Increased Focus on Special Education Intervention Urged

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, has cited the need for increased focus on the delivery of special education to children in need of this intervention, at the earliest stage possible. “The task of special education has, regrettably, by my observation, not been given sufficient attention by the educational managers of this country; and that is a statement of regret and, at the same time, a stimulus for a change of attitude,” he said, while addressing the 4th Mico University College Child Assessment and Research in Education (CARE) biennial conference, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Thursday (October 4), The conference was held under the theme: ‘Excellence in Education for all our children through Early Stimulation, Identification and Intervention’. Rev. Thwaites informed that almost 30 per cent of Jamaica’s students range from “mild to serious” on the spectrum of educational deficiency, noting that “Jamaica has a higher percentage of students in need of special education than many other countries with which we compare ourselves”. This development, he lamented, could, ultimately stymie their development and advancement. In light of this, Rev. Thwaites underscored the conference’s relevance and importance in engaging specialists to share best practices in diagnostic and therapeutic services, for students in need of these interventions. He encouraged the participants to focus, particularly, on the early childhood cohort to ensure that existing and potential challenges are identified, diagnosed and corrected at the earliest possible opportunity. “Reflect on how it is, we can, within existing resources…engage our teachers in ensuring that our little children are diagnosed and referred, when necessary, for treatment,” he urged. Mr. Thwaites said the CARE Centre is the leading public educational institution, catering to children requiring special education, through its intervention mechanisms. In this regard, he stressed the need for the facility’s services to be replicated islandwide to ensure that these can be accessed by a wider cross-section of persons. “The cry from the country side is that the students who need the services of MICO Care, because of the volume, have to wait a long time. And that, in many instances, the aggravation of the disability is acute because of the time it takes, not only to be diagnosed, but also for the appropriate therapy to be arranged,” he lamented, hence the need for greater access by more persons. The Mico University College CARE Centre was established in 1981 to meet the needs of children requiring special education in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean. The Centre is a collaborative initiative between the Governments of Jamaica and the Netherlands. The facility is currently funded by the Jamaican Government. RelatedIncreased Focus on Special Education Intervention Urged RelatedIncreased Focus on Special Education Intervention Urged Advertisementscenter_img RelatedIncreased Focus on Special Education Intervention Urged Increased Focus on Special Education Intervention Urged EducationOctober 8, 2012last_img read more

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Semi Tough

first_imgThe Major Match Play Championship is down to some gut-wrenching semifinal choices. GolfChannel.com’s quest to identify the greatest major championship ever played continues with online voting deciding which majors will advance to the finals. The 1986 Masters, our No. 1 seed, rolled into the semis in the biggest rout of the second round, advancing with a whopping 75 percent of the vote over the 1960 U.S. Open. The 1997 Masters, Tiger Woods’ runaway first major championship triumph, survived a tough quarterfinal match, beating out Francis Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open victory with 52 percent of the vote. For Woods’ fans, the semifinals offer another tough choice. A week after the Woods 2008 U.S. Open title defeated his 2000 U.S. Open victory, there’s another Woods vs. Woods battle. The semifinal matchup of Tiger’s ’97 Masters victory vs. his ’08 U.S. Open victory guarantees one of his titles will make it into the final match. • Week 2 results and voting percentages • Week 3 voting: Vote now! • Process for determining our 16 majors • Major championship photo gallery Here are this week’s semifinal matchups: • 1986 Masters vs. 1977 British Open (Watch Rex Hoggard’s video analysis) Nicklaus’ last major championship victory, the most emotional and unexpected of his record 18 major titles, will be looking to advance to meet a Tiger title in the finals. To get there, the ’86 Masters will have to beat the ’77 British Open, where Nicklaus played a major role in Tom Watson’s “Duel in the Sun” victory at Turnberry. Watson defeated Nicklaus in head-to-head pairings on Saturday and Sunday at Turnberry. Watson won the championship by a stroke, shooting 65-65 on the weekend to beat Nicklaus, who shot 65-66. • 1997 Masters vs. 2008 U.S. Open (Watch Rex Hoggard’s video analysis) Tough call here. What made for a greater major? Woods at his most dominant in his four titles at Augusta National? Or Woods at his grittiest, showing his most resolve at Torrey Pines? Woods made his first major championship victory at the ’97 Masters look like a coronation. He amazed peers and fans alike with his 12-shot rout. In his ’08 U.S. Open victory, Woods seemed to amaze even himself at Torrey Pines. He looked at the trophy after limping and grimacing his way to victory on a fractured tibia and torn knee ligament and said he wasn’t sure how he managed to endure over 91 holes, beating Rocco Mediate in a Monday playoff that went an extra hole.last_img read more

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Red-hot Ice battle Blazers

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Bertolucci, who will represent B.C. at the Canada Games next month in Halifax, leads the Kootenay Ice back into action as the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League resumes play following the Christmas break.Bertolucci and the rest of the Ice play host to the Thompson Blazers Saturday and Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Ice has been on fire of late, undefeated in four games.Leading the Ice is Nelson’s Dryden Hunt and Bertolucci. Hunt leads Kootenay in scoring with nine goals and 19 assists.Bertolucci, scoring for Team B.C. during an exhibition game during the holiday break, is right behind with 10 goals and 17 assists.Kootenay currently sits in tenth spot in the 11-team league with 5-13-6 record, but is only eight points out of six spot.The teams open the two-game set Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The series concludes Sunday beginning at 11:15 [email protected]last_img read more

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KIJHL governors reject expansion application by Williams Lake, Quesnel

first_imgA bid to add two more teams to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League was rejected by governors during a special meeting Sunday in Castlegar.KIJHL President Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the governors “decided this was not the right time to expand.”“The governors felt that maybe at another time expansion would better fit the league, but right now they did not vote in favour of expansion,” Ohlhausen explained.last_img

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