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Berkeley Plantation

Berkeley Plantation, one of the first plantations in America, comprises about 1,000 acres on the banks of the James River on State Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia. Berkeley Plantation was called Berkeley Hundred and named after the Berkeley Company of England. In 1726, Benjamin Harrison IV built on the estate one of the first three-story brick mansions in Virginia, it is the ancestral home to two Presidents of the United States: William Henry Harrison, his grandson, Benjamin Harrison his great-great-grandson. It is now a museum property, open to the public. Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are: First time Army bugle call "Taps" played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton. American whiskey was distilled at Berkeley Plantation in 1620. On December 4, 1619, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred, about 8,000 acres on the north bank of the James River near Herring Creek in an area known as Charles Cittie, it was named for one of the original founders, Richard Berkeley, a member of the Berkeley family of Gloucestershire, England.

It was about 20 miles upstream from Jamestown, where the first permanent settlement of the Colony of Virginia was established on May 14, 1607. The group's London Company charter required that the day of arrival be observed as a "day of thanksgiving" to God. On that first day, Captain John Woodlief held a service pursuant to the charter which specified, "Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually keept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God.". During the Indian Massacre of 1622, nine of the settlers at Berkeley Hundred were killed, as well as about a third of the entire population of the Virginia Colony; the Berkeley Hundred site and other outlying locations were abandoned as the colonists withdrew to Jamestown and other more secure points. In 1634, Charles Cittie became part of the first eight shires of Virginia, as Charles City County, one of the oldest in the United States, is located along Virginia State Route 5, which runs parallel to the river's northern borders past sites of many of the James River Plantations between the colonial capital city of Williamsburg and the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia at Richmond.

After several decades, the site of Berkeley Hundred became the property of Theodorick Bland of Westover. A portion of the Berkeley Hundred patent was purchased from descendant Giles Bland by Benjamin Harrison III, his son Benjamin Harrison IV built the three story brick mansion that became the seat of the Harrison family, one of the First Families of Virginia. Using bricks fired on the Berkeley plantation, Benjamin Harrison IV built a Georgian-style two-story brick mansion on a hill overlooking the James River in 1726. Harrison's son, Benjamin Harrison V, a signer of the American Declaration of Independence and a Governor of Virginia, was born at Berkeley Plantation, as was his son William Henry Harrison, a war hero in the Battle of Tippecanoe, governor of Indiana Territory, ninth President of the United States. Berkeley would earn a distinction shared only with Peacefield in Quincy, Massachusetts as the ancestral home for two United States Presidents, though this connection is tenuous, as William Henry Harrison's grandson, the 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, was born and reared in North Bend and his father, John Scott Harrison, was born in Vincennes, while his father was the first territorial governor of the Indiana Territory.

Using poor farming techniques, Benjamin Harrison VIII bankrupted the plantation and it was foreclosed on by a local bank and the family evicted. During the American Civil War, Union troops occupied Berkeley Plantation, President Abraham Lincoln twice visited there in the summer of 1862 to confer with Gen. George B. McClellan; the Harrisons were unable to regain possession of the plantation after the war, it was rented out by the bank from time to time to tenant farmers and the mansion was used as a barn, falling into such disrepair that it was uninhabitable. John Jamieson, a lumber "tycoon" who as a youth had been a drummer boy in McClellan's army, purchased the property in 1907, in 1925, his son Malcolm inherited the property, expending large sums of money to turn the ruined main house into a livable and stately home for himself and his bride Grace Eggleston; the project took over a decade and was occupied by the Jamisons in 1938. The ground floor of the mansion was turned into a museum in the 1960s.

Today the house attracts other parts of the world. The architecture is original, the house has been filled with antique furniture and furnishings that date from the period when it was built; the grounds, have been restored, cuttings from the boxwood gardens are available as living souvenirs for its visitors. Berkeley is still a working farm. There is a small family cemetery on the property. Among those buried here are Benjamin Harrison V, Grace Jamieson, Malcolm Jamieson; the main house is the centerpiece of ten acres of formal parterres. The house is surrounded by boxwood hedges forming allées. Large pillars with decorative spires support large hinged gates; the house is constructed of red brick with thin mortar joints. The two story building's main entrance is in the center of the house, with two symmetrical windows on either side and a central window directly above the door; these windows are double sashed wit

