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Completed Projects

1. Clean & Beautify TT launched June 8 2010

2. Setup the Children Life Fund

3. Held Local Govt Election JULY 26


5. $3,000 old age pension

6. Increased Minimum Wage from $9.00 to $12.50

7. $13M compensation from Government to flooded out farmers July 6 2010
8. 100 schools for vacation repairs July 12 2010 NEWSDAY
MINISTER of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh said that over 100 schools, in the various regional districts, will undergo repairs and reconstruction during the current July-August vacation.

9. $2M for Little Carib July 15 2010 NEWSDAY: Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Winston Peters said the Government is providing the additional $2 million needed to complete the restoration of the Little Carib Theatre.

10. $7M road for Freeport NEWSDAY July 26 2010 Minister in the Ministry of Works and Transport Rudranath Indarsingh has called on Freeport residents to work closely with personnel from his ministry to ensure quality delivery by road paving contractors.

11. Don’t text and drive NEWSDAY July 30 2010 GOVERNMENT yesterday intensified its crackdown on lawlessness on the nation’s roads by announcing that the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving will be outlawed in Trinidad and Tobago.

12. 400 families seek flood grants NEWSDAY August 5 2010 Four hundred families, victims of Monday’s floods, are being assessed by the Ministry of the People and Social Development to determine which grants they can receive, Minister Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh said yesterday.

13. Govt to provide aid for prosthetic limbs NEWSDAY August 5 2010 Government plans to improve grants to help those who are in need of prosthetics, Minister of the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh said yesterday.

14. Duff Road bridge repaired NEWSDAY August 6 2010 The damaged bridge leading to the homes of seven families at Hardbargain was repaired yesterday morning by workers of the Princes Town Regional Corporation (PTRC).

15. Govt allocates $15M for fishermen, farmers NEWSDAY August 12 2010 GOVERNMENT hopes to “rake and scrape” a total of $15 million to upgrade the infrastructure that will help fishermen and food crop farmers to produce more food to feed the population.

16. 260M spent on roads, drains NEWSDAY August 19 2010 WORKS and Transport Minister Jack Warner said the People’s Partnership Government has spent $260 million to date to pave 64 roads and construct 107 drains in the country.

17. Relief for Tabaquite residents NEWSDAY August 28 2010 APPROXIMATELY $25,000 in school books, uniforms, shoes and other supplies were provided yesterday to 50 victims from the Tabaquite constituency who lost those items during the floods which occurred over the last month. Several children received the items at the Gasparillo office of Tabaquite MP and Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan

18. 38 new bus routes opened NEWSDAY September 2 2010 Thirty-eight new bus routes were opened up Monday, with the use of 85 buses and with the employ of 200 new bus drivers.

19. 324 national scholarships NEWSDAY September 3 2010 CABINET yesterday approved an increase in the number of scholarships for Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) graduates to 324 amidst a series of new fiscal measures to bolster education such as increased grants to support schools for “special needs” students.

20. More equipment to fight mosquitoes NEWSDAY September 4 2010 THE Chaguanas Borough Corporation will have additional equipment in its fight against the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the carrier of the dreaded dengue fever, according to Mayor Orlando Nagessar.

21. Scrapped PNM Property Tax

22. Scrapped the PNM Smelter plant

23. More police on the roads this week September 15 2010 Government’s decision to hire “police administrative liaison officers” is not restricted to former/retired police men and women, according to Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams.

24. 23 new beds at EWMSC NEWSDAY September 25 2010 The newest ward at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Champs Fleurs, now has 23 additional beds.

25. Farmers gets $20M for greenhouse farming NEWSDAY October 14 2010 MINISTER of Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs, Vasant Bharath, yesterday revealed that $20 million was put into the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) to fund greenhouse farming technology for local farmers.

26. Electronic birth certificate in seven days NEWSDAY October 19 2010 Parents whose children are born at the San Fernando General Hospital would no longer have to worry about receiving their birth certificates several months later or with misspelt names as the Ministry of Legal Affairs yesterday launched its electronic birth registration at the institution yesterday.

