More Venezuelan nationals have been intercepted in the Gulf of Paria by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), attempting to enter the country illegally.
According to a release issued by the TTCG, just before one o’clock this morning, twenty-six Venezuelan nationals were caught in a pirogue named Dona Josafena, with registration ARSI 3685.
The pirogue’s occupants included thirteen (13) adult males, four (4) adult females and nine (9) children.
As the world begins to observe 16 days of activism to reduce violence against women, Trinidad and Tobago is facing the reality that one in three women who have been in intimate partnerships with men, experiences some form of domestic violence.
President of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Roberta Clarke, says as of November, at least 30 women have been killed by their partners, for this year alone.
She describes such statistics on violence against women in this country as alarming.
As the country continues to observe International Men’s Day this week, President of the Single Fathers Association, Rhondall Feeles, is encouraging men to stop neglecting their physical health and mental wellness issues.
The SFATT president says men tend see themselves as invincible, hiding any signs of physical weakness, and keeping their mental troubles and issues locked deep inside, to their own detriment.
A call for proper systems -- including clear cut legislation -- to be put in place to deal with cases of sexual harassment in this country.
It comes in light of the recent furore surrounding the Darryl Smith Report -- the outcome of a probe of sexual harassment allegations against the former minister, and a wrongful dismissal claim by the alleged victim.
According to HR consultant, Cavelle Joseph-St Omer, it is imperative that there are properly trained practitioners to handle sexual harassment cases in this country.
Police locked down the infamous Copacabana hotel in Port-of-Spain overnight Thursday and arrested 35 Dominican Republic and Venezuelan women and 16 male patrons.
The raid on the Dundonald Street establishment was conducted by officers of the Port of Spain Division from 11 pm Thursday into 3 am Friday.
A 14-year-old girl, who is believed to be a victim of human trafficking, was among 22 females detained at a ‘Secret Sunday’ pool party busted by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) after midnight on Sunday.
They were found in a house at Chancellor Heights, Upper Lady Chancellor Road, St Ann’s in Port-of-Spain.
The wife of Prime Minister on Tuesday advised all women to attain financial independence.
She was speaking at the Women of Influence symposium hosted by the Bankers’ Association of T&T (BATT) and AFETT held at the Hyatt Regency hotel yesterday.
“I make my own money. I have my own bank account and I certainly don’t have to ask the Prime Minister for money,” she said.
She described herself as an independent woman who still works and who, prior to 2015, had managed the family’s household.
American actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph, best known for her roles in the television sitcoms It’s a Living and Moesha, as well as the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, has been reveling in the sights, sounds and tastes of T&T on her first visit to the country this week.
The Tony Award-nominated entertainer was the keynote speaker at Sagicor’s motivational rally for its employees.