…as blame game continuesAs the blame game continues as to who is responsible for rescuing the 12-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted and taken to a “ganja” farm along the Berbice River, Police have been dispatched to the area.CC&PA Director Ann GreeneSocial Protection Minister Amna AllyThe story of the missing teen came to light after several sections of the media reported her mother’s plight in finding her. For months, the mother had been engaging the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) and the Police in a bid to find her daughter, but to no avail.On Wednesday after media reports surfaced, the mother said that she was informed that efforts are being made to rescue the teen. She, however, added that no offers were made to take along a close family member for the search.According to the woman, she went to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) during the day and at 16:00h she was told to return later in the evening for an update, but when she returned, the Police Station was closed and a padlock was on the door.Meanwhile, the CC&PA said that while it received reports of the missing girl, the mother was sent to make a Police report since it was the Police’s job to find the child.CC&PA Director Ann Greene, when contacted for an update on the matter, told Guyana Times that investigations were 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.The mother of the missing teen told this publication on Tuesday that the Police in Berbice and the New Amsterdam office of the 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 told 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.Reports 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.Meanwhile, the 13-year-old girl, who was rescued spoke with Guyana Times in the presence of two adults. She 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.
Article by Charles HelmKris Swanson has indicated he will be back for the 10th Emperor’s Challenge (35 kilometres south of Tumbler Ridge) on August 9th. Swanson won the race eight times in a row until 2007, when he was pipped by the then Canadian Marathon Champion Steve Osaduik.For most participants with a modicum of fitness the Emperor’s Challenge, although billed as the world’s toughest and most beautiful half marathon, is quite easily doable (through running or walking) in the allotted five hours. For the front runners it is another story. Last year both Osaduik and Swanson broke the previous record by minutes, and Osaduik’s comments make for riveting reading:Advertisement – Advertisement -“The first six kilometers is thought to be the hardest but it is the last fourteen that stays in your legs for a good week and forces you to do the crab walk up and down stairs. This is the toughest race I have ever run by far, nothing I have ever run even begins to enter the ball park. I have never walked during a race but four kilometres into this one I was forced to and several other times later. My quads burned, and my back ached from being bent over for four kilometres. I was soaked from falling several times in the creek we had to follow to the summit. I slammed so hard on one fall that I busted my watch off my wrist but didn’t feel it or notice till I tried to check my time at the 5 km mark and it wasn’t there.“In the end it was a good battle back and forth for most of the race and in my estimation the most difficult race I have ever run, so I am hoping that I can draw from that experience the next time I go through a rough spot in a race and shake my head and suck it up and pick it up, because I don’t think I will ever hurt like that again until the next time I run the Emperor’s Challenge.”Thanks to co-operation between the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society’s race organizing committee and the Peace River Coal mine, the Emperor’s Challenge got even tougher in 2006 (and a lot more beautiful) with the introduction of the Mathews Gully Route. The result was a new route and a new feel. The foot-bridge across Babcock Creek and short forested trail section give a different introduction to the race, then getting up the base of the steep walled gully is a controversially acclaimed experience, with the babbling creek possibly taking the athletes’ minds off the pain of the ascent. The scenery gets better and better during the gruelling three kilometers of ascent (800 meters vertical gain) providing a balm for tired and aching muscles. From the summit on it is “easy”: fourteen kilometres of mostly downhill running to the finish, with magnificent views of the Rockies in runners’ and walkers’ faces.There was a record field of just under 300 in 2007, and indications from early registrations are that another bumper field can be expected. The oldest competitor in the history of the race, 83 year old Art Nolan, is reputed to be returning with a bunch of his friends from Watson Lake. A number of international entries from as far away as England have also been received.In 2008 ten athletes are in line to receive a special award for having completed all ten races. Kids are catered to through tough races of their own, of exactly one fifth or one tenth the adult distance. A festive atmosphere prevails at the Core Lodge, which is the hub of the race, with a marquee, massages, refreshments, awards ceremony and much more. The event is spectator-friendly, and telescopes are trained on the summit to see who crests it first.There is nothing else quite like the Emperor’s Challenge anywhere. The race motto is to run with the goats, cruise with the caribou, trot with the ptarmigan, and to RISE TO THE CHALLENGE. Further information is available at www.emperorschallenge.com and registration can also be done on-line through the Running Room: www.runningroom.ca .
It would extend TransCanada’s existing Groundbirch pipeline, located about 35 km southwest of FortSt. John, to about 187 km northwest of the city. It will also link up with a separate $5 billion TransCanada pipeline being built to connect northeast B.C. gas with the Progress Energy liquefied natural gas export terminal planned for Prince Rupert, Pacific Northwest LNG.The National Energy Board has $250,000 available for people who are directly affected or have relevant information or expertise to review and comment on the project’s application. For more information on how to apply, click here. The NEB says applications should be submitted as soon as possible.- Advertisement –