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$40,000 prize for Community Beautification announced

General News Persons cleaning and beautifying public spaces in their communities can now win as much as $40,000 from the Prime Minister's Beautification Competition, Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh announced today. Speaking during the launch of the new Prime Minister's Beautification Competition, Minister Baksh told community leaders gathered at the Sangre Grande Civic Centre this morning, that the new competition subsumes the Clean & Beautify Trinidad & Tobago (C&B T&T) campaign, and elevates the Environmental Sanitation category of the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition. The Best Village competition forms part of the portfolio of the Ministry of Commmunity Development.

"Today, I am pleased to announce that the Ministry will increase the number of prizes from three to eight. The quantum will be increased as follows. The first place prize of the former "Environmental Sanitation" component of the Best Village competiton will increase from $10,000 to $40,000; second place prize will increase from $7,500 to $30,000; the third place prize will increase from $5,000 to $20,000," he said.

Even if a community does not place among the top eight, Minister Baksh noted that as a result of the cleaning and beautifying, "In every community that participates, the residents of that community will be the ones who benefit most." He added, "We have a win-win situation. For participants of this competition, it is impossible to lose."

The Minister of Community Development explained, "The objective of this Beautification Competition is to promote environmental awareness in our communities; to spur physical and general cleanliness of our surroundings; to encourage communities to vie for excellence in exercises that will enhance village surroundings and at the same time, strengthen community spirit and village pride. The rules are simple. Communities need only to present their proposals by mid-March 2011 at any of our eight district offices across the country."

For further information, interested persons should contact the Best Village office at 627-0471.
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Newly refurbished Regional Complex for Ste. Madeleine

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Residents of Ste. Madeleine in south Trinidad will soon benefit from a newly refurbished Regional Complex, which will be rededicated on Thursday February 3, 2011 at 5.00 pm. Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally re-open the upgraded facility, which was first opened on October 19, 1995.

The complex comprises of the following:

• A multi-purpose auditorium for cultural activities and indoor sports
• A conference room for meetings and lectures
• An office for Administrative Staff
• A Room for counselling, workshop sessions, classes and general development
• A Kitchen
• Sanitary facilities
• A Storeroom
• A Bar Area

The Ste. Madeleine Regional Complex is managed by the Ministry of Community Development through its Board of Management established in March 1997. This Board was later divided into Five Committees, namely Sports, Culture, Religion, Women, Business, Representatives from Local Government and the Ste. Madeleine Village Community Council. Statutory meetings of the Board are held once monthly.

Future projects earmarked for the complex are:

• Construction of a multi-purpose court and basement
• Construction of a balcony in the Main Hall
• Establishment of Library facilities
• Air conditioning the Main Hall
• Establishment of a Computer Room
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NCSH hosts media luncheon

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The following is the address delivered by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh at a media luncheon hosted by the National Commission for Self Help Limited at Chaud Restaurant on Dundonald Street, Port of Spain on January 26, 2011 at 12 noon.


Thank you all for being here, and special thanks to the members of the media who are here. Today is about you, so we are pleased to have you here today. This is an opportunity to thank you for your partnership, for your cooperation and for your coverage. As news people, I know you all have a very difficult job. You have to understand the principles and practices through which the National Commission for Self Help operates so that your comments, discussions and critics may be insightful and well informed.
Today, Trinidad and Tobago is more interconnected than at any time in its history. People get their news from increasingly different sources. Yet, only the professional journalists like you can do a professional job at reporting the news. Citizen journalists perform an important function of speed in news delivery, but you perform a more important function of accuracy and reliability to go with the speed.
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New Board of Directors at Export Centres Company Limited appointed

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The Export Centres Company Limited now has a new Board of Directors. The six members, including the chairman, received their packages from the Ministry of Finance from the line Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh during a ceremony at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont earlier this afternoon (Tuesday January 18, 2011). The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray and ECCL CEO Calvin Maurice were also present.

The new ECCL Board, which will serve for a two-year term, is as follows:

Ms. Sharda Ramlakhan – Chairperson (in photo)
Mr. Steve Arman
Mr. Taran Sooklal
Ms. Nicole Johnson
Ms. Suzanne Nunez
Ms. Michelle S. Solomon

The Export Centres Programme is mandated to empower members of village communities through the production of craft for the export market. Centres are located throughout the country.

The ECCL’s main objective is to provide export-specific training for persons who previously received basic training in craft development at the Community Development Division’s training or those who benefitted from other relevant training exposure.

Its main targets are members of village communities. The ECCL falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.

In photo: Attorney at law, Sharda Ramlakhan, newly appointed Chairperson of the Export Centres Company Limited.

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CREDITS: Infomation sourced from Export Centres Company Limited
Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit
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Minister Baksh to announce new ECCL Board

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A new Board of Directors of the Export Centres Company Limited will receive their instruments of appointment from Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh on Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 3.00 pm. The ceremony takes place at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont. The new ECCL Board consists of seven members, including its chairman.

The Export Centres Programme is mandated to empower members of village communities through the production of craft for the export market. Centres are located throughout the country.

The ECCL’s main objective is to provide export-specific training for persons who previously received basic training in craft development at the Community Development Division’s training or those who benefitted from other relevant training exposure.

Its main targets are members of village communities. The ECCL falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.


In photo: ECCL’s CEO Calvin Maurice speaks during a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 22, 2010, where British City and Guild certificates were awarded to eight graduates in the area of Craft Training.

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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Export Centres Company Limited
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development