Venezuelans

Hundreds turn out for UNC rally

Hun­dreds flocked to at­tend the UNC’s Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment launch on Sunday at the car park of the UNC’s Cou­va South Con­stituen­cy of­fices at Cam­den Road, Cou­va. The crowd was not as mas­sive as in the days of Kam­la-ma­nia pri­or to the 2010 gen­er­al elec­tion but was con­sid­er­ably dif­fer­ent since there was a large gath­er­ing of Afro-T&T sup­port­ers and Venezue­lan na­tion­als don­ning UNC T-shirts who came out to sup­port can­di­dates from north and south Trinidad.

18 Venezuelans caught entering T&T illegally via Carenage

18 Venezuelan nationals including three children were detained by police trying to enter the country illegally by boat in Carenage this morning.

Investigators told Guardian Media the Venezuelans from Guiria were held near the Smith Hill area in Carenage around 5:35am.

Officers of the Western Division intercepted the vessel and detained the persons.

The nine males seen in a Whatsapp video were made to lie on their stomachs while the six women and three children stood nearby.

Cops find 14-year-old in lewd party bust

A 14-year-old girl, who is be­lieved to be a vic­tim of hu­man traf­fick­ing, was among 22 fe­males de­tained at a ‘Se­cret Sun­day’ pool par­ty bust­ed by of­fi­cers of the Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Re­sponse Team (SORT) af­ter mid­night on Sun­day.

They were found in a house at Chan­cel­lor Heights, Up­per La­dy Chan­cel­lor Road, St Ann’s in Port-of-Spain.

Thousands of Venezuelans await registration cards

Three months af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion process end­ed thou­sands of Venezue­lans are yet to re­ceive their reg­is­tra­tion cards.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia, one Venezue­lan na­tion­al who re­quest­ed anonymi­ty said he has been work­ing in a su­per­mar­ket since June even though he does not have his reg­is­tra­tion card.

Hotel school offers training for migrants

Venezue­lan na­tion­als, hop­ing to get jobs at ho­tels and restau­rants across the coun­try, will be of­fered train­ing at the T&T Hos­pi­tal­i­ty & Tourism In­sti­tute, bet­ter known as the ho­tel school.

Haematologist: Venezuelans not eligible to donate blood for one year

Deputy Dean of Grad­u­ate Stud­ies and Re­search Con­sul­tant Haema­tol­o­gist Dr Ken­neth Charles has ad­mit­ted that Venezue­lans who come to T&T to work would not be el­i­gi­ble to do­nate blood for one year.

Charles, a se­nior lec­tur­er, made the com­ment on Tues­day at his Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ences Com­plex, Mt Hope, of­fice in re­sponse to a T&T Guardian ar­ti­cle pub­lished last Fri­day head­lined “Venezue­lans can give blood too- NCRHA head.”

Migrants worried about new visa requirement

Gov­ern­ment’s visa stip­u­la­tion for Venezue­lans is caus­ing con­cerns among some Venezue­lans who are due to come here soon, as well as re­cent reg­is­trants who had planned to bring rel­a­tives over.

Their con­cerns are about the pro­ce­dures to be and how ef­fi­cient­ly the sys­tem will be im­ple­ment­ed.

The stip­u­la­tion was an­nounced by Gov­ern­ment last Fri­day at the end of the two-week amnesty reg­is­tra­tion process for Venezue­lans. The visa news was wide­ly re­port­ed in Venezuela yes­ter­day al­though some of the trans­la­tion was cu­ri­ous.

Tobago Forwards wants answers on Venezuelans

Tobago Forwards (TF) leader Christlyn Moore is demanding that Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Kelvin Charles state the THA's plans for integrating Venezuelan migrants into the Tobago's population.

In a statement issued on Friday, Moore said her party supported Tobagonians' efforts to help the migrants.

"(We) support the ordinary residents of Tobago and the  Tobago Business community in closing some of the logistical and humanitarian gaps in the Venezuelan migrant registration process," she said.

'New' Venezuelans in registration line

Despite assurances from National Security Minister Stuart Young that T&T's borders were locked down, Venezuelan migrants who entered the country this week are among those seeking to sign up on the final day of registration for Government amnesty programme.

Up to Thursday, migrants entered the country through Erin and were outside the Achievors Banquet Hall, Duncan Village in San Fernando, seeking to register.

What happens with Venezuelans after 5pm?

De­spite calls from In­ter­na­tion­al hu­man rights bod­ies, the reg­is­tra­tion pe­ri­od for Venezue­lan mi­grants will close at 5 pm, ac­cord­ing to Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young. How­ev­er, Young has an­nounced a sys­tem that will en­sure those who are present out­side reg­is­tra­tion cen­tres at the close of the process to­day will not be dis­ad­van­taged.

In re­sponse to a ques­tion from the Op­po­si­tion in the Low­er Houset, Young out­lined a process to ac­com­mo­date the back­log when gates close at 5 pm.

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