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18 April 2009

21 March was the 21st day of the ninth month of the 3rd year of Canadian national consciousness rising to invincibility.

21 March 2009

Dr William Overall, National Director of the Global Country of World Peace in Canada, presented highlights of news reports reflecting Canada's rising invincibility from Yogic Flying groups across Canada and the large Invincible America Assembly at Maharishi University of Management and Maharishi Vedic City, USA.

Extensive scientific research has documented the Maharishi Effect of rising coherence, harmony, and peace created in the collective consciousness of a nation by large groups of Yogic Flyers. The effect has been found to extend beyond national borders when the group is of sufficient size.

Following are press reports featured in Dr Overall's presentation:

Forbes - Canada ranks third best country for business (20 March 2009) Some countries are in a much better position than others to rebound from the current malaise by attracting entrepreneurs, investors and workers. Our fourth annual Forbes Best Countries for Business ranking looks at business conditions in 127 economies. Topping the list for 2009: Denmark, for a second straight year, takes the No. 1 spot. The U.S. is up two spots to No. 2, Canada is up four spots to No. 3, Singapore is up four to No. 4, New Zealand is up seven to No. 5. and Australia is up five to No. 8. The goal is to quantify for entrepreneurs and investors the often-qualified information about dynamic economies and what they would consider desirable conditions for business. Intellectual property rights, the promotion of free trade and low inflation, combined with low taxes on income and investment, give a snapshot of the conditions for business in each. Taking care of investors, with laws assuring recourse for minority shareholders in cases of corporate misdeeds, is also important. And amid the financial turmoil this year, we added stock market performance to reflect the extent of disrepair in countries' banking systems, as well as investor confidence in a recovery.

Bloomberg News - Canadian January retail sales rise most since 2006 (20 March 2009) Canadian retail sales rose almost twice as fast as expected in January and the most since July 2006. Retail sales climbed 1.9 per cent from December, the first gain in four months, Statistics Canada said. Economists expected a 1 per cent gain in January. Five of eight major retail categories rose in January, while one was unchanged. Sales at new car dealerships led with a gain of 6.4 per cent in January. Sales at food and beverage stores rose 2.1 per cent and those of clothing and accessories advanced 3 per cent. (Pharmacies and personal care retailers had a two-per-cent gain, while supermarkets saw sales rise 2.2%. Software sales were up 3.7%.) January's rise extended across the country. British Columbia recorded the largest provincial gain at 3.1 per cent, followed by Ontario's 3 per cent increase and Saskatchewan's 2.9 per cent rise. (Even after adjusting for price changes, retail sales volume rose by 1.8 per cent, indicating that Canadian consumers are still digging into their wallets despite the

The Globe and Mail - Retail sales surprise in January offers glimmer of hope for economy (20 March 2009) A surprising 1.9 per cent increase in Canadian retail sales in January indicates that 'consumers are still standing,' Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce economist Krishen Rangasamy said. 'The retail report is good news in the sense that it's a reminder that Canadian consumers are still in the picture .'

The Canadian Press on retail report bodes well for the future (20 March 2009) The retail numbers had their bright points, including that volumes rose 1.8 per cent, which will give a boost to gross domestic product. Economists point out that there is widespread agreement that the April-June period will be better and the third quarter better still. 'We think the economy hit bottom in the first quarter. Certainly the signs we're getting from the retail report and [others] bode well for the future,' said CIBC economist Krishen Rangasamy. He stated that the economy will begin exhibiting more vigour in the second half of the year as the massive monetary and fiscal stimulus measures introduced on both sides of the border and in many parts of the world take effect.

The Canadian Press on Toronto stock market ends week higher (20 March 2009) The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday as investors took profits from a solid, eight-day rally. The TSX composite index closed at 8,506.35 on Friday, but the index is still up 935 points, or 12.4 per cent over the eight day runup that started Mar. 10, led by gains in financial stocks. (For the week, the country's top exchange climbed 2.39 per cent from its previous week's close of 8,303.39.)

Bloomberg News - Canada's dollar posts biggest weekly gain in 3 months as commodities rise (20 March 2009) Canada's currency recorded the biggest weekly advance since December after the U.S. Federal Reserve's move to buy Treasury notes sparked a rally in commodity prices. The Canadian dollar rose 2.6 per cent since March 13. Commodities, which generate about half of Canada's export revenue, climbed after the Fed's announcement. The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index of 19 raw materials gained 5.3 per cent Thursday, the biggest one-day gain this year.

