Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 12 this year, and anglers are looking forward to spring fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout in the Green Mountain State’s lakes and streams. Until then, eager anglers can capitalize on year-round catch-and-release trout fishing opportunities on nine river sections.The following Vermont river sections are open for year-round trout fishing using artificial lures or flies. All trout caught must be immediately released where they are caught._Black River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the Lovejoy Dam in Springfield._Lamoille River – From the Lake Champlain boundary (top of Peterson Dam in Milton) upstream to the top of the hydroelectric Dam at Fairfax Falls._Lewis Creek – From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the State Prison Hollow Road (TH #3) bridge in Starksboro._Ompompanoosuc River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Union Village Dam in Thetford. _Otter Creek – From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to top of Center Rutland Falls in Rutland._West River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the Townshend Dam (Townshend) to Connecticut River boundary._White River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel._Williams River – From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the top of the dam at Brockway Mills Falls in Rockingham._Winooski River – From the Lake Champlain boundary upstream to the Bolton Dam in Duxbury and Waterbury.“We know anglers are keen to wet a line as early as possible,” said Vermont Director of Fisheries Eric Palmer. “If weather conditions cooperate, these river sections will provide a great opportunity to do some catch-and-release trout fishing with artificials between now and the traditional start of trout season in April.”Vermont is known for excellent fishing opportunities for wild trout, and some of the biggest brown and rainbow trout are caught during early spring in many rivers throughout the state.“Willoughby River steelhead provide a popular spring fishery in the Northeast Kingdom at the Village of Orleans,” said Palmer. “These steelhead are on their spring spawning run from Lake Memphremagog, and they always attract a lot of interest, partly because they can be seen jumping the falls in Orleans.”As an added bonus, Vermont’s catch-and-release bass fishing season in lakes starts the same day as trout season on April 12 and continues through June 13. Only lures and flies may be used, and bass must be immediately released.The Fish & Wildlife Department is cautioning anglers that the use of felt-soled boots or waders in Vermont waters is prohibited in order to prevent the spread of the invasive algae called didymo.Anglers also are reminded to use sinkers that are not made of lead. It is unlawful to use a lead sinker weighing one-half ounce or less while fishing in Vermont. Weighted fly line, lead-core line, downrigger cannonballs, weighted flies, lure, spoons, or jig heads are not prohibited.Planning a Vermont spring fishing trip is easy. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has a 2014 Vermont Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Laws and Guide that includes maps showing lakes and streams as well as fishing access areas and public lands. It also lists the fish species found in each body of water and it includes fishing regulations. Copies are available where fishing licenses are sold, or from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Tel. 802-828-1000. You also can download sections of the publication from their website.The Vermont Outdoor Guides’ Association offers help in locating fishing guides and some overnight facilities on their website (www.VOGA.org(link is external)). Additional help in finding a place to stay overnight can be found at (www.VermontVacation.com(link is external)).Fishing license fees are $25.00 for adult residents, $8.00 for residents 15-17 years of age, $50.00 for adult nonresidents, and $15.00 for nonresidents 15-17 years old. One, three and seven day fishing licenses also are available for nonresidents. Children under age 15 do not need a fishing license in Vermont. Licenses are quickly and easily available on Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com(link is external)) and at agents statewide.Willoughby River steelhead, like this one, provide a popular spring fishery in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Village of Orleans. These fish are on their spring spawning run from Lake Memphremagog during April and May. VTF&W photo by Wayne Laroche
The 6th annual GT-Beer ‘Keep Ya Five Alive’ Futsal Competition will kick-off July 7th at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. According to tournament coordinator Kevin Adonis, “The concept is one that I like it allows a team only one opportunity to play for the prizes and because of this all the teams come well prepared to play at a high level and so the fans are the real winners.”He added, “I am working hard to make this possible and the first prize I have in mind is $600,000 which simply means that $100,000 is being allotted for each year that the tournament has been in existence.”The tournament will comprise 32 teams emanating from the Georgetown, West Demerara, Linden and East Coast Demerara environs. Among the notable teams set to compete are defending champion Gold is Money, losing finalist Future Stars, Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street and Back Circle.On the opening night of the event, Rhythm Stars will oppose Berbice Guinness of the Streets champion Trafalgar,while Broad Street will tackle Agricola.The third fixture will pit Kingston against Swag Entertainment of Linden, while fellow Linden unit NK Ballers will take aim at Sophia. In the final clash of the evening, Leopold Street will match skills with East Coast Demerara giant Melanie.On July 12th, West Demerara champion Showstoppers will oppose Buxton Diamond while East Coast Guinness champion Uprising will lock horns with Guinness of the Streets Linden winners, Silver Bullets.In the third fixture, ESPN of West Demerara battles Beterverwagting (BV). This will be followed by the Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence clash. The fifth fixture will pit Tiger Bay against California Square while Tucville and Sparta Boss will face-off in the final showdown.On July 14th, Upsetters and Albouystown will match skills in the opening clash while Future Stars will tackle Alpha Warriors and Back Circle will oppose Kitty Hustlers.In the final two matches, Dave & Celena All Stars of Linden will engage the formidable Bent Street side while holders Gold is Money will tackle Alexander Village. The official launch of the tournament is expected to be staged shortly.
