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Message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

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Senator Floyd Morris, CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability

Every year, on December 3, the world recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The observation comes within the context of persons with disabilities being the world’s largest minority group and the fact that most of these individuals are marginalized in their society. The United Nations and all its States Parties have established this day therefore to celebrate the talents and abilities of persons with disabilities, whilst highlighting the barriers in society that continues to marginalize these individuals.

The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: The Role of Innovation in Fueling an accessible and equitable World.” The theme recognizes that for us to create an accessible and inclusive world, there must be the development of transformative solutions. Implicit in this theme is the appreciation that modern technologies have a preeminent role to play in building an accessible and inclusive society. In my 2019 journal article entitled “An Inclusive, Equitable and Prosperous Caribbean: The Case of Persons with Disabilities” I delineated how we can make life better for persons with disabilities in the Caribbean. In this context, I advocated the need for greater use of modern technologies. Similarly, in another journal article published in 2020 and entitled “Accessible and Inclusive City: Can Kingston Jamaica Measure Up?’” I argue for cities in the Caribbean to become more accessible for persons with disabilities. Again, modern technologies have an indispensable role to play in creating this accessible and equitable environment.

But whilst there is this recognition that modern technologies must play a quintessential role in this transformative development trajectory of the region, there are some existential challenges. Persons with disabilities throughout the region are unemployed with data from the 2017 Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) suggesting that between 80 and 90 per cent of the population of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean are unemployed. This economic barrier has contributed to persons with disabilities in the region being among the poorest. Thus, most of these individuals cannot afford modern technologies to assist them in participating and being included in the mainstream of society.

The issue is further problematized when we look at the 2022 World Report on Assistive Technologies, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). Data from the report is showing that up to 85 per cent of persons with disabilities in developed countries have access to some form of assistive technology. Conversely, in the developing countries, only between 3 and 10 per cent have access to this innovation that seeks to bridge the interactions between persons with disabilities and those without. One can therefore understand the major challenges that persons with disabilities are having with access to education, access to employment, access to public facilities and access to information, as modern technologies are paramount to these development indicators.

Governments within the Caribbean and other stakeholders, must therefore establish progressive policies that will facilitate transformative solutions such as modern technologies that will include persons with disabilities in the mainstream of Caribbean Society. I wish for all my brothers and sisters with disabilities in the Caribbean, a happy International Day for Persons with Disabilities. And remember, disability does not equate to inability.





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LIVE (from 8:30 p.m.): Dominica Calypso Semi-finals

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Dominica News Online – Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at 7:22 PM

DNO is pleased to join ComeSeeTv in bringing you pay per view coverage of the 2023 Calypso Semi-finals from 8:30 tonight at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

The price is USD20.

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[Caribbean News Now] St. Kitts And Nevis’ first female Governor-General sworn in

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St. Kitts and Nevis witnessed history when Her Excellency, Marcella Liburd JP was sworn in as the Federation’s first female Governor-General during a brief but significant ceremony at Government House.

Her Excellency Liburd, who succeeds His Excellency Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, GCMG, CVO, QC, JP, LL.D, was administered the Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance, making her the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis’ fifth Governor-General.

Her Excellency Liburd served as the Federation’s Governor-Deputy General before being appointed as Governor-General in September 2022.

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Junior Calypso Bouyon Monarch competition set for this evening

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The stage is set for the first-ever Junior Calypso Bouyon Monarch Competition scheduled for today, February 3, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt.

The show is being organized by the Leo Club of Dominica.

“The Leo Club of Dominica is proud to host this year, the Junior Calypso Bouyon Monarch, one event, two competitions, two monarchs,” Vice President of the Leo Club Ameka Cognet said while addressing a press conference held recently.

She continued, “Students will have the opportunity to display their talents in calypso and bouyon.”

The students who will participate in the calypso competition are Amelio “King-Lio” George of the St Mary’s Primary, Jodee-Marie “Luxuriee” Leatham representing the St Martin Secondary School, Bryce “Mighty Bryce” Alexander of the Community High School, Ojahro “Mighty Kai” Philbert of the Dominica Grammar School, Jairah “Mighty Jairah” George representing the Roosevelt Douglas Primary School, Kai “Empress Kai” Lawrence of the St Luke’s Primary School, Terricia “Teri-C” Lavinier of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Tyce “Mighty T” Faustin representing the St Mary’s Academy, Mersa “Mighty M” Andre of the Pierre Charles Secondary School,  and D’ Andre “D Legend” Rolle representing the Pioneer Preparatory School.

Those who will compete in the bouyon competition are; Bijon “Mighty B” Charles of the St Luke’s Primary School, De Andre “Dre” Durand of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Josiah “DJ Siah” Fagan of the St Mary’s Primary School, Dane “Dwavete” John of the Dominica Grammar School, Quan “Quandary” Bunche representing the Community High School and Curnel “Million Dollar Boy” Charles representing the Goodwill Secondary School.

Cognet said also that the junior calypsonians and bouyon artists are hard at work, “practicing their songs and mastering their stage performances.”

Furthermore, she said last month the club held a successful workshop at the St Mary’s Academy (SMA) to assist participants in that regard.

“The participants had the opportunity to interact and listen to calypsonians and bouyon artistes who have played key roles in the musical industry,” Cognet stated.

She thanked Tasha ‘Tasha P’ Peltier, Geoffrey Joseph of Triple K International, the reigning Junior Calypso monarch, Malik Darroux, Sheldon ‘Shelly’ Alfred, and Starsha of the Signal Band for offering their time, knowledge, and skills to the young rising stars.

There will be guest performances from the NBD flag wavers, calypsonian Shanice, CHS Umoja group, Pashi Walk, and Signal Band.

Tickets cost $15 for children and $25 for adults. They can be purchased from Leo Club members and participating schools.

The show is expected to begin at 5:00 PM.





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