27. Energy Minister: Petrotrin Bill to safeguard pensions NEWSDAY November 15 2010 Energy Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has said the human element must not be neglected in the oil and gas industry. She announced that she had laid the Petrotrin Pension Plan (No 2) Bill in the Senate, last Tuesday, which will safeguard the pension plans of employees of the State-owned oil company.

28. Union village gets $5M centre NEWSDAY November 15 2010 COMMUNITY Develop-ment Minister Nizam Baksh has urged residents of Union Village, Claxton Bay, to utilise all of the facilities, including a well-equipped gym in a spanking new $5 million community centre which he officially declared open on Saturday.

29. Govt launches mobile electronic services unit November 17 2010 THE GOVERNMENT has launched a mobile electronic services unit which will be able to travel to remote areas, and allow citizens to access Government services in relation to birth certificates, housing grants, scholarships, and training.

30. Baptiste-Cornelis: $4M paid for sick children NEWSDAY November 24 2010 MINISTER of Health Therese Baptiste-Cornelis said $4.52 million has been given this year to sick children for foreign surgery, which she said is double the $2.16 million given in sum to 80 patients last year under the former PNM administration.

31. Garth Road residents get new bridge NEWSDAY November 26 2010 COMMUNITY Development Minister, Nizam Baksh, intends to approach Cabinet to ask that they approve an Emergency Repairing and Reconstruction grant of up to $50,000.Baksh made this announcement during the official commissioning of a bridge, which he called a Christmas gift for the residents of Garth Road in Williamsville

32. Interception of Communications Bill passed November 27 2010

33. Bill protects 4,000 tenants NEWSDAY November 30 2010 HOUSING Minister, Dr Roodal Moonilal, said 4,000 tenants would get more time on top of today’s deadline to register their tenancies for a new 30-year period. He yesterday visited the Senate to pilot the Land Tenants (Security of Tenure) (Amendment) Bill 2010 which the Senate urgently debated and passed, after it was passed last Friday by the Lower House.,131687.html

34. Vision on Mission gets $1.3M NWSDAY November 30 2010 MINISTER OF the People and Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh yesterday indicated the country’s prisons system needed to be reviewed and amended, given the fact that TT is faced with an unprecedented increase in crime.,131678.html

35. Trinidad and Tobago Police Service a special duty allowance amounting to $1,000 per month

36. Chaguanas New vendors’ mall opens NEWDAY December 8 2010,132135.html

37. TT gets its first transparency committee in energy NEWSDAY December 9 2010 Corruption and secrecy in the energy sector according to Energy Minister, Carolyn Seepersad- Bachan,would become a thing of the past. And in order to backup her statement the minister has appointed a committee headed by Victor Hart, former chairman of the local Transparency Institute.,132170.html

38. 257 families get Letters of Comfort NEWSDAY December 15 2010 Recognising that little was done over the past nine years to regularise squatters, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, yesterday revealed that some 5,000 families, some of whom had applied for letters of comfort since 1999, would be regularised by the Ministry of Housing and the Land Settlement Agency (LSA) over the next few years.,132506.html

39. Green energy for South HDC homes NEWSDAY December 23 2010 THE Ministry of Housing and Environment is developing a plan to incorporate “green energy” — the harnessing of solar, water and wind technology — in the construction of housing projects in several areas in Trinidad.,132946.html

40. $9M bridge opens, Matura NEWSDAY December 30 2010

41. 430 clerical staffers get jobs in primary schools NEWSDAY January 4 2011 More than 430 persons have been hired as clerical staff at primary schools. They are expected to take up their posts this week.,133486.html

42. Firearms, Finance Bills passed NEWSDAY January 20 2011 THE Senate passed two key Bills in a marathon 11-hour sitting from Tuesday afternoon to 12.25 am yesterday on the heels of last week’s two marathon sittings in the Lower House.,134371.html

43. 28 days jail, no bail NEWSDAY January 23 2011 THE Lower House on Wednesday passed a Bill to allow a suspect to be jailed for 28 days without the chance of getting bail, instead of the current limit of eight days after he/she first sees a magistrate.,134526.html

