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Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan married at Windsor
19 May 2018 - Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become husband and wife in a moving ceremony at Windsor Castle. The wedding service combined British tradition with modernity and the bride's African-American heritage. Lady Jane Fellowes, the sister of Prince Harry's late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, gave a reading from the Song of Solomon. After the service, the [couple] travelled through Windsor along a route lined by tens of thousands of well-wishers. (more)

Scotland: Paisley hosts British Bagpipe Band Championships
19 May 2018 - Thousands of people have descended on Paisley [Scotland] to see more than 130 of the world's best pipe bands battle it out in the British championships. More than 4,000 pipers and drummers -- some from as far afield as Denmark -- gathered on St James Playing Fields. (more)

U.S. bishop wows Royal Wedding with impassioned sermon on love
19 May 2018 - African-American bishop Michael Curry electrified the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a barnstorming sermon on the power of love that won smiles in the ancient British chapel and praise across the internet. 'There's power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalise it,' he said at the start of an address that jolted the congregation after a long period of serene choral music and ceremony. Members of the royal family, including Harry's brother Prince William, could be seen on TV smiling during the lengthy address. (more)

Amid conflict, Jews and Muslims in US seek solidarity
15 May 2018 - As turmoil spreads through the Middle East, American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust and seek solidarity in more ambitious ways than in the past, a sharp contrast to the violence engulfing their homelands this week. Muslims and Jews have dispatched members into mosques and synagogues to learn about each other's faiths, made a joint trip to tour civil rights sites in the South, and formed partnerships involving CEOs of major corporations. Leaders of the groups said the challenging world events have provided impetus for the outreach efforts ... (more)

Muslim scholars: Suicide attacks violate Islamic principles
12 May 2018 - Muslim scholars from three countries issued an edict Friday (11 May) saying that violent extremism and terrorism, including suicide attacks, are against Islamic principles, in an effort to convince the Taliban to end their violence. Seventy prominent scholars from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia issued the fatwa, or edict, at a conference in Indonesia on ways to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. In a declaration, the scholars said Islam was a religion of peace and denounced all kinds of violent extremism and terrorism. (more)

Kites: Age-old hobby gives new generation of fans a lift in US
8 May 2018 - When Kay and Larry Day came across a kite shop while vacationing in Wisconsin nearly two decades ago, they decided to buy kites for their grandchildren. On a whim, Larry bought one for himself. Since then, the couple -- particularly Larry -- have been hooked on kite flying. They own dozens of kites, plan vacations around flying them, and organize an annual winter kite-flying festival in their hometown of Clear Lake, Iowa. While the hobby might be unusual, it has a long history as a pastime for adults and children. (more)

US: An orchestra adopts a city, one kid at a time
8 May 2018 - When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra started an after-school music program 10 years ago, it had 30 students. Now it has 1,300 -- and counting. From the outside, Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School looks forbidding, a tan monolith built in the 1970s. Some of the rowhouses across the street are boarded up -- reminders of the cycles of poverty and abandonment this city has struggled with for years. (more)

Diamond city of Antwerp now has a sparkling diamond museum
4 May 2018 - Antwerp has long been known as the world's greatest diamond city. Now it has a new museum to go with a vibrant diamond trading scene that goes back six centuries. The DIVA museum opened its doors in the Belgian city Friday (4 May) to highlight the beauty and dazzle of the precious stones and the jewelry and silverware they have adorned through the ages. Curator Romy Cockx says the museum also teaches visitors about the history of diamonds and jewelry-making. (more)

Native knowledge: What ecologists are learning from Indigenous People
26 April 2018 - Around the globe, researchers are turning to what is known as Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) to fill out an understanding of the natural world. TEK is deep knowledge of a place that has been painstakingly discovered by those who have adapted to it over thousands of years. 'People have relied on this detailed knowledge for their survival,' researcher Henry Huntington and a colleague wrote in an article on the subject. 'They have literally staked their lives on its accuracy and repeatability.' (more)