As Guyana joins the rest of the world in observing Child Protection Week under the theme “Children’s Safety and Security, Our Priority”, the haunting incidents of rape and sexual assault against women and girls continue to trouble this nation. The sad reality of this recently unfolded when a 21-year-old mother of one died following a sexual attack by a minibus driver. So severe were her injuries that a child is now left motherless. In 2015, there were over 230 reports of rape, but only 36 persons were charged. Compounding this actuality is also the fact that there is a stark court backlog on tackling cases of sexual violence.A recent United States Department report on human rights outlined that in Guyana, a high number of rape and sexual assaults are unreported to authorities, citing that this was most likely as a result of fear of stigma, a lack of confidence in authorities, retribution, or further violence.As with any form of violence, sexual violence tears at the fabric of a country’s well-being. However, when the agency responsible for helping victims of rape describes this horrendous crime as mere “deflowering”, the sad unravelled truth of our country’s approach to this crime is evident. “Deflowering” means to deprive (a woman) of her virginity, but is that what rape is? Mere deflowering? The Social Protection Ministry, in its statement on Guyana’s observances for Child Protection Week, stated that “incest and underage sexual activity in childhood (are) also of grave concern to the Childcare & Protection Agency (CPA), an arm of the Ministry. This deflowering of our children must stop.”It is frighteningly obvious that the Social Protection Ministry needs a trained psychologist to educate its staff about the true meaning of rape, particularly child rape, which is not simply “deflowering” even if the victim was virginal. Rape is more than “deflowering”; rape is sexual abuse, a lifelong scar. The Ministry needs to also be enlightened that rape and other forms of sexual assault have traumatic psychological, emotional, physical, social, interpersonal, and financial impact on victims. According to a study conducted by Rape Victims Advocates (RVA), each survivor reacts to sexual assault in their own unique way. Personal style, culture, and context of the survivor’s life may affect these reactions. Some victims may tell others right away what happened, others will wait weeks, months, or even years before discussing the assault, if they ever choose to do so.Earlier this year, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence came in for much criticism after she made some unfortunate remarks and had a casual approach in defence of a man, who was charged for sexual molestation. The Minister, in defence of the man, was quoted by another section of the media as saying, “This is a family issue that has been going on and on and on and on for whatever reason, I can’t tell you, because if I had a brother, even if there was an accusation, this is not how I would go about helping him.”What was rather disappointing is that the alleged molester’s sister further alleged that she told the Minister that her brother needed to be jailed for his involvement, but Lawrence asked her not to pursue such actions.Less than six months later, there is a statement issued by the Ministry the same Minister heads defining rape of children as simply “deflowering”.The Social Protection Ministry is where victims of such a dreadful crime seek refuge not only for their physical well-being but also for justice. As such, if rape/sexual assault victims’ tragedy is seen as mere “deflowering” by this ministry, then where can they truly seek help? This time around, President David Granger needs to do much more than modestly ask the Minister for an explanation.
DONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Today’s Weather: Very mild at dawn with temperatures starting the day at 8C, perhaps a couple of degrees lower along the coasts, where mist and fog may linger into the morning.Generally a dry day with bright sunny spells especially in the afternoon. Temperatures are 5C above average for this time of the year with Donegal seeing the warmest weather today of 15C, or even 16C at times, especially in the south of the county. The warmer weather will continue, according to Met Eireann, though BBC NI reckons it will be cooler for the rest of the week with wetter weather for the North West.IT’S FIFTY-50 Tuesday at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Enjoy a Dexter’s Sharing Platter for Two for just €29.50.2x4oz Irish Burger with Blue Cheese & Onion, Ribs, Breaded Prawns, Spicy Chicken Wings, 2 side orders & BBQ dip!The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. 15C AND (MAINLY) GLORIOUS! THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherMount Errigal HotelTuesday deal