ST. LOUIS — With the Trump administration again taking aim at the Affordable Care Act, Centene will spend more than $15 billion on rival WellCare Health Plans, both big players in the ACA market.The deal Wednesday comes two days day after the administration attacked the ACA in court, saying that former President Barack Obama’s health care law should be declared unconstitutional after Congress repealed one part of it — unpopular fines on people who remain uninsured.The deal would create a powerhouse medical provider in Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act marketplace with about 22 million members in the U.S. It will have more than 12 million Medicaid and approximately 5 million Medicare members, including the Medicare prescription drug plan.The transaction includes 3.38 shares of Centene stock and $120 in cash for each share of WellCare stock, or $305.39 per WellCare share. That’s about a 32 per cent premium to WellCare’s Tuesday closing stock price. The companies put the deal’s value at $17.3 billion.Shares of WellCare jumped more than 14 per cent before the market open on Wednesday. Centene’s stock declined 5.5 per cent.Centene Corp. shareholders will own about 71 per cent of the business, with WellCare shareholders owning approximately 29 per cent.The combined company’s board will have 11 members, with nine from Centene’s board and two from WellCare’s board. Centene Chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff will serve in those roles after the combination.The combined business will be based in St. Louis, where Centene is headquartered. It will continue to support WellCare’s operations in Florida. WellCare is based in Tampa.The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2020. It still needs approval from Centene and Wellcare Health Plans Inc. shareholders.The Associated Press read more

TORONTO — Kerr’s Candy social media team is defending the company’s Molasses Kisses treats on Twitter after a newspaper derided it as “the worst Halloween candy.”Kerr’s, which was founded in 1895, promotes the kisses on its website as “traditional Halloween taffy” and says the candies contain 10 per cent real molasses. The company’s used the same recipe to make them for more than 70 years.“They get stuck to the wrapper, they get stuck to your teeth and it’s got this weird earthy taste that’s disgusting to almost everyone under the age of 65,” said Tristin Hopper, a National Post reporter, in a video originally published two years ago.The Post republished the video Thursday with an article by Hopper reasserting his claim and lamenting that the kisses have yet to meet their demise.Twitter users took to Kerr’s Candy social media feed with their take on the article, and whoever is running the account is responding brazenly.“This Halloween don’t scare kids with that wretched Kerr’s molasses candy that you hated as a kid,” wrote one user who goes by Terry, linking to the article.Instead of ignoring the insult, Kerr’s responded with its own dose of sass.“You’re right, Terry, you should keep Molasses Kisses all to yourself. Don’t let the kids have the good candy!” the candy company’s account tweeted back.The response seemed to catch Terry off guard who said he “must respect (Kerr’s) persistence.”The company’s social media team is also doling out love to the candy’s supporters, sharing a GIF of Winnie the Pooh eagerly tying a napkin around his neck as he prepares to chow down on one.Kerr’s appears to be among the few companies who’ve found their voice on Twitter and attracted a following with a more personalized approach.Burger chain Wendy’s, for example, is well-known for roasting people (and competing fast food outlets) on Twitter.When one user recently asked the chain’s Twitter account what they should order at McDonald’s, the company answered “McNothing” and to another who asked the same question, “better at picking places to eat.”But, that approach doesn’t always work and can fall flat if companies try to insert themselves into a broader, serious conversation just to promote their product.In 2014, the hashtag WhyIStayed was trending as people explained the reasons why they remained with abusers.The DiGiorno Pizza account tweeted: “#WhyIStayed You had pizza.”The single tweet infuriated many who felt the company shouldn’t have tried to capitalize on the hashtag. The company deleted the offending tweet shortly afterward and explained they were not aware of the context behind the hashtag.More recently, Hudson’s Bay drew the ire of Twitter users in the wake of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie’s death after posting a tweet that struck many as insensitive.“Here’s to the King of the Canadian Tuxedo. #RIPGordDownie,” the department store tweeted, along with an image of three denim jackets with brand labels prominently displayed, including one with a lining that featured HBC’s distinctive multi-coloured stripes.The tweet was removed a short time later.With files from Cassandra Szklarski read more

