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Claims that T&T citizens no longer require US visas, are false

The United States Embassy is denying any truth to claims circulating on social media, that Trinidad and Tobago nationals no longer need visas to travel to the US.

The post began circulating a few days ago.

The Embassy says the requirement for a visa still exists for T&T nationals.

The following is a statement by the US Embassy on the topic.

T&T's August oil exports to the US, highest since November 2014

Trinidad and Tobago exported over 1.3 million barrels of oil to the United States in August this year, the highest monthly since November 2014.

The figures are reflected in data published by the US Energy Information Administration.

It has not yet released figures for September and October.

The data shows that 1.364 million barrels of oil were exported to the US in August, a big leap from the 421,000 barrels exported one month earlier.

US methanol imports from T&T drop by 600,000 tonnes

Trinidad and Tobago's status as the world's largest exporter of methanol is taking a blow as the United States, its largest market, has now become a major methanol supplier.

Over the last 12 months, Trinidad and Tobago;s supply of methanol to the United States dropped by 600,000 tonnes.

The latest figures are carried in the Chemical Carrier World report.

T&T national arrested attempting to cross into United States from Mexico

A Trinidad and Tobago national has been arrested as he attempted to illegally enter the United States from Mexico by crossing the Rio Grande river.

According to CBS 4 News, Declan Adrian David was arrested by border patrol agents on Tuesday after he crossed the Rio Grande near Hidalgo.

Police records indicate that David was formally deported from the United States on June 23, 2011 through Miami, Florida.

David was previously convicted of intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance in June 2002, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

This is why the US women's 4x100 metres team will rerun the relay alone tonight

The U.S. women's 4x100 relay dropped the baton on the second exchange on Thursday in the qualifying heats, knocking them out of the final. However, Allyson Felix was bumped right before she got to the zone. A U.S. appeal was upheld.

The statement from the IAAF:

"The Jury of Appeals for the Rio Games upheld the USA’s appeal, saying that Felix was indeed obstructed on the second exchange. The relay team will re-run the race alone tonight (7 p.m. ET), needing to post a time of at least 42.70 seconds to advance into the finals.

US police officer charged with attempting to help ISIS

A Metro Transit police officer has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, marking the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer has been accused of trying to aid the terrorist group, a report in the Washington Post says.