Validity of Crockett letter in doubt

first_imgBy The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas – Two experts in historical documents say they doubt the authenticity of a Davy Crockett letter that the Texas Historical Commission bought this week for nearly half a million dollars. Both questioned the handwriting in the document, dated Jan. 9, 1836, and one said the grammar was just too good to belong to the Alamo defender. “The letter has better grammar, better punctuation than Davy Crockett had ever used,” said Kevin MacDonnell, a seller of antique books in Austin. The state has 120 days to complete the authentication. Wilke, who has been studying and appraising Americana manuscripts for 30 years, said the signature on the letter is different than Crockett’s signature on other documents. The k in “Crockett” on the East Carolina University letters doesn’t match that in the Texas letter, he said. MacDonnell also expressed doubts about the handwriting, as well as the accuracy of the spelling and grammar. He suggested the letter was probably meant to be a true copy made for reference purposes rather than a hoax. “The copyist or scrivener probably cleaned up the writing on the letter when he was copying it,” MacDonnell said. The letter’s seller, Ray Simpson III of Houston, said he hadn’t heard any doubts about the letter’s authenticity. “I am very positive that this is the original Davy Crockett letter,” he said. “We do think it’s right, and we do think it will be proven through the state’s third-party investigation.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everett Wilke, a private appraiser of historical manuscripts based in Bluffton, said he compared the handwriting with that in known Crockett letters owned by East Carolina University. “Those are genuine Crockett letters, and it (the letter purchased by the state) doesn’t look a thing like them,” Wilke said. “It’s not that difficult to tell it’s not real.” The Texas Historical Commission announced Tuesday that it was acquiring the letter from Houston-based Simpson Galleries for $490,000. The document is believed to be the last letter Crockett wrote before he and other Alamo defenders were killed by Mexican forces. The letter has yet to be authenticated, but Historical Commission spokeswoman Debbi Head said she is “99.9 percent sure” it is real. The $490,000 the state paid will be held in an escrow account pending the outcome of a third-party investigation, Head said. last_img read more

