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Catfish Festival.

first_imgFor 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]last_img read more

Former MEP says ‘fatally flawed’ FRC should be shut down

first_imgA leading critic of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has called for the audit and corporate governance watchdog to be shut down. Sharon Bowles, a member of the UK parliament’s upper chamber and former MEP, told IPE: “The FRC is fatally flawed in the way it was set up and has been operating, and distance needs to be put between that culture and the future regulator.“This is most likely to be effective if the FRC is wound up and a comprehensive, fully accountable companies regulator set up that is not based on trade association relationships and which follows fully all the principles of public life.”Her intervention in the debate over the future of the FRC came as the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) invited the public to submit evidence to its inquiry over the regulator’s future. Bowles’ comments added to growing support for a major shake-up at the watchdog. In March, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum said the FRC should be wound up.Sir John Kingman, who is leading the inquiry, said: “The FRC’s work is critical to financial markets, the economy and public confidence. Trust, quality and credibility are the questions at the heart of [the] consultation.“The review wants to hear the widest possible range of views on how the regulatory system can best deliver for the future.”Among the areas covered by the inquiry are the FRC’s legal status, its relationship with government and its handling of conflicts of interest.Interested parties have until 6 August to make their views known.Under-pressure regulatorThe FRC has come under fire in recent years over claims that it was too close to the audit profession that it regulates, and that it had failed to take timely action regarding high-profile corporate collapses.During a parliamentary hearing into the collapse of services group Carillion in January, politicians accused the regulator of being “toothless”, “useless” and “ineffective”.FRC chief executive Stephen Haddrill argued in the regulator’s defence that it needed greater powers in order to address the perceived shortcomings.The Kingman inquiry has been taking evidence from interested parties since April, but in its latest call for evidence opened its doors to the wider public for input. Bowles said she had already met Sir John to give evidence and had urged him during their meeting to take more views into account.As for the likely outcome of the review, she added: “It is too soon to know how the Kingman review will go but the questions are comprehensive.”She also warned against shying away from wide-ranging reform of the watchdog.“When solutions are asked for, there is always the risk of the status quo being preserved because there is no single solution – even if the status quo is by no means given majority support,” Bowles said.Last month, Sir John unveiled the membership of an 11-member panel of experts and accounting insiders to assist him during the review process.An FRC spokesperson told IPE: “We welcome this independent review of the FRC’s governance, impact and powers. It is an opportunity to assess our past and our future.“The board is determined to meet public expectations and support UK business in attracting global investment for the long term.“We hope interested stakeholders will respond to Sir John Kingman’s call for evidence.”last_img read more

Girl Guides Teach and Learn Healthy Lifestyles with Weekend Health Fair

first_img Tweet The Girl Guides Association of Dominica winds down its 90th anniversary celebrations with a health fair this weekend.A collaboration with the Ministry of Health and themed, ‘Our Health, Our Wealth, Time to Take Control‘, the fair takes place this Saturday.Marcia Dublin of the Girl Guides Association of Dominica says the association realised that the adoption of healthy lifestyles in Dominica requires more encouragement and support even among the Girl Guides.Dublin said, “When the [girls]come to meetings, we notice the snacks that they bring. When we go camping, the sort of things that they bring along with them, and even what they ask for on the menu. We realized that this is very serious. Overall, at the national level as well, we noticed the concern in reference to non-communicable diseases, the threatening situation of cancer among very young persons, and the situation of HIV among our very young, working class persons. That has raised a bit of concern for us,” she shared.“Also the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have raised a number of issues in relation to healthy lifestyles. We realized because of this, that as part of our 90th Anniversary, we need to focus a bit on healthy lifestyle.”Dublin says the association wanted to reach out to the public in an impactful way.Dublin said, “Throughout the years, we have always been highlighting at our meetings with the girls the need for healthy eating, the need also to maintain a healthy lifestyle and because of that we realized that we needed to do something. In order to do something at a national level, we thought it would be best if we could collaborate with the Ministry of Health. We were indeed so happy that they embraced the invitation.”On Saturday, patrons will have access to health checks and counselling services, as well as activities for children.The association labels it as a family event and encourages the general public to participate.It takes place on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard from 9am to 3pm.The Girl Guides Association of Dominica was started in 1929 and to date has 700 members across the island.In 1987 it became an associate member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and attained full membership in 2008. Sharing is caring! 57 Views   no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Girl Guides Teach and Learn Healthy Lifestyles with Weekend Health Fair by: – December 12, 2019center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more