North America’s Environment: A Thirty-Year State of the Environment and Policy Retrospective documents the region’s success in protecting the ozone layer by reducing the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), and in controlling acid-rain causing emissions, which declined in the United States by 31 per cent between 1981 and 2000. North America has also succeeded in protecting between 11 and 13 per cent of its land area while slowing wetland losses considerably. At the same time, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which produced the report, warns that North America has more work to do to protect its resources. “While Canada and the United States have had notable success in resolving a lot of environmental problems, progress has slowed largely due to increasing consumption by its growing population,” said Brennan Van Dyke, Regional Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for North America.The region’s energy consumption grew by 31 per cent between 1972 and 1997, while progress in fuel efficiency has been offset by increases in the number of automobiles and the total number of kilometres travelled, and by a trend since 1984 toward heavier and less fuel-efficient passenger vehicles.”A consumer lifestyle based on the desire for mobility, convenience and product disposability has undercut the further advancement of resource efficiency and waste reduction,” UNEP said. With about 5 per cent of the world’s population, North America accounted for 25.8 per cent of global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1998. The region’s per capita annual gasoline consumption for motor vehicles was nine times the world average.The report asserts that effective reforms are possible, and calls on North America to implement substantial changes in automobile use, adopt more fuel-efficient technologies, and carry out urban development strategies that curb sprawl. read more

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s government on Monday launched complex bailout negotiations with creditors, but faced rebuke following revelations that former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, formed a secret committee to plan for the possible conversion of euros into drachmas “at a drop of a hat.”Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said late Monday that meetings in Athens had begun between Greek officials and negotiating teams representing creditors, with talks to intensify Tuesday, paving the way for higher level discussions possibly by the end of the week.Before the talks started in Athens, a recording of Varoufakis discussing a parallel currency plan was made public.Opposition parties have criticized Varoufakis and have urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to explain to lawmakers what he knew of his former finance minister’s actions.In the recording of a telephone briefing for investors on July 16 in the wake of his resignation days earlier, Varoufakis claimed he and a childhood friend who was a computer expert hacked into his ministry’s computer systems as a first step to creating “a parallel banking system” in the event Greek banks were shuttered.The Greek banks were closed on June 29 to avoid a bank run amid fears that Greece was heading for a euro exit. In theory, a parallel system formed from the effective cloning of tax accounts would have allowed the finance ministry to continue payments in the form of so-called IOUs.Varoufakis said he had been authorized by Tsipras to undertake the planning prior to the general election in January when the radical left Syriza party swept to power. And he insisted that his actions were legal, in the public interest and aimed at keeping the country in the 19-country eurozone.In essence, the plan, which Tsipras ultimately blocked, would have created a “functioning parallel system” to give the government “some breathing space.”“It would be euro-denominated but at the drop of a hat it could be developed to a new drachma,” Varoufakis said.Varoufakis confirmed the authenticity of the recording, which was released by the briefing organizers, London-based Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.The revelation that Varoufakis was working on a Plan B over Greece’s future was one of many in a wide-ranging discussion on the Greek crisis. He also said that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wanted Greece to leave the euro but that his boss, Chancellor Angela Merkel, was against so-called Grexit.The recording prompted an outcry among opposition parties.The main conservative opposition, New Democracy, accused Varoufakis of “dark methods that threaten democracy” and summoned Tsipras to brief parliament.Tsipras, who is already facing a revolt within his radical left Syriza over a raft of austerity measures required by creditors for the talks to actually begin, is under pressure to call early elections once the bailout discussions are completed.The technical discussions on a wide array of issues such as pensions and labour market reforms are designed to clear the path for high-level discussions between Greek ministers and senior European Union and International Monetary Fund officials later this week.After passing a series of reforms demanded by creditors, such as steep sales tax hikes, the Greek government is hoping negotiations will be completed by Aug. 20 when the country has a big debt repayment of around 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion) to make to the European Central Bank.Without the money from the expected three-year bailout totalling around 85 billion euros, Greece would be unable to make that payment — a development that would likely trigger fresh fears over the country’s future in the euro.But the reforms have come at a price for Tsipras. One in four of his lawmakers refused to back them in two votes in parliament, arguing that they flew in the face of Syriza’s anti-austerity platform in January’s election.The laws were passed with solid backing from pro-European opposition parties, but left Tsipras without an effective parliamentary majority. That has stoked talk of early elections, just six months into Tsipras’ four-year mandate.“We must seal the (bailout) agreement and immediately afterwards launch an electoral process,” said senior Syriza official Dimitris Vitsas, who is the deputy defence minister. “After that (there will be) a new government with a fresh mandate.Mina Andreeva, a spokeswoman at the European Commission, said teams from the institutions are “now already on the ground in Athens and work is starting immediately.”She added that, while Athens has already delivered “in a timely and overall satisfactory manner” the reforms demanded for the talks to start, more will be required to secure a swift rescue loan disbursement.“And this is also what is being discussed right now.”Greece has relied on bailout funds for a little more than five years after being locked out of international bond markets. In return for around 240 billion euros worth of rescue money, successive Greek governments have had to enact a series of income cuts, tax hikes and economic reforms.Though the measures drastically contained budget overspending, they hit economic activity hard and drove unemployment to record peacetime highs. And because the Greek economy is around 25 per cent smaller than it was, the country’s debt burden has increased to around 170 per cent of Greece’s annual GDP.Some sort of debt relief for Greece is up for negotiation though a direct cut in the amount owed is off the agenda. The IMF has said Greece needs big relief and has advocated delaying Greek debt repayments to European creditors for many years.ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure said in an interview published Monday that Greek debt relief “is no longer a matter of debate” but must come alongside measures to turn the Greek economy around.“In truth, the question is not whether Greek debt should be restructured, but how to do it so it really benefits the country’s economy,” he told French daily Le Monde.___Derek Gatopoulos in Athens, Raf Casert in Brussels and Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed. by Nicholas Paphitis And Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2015 7:24 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek bailout talks start as government reels from Varoufakis’ ‘Plan B’ confirmation Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrives at Syriza party headquarters for a meeting with senior party officials in Athens, Monday, July 27, 2015. After passing a series of reforms demanded by creditors, the Greek government is hoping that negotiations on the bailout will be completed by Aug. 20 when the country has a big debt repayment of around 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion) to make to the European Central Bank. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) read more

