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Minister Peters to attend Mediation Division’s Parental Support seminar



The Community Mediation Division of the Ministry of Community Development will host a Parental Support Seminar on Monday July 9, 2012 at the Preysal Community Centre in Preysal, Couva from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is the second such Seminar to be held within the past two months by the Division and is entitled: "Boundary Setting." The first was held on Monday May 28, 2012 at the Maracas Bay Community Centre.

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters will attend and deliver the keynote address at the Seminar on Monday.

The seminar will provide parents with the necessary tools for empowerment, personal development and the promotion of sound value systems. This year’s topic deals with correcting and disciplining children and setting boundaries.

Some of the topics to be discussed include:

1. Parenting Styles
2. Emotional and Behaviour Disorders (EBD)
3. New and Effective Approaches to Discipline
4. Cultural Aspects of Discipline
5. The Difference between Abuse and Punishment
6. Punishment and Positive Reinforcement
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Minister Peters visits Export Centres Company Limited



Newly appointed Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, as part of his visits to all of the state companies under his purview, recently visited the Head Office of the Export Centres Company Limited on the Eastern Main Road, Mount Hope.

He attended his first official meeting with the company’s Board of Directors, led by Chairman Michelle Solomon and was later taken on a brief tour of the company where he was apprised of some of the activities involved in fulfilling its strategic direction for the future.

Minister Peters also got the opportunity to meet the staff of the ECCL and got a first-hand look at some of the items which the company has identified as commemorative pieces for the 50th Independence Anniversary. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mrs Margaret Farray accompanied the Minister on the tour.

The Export Centres Company Limited is a State Enterprise, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development. It’s mandate includes, among other things, the training of Craftsmen to become micro-entrepreneurs in local, regional and international craft markets.


Caption: A display of some items of wood craft created by the Export Centres Company Limited


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CREDITS: Information provided by the Export Centres Company Limited
Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit
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US Embassy hosts 4th of July reception at Hilton

The Embassy of the United States of America Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, this year hosted its 4th of July celebrations at the Hilton Trinidad in the form of a reception.



Among the guests were (from left) Chrisendaye Baldah Singh, Ministers Rudy Indarsingh, Dr Roodal Moonilal, and Vasant Bharath.

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RAPP awards its outstanding students



The Retirees Adolescent Partnership Programme of the Ministry of Community Development held its Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon today, Thursday July 5, 2012 at the Belmont Community Centre on Jerningham Avenue. The objective of the Awards Ceremony is to reward and recognise the performance of students of the RAPP Programme at the end of each academic term.

The Awards Ceremony also provided the opportunity for the students to showcase their various talents as each student participated in rendering a song, dance or drama as part of the entertainment for the event.

Awards were presented to RAPP students in the following categories:

• Most Disciplined Student
• Most Punctual Student
• Most Helpful Student
• Most Regular Student
• Student with the best Attitude to Academics
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Minister Peters launches Community Development’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations



The Ministry of Community Development launched its 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations with a cultural concert and fireworks display on Saturday June 30, 2012 at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah.

The concert got underway promptly at 4:30 pm and featured performances by a wide range of artistes including Black Stalin, Denyse Plummer, cross-over band, Melobugs, B Mobile Shiv Shakti Dancers and Panorama champions, Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars. The evening ended with a powerful fireworks display courtesy Fire Power.

Among those in attendance were the new Minister of Public Utilities and former Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, along with Permanent and Deputy Permanent Secretaries from other Ministries.

It was the first of three major events being hosted by the Ministry to commemorate this country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The second concert will take place on Saturday July 14, 2012 at the Divali Nagar Site in Chaguanas, with the third to be held at Skinner Park in San Fernando on August 5, 2012.

There will be similar celebrations in all eight of the Ministry’s District Offices across the country, with St George East to host their concert and fireworks display at the Maracas Bay Community Centre on Sunday July 8, 2012 from 2:00 pm.

Community Development Minister, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters attended the event in one of his first official duties since taking up the new Ministerial portfolio last week. His address (verbatim) is as follows:

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Sport Ministry sponsors game fishing at yacht club



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Community Development bids farewell to Minister Baksh and welcomes Minister Peters



Permanent Secretary, Mrs Margaret Farray, Heads of Department and staff of the Ministry of Community Development hosted a special function at the Ministry’s Adult Education Centre in St. Ann’s on Thursday June 28, 2012, to bid farewell to outgoing Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh and welcome their new Minister, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters.

