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Positive and negative effects of stress

Listen here and negative effects of stress

Stress is a natural reaction to life experiences and, in short-term sitautions, it helps you to cope with potentionally serious life events.

But if it continues in elevated levels longer than it is necessary for survival, it can result in health problems.

High levels of physical and mental stresses can cause, among others, hair loss, headache, insomnia, dry mouth, spasmodic pains in the neck and shoulders.

to cope: to deal with something successfully.
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Sun, Nov 05, 2017, Continue reading at the source
On a hot day in 2016, Tracey Beaver and three friends drove to the town of Grants, New Mexico to buy alcoholic drinks. On the return trip, Beaver lost control of his truck and hit a wall on the side of the road. Two of his passengers were thrown onto the road and killed. The two were sisters. Their mother was one of the emergency medical workers who went to help those injured in the accident. Police tested Beaver's blood alcohol level and found it was two times the legal limit. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths. Beaver is a member of the Ramah Navajo tribe. Many Native Americans live on Indian reservations, which are under the control of a federal agency in the United States, not a state government. Most crimes on Indian reservations go to state or tribal court. But because the federal government has control over serious crimes in Indian Country, Beaver's case went to a federal court. Beaver had a long history of alcohol abuse and driving violations before the accident. He is now serving a 10-year prison sentence after he admitted guilt in court to the involuntary manslaughter charges. Brian Pori is the New Mexico federal public defender who represented Beaver during his trial. He says that if the case had been in a state court, Beaver would likely have been charged with a fourth-degree felony and given a sentence of only three years in prison. “The facts of the case are just chilling and heartbreaking,” said Pori. “Under the United States' sentencing guidelines, he was facing a sentence of about five years. The judge doubled that sentence because of the facts of the case. And this is something that happens over and over throughout the U.S.” An unfair system Many Native Americans [...]
Sat, Oct 21, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Leading measures of U.S. stocks have been setting records. Employment reports are making Americans feel good about the economy. Yet many farmers in the United States are struggling. Fertilizer and seed costs are rising at the same time demand and prices for crops are low. And the farmers' economic problems are affecting others. The Farm Progress Show is one of the largest events for farmers in the world. It is a place where manufacturers and suppliers can demonstrate their new products and equipment. Farmers go to the show to learn how they can do their work more efficiently. This year, the show was held in Decatur, Illinois. Farmer Jeff Fisher went there, but all he could do was look. The Illinois farmer told VOA he does not have enough money to buy the things he would like to have on his farm. Fisher has not been able to buy new equipment since he last made a profit -- five years ago. “We're losing money where the cost of production of corn is higher than the price of corn on the Chicago Board of Trade and our local price.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports median net farm income in 2016 was the lowest since 2009. The department predicts there will be a small increase in earnings this year. The lack of profit has hurt more than just farmers. Tamara Nelsen is the Senior Director of Commodities for the Illinois Farm Bureau. “The Equipment Manufacturers Association released some pretty dismal numbers for farm equipment sales, and what that means to Caterpillar and Deere, that's troublesome.” The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported a 14 percent decrease in farm equipment exports for the first nine months of 2016. Sales dropped 44 percent from 2015 levels in Asia and 28 percent in South America. Tamara Nelsen says a drop in equipment sales affects manufacturers that depend [...]
Tue, Sep 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
United States lawmakers stood with undocumented Asian-American immigrants earlier this week to show support for the young students and workers living in the country. Their future is uncertain after President Donald Trump's administration announced plans to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Former President Barack Obama's administration created the program in 2012. It permits people who entered the country illegally as children to stay in the country to work or study. More than 800,000 young people are part of the program. They are sometimes called “dreamers.” California representative Judy Chu is the head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. The group of politicians supports Asian-American interests. She led a news conference on Tuesday outside the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. She said, “We are here to fight for the 800,000 dreamers, including the 130,000 Asian-American Pacific Islander dreamers who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own.” That is the number of Asian immigrants in the United States who are eligible to apply for the DACA program, according to Obama's administration. The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans says that about 16,000 Asian-American Pacific Islanders are part of the DACA program. Chirayu Patel formed the DACA network, an organization that provides information and legal resources for DACA recipients. He said at the news conference this week, "I am a dreamer and the U.S. is the only country I have ever known." U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5 that the government would no longer accept new DACA applications. Congressional lawmakers now have six months to act if they want to continue to permit current DACA recipients to stay in the U.S. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other political leaders stood with Judy Chu and Chirayu Patel on Tuesday. They did so to urge Congress to pass a [...]
Thu, Sep 14, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A group in Italy is preparing immigrants, mostly from Africa, for jobs as beekeepers. The group then helps to set-up meetings between these migrants and honey producers who need employees. International aid groups say European Union (EU) efforts to reduce the flow of migrants entering Europe is leaving some businesses short on workers. The aid group Oxfam says Italy alone will need over 1.6 million workers over the next 10 years. To deal with this issue, the Italian Cambalache Association created a project called “Bee My Job.” It trains migrant workers and refugees in beekeeping and finds them jobs in Italy's agriculture industry. Since being launched in 2014, the program has trained over 100 people, mostly from African nations south of the Sahara Desert. Learning about bees Bee My Job has helped people like Abdul Adan. He had never worked with bees before he migrated to Europe. In fact, his only interaction with a bee was when he was stung by one as a child back home in Senegal. The insect stung Adan in the mouth while he was eating fresh honey. Today, he has become one of the program's most successful trainees. He now seems very much at ease with the bees. He doesn't cover his hands as he touches the insects' homes and inspects their progress. “I said I have never done bee work, I was really scared that the bees would sting me and people would laugh and look at me, but afterward I… said I will learn, and maybe one day I can do it in my country.” Adan now works as a beekeeper in Alessandria, Italy. Mara Alacqua is the head of the Italian Cambalache Association. She says the Bee My Job project is never short on trainees. “Our beds are always full,” Alacqua said. “Every time a person leaves the [...]
Thu, Sep 07, 2017, Continue reading at the source