Reel Adventures Fishing Report

first_imgReel Adventures Fishing Charters Fishing ReportBy Kerry ReedKootenay Lake: It’s happening. This is my favorite time of the year for fishing Kootenay Lake.The water temperature has finally dropped to that perfect number and yes, the fish are feeding well.  At the beginning of October, the fish were scattered throughout the water column, but now they seem to have all reached the surface.Rainbow trout up to 27 pounds are being caught lately, with lots of fish in the 20-pound range.In fact, we had three fish over 20 pounds in our boat in a matter of a week.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen these big fish, but now it was worth the wait.  Also there is a fair number of Bull trout being caught lately in the 15-pound range. We’ve been catching lots of fish between five to 15 pounds.  It seems that there is definitely a distinct feeding time for these fish each day.  A lot of times we’ve had one fish on, and another fish hits the other rods. So, it makes for an exciting time. Here’s an example of some of the excitement:  Recently I was out with a group of four people.  Once we got the lines in the water, it was only a matter of minutes.  “Fish on, ” I yelled.  As the line was screaming out, we all stood back and enjoyed the fight.  After about three minutes of fighting this brute, the fish spit the hook.  Good start anyways.  Another couple minutes pass and a second rod starts screaming out.  Another big fish on,  While we were fighting that fish, I slowed the boat down a little.  Just as the boat slowed, the third rod starts screaming.  A true “Double Header.”We managed to land the second fish and get a quick photo before releasing it, just in time to net the third fish and get a photo and release it. Both Rainbows were well over 10 pounds, as well as the first one that we lost.  Such a great start to the day. About 10 minutes go by and guess what…another screamer!!  We fought that fish for about five minutes and then the hook came free.  We caught two more smaller fish before noon, then an afternoon lull in the action.  It was nice to actually have a break.  We had lunch on the boat and continued to fish. About three hours went by until the afternoon bite came on.  It was another big Rainbow to the boat and a couple smaller ones. What a great day on the water.  Just an example of what one day on the boat can bring. The best of the best Well, it’s different every day depending on the weather conditions and water conditions. On the calm days, we are using the usual Lyman Plugs on the surface or downrigger.  And on the windy days, we are using the usual Bucktail Flies on the surface.  Stick with the rule of thumb for colors.  On bright days use brighter colors and on the cloudy days, use darker colors.Black and white has been really good on the overcast days. Also managing to get both Rainbows and Bull Trout on the flasher/hoochie combo on the downriggers. All in all, October was a great month of fishing and November/December should only get better and better. Looking forward to more great fish as winter approaches. Tight lines…………………..last_img read more

Homeland Security Approves TPS for Citizens of Ebola-ravaged Nations

first_imgRev. Torli Krua, pastor of the Boston-based Ziah Mission Baptist Church, spoke of an under-reported consequence of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in early November.The status of thousands of citizens from West Africa stranded in the United States with no support due to flight cancellations, border closures  and other extraordinary circumstances that Krua spoke of has changed.As of Nov. 21, the Department of Homeland Security has granted temporary protective status to citizens of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia who have been stuck in the U.S. due to the Ebola epidemic. The change in immigration status will enable citizens from those countries to work in the U.S. for a period of 18 months.”I feel great,” Krua told The Lincoln County News. “The problem of being stranded in winter in a foreign country is no small problem. I’ve been getting a lot of phone calls from people. Everyone is very happy.”Alfrida Barr, a Liberian, joined Krua at the Boothbay Harbor lecture Nov. 8 to speak about her experience. Barr has been stuck in New England since August with her 2-year-old daughter, Pearl. She was unable to return home and, until recently, she was unable to work in the U.S. to support herself and her daughter.Krua was actively raising awareness about the plight of stranded West African citizens like Barr through petitions, media advocacy and contact with legislators. He   was attempting to have those individuals granted temporary protective status. His efforts were successful.”This is what democracy is all about,” Krua said. “If you see a need, you can’t just sit and wait for the government to do something. The people need to stand up and do it.” Jason Schlosser, of Southport, was an early signatory to a petition for temporary protective status circulated by Krua. “I was moved to sign the petition because of the relationships I have with refugees here in New England,” Schlosser said.”The issue became much different for me after interacting with them and seeing their path as displaced persons. Meeting Alfrida and Pearl, knowing that they were homeless, was the reason alone I was moved to sign the petition.”Noting the divisiveness caused by immigration policy, Schlosser said he was pleased to learn that temporary protective status was granted to citizens from the Ebola-ravaged nations of West Africa.  But he wished it was something that brought people together rather than tore them apart.”I was happy for Alfrida and Pearl,” Schlosser said. “But I was heavy-hearted about some of the division that the petition caused on the political level. We as people seem to be so easily divided.”The immigration debate has been the subject of heated discourse on Capitol Hill and in local communities. Temporary protective status is not a pathway to citizenship in the U.S. It is a temporary immigration status change extended to foreign nationals under extreme circumstances.   It gives them the opportunity to find legal employment in the United States for a limited period of time.The change in immigration status for the approximately 8,000 individuals from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia stranded in the U.S. will generate revenue for the US government, Krua said. According to him, the fee to apply for temporary protective status is USD518 and the U.S. government will collect taxes on the legal employment of those individuals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Raises for Civil Servants in 2017 Budget?

