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Loans for solar systems make power affordable in rural Kenya
18 August 2017 - Until recently, Kenneth Njoroge's home northwest of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, was poorly lit at night. Most people in Ndabibi are not connected to mains electricity, and rely on kerosene or small solar lamps to light their homes. A loan from a micro-finance institution has made it possible for him to invest in a solar power system for his home. (more)

Breaking the code: how women in Nigeria are changing the face of tech
14 August 2017 - The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Last year, Lagos-based startup Andela received $24 million in funding from Mark Zuckerberg. In 2015, financial technology startup Paystack -- one of the first Nigerian tech companies to be accepted into renowned California-based startup accelerator Y Combinator -- secured approximately $1.3 million in seed investment from international investors. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the face of technology in Africa, especially in the fields of agricultural and financial tech. (more)

Project aims to attract tourists to remote Albanian villages
14 August 2017 - An ambitious project is aiming to open up remote villages in the highlands of southern Albania to the outside world and to tourists wanting to discover the spectacular natural beauty and rural way of life of the more isolated parts of the Balkan country. (more)

Undaunted by tensions, Chinese tourists flock into North Korea
10 August 2017 - Undeterred by escalating tensions between Pyongyang and Washington rattling nerves globally, a steady stream of tourists from China each morning passes through the immigration checkpoint at the border trading hub of Dandong. Greeting them on the North Korean side are dozens of tour buses, collecting them for itineraries ranging from a day in neighboring Sinijiu to a week visiting North Korea's main cities, including the capital Pyongyang. (more)

UK: Outsmarting sunshine in Europe's cloudiest corner
8 August 2017 - Within the last year, the sun has taken on new-found importance across the cloudy island nation with photovoltaic cells providing as much as a quarter of the U.K.'s daily power supply on some days, from almost no capacity in 2011. Of all of Britain's power generation capacity, 13 percent is solar. That volume is forecast to more than double by 2040, and make up 22 percent of the country's power mix, BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) said. (more)

US: Rockefeller Foundation backs nonprofit ETF startup
1 August 2017 - The Rockefeller Foundation is helping to finance a startup hoping to build exchange-traded funds for nonprofit organizations and direct the profits back to their causes, officials from the group said with a plan to announce the initiative later on Tuesday [1 August]. The foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to Impact Shares Corp, a Dallas-area organization that aims to offer charities the ability to create ETFs that will be sold to the public. The goal is to create a fund that will perform roughly in line with the broader market, according to Impact Shares founder Ethan Powell. (more)

World: Factories motoring ahead, show scant evidence of braking
1 August 2017 - Factories across the world powered into July, providing evidence that economic momentum has carried through into the second half despite central banks in the West preparing to start scaling back years of massive stimulus. Growth in the euro zone remained buoyant, British manufacturing recovered in July from a seven-month low, and Chinese factory activity unexpectedly expanded. A survey due later from the United States is expected to suggest factories chugged along at a slightly more modest, but still solid, pace. In Japan, there were signs sluggish domestic demand is picking up . . . 'The world economy was doing quite well in the second quarter and nothing has changed in July. The overall picture is pretty healthy,' said Andrew Kenningham at Capital Economics. (more)

Spain's tourist numbers up a record 12 percent in first half
31 July 2017 - Spain keeps on breaking tourism records, with the number of tourists visiting the European Union nation up 12 percent in the first six months of the year. Spain has broken its own tourist number records each year for the past four years ...Tourism represents some 11 percent of Spain's 1.2 trillion euro ($1.41 trillion) gross domestic product. (more)

Medicinal herb farming flourishes amid Egypt's ailing economy
29 July 2017 - Like most of his peers and neighbors in Agamyeen village in Fayoum Valley, 42-year-old Abdul Nabi inherited farming from his ancestors. For decades, Abdul Nabi grew wheat, rice, cotton, and corn in his 50-acre farm. But 13 years ago, the man decided to shift to the cultivation of organic medicinal herbs to earn more money. The middle-aged man started a company to grow, process, and export herbs and is now sending his produce of some 20 species of medicinal herbs and spices to Europe, the Americas, and China. 'They told me that European companies have tested the soil and the weather here and said they are unique for growing medicinal herbs.' (more)

India: Fruit basket Krishnagiri's organic turnaround
28 July 2017 - There are many reasons why the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu should consider itself blessed. Sitting in the middle of black granite hills on a plateau that rises a kilometre above the sea level, it enjoys a salubrious climate -- conducive for growing a large variety of fruits and vegetables. By providence, Krishnagiri is at the junction of not less than five major national highways, the lifeline of horticultural commerce. Here, a revolution of sorts has been taking place in the last few years. An 'organic' fever appears to be sweeping across the district -- farmers are giving up chemical fertilisers and pesticides and returning to 'traditional farming'. (more)


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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)

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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Half of German companies hit by sabotage, spying in last two years, BSI says
21 July 2017 - More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage, or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said on Friday [21 July], and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros' worth of damage a year. Arne Schoenbohm, President of Germany's BSI federal cyber agency, said many big companies and especially those operating critical infrastructure were generally well-prepared for cyber attacks. But many smaller and medium-sized companies did not take the threat seriously enough, he said. (more)

