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Community Development Ministry celebrates Emancipation

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at its Emancipation celebrations held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts on Friday July 29, 2011.

All protocols observed.

Good Afternoon

Today, I am happy to be here to share the pride and joy that pervade our African brothers and sisters on the occasion of Emancipation.
As we celebrate and commemorate, at a national level, the 26th anniversary of granting of the Emancipation holiday as proclaimed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, we must take note of the struggle of all men and women which resulted in the just and equitable society in which we live today.
In so doing, I want to also extend Happy Emancipation greetings to all of you and to the national community as well. Furthermore. I wish to commend the Ministry’s Events Committee for organizing this and all the other events which allow us to recognize and celebrate our diversity as a Ministry and by extension, as a nation.
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Minister Baksh gives $4 million in grants to community groups

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at a grant distribution and bus handover ceremony at NAPA on Wednesday August 3, 2011. A total of 22 groups receieved grants, while a 24-seater bus was handed over to Missions International to be used to provide free medical, dental and ophthalmic services to various communities.

All protocols observed

Introduction

Thank you all for being here, and thank you for all the work you are doing to alleviate poverty throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
I want to take a moment to acknowledge the beneficiary groups who are here with us today for the outstanding work they are doing on behalf of the people of their communities:

• The Clarke Rochard Sports Club, Penal - for the Clark Rochard Duck Production Initiative
• The Network of Civil Society Organizations, Sinanan Building No 2 Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande - for its Strategic Planning for NGOs and CBOs - Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building initiative. This is something we would like to spread throughout the country

• The St. Patrick East Voluntary Brigade, Lamp Post #52, Bhupsingh Park, Penal - Empowering Youth for Development with Music
• The Tobago Cocoa Farmers Association, 13 Calder Hall Branch Trace, Scarborough, Tobago – for its Research Facility to deal with Hybrid Production, Pest Infestation and Quality Control
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New Belmont Stairway emancipates underprivileged family

CAPTION: From left to right: Minister of the People and Social Development, the Honourable Glenn Ramadharsingh, CEO of the NCSHL Reynold Baldeosingh, Communications Advisor to the URP, Barrington Thomas, Aaron Smith, Surujdeo Mangaroo, Chairman of the NCSHL and Hon. Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development as he extends a hand to assist Aaron Smith down the stairs.


Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh and Cabinet colleague, Minister of the People and Social Development, the Honourable Glenn Ramadharsingh formally commissioned a newly constructed stairway and railing just outside the home of twenty five year old Aaron Smith who suffers from cerebral palsy. Aaron who lives with his grandmother at Upper Gonzales, Belmont, now has access to and from his home through this kind, life changing gesture. The event took place today at 10:30 am in Belmont Port of Spain.
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C&B T&T finals end in St. Patrick and St. George West

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s “Clean and Beautify T&T” finals come to a conclusion, with judging in the districts of St. Patrick East and West and St. George West from today, Wednesday August 3, 2011 to Friday August 5, 2011.

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 full judging schedule for St. Patrick East is as follows:
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CDF grants over $4 million to fight poverty

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L-R: Community Development Minister Nizam Baksh, Ravi Ji and Christendath Harry, Advisor to the Minister at the Hindu Prachar Kendra in Chaguanas, one of the community groups that will benefit from the grants.