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Earth Day 2018: Everything you need to know
22 April 2018 - First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day takes place worldwide on 22 April to show support for protecting the environment. Now, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are estimated to participate in Earth Day activities every year, according to Earth Day Network, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that organizes the event worldwide. Earth Day is considered the world's largest secular event. (more)

International Mother Earth Day - 22 April
19 April 2018 - Mother Earth is a common expression for the planet earth in a number of countries and regions, which reflects the interdependence that exists among human beings, other living species, and the planet we all inhabit. The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth. International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. (more)

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island
16 April 2018 - Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls, and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in January by two amateur archaeologists, one of them a 13-year-old boy, in a field near the village of Schaprode. The state archaeology office then became involved and the entire treasure was uncovered by experts over the weekend, the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania state archaeology office said Monday (16 April). (more)

Thailand ready for more spending as New Year's festival regains its splash
13 April 2018 - More tourism, more spending, and more water splashing festivities are expected as the traditional Thai New Year holiday begins Friday (14 April), with the country's celebrated Songkran festival returning to normal after a yearlong mourning for the late King that ended in October (2017). With April being the hottest time of the year in Thailand, people splashing water on each other is regarded as a New Year's blessing. Traditionally, young people pour water onto the palms of their elders to show respect. (more)

Thailand: Visitors flock to North for its unique Songkran celebrations
13 April 2018 - Thais and foreigners are flocking in large numbers to many northern provinces, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Nan, to celebrate the Thai New Year holiday. These provinces are known for their beautiful culture in celebrating the Songkran Festival that officially starts on Friday (14 April). (more)

UK: Royal Horticultural Society unveils plans for 154-acre garden in Salford
11 April 2018 - The Royal Horticultural Society has unveiled plans for its first new garden in 17 years -- a 62-hectare (154-acre) site in the heart of Salford, Greater Manchester. RHS Garden Bridgewater, which is being developed in the derelict gardens of the demolished stately home Worsley New Hall, has been described as the biggest gardening project in Europe. The RHS hopes it will attract 1 million visitors a year once completed. (more)

A dream comes true - Sarajevo cable car runs again after 26 years
6 April 2018 - Edmond Offermann's dream turned to reality after 20 years on Friday when the landmark Sarajevo cable car, destroyed early in Bosnia's 1990s war, resumed services up Mount Trebevic above the capital. The brand new gondola brought joy to young and old alike and not least to Offermann, a wealthy Dutch-born American businessman and philanthropist who was a driving force behind the restoration project. The cable car first went into operation nearly 60 years ago, ranking Sarajevo among the few cities where one could reach pine forests in just 10 minutes from an urban city center. (more)

Exhibit looks at history, influence of French parks, gardens
3 April 2018 - Just in time for spring, a section of the Metropolitan Museum of Art [in New York City)] has been transformed into a sort of 19th century palm garden encircled by colorful galleries featuring still lifes, landscapes, and other works -- complete with Parisian-style signage and park benches -- that trace the history of French parks and gardens. (more)

Ten days of Asian art in New York City
22 March 2018 - The 10-day Asian art show works with nearly 20 museums and cultural institutions, including Asia Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Yale University Art Gallery. Now entering its ninth year, Asia Week New York has become one of the leading events for showcasing Asian art. It features 45 free public exhibitions with an intriguing array of the rarest and finest Asian works of porcelain, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and jades from China, India, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, Japan, and Korea. (more)

To cultivate art and mind is also to cultivate peace, UNESCO chief says on World Poetry Day
21 March 2018 - Not merely limited to beautiful and poignant words and phrases, poetry holds the extraordinary power to open new horizons, bridge differences and illuminate a path to peace and dialogue, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Poetry Day. Commemorated every year every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day recognizes the prominent art as one of humanity's most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression as well as identity. (more)


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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)

Dr Norman Rosenthal to be featured in free webinar: 'The Way to a Super Mind' - 8 December
8 December 2017 - This Friday, 8 December, from 1:00pm-2:00pm US ET (7:00pm-8:00pm CET) renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and bestselling author Norman Rosenthal, MD, will be featured in a webinar titled 'The Way to a Super Mind': Exploring the principles and techniques elite performers use to achieve sustained excellence. Dr Rosenthal will engage in a conversation with business executive Moe Abdou, founder of 33 Voices, on topics including: What is a Super Mind? What are the key barriers that prevent access to one's super mind? Learning to transcend thought and unconscious behaviour, and the keys to building a better brain. (more)

Tom Bergeron, dancing with the stars and relaxing with Transcendental Meditation
25 November 2017 - For American TV host Tom Bergeron the art of staying sane in Hollywood is no different than staying sane anywhere. Today the host of popular shows such as America's Funniest Home Videos and Dancing with the Stars is the epitome of calm and cool. In the early 1980s, acknowledging a major anger management issue, he signed up to learn Transcendental Meditation, and his rage has been under control ever since. In addition, decades of TM practice have helped him become the king of 'off the cuff' on television. 'I trust that because of the practice, because of the investment of time and mental energy into being present, that I'm going . . . to somehow know how to roll with whatever happens . . . That you are not constantly at the beck and call of any regrets you might have about what happened in the past or unnecessary fears and anxiety.' (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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