Beech Fork

The Beech Fork, or Beech Fork River, is a 112-mile-long river in central Kentucky in the United States. It is a tributary of the Rolling Fork of the Salt River, with its waters flowing to the Ohio River and the Mississippi River; the Beech Fork begins in eastern Marion County and heads northwest into Washington County, where the Chaplin River enters. The Beech Fork turns southwest to go through Nelson County. At the end of the river's journey, near Boston, the Beech Fork flows into the Rolling Fork of the Salt River; the Beech Fork is a winding river that can be used for whitewater rafting and canoeing. Most of the river is suitable for canoes and other entry level paddlers. A collapsed boulder dam one-quarter mile past the US 31E bridge constitutes a Class III+ run with an overall drop of five feet; the Beech Fork Bridge, Mackville Road, a 124 feet truss bridge spanning the river since 1884, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is spanned by the Mount Zion Covered Bridge. List of rivers of Kentucky 605 Bridge to 49 Bridge 49 Bridge to 31E Bridge

2004–05 NHL lockout

The 2004–05 NHL lockout was a labor lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the National Hockey League season, which would have been its 88th season of play. The main dispute was the league's desire to implement a salary cap to limit expenditure on player salaries; this was opposed by the NHL Players Association, the players' labor union, who proposed an alternative system of revenue sharing. Attempts at collective bargaining before the season began were unsuccessful; the lockout was initiated on September 16, 2004, one day after the expiration of the existing collective bargaining agreement, which itself had been the result of the 1994–95 lockout. During the lockout, further attempts to negotiate a new CBA floundered, with neither side willing to back down, leading to the entire season being canceled in February 2005; the NHL and NHLPA negotiating teams reached an agreement on July 13, 2005, with the lockout ending 9 days on July 22, after ratification by the NHL team owners and NHLPA members.

The resulting CBA included both revenue sharing. The lockout had lasted 6 days, covering 1,230 unplayed games; as a result, the Stanley Cup was not awarded, for the first time since 1919. Among the major professional sports leagues in North America, this was the first time a whole season was canceled because of a labor dispute, the second time a postseason was canceled. Large numbers of NHL players elected to play in European leagues during the lockout; the NHL, led by Commissioner Gary Bettman, attempted to convince players to accept a salary structure linking player salaries to league revenues, guaranteeing the clubs what the league called cost certainty. According to an NHL-commissioned report prepared by former U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Arthur Levitt, prior to 2004–05, NHL clubs spent about 76 percent of their gross revenues on players' salaries – a figure far higher than those in other North American sports – and collectively lost US$273 million during the 2002–03 season.

On July 20, 2004, the league presented the NHLPA with six concepts to achieve cost certainty. These concepts are believed to have ranged from a hard, or inflexible, salary cap similar to the one used in the National Football League, to a soft salary cap with some capped exceptions like the one used in the National Basketball Association, to a centralized salary negotiation system similar to that used in the Arena Football League and Major League Soccer. According to Bettman, a luxury tax similar to the one used in Major League Baseball would not have satisfied the league's cost certainty objectives. Most sports commentators saw Bettman's plan as reasonable, but some critics pointed out that a hard salary cap without any revenue sharing was an attempt to gain the support of the big market teams, such as Toronto, Detroit, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia, teams that did not support Bettman during the 1994–95 lockout; the NHLPA, under executive director Bob Goodenow, disputed the league's financial claims.

According to the union, "cost certainty" is little more than a euphemism for a salary cap, which it had vowed never to accept. The union rejected each of the six concepts presented by the NHL, claiming they all contained some form of salary cap; the NHLPA preferred to retain the existing "marketplace" system where players individually negotiate contracts with teams, teams have complete control of how much they want to spend on players. Goodenow's mistrust of the league was supported by a November 2004 Forbes report that estimated the NHL's losses were less than half the amounts claimed by the league. Several players criticized the contracts. One example was the 2002 Bobby Holik contract in which the New York Rangers signed him to five years for $45 million. After two years, his contract was bought out by the Rangers: "In the new world we live in, Bobby was just paid too much," according to Glen Sather, the Rangers' president. Although the NHL's numbers were disputed, there was no question that several franchises were losing money, as several had declared bankruptcy.

Other franchises had held "fire sales" of franchise players, such as the Washington Capitals. Some small-market teams, such as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the remaining small-market Canadian teams, were hoping for a lockout, since those teams would make more money by losing a season, with the Edmonton Oilers publicly announcing that they would fold outright if there wasn't a lockout; the league did not have large TV revenues in the US, so the NHL was reliant on attendance revenues more than other leagues. After the lockout of the 2004–2005 season, NHL teams made on average only 3 million dollars from television revenues. In addition in May of the 2004–2005 lockout, ESPN formally denied the option to show NHL games on the network due to low ratings in previous seasons. Many NHL teams had low attendance totals in preceding seasons. Prior to the lockout, in late 2003 the union proposed a system that included revenue sharing, a luxury tax, a one-time five percent rollback in player salaries, reforms to the league's entry level system.

