first_imgAgents of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are currently grilling five suspects, including a shipper, after a quantity of cocaine was found under his vehicle at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD).According to information received, the drugs were found under the vehicle ofThe suspected cocaine retrieved from under the shipper’s vehicleshipper, Navindra Sarwan, on Monday sometime around 23:00h by CANU ranks.At the time, the vehicle was parked inside the compound of the CJIA CAMEX Bond at Timehri, EBD.It was reported that Sarwan was scheduled to ship ground provision and pumpkins on a cargo flight OJ 258 destined for Canada. After the suspected cocaine was found, Sarwan along with four other males were taken into custody pending investigations.Meanwhile, the drugs were weighted and amounted to over seven kilograms. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

first_imgINSANITY, it is said, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Although widely attributed to Albert Einstein, this saying must have also been uttered by someone watching the Sacramento political scene. When Gray Davis was elected governor nine years ago, the state was suffering from an embarrassment of riches. Capital gains tax proceeds from the dot-com bubble provided first a six-, then a 10- and finally a 12-billion-dollar surplus over three consecutive years. The myopic Davis and his equally shortsighted allies did not understand that this revenue growth was not sustainable. They found ways to not only to spend the entire windfall, but to expand programs so that the state faced a permanent ongoing obligation. When “dot-com” went “dot-bomb,” the state and its taxpayers faced a series of huge deficits – rising to double-digit-billion-dollar shortfalls. This mismanagement of state finances was a major factor in the recall that replaced Davis with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Evidence that demands caution is everywhere. Income-tax receipts – the funding source on which the state most relies – are down over last year. Another bellwether of economic activity, consumer confidence, is down too, due to the return of high gasoline prices and the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. Moody’s estimates that home foreclosures nationally will double this year to 800,000. Many tens of thousands of these will take place in California. And the stock market is erratic. The warnings of shrinking economic growth are clear, and state officials must show vision beyond the end of their noses. Righting the budget ship is not a job for girlie men, and Arnold and the Legislature need to step up now and prepare to cut spending. Why not raise taxes? California already resides firmly in the top 10 in per capita taxation. Piling on more taxes in what is already a high-tax state would further damage the economy as more businesses and jobs flee, ultimately reducing revenues. Spending cuts are the only logical answer. California is generous with taxpayers’ money, ranking in the top 10 in another category, spending per capita. Those who wish to maintain state programs would do better to cut modestly now rather than see the state face magnified hardship and possible insolvency in the future. Part of our annual budget process is the May Revision, which allows the governor and his advisers an opportunity to update their spending plan based on the latest available information. We need a fiscally responsible budget based on actual revenues and realistic estimates of potential growth or decline in tax proceeds. Optimism as an operating principal is not a substitute for prudent judgment – the captain of the Titanic was optimistic that he would set a transatlantic speed record. Better to be honest with the folks now about having to cut back than postpone bad news, as Gray Davis did, and cause even more pain and consternation. Will the governor and lawmakers repeat the insanity of a half-dozen years ago, hoping for a different result? It may not yet be time to call in the men in the white coats to take away the occupants of the Capitol building, but they should keep their nets ready. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Contact him through the organization’s Web site, 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While serving out the remaining three years of Davis’ second term, Schwarzenegger made a good-faith effort to put the state back on a sound financial footing. In fact, although he was unable to completely erase the ongoing structural deficit created by his predecessors’ frat-boy approach to spending, he brought the annual multibillion-dollar obligation down into the low single digits. And he did this without raising taxes. This gave taxpayers hope that with more time in office he could eliminate the structural deficit entirely and re-establish a pay-as-you-go approach to state spending. However, in January the governor released his proposed $143 billion 2007-08 budget – a 9.1 percent spending-plan increase over this year – which appears to be based less on fiscal reality and more on the sunny optimism with which he seems to approach all his tasks and challenges. In February, State Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill revealed the governor’s budget plan would result in expenditures exceeding revenues by $2.6 billion. This would leave the state with a nearly $1 billion deficit instead of the reserve of $2.1 billion the governor hoped for. Worse, this budget would result in an even larger deficit the following year. However, considering more recent developments, this analysis could very well prove to be overly optimistic as well. Indeed, Hill herself now warns that we won’t have to wait until next fiscal year for a larger budget deficit. We will be facing an unanticipated shortfall for the current fiscal year that ends in June. last_img read more

first_imgBut Sead Kolasinac equalised six minutes after half-time and Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal ahead seven minutes after that as the Gunners recorded their 10th successive home win in the Premier League.There were few signs early in the game of the struggle in store for Wenger’s men and such was Arsenal’s command in the first 20 minutes they felt free to pass the ball with all the intensity of a five-a-side training match.Their lack of urgency, however, meant that Arsenal’s only significant efforts on goal in that period came when Per Mertesacker headed an Alexis Sanchez free-kick straight at former Gunners ‘keeper Lukasz Fabianski and Hector Bellerin’s shot was blocked by Federico Fernandez.Perhaps the feeling that it was all too easy was responsible for the error by Laurent Koscielny that led to Swansea taking the lead.As he stepped forward to clear a long diagonal ball from Mike van Der Hoorn, the Frenchman stumbled and then fell, leaving Swansea’s on-loan Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham in possession and in space.Abraham instantly turned and slipped the ball between Bellerin and Mertesacker for Clucas to run onto and roll his shot under Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.– Lethargic –The shock should have roused Arsenal, but they were still lethargic. Mesut Ozil was unable to reach a pass over the defence by Sanchez and Clucas might have had a second goal as a gap suddenly opened up in front of him before he shot just wide of Cech’s right-hand post.Fabianski did not have to make a serious save until the 40th minute, when Sanchez exchanged passes with Nacho Monreal and fired a fierce shot towards the far top corner. Fabianski, though, flung out his right arm to push the ball over the crossbar.Swansea had yet another chance to double their lead when Mertesacker was caught in possession by Jordan Ayew, who advanced and saw his shot saved by Cech at the expense of a corner.Whatever veteran French boss Wenger said at half-time seemed to inspire his players and a more aggressive Arsenal were level six minutes after the break.Alexandre Lacazette forced his way into the Swansea penalty area and both he and Ozil had shots blocked. The ball ran loose to Kolasinac and although Fabianski got a hand to his shot he could not keep it out.If Arsenal expected Swansea to collapse, they were disappointed. They had the ball in the net barely a minute later only for Abraham’s close-range finish to be ruled out for offside.But in the 58th minute Arsenal were ahead. This time Kolasinac was the creator, chesting the ball down and finding Ramsey in an unusual amount of space in the Swansea defence.The Welshman’s first-time left-foot shot was not powerfully struck, but too well-placed for Fabianski to save.Suddenly full of running, Arsenal made chances to extend their lead. Lacazette was inches from connecting with Bellerin’s cross from the right, and Bellerin’s shot at full stretch from Ramsey’s pass sent the ball looping over Fabianski but against the bar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal got off to a strong start in the second half and were rewarded by Kolasinac’s goal just six minutes into second period. PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Arsenal celebrated Arsene Wenger’s 800th Premier League game as manager with a win but only after coming from a goal behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.The Swans went ahead in the 22nd minute when Sam Clucas scored his first goal for the Welsh club since a pre-season transfer from Hull City.last_img read more