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Former Jamaican PM Edward Seaga dies on 89th birthday

Jamaica’s fifth prime minister and longest-serving Member of Parliament, Edward Seaga, has died.

Seaga died Tuesday in a Miami hospital where he had been receiving treatment for cancer and related complications.

His death occurred on his 89th birthday.

Seaga was the last surviving framer of the Jamaican constitution.

At the age of 29, the former prime minister became the youngest person to be nominated to the Legislative Council (later the Senate) where he served for two years before he became a Member of Parliament until his retirement in January 2005.

'Comfort' coming with Venezuelans' health in mind

The US Navy hospital ship 'Comfort' will visit Trinidad and Tobago soon during its upcoming medical support mission to Latin America to help tackle humanitarian crisis created by the influx of Venezuelan migrants, the US Southern Command said in a press release on Friday.

The ship will make port calls in 11 countries in total.

"Comfort medical teams will pull in to Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago for working port visits," the release said.

US Ambassador observes his first US Memorial Day in T&T

US Ambassador Joseph Mondello, today participated in his first Memorial Day observances here in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mondello, a military veteran, on Friday led the staff of the US Embassy Port-of-Spain in observing a moment of silence and laid a wreath to commemorate Memorial Day, observed in the United States on the last Monday in May.

Ambassador Mondello said the day symbolized much more to him than the first day of summer, as he recalled reading the list of war casualties in the newspapers as a young boy, which left a deep impression on him.

More Venezuelans arrive via Icacos, Columbus Bay

While police locked down the coastal points at Beach Camp, Palo Seco and Erin on Wednesday night, three more boatloads of Venezuelans arrived at Icacos Beach and Columbus Bay.

A source who requested anonymity said the boats came in between 11 pm on Wednesday to 1:30 am on Thursday. Shortly after midnight, a heavy contingent of police came in, searching for the Venezuelans.

It is believed they fled into the forests near Constance estate, La Vege Estate, St Quintin Estate at near Columbus Bay. A few of them were later arrested but the majority are still in hiding.

Coast Guard ready to join search for missing Venezuelans

The T&T Coast Guard (TTCG) is on standby should they be called for help by the Venezuelan Coast Guard as the search continues for 19 refugees, who have been feared drowned after the pirogue they were in sunk last Thursday.

The lone survivor of the incident, Alberto Abreu, 25, of Margarita, who was rescued by a US businessman Robert Richards, Virgin Islands, is currently in Grenada.

Ministry seeks Spanish students/teachers for registration process

The Ministry of National Security is seeking interns with special skills, to assist in the registration of Venezuelan nationals, which is due to begin on May 31.

The ministry issued a statement today saying that it offering short-term internships to persons pursuing tertiary level Spanish to serve as registration clerks.

It is also seeking retired Spanish teachers and other persons to serve as interpreters and translators.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday May 22.

US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert on Venezuela cri­sis: Stop all cash inflows immediately

In or­der to force em­bat­tled Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro to act to defuse the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion af­fect­ing the south-Amer­i­can na­tion, which has led to mil­lions of cit­i­zens flee­ing the coun­try, a US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert is rec­om­mend­ing that all cash in­flows to Venezuela be stopped im­me­di­ate­ly.

In ad­di­tion, he said an­oth­er sign of good faith by Maduro would be the im­me­di­ate re­lease of close to 800 po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers.

International: Helicopter crashes into Hudson River in NYC

A helicopter has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City, the fire department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed the crash and said the pilot, the only person on board, was safely removed from the water with no injuries.

The department's verified Twitter account said there were two other non-life-threatening injuries.

Venezuelan cargo boats continue to dock at San Fernando wharf

While the ban on Venezuelan ferries continued at the Cedros port, three Venezuelan cargo boats docked at Kings Wharf, San Fernando early Wednesday, bringing goods from Venezuela.

Around 7:30 am, Guardian Media captured the arrival of the vessels which came from Guiria.

One was a larger ship while the two others were smaller pirogues. 

Most of the Venezuelans did not speak English and they shied away from media cameras.

However, a source said the cargo included ground provisions from the South American mainland.

Chinese motorcycles for local police

A to­tal of 200 mo­tor­cy­cles are com­ing from Chi­na for use by the Po­lice Ser­vice, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley an­nounced yes­ter­day dur­ing the con­tract sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the new bil­lion dol­lar Port- of- Spain Cen­tral Block yes­ter­day.

The Prime Min­is­ter said this was among some of the re­quests his Gov­ern­ment made for as­sis­tance and equip­ment from the Chi­nese Gov­erne­ment with re­gard to the pos­si­ble im­prove­ments in this coun­try.

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