44. Arima Licensing goes digital NEWSDAY January 27 2011,134700.html

45. Housing drive starts January 25 2011
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal announced last night that next week begins the first phase of the People’s Partnership new housing trust. More than $500 million will be spent in building homes. He also promised 3,500 jobs. He was addressing thousands of supporters gathered in the car park at the Reinzi Complex, Couva, last night. Supporters gathered together to celebrate the first anniversary of the ascension of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to the office of political leader of the United National Congress.,134608.html

46. $59 million Highway By pass in St Helena being built

47. $2 million first prizes for six competitions for Carnival

48. 610 former Caroni workers get leases

After waiting more than seven years, more than 600 former Caroni workers received leases to agricultural lands yesterday

49. Ministry of the People have Increased many grants to alleviate poverty
Increased grants for differently-abled NEWSDAY December 4 2010 Minister of Social Development Dr Glen Ramadharsingh says the differently abled can expect to see an increase in serval grants come January 1, 2011.,131936.html

50. 20,000 Laptops for form one children

Final phase of school laptops begins
By RESHMA BAAL Thursday, January 13 2011

“The 10,000 laptops have been delivered to the ministry and the distribution process should be completed by month end,133992.html

51. 54 housing grants distributed
Thursday, February 24 2011
FIFTY-FOUR grants were on Tuesday distributed to residents of Oroupouche, Fyzabad, Siparia and environs to assist with improvementd on their homes in the sum of $50,000 per grant.,136310.html

52. '$7.1m spent on Sando ENT facilities'
By Sue-Ann Wayow South Bureau
Story Created: Mar 11, 2011
OVER $7 million was spent to refurbish the eye/ENT (ear, nose and throat) ward and build the new eye theatre at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH), which was officially opened yesterday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Health Minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis

53. Crown Pt gets $22M new runway lighting
Wednesday, March 23 2011
WORKS and Transport Minister Jack Warner expressed confidence that operations at the Crown Point International Airport in Tobago will be significantly improved following yesterday’s commissioning of a $22 million runway instrument lighting system at the airport.,137633.html

54. Morne Diablo fishing landing site, which cost approximately $2 million to refurbish,,137687.html

55. $33M for Clico investors

Government’s bailout plan for those who invested in Colonial Life Insurance Company has begun and close to $33 million has been paid to owners of the Executive Flexible Premium Annuity (EFPA) contracts valued at $75,000 or less.,137670.html

56. Highway extension opens
Monday 21st March, 2011

Minister of Works and Transport Jack Warner is assuring citizens that their calls for drainage and road infrastructure improvements are being addressed.
He gave the assurance as he officially opened the Churchill Roosevelt Highway extension from O'Meara Road to Demerara Road.

Mr. Warner said the $150 million project was completed within time and budget and employed local contractors.

57. passed Anti Gang and the Bail (Amendment) Bill,138209.html

58. Ward redone, equipped to ease overcrowding
Ward 15 has been refurbished to accommodate the gynaecology patients.
The South West Regional Health Authority's chairman, Dr Lackram Bodoe, stated in a press release yesterday that the patients who were formerly housed in ward four were transferred to ward 15 on April 24, making room for more available beds.

59. Prime Minister opens Work Force Assessment Centres (WACs)
The WACs are facilities that will cater to the needs of uncertified individuals who would have acquired a certain level of knowledge and skills as a result of their work and life experiences. It allows for these individuals to be formally certified. These centres will play an important part of the National System of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

60. Montrose gets a new bus service
By Sasha Harrinanan Thursday, May 5 2011
Effective 6 am tomorrow, residents living along the Southern Main Road, between Montrose Junction, Chaguanas, and Port-of-Spain, will save an average of $18 on their daily commute.,140026.html

61. New machines give blood test results in minutes
Patients at public institutions can now get their blood results in a matter of minutes. Two haematology machines which will help speed up the process are now functional at the National Radiotherapy Centre, St James, and at Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

62. Oropune residents get compensation
Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner yesterday apologised to 28 relocated Oropune residents who waited 25 years to be compensated by the Government.

