A female passenger nabbed with drugs at the Ogle airport on Sunday morning has led to the transfer of a rank of the Police Narcotics Department.According to reports, the female passenger was escorted to the Eugene F Correia International Airport on Sunday by the rank who is allegedly stationed there.The rank then indicated to security at the airport to conduct a search on the woman’s luggage; however, the act caused suspicion by an official.The female passenger was taken into a room by an agent of the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) and the search was conducted during which over one kilo of cocaine was found in her possession.According to officials, a probe was launched as there were suspicions of collusion among the Police ranks stationed at the airport.At the time of the bust, the female passenger was travelling to the Cayman Islands, via Barbados.The Narcotics rank has reportedly been posted to the Tactical Services Unit of the Police Force pending the outcome of the investigation. The female passenger remains in custody.
– links poor infrastructure to increased likelihood of crimeBy Jarryl BryanGuyana has a long road ahead of it when it comes to poverty reduction, with a recent report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) highlighting that poverty remains entrenched. In fact, Guyana has more poverty than the regional average.According to the IDB’s Reformulation, Upgrade and Expansion of Road Network report, compiled under the Adequate Housing and Urban Accessibility Programme, 26.6 per cent of the population were “multi-dimensionally poor”.The Bank compared this with a regional average of 18 per cent. The report, which focused primarily on infrastructure and housing, went into detail about the real cost of housing deficiencies. The IDB noted that these shortfalls are perceived to contribute to crime rates.“In Georgetown, poverty is evident in various measures of the standard of living and housing deficits,” it stated. “Twenty-nine per cent of the population live in overcrowded housing (of) over two people per room.”“Criminality in Georgetown is also high, 33.8 murders per 100,000 people; above the regional average of 26, perceived to be exacerbated by the lack of community facilities and public spaces. Basic infrastructure in new and established housing sites developed incrementally by [Central Housing and Planning Authority] CH&PA,” it added.The report acknowledged the work of the CH&PA, noting that there are programmes enabling housing construction and extensions by upgrading infrastructure, allocation of land and titles. But it noted that much more needs to be done.“Despite the gains made, an estimated 249.5 kilometres of roads and associated drainage still needs to be completed to improve the living conditions of over 32,000 households, according to the CH&PA. Census data shows these deficits occur in non CH&PA villages such as D’Urban area, Industrial Estate and East La Penitence.”The IDB also noted that local Neighbourhood Democratic Councils lack sufficient institutional capacity for long-term site management.It is understood that in June 2012, the IDB approved the operation “Road Network Upgrade and Expansion Programme” for US$69.2 million, following a request from the then People’s Progressive Party Government. The objective of the Multiple Works (MW) Programme was to enhance urban and suburban mobility and safety by reducing vehicle operating costs, travel times and road fatalities.The loan included civil works for primary roads and safety components in the capital Georgetown and surrounding regions. This included proposals to improve transport systems along Georgetown’s Sheriff-Mandela road, the sample project.In September, officials from the CH&PA held a consultation at the Sophia Primary School. The consultation saw the attendance and participation of residents of A and B Fields.The proposed works to be carried out include road construction, upgrades to community grounds and buildings, the installation of street lights, construction of sidewalks and providing subsidies for the construction of core home and home improvement projects.The communities to benefit were Pattensen/Turkeyen (Section B), Turkeyen (Section C and D), Section “C” Cummings Lodge (Cummings Park), Block E Sophia (Farmers group), Block “X” Liliendaal (Section A), Block “F” Sophia, Plum Park and Block “R” Sophia.
“They have to sweeten the deal a little bit,” said Hiroshi Kamide, director of research and game expert at KBC Securities Japan in Tokyo. “The problem with the product so far is that no one has fully understood why it’s so expensive.” In the U.S., Sony also offered the movie “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” as a freebie. (The movies are produced by Sony’s movie studio, and they’re given away as Blu-ray high-definition discs, which the game console can play.) Although Sony officials say PlayStation 3 sales are on track, the machine is still a money-loser for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company. Sony blamed losses in its video game operations for its faltering profits in the October-December quarter, when Sony profits slipped 5 percent to 160 billion yen ($1.3 billion), largely because of PS3 startup costs. Sony said it shipped 1.84 million PS3 machines worldwide through Dec. 31, and is sticking to its earlier target of 6 million PS3 consoles by March 31. TOKYO – Sony is handing out freebies to buyers of its PlayStation 3 as its hefty price appears to be scaring away shoppers. The latest giveaway will take place in Australia, where the gaming console launches March 23. The first 20,000 buyers will receive a copy of the James Bond movie “Casino Royale.” Free downloads of the PS3 game “Gran Turismo” – out since December for U.S. and Japanese PS3 owners – also will be offered in Australia. A PlayStation 3 model with a 60-gigabyte hard drive costs 999.95 Australian dollars ($790). The console costs $600 in the U.S., where it’s been on sale since November. Nintendo Co.’s $250 Wii, which launched about the same time as the PS3, is being snatched up and has been out of stock at some stores. Nintendo sold 3.19 million Wii machines worldwide by the end of the year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!