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L'Oreal turns to plant-based hair dye as natural cosmetics thrive
14 December 2017 - L'Oreal is launching its first wholly plant-based hair dye as cosmetics companies look to win over customers who are becoming increasingly wary of chemical ingredients. The French company, the world's biggest maker of skincare and beauty products, said on Wednesday (13 December) the new range based on ingredients such as henna would be aimed at professionals for use in salons across Europe from May 2018. The organic cosmetics boom has been driven by rising numbers of younger consumers rejecting chemical-based products in favor of plant-based ones. (more)

Dead coal mines everywhere are being reincarnated as solar farms
12 December 2017 - The world is quickly abandoning coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. But that's not the end of the road for coal mine -- in many countries they're coming back to life as solar farms. Building solar power plants atop defunct coal plants has several advantages, including putting otherwise hard-to-use lands to productive use. ... (more)

Senegal opens new international airport with economic hopes
7 December 2017 - Senegal's new international airport was opening its runways Thursday [7 December] as the West African country hopes to become a travel hub for the region. The airport, with an estimated cost of $575 million, is five times larger than the old one. It is expected to see 3 million passengers in its first year. A number of cities in West Africa are competing to be the region's air hub including Lome, Togo, which is the base of operations for ASKY Airlines, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (more)

Solarcentury and the chocolate factory; company to build 2.35MWp of solar in Nigeria
4 December 2017 - UK based developer Solarcentury is constructing a 2.35MWp solar project for a Tulip Cocoa Processing (TCP) chocolate factory in Nigeria, North East of Lagos. The project is under a turnkey contract where Solarcentury will also take responsibility for maintenance and operations. The project will consist of solar installations part of which will be roof-mounted and partly ground-mounted, within TCP's operational factories. Solarcentury's Nigeria project is unique as there are very few MW-scale distributed generation and energy storage projects in sub-Sahara Africa. (more)

Spanish and Indian solar associations collaborate
4 December 2017 - Spanish solar association UNEF has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) to support each other in promoting solar energy and defending the interests of the sector in both countries. The collaboration agreement includes cooperation in commercial missions as well as exchange of good practice and technical and regulatory information. (more)

US: Steve Case's $150M Rise of the Rest seed fund launches with an impressive roster of investors
4 December 2017 - A long list of prominent American businesspeople have joined AOL co-founder Steve Case's new Rise of the Rest seed fund for startups in the Midwest and other areas that are often overlooked by investors. Case told the New York Times that the fund has secured $150 million from backers including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet. Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio is also a backer. (more)

US: Tim Belk's new adventure turned the former retailer into an organic farmer
2 December 2017 - Tim Belk always likes to have some kind of project to keep himself busy. ... It's on that 200-plus-acre property [his family's property in Chester, S.C.] that Belk, the former CEO of the Charlotte [North Carolina] department store chain that bears his family's name, is working on as his latest, albeit unexpected, project: Starting an organic farm. Belk described organic farming as a fast-growing industry that's especially attractive to young people willing to invest in sustainability and their well-being. (more)

The beauty industry now has its own green 'seal of approval'
30 November 2017 - It may soon be easier for shoppers to find beauty products without toxic chemicals. The Environmental Working Group has launched EWG Verified, a label that will help consumers spot products that meet stringent ingredient and transparency requirements. The Environmental Working Group nonprofit launched a new label this month [November] called EWG Verified, which certifies personal care products as free from chemicals of concern. (more)

US: Pennsylvania offers $30 million to create solar jobs
30 November 2017 - Apparently, when Pennsylvania commits to developing an industry, they commit. Before the ink was even dry on Governor Tom Wolf's signature on Act 40 -- designed to stabilize the state's solar market -- the governor has made money available for companies that deploy and create solar jobs. (more)

High demand for Ukrainian organic berries
29 November 2017 - Berries continue to gain in popularity amongst consumers around the world. Over the past decade, sales of berries have doubled, with forecasts for the next five years even more optimistic. Ukrainian suppliers are creating cooperatives in response, in order to become more and more competitive in the international market, especially in the EU. According to Ivan Kotyash from Ukrainian Fresh and Frozen Products (UFP), organic berries are even more interesting to producers, with demand at least two times as much as conventional. (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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Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical
11 December 2017 - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use. (more)

West Coast crisis leads to rise in US homeless population (+ AP video)
6 December 2017 - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. Increases are higher in several West Coast cities, where the explosion in homelessness has prompted at least 10 city and county governments to declare states of emergency since 2015. City officials, homeless advocates and those living on the streets point to a main culprit: the region's booming economy. Rents have soared beyond affordability for many lower-wage workers ... The numbers in the report back up what many people in California, Oregon and Washington have been experiencing in their communities: encampments sprouting along freeways and rivers; local governments struggling to come up with money for long-term solutions; conflicts over whether to crack down on street camping and even feeding the homeless. (more)

Murky business: A hunt for answers as children fall sick around Mexico lake
4 December 2017 - Eduardo Baltazar is the youngest person in the tiny Mexican village of Agua Caliente to have a kidney transplant, undergoing the life-saving surgery a month shy of his 13th birthday. The boy is one of many victims of a health crisis in the western state of Jalisco that environmental experts are linking to water and air pollution, despite denials by the government. A University of Guadalajara investigation into the 950 residents of Agua Caliente on the shores of Lake Chapala has confirmed what locals have known for years -- chronic kidney disease has reached epidemic levels and is hitting children hardest. From the smog-coated capital to polluted lakeside villages, agricultural and industrial pollution and poor regulation have sickened communities across Mexico, say campaigners. (more)

Siemens, Trimble, Moody's breached by Chinese hackers, U.S. charges
27 November 2017 - U.S. prosecutors have charged three Chinese nationals affiliated with a cyber security company in China with hacking into Siemens AG, Trimble Inc, and Moody's Analytics to steal business secrets. An indictment unsealed on Monday (27 November) in federal court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, charged the three with launching 'coordinated and unauthorized' cyber attacks between 2011 and 2017. ... Two U.S. government officials told Reuters that Guangzhou Bo Yu, also known as Boyusec, is affiliated with China's People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, and that most if not all its hacking operations are state-sponsored and directed. (more)

UK budget sees economy wilting under Brexit pressure
22 November 2017 - Britain's Treasury chief (Philip Hammond) has outlined cautious spending plans to a nation bracing for the shock of leaving the European Union, amid a stream of worsening of economic forecasts that hampered room for giveaways. Philip Hammond revealed the deteriorating outlook in his annual budget speech to Parliament on Wednesday (22 November), with slowing growth and a stubborn deficit . . . Hammond, who has been nicknamed 'Eeyore' because of his cautious approach, had been under pressure to appear upbeat about the economy's prospects after Brexit. And though Hammond did his best to put a happy stamp on things ... the part of his speech he himself described as 'economicky' revealed the painful truth. The economy is slowing. (more)

'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)


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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