The Barada is the main river of Damascus, the capital city of Syria. "Barada" is thought to be derived from the word barid. The ancient Greek name. Throughout the arid plateau region east of Damascus, streams, a few minor rivers that empty into swamps and small lakes provide water for local irrigation. Most important of these is the Barada, a river that rises in the Anti-Lebanon Mountains and disappears into the desert; the Barada flows out of the karst spring of Ain al-Fijah, about 27 kilometres north west of Damascus in the Anti-Lebanon Mountains, but its true source is Lake Barada, a small lake, a karst spring located about 8 kilometres from Zabadani. The Barada descends through a steep, narrow gorge named "Rabwe" before it arrives at Damascus, where it divides into seven branches that irrigate the Al Ghutah oasis, the location of Damascus; the Ghouta reached a size of 370 square kilometers, although in the 1980s, urban growth started replacing agricultural use with housing and industry. The river has suffered from severe drought in the last decades due to the lower rainfall rates and the large increase in the population in the area.

It suffers from serious pollution problems in the summer, where there is no flow and little water in the basin. Barada is identified as Abana, the more important of the two rivers of Damascus and was mentioned in the Book of Kings; as the Barada rises in the Anti-Libanus, escapes from the mountains through a narrow gorge, its waters debouch fan-like, in canals or rivers, the name of one of which, the Banias river, retains a trace of Abana. John MacGregor, who gives a description of them in his book Rob Roy on the Jordan, affirmed that as a work of hydraulic engineering, the system and construction of the canals, by which the Abana and Pharpar were used for irrigation, might be considered as one of the most complete and extensive in the world. In the Bible, Naaman exclaims that the Pharpar are greater than all the waters of Israel. Ghouta Water resources management in Greater Damascus This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed.. "Abana". Encyclopædia Britannica.

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Yea Football Club

Yea Football Club is an Australian rules football club based in the Victorian town of Yea. The club competes in the Outer East Football Netball League; the club was established in 1893 and competed in the North East Football Association, a competition the was centred around Seymour In 1902 the Alexandra & Yea Football Association was founded with clubs from Alexandra, Thornton and Yea competing. Yea won the inaugural premiership. In 1904 the club accepted a return to the NEFA and stayed until 1909. In an attempt to revive interest in the district Yea helped reforming the Alexandra & Yea FA in 1911 after the competition had been inoperative for some time. In 1924 Yea moved on to the Waranga North East FL; this league functioned until the end of 1976, Yea won the last premiership. In 1977 Yea played in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League until 1985. In 1986 the club moved to the District Football League for twelve seasons. In 1997 the Goulburn Valley Football League absorbed the clubs from the Tungamah Football League and had a second division for three years.

These second division clubs left to form the Central Goulburn Football League in 1998. At the end of 2005 Central Goulburn Football League ceased to exist and broke up and the teams went to other leagues. Yea FC went to District Football League. After two years Yea returned to the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League. 1896 North East FA 1902 Alexandra District FA 1912 Alexandra & Yea District FA 1919 Alexandra & Yea District FA 1920 Alexandra & Yea District FA 1945 1946 1950 1968 1976 1982 Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League, 2nd Division) 1984 Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League, 2nd Division) 2000 2003 2005 Losses: 1947 Seymour 16.26.122 def Yea 15.9.99 1995 Kyabram District Football League Ardmona 13.7.85 def Yea 9.15.69 2001 Shepparton East 19.12.126 def Yea 10.10.70 2002 Rumbalara 17.9.111 def Yea 16.9.105 Ted Brown Vin Brown Matthew Dundas Glenn Elliott Robert Elliott Jeff Hopgood Eddie Jackson Bernie McCarthy Gavan McCarthy Shane McCarthy John McLeish - Essendon

Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 1997–98

The 1997–98 Pro Tour season was the third season of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. It began on 30 August 1997 with Grand Prix Toronto, ended on 16 August 1998 with the conclusion of 1998 World Championship in Seattle; the season consisted of thirteen Grand Prix, five Pro Tours, located in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle. At the end of the season Jon Finkel from the United States was awarded the Pro Player of the Year title. Attending a Pro Tour for the first time, Randy Buehler defeated David Mills in the finals to win the inaugural Pro Tour of the 1997–98 season. Olle Råde's final eight appearance made him the first player to reach the Top 8 four times. Prize pool: $151,635 Players: 324 Format: Extended GP Como Eventual Pro Player of the year Paul McCabe won Pro Tour Dallas; the Canadian defeated Jason Zila from the USA in the final. Olle Råde had his third Top 8 appearance while playing only his fourth Pro Tour. Prize pool: $151,635 Players: 291 Format: Rochester Draft David Price won Pro Tour Los Angeles.

In the finals he defeated Ben Rubin, who thus made it to the second place at his first Pro Tour attendance. Prize pool: $151,635 Players: 342 Format: Block Constructed GP Stockholm Olle Råde Tuomo Nieminen Johan Franzen Jan Pieter Groenhof Manuel Bevand Viktor Forsman Ole Bergesen Sigurd Eskeland In an all-American Top 8 Jon Finkel won his first Pro Tour. Mark Justice reached as yet last final eight. Prize pool: $151,635 Format: Booster Draft Brian Selden defeated fellow American Ben Rubin to become the 1998 World Champion, he played a Control-Combo deck revolving around Survival of the Fittest. The Top 8 was one of the most star-studded final eights with all players making at least one other Top 8 appearance, four of them becoming Hall of Famers; the US national team, consisting of Matt Linde, Mike Long, Bryce Currence, Jon Finkel won its third team title. Long thus won his third team title, too, as he had been on those teams which had won the title. Players: 203 Format: Standard, Rochester Draft, Extended Individual formats: Booster Draft, Tempest Block Constructed Team formats: 4-Person Team Sealed – Swiss.