"Arrest the man who raped my daughter" - mother pleads

As her daughter went into pre-labour on Tuesday, the mother of a pregnant Siparia student begged Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to arrest an alleged serial rapist whom she claims destroyed her daughter's life.

In an exclusive interview with Guardian Media on Tuesday, the 41-year-old mother said the teenager was always a well-behaved girl until she was raped by a man from their community in June 2017.

She said the man had been stalking her daughter and making advances but she never took him on.

Central Bank Governor: Hosting Venezuelans could cost $620M/year

The Central Bank Governor has estimated that it will cost the state around $620 million dollars a year to support the Venezuelans who have migrated to this country.

Dr Alvin Hilaire said at first he was skeptical about that figure but then said after looking at the impact on Colombia, that 600-odd million-dollar figure seemed plausible.

Colombia has so far taken in almost 1.2 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees. This has cost that country around 0.4% of its GDP.

Ordaz family looks for work

Day-af­ter-day, the Or­daz fam­i­ly, who set­tled in Pe­nal af­ter flee­ing Venezuela, go in search of work.

They were among 105 peo­ple who were ar­rest­ed by the po­lice af­ter be­ing found in the forests near Pa­lo Seco last week.

Since they were grant­ed Or­ders of Su­per­vi­sion no­tices by the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion, they have been try­ing to earn a liv­ing.

They sell cake and arepas to earn mon­ey to pay a $3,000 rent for a house they oc­cu­py at Morne Di­a­blo.

Sev­en­teen of them live in the house.

Granny: Teen sold weed to feed siblings

A teenag­er who ad­mit­ted to sell­ing mar­i­jua­na to main­tain his sib­lings and sick grand­moth­er was fined $1,200 yes­ter­day.

Odel Charles, 19, gave this ex­pla­na­tion when he ap­peared in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates’ Court charged with mar­i­jua­na pos­ses­sion.

His at­tor­ney Frank Git­tens, told the court the teen’s moth­er died and his fa­ther did not play a role in his life.

He was ar­rest­ed around 9 pm on Sun­day.

More Venezuelans flock to Irwin Park

More homeless Venezuelans are trickling to Irwin Park facility in Siparia hoping to get free meals, clothing and shelter.

When Guardian Media visited the facility on Monday more than 20 Venezuelans were lounging on cots, and on chairs.

There were enough food and drinks to feed a hundred more people.

Itilda Wharwood from the Siparia Community Association and voluntary translator Jennifer Joan Cowie have been spending their time at the facility ensuring that people do not take advantage of the Venezuelans.

Migrant squatting, prostitution worry MPs

Squat­ting, squab­bles and sex-re­lat­ed prob­lems.

Re­ports of squat­ting in Cen­tral Trinidad by some Venezue­lans and the oc­cu­pan­cy of aban­doned South hous­es are among the mixed bag of is­sues re­sult­ing from the in­flux of mi­grants to T&T in re­cent months.

Oth­er is­sues in­clude cer­tain Clax­ton Bay-based Venezue­lan women be­ing fol­lowed home by T&T men af­ter work—and maxi taxis fer­ry­ing “ar­rivals” out of cer­tain La Brea coastal ar­eas.

Presbyterian Church to feed Venezeulans

Sad­dened by the en­slave­ment of Venezue­lan mi­grants who are on­ly seek­ing to fill emp­ty stom­achs in T&T, re­cent­ly-in­stalled mod­er­a­tor of the Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Rev Joy Ab­dul-Mo­han, says her flock will use their re­sources to al­le­vi­ate the mi­grants’ hunger.

She said it was wor­ri­some to think that po­lice of­fi­cers were in­volved in hu­man traf­fick­ing of refugees to have them prac­tice mod­ern day slav­ery.

Pregnant woman, baby among 17 Venezuelans found in abandoned Chatham hotel

Seventeen Venezuelans have been caught hiding in an abandoned hotel infested with bats and rats at Chatham South beach.

They were picked up by the T&T Coast Guard after dawn, having been dropped off by a Venezuelan pirogue.

Among the 17 Venezuelans were nine females, one of whom is pregnant, a baby and seven men.

A source said the women were hiding in the abandoned hotel; while some were found in the bushes and on the beach.

The patrolling officers became alerted when they saw a few cars, waiting to pick up the Venezuelans.

Venezuelan families seek help

Having endured a grueling boat ride from Tucupita to Trinidad and then several days of hiding in the forests of Palo Seco before their arrests, 17 Venezuelans have finally settled into a house at Morne Diablo, Penal.

They have limited food, a trickle of water and no medicine for their sick children.

Yet to them Trinidad is like a paradise. Compared to their homeland, there is no shortage of food here. The family gave Guardian Media an exclusive interview of their plight and their hopes for the future.

The family is renting the house for $3,000 a month.

Police want help finding teenager missing since May 2

Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 18-year-old Rachel Barhoo.

Barhoo, of Beckles Street, North Esperance, was last seen in the San Fernando district around 8:30 am on Thursday 2nd May, 2019.

She was reported missing to the San Fernando Police Station, around 1 pm, on Wednesday 22nd May, 2019, by her mother.

She is of East Indian descent, 5 feet 5 inches tall and medium built with a brown complexion and short black hair.

She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, a pair of blue jeans and a pair of sneakers.