One day, as a small child, John Allen Chau was rooting through his father’s study when he found something curious and alluring: an illustrated edition of Robinson Crusoe, the classic story of a sailor shipwrecked on a deserted island. “After struggling my way to read it with early elementary school English,” he later told a website for outdoors enthusiasts, “I started reading easier kid-friendly books,” like The Sign of the Beaver, “which inspired my brother and I to paint our faces with wild blackberry juice and tramp through our backyard with bows and spears we created from sticks”. In November, on an obscure island in the Indian Ocean, Chau – a 26-year-old American adventure blogger, beef-jerky marketer, and evangelical missionary – was killed by the isolated tribe he was attempting to convert to Christianity. When Chau’s death became international news, many Christians were keen to disavow his actions; Chau’s father … [Read more...] about The life and death of John Chau, the man who tried to convert his killers
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Last year a Dutch doctor called Bert Keizer was summoned to the house of a man dying of lung cancer, in order to end his life. When Keizer and the nurse who was to assist him arrived, they found around 35 people gathered around the dying man’s bed. “They were drinking and guffawing and crying,” Keizer told me when I met him in Amsterdam recently. “It was boisterous. And I thought: ‘How am I going to cleave the waters?’ But the man knew exactly what to do. Suddenly he said, ‘OK, guys!’ and everyone understood. Everyone fell silent. The very small children were taken out of the room and I gave him his injection. I could have kissed him, because I wouldn’t have known how to break up the party.” Keizer is one of around 60 physicians on the books of the Levenseindekliniek, or End of Life Clinic, which matches doctors willing to perform euthanasia with patients seeking an end to their lives, and which was responsible for the … [Read more...] about Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far?
The economic history of the United Kingdom deals with the economic history of England and Great Britain from 1500 to the early 21st century. (For earlier periods see Economy of England in the Middle Ages and Economic history of Scotland). After becoming one of the most prosperous economic regions in Europe between 1600 and 1700, Britain led the industrial revolution and dominated the European and world economy during the 19th century. It was the major innovator in machinery such as steam engines (for pumps, factories, railway locomotives and steamships), textile equipment, and tool-making. It invented the railway system and built much of the equipment used by other nations. As well it was a leader in international and domestic banking, entrepreneurship, and trade. It built a global British Empire. After 1840, it abandoned mercantilism and practised "free trade," with no tariffs or quotas or restrictions. The powerful Royal Navy protected its global holdings, while its legal … [Read more...] about Economic history of the United Kingdom
Music and movies retailer HMV has gone into administration for the second time in just six years putting 2,200 jobs at risk and the future of three key stores in the South West in jeopardy. The chain has confirmed it appointed administrators from accountants and business consultants KPMG following a weak Christmas trading period. The executive chairman of HMV - and its owner Hilco Capital which purchased the company in a 2013 rescue package - said a huge slump in the UK’s CD and DVD market made its situation "unsustainable". It blamed a “tsunami of challenges” facing the UK retail sector, and changing behaviour from customers. The company's 125 UK stores include units in Truro, Exeter and a huge outlet in Plymouth’s Drake Circus Shopping Centre. They will all continue to trade, HMV confirmed, while negotiations with suppliers and potential buyers take place.. HMV said despite growing its market share through 2018, the sector expects to see the market fall … [Read more...] about HMV goes into administration as high street troubles continue
PUBLISHED: 11:21 24 December 2018 Jessica Hill business man wearing party hat Archant We look back over the year and finds that despite the High Street woes, there was plenty for local companies to celebrate in 2018. Barry Chevallier Guild, former chairman of Aspall Cyder. Picture: AspallJanuary The year started on a great footing, as Ipswich was named among the UK’s fastest-growing city economies in the latest UK Powerhouse study. The report covering the third quarter of 2017, ranked Ipswich in fifth place nationally in terms of year-on-year growth in Gross Value Added (GVA) − a measure of the value of goods and services produced.This was also the month that the US-based multinational brewing group Molson Coors announced it had acquired historic Suffolk cider and vinegar maker Aspall, in a £40m deal that brings to an end almost 300 years of family ownership of the business. Brothers Henry and Barry Chevallier Guild, the eighth generation … [Read more...] about The highs and the lows of business in Suffolk and North Essex in 2018