Arnett’s Dicoy Williams punishes former club Harbour View in Red Stripe Premier League

first_img Boys’ Town 1 Portmore United 2 FC Reno 0 Montego Bay United 2 Maverley-Hughenden 2 Jamalco 3 Humble Lion 1 Waterhouse 0 Tivoli Gardens 1 UWI FC 2 Arnett Gardens 1 Harbour View 0 Dicoy Williams punished his former club, Harbour View FC, when he scored for Arnett Gardens in a 1-0 victory in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town, St Andrew, yesterday. Williams played a big role as he also marshalled the backline to ensure a clean sheet. He found the winner for Arnett Gardens, popularly named ‘Junglists’, in the 12th minute. “It was a good performance from the team following a loss last week to Humble Lion. We stuck in and came away with the three points,” Williams, who was duly adjudged Man of the Match, told The Gleaner. “It was definitely a big plus for me to score the winning goal. I had said to myself before the game that I have scored many goals in the Premier League and want to continue doing that. My aim is to score at least five goals this season,” the central defender disclosed. Williams transferred from Harbour View, know also as Stars of the East, three seasons ago and holds no grudge against his former club. “Harbour View has done well for me. It wasn’t anything special to score against them. It is a regular game for me,” the 29-year-old pointed out. Arnett won the title two seasons ago, but finished third last season, and Williams said the aim is to win the Premier League again. “The goal is to build a family of players just like we did when we won the title. Last season was not good. We have to focus on team unity and spirit in order to challenge for the championship title,” the former national defender said. With regards to representing the national team again, Williams said: “There is always hope to play for Jamaica.” Arnett’s head coach Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite said his team should have won by a wider margin. “We created numerous goalscoring chances, especially Lennox Russell, who missed three chances, and Damari Deacon, who missed one chance. We played in spurts, but it was an important win,” Waite said. Harbour View’s captain John-Ross Edwards was the best player for his team. The midfielder troubled Arnett with his dribbling and passes. However, striker Ross Burton was ineffective upfront. Yesterday’s Resultslast_img read more

Alvaranga upbeat ahead of Carifta

first_img Training sessions for the 2017 National Carifta age group swim team took place on Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30, then the follow day between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Alvaranga noted that there are eight debutants in the 11-12 boys and girl’s age groups, who will compete on those relay teams. “It’s a balanced team, with strength in very stroke in various age groups, and the mood is very good. “All training sessions have the children bonding and playing, and parents coming together and preparing meals for swimmers. We are all looking forward to a wonderful event,” the coach outlined. He will be joined by fellow coach Matthew Campbell, while the team will be managed by Tastey Blackman. Meanwhile, Jamaica will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling or bettering the eight gold, nine silver and eight bronze (25 medals) achieved at last year’s championships in Martinique. The Jamaicans will start leaving the island shortly, with the first contingentbatch set to depart on Thursday. Rory Alvaranga, national coach of Jamaica’s team to next week’s Carifta Swimming Championships in The Baha-mas, described his team as well-balanced, confident and ready. The 32nd edition of the annual championships will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Easter weekend, beginning on Saturday and climaxing the following Tuesday. This year, a larger contingent of 28 swimmers will represent the country, 17 are local based, while 11 live overseas. “All is well in terms of Jamaica’s Carifta team. I am just looking for everybody to do well and match last year’s medal tally, or better it, and really score a lot of points and medals,” Alvaranga told The Gleaner Saturday, following training sessions held at the National Aquatic Centre. Competitorslast_img read more

