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UK Queen's Speech: Petrol stations to go electric
21 June 2017 - Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen's Speech. The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads. (more)

Reel life: the biographical films bringing joy to people with dementia
5 June 2017 - My Life Films combines music, photos, clips, and interviews to celebrate the lives of those with dementia -- and help carers build better patient relationships. Jorg Roth...set up the charity with his wife Carolin. The Roths, both formerly film-makers, gradually worked out the idea of the films with the help of freelance editor Tim Greifenberg and dementia specialists. As the charity's work gets known more widely, there is also evidence from families, care homes, and emerging from more formal studies, that the films help in more practical ways too, from helping to calm agitation without drugs to rallying support from family and friends. (more)

British environmental group seeks to create buzz around bee conservation
1 June 2017 - A British environmental group is seeking the public's help to monitor the health of the country's bee population in a bid to reverse declining numbers. The initiative, organized by environmental group Friends of the Earth and dubbed the Great British Bee Count, requires participants to download a smartphone app, which they can use to report sightings of different kinds of bees. (more)

London's Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom
26 May 2017 - Britain's most prestigious flower show is taking place this week with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of floral delights from Alium to Zantedeschia. The highlight of Britain's horticultural calendar, the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London's sprawling Royal Hospital complex features a host of elaborate gardens designed by experts and is famous for its unusual installations. (more)

UK achieves solar power record as temperatures soar
26 May 2017 - A record amount of solar power was generated on Friday [26 May] Britain basked in sunshine and temperatures of up to 28C, the National Grid has said. In April, Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the 1880s. The government hopes to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025 and coal accounted for just 9 per cent of electricity generation in 2016 down from 23 per cent the year before. (more)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens bloom into action with a Royal Visit
22 May 2017 - Take a look around the Chelsea Flower Show, a day before doors open to the general public. The world's most famous gardening event, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, attracts around 165,000 visitors every year. This year's event will be the 104th show. The Queen is the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society. During her reign, she has attended all but 12 Shows. (more)

AP Interview: Surfer worked from bedroom to beat cyberattack
16 May 2017 - As a vast 'ransomware' attack raced from computer to computer, infecting tens of thousands around the world, a young tech expert worked from his bedroom in England to bring the rampage to a halt. The 22-year-old credited with cracking the WannaCry cyberattack told The Associated Press he fights malware because 'it's the right thing to do.' (more)

Go inside the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 in London
15 May 2017 - It's no secret: The English adore their gardens. And this month, the most enthusiastic, including Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, can be seen in their element at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show in London. The Chelsea Flower Show (which has, since 1913, been the Royal Horticultural Society's main event) is scheduled to return to London on May 23-27. There, 157,000 people will be admitted to admire the billions of blooms, which are bound to include the nation's flower, the Tudor rose. (more)

Secrets of the shiny yellow buttercup
14 May 2017 - When it comes to attracting pollinators, buttercup petals hold all the aces. They even provide their guests with heating. Buttercups'... glowing phenomenon is unique in plants, although something similar happens with some butterfly and bird wings. Buttercup flowers also track the sun. On cold days, the petals make a cup shape like a satellite dish, collecting solar energy from sunshine and warming up the flowers, which makes them even more inviting to insects, perhaps because it helps them to keep up their own temperature. (more)

Shed heaven: The workshops turning men's lives around
11 May 2017 - For some men, retirement is a long-awaited chance to travel the world, hit the golf course, or take up a new hobby. For others, after decades in work, it can be a time of loneliness and isolation. But across Scotland, a new movement is helping growing numbers of men improve their health and their mood. Men's Sheds have been set up across the country to enable men to come together to pursue practical interests like wood-turning and metalwork. A new report by the charity outlines the impact the initiative has had on the lives of those who use the sheds. In The Shed Effect, men describe why they first turned to their local shed and how it has changed their lives. (more)


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UK: SuperMind Peak Performance Programme - Transcendental Meditation for professionals
20 June 2017 - The SuperMind Peak Performance Programme, a division of the David Lynch Foundation UK, offers Transcendental Meditation to companies and organisations to help executives and employees overcome stress, promote health, and attain high levels of performance. (more)

Second International Ayurveda Congress held in London, 1-3 April
24 April 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress, held in London 1-3 April, was organized by the All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi, the International Academy of Ayurved, Pune and the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands. At the Congress, 300 delegates from 55 countries, including research scientists, doctors, and pharmacologists with expertise in Western and Ayurvedic medicine, discussed scientific evidence on preventing disease, promoting longevity and alleviating specific conditions with Ayurveda. The title of the Congress was: ''Ayurveda - The Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-oriented Health Care''. (more)

Profile: Transcendental Meditation, the 'missing piece of the recovery puzzle'
12 April 2017 - Having overcome alcohol addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step programme, an engineer in Glasgow, Scotland, found Transcendental Meditation to be the missing element in his recovery - allowing him to finally feel rested, and alleviating the high anxiety churning in his 'racing brain'. 'I would be anxious and fearful about something or someone or some event and I would do my TM practice and come out from it rested and full of energy,' he says. 'My ''great fears'' would have evaporated to the point where I had forgotten about what was giving me so much grief in the first place.' With TM, 'the energy of that anxious catastrophic ''racing brain'' is now channelled into creativity both in my personal and professional life.' (more)

UK: 'Ayurveda for Everyone' offers world class speakers and health fair - London, 1-2 April
1 April 2017 - Alongside the Second International Ayurveda Congress, taking place in London this weekend, 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a health fair and full programme of speakers, is being offered to the public. At the Health Fair, experts in Ayurveda, the timeless science of natural medicine, are sharing simple health secrets with the public, such as how to enjoy deep refreshing sleep, banish anxiety and depression, and keep the heart healthy. Exhibitors include leading Ayurvedic institutions and producers of authentic Ayurvedic products and medicines, offering expert advice, sample treatments, and information about health spas, Vedic Architecture, and meditation. (more)

UK: Second International Ayurveda Congress, 1-2 April in London - Minister of AYUSH, Government of India, researchers and scholars from many countries to attend
31 March 2017 - The Second International Ayurveda Congress is being held this weekend in London, with the theme: Ayurveda - the Pursuit of Health, Happiness and Long Life through Prevention-Oriented Health Care. The Congress has drawn more than 80 leading speakers - experts and researchers in the various fields of Ayurveda. The Minister of AYUSH of the Government of India, His Excellency, Minister Shripad Yesso Naik, will honour the Congress by attending. A special Congress extension is planned for 3 April, including sessions on Establishing Ayurveda Globally: strategy and planning with the Ministry of AYUSH and Ayurveda leaders from India and throughout the world; followed by a Global Maharishi Ayurveda Summit, chaired by Dr Tony Nader, MD, PhD, Patron of the Congress. 'Ayurveda for Everyone', a concurrent health fair and full programme of speakers, is offered for the public. (more)

Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London - 1-2 April 2017: 'Time-Tested, Scientifically Verified Solutions For the Health Problems of Our Time'
10 January 2017 - All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; International Academy of Ayurved, Pune; and International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, Netherlands, extend a warm invitation to all health professionals, Ayurvedic scholars, and researchers from India and around the world to participate at this Second International Ayurveda Congress to be held in London in April. Internationally renowned scholars will be keynote speakers at the Congress and will present scientifically verified solutions to showcase the effectiveness of Ayurveda towards fulfilling the human pursuit of health, happiness, and long life. The International Ayurveda Congress offers a prestigious platform for research scholars to present their findings in various fields of Ayurveda. The latest innovative and pioneering work will be presented in this Congress. (more)

Prince Charles' initiatives in holistic education: Parallels with Consciousness-Based Education
2 December 2016 - In Part 2 of this series, Ann Purcell explores initiatives by Prince Charles of the UK in holistic education, highlighting parallels to the system of Consciousness-Based Education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, Prince Charles describes major historical shifts in human thought over the past centuries through which 'nature was understood as being outside of us, something we could conquer and control. Education began to reflect this separation and focused on separate bits of information rather than on connections.' The prince has sought to promote 'a return to holistic education' through establishing innovative educational institutes where children can connect conventional academic subjects with universal patterns in nature, including within their own physiology. In Consciousness-Based Education institutions such as Maharishi University of Management, Ms Purcell writes, 'students learn the universal principles of intelligence that are prevalent in every field of study and discover that all knowledge emerges from the unified field of consciousness' which they experience directly through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'Reconnecting students to their own inner harmony and to the interconnectedness of all fields of knowledge', she says, 'is an essential and timely step to meeting the urgent needs of our precarious times.' (more)

UK's first Maharishi Peace Palace - creating peace for the individual and peace for society
7 November 2016 - News media continue to feature Britain's first Peace Palace, most recently in a video report on ITV News. The building, inaugurated last month in Rendlesham, Suffolk, will offer programmes and courses founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Peace Palace and its surrounding residential development were designed in accord with ancient principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture to promote peace and happiness for those who visit the building and in the environment. Richard Johnson, national director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the UK, points out that Maharishi's central objective was to promote peace for the individual and the society. Mr Johnson says, 'We want to create peace on the level of consciousness on a deeper level so that it creates bliss in society and internationally', noting scientific research demonstrating this effect when sufficient people practise Transcendental Meditation. (more)

See inside the Rendlesham Peace Palace - a one-of-kind architectural feat for Britain: East Anglian Daily Times
15 October 2016 - The organization teaching Transcendental Meditation in the UK is celebrating the inauguration of its first Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham, a Suffolk village. The Peace Palace is Britain's biggest building constructed using a set of principles taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - and sits at the centre of similarly designed, east-facing homes in Rendlesham's Garden Village - one of the largest Vedic Architecture settlements of its kind in the world. Richard Johnson, Rendlesham resident and national director of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in England, says: 'The building is about creating peace for the individual and society. Maharishi wanted buildings to be dedicated to that cause.' (more)

Great Britain: Dr Norman Rosenthal presents Transcendental Meditation on extensive tour
12 October 2016 - Dr Norman Rosenthal, psychiatrist and author of The New York Times best-seller ''SUPER MIND: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation'' has launched a British tour presenting Transcendental Meditation as a powerful tool for healing in stress-related illnesses such as anxiety, cardio-vascular disorders, and PTSD. During his presentations at hospitals, medical schools, universities, and public forums, he will include the disorder he is famous for identifying: Seasonal Affective Disorder, also alleviated through TM and light therapy. (more)


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UK: Computing in schools -- alarm bells over England's classes
18 June 2017 - Computing education in England's schools is going through a revolution, but there is evidence that too few pupils want to be part of it. Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only a modest rise in students taking the new computer science GCSE. Experts are concerned. The British Computer Society warns the number studying for a computing qualification could halve by 2020. The organisation -- which is the professional body for the IT industry -- says that would be a disaster for the economy. The other big concern is that too few girls are taking up the computer science exam . . . (more)

Air pollution as bad for wellbeing as partner's death, say researchers
17 April 2017 - The effect on wellbeing of exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a gas mostly produced in diesel fumes, is comparable to the toll from losing a job, ending a relationship, or the death of a partner, research suggests. Pollution from nitrogen oxides is responsible for tens of thousands of premature deaths across Europe, with the UK suffering a particularly high toll. (more)

UK eats almost four times more packaged food than fresh
7 April 2017 - The UK eats almost four times as much packaged food as it does fresh produce, according to new data, with most of western Europe and north America following a similar pattern. The packaged food revolution -- which includes ready meals and calorific cakes and biscuits - is held at least partly to blame for the rise in obesity in the US and Europe. Fresh food has played a smaller and smaller part in some families' lives as the pace of life has speeded up over recent decades, working hours have increased, and more women have entered the workplace. Set against this is the rise of ever more tasty instant meals. (more)

UK: How conniving carmakers caused the diesel air pollution crisis
7 April 2017 - Conniving car makers and their lobbying might, assisted by the 2008 financial crash, were the key factors in producing the diesel-fuelled air pollution crisis the UK is struggling with today, according to key observers of the disaster. The result has been that the air people breathe in cities and towns is now heavily polluted with toxic nitrogen dioxide, causing 23,500 premature deaths a year in the UK and affecting many schools. (more)

UK: Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told
29 March 2017 - Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs [Members of Parliament] have been told. Doctors have previously reported a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders; NHS [National Health Service] data shows hospital attendances in England for under-14s have risen from almost 3,000 in 2005-06 to more than 8,000 in 2015-16. (more)

Many middle-aged workers face job problems due to physical frailty
24 January 2017 - Nearly a third of middle-aged workers suffer from some level of frailty, including fatigue, issues with walking, and other physical limitations that make them less able to hold a job, according to a UK study. Frailty is more often something considered when treating elderly patients, but middle-aged patients may face some of the same symptoms, the study team writes in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Frailty was tied to a large impact on employment. (more)

Britain braced for floods after heavy winds, snow
13 January 2017 - Parts of England were preparing for severe flooding on Friday, after heavy winds, snow, and rain hit the country overnight, cancelling flights, closing schools, and causing disruption to commuters. Around 100 flood warnings are in place across Britain, with 11 at a severe level, meaning that there is a threat to life. (more)

Women suffer much more work stress than men, says psychiatrist
30 December 2016 - Women suffer considerably higher levels of work-related stress, anxiety and depression than men, with workplace sexism and familial responsibilities providing additional career pressures, a leading psychiatrist has said. It comes as official figures show that women aged 25-54 are more stressed than their male colleagues, with this pressure peaking for those aged 35-44, when many women are juggling family responsibilities, such as caring for children and elderly parents. (more)

UK: Rough sleeping on rise in Birmingham after cuts to services for homeless
2 December 2016 - Charities, outreach workers, and the Birmingham (England) city council all view 'frightening' levels of rough sleeping as a result of local authority cuts. Birmingham city council's chief executive, Mark Rogers, acknowledges that one of the clearest consequences of the reduction in local authority budgets over the past six years is the rise in homelessness. He points to reductions in the funding of the Supporting People programme, which was designed to help people with addictions and mental health problems get into secure accommodation, as a key area of concern. 'A very simple indicator of withdrawal of grant funding is the rise in homelessness. Rough sleeping has increased considerably in the city,' he said. (more)

London's homelessness count continues to rise
1 December 2016 - However you cut the numbers, the capital's struggle to house its vulnerable people is getting harder. London dominates estimates of national homelessness newly published by Shelter. This, of course, is no surprise. Neither are high levels of homelessness anything new in the capital. (more)

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