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Speaker Race Crowded

first_imgThe position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives is considered the pinnacle of power in the Legislature. On paper, the position sounds like a politician’s dream job, and with the position vacant after the removal of J. Alex Tyler, many lawmakers have expressed interest in the position.Among them are Deputy Speaker Hans. M. Barchue, Representatives Emmanuel Nuquay, Clarence Massaquoi, Josephine George Francis and Ricks Toweh.The removal of Speaker Tyler on Tuesday marked the second dethronement of a Speaker in a decade (since 2006).Deputy Speaker BarchueReports say the Deputy Speaker, who has been at the rim of the Speakership for over 9 years, has thrown his hat in the race. His support for the removal of Alex Tyler drew a lot of media attention over the past three months.In fact the Deputy Speaker is the most experienced among the contestants, even though he was only elected 2011. His knowledge in accounting and security gave him the advantage for his deputy speakership role. He ran as an independent candidate and his ideas are linked to those of the political leader of Liberty Party, his kinsman, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine.Though he isn’t a close ally of the Chief Executive as compared to contender Rep. Francis, his good and harmonious relationship with his colleagues could compel the Chief Executive to support his quest for the position.Currently, it’s said that the Deputy Speaker controls a little over a quarter, 16 members, of the 49 lawmakers, who affixed their signatures to the resolution that removed J. Alex Tyler Sr. from his position as Speaker. Reps. J. Byron Brown, Mary Karwor and Robertson Siaway ofGrand Bassa and Gertrude Lamin of Gbarpolu are his front-liners.The Deputy Speaker’s interest in the speakership cracked the anti-Tyler bloc, which was referred to as Conscious Lawmakers, with a dozen lawmakers pledging their support to the former House’s Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning Committee, Margibi County District # 5 Representative Emmanuel Nuquay.The Chairman on the House’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Montserrado County District # 5 Representative Thomas Fallah, is his main campaigner.Rep. NuquayRep. Nuquay, among his colleagues, is said to be the richest lawmaker, having been the Chairman of the House’s Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning Committee for seven years, and an influential businessman.Since his dismissal from the Committee in 2014, Rep. Nuquay has been instigating plans to unseat Speaker Tyler. He is considered the most respectable lawmaker that understands the National Budget.He was a member of the Unity Party (UP), under whose ticket he was elected in 2005 but later resigned from the party and became a founding member of the People’s United Party (PUP). He was reelected in 2011.Many believe that with his financial prowess and his attempt to reconcile with the Chief Executive, he may have a chance to get the job as Speaker of the House.Rep. MassaquoiThe pro-Tyler lawmakers are still having ‘secret meetings’ to control the Legislature, hoping to field a candidate to emerge as the Speaker. Between the two favorites, Reps. George Wesseh Blamoh and Clarence Massaquoi, the latter has the edge, owing to his positive working relationship, some of his colleagues said.The pro-Tyler bloc stands at 24 members, after the defection of five lawmakers. This means, holding everything constant, the anti-Tyler bloc also has a good chance to keep the speaker position in their grip.Rep. FrancisUnconfirmed reports say Rep. Francis is the Chief Executive’s choice, and with the current level of cordiality and cooperation between the two branches, the Chief Executive’s way could be upheld.Since 2006, the Chief Executive has always expressed her keen interest in the leadership of the Legislature. In the House of Representatives, the ousting of two Speakers and a President Pro Tempore of the Senate is reported to be the result of adverse rapport with the Chief Executive.It is said that the ‘President has her way and the decision is made by the legislators,’ and it has also been rumored that the same anti-Tyler lawmakers have advised the Chief Executive that Rep. Francis has a ‘very bad bond’ with her colleagues.In spite of the advice from the lawmakers, it is said that the Chief Executive would either insist on Francis, or support either Barchue or Nuquay and have Francis to settle for the Deputy Speaker post.Rep. TowehThe defeated 2011 Speaker contender, Nimba County District # 6 Rep. Toweh, is said to be interested in another stab at the speakership.An unconfirmed report says the Nimba County lawmaker can boast of about 11 lawmakers in his arsenal, including Montserrado County District # 6 Representative Edwin M. Snowe.It is said that Rep. Snowe is supporting Rep. Toweh with a devil’s advocate ideology and would not support any lawmaker who would be eyeing the position in the 54th Legislature.ExtensionCredible reports gathered have it that owing to the passage of the Land Rights Authority Bill and the holding of the Speaker’s election, there would be an extension of an extraordinary sitting. Rule 10 of the House’s Rules and Procedure say that there would be election for Speaker within 60 days.“When the office of the Speaker shall become vacant by reason of removal, death, resignation, inability or other disabilities, the Deputy Speaker shall act as Speaker until a new speaker is elected within 60 days,” the Rule said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minibus driver to face Judge, jury over rape of 14-year-old girl

first_imgAfter being charged in October of 2018 for the rape of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, 41-year-old minibus operator Sherwayne Brant, also known as “Brave”, was on Monday committed to stand in the High Court by Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty.Magistrate McGusty, in handing down her ruling, said that a prima facie case has been made out against Brant.The minibus driver was charged for engaging in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 16 at Plum Park, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, on October 7, 2015.During the Preliminary Inquiry, the prosecution had contended that the teen was a regular passenger in the minibus the accused operated. According to the prosecution, on October 7, 2015, the teen was the lone traveller in the bus when Brant drove the bus to Plum Park, where he committed the act. The teen later told her parents about the incident and a report was made to Police.last_img read more