“We need to be more liberal” – President on dress codes

first_imgWhile there have been much talk recently about the strict enforcement of dress codes at various state agencies across the country, President David Granger is of the view that the country needs to be more liberal, calling the imposed dress codes “archaic” and “backward”.Speaking on the weekly televised programme The Public Interest on Friday, the Head of State pointed out that while the matter has not engaged government at the legislative level, it is a minor bureaucrat probably promulgating rules that are obviously prejudicial.He noted that if dress codes are causing public nuisance, then it should be remove: “We need to be much more liberal and I am in agreement with serving the public interests first. If the person is clean and decently clad and doesn’t offend public morality, I think the public services should be extended to those persons.”The President explained that it is unknown where such rules originated but noted that they seem quite archaic: “It is my view that some of the requirements in the so called code, they’re certainly not law. It seems to be a bit backward. I don’t think, in 2016, there is need for that sort of restriction; it’s an unnecessary imposition particularly when people have to travel distances to transact business with the government.”President Granger noted that the dress code issue has often been taken to ridiculous extremes. He recalled several complaints from parents in a certain part of the hinterland, who claimed that the children were being told to wear white socks and black shoes to go to school.The Head of State posited that rules such as these pose hindrances to the future of Guyana’s children as well as to the development of the country.“I have been to schools in which an entire class was barefooted, they had no shoes at all. You mean that because of the dress code, those children will be deprived of an education…they can’t afford shoes,” he stressed.He went on to say that since the 1970s, the country started moving towards comfort, especially in allowing females to dress comfortably and in accordance with the weather and what they can afford, while being conscious of the need for decency, of course.Some dress codes in effect at state agencies disallow: tights and short skirts, armless clothing, hair curlers, slippers; and short pants for men and women.While dress codes affect the daily routine of most Guyanese, the matter recently gained traction when a local columnist was denied entry into the National Communications Network (NCN) compound because she was clad in an armless dress, even though the dress code notice made no mention of armless clothing.This is the predicament Guyanese often face when going to conduct business at most government buildings. However, earlier this month the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) had relaxed such imposition.In fact, newly appointed Commissioner Trevor Benn had explained to a local newspaper that he felt it necessary to address the stringent dress code in light of several complaints by persons being denied entry to the agency.“Most of the persons who are coming here are coming to transact business, pay their leases and so on…we must remember too that they are mostly farmers and some would have travelled long distances… For us to then turn them back because they have on an armless shirt, or are in slippers or rain boots would be us denying ourselves that transaction for which they came…we are not going to refuse money. We are right now short/strapped for money, so it would be foolish.” the Commissioner stated.This approach seems to be catching on because the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) about a week later followed suit. Chairman of GRA was quoted earlier this week as saying: “We don’t want the taxpayers to feel as if we are turning our backs on them…and more so if they are coming to pay their revenues.”The GRA was said to be one of the strictest enforcers of dress codes, with dozens of people being turned away for simple things such as cuts on the knee caps of vintage jeans.last_img read more

