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Monday May 2, 2011

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Ted Talks

Mike Matas: A next-generation digital book

Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -- with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is "Our Choice," Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth."

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Al Qaeda

Yemen protesters urged not raise bin Laden banners

Stocks Up, Oil Down: Market Movement Expected After Bin Laden’s Death, while Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh

By Mohammed Ghobari, Mohamed Sudam and Sarah Bail

SANAA - Reuter - Yemeni activists urged street protesters on Monday not to raise banners of Osama bin Laden to avoid inviting a harsher crackdown on demonstrations seeking democratic change in the al Qaeda leader's ancestral homeland.

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Appointment

Laurier appoints media scholar Abby Goodrum to role of VP Research

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Dr. Abby Goodrum as Vice-President: Research, effective July 1, 2011.

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IT Alliance

Canadian Women in Technology Alliance Plugs into Waterloo Region

Waterloo - CanWIT, a division of CATAAlliance, invites you to celebrate the launch of a Southwestern Ontario Chapter in Waterloo Region on May 12, 2011, 5:30-8:30pm. Sponsored by OpenText, the gala celebration at the Tannery Event Center on Charles St. will include a keynote address from Mayor Brenda Halloran and CTV’s Daiene Vernile moderating a panel of regional women who have captured national attention in the ICT sector.

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Finance

OpenText Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Financial Results

WATERLOO - Open Text Corporation announced unaudited financial results for its third quarter ended March 31, 2011. Total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $263.0 million, up 23.6% compared to $212.8 million for the same period in the prior fiscal year. License revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $67.8 million, up 37.0% compared to $49.5 million for the same period in the prior fiscal year.

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Arts and Culture Awards

Members of Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO) distinguish themselves at 2011 Local Focus Film Festival

Waterloo – Members of the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO) distinguished themselves last week at the Local Focus Film Festival by taking home two first-place prizes, along with a couple of honourable mentions, for their productions. The festival is an annual juried event that celebrates the creativity of filmmakers from Waterloo Region. Local filmmaker and mpGO member Paul Campsall of MetaMedia Productions won the Jury Award

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PSA

Music Monday

Waterloo - The Coalition for Music Education in Canada launched Music Monday in 2005 to celebrate the galvanizing power of music and to demonstrate how that power is rooted in school music programs. At the exact same time across the country, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, 11 a.m. Mountain Time, 12 p.m. Central Time, 1 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 p.m. Atlantic Time and 2:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador, schools from coast-to-coast will be united by one piece of music.

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Transportation

Bearskin Airlines takes flight to Montreal from the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

Waterloo Region – Thanks to Bearskin Airlines, getting to Montreal is a whole lot easier. Bearskin Airlines will provide daily air service between Waterloo Region and Montreal’s Trudeau Airport with five flights each way, every business day; three non-stop flights and two one-stop flights via Ottawa; along with a reduced weekend schedule.

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Award

Melissa Sky’s film takes 24-Hour Film Challenge Award at Local Focus Film Festival

Waterloo – Waterloo’s Indie filmmaker Melissa Sky won the 24-Hour Film Challenge Award for her six-minute production Longing. It was screened April 23 at The Registry Theatre, as part of Waterloo Region's Local Focus Film Festival. The award was co-sponsored by the Media Producers Group of Ontario (mpGO) and Kitchener’s Multicultural Cinema Club (MCC).

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Competition

Ontario Technological Skills Competition will draw 1800 student competitors to wow judges, crowds

Kitchener - BUILD, FIX, DESIGN, CREATE four small words that can be used to describe everyday actions in the wide-ranging world of skilled trades and technologies. At this year’s Ontario Technological Skills com- petition, all of these abilities will be demonstrated in full force, as 1800 high school and post-secondary students construct, repair, devise or craft everything from complicated small engines to breathtaking floral displays.

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PSA

Junior Achievement Fundraiser - HAIRSPRAY!

St. Jacobs - Junior Achievement's Annual Theatre Event returns to St. Jacob's Country Playhouse on Wednesday May 11, 2011 with Broadway’s musical-comedy that inspired a major motion picture and won eight Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- Hairspray.

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Survey

GCC Logo Competition Survey

Guelph - The GCC is updating it's logo and is looking for your input. A competition was held asking for logo ideas to represent the Chamber and its brand into the future. The link below will bring you to a survey containing our current logo as well as 3 possible alternatives, as chosen by our selection committee. Please take a minute and vote on the logo you feel would best suit the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Voting will be open until noon on Wednesday May 4, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.

Click here to view Logos and vote.

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Awards

RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED FOR 6th ANNUAL COUNTY OF WELLINGTON VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION AWARDS

Guelph - The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, in partnership with the County of Wellington, is pleased to announce the recipients of the sixth annual County of Wellington Volunteer Appreciation Awards.

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Unveiling

INGERSOLL TO UNVEIL NEW MURALS IN DOWNTOWN

INGERSOLL – Artists Cathy Groulx and Rita Milton have been busy at work on thirteen new murals to be displayed above McKim’s Home Hardware and Dorothee’s Clothing Store, on Thames Street in Ingersoll. The Ingersoll BIA is hosting an official launch ceremony on May 7, 2011 to celebrate and unveil the latest artistic addition to the downtown.

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Human Resources

'STILL HOLDING' - Ratio of IT Support Staff to Employees Falls Short of Ideal, Survey Shows

TORONTO - Employees looking for help with a frozen computer screen or a mobile application glitch may be in for a long wait. Chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed in a recent survey said their companies' technical support teams are, on average, 38 per cent smaller than they would ideally be. The results are similar to a 2007 survey in which CIOs said their support teams were an average of 46 per cent smaller than their ideal.

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Prices

Industrial product and raw materials price indexes

Statscan - In March, the Industrial Product Price Index (IPPI) rose 0.9% and the Raw Materials Price Index (RMPI) grew a substantial 5.7%. The strong increase in petroleum prices was the main reason for the advance of both indexes.

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Guest Column

Gaining Cooperation Three maxims for successful negotiation
By Carl Van

"Everything you know is wrong. Black is white, up is down and short is long. And everything you thought was just so important doesn't really matter anymore." "Everything You Know is Wrong." - Weird Al Yankovic


 


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