Health Ministry discusses “AIDS Free” framework with partners

first_imgThe super fast-track framework for ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020 was under discussion on Thursday, when Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton, met with representatives of UNAIDS and the President Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).UNAIDS Country Director, Dr Martin Oditt and PEPFAR Coordinator of the Caribbean Regional Programme, Dr Jennifer Walsh, met with the Minister in his Brickdam office to discuss the framework under the theme “Start Free. Stay Free. AIDS Free.”The framework sets ambitious targets that are critical to reaching both the 90-90-90 targets and supporting countries to control, and ultimately end their AIDS epidemics.Among those targets are reaching and sustaining 95 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV with lifelong HIV treatment by 2018, and reducing the number of new HIV infections among adolescents and young women to less than 100,000 by 2020.The UNAIDS and PEPFAR representatives met with Minister Norton to discuss the adaptation of the framework to the national context with focus on key actions needed in Guyana.This was done in order to help the framework partners ensure that their actions and investments are aligned with the country’s needs and priorities in order to accelerate action and achieve results.Minister Norton said he is in full agreement with the framework, since it has been proven to be effective. He pointed out that the Public Health Ministry will support the implementation of the framework so that every child starts life HIV-free, adolescent girls and young women remain HIV-free and every child, adolescent and adult is given treatment as soon as they are diagnosed with HIV.The Public Health Minister acknowledged that the framework is going to cost the Government more, but it has no intention of shying away from its responsibility of ensuring that the 90-90-90 target is met.last_img read more