63. Penal/Quinam gets a $119M road network
By Cecily Asson Friday, May 13 2011

Within one year, the government of Trinidad and Tobago has spent $119 million in a road network programme in the Penal/Quinam area which is part of the Siparia constituency of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner has revealed.,140408.html

64. WASA lays longest pipleline in South
"It is a pipeline that spans from Navet Waterworks in Tabaquite all the way to Marriott Reservoir in San Fernando. It is 29 kilometres of pipeline. The cost of this project was $117 million but it was budgeted at $303 million. A lot of engineering skills went into it and a lot of detailed planning through inhouse resourcing."

The project was originally scheduled to take two years to complete, but was accomplished in just nine months.

65. Free bus rides for students, senior citizens
By RESHMA BAAL Thursday, June 2 2011

Approximately one week after the announcement by Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC), yesterday launched its free services for citizens over 60 and schoolchildren in uniform.,141493.html

66. Anti-Terrorism Bill passed
By CLINT CHAN TACK Thursday, June 16 2011

NATIONAL SECURITY Minister Brigadier John Sandy said this country is not blacklisted, not on the verge of being blacklisted and will not be blacklisted when it attends plenary meetings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) which takes place in Mexico from June 20 to 24.,142328.html

67. Relief for families
Friday, June 17 2011
A DAY after officials from the National Commission for Self Help (NCSH) visited families at Prizgar Lands in Laventille, after the roofs of their homes were blown off on Tuesday, they received home repair grants.,142420.html

68. Brasso Caparo bridge opens

The Brasso Caparo bridge has been opened by Minister of Works and Infrastructure Jack Warner.

69. In budget and on time…….WOW!

Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner yesterday cut the ribbon to officially open the first phase of the Couva/Preysal Interchange, which cost $29 million.

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Work in Progress

1. $130M to fix HDC houses NEWSDAY July 29 2010 REMEDIAL works to correct flaws on houses constructed by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) under the Patrick Manning-led PNM administration could cost up to about $130 million.

2. Jack tackles major rivers NEWSDAY August 12 2010 Minister of Works and Transport Jack Warner yesterday embarked on an aerial tour to get a better view of what is taking place at the mouths of several key rivers in the country.

3. $30M fund to support dredging of water courses NEWSDAY August 13 2010 ONE DAY before the scheduled start of further river dredging works today, the Cabinet yesterday approved the establishment of a $30 million fund to support emergency dredging of water courses, on the advice of Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner

4. $21M for highways cable barrier NEWSDAY August 14 2010 GOVERNMENT is expected to spend $21 million on installing a Cable High Tension Barrier System (CHTBS) for the medians on the Solomon Hochoy and Uriah Butler Highways.

5. $33M to complete Scarborough Hospital NEWSDAY August 14 2010 A cheque for the amount of $33,321,906 has been handed over by the acting Minister of Health, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, for completion works on the new Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago.

6. Contractors to get $1.5B lifeline NEWSDAY August 20 2010 Works and Transport Minister Jack Warner has promised to begin repaying the debt owed by the Government for projects completed by contractors by asking Cabinet for the $1.5 billion lifeline requested last week by the Contractors’ Association.

7. New technology to fight praedial larceny NEWSDAY September 23 2010 Government is willing to match every dollar up to $30,000 for farmers willing to install new technology in their fields to fight against praedial larceny

8. 5 hospitals by 2016 NEWSDAY October 15 2010 THE GOVERNMENT is moving forward with plans to construct five new hospitals over the coming decade, the first of which are expected to be new hospitals in Central Trinidad and Point Fortin.

9. Govt to reform special purpose companies NEWSDAY November 11 2010 Finance Minister Winston Dookeran yesterday said the State will this month begin the process of reform of special-purpose state enterprises in cooperation with the International Financial Corporation (IFC).

10. HANDS OFF UNDERAGE GIRLS NEWSDAY October 20 2010 MINISTER in the Ministry of National Security Subhas Panday yesterday gave a stern warning to maxi-taxi drivers not to molest the children they are hired to carry from school, as he piloted a Bill in the Senate to help rape victims testify in court.

