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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.