Miss Liberia USA Contestants Pay Amb. Kemayah Courtesy Visit

first_imgContestants of the Miss Liberia USA 2019 pageant, representing the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Georgia; paid a courtesy call on Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations.Contestants of the just ended 2019 ‘Miss Liberia United States of America (USA) Scholarship Pageant’ are encouraging others to follow their dreams, exhibiting self-discipline and respect throughout their journey.The contestants, representing the States of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and Georgia; also stressed the importance of hard work and passion as drivers of success in the quest to achieve goals and dreams.The contestants expressed the belief that while it is important and noble to serve in the Government, young people should realize that working in the Government is not the only source of making a living. They urged young Liberians to use their gifts and talents to become entrepreneurs and employers themselves.The young Liberian ladies spoke during a courtesy call on Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., Liberia’s Ambassador to the United Nations.During the interactive visit, many of the contestants who indicated that they’ve gone public with their stories to positively impact other young people, tearfully shared their life experiences–how they survived homelessness, sexual abuse and violence, neglect, and lack of confidence and self- esteem.The contestants also shared their dreams and aspirations for Liberia. They envisaged, among others, a country that will experience a change in the minds and attitudes of its people; a more unified people; more investments in infrastructure and the educational development of young people; and a liberated Liberia that is not exploited by outsiders.On their contributions to ensuring a better Liberia in line with their dreams and aspirations, the contestants spoke of initiatives they have taken to support education and tourism; ranging from educational advocacy, distribution of books, uniforms, and desks; to awareness creation on the culture and richness of Liberia in various spaces. One contestant, Vivian Smith, an entrepreneur, spoke of the ongoing construction of a building in Liberia that will explore and enhance the talents of young Liberians.For his part, Amb. Kemayah welcomed the organizers and contestants of the ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’ to the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations; and expressed that he was pleased and honored by their visit.Ambassador Kemayah thanked the organizer of the pageant, the Liberia United Women in Progress, for using the platform to promote young Liberian women in the United States; and bringing out their hidden talents. The Liberian Diplomat encouraged the organizer of the pageant to explore linking the event with the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, which has the mandate to conduct National Miss Liberia Pageants in Liberia.Ambassador Kemayah also encouraged the Liberia United Women in Progress to include undertaking a tangible project in Liberia as part of its Pageant activities, to make it more visible in Liberia.Ambassador Kemayah then assured the contestants that President George Manneh Weah, as Liberia’s Feminist-in-Chief, has an unflinching practical commitment to women and youth empowerment.On their dreams and aspirations for Liberia, the Liberian Envoy assured that the Government under the leadership of President Weah is already making genuine efforts to address huge inherited challenges affecting the economy, the infrastructure, the educational and health sectors, among others.Ambassador Kemayah highlighted that the government’s national development agenda, the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) has at its core, the people; and assured that the Government of President Weah will continue to work to ensure the empowerment of all Liberians.The Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations encouraged the contestants and all Liberians in the Diaspora to join the development drive of President Weah and contribute to addressing the inherited challenges in Liberia. He also encouraged Liberians to speak positively about the country to people they meet and on social media; stressing that such actions would encourage foreigners and investors to develop an interest in Liberia.Following the meeting, Ambassador Kemayah hosted the ‘Miss Liberia United States of America (USA) Scholarship Pageant’ delegation to a dinner.Miss Liberia New York; Nupol Kiazolu, won the 2019 ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’. The 19-year-old is a student at Hampton University in Virginia. She is also a Civil Rights Activist and President of the Greater New York Chapter of Black Lives Matter. She is also the first Liberian to make the ‘Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 Class’, which spotlights extraordinary young women, girls, and femmes making waves in their industries or passions of choice. As part of her reign as Miss Liberia USA, Miss Kiazolu is expected to make a ten-day trip to Liberia.The 2019 ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’ is the 17th edition for the Liberia United Women in Progress, the official organizer of the event. The Head of the Organization, Pageant Director Ms. Renee Wilson explained that the event presents the contestants and winners with exposure and a platform to share and achieve their life’s goals.According to Ms. Wilson, the Pageant also provides the contestants and winners with amazing opportunities to travel and network at all levels—High-level, Middle-level and low-level; creating relevant partnerships to enhance their work.Miss Wilson expressed appreciation to Ambassador Kemayah for the exceptional hospitality accorded her team; and the motivational session which allowed the young women to speak up and share their stories for the young people in Liberia.  She described the exceptional reception received as the first of its kind for the Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant team, in its seventeen (17) years of organizing the pageant.“It was a memorable experience for the contestants; and the generosity you showed us was amazing. I hope to work with you again” Ms. Wilson stressed.The 2019 ‘Miss Liberia USA Scholarship Pageant’ was held on July 26, 2019 in Philadelphia, United States of America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IMF raps Govt’s inability to spend its annual Budget

