In the coming days, several Police officers patrolling the Georgetown area will be equipped with a specialised radio system that will allow them access to real-time footage from the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in the capital city.This is according to Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas.During a telephone interview with this publication, the Commander explained that these improved and upgraded devices will aid law enforcement officials in responding to reports of any criminal activities in a timelier manner.However, while the devices are limited, they will be given to ranks within the city to use during the Christmas season.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar ThomasAccording to Commander Thomas, these devices are different from the ‘body-cameras’ that policemen and policewomen would usually have. They were developed and procured for a different purpose altogether.Just a few days ago, an announcement was made that there will be an additional 17 CCTV cameras installed country-wide.The high-technology security camera system is expected to support crime prevention efforts by the Joint Services in places such as the highly-congested Stabroek Market area, the crucial Berbice River Bridge and the Lusignan Prison on the lower East Coast Demerara (ECD) among other areas.In a release, the Ministry of Public Telecommunications’ NDMA arm said the 17 new locations will bring the total number of cameras to 119 so far and these have been credited with solving a number of criminal activities around the country.Major (retd) Floyd Levi, Head of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), recently said that the programme is being ramped-up under Safe City Solutions project being carried out in collaboration with the Chinese Government.Huawei Technologies, which is slowly emerging as one of the world’s leading high-technology supplier companies, is leading efforts with the NDMA to execute the US$37.6 million project that would add a crucial electronic surveillance component to help Police fight crime. The NDMA falls under the Ministry of Public Telecommunications.Also, new CCTV systems are being installed at the Berbice River Bridge in Region Five and another at the Palmyra Junction on the lower Corentyne.
Ravichandran Ashwin was pleased with his and India’s performance on the third day as the home team took the upper hand against New Zealand in the first Test in Kanpur on Saturday. (SCORECARD) After going wicketless yesterday, it took Ashwin 16.5 overs to get his first scalp when he trapped Tom Latham leg before for 58, breaking a 124-run stand for the second wicket. (Ravindra Jadeja-Ravichandran Ashwin spin duo dismantle New Zealand to give India edge) Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up his fifth five-wicket haul, then exploited the conditions favourable for spinners to run through the New Zealand batting line-up. “Pleased as punch. We have had a very good Test match here today. We should be happy as a team. They found themselves in a very good position but the rain yesterday was a very good momentum breaker,” Ashwin said in a post-day chat.Ashwin further explained what really wasn’t going India’s way on Day 2. (New Zealand 255/5 to 262 all out: Worst batting capitulations against India) “Nothing really changed. We were creating chances yesterday but the momentum was with them because of the stand; the chances weren’t going our way. Once rain arrived, we had it,” he added. ON LATHAM’S WICKET “I had a shift in my line to Latham this morning and that paid off. I think the first 20 overs, when the ball has gloss, it doesn’t spin much. And then it starts breaking, and it spins, depending on how you handle the seam. It goes soft in the last 10 overs.” HOMEWORK “The Kiwi left-handers play differently: they plonk their feet straight down and not towards covers. I watched that in the videos. So shift in line and angle is very important to them. So, when the ball spins, they are in trouble.” ‘STILL A GOOD WICKET TO BAT ON’ After bundling New Zealand out for 262 after lunch, with the visitors losing their last five wickets for just seven runs, Indian openers did not let the visiting team’s bowlers to settle down. India reached 159/1 at the close of play today, with Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 64 and 50 respectively. The duo has also added 107 runs for the second wicket. “The wicket is not very tough to bat on if you have your footwork going. Our batters batted well, Pujara and Vijay. Rahul too.” It will be another early start tomorrow on Day 4, with 98 overs scheduled to be bowled.advertisement