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Irish companies take a shine to rooftop solar
23 May 2017 - Could rooftop solar electricity generation catch on in Ireland and give commercial property owners a chance to add value to their assets while slashing energy costs? Solar energy is no longer a 'coming' technology: it already accounts for 7 per cent of power generated in Germany, a country at a similar latitude to Ireland. (more)

Afghan women break ground with TV station launch
19 May 2017 - A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men. Zan TV ('Women's TV') launches on Sunday with a staff of all female presenters and producers, following a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media. (more)

Major U.S. hotel groups sponsor tourism investment meeting in Havana
17 May 2017 - The annual Latin American Hotel and Tourism Investment Conferences meeting opened in Havana this week and the list of sponsors read like the who's who of the U.S. hotel industry. The head of the organization, Arturo Garcia, told Reuters it was no accident that the likes of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Choice, and Wyndham were supportive. (more)

Thailand's April tourist arrivals up 7 pct, outlook positive
16 May 2017 - International tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 7 percent in April from a year earlier and the government predicted a pick up in Chinese visitors will help it achieving its target for 2017. Tourism accounts for 12 percent of Thailand's economic output . . . Foreign arrivals . . . in the first four months of this year were up 2.9 percent from the same period a year earlier ... (more)

US: Low-budget Chevy Bolt EV dealer ad normalizes electric cars
12 May 2017 - Ah, local car-dealer ads on television. You've likely seen them, usually during the local ad minute on national shows, often late at night or in the cheaper slots. They're mostly formulaic, but each one mixes several elements for its own unique blend of attention-grabbing pitch. ...We're delighted to see that even the Chevy Bolt EV electric car is now the subject of a low-budget local dealer ad that has almost all of these elements. That gives the Bolt EV a weird kind of mainstream cred that detailed discussions of cost-per-mile, carbon footprint, or even polar bears just can't offer. .... [Ourisman Chevrolet of Rockland, Maryland] sells more than 1,000 Chevrolets a year and, more importantly, has been the top-selling dealer in its zone for the two generations of the Volt plug-in hybrid. ... Ourisman Chevy has also delivered 22 Bolt EVs since the first one arrived in February. ... we're encouraged by the normality of treating the Bolt EV just like any other car. (more)

BMW expands German ride-sharing program with 550 electric cars
11 May 2017 - BMW has shown its dedication to improving its electric vehicle offerings in both the United States and worldwide. It has been made clear that Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a large focus of BMW's future, and one that it plans on investing in heavily. Recently, BMW has announced that its joint ride sharing platform would be the next target of its electrification project. ... BMW is also investing heavily in electric charging throughout the United States in preparation for future infrastructure needs. (more)

Brazil's Mato Grosso leads push for GM-free soy
11 May 2017 - A movement to replace genetically modified soybeans with conventional seeds is gaining traction in Brazil's largest soy-producing state of Mato Grosso as farmers anticipate growing demand from Asia and Europe. Wininton Mendes, coordinator of a program to promote use of conventional seeds run by Mato Grosso growers and the government agricultural research agency Embrapa, said doubts related to the impact of GM food on human health is one driver behind demand for conventional raw materials. (more)

German services sector growth remains solid in April - PMI
4 May 2017 - Germany's services sector fell slightly but remained strong in April, a survey showed on Thursday, suggesting Europe's largest economy will post healthy growth in the first quarter. Markit's final services Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) . . . beat a flash estimate and remained well above the 50.0 mark that separates growth from contraction. Improving demand and increased staffing kept business sentiment in positive territory as service providers anticipate growth over the next 12 months . . . (more)

French manufacturing activity hits six-year high in April: PMI
2 May 2017 - French manufacturing activity rose to a six-year high in April as new orders improved further even though firms raised prices to pass on higher raw material costs, a survey showed on Tuesday [2 May]. Data compiler IHS Markit said its final purchasing managers' index rose to 55.1 in April from 53.3 in March, reaching the highest level since April 2011. The flow of new orders improved for the seventh month in a row to also reach a six-year high, with some firms reporting improved demand from the construction sector, which is in the early stages of a recovery after a slump. (more)

German manufacturing growth near six-year high in April: PMI
2 May 2017 - German manufacturing activity held near a six-year high at the start of the second quarter, a survey showed on Tuesday [2 May], suggesting factories will continue to support economic growth in Europe's biggest economy. Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for manufacturing, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy, ... has now held above the 50 line separating growth from contraction for 29 months running, the second-longest run of growth in activity in the 21-year history of the survey. (more)


Success of Maharishi's Programmes
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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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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)

For most Americans, Dow 20,000 carries little benefit
26 January 2017 - While Wall Street celebrates yet another stock market record -- surpassing 20,000 on the Dow Jones industrial average -- many Americans have little reason to cheer. Research by Edward Wolff, an economist at New York University, found that the wealthiest 10 percent of households owned 81.4 percent of stock market wealth as of 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available. The middle 60 percent of U.S. households owned just 7.7 percent. Those figures include stocks held in individual retirement plans and 401(k)s as well as in mutual funds. The giant mutual fund company Vanguard says its typical retirement account balance in 2015 was $26,405. (more)

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)


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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