Tobago Imam applauds Venezuelan registration

Imam Yusuf Diab, of the Crown Point Mus­lim sect, ap­plauds Gov­ern­ment’s move to reg­is­ter and of­fer Venezue­lans em­ploy­ment and med­ical ser­vices for one year.

Speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia at the Crown Point Masjid on the eve of the cel­e­bra­tion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the Imam said he is hap­py the Gov­ern­ment be­gan the ini­tia­tive.

He made it clear that as an Or­tho­dox sect, his or­gan­i­sa­tion did not get in­volved in Gov­ern­ments’ af­fairs.

How­ev­er, as a busi­ness­man, he saw “the reg­is­tra­tion as a good idea.”

Police need help finding these three missing persons

Police are seeking the public's assistance in finding three people who have been reported missing.

They include two adults and a 15-year-old girl.

Ramdhanie Ragbir, 66, of Bonasse Village, Cedros, was last seen awaiting medical treatment at the San Fernando General Hospital on Sunday 2nd June, 2019.

He was reported missing to the San Fernando Police Station the following day.

Ragbir is of East Indian descent, 5 feet 5 inches tall, slim built, with a brown complexion and grey hair.

Bilingual job application forms for Venezuelans

Venezuelan nationals seeking employment in this country after registering in the government's amnesty, are being catered for by some companies, with bilingual application forms.

Among those companies is Prestige Holdings, which has now adapted its forms with Spanish translations to ensure that the Venezuelan nationals could understand.

Prestige Holdings is the parent company of Subway, KFC, Pizza Hut, TGI Fridays and Starbucks.

The registration process runs from May 31 to June 14.

Mom seeks help to complete road for son

A moth­er, whose son has cere­bral pal­sy, is ask­ing for help from mem­bers of the pub­lic to com­plete the on­ly ac­cess road to their home to the Todds Sta­tion Road, Todds Road, in Cen­tral Trinidad.

In 2017, Guardian Me­dia high­light­ed the plight of Oumawa­tee Mo­hammed, who us­es a wheel­bar­row to trans­port her son, Ronal­do Mo­hammed.

Back then she begged for as­sis­tance to have an ac­cess road con­struct­ed so she can safe­ly take her son up the hill. Two years lat­er, the road, now called Yvonne Trace, is on­ly halfway com­plet­ed.

Venezuelans afraid of persecution following line of questioning

Some of the 115 Venezuelans who completed registration at Achievers Banquet Hall in San Fernando on Friday say they are surprised at the line of questions they were asked during their brief interviews by Immigration.

Some expressed fear of being persecuted politically if the information they divulged was shared. 

Speaking to Guardian Media through our translator Angie Ramnarine, Venezuelan Juan Fernandes said the questions were limited and did not take into account their medical problems or their medical needs.

Barataria teenager missing

The Police Service is seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 16-year-old Ketisha Arthur.

Arthur, of Sixth Avenue, Barataria, was last seen at her home on Tuesday 28th May, 2019, by her mother.

She was reported missing to the Morvant Police Station on that same date.

Arthur is of African descent, 5 feet 2 inches tall and slim built, with a dark brown complexion and short hair.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the police at 999, 911, 800-TIPS or any police station or text/WhatsApp 482-GARY.

Gov't not accepting international support for Venezuelans

Finance Minister and acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert says the government has not accepted any financial aid from any international organisation to deal with the Venezuelan migrants.

Imbert said accepting foreign aid has foreign policy implications that Trinidad and Tobago does not want to get involved in at this time.

He says right now the government does not need it.

It's costing the state $5 million to conduct the registration but that's apart from the $620 million that the Central Bank estimates it will cost this country per year to host the migrants.

Three primary school student pregnancies in last 5 years

Among the some 3,577 reported cases of teenage pregnancies between 2014 and March 2019, three were primary school students.

The revelation was made by the National Parent Teacher's Association president Raffiena Ali-Boodoosingh Wednesday during a Joint Select Committee inquiry on teenage pregnancies.

The revelation comes just a few days before a Siparia student is due to give birth after being raped.

The NPTA president was citing Ministry of Education statistics.

Venezue­lan mom ekes out liv­ing af­ter 5 months, surviving on Trini goodwill

As the boat that brought her to Trinidad and To­ba­go neared the shore at Ce­dros, “op­por­tu­ni­ty” was on the mind of Mar­garet Ebjeh. A 37-year-old moth­er of four, this Venezue­lan mi­grant’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture now hinges on the Gov­ern­ment’s mi­grant amnesty pol­i­cy which be­gins on Fri­day. Not on­ly will she be able to work legal­ly in this coun­try for a year af­ter com­plet­ing the process, but Ebjeh will fi­nal­ly be able to vis­it her four chil­dren back in Venezuela and re­turn to T&T with­out a hic­cup.