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RAPP to host family seminar for children in Belmont

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The Retirees Adolescent Partnership Programme, (RAPP) of the Ministry of Community Development, will host its second Annual Family Seminar at the Belmont Community Centre on Jerningham Avenue on Saturday October 15, 2011 from 9:00 am to 3:30pm. The theme of this year’s event is “Building Family Life.”

“The seminar is an initiative of the mentors and facilitators of the centre, who identify with the needs of the children whom they mentor. It is part of the process of facilitating a movement of change in the Belmont community,” Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh said.

Speakers at the seminar include: Mr Fitzroy Tyrrell, Lecturer at the Cipriani Labour College, who will speak on the topic “How to build the Family,” Mrs Carol Herbert, Manager, Ministry of National Security who will deal with “Anger Management,” Mrs Hamid O’Brien, Consultant, Ministry of Health who will address the issue of “Managing Family Finance” and Her Worship Magistrate, Anna Ryan will talk on Communication.
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Trinidad & Tobago Budget Speech 2011

Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a short statement on the state of our finances and the arithmetic of our

Mr. Speaker, our national economy is still at risk and remains vulnerable to external shocks.
Notwithstanding, our economy remains resilient and our financial system is strong. We must stay on
course in this time of uncertainty.

Mr. Speaker, our fiscal 2012 budget calculation was based on an oil price of US $75per barrel and a gas
price of US $2.75 per mmbtu. We have estimated a real GDP growth of 1.7 percent and an average
inflation rate of 7 percent.

The total revenue is projected at $47 billion comprising $18.1 billion from the energy sector and $28.9
billion from the non energy sector. Total expenditure is projected at $54.6 billion resulting in a fiscal
deficit of $7.6 billion or 4.89 percent of our GDP. The debt to GDP ratio remains sustainable and well
within international benchmarks.

Of total expenditure:
• Education and Training will receive $8,717.8 million
• Infrastructure: including Works, Public Utilities and Transport will receive $6,995.4 million
• Health: $4,724.9 million
• National Security: $5,170.5 million
• Agriculture: $1,954.3 million and
• Housing: $1,970.0 million
The unemployment rate as estimated by the Central Statistical Office as of December 2010, stood at 6.3
percent. We anticipate that there has been an upward movement in this figure since then, but it remains
lower than our foreign trading partners. The thrust of our investment programme and our policy
initiatives outlined in this budget statement are designed to reverse this trend.

To summarize Mr. Speaker:

• Total Revenue is estimated to be $47.0 billion
• Total Expenditure net of Capital Repayments and Sinking Fund Contribution is estimated to
be $54.6 billion
• For an overall fiscal deficit of $7.6 billion

With regard to the financing of the deficit, we estimate that 52.7 percent of the financing requirement will
be met from domestic sources, while the remainder will be sourced from external sources including
multilateral financial institutions.

Mr. Speaker, our Government and leadership shall remain firm in our resolve to transform the economy,
and in concert with the people of our nation, we have the confidence to create more jobs, achieve a safer
environment and increase our investment for the development and benefit of all our citizens.
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Over 300 turn out for Health Clinic in Barrackpore

Over 300 persons turned out for a free health clinic hosted by Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh at the Valleyline United Centre in Barrackpore yesterday. Doctors, chiropractors and other medical staff working on behalf of the charitable group, Missions International, saw patients from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm yesterday. Services available included blood pressure testing, diabetes testing, sport related injuries, back pain therapy, chronic body pains, massages and eye testings. In photo above, a patient of chiropractor Wendell Simmons (second from left) prepares to be examined. From left are Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh, Simmons, Sita Seecharan, Faith Jagessar and Dr Brian Lushington of Missions International.
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NADAPP showcases services at Cancer Society’s Health Fair and Expo

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The National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (NADAPP), now part of the Ministry of Community Development, showcased its services during a Health Fair and Exposition hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on Thursday October 6th, 2011. The event was for secondary school students.

Officials of NADAPP spoke to the youngsters about the adverse consequences of substance use and abuse and provided them with healthy alternatives to drug use, and NADAPP promotional items.

The National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme coordinates drug abuse prevention and demand-reduction initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago and supports the efforts of non-governmental organisations involved in the struggle to rid the nation of the scourge of drug abuse.

NADAPP's goal is to reduce both legal and illegal drug abuse through a preventive approach. This involves informing the public of the health and social consequences of substance abuse as well as the benefits of adopting healthy lifestyles.
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Obamas thank Secret Service

General News On behalf of the United States First Family, US First Lady Michelle Obama thanked the Secret Service today during an event at the US Secret Service Headquarters in Washington DC.

"Well, let me start by thanking Director (Mark) Sullivan (at right) for that very kind introduction, and also for his leadership, because the same thing is true for him that he said about us, is that the excellent work and service that you provide to our family and to this country, it starts at the top," she said. "And one thing that the President and I always say about our work with this agency is that it is always 100 percent on point -- truly. I mean, not just in terms of how you all do your job, but how you all make us feel. And that is important when you’re trying to live a normal life and raise a couple of girls in the White House. You all have really made us feel at home and safe, and there is no amount of thanks that I could convey that would give you a sense of how important you all are to us."

She said she paid the special visit to the agency because, "Barack and I feel that it’s important that we recognize (all) the work (that you do) on the ground. And so often the rest of the country, they don’t know what you do, they don’t know how the Secret Service works, how many people are behind what happens, whether it’s filing or looking at terrorists -- I mean, the work you do here is pretty scary, let’s just say that.