…say forced to intermittently halt operationsMining syndicates in Puruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) are being forced to suspend their operations at various intervals owing to the nearly impassable roads in the area. They told reporters on Tuesday that the Public Infrastructure Ministry and by extension, the Government must rectify the problem, so they can earn a livelihood without hindrance.Scenes from the Puruni road in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni)The Body’s President Cheryl Williams told the gathering that she has been incurring losses along with her fellow miners and noted that she too was forced to suspend her operations, saying that others were also forced to suspend mining. It was explained that the road was “neglected” for over one year and that it has deteriorated over the past several months. In some cases, she noted, persons have been injured.“The appalling condition of the road affects miners significantly as most miners struggle to transport supplies to keep their operations afloat. Last December, a miner travelling to Puruni was forced to exit his vehicle to walk a portion of the road as the vehicle was wrecked. During that process, the miner suffered a broken leg and was transported to Bartica and then to Georgetown for medical attention,” Williams recalled.She further explained that while individuals would pay $15,000 to travel by road or $20,000 by water, the prices heighten as the roads worsen.“The trucks that going in would charge $300,000 to $1,000,000 to get in when the road is bad and you take four to five days just to reach Puruni…we are pleading with the Government, the Ministry of Infrastructure, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission to fix the Puruni road and rid miners of the trials currently faced to accessing mining areas,” she noted.Williams met with operatives of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and Natural Resources Ministry, the latter of which promised to address the road. She added that the roads are always being discussed at the level of the GGMC.Another miner, Dana Jones is, however, calling for a full investigation and immediate action into the conditions. “We’re calling for an investigation from the national standpoint because we are miners but human beings as well – we are not dogs,” she stressed.Another miner observed that the sector is a significant contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The miners have also highlighted the risks involved in using the river to reach their destinations as opposed to land travel.In images released in the media, some trucks were virtually buried in muddy lakes within the roads and had to be pulled out by other trucks. This is a very risky and life-threating situation which has resulted in injuries to some, the Body said. The Puruni road runs from Itaballi through Papishpou and is said to be the only entrance and exit to various sections of Region Seven.
Curreri said the suspect put a bag or cloth over the girl’s head when he snatched her off the street. He then drove her to a house, carried her inside and sexually assaulted her. Then he made her take a shower. “After sexually assaulting her, he dropped her off at the 7-Eleven,” Curreri said. “At 7 years old, she had no money and did not know how to use a pay phone so she walked to the first open door she saw, which is the Gold Cadillac bar. Patrons within the bar saw the girl, took care of her and called police.” The suspect is described as a Latino with white hair, mustache and eyebrows, 40-50 years old, about 5-feet-7 and 140-150 pounds. He was wearing brown pants and a green shirt and driving a black, four-door pickup truck with a gray interior and a yellow tag dangling from the rearview mirror, police said. “We’re looking for someone who is a pedophile,” said Detective Jim Alvarado. “Our advice to parents is you have to monitor your children at all times. It happens so quickly.” Police said the girl was examined at a local hospital and was in good spirits, despite the ordeal. “She’s very resilient, very articulate,” Alvarado said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Police sought the public’s help Wednesday in finding the man who kidnapped a 7-year-old girl from her neighborhood and sexually assaulted her before leaving her near a local tavern. “At this time, there are no witnesses,” said Capt. Joe Curreri of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Devonshire Division. “We’re asking the public to bring this menace to society in.” The girl was found about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in front of the Gold Cadillac bar on Roscoe Boulevard, more than six hours after she’d been abducted while playing outside with friends in the 20000 block of Michale Street, officials said. When the other youngsters went home, the girl stayed outside by herself. When she failed to return home about 5:30 p.m., her parents called police. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Authorities said they did not issue an Amber Alert because they didn’t know she had been abducted. Gold Cadillac bartender Megan Roncone said the little girl was polite and did not seem afraid or shaken. But Roncone and bar patrons were concerned that the child’s hair was wet and she wore no shoes. Authorities later said she had been sexually assaulted during her abduction. The girl stayed at the bar where she was fed a hot dog and milk while police were called. “I think it’s cool she’s with her mom and dad,” Roncone said. “She’s a great little girl, smart as can be.”