Freshwater fishing report

first_imgSAN GABRIEL VALLEY AREA LEGG LAKE: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (626) 575-5526. SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAIN BIG BEAR LAKE: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (909) 866-6260. SILVERWOOD: What’s biting: stripers, trout, catfish, carp; Hot spots: dam, channels (stripers) off the docks, in the coves (trout), by the docks, in the channels (catfish), dam, Miller’s Cove (largemouth), by the docks (carp); Best baits: yellow Power Bait, night crawlers (largemouth), swim baits, night crawlers (stripers), Power Worms, Super Dupers, spinners, night crawlers (trout), spinners, night crawlers (catfish), Berkley minnows (carp); DFG stock: no trout plants until early March; Info: (760) 389-2299 or 389-2303. LAKE GREGORY: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock: April 21, 2007; Info: (909) 338-2233. LOS ANGELES COUNTY CASTAIC: What’s biting: largemouth, stripers, catfish, carp, trout: Hot spots: lagoon, upper lakes (trout), west ramp, ski arm (stripers), lagoon (largemouth), muddy areas (catfish), west ramp (carp); Best baits: anchovies (stripers), a variety of plastics (largemouth), mackerel, anchovies, stink baits (catfish), frozen shad (carp), Power Bait (trout); DFG stock: No trout plants until mid-February due to closure of hatchery; Info: (661) 775-6232, Ext. 1. SANTA BARBARA/VENTURA COUNTY CACHUMA: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: east end; Best baits: needlefish; DFG stock: March 2; Info: (805) 688-4040. CASITAS: What’s biting: bass, trout; Hot spots: Coyote Launch Ramp (bass, trout), in the shallows (crappie); Best baits: Huddleson and Stocker Trout swim baits, jigs, plastic worms (bass), small spinner baits, Power Bait (trout), plastic worms (crappie); DFG stock: March 2; Info: (805) 649-2043, 649-6001, Ext. 1, 7. PIRU: What’s biting: trout, largemouth; Hot spots: the bluffs, Santa Felicia Cove (trout, largemouth); Best baits: Rapalas, needlefish(trout), drop shots, split shots, night crawlers, plastic worms (largemouth); DFG stock: March 2; Info: new fishing hours, 6:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., seven days; Info: (805) 521-1231, (805) 521-1319. RIVERSIDE COUNTY ANGLER’S: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power bait, night crawlers; DFG stocks: Fridays, Saturdays; Info: (951) 927-2614. LAKE SKINNER: What’s biting: stripers, trout, largemouth, catfish; Hot spots: inlet (stripers), ramp No. 2 (trout), boat launch ramp (largemouth), east end (catfish); Best baits: Castaic baits (stripers), swim baits (largemouth), night crawlers, Power Bait (trout), chicken livers (catfish); DFG stock: March 8 (bi-monthly); Info: (951) 926-1505. CORONA LAKE: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: far side of the lake, dam (trout); Best baits: chartreuse Nitro bait doused with corn-flavored Nitro gravy (trout); DFG stock March 1; Info: (951) 277-3321, www.fishinglakes.com DIAMOND VALLEY: What’s biting: bass, trout, stripers, panfish, catfish; Hot spots: 30 ft. to 50 ft. on the points, along the dam, marina, along the shoreline, from the bank, Rock Quarry, Rawson Cove (bass), second point along the shoreline, east end of the marina (trout), east dam, north shore (stripers), saddle dam (panfish), first island on the north shore (catfish); Best baits: Carolina and Texas rigs, Ikas, Senkos, plastics, creature baits, crawdads, swim baits, night crawlers (bass), Kastmasters, Power Bait, Roostertails, shad lures, Berkley Power Worms, Thomas Buoyants, (trout), (stripers) Spro BBZ-1 swimbaits, night crawlers (panfish), pig n’ jigs (catfish); DFG stock: March 1; Info: (951) 926-7201 or www.dvmarina.com FISHERMAN’S RETREAT: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all three lakes; Best baits: Power Bait; DFG stock: March 1; Event: Fishing derby every Saturday after Friday stock, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Info: (909) 795-2411. HEMET: What’s biting: trout, bass; Hot spots: off the shoreline (trout, bass); Best baits: Power Bait (trout), swimbaits, night crawlers (bass); DFG stock: Thursdays (bi-monthly); Info: (951) 659-2680, Ext. 4. PERRIS: What’s biting: largemouth, trout, bluegill, crappie; Hot spots: marina rocks, Sail Cove, docks at the marina (largemouth), lots Nos. 11 and 12 (trout), east end (bluegill, carp); Best baits: night crawlers, crawdads (largemouth), green Power Bait (trout), jigs, green plastics, night crawlers, crawdads (largemouth), mealworms (crappie), marina dock (crappie); DFG stock: March 1; Info: (951) 657-2179 or (909) 648-5640. RANCHO JURUPA: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: front lake; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers, jigs; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (951) 684-7032. DESERT CAHUILLA: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; Stock: March 1; Info: (760) 564-4712. HESPERIA: What’s biting: catfish, trout; Hot spots: north shore (trout), Sandy Point,t he finger (catfish); Best Baits: Power Bait (trout), mackerel, shrimp, mealworms/marshmallow combo (catfish); Event: two tagged fish weekly, worth $100 each; Note: new catch-and-release program, 2-fish limit, must use artificial baits, $7 per person; DFG stock: Mondays and Thursdays; Info: (760) 244-5951. MOJAVE NARROWS: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: Horseshoe Lake, Pelican Lake; Best baits: Power Bait; DFG: March 1; Info: (760) 245-2226. EASTERN SIERRAS LAKE SABRINA: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: night crawlers; DFG stock: March 1; Note: new hours beginning Monday, September 25 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Info: 760-873-7425 or www.lakesabrinaboatlanding.com. CROWLEY LAKE: Fishing closed until Spring Info: 760-935-4301 or www.crowleylakefishcamp.com. CONVICT LAKE: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: inlet; Best Baits: Power Bait, night crawlers, jigs; DFG stock; March 1; Info: 800-992-2260 or www.convictlake.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE DAM: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (626) 334-1065. INLAND VALLEY CUCAMONGA/GUASTI: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (909) 481-4205. GLEN HELEN PARK: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: both lakes; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (909) 887-7540. YUCAIPA: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: top and lower lakes; Best baits: Power Bait; DFG stock: March 1; Info: (909) 790-3127, Ext. 3. center_img PECK ROAD: What’s biting: trout; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait, night crawlers; DFG stock; March 1; Info: (626) 575-5527. PUDDINGSTONE: What’s biting: trout, bass, crappie, bluegill; Hot spots: all over; Best baits: Power Bait (trout), Power Bait, night crawlers (bass), mini-jigs (crappie, bluegill); DFG stock: March 8 (bi-monthly); Info: (909) 599-8411, Ext. 4. last_img read more

Arteta fits the bill for Arsenal manager: Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta (holding trophy) has the qualities to manage the club says former Gunners handler Arsene Wenger © AFP/File / Leon NEALLONDON, United Kingdom, May 17 – Mikel Arteta has “all of the qualities” required to become Arsenal manager, their legendary former handler Arsene Wenger told Bein Sports.The 36-year-old Spaniard — who played 150 matches under Wenger at Arsenal — is imbued with the spirt of the Gunners, added Wenger, although the Frenchman was at pains to say he didn’t wish to influence the board’s decision. Arteta, presently an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at champions Manchester City, is one of several names that have been linked to filling the huge vacuum left after Wenger stepped down following 22 years in charge.“He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club,” said Wenger.“Overall he has the qualities but I don’t want to influence that publicly.“I believe it is important they make their choice in an objective way and after that decision I will support him.”Other names that have been mentioned include Massimiliano Allegri — though he says he would have to be fired to leave Italian champions Juventus — former Chelsea and Real Madrid handler Carlo Ancelotti, who reportedly last month turned down the chance to coach Italy, and Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira.Arsenal — who finished without a trophy last season and failed to qualify for next term’s Champions League — are confident a new manager will be named before the World Cup begins on June 14.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more