A Chaguanas man was arrested by police on Thursday after he and eight illegal Venezuelans were allegedly caught in a boat off the Cedros coast.

The 34-year-old suspect, of Felicity, was detained by Cedros police officers, was sent into quarantine by medical officials along with the group of Venezuelans – six men, one woman and a child.

The group will be subsequently handed over to the Immigration Department where the Venezuelans are expected to be repatriated to their homeland.

At 10.16 a.m. seamen attached to the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) were on border patrol, one mile off the coast of Cedros when they spotted a vessel with a large group on board.

The TTCG intercepted the vessel following which they discovered the group and the police were called to the scene.


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.