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Ministry of Community Development welcomes 17 Trainees

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On Monday June 13, 2011, the Ministry of Community Development welcomed seventeen young persons to its Annual Short Term Employment (Internship) Programme for Graduate and Undergraduate Students. The 17 students were inducted at the Ministry’s head office on Jerningham Avenue Belmont yesterday. The Internship Programme hosted by the Ministry will run from June 13th to September 12, 2011.

The main objective of the Programme is to expose the participants to practical on the job experience as they explore the world of work in particular areas of interest, related to their particular course of study. During the period, the students will also be able to develop essential skills and competencies while having the opportunity to apply their academic learning in a real work environment.

Some of the areas which students will be exposed to are: Human Resources, Legal Services, Information Technology and Planning, as well as the day to day operations at the Community Development District offices of Caroni, St George East and West, Victoria and St. Patrick; just to name a few. In her welcome address at the orientation yesterday, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Community Development, Mrs. Margaret Farray encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity for experience being afforded them during the next three months.
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Minister Baksh to open new community centre in Marac, Moruga

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A new community centre will be opened in Marac, Moruga very soon, Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, has said. Minister Baksh expects to formally commission the new facility, which will serve the community of Marac and environs, in a matter of weeks.

Amenities available at the new facility include:

• An Auditorium that can hold up to (175) persons
• A Training Kitchen (for use in courses for culinary arts)
• A Computer Room for computer literacy classes
• A Classroom
• A Gymnasium
• Dressing Rooms; and
• Wash Rooms
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Pacific Lutheran University executives to visit Trinidad and Tobago

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Three executives from the Pacific Lutheran University in the United States, including its Vice President, Karl Stumo will arrive in Trinidad this evening, as part of its annual “Study Abroad” Programme being conducted in partnership with The University of the West Indies. Stumo, along with Professor, Dr. Barbara Temple-Thurston, Director of Pacific Lutheran’s Gateway Programme in TnT and Bursar, Erica Borell will be in the country until June 14, 2011.

They will meet with Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray and other Ministry officials at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Port of Spain from 3:00 pm tomorrow, June 8, 2011.

Seventeen years ago, Pacific Lutheran University, in partnership with the University of the West Indies, decided to have a “Study-Abroad” Programme for their students. Fourteen to twenty students from the Pacific Lutheran University come to Trinidad and complete courses at the University of the West Indies which would earn them 18 credits towards their Undergraduate Degree. The curriculum not only includes academic studies but also community work, including opportunities to learn and exchange ideas about our culture. This is emphasized via visits to cultural and religious sites such as Mosques, Temples and Churches.

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St. George West tops Village Olympics Finals 2011

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The county of St. George West emerged overall winners of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s Village Olympics finals held at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella on Sunday June 5, 2011. St. George West was represented by North West Laventille Cultural Movement and Belmont Freetown Cultural Arts and Folk Performers. In second place overall, was St. George East, which was represented by Red Hill/D’Abadie Parks Foundation and LH Movers Sports and Cultural Committee.

The full results are as follows:

The Parade of Teams (march past):

1st Place - North West Laventille Cultural Movement (St. George West) - 89.33 points
2nd Place -Red Hill/D’Abadie Parks Foundation (St. George East) - 80 points
3rd Place - Belmont Freetown Cultural Arts and Folk Performers (St. George West) – 78.67 points
4th Place - Todd’s Road Village Council (Caroni North) – 78.33 points and
5th Place - LH Movers Sports and Cultural Committee (St. George East) – 77.33
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Village Olympics finals in Marabella this Sunday

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s Folk Games National Finals takes place this Sunday June 5, 2011 from 10:00 am at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella.

A total of 15 finalists from all eleven districts across the country, will vie for top honours in the Parade of Teams (March Past). These events form part of the annual Village Olympics hosted by the Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development.

The finalists in the March Past held on Sunday May 29, 2011 in the county of St. George East at the Phase II Recreation Grounds in La Horquetta are:

1st Place – LH Movers Sports and Cultural Committee
2nd Place – Red Hill Parks Foundation