The league rejected this proposal immediately because it maintained the status quo in favor of the players. Shortly before the lockout commenced in 2004, the NHLPA offered another proposal to the league, believed to be similar to their earlier proposal; the league again rejected the union offer, claiming the union's new proposal was worse than the offer they rejected in 2003. At this point, negotiations stopped until early December, when the NHLPA made a anticipated proposal based on a luxury tax that increased the proposed one-time rollback in players' salaries from 5 t

2019 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team

The 2019 Jacksonville State Gamecocks football team represented Jacksonville State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by sixth-year head coach John Grass and played their home games at Burgess–Snow Field at JSU Stadium in Jacksonville, Alabama as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, they finished the season 3 -- 5 in OVC play to finish in a tie for fifth place. The Gamecocks finished the 2018 season 9–4, 7–1 in OVC play to win the conference championship for the fifth consecutive year, they received the OVC's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs, where they defeated East Tennessee State in the first round before losing in the second round to Maine. The OVC released their preseason coaches' poll on July 22, 2019; the Gamecocks were picked to finish in first place. The Gamecocks had seven players at seven positions selected to the preseason all-OVC team

Mistah (film)

Mistah is a 1994 Filipino action film starring Robin Padilla, Roi Vinzon, Rustom Padilla, Rommel Padilla and Ana Roces. Mistah is a military slang meaning "batchmates" in the Philippine Military Academy. Mistah is one of Robin Padilla’s Box office hit movies during the 90’s. Sgt. Mario Cariño's squad, along with a platoon of Army Scout Rangers led by a lieutenant is seen chasing Muslim rebels across a forest, was trapped and forced to retreat when an ambush was sprung, losing some of his squadmates. Upon returning to the camp, he was scolded by his superior for his insubordination, which he accepted begrudgingly, his squadmates heckled him. Camp life is always tense, with rebel snipers taking out sentries, being bombed and retaliated upon by regular patrols in the area, they never forget why they are there. Sometimes, they go to a town where they buy supplies and treats for Muslim kids which they give upon, Mario spotted a beautiful storekeeper, they do charitable works, which coincidentally, a rebel Emir is in the same village, but halted by an Ulama to harm them.

They were confronted upon by the same Emir, revealed to be the kid's uncle. Mario saved the kid earlier from drowning. A sniper took out a sentry, alarming the platoon while Mario gets his regular taste of scolding by his commander. Days they welcomed several Privates led by a hot-headed Private and his batchmates; some older soldiers extorted the newbies. And when a fellow soldier was heckled by his fellow for being in love with a beautiful young woman, a brawl started among the other soldiers, until an explosion interrupted the fight, forcing them to lie down and were punished by the Lieutenant; the soldier committed suicide when he found out that the girl has broken up with him. Rebels always looting Christian villages, which the soldiers always chased upon, he got a leave, which his friend requested that he must visit his family nearby. Mario's life is further revealed, that his father is sick, his friend's wife is a blind woman. Many days he returns to camp, giving goods to his fellow soldiers.

He tried to court the lass, when he was stopped upon by a group of fellow soldiers from a different unit, he countered by showing some firepower, which the soldiers fled. But they fled upon, he received a letter from his parents, which his father died in sickness and he requested leave, which his lieutenant declines. He snapped and in drunken stupor, shoots his officer's bunker, leading him to be reprimanded by their colonel in the office; the lieutenant was replaced by another newbie lieutenant. Mario was forced to obey the new officer; as their new commander made him organize a patrol, the newbie soldiers joined him. When they patrol the forest, another ambush was sprung, killing some soldiers, including the three newbie soldiers and they were forced to retreat once again. Mario was blamed by his commander, which led to him punching his commander and a brawl started, stopped only when another explosion was heard, he took the storekeeper in camp, but trouble starts when his fiancée came into the camp.

The soldiers help the lass escape. The platoon was tasked to meet up with a rebel Emir to talk to them, but indecisive results; as rebels disagree for their Emir's decision, they kill a soldier from the unit, along with his wife when they were abducted. The ringleader was executed by the Emir himself, they ambush the lieutenant's batchmate's unit. And another ambush, which involves the lieutenant's patrol unit, was saved by Mario's squad, and the rebels used the incident as an excuse to attack the camp. Mario received his Officer Promotion exam results and ready to return to main base, when the rebels fire upon the camp with mortars and grenade launchers, killing some of them and putting the rest in their defensive position, they repulsed an attack. As they send some runners, the runners was killed by the rebels and the rescue unit was bombed and killed by the rebels; the rescue unit's leader was captured and tied on a tree and Mario's unit, short in ammunition and outgunned, was forced to watch as rebels slashed the hapless officer, which their Lieutenant forced himself to euthanize his fellow officer.

