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Eco-huts attract tourists, and cash, to Kenyan herding communities
21 January 2017 - 'Eco-manyattas' [are] an environmentally friendly version of a traditional Maasai one-room hut normally built with mud and wood. The eco-manyatta, a solid structure made of bricks and cement, comes equipped with a solar panel, a digester to produce biogas, a water harvesting tank, and a bathroom . . . While maintaining the oblong shape of the traditional building, it is well ventilated thanks to windows in the bedroom and sitting area. And solar power means it has lighting both day and night. The modern manyattas do not require frequent repairs . . . The Twala women's group has decided to add more eco-manyattas on its 40-acre (16-hectare) plot of land in Laikipia County in Kenya's Rift Valley, to expand tourism as a source of income. Since they started welcoming guests in 2007, they have hosted close to 1,000 visitors. Kenyans and foreigners are attracted by the opportunity to experience the Maasai tribal culture but cannot be accommodated in old huts. Nina Kosen Soila, managing director of Eco-Manyatta Afrika, said the tourism business of the Twala women's group was bringing more money into the community -- especially to the benefit of women . . . This can offer girls a different perspective on life, she added. With a higher income, their mothers can pay their school fees and avoid them being married off due to poverty. (more)
German investor morale buoyed by improved situation in Europe
21 January 2017 - The mood among German analysts and investors improved slightly in January, with rising expectations 'a leap of faith for 2017' after a stronger-than-expected performance by Europe's largest economy in 2016, the ZEW economic institute said on Tuesday. 'The slight increase of the ZEW indicator of economic sentiment is mainly due to the improved economic situation across European countries,' ZEW President Achim Wambach said. The German economy expanded at the fastest pace in five years in 2016 and the growth momentum is expected to continue this year. (more)
Mauritius tourist arrivals climb 11 pct in 2016: stats office
20 January 2017 - Visitor numbers to Mauritius rose 11 percent in 2016 compared with the previous year, driven by more arrivals from Europe, official data showed on Tuesday (10 January). Tourism is an important component of the Mauritian economy and a key source of hard currency for the Indian Ocean island state, best known for its luxury spas and beaches. (more)
US jobless lowest level in more than 43 years
19 January 2017 - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than 43 years, another sign that most American workers enjoy job security. Unemployment claims are a proxy for layoffs. They have now come in below 300,000 for 98 straight weeks. The low totals suggest that businesses are confident about their prospects that they are holding on staff. (more)
US: Retail group launches training for entry-level job seekers
14 January 2017 - Trying to stem high turnover in store jobs, nonprofit groups and chains such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, and the Home Shopping Network are launching a program to help people develop the skills to land entry-level jobs and advance in a retail career. More than 20 major retailers including Neiman Marcus and Ashley Stewart have pledged general support for the Rise Up program being launched Sunday [15 January]. It's part of a broader credential plan that would help workers move up that may include training for store supervisors and in specific areas like retail analytics. Thirty-two percent of all first jobs in the U.S. are in retail, the trade group says . . . (more)
Panera Bread removes artificial ingredients from U.S. menu
13 January 2017 - Bakery cafe operator Panera Bread Co said on Friday (13 January) it had removed artificial ingredients from its food menu and Panera at Home products in the United States. The company had said in August that by the year end it would remove artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners from the food served at its 2,000 restaurants. (more)
Euro zone economy registering surprisingly strong growth spurt
12 January 2017 - Industries across the euro zone cranked up output in November and Germany ended the year with its strongest growth in five years, data showed on Thursday [12 January], pointing to an economic spurt that may be arriving earlier than some ECB policymakers expect. Thursday's figures add to a jump in the bloc's economic sentiment which in December reached its strongest level since March 2011. (more)
Foreign tourists visiting Spain at record high in 2016
12 January 2017 - The number of visitors to Spain hit a new record in 2016 for a fourth consecutive year, the government said on Thursday (12 Janurary) . . . A popular holiday destination for decades, Spain's thriving tourism industry accounts for around 11 percent of gross domestic product. (more)
German economy surges at fastest rate in five years
12 January 2017 - The German economy expanded at the fastest pace in five years in 2016 and the growth momentum is expected to continue this year as rising private and state spending help Germany cement its position as the locomotive of the euro zone. 'The German economy in 2016 once again defied an entire series of downside risks, thanks to strong domestic demand,' said ING economist Carsten Brzeski. (more)
US: Duke Energy Florida to build solar power plant in Suwannee County
11 January 2017 - Duke Energy Corp expects to break ground in spring for a solar power plant in Suwannee county. The new Suwannee solar facility will produce 8.8 megawatts energy, which is enough to power about 1,700 average homes at peak production (more)
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Solar Builder magazine awards 'solar project of the year' to MUM alumnus Troy Van Beek's company