SA restaurant best in the world

first_imgThe Rust en Vrede restaurant has been named international best restaurant for 2010 at the Best of Wine Tourism awards. (Image: Rust en Vrede) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kobie LochnerRust en Vrede marketing+27 21 881-3588RELATED ARTICLES • Wine alliance to challenge EU • Wine on the wild side • Wine tasting in the township • SA wine a US presidential hitJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Rust en Vrede restaurant, located on the wine estate of the same name in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, has scooped the prize for international best restaurant at the annual Best of Wine Tourism award ceremony.This is the first time the estate has featured on the list of international prize-winners.The awards are held under the auspices of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) global organisation, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2009.GWC links eight major global regions, all internationally renowned for their outstanding wines, from both hemispheres, thus bringing the so-called old and new worlds of wine together.The organisation has set up business and travel networks, has held symposia, and promotes knowledge sharing among its members, working for the benefit of all.Cape Town and the Cape winelands – along with Bordeaux (France), Florence (Italy), Mainz (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), Bilbao-Rioja (Spain) and the San Francisco-Napa Valley region – is a GWC partner.From 2010 Christchurch in New Zealand will join the elite group as the third representative from the southern hemisphere.The ceremony to name the winners for 2010 was held at the Chateau Giscours, a 14th-century winery in Bordeaux, in early November. The world’s top experts from wine-growing regions in Europe, North America, Latin America, South Africa and New Zealand were in attendance. Besides Rust en Vrede, another seven international awards were given to the best of the 56 regional entries.La Sosta del Gusto at the Castello del Trebbio in Florence also took honours in the restaurant section.Other category winners were Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza for best accommodation; Quinta do Seixo in Porto for best architecture; the Clos Pegase in San Francisco-Napa Valley for art and culture; the Bodegas Muga in Bilbao for most innovative experiences; Wiengut Hemmes in Bingen-Kempten, Germany, for sustainable practices; and Château Pape Clément in Bordeaux for best wine tourism services.High standards praisedOther regional South African winners that went forward to compete against international rivals in their categories included Vergelegen for arts and culture; Cloof of Darling for sustainable practices; Robertson Wine Valley for most innovative experience; Waterford for best wine tourism services; the Devon Valley Hotel for accommodation; and Grande Provence Estate for architecture.Deputy mayor of the Winelands district municipality Clarence Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the consistently high standard of local entries, despite the recent global financial crisis. Jonhson is also the current GWC president.“These winners demonstrated a capacity to face down the credit crisis by offering better value, enhancing the quality of their experiences, innovatively focusing on local highlights in the natural environment, in cuisine, arts, crafts and culture and by paying extra attention to detail,” he said.Johnson was convinced that this was a good sign for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The month-long football extravaganza kicks off in Johannesburg in just less than seven months.“Financially hard-pressed international and local visitors can be confident of money well spent in the Winelands,” said Johnson, “whether at the top end or at more affordably priced levels. This is critical if we are to advance our international popularity and reputation.”A number of local hopefuls received commendations from the GWC judging panel. Among them were Greatest Cape Wine Tours, the KWV wine- and brandy-producing company, and the Almenkerk, Seidelberg, Delheim and Rustenberg estates.Historical settingIn recent years Rust en Vrede’s restaurant has garnered as much praise as the wines have, under the watchful eye of Chef David Biggs, a former member of South Africa’s national culinary team. With the wine cellar now relocated underground in another first for a privately owned South African estate, the restaurant is situated on the premises of the old cellar, which is a national monument.Nestled in the tranquil Stellenbosch wine-making region, Rust en Vrede was established in 1694 by then Cape governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Development of the estate only started in 1780 with the building of a house, and later the cellar in 1785 and manor house in 1790.The 55ha Rust en Vrede estate is currently owned by the Engelbrecht family, experienced grape growers since the early 18th century. The estate produces 20 000 cases of wine a year. Of this, around 65% is destined to end up on overseas shelves. Rust en Vrede exports to over 30 countries.At the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize celebration dinner in Oslo, where former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk were honoured, the wines on the tables were Rust en Vrede. The estate has since notched up a number of other milestones, including an export achievement award from then-president Mandela in 1994. In 2000 it became the first South African estate to make it onto US magazine Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines of the world.Since the Engelbrecht family took over 32 years ago the estate has produced only red wines, specialising in Merlot, Cabernet and Shiraz. All wines are made from hand-selected grapes, picked at the optimum time of the season.last_img read more

2015 Proficiency award winners part II

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Accounting – Blake Campbell, Waterford FFAAgricultural Education – Natalie Miller, Miami Trace FFAAgricultural Communications – Sarah Hunker, Bellevue FFAAgricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication – Wyatt Downard, Preble Shawnee FFAAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Entrepreneurship – Zach Hasting, Covington FFAAgricultural Mechanics Repair and Maintenance Placement – Kevin Daubenmire, Zane Trace FFAAgricultural Processing – Maggie Hovermale, Westfall FFAAgriscience Integrated Systems Research – Drake Moore, Anthony Wayne FFAAgricultural Sales Entrepreneurship – Kelsey Kirchner, Miami East MVCTC FFAAgricultural Sales Placement – Collin Dunaway, Felicity Franklin FFAAgricultural Services – Dakota McKee, Ridgemont FFAAgriscience Animal Systems Research – Shelby Griffith, Georgetown FFABeef Production Entrepreneurship – Molly Cleveland, Old Fort FFABeef Production Placement – Nick Erf, Bellevue FFADairy Production Entrepreneurship – Demi Dovin, Firelands FFADairy Production Placement – Katerri Schmitmeyer, Versailles FFADiversified Agricultural Production – Clay Gerfen, Ridgemont FFADiversified Crop Production – Entrepreneurship – Evan Schaefer, Miami Trace FFADiversified Crop Production Placement – Sam Robertson, Buckeye Central FFADiversified Horticulture – Amanda Seger, Fort Loramie FFADiversified Livestock Production – Nole Gerfan, Ridgemont FFAEmerging Agricultural Technology – Nathan Teeters, Miami East MVCTC FFAEnvironmental Science and Natural Resources Management – Jonathan Burgan, Ridgewood FFAEquine Science Entrepreneurship – Clayton Fisher, Cardington FFAEquine Science Placement – Elysse Shafer, Clear Fork Valley FFAlast_img read more

