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Education Ministry takes autism awareness to West Demerara

first_imgAs the interest in autism grows around Guyana, the Special Education Needs Unit (SEN); the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and the Region Three Education Department on Tuesday held an awareness campaign in West Demerara to enlighten residents about the realities of children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.A section of the persons who attended the sensitisation forumAccording to a release issued by the Education Ministry of, the event was facilitated at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School, West Coast Demerara.SEN Education Officer Akeshia Benjamin said autism awareness was very important as it helped persons to know the warning signs and symptoms and importantly, how to treat those persons to avoid discrimination and mental illness.She noted, “It is a category of disability, however; while it has been on the back burner for quite some time, efforts are in train to make it a front-burner issue as autistic children are also important and should not be seen as less than any child. This is because children with special needs also deserve a chance to realise their true and full potential through the education sector.”The release stated, “As is, the Ministry via each educational district has officers engaged in a process of assessing and identifying children with all other forms of disability, including autism.“Following the assessment, we are able to not only identify but fashion programmes to support those with special needs.“Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a diagnosis that describes significant social, communicative and behavioural challenges which appear in early childhood (usually before three years old)”.Region Three Regional Education Officer Anesta Douglas expressed gratitude for the forum that offered awareness about children in the Region who are autistic. Douglas also urged persons to embrace autistic people and not discriminate.United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) representative Audrey Rodrigues reminded that the organisation advocated for children’s rights and noted that every child had a right to an education. “Every child is a child no matter what and we are making sure that every child has and continues to be catered for through empowering of women and girls with autism everywhere,” Rodrigues noted.Education Officer Keon Cheong shared an overview of the constraints associated with treating and caring for autistic children among others.The Education Ministry, in addition to Tuesday’s sensitisation forum, has also planned several other activities for the Region to boost awareness on the issue. Some of the activities include a Parent-Teachers Association awareness forum and staff development sessions.last_img read more

Wales’ Euro 2016 run ‘bigger than ANY Welsh rugby achievement’ – Martyn Williams

first_imgWelsh rugby legend Martyn Williams has told talkSPORT the Wales football team’s run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals could be the nation’s biggest sporting achievement EVER!Chris Coleman’s side have the chance to make history on Wednesday night as they take on Portugal for a place in the European Championship final.Just qualifying for their first major tournament in 57 years was a big enough, but wins against Slovakia, Russia, Northern Ireland and world number two side Belgium have got the Dragons dreaming of an unlikely victory in France.And former rugby union star Williams, who was capped 100 times at international level, believes Wales’ Euro 2016 success is bigger than anything a Welsh rugby side has achieved.“I think they’ve surpassed anything that any rugby team has ever done before for Wales,” Williams told talkSPORT’s Colin Murray.“It’s because football is such a global game.“Only about a dozen countries take rugby seriously, whereas in football there are obviously so many who compete.“We’ve been to the World Cup semi-finals before, but this…the country has never been caught up in a sporting event like this.“So if they can go one better and go through to the final, that would be truly amazing.”last_img read more

11th edition of IPL auction: 578 cricketers go under hammer today,11th edition of IPL auction: 578 cricketers go under hammer today

first_img COMMENT cricket SHARE Published on × IPL 2018 As the biggest edition of IPL auction unfolds on Saturday, 578 cricketers could see their fortunes swing in a bidding war spread across two days.This year’s auction will see the return of two franchises — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — returning to the fold after serving a two-year ban.Additionally, one of the major changes this year is the increase in the player salary cap. The cap for each team last season was ₹66 crores; this year it has gone up to ₹80 crore.Also, in the 11th edition, the teams can keep a maximum of 25 players and a minimum of 18 players, according to the rules formulated by IPL authorities. This would include eight overseas players.Out of a total of 1,122 players who had registered for the auctions, 578 will be in the race to get a contract. This includes 360 Indian (62 capped and 298 uncapped) and 182 overseas players, including 34 uncapped and two associates players.In the auctions last year, 66 players were sold through intense bidding, and the spending stood at ₹91.15 crore.English cricketer Ben Stokes, the most expensive player last year who was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for ₹14.5 crore, is expected to be one of the players in the midst of a bidding war this time.In this year’s auctions, players have been clubbed into eight slabs.The slabs for internationals (Indian and foreign) are ₹2 crore, ₹1.5 crore, ₹1 crore, ₹75 lakh and ₹50 lakh, while uncapped players are base-priced at ₹40 lakh, ₹30 lakh and ₹20 lakh.First in lineRavishandran Ashwin, who missed out last year’s IPL due to an injury, will be the first player to come under the hammer. Industry watchers say the strategy in all likelihood could be spending 80 per cent of their funds on hand in buying marquee players and making up the rest with uncapped players.With ₹2 crore as the highest reserve price, 36 players, including 13 Indians, have opted for the top bracket. This includes marquee players like R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Root.Additionally, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma have also set their base price at ₹2 crore. There are 31 players in the ₹1 crore category, 23 in the ₹75 lakh and 122 in the ₹50 lakh base price bucket.BCCI has also mandated that in the next two auctions, the cap will further go up to ₹82 crore and ₹85 crore, respectively. Star players like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are amongst the 18 who have been retained by their franchises.center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL null January 26, 2018 Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals return after two-year ban COMMENTSlast_img read more

Top Tourism Award winners

first_imgRottnest Island Visitor Centre has been honoured with the 2012 GWN7 Top Tourism Award, recognising the contributions made to tourism and the local community.Tourism Minister Kim Hames was supportive of the awards, which were co-ordinated by the Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia. “As the winner of the Top Tourism Award, Rottnest Island will receive a AU$25,000 advertising package from GWN7 to help with their marketing,” Dr Hames said.“I would also like to congratulate all the finalists and winners, and thank them for their contributions to making the State’s tourism industry truly extraordinary.” Denmark, Western Australia was awarded the Top Tourism Award for a town with a population under 5,000. Listed winners in the West Australian regional newspaper special category awards;Heritage Award – Fremantle Cultural Award – Christmas Island Website Development Award and Management/Staff Training Award – Busselton Community Relations Award – Esperance Environment Award – Denmark Special Events Award – KununurraYvonne Bradfield from Armadale Visitor Centre won the 2012 West Australian Golden i Award, while Dunsborough took out the Vanguard Press Judges Award, and Margaret River won the RAC Travel Services Business Planning and Marketing Award. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more