Romy tried to rescue the commander, when he was killed by a rebel shot him in his M203 grenade launcher. And another juramentado attack by rebels repulsed with heavy casualties. Mario, the lieutenant, the squad's sniper, the newbie soldier and three others prepare themselves in a last stand when explosions are heard, this time on the government's side; the government backup fire upon the rebels with mortars and air support, inflicting the rebels heavy casualties and forced them to retreat. The soldiers retrieve the dead, the lieutenant unties his fellow batchmate's corpse as the rain falls down, Mario was seen crying while kneeling; the film ends with Mario quoting that "Nobody wins in a war." Robin Padilla as Sgt. Mario Cariño Rustom Padilla as Lt. Flavier Daniel Fernando as Daniel Aquino Jun Hidalgo as Kumander Malik Rommel Padilla as Romy De Jesus Roi Vinzon as Lt. Duterte Royette Padilla as Lt. Dela Cruz Liezl Sicangco-Padilla as Brenda Cariño Ana Roces as Linda Joko Diaz as New Recruit Joey Padilla Boy Roque Junar Aristorenas July Hidalgo Edwin Reyes Jr. Rez Cortez Bomber Moran Dindo Arroyo Val Iglesia Mistah on IMDb

Eugenio Fojo

Eugenio Fojo y Márquez was a Spanish rose breeder who founded "La Florida" in northern Spain and the Basque Country. It was the most influential plant garden design firm in the 1930s, his rose,'Irene Churruca,' is still sold as one of the classic roses of that era. Fojo was born in Cuba in 1899. However, he grew up in the Basque country of northern Spain; when he was 25, Fojo became an apprentice in Catalonia under Simon Dot and his son Pedro Dot, the famous rose breeder. Pedro named a rose after Eugenio. Fojo studied in England, the United States and Germany before returning to set up a business in Bilbao, Spain. Using capital provided by aristocratic and well-heeled patrons, Fojo started "La Florida", a plant nursery, landscape design firm, rose hybridizing enterprise which became successful. Fojo himself took a modest view of his rose breeding: I have done no more, if I may say so, than bits and pieces. I'm not a hybridiser of the highest class, but I am proud to place my creations alongside those of my friends, who are among the highest achievers.

Friera's Rosas de España lists Fojo roses in the order they were introduced: "His first rose was created in 1932 and was of course named'La Florida' after his nursery. It was of a distinct salmon colour and earned him a diploma of merit in Barcelona’s rose competition held in Pedralbes. Following this, in 1933, he named'Villa de Bilbao' after his beloved city. In the same year, he created'Serafina Longa', and in 1934, produced'Irene Churruca', with great triumph, won the Floral Gold Medal in Barcelona. In 1935, he created'Señora de León Aujuria', not a rose anyone cares for.'Monte Igueldo' came out in 1944,'Condesa de Benahavis' in 1949, pleasing and is considered a perfect rose. It had an attractive shade of salmon pink, excellent perfume, displayed continuous flowering. After this came'Gloria de Grado', one called'Marquesa de Narros'."'Marquesa de Narros' is sometimes wrongly masculinised as'Marques de Narros'. La Florida issued'Embajador Lequerica' — "flowers strawberry-pink, reverse Indian yellow at base passing to brick-red at edge" – in 1962.

Of these roses,'Irene Churruca' remains the one most admired and most grown. It is on the list of the Californian nursery Vintage Gardens as: "Large petals of pale creamy buff shade to golden apricot at the heart. A flower of immense beauty and complex fragrance. A great, lost classic …"'Irene Churruca' is in the Carla Fineschi Foundation Rose Garden in Italy; this list of the known roses has been compiled from Friera, Rosas de España and the online Help Me Find Roses entry for Fojo, Eugenio. The online list in Spanish of the Amics de les Roses de Saint Feliu de Llobregat has been consulted; the rose'Eugenio Fojo' is added for completeness though of course it was raised by Pedro Dot, not Fojo himself. Detailed descriptions of Fojo's roses can be found by searching their names in the Catalan catalogue of the Rose Society of San Feliu de Llobregat