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Families trek to unsafe wells as taps run dry in drought-hit Zimbabwe
28 January 2020 - In Zimbabwe's second city Bulawayo, Abraham Kavalanjila and his two sons give up waiting for the water to come back on and trek out into the maize fields to draw on an open well. They know it is risky drinking untreated water from a borehole used by so many other people. 'We have no option. This water is dangerous as you can see, just check,' says Kavalanjila ... City authorities say they have had to shut down water supplies for 96 hours a week ... to cope with a sharp fall in reservoir levels caused by the country's worst drought in years. (more)

Most U.S. adults worrying about at least two financial issues
26 January 2020 - Most U.S. adults report worrying about at least two financial issues, such as being able to afford medical bills, retirement, or a child's college education, new research finds. Financial distress had a relatively greater effect on mental health in women and Latinos, while less-educated whites reported the most psychological distress. College tuition was the top worry, reported by about 56 percent of participants, followed by paying for retirement, by about 49 percent. (more)

Factbox: How a virus impacts the economy and markets
23 January 2020 - The outbreak of a new virus in China has sent shivers through world financial markets, with investors drawing comparisons to the 2003 SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in order to assess its potential economic impact. [This Reuters] factbox collates the estimates of the economic impacts of past such episodes as well as individual company winners and losers from the current outbreak. (more)

JUUL use more than doubled among U.S. teens, young adults in one year
23 January 2020 - Between 2018 and 2019, use of JUUL vaping devices doubled among U.S. young people aged 18 to 20 and more than tripled among those aged 21 to 24, a new study finds. ... U.S. public health officials have expressed concern about 'epidemic' rates of e-cigarette use among youth. (more)

Nearly 450 schools shut as pollution chokes Thai capital
23 January 2020 - Authorities in the Thai capital ordered nearly 450 schools to close on Wednesday [22 January] as pollution levels reached dangerously unhealthy levels. Like many growing Asian cities, Bangkok is plagued by vehicle fumes, dust from construction sites, and emissions from industry but the burning of stubble and undergrowth in fields in surrounding rural areas is believed to contribute to much higher pollution levels in the dry, winter months. (more)

China says new virus adapting and mutating
22 January 2020 - A new virus that has killed nine people is adapting and mutating, underscoring the challenges for health authorities in controlling the outbreak, a Chinese health official said on Wednesday [22 January]. The coronavirus originated from a market with illegal wildlife transactions, Gao Fu, the director-general of China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news briefing. (more)

China virus spreads to U.S., curbing travel plans and spooking markets
22 January 2020 - The toll from the Wuhan coronavirus in China rose to six deaths on Tuesday [21 January] and the first case was reported in the United States, sending markets tumbling on fears of economic damage as tourists canceled travel plans and airports stepped up screening. ... The outbreak, which began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, also worried financial markets as investors recalled China's Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2002-2003, a coronavirus outbreak that killed nearly 800 people. (more)

Factbox: What we know about the new coronavirus spreading in China and beyond
22 January 2020 - At least nine people have died from a new coronavirus in China following an outbreak in the city of Wuhan and more than 470 cases have been reported globally, most in China. Global health authorities fear the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel at home and abroad during the week-long Lunar New Year holiday. (more)

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Decreased Crime Rate chart

When one per cent of the population of a city or town practices Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Programme, the crime rate significantly decreases over the long term. This is known as the Maharishi Effect, which is the phenomenon of the rise of coherence in the collective consciousness of any community.


The collective practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme creates harmony and coherence throughout the environment, leading to reduced hostility and increased cooperation between nations.

Reduced Armed Conflict chart

Large groups of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme create an environment of harmony and coherence for themselves and for the whole world.

Reduced Conflict chart

When the number of individuals practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in a group excedes the square root of one per cent of a nation’s population,there is a significant reduction in conflict both at home and throughout the world.


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