RSF calls for acquittals in two trials this week in Rabat

first_img March 24, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 RSF calls for acquittals in two trials this week in Rabat News Middle East – North Africa Morocco / Western Sahara Media independence Judicial harassmentPredators April 15, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is in the Moroccan capital of Rabat to attend the trial of website editor Ali Anouzla, which starts tomorrow, and the trial of seven activists including journalist and historian Maati Monjib, which starts the following day. Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News to go further Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Receive email alerts Middle East – North Africa Morocco / Western Sahara Media independence Judicial harassmentPredators NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News RSF_en Anouzla, the founder and editor of the Lakome2 website, is accused of endangering Morocco’s territorial integrity while the seven activists are accused of “illegal foreign funding” and endangering the “security and integrity of the state.” RSF calls for the withdrawal all charges in both cases.“The purpose of our presence here is to support these journalists during these unjust proceedings and to demand their acquittal,” said Yasmine Kacha, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk.“The grave charges brought against them are designed to restrict freedom of information in Morocco. This violates both the undertakings that Morocco has given internationally, and article 28 of the 2011 constitution, which explicitly establishes media freedom without any form of prior censorship.”RSF already issued a statement in November 2015 calling on the authorities to dismiss all the charges against the seven activists. And it reiterated its support for Anouzla in a statement issued jointly with other NGOs in January 2016.Morocco is ranked 130th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalistslast_img read more

City Close to Signing Tottenham’s Walker in a £50m Deal

first_imgWalker, who joined Tottenham from Sheffield United in 2009, will not join up with Spurs for the start of their pre-season training today.Instead, he will travel with City on Monday to start their tour of the USA.City boss Pep Guardiola released three full-backs at the end of last season, including both right-sided players – Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.He missed out on the signing of free agent Dani Alves, with the Brazilian joining Paris St-Germain on Wednesday.Walker made 183 Premier League appearances for Spurs and he has won 27 England caps.The defender, selected in the 2016-17 Premier League team of the year, will become City’s third signing of the summer, after the arrivals of midfielder Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City is close to completing the signing of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker.The 27-year-old is expected to have a medical and complete the transfer today after the clubs agreed a deal on Wednesday worth £50m plus add-ons.last_img read more

Syracuse reaches Elite Eight for 1st time in program history with 3-1 win over Seattle

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Liam Callahan links Syracuse’s defense and attack in 3-1 win over Seattle Julian Buescher asked for a box score and scanned the page. He let out a prolonged, “Yeah,” while he wagged his right pointer finger.“I needed that one,” Buescher said as he gathered up his cleats and drawstring bag and left the foyer of Ensley Athletic Center.He was referring to his assist on Kamal Miller’s goal, the one that buried Seattle and propelled Syracuse to its first Elite Eight ever. Buescher had set up the free kick and booted it through the 18-yard box. Redhawks goalie Shane Haworth saw the ball bound through the box, expecting someone to poke it toward the net.Instead it bounced in front of Haworth, who dropped to his knees and tried to knock it away. The ball caromed to Miller, who smashed the shot into the back of the net.“It popped in front of me and my eyes kind of lit up,” Miller said, “saying ‘Do I really have this chance right now?’ I knew I had to put it away to secure the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe free kick yielded Syracuse’s second goal via a set piece, the first coming just one minute, 30 seconds into the game. The two set pieces allowed No. 6 seed SU (15-5-3, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) to stun, then finish No. 11 seed Seattle (18-4-1, 9-1 Western Athletic).In the Sweet 16 last season against Georgetown, the Orange saw its 1-0 lead evaporate on two set pieces. After flipping the script this season, SU will play unseeded Boston College at SU Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5.“Set pieces can change matches,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s about quality service.”Seattle stumbled out of the gate slowly. It took 15 minutes for the Redhawks to gain possession inside of the Orange’s 18-yard box. In those 15 minutes, Seattle’s one foul was its only mark in the box score.One minute, 30 seconds into the game, SU midfielder Liam Callahan blasted a corner kick into the box. Defender Miles Robinson separated from his defender and made a run through the 6-yard box, knocking the ball to the left of Haworth, who couldn’t punch it away.“Miles will tell you it was a thundering header from about 6 inches,” McIntyre joked after the game.Although it wouldn’t stand as the game-winning goal, the corner kick allowed SU to land a decisive blow on an already wobbly Redhawks squad.SU used the goal to bear down on Seattle, pushing its three defenders forward and holding lengthy possessions. In the first half of the first 45 minutes, McIntyre yelled several times, “Keep dropping Kamal, keep dropping Kamal,” as the defender ran back from an offensive possession.Fewer than 20 minutes after the first goal, Syracuse got another when Seattle cracked under the Orange’s pressure. Callahan tapped a cross into the box and Noah Rhynhart blasted a shot off of a Seattle defender and into the net.“We couldn’t get ourselves going and that’s because of their tough pressure,” Seattle head coach Pete Fewing said. “We had a hard time getting a rhythm because it closed down so quick.”Four minutes after Seattle forward David Olsen scored from the ground by poking the ball through SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert’s knees, Miller scored his free-kick goal.Miller ran from the far side of the field to the Syracuse bench, but slowed down with his last few steps and danced into his teammates’ embrace after the goal that put Syracuse up, 3-1.“They had us on the ropes,” McIntyre said. “So to score that third goal as quickly as we did after Olsen scores … it gave us that breathing room to kind of get over the line today.”Against Georgetown in the Sweet 16 last season, SU held the Hoyas scoreless until the 80th minute. First a back-post cross and then a front-post cross, both on corners, ended SU’s season in overtime. Georgetown closed Syracuse’s season for the second time in three years.After that game last year, some players stayed on the field. Jordan Murrell sat on the field alone, Nick Perea stayed motionless. Then-backup goalie Matt Stith sobbed.This time, however, Stith, who is still at Syracuse but not as a player, walked onto the field on Sunday with an ear-to-ear grin. The celebration was subdued as players consoled Seattle players.But Stith, who watched the game with SU players who were hurt or not playing, dapped up teammates in a white sweatshirt with an orange 13 emblazoned on the back.This Sweet 16 was different. Commentscenter_img Published on November 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

