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Veteran celebrates 101st birthday with trip across Confederation Bridge

first_imgKENSINGTON, P.E.I. – Chester Banks’ eyes lit up as he gazed back at the red soil of his beloved Island home and ticked a mission off his to-do list — crossing the Confederation Bridge for the first time on his 101st birthday.The P.E.I. native celebrated his birthday Tuesday by travelling across the 13-kilometre fixed link, something he had never done before despite spending his life in the small province.“It was just out of this world — I’ve never seen anything like it before!” Banks said Wednesday from the Kensington Community Care Home. “I had a wonderful day.”Banks was given the chance after staff at the Kensington care home where he is a resident asked last year if there was anything he hadn’t yet done in his long life.Carol Evans, the activity director at the home, said he mentioned the bridge crossing as they were talking about transportation and the horse and buggy he used to ride on. At that point, she and other staff started thinking about putting together a special day for Banks, who has lived at the home for at least four years and is from the Souris area.She said that on Tuesday, one of his relatives arrived to get him ready for his adventure from Borden-Carleton, P.E.I., to New Brunswick. She said it was extra special since the former lighthouse keeper and farmer hadn’t been outside of the complex in about a year.“First his grandson came, dressed him up to the nines — a felt hat, the whole nine yards — and a limo pulled in at one o’clock and he went across the bridge,” she said with a laugh.“And a woman with him said his eyes were as wide open as he could get them! And seeing potato fields in blossom for the first time in a long time and construction people waving at him as he passed by — he just couldn’t take his eyes off the road! He enjoyed it so much.”She said the stretch limo carried the group past yellow fields of canola, over the bridge and onto the other side, where they stopped to look at the structure from the underside.The Second World War veteran admitted that he wasn’t a fan of the engineering marvel when construction began more than 20 years ago. Banks, who served as a chef in the military, said he watched the steel being bolted together for the span, but feared it might bring unwanted change to the “quiet Island.”“They were always saying that if you built a bridge, there’d be all these wild fellas coming across to the Island, but it didn’t work out that way,” he said with a chuckle. “Everyone was talking about it, that it’d be too bad if they spoiled it, but it turned out good.”He concedes that he’s now had a change of heart.Evans said when Banks returned to the home under police escort, residents and staff celebrated with a cake and balloons, while Kensington police made him an honourary constable.“They said with this badge if he ever has to go to jail, they’d let him out!” she said. “That made him smile!”When asked what he might want to do for his 102nd birthday, Banks laughed and said it was a bit too soon to start planning that.– By Alison Auld in Halifaxlast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Judge denies attempt by former Penn West executives to dismiss SEC charges

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A New York judge has dismissed attempts by two former finance executives at Calgary-based Penn West Petroleum Ltd. to overturn fraud-related charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.In a decision filed Monday, Judge Gregory Woods says former chief financial officer Todd Takeyasu and accounting vice-president Jeffery Curran are correct in arguing the SEC has little evidence of a personal motive for them to have acted fraudulently in the case.But he added there is support for the SEC’s argument that the two were aware that accounting irregularities were taking place and did little to stop them or strengthen internal controls. The SEC charges were laid against Penn West and three executives a year ago, shortly after the company changed its name to Obsidian Energy Ltd. None of the allegations have been proven in court.Obsidian Energy announced a US$8.5-million settlement with the agency in November. The third executive, Waldemar Grab, agreed to a settlement earlier last year.The SEC alleges hundreds of millions of dollars were moved from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts to improve the appearance of the company’s operating metrics, an activity that led to the company having to restate its financial statements in 2014.In 2016, Penn West paid $53 million to settle class action lawsuits by Canadian and American shareholders.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

Football Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker taken No 73 overall by Miami

Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFormer Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker has been selected as the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.This is the third straight year in which an Ohio State linebacker has been selected in the draft. The Dolphins selected Baker’s now-teammate Raekwon McMillan in the second round of the 2017 Draft. Darron Lee and Joshua Perry were picked in the first and fourth rounds, respectively, in 2016.A two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree, Baker led the Buckeyes with 72 tackles last season. The former four-star recruit out of Cleveland recovered two fumbles in 2017 with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.Baker announced his intention to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft on Jan. 8, then ran a 4.53 40-yard dash — the fourth-best among linebackers — at the NFL combine. He also placed in the top 10 at his position group in bench press and vertical jump.The Dolphins open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 against the Tennessee Titans. read more


