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Indigenous dancers compete at North America's largest powwow
30 April 2016 - Nearly 3,000 indigenous dancers representing hundreds of tribes from across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world kicked off one of North America's most prominent powwows on Friday. Spectators caught glimpses of feathered bustles, buckskin dresses, elaborate outfits with hand-stitched designs, and hair pieces covered with intricate beadwork. It's no doubt a showcase of indigenous cultures and a means to preserving tradition, but it's also about competition. (more)

Park workers in Spain discover huge Roman coin trove
30 April 2016 - Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park have unearthed a 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) trove of Roman coins in what culture officials say is a unique historic discovery. The Seville Archaeological Museum said the construction workers came across 19 amphoras containing thousands of bronze and silver-coated coins dating from the end of the fourth century. Museum director Ana Navarro said the discovery Wednesday in the southern town of Tomares outside Seville is unique for Spain and of incalculable value. (more)

Ancient Buddhist sculpture returned to Pakistani government
28 April 2016 - An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha's footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday. The piece, called a Buddhapada, was taken from a Pakistani region rich in Buddhist history decades ago. The repatriated piece is a large stone slab with columns and two large footprints. Within the footprints are symbols, including a swastika, a 5,000-year-old Sanskrit symbol that denotes auspiciousness and was co-opted by Nazi Germany. (more)

US: Tens of thousands set to gather for nation's largest powwow
27 April 2016 - More than 100,000 spectators, artists, and Native American dancers are converging on Albuquerque as part of North America's largest powwow. The 33rd annual Gathering of Nations begins Thursday, 28 April. Some 700 Native American tribes in the United States and First Nations in Canada are represented at the gathering. Here are some things to know about the gathering's major highlights. (more)

Face time with Queen, Princes completes Obama's royal visit
22 April 2016 - President Barack Obama plunged into a whirlwind of royal socializing Friday that began over a birthday lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and ended at a dinner hosted by the trio of young royals who represent the future of the British monarchy. President Obama, accompanied by his wife, Michelle, arrived by helicopter on the verdant grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday a day earlier. 'The Queen has been a source of inspiration for me,' President Obama said later at a news conference alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron. 'She is truly one of my favorite people ... an astonishing person.' The Obamas brought as a gift a photo diary of the Queen's many visits with U.S. Presidents and First Ladies. The album opens with her 1951 visit when, as Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, she toured George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon in Virginia and met President Harry Truman at the White House. (more)

U.S. President Obama pays tribute to 'jewel' Queen Elizabeth after 90th birthday
22 April 2016 - U.S. President Barack Obama flew to Queen Elizabeth's castle on Friday to wish happy birthday to the world's oldest monarch a day after she turned 90, calling her one of his favorite people. The Obamas later had dinner with a younger generation of royals, the Queen's grandson Prince William, his wife Kate, and his brother Prince Harry, at Kensington Palace in London. Queen Elizabeth, the oldest monarch in British history, has met 11 U.S. Presidents. 'Should we be fortunate enough to reach 90, may we be as vibrant as she is,' Obama said. 'She is an astonishing person and a real jewel to the world and not just the United Kingdom.' (more)

Crowds celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday walkabout
21 April 2016 - Queen Elizabeth greeted thousands of well-wishers from across Britain and beyond as she celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday, demonstrating the world's oldest monarch's intent to keep doing the job she has performed for more than six decades. To mark Thursday's milestone, a beaming Elizabeth mingled with crowds during a lengthy walkabout near her Windsor Castle home, west of London. (more)

Flood of tributes for Queen Elizabeth on her 90th birthday
21 April 2016 - Fate unexpectedly made her Queen. Duty and endurance have made her an institution and an icon. Queen Elizabeth II turned 90 on Thursday as Britain's oldest and longest-reigning monarch, drawing crowds of well-wishers and floods of tributes to the stamina and service of a woman who can claim to have given her name to the age. Elizabeth's father became King George VI and, at 10, she became heir to the throne. When she was 21 -- almost five years before she became Queen -- she promised the people of Britain and the Commonwealth that 'my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.' She kept the promise, and it has struck a chord with people in Britain and around the world. (more)

Is being sober finally trendy? Why millennials are ditching bar crawls for juice crawls
21 April 2016 - Many booze-free activities have popped up in major US cities to serve a growing number of young people who are ditching [alcohol]. For those 35 and under, cutting back on booze no longer means social suicide. In addition to juice crawls, there are now sober day raves, alcohol-free bars, boozeless dinner and dance parties, and a sober social network that organizes group outings and launched a dating app so popular it has temporarily shut down. (more)

