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60 Tobagonians complete training in planning, leadership

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The Community Development Fund (CDF) of the Ministry of Community Development on Friday distributed certificates to Tobago’s community leaders who participated in the CDF’s Strategic Planning and Leadership Training Workshops. The workshops were conducted throughout Trinidad and Tobago’s 14 regional corporations.

The CDF awarded the certificates at the Conference Room, Coco Reef hotel, Crown Point, Tobago, at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 9, 2011.

Sixty (60) participants representing 41 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) completed two 3 day workshops on Leadership and Strategic Planning at the CDF’s office in Tobago.

The CDF's Programme objectives are to assist in the delivery of community social services and infrastructure to low income and disadvantaged sections of the population through NGOs and CBOs, and to strengthen and build the capacity of NGOs, CBOs and other CSOs.

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Over 1000 graduate from Community Education Skills Programme (CEP) in St George East

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Over 1,000 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago participated in a Graduation Ceremony which was held in their honour last Friday - September 2, 2011 at the UTT Campus O \\\'Meara at 10:30 am. The event was hosted by the St George East District Office of the Ministry of Community Development and was attended by Officers and staff of the Ministry, as well as Director of Community Development, Susan Corbett and Permanent Seceretary at the Ministry, Margaret Farray, who delivered the feature address.

The following is the address [verbatim] which was delivered by the Permanent Secretary:

[All Protocols Observed]
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Krystal Calbio is Miss La Reine Rive 2011

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Krystal Calbio is the new Miss La Reine Rive.

She emerged victorious over the 19 other finalists taking part in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s “Le Gran Z’Affaire” at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Saturday, September 3, 2011. The 22-year old, who represented the Mausica United Youth Council, St. George East, became the 48th La Reine Rive winner after a final featuring the delegates in evening wear and the best performances of the villages. Calbio also placed second in the Talent and Self-Expression categories of the final.

The first runner-up was Sansha Scipio of the Palmiste Community Group from Caroni North, while Raechelle Regis-Glaud from the Nation Folkness Narodnost of Victoria East was adjudged the second runner-up.

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh presented prizes to some of the category winners and also crowned the new Miss La Reine Rive.

The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition forms part of the portfolio of the Ministry of Community Development.

Here are the full results for La Reine Rive, along with the overall results of Best Village 2011.
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Curfew shortened in Trinidad and Tobago

General NewsThe curfew imposed on hotspot areas in Trinidad and Tobago during this country's State of Emergency has been reduced to 11 pm to 4 am.
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Independence Folk Festival gets underway with Folk Literature

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s Independence Folk Festival got underway at the Little Carib Theatre in Woodbrook on Friday August 26, 2011, with the finals of the Folk Literature competition.

The categories included:

- Poetry
- Short Story
- Folk and Carnival characters
- Ceremonies and Customs

Six finalists competed in the poetry category, followed by eight in the area of short story. The performances were judged by a panel, which included Mr. Felix Edinborough, the local Pierrot Grenade.

The Independence Folk Festival continued on Saturday August 27, 2011 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts with:

• La Reine Rive (Talent and Self-Expression)
• National/Patriotic Songs (Choirs)
• National Dances