As usual, with the influx of Venezuelans into Trinidad and Tobago and the registration period implemented by the Government, it seems that everyone is thinking “in the moment”.

No one is thinking about what will happen once the registration period is over, with many Venezuelans remaining here. What will be the next step once there are still Venezuelans who have not registered after the period is over? What will happen to the Venezuelans once their registration card, which allows them to stay in the country and work for one year, expires?

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A recent story in the Express highlighted the plight of two pregnant Venezuelan women who were uncomfortable due to the fact that the registration process was not accommodating women in their condition. This story was okay, but why is the media not focusing on what is the Government’s next step after the registration period is over and what will happen when the registration cards expire?


Every civilisation has its unconscious assumptions, driving forces that motivate and at the same time act as the unseen glue holding the civilisation together. Here we find both the genius of a society and its deepest pain, crying out for redemption.

The Sangre Grande Region which stretches from Valencia in the west to Matelot in the north and comprises approximately 900 square kilometres of land (larger in size than Singapore, Barbados and Tobago) with a population of approximately 100,000 persons, is the least developed part of Trinidad and Tobago.

Perverse rationale. ­Unfounded logic. Two phrases to describe the letter in last Thursday’s Express by Steve Smith, “Stop looking for others to blame”.

While I am 100 per cent for the employee, I am extremely disturbed by the union’s purpose in this country. “The main purpose of labour unions is to give workers the power to negotiate for more favourable working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.” However, here in Trinidad the purpose appears to sabotage production and efficiency in any organisation.

An important way to understand a problem is to see it in a wider context and from different points of view. This is especially important for those who are tempted by, or succumb to, the allurement of crime, especially crime involving violence. Thinking only of the short term might seem profitable and gratifying.