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Indigenous leaders get down to business - World forum coming to Saskatoon in 2016
30 March 2015 - The 2016 World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) in Saskatoon will be a platform to showcase the city and what it has to offer, as well as offer local indigenous groups the opportunity to connect with groups from around the world, say organizers of the event. More than 1,200 delegates from across the globe are expected to attend the WIBF in the summer of 2016. The forum brings together indigenous business leaders to help foster relationships, increase international trade, and encourage aboriginal participation in business and economic development. (more)

Who's visiting Canada now?
30 March 2015 - China's tourism numbers around the world are growing. Here at home (Canada), both Vancouver and Toronto welcomed more visitors from China last year than any country besides the United States. China is now Canada's third-largest market overall, reports the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), after the UK and France. And it is expected to become the second largest by 2016. The most common activities among Chinese travellers in Canada are shopping, sightseeing, and visiting friends or relatives, according to the CTC. Visits to zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens surged 59.9 per cent in 2012. (more)

Colombian tribe scores 'historic' victory versus Big Gas
28 March 2015 - The indigenous U'wa people living in north-east Colombia have won what observers call an 'historic' and 'decisive' victory after state oil and gas company Ecopetrol dismantled a gas drilling site in their territories. 'It's a triumph,' Asou'wa vice-president Heber Tegria Uncaria told the Guardian. 'It's one more battle we've won over the last 20 to 30 years, and it's thanks to the U'wa people themselves, national and international support, and the role of the media in drawing people's attention to what is happening.' (more)

UNESCO chief hails role of poetry as 'fundamental expression of peace'
28 March 2015 - The power of poetry can help bring women and men together to craft new forms of dialogue, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared on 21 March, as she marked the annual observance of World Poetry Day. 'Poetry is the universal human song, expressing the aspiration of every woman and man to apprehend the world and share this understanding with others, through the arrangement of words in rhythm and meter,' Director-General Irina Bokova said in her message for the Day. (more)

Mood of the world was upbeat on International Happiness Day
26 March 2015 - The world marked the third annual International Day of Happiness on 20 March. Ahead of the International Day, a Gallup poll found the happiest people on the planet might be Latin Americans. People in Latin America are the most likely in the world to experience a lot of positive emotions on a daily basis, according to Gallup's Positive Experience Index. In fact, for the first time in Gallup's 10-year history of global tracking, all of the top 10 countries with the highest Positive Experience Index scores are in Latin America. (more)

Britain's Prince Charles, wife Camilla spend day in Louisville, Kentucky
20 March 2015 - Prince Charles and his wife received a distinctly Kentucky welcome Friday during a visit to the Bluegrass state, where the royal couple got a glimpse into efforts to promote environmental sustainability and protect historic buildings -- among the Prince's favorite projects. The Kentucky stop concluded the royal couple's visit to the U.S., which included a visit to Washington, D.C. (more)

US: Denver botanic garden draws more visitors than any other
20 March 2015 - Denver Botanic Gardens had more visitors last year than any other public garden in North America, edging out the Washington, D.C., attraction that usually tops the list. Denver gardens CEO Brian Vogt credited a popular show by contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly and the opening of a science exhibit. He has also seen increasing response to projects to help Denver's urban residents grow and find fresh food. In Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens executive director Paul Redman, like Vogt in Denver, cited good weather and imaginative programming for his attendance figures. Redman said his visitor numbers have been increasing steadily for the past half dozen years. (more)

Viet Nam's ancient Hindu culture rediscovered
20 March 2015 - Officially, Viet Nam is an atheist state, but a significant section of the population practises traditional religions; some adhere to Buddhism and there are quite a few Catholics left over from the French occupation. However, tucked away not far from Hoi An, is My Son, a UNESCO World Heritage site, once the location of the ancient Hindu Champa civilisation and its majestic complex of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. (more)

