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Cirque de Soleil founder can’t recover $41M spent on his space flight as a business expense: appeal court

EDMONTON — In an “unusual and exotic” court case, Canada’s Federal Court ruled that Cirque de Soleil founder Guy Laliberté — Canada’s first space tourist — won’t be able to recover the tens of millions of dollars he spent on his 12-day trip to the International Space Station. Laliberté, the Quebec billionaire who co-founded the …

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Canadian retail sales in March saw worst drop on record — and that’s just the start

The desperate situation for Canadian retailers came into clearer focus on Friday as Statistics Canada released a report showing record-breaking declines of billions of dollars in sector-wide sales during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. The sales data from March captures the first weeks of the panic, as work-from-home orders swept the country and …

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U.S. Army shows interest in modern Finnish turreted mortar system – Defence Blog

Finnish aerospace and defense Patria Group has confirmed that the U.S. Army is showing interest in its modern turreted 120 mm mortar weapon system. As noted by the company, U.S. Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command Armaments Center signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Patria to determine feasibility of incorporating a turreted, breech-loaded …

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‘Horrifically swift’: Canada lost almost two million jobs in April; jobless rate soars to 13%

The Canadian economy lost two million jobs in April, an astonishing figure and, remarkably, one that might  understate the damage caused so far by the coronavirus crisis, economists said.  Statistics Canada on Friday reported the collapse in employment caused the jobless rate to spike to 13 per cent from 7.8 per cent in March, nearly matching …

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U.S. Marine Corps simulates anti-ship long range fires in Japan – Defence Blog

Video and photos released Monday by 1st Marine Aircraft Wing show U.S. Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115 and Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 participated in the Harpoon training exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. According to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, during the exercise, Marine Aircraft Group 12 squadrons focused …

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‘Never happened’: Joe Biden denies sex assault claim by former Senate staffer Tara Reade

(Bloomberg) — Joe Biden denied he sexually assaulted a former Senate staffer and called for any relevant records to be released. “I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said pf allegations he assaulted Tara Reade, in a statement Friday morning. …

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COVID-19: No registered massage therapists until at least June, says college

Article content continued Registered massage therapist Jeanie Bezdan is concerned with the health of her patients, particularly those who suffer migraines. Bezdan is managing partner at Royal City Health and Manual Therapy in New Westminster, which employs eight RMTs and six physiotherapists. She said that while physiotherapists can provide some online support to clients, massage …

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Decline in deodorant, razor sales shows lockdown is lowering people’s grooming standards

It did not take long for standards to slip. Weeks into lockdown, the coronavirus pandemic is starting to lay waste to basic personal hygiene and grooming routines, according to consumer goods group Unilever. As large numbers of people work from home, they are washing their hair less often, putting off shaving and even abandoning deodorant. …

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U.S. largest military shipbuilding company begins fabrication of new amphibious transport dock – Defence Blog

America’s largest military shipbuilding company, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on Thursday that its Newport News Shipbuilding division officially started fabrication of the U.S. Navy’s newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock Harrisburg (LPD 30). The start of fabrication signifies that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut. “LPD 30 is the start of an exciting new era …

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Incredible moment woman with Down syndrome is clapped by medics as she leaves hospital after beating coronavirus – The Sun

A WOMAN with Down syndrome has received a standing ovation after beating coronavirus. The emotional moment was captured as the woman, whose name was withheld, was pushed in a wheelchair decorated with balloons as she was discharged from hospital. 3 A woman with Down syndrome is clapped as she leaves hospital after beating COVID-19Credit: WPLG …

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