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Asa Wright Nature Centre is destination #1 for bird watchers and tropical rainforest enthusiasts visiting Trinidad and Tobago. The Centre once again benefitted from the work of staff from the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) when a team of 22 UTC volunteers visited the centre on May 31 to assist in preserving trails at the 1500 acre facility. Read More

Ever wonder what happens to carelessly disposed crab and dumpling containers? Volunteers from Environment Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) can tell you – they end up in a clogged water system or even in the waters of the beaches you enjoy! “Working to clean up this wetland has made me realize how many non-biodegradable items we use in the world today,” said Desire Hackett-Murray of UTC’s Tobago Customer Service Centre after participating in a partnership project between UTC and Environment Tobago to clean up the Belle Garden Wetland in Tobago. A recent study by Environment Tobago found the Belle Garden Wetland to be teeming with wildlife with many species of birds, agouti, crabs, butterflies and even caiman. All animals are threatened by poor garbage disposal. Read More

Ever wonder what happens to carelessly disposed crab and dumpling containers? Volunteers from Environment Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) can tell you – they end up in a clogged water system or even in the waters of the beaches you enjoy! “Working to clean up this wetland has made me realize how many non-biodegradable items we use in the world today,” said Desire Hackett-Murray of UTC’s Tobago Customer Service Centre after participating in a partnership project between UTC and Environment Tobago to clean up the Belle Garden Wetland in Tobago. A recent study by Environment Tobago found the Belle Garden Wetland to be teeming with wildlife with many species of birds, agouti, crabs, butterflies and even caiman. All animals are threatened by poor garbage disposal. Read More

Fifteen minutes, 10 seconds is how long it took Pamenos Ballantyne to complete the UTC Ribbons of Hope 5K – in thirty five degree (Celsius) weather! Ballantyne, a 2004 Olympic entrant and native of St. Vincent, trains with Pt. Fortin Road Runners and says the key to running is mental and physical preparation. He trains every day including pace endurance training and other exercises. “A balanced diet is also a key to being a strong competitor,” he said. In Tobago, Kelvin Johnson won the Tobago Ribbons of Hope completing the course in 16 minutes 46 seconds. Read More

Donates $80,000 to HIV/AIDS Organizations

Just days from the 8th Annual UTC Ribbons of Hope 5K road race, the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) has donated $80,000 (the funds raised from last year’s event) to four (4) HIV/AIDS organizations in Trinidad and Tobago. The organizations benefitting from the funds raised by the Ribbons of Hope 5K were identified based on need and their dedication to HIV/AIDS education, treatment and support and were as follows:

  • Caritas AIDS Ministry
  • Pt. Fortin Church of Nazerene
  • National AIDS Hotline
  • South AIDS Support

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While companies around the globe report decreased earnings and give bleak forecasts, the UTC is reporting 2008 as a year of unprecedented growth and has already seen some growth continue in 2009. Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) investors benefitted from over TT $1 billion in distribution payments in 2008 (a 32% increase over 2007). As at March 31, 2009 UTC has already seen their assets under management grow by an additional $520M with bond returns outperforming bank deposits and equity products outperforming their benchmarks (though still negative). Read More

While companies around the globe report decreased earnings and give bleak forecasts, the UTC is reporting 2008 as a year of unprecedented growth and has already seen some growth continue in 2009. Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) investors benefitted from over TT $1 billion in distribution payments in 2008 (a 32% increase over 2007). As at March 31, 2009 UTC has already seen their assets under management grow by an additional $520M with bond returns outperforming bank deposits and equity products outperforming their benchmarks (though still negative). Read More

The Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) notes the headline in the Trinidad Guardian of Thursday April 23, 2009 which reads: “$2.3 Million Fraud at Unit Trust”. In response to said article, the UTC releases the following official statement:

“The Trinidad Guardian of April 23, 2009 contains a front page headline which highlights a 2002 crime committed against the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation (UTC). As this is a current legal matter, UTC is prohibited from commenting on the facts of the case. However, it is critical for customers to note that, in the seven (7) years since this incident, the Unit Trust Corporation has substantially improved its controls and measures to protect our customers’ investments. For security reasons, the details of these controls and measures cannot be publicly disclosed. Read More

This is a great time of year for kite flying. Many adults may have forgotten the art of kite flying. Luckily for the children of the Hope Centre (a children’s home in Southern Trinidad), volunteers from the Unit Trust Corporation a(UTC) were able to teach them to soar to new heights – by flying kites! The children at the Hope Centre were taught the art of kite flying earlier this month when volunteers from the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) visited the children’s home in Southern Trinidad. Read More

The Unit Trust Corporation is asking, “What are you doing to lead the movement against HIV/AIDS?”
The Corporation launched the 8th annual UTC Ribbons of Hope 5K, with the theme, “Leading the Movement against HIV/AIDS”, calling on individuals to assume greater responsibility for the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The 5K will take place this year on Saturday May 16, in Trinidad and Sunday May 17 in Tobago. This year’s theme, “Leading the Movement against HIV/AIDS” underlines the Corporation’s commitment to raising awareness about the epidemic, and encourages individuals to be leaders in the movement to change negative behaviours and attitudes about HIV/AIDS. The theme reiterates that HIV/AIDS is not the responsibility of any one person or organisation. Instead, every individual in every home, church, office and community is a leader and therefore has to assume a greater leadership role in the fight against the epidemic. Read More