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Mayaro, Rio Claro to launch Carnival 2012 programme

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Carinival launch in Mayaro.
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Minister Baksh to address launch of drug awareness week

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh will deliver the feature address at the official opening of the 14th annual Drug Awareness Week on Monday November 14, 2011 from 10:00 am at the Auditorium of the La Romaine Integrated Education Project at #2 Canaan Road, Bamboo Village, La Romaine. The project is a partnership between Servol and the Ministry of Education and is being organized by the Board of Education.

During the week of activities, emphasis will be placed on the dangers of using and abusing both legal and illegal drugs, through lectures, essay competitions and audio-visual materials.

The La Romaine IEP, which includes an Adolescent Development Programme, Early Childhood Centre, Post Primary Centre, High Tech Centre and Skills Centre, is the first educational institution in the country to organize an annual alcohol and drug awareness week.

Representatives from other schools are also scheduled to attend the official opening.

Caption: Some male participants seek information on drug abuse prevention during a Primary Schools Workshop hosted by the National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme, NADAPP at the Mayaro Sport/Youth Facility on September 28, 2011.

CREDITS: Information sourced from release issued by the La Romaine Integrated Education Project of Servol and the Board of Education
Photo courtesy the Communications Unit of the Ministry of Community Development
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Ian Alleyne pulled off TV 6 - it is alleged

It is alleged that CCN TV 6 has pulled one of its most popular programmes "CrimeWatch" hosted by Ian Alleyne off the air until further notice. Within less than one hour viewers will know if the rumour is true or if it is just alleged. The news comes in the wake of a clip that Ian Alleyne asked his director to run. The clip allegedly showed the rape of a 13 year old girl on "national television" as Alleyne would call it.

"Finally TV6's common sense prevailed!" said a former co-worker at WIN TV where Alleyne gained initial fame.

"Great News," said a Facebook user. "Ignorance of true Journalism is not an excuse Ian. May God help the young lady in question and I hope they (TV6) learn about sensitivity and justice."

"I am so sorry for citizens of this country now [because I don't know if you people] realise how much good this man had done!" said another.

Said another, "I agree the video was wrong to put on air but action was only taken 4 months after the police had info...too bad it was an avenue to highlight some of the crap people in high places do."

"He still made an effort," another said. "He did alot of shit but he also did good too."

"All who critizing Ian Alleyne none of you could ever be like Ian Alleyne," another fan said. "He risking his life for this country whereas all yuh just talking and no action. He is helping the poor by giving them justice because if he did not show the video on TV they would not catch the criminal. Four months now the info was in the police hands. Nothing [was] done. Now, he show[ed] the video and they catch the criminal all yuh want to cut him down. Get your facts right."

Said another, "My question is this: Did'nt he consult with his "special legal advisor" before airing that clip?"

Another viewer said, "Ian Alleyene was the same person who accused the police of harassment when they arrested a group of men on Nelson St but when the police showed a video with the same men robbing people, he had nothing to say."

More comments from viewers included:

"Thank you for stating that. If you have evidence of ANY criminal activity first thing to do IS GO TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT, not show it on a TV programme, and tell yourself you are fighting crime."

"The hunt is on for a new show to replace crime watch!"

"This is EXACTLY the kinda s**t that is associated with Ian Alleyne...bacchanal and scandal! The man is a clown, an opportunist and really heartless to expose such a sensitive issue to the public without consent of the young lady involved. He is the same one quick to defend his younger sister who made an ass of herself in club Zen and this is the best he can do.

"Ladies and gentlemen. Let's not go on and on. Be patriotic and involve yourselves in community activities that build stronger ties and family values. Most people do not know how sick, elderly, children are taken care of by selfless individuals in the community. Be a part not a commentator.

"That may be true but an arrest was only made after the story was highlighted and nothing can change that fact now. I agree not all members of the police force are bad but not all are good. That is why I think it is still a shame for the removal of CrimeWatch. Poor people need someone to stand up for them even if it means he gets ratings. Isn't that what the Governments do?"
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Graduate School of Business to host Regional Forum on Cluster Development

The Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business will host a Regional Forum on Cluster Development on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Speaking at the event will be Arthur Lok Jack Chairman, Associated Brands Investments Limited; the Honorable Stephen Cadiz, Minister of Trade and Industry; the Honorable Fazal Karim Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education; the Honorable Winston Dookeran - Minister of Finance; the Honorable Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie - Minister of Planning; and a host of international speakers.
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NCSHL to distribute $1.8 million in grants along east/west corridor

Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Nizam Baksh (centre) presents a MRRG to a recipient (left), as Mayor of San Fernando, Her Worship Marlene Coudray (right) looks on, along with Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Nela Khan (second right) at the NCSHL grant distribution ceremony at the San Fernando City Hall in San Fernando on Friday September 16, 2011.