first_imgJoint Budget Chairman Prince Moye, Acting Co-chairman Henry Yallah and Sen. Morris SaytumahBy Leroy M. Sonpon, IIIThere are strong indications that the over 300,000 civil servants (government workers) will not enjoy the closing months of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led government because no provisions are apparent for new minimum wage and salary increments in the 2017/2018 National Draft Budget.The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that with three days to the expected passage of the budget, the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget has not determined whether there will be any increments in salaries. The last increment for civil servants during this administration was in the 2012/2013 Fiscal Year when US$25 was added to civil servants’ pay.The least salary for a civil servant at the lowest grade is about L$9,000.A member of the Joint Legislative Committee said: “I don’t think we should be talking about salary increment. What we should be talking about is infrastructure development – constructing roads, building a resilient health system and tackling our messy education (system).”The 2017/2018 Draft Budget is US$526.6 million which reflects 12.3 % reduction from the US$600.2 million approved for FY 2016/2017, and a 3.5% decrease at the end of year forecast of US$545.5 million.In the draft budget, the expenditure portfolio consists of two major segments. One is the recurrent investment plan (PSIP) of US$27.5 million which is 5.2 percent.The major component of the expenditure for FY2017/18 includes US$31 million for liabilities (debt services), US$10 million for payment of domestic liabilities (debt) principal and interests and US$20.2 million for the payment of foreign liabilities, principal, and interest.Also in the draft budget, US$19.8 million is to conduct the October 2017 Presidential and legislative elections, US$296 million for compensation of employees, US$ 81.1 million for goods and services, including supplies for education and health.The draft budget also has in it US$3.4 million in subsidies to non-governmental service delivery entities and US$60.3 million in grants to government service delivery entities.Making the presentation of the Draft Budget to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, Acting Finance Minister Tanneh Brumson said the Ministry would apply fiscal measures to control expenditure to demonstrate to partners, the government’s commitment to priorities before attracting their support.Madam Brumson stated that Liberia’s economy, like most in the world, is experiencing some turbulence due in large part to the global economic downturn.“We are confident that our economy will withstand the tests of the moment and is highly poised to come out stronger than before,” said Brumson.“This will not happen by chance. We will have to make tough decisions in both the short and medium terms, not only within the executive but also in the legislative and judicial branches of government,” Brumson cautioned.However, with the number of requests from institutions about budget increments for operations, including the Liberia National Police (LNP), the University of Liberia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs among others, an increment in salaries of civil servants appears unlikely.The revenue component of the 2017/2018 Budget was under scrutiny by the Joint Committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate June 5 thru 9; and the expenditure component ran from June 12 thru19.The budget is in Committee room for a conclusion before presentation to both Houses’ plenary for enactment.The national budget covers July to June of every year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

D Division hosts walk to stamp out crime, traffic “Lawlessness”

In efforts to re-enforce law and order in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), the Guyana Police Force’s D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) hosted a walk on Saturday morning.The ‘Walk against Crime and Traffic Lawlessness’ moved off from Den Amstel and concluded at Leonora, West Coast Demerara. It saw a large turnout, including State Minister Joseph Harmon and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Maxine Graham.Additionally, there were persons from various groups and organisations within the Division; such as churches, the business community, different youth groups, schools, Community Policing Groups (CPG) among others.Upon culmination of the walk, Minister Harmon, along with Commander of D Division, Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper, and Deputy Commissioner Graham addressed the large gathering.The participants were encouraged to continue working together, for there is much work to be done within to division and the Police alone cannot do it, hence there is a call for team work.Speaking with Guyana Times, Commander Cooper explained that Saturday’s walk was a sensitivity exercise aimed at bridging the gap between the Force and the public by restoring the latter’s confidence in the country’s premier law enforcement agency.The Divisional Commander was pleased with the turnout for the walk – the first of its kind – which was pegged at over 400 participants.According to Cooper, he believes initiatives such as this will go a long way in sensitising the public on ‘crime and traffic lawlessness’ in the Division.“While the sensitivity campaign is going on, people listen and so we get our message out to them. We will continue our campaigns, our outreaches and sensitivity exercises,” Commander Cooper posited.He went on to note that there will be similar walks throughout the division to continue its efforts. Apart from the walk, the Commander said the division will continue with other activities such as lectures in schools and outreaches, among others. read more

