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US: TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook
11 December 2018 - Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data center in Huntsville, Alabama with 100 percent renewable energy. Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced an agreement with two developers to build the electricity providers. (more)

Bhutan's new organic food movement
10 December 2018 - Kesang Choedon has created an innovative organic and heritage food enterprise near Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital. Formerly a police officer, Choedon employs and trains 30 young women in processing and marketing of Bhutan's local food treasures. Choedon is eager to further expand her facilities, products and training to young Bhutanese people. (more)

New Zealand PM Ardern launches new fund to spur green investment
5 December 2018 - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a new NZ$100 million ($69.28 million) green investment fund on Wednesday, aimed at boosting private-sector participation in a campaign to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050. (more)

World's largest container shipper Maersk aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050
5 December 2018 - Maersk, the world's biggest container shipper, aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, in a challenge to the rest of the world's fossil fuel-dependent fleet. Denmark's Maersk said on Wednesday (5 December) it aimed to have carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030 by using energy sources such as biofuels and would cut its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. (more)

US: Here's why more Wisconsin companies are adding rooftop solar energy panels
3 December 2018 - A growing number of Wisconsin companies ... are opting to address their power needs with solar-generated electricity. The most current data from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin shows that between 2008 and the third quarter of 2017, the number of solar photovoltaic installations on commercial and industrial buildings in the state increased almost ninefold, to 1,030 from 118. (more)

Fostering green, made-in-Africa innovations
30 November 2018 - Over 1000 policy makers, experts, investors, and financial specialists from across Africa are gathered this week in Kigali (the capital city of Rwanda), at a week-long Africa Green Growth Forum 2018 to discuss how to foster green, made-in-Africa innovations to meet the needs of the continent. ... The Forum is showcasing a number of other green-friendly initiatives that promote environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic growth. (more)

IKEA targets big cut in greenhouse gas emissions from production
30 November 2018 - IKEA, the world's biggest furniture group, pledged on Friday (30 November) to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its production by 80 percent in absolute terms by 2030 from their levels two years ago. The commitment applies to IKEA's own factories and most of its direct suppliers, brand owner Inter IKEA said in a statement. (more)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) supporting governments to transit towards a model of economic growth
29 November 2018 - Though [the Global Green Growth Institute] was established on 16 June 2010 as a non-profit foundation under Korean Law it was converted into a full-fledged international organization on 18 October 2012. The number of Global Green Growth Institute states is growing fast with 30 members countries that have already ratified their treaties and another 30 on the way to membership, these 60 countries are a group of Green Growth Champions. (more)

Youth create businesses that are geared to protecting the environment
27 November 2018 - An organic pesticide safe for farmers and the environment, and carbonized fuel briquettes made from agricultural waste materials and organic waste are all business ideas that promote a green economy. The entrepreneurs who started these businesses are among the winners of this year's 'Greenprenuers' Programme, which is designed by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to supercharge green growth start-ups. It was run with GGGI, Youth Climate Labs, and Student Energy (SE). (more)

US: Universities look to strengthen the places they call home
20 November 2018 - Many colleges and universities are taking a leading role in revitalizing local communities, recognizing that development not only can enhance the often fraught town-and-gown relationship but also make their institutions more attractive to students and faculty. (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)

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)

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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Salaried workers beware: GM cuts are a warning for all
1 December 2018 - For generations, the career path for smart kids around Detroit was to get an engineering or business degree and get hired by an automaker or parts supplier. If you worked hard and didn't screw up, you had a job for life with enough money to raise a family, take vacations, and buy a weekend cottage in northern Michigan. Now that once-reliable route to prosperity appears to be vanishing, as evidenced by General Motors' announcement this week that it plans to shed 8,000 white-collar jobs on top of 6,000 blue-collar ones. (more)

It's official: Brexit deal will hurt the UK economy
28 November 2018 - It's official: The British government's plan for leaving the European Union will be bad for the economy. The government published a report Wednesday (28 November) that outlines the economic costs associated with a range of Brexit scenarios. The Bank of England followed later in the day with its own assessment. (more)

Global wage growth slumps to 1.8 percent in 2017, lowest in a decade - ILO
26 November 2018 - Global wage grew by 1.8 percent in 2017, down from 2.4 percent in 2016 and the slowest rate since the global financial crisis in 2008, the International Labour Organization said in its two-yearly Global Wage Report on Monday (26 November). (more)

World still depends on coal, cheap, plentiful -- and dirty
24 November 2018 - Cheap, plentiful, and the most polluting of fossil fuels, coal remains the single largest source of energy to generate electricity worldwide. This, even as renewables like solar and wind power are rapidly becoming more affordable. ... Last year, in fact, global production and consumption increased after two years of decline. (more)

Rise in rural poverty reverses gains in Latin America - U.N.
21 November 2018 - Rural poverty has risen for the first time in a decade in Latin America and the Caribbean, reversing earlier gains, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday, 21 November. Two million people joined the ranks of the region's rural poor between 2014 and 2016, taking the total to nearly half the rural population, many of them subsistence farmers and landless agricultural workers, according to a new FAO report. ... Eliminating rural poverty is key to combating drug and human trafficking, as well as illegal logging and mining, which have been gaining ground in rural areas, the FAO said. (more)

AP Investigation: Hospital patients held hostage for cash
25 October 2018 - The Kenyatta National Hospital is east Africa's biggest medical institution, home to more than a dozen donor-funded projects with international partners -- a 'Center of Excellence,' says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At Kenyatta National Hospital and at an astonishing number of other hospitals around the world, if you don't pay up, you don't go home. The hospitals often illegally detain patients long after they should be medically discharged, using armed guards, locked doors, and even chains to hold those who have not settled their accounts. Mothers and babies are sometimes separated. (more)

Cruise ship spills thousands of liters of waste in the Great Barrier Reef
23 October 2018 - A cruise ship spilled thousands of gallons of liquid food waste in the Great Barrier Reef in August, according to an ongoing investigation by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority -- potentially damaging a reef already plagued by pollution and coral bleaching. Carnival, which owns the P&O cruise ship, said the spill was unintentional and amounted to 7,000 liters (1,849 gallons). But Green Party Senator Larissa Waters and local media report the spill was 27,000 liters (7,133 gallons), citing an Australian Maritime Safety Authority report presented to the Senate. (more)

The Big Hack: How China used a tiny chip to infiltrate U.S. companies
4 October 2018 - The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America's technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. ... Nested on the servers' motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn't part of the boards' original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental's servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA's drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships. And Elemental was just one of hundreds of Supermicro customers. (more)

While America wages war on opioids, meth makes its comeback
28 September 2018 - For Capt. Mark Wollmershauser Jr. and the Tulsa Police Department, the late-2000s and early 2010s were an extremely dangerous time. In Oklahoma, a state that is no stranger to the scourge of methamphetamine addiction, those years were the heyday of the 'shake and bake' method -- a rudimentary way of making meth . . . But Wollmershauser said that didn't spell the end of Tulsa's meth problem. In fact, officials across the state say they are seizing meth that is purer, cheaper, and in greater quantities than ever before, with most of it coming from south of the border. (more)

As sand mining grows, Asia's deltas are sinking, water experts warn
21 September 2018 - Without enough sand arriving to maintain themselves, deltas are eroding, bringing worsening flooding and land loss. Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say. Combined with losses of soil-holding mangroves and accelerating groundwater extraction, which can lead to land sinking, the mining is increasing climate-related threats for those living in low-lying coastal areas, they said. (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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