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Joey Alexander: An 11-year-old prodigy performs old-school jazz

Raised listening to his dad's old records, Joey Alexander plays a brand of sharp, modern piano jazz that you likely wouldn't expect to hear from a pre-teenager. Listen as the 11-year-old delights the TED crowd with his very special performance of a Thelonious Monk classic. Young piano player Joey Alexander has an old soul's gift for jazz. A native of Bali, Joey Alexander taught himself to play piano by listening to classic jazz albums his father shared with him. Alexander’s father recognized his son’s ear for jazz, and soon he was sitting in on jam sessions with senior musicians. And a (very) few years later, he's playing for worldwide audiences from Jakarta to Copenhagen to Washington, DC.


Home Hardware Announces Changes to Merchandise, Marketing and Operations Departments

St. Jacobs – Home Hardware announced the creation of two new senior positions within their company this morning. A single Merchandise organization responsible for all product sourcing led by one Vice-President has been announced as well as an integrated Marketing and Sales organization led by a Vice-President, Marketing and Sales.



by Éloïse Gratton, BLG LLP

Montreal - Bill S-4, the Digital Privacy Act , the federal government’s latest attempt to reform PIPEDA was proclaimed on June 18, 2015. This Bill is now in effect except for the breach notification regulations which have not yet been released and therefore, the breach notification section will come into effect at a later date.

Entrepreneur Start-up

Don’t blink, and other lessons from Pebble’s Eric Migicovsky
by Christian Aagaard

Waterloo - When a giant competitor licks its chops to eat the lunch of a much smaller one, you’d think that might cause a bit of a panic. But, no, at least not at Pebble Technology Corp. last September. Quite the opposite, founder and chief executive officer Eric Migicovsky told an audience last Thursday at the University of Waterloo Humanities Theatre.


Consumer Price Index, May 2015

Ottawa - The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.9% in the 12 months to May, after increasing 0.8% in April. Lower energy prices continued to moderate the year-over-year rise in the CPI. Excluding energy, the CPI increased 2.2% in the 12 months to May, matching the rise in April.


Retail trade, April 2015

Following gains in February and March, retail sales edged down 0.1% in April to $42.5 billion. Lower sales at food and beverage stores as well as electronics and appliance stores offset higher sales in most other subsectors.


On current thinking in theoretical physics

Waterloo - What do you get when you bring a hundred or so theoretical physicists together to discuss the burning physics questions of the time? Some very spirited, intriguing, and entertaining conversation.
Kicking off the more formal part of the Perimeter Institute Convergence conference, 11 groups of about a dozen physicists each met around tables to ruminate on the most interesting physics questions culled from a list of submissions by attendees. The topics covered a lot of territory, from understanding the problem of the cosmological constant through to how to solve the gender imbalance and gender discrimination in physics.

Seismic Source

Uplifted Island

The island Isla Santa María in the south of central Chile is the document of a complete seismic cycle.

Chile - Charles Darwin and his captain Robert Fitzroy witnessed the great earthquake of 1835 in south central Chile. The „Beagle“-Captain's precise measurements showed an uplift of the island Isla Santa María of 2 to 3 meters after the earthquake. What Darwin and Fitzroy couldn’t know was the fact that 175 years later nearly at the same position such a strong earthquake would recur.


Supporting Canadian Robotics on the International Space Station

Government of Canada announces major investment in space technology to enhance Canada's robots on board the orbiting science laboratory

Brampton - On Friday, the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of Sport and Member of Parliament for Bramalea–Gore–Malton, announced support for Canada's robotics system on board the International Space Station (ISS). MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) in Brampton will design specialized camera technology for Canadarm2, Dextre and the Mobile Base System.

Global Economy

10 things you should know about the crisis in Greece

Here is what you need to know now as Greece enters a pivotal week in its testy relationship with the Eurozone:

1. Greece’s most immediate – as in first thing Monday morning – source of danger is its banking system. To compensate for accelerated deposit flight, the European Central Bank injected additional emergency funding on Friday to allow the banks to open on Monday. With a lot more needed, the ECB will grow more hesitant to pump in new money unless the Greek government secures an agreement with its European partners and the institutions through which they operate (the European Commission, the ECB and the International Monetary Fund).

Ageing Population

Are You A Denier Or A Know-It-All When It Comes To Long-Term Care?

How Family Stereotypes Emerge When Aging Loved Ones Need Assistance

The statistics are staggering. About 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 70 percent of people over 65 will require long-term care services at some point.

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