September 28, 2019 0

Essex to Dubai The UKs most curious airline routes

first_imgNew direct flights between Essex and Dubai will launch next summer, with Emirates keen to show Middle Eastern travellers the delights of, er, Peterborough.The daily route from the UAE city to London Stansted is the latest addition to the carrier’s 154 destinations worldwide, and will be the third in London, joining Heathrow and Gatwick.The airline said Stansted, just outside of Bishop’s Stortford, enjoyed a “strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough”.The route, which begins on June 8, also brings closer destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai to East Anglian holidaymakers, through Emirates’ hub at Dubai.“We pride ourselves as an airline in connecting people and economies and the addition of the Stansted gateway is the latest on our growing network,” said Laurie Berryman, Emirates vice president in the UK. Emirates is keen to open up Middle Eastern travellers to the delights of PeterboroughCredit:Getty Edinburgh’s long-haul links are few and far between, but they do include Hartford, Connecticut.And from Cork, there’s just one long-haul service – to, err, Providence, Rhode Island. Explain that one. “Wales is a huge developing state,” he told the BBC at the time.“It was important that we operate and connect the people of Wales and the South West with the rest of the world.”For fans of curious air links, there are many more around the world. Emirates is keen to open up Middle Eastern travellers to the delights of Peterborough And if Wizz Air can fill flights from Doncaster to Romania’a Cluj-Napoca, why shouldn’t Emirates be able to make good use of Stansted-Dubai?Doncaster Sheffield airport also has links with Lublin and Katowice in Poland, alongside more mainstream destinations like Faro, Amsterdam and Malaga. Liverpool, meanwhile, is connected with Bacau (Romania again) and Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki (Poland).center_img Qatar Airways, for instance, has already made a success of direct flights to Atlanta, Chengdu, Djibouti, Ho Chi Minh City, Kiev, Skopje, Tbilisi, Yerevan and the Ugandan town of Entebbe.From Dubai, Emirates boasts a number of lesser-known holiday options, including Mashhad, Luanda and Kolkata.   Lublin: charming The route will be served by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300, with six first class seats, 42 business, and 306 economy. A first-class return to Dubai from Heathrow, for example, costs upwards of £5,500.It brings Emirates’ total number of routes between Dubai and the UK to seven, with 133 non-stop flights a week.UK cities linked non-stop with DubaiLondon (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted)BirminghamManchesterGlasgowNewcastleIf a link between Stansted – better-known for its low-cost carriers and eastern European destinations – and Dubai raises eyebrows, don’t forget the new route Qatar Airways announced in October.Chief executive Akbar al Bakerm admitted he had to convince some of his colleagues that Cardiff-Qatar was exactly what the airline was missing. Lublin: charmingCredit:rh2010 – Fotolialast_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Water charges will cost families more than €400 a year Fianna Fáil

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyTIi7bYh6kSource: Órla Ryan/TheJournal.ieWATER CHARGES WILL cost families almost double the €240 government estimate, according to Barry Cowen.Fianna Fái’s environment spokesperson has said that a family of five will face annual water charges of over €436, while a four-person household, where all residents are over 18 years of age, should expect charges of over €491 a year.Cowen said Fine Gael and Labour had lied to the public about the issue.“[The government] gave the impression that there was going to be an average charge of €240 and that unfortunately is far from being real and far from what is happening on the ground.”Cowen was speaking at the launch of a new Fianna Fáil-backed website that tells the public “the real cost of water charges”.He said the website was a “another step on our part in informing the public of the costs associated which haven’t been divulged in full by the government”.Cowen remarked that the information the coalition had made public was dragged out of them “kicking and screaming”, and was false.If you take a case of two adults, three children – one over 18 – you would see that the cost associated based on average consumption is almost €440. That’s a long way from €240. So in the absence of the government being upfront, being straight, being honest with the public as they had promised to be, it is incumbent on me and my party insofar as we can to inform the public of what is really happening. He said that Taosieach Enda Kenny’s claim that the charges would be higher under Fianna Fáil was “simply untrue”.“Our system would not have included the ridiculous costs associated with [Irish Water]” he said, adding that his party would have halved the rate of leaks, which stands at 40 per cent.Cowen went on to describe Irish Water, the body overseeing water charges, as a “bonus-driven, super quango”.Figures on the website state that a one-parent family with two children will pay more than €250 a year, while a two-person house with modest use of water that will pay approximately €205 a year.Money Guide Ireland said these figures were based on “overly high usage assumptions” and has produced an alternative guide.Party leadershipCowen said he did not see any issue with his brother Brian, the former Taoiseach, campaigning with MEP Pat ‘the Cope’ Gallagher recently.He said his brother was  a “long standing friend and colleague” of Gallagher’s and added that he would do the same for any Fianna Fáil candidate.So does Cowen have any interest in following in his brother’s footsteps and becoming the leader of the party?Not at all, for God’s sake. This is our first electoral test since the last election and that was a difficult one.He stated that the party was focused on winning three seats in Friday’s European election.You can’t expect overnight to be back in government and we don’t, of course. We want to regain the trust of the electorate and if we regain the trust of the electorate we have some hope of regaining the support of the electorate.He said he could not answer why Sinn Féin have had a recent surge in popularity, saying this was a question for voters.“I could give you a history of Sinn Féín and it wouldn’t make for happy reading but, I mean, they’re a political entity and they’re entitled to seek support in whatever fashion they want.”Related: Guess who’s back? Brian Cowen hits the campaign trail in TullamoreRead: Hogan: ‘Water pressure will be turned down to a trickle for people who don’t pay’last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Gotze speaks about his current form

