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PostSubject: Ganoga Lake   Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:18 am

Ganoga Lake is a natural lake in Colley Township in southeast Sullivan County in Pennsylvania, United States. Known as Robinson's Lake and Long Pond for most of the 19th century, the lake was purchased by the Ricketts family in the early 1850s and became part of R. Bruce Ricketts' extensive holdings in the area after the American Civil War. The lake is one of the highest in Pennsylvania, which led Ricketts to name it Highland Lake by 1874 and rename it Ganoga Lake in 1881; Pennsylvania senator Charles R. Buckalew suggested the name Ganoga from the Seneca language word for "water on the mountain".[3]

The Ricketts built a stone house on the lake shore by 1852 or 1855; this served as a hunting lodge and tavern. In 1873 a large wooden addition was built north of the stone house, which became a hotel known as the North Mountain House. The hotel had one of the first summer schools in the United States in 1876 and 1877. A branch railroad line to the lake served the hotel and also hauled ice cut from the lake for refrigeration. The hotel closed in 1903, though the house remained the Ricketts family summer home. After the death of R. Bruce Ricketts in 1918, his heirs sold much of his 80,000 acres (32,000 ha) to the state for Pennsylvania State Game Lands and Ricketts Glen State Park. When the lake was sold in 1957, the state tried to purchase it but was outbid by a group of investors who turned the land around it into a private housing development.

Ganoga Lake is on the Allegheny Plateau, just north of the Allegheny Front, in sedimentary rocks from the Pocono Formation. The Wisconsin Glaciation some 20,000 years ago changed the drainage patterns of the lake, this diverted its waters to Kitchen Creek and carved the 24 named waterfalls in Ricketts Glen State Park in the process. Ganoga Lake has a continental climate, with average monthly high temperatures ranging from 33 °F (1 °C) in January to 82 °F (28 °C) in July. Ganoga Lake's drainage basin is heavily forested and it is in an Important Bird Area. The lake and its surroundings have a variety of flora and fauna, although the ecosystem has been damaged by acid rain.

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PostSubject: Re: Ganoga Lake   Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:45 am

Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara's Abidjan HQ surrounded

Mr Ouattara's HQ are protected by UN peacekeepers and fighters from a former rebel group.
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Ivory Coast troops have surrounded a hotel in the main city Abidjan housing Alassane Ouattara, the UN-backed winner of disputed presidential elections.

The troops loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo are facing UN-forces and former rebel soldiers who are protecting Mr Ouattara's headquarters.

Both Mr Ouattara and Mr Gbagbo had declared themselves the winner of last month's election.

The EU has agreed sanctions against Mr Gbagbo and his supporters.

The BBC's John James in Abidjan says rumours abound in the capital that troops loyal to Mr Gbagbo plan to storm the waterfront Hotel Golf where Mr Ouattara and his team work, or that Mr Ouattara's supporters might try to take control of state television.

The troops supporting Mr Gbagbo reportedly include members of the presidential guard and gendarmes in trucks mounted with machine-guns.

The hotel is guarded by UN peacekeepers and fighters from the New Forces (FN), a former rebel group that still controls the north of the country and supports Mr Ouattara, who is widely recognised as the winner of the election on 28 November.

Ivory Coast's electoral commission declared that Mr Ouattara won the run-off by 54.1% to 45.9%, but Mr Gbagbo immediately refused to concede power.

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Last week he said he was open to negotiation, but he refused offers to go into exile and seems to want some kind of power-sharing deal, an option the opposition rejects outright.

The African Union has suspended Ivory Coast while Mr Gbagbo stays in office.

Both Mr Gbagbo and Mr Ouattara have taken oaths of office and appointed governments.

Mr Gbagbo has the support of several leading generals.

One of his key allies also controls the country's constitutional council, which overturned the election results, saying large numbers of votes cast in the north, Mr Ouattara's home regions, were fraudulent.

EU foreign ministers said they had agreed sanctions against Ivorian officials refusing to recognise Mr Ouattara as the country's new leader.

Sanctions would target "those who are obstructing the process of peace and national reconciliation, and in particular who are jeopardising the proper outcome of the electoral process", the ministers said in a statement on Monday.

The measures include a visa ban and the freezing of assets of the members of Mr Gbagbo's regime.

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