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UN: $1 billion fund established to boost sustainable farming
19 October 2017 - California-based Rabobank NA is launching with the United Nations $1 billion in financing for farmers to transition to more sustainable practices as food companies and consumers are demanding more supply chain transparency. 'We have to incentivize farmers to change their practices,' said Berry Marttin, a member of Rabobank's managing board. Marttin said the bank had done a project in Brazil to curb deforestation and encourage farmers to extend their crop rotations to boost soil productivity. (more)

Solar industry wants to build Puerto Rico's grid of the future
18 October 2017 - Puerto Rico is focused on restoring power as quickly as possible, but it can't ignore the chance to rethink its entire energy grid. The solar industry has taken particular interest in San Juan in the aftermath of the hurricane. It's primarily a humanitarian effort for these companies, but it's also a chance to showcase an energy source capable of enduring natural disasters. Tesla Inc. is sending its Powerwall battery systems and Sunrun has sent more than 12,000 pounds of solar products and equipment to the island. The Solar Energy Industries Association has received pledges for more than $1.2 million in product and monetary contributions from its network. (more)

Barcelona's African street traders swap crime for craft
12 October 2017 - When Alioune Thiam arrived in Barcelona, he joined hundreds of other undocumented African migrants peddling their wares illegally on the streets. Now he's part of a scheme to give some of the Spanish city's most vulnerable people an alternative. Senegalese-born Thiam arrived in Barcelona by plane in 2007, joining his brother. But he couldn't get a job because he didn't have a work permit. (more)

Mexican mogul Slim donates $105 million to earthquake recovery efforts
10 October 2017 - Mexican mogul Carlos Slim's foundation will donate more than $105 million (1.978 billion pesos) to help the country recover from two large earthquakes in September, Slim announced on Tuesday, 10 October. The Carlos Slim Foundation also collected more than $21 million dollars from outside donors, raising the total contribution to more than $126 million. More than 217,000 donors participated in the effort, Slim said. Slim said the group will focus its efforts on rebuilding schools, reinforcing historic buildings, and assisting hospitals. (more)

Solar competitors band together to help bring electricity to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico
9 October 2017 - Solar companies are banding together to help restore electricity to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico as 90 percent of the island's 3.5 million residents remain without power. Solar supplies such as roofing, generators, and tent shelters worth about $2 million are expected to arrive in the territory in the coming weeks. Most of that aid is coming from a national solar industry group, which is sending a plane to Puerto Rico with $1.2 million in supplies donated by its members. More aid is coming from a new group called Light Up Puerto Rico that was formed in the days after Hurricane Maria tore through the island. (more)

Boeing-backed, hybrid-electric commuter plane to hit market in 2022
5 October 2017 - A Seattle-area startup, backed by the venture capital arms of Boeing Co and JetBlue Airways Corp announced plans on Thursday (5 October) to bring a small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market by 2022. The small airliner is the first of several planes planned by Zunum Aero, which said it would seat up to 12 passengers and be powered by two electric motors, dramatically reducing the travel time and cost of trips under 1,000 miles (1,600 km). Zunum's planes would fly from thousands of small airports around big cities to cut regional travel times and costs. (more)

How solar energy saved a Puerto Rican farm from Hurricane Maria
4 October 2017 - While his competitors wait for diesel to restart generators knocked out by Hurricane Maria, flower grower Hector Santiago is already back in business because of solar panels powering his 40-acre (16.2-hectare) nursery in central Puerto Rico. Santiago's experience has left him hoping that Puerto Rico will begin relying more on solar power and other renewable energy as it looks to fix its damaged grid. (more)

Organic farming shows steady growth in Minnesota, U.S., annual survey shows
3 October 2017 - Cow milk was the most valuable organic product in Minnesota in 2016, racking up more than $43 million in sales from 108 farms, and the state is also a major producer of organic corn and organic soybeans. Minnesota reported 545 certified organic farms and more than 130,000 acres of organic farmland last year, making it ninth-largest in the nation. (more)

World Tourism Day 27 September focuses on sustainable tourism
27 September 2017 - In 2017, the celebration of World Tourism Day focuses on how sustainable tourism can contribute to development and it is held in Doha (Qatar). Sustainable tourism is defined as tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities. It should thus make optimal use of environmental resources, respect host communities and ensure viable, long-term economic operations so that benefits are equitably distributed among all stakeholders. (more)

US: From coal to kale -- saving rural economies with local food
20 September 2017 - A new book co-published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis says the time has never been better for thriving regional food systems, given Americans' increasing interest in fresh, local food. For example, Delta County, Colorado officials and business leaders have been driven to envision life and business in Delta County after coal. The county is already home to one of the state's largest concentration of organic produce farms and livestock ranches. What they need is more efficient distribution channels. (more)


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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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Fake news is still here, despite efforts by Google, Facebook
9 October 2017 - Nearly a year after Facebook and Google launched offensives against fake news, they're still inadvertently promoting it -- often at the worst possible times. Online services designed to engross users aren't so easily retooled to promote greater accuracy, it turns out. Especially with online trolls, pranksters and more malicious types scheming to evade new controls as they're rolled out. (more)