“Europe cannot go on responding to this crisis with a piecemeal or incremental approach. No country can do it alone, and no country can refuse to do its part,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement laying out a set of six guidelines ahead of a key round of emergency EU meetings on the crisis.Mr. Guterres said the biggest influx of refugees into Europe for decades required a “massive common effort” and break with the current fragmented approach, which he said has led Europe overall to fail to find an effective common response.“More than 300,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year. Over 2,600 didn’t survive the dangerous crossing, including three-year-old Aylan, whose photo has just stirred the hearts of the world public,” the refugee agency chief said, referring to what UNICEF called a “heart-breaking” incident in which the young Syrian boy’s body washed ashore in Turkey two days ago. Mr. Guterres praised some exemplary and “truly inspiring” examples of generosity and moral leadership on the part of some countries and many private citizens, but reiterated his appeal for a collective strategy including a renewed drive to settle conflicts.“A very preliminary estimate would indicate a potential need to increase relocation opportunities to as many as 200,000 places,” he recommended. “This can only work if it goes hand in hand with adequate reception capacities, especially in Greece. Solidarity cannot be the responsibility of only a few EU member States.”“Europe is facing a moment of truth,” Mr. Guterres said, spelling out five other fundamental principles he said should be borne in mind in all efforts to resolve the issue:This is a primarily refugee crisis, not only a migration phenomenon. The vast majority of those arriving in Greece come from conflict zones like Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan and are simply running for their lives. All people on the move in these tragic circumstances deserve to see their human rights and dignity fully respected, independently of their legal status.Europe cannot go on responding to this crisis with a piecemeal or incremental approach. No country can do it alone, and no country can refuse to do its part. It is no surprise that, when a system is unbalanced and dysfunctional, everything gets blocked when the pressure mounts. This is a defining moment for the European Union, and it now has no other choice but to mobilize full force around this crisis. Concretely, this means taking urgent and courageous measures to stabilize the situation and then finding a way to truly share responsibility in the mid to longer term. The EU must be ready, with the consent and in support of the concerned governments – mainly Greece and Hungary, but also Italy – to put in place immediate and adequate emergency reception, assistance and registration capacity. Those who are found not to be in need of international protection and who cannot benefit from legal migration opportunities should be helped to return quickly to their home countries, in full respect of their human rights.The only ones who benefit from the lack of a common European response are the smugglers and traffickers who are making profit from people’s desperation to reach safety. More effective international cooperation is required to crack down on smugglers. But none of these efforts will be effective without opening up more opportunities for people to come legally to Europe.“This massive flow of people will not stop until the root causes of their plight are addressed,” Mr. Guterres said. “Much more must be done to prevent conflicts and stop the ongoing wars that are driving so many from their homes. The countries neighbouring war zones, which shelter 9 in 10 refugees worldwide, must be supported more strongly, along with the funding required. read more

