Venezuela

Govt: Systems in place for Venezuelan visa

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.

Venezuela gives Russia control of new gas deposits near T&T

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.

Tobago: Police standing by to maintain order

As­sis­tant Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Ains­ley Gar­rick said the To­ba­go Po­lice Di­vi­sion is pre­pared for any even­tu­al­i­ties that might arise af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion cen­tre for Venezue­lan mi­grants at the Car­o­line Build­ing in Scar­bor­ough clos­es at 5 pm to­day.

ACP Gar­rick told Guardian Me­dia it is ap­par­ent that many mi­grants will not get the op­por­tu­ni­ty to reg­is­ter be­fore the dead­line. He said se­cu­ri­ty per­son­nel will be out in their num­bers to en­sure that peace is main­tained.

Tobagonians have a change of heart

Church­es, sec­u­lar or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing youth groups and schools ex­tend­ed a help­ing hand to Venezuela mi­grants, who left Trinidad to reg­is­ter at the To­ba­go cen­tre.

They pro­vid­ed blan­kets, wa­ter, break­fast, lunch and snacks, as the mi­grants braved the hot sun, wait­ing in line days be­fore reg­is­tra­tion was due to end on June 14.

From Sun­day af­ter­noon, hun­dreds of mi­grants be­gan pour­ing in­to To­ba­go by plane and fer­ry, flee­ing long lines at the two oth­er cen­tres in Trinidad.

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.

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.

Pregnant women, newborn children caught in registration rush

As thousands of Venezuelan migrants rush to register ahead of Friday's deadline, there were calls for more compassion to be shown toward newborn babies and pregnant women who were being pushed to the back of the line in the humid weather.

Mothers with babies just weeks old were told at about 9 am that there were 350 migrants inside the Achievors Banquet Hall in Duncan Village, San Fernando waiting to be registered as part of government's amnesty programme.

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.

Slow registration of asylum seekers in Tobago

On day one of the reg­is­tra­tion process to grant Venezue­lan asy­lum seek­ers amnesty, on­ly a few turned up at the To­ba­go cen­tre lo­cat­ed at Car­o­line Build­ing, 36 Wil­son Road, Scar­bor­ough.

One of them, Au­drey Hen­der­son, who has been liv­ing and work­ing in To­ba­go for the past 18 months was among the first to ar­rive. He said pri­or to the eco­nom­ic cri­sis in Venezuela he lived a " good life" as a sailor.

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