first_imgFor the first time in the 2018-2019 season, the German international has started two games in a row for his team Borussia DortmundFor the first time in the 2018-2019 German Bundesliga season, Mario Gotze has appeared in the starting eleven with Borussia Dortmund.And the footballer believes this is the start of a good run for him.“Of course I’m happy, and I’m also pretty chuffed with the way we’re playing too. Let’s not forget that Berlin are very strong opponents and played with five at the back,” he told the Bundesliga website.“We nevertheless managed to create many good chances, it’s just we didn’t score the goals this time.”borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“So I’ve made it – I’m back at 100 percent!” he added.“No, to be honest, there’s still a bit more in the tank, but I’m feeling very, very good.”“It all comes down to how you play this role. If it’s expected of me to stand up top and score goals with my head, then it’s going to be tough, but the way we’re playing, I can certainly take a liking to it,” he commented.“If we keep switching the game so smoothly and if the play comes in from out wide, or Marco [Reus] is supporting from the number ten position, and if we can make deep runs and swap positions the way we have been doing, then it’s a great thing.”last_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Magazine Job Report 2008

first_imgTo find new talent, publishers use conventional methods like job boards, though many seem to stay away from general search engines like Monster, opting for industry-specific resources like Mediabistro (and foliomag.com, of course). They also use their own companies’ job listings. Russell at Texas Monthly says this is a particular benefit for the Emmis Communications-owned publication because it attracts a national audience through Emmis.Craigslist is a deplorable resource, according to ZweigWhite’s Ryan. “Resumes from Craigslist make my skin crawl. Some have worked out but many have been unmitigated disasters,” he says. For entry level positions, however, he admits it can be useful, as people under the age of 30 are relying on social sites such as Craigslist and even Facebook and MySpace.Many publishers continue to use recruiting resources at local universities to fill entry-level jobs. Twenty percent of Texas Monthly’s staff consists of former interns, says Russell. “We use and train these interns and they move up the ranks.” Another method Russell swears by is a hefty pool of applicants on file. “We actually keep them,” she says of unsolicited or previously-rejected resumes.Ryan says the tried-and-true method of employee and client networking and word of mouth bring in the company’s best people. “If we have a job to fill and someone comes from our very large network, we’re happy about that,” he says.“Employees are encouraged to actively network with others in the markets we serve,” says Cindy Gorman, vice president, director of human resources at Meister Media.At Discover, media recruiters are used only in very select cases, says Donahue, and mostly for ad sales. Rubin at SHRM says his association uses recruiters in very difficult cases or for senior-level positions.Others cite more aggressive strategies, particularly for editorial. “We scan through our competition and read articles and if we think it’s our style, we reach out to that person, even if we don’t have anything. It’s about fostering and building relationships. We don’t give expectations we can’t fulfill,” says Wilmot of Interweave.This type of poaching is common—startup Southern luxury magazine Garden and Gun was able to lure its editor-in-chief Sid Evans away from more than one century-old Field and Stream late last year through this type of gradual relationship building.Ryan also suggests looking for talent in other industries, which can widen a company’s knowledge base. His company recently hired a designer for its online training seminars who came from the academic world, where she was a director of instructional design for distance learning and online education, bringing valuable expertise with her.Then, of course, there is internal movement, which works best in an environment that fosters development and recognizes talents. At Texas Monthly, an accounts payable employee became the magazine’s copy chief when her strong language skills were noticed.Outsourcing Is Now RealityPublishers are often divided on the benefits and drawbacks of outsourcing. While it’s common for magazines to employ freelance writers or designers, some do so much more than others. Some see outsourcing as a way to experiment, while others see it as an alternative to hiring.The threat of outsourcing has lingered over certain publishing disciplines such as production and IT for a while now but it’s been treated as a dirty little secret. Now publishers are openly admitting they’re looking to outsource jobs abroad, and not offering any excuses for it.Tom Fox, vice president of manufacturing and technology at American Express Publishing, says costs for Web development and technical staffing have been going up 15 to 17 percent a year. He also says there is a talent shortage in the U.S. “We’re looking for people overseas because people with these capabilities are just not available,” he adds. “The inability to offer these skills is a huge problem for our industry.”There are some strong indications that outsourcing is now being considered for some of the “talent” positions, including editorial. In last month’s FOLIO:, Hanley Wood Business Media president Hanley Wood predicted at least one major b-to-b publisher will ship editorial overseas this year. “The most likely scenario is that one of the dozens of magazines that have launched overseas editions in Vietnam, China, India and elsewhere will ask their overseas staff to take over U.S.-focused beats,” says Goldstone. “Once a publisher comes to understand that the work being done overseas is as good as what’s done in the home office, it’s inevitable that he’ll move more work offshore.” In February, McGraw-Hill flagship magazine BusinessWeek farmed out its contract workers by reassigning them to a contract with Kelly Services. The move covered both editorial and production and rattled a staff already shaken by massive lay-offs. Meanwhile, many BusinessWeek online staffers who were under contract were converted into full-time employees.Pink is planning to do more hiring in 2008 but also more outsourcing, especially as it explores new projects. “It’s a way to eliminate risk and be conservative with new ventures,” says Good. Pink currently employs freelance help mostly for writing and for the magazine’s event series.Fromberg of HFMA also says his association draws on freelance help for writing and special projects. “No matter how large a staff is, it’s always stretched too thin. If you want to try something for the first time and see if it’s worth pursuing, you need to face the reality