first_imgThey have won 13 Wimbledon titles between them, but there is one other thing this year’s four favourites have in common – they are all over 30. SW19’s old guard have succeeded in defying the physical demands of the grand slam with seven of the final 16 players in the men’s singles aged 30 or above for the first time in generations.Among them are the tournament’s four favourites Roger Federer, 35, Rafael Nadal, 31, and 30-year-olds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.They are joined by 34-year-old Gilles Muller and 31-year-olds Kevin Anderson and Tomas Berdych. Fitness experts have suggested the sport’s increased pace from the 1980s onwards led to players reaching their peak at a younger age. But evolutions in racket technology and longer points has made the sport more mentally challenging for younger, less experienced players in recent years.When he turned 30 earlier this year, Murray also commented on the increasing average age of players, saying: “When I was starting out, a lot of players would have stopped – or at least started to struggle – at maybe 31, 32. Just before I came on the tour, it was even as early as 28, 29. But now, if your body and your health are fine, there’s no reason why you can’t compete at the top into your early-to-mid-30s.” But Williams, who is competing in her 20th Wimbledon, said: “I guess when you walk on the court, I don’t think either of us is thinking about the age.”You’re thinking, ‘How do I win?'” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “There is a bit of that clash right now, the young ones trying to push out, especially the 35-plus guys. “But then there’s a strong, strong team as well around the generation of Rafa and Murray and Djokovic obviously, as well.” Andy Murray  It is not just the men’s tournament which has seen experienced players prevailing in the final stages. Venus Williams, 37, who is the oldest woman to reach the fourth round since 1994, will today face Ana Konjuh, a 19-year-old who born seven months after Williams competed in her first grand slam. The average age of this year’s final 16 is over 28 – higher than the previous ten years, with a 35-year-old featuring for the first time since Tommy Haas in 2013.Despite the younger generation’s attempts to push them out of the field, seven-time Wimbledon champion Federer says they are “still hanging on”.In fact Monday will see ten of the top 16 seeds competing in the fourth round, the most to reach the second week at Wimbledon in a decade.Discussing the experience of this year’s competitors, Federer said: “It’s nice to see them still hanging on, still enjoying the tour, still being tough out there, making it difficult for the youngsters to break through.  ‘There’s no reason why you can’t compete at the top into your early-to-mid-30s,’ Andy Murray has said Credit:Ashley Western/Getty last_img read more

first_imgThe National House Building Council (NHBC) has appointed Carol Davies head of human resources.She joins NHBC from personal lines insurance firm BGL group, where she was associate director, group HR between June 2008 and December 2015.Prior to that, Davies held the role of senior HR business partner at Nationwide Building Society for a total of 26 years.last_img

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Members and guests of the Middlesex Canal Association are invited to a pleasant walk and talk on the remnants of the Middlesex Canal on Sunday, October 20, 2019.Those planning to join the walk should meet at 1:30pm at the Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, Billerica).The 2.5-hour walk will cover part of the Merrimack River branch of the canal in Billerica and Chelmsford, over about 3-4 miles of generally wooded terrain. Sites visited on the tour will include the recently restored guard lock, the anchor stone for the floating towpath that bridged the Concord River, and many stretches of the watered canal.The walk will be led by Robert Winters and Marlies Henderson.This is a joint walk sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Middlesex Canal Association.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMiddlesex Canal Association To Host Thoreau Lecture On October 27In “Community”Middlesex Canal Association To Hold Bike Tour Of Canal On October 5In “Community”Middlesex Canal Association To Host Fall Walk & Talk On October 30In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgDeepika Padukone (left); Kangana RanautVarinder ChawlaDeepika Padukone may very well replace Kangana Ranaut in Anurag Basu’s next movie Imali.The director recently revealed that Kangana has opted out of the project, and now he is keen to have Deepika on board for the film. Basu said that although Kangana was game for Imali, things could not work out due to date issues.”We were supposed to start in November but we couldn’t because she got busy with ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Panga’. Even I got busy with my other film. She wanted to be in good space and time to do this film but things did not work out,” DNA quoted Basu as saying.When questioned about rumours of Deepika replacing Kangana for the role, the director said that he has approached her but nothing has been finalised.”I cannot confirm until she (Deepika) confirms anything. I did meet her. She has to confirm it to me and then we can confirm it to others,” he told the publication.Both Deepika and Kangana have an interesting line-up of movies. She has been busy shooting for much-awaited film Chhapaak that will present her as an acid-attack survivor. It is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. Next, she will be seen as Ranveer Singh’s onscreen wife in 83, which is based on India’s first World Cup victory.On the other side, after the success of Manikarnika, Kangana has been shooting for Mental Hai Kya that also features Rajkummar Rao. She has another interesting film Panga, which is based on the sport of Kabaddi.last_img read more

