England’s first colonies in the New World were profit-seeking corporations. As with any wave of firms entering a radically new sector, it took some flameouts and consolidation for what might be called England’s America industry to really get off the ground. — You’ll recall from our profile of the British East India Company last year that many colonies were founded not by governments themselves but rather by private individuals who raised funds to finance expeditions. This concept lies at the root of the word adventure. Sometimes they would form joint-stock companies, which would finance expeditions to prospective lands with the hope of splitting up whatever commerce they were able to drum up on the other side of the sea. The first two English adventurers to attempt to make it in America were Sir Walter Raleigh and his half brother Humphrey Gilbert. We can get a sense of their motivations from the following account, dated 1583 — 37 years before the pilgrims … [Read more...] about The True Story About How America Was First Settled By Profit-Seeking Speculators
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James Baggott, editor-in-chief of Car Dealer magazine and a man who is plugged in to what the feeling is on car sales forecourts across the country is concerned. “It feels like 2008 all over again: I’m worried the industry’s being talked into a downward spiral. Everywhere it feels like people just aren’t spending." Britain’s car industry has just had three big huge shocks in the past fortnight - Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) making 1,000 staff redundant, Vauxhall announcing plans to slash its number of dealerships, and Nissan planning to cut up to 10pc of staff at its giant Sunderland site - all moves attributed at least in part to falling sales. Baggott’s reference to a decade ago recalls the crash the industry went through as motorists pulled back from buying in the wake of the financial crisis and car UK production fell by a third. A year later government and manufacturers joined forces to fund a scrappage scheme to lure motorists back, … [Read more...] about As jobs cuts and closures spread across the UK car industry, what’s going on under the bonnet?
Contemporary Christian: Mercy Me Friday: Led by Texas native Bart Millard, Mercy Me formed in 1994 and broke through in 2001 with their major-label debut, “Almost There.” Fueled by the No. 1 single “I Can Only Imagine” — which holds the record as Christian radio’s most-played song — the record went double-platinum and is one the genre’s biggest sellers of the ‘00s. “I Can Only Imagine” also inspired filmmakers Andrew and Jon Erwin to write a biopic based on Millard’s life. Released last month, the movie was a hit, grossing $70 million against a $7 million production budget. Florida’s Tenth Avenue North, winners of the best new artist Dove Award in 2009, are also on the bill. 7 p.m.; Target Center, 600 First Ave. N., Mpls.; $77-$27; 888-929-7849 or targetcenter.com.— Ross Raihala Pop: Echosmith Friday: The Sierota siblings — Sydney, Noah, Graham and Jamie — grew up making music together … [Read more...] about Here’s the best in Minneapolis St. Paul entertainment this weekend (and into next week)
There’ll be no Game of Thrones airing this April to sate your incessant zombie dragon fetish (how did they get the chains down there?), so what ever is a couch potato to do? Find some new shows! With the rise and rise of streaming, it’s easier than ever to dig in to a back catalog of TV dramas and Stan have a whole lot of the good stuff. Here’s some of their best TV dramas. Deadwood Synopsis: A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime. Why should you watch it: Deadwood, now 15 years old, revolves around the frontier town of the same name and features an incredible cast with a brutal streak that only HBO dramas can get away with. Ian McShane is out of this world awesome as Al Swearengen, owner of the Gem Saloon. Worth watching for him alone… but you also get to see Nick Offerman’s junk, if that’s your thing. Masters Of Sex Synopsis: Drama about the pioneers of the … [Read more...] about 9 of the best drama series on Stan
• Mermaids, beer historians, and cat café owners all make a living from unusual and cool jobs. • Some gigs involve inherently interesting activities, like finding Spanish coins and travelling the country visiting breweries. • Business Insider spoke with a number of people who have particularly interesting jobs. Cool jobs may seem hard to come by sometimes, but they’re definitely out there. Some jobs, like mermaid and treasure hunter, are so interesting that they almost sound far-fetched. But Business Insider found that’s it’s more than possible to make a living doing things that you love. Here’s a look at how six people came by some of the most incredible jobs out there and what their lives entail: Paisley Easton was introduced to the world of mermaids by a high school friend Paisley Easton has always loved the water. “I’m not a swimmer per se, but growing up we were always going to the pool and water parks,” she … [Read more...] about From mermaids to treasure hunters, inside 6 incredible jobs most people would never think of pursuing