Protestors challenge President to public debate

first_imgVAT on educationAlthough Government had defended the tax on private education, protesters are challenging officials to a one-on-one public debate on the issue, which has exploded into a grave national concern.“Mr President Granger, I have a challenge for you today. I am inviting you to come out of  your office, join us here on a Wednesday and have a public discourse with us right here outside of your Office. Let’s discuss this VAT on education. Let’s see what’s really stopping you from removing the VAT on education for us,” declared a student, Jonathan Yearwood,  who has stood in almost every picketing line outside the various Government entities calling for the removal of the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education.Government has maintained that this tax will remain but promised to review the measure for the 2018 National Budget.But protestors are adamant in continuing their attempts to express displeasure against the policy, which has been described as backward.“(Ministers) have said that they’ve made millions of dollars from taxes throughout (last) year. I am saying it can be suspended and then revoked next year,” Yearwood stated.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had estimated that Government earned some $350 million annually from the tax.A group of protestors outside the Ministry of the Presidency on WednesdayAdditionally, the student expressed disappointment with the withdrawing of the motion for the education tax to be repealed by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland.The tabling of the motion would have sparked a debate at the highest decision-making forum in the country on the education tax.It was expected that the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the Government would have supported the motion in light of its public support of the movement against the tax.Stakeholders continue to argue that the education tax will hurt economic development, force persons out of the private education system and put pressure on an already burdened public sector.The group of protestors outside the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday was relatively small, but they affirmed that they represent hundreds of individuals who are affected by the policy.They reminded that  more than 15,000 persons had signed the petition against the tax which was submitted to Government.Despite the small turnout, protestors said they would continue to stage picketing exercises every Wednesday outside the President’s office.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had explained that Government could afford to remove the education tax without significantly harming its revenue framework by slashing spending in unnecessary areas in order to maintain its desired revenue stream.last_img read more

Mayor Lantz engages in small claims battles

first_imgThe Mayor of Fort St. John, Bruce Lantz, is involved in two seperate small claims valued at more than $20,000 each.Both involve contracted work on Lantz’s new home in Rose Prairie from August 2007 until January 2009.Lantz filed a Notice of Claim with the Provincial Court of British Columbia, against Handyman Contracting’s Andy Urich.  In those court documents, Lantz claims the work was substandard and there was an overpayment for roofing shingles.   In the statement of claim, Lantz also says that the cost of completion, “unfinished or substandard” work, the cost of incomplete insulation work, and other expenses were the factors in the claim.- Advertisement -Lantz’s claim totals more than $25,000.But Urich claims that Lantz did not pay in full for all of the work he did on Lantz’s property.  Once the work was completed, Urich claims Lantz changed his mind on several aspects of the contracted work.  He says he’s willing to negotiate with Lantz on the bill, but if he can’t get a satisfactory resolution, will consider filing his own claim. [asset|aid=2417|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6a45a85115ad4c51bb245579944de56d-Urich 1_1_Pub.mp3]A court scheduled settlement conference has not be set for this case yet.Advertisement Meanwhile, Timothy O’Sullivan from TEC Mechanical has filed a claim against Lantz.O’Sullivan’s claim amounts to more than $23,000.   In the statement of claim, O’Sullivan says that the amount is for back payments and interest for plumbing work done on the house.  The court has scheduled a settlement conference for February 17th, 2010.O’Sullivan confirmed that he did work on Lantz’s house. O’Sullivan says he filed a Notice of Claim against Lantz because of unpaid bills.Lantz was available for comment, but says neither claim impacts his position as mayor, and he declined to comment on the documents.Advertisementlast_img read more

Visually impaired students benefit from swimming session

first_imgThe Guyana Society for the Blind and the visually impaired (GSBVI) today commenced the second staging of their Independent Living Skills day camp, which will equip their students with critical life skills. The camp, which is quickly becoming an annual fixture, is the brainchild of the GSBVI, and the initiative allows students to learn basic skills and sport, which they may find useful in their future lives.The four-day initiative began on Wednesday with the students being introduced to, or refreshing their memory in, the sport of swimming, which is also seen as a vital life skill. Swimming Instructor Marvalyn Durant was present at the Tower Hotel pool to teach the participants. Executive member of the organization Ganesh Singh elaborated on the reasoning behind the event.“The main, or the overall, goal of this camp is to help promote and build that level of independence amongst the children who are blind and visually impaired. (It is) also to empower them with other life skills that they will need as they grow and take their rightful place in society,” he stated.He explained that because of their disability, the students are often deprived of basic skills which are readily available to others. Another factor he explained, is their lack of socialisation.“Many of them really do not socialise with their sighted contemporaries, and that’s a major problem. So their interpersonal skills are lacking. In having this camp, we’ll definitely try to work on those skills. We can do it in four days, but we’ll at least work and give them some tips that they can build on,” Singh explained.Aside from this morning’s swimming activities, the students will be introduced to blind cricket over the course of their camp.Singh also took the opportunity to extend gratitude to those persons who played a key role in making the camp a reality.“Publically, I must thank the Minister of Education, Honourable Nicolette Henry, and her team at the Ministry, because they came on board and sponsored in a significant way. Also, I must thank Roshan Khan, Ms. Gaitree Shivsankar, Tower Suites and the Malteenoes Sports Club,” Singh said.last_img read more

