For a weekend in Wrightsville, Ga., the catfish will be king. Former President Jimmy Carter’s March 24 formal opening of the Catfish INT processing plant will trigger the three-day Catfish Festival and Trade Show. It’s not about straw hats, bare feet and cane poles. Catfish have brought big business to this east-central-Georgia community. Catfish INT expects to process 55,000 pounds of fish per eight-hour shift. It will take at least 3,000 acres of water to keep that much fish coming. The March 24-26 celebration of fun, fins and fenders will include an arts-and-crafts fair, antique farm equipment and antique cars. At the center of it all is a March 25 catfish trade show that spotlights this growing Georgia industry. Trade Show March 25 The trade show will be at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Highway 15 south of Wrightsville. Companies from all over the Southeast will display catfish equipment, feeds and supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a seminar will focus on getting started in the catfish business. University of Georgia scientists Gary Burtle and George Lewis and others will discuss all aspects of building ponds and raising catfish. To learn more about the Catfish Festival and Trade Show, call Mark Crosby (912-864-3373) at the Johnson County office of the UGA Extension Service. Or e-mail him at [email protected]
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Charleston Gazette:Researchers from Duke University confirmed what every West Virginian knows: Mountaintop removal mining has flattened Appalachia, decapitating crests and filling valleys with “spoil,” creating flatter topography. The Duke report, published in Environmental Science and Technology, says: “The physical effects of mountaintop mining are … similar to volcanic eruptions where the entire landscape is fractured, deepened and decoupled from prior landscape evolution trajectories, effectively resetting the clock on landscape and ecosystem co-evolution.” The New York Times says the Duke study confirms that the coal industry created “a grossly disfigured landscape” where “rubble has clogged countless streams and waterways, and devastated the Appalachian environment with pollutants, rerouting rain torrents through homes and hamlets below.” Duke researchers say the destruction is permanent, never to be reversed. West Virginians simply must live with the damage. Researchers emphasize how the scale of the damage is different from previous experiences. It doesn’t compare to deforestation or urbanization, for example, things that mostly happen on the surface. The central Appalachian regions they studied are 40 percent flatter than before mountaintop removal, and those changes will continue to influence the state’s topography. “We have data that the water quality impacts can last at least 30 years, but the geomorphology impacts might last thousands of years,” lead author Matt Ross said in a news release about the study. “Once you have these flat plateaus, it sets up a whole new erosion machine and a whole new way that the landscape will be shaped into the future.” One of the pitches for mountaintop removal was that the state would be left with more flat spots to lure future development and prosperity. Those lures aren’t getting any bites. Gov. Tomblin brought up the issue again in his State of the State address. The governor wants to put industry onto the mammoth Hobet 21 mine site on the Boone-Lincoln county line. He said it could become the state’s largest industrial park. However, commercial developer Howard Swint wrote in a Gazette-Mail commentary that the remote, barren, contaminated site hardly invites industry — except for the possibility of power generation. Placing wind turbines and solar collectors atop the mesa, he wrote, could create an electricity source. Swint even speculated that deep wells might tap into geothermal heat to produce more power. It is an appealing idea. West Virginia cannot undo the coal industry’s dismantling of beautiful mountains, and one way or another, now lives with what is left behind. Gazette editorial: Forty percent flatter and still changing Editorial: West Virginia Now Lives With What’s Left Behind
Jamaica recorded its best ever summer tourism performance this year with more than 1.3 million visitors visiting the island. The information was provided by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett on Wednesday.4.4 percent increase He told a news conference that 1,312,494 visitors came to the island between May and August this year, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the same period last year.“I am pleased to inform you that we continue to see stopover arrivals trending upwards,” Bartlett told reporters, adding “we had an excellent summer period from May to August with provisional estimates showing stopover arrivals up by six percent over the same period last year.“That’s is 884,324 visitors compared to the 834,292 in 2017,” Bartlett said, noting that for the January to August period, estimates indicate that Jamaica welcomed 2,955,007 visitors, a 4.7 increase over the same period last year.The figures show that of that number, there were 1,714,060 stopover arrivals and 1,240,947 cruise visitors.“If we continue with these robust arrival figures to year end, then for the third consecutive year, the growth of Jamaica’s tourism sector would have exceeded the projected 5 percent annual growth,” Bartlett told reporters.