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Ministry of Community Development hosts Parang Show on Brian Lara Promenade

General NewsThe Best Village Unit of the Ministry of Community Development, under the auspices of the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, today hosted its first ever “Parang On D’Promenade” between Chacon and Abercromby Streets in Port of Spain. The Show began promptly at 3:00 pm as began as all were invited to join the Ministry in its effort to entertain the public while promoting its programmes and services.

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Minister Baksh to address Prema Shakti

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The Prema Shakti Dancers and Theatre Productions will host its fund-raising concert entitled “Aaja Nachle 2k10” at the Divali Nagar Site in Chaguanas on Saturday December 4, 2010 from 7.00 pm. The Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development, will attend the concert and deliver an address.

The show is designed to highlight the talent of this group of performers from the Balmain area and includes over eleven spectacular dance performances as well as a live band and interactive segments for the audience. It is the third Aaja Nachle being hosted by the group, which has been in existence for the past eight years, positively promoting culture in the forms of dance and theatre. Its events bring forth talent from within and around the community of Chaguanas and Central Trinidad.

Proceeds from the event will go towards completion of a dance studio for the group located in Balmain, Couva. The studio has been under construction since the group’s last Aaja Nachle concert held in 2008.

CREDITS: Information sourced from a release issued by the Prema Shakti Dancers & Theatres Productions
Photo of dance performance courtesy the Ministry of Community Development
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Government focuses on air, land and sea transport in 2010

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In fiscal year 2010, expenditure on equipment and infrastructure to facilitate air, land and sea transport amounted to $136.6 million from at allocated $178 million. Under its Public Sector Investment Programme, improvement in Public Transportation Services continued with an overall expenditure of $32.6 million. A total of 85 new buses were acquired by the Public Transport Service Corporation at a cost of $25 million. The Corporation also carried out upgrades and refurbishment works at bus shelters and passenger facilities at Arima, Rio Claro and the Port of Spain Maxi Taxi facility and cleaning of electrical power systems and improvement of operating infrastructure to meet OSHA standards. Expenditure on these activities amounted to $7.6 million.

Infrastructural works and system improvements continued at the nation’s airports. At Piarco, the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) utilized $21.2 million of its $21.7 million allocation. Activities include the upgrade of the electrical system at a cost of $7.2 million to provide full emergency backup power at the North Terminal building. Also, $3 million was spent on repairs to the perimeter fence line and roadway at Piarco. The Piarco Runway Improvement Programme, the North Terminal Food and Beverage Court and obtaining of licenses for the computerized system of the (AATT), accounted for the remaining expenditure. Several other projects planned for fiscal year 2010 were rescheduled to fiscal year 2011 to facilitate this project.
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Housing Sector in Tobago to be upgraded in 2011

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The housing sector in Tobago has been allocated $31.2 million under the Housing and Settlements Expansion Programme to continue implementation of approximately 17 projects, as part of Government’s Public Sector Investment Programme 2011. These include home construction, disbursement of home improvement subsidies and grants and home ownership housing subsidies.

Provision has been made for implementation of new initiatives involving the revitalization of Milford Court Commercial Plaza and construction of a facility to accommodate the elderly in the Delaford/L’Anse Fourmi area.

Other activities are scheduled to continue as follows:

• $19 million to facilitate reimbursement of the Housing Development Corporation, HDC and continue construction of housing units at Castara, Blenheim and Adventure

• $0.5 million for construction of a 400-foot box drain at Signal Hill Housing Estate

• Preparation of designs for a Home Owners Association building under the Roxborough Town Expansion Programme

• Preparation of designs and infrastructural works for Charlotteville Village Expansion and Mt. Irvine and Shirvan Road Housing Developments

• Commencements of developments at Belle Garden, Courland and Adelphi Estates

• Financial assistance for home completion

• $6 million for disbursement of grants and subsidies for home repairs

CREDITS: Information sourced from Government’s publication “Facing the Issues: Turning the Economy Around”
Photo by Yuya Tamai

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Government Housing programme continues for Tobago in 2010

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Government, as part of its ongoing Public Sector Investment Programme catered to an ever-increasing demand in Tobago for services from the Settlement Department in 2010. The population on the sister isle benefitted from various programmes undertaken in fiscal year 2010 geared towards meeting the housing needs of residents, in particular the significant group who fell outside the market for commercial mortgages.

The Department of Settlements, Tobago House of Assembly was allocated $41.9 million to continue its mandate to address the housing needs of Tobagonians. The sum of $31.5 million was utilized for continuation of works at four (4) major housing developments: Roxborough, Blenheim, Castara and Adventure. Roxborough (renamed Renaissance of Roxborough) was completed and is now home to approximately sixty (60) families while the other developments were nearing completion. The sewer treatment plant at Adventure Housing Estate was successfully completed in June 2010.

The Home Improvement Grant and Subsidy programmes disbursed $6 million to assist approximately 400 beneficiaries to effect necessary upgrades to existing homes. Other achievements included:

• Assignment and occupation of the Quadlock House at Milford Court, Bon Accord Housing Development

• Selection of a site at Buccoo for the construction of a Greenheart House

• Hosting of a series of community meetings

• Distribution of twenty (20) state grants to residents of former National Housing Authority (NHA) developments

CREDITS: Information sourced from Government’s publication “Facing the Issues: Turning the Economy Around”
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