first_imgA Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sign is pictured outside its restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey.ReutersKFC is all set to debut a new sandwich – The Zinger – and has spent nearly $80 million to ideate and create the sandwich. The Zinger is said to be the first fried chicken sandwich made by hand, every day, in KFC’s kitchen.The sandwich was first introduced in Trinidad and Tobago and has been a hit with KFC patrons ever since. The chicken in the sandwich is marinated in a cayenne pepper sauce, breaded in different herbs and spices, and fried.Sounds pretty simple right? So you must be wondering what KFC spent $80 million on. “We have been actually working on this for two years, we spent $80 million dollars upgrading our back house equipment and we spent the last six months re-training all of our staff on how to make a fried chicken sandwich fast, because ultimately at lunch, we have to win on speed,” Kevin Hochman, president and chief concept officer for KFC US told FOX Business.Hochman also explained that the chicken used in the sandwich is 100 percent “real” without any antibiotics and will also be free of hormones, food dyes, as well as steroids.When Business Insider asked Hochman how the Zinger was different from what McDonald’s and Burger King have on their menus, he said that the key was frying the chicken in-store, something neither of its competitors do.”The one thing they all have in common is they’re all made in a central factory, they’re frozen, and then they’re refried at stores,” Hochman noted.”You can come to KFC and get a hand-breaded Zinger and a $5 fill up — that is just unbelievable value and a vastly superior sandwich,” he added. “Compared to a factory breaded sandwich, it will always be crunchier, more flavorful, more juicy.”KFC will also reveal a colonel that will represent the Zinger and plans to come up with fun and innovative marketing strategies to make sure the sandwich is a success.The brand new Zinger sandwich goes on sale across the United States on April 24.Meanwhile, KFC seems to be going all out to rival other brands such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King, to name a few. In early February, the brand launched Chizza, which technically is a pizza on a fried chicken base. The Chizza was touted as “all chicken and no crust” and KFC even released a video on how it was made. Take a look.last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /01:45 Sen. Ted Cruz addressed the Texas Republican Convention in Dallas over the weekend. It was Cruz’s first major speech since he ended his quest for the presidency.Cruz said he will return to the Senate and focus on advancing conservative principles and upholding the Constitution. He singled out President Barack Obama’s directive protecting transgender rights in schools, an action he described as “politically correct lunacy.”Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“This is an embodiment of just how off track we’ve gotten that the President believes he could decree to every public school in America, ‘I, Barack Obama, am in charge of bathroom policies in your elementary school,’” he said.Cruz then said the country needs a strong, conservative president to eliminate the Department of Education. He did not say who that president should be, nor did he endorse – or even mention – the party’s apparent nominee, Donald Trump.Vlad Davidiuk, a delegate from Houston and a Cruz supporter, said he wasn’t surprised.“At this point, Donald Trump does not represent the conservative values or the principles that the majority of the people who are here at this convention hold. So it would not have helped Ted Cruz’s speech to have mentioned the name ‘Donald Trump,’” he said.Delegates wearing stickers saying “Cruz Crew” far outnumbered those wearing pro-Trump stickers, at least on the convention’s last day. That might have been simply a show of support for the senator. But Davidiuk said it reflects a deeper split.“There hasn’t been a lot of infighting. There has not been a lot of confrontation. But I would say the majority of the people I’ve interacted with are very hardcore Cruz supporters and interested in only that aspect of the Republican nomination process. Really don’t want anything to do with Trump,” he said. Davidiuk said that could wind up hurting Trump in November. He said conservative activists are likely to focus on helping Republican candidates in down-ballot races, while ignoring the top of the ticket. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen last_img read more

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share – / 2For several months now, we’ve heard that Houston is in recovery from the worst oil downturn since the 1980s.“Certainly, we have turned the corner,” Bill Gilmer, director of the Institute for Regional Forecasting at UH’s Bauer College of Business, said during the institute’s biannual economic symposium. “We have seen the rig count begin some really significant and rampant improvements.”As oil prices have moved back up in the $50-a-barrel range, oil and gas companies’ revenue is increasing, they’ve started investing in new operations, and some jobs are coming back.But does that mean Houston’s economy is back on top?Gilmer said that depends on what’s ahead for the price of oil.“We’re not going to get good strong growth based on $48 a barrel, where we were this morning,” he said. “So we’re still waiting for that little bit of help from oil just to push us over the line.”He said besides the national economy, the petrochemical boom of the past few years helped to keep the Houston economy afloat.But that’s winding down now, making oil all the more important. 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIs the inflammatory rhetoric of the GOP’s Conservative right wing partly to blame for the recent shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic? We’ll talk national politics with commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze. Plus, legal analysis of the first day of Officer William Porter’s trial, one of the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, with Sheryl Wood of the Wood Law Firm and Leigh Maddox of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

