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image New York, United State: Weekly consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks among teens is linked to higher consumption of other sugar-sweetened beverages, cigarette smoking, and screen media use, said a study.

Sports and energy drink consumption should be addressed as part of a clustering of unhealthy behaviours among some adolescents, the researchers noted.

“Among boys, weekly sports drink consumption was significantly associated with higher TV viewing,” said Nicole Larson of University of Minnesota in the US.

Boys who regularly consumed sports drinks spent about one additional hour per week watching television compared with boys w
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image Chennai, India: Non-life insurer Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Company Ltd. (Chola MS) will focus on increasing its corporate and health insurance business to get a gross premium of Rs. 2,500 crore this fiscal, a top company official said.

"We will now start looking at increasing our corporate or commercial lines of business (fire, transit, burglary and others) and also the health insurance. Currently only 10 percent of our business is from commercial lines," S. S. Gopalarathnam, managing director, told reporters here Tuesday.

He said the idea is to double the business from the corporate sector to 20 percent from the current levels, and the health
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image Mumbai, India: Mortgage lender Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) Tuesday said its net profit increased by 10.79 percent to Rs. 1,723.10 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

The company had posted Rs. 1,555.21 crore profit in the like quarter of last year.

Total income of HDFC increased to Rs. 6,647.82 crore for the quarter under review as compared to Rs. 5,677.71 crore recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2012-13.

For the whole financial year 2013-14, HDFC posted a net profit of Rs. 5,440.24 crore -- 12.20 percent higher than the Rs. 4,848.34 crore net profit recorded in the previous fiscal.

Total income of t
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image New Delhi, India: After a strong 2013 Moto3 season, finishing third in the manufacturers’ standings, Mahindra Racing is struggling in the ongoing 2014 season in the 250cc class of the World Motorcycle Racing Championship.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira clinched the team's first and only podium so far in the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix and -- continuing his efforts this year -- achieved a fourth place finish in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. But after that, the team has struggled to keep pace with championship contenders KTM and Honda.

“We have been unlucky this year. We had a good start in Qatar. Then we had a couple of crashes, some mechan
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image Mumbai,India: US giant General Electric's (GE) open offer for shares in two India units of French engineering major Alstom SA, ran into problems Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande saying GE's $16.9 billion bid for Alstom’s energy business was "not acceptable".

In a comment unusual for a head of state to make on a private business deal, Hollande told some French radio and TV channels that "the (GE) offer is not sufficient and not acceptable".

GE Monday made an open offer to buy 25 percent shares in Alstom T&D India Ltd., and 26 percent of Alstom India Ltd., worth in total up to $389 million, only if its bid for A
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image Los Angeles,California: Actor Andrew Garfield says fathers can have an odd relationship with their offspring that could also mess them up.

The 30-year-old reprises his role as Peter Parker in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and said that the film is a "cautionary tale for dads" as it shows his alter-ego with Harry Osborn battle their own issues, reports contactmusic. com.

"A good dose of therapy would be beneficial to Spider-Man, for sure. But I don't know of any father-and-son relationship that hasn't struggled. Fathers do really have an ability to mess up their sons. And this story is a really good example. It's a cautionary tal
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image New Delhi,India: Bharti Entreprises' founder and chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will co-chair the World Economic Forum on Africa beginning Wednesday in Nigerian capital Abuja. The Forum will focus on sustainable healthcare and service delivery.

The event is taking place in the backdrop of significant economic growth, progress in reducing poverty in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa. This year's programme is built on three pillars - accelerating society's transformation, deepening investment partnerships and redesigning growth models.

The 24th World Economic Forum on Africa under the theme "Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs", will be atte
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image Bangalore, India: India's third largest IT bellwether Wipro Tuesday announced a partnership with the US-based Axiom Software Laboratories to provide a regulatory reporting solution to global financial institutions.

"With Axiom's expertise in regulatory reporting and risk management solutions, we will jointly address challenges faced by the financial services industry, comprising institutions, banks and insurance players," the global software major said in a statement here.

The integrated software solution will also enable financial enterprises to increase transparency, improve data integrity, granularity and traceability for regulatory complian
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image Mumbai, India: Aseem Merchant, who allegedly dated Priyanka Chopra during her modelling days, is reportedly planning to direct a film on her life and this has upset the former beauty queen.

Reportedly, the film will not only chronicle her modelling days, but also her infamous fallout with her ex-manager Prakash Jaju.

"I am doing a biopic on Mary Kom's life. She sat with me on every scene and told me about the emotions she felt while going through everything. It would be extremely flattering for me if someone makes a biopic on my life," she said.

"But this particular situation makes me very angry because I know as a woman what I,
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image Toronto,Canada: Babies, who are most susceptible to cavities in the early years of their lives, are least likely to get dental care even though they need it the most, a study has found.

Prolonged bottle use, especially at night, and sweetened drinks are suspected risk factors for cavities because the carbohydrates in the beverages promote the growth of the bacteria that causes cavities, said Jonathon Maguire, a paediatrician at St Michael's Hospital in Canada.

