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Plans 100-acre solar energy farm in Kilkenny, Ireland
18 November 2017 - Elgin Energy is seeking permission for a major 100-acre solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Kilkenny, adding to its Midlands-wide solar power play. The application is just the latest in a slew of proposals by developers for solar farms on sites right across the country over the past year, following a significant fall in the cost of solar PV technology. Elgin ... has applied to build the power installation at a 39.6-hectare site close to the village of Ballyragget. The proposed solar farm will provide 25mw of power to the national grid ... Elgin said that the proposed project in Ballyragget ... would eliminate 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifespan. (more)
US: Untapped economic opportunity in organic farming
18 November 2017 - Organic farming in Iowa is on the rise, and proving to be an important economic opportunity for small to mid-size farmers. This growing industry is significant for our state because it gives farmers an important and often untapped avenue to continue farming and make money. In a tough farm economy, strong and viable economic opportunities such as this are a valuable option for farms. Demand for organic products is growing at such a high rate that consumer need is exceeding domestic supplies. The U.S. is now spending more than $1 billion a year to import organic products. This rise in demand gives Iowa farmers a good opportunity to jump in on the higher price premiums -- up to three times as much as conventional products. (more)
US: Wisconsin businessman creates fund for solar energy
16 November 2017 - A Wisconsin businessman has created a fund that awards grants to nonprofits trying to move toward solar energy. Cal Couillard created Solar for Good, which awards the grants with the help of the advocacy group RENEW Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Radio reported. (more)
The pop-up crafts shop helping war-torn communities
5 November 2017 - A small shop in England selling work from Afghanistan and elsewhere is helping people from conflict zones make a living. From a small corner window display on London's Baker Street, Edmund le Brun and Flore de Taisne are trying to help the victims of war. Their pop-up shop, Ishkar, which is also online, sells crafts from conflict zones. Among the items on display are gorgeous hand-blown glasses in green, lapis lazuli blue and turquoise, intricate kilim rugs, fine-woven camel hair shawls, earrings and necklaces, and knives. (more)
US: Wisconsin food company investing in solar electricity
4 November 2017 - A Wisconsin food company is planning to invest in solar electricity aimed at increasing the state's solar capacity and reducing electric bills for rural customers. La Farge-based Cooperative Organic Valley has partnered with solar developer OneEnergy Renewables and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group on the project, the La Crosse Tribune reported. It's expected to create about 29 megawatts of solar capacity in up to a dozen municipal utilities. (more)
Carmakers join forces in Europe to make electrics widespread
3 November 2017 - A group of major automakers plans to open hundreds of fast-charging stations for electric cars in Europe in coming years and use a common plug technology in what they hope will be a big step toward mass acceptance of battery-powered vehicles. BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group with its Audi and Porsche brands ... said Friday [3 November] that they will open the first of 20 stations this year in Germany, Austria, and Norway at 120-kilometer (75-mile) intervals along major roads. They plan to expand the network to more than 100 stations next year and have about 400 in place across Europe by 2020. (more)
US: Ryder adds 125 electric vans to its fleet
2 November 2017 - Truck rental company Ryder Systems Inc. said Thursday [2 November] it is adding 125 all-electric trucks to its fleet. Ryder's order is one of the largest yet for all-electric trucks in the U.S., says David Alexander of the research firm Truck Technology Ltd. The 26-foot vans are made by Chanje Energy Inc., a Los Angeles-based startup. Pricing wasn't released, but Chanje says the vans' overall cost is comparable to diesels because they require less maintenance and no fuel. (more)
US: Organic Valley goes all renewable in deal to bring low-cost solar to rural residents
1 November 2017 - In a quest to become the world's largest food company to get all its electricity from renewable sources, Organic Valley is planning a major investment in solar electricity that could substantially increase Wisconsin's solar capacity and reduce electric bills for rural consumers. In a further nod to sustainability, Organic Valley plans to plant native flowers and grasses around the solar panels to support bees and butterflies. (more)
Fed up, two UC Berkeley students launch tool to spot Twitter bots
