T&T

After 14 years in UK, T&T family facing deportation over £7,000 visa fee

A Trinidad and Tobago family living in Britain, has claimed that they face being split apart because they are can't afford to pay a 'ridiculous' £7,000 (TT$62,000) visa fee.

In a report carried by the Daily Mail, Peter Dipnarine, who has lived in Edinburgh for 14 years with his wife Claire and three children, state that their residency visas expired in November 2016.

The parents, both 57 and originally from Trinidad and Tobago, have worked in England, mostly in administration, until their visas expired.

T&T abstains as OAS votes to suspend Venezuela

The Organization of American States has passed a resolution to call an Extraordinary Assembly to vote on suspending Venezuela from the 34-member group after President Nicolas Maduro’s widely condemned re-election last month.

The OAS’s General Assembly in Washington voted, with 19 member states in favor, four against and 11 abstaining, to take the first step to suspending the South American nation.

Trinidad and Tobago was among the countries that abstained from the vote.

Uber to pause service in T&T

An email being circulated now suggests that the Uber service is being paused in T&T, just days after a man who was operating as an Uber driver, was killed.

The email states that after operating for more than a year in Trinidad and Tobago, and having made multiple efforts to create a significant change in the country in regards to mobility and opportunities for entrepreneurship, "Uber has unfortunately decided to pause its operation in the country".

IMF forecasts small growth for T&T, big decline for Venezuela with inflation near 13,000%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is forecasting a 0.2 percent growth in Trinidad and Tobago's economy this year.

The figure was listed in the IMF's World Economic Outlook for 2018, released today.

It also forecasts the same growth rate of 0.2 percent for the year 2019 but has a five-year forecast of 1.9% growth in 2023.

According to the IMF figures, Trinidad and Tobago was among three of 32 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, that registered a decline in its economy last year.

The IMF figures show that real GDP fell 2.6% in 2017.

US Admiral concerned about ISIS radicalisation in T&T

The movement of people throughout the Caribbean region and the rest of the Western Hemisphere who have been radicalised into joining Isis is of great concern as it is easy for people to be radicalised.

This concern was raised by the head of the US Southern Command Admiral Kurt Tidd on Monday at The Pentagon in Washington. He was addressing reporters.

Seeking to correct a misquote of Tidd’s statement in a Stars and Stripes publication, the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain sent the video of Tidd’s remarks concerning T&T and Isis.

Russian spy ship in T&T waters

The Russian intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov returned to Trinidad for a second time this year and was docked near the Hyatt yesterday. The vessel is expected to depart today.

When the Sunday Guardian visited the dock before noon, about 15 of the ship's crew in brown uniforms were at the stern of the ship on their down time, smoking and using their cellphones. An officer in camouflaged fatigues was talking with one of the ship's officers while another interacted with the crew.

Vieira strikes hat-trick but stickmen beaten again

T&T’s hockey men suffered their second straight loss on Wednesday evening in Holland. Taking on Den Bosch in the second warm-up match of their Dutch camp, the local lads were edged out 7-6.

That’s a significant improvement from their 7-4 loss in the first game. Jordan Vieira led the way for the local boys with a hat-trick. Also among the goal scorers for T&T were Mickell Pierre, Kristien Emmanuel and Akim Toussaint.

New T&TEC substation to bring improved electricity supply to Diego Martin, Petit Valley

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) says that about 14,000 residents of Diego Martin, Petit Valley and environs are expected to experience an improvement in the reliability of their electricity supply, with the completion of the T&TEC’s Diego Martin Substation.

The newly-constructed, two-storey Diego Martin 33kV Substation, built on the same site at St. Lucien Road after the old substation was demolished, was formally commissioned at a ceremony hosted by T&TEC on Tuesday (May 2).

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