CHELSEA VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, AZPILICUETA, MIAZGA, IVANOVIC, RAHMAN, MIKEL,FABREGAS, PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, OSCAR, PATOKANE, ERIKSEN, ALLI, LAMELA, DEMBELE, DIER, ROSE,VERTONGHEN,ALDERWEIRELD WALKERLLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Tottenham Hotspur could arrive at Chelsea having lost the Barclays Premier League title to rivals Leicester City. If the Foxes win at Manchester United on Sunday, they will have won the Barclays Premier League for the first time and ended the dwindling prospect of Tottenham.Defeat for Leicester will give Spurs hope, but, having been held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion last Monday, they know that defeat at Chelsea – even if Leicester have lost a day earlier – will end their title aspirations.Spurs are unbeaten in five league games and will now target second spot and finishing above local neighbours and rivals Arsenal.Tottenham have scored 31 away goals; only Arsenal (32) have netted more goals on the road this season.Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost two of their last three league games and sit in ninth place. They last finished outside the top six in the 1995-96 season (when they were 11th).Spurs’ hopes of winning are slim; they last won there 26 years ago, in February 1990. Subsequently, Chelsea have won 17 and drawn eight games at home to Spurs in 25 meetings.Tottenham and Chelsea drew 0-0 at White Hart Lane in November but the Blues won 3-0 in this fixture last season.Chelsea are again without banned keeper Thibaut Courtois, along with striker Loic Remy and defender Kurt Zouma. And they must test two other centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill.Spurs, meanwhile, have doubts over Eric Dier while Nabil Bentaleb is still absent.last_img read more

Watch: Donegal farmer has a surprise in store for First Dates

first_imgA Donegal farmer is set to have a very entertaining appearance on First Dates Ireland this week – as he reveals his drag queen alter ego.Martin McGuinness, aged 51, will be turning on his northern charms on the RTE dating series airing this Thursday at 9.30pm.Martin McGuinness, First Dates IrelandWhen not looking after his farm in Ardara, Martin performs as a cabaret artist called Scarlet Rose. And the theatrical singer is a big advocate of the vibrant drag scene.Speaking to his date, Cork fashion fan Alan (45), Martin says: “Every man should be put in heels and the whole outfit.”Martin first got involved in the drag scene after visiting the lavish Madame JoJo piano bar in London over thirty years ago in 1986. His fabulous alter ego has performed in Turkey and Egypt, as well as all the London hot spots.While originally from Belfast, he has lived in rural Donegal since the 80s. TV fans may recognise Scarlet Rose from her famous audition last year on Ireland’s Got Talent on Virgin Media One. She was put through to the semi-finals after a shocking mishap with judge Jason Byrne.Ireland’s Got Talent viewers floored by Donegal farmer’s jaw-dropping transformation Watch: Donegal farmer has a surprise in store for First Dates was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dragfarmerfirst dates irelandmartin mcguinnesslast_img read more