31 October 2017 - Two UC Berkeley undergraduate computer science students are doing what they say Twitter won't: sorting out and tagging the angry propaganda bots designed to undermine, destabilize, and inflame American political discourse. 'The very existence of their project raises an important question: If two volunteer data science students who are barely out of their teens can figure out how to hang out Twitter's bad-actor bots, why doesn't Twitter do the same?,' writer Lauren Smiley asked in Wired. (more)
Women find some respite in Libya's 'families only' cafes
30 October 2017 - Fashionable cafes springing up in Libya's capital [Tripoli] are shutting out single men and catering for women looking for a break from the tensions -- political and personal -- crowding in around them. The cafes with European names and bright decor seem a world away from the city's traffic-clogged and still violent streets. In a socially conservative society, they also offer privacy and protection from unwanted advances. Most of Tripoli's economy has been in freefall since major battles between rival factions in 2014 left the country divided with competing governments. The female clients are offering some respite -- managers say they spend more on fancy coffees and juices than the espresso-sipping men. (more)
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Josie Overmyer on Transcendental Meditation: 'Meditating has helped me get back to myself.'
8 November 2017 - Josie Overmyer discusses the role anxiety plays in her life while pursuing a new career, and how she maximizes her productivity with the help of Transcendental Meditation. She says, 'I see things moving very slowly in the direction that I want, which is definitely exciting, but it also gives me a lot of anxiety. Meditating is really, really important for me to balance that . . . TM helps me make good decisions for myself.' Although highly treatable, anxiety disorders are extremely common in the US, affecting over 18% of the adult population. Connecting with a deeper part of herself through TM has given Josie the clarity to move into a new area of her life by opening a tea shop. In this active time of working, starting a new business, and continuing to perform her music, she says, 'Staying grounded is really important for me right now . . . Meditating has helped me get back to myself.' (more)
Transcendental Meditation: The secret weapon of leaders . . .
18 March 2017 - 'Low investment, High Return' is how Kenneth Gunsberger describes Transcendental Meditation, reports Forbes magazine's French edition. Vice President of UBS Wealth Management in New York, Gunsberger manages his clients' fortunes, market competition, and professional stress. Too much pressure in his office and family prompted him to listen to a friend's advice to learn TM. Within a few months he achieved his best business results in 25 years, and experienced more happiness at home. 'TM has allowed me to step back and see situations much more clearly and with less emotion. Today I make better choices, I distribute my energy more intelligently and ''get better results''', he said. The article includes a brief introduction to Transcendental Meditation by certified teacher Leonard Stein, director of the Switzerland office of the David Lynch Foundation in Geneva. (more)
Maharishi University of Management professor, Dr Andrew Bargerstock, publishes book on implementing business planning
18 February 2017 - Dr Andrew Bargerstock, director of the Master of Business Administration programme at Maharishi University of Management, has coauthored a new book, Mastering Leadership Alignment: Linking Value Creation with Cash Flow', with business consultant Jahn Ballard, published by Business Expert Press. Addressing the lack of connection between business planning and implementation, the book provides step-by-step procedures on how to involve senior leadership in effectively maintaining the organization's strategic goals while improving the approach to management. The goal of the process is to create an organization-wide consensus about how to be successful and build long-term customer loyalty. (more)
Solar Builder magazine awards 'solar project of the year' to MUM alumnus Troy Van Beek's company
2 December 2016 - A solar energy installation by a company founded by Maharishi University of Management alumnus Troy Van Beek was recently recognized as 'solar project of the year' by Solar Builder magazine. The project involved repurposing a former school building in Iowa, USA, into a 39-unit apartment complex, powered by a 300-kW solar array. The array included a 100-kW carport and a 200-kW installation on the roof. This year Mr Van Beek was also selected for Leadership Iowa because of his demonstrated leadership, his contribution to the community and the profession, and his potential for future leadership in Iowa. (more)
Transcendental Meditation, which Bridgewater's Ray Dalio calls 'the single biggest influence' on his life, is taking over Wall Street
