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Thursday September 9, 2010

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Ted Talks

Alwar Balasubramaniam: Art of substance and absence

Alwar Balasubramaniam's sculpture plays with time, shape, shadow, perspective: four tricky sensations that can reveal -- or conceal -- what's really out there. At TEDIndia, the artist shows slides of his extraordinary installations.

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Entrepreneurship

DossierView to Graduate from Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre

Waterloo – The Accelerator Centre (AC), announced yesterday the graduation of DossierView, the seventh company to graduate from the AC since the facility opened its doors in 2006, and the fifth graduation since September of 2009.

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Arts & Culture

The culture free-for-all happening all over Canada

WATERLOO REGION – Dozens of free arts and culture events will be offered to the public on the weekend of September 24 to 26, 2010, which has been designated “Culture Days” across Canada.

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Infrastructure

SMARTER CITY TECHNOLOGY AIDS ASSET MANAGEMENT IN CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge - The City of Cambridge introduced new intelligence systems for infrastructure management that will help municipal workers monitor infrastructure projects across the city in real time, making Cambridge the first municipality in Canada to be recognized by IBM as a smarter city.

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Productivity

Canada’s Global Competitiveness ranking down one spot to 10th

World Economic Forum rankings indicate little change in the relative standing of Canada's economic environment and business sophistication. Our major improvement opportunity continues to be in strengthening the abilities of our businesses to compete on the basis of innovation and uniqueness, says Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity.

Toronto — In the Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011 released today by the World Economic Forum, whose Canadian partner is the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity, Canada’s ranking moved down from 9th in 2009 to 10th in 2010, but remained above its rank of 13th in 2007 on the Forum’s “Global Competitiveness Index.”

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Pension

Chief Actuary of Canada Unveils External Peer Review Panel for Actuarial Report on the CPP

OTTAWA - The Office of the Chief Actuary (OCA) has announced the establishment of a panel of actuaries to review the 25th Actuarial Report on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

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Global Competitivness

United States Falls in Competitiveness Rankings

* The United States falls two places to fourth position, overtaken by Sweden and Singapore in the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011
* The People’s Republic of China continues to move up the rankings, with marked improvements in several other Asian countries
* Germany moves up two places to fifth place, leading the Eurozone countries
* Switzerland tops the rankings

Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 9 September 2010 – Switzerland tops the overall rankings in The Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, released today by the World Economic Forum ahead of its Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2010 in Tianjin.

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Space

Guiding Light: The Canadian Space Agency “Eyes” Hubble’s Successor

Longueuil, Quebec – The Canadian Space Agency has delivered a test unit of its contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope, successor of the Hubble Space Telescope, to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

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Milestone

Boehmer Box achieves two major healthy-workplace milestones

Leading packaging producer earns Waterloo Region’s Healthy Workplace Silver Award while celebrating 3 years without a lost-time accident

KITCHENER — Boehmer Box LP, a leading printer of food, beverage and consumer packaging, is proving to be one of the healthiest places to work in Canada. In addition to celebrating more than 3 years without a lost-time accident, the 136-year-old company just received a Healthy Workplace Silver Award from the Region of Waterloo Public Health.

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Education

Waste-diversion expert shares insights at Laurier Toronto speaker series

TORONTO – Waste-diversion innovator Damian Bassett will discuss the journey from blue box recycling to current sustainability efforts Thursday, Sept. 9, starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Laurier Toronto office on the main floor of the Exchange Tower at 130 King St. W.

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Food

Food Markets Are Sound, Could Face Turbulence.

World News - "Food market fundamentals are sound and different from 2007/08 when shortages sparked riots in a number of countries, although the international community should tackle future volatility, a senior UN official said on Tuesday..." [Reuters/Factiva]

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Quarterly Reports

Descartes Reports Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Financial
Results

Record Quarterly Revenues and Operating Performance Driven by 35% Year-Over-Year Increase in Revenues

WATERLOO - Descartes Systems Group announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 second quarter (Q2FY11) ended July 31, 2010. All financial results referenced are in United States (US) currency and, unless otherwise indicated, are determined in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

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Global Health

NEARLY HALF OF NEW HIV INFECTIONS IN FRANCE ARE IN MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN

New York - Despite an overall decline in HIV incidence in France, transmission seems to be “out of control” among men who have sex with men (MSM). Nearly half of the 7000 people newly infected with HIV in 2008 were in MSM, and incidence is 200 times higher than in the French heterosexual population.

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