that you may need to outsource.”One of the benefits of outsourcing online work, according to Howard Sholkin, director of communications and marketing at IDG, is that “once you get that knowledge from outside you can bring it in house.”Discover Media outsources most of its back-end technology for online, says Donahue. “For technology, you can partner, especially if you’re a small publisher. If you’re very large, it may make sense to invest in proprietary technology.”Rubin at SHRM says his association uses freelance help for specialized and short-term Web projects, like programming or collecting video. “If we are hiring someone to do a job, we are confident that the position will be around for a long time,” he says.But when short-term projects begin recurring, Texas Monthly’s Russell says it’s time to consider hiring: “If you work with a designer on several marketing projects, for example, and those projects repeat themselves, you may get a better ROI by hiring that person as an employee.”Marketing is an area where National Geographic’s Malley says it’s often better to use in-house resources—“to get a consistent look and feel,” she says. But, as the volume of work increases, Malley expects to have to outsource more of the work until a hire is possible.ZweigWhite doesn’t outsource much other than its tech help desk, according to Ryan. “It’s hard to convince freelancers they have as much at stake,” he says. With respect to digital technology, he says, “Publishers who think it’s better to outsource all Web stuff may be making a big mistake in the long run.”Salary TrendsWhen it comes to compensation, the most in-demand jobs naturally seem to pay the most. According to the 2006 Annual Survey of Journalism and Mass Communications Graduates conducted by the University of Georgia’s James M. Cox Jr. Center, online media paid higher salaries than any other media, at an average of $31,500. Specialized information providers were close behind with an average of $31,000, while consumer magazines averaged $28,000.Many publishers are paying online staffers more money than their print staffers with similar job titles. “If you compare it to a more senior level print editor, the salaries are comparable,” says George Fox, president of Advantage Business Media. “But a lot of these folks tend to be younger than print editors and they’re coming in at a point where if you consider a normal starting salary for a print editor, it’s 40 percent to 50 percent higher.”Rubin also says he’s seeing inflation in Web and IT jobs, due to the age-old rule of supply and demand. “Over time, I would expect more people will be qualified. I don’t think there will be a bubble burst with lots of technology people without jobs, there won’t necessarily be wage deflation, but the curve of increase will decline.” He says outside of these areas, most salaries are generally going up at a normal rate of two to five percent a year.Debbie Winders, vice president of circulation at Computerworld, is also seeing higher salaries for online-related jobs but at a less steep curve. She says somewhat different skills are required for e-media and publishers are willing to pay “a little more” for those skills.However, according to the FOLIO: Job Satisfaction Survey published last fall, events staff and e-media—two of the hottest growth areas in publishing—are the least pleased with their level of compensation.According to Discover Media’s Donahue, demand also outstrips supply in integrated marketing and ad sales, where he says salaries are going up. That’s not the case with other categories, however. In editorial, he says, “There are still so many people who want those jobs, there’s not much of an increase.”Ryan sees an opposite trend at ZweigWhite. “If an editor has good business acumen, he can do well. Anyone producing proprietary content is making more,” he says, because many editors at his company work on projects that aren’t ad-supported. “They are our revenue generators.”This seems to be atypical for most magazines. “The reality is that people in our industry in editorial and art tend to be paid less. I’m frustrated that I can’t give bigger raises,” says Good, who also cites another trend she sees—that new hires are expected to take on more responsibilities than their predecessors for little difference in compensation.Kaplan has a slightly different perspective. “In the six to eight years since I’ve been here, visual jobs have gone up. Salaries have gone up at a considerably faster rate for art directors, photography directors, stylists—the ones who make the page look good—than with text-driven positions.”While many publishers are dangling incentives to get salespeople to pay more attention to pushing digital products (a lingering problem, especially for small and mid-sized publishers since commissions from print still remain much larger), some publishers are wondering why there isn’t any additional compensation for editors juggling print and online (and events) as well. “I don’t understand how you can pay salespeople more to work in multimedia but not editors,” says Teri Mollison, manufacturing group publisher at Penton Media.At Wenner Media, circulation director Michael Sheehy says salaries are skyrocketing in his department. “Everyone knows recruiting and retaining people is elemental to success. Guess what—so is getting rid of people that don’t make the grade. The result is higher payroll. I hate spending more money, but it’s one of the best investments we make.”PART I: Hiring ForecastPART II: Jobs Not Becoming Obsolete, But Some People AreMethodologyThesurvey sample of 12,270 was selected by FOLIO: from FOLIO:’s domesticcirculation. Data was collected via an email survey from February 4 toFebruary 7, 2008. The survey was closed for tabulation with 885 usableresponses, a 7% response rate. Margin of error for percentages based on885 usable responses is 3.2% at the 95% confidence level. NOTE: CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF VERSION (INCLUDES CHARTS)Digital Age RecruitingHiring the right people is a perennial challenge that’s getting even more difficult. Some of the hardest jobs to fill now are the same ones that are highly in demand. “Mid-level sales people with the ability to sell across multiple platforms are still hard to find,” says Pecover of Haymarket Media, though he says, “There seems to have been a minor glut of more experienced individuals coming onto the market in the past year, as other publishers—especially the venture capital and private equity-backed companies—scaled back their operations.”Rubin says finding good online talent, particularly for specialized jobs, is not easy—there’s a lot of competition. Kaplan at Hearst agrees: “We’re looking for people with three to five years of Web experience, people who stuck with the Internet through the bust. Strategic Web people are hard to find. They suffered back then but are in demand now.”last_img read more