Fashion brands bring hand-washing but little else to India's garment workers, say critics
20 July 2017 - Five years and $630,000 later, the Ethical Trading Initiative has done little more than teach workers hand washing. The agenda was to improve the conditions for tens of thousands of India's women garment workers who stitch everything from jeans to jackets for the world's leading fashion brands. Five years and 485,000 pounds ($630,000) later, the ETI, which brings together labels like H and M, GAP, and Burberry with unions, factory owners and civil society groups, has done little more than teach workers hand washing, campaigners say. Trade unions and labour rights charities, some of them partners in the initiative, say its shortcomings show big stores are merely paying lip service to the rights of garment workers. (more)

Opium numbs the pain for Indian pickers exploited on Italian farms
19 July 2017 - For almost three years, Amandeep started most of his working days eating opium and ended them smoking heroin. In between he picked watermelons for up to 13 hours a day in what activists say are exploitative conditions faced by thousands of Indian labourers in Italy's Pontine Marshes, just south of Rome. About 30,000 Indians, mainly Sikhs from Punjab state, live in the Pontine Marshes, a region that Italy's fascist regime drained for agriculture in the 1930s. Most work as labourers and over the last decade many have been forced to work for virtually nothing to pay off debts to agents who promised good jobs and organised travel from India. This is known as debt bondage -- the most prevalent form of modern-day slavery worldwide according to the United Nations. As many as 46 million people are estimated to be enslaved globally ... A growing number of these labourers [Indian workers] are taking drugs to cope with long hours, poor conditions and very low pay, according to interviews with workers, doctors, police, and rights groups. . . . At least one worker told a mobile health clinic that he wanted to quit but found it difficult as poppy use was 'strongly encouraged' on his farm. (more)

Inside Philip Morris' push to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty
13 July 2017 - The world's largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation. A group of cigarette company executives stood in the lobby of a drab convention center near New Delhi last November. Treaty officials didn't want them there. ... There was a big name missing from the group: Philip Morris International Inc. A Philip Morris representative later told Reuters its employees didn't turn up because the company knew it wasn't welcome. In fact, executives from the largest publicly traded tobacco firm had flown in from around the world to New Delhi for the anti-tobacco meeting. Unknown to treaty organizers, they were staying at a hotel an hour from the convention center, working from an operations room there. Philip Morris International would soon be holding secret meetings with delegates from the government of Vietnam and other treaty members. The object of these clandestine activities: the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or FCTC, a treaty aimed at reducing smoking globally. Reuters has found that Philip Morris International is running a secretive campaign to block or weaken treaty provisions that save millions of lives by curbing tobacco use. ... 'Some people think that with tobacco, you've won the battle,' said former Finnish Health Minister Pekka Puska, who chaired an FCTC committee last year. 'No way,' he said. 'The tobacco industry is more powerful than ever.' (more)

US: Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can't afford it
15 June 2017 - Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways, and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (more)

Atlantic salmon farms shift to open seas, trying to shake off lice
20 April 2017 - Atlantic salmon farming companies are designing huge pens to raise fish in the open seas in a radical shift from calm coastal waters where marine lice have slowed growth of the billion-dollar industry. The drive for new designs by Norway, producer of 54 percent of all farmed Atlantic salmon in 2016, will have to cope with ocean storms that can rip cages and free thousands of fish. Escapees disrupt natural stocks by breeding with wild cousins. (more)

Millions of migrant Gulf workers forced to pay for right to work: report
11 April 2017 - South Asian migrants powering the construction boom in oil-rich Gulf countries are often illegally made to pay for their own recruitment, adding to hardships of poor working conditions and wages, according to an investigation released on Tuesday. Millions of migrants seeking a way out of poverty by working in Gulf nations from Qatar to the United Arab Emirates must routinely pay fees that can equal a year's salary, U.S. researchers said in a report. (more)

UK: How conniving carmakers caused the diesel air pollution crisis
7 April 2017 - Conniving car makers and their lobbying might, assisted by the 2008 financial crash, were the key factors in producing the diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis the UK is struggling with today, according to key observers of the disaster. The result has been that the air people breathe in cities and towns is now heavily polluted with toxic nitrogen dioxide, causing 23,500 premature deaths a year in the UK and affecting many schools. (more)

How artificial life spawned a billion-dollar industry
6 April 2017 - Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals, and even perfumes. Despite ethical and safety concerns, investors are attracted by synthetic biology's wide market potential and the plummeting cost of DNA synthesis, which is industrializing the writing of the genetic code that determines how organisms function. ... Work is also advancing by leaps and bounds in the complementary area of gene editing now being embraced by many of the world's top drugmakers. (more)

US: North Dakota pipeline spill larger than previously thought
26 March 2017 - Last December, the Belle Fourche Pipeline in western North Dakota ruptured. At the time, the company estimated that 176,000 gallons of oil had been spilled before the pipeline was shut down. But according to an updated estimate, the amount of oil that leaked from Bell Fourche was significantly higher, making it one of the largest pipeline spills in the state's history. More than three years ago, 840,000 gallons of oil seeped from a pipeline break in North Dakota to contaminate the surrounding soil. Less than a third has been cleaned up. (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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