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Friends and family say goodbye to victims of mass murder in Calgary

CALGARY - One was remembered as a wonderful friend who was always ready with a compliment, another as a tiny dancer with huge courage. The third was a skilled drummer who exemplified the statement all is good. Three young people were remembered at funerals in Calgary on Monday — all victims in the worst mass murder in the city's history. Jordan Segura, Kaiti Perras and Josh Hunter were stabbed to death along with Zackariah Rathwell and Lawrence Hong at a house party April 15. The party was being held to mark the end of classes at the University of Calgary.

'City folk just don't get it:' dating website for farmers sets sights on Canada

Daniel Seitz was at home on his family's farm in southeastern Saskatchewan, watching a TV agriculture report, when an ad popped up on the screen and tugged at his lonely heart. An online dating site called FarmersOnly promised to steer him clear of city slicker singles and hook him up with potential partners looking for a man just like him, one comfortable in cowboy boots and living life on the land.

China shoe strike spreads, enters second week

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - One of China's biggest strikes in years stretched into a second week on Monday, and spread from a huge shoe production complex in southern Guangdong province to a facility owned by the same company in neighboring Jiangxi province. Workers at the multi-factory Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd complex in the Guangdong city of Dongguan clocked in on Monday morning, but not for work, continuing a stoppage over what they say have been years of inadequate social insurance and housing provident fund contributions by the company.

Jimmy Choo finds right fit with sole couture line

Haute couture shoemaker Jimmy Choo says he is happy to focus on his own exclusive footwear line, amid reports the famous brand bearing his name -- but with which he is no longer associated -- could be set for a flotation worth $1.7 billion. The London-based designer revealed he is on good terms with the people in charge of the pret-a-porter label and occasionally meets with the chief executive. "We have an agreement. I still carry on my couture, they still carry on the Jimmy Choo ready to wear," he said in an interview with AFP.

Exclusive: 'Leopard King' Cavalli nears 450 million euro sale to Permira - sources

By Pamela Barbaglia and Sophie Sassard LONDON (Reuters) - Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London-based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros ($621 million), four sources close to the deal told Reuters. A sale would mark the end of more than 40 years on the haute couture scene for Cavalli, known as "The Leopard King" for his animal prints colorfully cast in leather, silk and velvet.

Ex-supermodel champions Paris chic for Japanese label

Paris fashion has been on the back foot recently with Tom Ford championing British eccentricity in London and Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane leading a style renaissance in Los Angeles. Cue ex-supermodel Ines de La Fressange with a collection restating the case for her own personal brand of classic Parisian chic. The one-time muse of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld whose book on how to dress like a real Parisian was a best-seller has just completed a collaboration with Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo that had shoppers queuing in the rain in Tokyo.

Burberry bags rising quarterly sales

British fashion group Burberry on Wednesday reported a rise in second-quarter sales, boosted by its online division, but cautioned that currency fluctuations would hit profits this year. Revenues at the luxury retailer rallied 19 percent to £1.3 billion ($2.2 billion, 1.6 billion euros) in the six months to the end of March, compared with the same part of the prior financial year, Burberry said in a trading update.

Thousands of workers strike at China shoe factory

Tens of thousands of workers were on strike Wednesday at a factory in southern China which makes shoes for Nike and Adidas, rights groups and a worker said. More than 30,000 employees at the Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) factory in Dongguan city have been striking for several days in protest at unpaid social insurance payments, said US-based China Labour Watch, adding that police had beaten and detained several protesters.

Thousands of workers strike at China shoe factory

Tens of thousands of workers were on strike Wednesday at a factory in southern China which makes shoes for Nike and Adidas, rights groups and a worker said. More than 30,000 staff at the Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) factory in Dongguan city have been striking for several days in protest at unpaid social insurance payments, said US-based China Labour Watch, adding that police had beaten and detained several protesters.

In Great Lakes region, many Jewish families running short of Passover food staple: whitefish

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Many fish markets in the Great Lakes region are running short of whitefish, and it's coming at a bad time: the Passover holiday. Whitefish is a key ingredient in gefilte (geh-FIL'-tuh) fish, a traditional Jewish dish that originated in eastern Europe. Recipes vary, but it often consists of ground fish, vegetables such as onion and carrots, and bread crumbs formed into loaves or balls.
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