11. Ramadharsingh commits millions to cerebral palsy NEWSDAY October 31 2010 Ministry of the People and Social Development Minister, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, has committed some $1.5 million for the construction of a Cerebral Palsy Resource Centre while committing another $5 million to the Cerebral Palsy Society of Trinidad and Tobago (CPSTT), over the next three to five years.

12. $8B JUMP-START LOAN NEWSDAY November 11 2010 TRINIDAD and Tobago will turn to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to borrow $8.2 billion, repayable over 25 years, in order to control the deficit and to help finance the State’s attempts to jump-start the economy, Finance Minister Winston Dookeran announced yesterday.

13. TT to have Higher Education Commission NEWSDAY November 15 2010 Government is one step closer to establishing a National Commission for Higher Education (NCHE) which would ensure “harmonisation” and regularisation of Trinidad and Tobago’s (TT) tertiary education sector, according to Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education (STTE), Fazal Karim.

14. Parliament safeguards rights of lease-holders NEWSDAY November 27 2010 Although the Government has been using a “humane hand” in dealing with squatters, Housing and Environment Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal made it clear that it would not tolerate land grabbing, and other lawlessness.,131543.html

15. Gopeesingh: Govt to introduce screening December 5 2010 As part of the Government’s drive to re-organise the education system, the Ministry of Education will introduce mandatory screening for diagnosing disabilities in children between the ages of three and five, Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh said yesterday.,131968.html

16. $1B water improvement plan NEWSDAY December 8 2010 MINISTER of Public Utilities Emmanuel George yesterday said the Cabinet has approved a plan for a $1 billion upgrade of water and sewage facilities and warned the population that there will be “major civil works” to be undertaken in the coming year.,132145.html

17. HR data to be computerized NEWSDAY December 15 2010 EDUCATION Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh and his executive team met with the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) as part of the Ministry’s plan to improve its institutional capability and capacity.,132512.html

18. Cadiz: Used dealers must give service NEWSDAY December 17 2010 TRADE Minister Stephen Cadiz has said foreign-used car dealers must supply spare parts and servicing for their vehicles, plus a warranty, under a new plan to protect the consumer and to curb an illegal trade in used cars. He was addressing yesterday’s post-Cabinet news briefing at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.,132612.html

19. 20% special marks for SEA NEWSDAY December 17 2010 Twenty percent of the marks awarded in the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Examination in 2012 would be based on a Continuous Assessment Programme (CAP) for pupils, Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh said at the post-Cabinet news briefing, Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s yesterday. He also saw the SEA as eventually including new subjects such as art, drama and music.,132615.html

20. VOLNEY: JUSTICE IN QUICK TIME NEWSDAY December 24 2010 TWO DAYS after Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar expressed outrage at the recent upsurge in murders in the country, her Cabinet yesterday approved a landmark decision to abolish the system of preliminary inquiries (PIs).,132991.html

21. Health Ministry completes 25 of 34 projects NEWSDAY January 2 2011 The Ministry of Health has completed 25 of 34 development pillars in 2010, according to an end-of-year report issued on Friday by the ministry’s Corporate Communications Unit,133398.html

22. Anti-Corruption Commission NEWSDAY January 5 2011 GOVERNMENT will establish an Anti-Corruption Commission to combat white-collar crime,,133567.html

23. Govt to open 18 new community centres NEWSDAY January 10 2011 Government has signalled it’s intention to open some 18 new community centres, two per month, until the end of the 2011 fiscal year.,133827.html

24. Drivers to get new permits NEWSDAY January 12 2011 FROM Friday, persons applying for renewals of their driving permits at the Licensing Office in San Fernando will be issued a temporary permit, one with a different design to the regular permits, until the Motor Vehicle Authority is set up, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport Cheryl Blackman said yesterday.,133942.html

25. Cabinet approves Oncology Centre NEWSDAY January 29 2011 Cabinet has given the nod of approval for the construction of the National Oncology Centre at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, (EWMSC), Mt Hope.,134874.html

26. War on crime begins Monday January 30 2011 Trinidad and Tobago will be under the grip of a security dragnet from tomorrow as helicopters will take to the skies, police and soldiers will be in full force on the ground and Coast Guard and Customs will take to the sea in a massive exercise to choke criminal activities.,134889.html

