Some of the Venezuelan migrants who came ashore in south Trinidad last week. 

Police say they were told that at least 150 Venezuelan immigrants came ashore at the south-western coast on Tuesday morning. 

Police teams search for hours for the illegal immigrants. 

They detained eight of them, their clothes still drenched from the journey across the Gulf of Paria earlier that morning. 

Around 7 am, police received information that some five pirogues carrying at least 150 illegal immigrants came ashore at Beach Road, Santa Flora. 

Officers of the Erin and Santa Flora CIDs and South Western Division Task Force responded. 

But the immigrants were not found on the beach, believed to be have been swiftly taken away in vehicles driven by a man of Central Trinidad. 

Around 11 am police intercepted a car at SS Erin Road, Siparia driven by a local man. 

In the car were four men, three women and a child. 

Their luggage was found in the trunk of the vehicle. 

They were arrested and taken to the Siparia Police Station, and later handed over to Coast Guard officers to be placed in quarantine. 

The driver of the car was also arrested pending charges.


Some communities in Trinidad and Tobago don’t receive water for months and even years.

So noted Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales as he tabled the Report of the Cabinet Sub-Committee Report on the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in the House of Representatives, at the Red House, Port of Spain, yesterday.

The report has been placed in the hands of a parliamentary Joint Select Committee (JSC) as the Govern­ment grapples with the systemic “dys­function” at the unwieldy and debt-­­ridden, State-owned public utility.

Social Development Minister Donna Cox has suggested that teachers and principals taking up positions in schools in “hotspot” areas be given specialised training to help them better understand the culture of the area and its people.

She pointed out yesterday that there were stereotypes about such areas, some of which were not accurate.

India Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi has hailed the “special friendship” between India and Barbados.

Modi and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley took to Twitter this week to praise each other.

Mottley profusely thanked Modi, via social media, for the 200,000 vaccines sent from India to Barbados, 100,000 of which were donated.