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NCSH hosts media luncheon

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The following is the address delivered by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh at a media luncheon hosted by the National Commission for Self Help Limited at Chaud Restaurant on Dundonald Street, Port of Spain on January 26, 2011 at 12 noon.


Thank you all for being here, and special thanks to the members of the media who are here. Today is about you, so we are pleased to have you here today. This is an opportunity to thank you for your partnership, for your cooperation and for your coverage. As news people, I know you all have a very difficult job. You have to understand the principles and practices through which the National Commission for Self Help operates so that your comments, discussions and critics may be insightful and well informed.
Today, Trinidad and Tobago is more interconnected than at any time in its history. People get their news from increasingly different sources. Yet, only the professional journalists like you can do a professional job at reporting the news. Citizen journalists perform an important function of speed in news delivery, but you perform a more important function of accuracy and reliability to go with the speed.
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New Board of Directors at Export Centres Company Limited appointed

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The Export Centres Company Limited now has a new Board of Directors. The six members, including the chairman, received their packages from the Ministry of Finance from the line Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh during a ceremony at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont earlier this afternoon (Tuesday January 18, 2011). The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Margaret Farray and ECCL CEO Calvin Maurice were also present.

The new ECCL Board, which will serve for a two-year term, is as follows:

Ms. Sharda Ramlakhan – Chairperson (in photo)
Mr. Steve Arman
Mr. Taran Sooklal
Ms. Nicole Johnson
Ms. Suzanne Nunez
Ms. Michelle S. Solomon

The Export Centres Programme is mandated to empower members of village communities through the production of craft for the export market. Centres are located throughout the country.

The ECCL’s main objective is to provide export-specific training for persons who previously received basic training in craft development at the Community Development Division’s training or those who benefitted from other relevant training exposure.

Its main targets are members of village communities. The ECCL falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.

In photo: Attorney at law, Sharda Ramlakhan, newly appointed Chairperson of the Export Centres Company Limited.

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CREDITS: Infomation sourced from Export Centres Company Limited
Photo courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit
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Minister Baksh to announce new ECCL Board

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A new Board of Directors of the Export Centres Company Limited will receive their instruments of appointment from Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh on Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 3.00 pm. The ceremony takes place at the Ministry’s Head Office on Jerningham Avenue, Belmont. The new ECCL Board consists of seven members, including its chairman.

The Export Centres Programme is mandated to empower members of village communities through the production of craft for the export market. Centres are located throughout the country.

The ECCL’s main objective is to provide export-specific training for persons who previously received basic training in craft development at the Community Development Division’s training or those who benefitted from other relevant training exposure.

Its main targets are members of village communities. The ECCL falls under the purview of the Ministry of Community Development.


In photo: ECCL’s CEO Calvin Maurice speaks during a ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 22, 2010, where British City and Guild certificates were awarded to eight graduates in the area of Craft Training.

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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Export Centres Company Limited
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development


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Minister Baksh to open Islamic Insurance Program

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally open a four-day workshop on Islamic Insurance at 9.00 am at the Kapok Hotel in Maraval from Monday January 31, 2011. The program is being hosted by Straightway Consulting Limited, formerly Darul ILm Limited and will run until Thursday February 3, 2011.

"I am deeply honoured to be opening this programme," Minister Baksh said. "I know it will provide greater opportunities for a wider cross-section of our communities. To participate in the existing profit-driven system may be against Islam, but that does not mean Muslims are immune from tragedy. Government will therefore not rest until all of our brothers and sisters are catered for in the insurance system. We are about inclusion and prosperity for all. That is our central promise."

About the host:
Straightway Consulting was formed in 2007 to deal with training, education and consulting for the development of the Islamic Financial Sector in the Caribbean. In 2008 the company held its first Islamic finance training program, which was attended by representatives from First Citizens Bank, Central Bank, Ministry of Labour-Co-operatives Division, Darul Uloom – Islamic Studies, Manzil Co-operative, Clico and members of the public.
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Caribbean artists exhibit in Washington

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OAS Assistant SG vows renewed commitment to Haiti

General NewsThe following are the remarks of the OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin.
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Citizen denounces unlicensed "scooter" in Couva

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Here is an old man on his motor scooter blocking traffic along the Couva main road. Only in Trinidad..he have not licence to be on the road and he did not want to move.