4 November 2016 - Writing in Business Insider.com, Richard Feloni investigates the dramatic rise in popularity of Transcendental Meditation among the top echelon of US business and finance leaders, starting with Ray Dalio, head of Bridgewater Associates. The article outlines executives' experiences with TM as a 'secret to success' which gives 'substantial benefits'. Feloni writes, 'I wanted to find out why Dalio would speak so emphatically and passionately about this meditation technique, and why other power players . . . were compelling others in finance to try it out.' He notes published research on TM's health benefits, including lower blood pressure and decreased stress hormones, and the initiatives of the David Lynch Foundation to provide the technique to at-risk individuals - aided by the philanthropic support of the business community. (more)
Shared housing website to partner with Transcendental Meditation for Women
30 October 2016 - Karen Venable is CEO and founder of Roommates4Boomers, a national US website that matches women over age 50 who wish to share housing. 'Like many women our age, I was looking for ways to feel better about myself, reduce my stress level and feel more positive about life, and I came across Transcendental Meditation for Women's website.' One of the underlying principles behind Roommates4Boomers is the value of living in peace, harmony, and community. 'I realized that the number of women practicing TM is impressive, and there is a growing, like-minded community,' Karen says, and she looks forward to collaborating with TM for Women 'to enhance the lives and living situations of our members. . . . Anything that brings anxiety under control, brings inner happiness and improves self-esteem will help in everyday living situations. The Transcendental Meditation technique is an effective tool for doing just that.' (more)
Anna Bruen: Inner silence, multitasking and sustainable living
10 September 2016 - Anna Bruen, one of Iowa state's youngest leaders in the sustainable community movement, incorporates regular practice of Transcendental Meditation into her busy schedule. 'I remember one of my friends asking me, 'How are you doing it all, and you still find time to do your TM!' says Anna. 'I remember saying, ''I don't think I could do everything without the meditation practice.''' After graduating from Maharishi University of Management, she obtained dual degrees from Iowa State University - a master's in community and regional planning and an M.S. in sustainable agriculture in 2014. She was immediately hired as a coordinator and environmental planner for Fairfield-based Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development and is now the executive director. In addition to staff coordination and grant-writing, she travels state-wide organizing everything from solar energy fairs to visiting conservation projects on abandoned mine sites. Yet Anna also finds time to teach yoga and perform in local dance theatre productions. (more)
A tool for success: Enhancing creativity and emotional stability on Wall Street
20 July 2016 - Transcendental Meditation has been embraced by a broader population than those seeking spiritual fulfillment one or two generations ago. Increasingly, TM has been incorporated into the corporate world by those wanting to simply reduce their stress levels and better their experience in daily life. Celebrities such as Oprah, Clint Eastwood, and David Lynch have stood up for TM not only in public declarations, but support their employees in learning TM. Ray Dalio, the world's most successful asset manager, says that TM is 'made to order for those in the finance industry'. He speaks of the equanimity and creativity gained from regular practice. Others also say that TM has been a major asset in their careers: Ken Akoundi, of Investor DNA says: '[Transcendental] Meditation for me was a proactive component of wondering how I could be a better person.' (more)
Transcendental Meditation as a tool for success: Enhancing creativity and emotional stability on Wall Street
20 July 2016 - The idea that Transcendental Meditation is key to success in the financial district of New York City would have been met with surprise and skepticism years ago. Today there is significant and growing credibility of its effectiveness in promoting better decision-making, greater creativity, and improved emotional stability. More than merely reducing stress levels, the technique is described as a 'game changer' by philanthropist Mark Axelowitz. The world's most successful asset manager, Ray Dalio, credits his success in the business world to his 40 years of TM practice. He says it has given him calmness and an 'inner equanimity' he describes as being 'like a ninja'. (more)
Maharishi University of Management: Business faculty lead in the field of Lean Accounting
21 June 2016 - An article by Maharishi University of Management business professors Dr Andrew Bargerstock and Dr Ye Shi has appeared in the June 2016 issue of Strategic Finance, the monthly peer-reviewed journal of the Institute for Management Accountants (IMA). 'Leaning Away from Standard Costing? Reconciling Lean Accounting Theory and Practice,' examines an inconsistency in lean accounting theory and practice related to use of standard costing in US manufacturing enterprises that utilize Toyota-style process-improvement techniques -- yet have not fully adapted to 'Lean Accounting' methods. Dr Ye Shi has previously received awards such as Lean Accounting Student of the year (2011 and 2013) by the IMA and Dr Bargerstock was awarded Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor in 2009. (more)
