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Rivers Alive

first_img226 industrial-size bags of trash.56 tires.12 appliances.10 tons of metal pipe.10 barrels.3 dump truck loads of nothing but plain old junk1 doghouse.1 old truck. By Mike IsbellUniversity of GeorgiaDon’t think for a moment that the junk the “Rivers Alive”volunteers cleaned out of West Point Lake came downstream fromHeard County.It may have passed through here, but the vast majority of itdidn’t come from here. Most of it came from somewhere upriverfrom here.Heard County had its own Rivers Alive cleanup. With the help ofGeorgia Power’s Plant Wansley, we had quite an army of volunteersworking back-to-back weekends.We were cleaning up our part of the Chattahoochee, and thatshould keep a whole lot of stuff from ever reaching West PointLake.Many experts say the Chattahoochee River is the natural resourceof greatest economic importance in the Southeast, after theMississippi River.River in perilBut it’s a river in peril.The late professor emeritus of ecology at the University ofGeorgia, Eugene Odum, once said, “The Chattahoochee is anendangered river, short and simple. With few exceptions, no othermajor metropolitan area in the world has to depend on such alittle river for its existence.”Environmental regulations are helping clean up single-pointsources of pollution. But many problems in Georgia’s streams arethe result of nonpoint sources.Litter and other debris continually washes into our streams andrivers. This process of debris loading from upstream has resultedin serious impacts to the Chattahoochee and to West Point Lake.Rivers aliveRivers Alive is a statewide effort using volunteers to clean upGeorgia rivers and streams. All together, 19,000 volunteersdevoted 70,000 hours to cleaning 1,105 miles of streams inGeorgia this year.The state had more than 180 Rivers Alive cleanup events in 2003,at least 20 on the Chattahoochee. Others cleaned up sections ofthe Altamaha, Coosa, Flint, Ochlockonee, Ocmulgee, Oconee,Ogeechee, Satilla, Savannah, St. Mary’s, Suwannee, Tallapoosa andTennessee rivers.A dozen 4-H clubs were among the sponsors of these cleanups inGeorgia.The Heard County Extension Service and Heard County 4-HClub collaborated with Plant Wansley on three days to removedebris from the Chattahoochee here.Quite a haulWhen they were done, the 92 4-H’ers and Plant Wansley employeesand family members in Heard County removed quite a haul from theriver: It’s heartwarming that all these people volunteer their time toclean up our rivers in these events. It would be better, though,if we’d all commit to being more careful about letting our junkwash into our streams in the first place.(Mike Isbell is the Heard County Extension Coordinator withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. Dan Rahn, a CAES news editor, alsocontributed to this article.)last_img read more

HUD Secretary Donovan to deliver keynote address at Thursday’s Housing Conference

first_imgUS Department of Housing & Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will deliver the keynote address at this week’s 2010 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. He’s scheduled to speak between 9 and 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 8 a.m.Sec. Donovan will be the highest ranking housing official ever to speak at the biennial event.More than 450 people have pre-registered to attend the day-long conference, which is the state’s largest gathering of housing professionals. Pre-registrations have nearly filled the capacity of the venue, but organizers will accept walk-in registrations as space allows.WHAT2010 Vermont Statewide Housing ConferenceWHENThursday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.Sec. Donovan scheduled to speak between 9 and 10:15 a.m.WHEREHilton, 60 Battery St., BurlingtonWHOShaun DonovanSecretary, U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)Vermont Statewide Housing ConferenceThursday, November 18http://www.vhfa.org/conference/(link is external)last_img read more

Police: Girlfriend Beat, Confined Trying To Leave Apartment

first_imgJoseph Balser (Imaged Provided)GREENSBURG – A 26-year-old man is out on bond after investigators say he beat and confined his girlfriend in a Greensburg apartment.The alleged incident took place Thursday and led to the arrest of Joseph W. Balser, of Greensburg. He was booked into the Decatur County Jail on suspicion of domestic battery and criminal confinement.The victim told police Balser got upset after expressing she would leave to stay with her cousin. As she walked toward the door he attempted to grab her phone, according to the Greensburg Daily News.Court documents show he threw her into a wall and attempted to push her into a closet. Authorities say he threw her on the ground and cornered her in the bathroom while she screamed for help.Investigators estimate Balser threw her to the ground upwards of ten times and say they saw blood in the bathroom sink and the victim had bruises.Police say Balser denies the allegations saying the couple had been arguing and he tried to look at his girlfriend’s phone while the couple was “wrestling.”He told police the bruises may have been caused from lifting her off the ground when she was intoxicated the night before.last_img read more

