I would like to apply for a tourist visa. I noticed there are many websites providing visa assistance. Can I use one of these sites to apply or is there a penalty for doing so?

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The only way to apply for a US non-immigrant visa is by filling out and submitting the DS-160 official electronic visa application on our official website, After you complete the application and print out the confirmation page, you must pay the visa application fee at ScotiaBank. Finally, after you pay your fee, you must register for a visa appointment and document return services online at


Described as unprecedented and catastrophic, the destruction wrought by Hurricane Dorian on our Bahamian neighbours has thus far left five dead amid devastating scenes.

Scientists say climate change is causing powerful hurricanes like Dorian to increasingly stall over coastal areas, which leads to heavy flooding. Officials in the Bahamas feared “unprecedented” devastation after Dorian hovered over the islands for several days, pummelling it with rain.

Those who pay attention to pop culture would recognise the title of this column as the plaintive refrain in a song by Destiny’s Child, in which the lead singer, Beyoncé, is speaking to her lover on the phone but he is tentative. He is fumbling—“err! uhm”! But she is on to him. Something is not right.

As of 11 pm. Eastern Standard Time on September 2, Hurricane Dorian was a category four storm battering the Bahamas. At least five people were killed on the island of Abaco when it hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph on September 1 in the afternoon. It’s a historic tragedy that require analysis and its victims will need massive assistance.

Inhumane, inconsiderate, cruel and heartless—that’s the only way I can describe those responsible for terrorising the animals at the Emperor Valley Zoo with the fireworks noise on Independence night. Why does anyone think it’s a good idea to frighten poor, defenceless animals?

If we were to believe the letter penned by a writer in Monday’s newspaper one would surely think that Carifesta XIV was a waste of money. Often I wonder when will Trinidadians—I repeat, Trinidadians, not my brothers and sisters in Tobago—show appreciation for their culture?