Britain's Prince Charles meets Obama on US goodwill tour (with Reuters video)
19 March 2015 - Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday, 19 March, as part of a goodwill tour of the United States. 'I think it's fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family,' President Obama told the Prince. The four-day visit by the Prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, aims to boost British-American partnership in such areas as climate change and corporate social responsibility. To read about other places visited in Washington see: (more)

Prince Charles, Camilla having busy last day in DC (with AP video)
19 March 2015 - Prince Charles and his wife finished up their visit to Washington with a whirlwind day that included meeting with President Barack Obama. The royal couple arrived Tuesday and stopped at some of the most iconic and historically important sites in the nation's capital. It's Prince Charles' 20th visit to the United States. Here's a rundown of their busy Thursday. (more)

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Japan: National Transcendental Meditation facility features Maharishi Vastu design
28 March 2015 - The national headquarters of the Transcendental Meditation organization in Japan, the Maharishi Institute of Total Education, is located in Nasu, approximately one and a half hours north of Tokyo. It is not only an organizational headquarters but offers many residential courses to those already practising Transcendental Meditation, as well as the opportunity to learn TM in this serene setting. The largest wood structure in all of Japan, 4,800 sm (51,500 sf), with a striking copper roof, it is a wonderful example of the use of natural materials--a key element in Maharishi Vastu construction, according to a recent newsletter featuring Maharishi Vastu architecture and design in Japan. (more)

Japan: Maharishi Vastu homes designed to connect individual and cosmic life
24 March 2015 - The second of three Vastu buildings in Japan featured in the current Maharishi Vastu newsletter was completed in the autumn of 2014. It is the most recent of several private homes in Ryugasaki, northeast of Tokyo, that have been designed and built according to Maharishi Vastu architecture. Like another Vastu home in the area, it features lovely wood interiors, traditional Japanese features, and an abundance of natural light on both levels. (more)

Jerry Seinfeld's parenting secret - Huffington Post
5 March 2015 - Actor Jerry Seinfeld recently hosted his inaugural Fatherhood Lunch in Beverly Hills, California--part of the Fatherhood Initiative he launched with his wife, Jessica, to help low-income fathers become more involved in their children's lives. In an interview he described benefits he has found in family life from practicing Transcendental Meditation. 'In family living, there are what (former US President) Harry Truman would call 'borderline moments' -- where you get close to the borderline of snapping,' he said. 'The practice of meditation gives you those crucial extra few seconds to gather yourself. It's an actual physical change in the brain. Instead of a reflexive moment of anger, you might be able to go, 'well let me not do that right now. . . .' (more)

'I meditated before I hosted the Oscars,' says actor Hugh Jackman
3 March 2015 - For award-winning actor Hugh Jackman, Transcendental Meditation has been a 'life-changer'. In a recent interview, Hugh said, 'Transcendental Meditation gives you what you need, when you need it. It's literally changed my life. Some of the clearest ideas or epiphanies I've had in life happened during or after meditating. Everything becomes clear and the truth starts coming out. . . . It's helped me immeasurably in every way.' Mr Jackman was interviewed by Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation and host of the SiriusXM radio show, Success without Stress. (more)

Japan: Homes combine traditional Japanese elements with benefits of Maharishi Vastu architecture
1 March 2015 - The first of three Vastu buildings in Japan featured in the current Maharishi Vastu newsletter was built in 2008. It is one of several private homes in Ryugasaki, northeast of Tokyo, that have been designed and built according to Maharishi Vastu architecture. (more)

Interview: Former professional football player Ruben Sanchez on the benefits of Transcendental Meditation
27 February 2015 - Ruben Sanchez is a former professional football (soccer) player from Spain who now dedicates his time to bringing Transcendental Meditation to athletes around the world. In a recent interview he discussed the value of TM in sports and in his life. One week after he learned TM, he says, 'The coach moved me into a forward position. I started scoring and giving passes. In a forward position, you need creativity. To have creativity, you cannot run aimlessly around . . . . You have to be grounded, able to compute everything--active but grounded. Those were the things TM gave me. I was more composed. I could perform better and be creative, not just destructive.' (more)

