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Scottish global gathering for good sees young, bright future for business
19 September 2018 - Young people are driving the growth of businesses that benefit society and the environment, the organizer of a global gathering of ethical entrepreneurs said as it opens on Wednesday (12 September). Some 1,500 people are meeting in Edinburgh as the tenth Social Enterprise World Forum -- one of the most important networking events for the sector -- returned to its birthplace ... 'Increasingly young people are looking for careers of purpose, looking at social enterprise as a way of being involved in business and doing social good -- and that has to be significant and heartening and positive,' Gerry Higgins, head of CEIS, which convenes the forum, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. (more)

US: Nissan and EVgo open I-95 fast charging ARC, connecting EV drivers between Boston and Washington D.C.
8 September 2018 - Electric vehicle owners can now make the 500-mile journey from Boston to Washington D.C. with ease. Nissan has announced more quality infrastructure in the US Northeast in partnership with EVgo, the largest EV fast charging provider in the country. The fast-charging stations are located within close proximity to I-95 (the main Interstate Highway on the East Coast of the United States). The stations have also been designed and constructed to adapt to future advances in EV technology. (more)

US: New East Coast fast-charging route for EV drivers launched
6 September 2018 - Nissan and EVgo are today (6 September) launching their new East Coast fast-charging route along the I-95 enabling EV (electric vehicle) drivers to travel between Washington D.C. and Boston. The route consists of 9 stations with a total of 52 fast-chargers. (more)

Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: study
5 September 2018 - Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday (5 September) which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth. (more)

India: Tata Power Solar does world's largest solar rooftop installation on cricket stadium in Mumbai
30 August 2018 - Tata Power Solar wholly owned subsidiary Tata Power's has commissioned 820.8 kWp at Cricket Club of India, Mumbai CCI. This is the world's largest rooftop installation atop a cricket stadium, the company stated in its announcement. The installation of the solar rooftop project will lead to a 25 per cent savings in power consumption costs. Cricket Club of India will also be able to curb the emission of over 840 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. (more)

Maersk Tankers tests wind power to fuel ships
30 August 2018 - Maersk Tankers is testing the use of wind power to fuel its ships, a new technology it says can cut fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and help the industry reduce polluting emissions. The company has installed two 30-metre tall metal cylinders on board the Maersk Pelican, a Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker vessel. The cylinders, or rotor sails, work as mechanical sails that spin to propel the vessel forward. (more)

Cameroon gaming stars train new generation of business superheroes
21 August 2018 - Central Africa's first major video games studio, Kiro'o, trains young Cameroonians to navigate obstacles in real-life business. Subscribers pay 10,000 Central African francs ($17.50) to access a digital training manual, featuring cartoons and advice on how to find good projects, hire the right staff, and secure investor funding. They can also seek online and in-person mentoring from Kiro'o staff. (more)

More refugees find jobs in Germany, integration going 'pretty well'
21 August 2018 - A growing number of migrants are finding jobs in Germany, according to data released on Tuesday (21 August) that will give heart to supporters of Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to let in hundreds of thousands of war refugees since 2015. Figures last week also showed that German companies have managed to attract more apprentices to on-the-job training schemes due to a surge in applications from asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Syria. (more)

US: Tribally owned solar power plant beats skeptics, odds on Navajo Nation
15 August 2018 - Deenise Becenti remembers watching this summer as a woman in the Navajo Nation who had been waiting more than 20 years to get electricity in her home flipped the switch to turn on the lights for the first time. 'The day' was made possible by the Kayenta Solar Project, the first large-scale solar farm on the Navajo Nation and the largest tribally owned renewable power plant in the country. The 27.3-megawatt plant, which went on line last summer, now generates enough power for 18,000 homes on Navajo lands. But many thought the day might never come. (more)

US: Gerber bringing organic cotton to the masses
14 August 2018 - Gerber Childrenswear wants to make sure more babies are cradled in the cleanest cotton and is launching Gerber Essentials, a line of baby gear sold in Walmart and Target. While plenty of brands make organic clothing for babies, and Gerber itself has long sold organic cotton clothing in other channels, this may be organic baby clothes' most mainstream moment yet. (more)


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Teaching Transcendental Meditation to employees could have big benefits
15 March 2018 - The popularity of Transcendental Meditation in business is growing, and for good reason, reports Chief Learning Officer. The practice is shown to improve productivity and benefit the bottom line. TM has been proven to improve job satisfaction and performance, increase peak mental performance, decrease anxiety and reduce the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes and mortality by 47 per cent. Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Performance (USA) and TM teacher Mario Orsatti said TM works so well in business environments because it involves no concentration or control, unlike other forms of meditation. (more)

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)

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)