Liz Weston: Equifax just changed the rest of your life
2 October 2017 - Adding freezes to your credit reports is an appropriate response to the massive Equifax database breach that exposed the private information of 143 million Americans. ... But there are so many other ways the bad guys can use the information they stole, which included Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and some driver's license numbers. (more)

How a dam building boom is transforming the Brazilian Amazon
26 September 2017 - Brazil is in the midst of a dam-building spree in the Amazon basin that is changing the face of the world's largest tropical forest region. The boom is driven by the country's agricultural and heavy industrial interests, is being carried out with little regard to the impacts on indigenous people and the environment, is proceeding with little effort to capitalize on the nation's vast renewable energy potential, and is often fueled by corruption. (more)

U.S. tribal patent deal could have big impact on generic drug market
11 September 2017 - A groundbreaking deal between Allergan Plc and a Native American tribe to shield the company's patents in administrative proceedings could also be used be to protect them from challenges in federal court, legal experts said, potentially dealing a blow to generic competition. The deal takes advantage of the fact that the tribe is treated as a sovereign nation immune to civil lawsuits. (more)

Drinks industry distorts alcohol cancer risk: scientists
7 September 2017 - The alcohol industry uses denial, distortion, and distraction to mislead people about the risks of developing cancer from drinking, often employing similar tactics to those of the tobacco industry, a study said on Thursday, 7 September. The World Health Organization says drinking alcohol is a well-established risk factor for a range of cancers . . . And the risk of cancer rises with levels of alcohol consumed. 'The weight of scientific evidence is clear -- drinking alcohol increases the risk of some of the most common forms of cancer,' said Mark Petticrew, a professor of public Health at the LSHTM who co-led the study. (more)

Half of German companies hit by sabotage, spying in last two years, BSI says
21 July 2017 - More than half the companies in Germany have been hit by spying, sabotage, or data theft in the last two years, the German IT industry association Bitkom said on Friday [21 July], and estimated the attacks caused around 55 billion euros' worth of damage a year. Arne Schoenbohm, President of Germany's BSI federal cyber agency, said many big companies and especially those operating critical infrastructure were generally well-prepared for cyber attacks. But many smaller and medium-sized companies did not take the threat seriously enough, he said. (more)

Fashion brands bring hand-washing but little else to India's garment workers, say critics
20 July 2017 - Five years and $630,000 later, the Ethical Trading Initiative has done little more than teach workers hand washing. The agenda was to improve the conditions for tens of thousands of India's women garment workers who stitch everything from jeans to jackets for the world's leading fashion brands. Five years and 485,000 pounds ($630,000) later, the ETI, which brings together labels like H and M, GAP, and Burberry with unions, factory owners and civil society groups, has done little more than teach workers hand washing, campaigners say. Trade unions and labour rights charities, some of them partners in the initiative, say its shortcomings show big stores are merely paying lip service to the rights of garment workers. (more)

Opium numbs the pain for Indian pickers exploited on Italian farms
19 July 2017 - For almost three years, Amandeep started most of his working days eating opium and ended them smoking heroin. In between he picked watermelons for up to 13 hours a day in what activists say are exploitative conditions faced by thousands of Indian labourers in Italy's Pontine Marshes, just south of Rome. About 30,000 Indians, mainly Sikhs from Punjab state, live in the Pontine Marshes, a region that Italy's fascist regime drained for agriculture in the 1930s. Most work as labourers and over the last decade many have been forced to work for virtually nothing to pay off debts to agents who promised good jobs and organised travel from India. This is known as debt bondage -- the most prevalent form of modern-day slavery worldwide according to the United Nations. As many as 46 million people are estimated to be enslaved globally ... A growing number of these labourers [Indian workers] are taking drugs to cope with long hours, poor conditions and very low pay, according to interviews with workers, doctors, police, and rights groups. . . . At least one worker told a mobile health clinic that he wanted to quit but found it difficult as poppy use was 'strongly encouraged' on his farm. (more)

Inside Philip Morris' push to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty
13 July 2017 - The world's largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation. A group of cigarette company executives stood in the lobby of a drab convention center near New Delhi last November. Treaty officials didn't want them there. ... There was a big name missing from the group: Philip Morris International Inc. A Philip Morris representative later told Reuters its employees didn't turn up because the company knew it wasn't welcome. In fact, executives from the largest publicly traded tobacco firm had flown in from around the world to New Delhi for the anti-tobacco meeting. Unknown to treaty organizers, they were staying at a hotel an hour from the convention center, working from an operations room there. Philip Morris International would soon be holding secret meetings with delegates from the government of Vietnam and other treaty members. The object of these clandestine activities: the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or FCTC, a treaty aimed at reducing smoking globally. Reuters has found that Philip Morris International is running a secretive campaign to block or weaken treaty provisions that save millions of lives by curbing tobacco use. ... 'Some people think that with tobacco, you've won the battle,' said former Finnish Health Minister Pekka Puska, who chaired an FCTC committee last year. 'No way,' he said. 'The tobacco industry is more powerful than ever.' (more)

US: Summer vacation? Lots of Americans say they can't afford it
15 June 2017 - Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways, and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (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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