first_img… as country review unmasks grim economic straitsThe coalition Government has for over two years now, consistently blamed the now Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for the country’s current dismal economic performance but a review completed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has found that the coalition Government is in large part to be blamed for the stagnation as a result of its failure to effectively spend its annual budget.The information was laid bare this past week when the IMF released the findings of its review on Guyana as part of its obligations under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement.According to the findings of the review team, the total expenditure by the David Granger-led coalition, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), increased by 2.8 percentage points of nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The IMF found however that the increase was lower than budgeted due to delays in capital expenditure by the Administration.Such a distressing situation it was that the world decided to turn to turmoil.Real economic activity locally expanded by 3.3 per cent in 2016. This was as a result of subdued agricultural commodity prices, adverse weather and delays in public investment.According to the IMF, the overall non-financial Public Sector deficit widened to 2.9 per cent of GDP in 2016 from 0.2 per cent in 2015. This simply means that the deficit expanded or got larger, or is no longer sustainable.“Despite slower-than-expected economic growth, fiscal revenue increased owing to improvements in tax administration and higher mining royalties.”Growth is projected at 3.5 per cent in 2017, supported by an increase in public investment, continued expansion in the extractive sector, and a recovery in rice production.Again the IMF has pegged its responses on the public investment programmme. Such as problem it is that the Government this past week intervened.Minister of State Joseph Harmon this past week reminded that “assessments, adjustments and achievements in relation to the Public Sector’s work programme was the main focus at this month’s Ministerial Conference as the Government commences preparations for the new budget cycle.”He was at the time speaking at a conference convened at State House, for the heads of government agencies including Permanent Secretaries, Heads of various agencies and high-level technical and financial officers in a bid to assess and review, ministry by Ministry, the status of Public Sector Investments Projects (PSIPs).According to the IMF, Government is woefully behind in its spending.Twelve-month inflation is expected to remain low at around 2.6 per cent by year-end. The fiscal deficit or the national debt is projected to widen up to 7.2 per cent of GDP in 2017, due in part to delay capital spending from 2016.IMF worriedThe macroeconomic outlook is positive for 2017 and the medium-term, according to the IMDF which projects growth for the next year as upping a few marginal points up to 3.5 per cent in 2017, supported by an increase in public investment.The concerns over the Administration’s inability to spend its budget looms. The former Administration has been complaining about the excesses now seemingly validated.The fiscal deficit is projected to widen to 7.2 per cent of GDP in 2017, due in part to delayed capital spending from 2016. The shares of current and capital spending in GDP are projected to increase by 0.6 and 1.8 per cent, respectively.The current account deficit is projected at -3 per cent of GDP, financed by investment inflows and donor-supported investment.Overall, the IMF raps Granger’s Government inability to spend its annual Budget even as country review unmasks grim economic straits.last_img read more

School District 60 approves five year capital plan

first_img“It is our estimate that in the near future we will need two schools to accommodate the growth in our school enrolment,” he admits. “That would probably be requiring one in the northeast and one in the northwest. Those locations would obviously have to be determined down the road.”Boyd confesses that it would be ideal to have the schools replaced immediately, but there is a three year process that needs to be followed as laid out by the ministry.“The reason that the year three shows up with the replacing space is that’s the process the ministry has. We have no choice of where we put it. Obviously our choice would be to have it approved and completed this year,” he says. “It’s a three year process; it’s a repeating three years. If they are not approved this year then next year. They will never be placed below the third year from our ability to designate where it is located.”The plan also has room for mechanical upgrades around schools within the district.Advertisement Secretary Treasurer Doug Boyd announced at last night’s board meeting that the district met the mid-October deadline of submitting how they would pay for the raises for the workers, and the proposal is awaiting approval.“The district was required to come up with a savings plan to meet the compensation requirements for the recently settled template by the government in regards to support staff. We have met that requirement of submitting it by October 15. We now await approval,” he explains. “It has to go through and receive approval from the finance department. Once that approval is there then it will be implemented and we will be proceeding with our agreement with CUPE.”The 3.5 per cent raises the workers will see will be phased in over a two year period. The first raise will see an approximate total of $235,000 paid to support staff. That figure will increase to $435,000 in the second year.- Advertisement -School District 60 is also looking for eight new buses and two new schools as part of a five year capital plan. Boyd says buses typically reach their full usability after 12 years and he hopes to have new buses for the new year.“Our buses year out around the 12th year, so this is our stage each year of putting in a request. That is basically being requested for this current year,” he states. “When I say the current year, it would be something that would be approved hopefully prior to Christmas and we would be able to get them in order for the early part of the new year in 2014.”The capital plan also contains the desire for two replacement schools and a new school. Boyd says the replacement schools would be for CharlieLake and École Central Elementary.Advertisement The ongoing transportation issue remains unchanged. The district is struggling with how to fund transportation for students following a $541,000 cut in transportation funding. At the time the funding was cut the district was already running more than $200,000 over budget. Efforts continue on behalf of the district to try and establish a meeting with MLA Pat Pimm as per his election promise that fees would not occur if he was re-elected.last_img read more

