US Embassy seeking 5 youths & mentor for 3-week exchange programme

The United States Embassy in Port-of-Spain has opened applications for the 2020 Youth Ambassadors Programme.

The Embassy is looking for five students between the ages 15-18 years and one adult mentor to participate in a three-week exchange programme, July 30 to August 16, in the United States.

The Youth Ambassadors programme is funded by the US Department of State and implemented by the US Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago.

It says the deadline for applications is midnight, March 13, 2020.

Comfort to perform 100 surgeries

The US Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will offer free medical services in Trinidad and Tobago September 5-10, the US Embassy reiterated in a media statement on Wednesday.

The ship will dock at the La Brea port and conduct 100 onboard surgeries, provide basic medical services at two medical walk-in sites at the Cedros Community Centre and the South West Regional Sports Arena, Point Fortin, as well as host health fairs/community outreach and town halls to address various public health topics. 

CCJ: Guyana Cabinet must resign & call elections by Sept 18

Guyana President David Granger and his Cabinet must immediately resign and call general elections before September 18. 

This was essentially the effect of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)'s decision to uphold the passage of a no-confidence motion in that country's National Assembly in December, last year. 

US donates 110,000 rapid HIV test kits

The US Embassy has donated 110,000 rapid HIV test kits to the Ministry of Health.

The handing over by Ambassador Joseph Mondello to Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh took place Wednesday at the NIPDEC Central Warehouse, Airways Road, Chaguaramas.

The embassy says it's part of the US Government's continued partnership with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to combat HIV and AIDS, which amounts to US$2.5 million in funding for fiscal 2019.

UWI Professor re-elected to UN Committee

Director of The Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor A. Verene Shepherd has been re-elected to serve a second four-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Professor Shepherd’s candidature was endorsed by Jamaica and all of CARICOM.

As she did when first elected to the CERD in 2015, Professor Shepherd polled the highest number of votes, this time ahead of candidates from 13 other countries, including China, Germany, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Russia.

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.

US navy medical ship will offer services in South Trinidad

The US Embassy has confirmed that the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) will visit Trinidad and Tobago in September.

The ship will dock at the La Brea port and conduct a number of surgeries onboard, as well as provide basic medical services in Cedros, Debe, La Brea, and Point Fortin to the regional population.

The visit is part of the ship’s five-month deployment to Latin America and the Caribbean on a medical assistance mission.

Online scam offers employment in England

The British High Commission has asked police to investigate an online scam that promised the commission's help to get jobs for locals in exchange for a fee.

An official at the High Commission told Guardian Media that the scam was brought to their attention Monday when a job seeker called asking for information.

The official, who asked not to be named, said a website offered provisional contracts of employment at two hotels in Lancaster, England.

Applicants were asked to make a payment to indicate they were serious about taking the job.

Venezuelan woman held with US$169,000 strapped to body

A Venezuelan national has been held at the Piarco International Airport with US$169,000 strapped to her body.

The woman was attempting to board a flight out of the country last Thursday.

Immigration officials say she could not properly account for the money.

Immigration sources told Guardian Media that the woman who was destined to Caracas walked through the airport security scanners and was later subjected to a body search by security officers of the Airports Authority. 

Russian gas giant could use T&T's LNG trains - Bloomberg report

An article carried by Manhattan-based financial news service, Bloomberg, is suggesting that Russian state-controlled gas giant Rosneft PJSC could seek to develop close ties with Trinidad and Tobago, to produce gas from two gas fields given to it by Venezuela.

The article suggests that Trinidad and Tobago's LNG trains in Point Fortin could be used to develop the gas for export.

An accord signed by both Russia and Venezuela earlier this month will give Rosneft tax breaks to produce and export gas from the Patao and Mejillones fields off Venezuela’s east coast.