Attend the Last Geocaching Block Party

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 6, 2012June 6, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Attend the World’s Mega-EventMay 14, 2013In “Community”Nimm an der letzten stattfindenden Block-Party teil!February 13, 2015In “Deutsch” Geocaching Block Party 2015: The Final EpisodeAfter years of celebrating all things Geocaching at HQ in Seattle, it’s time for a change. Join us this August to celebrate 15 Years of Geocaching at the last Block Party event.Mark your ‘Will Attend’ now on the Geocaching Block Party 2015 geocache page. And while you’re there, make sure to mark your ‘Will Attend’ for the 2015 Geocaching International Film Festival, too.And don’t forget: CITO weekend is April 25 and 26, so get ready to join thousands of geocachers as they clean up, plant trees or remove invasive species in local geocaching hot spots. Earn a special digital CITO souvenir for your Geocaching profile for attending a CITO Event April 25 or 26.(Hier kannst Du den Artikel auf Deutsch lesen)Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How to Semantically Analyze Web Pages With Delicious

first_imgUsing the API is simplicity itself. You don’t even need a key and it supports JSONP callbacks, allowing you to access it even within completely browser-based applications. To demonstrate how to use it I’ve put up some PHP sample code on github, but the short version is you call to http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/json/urlinfo/data?hash= with the MD5 hash of the URL appended, and you get back a JSON string containing the tags. If you want to see how accurate it is, here’s a live version of the code you can play with. Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid There are many reasons to love delicious and hope that it survives its current rocky patch, but as a programmer there’s one thing I’ve found it essential for. I often write applications that need to process and organize thousands or millions of Web pages.To do that, I need to know something about their meaning, what topics they’re associated with, if they’re blogs, political, technical, commercial, and what other categories they fall into. One way is run an API like Zemanta or OpenCalais on the pages’ text, and hope to use significant terms to pick categories. This is an extremely intensive process on large collections, and even the best semantic analysis is nowhere near as good as a human summary. What if you could get millions of people to categorize the pages for you, for free?That’s exactly what delicious’s urlinfo API gives you. It returns the top 10 tags for any URL, together with a count of how many times each tag has been used. Tags:#hack#How To pete warden Related Posts center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… You can then use these tags to enrich your own application with a spooky level of intelligence about websites. You could restrict searches to particular categories or industries for example, in a similar way to Blekko’s slashtags, or organize referrer analytics by what kind of site the links are coming from. For most sites the top 10 tags for most sites are both very informative, and highly accurate, so you can get some very effective results. Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?last_img read more