Sun Media - Alberta businesses confident (20 March 2009) Alberta businesses generally appear little discouraged by the economic turmoil around them. The latest instalment of ATB Financial's measure of business confidence showed that sentiment remained largely unchanged from three months ago. The business sentiment index, which measures the business community's outlook for the next three months, dipped only slightly to 99.5 points from a reading of 99.7 points three months ago. (A value of more than 100 points indicates optimism, and less than 100 indicates pessimism.) 'It was a bit of a surprise to us,' said Todd Hirsch, a senior economist with ATB Financial. 'I would say this is pretty good news.'

From an Edmonton Journal report on this: The survey suggests more Alberta businesses expect their outputs to grow than shrink over the next 12 months, ATB said. Some 25 per cent expected their outputs to decrease, 31 per cent said they will stay the same, 23 per cent said outputs will grow by less than 10 per cent and 21 per cent said they'll grow by more than 10 per cent.

Canwest News Service on Quebecers embracing reusable bags (18 March 2009) Quebecers use more than 1 billion plastic bags every year, clogging the province's landfills. In a few weeks, shoppers at Loblaws, Provigo and Maxi stores in Quebec will have to pay five cents for every plastic grocery bag they take. Since 2006, when Metro became the first major grocery chain in Quebec to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags, Quebecers have embraced the environmentally friendly move. More than one in three shoppers in Quebec used reusable bags in 2007, according to Statistics Canada.

The Canadian Press - Prentice renews funding for UN water monitoring program (21 March 2009) The federal government has decided to inject money into a Canada-led United Nations water monitoring program that had been floating in cash-strapped limbo for the past three years. Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced Saturday, on the eve of Sunday's World Water Day, that the government would contribute C$2.5-million over five years to the UN Environmental Program's Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS), in addition to the basic operating funding it already receives. The system is based in Burlington, Ont., and tracks temperatures, metal content and other trends in inland water quality from 2,700 monitoring stations around the world. Several UN agencies rely on the information, and the program offers training and advice for developing countries on how to set up water sampling programs. Without the additional C$500,000 it has been receiving annually, the UN program was unable to keep scientists on staff to do in-depth assessments with the data it collected. Achim Steiner, the executive director of the UN Environment Programme, thanked the Canadian government for the injection of cash. 'Sound science is the foundation of sound policy making and in the realm of freshwater GEMS is a key element of that foundation and therefore a key contribution to the sustainable development agenda,' Mr. Steiner said.

The Victoria Times Colonist - Victoria flautist gets back with Beatle buddies (20 March 2009) Victoria jazz flautist Paul Horn just turned 79, but that's not stopping him from appearing with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Donovan and Sheryl Crow at a benefit concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on April 4. 'They should have held it in Madison Square Garden,' he joked, noting the event was sold out in seconds, with tickets priced from $99 to $500 US. Internet scalpers are reselling them for up to $4,250 US. 'It's very exciting getting together again—man it's been 40 years,' said Horn, who first met the Beatles and Donovan at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in 1968. He was making a film about the holy man, and they all studied transcendental meditation together. 'During about six weeks I got to know Paul and George best, Ringo only stayed about two weeks. John was more of a loner, although interested in learning to play the flute. George was studying the sitar and we'd go to a little hut sometimes and jam. Donovan was there the whole time—the quintessential flower child, a very sweet, gentle soul.' He and Donovan later toured the U.S. together twice. The concert will raise funds for the David Lynch Foundation, which wants to teach a million children to meditate, said publicist Steve Yellin from Iowa. 'We've already taught more than 70,000 around the world and hundreds of schools in the U.S. have now applied.' Horn applauds Lynch for bringing transcendental meditation into schools, to help reduce stress and bullying, and increase creativity and health. 'It's an ambitious project, but it's all about timing. It has taken time for the West to finally connect with Maharishi's message, and realize TM is not a religion.' All the musicians are donating their time, said Horn, who has recorded more than 40 albums, won Grammys and worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington to Nat King Cole. Other performers at the event are Ben Harper, Moby, Bettye Lavette and Jim James. How will Horn fit in with the youngbloods? 'I'll be there to give a break from the energy,' he said with a chuckle, adding he'll play a piece with Donovan, then an improvisational solo with digital delay —echo effect —that he guarantees 'will quiet the crowd.' He perfected the technique in 1968 in the Taj Mahal—a flawless echo chamber—that resulted in his famous album Inside. Horn, who will travel to New York with his wife Ann Mortifee, has never played in Radio City Music Hall, although he has performed in New York many times—twice at Carnegie Hall. 'I'm doing this because I value TM. It has immeasurably affected everything in my life and is a reflection of who I am, my music.'

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