first_imgWith its spiraling horns, bizarre spectacles, and large nose, the Horned Helmet of King Henry VIII features a beautifully crafted face. It is finely detailed with crow’s feet etched around the eyes, realistically engraved stubble and eyebrows, a sniveling drip of snot hanging from the nose, and a dreadful set of tombstone teeth.The helmet can be seen on display at the Royal Armouries museum in Leeds, England.Portrait of Henry VIII, c. 1536. Oil and tempera on oak, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid.As museum spokesperson Beckie Senior told the Two Nerdy History Girls blog, “It is not a flattering image, and is believed to depict the fool, a popular figure in court pageants.”Due to its strangeness, it was thought for a long time that the Horned Helmet belonged to Henry’s favorite court jester, Will Sommers — who was said to have been the only man that could make the old bloated king smile in his later years.However, it later came to light that the armor was, indeed, owned by the King.King Henry VIII received this horned helmet as a gift from the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillan I.There is very limited data about the helmet. The pair of ram’s horns, beautifully modeled in sheet iron, are particularly perplexing “as this was the sign for a cuckold,” or possibly the Devil.They leave historians scratching their heads as to why Henry VIII would not only accept such a piece as a gift but also be seen parading in it. “Basically it is a bit of enigma with scholarly debate still raging!” concluded Senior.Royal Armouries, Leeds – October 2015. Horned Helmet of Henry VIII. Photo by Dark Dwarf CC BY SA 2.0As for the Steampunk-style glasses, these may have been added at the behest of Henry himself after the armor came into his possession.It is known from his collection of spectacles that the king was near-sighted — perhaps he found adding a set to his helm an amusing self-parody.It was never used in battle. Photo by Dark Dwarf CC BY SA 2.0Originally, the helmet was created by silver-gilt panels overlaid with a rich, velvet cloth. It is the only surviving part of an entire suit of armor created by Konrad Seusenhofer, one of the most outstanding arms manufacturers in Medieval Europe.The Horned Helmet topped off an ensemble that was gifted to Henry VIII in 1514 by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.The rest was most likely destroyed and sold as scrap during the English Civil War.The 500-year-old helmet is one of the most intriguing objects in the Royal Armoury. Photo by Dark Dwarf CC BY SA 2.0The Horned Helmet is technically called an armet because it protects the skull and face. This type of helmet was developed during the 15th century and was extensively used in England, France, Italy, Spain, and the Low Countries. Their use was essentially restricted to the fully armored man-at-arms.Henry’s armet was among the very first examples to completely enclose the head while still being compact and light enough to allow dynamic motion.Curator of Historic Arms at the Royal Armouries, Karen Watts, explains in a short YouTube film that the wearer can “breathe through the nostrils, see through the eyes, and speak through the mouth,” unique features that mark this as a headpiece fit for a king.Henry’s elaborate armor was made for use in pageants rather than for combat, which is a shame because even though it may have looked absurd in battle, that ugly face on the helmet would have unnerved any enemy soldier.Henry VIII might have worn it at sumptuous events such as the parades that accompanied tournaments.Read another story from us: Tudor Love Nest of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn up for SaleThe full armor from which the Horned Helmet originates was one of three of similar design made by Seusenhofer, but only the armor given to Maximilian’s grandson, the future Emperor Charles V, survives intact in Vienna.last_img read more

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 10, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Whether you’re building a travel app or the next Candy Crush, your app’s social strategy is likely what will make or break you when it comes to sales. At the center of all things social when it comes to apps is Facebook Platform.Facebook powers more than 850 million app log-ins per month, and is enhancing growth for a number of app companies. For instance, Runkeeper users who log-in to Facebook are 70 percent more likely to track their runs with the app than those who don’t, and Facebook-connected SongPop users spend 35 percent more time in the app on average than their non-connected counterparts.Developers know that implementing a social strategy is important, but one of the biggest mistakes they make is not thinking through that strategy before implementing it.“A lot of times when people build a website or an app, they don’t really think about it, and then at the last second they think ‘Let’s just slap on Facebook’ and they add social,” says Deborah Liu, director of product management and platform monetization at Facebook.“People kind of feel like they need to add it there someplace. It’s a check box, and you see that afterthought thinking in the design. As a result, users are kind of confused on what they’re supposed to do.”Related: Business Still Not on Facebook? Get Up to Speed With These 4 Steps.Liu says that when developers don’t think through where they’re putting buttons and implementing social functions, users can in turn be put off with the entire experience. A moment of hesitation within an app takes a user out of the moment, and could potentially make him or her abandon a purchase or share, simply because they aren’t quite sure what will happen.When you’re building a new app, Liu suggests thinking about the big picture and determining what benefit you’re hoping to give your users or yourself by adding a social component.“Really think through what kind of app you’re trying to build, and what kind of user experience,” she says. “A lot of people really need to figure out where Facebook belongs in their app.”Things like where you put a share or a log-in button are important, and can ultimately determine how or if your users interact with it.“Really think about how to give users such a delightful experience that paying is actually something that they’re excited about, and they’re excited about the value they’re getting,” says Liu.Users who enjoy your app and mobile experience are much more likely to purchase things through it, ultimately giving your company more money to fuel your growth and your company’s future.Related: Facebook Is More Addictive and Widely Used Than Ever Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

