The GGP is a voluntary, noncompetitive, county-based program. It provides for awards of formula grants to eligible counties if they develop and implement plans to permanently protect at least 20 percent of the county’s geographic area as undeveloped green space that furthers one or more of the GGP goals.Any Georgia county can submit a greenspace program for approval if its population is at least 60,000 or its growth at least 800 people per year. A list of participating counties is on the GGP Web page (www.state.ga.us/dnr/greenspace).If your county has already qualified and applied for GGP funding, you can still get involved. There has to be a Greenspace committee. And while the membership varies, it usually includes interested citizens. All meetings should be open to the public, too.As the state’s population increases, so do the demands on our natural resources. We can’t assume there will always be good water quality. We must take steps to ensure it.Water quality and conservation are critical issues for everyone in Georgia. Active involvement of volunteers will be necessary to ensure sustainable growth and a high quality of life. Get involved, and enjoy improving your community. Protect water quality for rivers, streams and lakes.Protect against floods.Protect wetlands.Reduce erosion by protecting steep slopes, areas with erodible soils and stream banks.Protect riparian buffers and other areas such as marsh hammocks that serve as natural habitats and corridors for native plants and animals.Protect scenic views.Protect archaeological and historic resources.Provide for recreation in the form of boating, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, running, jogging, biking, walking, skating, birding, riding horses, observing or photographing nature, picnicking or just playing.Connect existing or planned areas contributing to the goals. The Georgia Greenspace Program was created by the legislature in 2000. The state Department of Natural Resources adopted the Georgia Greenspace Administrative Rules on July 26, 2000.The final rules for the GGP help guide the DNR, Georgia Greenspace Commission and the counties, cities and towns eligible to take part in the program.This is a great program. It can help us make sure we retain enough green space to protect out natural resources. Of the nine goals of the program, five affect water quality.Greenspace as a single word is a new term. Mostly, it refers to permanently protected land and water, including farm and forested land, whose development rights have been severed from the property.The land must be in its undeveloped, natural state or developed only to the extent consistent, or restored to the extent needed, to meet one or more of the GGP goals to:
Ghana’s bid team were left licking their wounds after losing out on hosting Afcon 2017 following an announcement in Gabon’s favour on Wednesday.However, Randy Abbey, a member of the Ghana team that traveled to Cairo to witness the landmark announcement alleges underhand dealings.He made the serious allegations while speaking to Joy Sports editor Nathaniel Attoh on Sports Today.”We will like to congratulate Gabon for being declared the winner. But there was something and in the coming hours or days you will hear, I’m sure, from especially the Algerians.”Abbey methodically detailed how the final moments of the voting went on, intoning how bizarre the entire Executive Committe felt the procedure had gone.”Even the Executive Committee members who cast their vote did not know the result of the vote. Only two of them, with Issa Hayatou were called to look at the vote,” Abbey alleged hours after the vote on the primetime afternoon show aired on Multi TV. He went on: “After that they were all ushered into the conference room where the media and the other three countries were.”Issa Hayatou, according to Abbey, then proclaimed Gabon as the winner, but how it happened was fishy.Procedure According to Joy Sports sources, the draw had been slated to be shown live around Africa via pay TV broadcaster, Supersport, but had been cancelled at the last minute, with no reasons given. Randy explains that till date, no one knows how the voting patterns panned out. The procedure is that after the vote, all delegates must know what majority the winner scored. As an example, when Ghana won the 2008 bid the country got a clear 9-3 berth. “What the votes were we don’t know. There were 14 members of Executive Committee who voted,” Abbey explains. “What the rules say is that there must be an outright winner, with a minimum of eight votes.””In this case we didnt know how Gabon won – whether they got five, [or] eight, [or] 10, [or] 13 [or] 14, nobody knows. Even the Executive Committee members weren’t told the results of their votes!””Everybody was brought to the conference room and the Caf president just took a paper that said Gabon had won.”Abbey, a former Communications Director of the Ghana FA said he was sad at the development. “And I found that quite embarrassing, [that this happened] in 2015. Maybe that is the value and culture here. Like they say in strategic management, that is how business is run here.”As at the time of writing this report, CAF have still not made details of the voting immediately available.Strong contendersAlgeria, the other country also in for the bid, are said to be readying an appeal, although it would have to come with the backing of its FA.Sources say Gabon won not only because of their bid’s promise to build on the legacy of 2012, when they last hosted, but due to the well-known relationship between President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Issa Hayatou. Caf is yet to respond to these allegations by Mr. Abbey, but a rep of the football-governing body tells Joy Sports there is no comment on the claims at this time.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
THE GREAT ONE – SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES IS NAMED FOR RACING’S BELOVED “BALD EAGLE,” WHO SOARED MIGHTILY OVER THE AMERICAN TURF FOR THE BETTER PART OF FIVE DECADES. A MEMBER OF RACING’S HALL OF FAME, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED NEAR SAN DIEGO, WHITTINGHAM, A MARINE COMBAT VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II, WON THE RACE’S PRECURSOR A RECORD SEVEN TIMES, BEGINING WITH FIDDLE ISLE IN 1970 AND ENDING WITH RIVLIA, IN 1987. WHITTINGHAM, WHO IS SANTA ANITA’S ALL TIME STAKES WINNING TRAINER WITH 204 ADDED MONEY TALLIES, DIED AT AGE 86 ON APRIL 20, 1999.