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.
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.
Government’s visa stipulation for Venezuelans is causing concerns among some Venezuelans who are due to come here soon, as well as recent registrants who had planned to bring relatives over.
Their concerns are about the procedures to be and how efficiently the system will be implemented.
The stipulation was announced by Government last Friday at the end of the two-week amnesty registration process for Venezuelans. The visa news was widely reported in Venezuela yesterday although some of the translation was curious.
With less than 24 hours to go, yet another international humanitarian group is calling on the government to extend the period of registration to Venezuelan nationals.
As the deadline for the registration period looms, Refugees International (RI) says it is gravely concerned about the possibility that arrests and deportations may follow.
According to RI, Trinidad and Tobago has only three registration centres to register more than 40,000 Venezuelans.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has met with the Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, where they discussed ways of enhancing mutual cooperation between the two countries.
The meet took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s on Wednesday.
A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister said that both parties committed to continuing to strengthen the historic bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two nations.
Former director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) at the University of the West Indies' St Augustine campus, Andy Knight, is supporting Government's decision to provide refuge to Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing the deteriorating conditions in their country. However, he is also advising that this should not be done in an ad-hoc manner to avoid any future complications.
President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will visit Trinidad and Tobago next week.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign and Caricom Affairs said the visit will take place on June 13th and 14th, 2019.
During the visit, President Akufo-Addo will call on President Paula-Mae Weekes and will meet with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, to advance interest to both countries in the fields of energy, health, finance, education, tourism and culture.
US authorities who discovered the body of a Nicaraguan migrant into Texas this week, say that among the things they found on him was a phone number for someone in Trinidad and Tobago.
The man, identified as 42-year-old Ledis Jose Ortez Herrera, was found dead 80 miles from the border with Mexico.
He was the fourth migrant from Nicaragua to have been found dead in the last two weeks.
Brooks County Sheriff’s Office Commander Jorge Esparza reportedly found two identification cards from Nicaragua and Mexico.
The Guyana Livestock Development Authority has described a recent ban on poultry from Guyana by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, as “ill-advised and premature”.
The authority says neither the sale nor consumption of poultry meat poses any health risks.
It is seeking to assure Guyana's public that the issue with duck disease, has been contained and restricted to six duck farms on the coast of Guyana.
At least 11 people have been killed and six hospitalised in a shooting incident in Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach Police Department said the incident occurred at a city municipal building Friday afternoon.
It was unclear whether all six patients had gunshot wounds.
Police say the suspected shooter was killed by police.
There are 30 buildings on the Virginia Beach Municipal Center property, including the courthouse and police department.