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Tuesday July 26, 2011

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Ted Talks

Rory Stewart: Time to end the war in Afghanistan

British MP Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan after 9/11, talking with citizens and warlords alike. Now, a decade later, he asks: Why are Western and coalition forces still fighting there? He shares lessons from past military interventions that worked.

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Award

First Tablet Certified for U.S. Government

BlackBerry PlayBook Wins ‘Best in Show’ Award at FOSE 2011

Waterloo - Research In Motion announced that it has received FIPS 140-2 certification for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies.

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Identification

New Photo ID Card Now Available

Waterloo - People in the Waterloo Region can now apply for Ontario’s new photo identification card. The new government-issued ID is available at 21 ServiceOntario locations across the province, including 1151 Victoria Street, North in Kitchener. It will be available at all locations by 2012. This secure card will make it easier for people aged 16 years and over who do not have a driver’s licence to open a bank account, make travel arrangements or perform other activities that require official ID.

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Employment

Confidence reaffirmed in health of Waterloo Region tech sector

Waterloo Region – Communitech Corporation, the organization representing more than 800 technology companies in Waterloo Region, publicly stated its confidence in Research In Motion in response to the company’s announcement about changes to its staffing levels.

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Royalty

University of Waterloo offers Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award

WATERLOO - A new student award, called Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Award, has been established at the University of Waterloo. The award is made possible through the generosity of the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, who gave a special gift to the University of Waterloo in order to honour the marriage of Their Royal Highnesses.

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Entrepreneurs

Teen Entrepreneurs Unveil Inventions at the Celebrated Shad Valley Program Open Day

Celebrate the nation’s newest teen innovators at Shad Valley Open Day at the University of Waterloo.

Waterloo - Exceptional high school students are brought together for the month of July each summer at the Shad Valley program where they work together to invent entirely new products and services. The students from grades 10, 11 and 12 live in residence at one of 10 participating university campuses across Canada.

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Tourism

Workforce Focus

Waterloo - The July 2011 edition of Workforce Focus is now available. This issue focuses on the Tourism Industry, including labour shortages being faced, growth areas and top occupations. To view the full copy of the report click here. PDF.

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Finance

Financial management professionals celebrate 70 years of success!

Kitchener - Certified Management Accountants of Ontario, is celebrating its 70th year. For the past 70 years, CMA Ontario has been a driving force in the field of management accounting, awarding the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation to qualified professionals across Ontario.

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Grant

Volleyball Club Receives Inaugural True Sport Grant Award

Cambridge/Kitchener - The Hespeler Scorpions Youth Volleyball Club has been awarded a grant under the Waterloo Region True Sport Grant Program administered by The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. The Scorpions Youth Volleyball Club has been given $730 to develop and deliver a Monsters Scorpions Learn to Play Volleyball Program aimed at teaching younger children the basics of volleyball in a fun and safe environment.

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Award

Grads with organic strawberry business win Nitsopoulos award

St. Catharines - Two Brock graduates who have devised a way to mass produce strawberries have received this year’s Nitsopoulos Family Entrepreneurship Award. Marty Verhey and Nico Verhoef have founded Perfect Patch Organic Growers, a Niagara company that uses leading edge technology to grow strawberries. The unique idea has won them the annual $10,000 award designed to foster businesses started by Brock graduates.

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Research Program

TRAINING MINDS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND BRAINS: Centre for Brain and Mind Opens, Announces UK Partnerships

London – Recognized as a world leader in cognitive neuroscience research, the Centre for Brain and Mind at The University of Western Ontario will begin training postdoctoral fellows from three of the top institutions in the United Kingdom next year.

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Fighting Spirit

CAW President Voices Support and Concern for NDP Leader

TORONTO - Following NDP Leader Jack Layton's announcement that he would be temporarily stepping down as federal party leader due to health concerns, CAW President Ken Lewenza is expressing his support for Jack.

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Recycling

US Moves to Aggressively Promote the Electronics Recycling Market while Ontario's Future Remains Uncertain

Toronto - At an event last week in Austin, Texas the Obama administration released a " National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship" to deal with responsible electronic product design, purchasing, management and recycling in the burgeoning electronics waste and recycling market. This commitment by the US to tackle the environmental concerns around electronic waste while capitalizing on job creation and investment comes at a time when Ontario's electronics and household hazardous waste recycling programs future remains uncertain as the provincial election looms.

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Webinars

Rebecca Lieb Helps PR Professionals Engage Audiences With Storytelling, Instruction, Advice and Entertainment

TORONTO - Marketwire and HubSpot Offer Free Webinar on Creating Content and Conversations HubSpot present "Creating Content and Conversations" on Thursday, July 28, the third webinar in the complimentary six-part series "How to Supercharge Your PR Program with Social Media."

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Study

Study Suggests Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banks in Canada Increases Significantly from 2010

TD Canada Trust and President's Choice Financial Each Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banks in Canada in their Respective Segments

TORONTO - Investments in customer-facing systems and processes by the Big Five banks and midsize banks have contributed to a substantial increase in overall customer satisfaction with retail banks in Canada, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Canadian Retail Banking Customer Satisfaction StudySM.

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Study

HIV Therapies Provide Near Normal Lifespan in Africa

OTTAWA - A landmark study by the University of Ottawa and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) shows that patients in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy for HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan.

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Communication

McGill, RI MUHC researchers launch free online atlas of TB vaccination policies from around the world

Montreal - Tuberculosis continues to pose a major global health threat. Someone in the world is newly infected with TB bacteria every second. Every year, more than 9 million people develop active TB and it claims about 2 million lives. In Canada, the overall incidence of TB has declined, but rates remain high among immigrants from endemic countries and among Aboriginal populations. Currently, Nunavut is facing the largest TB outbreak in the territory’s 10-year history.

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Travel

Tourists Turn Their Attention Back to Japan

LONDON - Travellers worldwide are showing support for the Japanese tourism industry, following the earthquake in March. New figures from a recent Hotels.com survey show more than 60% of global respondents are open to visiting the country.


 
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