Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 9th 2014 Contents A37
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
Protesters yesterday shout slogans as they march during a protest against the Spanish government's plan to implement major
restrictions on abortion in Madrid, Spain. The rally was organised yesterday by dozens of women's groups that fight for reproductive
rights. Banner reads, "Do not punish abortion." AP PHOTO
Arguing that too many Jamaicans
are having children they cannot sup-
port, Ruel Reid, an opposition senator,
says it may be necessary to restrict the
number of children people can have.
"China has a one-child policy, and
many years ago, we were encouraging
all of us as Jamaicans that two is better
than too many. I am not opposed to a
mandatory policy for no more than
two children for any male or female
for the next ten years until we resolve
our socio-economic problems," Reid
The senator, who was making his
contribution to the State of the Nation
debate in Gordon House, said Jamaica
could not continue in a situation
where parents are having children and
are unable to support them.
He argued that the dysfunctional
aspect of Jamaica s society was mani-
fested in antisocial behaviour, such as
crime and violence. (Daily Gleaner)
Restrict number of children people can have, says Jamaican senator
Boulder derails train: two dead
Two people were killed in southeastern France
on Saturday morning when a falling boulder de-
railed a tourist train in the southern French Alps.
At least nine were injured. The train was travel-
ling from Nice to the town of Digne-les-Bains on a
line which crosses gorges and viaducts at up to
1,000 m above sea level.
"A rock the size of a car came off the mountain-
side and slammed into the first car of the train,''
Jean Ballester, mayor of nearby Annot, told BFM
Japan-Russia peace talks
over disputed islands
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says ne-
gotiations with Russia are accelerating toward a
long-awaited peace treaty over four islands that
both have claimed since World War II.
Abe is eager to unleash new trade and energy
business with Russia that has been hung up by
the dispute, especially amid Japanese tensions
Abe told reporters yesterday that the pace of
negotiations over the islands since last year "has
been very fast. We want to keep this sense of
speed." Abe met with Russian President Vladimir
Putin at the Sochi Olympics, in their fifth meeting
in a year.
The islands, currently run by Russia, are known
as the Northern Territories in Japan and the
southern Kurils in Russia.
Morocco bans judges' protest
Moroccan authorities banned a sit-in yesterday
by hundreds of judges who want greater inde-
pendence for the judiciary, deploying dozens of
riot police to central Rabat and closing off streets
around the Justice Ministry.
Nearly three years after protests inspired by
the Arab Spring prompted King Mohamed to un-
dertake limited reforms and propelled an Islamist
party to power, his government is now re-assert-
ing its authority in what rights groups describe as
a step backwards. (Reuters)
Stray dog slaughter:
Russian activist held
A Russian animal rights activist was detained
in Moscow yesterday after he and two others
protested the country's policy of killing stray dogs
in Sochi. Three activists had unfurled a banner
near Red Square that read "Bloody Olympics" and
depicted a puppy covered in blood.
A year before the Sochi Olympics, municipal au-
thorities announced a contract to "catch and dis-
pose" of strays. While authorities pledged to give
up the practice, companies have been hired to
continue killing the dogs throughout the games,
which started Friday and end on February 23.
REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS RALLY
NEW YORK---In a major drug bust that
drew little attention just a week before
Philip Seymour Hoffman s death, author-
ities found a sophisticated heroin pack-
aging and distribution operation in an
apartment in the Bronx.
There, workers with coffee grinders,
scoops and scales toiled around the clock
to break down bricks of the drug into thou-
sands of tiny, hit-size baggies, bearing such
stamped brands as "Government Shut-
down" and, in a nod to the Super Bowl,
The seizure of US$8 million worth of
heroin was the result of the latest raid on
heroin mills located behind the doors of
New York homes, which authorities say are
a sign of a well-oiled distribution network
that caters to more mainstream, middle-
and upper-class customers like the Oscar-
Heroin dealers want to find customers
with ready cash "who are going to be with
them until they die," said city Special Nar-
cotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. "That s
Tests are continuing to try to pinpoint
how Hoffman died, but his body was found
with a syringe in his arm and dozens of
packets of heroin nearby. Where he got his
drugs remains uncertain, but the arrests of
drug suspects identified during the inves-
tigation suggest he might have visited a
lower Manhattan apartment building where
a supplier lived.
NYC: America's smack capital
There s no evidence that the Bronx oper-
ation provided any heroin Hoffman might
have bought. But New York has long been
known as America s smack capital, regularly
accounting for about 20 per cent of the
heroin the US Drug Enforcement Admin-
istration seizes every year.
Those seizures have grown by 67 per
cent in the state over the last five years, a
trend Brennan attributes in part to high-
volume heroin mills invisible to most New
Yorkers but capable of churning out hun-
dreds of thousands of packets within days
after a big shipment arrives.
The pipeline starts in Mexico, where car-
tels traffic Colombian-produced heroin by
the kilogram. The wholesalers smuggle the
drugs into the United States concealed in
trucks, through tunnels dug under the
southwest border and, in one recent case,
by moulding and colouring the heroin to
look like coffee beans and shipping it via
UPS to a private postal box in Queens.
In the Northeast, the cartels have increas-
ingly supplied Dominican middlemen who
rely on a business model for heroin mills
that emphasises discipline, quality control
and an absence of violence.
The retailers favour residential settings
in safe neighborhoods as a means of cover.
Raids by Brennan s office and the DEA in
recent years have found them in a newly
renovated apartment in midtown Manhattan
that rented for US$3,800 a month and in
a two-story, red-brick home in the New
York City suburb of Fort Lee, New Jersey.
NYC heroin mills target
• Continued on Page A38
Links Archive February 8th 2014 February 10th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page