Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 2nd 2016 Contents Bolivian President Evo Morales has said
that he wants to meet a son he was told
had died nine years ago.
It is the latest twist in a scandal involving
Morales former girlfriend, the boy s mother
She has been arrested as part of a cor-
A relative of Zapata has now revealed
that the child is alive and living in an undis-
closed location in Bolivia.
"It may be true, or it may be unfortunate
but it is worrying that an alleged aunt claimed that
the child is alive," said Morales in a statement.
"Nevertheless, now that they say the child is alive,
I want to tell you that if he is alive, well firstly it is
a great joy for me, it is like a blessing in the end, if
he is alive."
Morales said he could not believe that the
truth had been hidden from him for so long.
"I ask myself why since 2007 did they
hide him from me? For what reasons did
they distance me? "
Zapata told him at the time that their
baby had fallen ill soon after birth and had
The opposition has accused Mr Morales
of using his influence to grant lucrative gov-
ernment contracts to the Chinese building
firm where Zapata works.
Mr Morales rejected the accusations and said they
were part of a strategy from right-wing forces to
undermine his credibility ahead of a referendum last
Zapata has not as yet made any comments on the
Plastic bag maker goes bust 'due to 5p charge'
CARACAS---Venezuela s government
will begin printing larger-denomi-
nated bank notes sometime this year, a
top finance official said, as runaway
inflation has eroded the value of the
nation s biggest bill to less than a US
dime on the black market.
Central Bank President Nelson Mer-
entes comments were the first confir-
mation that Venezuela is preparing to
print larger bills, something that had
been rumoured for months.
Market economists have said bigger
bills will only accelerate inflation that
last year hit 181 per cent---the highest
in the world.
Merentes, who has helped steer the
economy for more than a decade as fi-
nance minister and then as head of the
central bank, disagreed. He said that
far from generating panic among infla-
tion-wary Venezuelans the new bills
will reduce price pressures "because
you re going to have less bills circulat-
He said no date has been set for the
500- and 1,000-bolivar notes to enter
circulation nor had it been decided
with what image would be on the new
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Venezuela Bolivar 'worth less than US10 cents'
GREECE---On foot or by taxi,
hundreds of exhausted refugee
families trying to reach Western
Europe flocked yesterday to a bur-
geoning tent city on Greece s bor-
der with Macedonia, which has
not allowed anybody in for 24
hours, citing a similar policy by
Serbia further north.
Greek police say there could be
up to 10,000 people---mostly Syrian
and Iraqi refugees---stuck at the
country s Idomeni border crossing
now in deteriorating conditions.
Hundreds of tents fill the fields
stretching toward the border fence,
which is patrolled on the Mace-
donian side by scores of regular
police, Macedonian special police
forces and police from other Balkan
During the day on Monday,
Macedonia let in only 30 refugees.
The Idomeni crossing has become
a key flashpoint in Europe s migra-
tion crisis. Several European nations,
led by Austria, have imposed refugee
caps and border restrictions over
the past ten days, creating a huge
backlog of migrants in Greece.
These unilateral actions have infu-
riated Greece and threaten to damage
the unity of the 28-nation European
Some migrants have been waiting
at Idomeni for more than a week.
The camp is full and hundreds more
people arrive daily. Overnight rain
soaked many families, who hung
up clothing to dry in the sun yes-
Macedonia closed its border fol-
lowing clashes Monday when hun-
dreds of migrants tried to force
their way into the country. Police
responded with tear gas and stun
grenades, driving the refugees back.
GEORGIA---Donald Trump looked
poised to strengthen his lead in the
Republican presidential race when 11
states voted yesterday, an outcome
likely to intensify concerns among
party leaders who consider him a
usurper of the Republican throne.
In the Democratic race, former Sec-
retary of State Hillary Clinton would
go a long way toward cementing her
path to the nomination if she scores
big victories of her own over democratic
socialist Bernie Sanders on Super Tues-
Opinion polls showed Trump leading
in nearly all the states that will hold
primary contests or caucuses, most of
them in the American South. The
exception appeared to be Texas, where
US Senator Ted Cruz, who represents
that state, enjoyed a narrow lead and
was in desperate need of a victory.
Super Tuesday is the biggest single
day of state-by-state contests that
select party nominees for the November
8 election to succeed Democratic Pres-
ident Barack Obama.
Voting stretches from eastern states
to Texas and Minnesota, with the first
polls closing at 7 pm. EST in Vermont
and Virginia and first results expected
The prospect of a Trump victory has
alarmed Republican Party leaders, many
of whom do not support his positions
and who believe Clinton would easily
defeat him in November if she becomes
the Democratic nominee.
On the Democratic side, polls show
Clinton, who has won three of the first
four Democratic contests, with a big
lead in six Southern states that have
large blocs of black voters, who have
been slow to warm to Sanders, a US
senator from Vermont.
One factor helping Clinton is a focus
on getting her voters to make their
choices early. (Reuters)
Democratic US presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wave as they arrive on stage before the start
of the PBS NewsHour Democratic presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, February 11. REUTERS PHOTO
in big wins
The introduction of a 5 pence
charge for plastic bags in England has
been blamed for a packaging firm
going into receivership.
Forty workers have been made
redundant at Nelson Packaging s fac-
tory in Lancashire.
Managing director Michael Flynn
said it was mainly due to "the English
bag legislation and corresponding
impact on customer and retailer
The 5p charge for bags was introduced
in England last October after it was ear-
lier launched in Wales, Northern Ireland
Campaigners argue that plastic bags
blight streets, spoil the countryside, and
damage wildlife, seas and coastline.
A report in 2015 found the number
of single-use carrier bags handed out
by shops in Wales had fallen by 71 per
cent since charges were introduced in
10,000 migrants stuck on Greek border
Hundreds of young men in
India s Bihar state have been
made to strip down to their
underwear while appearing for
an army recruitment test in an
attempt to prevent cheating.
Photographs showed candidates
sitting cross-legged in a field in
Muzaffarpur town, wearing only
The army said it was done to
"save time on checking so many
A candidate told The Indian
Express newspaper that he felt "it
was not dignified." Officials said
1,159 candidates participated in
Sunday s hour-long written exam-
ination to join the Indian army.
Bihar and many other parts of
northern India are notorious for
cheating during examinations---
last year, the state government was
embarrassed after parents and
friends were photographed climb-
ing school walls to pass on answers
to school students.
Job seekers made to strip for army test
NEW DELHI---The UN climate
panel s former chairman, Rajen-
dra Pachauri, was charged yes-
terday with stalking and sexu-
ally harassing a woman who
worked at the New Delhi envi-
ronmental think tank he s head-
ed for more than three decades.
Police filed the case in a
Delhi court after investigating
a complaint by one of Pachau-
ri s colleagues at The Energy
Research Institute, Press Trust
of India said.
Pachauri has denied the alle-
gations, but resigned last year
from both the UN s Intergovern-
mental Panel on Climate Change
and from TERI after the
researcher s allegations were
His appointment last month
to another top post at TERI
renewed outrage, and a second
woman, who had worked there
for a year, came forward with
Police have charged Pachauri,
75, with sexual harassment,
stalking and criminal intimida-
tion of the 29-year old woman.
Pachauri chaired the climate
panel---considered the world s
authority on climate science---
since 2002, and had accepted
the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on
its behalf. The panel shared the
award with former US Vice Pres-
ident Al Gore. (AP)
Former UN climate official charged with stalking
Morales wants to meet son he thought was dead
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