Retail Net Metering Will End in Nevada

first_imgUtility regulators in Nevada have approved a new net-metering plan for their solar customers that will increase the fixed service charge and gradually lower reimbursements for electricity sent from a homeowner’s photovoltaic (PV) array to the grid from the retail to the wholesale rate.The unanimous vote by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission took place on December 22. The next day, SolarCity announced that it would suspend operations in the state and accused regulators of damaging the state’s economy and jeopardizing thousands of jobs.“The PUC has protected NV Energy’s monopoly and everyone else will lose,” SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said in a statement reported by Greentech Media. “We have no alternative but to cease Nevada sales and installations, but we will fight this flawed decision on behalf of our Nevada customers and employees.”Changes go into effect on January 1. SolarCity, the nation’s largest installer of residential PV systems, said that the commission’s decision to apply the rates to existing as well as new customers amounted to “sabotage” of customer investments.“Most disturbing is the Commission’s decision to retroactively sabotage existing solar customer’s investments by not grandfathering them onto current rates,” Rive said. “The Nevada government encouraged these people to go solar, and now the government is putting them at great financial risk.”Vivint Solar, the second largest residential installer after SolarCity, also said that it would halt operations in Nevada if the plan won approval, Greentech Media said. New training center will closeThere’s some painful irony in SolarCity’s decision to stop Nevada installations: SolarCity opened a 13,000-square-foot regional training center in Las Vegas less than a month before the PUC’s vote.The opening of the West Las Vegas facility, which had been expected to train as many as 4,000 workers per year, was lauded by Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid, among others. SolarCity Public Affairs Manager Amanda Myers said the center will close.“There are no more jobs to train people for,” she said in an email.The company said in a news release that it employs more than 2,000 Nevada residents, and that the state is the top solar job creator in the county on a per capita basis. It’s wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to SolarCity’s employees in Nevada.“We will try to minimize the impact as much as we can with transfers and relocations, but we still expect several hundred Nevada-based employees may be affected by the PUC decision,” Myers’ email said. “The specific impacts will be determined in the coming days and weeks.”She added that the PUC is considering motions from both the Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection and The Alliance for Solar Choice to delay the new rate plan. “Both grounds have also suggested they will file a petition for reconsideration of the PUC’s decision,” Myers said. Compensation gradually declines The Associated Press said that the exact amounts of the changes have not yet been determined, but base service charges were expected to double or triple over five years while the reimbursement rate for excess electricity would decline by 75%.Regulators said that the current net-metering plan, which pays the state’s 17,000 solar customers the retail rate for excess electricity, shifted costs of maintaining the grid to customers who didn’t own any PV panels, the AP reported. This is the same argument that utilities around the country have been making in other net-metering disputes.The Nevada PUC, however, did reject a proposed “demand charge” because it might confuse customers at a time when other rate changes were going into effect. Demand charges, more common for large commercial customers, bases rates on highest use and can penalize even thrifty customers who experience a spike in electricity consumption at certain times of the billing cycle.The PUC said in a statement prior to the vote that the changes would “eliminate unreasonable cost shifts between ratepayers without resulting in any additional profits to NV Energy.” NV Energy is a holding company whose two main subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, have 1.3 million customers in the state.“The draft order finds that current rates enable net metering customers to avoid paying for some of the fixed costs associated with the sale of electric service by NV Energy to net metering customers,” the PUC said. “For example, NV Energy incurs significant costs investing in the infrastructure necessary to ensure that it can meet net metering customers’ full electricity demands when the customers’ solar energy systems are not generating electricity.”It said that paying the full retail rate for electricity “unreasonably increases the costs that are ultimately borne by other ratepayers.” Lowering the rate to the “avoided cost,” what NV Energy would pay to generate or buy the power, would reflect its “true value.”The order, however, allows customers with PV systems to take advantage of time-of-use and time-of-production rates.“Time-of-use pricing will enable net metering customers to respond to price signals for both the excess generation produced by their net metering systems and the electricity delivered by NV Energy, while position them to benefit from future advancements in technologies such as storage,” the PUC said.last_img read more

Madhya Pradesh: Five cops suspended for chatting on WhatsApp during duty

first_imgFive policemen were suspended after they were found chatting on WhatsApp while on duty in sensitive areas of Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur city on the day of the Supreme Court’s verdict in Ayodhya case, an official said on Sunday. The five personnel, all sepoys, were deployed in some sensitive city areas on Saturday in view of the apex court’s judgment in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. Jabalpur’s Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said when he conducted a surprise inspection in those areas, he found five policemen busy chatting on social media platform WhatsApp.“All the five were suspended late Saturday night,” the official said. In view of the apex court’s order in the Ayodhya case, over 2,500 police personnel were deployed in various parts of the city, he said. Several police pickets and 25 temporary police outposts were set up for continuous surveillance across Jabalpur, he added.last_img read more