Actress Laura Dern: 'Transcendental Meditation is very practical!'
19 February 2015 - Celebrated Actress Laura Dern, winner of four Golden Globe Awards, recently described the role the Transcendental Meditation technique has played in her success. 'I feel incredibly blessed to have it in my life, just as a practical application. . . . If you're an actor, a painter, or a mother--there's no greater daily practice for learning how to turn your focus just to this moment. TM serves me beautifully in so many areas. I feel really lucky to have it!' (more)

Actress Cameron Diaz feels 'empowered' by Transcendental Meditation
9 February 2015 - Actress Cameron Diaz finds Transcendental Meditation 'not just something you go outside of yourself to obtain. . . . TM is helping you to tap into something that's already inside of you--that's you, in essence. That was super-empowering for me once I grasped that.' In a recent interview she said, 'The thing that blew me away the most about it was that it was the easiest thing I've ever done--not the easiest meditation, but the easiest thing I have ever learned.' Ms Diaz is enthusiastic about many benefits from better relationships to enhanced quality of work on the movie set. 'To be able to go inside and recharge my battery . . . . It's so awesome.' (more)

Music moves the immovable
27 January 2015 - On 23 July 1972 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi gave a talk on music and the creative process. The Excellence in Action page of Global Good News is featuring an excerpt from this talk given after a piano performance by Ron Altbach. Maharishi uses the term Being in his address, which is pure consciousness, the source of thought, which we experience during Transcendental Meditation as the quietest level of our mind. Maharishi offers insight into how, in the creative process, the silence of Being as pure, unmanifest creative intelligence, is warmed up and becomes aware of itself -- growing in the fullness of the rise and fall of musical progression, like waves in the ocean. (more)

David Lynch on meditation, success, and happiness
20 January 2015 - Filmmaker David Lynch discusses his life and success in an interview with Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation and host of a weekly radio show, Success Without Stress with Bob Roth. 'What I liked about Transcendental Meditation was you don't have to join anything,' Lynch said. 'It's your technique. Once you learn, it's yours for the rest of your life. And what happens is you become more you. You get more ideas, more energy to fulfill them.' (more)

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Terror attack in Tunisia a fresh blow to tourism industry
20 March 2015 - The terror attack in Tunisia that killed 21 people is a fresh blow to the North African nation's tourism industry, which has been struggling since the country's revolution of 2011. Tourism to Tunisia plunged after the revolution in 2011 led to the overthrow of an authoritarian president and augured the so-called Arab Spring. The country has set forth on a democratic path since but the number of tourists never fully recovered. And yet 2015 began with promise for Tunisian tourism. National Geographic Traveler listed Tunis on its top 20 destinations for 2015, citing its 'cultural energy,' festivals, and yes, the Bardo museum, known for antiquities. (Foreign tourists scrambled in panic Wednesday after militants stormed the Bardo museum in Tunisia's capital and killed 19 people.) (more)

IS destroying another ancient archaeological site in Iraq
7 March 2015 - Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local residents. The destruction in Hatra comes as the militant Islamic group fended off an Iraqi army offensive in Saddam Hussein's hometown and fought pitched battles in eastern Syria in an area populated by predominantly Christian villages. Iraqi officials in the northern city of Mosul said Saturday that Islamic State militants have begun demolishing Hatra, a move UNESCO described as 'cultural cleansing'. (more)

Nigeria's Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Islamic State
7 March 2015 - Nigeria's home-grown Boko Haram group, newly weakened by a multinational force that has dislodged it from a score of northeastern towns, reportedly pledged formal allegiance to the Islamic State group. The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service. Though there was no way to independently verify the message, it comes weeks after Boko Haram's new Twitter account broadcast that the group's Shura council was considering whether to swear formal allegiance to IS. In earlier video messages last year, Shekau sent greetings and praise to both al-Baghdadi and leaders of al-Qaida. But Boko Haram has never been an affiliate of al-Qaida, some analysts surmise because al-Qaida considers the Nigerians' indiscriminate slaughter of Muslim civilians as un-Islamic. (more)

