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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 2:00 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
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Fire victims and senior citizens in Tobago receive NCSH grants for minor repairs

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh, in conjunction with the National Commission for Self-Help Limited distributed 60 Minor Repair and Reconstruction Grants to flood and fire victims in Tobago on Wednesday December 29, 2010 at the Ministry of Works and Transport building at Shaw Park. A total of 40 hampers were also handed out to senior citizens and needy families in the sister isle.

In delivering the keynote address at the ceremony, Minister Baksh pledged to increase the amount of the Disaster Relief Fund and Minor Repair Reconstruction Grant, saying it was insufficient, especially in cases of natural disasters. However, he noted that the issue has to be taken to Cabinet. The MRRG currently stands at $10,000 and the recommended amount is $15,000. NCSH chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo made the opening remarks at the ceremony.

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Minister Baksh, NCSH to deliver grants to flood victims in Tobago

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Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh and the National Commission for Self-Help Limited will distribute 60 Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grants to flood victims in Tobago on Wednesday December 29, 2010. The ceremony is set to take place at the Ministry of Works and Transport building at Shaw Park from 1:30 pm. A total of 40 hampers will also be handed out to needy families in the sister isle.

NCSH chairman Surujdeo Mangaroo will make the opening remarks followed by brief comments from Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Orville London. Minister Baksh will then deliver the feature address, before handing out the grants.

It is the third of three grant distribution ceremonies hosted by the NCSH in the past eight days. The first was held at the Divali Nagar Site in Chaguanas on December 17, 2010, followed by another at the constituency office of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in Siparia on December 21, 2010.

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Counter terrorism expert coming as British High Commissioner

Change of British High Commissioner to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Mr Arthur Snell has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

He succeeds Mr Eric Jenkinson CVO OBE who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Mr Snell will take up his appointment during May 2011.

On his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Mr Snell has said "Trinidad and Tobago is a key partner in the region for the UK and has an important role within CARICOM. I am very much looking forward to taking up the position of High Commissioner and to continuing to build on the strong historical ties between Britain and Trinidad and Tobago."
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Flood victims in central and south Trinidad receive grants through NCSH

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The National Commission for Self-Help Limited handed out 250 Minor Repair and Reconstruction Grants to flood victims from central and south Trinidad, in the Siparia constituency of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar this morning (Tuesday December 21, 2010).

Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh attended the ceremony at the Prime Minister’s constituency office, where he made brief remarks and distributed the grants, valued at $3 million. The NCSH also gave out 60 food hampers each valued at $300, to needy families in the area.

Other dignitaries present were Trade and Industry Minister Stephen Cadiz, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism Nela Khan, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Stacy Roopnarine and San Fernando Mayor, Marlene Coudray.

The Prime Minister, in her brief address, commended the Community Development Ministry and the NCSH for the effort, saying some of her constituents had to wait as long as ten years for assistance. She also noted that such events could help in the ongoing fight against crime.

It is the second of three grant distribution ceremonies being hosted by the NCSH. The first was held at the Divali Nagar site in Chaguanas on Friday December 17, 2010, when 300 grants were handed out. The final event is tentatively carded for early January 2011 in Tobago, where 60 grants and 20 food hampers will be distributed.
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Minister Baksh, NCSH to distribute $3 million in grants to flood victims in Siparia

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The National Commission for Self-Help Limited will hand out 250 Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grants to flood victims in the Siparia constituency of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Tuesday December 21, 2010 at 11:30 am.

Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will attend the ceremony at the constituency office, where he will deliver the feature address and give out the grants, valued at $3 million. The NCSH will also distribute 60 food hampers each valued at $300, to needy families in the area.

It is the second of three grant distribution ceremonies hosted by the NCSH. The first was held at the Divali Nagar site in Chaguanas on Friday December 17, 2010, when 300 grants were handed out. The final event is tentatively carded for early January 2011 in Tobago, where 60 grants will be distributed in addition to 20 food hampers.

Through the Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grant, the Community Development Ministry, through the NCSH has been able to bring relief to families across Trinidad and Tobago within seven days in instances of damage to homes after a natural disaster. In the past, applicants had to wait several months for assistance.

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300 families from central Trinidad receive grants through NCSH

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The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh at the distribution of purchase order grants through the Commission for Self-Help to flood victims in central Trinidad at the Divali Nagar Site in Chaguanas on Friday December 17, 2010 at 1.30pm.

All Protocols observed.