27. $19 million for bus service for disabled NEWSDAY February 4 2011
MINISTER of Social Development Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh said Government is spending $19.5 million to buy 24 buses, of 12-seat to 15-seat capacity, to serve differently-abled persons.,135187.html

28. Housing drive starts January 25 2011
Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal announced last night that next week begins the first phase of the People’s Partnership new housing trust. More than $500 million will be spent in building homes. He also promised 3,500 jobs. He was addressing thousands of supporters gathered in the car park at the Reinzi Complex, Couva, last night. Supporters gathered together to celebrate the first anniversary of the ascension of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to the office of political leader of the United National Congress.,134608.html

29. Turning the sod on Tuesday for the Point Fortin 47-kilometre highway-building project,

30. Cabinet approves $750M for roads NEWWSDAY February 4 2011
CABINET yesterday approved $750 million to repair roads throughout the country.,135186.html

31. $519 million was approved for Vinci Construction to build the overpass at Grand Bazaar

32. UWI South Campus to be built in Debe NEWSDAY October 30 2010 As the University of the West Indies (UWI) celebrates its 50 th anniversary, there are plans to extend the St Augustine Campus to south Trinidad

33. $2 billion US dollar industrial complex for La Brea announced by Minister of Energy (Newsday February 9th 2011.) “As part of its continuing emphasis of investing in the downstream energy industry, Energy Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan has revealed Government’s plan to invest in a US$2 billion dollar ammonia downstream derivative plant. She said the announcement for the ammonia plant and downstream derivative would be made shortly. The Minister was speaking at the commissioning ceremony of Air Liquide’s new $400 million Air Separation Unit (ASU) at Carribean Drive, Point Lisas.”,135529.html

34. Minister of Education Dr. Tim Gopeesingh on February 7, 2011 turned the sod for the Balmain Presbyterian School at Balmain Village, Couva

35. Biche High School to be opened after ten years
Gopeesingh assures: We will open Biche High NEWSDAY February 8 2011
Education Minister, Dr Tim Goopeesingh , has reaffirmed that the Biche High School, constructed under the 1995-2001 UNC administration and not opened by the last PNM administration, will be opened during the present fiscal year.,135412.html

36. 100 ponds for agriculture NEWSDAY Friday, October 1 2010 GOVERNMENT is moving to construct over 100 water-retention ponds throughout the country between January and April of next year, to ensure a ready supply of water for agricultural purposes in any ensuing dry season, stated Food Production, Land and Marine Affairs Minister, Vasant Bharath.

37. Reorganizing URP & CEPEP No more URP ‘ghost gangs’ NEWSDAY December 31 2010
The Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) has started a reformation process which would see it become more organised, productive, efficient, and transparent.,133303.html

38. 1,000 teachers for new ECCE centres
By SEAN DOUGLAS Wednesday, March 2 2011

EDUCATION Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh yesterday in the Senate called for 1,000 new teachers to be trained to staff a huge expansion of early childhood care and education (ECCE) centres.,136626.html

39. EDF grants TT $217.8 M to develop tertiary education
By RESHMA BAAL Thursday, March 17 2011

The government has been granted 22 million pounds sterling by the European Development Fund (EDF) to develop the non-university tertiary education sector.,137307.html

40. Moonilal launches Green Space Challenge
By Cecily Asson Tuesday, March 22 2011

In launching the Community Green Space Challenge of Trinidad and Tobago (CGSCTT) yesterday on the San Fernando Hill, Housing and Environment Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal called on citizens to contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of the country.,137592.html

41. $203M for renewed OJT programme
Wednesday, March 23 2011
THE GOVERNMENT is expected to spend $203 million on renewing the On the Job Training (OJT) programme, Tertiary Education Minister Fazal Karim revealed in the Senate yesterday.,137634.html

42. $1.4B FOR SPORTS
By ANDRE BAGOO Friday, April 1 2011

ON WHAT he described as a “red letter day” for the country, Sports Minister Anil Roberts yesterday unveiled the State’s two-year plan for the construction of close to $1.4 billion worth of sporting facilities including a velodrome (for cycling), a tennis centre, a swimming centre in honour of Olympian George Bovell III and community sports facilities across the country.,138146.html

