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High drama on the highway

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Los Alumnos de San Juan cops ninth parang title

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Los Alumnos de San Juan secured title number nine, winning the National Parang Competition at Parang Headquarters on O’Meara Road, Arima on Saturday December 11, 2010. The east-based band beat out nine other parang bands from across the country to take home the top prize of $100,000 in cash.

Placing a close second were Los Amigos Cantadores, followed in third place by Amantes de Parranda.

The other finalists were:

• Voces Jovenes
• La Familia de Rio Claro
• Renacer
• Los Pastores
• Voces de Promesa
• La Familia de Cermona y Amigos
• Paramininos

In photo: National Parang champs, Los Alumnos de San Juan as they performed during the Community Development Ministry’s Christmas luncheon at its head office on Jerningham Avenue on Friday December 10, 2010.

CREDITS: Information sourced from results of this year’s National Parang Competition
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development

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Overturned gas tanker clogs eastbound highway

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Community Development Ministry celebrates Christmas

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the Ministry's Christmas luncheon on December 10, 2010.

Protocols observed.

Merry Christmas. It is really good to have you all here. I want to thank you all for joining us today, as we formally observe the Christmas season here at the Ministry of Community Development. This is a very exciting time here at the Ministry, for me, and for our Community Development family.

Looking around, at the décor both here and inside the building, you can understand why this is one of my favourite times of the year.
Staff got together to make this event happen. They planned the programme. They organised the decorations, the menu, the parang, and the carols you have heard and will be hearing during the rest of the day. In many ways, this is really what the Ministry of Community Development is all about. It is a people’s ministry. It is a Ministry spread all across the country. It is Ministry where everyone feels welcome. This is the Ministry that embodies the First of Government’s Seven Interconnected Pillars for Sustainable Development, “We Need Everyone and All Can Contribute – People-Centred Development.”
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Roads and bridges to get further upgrade in 2011

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The sum of $643.8 million has been allocated in Government’s 2011Public Sector Investment Programme for the upgrade and expansion of the roads and bridges network throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The National Highway Programme will continue with $31million in funding from general revenues. The areas of focus will be:

• Continuation of rehabilitation of 25 kilometre road and reconstruction of eight bridges

• Develop and implement the RMMS in two districts in Tobago

• Construction of permanent weigh stations at Wallerfield and Couva

• Preparations for the transition to the Roads Authority

• Preparation of preliminary designs for several additional new trunk roads from Princes Town to Moruga, Sangre Grande to Toco, Penal to Guayaguayare and Manzanilla to Mayaro

The overall allocation for the Programme for Upgrading Road Efficiency (PURE) in fiscal year 2011 is $248 million. The focus of the programme will be to continue road construction and rehabilitation projects throughout the country, including the rehabilitation and construction of additional lanes and shoulders, walkovers, bridges and landslip repair. Key projects targeted in fiscal 2011 include: