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British wind power output hits record
21 March 2018 - Power generation from Britain's wind farms hit a record 14.2 gigawatts (GW) on 17 March National Grid said on Monday. Wind power represented 34.2 per cent of domestic electricity generation at 1430 GMT on Saturday, Britain's power grid operator said. '2017 was a record year for green energy and it's looking likely 2018 is set to exceed that,' said Fintan Slye, director of the system operator at National Grid. (more)
The world added nearly 30 per cent more solar energy capacity in 2017
20 March 2018 - The global solar market grew 29.3 per cent last year, with nations installing 98.9 gigawatts of new capacity, according to data from the industry group SolarPower Europe. The new capacity brings the total operating solar power in the world to 405 GW, 89 per cent of which was installed in the last seven years, according to IFLScience. (more)
Just desserts - Sara Lee foundation to invest all assets into social change
16 March 2018 - The charity founded by the previous owner of frozen dessert-maker Sara Lee in the United States said it would invest its entire $440-million asset pool in ways that drive social change. The New York-based Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF), which in 2016 agreed grants of $23 million, said its decision would make it 'one of the largest foundations to commit 100 percent' to so-called impact investing. (more)
Australia's solar future bright as households install record 3.5m panels
6 March 2018 - The future of Australia's solar industry is looking bright after a record 3.5m panels were installed on rooftops last year, giving the equivalent output of a medium-sized coal-fired power station. The record 1,057 megawatts of capacity in small-scale systems installed across the country smashed the previous record set in 2012, figures from the Clean Energy Regulator showed on Tuesday (6 March). It equated to 9,500 installed every day. (more)
US: General Mills will create giant organic farm for Annie's mac and cheese
6 March 2018 - General Mills Inc. will partner with a private-equity owned agricultural business to create South Dakota's largest organic farm as a source of ingredients for its Annie's Macaroni and Cheese line. Gunsmoke and General Mills will work with Madison, Wisconsin-based agricultural firm Midwestern Bio-Ag to restore natural waterways and organic materials to the soil and establish a crop rotation system that will meet organic standards. (more)
US: General Mills, Annie's Mac & Cheese tap South Dakota farm
6 March 2018 - General Mills announced a deal Tuesday (6 March) to create South Dakota's largest organic crop farm as the company works to secure enough organic ingredients to meet growing consumer demand worldwide. Gunsmoke Farms will convert 34,000 acres -- more than 53 square miles -- near Pierre to organic by 2020, where it will grow organic wheat for General Mills' popular Annie's Macaroni & Cheese line. 'We're kind of obsessed with soil,' Carla Vernon, president of General Mills' Annie's unit in Berkeley, California, told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. 'And that's because we know the power of soil is big.' (more)
US: This macaroni and cheese helps fight climate change
6 March 2018 - On a box of macaroni and cheese that will launch this month, the name of the farmer who grew the wheat used to make the pasta -- Nate Powell-Palm, who has a farm outside Bozeman, Montana -- is printed on the front. The manufacturer, Annie's, Inc, wanted to highlight the fact that Powell-Palm is using regenerative farming practices, a series of steps that go farther than what's required for an organic label-and that could help fight climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil. (more)
South Africa's Absa PMI rises above 50-mark in February
1 March 2018 - South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index rose in February to its best reading in nearly a year as companies anticipated activity would be boosted by the improved outlook for the local economy, a survey showed on Thursday (1 March). The 50-mark separates contraction from expansion, and it is the first since May 2017 that the index breached the point. (more)
US: Florida Power and Light powers up four new solar plants
1 March 2018 - Florida Power and Light Co.'s four newest solar plants began providing power Thursday (1 March), bringing the total number of FPL solar plants in operation across the state to 14. Juno Beach-based FPL is in the midst of one of the largest solar expansions ever in the U.S. with more than 3.5 million new solar panels added in the last two years alone. (more)
US: How the Ford Foundation is investing in change
1 March 2018 - The 82-year-old Ford Foundation is upending the model for grant-making institutions by wielding its endowment like an impact investor. Though foundations traditionally spend 5 percent of their funds on cause-related grants and initiatives, the other 95 percent typically goes toward unrelated investments that keep the endowment growing. Ford spends between $500 million and $550 million a year to support social justice work around the world. But last year, it also pledged to plow up to $1 billion of its overall $12.5 billion endowment over the next decade into so-called mission-related investments (MRIs) that generate both financial and social returns. (more)
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Teaching Transcendental Meditation to employees could have big benefits
15 March 2018 - The popularity of Transcendental Meditation in business is growing, and for good reason, reports Chief Learning Officer. The practice is shown to improve productivity and benefit the bottom line. TM has been proven to improve job satisfaction and performance, increase peak mental performance, decrease anxiety and reduce the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes and mortality by 47 per cent. Executive Director of the Center for Leadership and Performance (USA) and TM teacher Mario Orsatti said TM works so well in business environments because it involves no concentration or control, unlike other forms of meditation. (more)
Josie Overmyer on Transcendental Meditation: 'Meditating has helped me get back to myself.'
8 November 2017 - Josie Overmyer discusses the role anxiety plays in her life while pursuing a new career, and how she maximizes her productivity with the help of Transcendental Meditation. She says, 'I see things moving very slowly in the direction that I want, which is definitely exciting, but it also gives me a lot of anxiety. Meditating is really, really important for me to balance that . . . TM helps me make good decisions for myself.' Although highly treatable, anxiety disorders are extremely common in the US, affecting over 18% of the adult population. Connecting with a deeper part of herself through TM has given Josie the clarity to move into a new area of her life by opening a tea shop. In this active time of working, starting a new business, and continuing to perform her music, she says, 'Staying grounded is really important for me right now . . . Meditating has helped me get back to myself.' (more)
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)
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Scientists prove that truth is no match for fiction on Twitter
8 March 2018 - Researchers find fake news reaches users up to 20 times faster than factual content -- and real users are more likely to spread it than bots. 'Falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it,' wrote Jonathan Swift in 1710. Now a group of scientists say they have found evidence Swift was right -- at least when it comes to Twitter. In the paper, published in the journal Science, three MIT researchers describe an analysis of a vast amount of Twitter data: more than 125,000 stories, tweeted more than 4.5 million times in total, all categorised as being true or false by at least one of six independent fact-checking organisations. (more)
How America's clean coal dream unravelled
2 March 2018 - Kemper power plant promised to be a world leader in 'clean coal' technology but Guardian reporting found evidence top executives knew of construction problems and design flaws years before the scheme collapsed. High above the red dirt and evergreen trees of Kemper County, Mississippi, gleams a 15-story monolith of pipes surrounded by a town-sized array of steel towers and white buildings. The hi-tech industrial site juts out of the surrounding forest, its sharp silhouette out of place amid the gray crumbling roads, catfish stands, and trailer homes of nearby De Kalb, population: 1,164. The $7.5 billion Kemper power plant once drew officials from as far as Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Norway to marvel at a 21st-century power project so technologically complex its builder compared it to the moonshot of the 1960s. It's promise? Energy from 'clean coal'. .... It was a promise they wouldn't keep. (more)
US: Bosses at world's most ambitious clean coal plant kept problems secret for years
2 March 2018 - Disclosure regarding the $7.5 billion Kemper plant in Mississippi throws further cloud over promise of clean coal energy. Executives at the world's most ambitious 'clean coal' plant knew for years about serious design flaws and budget problems but sought to withhold key information from regulators before their plans collapsed, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. ... The documents show that Kemper's design faced what proved to be an insurmountable issue: it required vastly more maintenance downtime than originally predicted, and according to one 2014 report would be offline 45 per cent of its first five years rather than the 25 per cent the company had publicly projected. (more)
Global microwave foods market to reach $136.3 billion by 2023
23 February 2018 - According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, Microwavable Foods Market by Product and Packaging Technology: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2017-23, the global microwavable foods market was valued at $100.98 billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $136.305 billion by 2023 . . . Microwavable foods are convenience food that require minimal preparation time and are cooked using the conventional microwave oven. Increased participation of women in workforce and changes in family dynamics have increased the dependency on readymade microwavable foods. Other factors ... (more)
US: Bottled water giant Nestle tells California regulators it's entitled to keep piping water