Rainbow nation turns gold as Springboks lift Rugby World Cup

first_imgBy Ossian ShineYOKOHAMA (Reuters) – At times it was brutal, often it was downright ugly, but who cares? In the end there can have been few more poignant sights than that of Siya Kolisi, the boy from a dusty, poverty-stricken South African township, on Saturday lifting the Rugby World Cup following an emphatic victory over England.The first black man to captain the Springboks hoisted the trophy high into the Yokohama night and was instantly showered by golden streamers as fireworks lit up the sky at the end of a momentous 32-12 triumph.It was a scene destined for posterity, and sporting showreels the world over, and one which prompted tears from South Africans on the field and off it.“Since I have been alive I have not seen South Africa like this,” Kolisi said. “It was like in ‘95,” he added, referring to the Rainbow Nation’s first World Cup triumph, on home soil. That victory was immortalised by Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president, wearing then-captain Francois Pienaar’s number six jersey.That gesture was mirrored on Saturday when a beaming President Cyril Ramaphosa also donned the number six shirt, now worn by Kolisi, as he watched the presentation pitchside, waving to the captain who replied with a victory sign and a clenched fist. “So many challenges we have,” Kolisi said. “Coach (Rassie Erasmus) told us we are not playing for ourselves, we are playing for the people back home. We are really proud as South Africans. Not many people gave us a chance. We had to believe in each other and our plan. We love you, South Africa, and we can achieve anything if we work together.”ELECTRIC SPRINGBOKS Giant number eight Duane Vermeulen agreed. “We are doing it for each other but also for 57 million people back home in South Africa,” the man of the match said.This night was all South Africa’s as they won their third World Cup to draw level with New Zealand as the most successful side in the tournament’s history. With three cups from three finals, they are the only nation with a 100 percent record in the showcase match.England lost finals in 1991 and 2007, the latter to South Africa, and now join France as three-time runners-up.England will now try to figure out how a side that obliterated the seemingly invincible All Blacks in the semi-finals could show up with so little invention.But perhaps that had been the problem. To expect another performance the like of that was unrealistic, yet that is what it would have taken on a night when the Springboks were simply electric. “It was a great World Cup,” England coach Eddie Jones said. “Humbled to be part of it. Disappointed we are not the world’s best team. We finished second. Silver medal isn’t as good a gold one.”Criticised all tournament for being uncreative, on the night South Africa did it all.BEAUTIFUL BAUBLEThey dominated the scrum, were immense in defence and ground down the English. They even crossed the tryline, not just once but twice — their first tries in any World Cup final — when first Makazole Mapimpi bounded over the line in the 66th minute to add a beautiful bauble to their prodigious workrate, and then Cheslin Kolbe skipped through the ragged England defence to drive home their superiority.‘Mr Metronome’ Handre Pollard, meanwhile, had been ticking off the points for this famous victory, scoring 22 from the tee, but it was Faf de Klerk — the diminutive scrumhalf who looks like a 1980s popstar but tackles like a super-heavyweight — who pulled the levers for this win. All darting runs, quick thinking and laser accurate passing, De Klerk kept England on the back foot throughout, and absolute South African dominance in the scrum meant there was nowhere for England to go.Time and again they gave up penalties in that area and had to watch Pollard step up and do what he does best. It was a match played entirely on South Africa’s terms, and underlined Southern Hemisphere dominance of the event. Even after the first foray into Asia, the only Northern Hemisphere winner was England, in 2003.last_img read more

Olympic Champion Gets Year Ban for Missing Drugs Tests

first_img​​American Olympic champion Brianna Rollins has been banned for a year for missing three drugs tests in 2016 – one of which came while she was meeting former United States president Barack Obama at the White House.Another saw Rollins, 25, miss a test to attend ‘Brianna Rollins Day’ in September in her hometown in Florida.Rollins, who won 100m hurdles gold in Rio, is banned until 18 December. She will therefore miss the World Championships in London in August.“This is one of the most difficult times in my career, especially after having such a great 2016 season,” Rollins said in a statement on Instagram.The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) says Rollins failed to properly file her whereabouts information for drug testers.Under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, athletes cannot miss three tests in a 12-month period.Rollins missed one in April 2016, as she was travelling, and two in September – one when she was visiting the White House and the other when she returned to Florida.Usada says her results from 27 September – the date of her third whereabouts failure – will be disqualified, meaning the world champion will be allowed to keep the Olympic medal she won in August.“This is a difficult case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind,” Usada said in the ruling Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more