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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

Piqué’s eFootball.Pro plan global esports league with KONAMI

first_img“We want to bind the best of both worlds to bring the public a new entertainment model that they love since the first day.” The competition will be played using KONAMI’s PES series. Hideki Hayakawa, CEO of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, noted: ‘eFootball.Pro’s unique position in eSports, combined with its strong football leadership, will allow us to deliver a fresh way for customers to enjoy our products. We are thrilled to collaborate with eFootball.Pro’.The press release concludes by stating that in alliance with the ‘global vision of the project’, the Chinese company Desports will also be involved and play an important role in the expansion of the competition throughout China. Esports Insider says: This is an odd but interesting one as we’ve precious little information to go on beyond the fact that eFootball.Pro and KONAMI have partnered up and will be launching a global esports competition. The release ends by stating more information will be unveiled soon, so we’ll keep tabs on this one and give more information as soon as it drops. Esports company eFootball.Pro and the developer behind the Pro Evolution franchise, KONAMI, have reached an agreement to create an esports competition. The press release stated that ‘the league will be international and broadcasted all around the world’. Gerard Piqué, eFootball.Pro President and FC Barcelona player, said of the announcement: “The goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports’. The company (eFootball.Pro) was briefly in the esports spotlight some months back after news broke of its formation and the fact that it has Spanish international and Barca player Gerard Piqué as its President. The company was seeking professionals with a knowledge of both esports and football across a variety of roles in March, from business development to content creation, though this is the only news we’ve heard since that time. last_img read more

A strew of January awards have seen global distrib

first_imgA strew of January awards have seen global distribution system (GDS) specialist Travelport claim that it is the favoured travel technology partner of online travel agents (OTAs).The group’s Galileo GDS was last month voted best in its field by Asia’s Travel Weekly Industry Awards and by the Canadian Agents’ Choice Awards 2007, while its Worldspan product garnered the same plaudit at the Irish Travel Trade News Awards 2008.And another European award for Galileo – recently voted Best Technology Provider by Travel Weekly Globe Awards – was identified as further evidence that Travelport’s combined GDS projects are leading the way in providing faster, more efficient and more integrated travel booking services for OTAs.Gordon Wilson, Travelport president and chief executive, said: “Through the combined strengths of Galileo and Worldspan, we can deliver the most robust technology, greater depth and breadth of content and innovative tools to drive efficiency and growth. We are setting the pace with new faring and shopping options, unmatchable low cost carrier content and huge depth in hotel and ground choice. It is true value add for our travel agency customers and it’s fantastic to see them recognising it with these latest awards!”However a busy awards season has not been totally dominated by Travelport: Sabre’s Virtually There programme was granted the Gold Innovation Award at London’s 2008 Business Travel Innovation Awards.The Sabre product has kept GDS rivals on their toes by leading the way in supplying air travellers with flight schedule and notification alerts, gate assignments and TSA security checkpoint wait times – all on mobile phones.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTravelport improves web itinerary toolTravel agents in the region also look set to benefit from the enhanced tool.Worldspan takeover ‘among most popular stories of 2007’Worldspan is used by hundreds of travel agents and travel related websites to book airline tickets.GDS’ must adapt to LCC and legacy carrier Asian innovationLow cost airlines and ‘legacy carriers’ are catering to different markets and both should be accommodated by GDS systems.last_img read more