Transcendental Meditation: The solution to stress in the workplace
20 June 2016 - In his comprehensive article for Business.com about Transcendental Meditation, Tom Willis stated, 'Many high-profile business leaders practice regular meditation integrated into their hectic schedule to allow them to cope with the extreme levels of stress and hard work.' As a remedy for billions lost to businesses due to stress-related disorders in employees, Mr Willis reveals that companies making TM available to their employees include Sony, General Motors, IBM, and Toyota. He quoted Steve Rubin, former CEO of United Fuels International, as saying, 'TM is a competitive advantage in the business world . . . I have the mental clarity and alertness for both laser-like focus on the details as well as broad comprehension.' (more)


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US: Rains from Hurricane Florence cause collapse at NC coal ash landfill
16 September 2018 - Duke Energy said Saturday (15 September) night that heavy rains from Hurricane Florence caused a slope to collapse at a coal-ash landfill at a closed power station near the North Carolina coast. ...The coal-fired Sutton plant was retired in 2013 and the company has been excavating millions of tons of ash from old waste pits and removing it to safer lined landfills constructed on the property. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. There are at least two other coal-fired Duke plants in North Carolina that are likely to affected by the storm. (more)

US: Swollen North Carolina rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears
16 September 2018 - As rain from Hurricane Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region's swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday (16 September), raising pollution concerns. Such farms typically have large pits filled with hog urine and feces that can cause significant water contamination if breached or overtopped by floodwaters. State environmental regulators said Sunday they had not yet received any reports of spills. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an 'on-going situation,' with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. The gray ash left behind when coal is burned contains toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, and mercury. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with soil were inundated by the Neuse River. (more)

Documents: University deal with Foxconn largely confidential
13 September 2018 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Foxconn Technology Group will manage their new research partnership largely behind closed doors, documents detailing the agreement show. Foxconn and UW-Madison announced plans in August to create a technology institute on campus as well as a research facility in Mount Pleasant, where the Taiwanese electronics giant is constructing a massive flat-screen manufacturing facility with the help of up to $3.2 billion in state incentives. ... 'The UW is a public institution that is supposed to represent the public interest,' [Bill Leuders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council,] wrote in his email. 'Creating layers of secrecy over what it is doing under contract with Foxconn is contrary to that ideal.' (more)

Yemen's plunging economy threatens to kill more people than war - aid agency
4 September 2018 - Yemen's tanking economy threatens to kill more people than bombs and guns, an aid agency warned on Tuesday (4 September) as the currency hit its lowest level ever, compounding the world's biggest hunger crisis. he Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said soaring food prices were pushing many people closer to the brink in a country where millions are already close to famine. Three-quarters of Yemen's population -- 22 million people -- are in need of humanitarian assistance. (more)

Big Tobacco's global reach on social media
24 August 2018 - The tobacco industry says it no longer tries to hook new generations of smokers. So what's behind the legions of beautiful young people in smoking, vaping, and partying posts with the same hashtags? ... while the US Food and Drug Administration weighs plans to cut nicotine in cigarettes, making them less addictive, Big Tobacco has been making the most of the time it still has using social networks to promote its brands around the world. (more)

Get more sleep, Arianna tells Elon. It's not an 'option,' he tells her in 2:30 a.m. tweet.
20 August 2018 - An apparently overworked, under-rested Elon Musk rejected Arianna Huffington's recent suggestion that he get more sleep -- and he did so in a tweet in the middle of the night. It prompted Huffington, a longtime sleep advocate who co-founded the HuffPost, to reach out and offer her fellow entrepreneur some tips. 'It's like trying to launch us into our clean energy future (or into space) with a coal-fired steam engine. It just won't work,' [she tells him]. Huffington said that she wrote to Musk in an open letter because the issue does not pertain to only him. (more)

AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not
13 August 2018 - Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton [University in the American state of New Jersey] confirmed these findings at the AP's request. (more)

Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries
30 July 2018 - A Guardian [British daily newspaper] investigation has revealed numerous cases of Amazon workers suffering from workplace accidents or injuries in its gigantic warehouse system and being treated in ways that leave them homeless, unable to work, or bereft of income. ... Other Amazon employees succumb to the fatigue and exhaustion of the fulfillment center work environment and quit before getting injured. (more)

US: Newsroom of NY Daily News slashed in half
24 July 2018 - On Monday (23 July), word came that Tronc, the Chicago-based corporation that bought The News last year, had slashed its newsroom in half, laying off dozens of the best local journalists and ripping the heart and soul out of the 99-year-old tabloid, one of New York City's greatest assets and fiercest defenders. The loss for the city will be terrible. (more)

Rise of robots fuels slavery threat for Asian factory workers - analysts
12 July 2018 - The rise of robots in manufacturing in Southeast Asia is likely to fuel modern slavery as workers who end up unemployed due to automation face abuses competing for a shrinking pool of low-paid jobs in a 'race to the bottom', analysts said on Thursday (12 July). (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.

See: www.tmbusiness.org

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