Kamla: "Close our borders now"

Despite calls from some of her Members of Parliament for government to extend the registration process, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is calling on government to lock down this country’s borders. 

Persad-Bissessar was greeted by a group of protesters outside the Parliament this afternoon, the same group that staged a demonstration outside the Queen’s Park Oval registration centre on Thursday night. 

“We should lock down our borders immediately. We can’t take it,” Persad-Bissessar remarked. 

Tobago Forwards wants answers on Venezuelans

Tobago Forwards (TF) leader Christlyn Moore is demanding that Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Kelvin Charles state the THA's plans for integrating Venezuelan migrants into the Tobago's population.

In a statement issued on Friday, Moore said her party supported Tobagonians' efforts to help the migrants.

"(We) support the ordinary residents of Tobago and the  Tobago Business community in closing some of the logistical and humanitarian gaps in the Venezuelan migrant registration process," she said.

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.

AG mulls disciplinary case against Ramdeen

For­mer sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen may be in hot wa­ter for mak­ing pub­lic the de­tails of a Court of Ap­peal case in which he was nev­er in­volved.

On Thurs­day, Ramdeen held a me­dia con­fer­ence at his Port-of-Spain of­fice to dis­cuss the de­tails of a med­ical case, now at the Court of Ap­peal, in which a young girl was ad­mit­ted to the Mt Hope Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex for anaemia and dur­ing a blood trans­fu­sion, was in­fect­ed with HIV taint­ed blood.

The child died of com­pli­ca­tions from her anaemia and HIV.

Ghana willing to help with migrant crisis

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley has ad­mit­ted that Venezuela’s on­go­ing eco­nom­ic and po­lit­i­cal tur­moil has been im­pact­ing T&T and the wider re­gion.

Row­ley made the com­ment at a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the Diplo­mat­ic Cen­tre, St Ann’s, in the pres­ence of Ghana Pres­i­dent Nana Ad­do Dankwa Aku­fo-Ad­do who vis­it­ed our coun­try with a del­e­ga­tion on Wednes­day night and left on Thurs­day night.

UNC Senator resigns

United National Congress (UNC) senator Ashvani Mahabir has resigned.

The outgoing senator confirmed via text message that he tendered his resignation to the Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar today and she accepted it.

"The OL (Opposition Leader) has accepted my resignation. On official statement is expected soon. UNC PRO may assist," Mahabir said.

In a brief telephone interview, Persad-Bissessar also confirmed that she received and accepted Mahabir's resignation.

Chaguanas chamber joins chorus against FOIA amendments

The Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) has joined the voices of non-governmental organizations, other professional bodies and citizens, calling for the postponement of the passage of the proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act Chap 22:02.
The Chamber said in a statement Tuesday that there has been no consultation with stakeholders on the introduction of the proposed legislation in Parliament.

Young: Registration process not a doorway to citizenship

No T&T per­ma­nent res­i­den­cy or cit­i­zen­ship for Venezue­lan reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­cants, says Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young.

He was re­spond­ing to re­marks by the Venezue­lan Am­bas­sador Car­los Perez that reg­is­trants may have a chance for per­ma­nent res­i­dence or cit­i­zen­ship with the cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion dri­ve.

Young al­so re­spond­ed sim­i­lar­ly when queried on the mat­ter by the Op­po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment on Mon­day.