I want to start by thanking the Chairman of the National Commission for Self Help Limited, Mr. Surujdeo Mangaroo, for securing this beautiful venue.
At a time when the only venues along the East-West corridor, that could accommodate everyone here, were all booked up, Mr. Mangaroo’s seat on the Board of the National Council for Indian Culture, proved to be very helpful. Thank you – please give him a big round of applause.
Today we are giving out Minor Repairs and Reconstruction Grants to 300 families from
- Diego Martin Central/West/North East
- Port of Spain East/South/North-St. Ann’s West
- Laventille East-Morvant/West
- Barataria/San Juan
- St. Ann’s East
- St. Joseph
- St. Augustine
- Tunapuna
- Arima
- Lopinot/Bon Air West
- Arouca/Maloney
- Toco/Sangre Grande
- Cumuto/Manzanilla
- D’abadie/Omeara
- La Horquetta/Talparo.
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Minister Baksh distributes grants to flood victims in Chaguanas through NCSH

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The National Commission for Self-Help Limited, NCSHL has distributed 300 Minor Repair Reconstruction Grants (MRRG) to victims of natural disaster, fire and senior citizens, in the first of three distribution ceremonies.

The event took place today, December 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm at the Bisram Gopie Auditorium, Divali Nagar Site, Endeavour Road Extension, Off Uriah Butler Highway, Chaguanas. Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh was present to deliver an address and hand out the grants. He was accompanied by Patricia McIntosh, MP for Port of Spain North/St. Ann’s West and Joanne Thomas, MP for St. Ann’s East and the chairperson of the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation.

On Tuesday December 21st at 11:30 am, the NCSH will hand out 250 MRRG purchase order grants and distribute 180 food hampers to needy families in the Siparia constituency office of the Prime Minister. The final event is tentatively carded for early January 2011 in Tobago. At this event, 60 MRRG purchase orders will be distributed in addition to 20 food hampers.

The National Commission for Self-Help Limited was established by the Cabinet of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on April 7, 1987 and was registered as a State owned Company on April 14, 1997. The idea of self-help was to encourage communities to rely on the resources available and take charge of themselves. Its objectives are: to provide communities with infrastructural amenities and to educate communities on the values of self-help and self-reliance.


In photo: Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh distributes Purchase Order grants to flood victims from south Trinidad for Minor Repair Reconstruction. The event took place at the Preysal Community Centre on September 20, 2010. Also in the picture is Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Roger Samuel and Wouldron Louison (seated) Operations Manager, NCSH.


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CREDITS: Information sourced from the NCSH
Photo by Aleem Khan, Ministry of Community Development



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Government to develop and improve infrastructure in Tobago for 2010-2011

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The importance of infrastructure to the development of Tobago remains high. As part of Government’s Public Sector Investment Programme, the Tobago House of Assembly diligently pursued its quest to continue providing the necessary infrastructure to enable Tobago to continue on its path of growth and development.

In 2010, $54.5 million was utilized in the Roads and Bridges sector. Of this sum, $7 million was allocated for major improvement works on secondary roads. Several projects were completed, including:

• 381 metres of box drains at Canaan/Bon Accord Estate Road

• Box drains, curb and slippers on the sidewalk at Bowson Gully

• Construction of a retaining wall at Top Hill, Pembroke

• Completion of forty (40) metres of box drains and sidewalks at Signal Hill Branch Road

• Construction of a box drain and sidewalk and widening of the road on the Mt. Pleasant Drain Project

An allocation of $1.5 million for the Windward Road Special Development Programme facilitated the completion of the King’s Bay Hill projects.
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Minister Baksh to distribute $6.5 million in relief to 650 families

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The National Commission for Self-Help Limited, NCSHL will distribute 650 Minor Repair Reconstruction Grants (MRRG) to victims of natural disaster, fire and senior citizens at an estimated cost of $6.5 million.

The first of these events is carded for Friday December 17th 2010 at 1:30 pm at the Bisram Gopie Auditorium, Divali Nagar Site, Endeavour Road Extension, Off Uriah Butler Highway, Chaguanas. Community Development Minister, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will be present to deliver an address and hand out the grants.

At the first distribution, at total of 300 persons will receive purchase orders through the Minor Repair Reconstruction Grant Programme for the repair of their homes. In addition, the Commission will also be distributing food hampers to needy families at each event.

The second event (Tuesday December 21st at 11:30 am) is carded for the Siparia constituency office of the Prime Minister. At this event, the NCSHL will distribute 250 Purchase Orders to senior citizens and victims of natural disaster and fire. A total of 180 food hampers will also be distributed to needy families from the various constituencies.

The final event is tentatively carded for Wednesday December 29th, 2010 at 11am in Tobago. At this event, 60 MRRG purchase orders will be distributed in addition to 20 food hampers.