England captain Gerrard announces retirement from international football

first_imgEngland captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.The Liverpool midfielder made his debut for the Three Lions in 2000, in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley, and went on to play 114 times for his country, scoring 21 times in the process.Gerrard has been handed a a high profile ambassadorial role with the FA, and will continue to play for the Reds.“I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again,” he said. “However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward. “I’d like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey.“I’d also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England managers I’ve played under to the staff at The FA and, of course, all the players I’ve been fortunate to play alongside. “In particular, the supporters have been amazing, not least in Brazil when they got behind the team despite the disappointing results. “I’d especially like to thank Roy [Hodgson], firstly for giving me the captaincy permanently when he took the job, making me the proudest man in the country and allowing me to fulfil my childhood dream. “He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard. “This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point. “Most importantly, Brendan [Rodgers] has been fantastic and obviously I have to look after my body as much as possible to ensure I can give everything when I take to the field. “To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool I believe this is the right decision, and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision.” England manager Roy Hodgson said: “While I’m disappointed in the decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the incredible service he has given to his country. “I must respect his wishes due to the discussions we have had and the amount of thought and consideration he himself has given it. “He is an incredible man and a fantastic footballer who we have all been blessed to see in an England shirt so often. It is never by coincidence that people reach such a staggering figure as 114 caps, it is a mark of his wonderful talent allied to a huge drive and determination to live up to the highest standard. “He is not only a player to bring crowds to their feet with moments of brilliance; he was a tremendous captain and an exceptional role model for everyone who was fortunate to come into contact with him. We shall miss his leadership qualities as we look ahead to the qualification campaign with a youthful group of players. “I wish him all the best in the future, although I know I can count on his continued support and influence as a helpful presence moving forward.”last_img read more

Southampton turned down day off to do extra training, reveals Fonte

first_img1 Southampton captain Jose Fonte has revealed the players turned down Ronald’s Koeman’s offer of a day off this week to instead concentrate on training.The high-flying south coast club made it five wins in a row with victory against Arsenal at the Emirates in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night – but the entire squad attended training the next day on their scheduled break.And, Fonte has admitted that the extra day of preparation has benefitted the squad ahead of Queen’s Park Rangers’ visit to St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.“Obviously, you are very happy at winning the game, and possibly you would think: ‘Okay, we need a rest’,” the centre-back said.“But we decided as a team, and as a group, that it’s more important to accelerate the regeneration process, so when it comes to Saturday we give ourselves the best chance to win the game, which is going to be a massive game for us, so we can keep the momentum going.”“I spoke with Morgan [Schneiderlin], with Kelvin [Davis], with the more senior players, and we decided together that it would be better to come in the next day, because we want to win Saturday.“Then we spoke with the manager and the manager said: ‘Yes, okay, that’s good’.” Southampton captain Jose Fonte last_img read more

