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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.

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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



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Cellphone law effective February 19

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By Dana Seetahal

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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.