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Harvey Weinstein’s bail hiked over allegations he disabled monitor; Michelle Obama: More work needed on race in U.S.; A$AP Rocky performs in Stockholm months after conviction. (Dec 12)

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Handke faces protests at Nobel Prize ceremony | AFP

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in central Stockholm to protest the award of the Nobel literature prize to Peter Handke as the author collected his award in the Swedish capital. Handke faced protests and boycotts over his backing of Serbia during the wars in ex-Yugoslavia.

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Cars arrive at venue where US-North Korea talks are expected to take place | AFP

Cars arrive at supposed venue where North Korean and US officials are to resume nuclear talks in Sweden after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile. North Korea’s Kim Myong Gil and the special envoy of US President Donald Trump, Stephen Biegun, are part of the teams set to meet on an island near Stockholm. The first cars with tinted windows – presumed to be here for the talks – started arriving just after 9:00 am (0700 GMT). IMAGES

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Ireland’s Varadkar meets Swedish PM in Stockholm | AFP

Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets Swedish PM Stefan Löfven in Stockholm as he begins a two-day trip to Scandinavia. IMAGES of Varadkar meeting Swedish PM in Stockholm

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Millions around the world demand climate action | AFP

From Sydney to New Delhi and from Stockholm to Jakarta, crowds of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change, heeding the rallying cry of teen activist Greta Thunberg and demanding adults act to stop environmental disaster.

It is expected to be the biggest protest ever against the threat posed to the planet by climate change.

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Protesters gather in Stockholm to demand action on climate change | AFP

A protest takes place in central Stockholm for the Fridays for Future event started by teenage activist Greta Thunberg. Around the world, young people are heeding her rallying cry and joining protests to raise awareness of climate issues. IMAGES

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‘Goat yoga’ trend reaches Sweden | AFP

In Sweden, a class now offers residents of the capital Stockholm the chance to take part in ‘goat yoga,’ practising their positions in a park as the animals wander around them and relax at their feet. The class was set up by Malin Tyren Bakken, who first heard about goat yoga when visiting family in New York, and started the classes in summer 2018 in Lidingo in Stockholm, where she keeps several dozen goats. Up to 20 or so people attend the classes, which take place in a paddock and will continue during the winter.

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Athletes take on challenging Otillo Swimrun in Stockholm Archipelago | AFP

Nearly 320 athletes in 160 teams of two people took part in a 75-kilometre race, swimming and running between the islands in Sweden’s Stockholm archipelago in the Otillo swim run.

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A$AP Rocky found guilty of assault

A Swedish court has found American rapper A$AP Rocky guilty of assault for his role in a June 30 street brawl in Stockholm. (Aug. 14)

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A$AP Rocky convicted of assault, gets suspended sentence | AFP

A Stockholm court convicts US rapper A$AP Rocky of assault and handed him a suspended sentence over a street brawl in June, a case that outraged fans and sparked a diplomatic spat with US President Donald Trump. The 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, and two members of his entourage were found guilty of assaulting a 19-year-old in a fight in central Stockholm on June 30. SOUNDBITE

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A$AP Rocky’s mother leaves court at end of trial | AFP

The mother of US rapper A$AP Rocky, Renee Black, leaves a Stockholm courthouse at the end of her son’s trial over an alleged assault. The rapper was released pending the verdict. IMAGES

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A$AP Rocky’s lawyer updates press on rapper’s status | AFP

A$AP Rocky’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, comments on the US rapper’s state of mind after his day in court. A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was charged with assault after he and his crew get involved in a physical fight with a 19-year-old plaintiff in Stockholm on June 30. SOUNDBITE

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A$AP Rocky testifies, says he tried to avoid fight

A$AP Rocky testified Thursday at his assault trial in Sweden that he did everything possible to avoid conflict with two men he said persistently followed his entourage in Stockholm, saying that one of the men picked a fight with one of his bodyguards. (Aug. 1)

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Second day of A$AP Rocky trial opens | AFP

The mother of A$AP Rocky as well as his defence lawyer and the US special envoy for hostage affairs arrive at a court in Stockholm for the second day of the US rapper’s trial on assault charges. IMAGES

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US Rapper ASAP Rocky’s trial starts in Stockholm | AFP

The trial of US rapper A$AP Rocky, accused of assault after a street brawl in Stockholm, begins in the Swedish capital. He was arrested on July 3 along with three other people following the fight in Stockholm on June 30. IMAGES

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Women’s World Cup: Swedish fans proud of their team | AFP

Sweden fans in Stockholm are disappointed but proud after their team lost to the Netherlands in the semi-final of hte Women’s World Cup.