The world has entered an 'age of philanthropy'
26 April 2018 - As the rich get richer, the world has entered an 'age of philanthropy', with education the most popular focus of some 260,000 foundations globally, researchers said on Thursday. 'If this trajectory continues, philanthropy will be poised to have an increasingly significant social and economic impact.' (more)


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David Lynch curates a weekend festival including films, music, and Transcendental Meditation - Vanity Fair reports
21 May 2018 - The third-annual, two-day Festival of Disruption was held for the first time in New York on 19-20 May at Brooklyn Steel, featuring panels, film screenings, musical guests, and lectures on Transcendental Meditation. As in years past, proceeds went directly to the David Lynch Foundation, which teaches Transcendental Meditation to inner-city youths, veterans, and survivors of domestic abuse. Bob Roth, CEO of the foundation, explained in his opening remarks, 'Look what's going on in the world today. Constant upheaval. Constant disruptions. . . . Inside, we do things to access our own reservoir of creativity and resilience.' As Roth and David Lynch, his longtime friend and fellow practitioner, see it, TM holds the power to 'disrupt narrowness of thinking, prejudice, and bias'. (more)

David Lynch's Festival of Disruption: 19-20 May, New York City - and its link to Transcendental Meditation
18 May 2018 - A music festival fan would have plenty to enjoy at the Festival of Disruption, the filmmaker David Lynch-curated weekend that makes its debut in New York this weekend after two successful runs in Los Angeles. But the star of the two days - and a trait that links many of the performers together - is Transcendental Meditation, the heart of the event and the David Lynch Foundation, for which the festival is raising funds. Proceeds go to the organization, with the goal of bringing the meditation technique to schools, survivors of domestic abuse, veterans, and others in need of stress relief. (more)

Watch replay of Bob Roth on The Ellen Show: Ellen DeGeneres welcomes Transcendental Meditation expert
3 April 2018 - On her show yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres talked with Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation and longtime teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. Author of the new bestseller on TM, Strength in Stillness, Roth said that this 'simple, natural, easily-learned technique . . . allows your active, agitated thinking mind to settle down and access a field of calm that lies deep within every one of us' - noting its scientifically proven effectiveness against the 'epidemic of stress' in every area of our society. Ellen, who learned TM over seven years ago, said, 'It really helps you, it makes a difference, it just calms you down.' (more)

Jennifer Aniston praises Transcendental Meditation
6 March 2018 - Jennifer Aniston revealed she practises Transcendental Meditation every morning in a bid to stay calm, centred and grateful for what she has. Known for her devotion to exercise and a healthy diet, Jennifer talked about the advantages of TM in a video quoted in Inquisitr. The publication also noted research recently published in Military Medicine that found reduced symptoms of PTSD in veterans who practised Transcendental Meditation. (more)

Short film by Maharishi University of Management alum competes at Sundance Film Festival
14 February 2018 - As a business and digital media major at Maharishi University of Management, Andrew Runkle got swept up in the world of filmmaking early on and never looked back. He is now a successful video producer, with a short film that was screened in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Recently he produced several big-brand commercials that featured celebrity athletes, including Michael Jordan. 'I get a lot of fulfilment from seeing a project realize from start to finish - being able to bring something to life and see that come to fruition in a relatively short amount of time,' he said. (more)

Tonight: Live webcast - David Lynch, Bob Roth: 'A Conversation on Meditation, Creativity, and Life'
12 February 2018 - It's 2018, and who among us doesn't feel stressed and exhausted? Join David Lynch and Bob Roth this Monday evening, 12 Feb - on a live webcast from the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles - as they discuss the Transcendental Meditation technique, why it works, how it differs from mindfulness and other forms of meditation, and its broader applications in our complex society. Bob Roth is Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, founded by filmmaker David Lynch, which offers Transcendental Meditation to at-risk groups including veterans with PTSD, and women and children survivors of abuse. Roth is author of the new book, Strength in Stillness. (more)

