Venezuela

Concern grows over ‘illicit’ trade to Venezuela

A brisk han­dover of pre­cious food and med­i­cine is tak­ing place at high seas near Sol­da­do Rock, off Ce­dros be­tween Venezue­lan op­er­a­tors and lo­cal fish­er­men.

Venezue­lan ves­sels barred from en­ter­ing the port are now col­lect­ing med­i­cine, and food sup­plies to take back to Venezuela.

The items are pur­chased by Venezue­lans who are now work­ing in T&T to pro­vide for their fam­i­lies. They hire lo­cal fish­er­men to trans­port the items for a fee.

No Venezuelan visas at T&T Embassy, business deal under threat

A phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal con­sul­tant says he will take le­gal ac­tion against the State if a mil­lion dol­lar deal falls through be­cause of the Gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to put prop­er struc­tures in place for Venezue­lan visas.

Lin­wald Be­har­ry, a con­sul­tant with a ma­jor strate­gic firm, said he start­ed ne­go­ti­at­ing with a Pana­ma-based com­pa­ny to pro­vide phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals to T&T, two years ago.

Kamla:No Opposition support for Immigration changes

Changes to the Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tions, pro­posed by the Gov­ern­ment will not re­ceive any sup­port from the Op­po­si­tion.

Speak­ing at the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress' Mon­day Night Fo­rum at the Aran­juez North Sec­on­dar School, Op­po­si­tion leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar said that the Gov­ern­ment filed "some­thing known as Im­mi­gra­tion Reg­u­la­tion".

"And we have ap­plied to an­nul those reg­u­la­tions," she said.

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.

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.

Tobago: Police standing by to maintain order

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Ains­ley Gar­rick said the To­ba­go Po­lice Di­vi­sion is pre­pared for any even­tu­al­i­ties that might arise af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion cen­tre for Venezue­lan mi­grants at the Car­o­line Build­ing in Scar­bor­ough clos­es at 5 pm to­day.

ACP Gar­rick told Guardian Me­dia it is ap­par­ent that many mi­grants will not get the op­por­tu­ni­ty to reg­is­ter be­fore the dead­line. He said se­cu­ri­ty per­son­nel will be out in their num­bers to en­sure that peace is main­tained.

Tobagonians have a change of heart

Church­es, sec­u­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing youth groups and schools ex­tend­ed a help­ing hand to Venezuela mi­grants, who left Trinidad to reg­is­ter at the To­ba­go cen­tre.

They pro­vid­ed blan­kets, wa­ter, break­fast, lunch and snacks, as the mi­grants braved the hot sun, wait­ing in line days be­fore reg­is­tra­tion was due to end on June 14.

From Sun­day af­ter­noon, hun­dreds of mi­grants be­gan pour­ing in­to To­ba­go by plane and fer­ry, flee­ing long lines at the two oth­er cen­tres in Trinidad.

PM: 13,900 migrants registered so far

Prime Minister Rowley said as of 10:30 last night, 13,900 migrants have registered at the three registration centres across the country.

The disclosure came as he answered questions from the Opposition in the Lower House this morning.

Today is the culmination of a two-week registration period in which Venezuelan migrants have been mandated by Government to declare their presence, in exchange for a special registration card and clearance to work for one year.

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