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Federal frugality costing Games: alliance
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Queen Mother celebrates 101st
LONDON — The Queen Mother, her spirits undimmed by recent illness, chatted happily yesterday with many of the thousands of admirers who gathered to celebrate her 101st birthday.

Former foundry workers to sue
SARNIA — Unhappy and ill from what they claim is unheeded health damage from asbestos exposure, former Holmes Foundry workers and neighbours want to sue federal, provincial and local governments for $500 million.

Caribana’s reputation crossing borders
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Queen Mum marks 101st
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Prince Charles left the hospital, a day after falling from his horse and losing consciousness during a charity polo match.

Opening ceremonies feature music, glitter, history lesson
With eight days to the Canada Summer Games opening ceremonies and more than 2,000 tickets still available for the event, Games organizers cracked the lid of secrecy on the opening night gala.

Fast fire causes $30,000 damage
A London woman returned home to discover a fire had started soon after she left the house with her three children and the family cat.

Ferry across Erie planned for fall
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Camera under surveillance
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Survivor recounts Snowbird collision
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Angels allege privacy breach
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Aylmer seven relishing normal home life
Toys sprinkle the yard now.

Driest July
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End of an era
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SMOG ALERT: Small solutions to a major problem
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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
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'Tonight someone is going to die'
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Case exposes city’s dark side
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Garbage collectors will meet you halfway
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Vets victims of bungling bureaucrats
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Let’s weed out those Marxist polluters
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Werewolves lose their bite
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Jays throw Hamilton out
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'Wolves hitters feast on Otters
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Carter signs a six-year, $94-million US contract extension with Raptors
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London teen going global

London's 13-year-old Keith Peiris is having a growth spurt -- but of a different kind than most kids might experience.

That's because London-based Cyberteks Design, the Web site company he's president and chief executive officer of, is going global.

Keith says Cyberteks Design will launch a full production office in Zhangmutou, a Chinese city just north of Hong Kong this August.

"We also plan to have a full-fledged production office in New York within the next 12 months," said the St. Bernadette's Catholic elementary school pupil, who just finished Grade 7. "It's really exciting."

Regardless of this growth, Keith says he's staying put at home in London where the company's headquarters will remain.

"We have many potential contracts. We have many potential investors. But we have no plans of dumping Canada," he said. "I will stay here no matter what happens. The headquarters will stay in London."

Keith, who went to China as the youngest member of the Team Canada trade mission along with Prime Minister Jean Chretien, is also continuing to mingle with the business elite on the international level.

He and his father, Deepal, are leaving today for China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Youth Festival, where 10 chief executives under 40 will represent their country. Keith will also attend the Nov. 6 World Productivity Conference in Hong Kong where he — along with former U.S. president George Bush Sr. — will be the keynote speakers.

"This is great," Deepal said. "To go to this level in two years by any standard is a great achievement."

The company, which employs five full-time and five part-time employees, also has sales representatives all over North America.

"But we are hoping to hire new people in the next few months," Deepal said.

But no matter how modern the technology is that allows this company to grow, Deepal says the secret to its success is old-fashioned.

"Hard work, hard work, by us as well as our employees, that's all."


Stephanie Cesca is a Free Press reporter.

2001-07-07

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by Stephanie Cesca
The London Free Press
Keith Peiris, 12, seen in this 1999 file photo, is the president and CEO of Cyberteks Design an online company that designs Web sites for companies that want an Internet presence. Peiris will soon move his company headquarters out of his parents' London, Ont. basement to New York. — Suzanne Bird, LFP


 


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