Women: Let's march onward and inward in 2018
1 February 2018 - 'Valuing and respecting women - in fact, valuing everyone - is the foundation for thriving as a society,' writes award-winning author Ann Purcell. This year, in addition to 'achieving a real balance of power between the two genders. . . . every woman can take an even more profound step by accessing the essence of her being. At the deepest level of our minds and hearts, there is an ocean of silence from which infinite nourishing power - our intelligence, creativity and dynamism - arise. . . . Many powerful women such as Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Katy Perry, and Arianna Huffington practice Transcendental Meditation. They all know that strength and the roots of harmony lie within. . . . All these women have realized the importance of diving beyond the layers of doubt, superficialities, and insecurities to a place of pure peace, joy, stillness, strength - one's inherent truth.' (more)

TM at Oregon Tails: 20 minutes morning and evening, 50 dogs all day
30 January 2018 - Jonathan Czinder hails from the midwestern USA where he grew up practising the Transcendental Meditation technique. After college he moved to Portland, Oregon where he pursued his love of working with dogs and founded the Oregon Tails Dog Ranch. 'My team and I handle about 50 dogs each day,' he says. 'Practising the TM technique has been a huge element in my work with dogs. It helps me be in the moment, and the more present I am, the greater my awareness to observe and feel out the dogs I'm working with.' With a waiting list of 100 customers, Jonathan says, 'I'm grateful to my TM practice for allowing me to clearly see what I want in life, and for instilling in me the confidence and energy to create it.' (more)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's comments to the press - Christmas, 2002
25 December 2017 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi replies to a question from the world press on the Vedic nature of Christ's words, 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.' - 25 December 2002, MERU, Netherlands. (more)

Powered by Transcendental Meditation: Artist Krista Kim and the Techism movement
13 December 2017 - Artist Krista Kim's 'canvas' is digital images of LED lights. Her 'brushes' and 'paints' various kinds of software. For inspiration she uses Transcendental Meditation to dive into the creative silence deep within. 'You just basically tap into this creative force of intelligence from where all things come, and this collective intelligence . . . you go into this deep state of bliss and then when you come out, you feel amazing, you feel like you've touched the sky.' After learning TM, 'I felt that every aspect of my life, whether it's being a mother, being an artist, being a person, just being myself, it just made everything better, brought it to a new level.' Krista feels that meditation and art are vital to creating a better world. She is a pioneer bridging the gap between art and tech: 'The more involved artists are in conversation amongst leading-edge technology innovators, the more humane the future becomes.' (more)


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AP analysis: American Americans largely left out among high-paying jobs
31 March 2018 - Jonathan Garland's fascination with architecture started early: He spent much of his childhood designing Lego houses and gazing at Boston buildings on rides with his father away from their largely minority neighborhood. But when Garland looked around at his architectural college, he didn't see many who looked like him -- there were few black faces in classroom seats, and fewer teaching skills or giving lectures. ... An Associated Press analysis of government data has found that black workers are chronically underrepresented compared with whites in high-salary jobs in technology, business, life sciences, and architecture and engineering, among other areas. Instead, many black workers find jobs in low-wage, less-prestigious fields where they're overrepresented, such as food service or preparation, building maintenance and office work, the AP analysis found. (more)

AP-NORC Poll: 50 years after MLK, civil rights goals unmet
30 March 2018 - Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., only 1 in 10 African Americans think the United States has achieved all or most of the goals of the civil rights movement he led, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Three-quarters of African Americans said there has been little or no progress on fair treatment by police, and more than half answered the same about fair coverage by the media, political representation, or equal economic opportunities. (more)