September 14, 2019 0

3D print your own gorgeous Dungeons Dragons monsters for free

first_imgDungeon Masters take note, it’s time to step up your game with some 3D monsters.Designer Miguel Zavala has been going through the latest Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual, designing 3D versions of the fantastical creatures held therein and posting the results on his Thingiverse page for fellow D&D fans to print out with their own 3D printers. The best part? His designs are free. So, with a series of downloads and a pile of printing material, you can really trick out your next D&D party. The figures are broken down into a series of pieces which you then put together. Zavala also paints his printouts, an activity that hearkens back to many gamers’ past doing the same with miniature figures purchased in their favorite game shop. Of course, you can also leave them the color of the material you have on hand.Dungeons & Dragons was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974. Since then, the tabletop fantasy game has been bringing players together to go on epic quests filled with goblins, wizards, heroes, villains and, of course, fire-breathing dragons.The Monster Manual itself not only features images of the game’s many adversaries, but also statistics that tell players and Dungeon Masters what it takes to defeat the creature. Considering D&D’s long history and plethora of monsters, it seems like Zavala will have plenty of source material to draw from as he creates a fantasy menagerie that anyone with a 3D printer can enjoy.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

One held with 7 ltr of codeine phosphate liquid mixture

first_imgKolkata: A team of Bidhannagar police arrested a notorious criminal from Dakshindari area in the city and recovered a huge amount of codeine phosphate liquid mixture.Acting on a tip off, a team of police raided BR Ambedkar play ground near Dakshindari 24 No. Rail Gate.The officers were roaming in the area when the notorious criminal SK Raju (22) of Baguiati area in North 24 Parganas reached the place.The police were in plain clothes for which he could not apprehend that he was being surrounded by police officers. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior police officer under Bidhannagar police commissionarate, around 7 ltr of codeine phosphate liquid mixture was seized from him.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that he was going to sell it in some place inthe city.According to police, during interrogation he failed to produce any valid documents or licence for carrying or possessing the same.A specific case was started at Lake Town police station on the basis of which a detailed probe has been initiated. The accused has been booked under sections 21(C) of the NDPS Act. Raju is being remanded to police custody after being produced before Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedBarasat Court.Police are investigating if others were involved in the incident. They are trying to figure who he was trying to sell the substance to.According to police, Raju had been involved in various anti-social activities and many cases are pending against him at different police stations.Police are also investigating from where Raju had bought the codeine phosphate liquid mixture and the purpose behind buying it.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