Scottish exhibit marks Queen's birthday
21 April 2016 - An exhibition of spectacular gowns and jewels worn by Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who turns 90 on Thursday, opened in Scotland, charting the monarch's public appearances since childhood to date. Scotland is known to hold a special place in Elizabeth's heart, and she spends her summers at Balmoral Castle, in the Cairngorms National Park. The feeling is mutual: Scots nationalists wanted her to continue as Queen of Scotland as part of their proposal for independence from the United Kingdom that was defeated in a 2014 referendum. (more)

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Profile: Chelsea McCooey, teacher of Transcendental Meditation from Vancouver, Canada
20 April 2016 - Vancouver Real television sat down with Chelsea McCooey, the director of the recently opened Transcendental Meditation centre in Vancouver, Canada. Chelsea was literally born into TM as both her parents were TM meditators, but she had to find her own way in life, which eventually led to valuing the practice of TM. Chelsea rephrases Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who said that if we don't water the root of our existence, we cannot enjoy its fruit. 'So that's why we go within, settle, meditate,' she says, 'to then go out and enjoy life even more.' She relates her journey into TM and life as the centre director, and outlines some advanced programmes in Maharishi technologies available at the centre. (more)

Meditation, creativity, peace: A documentary about David Lynch and his travels
11 April 2016 - Shot by film students, the documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace follows the famous director David Lynch on his globetrotting journey through 16 countries from 2007 to 2009. Mr Lynch's message centres on the crossroads of Transcendental Meditation and creativity -- and he is ever-ready for a touch of tongue-in-cheek humour, that includes his 'before and after' diagram of what it is like to practise TM. He explains the 'after' is very good but way after as: 'Totality. Total fulfillment. Liberation. Salvation.' (more)

Transcendental Meditation is tailor made for on-the-go millennials
31 March 2016 - Transcendental Meditation is being adopted by stressed-out millennials - people between the ages of 18 and 35 - reports The article includes videos from a community of meditating celebrities - Oprah Winfrey, David Lynch, Hugh Jackman, and Howard Stern - who explain the benefits of Transcendental Meditation. Additionally, an entertaining video follows four ordinary young adults from deciding to learn TM through one month of regular practice. (more)

Maharishi School students win top state award for musical theater
28 March 2016 - The Iowa High School Speech Association's All-State Festival gave the Critic's Choice Award to a team from Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment for its outstanding performance this year. After performing well in the state competition, two acts from Maharishi School were invited to perform at the recent All-State Speech Festival in the capital city, Des Moines, with their entry in the musical theater category coming away with the top award: a Critic's Choice banner. Senior Anna Unger and sophomore Devan Burke performed an excerpt of 'Once,' a musical stage adaptation based on the 2007 film of the same name. The award for 'Once' is the 18th Critic's Choice award in the school's history since it began competing in 1988. (more)

Christian Wharton, a painter with transparent and dazzling technique
16 March 2016 - Capturing water with water colours, Christian Wharton has had eight London exhibitions and her work adorns the offices of major corporations such as the BBC, hospitals, hospices and banks. By her own admission, it's the peaceful flow of meditating that has carried her so far. 'I started Transcendental Meditation in 1967 and it has been my guiding light,' Wharton says, 'a small candle at the still centre. My paintings would not have developed the way they did if it had not been for TM. It has not been merely an inspiration but has increased my perception of what is really going on in nature, art, and life itself.' (more)

Katy Perry and the 'cure for the common stress'
9 March 2016 - Katy Perry learned the Transcendental Meditation technique five years ago, and shortly thereafter, her road crew also learned. In a recent interview she said, 'I'm on a plane more than I am on ground, and this tool helps me find moments of peace--because I don't have a whole lot of time--that extend my day so I can live my fullest capacity. It gives me two days in one day!' (more)

From surviving to thriving with bipolar: Paul Dalio on TM and his new film 'Touched with Fire'
2 March 2016 - The practice of Transcendental Meditation had such a remarkable impact on Paul Dalio that it inspired his doctor, Norman Rosenthal's research and writing on the effects of TM on PTSD, bipolar, and other disorders. Paul, who had been struggling with bipolar, recounts meeting someone else with the disorder who practised TM and had spent the last 20 years 'happy 80 per cent of the time'. Inspired, he started meditating 'without fail, twice a day'. On the value of TM in his life, Paul says, 'If you settle your system down in a way that is natural and healthy, you don't need these heavy meds to filter your system and senses, you are actually able to experience so much more of the emotion, while at the same time being stable so they don't knock you over. . . . I genuinely feel rich, deep emotion that is sustainable, and I am allowed to experience it without getting thrown off.' Paul Dalio's new film, Touched with Fire, explores the relationship between two poets with bipolar disorder. (more)