first_img HOUSTON — Major dangers for the U.S. Gulf Coast area loomed after an explosion at a Texas chemical plant early Thursday and the threat of major flooding further east near the Texas-Louisiana line as Harvey’s floodwaters began receding in the Houston area after five days of torrential rain.Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, struggled with rising water as the area was pounded with what remained of the weakening storm, while Houston’s fire department said it would begin a block-by-block search Thursday of thousands of flooded homes. Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann said the searches were to ensure “no people were left behind.”The confirmed death toll climbed to at least 31, including six family members – four of them children – whose bodies were pulled Wednesday from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou.Houston’s two major airports were up and running again Wednesday. Officials said they were resuming limited bus and light rail service as well as trash pickup.“Unfortunately, it seems that our worst thoughts are being realized,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said after the van that disappeared over the weekend was found in 10 feet of muddy water.The Houston-area chemical plant that lost power after Harvey engulfed the area in extensive floods was rocked by two explosions early Thursday, the plant’s operator said. The Arkema Inc. plant had been left without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that a deputy was taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes. Nine other deputies drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution.The company shut down the Crosby site before Harvey made landfall last week, but a crew of 11 had stayed behind. That group was removed and residents living within a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometre) radius were told to evacuate Tuesday after the plant lost power.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAnother threat was emerging east of Houston where weather conditions deteriorated close to the Louisiana line.Beaumont and Port Arthur worked to evacuate residents after Harvey completed a U-turn in the Gulf of Mexico and rolled ashore early Wednesday for the second time in six days. It hit southwestern Louisiana as a tropical storm with heavy rain and winds of 45 mph.When Harvey paid its return visit to land, it hit near Cameron, Louisiana, about 45 miles from Port Arthur.Port Arthur found itself increasingly isolated as floodwaters swamped most major roads out of the city.More than 500 people – along with dozens of dogs, cats, a lizard and a monkey – took shelter at the Max Bowl bowling alley in the city, said the establishment’s general manager, Jeff Tolliver.“The monkey was a little surprising, but we’re trying to help,” he said.Floodwaters also toppled two oil storage tanks in South Texas, spilling almost 30,000 gallons of crude. It was not immediately clear if any of the spilled oil was recovered. More damage to the oil industry infrastructure is expected to emerge as floodwaters recede.Forecasters downgraded Harvey to a tropical depression late Wednesday from a tropical storm but it still has lots of rain and potential damage to spread, with 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimetres) forecast from the Louisiana-Texas line into Tennessee and Kentucky through Friday. Some spots may get as much as a foot, raising the risk of more flooding.For much of the Houston area, forecasters said the rain is pretty much over.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July“We have good news,” said Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. “The water levels are going down.”At Hermann Park, south of downtown, children glided by in strollers and wagons, joggers took in midday runs and couples walked beside cascading fountains and beneath a sparkling sun. People pulled into drive-thru restaurants and emerged from a store with groceries.At the same time, many thousands of Houston-area homes are under water and could stay that way for days or weeks. And Lindner cautioned that homes near at least one swollen bayou could still get flooded.Officials said 911 centres in the Houston area are getting more than 1,000 calls an hour from people seeking help.Altogether, more than 1,000 homes in Texas were destroyed and close to 50,000 damaged, and over 32,000 people were in shelters across the state, emergency officials reported. About 10,000 more National Guard troops are being deployed to Texas, bringing the total to 24,000, Gov. Greg Abbott said.In Orange, Texas, about 30 miles east of Beaumont, residents of a retirement home surrounded by thigh-deep water were rescued by National Guardsmen and wildlife officers, who carried them from the second floor and put them aboard an airboat.Harvey initially came ashore as a Category 4 hurricane in Texas on Friday, then went back out to sea and lingered off the coast as a tropical storm for days, inundating flood-prone Houston.Harvey’s five straight days of rain totalled close to 52 inches, the heaviest tropical downpour ever recorded in the continental U.S. Share By: Nomaan Merchant & Juan A. LozanoSource: The Associated Press Thursday, August 31, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Texas, Travel Alert Houston’s airports re-open as floodwaters recede but dangers still loomlast_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. Limón’s annual Carnaval kicked off this week evening with performances and the crowning of the Carnaval queen.Based around Columbus Day on October 12, the celebration features a week filled with partying, cultural activities and a carnival. The event culminates October 20 with a large parade. Facebook Commentslast_img

