Mother decries non-assistance of CC&PA, Police

first_img…full-fledged investigation to determine institution at faultBy Andrew CarmichaelAs the Social Protection Ministry continues to ascertain which entity should take responsibility for a lax response to reports of sexual exploitation of two young females, the mother of the 12-year-old girl who has reportedly gone missing for over five months is calling for the public’s assistance to rescue her.CC&PA Director Ann GreeneReports are that the woman’s daughter is being held by two adult brothers at a location in Berbice. The young lady was held along with a 13-year-old who reportedly escaped.They were said to have been held at a camp, where they were subjected to starvation, sexual assault and other forms of abuse.The mother of the 12-year-old told Guyana Times on Tuesday that the Police in Berbice and the New Amsterdam office of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) were well aware of the issue, but had done nothing to actively pursue the matter. She claimed that she first went to the CC&PA and was turned away, with operatives attached to the Agency reportedly saying that the incident was a Police matter. When the media got wind of the incident on Monday, the Social Protection Ministry requested that it be given one day to pursue efforts to find the missing girl. However, after the story was reported in the press, the Agency embarked on damage control, with a senior official observing that other units involved in protecting children needed to be investigated. These entities are the Probation Office and the Trafficking in Persons Unit in addition to Police.This publication was told that after media operatives began calling the Ministry and the CC&PA for comments on the issue, an official from the Ministry (name withheld) contacted the child’s mother and verbally abused her for speaking with the media. This newspaper contacted the officer, who said that she would return the call, but up to press time, no call was received.Guyana Times was also told that when a female relative called the CC&PA on Tuesday with additional information on the whereabouts of the alleged abductors, the woman was allegedly verbally abused by an official attached to the Agency, who reportedly said that the worried parent “needs to step back and allow the Police to do their job”. The mother of the 12-year-old, however, told the media that the response from the Police has been very slow. She noted that her daughter went missing in June and in a bid to find her, they had placed posters at certain strategic locations in the area.Escaped teen speaks outMeanwhile, the 13-year-old girl, in the presence of two adults, revealed that the ordeal was facilitated by a woman who allegedly moved her from the New Amsterdam Market under the pretext that they were going to collect money that the woman had for the girl’s father. This publication understands that the woman is the mother of the two males who held the girls in captivity.The teen also disclosed that the car stopped at a village along the East Bank of Berbice where one of the woman’s sons was waiting with a motor bike. She alleged that she was forced to get on the bike and was taken to Mara where she was bound and further taken to the camp along the Berbice River where she saw another school friend.The teen added that she was repeatedly raped by one of the men at the camp. She denied that she willingly went into the illegal arrangement with another friend. The underage girl held out that she was indeed kidnapped. Though her father remarked that his daughter was not always truthful, the girl’s mother stressed that she, like the 12-year-old’s mother, felt the Police have similarly let her down in every aspect. The matter was reported to the Prime Minister’s office on the Corentyne, and the woman indicated to this newspaper her hope that the issue would get the attention of senior Government officials.Probe into cracks in the systemMeanwhile, CC&PA Director Ann Greene when contacted for an update on the matter told Guyana Times that investigations are underway to determine what occurred.“I now have my officer investigating, so whether or not it’s really us, Probation or what, I got to find out; I’m doing investigations,” Greene highlighted.Responding to the less than favourable reports of the comments her agency’s staff at the New Amsterdam office made towards relatives of the exploited girls, Greene indicated that a full-fledged investigation would be conducted about the claims.“I will now find out what happened. I have asked my officer to give a report – if they know anything about the matter,” she noted. (Additional reporting by Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

first_imgEAST VALINDA – A man shot to death after an argument was identified Friday as Shawn Rust, 29, of La Puente.Authorities found Rust dead on an East Valinda street about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and discovered two others were injured by gunfire, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Bill Spear.Trouble began when a group of men drove a dark-colored vehicle to a location in the 600 block of South La Seda Road, Spear said.The men began to fight residents at the location, he said.“During the fight, an unknown suspect produced a handgun and began firing into the crowd,” Spear said.The shooter and the men he arrived with took off in the vehicle and fled.In the aftermath, Rust was dead and a woman remained hospitalized Friday with gunshot wounds to her upper torso. A second man suffering superficial wounds was treated and released, deputies said.Deputies identified the injured woman as Ruth Bolieu, 45, and the injured man as Gabriel Bolieu, 27. Jason Kosareff AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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

I DO fancy Barbra Streisand

first_imgWhilst growing up, during our adolescenses, we are all faced with manyburning life questions, that we need to consider, deeply, before we canbridge them and move forward. Can total socialism or capitalism reallywork? Do you believe in God? Are you going to lead your life for yourbenefit or for the benefit of others? Do you, or do you not, fancy BarbraStreisand?This morning, whilst Youtubing Bee Gees videos (have a major Pam Statementsannouncement re the Bee Gees later) I came across the above video of BarbraStreisand and Barry Gibb. I watched it and, whilst doing so, suddenlyrealised that I now fancy Barbra Streisand – BIG TIME.There is no way back. I have been converted. When I was fourteen I owned aone eighth share of a greyhound called ‘Master Butcher’, his pet name was‘Major’. He was trained by Bill Masters, in Albourne, and I used to visithim every weekend with my dad. By the time we had finished stroking,walking, and examining him as if we were greyhound experts, my dad wasalways gasping for a pint and it was traditional for us to abscond to thepub next door. This was before drink-driving was dangerous and the old manwould have one or, more likely, three sharpeners, before merrily driving ushome. When in the pub, it was also traditional, that he would impose half apint of Guinness on me, ignoring my protestations, saying over me ‘You won’tlike it at first but stick with it, son. If you start early you’ll love iteven sooner’. Good system – to be fair. But I actually think that BarbraStreisand is not entirely dissimilar to Guinness, jellied-eels, sprouts, andother such tastes that mature with age. Let me help you…let me set youfree…I know, I know, it’s the nose that’s the issue. The trick is, though, tolook at it as a quirk rather than an affliction. Once you can do this youhave liberated yourself and stepped into an entirely new world of women tofancy; Steffi Graf also included. Just try it. Do that for me.In other news:Pam Statements’ first and most pressing job of the day was to download‘Guilty’, by Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand, onto my Ipod. She openlylaughed at this and I was most put out! I questioned her over this afrontand after a bit of backtracking she gave in and conceded that she DOESin-fact like the Bee Gees. In this confession she actually referred to themas the ‘Gibb Brothers’ but I think we can take that as being damning enoughto go all the way and refer to her as a full on Bee Gees fan, don’t youblog? This will shatter, in an instant, her grunge concert image. But aswith the people I am converting to fancy Barbra Streisand, I am in factsetting her free. Lofty, please go onto the Twitter. Please hashtagPamHerou, BeeGees, and MassiveFan. Also include an immediate link to Pam’sFacebook page. Pam – you’ll thank me for this one day – believe me.John Terry has left the country and Poland is now enjoying the pleasure ofhis company. Seeing as he is highly unlikely to be held at Our Majesty’s‘pleasure’ after his upcoming court case, possibly it could be arranged forhim to lose his passport over there and be replaced in the UK by a nice andpolite, hard-working Polish person? One can only hope!Over-and-out, Ben xlast_img read more