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Govt: Systems in place for Venezuelan visa

Gov­ern­ment is “try­ing to en­sure” it has suf­fi­cient re­sources at its Cara­cas em­bassy to process visa ap­pli­ca­tions for Venezue­lans. But some Venezue­lans have ap­pealed for a brief waiv­er for those trav­el­ling this week since visa in­for­ma­tion is not forth­com­ing from the em­bassy.

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day spoke about try­ing to “en­sure suf­fi­cient re­sources” to process the visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

Venezuela gives Russia control of new gas deposits near T&T

A report carried by a pan-Latin American news organisation, Panam Post, is stating that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has given Russia two gas deposits near to Trinidad and Tobago.

The report says that Maduro offered up 100% of the project and all gas rights exploited.

The article says this is further evidence that Russian president Vladimir Putin is challenging the US government in the region, and reinforcing his plans to stay in the South American country.

Migrants worried about new visa requirement

Gov­ern­ment’s visa stip­u­la­tion for Venezue­lans is caus­ing con­cerns among some Venezue­lans who are due to come here soon, as well as re­cent reg­is­trants who had planned to bring rel­a­tives over.

Their con­cerns are about the pro­ce­dures to be and how ef­fi­cient­ly the sys­tem will be im­ple­ment­ed.

The stip­u­la­tion was an­nounced by Gov­ern­ment last Fri­day at the end of the two-week amnesty reg­is­tra­tion process for Venezue­lans. The visa news was wide­ly re­port­ed in Venezuela yes­ter­day al­though some of the trans­la­tion was cu­ri­ous.

Another international agency calls for registration extension

With less than 24 hours to go, yet another international humanitarian group is calling on the government to extend the period of registration to Venezuelan nationals.

As the deadline for the registration period looms, Refugees International (RI) says it is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow.

According to RI, Trinidad and Tobago has only three registration centres to register more than 40,000 Venezuelans.

T&T, Cuba commit to strengthening friendship

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, where they discussed ways of enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries.

The meet took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Wednesday.

A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said that both parties committed to continuing to strengthen the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.

Former IIR Head: Accept Venezuelans, but have a plan

Former director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at the University of the West Indies' St Augustine campus, Andy Knight, is supporting  Government's decision to provide refuge to Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing the deteriorating conditions in their country. However, he is also advising that this should not be done in an ad-hoc manner to avoid any future complications.

Ghanaian president to visit T&T next week

President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will visit Trinidad and Tobago next week.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said the visit will take place on June 13th and 14th, 2019.

During the visit, President Akufo-Addo will call on President Paula-Mae Weekes and will meet with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, to advance interest to both countries in the fields of energy, health, finance, education, tourism and culture.

Nicaraguan migrant found dead in Texas with T&T phone number in pocket

US authorities who discovered the body of a Nicaraguan migrant into Texas this week, say that among the things they found on him was a phone number for someone in Trinidad and Tobago.

The man, identified as 42-year-old Ledis Jose Ortez Herrera, was found dead 80 miles from the border with Mexico.

He was the fourth migrant from Nicaragua to have been found dead in the last two weeks.

Brooks County Sheriff’s Office Commander Jorge Esparza reportedly found two identification cards from Nicaragua and Mexico.

Guyana: T&T's ban on poultry is premature, ill-advised

The Guyana Livestock Development Authority has described a recent ban on poultry from Guyana by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, as “ill-advised and premature”.

The authority says neither the sale nor consumption of poultry meat poses any health risks.

It is seeking to assure Guyana's public that the issue with duck disease, has been contained and restricted to six duck farms on the coast of Guyana.

International: 11 dead, 6 hospitalised in another US mass shooting

At least 11 people have been killed and six hospitalised in a shooting incident in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Police Department said the incident occurred at a city municipal building Friday afternoon.

It was unclear whether all six patients had gunshot wounds.

Police say the suspected shooter was killed by police.

There are 30 buildings on the Virginia Beach Municipal Center property, including the courthouse and police department.

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