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Corpus Christi venerated

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Community Development Ministry employs 30 student temps

“If I had to be a movie character I would chose Jack, from Titanic because he’s romantic.” These sentiments were expressed by a student during the “icebreaker” segment at the orientation of the Ministry of Community Development’s Undergraduate/Graduate Short Term Employment programme which officially commenced on June 4, 2012.

The orientation, which took place at the Ministry’s Adult Education facility, located at La Fantasie, St. Ann’s was attended by over 30 undergraduate/graduate students from various tertiary institutions. The Programme is expected to run from June to September 2012 and students will be exposed to the day to day operations of the various Departments/Divisions within the Ministry.

The orientation session, included, among other things, an official welcome by Jenieva Thomas, of Human Resource Services, followed by a brief ice-breaker activity, and an overview of the various divisions of the Ministry by Heads of Departments, as well as the Ministry’s and Trainees’ expectations for the Programme.

Closing remarks were delivered by Gerard Reverand, Human Resource Specialist.

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Mediation workshop promotes "Positive Parenting"

“This Parental Support Programme was born as a result of the need to support “modern day” parents who may lack the necessary support mechanisms to ensure the development of well-rounded children in society.” These were the sentiments expressed by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development as he was speaking to more than 200 parents from La Horquetta, Sangre Grande, Cunupia and Laventille. They were all gathered at the Maracas Bay Community Centre on Monday May 28, 2012 for a Parenting Workshop hosted by the Community Mediation Division under the Ministry of Community Development.

The Seminar themed “Correcting and Disciplining Children” was facilitated by Naissance Consultancy Services. The workshop focused on “positive parenting” and proposed different approaches in nurturing children. Among some of the topics covered were:

-different parenting styles;

-emotional and behaviour disorders;

-new and effective approaches to discipline;

-cultural aspects of discipline;

-the difference between abuse and punishment; and

-positive reinforcement.

The proactive seminar allowed for parents to share concerns, voice opinions and develop approaches to proper parenting.

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Folk Games thrill patrons at Larry Gomes Stadium

The activities at the Village Olympics: Folk Games Finals drew sounds of excitement and loud cheers from patrons at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar last Sunday 3rd June, 2012. The Folk Games Finals – a much anticipated event organised by the Best Village Unit, Ministry of Community Development kicked off at 10:30am with the Parade of Teams where Susan Corbett, Director of the Community Development Division and Gwendolyn Salick, Programme Coordinator, Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition officiated and took the salute. Seven Teams incorporated various genres of local music and dances into their presentations in an effort to gain maximum points in the Parade of Teams segment. In the end, it was the North West Laventille Cultural Movement, St. George West raised the Parade of Teams Trophy for the fourth year in a row, while Siparia Police Youth Club and L.H. Movers Sports and Cultural Committee came in second and third respectively.

The day continued with over 40 indigenous (folk) games that held the crowd’s attention. Children under ten had the chance to participate in the Needle and Thread Race, Sack Race and Roller Race while the older ones participated in Kite Flying, Three-Legged Race and Hoola Hoop to name a few. The Adults took part in the keenly contested Tug Of War, Mother and Child Race ad Fathers’ Diaper Derby Race.

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Corpus Christi - a day to pray and plant in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates Corpus Christi tomorrow, Thursday, June 7, 2012, and while thousands of Roman Catholics will be walking in public processions of the Body of Christ (Corpus Christi translated from Latin) many of the inhabitants of the twin islands will be planting new fruit and ornamental trees.

Although the religious feast day is only a public holiday in predominantly Catholic countries, it is historically binding in Trinidad and Tobago, now a very cosmopolitan nation, because it was originally bundled in a package of conditions by Spain before ceding rule of Trinidad and Tobago to Britain in 1797.

The students in the photo at right this morning received free seedlings from the elected local government official, Khadijah Ameen (far left in yellow), chairman of the Tunapuna Piarco Regional Corporation. Yesterday, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan also hosted a ceremony for the distribution of seeds to staff of the Ministry of the Attorney General. His office advised the media.

Tomorrow, others will make their way to their parish churches for Corpus Christi Mass and procession. Also tomorrow, Archbishop of Port of Spain Joseph Harris will lead what is expected to be the largest of those processions of Catholic faithful, with the Body of Christ elevated in a monstrance, at the Queen's Park Savannah.

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TTSEC to consult public on new Securities Bill

"The Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission has made amendments to its governing legislation – The Securities Industry Act of 1995 and has subsequently produced The Securities Bill 2012 which will be laid in Parliament shortly," a release from the TTSEC said today.

Before presenting the Bill to Parliament for debate, the TTSEC will host mandatory "public consultations" on the draft to get feedback from investors, legal experts and others.

TTSEC Chairman Professor Patrick Watson (left) and the TTSEC Board of Commissioners are inviting the public to attend any of the two consultations which will take place in Trinidad at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Mt Hope on Tuesday from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; and in Tobago at the Mt Irvine Bay Hotel on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

The TTSEC said in its release that its intention is to replace the existing Securities Industry Act of 1995 with this new bill "to strengthen the present regulatory framework in order to provide greater protection for investors and other market participants. This enhanced protection will be achieved through the implementation of improved disclosure and transparency, more sophisticated market surveillance, enforcement and the promotion of regulatory cooperation at all levels."

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Latin America, Caribbean group to meet in Guyana on hunger

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Over 30 Community based groups attend CDF Couva Outreach

Representatives from over 30 community-based groups in Couva South attended a community outreach initiative hosted by the Community Development Fund of the Ministry of Community Development at the Preysal Community Centre on Monday June 4, 2012.

In his brief address on behalf of Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Christendath Harry, Advisor to the Minister, told the groups that such an outreach would provide a range of benefits to the Preysal community. He urged them to market the services of the CDF to other groups, as the programme is geared to the entire country. Mr Harry also called for continuous evaluation of their projects to determine their strengths and weaknesses and said the Ministry will provide technical assistance where necessary, to ensure the sustainability of such projects.

During the morning session, there were presentations from other Ministries including:

• Ministry of Health – Public Health Inspectorate;
• Ministry of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs – Agricultural Extension Office;
• Ministry of Labour – Enterprise Development Division;
• Ministry of Housing and the Environment – Green Fund Executing Unit
• Ministry of the People and Social Development; and
• Regulated Industries Commission

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Prime Minister promises a better Tobago

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Health Minister to acknowledge benefits of herbal medicine

Update: event postponed. No reason given.

Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan is expected to acknowledge the benefits of herbal medicine at a public seminar in Port of Spain on Tuesday, but at the same time announce plans to regulate it. On Friday, the Ministry of Health invited the public to its seminar on Herbal Medicine at 8:30 a.m. on June 5, 2012 at the La Boucan Room, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.

The seminar is themed, “The Future Of Herbal Medicine: Can It Work?” and will feature presentations by a panel of experts on what constitutes herbal medicine; the development of a policy which will be used to guide future legislation for the use of herbal medicine in Trinidad and Tobago; registration for herbal medicine practitioners in Trinidad and Tobago; false advertising claims and the protection of citizens; and legal redress for citizens.

Feature speakers will be the Minister of Health of Trinidad and Tobago and Dr D.C. Katosh from the Department of AYUSH in the Ministry of State for Health and Family Welfare of India. Shri S. Gandhiselvan, India's Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare and Malay Mishra, Indian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago will also address attendees at the seminar.