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'Way too little, way too late': Facebook's factcheckers say effort is failing
13 November 2017 - Journalists working for Facebook say the social media site's fact-checking tools have largely failed and that the company has exploited their labor for a PR campaign. (more)
'We still need to eat': Tech boom creates working homeless
8 November 2017 - In the same affluent, suburban city where Google built its headquarters, Tes Saldana lives in a crowded but tidy camper she parks on the street. ... Many of the homeless work regular jobs, in some cases serving the very people whose sky-high net worth is the reason housing has become unaffordable for so many. The surge in homelessness has prompted at least 10 local governments along the West Coast to declare states of emergency, and cities from San Diego to Seattle are struggling to come up with immediate and long-range solutions. San Francisco is well-known for homeless tent encampments. But the homeless problem has now spread throughout Silicon Valley, where the disparity between the rich and everyone else is glaring. (more)
Amid booming economy, homelessness soars on US West Coast
8 November 2017 - A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates, and a roaring economy that waits for no one. All along the coast, elected officials are scrambling for solutions. (more)
Paradise Papers: Tycoon made $41m from 'people's fund'
7 November 2017 - An entrepreneur charged with managing the oil wealth of the struggling African state of Angola was paid more than $41m in just 20 months, leaked documents reveal. The payments were made via a complex web of companies set up in the offshore jurisdiction of Mauritius. Jean-Claude Bastos also used his position to help set up large investment deals he stands to further profit from, the Paradise Papers show. ...The leak offers an unprecedented view into what happened to the management fees after being paid into Mr Bastos' company. (more)
Bernie Sanders warns of 'international oligarchy' after Paradise Papers leak
6 November 2017 - US senator warned that leak of documents exposing offshore tax havens show 'rapid movement' toward a group of billionaires controlling the global economy. Senator Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an 'international oligarchy' controlled by a tiny number of billionaires, highlighted by the revelations in the Paradise Papers. In a statement to the Guardian in the wake of the massive leak of documents exposing the secrets of offshore investors, Sanders said that the enrichment of wealthy individuals and companies in tax havens was 'the major issue of our time'. (more)
How Twitter secretly benefits from bots and fake accounts
6 November 2017 - Twitter may have a fake accounts scandal on its hands. And it's remarkably similar to the scandal that rocked Wells Fargo last year. Leslie Miley, a former engineering manager at Twitter, described to Bloomberg on Friday [3 November] how he uncovered a trove of spam accounts with IP addresses from Russia and Ukraine in 2015. He recommended deletion, but Twitter's 'growth team' controlled all removals of accounts. And they declined to purge them. 'They were more concerned with growth numbers than fake and compromised accounts,' Miley told Bloomberg. (more)
Revealed: how Nike stays one step ahead of the taxman
6 November 2017 - Money paid for trainers in shops moves in and out of Europe, to Caribbean and even to entities not officially based anywhere. This is a company that stays one step ahead of its rivals. And one step ahead of the taxman, too. Thanks to documents in the Paradise Papers, it has been possible to piece together the schemes and structures that have helped Nike over the past decade. (more)
Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite's hidden wealth
5 November 2017 - The world's biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being revealed this week in a major new investigation into Britain's offshore empires. The details come from a leak of 13.4m files that expose the global environments in which tax abuses can thrive -- and the complex and seemingly artificial ways the wealthiest corporations can legally protect their wealth. [Revelations have included]: How Twitter and Facebook received hundreds of millions of dollars in investments that can be traced back to Russian state financial institutions; Aggressive tax avoidance by multinational corporations, including Nike and Apple; The secret loan and alliance used by the London-listed multinational Glencore in its efforts to secure lucrative mining rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ... (more)
What are the Paradise Papers and what do they tell us?
