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Canada says new waves of coronavirus could swamp healthcare system, send death toll soaring
14 August 2020 - Canada is planning for a 'reasonable worst case scenario' in which new waves of the coronavirus would intermittently swamp the public health system and send the death toll soaring, officials said on Friday [14 August]. Under the scenario, there would be a large peak later this year followed by a number of smaller peaks and valleys stretching to January 2022. Each peak would exceed the health system's capacity. (more)

Farmers fear hunger as floods worsen pandemic woes in western Nepal
14 August 2020 - Seasonal migrants returning to Nepal from India because of COVID-19 are struggling as huge floods damage their homes and crops. On Thursday [6 August], the Red Cross said almost 17.5 million people had been affected and more than 630 killed by major floods and landslides in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal so far this monsoon season, including almost 200 dead or missing in Nepal. (more)

US: Rural families without internet face tough choice on school
14 August 2020 - John Ross worries about his children returning to their classrooms this fall with coronavirus cases rising in Kentucky, but he feels he doesn't have much of a choice: His family's limited internet access makes it nearly impossible for the kids to keep up with schoolwork from home. ...Lee County, a community of around 7,000 people deep in the Appalachian Mountains, is one of many rural school districts around the country where the decision over whether to bring students back into classrooms is particularly fraught. As in other places, parents and officials are concerned about the virus, but dramatically limited internet access here also means kids could fall seriously behind if the pandemic keeps them home again. (more)

Dozens of Beirut clinics non-functional after blast
12 August 2020 - The damage caused by last week's deadly explosion in Beirut continues to hamper healthcare in the Lebanese capital. The World Health Organization (WHO) assessed 55 healthcare facilities in the city and found that half of them were 'non-functional'. Three major hospitals had to close and three more had to reduce their capacity following the blast. (more)

Drier than the Sahara: heatwave fans fire risk for French farmers
12 August 2020 - On a farm in France, firefighters beat down the flames that had turned a field of wheat black, but they were too late to save the combine harvester. Caught in the blaze, it belched out flames and thick smoke while the farmer looked on helpless. Crop and forest fires are a ritual of summer in France, but a warming climate has meant the risk has increased and the danger zone has expanded from southern France to the north, scientists say. (more)

Last year was one of three warmest on record, researchers find
12 August 2020 - Last year was one of the three warmest on record, with glaciers melting, sea levels rising and a spate of wildfires, heatwaves and droughts, research published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) showed. The BAMS annual State of the Climate Report, by 528 climate scientists from 61 countries, said only 2015 and 2016 were hotter than 2019, based on records dating to the mid- to late 1800s. (more)

Why the Mauritius oil spill is so serious
12 August 2020 - The amount of oil spilled from the Japanese-owned ship nearby the lagoons and coastal areas of south-east Mauritius is relatively low compared to the big oil spills the world has seen in the past, but the damage it will do is going to be huge, experts say. (more)

New Zealand considers freight as possible source of new coronavirus cluster
11 August 2020 - New Zealand officials are investigating the possibility that its first COVID-19 cases in more than three months were imported by freight, as the country plunged back into lockdown on Wednesday. ...The source of the outbreak has baffled health officials, who said they were confident there were was no local transmission of the virus in New Zealand for 102 days and that the family had not travelled overseas. (more)

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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.

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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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