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Policy Makers, Work Places, Parents must Create Accessible World for Autistic Students, says UN

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, April 3, 2023 – April is World Autism Month and April 2nd was celebrated as World Autism Day this year.  This year marks the 16th annual World Autism Awareness Day.

For the 2023 commemoration, the United Nations has decided to focus on Transformation: Toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All.  They emphasize acceptance, support and inclusivity for autistic students who are just as able to succeed and live fulfilling lives.

For this to happen the UN says parents, policy makers, workplaces must come together to create an accessible world for autistic people.  This ‘ enables autistic people to claim their dignity and self-esteem, and to become fully integrated as valued members of their families and societies.’

The Turks and Caicos Special Needs schools are celebrating during the month as well.

The SNAP Center hosts its reading month series in April which culminates in an award ceremony and Ashley’s Learning Center will host a classical music concert on April 8th where special needs students will have the chance to perform.

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Calls made for reparations tribunal

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Rashaed Esson

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Barbados ambassador to the Caribbean Community, David Comissiong, reportedly called for an international tribunal to seek reparations for the transatlantic slave trade that had milions of Africans forcibly sold into slavery. He was speaking at the third session of the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent (PFPAD) in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17, and he expressed that this is needed as there is currently no international court, to deal with the issues of reparations and that having a tribunal would require positive decision by the UN General Assembly.

In support for Reparatory justice, UN Secretary Antonio Guterres in a video message, addressed the forum while acknowledging that racism is still a major issue today’s society

Comissiong’s view was also supported by other nations at the meeting.

 

 

 

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St Vincent and the Grenadines Cruise Industry Development Efforts

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Rashaed Esson

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St Vincent and the Grenadines is working to expand its cruise tourism industry, joining the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), as a 2024 Destination Development Strategic Partner, as announced at the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Miami on April 10.

Minister of Tourism Carlos James, at the Conference, spoke on the significance of the partnership.

“It’s a significant strategic move in terms of working closely with the FCCA, to leverage a lot of the support that they can offer to our island. In fact, some of the reviews that we just had from this recent discussion here at Seatrade, are really valuable about how we can go back home to St Vincent and the Grenadines and further develop our product. It puts us closer with the cruise lines, it puts us closer with a lot of the service providers within the industry,” he maintained.

 

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Jamaica and Bahamas teams named for World Relays

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Rashaed Esson

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The World Relay Championships is coming up and The Bahamas has named its team of 28 members called team 242, according to reports. Jamaica has also named its team of 31. The relays will be held in Nassau, Bahamas at the Thomas Robinson Stadium from May 4 to 5 and about 450 athletes from 36 national teams are expected to compete.

 

 

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