7 Defining Insights which Give us a Closer Look into the Character

first_imgHenry VIII significantly changed the history of the British Empire as well as that of the Christian faith. You are probably familiar with the decisive action this monarch took to legally divorce his wife through the establishment of the Church of England, which lead to the permanent estrangement of England from the Catholic Church. But are you familiar with other, equally defining qualities of this memorable monarch? Here are 8 memorable facts about Henry VIII:He was a handsome man – wasPainting of Henry VIII in 1509, the year he became king; oil on panel by unknown artistHenry VIII was notably good-looking man. Tall, with a fair complexion and a hint of ginger in his hair, Henry was well educated and extremely athletic. He did not age well, however. With added years came added pounds.As he neared 50, he was unable to mount his own horse, and relied on help to get into the saddle. His waist line had expanded to a burly 54 inches. A testament to his impressive size is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City: an intricate Italian suit of armor fit for the king reflects his imposing height and girth.He was a hypochondriac …Portrait of Henry VIIIBeing royal doesn’t make you invincible, and Henry VIII was very aware of this fact. Plague was a common occurrence in Britain and each wave of the sweating sickness pushed the king to regularly relocate to his various palaces across the country in an attempt to avoid contracting the deadly disease. He even penned his own prescription book, handwriting remedies for over 200 ailments along with a couple of his physicians.His obsession with his health was rather reasonable. Henry had a history of intense illnesses, many of which could have proved fatal. Over his lifetime, he suffered from smallpox, malaria, ulcers, insomnia, strokes, and paranoia.King Henry VIII by Peter Isselburg and Cornelis Metsys, 1646The most crippling of his health issues was an injury he sustained while jousting in 1535 when he was 44 years old. Ever the sportsman, this injury took him out of the competition for good when the wound never healed properly. For the rest of his life it would pus and develop ulcers, limiting his mobility and causing depression and irritability, crippling his personality.He was a hedonist and renaissance manHenry VIII with harpIn his youth, Henry loved the pleasures of royalty. Jousting wasn’t the only game he excelled at. He regularly took to the tennis courts, went hunting, and played dice and cards.When he wasn’t ruling the kingdom or competing against the nobility, he was a musician. Henry was an accomplished lute and organ player, sang, and composed music. The well-known English folk song, “The King’s Ballad” is in fact written by King Henry VIII.He was the first king to publish a bookPortrait of Henry VIII, c. 1536. Oil and tempera on oak, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, MadridBefore Henry began to question the Pope, he was a staunch Catholic. Once Martin Luther began preaching for reform in the Holy Roman Empire, Henry vocalized his support for the papacy. He felt strong enough in his faith that he published Assertio septem sacramentorum, or Defense of the Seven Sacraments in 1521, for which the Pope commended him as “defender of the faith.”Related Video: 12 Ye Olde Insults we could use todayHis 3rd wife was his favorite wifeHenry VIII and wives at Warwick Castle. Photo by Lobster1 CC BY SA 3.0It’s obvious enough that Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, did not provide him with a happy marriage. Neither did his infamous second wife, Anne Boleyn. Henry married Jane Seymour only ten days after Boleyn’s ignominious end.He married for what he hoped would be the last time. Their union was blessed with a son, but the celebration was marred by Seymour’s death from lingering birth complications less than two weeks later. It would be two years before Henry wed again, the longest he ever waited between marriages. Upon his own end, Henry was interred side-by-side with Jane Seymour.He was never meant to be kingKing Henry VII, the founder of the royal house of TudorBeing the first born, Henry’s older brother Arthur was Prince of Wales and the future king of England. Henry, meanwhile, spent over a decade preparing to enter the church and had studied theology all his life.Arthur’s premature demise left King Henry VII temporarily without an heir, and he scrambled to ensure his legacy by marrying his son’s widow off to his second son, Henry VIII, setting him up to be king and heir. Henry ascended the throne in 1509 at 17 years old. It’s a miracle that Henry VIII had had time to establish a new branch of Christianity, let alone rule a country.He didn’t scorn religionHenry VIII of EnglandDespite his apparent disregard for the church, Henry VIII was a very religious man. The biggest motivator in Henry’s eventual separation from Rome was not his desire to wed Anne Boleyn, so much as his internal conflict at having married his brother’s widow.Read another story from us: Henry VIII Letter that Reflected War Preparations in 1541 AuctionedArthur, Henry’s older brother, married Catherine of Aragon in 1501. He passed away 6 months later and Catherine claimed they had never consummated their marriage. As there was no proof whether the marriage was consummated or not, Henry grew suspicious that Catherine was lying so that she could still marry the King of England. The legality of his first marriage in the eyes of the Catholic Church tormented Henry even after he’d achieved a divorce, forever worried over his eternal soul.last_img read more