first_imgFiji Tourism Numbers on a Record HighVisitor numbers to Fiji continue to soar to new heights as a result of strategies developed and intensively implemented by Tourism Fiji in its key source markets to increase and diversify Fiji’s tourist base.As evident from the latest provisional figures released by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBoS) which show that visitor arrivals for July 2015 have reached a new monthly record of 79,494 – surpassing the previous high of July 2011 by 10.3 percent.The July 2015 arrivals figure is 8,678 or 12.3 percent higher than that of July 2014.As a result, the total visitor arrivals for the first seven months of 2015 sits at 415,011, an increase of 35,584 or 9.4 percent compared to the same period in 2014.According to FBoS figures, New Zealand has seen a prevalent increase with 16 percent more arrivals compared to the same month last year. Australia has had a 6.8 percent increase. Australia and New Zealand make up almost 65 percent of total visitor arrivals.The increases are followed by the Pacific Islands of 1,710 (54.5 percent), the United States of 880 (13.2 percent), China of 754 (27.3 percent), Other Countries of 156 (43.8 percent), Canada of 108 (8.5 percent), South Korea of 49 (10.4 percent), and Japan of 32 (6.1 percent).Tourism Fiji Executive Chairman, Mr Truman Bradley says the growth in the provisional figures released by FBoS is in line with the visitor arrivals targets set by Tourism Fiji.“The positive trend to our visitor arrivals is a reflection of the elbow-greasing done by our team across our key markets to ensure more and more people want to keep coming to our country, as well as the efforts of the Government to put in place strategies to boost the tourism industry and our economy.”Mr Bradley explains that the opening of new flight routes to Fiji from Australia and New Zealand, visitor friendly immigration policies, the Tourist Tax Refund Scheme, putting in place innovative investment policies, and improvements to the infrastructure are just some of the strategies that helps us attract more people to Fiji.“The current provisional figures for the first seven months indicate that we have achieved almost 58 per cent of our visitor arrivals target in a good way. The industry is expected to peak in the next three months and as a result we expect to achieve our target and give the much needed boost to the Fijian economy,” Mr Bradley says.Meanwhile, Mr Bradley adds that the arrival of the first New Zealand B787 Dreamliner to Fiji in October is expected to further boost tourist numbers from New Zealand – which has the second highest visitors to the country.“We have a total of 72,870 New Zealanders visit the country from January to July 2015 and we expect to see continuous inflation in those numbers. The arrival of the Dreamliner is one way for us to be able to do that and the Tourism Fiji team will be deploying campaigns to leverage the profile of what will be another historic moment for Fiji’s tourism industry.”Source = Fiji Tourismlast_img read more

first_img05Feb Bizon backs bureaucracy-busting boiler bill More veterans would be able to use their military experience toward the licensing requirements for certain occupations under a House bill co-sponsored by state Rep. John Bizon.The bill, House Bill 4134, will allow military experience to count toward the experience requirement necessary to be a licensed boiler installer, repairer or inspector.“The brave men and women who put their lives on the line for us deserve every opportunity to find a good job without having to jump through administrative hoops when they return home,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “As a veteran, I hope to work with my colleagues to continue providing Michigan veterans with greater access to job opportunities by removing barriers they may face.”Many automobile factories and manufacturing centers utilize boilers, as well as schools, armories, commercial businesses and municipal buildings.“Eliminating some of the red tape for these men and women will offer them with greater access to jobs while providing Michigan’s employers with dedicated and loyal employees,” Bizon said.HB 4134 has been referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.### Categories: Bizon Newslast_img read more

first_img26Mar Rep. Sheppard: development grant will help renovate downtown Milan Categories: Sheppard News Local renovation project to revitalize 56th District communityThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) last week announced an $873,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Community Revitalization Program to help renovate four partially vacant and historic buildings in downtown Milan.“It comes as no surprise that businesses and people are looking to invest in our unique community,” said Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance. “This revitalization grant will undoubtedly help attract commercial activity to downtown Milan and show visitors and prospective residents that we always welcome folks with open arms.”The renovation plan retains an existing bakery and adds new space for other businesses and restaurants. The second and third floors of the four buildings will become 15 new apartments.“As our state grows, it becomes clear how important economic investments like these MEDC grants are,” Rep. Sheppard said. “People want to live here, businesses want to open their doors here. I’m grateful to the many organizations and families who have chosen to invest in our strong economic future and call southeast Michigan their home.”Wabash & Main’s Milan renovation is projected to create 25 full-time jobs and generate total capital investments of $5.3 million, resulting in the MEDC assistance.last_img read more