Pregnant woman, baby among 17 Venezuelans found in abandoned Chatham hotel

Seventeen Venezuelans have been caught hiding in an abandoned hotel infested with bats and rats at Chatham South beach.

They were picked up by the T&T Coast Guard after dawn, having been dropped off by a Venezuelan pirogue.

Among the 17 Venezuelans were nine females, one of whom is pregnant, a baby and seven men.

A source said the women were hiding in the abandoned hotel; while some were found in the bushes and on the beach.

The patrolling officers became alerted when they saw a few cars, waiting to pick up the Venezuelans.

Venezuelan families seek help

Having endured a grueling boat ride from Tucupita to Trinidad and then several days of hiding in the forests of Palo Seco before their arrests, 17 Venezuelans have finally settled into a house at Morne Diablo, Penal.

They have limited food, a trickle of water and no medicine for their sick children.

Yet to them Trinidad is like a paradise. Compared to their homeland, there is no shortage of food here. The family gave Guardian Media an exclusive interview of their plight and their hopes for the future.

The family is renting the house for $3,000 a month.

Police want help finding teenager missing since May 2

Police are seeking the urgent assistance of the public in locating 18-year-old Rachel Barhoo.

Barhoo, of Beckles Street, North Esperance, was last seen in the San Fernando district around 8:30 am on Thursday 2nd May, 2019.

She was reported missing to the San Fernando Police Station, around 1 pm, on Wednesday 22nd May, 2019, by her mother.

She is of East Indian descent, 5 feet 5 inches tall and medium built with a brown complexion and short black hair.

She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, a pair of blue jeans and a pair of sneakers.

Popcorn vendor grateful, wants more help for struggling youths

The outpouring of love shown to Laventille popcorn vendor, Kevin Thomas by complete strangers has been so inspiring that Thomas is now calling on wider T&T to continue to support struggling youths who want to live respectable, decent lives.

Thomas's call came after several people offered to pay his $600 fine after he was charged by police for unlawfully pitching a stall, selling without a license and obstruction of a passageway on the street. 

Venezuelans hiding in forest, feeding off mangoes and coconuts

Desperate to escape being caught by the police, more than 50 Venezuelan women and their children are hiding in the forests of Icacos, feeding off mangoes and coconuts.

By dusk, when the mosquitoes, gnats and sandflies descend to feed, the hungry women stumble out of the forests in search of food, holding their children protectively around them.

Guardian Media went in search of the bush families on Thursday and saw evidence of their existence. Fresh foot tracks were seen in the forest leading to the sea and a knapsack was spotted on the road.

PM: T&T is not Venezuela's solution; volume will become a burden

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says that Trinidad and Tobago cannot be the solution for millions of Venezuelans who are fleeing the country and that there will come a time when the volume of Venezuelans coming here will become a burden.

He made the remark at today's post-Cabinet media conference.

The prime minister said the first priority of the government is the welfare of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

Scores of Venezuelans who entered a week ago still missing

Scores of Venezuelan nationals who entered this country by boat illegally more than a week ago are still in hiding.

A woman, her husband and young child which she had strapped to her back said that they entered Trinidad by boat through a lonely beach at Morne Diablo in Penal.

They hid in a swamp for several days and later met up with other illegal immigrants in Palo Seco.

The Venezuelan family was rounded up in a massive police exercise yesterday in which illegal immigrants were held in Palo Seco,Erin and Cedros.

More Venezuelans arrive via Icacos, Columbus Bay

While police locked down the coastal points at Beach Camp, Palo Seco and Erin on Wednesday night, three more boatloads of Venezuelans arrived at Icacos Beach and Columbus Bay.

A source who requested anonymity said the boats came in between 11 pm on Wednesday to 1:30 am on Thursday. Shortly after midnight, a heavy contingent of police came in, searching for the Venezuelans.

It is believed they fled into the forests near Constance estate, La Vege Estate, St Quintin Estate at near Columbus Bay. A few of them were later arrested but the majority are still in hiding.

Weekend without water for POS and environs

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is advising customers in Port-of-Spain and environs that there will be an interruption in their pipe-borne water supply from 4 pm on Friday to 4 pm on Sunday.

WASA says this interruption is to facilitate the relocation of two transmission mains along the Beetham Highway, between the Lighthouse and Abattoir Road (in the vicinity of the PTSC compound).

The affected areas will include:

Downtown Port-of-Spain
St James
Parts of Woodbrook
St. Ann’s