IS group erasing history, culture in Syria, Iraq
6 March 2015 - The Islamic State group's destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is part of a systematic campaign to destroy archaeological sites it says promote apostasy. Some of the world's most precious cultural treasures, including ancient sites in the cradle of civilization, are in areas controlled by the group and at the mercy of extremists bent on wiping out all non-Islamic culture and history. The rampage, targeting priceless cultural artifacts often spanning thousands of years, has sparked global outrage and accusations of war crimes. The militants are also believed to be selling ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region. Here's a look at some of the major sites destroyed by IS in Iraq and Syria, and others under their control: (more)

Outrage: Extremists take ancient statues, damage Iraqi site
6 March 2015 - Islamic State extremists trucked away statues as they damaged the irreplaceable remains of an ancient Assyrian capital, a local resident and a top UN official told The Associated Press Friday. Nimrud, a nearly 3,000-year-old city in present-day Iraq, included monumental statues of winged bulls, bearded horsemen, and other winged figures, all symbols of an ancient Mesopotamian empire in the cradle of Western civilization. Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said in his Friday sermon that the extremists are savaging Iraq, 'not only in the present but also to its history and ancient civilizations'. 'I'm shocked and speechless,' said Zeid Abdullah, who lives in nearby Mosul and studied at the city's Fine Arts Institute until the extremists shut that down. 'The destruction of Nimrud is a big loss to Iraq's history,' Qais Mohammed Rasheed, the deputy tourism and antiquities minister, told The Associated Press on Friday. 'The loss is irreplaceable.' (more)

Iraq says Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' ancient site
5 March 2015 - Islamic State militants 'bulldozed' the renowned archaeological site of the ancient city of Nimrud in northern Iraq on Thursday using heavy military vehicles, the government said. The destruction of the site of one of ancient Mesopotamia's greatest cities recalled the Taliban's annihilation of large Buddha statues in Afghanistan more than a dozen years ago, experts said. Nimrud was the second capital of Assyria, an ancient kingdom that began in about 900 B.C., partially in present-day Iraq, and became a great regional power. The city, which was destroyed in 612 B.C., is located on the Tigris River just south of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, which was captured by the Islamic State group in June. (more)

New IS video shows militants smashing ancient Iraq artifacts
26 February 2015 - The Islamic State group released a video on Thursday showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, describing the relics as idols that must be removed. The destructions are part of a campaign by the IS extremists who have destroyed a number of shrines -- including Muslim holy sites -- in order to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artifacts on the black market in order to finance their bloody campaign across the region. (more)

Number of Syrian Christians abducted by IS rises to 220
26 February 2015 - The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday. This week's abductions of the Christian Assyrians in northeastern Syria is one of the largest hostage-takings by the Islamic State since their blitz last year that captured large swaths of both Syria and Iraq last year. The fate of the captives was not known. The mass abduction added to fears among religious minorities in both Syria and Iraq, who have been repeatedly targeted by the Islamic State group. The Assyrians are indigenous Christian people who trace their roots back to some of the ancient Mesopotamians -- the ancient Assyrians whose artifacts the Islamic State is now destroying in Iraq. (more)

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold
25 February 2015 - Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria, activists and state-run media said. The Khabur River in Hassakeh province, which borders Turkey and Iraq, has become the latest battleground in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. It is predominantly Kurdish but also has populations of Arabs and predominantly Christian Assyrians and Armenians. (more)

Islamic State militants find a foothold in chaotic Libya
18 February 2015 - Libya, virtually a failed state in recent years, has succeeded in one way: It's providing a perfect opportunity for the Islamic State group to expand from Syria and Iraq to establish a strategic foothold closer to European shores. Extremists loyal to the group have taken control of two Libyan cities on the Mediterranean coast, have moved toward oil facilities and are slowly infiltrating the capital, Tripoli, and the second-largest city, Benghazi. They have siphoned off young recruits from rival militant groups linked to al-Qaida and in some places taken over those groups' training camps, mosques, and media networks. (more)

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