Drug abuse resistance education effective – Police Commander

first_img…cites lower report of students using drugs in Region 10 schoolsCommander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden LordAlthough Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been identified as one of the leading regions in relation to the highest rates of child sexual abuse and also a “hotspot” for marijuana cultivation, reports of children obtaining and using illicit substances are low.This is according to Commander of E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), Senior Superintendent Linden Lord.He recently told Guyana Times that while alarming reports had surfaced between last year and June 2019 about the prevalence of children being involved in the use of illicit substances at schools, the region is no longer plagued with such high cases.“You might get a report now and then but so far no amount that is alarming or high or frequent. We don’t have the amount of reports coming in,” the Commander said.Commander Lord explained that the possibility exists that a child or even a few may come into contact with marijuana in light of Region 10, specifically Linden, being a well-known area for cannabis cultivation.However, he stated that the police officers in the Division have been doing much work at the school level to ensure that students are properly educated on the harmful effects of using any illicit or illegal substance.“We have the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) programme which we introduced in schools and it is a continuous programme that is still ongoing. So I have persons [Police ranks] who would go to schools and talk to the children as it relates to the effects of using marijuana among other illicit substances. This has been very effective, in my view, and helps the children to become more aware about this topic.”In September 2018, there were major concerns over reports of the growing trend of students using drugs and Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary), Owen Pollard had explained that since 2014, training programmes were developed and coordinated through the Education Ministry’s Schools’ Health and Welfare Unit.These programmes allowed welfare officers to be trained in drug prevention strategies and saw parents being educated on coping skills for dealing with children who have been affected by drug use and children are also being sensitised about the dangers of drug use.At that time, Pollard also said that the Education Ministry had stepped up its surveillance and its education efforts through the establishment of a task force that includes enforcement agencies like the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).Meanwhile, in October 2018, acting Head of CANU, Lesley Ramlall said that in the school system, there has been a decrease in the use of cigarettes, cannabis, cocaine and alcohol by children. However, he had noted that from 2017, there was an increase in the use of synthetic drugs.He had explained that the danger in using synthetic drugs in Guyana is that they are made in makeshift labs under unregulated conditions which affect the consistency of potency in each dose.last_img read more

Power-hitting teenager Marco Luciano gives San Francisco Giants a reason to dream

first_imgPHOENIX — It isn’t the impressive, raw power that’s a sudden surprise at the Giants’ minor league complex in Scottsdale.It isn’t the remarkably quick bat speed, the strong, accurate throwing arm or the ability to handle advanced pitching, either.When the Giants signed Marco Luciano, a gifted shortstop prospect out of the Dominican Republic, they knew all about the tools that would give him a chance to become a major league star. They expected the power, the bat speed and the ability to handle …last_img

SA, Russia sign raft of agreements

first_img27 March 2013 South Africa and Russia moved to cement relations on Tuesday when President Jacob Zuma hosted his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the margins of the fifth BRICS summit in Durban. Nine agreements were signed in the area of education and cooperation in the fields of energy, fisheries, aviation safety, natural resources as well as transport between ministers from both countries in a ceremony that marked the Russian president’s second official visit to South Africa. Russia further pledged to assist South Africans with training on state-of-the art technology to build solar energy plants in South Africa. Zuma singled out the launch of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Centre (MROC) between South Africa’s Denel and Russian Helicopters. The centre carries accreditation to perform maintenance on Russian helicopters types MI-8 and MI-17. Zuma said Denel and Russian Helicopters had been in talks since 2009, and described the launch of MROC as exciting. He said the partnership between the aviation companies was made possible by the Joint Inter-Governmental Committee on Trade and Economic Cooperation between Russia and South Africa. “The facility is here for all Russian helicopters systems operators in the continent and will enable the operators to derive the benefits of Denel’s extensive after-sales support presence across our continent,” Zuma said. A further benefit for other African countries was that, through the deal, Denel-licensed technicians were available to provide on-the-job training, assisting with improved turnaround of aircraft and providing readily available spares. Speaking through an interpreter, Putin noted that intra-trade between South Africa and Russia had increased by 66.3 percent in 2012. In 2011, total trade turnover between South Africa and the Russian Federation increased by 6.42% in 2009, from US$484-million to $517-million. Putin said South Africa remained Russia’s “strategic partner”, and the two would continue to cooperate on international forums like the UN Security Council. Meanwhile, South African Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said a memorandum of understanding on the neutral recognition of academic qualifications and degrees between his department and the Russian government open up a range of new opportunities for students from both countries. “What we did not have before is the mutual recognition of qualifications in these two countries. For instance, if a South African student has a BA (Bachelor of Science) degree, what does that mean in Russia and how do we equalise it . we want to establish equalization and allow equal access for our students,” Nzimande said. The fifth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit officially kicked off on Tuesday evening with an opening ceremony and a banquet hosted by Zuma. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more