43. $20M to save coconut industry
By Clint Chan Tack Friday, April 1 2011
FOOD PRODUCTION Minister Vasant Bharath yesterday announced that $20 million will be spent by the Government to revive the country’s dying coconut industry.,138201.html

44. $7M to rebuild children’s homes
Friday, April 8 2011
CABINET yesterday approved a sum of $7 million to repair and rebuild two children’s homes in the country.,138542.html

45. $40m for farmers

More than $40 million is being injected into a new agricultural incentive programme for local farmers. Food Production Minister Vasant Bharath announced this as he outlined the list of incentives being offered to them during a farmers’ meeting at SS Erin Road,

46. 500 acres for pineapples
By RICHARDSON DHALAI Monday, April 18 2011
Food Production Minister Vasant Bharath on Saturday announced that 300 to 500 acres of lands at La Gloria Estate, Tableland, would be devoted to pineapples.,139134.html

47. MP assures: Major road work for Tabaquite
Tuesday, April 26 2011
TABAQUITE MP Dr Suruj Rambachan has assured that the repaving and rehabilitation of the Torrib Tabaquite Road and St John’s Road, will begin today.,139552.html

48. Couva overpass to get $100m facelift
THE Couva overpass is expected to undergo a multi-million-dollar facelift within the coming weeks, Minister of Works and Transport Jack Warner has said.

49. New policing initiative for Matura, Matelot
The initiative, called the 21st Century Policing Project, would introduce a modern, contemporary and innovative approach to policing. One of the main aspects of this new way of doing police business, is the introduction of a new deployment system, which would allow officers to police the streets instead of remaining in the police stations. The new system places police officers in neighbourhoods and communities, patrolling and working with residents to prevent crime. This proactive approach to policing ensures the building of a true partnership between the police and residents.

50. Land for 3,000 ex-Caroni workers
By CLINT CHAN TACK Thursday, May 12 2011
FOOD PRODUCTION Minister Vasant Bharath announced that by the end of August, 3,000 residential lots will be made available to former Caroni (1975) Limited workers. Bharath made this announcement at an agricultural land lease distribution ceremony for 589 former workers at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s headquarters yesterday.,140337.html

51. Additional lane for UB Highway
Thursday, May 12 2011
AN ADDITIONAL lane is expected to be constructed along the north-bound section of the Uriah Butler Highway within the next two months at an estimated cost of $72 million,,140360.html

52. Needy Freeport family gets help
Sunday, May 15 2011

MINISTER of the People and Social Development, Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, brought joy to a poverty stricken family in Freeport on Friday, when he turned the sod for the construction of a new home for them.,140518.html

53. Tech Centre for Tobago
By CLINT CHAN TACK Monday, May 23 2011
PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar has stated that a new Tobago Technology Centre will serve as the first workforce assessment centre in the sister isle and also as the first step toward construction of an integrated campus that will house the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and Cosataatt.,140955.html

54. $42M for hi-tech traffic management
Tuesday, May 24 2011

FROM NEXT month, a hi-tech, $42 million traffic management system, managed from a single control room at the Ministry of Works and Transport in downtown Port-of-Spain, will be operational.,140984.html
55. $15M zoo upgrade unveiled
By VERDEL BISHOP Saturday, May 28 2011

Have you visited the Emperor Valley Zoo recently? If you have, you would have noticed work being carried out on the facilities there.,141250.html

56. PP to build 3,000 homes
By COREY CONNELLY Sunday, June 5 2011

Residents of the squatting community of Windy Hill and environs in Bon Air North, Arouca, are to benefit from the construction of some 3,000 new homes in a move aimed at enhancing the status of the depressed area, Lopinot/Bon Air West MP, Dr Lincoln Douglas, said yesterday.,141681.html

57. $1.7M to fix Laventille Road
Wednesday 15th June, 2011

Minister of Works and Transport Jack Warner has promised a $1.7 million upgrade to the Laventille Road.

58. 30,000 workers start cleaning T&T clogged drains on Tuesday
The government of Trinidad and Tobago is starting a two-month, $100 million project to clean the country's clogged drains in preparation for worst of the rainy season, which just started.