South Africa’s online visitors

first_img30 May 2007Foreigners are not only visiting South Africa by the planeload, they’re also a strong presence in South African cyberspace, significantly boosting the traffic of the country’s news websites.According to the latest figures from the Online Publisher’s Association (OPA), news24 remained the most visited site in South Africa, registering a monthly average of 1.72-million unique browsers in the first quarter of 2007. The majority of those browsers – almost a million – were from outside the country.The Independent Online website – South Africa’s second most visited – also attracted large numbers of readers from outside SA in the first three months of the year: just over 800 000 out of a monthly average of 1.28-million unique browsers.Foreign visitors users also contributed significantly to the traffic on the seventh-place Mail & Guardian website (40% were from outside SA) and to at least one non-news website, that of online auctioneer Bid or Buy (46%).According to the OPA – which represents the biggest commercial web publishers in South Africa – the number of unique browsers from outside the country increased from 4.2-million in the first quarter of 2006 to 4.4-million in the first quarter of 2007.At the same time, strong growth in local traffic saw the total number of unique browsers visiting OPA member sites jump from 6.69-million to 7.74-million over the same period, an increase of almost 16% – resulting in a dip in foreign readership in percentage terms, from 63% of total readers to 57%.Foreign browsers accounted for a smaller percentage of traffic among SA’s non-news websites, Bid or Buy being the exception.The M-Web site was SA’s third most visited overall, attracting an average 728 319 users a month in the first quarter. Counting only local traffic, however, M-Web climbed to second place with 616 935 readers a month.In fourth place on both counts was web-based e-mail service Webmail, with over 570 000 users a month – 82% of them local.SA search engine Ananzi placed fifth on the SA readership only list, but dropped to ninth when foreign users were included. Conversely, climbing from seventh to fifth place on the foreign-inclusive count was news-driven portal iafrica.com.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Dirty dozen: Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

first_imgFrom the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after seven games and 45 minutes, eliciting some whistles and catcalls from the crowd.Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day, because of rain that jumbled the schedule. Nadal, meanwhile, entered Sunday having played just once in the previous four days.Not only that, but while Nadal dismissed Federer with relative ease in a straight-set semifinal that concluded Friday, Thiem was forced to work overtime, eliminating Djokovic in a five-setter that wrapped up less than 24 hours before the final began.Thiem showed he can play defense. Showed he can flip to offense in a blink. Showed power off both sides. Showed precision, too, making only three of the match’s first 12 unforced errors.Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand winner to earn the first break point of the final, then converting it with an overhead to cap a 20-stroke point for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where all of his supporters were on their feet, yelling and shaking fists, too, including his girlfriend, French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic, who won the women’s doubles championship earlier in the day on the same court.Not so fast.Nadal snapped to, immediately. He grabbed 13 of the set’s last 18 points, and its final four games, doing so with elan, using a drop shot to help him break Thiem for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. How couldn’t it be?To play as well as he did, for as long as he did, going toe-to-toe with — by any measure, objective or subjective — the greatest clay-court performer ever, and even taking the lead, yet end up with absolutely zero to show for it?At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. He didn’t spike a racket or kick a tennis ball. He casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing to his left at Nadal. Denzel Bowles flashes ‘vintage’ form in Rain or Shine win over Phoenix Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.Both men would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about each and every ball that came their way, not merely putting a racket on it but responding with a booming reply. It was an impressive display of athleticism, skill and will, with Thiem managing to give just as good as he got, particularly with his ferocious backhand.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img View comments ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP That the questions were raised at all was significant. The answers, perhaps not surprisingly, arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.“I gave everything I had,” Thiem said. “It’s amazing: 12 times here. It’s unreal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNo one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that many times. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.Looking at the bigger picture, Nadal is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spain’s Rafael Nadal clenches his fist after scoring a point against Austria’s Dominic Thiem during the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. APPARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could he make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?ADVERTISEMENT Perhaps Thiem was thinking: Is there anything I can do?The answer, it turned out, was “Yes.” But only briefly.They appeared headed for a tiebreaker in the second set when Thiem broke to take it. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal had a run in which he took 25 of 26 points on his serve, before a loss of focus, perhaps, did him in. With spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames — “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — Nadal pushed a backhand long. That gave Thiem the first set he’d managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.But Thiem, put simply, wilted a bit. He made three unforced errors in the fourth set’s first game to get broken at love. Thiem created an opening and Nadal barged through. By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.last_img read more

