After three days of worry and fear, Cedros housewife Heermatie Sankar yesterday breathe a sigh of relief after receiving news that her husband, son and another fisherman were released and are on their way home from Venezuela.
“I feel happy that they come out, but I just waiting to see them,” said Sankar in a telephone interview. She said she has not spoken to either her husband or son, but someone called her from Venezuela with the good news.
“They out and they okay. Thank God for that. So, I think they suppose to be coming home tomorrow, thank God.”
The Ministry of National Security says it has spoken with Venezuelan officials about an incident involving Trinidad and Tobago fishermen on Thursday.
The men appeared to have been taken by armed me while fishing off Trinidad and Tobago's south coast.
The ministry says the circumstances under which the men were taken is now engaging its attention.
The National Security Ministry issued the following statement on Friday:
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered a “re-denomination” of the ailing bolivar currency on Thursday, by knocking three zeroes off amid hyperinflation and a crippling economic crisis.
The measure to divide the so-called bolivar fuerte - or “strong bolivar” - currency by 1,000 would take effect from June 4, the socialist leader said.
The move illustrates the collapse of the bolivar, which has fallen 99.99 percent against the U.S. dollar on the black market since Maduro came to power in April 2013.
The Russian intelligence-gathering vessel Viktor Leonov returned to Trinidad for a second time this year and was docked near the Hyatt yesterday. The vessel is expected to depart today.
When the Sunday Guardian visited the dock before noon, about 15 of the ship's crew in brown uniforms were at the stern of the ship on their down time, smoking and using their cellphones. An officer in camouflaged fatigues was talking with one of the ship's officers while another interacted with the crew.
The social, economic and political upheavals, hyperinflation, shortages of food, medicine and other supplies and US sanctions have forced many Venezuelans to flee their country and look for work in neighbouring countries, including T&T, to earn money and supplies to send back home to their families.
According to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) report dated August 2017, there are an estimated 40,000 Venezuelans in T&T.
Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley has met with a high-level delegation from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as negotiations regarding the supply of natural gas to Trinidad and Tobago continues to progress, a statement by the Office of the Prime Minister says.