Sony Pictures buys movie by Maharishi University of Management alumnus
28 February 2016 - Sony Pictures has acquired distribution rights for a film directed and co-written by Zach Sluser, an alumnus of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. The film, The Driftless Area, stars Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and other leading actors. As described in the Internet Movie Database (, 'Zachary Sluser's film, based on the novel by Tom Drury, is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe.' (more)

Interview: Transcendental Meditation and the process of creativity
25 February 2016 - Ann Purcell, author and teacher of Transcendental Meditation, speaks about meditation and creativity during an interview conducted by AC Fuller, creator of the Writer 2.0 Podcast Series. They discuss how practising TM makes the writing process flow more effortlessly with a mind settled and free from distractions caused by stress. The 50-minute interview is rich with quotes from great authors and a profound understanding of the creative process. (more)

Working in a Maharishi Vastu building: 'Much greater lightness, creativity, and positivity'
31 January 2016 - A new Maharishi Vastu office building was recently completed in New Hampshire, USA. Home to three businesses owned by members of the same family, it was built using modular construction, which allows shorter construction time and the ability to adhere to precise Maharishi Vastu architecture guidelines for correct dimensions and for green and efficient building materials. One family member commented, 'My own experience has been of opening out into much greater lightness, creativity, and positivity. Everything is less of a strain, and I love coming here and being in the new office. Anything seems possible, and I wonder why I saw boundaries before in areas where now I see pure potential.' (more)

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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)

Islamic State magazine blasts Muslims fleeing to Europe as sinners
10 September 2015 - Hundreds of thousands of people have fled wars in the Middle East this year, often from areas seized or threatened by Islamic State militants. They have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe on flimsy boats that have sometimes capsized, killing hundreds, in one of the biggest waves of migration since World War Two. Most of the refugees come from Syria, Iraq, and Libya -- states ravaged by conflict frequently involving Islamic State. But the magazine of Islamic State, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria where some 10 million people live, said those who leave its domain were committing a 'major sin'. (more)

UN: Satellite images show Temple of Bel in Syria 'destroyed'
31 August 2015 - A satellite image on Monday shows that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, a United Nations agency said. The image was taken a day after a massive explosion was set off near the 2,000-year-old temple in the city occupied by Islamic State militants. It stood out among the ruins not far from the colonnades of Palmyra, which is affectionately known by Syrians as the 'Bride of the Desert.' Palmyra was an important caravan city of the Roman Empire, linking it to India, China, and Persia. Before the outbreak of Syria's conflict in March 2011, the UNESCO site was one of the top tourist attractions in the Middle East. (more)

Islamic State images purport to show destroyed Syrian temple
25 August 2015 - The Islamic State group released propaganda images Tuesday that purport to show militants laying explosives in and then blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra. A resident of Palmyra had told the Associated Press the temple was destroyed on Sunday, a month after the group's militants booby-trapped it with explosives. The temple, a structure of giant stone blocks several stories high fronted by six towering columns, was dedicated to a god of storm and rain -- the name means literally 'Lord of the Heavens.' (more)

Islamic State destruction of ancient Syrian temple erases rich history
24 August 2015 - The destruction of the nearly 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin by Islamic State militants erased a symbol of the once rich religious life of Syria's ancient caravan city of Palmyra and left residents, archaeologists, and historians fearful that the extremists will destroy more of the rich site, including an even larger more ancient temple nearby. One resident told The Associated Press he saw it after it was blown up Sunday and said it was reduced to 'rocks on the ground, nothing more.' The temple was part of a sprawling Roman-era complex that includes other remains of temples to local gods and goddesses, including the even larger and slightly older Temple of Bel. (more)

Islamic State kills leading Syrian antiquities scholar in Palmyra
19 August 2015 - Islamic State militants beheaded one of Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars in the ancient town of Palmyra, then hung his body from one of the town's Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday. The killing of 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad was the latest atrocity perpetrated by the militant group, which has captured a third of both Syria and neighboring Iraq and declared a self-styled 'caliphate' on the territory it controls. The IS overran Palmyra in May. The Sunni extremist group has imposed a violent interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah, believes ancient relics promote idolatry. (more)

US: Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults
10 July 2015 - A growing number of U.S. teens and young adults are being prescribed antipsychotics, a new study suggests. In particular, it appears they're being used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- a condition for which the powerful drugs are not approved. 'Increasingly, many youth are receiving these medications to treat behavior problems in the absence of a more severe psychiatric illness,' said Meredith Matone, a research scientist with PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who wasn't involved in the study. (more)

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