Deven Basdeo
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Community Development Ministry helps 347 groups with CARE grants for Christmas 2010

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A total of 347 community organizations, including sports clubs and churches successfully applied for financial assistance from the Community Action for Revival and Empowerment (CARE) Programme for 2010 for the hosting of events, including family days and charitable Christmas functions.

The Ministry of Community Development, through CARE, handed out $1,665,412 in grants for Christmas 2010. Approximately $133,000 in cheques were handed out in November 2010 and $1,532,412 in December 2010.

The Community Action for Revival and Empowerment (CARE) Programme was started by the Community Development Division in 1992 to facilitate critical community intervention projects.

Its objectives are to provide assistance to Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Faith-Based Organizations (FBO’s) with concrete proposals to initiate action, designed to empower their communities, as well as to promote a mindset toward development, self-reliance, responsibility and partnership.

In photo: Community Development Minister the Honourable Nizam Baksh (bending over) gives out a grant at ceremony hosted by the National Commission for Self-Help Limited in Chaguanas in December 2010.


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CREDITS: Information sourced from the Community Action for Revival and Empowerment (CARE) Programme.
Photo courtesy the Ministry of Community Development

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State of the Art Community Centre opened in Waterloo

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by Community Development Minister the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the opening of the new Community Centre at Waterloo on Saturday January 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm


All protocols observed.

It is a pleasure to have you all here as we open the doors of this beautiful community centre. This is one of the new, vanguard community centres that we are opening through the Community Centre Construction and Refurbishment Programme.

This community centre and others like it across this country remind us of an undeniable truth: that when the men and women of Community Development are called to serve, they serve and they serve with distinction. As a former Community Development Officer myself, it is inspiring to see that the work of improving life in our communities, remain in very capable hands.
We know the challenges communities face. We know that the costs of renting a commercial facility, equivalent to this community centre, can be prohibitive. We know that without a common venue for community gatherings, group meetings, classes, and other community activities, social cohesion would remain an elusive goal.

As we open the doors of this community centre, we are also opening the doors of opportunities for the people of Waterloo and environs.

Waterloo is very fortunate to have a modern community centre like this one. It features an auditorium, a teaching kitchen, a classroom, a computer room with internet access, male and female restrooms, a gym, and an office. Added to the features of this Community Centre we have provided for you a range of furniture and equipment at a high cost to the tax payers. This centre is also equipped with an “inbuilt” Public Address System.

Government is pleased to endow the people of Waterloo with this new imposing Community centre. We trust that you will avail yourselves of its facilities responsibly and purposefully.
Exorbitant costs and long-distance logistics will become a thing of the past for Waterloo community groups. You will now be able to focus on the events that matter most: these are your meetings, your events, and other activities.

This community centre will serve over 900 families in the immediate environs. Undoubtedly, hundreds more from throughout Central Trinidad will be attracted to Waterloo, to access this affordable yet outstanding facility.

Programmes: Three tourism sites

-Temple in the Sea

-Hanuman Murti
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Minister Baksh to open Waterloo Community Centre

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will formally open a new, vanguard community centre for the people of Waterloo and environs on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm. Located at the corner of Butler Village Street and Waterloo Main Road, the modern facility features an auditorium, a teaching kitchen, a classroom, computer rooms with internet access, male and female restrooms, a gym, an office and a built-in public address system. The building is also bespoke for the differently-abled and ready to serve as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster.

"Community centres assist in keeping the youth from getting involved in criminal activities because of the programmes that are conducted there,” villagers have been quoted as saying. Through its Community Education Programme, the Ministry of Community Development annually offers over 200 courses in skills that empower thousands of citizens from across the country to become either employed or self-employed.

The Community Centres Construction and Refurbishment Programme has also been credited with providing jobs to villagers and small contractors from the area where centres are built or refurbished.

Since taking office, Minister Baksh has opened the Guayaguayare Community Centre, the Preysal Community Centre, the La Seiva Community Centre, and the Union Village Community Centre.

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