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New faces at ceremonial opening of Tenth Parliament

The second session of the Tenth Parliament was formally opened at the Red House on Monday June 27, 2011, with some new faces in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. A total of 16 changes were announced by Mrs. Persad-Bissessar in a televised address to the nation on Sunday June 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm.

President George Maxwell Richards delivered his traditional opening speech to both Houses of Parliament, which met to address a few matters before taking their mid-year recess. Sittings will resume in September at Tower D of the Waterfront Complex in Port of Spain. This will be the temporary home for Parliament during upgrade works on the Red House, which are due to be completed by 2013.

The new Ministers including Kevin Ramnarine (Energy and Energy Resources), Devant Maharaj (Minister of Transport) and Nicole Dyer-Griffith (Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communication), were all sworn in by President George Maxwell Richards during a ceremony held earlier in the day.
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New community centre opened in Marac, Moruga

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the opening of the new Community Centre in Marac, Moruga on Saturday June 18, 2011.

All protocols observed.

It is always good to be in Moruga, and I am especially happy to share in this special occasion of Marac Fest today; is indeed a great honour.
I want to thank you for your warm welcome, today, and also back in January when I was here to see for myself, first-hand, what could be done to expedite the delivery of this Community Centre to the people of Marac.
Well, Marac, today is that day. Today is the day of delivery.

June 18, 2011 will forever be remembered in Marac; not only because we celebrate Marac Fest, but also because we celebrate the opening of the long-awaited Community Centre in this, what is often called the last village in Moruga; but we all know the protocol.
We save the best for last.
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Caroni North and South host La Reine Rive preliminaries

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s La Reine Rive competition continues, as the districts of Caroni North and South host preliminary round action at the Preysal Community Centre from seven o’clock tonight (Friday June 17, 2011). Delegates will compete to emerge as representatives for each district at the grand finals later this year.

The remaining schedule for La Reine Rive is as follows:

• St. George East – Sunday June 19, 2011 at the Five Rivers Recreation Ground, Arouca from 7:00 pm.

• St. Andrew/St. David – Thursday June 23, 2011 at the Sangre Grande Civic Centre from 6:00 pm.

• Victoria East – Saturday June 25, 2011 at the Princes Town Community Centre from 7:00 pm.

Preliminary round competition was already held in the districts of St. Patrick East and West, Nariva/Mayaro, Victoria West and St. George West.
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Minister Baksh to open new community centre in Marac, Moruga

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A new community centre will be opened in Marac, Moruga this Saturday June 18, 2011 at 10:00 am. Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally commission the new facility, which will serve the community of Marac and environs.

Amenities available at the new facility include:

• An Auditorium that can hold up to (175) persons
• A Training Kitchen (for use in courses for culinary arts)
• A Computer Room for computer literacy classes
• A Classroom
• A Gymnasium
• Dressing Rooms; and
• Wash Rooms

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Over 40 Village Councils represented at Social Investment Fair

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The St. George East Branch Association of Village and Community Councils hosted its inaugural Social Investment Fair on Wednesday June 15, 2011 at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya under the theme “Spaces of Social and Economic Change.” Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh attended the event and delivered the feature address.

In his remarks, he called on social investors present, to seek out projects to invest in, because in doing so, they will ultimately be investing in the communities where they operate, and in the people, who already are, or are soon to become their human capital, the most important asset to an organisation.

Minister Baksh also revealed plans to host a National Conference and Seminar within the next few months. He said he has already initiated discussions with certain High Commissioners here and at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London to identify one or two international experts in Community Development, Principles and Practices. These experts will be invited to Trinidad to facilitate a Conference Seminar on modern practices in Community Development.

A total of 44 Village Councils from areas including Blanchisuesse, Valencia, Talparo and St. Joseph showcased their programmes in the fields of agriculture, tourism or professional development. These were all aimed at creating positive social and economic change.