A mental illness is a disorder that causes mild to severe abnormalities in thinking, cognitive functions and behavior patterns of the affected people. If these disturbances are too severe, they may impair a person’s ability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines.
Mental illnesses are still stigmatized in contemporary society, in spite of a general increase in awareness about such diseases as depression and anxiety. Even the very term “mental illness” has a negative connotation to it as opposed to “physical illnesses”. The widespread perception is that mental illnesses are somehow “worse” and patients afflicted with it “unpredictable” and “dangerous”. While such labels are applicable to a small fraction of patients, a majority of them are “normal” individuals by common standards. Their . . . Read More
Thesis statement: Capital punishment proves ineffective as an instrument of deterring violent crime on political, ethical and theological grounds.
The American public has long been supportive of capital punishment for convicted murderers, and that support continues to grow even today. In a Gallup Poll conducted in 1981, two in three Americans expressed overall approval for the death penalty. That support rose to three in four people in 1991, and to four out of five in 1994. Although these polls need to be interpreted with careful attention, it is obvious that there are . . . Read More
On August 29, 2003, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the revised EMTALA obligations for the perusal of hospitals and doctors. In summary, these regulations try to define the cases where EMTALA is applicable, and also the circumstances and situations that warrant its application. The statutes framed therein define the obligations of various parties in a variety of emergency situations and conditions. In effect, the statutes
- Address prior authorization obligations on delivery of healthcare;
- Clarify what is expected of “Dedicated Emergency Departments”
- Makes clear the application of EMTALA to inpatient, outpatient, provider based, and other hospital facilities
- Re-defines on-call obligations and the responsibility of on-call physicians
- Explains its applicability to hospital owned ambulances
- And finally, elucidates requirements during national . . . Read More
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is an exhaustive legislative program for education in American schools. The Act addresses the unique requirements for different classes of students, including that of migrants. It also contains the major statutory provisions that apply to the Migrant Education Program. This program is designed in order to help State Educational Agencies and other allied agencies. Supplemental educational and support services to help migrant children are part of the program.
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Sufism in India today is strongly linked to Imam Ahmed Raza Khan. In a way he was instrumental in the flourishing of Sufism and Sunnism. The Imam, who lived during the 14th century, tried to integrate orthodox Islamic values within the contemporary society. He explicated to his disciples such values as “the noble qualities of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, the permissibility or otherwise of the intercession of deceased ‘Saints’ (Pirs), or the . . . Read More
The Labour government under the leadership of Tony Blair designed a program in 2004 to address all aspects of child development. This is the Every Child Matters program. It contained five key objectives. Improving and integrating diverse but related components of common child-care services was high up on the agenda. A more effective intervention system is required to prevent common problems and a sound contingency plan to mitigate their effects. Identifying and installing leaders who are committed to the cause of child welfare and make earnest efforts in fulfilling program objectives. The program also intends to place the responsibility of child protection across all involved agencies. Finally, to prime the involved institutions to come up with solutions tailored to suit the unique circumstances of each case.
Viewing this comprehensive child development program from a historical perspective gives us a better understanding of some of these objectives. For example, weak . . . Read More
EMI Records is a reputed music production and distribution company. It is distinct from others in the music industry from the fact that it always puts the prospects of the artist ahead of the commercial return on the art. Such popular artists as Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and Robbie Williams have had a long-term business relationship with the company. To this day, it remains a dynamic and innovative label committed to recognizing and supporting fresh musical talent in Europe and America. Eicom’s business is also music based but their focus is on the distribution through television channels. Hence, Eicom and EMI records compete in different markets although they both represent the multimedia industry. The company is in a phase of transformation with the prevalence these days of downloadable music off the internet. EMI is conceiving of a fair and sustainable online business model that will return rich rewards to artists and the label.
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Pearson Plc is a media enterprise of notable repute. In their own words, their business goals are to “to educate, entertain and inform.” And looking at the empirical evidence the company had certainly met its business goals. Any analysis of financial prospects without consideration to intangible values such as business goals is bound to be inaccurate. Hence, the company’s stated objectives alongside its past accomplishments make it a real winner in the publishing industry.
A glance at the company’s financial performance for the last five years indicates a steady growth. The operating profit had risen from 4,019 million pounds in 2003 to 4,423 million pounds in 2006. Pearson Education, which is one of the top brands, had by itself contributed 383 million pounds. These figures translate well for the shareholders. For example, to match the growth in operating profit, the . . . Read More
Licensing, marketing and distribution of material such as motion pictures, television series, etc in digital formats is the principal business of Metrodome Group. In other words, the group’s prime markets are in the sectors of Home Entertainment, Television sales and other upcoming media technologies. Another important operation that contributes substantially to the revenue is “theatrical releases”.
Plans in the Pipeline:
In terms of strategy, the group intends to stay ahead of competition by adopting the following plan of action for subsequent years: Increasing the number of theatrical releases per year and offering most of the productions in DVD format as well. Building a solid infrastructure for easy distribution of the productions through terrestrial and satellites channels is also on the table.
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Electric Word specialized in information processing business covering areas as diverse as education and sports. Some of the products it deals with include magazines, websites, newsletters, events and other custom reports.
Let us look at some of the financial indicators for the year ended 30th November 2006. The adjusted profit before taxation rose from 451,000 pounds to 920,000 pounds. The operating margin saw a two percent increase. The year saw a profit of 33%. All these numbers point to a healthy balance sheet with sufficient cash flow. The company has been in an acquisition spree since December 2005, assimilating 5 companies already and looking for more opportunities.
These are remarkable achievements given the fact that Electric Word was started only seven years ago. It then conceived a long-term goal of creating an organization that would deal with all branches of the publishing media with . . . Read More