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New Board installed at St. Augustine Regional Complex

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh formally installed a new Board of Management at the St. Augustine Regional Complex, St. John’s Road, St. Augustine (yesterday), March 16th, 2011 at 5.00 pm. The seven-member board will serve for a period of two years. The St. Augustine Regional Complex was officially opened in June 1997 and offers a wide range of services and amenities to communities in St. Augustine and the district of St. George East.

The full Board of Directors is as follows:

Nishia Deosingh – Chairperson
Vernon D Khelawan – Vice Chairman
Sahadeo Mukesh – Member
Bobby Azam Mohammed – Member
Sean Tellucksingh – Member
Chaitram Brown – Member
Dalton Dorman – Member

The St. Augustine Regional Complex, along with other existing complexes and community centres across the country, all fall under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit
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Munna's people to launch at NAPA

Rajnie Ramlakhan will launch the book "Munna's People" at the National Academy of the Performing Arts on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm, a release from Satesh Ragoo said yesterday.

The release said the event will be held under "the esteemed patronage of the Attorney General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Senator the Honourable Anand Ramlogan."

The release described the book as a treasure of memories and experiences taken directly form the enchanting period that is the 1960s and the event promises to be a colourful one of culture and art and entertainment.

The central figure in the reproduction of the painting at right is believed to represent Munna. The face in the upper right corner is believed to represent God and the faces below, Munna's people.

The colours are also believed to symbolize different aspects of the book.
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Carapichaima to host carnival prizegiving

File photo of a regional carnival celebration by GISL.

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New Steering Committee installed at CDF

General News

The Community Development Fund has a new Steering Committee. Three of the four members were handed their instruments by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh during a brief installation ceremony at the Ministry’s Jerningham Avenue, Belmont office yesterday afternoon (Wednesday March 2, 2011). Also in attendance was the newly appointed Deputy Programme Director of the CDF Sabrina Malwah-Baksh and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray.

The full CDF Committee, chaired by Minister Baksh, is as follows:

Rosslyn Williams George
Victor Zephyrine, educator and
Aazam Piprawala, accounting technician and marketer
Ian Wilson, Tobago representative (absent)

The Community Development Fund, part of Ministry of Community Development, was first established in 1996 under a Loan Agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago established the Fund as a bridging mechanism for tackling poverty and assisting with the delivery of services to the poor and vulnerable population.

In fulfillment of its mandate the CDF operates the following key programmes and support services:


In photo from left, CDF Committee members Rosslyn Williams George, Aazam Piprawala, Victor Zephyrine and Community Development Minister the Honourable Nizam Baksh

CREDITS: Information sourced from the Community Development Division
Photo courtesy the Ministry’s Communications Unit

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Best Village to re-enact Camboulay Riots on Friday

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The Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s re-enactment of the 1881 Camboulay Riots will for the first time include a ‘live’ stick-fighting display as part of the production, to be staged on the Piccadilly Greens in Port of Spain on Friday March 4, 2011 from 5.00 am. This year’s re-enactment will be more action-oriented, with the burning of an effigy of Captain Baker and a clear picture of the strategy of the Camboulay revellers, as they prepare to attack.

There will also be traditional mas characters including: Pierrot Grenades and Midnight Robbers displaying placards indicating the year that each one was incorporated into Carnival celebrations.

A banner is already in place at the Piccadilly Greens, indicating Captain Baker’s request to the President for permission to break up the Camboulay. The request was subsequently refused and the revellers were allowed to play their mas.

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