Parsons lifts CMS to win

first_img With conference momentum on the line and the energy of one of Southern California’s more unique rivalries swirling at Claremont McKenna College, Parsons put the Stags on his back and led CMS to a 56-42 win over Pomona-Pitzer before a crowd of 1,396. Parsons, the reigning Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference male athlete of the week, scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line. He also turned in seven rebounds in a victory that gave the Stags (9-5, 3-0) their fifth win in their last six games. CLAREMONT – The rowdy Claremont-Mudd-Scripps following at Ducey Gymnasium on Wednesday followed seemingly every basket from John Parson with chants of “MVP.” It’s hard for everyone to argue at this point. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “It’s too early to tell,” Stags coach Ken Scalmanini said of the crowd’s MVP chants. “But John’s important to what we do, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up (the MVP) at the end of the year.” CMS had a 26-22 lead at the half over two-time defending SCIAC champion Pomona-Pitzer (8-6, 2-1), and the Stags stepped on the gas in the final period. Emaniel Maceira finished with 11 points and Miles Taylor added five assists and nine rebounds, including eight on defense, to keep the ball away from a much taller Sagehens team. Pomona-Pitzer turned a double-digit CMS advantage into a nine-point game when David Knowles hit one of his three three-pointers with 1:49 left. But the Stags put the ball in the hands of Parsons, who hit five of his last six foul shots, and Pomona-Pitzer didn’t hit another field goal in snapping a five-game winning streak. Afterward, Parsons said dropping the Sagehens and giving his team a 3-0 start in a tough conference meant more than the crowd’s “MVP” chants. center_img “The crowd’s the crowd,” said Parsons, who notched a triple-double in a win over Redlands last week. “I don’t really think about (the MVP). I’m thinking about winning a SCIAC championship.” Defense like the Stags played on Wednesday could make that dream a reality. CMS held Pomona-Pitzer to 39 percent shooting from the field (16-of-41), the Stags grabbed 22 defensive rebounds and the Sagehens’ go-to players never really got going. Knowles scored 15 points, Ed Wexler-Beron collected 12 and the reigning SCIAC Player of the Year, Alexander Lloyd, finished with five. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cheney backing Bilbray for seat

first_imgThe vice president said 250,000 Iraqi forces have been trained by U.S. troops. “As those forces gain strength and experience and as the political process advances, we will be able to decrease troop levels without decreasing our capacity,” Cheney said. “As always, decisions about troop levels will be driven by conditions on the ground and the judgments of our military commanders and not by artificial timelines set by politicians in Washington, D.C.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – Vice President Dick Cheney jetted into San Diego to boost the political fortunes and the campaign war chest of congressional hopeful Brian Bilbray, a Republican locked in a tight battle for what normally is a safe GOP seat. Cheney’s appearance Tuesday, at the end of a two-day fundraising tour through California, underscored the importance of the 50th Congressional District seat, left vacant by the scandal that sent former Republican Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham to prison. An upset victory by Francine Busby in the June 6 special election runoff for the seat would give Democrats a boost as they head into the fall election and look to wrest power in the closely divided House. “Right now, the eyes of the nation are on the 50th District of California,” Cheney said. “We will continue making progress for the American people and it’s vital we have strong partners in that effort like Brian Bilbray in Congress.” The $2,100-a-plate luncheon raised more than $200,000 for Bilbray’s campaign in a race that has already cost candidates and party committees more than $10 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBusby, who has campaigned for energy-policy reform as gas prices have spiked, criticized Bilbray for appearing with Cheney. “While Cheney is here raising money, Bilbray should stand up for consumers and demand answers from the vice president,” Busby said before the event. Cheney was joined on the dais by San Diego-area Republicans including Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista; Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon; and former Gov. Pete Wilson – all part of a Southern California GOP establishment that has endorsed Bilbray to replace Cunningham. Cunningham resigned in November amid a corruption and bribery scandal. He pleaded guilty to accepting more than $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors and was sentenced in March to more than eight years in federal prison. About two dozen protesters, some waving rainbow-colored flags emblazoned with the word “Peace,” lined the road leading to the Sheraton hotel where Cheney spoke. Before heading to the Bilbray event, Cheney spoke from the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to 3,000 Marines and sailors at Naval Station San Diego. last_img read more