Guyana has now entered into an air services agreement with New Zealand, which enables both nations to conduct international air transportation following a mutually crafted framework for operation.The agreement was signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and newly-accredited High Commissioner of New Zealand to Guyana, Anton Ojala.According to the Ministry, this agreement stems from a “joint desire” to widen the opportunities which are presented in international flights. Added to that are “the related parameters that will enhance competitive air transport services, trade, and economic growth”.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and High Commissioner Anton Ojala after signing the Air Services Agreement documentIt was mentioned that the countries have a long history of diplomatic ties, ever since they established relations on September 1, 1974.Last year, Guyana also signed a similar agreement with Ghana, allowing for direct flights and increased connectivity.Meanwhile, airline companies have also been signalling interest in the Guyanese flight markets, while current operators have increased the number of weekly flights to other destinations.Last December, American Airlines commenced operations in Guyana, one of its 19 destinations across South America.At that time, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General Egbert Field took the opportunity to mention that the carrier would advance Guyana’s tourism industry and increase the flight count to the North American continent. For him, bridging those gaps is essential for the country and its economy.Copa Airlines had also announced that it added another flight to its Guyana-Panama route with onward connections effective since December.With approval from the GCAA, Copa operates the additional flight on Fridays, adding to existing flights on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Word was also circulating that Eastern Airline had applied for a chance to operate in Guyana, adding to the increased fleet which depart and arrive on a daily basis.These developments were made around the same time that Guyana stood as the host of the Air Transport Meeting, for the first time, at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.The Air Transport Meeting addressed issues such as harmonising the regional air transport regulatory framework as well as the liberalisation of air cargo through regional and global approaches.
The PS Vita has now launched in Japan, but it appears that the first batch of Vita hardware has some serious issues. Japanese gamers are venting their anger online, and a few videos have started appearing showing exactly what the problem is (watch them below).The main issue is the system freezing, to the point where both the touchscreen and buttons don’t work. It looks as though the only way to reset the machine in this instance is to remove the battery. Otherwise, Sony advices holding down the power button for 20 seconds to do a hard reset, then a further 5 seconds when turning the system back on.There have also been reports of just the touchscreen becoming unresponsive, the Vita not turning on, PSN accounts not being configurable, and even positional data either being wrong or not accessible.There’s a suspicion that Sony knew about the issues before launch because an apology has already been issued via the Japanese PlayStation website (translated). A software update is also available that’s meant to fix many of the problems. We’re not sure how that helps someone with a Vita that won’t turn on though, and a trip back to the store for a replacement may be in order.I’m sure a few Western gamers were upset when they heard a release of the PS Vita wouldn’t happen until February next year in the US and Europe. But if these are the kinds of problem getting solved in Japan, I don’t mind waiting a couple of months and my PS Vita working as expected out the box. More at Engadget