Elbow replacement

first_imgDefinitionElbow replacement is surgery to replace the elbow joint with artificial joint parts (prosthetics).Alternative NamesTotal elbow arthroplasty; Endoprosthetic elbow replacementDescriptionThe elbow joint connects two bones:The humerus in the upper armThe ulna in the lower armThe artificial elbow joint has two stems made of high-quality metal. A metal and plastic hinge joins the stems together and allows the artificial joint to bend. Artificial joints come in different sizes to fit different size people.You will receive general anesthesia before surgery. This means you will be asleep and pain-free during surgery. Some patient may also receiveregional anesthesia. You will also be given medicine to help you relax.Your surgeon will make an cut on the back of your arm to show your elbow joint. The damaged tissue and parts of the arm bones that make up the elbow joint are removed.A drill is used to make a hole in the center of the two arm bones. The end of the artificial artificial elbow joint are placed into each bone. They are connected with a hinge. The tissue around the elbow is repaired.The wound is closed with stitches, and a bandaged is applied. Your arm may be placed in a splint to keep it stable.Why the Procedure Is PerformedElbow replacement surgery is usually done if the elbow joint is badly damaged and you have pain or cannot use your arm. Some causes of damage are:OsteoarthritisPoor outcome from previous elbow surgeryRheumatoid arthritisBadly broken bone in the upper or lower arm near the elbowBadly damaged or torn tissues in the elbowTumor in or around the elbowRisksadvertisementThe risks for any anesthesia are:Allergic reactions to medicinesBreathing problemsThe risks for any surgery are:BleedingBlood clotInfectionAdditional risks of elbow replacement surgery are:Allergic reaction to the artificial jointBlood vessel damage during surgeryBone break during surgeryDislocation of the artificial jointLoosening of the artificial joint over timeNerve damage during surgeryBefore the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, including drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:You may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve).Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see your doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking can slow down wound healing.Tell your doctor if you develop a cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness before your surgery.On the day of your surgery:You will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Arrive at the hospital at the time your health care provider told you to do so.After the ProcedureYou may stay in the hospital for up to 2 or 3 days.You may have a splint on your arm to help keep your elbow still.Physical therapy will be needed to help you gain strength and use of your arm. Itwill start with gentle flexing exercises. People who have a splint usually start therapy a few weeks later than those who do not have a splint.Some people may start to have use of their new elbow as soon as 12 weeks after surgery. Complete recovery can take up to a year.There may be limits to how much weight you can lift. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your limitations.Outlook (Prognosis)Elbow replacement surgery eases pain for most people. A second elbow replacement surgery is usually not as successful as the first one.ReferencesAzar FM, Calandruccio JH. Arthroplasty of the shoulder and elbow. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 8.Mackenzie RC, Su EP. Surgical treatment of joint disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 285.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisementlast_img read more

Call for NTL referees

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified level 4, 5 and 6 referees to be considered to attend the 2019 National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th March 2019.Nominations close 19th December 2018.The event will again be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, NSW.We encourage you to read the following information closely: Referee Nomination InformationIf you have any questions, contact Colette Ritchie at TFA via [email protected]last_img

Gov’t Working on Special Education Policy

first_imgStory Highlights “We believe that if we get the education right, identify the children with disabilities and put the provisions in place to deal with their needs, socially and otherwise, then the issue of inclusiveness will be less challenging,” she noted. This was noted by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in a speech delivered by Director, Industrial Relations and Allied Services at the Ministry, Gillian Corrodus, at the Regional Disability Studies Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on March 12. The Government is working towards the development of a Special Education Policy in order to better fulfil the academic requirements of students with special needs. The Government is working towards the development of a Special Education Policy in order to better fulfil the academic requirements of students with special needs.This was noted by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in a speech delivered by Director, Industrial Relations and Allied Services at the Ministry, Gillian Corrodus, at the Regional Disability Studies Conference at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on March 12.She said it is the objective of the Government to ensure that the educational system has accessible centres of learning for the development of all children, regardless of their circumstance.“We believe that if we get the education right, identify the children with disabilities and put the provisions in place to deal with their needs, socially and otherwise, then the issue of inclusiveness will be less challenging,” she noted.The Minister added that the Government is committed to the creation of a framework that is conducive to the advancement of persons with disabilities from an early age into adulthood.“[Responding to] persons with disabilities cannot and should not be pigeon-holed… or put off for the future… so while we seek to grow our economy, simultaneously we must seek to grow those individuals who depend on society to give them even a much-needed start,” she said.The biennial conference was organised by the UWI’s Centre for Disability Studies under the theme: ‘Advancing the Disability through Culture and Sports in the Caribbean’.last_img read more