Food pantry could use some charity itself

first_img“When there’s nothing coming or going, that affects the store and stuff just piles up,” he said. “We really need something permanent.” Anyone interested in donating a truck can call the center at (661) 940-5272. (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Lancaster food pantry is in need of a new truck after the donated vehicle it used for years broke down. Grace Resource Center needs a 22-foot box truck capable of hauling large pallets of food for the food pantry and for hauling furniture and trash for Grace Thrift Super Center, the thrift shop that subsidizes the pantry. “We need something big enough to handle both needs,” said John Cooper, the organization’s assistant director. “It’s helpful if there’s a lift gate so we can off-load stuff,” he said. The center’s previous truck was old and not worth repairing, plus it kept breaking down, Cooper said. “It’s just been one thing after another with it. We’d spend more repairing it than it was worth,” he said. Without a truck of its own, the center has been forced to rent one every time the need arises, which is whenever there is a large donation to the thrift shop; about two times a month to pick up food for the food pantry; and once a week to haul trash from the thrift shop to the dump. Each rental costs $180 plus the cost of diesel fuel. Cooper hopes that a donated truck can be found soon. last_img read more

Kanyi excited with Ouma’s Starlets return

first_imgKanyi took charge of the team last year and led them to a fourth place finish in the COSAFA Women’s Championship where they were an invited side.Ouma returns to the side just in time as they prepare to face Uganda in the first round of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) which will be held in Ghana late November.“David has the experience because he has been there. We are working as a team now because this belongs to Kenyans. It is high time we bring our heads and expertise together to see that this team goes to the AWCON and does well,” the tactician offered.Ouma joined the team in training last week Monday before they travelled to Zambia for a friendly match against the hosts, winning 3-0.The Harambee Starlets technical bench huddle together for a photo after arriving back to the country from Zambia on Monday, March 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am glad to be back at the team and I bring with me the experience and understanding of being at the AWCON. We would like to continue being among the best teams in Africa and I am hoping we can work together as a team and get this result,” Ouma said.A new face also joining the technical bench is experienced goalkeeper trainer Iddi Salim.The win in Zambia was a huge motivator for the team as they prepare for the first leg against Uganda’s She-Cranes next Wednesday in Machakos with the return tie set for April 8.“It is very motivating for the team because we gained a lot in terms of giving all the players an opportunity and also testing our systems. Winning builds confidence and at the moment, we are somewhere up there,” Kanyi offered.The team landed back from Zambia on Monday night and headed straight to camp in Machakos with a week of preparation left before they tackle the Ugandans.Ouma who led Starlets to two wins over the Ugandans during his last tenure believes they will not come in the same side and has urged the team to exercise caution.Harambee Starlets players walk in at Kasarani Stadium for training.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“We don’t expect it easy because definitely Uganda has been working hard since we last played against them. We will take each leg seriously and the good thing is that we are starting at home which will make it a bit more comfortable for us,” Ouma noted.A win for Kenya over the two legs will earn them a ticket to the second round of qualification where they are scheduled to face Equatorial Guinea. Winning this two-legged tie will earn them a ticket to their second ever AWCON.“We know how it feels to play at the AWCON and definitely, we will work hard to be there again. It is not easy; we need to work harder in the two qualification matches. But looking at my teammates and how much we have gelled, I am convinced that we have what it takes,” midfielder Corazon Aquino noted.Meanwhile, Kanyi has disclosed that the team has invested in a sports psychologist to help them build their mental strength ahead of the two games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets head coach after arriving back to the country from Zambia on Monday, March 26, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- David Ouma has returned as the national women football team head coach and Richard Kanyi, the man who had been holding brief after the tactician left, says he is more than excited to have Ouma back.The former Sofapaka and Posta Rangers tactician led the team to their first ever African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2016 as well as silver in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Women’s Championship before departing for other duties in the federation.last_img read more

Vintage Video: Dutch Dynamite! Check out Johan Cruyff’s best bits

first_imgDutch legend Johan Cruyff has passed away aged 68 after a battle with lung cancer.One of the true footballing greats, the former Barcelona and Ajax hero will rightly be remembered as one of the most gifted innovators of the game, with his famous ‘Cruyff turn’ probably one of the most copied tricks on the modern pitch.Check out the video above to relive some of the best moments of his celebrated career…last_img