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Ted Talks

Jonathan Harris: The Web's secret stories



Jonathan Harris wants to make sense of the emotional world of the Web. With deep compassion for the human condition, his projects troll the Internet to find out what we're all feeling and looking for.

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2009 Davos

"BASE OF THE PYRAMID" INNOVATIONS OFFER GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITIES

* Reports reveal untapped growth potential at the “base of the pyramid” in poor regions
* Engaging poor consumers, producers and entrepreneurs can increase incomes and food security
* New alliances between industries and stakeholders are key to success

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland – Despite the economic downturn, companies can find growth opportunities among the 3.7 billion people at the “base of the pyramid” (BOP) by adopting innovative strategies that benefit local communities, according to two reports released today by the World Economic Forum.

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Marketing

Kellogg School of Management Ranks Monster.com best, SoBe Worst in Super Bowl XLIII

Panel notes that value messages, competitive claims reflect economic pressure

EVANSTON, Ill., - Employment Web site Monster.com earned top marks for its "Need a New Job?" ad, winning the fifth annual Kellogg School of Management Super Bowl Advertising Review. The Super Bowl lineup reflected the country's economic woes, as some perennial advertisers such as FedEx and GM elected to sit on the sidelines this year, and other advertisers created ads that referenced competitors or communicated value.


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Manufacturing

Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada files anti-dumping complaint against China and Vietnam

MONTREAL - The Shoe Manufacturers Association of Canada (SMAC) has filed a complaint based on the Special Import Measures Act (SIMA) with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). SMAC is requesting that CBSA re-investigate pricing of waterproof rubber footwear and bottoms exported or originating from the People's Republic of China and Vietnam.


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US STOCKS

Futures point to lower open on earnings woes

* Worry over earnings season dampens sentiment
* Mattel results miss expectations
* S&P 500 futures off 11.20 points, Dow futures off 96 points, Nasdaq 100 futures off 17.25 points
* For up-to-the-minute market news, click [STXNEWS/US]

By Leah Schnurr

NEW YORK (Reuters) U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Monday as investors fretted about a disappointing earnings season after Wall Street racked up its worst January ever.


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GDP - November 2008

Gross domestic product by industry for November 2008

Real gross domestic product fell 0.7% in November as essentially all major sectors reduced production.

The accommodation and food services sector edged up 0.3%, benefiting from a small increase in the number of overnight visitors to Canada.

The output of manufacturing, wholesale trade, construction and real estate agents and brokers were the main contributors to the November decrease. The transportation, energy, retail trade, finance and insurance sectors also retreated. On the other hand, economic activity advanced slightly for some tourism-related industries, agriculture and the public sector (health, education and public administration combined).


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Education

Laurier business students earn top Ontario title at national competition

WATERLOO – A group of 26 Laurier School of Business & Economics students won the highly coveted "Ontario School of the Year" at the JDC West 2009 competition, which was held recently in Edmonton, Alberta. Despite being Laurier's first year in the competition, the students received high rankings in many of the events, including second-place in the Business Strategy case against 13 competing schools.


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Environment

U.S. government recommends U of T technique for cleaning groundwater Environmental Protection Agency outlines procedures for practitioners

By Christine Elias

Toronto - Cleaning up the dangerous contaminants -- dry-cleaning fluids, solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons -- found in underground water presents one of the most urgent challenges facing environmental science. A report issued Jan. 30 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sheds light on a new way to monitor and improve the success of cleanup efforts using a technique developed at the University of Toronto.


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Technology

Computer and peripherals price indexes - December 2008

The index for commercial computers increased 0.28% from November to 35.73 (2002=100) in December. The index for consumer computers declined 0.94% to 19.93.

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MEDIA

POWER PLAY WITH TOM CLARK Premieres Feb. 2 on CTV Newsnet

– CTV Newsnet’s daily political program gets new name, host and fresh new look –

– All episodes of POWER PLAY WITH TOM CLARK will be available on the CTV Video Player; Tom Clark to write daily commentary for CTV.ca/powerplay

Toronto – With a fresh look at politics, politicians and plays for power, CTV Newsnet announced today that its interim daily political program ON THE HILL will officially re-launch this coming Monday, February 2 at 5 p.m. as POWER PLAY WITH TOM CLARK. This new program will be the political show of record for Canadians, complete with a new look and fresh new take on political reporting.