12 February 2018 - Nestle is disputing the findings of an investigation by California water regulators, arguing the company is entitled to keep piping water out of the San Bernardino National Forest -- even more water than it has been bottling and selling in the past few years. State officials carried out a 20-month investigation and concluded in December that the company doesn't seem to have valid rights for much of the water it's been drawing from the forest north of San Bernardino. The dispute stretches back more than a century to the creation of the national forest in 1893, and to an early bottling operation that began with a contract in 1909. (more)
The hurricane hit Puerto Rico's paradise of hotels and resorts hard - and workers are facing an uncertain future
5 February 2018 - Many tourist havens, like Vieques and Fajardo, are still in need of stable cell phone service and electricity. And people who made a living in hospitality jobs are facing months of being out of work. One of Puerto Rico's largest resorts, the El Conquistador, is still closed to the public more than four months after suffering extensive damage. Two weeks ago, management laid off close to 1,000 staff members, according to local officials and former staff members. (more)
US: A tiny Michigan town is in a water fight with Nestle
4 February 2018 - Global food conglomerate Nestle is in a battle with critics in tiny Osceola Township, Michigan, where residents complain the Swiss company's water extraction techniques are ruining the environment. Nestle pays $200 a year to the state of Michigan to pump more than 130 million gallons of water. (more)
Nestle under fire for marketing claims on baby milk formulas
1 February 2018 - A report finds Swiss multinational is violating advertising codes and misleading consumers with nutritional claims. A new report by the Changing Markets Foundation found that Nestle marketed its infant milk formulas as 'closest to', 'inspired by' and 'following the example of' human breastmilk in several countries, despite a prohibition by the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO). The study, which analysed over 70 Nestle baby milk products in 40 countries, also found that Nestle often ignored its own nutritional advice in its advertising. (more)
US now second in the world for financial secrecy, report says
30 January 2018 - The United Nations has been urged by the Tax Justice Network to coordinate a global effort to end offshore tax evasion and corruption, amid warnings that the UK is continuing to insulate its overseas territories from financial transparency. Commenting on the launch of the TJN's Financial Secrecy Index 2018, which ranks countries on the size and secretiveness of their offshore sectors, its chief executive, Alex Cobham, said big financial centres had proven unwilling to reform voluntarily. 'The 2018 release confirms the long-term picture that the richest and most powerful countries have continued to pose the greatest global risks -- with Switzerland and the US established as the key facilitators of illicit financial flows,' he said. 'If we are to end tax evasion, corruption, fraud, and money laundering, the world's major financial centres need to clean up their act.' ... Switzerland, the US, and the Cayman Islands are the biggest contributors to global financial secrecy according to the survey, which is published every two or three years. (more)
Venezuelans scour polluted river for lost treasure, survival
8 January 2018 - Angel Villanueva waded into the dirty brown water of the Guaire River, the putrid channel snaking through Venezuela's capital, where he hoped to scavenge for a bit of treasure. He raked his hands across the bottom of the shallow waterway, turning his face away from the foul smell. Then he stood up, letting gravel and rocks fall through his fingers, scanning for an earring backing, lost rings, or any other bits of precious metal to cash in for food. ... Images of poor Venezuelans eating from garbage piles in Caracas have come to symbolize the deepening economic crisis in what was once one of Latin America's wealthiest countries. Less visible are the young men and boys who comb the Guaire's dirty waters for any sliver of metal that might help feed their families. (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.
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