August 30, 2019 0

Space Photos of the Week 410 Lights Years Away a ProtoSaturn

first_imgStrap in, because this week’s lineup takes us around our solar system and far out into the universe. We’re going to linger at a young star called AS 209. A member of a young star forming region called Ophiuchus, this baby planet currently has a proto-planetary disc around it: a ring of dust and gas, left over from star formation, that eventually forms into planets. As each speck gathers more and more material, it can grow into a rocky planet like our own, become enveloped in thick clouds like Venus, or even grow into a gas giant like Jupiter or Saturn.After observing this star using the ALMA telescopes in Chile, scientists found several gaps around the star, spaces carved out by the newly-forming planets. In particular, a very large gap is actively being carved out by a planet the size of Saturn. What’s strange though, is that this massive planet is growing very far away from its star, some three times the distance between our sun and Neptune. This discovery is challenging what scientists know about planetary formation; no doubt they’ll keep spying on AS 209 to see what happens next.Still not ready to leave space? Check out the full cosmic collection here.last_img read more


August 29, 2019 0

Stormy weather hits Ladysmith

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Rain has begun to fall (January 27) in town. This after weather services predicted thunderstorms for this afternoon and going into this evening.Motorists are warned to be wary when travelling in these inclement weather conditions, as roads tend to become slippery and dangerous.Plenty of cloud cover is around, showing that the rain is possibly here to stay for the night.Rain like this is always incredibly welcome in the drought conditions we have been experiencing. The water level in Spioenkop Dam has risen from 52.8% on January 1 to 62% this week. Today’s rainfall could see the level increasing even further.So, stay indoors and enjoy the sound of the pitter-patter on the roof. It’s the perfect evening to stay in and watch DVDs with the family as the Heaven-sent rain falls gently from above…last_img read more


August 28, 2019 0

Pakistan allows aid group Save the Children to reopen

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Wednesday’s decision came days after Pakistan announced that non-government international aid groups could operate for another six months provided they register with officials in three months’ time. It was seen as a relief for humanitarian groups, which were worried since Pakistan suddenly shut the offices of Save the Children.Save the Children also said in a statement that welcomed the government’s decision and said it would “continue to work as a credible, transparent and accountable partner” of the government of Pakistan.Save the Children says it currently has 1,200 employees in Pakistan, none of whom are expatriates.The group has been under intense scrutiny in Pakistan due to local suspicion it was connected to the May 2011 killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The CIA used a vaccination campaign run by a Pakistani doctor to obtain DNA samples in Abbottabad, where bin Laden had been hiding.The group denies any link to the CIA operation, saying it only offered the doctor training along with a thousand others in 2009 and 2010 about maternal health care.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help ISLAMABAD (AP) — The government of Pakistan on Wednesday allowed the international aid agency Save the Children to reopen its offices, the group’s spokesman said.Saeed Ahmed, the group’s spokesman in Pakistan, said a team of government officials removed a lock on the gate to the group’s main office in Islamabad. The move came two weeks after the government accused the group of violating its own charter, without elaborating.center_img Top Stories How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019 Sponsored Stories last_img read more


August 18, 2019 0

South Australias Wilpena Pound Resort has become

first_imgSouth Australia’s Wilpena Pound Resort has become more accessible to guests with the launch of door to door flight services landing directly into Wilpena Pound Resort from Adelaide via Port Augusta. The result of a new partnership by the Resort with Regional Express (Rex) Airlines and Wrights Air, Rex flights depart Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from Adelaide for a 55-minute flight to Port Augusta. Guests will then transfer on to a Wrights Air charter flight for a scenic 45-minute journey over the iconic 17km long Wilpena Pound, before landing at the Resort’s airfield.“The new relationship forged with Rex is an exciting evolution for Wilpena Pound Resort, complementing our long-standing relationship with Wrights Air and making it even easier for our guests to access this amazing destination,” said Rebeca Davies, Resort General Manager.“This partnership offers our guests the option to fly here in under two hours when the journey by road can take up to five hours.” To celebrate the new flight connections, Wilpena Pound Resort is offering a launch special including flights plus bed & breakfast with rates starting from $998* per night. The offer is valid for booking and travel until 30 June 2018.Wilpena Pound Resort offers traditional hotel rooms accommodating from two to six people; or a stylish ‘glamping’ option at Ikara Safari Camp offering 15 ensuite safari tents set in spectacular river red gums and native pines and adjacent to the Pound.For bookings and further information contact Wilpena Pound Resort on 1800 805 802. *T & Cs apply airlinesRexsouth australiaWilpena Poundlast_img read more


August 12, 2019 0

July 19 1999 Japanese teachers take a tour of Arc

first_imgJuly 19, 1999Japanese teachers take a tour of ArcosantiOrganics. Photos by: Doctress Neutopialast_img