5 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)
Fairfield, Iowa: Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi University of Management make national news
11 June 2016 - Author and publicist Ken Chawkin offers a rich assortment of news about Fairfield, Iowa, the home of Maharishi University of Management. He features an article by a Des Moines Register reporter, 'Why this Iowa town is thriving when so many aren't,' which became a 'national success story' also appearing in USA Today. Dubbed 'America's most unusual town' by Oprah Winfry, Fairfield entrepreneurs explain their enjoyment of small town life in a town vibrant with creativity and consciousness. Some native Fairfielders describe returning home to start businesses and families after initially moving away to places with much larger populations. Many are attracted to having their children attend schools offering Consciousness-Based Education. 'We have a great quality-of-life culture and an entrepreneurial culture,' said Mayor Ed Malloy. 'And we see it is allowing more young people to put down roots in this community.' Mr Chawkin includes a video by local entrepreneurs and comparative statistics of many Iowa towns from the US Census Bureau. (more)
Ray Dalio: Transcendental Meditation gives me 'the ability to think clearly, put things in their right place, and have perspective'
20 May 2016 - Ray Dalio, the founder of 160 billion USD hedge-fund company Bridgewater Associates, says that Transcendental Meditation has been 'the single biggest influence' on his life. Mr. Dalio is featured in a new book called 'Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life' by noted clinical psychiatrist Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD. Dr. Rosenthal writes, 'I now think that all high performers have in common, knowingly or unknowingly, qualities and characteristics of the Super Mind. That is, they are calm under pressure and uncannily resilient to stress. They take care of their health, set high standards of innovation and creativity, and are not only intensely engaged in their actions, but also capable of detaching when need be.' About 40 per cent of the 1,400 employees at Bridgewater have taken advantage of learning TM, subsidized by the company. (more)
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The end of a People: Amazon dam destroys sacred Munduruku 'Heaven'
6 January 2017 - Four dams are being built on the Teles Pires River -- a major tributary of the Tapajós River -- to provide Brazil with hydropower, and to possibly be a first step toward constructing an industrial waterway to transport soy and other commodities from Mato Grosso state, in the interior, to the Atlantic coast. Those dams are being built largely without consultation with impacted indigenous people, as required by the International Labor Organization's Convention 169, an agreement which Brazil signed. A sacred rapid, known as Sete Quedas, the Munduruku 'Heaven', was dynamited in 2013 to build the Teles Pires dam. A cache of sacred artifacts was also seized by the dam construction consortium and the Brazilian state. The Indians see both events as callous attacks on their sacred sites, and say that these desecrations will result in the destruction of the Munduruku as a people -- 3,000 Munduruku Indians live in 112 villages, mainly along the upper reaches of the Tapajós River and its tributaries in the heart of the Amazon. (more)
More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley
28 December 2016 - The tech economy is drawing new inhabitants and businesses but is contributing to dislocation, leaving families, teachers, and even principals with housing woes. Little more than a strip of asphalt separates East Palo Alto from Palo Alto, with its startups, venture capitalists, Craftsman homes, and Whole Foods. Remarkably, slightly more than one-third of students -- or 1,147 children -- are defined as homeless here, mostly sharing homes with other families because their parents cannot afford one of their own, and also living in RVs and shelters. The district is being squeezed from every side: teachers, administrative staff, and even principals have housing woes of their own. (more)
Chile's environmental regulator to sanction salmon companies
20 December 2016 - Chile's environmental regulator said on Tuesday that it started a sanctioning process against the local units of two salmon companies, Australis Seafoods and AquaChile, for their handling of a deadly algal bloom. ... After a 'red tide' algal bloom killed all the biomass at two salmon farms operated by AquaChile and one owned by Australis in Chile's southern Los Lagos region, the companies improperly disposed of the dead fish, the SMA said. ... Thousands of local fishermen blamed the salmon industry for a posterior algal bloom, which further decimated local marine life and endangered their livelihoods, after they dumped the dead and decaying salmon into the Pacific Ocean. (more)
US: Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota still not cleaned up
18 December 2016 - Three years and three months later, a massive oil spill in North Dakota still isn't fully cleaned up. The company responsible hasn't even set a date for completion. Though crews have been working around the clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break, which happened in a wheat field in September 2013, less than a third of the 840,000 gallons that spilled has been recovered -- or ever will be, North Dakota Health Department environmental scientist Bill Suess said. Some say that one of the largest onshore oil spills recorded in the U.S. serves as a cautionary example, especially given a recent pipeline break about 150 miles south and ongoing debates over the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. (more)
Is your olive oil fake?
