BOYS Class 3 100m Hurdles 1. Simon Roberts JC 15.15 secs. 2. Robert Graham JC 15.29 3. Nicholas Blossom JC 15.30 Class 2 110m hurdles 1. Trezequet James JC 14.60 secs 2. Tajimar Miller JC 15.20 3. Qwayne Johnson JC 15.66 Class 1 800m 1. Damon Boyd KC 1:59.12 2. Colin Rowe KC 1:59.80 3. Davarine Eauchope JC 2:00.00 Class 2 800m 1. Tarese Rhoden KC 2:02.39 2. Jaharie Taylor Wol 2:06.65 3. Christopher Humphrey EdA 2:08.18 GIRLS Class 1 discus 1. Gabrielle Bailey St Jago 44.25m 2. Avery Pryce Vere 43.97m 3. Shakera Stennett St Jago 41.70m KINGSTON College’s Aryamana Rodgers and Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen High produced the outstanding results on the track at yesterday’s 24th staging of the JC-Danny Williams Purewater Development meet at Jamaica College. Running in the second track event of the day, the boys’ open 5000 metres, Rodgers won in a very fast 15 minutes 25.96 seconds. His teammate, Shane Buchanan, clocked 15:33.04 for second while Jamaica College’s Dethroy Stewart was third in 17:06.72. Davis who took the sprint double in Class Three at last year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, gave an early indication that she would be the one to beat once again with a fast 11.84 seconds to win her 100 metres heat. It was, overall, a good day for Edwin Allen’s girls. Tiana Clayton topped the Class Four 100m in 12.12 ahead of St Jago High’s Brianna Lyston, 12.27. Clayton’s teammate, Serena Cole, was third overall in 12.40. Edwin Allen’s Gabrielle McDonald had a double victory in Class One. She was fastest in the 100m in 11.78 and also topped the 100m hurdles with 14.37 seconds. Holmwood Technical’s Shaunette Allison, Michae Harriott, and Britney Campbell also had good wins. Allison won the Class Two 100m hurdles in an impressive 13.83 seconds. Harriot was best in Class Two 100m in 11.79, and Campbell led the way in the Class Two 800m in 2:18.60. Selected results
The National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) conducted a National Drug Prevalence Survey among secondary school students in Guyana, which concluded that 40 per cent of teenagers are unaware of the risks associated with drug use.One of the drug awareness sessions hosted by NANA in Sophia in collaboration with Social Life Issues, Guyana Police Force – Narcotics Branch and the Education Ministry – Health Promotions UnitAlthough the survey was conducted six years ago, NANA said in a statement to the media on Monday that substance abuse in on the increase, especially with the sale of ecstasy in schools across the various administrative regions.“In addition to the use of ecstasy, it was discovered that the use of alcohol among young children is a very prevalent occurrence despite laws governing the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years old,” NANA explained.To curb this situation, the agency said it has been collaborating with key stakeholders to spread awareness to the youths about the impact that substance abuse and early initiation into substance use can have on their bodies and lives.According to NANA, since its establishment and launching in 2017, the agency has been advancing initiatives set forth in the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020 which outlines the need for drug prevention programmes targeting youths in schools and communities.NANA has also been collaborating with the Guyana Police Force – Narcotics Branch, Customs Anti-Narcotics Agency (CANU), the Ministry of Education’s Health Promotions Unit and NGO partners such as Social Life Issues to engage young people at various youth camps across Georgetown, including the Sophia community.In addition, the agency said it has also taken its message of a “drug-free and healthy lifestyle” to young people of the Malteenoes and Demerara Cricket Clubs.The narcotics agency noted that it is cognisant of the fact that a key factor in reducing the demand for drugs within the society is to target young people and to equip them with the tools and skills needed.As such, the agency said it is keen on focusing on the promotion of sports and other extra-curricular activities to positively engage our youths and to promote healthy communities.A recent survey conducted in various parts of the country by the Public Health Ministry had discovered that new substances are being abused by youths at a rapid pace.Project Director at the Drug Demand Reduction Services arm of the Ministry, Sylvia Cort told the media last month that from an exercise in Essequibo Coast, lots of reports were forwarded that more young people are misusing substances, while at the same time pointing out that there are some new substances that are on the market.In fact, she said there are reports of persons even “sniffing” gasoline. “We know they are misusing prescription drugs…they are misusing solvents; some young people are even sniffing gasoline. So there is an upsurge. There is also an upsurge in them using ecstasy and there is a new one on the market, Malay I think is one.”This new drug, she noted, is a “night club” substance which is generally added to drinks. Cort said it disturbs a person’s thought process, meaning that a drugged person will be unconscious of their actions.
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