– Phoenix Recovery Project on a campaign to raise awarenessBy Rennella BourneIn observance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which is celebrated worldwide on June 26, local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Phoenix Recovery Project (PRP), has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of the facility to rehabilitate persons who are victims of drug abuse.According to the PRP, in light of the prevailing drug abuse problem plaguing our society, efforts are being made to raise awareness of the existence of rehabilitation centres across the country for those seeking help.The PRP is the only rehabilitation residential centre that caters to both males and females in Guyana and is located in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.PRP Coordinator Clarence Young told Guyana Times that despite the International Day being observed, the NGO was unable to conduct any programmes that would deter drug abusers. “We had rigorous training with the staff, so unfortunately, we would not be keeping any programme to facilitate the day being observed; however, we are still keeping with the theme, “listen first” that we will apply here. We will use the theme sometime in the … week.”He noted that the Education Ministry had reached out to the rehabilitation centre requesting its partnership at some schools to speak on the topic of drug abuse.According to Young, the PRP opened its doors to the public in 2000, serving approximately 450 persons from then to the present. The PRP has a population of 22 residents – 6 females and 16 males.Young related that the success rate over the years at the rehabilitation centre was between 40 and 60 per cent. He said, “We don’t necessarily view relapse as a failure, because some persons [who relapsed] have fixed themselves up and have become successful.”The coordinator added that the clientele at the PRP usually fluctuated, but the centre remained optimistic towards rehabilitating many other drug abusers. After 17 years of being a drug addict, Sandra, who was known as “Granny” in the streets of Albouystown, is now one of the many recovered drug abusers PRP has produced.For 17 years, Sandra felt the brunt of the effects of the most debilitating substances, which left many persons battered and unchanging.Young told this publication that Sandra was doing excellently and has returned to normalcy. “She has been clean of drugs for eight years now and has become an employee of the same rehabilitation centre.”
Pepe becomes the most expensive African player ever and the fourth most expensive signing in Premier League history after Manchester United pair Paul Pogba (£89 mllion) and Romelu Lukaku (£75m) and Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk (£75m).The forward, who will wear the number 19 shirt, will add firepower to an Arsenal attack that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette score 50 goals between them in all competitions last season.The length of Pepe’s deal at the Emirates Stadium was not announced but is believed to be five years.Arsenal manager Unai Emery said: “Nicolas is a highly rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.“He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”Pepe scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last season and was linked with a host of clubs over the summer including Manchester United and Napoli.He was behind only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe in the Ligue 1 scoring charts as Lille finished second to qualify for the Champions League.“Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me,” he said in an interview on Arsenal’s website, describing himself as quick and a good finisher.“I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.”Pepe said he was looking forward to playing alongside Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.“Of course, these are the players who sprang to mind because I used to watch them when I was at Lille,” he said.“Also, Lacazette used to play for Lyon and so I have had the opportunity to play against him and it will be an honour to play alongside him.”The signing of Pepe follows the arrivals of forward Gabriel Martinelli, the season-long loan of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and the transfer of defender William Saliba — who will spend the 2019/20 campaign back on loan at St Etienne.Arsenal finished a disappointing fifth in the Premier League in Emery’s first season in charge, missing out on Champions League qualification for the third year in a row.Their first match of the Premier League campaign is away at Newcastle on August 11.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal have announced the arrival of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe on a club record feeLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Arsenal announced the signing of winger Nicolas Pepe from French side Lille on Thursday for a club-record fee reported to be £72 million (Sh9bn).The deal for the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international eclipses the £56 million spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018 as the Gunners add another attacking option to their ranks.