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New Committee to be installed for Financial Assistance Programme

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A new committee will be officially installed to guide the operations of the Financial Assistance (Studies) Programme run by the Ministry of Community Development. Minister of Community Development the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally appoint members at a ceremony on Wednesday March 23, 2011 at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont at 3:00 pm.

The six-member committee, consisting of a Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, will serve for a period of two years. The full list is as follows:

• Dr. Indira Rampersad (Lecturer) – Chairperson
• Ms. Nadia Salamat-Ali (Lecturer) – Deputy Chairperson
• Ms. Amita Gangar (Finance)
• Mr. Egwin Daniel (Business)
• Mr. Roger Kawalsingh (Attorney at Law)
• Ms. Ambica Bissessar (Banker)
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Community Development Ministry launches CEP 2011

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The Ministry of Community Development will officially launch its Community Education (Skills Training) Programme on Wednesday March 23, 2011 at the Ministry’s Information, Training and Resource Centre at La Fantansie in St. Ann’s from 10:00 am. The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development will deliver the feature address at the opening. Courses begin at Community Centres and Complexes in districts across the country from Monday March 28, 2011.

The CEP provides training in a variety of marketable skills for home-based production of goods and services and employment generation. This would in turn, reduce household expenditure and allow for more effective use of scarce financial resources. The programme includes training at both basic and advanced levels. The Basic course is 60 hours in duration, while the Advanced course is 75 hours.
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Aripo Awards begin in Nariva/Mayaro

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by Community Development Minister the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the Best Village Aripo Awards ceremony held at the Mayaro Civic Centre on March 20, 2011 at 4.00 pm.

All protocols observed.

To give a very brief history, the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, which began in 1963, was designed to uplift communities across Trinidad and Tobago. As one of the Ministry of Community Development’s flagship programmes, it has grown to include eight (8) competitive categories including sports, performing and creative arts and Environmental and Sanitation. The Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development has worked tirelessly to encourage the creativity in communities across Trinidad and Tobago and I applaud the unit for the admirable work. The Best Village Programme embodies the vision of our Ministry. It is helping to transform communities, such as Nariva/Mayaro, into proactive and self-sufficient groups that make a real contribution to the development of our nation.

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Aripo Awards to honour Best Village 2010 winners

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition will host the Aripo Awards from March 20th to April 5th, 2011, to honour the participants of Best Village 2010. Each district will host its own prize-giving ceremony, where awards, trophies and cash prizes will be presented to the winners.

The full schedule is as follows:

• March 20, 2011 – Nariva/Mayaro at the Mayaro Civic Centre from 4.00 pm

• March 22, 2011 – St. Patrick East at the Penal Central Community Centre from 6.00 pm

• March 23, 2011 – St. George West at City Hall, Port of Spain from 6.00 pm

• March 24, 2011 – St. Patrick West at the Guapo Community Centre from 6.00 pm

• March 26, 2011 – St. Andrew/St. David at the Sangre Grande Civic Centre from 6.00 pm

• March 29, 2011 – Caroni North and South at the Chaguanas Indoor Sports Complex from 6.00 pm

• March 31, 2011 – Victoria West at the Pleasantville Community Complex from 7.00 pm

• April 2, 2011 – St. George East at the St. Joseph Community Centre from 4.00 pm

• April 5, 2011 – Victoria East at the Princes Town Community Centre from 6.00 pm

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New Board installed at St. Augustine Regional Complex

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh formally installed a new Board of Management at the St. Augustine Regional Complex, St. John’s Road, St. Augustine (yesterday), March 16th, 2011 at 5.00 pm. The seven-member board will serve for a period of two years. The St. Augustine Regional Complex was officially opened in June 1997 and offers a wide range of services and amenities to communities in St. Augustine and the district of St. George East.

The full Board of Directors is as follows:

Nishia Deosingh – Chairperson
Vernon D Khelawan – Vice Chairman
Sahadeo Mukesh – Member
Bobby Azam Mohammed – Member
Sean Tellucksingh – Member
Chaitram Brown – Member
Dalton Dorman – Member

The St. Augustine Regional Complex, along with other existing complexes and community centres across the country, all fall under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit
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Munna's people to launch at NAPA

Rajnie Ramlakhan will launch the book "Munna's People" at the National Academy of the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm, a release from Satesh Ragoo said yesterday.

The release said the event will be held under "the esteemed patronage of the Attorney General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Senator the Honourable Anand Ramlogan."

The release described the book as a treasure of memories and experiences taken directly form the enchanting period that is the 1960s and the event promises to be a colourful one of culture and art and entertainment.

The central figure in the reproduction of the painting at right is believed to represent Munna. The face in the upper right corner is believed to represent God and the faces below, Munna's people.

The colours are also believed to symbolize different aspects of the book.
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Carapichaima to host carnival prizegiving

File photo of a regional carnival celebration by GISL.