The brief ceremony included remarks from Mrs Farray, who wished Minister Baksh God’s speed and congratulations in his new portfolio as Minister of Public Utilities. PS Farray also pledged her support to the new Minister of Community Development in charting the way forward for the Ministry.

Employees of the Ministry expressed sentiments of congratulations and gratitude to Minister Baksh for his humility and leadership by example. This was accompanied by presentations in song, poetry and dance, which were made by members of staff themselves.

In his brief response, Minister Baksh noted that his roots were always in community development, having served as a Community Development Officer and Supervisor, before becoming a businessman and then entering politics, first as a Parliamentary Secretary and later, Minister. He also added that he looks forward, as Minister of Public Utilities to assist the Ministry of Community Development, in areas that fell under his purview.

Minister Peters, in his response, said he looks forward to his new role as Minister of Community Development.


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Community Development Ministry launches 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations



The Ministry of Community Development will launch its 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations with a cultural concert and fireworks display on Saturday June 30, 2012 at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah from 4:30 pm.

It is the first of three major events being hosted by the Ministry to commemorate this country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

The concert will feature some of the best local entertainers including:

• Black Stalin
• Denyse Plummer
• Shiv Shakti Dancers
• Junior Calypso Monarch, Aaron Duncan
• Melobugs
• Panorama champions, Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars
• Blaxx and Roy Cape
• Nalini Akal and much more

There will also be performances from various Village Council groups and a special appearance by the 22 finalists in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s La Reine Rive pageant.

The concert is being presented free to the public and is expected to be an event for the entire family.


Caption: A dance performance by one of the village council groups during the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition’s Food and Folk Fair at the Queen’s Park Savannah on May 6, 2012.

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CREDITS: Information provided by the Ministry of Community Development
Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit
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Panday advises new party

Former Prime Minister and ousted founder of the now ruling United National Congress Basdeo Panday posted this message to his Facebook fans today at around 7 a.m.:

"Thank you all supporters and dear friends for your support during these years. I never for one moment doubted that justice would not prevail. Now it is time to move forward. I am in the process of advising a new political movement. All those who are interested please inbox me. For Those who have inboxed me I have begun replying to all."

Panday founded the United National Congress which is the lead party in the People's Partnership coalition government of which Siparia Member of Parliament, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is the political leader. Panday unsuccessfully attempted to regain control of the party.

His fans responded positively.

Champa Chameli said:

"I remember, Mr Panday, you (were) marching to the Prime Minister Office together with your followers, you all (were) block(ed) at Princess Margret Highway/Uriah Butler Highway in Charlieville and I saw the Polices and the Army were beating you and the people and tear gas were all over the place. It wasn't a wonderful site, Mr Panday. Some of your followers run in all direction and some came in our small little home and we had to hide them and you (were) taken to Prison. I was 11 years old and experience that incident. That's a year I will never forget. I was happy to perform for you in Miami when you came here as the PM of T&T. I always have much respect and love as a father of our nation. I hope you become President of T&T. God bless you. Jai Shri Krishna."

Edison Hoolasie said:

"Mr Panday, congratulations to you and your legal team in removing this physchological burden or 'albatross' from around your neck. I always viewed this decision to persecute you as second in atrocity to your removal as a sitting Prime Minister. The dignity with which you have faced these and all other crises is a lesson to all citizens of our difficult but beloved country.

"It is my view that history will fully extricate you from the many difficulties which you have endured in service to all the people of our country! Sir, we all know, that we have much more to learn from you because you have already stated that you will 'die with your boots on!'

"My request of you is to enjoy your wisest years in doing whatever you wish to do! I could only hope that these will include "smelling the roses", assisting in building the party you created and in developing a pride of young lions and lionesses to eliminate the many problems facing our beloved country. Thank you so much Mr. Panday!"
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Siparia celebrates new gas station


Siparia gas station, June 23, 2012


Siparia gas station, January 20, 2009