Regional News

T&T President signs controversial security Act

(Trinidad Guardian) President Anthony Carmona yesterday assented to the Strategic Services Amendment Act (SSA). The legislation seeks to give the SSA a wider mandate to investigate people suspected of involvement in crimes, including acts of treason, money laundering, sedition, terrorism, terrorist financing and corruption.

‘This is Hindu business’

-row over underage marriage in T&T heats up

Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Secretary General Satnarayan Maharaj hugs Keisha Rampersad, a student of Parvati Girls’ Hindu College, after she placed a garland around his neck on Monday during Indian Arrival Day celebrations in Debe.

(Trinidad Guardian) “Mind yuh damn business and go to hell!” This was the Indian Arrival Day message sent by secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Sat Maharaj on Monday to Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Harris.

LATAM Airlines joins Venezuela airline exodus

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – LATAM Airlines yesterday became the latest carrier to suspend its operations in Venezuela, blaming “the current complex economic scenario in the region.” International airlines have struggled for years to repatriate revenue held in Venezuela’s local bolivar currency, as the cash-strapped government failed to convert it to hard currency amid tight exchange controls.

IMF approves US$478m for Suriname

(IMF press release) The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a 24-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) for Suriname, in an amount equivalent to SDR 342 million (about US$478 million or 265 percent of quota), to support the government’s economic reform program.