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Appointment

The French Connection at the Stratford Chefs School

Michelin One-Star Chef Alexandre Gauthier to visit Stratford, Ont., February 2 to 6, 2009

Stratford - Michelin one-star Chef Alexandre Gauthier—renowned for working wonders in the Michelin one-star restaurant Auberge de la Grenouillère near the walled town of Montreuil-sur-Mer, France—is joining the Stratford Chefs School (SCS) from February 2 to 6, 2009. In his role as a visiting celebrity chef to SCS, he will share his expertise with students, working together with them preparing multi-course dinners for the public.

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MEDIA

The 2009 JUNO Awards Nominees To Be Announced Live on CTV, Tuesday, Feb. 3

–CTV offers exclusive coverage as Russell Peters takes on press conference hosting duties to warm up for the big show

Toronto - CTV hits a high note with exclusive coverage of The 2009 JUNO Awards nominees’ press conference on Tuesday, February 3. The 2009 JUNOS AWARDS host and Gemini Award Winner Russell Peters hosts the event live from The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET.


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Ratified Agreement

Steelworkers ratify agreement with chip maker Frito Lay

CAMBRIDGE - United Steelworkers' (USW) Ontario/Atlantic Director Wayne Fraser announced Friday that members of USW Local 4610 at the Cambridge plant of one of world's largest snack food makers have ratified new collective agreements with Frito Lay Canada.

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Affluent Economy Trends

Porsche cannot escape general downward trend

Revenues down approximately 14 per cent in the first half of business year

STUTTGART - Porsche Automobil Holding SE, Stuttgart, was not able to escape the general downward trend in the global automotive industry in the first six months of the current year of business 2008/09 (1 August 2008 - 31 January 2009) and will therefore show a decrease in revenues according to provisional figures of 14.3 per cent to approximately Euro three billion.

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Appointment

Jean-Philippe Gauthier, a leader in strategy and product development for the technology industry, joins StreamTheWorld.

Montreal — StreamTheWorld, a media streaming technology and services company that provides streaming video and audio content solutions to broadcasters worldwide, has appointed Jean-Philippe Gauthier as Vice President, Strategy, Products and Partnerships.


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Free Trade

Local and U.S. steel industries - Maintaining balanced trade

MONTREAL - In light of the reaction on this side of the border to the U.S. president's economic recovery plan, particularly with regard to the steel trade, the USW/Syndicat des Metallos (FTQ) believes that the reality of this industry in North America should be taken into consideration.

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2009 Davos

G20 LEADERS CALL FOR GLOBAL COOPERATION TO ADDRESS CRISIS

* Four G20 leaders call for coordinated action on fiscal and monetary policy at Annual Meeting 2009
* Prime Minister Brown warns of dangers of protectionism

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - Global cooperation, not a retreat from globalization, is the best approach for solving the current economic crisis, and could set the pattern for dealing with other critical international challenges such as climate change, poverty and energy security, a panel of government leaders agreed at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.


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2009 Davos

US READY TO TAKE THE LEAD ON CLIMATE CHANGE

* Panel: 2009 is the year for a global agreement on climate change
* US economic stimulus plan includes spending on green projects

Davos-Klosters - We are running out of time, we must have a planetary solution to a planetary crisis, urged Nobel Laureate Al Gore at a World Economic Forum Annual Meeting session on climate change.



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2009 Davos

UK’S BROWN WARNS OF FINANCIAL PROTECTIONISM, URGES COOPERATION

* UK’s Brown says financial protectionism a danger in current crisis
* Urges cooperation to keep credit for developing countries flowing

Davos-Klosters - Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the United Kingdom warned on Saturday that financial protectionism is a greater danger than trade protectionism in the current global economic crisis.

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2009 Davos

TRADE OFFICIALS URGE G20 TO ACCELERATE DOHA ROUND NEGOTIATIONS TO COMBAT CRISIS

* Crisis could lead to trade backlash unless momentum towards WTO deal is reached
* Fears of financial protectionism cited as banks focus on domestic lending

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - Finishing the long-stalled Doha Round of multilateral trade talks is the single most valuable step global leaders can take to keep the current economic crisis from triggering a destructive protectionist backlash, according to trade officials and academic experts gathered at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.



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Letter to the Editor

New Chief Operating Officer named to Mental Health Commission

CALGARY - Louise Bradley has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). "Louise brings with her a wealth of experience in the mental health field and I am very pleased to welcome her to help lead our team," says MHCC President and CEO Michael Howlett.



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