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Coast Guard ready to join search for missing Venezuelans

The T&T Coast Guard (TTCG) is on standby should they be called for help by the Venezuelan Coast Guard as the search continues for 19 refugees, who have been feared drowned after the pirogue they were in sunk last Thursday.

The lone survivor of the incident, Alberto Abreu, 25, of Margarita, who was rescued by a US businessman Robert Richards, Virgin Islands, is currently in Grenada.

Ministry seeks Spanish students/teachers for registration process

The Ministry of National Security is seeking interns with special skills, to assist in the registration of Venezuelan nationals, which is due to begin on May 31.

The ministry issued a statement today saying that it offering short-term internships to persons pursuing tertiary level Spanish to serve as registration clerks.

It is also seeking retired Spanish teachers and other persons to serve as interpreters and translators.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday May 22.

US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert on Venezuela cri­sis: Stop all cash inflows immediately

In or­der to force em­bat­tled Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro to act to defuse the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion af­fect­ing the south-Amer­i­can na­tion, which has led to mil­lions of cit­i­zens flee­ing the coun­try, a US in­tel­li­gence ex­pert is rec­om­mend­ing that all cash in­flows to Venezuela be stopped im­me­di­ate­ly.

In ad­di­tion, he said an­oth­er sign of good faith by Maduro would be the im­me­di­ate re­lease of close to 800 po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers.

International: Helicopter crashes into Hudson River in NYC

A helicopter has crashed into the Hudson River in New York City, the fire department confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the FDNY confirmed the crash and said the pilot, the only person on board, was safely removed from the water with no injuries.

The department's verified Twitter account said there were two other non-life-threatening injuries.

Venezuelan cargo boats continue to dock at San Fernando wharf

While the ban on Venezuelan ferries continued at the Cedros port, three Venezuelan cargo boats docked at Kings Wharf, San Fernando early Wednesday, bringing goods from Venezuela.

Around 7:30 am, Guardian Media captured the arrival of the vessels which came from Guiria.

One was a larger ship while the two others were smaller pirogues. 

Most of the Venezuelans did not speak English and they shied away from media cameras.

However, a source said the cargo included ground provisions from the South American mainland.

Chinese motorcycles for local police

A to­tal of 200 mo­tor­cy­cles are com­ing from Chi­na for use by the Po­lice Ser­vice, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley an­nounced yes­ter­day dur­ing the con­tract sign­ing cer­e­mo­ny for the new bil­lion dol­lar Port- of- Spain Cen­tral Block yes­ter­day.

The Prime Min­is­ter said this was among some of the re­quests his Gov­ern­ment made for as­sis­tance and equip­ment from the Chi­nese Gov­erne­ment with re­gard to the pos­si­ble im­prove­ments in this coun­try.

Venezuelans flock to register for government amnesty

Dozens of Venezuelan asylum seekers and refugees flocked to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando on Monday, hoping to get assistance ahead of the government's May 31 registration.

From as early as 7 am, the Venezuelans gathered at the church on Harris Promenade where they were interviewed by officials from the Living Waters Community.

100 illegal Venezuelans arrested, ferries barred from docking in Cedros

Over 100 illegal Venezuelans have been arrested and about 25 sent to the Detention Centre following a tightening of border patrols around the southern coasts this week.

The Venezuelan ferries which usually bring some 700 plus passengers legally from Venezuela on a weekly basis have been barred from docking at the Cedros port.

When Guardian Media visited the area Wednesday, there were no activities at the port.

A Coast Guard interceptor vessel was docked outside of the security complex and was preventing any Venezuelan vessel from coming into the port.

PM meets US military officers in 'CAPSTONE' visit

Seventeen recently promoted Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals serving in the US Military on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Diplomatic Center, St. Ann’s as part of a CAPSTONE visit.

The team, together with US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and US Embassy Chief Military Liaison Officer Col. Claudia Carrizales, also met with Minister of National Security Stuart Young and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses.

CAPSTONE is a joint service professional military education course at the National Defense University.

Deport Them! Minister signs orders to send Venezuelan criminals home

Minister of National Security Stuart Young has announced that he has signed deportation orders to return Venezuelan nationals to their country for criminal activity.

The minister made the announcement during today's post-Cabinet news conference.

"I have signed a number of deportation orders for a number of Venezuelans who have engaged in lives of crime in T&T," Young said.

He told the news conference that the government will not tolerate crimes in T&T, regardless of who commits them.

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