August 10, 2019 0

Shared parenting debated in House Committee Resolution Advanced

first_img Categories: News,Runestad News The House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors took testimony today on changing the name of the Child Custody Act to the Shared Parenting Act and a presumption of shared parenting in separation and divorce. A resolution was also adopted acknowledging the harmful effects on children of parent behaviors that disrupt a child’s relationship with the other parent.            State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, testified in support of a measure he sponsored requiring courts to order substantially equal parenting time in a parenting time dispute unless one parent is determined to be unfit.State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, testifies today in the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors in support of his legislation requiring courts to order joint custody in a parenting time dispute unless one parent is determined to be unfit.“Michigan courts are routinely stripping equally good parents of time with their children because they were not deemed to be the ‘best’ parent of the two,” said Rep. Runestad. “It’s time to end the parent versus parent competition by putting children first with a presumption of shared custody and substantially equal time for both parents.Testimony was taken from the public and included supportive statements from a family law attorney, a clinical social worker, a US Navy instructor on domestic violence and a grandmother. Judge Richard Halloran, Third Circuit Court, spoke in opposition to the language of the bill while also citing the benefits of shared parenting.   The committee continues to consider the measure. House resolution 327 heads to the House floor. Tags: #SB center_img 22Sep Shared parenting debated in House Committee; Resolution Advancedlast_img read more


August 9, 2019 0

Rep Kesto celebrates successes of Law and Justice Committee

first_img05Jul Rep. Kesto celebrates successes of Law and Justice Committee State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the House Law and Justice Committee, highlighted the strides made by the committee during the first six months of the 2017-18 House session.“The committee has covered a tremendous amount of subject matter relating to our state’s criminal justice system,” said Kesto, of Commerce Township. “We advanced bills that will help our state continue to decrease the number of drunken drivers, improve protections of children, give victims of human trafficking a chance to get their lives in order, protect courtroom and corrections officials and improve pay to jurors. That was all done while also having multiple hearings on ‘Safe and Secure Rehabilitation,’ looking at improving mental health treatment and job skills training of our prisoners while hearing testimony on the need to re-examine sentencing guidelines in Michigan.”The committee has been one of the busiest in the state House, receiving 102 House and Senate bills for consideration, and having hearings on 30 bills that advanced to the House floor for votes.Kesto emphasized that the quality and necessity of the legislation was foremost to improving protections to Michigan’s citizens, using his experience as a prosecuting attorney with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and working in the U.S. Department of Justice.“My colleagues on both sides of the aisle have worked well in this committee, responding to key issues that interest our own communities and the state as a whole,” Kesto said. “For example, more and more is coming out about the awful female genital mutilation case involving two young girls in Livonia. The committee had hearings on seven House bills that would not only punish anyone who performs this procedure, but also give victims more opportunity to come forward, and better educate key health and law enforcement officials about this terrible practice. We went from hearings to bills on the governor’s desk in less than three weeks. And hopefully, we’ll have state laws against genital mutilation within the next two weeks.“I’m proud to lead this committee, which has put together efficient and effective legislation to protect Michigan’s taxpayers,” Kesto said.With approximately 17 months left in the current session, he emphasized there’s a lot of work to be done and hopes to build on information shared during ‘Safe and Secure Rehabilitation’ presentations.“Reform of our criminal justice system is necessary, which is why those presentations were so crucial in looking at ways Michigan can improve how we address our criminal and prisoner population,” Kesto said. “We have a lot of work to do right now and over the coming months towards the goal of making Michigan better.” Categories: Kesto News,Newslast_img read more


August 9, 2019 0

Rep Victory invites local pastor to lead House invocation

first_img Categories: Victory News 09Nov Rep. Victory invites local pastor to lead House invocation Photo Information: State Rep. Roger Victory, right, welcomed Pastor Lloyd Hemstreet, center, with the Coopersville Christian Reformed Church to give today’s invocation for the Michigan House of Representatives. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard joined them at the rostrum.last_img


August 9, 2019 0

Griffin joins House in approving county veteran services grants

first_img14Mar Griffin joins House in approving county veteran services grants Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,News,Photos State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan today joined her colleagues in the House in passing legislation providing Michigan counties grants to establish and maintain veteran service offices.Under the legislation Griffin is co-sponsoring, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements will receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran services department must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“The fight shouldn’t have to continue upon returning home for our brave men and women in uniform,” Griffin said. “This grant will provide the resources necessary for every county throughout the state to establish veteran services offices with an accredited agent present, improve pre-existing departments and increase awareness of the services available locally.”Lack of funding and sparse access to services has led to inadequate coverage for portions of the state. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location. Only 72 out of Michigan’s 83 counties currently have a county veteran services department.House Bill 5536 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.#####last_img read more


August 9, 2019 0

Rep Kahle announces Adrian office hours

first_img Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle invites Lenawee County residents to join her for local office hours on Friday, June 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S. 223 in Adrian.“My hope is to have the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov. 31May Rep. Kahle announces Adrian office hourslast_img read more


August 9, 2019 0