17 December 2016 - The popularity of the Mediterranean diet has made olive oil a $16 billion-a-year industry. Unfortunately, this popularity has also led to massive fraud and corruption. Even 'extra virgin'' olive oil is often diluted with other less expensive oils, including hazelnut, soybean, corn, sunflower, palm, sesame, grape seed and/or walnut. These added oils will not be listed on the label. (more)
Americans' odds of earning more than parents have plunged
8 December 2016 - The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap. ...Anxieties about status and economic opportunity formed a backdrop to the 2016 election campaign, with many voters concerned that their children wouldn't fare as well as they had. Conversely, many younger voters worry that they won't do as well as their parents, largely because of sluggish income growth and higher costs for housing, health care, and student debt. Chetty's research suggests that those concerns are well-founded. (more)
US: Weather affects oil pipeline spill cleanup in North Dakota
8 December 2016 - A company with a history of oil field-related spills in North Dakota and Montana is being hampered by winter weather in its cleanup of a 'significant' pipeline break that leaked crude oil into a tributary of the Little Missouri River in western North Dakota, a regulator said Thursday [8 December]. Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Health Department, said the Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. spill was discovered Monday [5 December] by a landowner near Belfield. The cause of the leak is under investigation and the amount of the spill is unknown, in part because of recent blizzards and subzero temperatures throughout North Dakota, he said. ... The spill in the creek is about 20 miles upstream of the Little Missouri River. Belle Fourche Pipeline is part of Casper, Wyoming-based True Cos. ...True Cos. operates at least three pipeline companies ... Since 2006 the companies have reported 36 spills totaling 320,000 gallons of petroleum products. Most of the product spilled was never recovered, including after a January 2015 pipeline break into the Yellowstone River. ... True Cos. also owns Black Hills Trucking Inc., which is accused of illegally dumping saltwater, a byproduct of oil production, in 2014 on a road in northwestern North Dakota. (more)
Yahoo says hackers stole data from 500 million accounts in 2014
23 September 2016 - Yahoo Inc said on Thursday that at least 500 million of its accounts were hacked in 2014 by what it believed was a state-sponsored actor, a theft that appeared to be the world's biggest known cyber breach by far. Cyber thieves may have stolen names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords, the company said. ...The attack on Yahoo was unprecedented in size, more than triple other large attacks on sites...'This is the biggest data breach ever,' said well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier, adding that the impact on Yahoo and its users remained unclear because many questions remain, including the identity of the state-sponsored hackers behind it. (more)
Yahoo hack steals personal info from at least 500M accounts
22 September 2016 - Computer hackers swiped personal information from at least 500 million Yahoo accounts in what is believed to be the biggest digital break-in at an email provider. The massive security breakdown disclosed Thursday (22 September) dates back to late 2014, raising questions about the checks and balances within Yahoo -- a fallen internet star that has been laying off staff to counter a steep drop in revenue during the past eight years. Yahoo didn't explain what took so long to uncover a breach that it blamed on a 'state-sponsored actor' -- parlance for a hacker working on behalf of a foreign government. (more)
Foreign GMO seed firms rally behind Monsanto in Indian alliance
26 August 2016 - Major international seed companies in India formed an alliance on Friday, seeking the support of their peers after a flurry of regulatory steps in recent months by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. Executives from companies including the local businesses of Monsanto, Bayer, Dow, Dupont Pioneer, and Syngenta announced the alliance in a crowded Press Club of India conference room. India is Monsanto's biggest market outside the Americas. Monsanto objected to a government proposal that would force it to share its technology with local seed companies. It has also taken the government to court over a cut in the royalty it gets from seed companies for licensing use of its patented technology. The New Delhi press conference was a show of solidarity with Monsanto... on Friday its India head, Shilpa Divekar Nirula, said there was a need to align Modi's goal of doubling farmers' income by 2022 with what firms like Monsanto can offer. (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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