59. Kamla reveals new defence plan
By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, June 9 2011
PRIME Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said the country would be protected by 12 Coast Guard stations from which fast interceptor boats could be launched, supported by larger patrol vessels, coastal radar and helicopters.,141906.html

60. New corn to be grown in Central
Tuesday 12th July, 2011
A joint agri-venture between the commercial and private sector is being attempted in a bid to lower the nation's food import bill.

The experiment in farming is taking place at Edinburgh Farms in Central Trinidad, on 10 acres of former Caroni land.

61. $100M to clean TT drains
Saturday, June 18 2011
An estimated $100 million is to be spent on a massive drive to clean all the drains in Trinidad and Tobago, Local Government Minister Chandresh Sharma announced yesterday.,142448.html

62. $43M to repair East infrastructure
By DARCEL CHOY Saturday, July 9 2011
THE Ministry of Works will spend almost $43 million in repair works within the Toco/Sangre Grande constituency, programme director at the ministry’s Programme for Upgrading Roads Efficiency (PURE), Hayden Phillip, disclosed yesterday during a tour of the constituency.,143587.html

63. Swimming pool, tennis court for Chaguanas

By WALTER ALIBEY Monday, July 11 2011
THE Borough of Chaguanas will be the beneficiary of a tennis court and a swimming pool in the near future.,143680.html
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Moonilal: Tree planting to protect Northern Range
Saturday, January 7 2012

The Ministry of Housing and the Environment and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation will begin a tree planting programme to reforest vulnerable slopes of the Northen Range within the week.,153332.html
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Rehabilitated road opens to South public
Tuesday 10th January, 2012

After almost fifteen years of waiting, residents and the motoring public in Vistabella in South Trinidad have received their rehabilitated road.

But the Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Jack Warner, warned that this is just one of a number of crucial infrastructure upgrades needed across the country.
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Legal Aid office now open in San F'do
Tuesday 10th January, 2012

The Legal Aid and Advisory Authority opened its new San Fernando office on Tuesday morning.

The office, which is located on Harris Street on the same block with the High and Magistrates Court, was officially opened by the Minister of Justice, Mr. Herbert Volney.

The Minister said the opening signifies the Authority's objective of delivering legal service to those who cannot afford it. He added that the role of the Authority is crucial to the delivery of justice, and the improvement to legal aid delivery was just one of the initiatives of his Ministry.
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Aranjuez finally gets new school
Thursday, January 19 2012

Aranjuez North Secondary School’s new $130.3 million state-of-the-art building was finally handed over to the school yesterday after a four-year wait.

Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh officially handed over the keys and user manuals to the school’s principal Patricia Adams at the new school on Boundary Road, San Juan.

To students and staff, handing over of the building and occupancy means they will no longer have to attend school on a shift system.

The current school population is 600, but the new building has the capacity to accommodate 875 students. It caters mainly for students from the San Juan and Aranjuez catchment area.,153903.html
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PostSubject: Re: Pillars of Progress   Pillars of Progress I_icon_minitimeFri Jan 20, 2012 1:45 pm

Caroni (1975) Ltd was closed down by the PNM government on August 1 2003, the workers now getting what was promised as part of their severance package…….shame on the PNM.

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THE Eastern Health Authority (ERHA) commissioned its third Complete Blood Count (CBC) machine for use at the Sangre Grande Health Centre.,154932.html
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Revised agricultural incentives have yielded some success with a $300 million reduction of the Food Import Bill.

A statement by the Ministry of Communications says the agriculture sector is showing steady growth in several key areas and that farming infrastructure has improved dramatically.

For the first time, 11 new roads were built, 35 maintained, and 19 successfully rehabilitated.

The Agricultural Development Bank has made a net profit of.76 million dollars, which is a first in 43 years.
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PNM trying to use "box drain" in a derogatory term, little do they know the benefit of box drain.
1. it help protect the foundation of the road
2. it help reduce flooding
3. Water don't settle like the dirt drains creating breeding ground for mosquitoes
4. Easier to clean
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