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Monday May 27, 2013

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Ted Talks

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul

In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a severe depression. Only music was able to lift her out again -- showing her that her goal needn’t be to play lofty concert halls, but instead to bring the wonder of the instrument to as many people as possible.

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The Conflict

Kerry Announces US$4 Billion Economic Plan to Break Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

• US Secretary of State John Kerry announces plans for a US$ 4 billion economic programme for Palestine
• President Shimon Peres calls for new focus on harmony, not suspicion
• President Mahmoud Abbas says it is time to seize the opportunity
• H.M. King Abdullah Ibn Al Hussein of Jordan welcomes effort to relaunch peace negotiations

Dead Sea, Jordan – John Kerry, US Secretary of State, in a passionate speech at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa, announced plans for a US$ 4 billion economic programme designed to kickstart the Palestinian economy and provide the basis for sustainable peace. “It is time to put in place a new model of development … that is bigger and bolder than anything proposed since the Oslo Accord (10 September, 1993),” he said.

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World Growth

New Vision for Arab Employment Requires Regional Renaissance

MENA has the highest unemployment rate in the world among youth at 28.3%, A new vision for Arab employment requires a revolution of ideas and innovation, Public-private partnerships involving young people will spark entrepreneurship and create jobs

Dead Sea, Jordan – A new vision for Arab employment requires a “regional renaissance”, H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan told participants at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa. With the worst unemployment rate in the world among youth – 28.3% – the region needs a “new revolution every day, a revolution of ideas and innovation,” she said.

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Arts & Culture

Cambridge Hosts Info Session on Culture Days

Ontario to get involved in the 4th Annual National Culture Days

Cambridge - Learn about tools and resources available to Culture Days participants at an information session hosted by the Cambridge Centre for the Arts with Culture Days staff.

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Recognition

Carleton Professors Honoured with 2013 Capital Educator’s Awards

Ottawa - Carleton University is proud to announce that Carter Elwood from the Department of History and Craig Bennell from the Department of Psychology, have been awarded 2013 Capital Educators’ Awards.

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Sustainability

Farm Animal Diversity is Declining as Accelerating Species Loss Threaten Another Extinction

Public remarks from the founding chair of new world biodiversity body

Bonn, Germany - The accelerating disappearance of Earth's species of wild plants and animals constitutes a fundamental threat to the well-being and even the survival of humankind, warns the founding Chair of a new global organization created to narrow the gulf between leading international biodiversity scientists and national policy-makers.

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Sustainability

New community recognition program puts pedestrians first

TORONTO - Green Communities Canada today launched WALK Friendly Ontario, a designation program that recognizes municipal excellence in walkability. By awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum designations to towns and cities from across Ontario, WALK Friendly Ontario will stimulate action to make communities safer and more enjoyable places to walk.

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Health Discovery

Research identifies a way to make cancer cells more responsive to chemotherapy

London - Breast cancer characterized as “triple negative” carries a poor prognosis, with limited treatment options. In some cases, chemotherapy doesn’t kill the cancer cells the way it’s supposed to. New research from Western University explains why some cancer cells don’t respond to chemotherapy, and identifies a mechanism to rectify that.

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The Conflict

Israeli and Palestinian Business Leaders Urge Two-State Solution

• Nearly 200 Israeli and Palestinian business leaders join to form the Breaking the Impasse Initiative, Private sector representatives vow to use their economic clout to encourage political progress.

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World News

UN Urged to Take Lead in Securing Peace Dialogue in Syria

United Nations should take lead in encouraging dialogue among stakeholder groups inside Syria, Consequences of civil war in terms of the refugee crisis will be felt for years

Dead Sea, Jordan – With growing demands for the international community to arm and support Syrian opposition groups, a regional expert speaking at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa has called on the United Nations to take the lead in encouraging dialogue among the multiplicity of stakeholder groups inside Syria.

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