Of the 2,505 children around four years of age who were surveyed from 2011-13 for the study, 39 percent had never been to a dentist, the findings showed.

Barriers to dental care for fami
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image   If you are at a crossroads -- wondering whether you should stay at or go from a company post -- don’t make this big life decision unless it is on your terms and for the right reasons. Statistically, you have a better chance of being promoted from within than hired from the outside. And although the compensation can be as much as 20 percent higher for outsiders, the performance of newcomers often lags behind that of internally elevated individuals.   Likewise, if you’re considering joining a startup, remember that the failure rate of new businesses is estimated to be as high as 75 percent. While daunting, these stats are not deterrents: just additional reasons to
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image Image credit: Shutterstock Some people are hardwired with an entrepreneurial spirit, while others cultivate it over time. We all work diligently to nurture the skills and passion necessary to shoulder the risks of reimagining existing processes or bringing some brand-new idea to life.   Leaders of startups and angel investors ask me all the time how an entrepreneur at heart -- someone with a passion for taking an idea and transforming it into a thriving business -- can find satisfaction once his or her business matures. My answer is that the entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t die, and great entrepreneurs don’t have to sell and start over once their businesses strike i
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image Image credit: Shutterstock If you give someone an inch, will they always take a mile? Many employers might be surprised to hear about a business that would provide unlimited paid-time off to full-time employees. However, this policy can be successful if a company's culture is founded on trust and mutual respect.   The first step toward creating a culture that can withstand a trust-based policy is for leaders to look outside of the workplace. Leaders must recognize that employees are not only workers, but also parents, spouses, sons and daughters who may have an obligation or emergency to tend to on occasion. When employees are given flexibility, in most cases, it is pr
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image Bill Gates, the former chief executive and chairman of Microsoft Corp, will have no direct ownership in the company he co-founded by mid-2018 if he keeps up his recent share sales.

Gates, who started the company that revolutionized personal computing with school-friend Paul Allen in 1975, has sold 20 million shares each quarter for most of the last dozen years under a pre-set trading plan.

Assuming no change to that pattern, Gates will have no direct ownership of Microsoft shares at all four years from now.

With his latest sales this week, Gates was finally eclipsed as Microsoft's largest individual shareholder by the company's other forme
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image The logo of Apple Inc is reflected on the back of a Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone in this photo illustration taken in Beijing June 5, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Barry Huang/Files   San Jose, California: A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to pay $119.6 million to Apple Inc, far less than Apple had sought and marking a big loss for the iPhone maker in the latest round of their globe-spanning mobile patent litigation.

During the month-long trial in a San Jose, California, federal court, Apple accused Samsung of violating patents on smartphone features including universal search, while Samsung denied wrongdoing. On Friday, the jury found the
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image There’s no easy way to admit this, but I am horrible with names.

I shake hands with someone I’ve just met, the person says his or her name, and within 10 seconds I’ve forgotten the name. And since I’ve just started a new job, I am beyond frustrated with my memory problem. Grrrrr.

As PR professionals, we all know the importance of building rapport and maintaining relationship with clients. That can be difficult when you can’t remember the name of the guy sitting next to you at lunch.

Never fear. There are plenty of techniques and tricks from business pros and memory experts to help you remember names. Below is a brief
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image Where have all the workers gone?

There was a push-pull in the immediate reaction to the April employment numbers. Do you focus on the drop in the unemployment rate to 6.3 percent, from 6.7 percent in March, which would ostensibly be positive news, or do you instead cast your eye on the fall in the labor force participation rate, which dropped to 62.8 percent from 63.3 percent?

The answer is that you can't look at one without the other. And, taken together, they continue to paint a frightening picture for the psychology of our labor markets.

First, let's acknowledge some good news. The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in April, which was hig
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image Entrepreneurship is a holistic lifestyle of better health, better ideas and a better lifestyle that you’re working toward. To make those improvements means updating your habits and to change your habits takes commitment and some tricks. One trick that has been helping make change for many is the idea of a swap. From addictions to smoking cessation to weight loss, the idea is that you don’t go cold turkey but you swap out the habit you have for one that’s better.

To be an improved version of yourself, here are some simple daily swaps you can make:

Mind: Swap radio for podcasts or audio books. You’re in the car or at the gym listening to wo
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image A company called Present Value is trying to change the gift registry game by shifting the focus away from bakeware and linens and onto your financial future.

The New York-based gift registry service, through its website, offers couples or expectant parents a place where friends and family can send money as gifts to help grow their nest egg or repay student loans.

With the average wedding coming in at close to $30,000, it’s no surprise that couples are hoping to recoup a little bit of what they spend on the wedding, get help funding the wedding or put the money towards a down payment on a home. Michael Levenson, 27,  who founded Present Value in Febr
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image “Respect your efforts, respect yourself.  Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” Clint Eastwood.  

Seemingly this formula worked well for Clint Eastwood in his career and if you want to be better respected at your job, it can work for you too.

Take a moment to conjure up what work would be like if your colleagues, bosses, subordinates and clients treated you more respectfully.  Do you envision more money?  Do you envision more fulfilling relationships with these individuals?

1. Define your values.
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