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.
Although average farmland values have increased every year since 1993, recent increases are less pronounced than the 2011-2015 period that recorded significant average farmland value increases in many different regions.Gervais said fewer land transactions in 2018 is consistent with a tight supply of land available for sale and a softening in demand, which is a reflection of farm income levelling off, variable commodity prices and rising borrowing costs.Farm operators need to exercise caution, especially in regions where the growth rate of farmland values significantly exceeded that of farm income in recent years. At the same time, there is still a strong business case for buying more land, but not without carefully weighing the risks and rewards, he said.“There was a strong demand from producers for lower-valued land, which explains part of the average value increase recorded in some regions,” Gervais said. “It’s a strategic investment that can pay off if the operation is able to extract more from that land and improve its overall efficiency.”Advertisement FCC’s Farmland Values Report highlights average changes in farmland values – regionally, provincially and nationally. This year’s report describes changes from January 1 to December 31, 2018, and provides a value range in terms of price per acre. ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – In 2018 the average farmland value in Canada continued its steady climb, was published in a report by Farm Credit Canada, being driven by fewer, but more strategic investments by producers.“With the steady rise in farmland values, producers are making more strategic investments,” according to J.P. Gervais, Chief Agricultural Economist for Farm Credit Canada (FCC). “Whether it means paying a higher price for land that has potential to be more productive or buying in blocks to improve the efficiency of their operations, producers are sharpening their pencils with an eye on variable commodity prices.”The average value of Canadian farmland has increased by 6.6 percent in 2018, following gains of 8.4 percent in 2017 and 7.9 percent in 2016, according to the FCC’s 2018 Farmland Values Report.- Advertisement -In British Columbia, the average farmland value increased by 6.7 percent in 2018, following gains of 2.7 percent in 2017 and 8.2 percent in 2016.Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador were the only provinces that did not see an increase in farmland values. Quebec experienced the highest average increase at 8.3 percent, followed by Saskatchewan and Alberta, both at 7.4 percent, and British Columbia at 6.7 percent. The rest of the provinces were below the national average with Prince Edward Island’s average increase at 4.2 percent, Manitoba at 3.7 percent, Ontario at 3.6 percent and New Brunswick at 1.8 percent.Nova Scotia recorded a decrease of 4.9 percent in average farmland values, while Newfoundland and Labrador did not have enough publicly reported transactions to fully assess farmland values.Advertisement