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Thursday November 5, 2009

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Ted Talks

Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future



As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.

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Tickets Left

106 NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2009 WATERLOO REGION BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Waterloo Region - Junior Achievement of the Waterloo Region will be hosting the 25th Annual Waterloo Region Business Achievement Awards at the Ballroom at Bingeman’s in Kitchener on Thursday, November 5, 2009.

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Education - Global Influence

University of Waterloo and HCT officially open Waterloo-UAE

DUBAI, UAE - His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan of the United Arab Emirates and David Johnston, president of the University of Waterloo, today presided over the opening of a new international campus. Students enrolled at Waterloo-UAE will study in both countries, under Waterloo's world-leading program of co-operative education.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

Toyota reports surprise profit, outlook bumpy
By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's surprise quarterly profit and halving of its annual loss forecast failed to convince investors the world's No.1 carmaker is back on track, as government subsidies peter out and a strong yen takes its toll.

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Transportation

Air Canada reports October traffic

MONTREAL - For the month of October, Air Canada reported a system load factor of 79.6 per cent on a consolidated basis with Jazz (from which Air Canada purchases regional capacity), versus 80.2 per cent in October 2008, a decrease of 0.6 percentage points.

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Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence drops sharply on weak economic news

NEW YORK - Consumer confidence fell across the board in the past month, according to the most recent results of the RBC CASH (Consumer Attitudes and Spending by Household) Index. The RBC Index for November 2009 stands at 30.2, down 21.6 points from October's 51.8 reading. Higher gas prices, slumping retail sales, volatile stock markets and continuing joblessness resulted in the sharpest one-month drop in consumer sentiment since last autumn's financial crisis.

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Education

Conestoga and Harvard Students Side by Side

Kitchener - Conestoga Architecture - Project and Facility Management degree students Laura Murray, Stephanie Klages and Dana Brashwere recently granted scholarships from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), an organization of professionals from around the world.

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Xquarterly

Sun Life Financial declares quarterly dividend on Common and Preferred Shares

TORONTO - The Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial Inc. announced a quarterly shareholder dividend of $0.36 per common share, payable December 31, 2009 to shareholders of record at the close of business on November 25, 2009. This is the same amount as paid in the previous quarter.

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Innovation

McMaster Researchers Create Tiny Injector to Speed Development of New, Safer, Cheaper Drugs

HAMILTON - It’s no bigger than a stamp packet but it has the potential to allow rapid development of a new generation of drugs and genetic engineering organisms, and to better control in-vitro fertilization.

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Gaming

Ubisoft® reports first-half 2009-10 sales

Second-quarter sales at €83 million in line with targets

Paris – Ubisoft reported its sales for the six months ended September 30, 2009. In the first nine calendar months of 2009, Ubisoft was the number 4 independent publisher in the United States with 4.2% market share (compared with number 4 and 5.0% one year earlier); number 3 in Europe with 7.9% market share (no change compared with the first nine months of 2008); number 3 in France with 7.4% market share (compared with number 3 and 6.7%); number 3 in the United Kingdom with 7.9% market share (compared with number 4 and 8.3%); and number 3 in Germany with 8.2% market share (compared with number 3 and 7.5% market share).

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Student Survey

Carleton Scores on Student Satisfaction

Ottawa – Final-year undergraduate students at Carleton University are increasingly satisfied with their university experience, according to the 2009 Canadian University Survey Consortium (CUSC).

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Health Care

Study finds link between childhood physical abuse and arthritis
By Joyann Callender

TORONTO - Adults who had experienced physical abuse as children have 56 per cent higher odds of osteoarthritis compared to those who have not been abused, according to a new study by University of Toronto researchers.

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Gaming

The 2010 Game Developers Conference Announces New Summits and Pass Options as Online Registration Opens

SAN FRANCISCO - Registration is now open for the 2010 Game Developers Conference® (GDC 2010). GDC 2010, produced by the Think Services Game Group, returns to San Francisco on Tuesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 13, 2010 for five days of lectures, panels, summits, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts.

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Investing

NASDAQ OMX Announces Third Quarter 2009 Results

Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $0.42 (GAAP Diluted EPS $0.28)

NEW YORK - The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. today reported net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX of $60 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2009 compared with net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX of $58 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2008, and net income attributable to NASDAQ OMX of $69 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2009.

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Emerging Global Markets

NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS INDIA'S KEY ECONOMIC STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

* India benefits from well-functioning institutions, fairly developed financial market, innovative and sophisticated businesses, and sheer market size
* Shortcomings in the areas of health, education, infrastructure, fiscal management, ICT diffusion and labour market efficiency

New Delhi, India – The World Economic Forum released today The India Competitiveness Review 2009, in the lead-up to the India Economic Summit in New Delhi on 8-10 November.

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Ski Event

Chicopee Snow Show

Kitchener - Come to Chicopee this Saturday November 7th and get yourself ready for the upcoming winter season!

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Health Care

Conference explores wide-ranging medicinal uses for Ontario-grown ginseng

London - With the current outbreak of influenza-like illnesses, many people are trying to boost their immune systems with supplements. Ginseng is often a key ingredient, but its therapeutic use may extend far beyond that. Researchers are now investigating whether ginseng can help relieve health problems ranging from diabetes to depression to erectile dysfunction.

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Venture Capital

Microsoft and Venture Capitalists Seek Next Mobile Stars at Finland’s Number 1 Matchmaking Event

Technopolis Hooks Up Financers and Finnish Mobile Innovators at Money Talks Forum Nov 12-13

Espoo, Finland – Technopolis is giving international venture capital investors a fast line to meet with Finland’s mobile start-up community. The Money Talks Forum matches the most prominent Finnish start-ups with Finnish and international venture capital investors and corporate venturing organizations.

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PSA

8th Annual HO HO HO Tour For Hope Tickets Still Available

WATERLOO - Tickets for the 8th Annual HO HO HO Tour For Hope are still available! The HO HO HO Tour for Hope takes place Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. Tickets are $25 this year and may be purchased at the following locations:

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Get Away

The Briars Wins Award Again For Excellence In Ontario Wine

VQA Award Of Excellence 2nd In A Row For The Briars Resort

Jackson’s Point - With over 60% of the current wine list at The Briars made up of some of the finest wines available in Ontario, the famed resort has again been honoured from the Wine Council of Ontario.

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Arts & Culture

After six weeks on the picket line, museum workers take their message to the Hill

OTTAWA - After more than six weeks on the picket line, 420 striking workers from the Canadian Museum of Civilization and War Museum will be taking their message to Parliament Hill today at noon.

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2009 Auto Restructuring

New Chrysler Business Plan Promising News for Canadian Workers, CAW President says

AUBURN HILLS, MI - CAW President Ken Lewenza has reacted positively to the new business plan for Chrysler Group LLC that was presented to analysts, reporters, and Chrysler stakeholders at a special session yesterday in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

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Housing

MLS Home Sales Reach Monthly High for Second Consecutive Month in October

KITCHENER-WATERLOO – A new record for residential sales was set in October as MLS® homes sales to the end of October reached 579 units. That’s a 40.5 percent increase from October 2008 and the second consecutive month that sales set a monthly record.

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Enthusiast

Purist Mid-Engined Roadster is the Lightest Porsche

Light, Efficient, Open: Boxster Spyder Making World Debut in Los Angeles

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is introducing a new top version of the Porsche Boxster, a light mid-engined roadster making its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in December.



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