5 November 2017 - The leak of 13.4m documents shows the scale of the offshore empire and involves everyone from the Queen to Facebook. The Guardian is one of 96 media partners in the project. A total of 381 journalists from 67 countries have been analysing the material. What are the Paradise Papers? The name refers to a leak of 13.4m files. Most of the documents -- 6.8m -- relate to a law firm and corporate services provider that operated together in 10 jurisdictions under the name Appleby. Last year, the 'fiduciary' arm of the business was the subject of a management buyout and it is now called Estera. There are also details from 19 corporate registries maintained by governments in secrecy jurisdictions -- Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Labuan, Lebanon, Malta, the Marshall Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vanuatu. The papers cover the period from 1950 to 2016. (more)
Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook
9 October 2017 - Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they're still inadvertently promoting it -- often at the worst possible times. Online services designed to engross users aren't so easily retooled to promote greater accuracy, it turns out. Especially with online trolls, pranksters and more malicious types scheming to evade new controls as they're rolled out. (more)
Global Good News highlights the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in business
Current financial news reveals that individuals and leaders in business are under considerable stress and pressure professionally and personally. Those who perform at high levels of personal effectiveness and productivity are
already under greater pressure to perform—their decision-making, planning, judgment, creativity, innovation, health,
and fitness must now be even more finely tuned and effective.
Employees are also at risk for high levels of stress and from the rigidity and lack of satisfaction born of routine work.
The current world business financial news tells the story of this stress and pressure.
The effects of stress and performance pressure in the workplace, and the current trends in the world of business and money
can be devastating&mdashboth physically and financially&mdashfor executives, employees, and for the successful results of a company.
Business news sources around the world report that many companies are now turning to Transcendental Meditation as a tool for
stress management and to improve the health and creativity of their executives and staff. Employees who are more creative,
more intelligent, healthier, and more energetic naturally contribute more to a company; productivity increases, absenteeism
decreases, and teamwork improves.
The benefits of Transcendental Meditation—a simple, natural, effortless process practiced 15-20 minutes twice daily while sitting
comfortably with eyes closed—have been documented in over 600 published studies conducted at over 200 universities and research
institutions around the world, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, University of Chicago, and UCLA.
These studies—published in such leading journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Science, Psychosomatic Medicine, Hypertension,
American Psychologist, and American Journal of Managed Car—show that the unique state of restful alertness produced during
Transcendental Meditation promotes balanced functioning of mind and body and more harmonious behaviour.
A special Corporate Development Programme, developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is now available for teaching Transcendental Meditation
in the workplace. Transcendental Meditation is distinguished from other techniques of personal development by its effortlessness, naturalness,
and profound effectiveness.
Implemented in hundreds of companies world-wide, including Fortune 100 companies in the US.and leading firms in India, Japan, and Europe,
this programme is easy to implement and cost-effective. The benefits are both immediate and cumulative.
Maharishi Corporate Development Programme develops the most fundamental resource of every business—human consciousness. Since consciousness
is at the basis of the alertness, creativity, organizing power, efficiency, health, and happiness of every executive and employee, it is the
consciousness of its personnel that ultimately determines the performance and success of the company as a whole.
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