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C&B T&T finals begin Monday

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s “Clean and Beautify T&T” finals will begin on Monday, July 18, 2011 in the county of St. Andrew/St. David, Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh announced today.

Village councils, community groups and individuals will compete for prizes in the following categories:

- Best Flower Garden
- Best Community Centre/Meeting Place
- Best Kitchen Garden
- Environmental Education Programme
- Best Clean and Green Area
- Best Kept Block
- Best Street
- Best Local Heritage/Structure
- Overall Beautification

The schedule for St. Andrew/St. David on July 18, 2011 from 10:00 am is as follows:
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Graduations begin in August for Community Education Programme

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Participants of the Ministry of Community Development’s Community Education (Skills Training) Programme, will begin graduating, with the first ceremony set for the County of Victoria East on Monday August 8, 2011 at the JR&D Convention Centre, St. Croix, Princes Town, Community Development Minister, Nizam Baksh announced today.

Courses began at Community Centres and Complexes in districts across the country from Monday March 28, 2011, following the official launch of the programme on March 23, 2011 at the Ministry’s Education, Training and Resource Centre in St. Ann’s, Port of Spain.

The full schedule of graduations is as follows:

• Victoria West – San Fernando Technical Institute – Tuesday August 9, 2011

• St. Patrick West – Point Fortin Secondary School – Wednesday August 10, 2011

• Nariva/Mayaro – Rio Claro High School – Tuesday August 16, 2011

• St. Andrew/St. David – Guaico Government Secondary School – Wednesday August 17, 2011

• Caroni – Preysal Community Centre – Thursday August 18, 2011

• St. Patrick East – Siparia East Secondary School – Tuesday August 23, 2011

• St. George East – UTT, Arima – Saturday September 2, 2011

• St. George West – Queen’s Hall – Monday September 12, 2011

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Community Development Ministry refurbishes four regional complexes

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As part of the Community Development Ministry’s ongoing drive to build more resilient communities, the refurbishment of four Regional Complexes has commenced.
These are:

• Barrackpore Regional Complex - 20 percent complete

• Esperance Regional Complex – 35 percent complete

• Mon Repos Regional Complex – 95 percent complete

• Warrenville Regional Complex – 37 percent complete

Phase one of the refurbishment on the Lopinot Community Centre has also been completed and 17 more have been earmarked for refurbishment in the near future.
These include:

-Caroni Community Centre
-Hermitage Community Centre
-Macaulay Community Centre
-Marabella Community Centre
-Springvale Community Centre
-Woodland Community Centre
-St. Augustine Regional Complex

Caption: front row (from left), Christendath Harry, Advisor to the Minister; Margaret Farray, Permanent Secretary; the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development; Surujdeo Mangaroo, chairman of the Board of the National Commission for Self-Help Limited; Deodath Rampersad, Community Development Supervisor; Susan Corbett, Community Development Director and Junior Gittens, Project Director during a visit to the Barrackpore Regional Complex in January this year.

CREDITS: Information sourced from monthly statement of the Ministry’s Project Unit Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development

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Minister Baksh to address Women’s Federation awards ceremony

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Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will deliver the feature address at a luncheon and awards function to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Trinidad and Tobago Federation of Women’s Institutes. The event takes place at the Thick Village Community Centre, Siparia Road, Fyzabad this Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 10:00 am.

The Trinidad and Tobago Federation of Women’s Institutes was first formed in 1946, with 37 member organizations. Its motto was “Each One Teach One, Better Homes, Better Village.” The first institute focused on a variety of activities including:

• Lectures on health care
• Home management
• The effects of the second World War on the colony
• Umbrella covering
• Caning of chairs etc
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New Online Programme launched at Lok Jack GSB

Small and Medium Business proprietors can now look forward to a degree that takes into consideration their needs for timing and flexibility, as the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business recently launched its newest and first online degree-the Master of Small and Medium Enterprise Management. The launch took place at the School’s Mt. Hope Campus on Monday 11th July 2011 and featured the Executive Director and Professor of Strategy at the Lok Jack GSB, Professor Miguel Carrillo (right).

The Master of Small and Medium Enterprise Management (MSMEM) is an online degree with Face to Face support, targeting corporations usually employing from 5 to 100 employees; first and second generation small business owners; and
young adults thinking about starting up a new business.

As Trinidad and Tobago continues its diversification thrust through the development of new and alternative sectors of the economy, the Lok Jack GSB has recognised that there is the need to develop complementary training and development programmes which can build new capabilities, skills and knowledge for the new sectors with specific relevance to small and medium enterprises which are main economic players in the local economy. Thus the need for this new programme, since as is the case with large businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises also need to cover all the necessary business functions while facing equally complex challenges as large corporations.