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name
4 September 2017 - Chinese millennials with a dim view of their career and marriage prospects can wallow in despair with a range of teas such as 'achieved-absolutely-nothing black tea', and 'my-ex's-life-is-better-than-mine fruit tea'. While the drink names at the Sung chain of tea stalls are tongue-in-cheek, the sentiment they reflect is serious: a significant number of young Chinese with high expectations have become discouraged and embrace an attitude known on social media as 'sang', after a Chinese character associated with the word 'funeral' that describes being dispirited. It's a reaction to cut-throat competition for good jobs in an economy that isn't as robust as it was a few years ago and when home-ownership -- long seen as a near-requirement for marriage in China -- is increasingly unattainable in major cities as apartment prices have soared. While 'sang' can be a pose or affectation, despondency among a segment of educated young people is a genuine concern for President Xi Jinping and his government, which prizes stability. ... The average starting salary for college graduates dropped by 16 percent this year to 4,014 yuan ($608) per month amid intensifying competition for jobs as a record 8 million graduate from Chinese universities -- nearly ten times the number in 1997. (more)

Key radical Islamist groups in Bangladesh
3 July 2016 - The hostage crisis at a restaurant in Bangladesh's capital that left 28 dead, including 20 hostages and six militants, has focused attention on the radical Islamist attacks occurring in the moderate, mostly Muslim country in the past few years. Most have been claimed by the Islamic State group or by al-Qaida's local branch, but the government vehemently denies these transnational jihadi groups have any presence in the country. Instead, the government blames domestic militants and its political opponents of trying to destabilize the country. Authorities have cracked down on extremist groups by banning them from operating and arresting many of their members. The opposition parties deny the allegation that they're involved. A look at some of the main Islamic political parties and radical groups in the country: (more)

Hostage crisis leaves 28 dead in Bangladesh diplomatic zone
2 July 2016 - The dramatic, 10-hour hostage crisis that gripped Bangladesh's diplomatic zone ended Saturday morning with at least 28 dead, including six of the attackers, as commandos raided the popular restaurant where heavily armed attackers were holding dozens of foreigners and Bangladeshis prisoner while hurling bombs and engaging in a gunbattle with security forces. The victims included 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, and two Bangladeshi police officers. The attack marks an escalation in militant violence that has hit the traditionally moderate Muslim-majority nation with increasing frequency in recent months, with the extremists demanding the secular government set up Islamic rule. (more)

U.S. families struggling with teens' phone addiction: report
3 May 2016 - Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found. The majority of parents concurred. The findings from the nonprofit group Common Sense Media, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, highlighted the tension such close ties to devices can cause, with it disrupting driving, homework, and other time together. 'It is causing daily conflict in homes,' Common Sense Media's founder and CEO James Steyer said in a statement. (more)

Retaking Syria's Palmyra reveals more shattered antiquities
28 March 2016 - The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city's museum. Experts say they need time to assess the full extent of damage in Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site which once attracted tens of thousands of tourists every year. The Sunni extremist group, which has imposed a violent interpretation of Islamic law across the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq, claims ancient relics promote idolatry. But it is also believed to have profited from looted antiquities. (more)

'Here we go again' -- Americans' lament after Oregon shooting
2 October 2015 - The news from Oregon was grim enough in isolation -- nine people shot dead at a community college. For many Americans it was all the sadder as a reminder of how frequent, how depressingly routine, mass shootings have become -- in malls, at churches, and so often at schools and colleges. (more)

Horrific stampede at hajj in Saudi Arabia kills 717 pilgrims
24 September 2015 - A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades. At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defense directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday. It was the second major disaster during this year's hajj season. Two survivors interviewed by The Associated Press said the disaster began when one wave of pilgrims found themselves heading into a mass of people going in another direction. (more)

Unsupervised teens more likely to use tobacco, pot, and alcohol
18 September 2015 - A small U.S. study appears to confirm adult fears that teens who spend more than the average amount of unsupervised time 'hanging out' with peers have higher odds of smoking cigarettes and marijuana and drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, greater than average involvement in structured school and after-school activities did not seem to offer a protective effect. Organized time, such as arts classes at school, religious activities outside school, or community volunteer work had a very modest protective effect. (more)

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