necessary approvals from government agencies, the Journal said. Mondelez is reviewing the content of the show-cause notice from India’s excise department, spokesman Michael Mitchell told Reuters in an emailed statement. “We have been fully cooperating with the authorities on this enquiry,” Mitchell said. Tax officials in India could not be reached for comment outside regular business hours. India had said in November it was investigating the local unit of Cadbury, saying the company may have evaded as much as 2 billion Indian rupees in taxes..
SUVs, luxury cars and high end motorcycles to get more expensive in this year’s budget
In his budget speech, Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced a number of changes in excise duty and import duty structures for a few segments of the market. The biggest hit obviously being the hike on all SUVs which will now attract an excise duty rate of 30 per cent as opposed to 27 per cent previously, except for SUVs bought to be used as taxis. The import duty on fully built cars has also been increased steeply from 75 per cent to 100 per cent while the import duty on motorcycles above 800cc has gone up from 60 per cent to 75 per cent.
Justifying his decision on hiking the excise duty for SUVs, Chidambaram stated that SUVs take up more space and are not as fuel efficient as other vehicles, therefore the subsequent increase. Interestingly, the industry was asking the government to slash the excise duty on SUVs from 27 per cent to 22 per cent, but matters seem to have gone the other way around. SUVs have been one of the fastest growing segments in India and while the auto industry overall has been posting a slowdown, the SUV segment has continued to draw in the numbers…
Sectors catering to rural consumption demand, education, housing, infra and lending will benefit, given the FM’s mandate to facilitate growth in the hinterland. Here are the sectors, impact of Union Budget 2013 on them and their concerns along with the top trading picks for investors…
Indian Railway Budget 2013-14 will be presented by the Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal in the Parliament on February 26, 2013. Reports stated that Bansal’s maiden Rail Budget may announce the introduction of about 100 trains, including AC double deckers, new passenger services and extension of services to cater to the demands of various states in the Rail Budget 2013-14.
The announcement will be made for manufacturing of 4200 new coaches including 600 LHB coaches in the Rail Budget, report said. Railways had increased fares across the board by 21% on 22 January, aiming to mop up an additional revenue of Rs 66bn…
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BMC is set to present a Rs 29,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore budget for 2013-14 with a major thrust on strengthening its current services and completing pending projects. No additional taxes or charges are being proposed, and the civic body is unlikely to announce new projects or schemes. The BMC budget in 2012-13 was for Rs 26,581 crore, 26 per cent higher than the previous year. Civic officials said BMC will place renewed thrust on health, education and information technology areas. For the next year, too, the civic body will devote its resources to ongoing projects. “We will avoid allocating funds for new projects,” said an official.
The ambitious projects taken up during the past three years include complete concretisation of major roads and upgrade of major hospitals. But these are far from complete. The civic body was unable to spend on many projects this year. With a strengthening of its sources of income this year, BMC can provide for a substantial rise in the next financial year. “We are expecting the budget to increase by 10-15 per cent for the next financial year,” said a senior civic official.
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