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Tourists take a tour of Stockholm’s rooftops | AFP

Tourists in Stockholm take a tour across the rooftop of a building in the Riddarholmen area of historic capital, taking in a new view of the city.

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Amid worries over Russia, Sweden returns troops to Baltic island

Under an icy rain, camouflage-clad Swedish soldiers crouched behind a log pile, aimed their machine guns towards the Baltic Sea and, at their officers’ barked orders, opened fire down the snow-covered range. It was routine training for the young recruits based on the Baltic island of Gotland, but these troops are at the forefront of Sweden’s efforts to bolster its military as Stockholm worries about Russian intentions in Europe and the Baltic.

Aftermath of strong blast that hit Stockholm, leaving 5 injured

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Why Canada Goose Jackets Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Canada Goose jackets are made to withstand the coldest places on earth, and the company has a brand history to back it up. CEO Dani Reiss used that history when he turned the company into what it is today.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: This jacket has been banned from a UK high school. Why? An effort to poverty-proof the school environment. Shielding low-income students from feeling bad about not having a pricey coat. Canada Goose jackets cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500, and they’re not just popular in English high schools. They’re everywhere. How did these coats get so popular? And why are they so expensive?

Pamela Danziger: Canada Goose started out as a working-class brand, and it was really focused on the working-class laborers up in Canada.

Narrator: Canada Goose was founded in 1957 by Sam Tick in a warehouse in Toronto, and it was originally called Metro Sportswear. By the ’80s, people were sporting the company’s jackets in the coldest places on Earth. Its expedition parka became standard-issue at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station, where the scientists nicknamed it “Big Red.” And in 1982, one of the company’s jackets made it to the top of Mt. Everest on the back of Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit the mountain.

Susan Fournier: So we’re always trying to find the authentic in a saturated world that’s kinda contaminated by materialism. You get those credentials through the craftsmanship. You also get it through a history of the brand, where it’s born of experiences that were actually real that then became products.

Narrator: So what do Canada Goose jackets have that others don’t? The company uses high-quality Canadian Hutterite down, recognized as one of the highest quality in the world. The company claims its animal fur trim disrupts air flow and protects exposed skin against frostbite. In fact, Canada Goose says its jackets can withstand temperatures as low as -30° Celsius. And that sort of quality doesn’t come cheap. Western coyote fur, similar to what Canada Goose uses, is estimated to cost $104.

Danziger: People need that kind of performance, that kind of functional quality in their day-to-day lives, and it’s unusual to see such a brand transform into a luxury brand, but Canada Goose has been very successful at making that transition.

Narrator: By the turn of the millennia, the company got a new CEO who would revolutionize the name “Canada Goose” into the luxury brand we know today. In 2001, Sam Tick’s grandson, Dani Reiss, was named as the company’s president and CEO. He started expanding the brand in Stockholm. His commitment to quality limited supply, but that only increased demand. The brand spread throughout Europe, mainly on word of mouth. Then Reiss targeted America. His parkas became the unofficial uniform for cold-weather film crews, and in 2004, the coats made it in front of the camera. Reiss continued to market through the silver screen, sponsoring film festivals in cold places like the Berlin Film Festival and Sundance. And its US exposure hit a new high in 2013 when Kate Upton donned a Canada Goose parka on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Fournier: Cultural marketing is that the products are part of the culture, and the advertising is actually the products just living lives with the people who use it. 

Danziger: Through that association, they really raised their stature, and again that’s an interesting, authentic way that Canada Goose made its entrance into the luxury market.

Narrator: There has been some backlash though. PETA has protested against the company’s production methods and pushed the company to use a cruelty-free alternative. Despite the protests, the company is on the upswing. At the end of 2013, Reiss sold a majority stake in the company to Bain Capital, which allowed the company to expand manufacturing in Toronto and Winnipeg and eventually open a store in New York City. Its expansion continued for four years, and in 2017, the company went public. On its first day of trading, the company’s stock jumped 25%, and it’s continued to rise through most of 2018. The company’s revenue has increased from CAN$291 million in 2015 to CAN$591 million in 2018, a 77% increase.

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