Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2016 Contents MEXICO---An accidental leak caused a
deadly petrochemical plant blast that has
killed at least 13 people and the toll could
rise, Mexican oil company Pemex said yes-
terday, the latest in a series of fatal accidents
to batter the company.
Pemex CEO Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya,
who travelled to the site of Wednesday s blast
near the port of Coatzacoalcos, one of Pemex s
top oil export hubs, told local television it
was unclear what caused the leak that
prompted the blast.
The massive explosion at the facility s
chlorinate plant in the Gulf state of Veracruz
also injured 136 people, 13 of those serious-
"We know there was a leak, what we don t
know is why, but everything points to an
accident," Gonzalez Anaya said, revising the
death toll up to 13.
He said there was an odour of ammonia
in the area, and the company was investi-
The blast occurred at a vinyl petrochemical
plant that is a joint venture between Pemex s
petrochemical unit and Mexican plastic pipe
The explosion was the latest in a litany of
safety disasters that have plagued the state
oil giant, which is trying to stem the bleed
of sliding output and slash costs as it creaks
under the pressure of low crude prices.
In 2013, at least 37 people were killed by
a blast at its Mexico City headquarters, and
26 people died in a fire at a Pemex natural
gas facility in northern Mexico in September
were operating in South
Sudan yesterday after cross-
ing the border to rescue some
125 Ethiopian children who
were kidnapped during a
bloody cattle raid, and top of-
ficials from both countries
sought to co-ordinate their
Peter Bashir Gbandi, acting
South Sudanese foreign af-
fairs minister, would not an-
swer directly if South Sudan
gave permission to Ethiopia
to enter. He said he did know
who was responsible for the
attack in Ethiopia and added
that the area "is full of jungle.
These are criminals." Offi-
cials in both countries said
there was no tension between
the neighboring states.
South Sudanese local lead-
ers, meanwhile, traded accu-
sations over who was
responsible. Ethiopia an-
nounced Wednesday its mili-
tary entered South Sudan and
surrounded the attackers, be-
lieved to Murle tribesmen
who abducted 125 children.
Local media in Ethiopia re-
ported the Murle wanted the
children to raise the 2,000
head of cattle the tribal
members stole. (AP)
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Ethiopian troops penetrate South Sudan to rescue 125 kids
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are driven past well-wishers during celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday, in
Windsor, Britain, yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
WINDSOR---Queen Elizabeth II---
Britain s oldest and longest-serving
monarch---celebrated her 90th birthday
yesterday with a day at home and a short
There were gun salutes, fireworks and
tributes in Parliament in her honour, and
televised retrospectives are being broadcast
of a royal life that has stretched from the
Roaring 20s to the Internet age. The
queen s week was full of public engage-
ments to recognise her birthday.
The queen was born Princess Elizabeth
on April 21, 1926, and became queen at
25 upon the death of her father, King
George VI, in 1952. A majority of Britons
have lived under no other monarch.
She was to spend the day at Windsor
Castle. She greeted well-wishers on a walk
through the town, west of London. Hun-
dreds lined up hours beforehand, carrying
cakes, cards, balloons and Union Jack flags.
Elsewhere, the day was marked with
an eruption of pomp. Later yesterday the
queen was to light the first in a chain of
1,000 beacons to blaze across Britain and
around the world. (AP)
Queen celebrates 90th birthday
13 killed in
As many as 500 people are feared to have died in a
shipwreck last week in the Mediterranean Sea, which
could be one of the worst tragedies involving refugees
in the last 12 months, the United Nations Refugee
Agency (UNHCR) said in a statement Wednesday. The
agency said that it talked to 41 survivors, who were res-
cued Saturday by a merchant ship, to find out more de-
tails about the overcrowded boat.
The boat submerged in an unknown location be-
tween Libya and Italy. The survivors also told the
agency that the refugees were a part of a group of 100
to 200 people, who left from a near Tobruk in Libya on a
30 metre-long boat.
"After several hours at sea, the smugglers in charge
of the boat attempted to transfer the passengers to a
larger ship carrying hundreds of people in terribly over-
crowded conditions," UNHCR said, adding: "At one point
during the transfer, the larger boat capsized and sank."
The survivors include those who did not board the
larger vessel while some swam back to the smaller
QUITO---President Rafael Correa said Ecuador's worst
earthquake in decades caused billions of dollars of dam-
age and he is raising sales taxes and putting a one-time
levy on millionaires to help pay for reconstruction.
The damage from 7.8-magnitude quake adds to al-
ready heavy economic hardships being felt in this OPEC
nation triggered by the collapse in world oil prices. Even
before the quake, Ecuador was bracing for a bout of aus-
terity, with the International Monetary Fund forecasting
the economy would shrink 4.5 per cent this year.
In a televised address Wednesday night, Correa
warned the nation of a long and costly post-quake recov-
ery and said the economic pain shouldn't fall only on
hard-hit communities along the coast.
"I know we're at the most-difficult stage right now but
it's just the beginning," he said. (AP)
Over 500 feared dead
after vessel sinks
Ecuador hikes taxes
to rebuild after quake
It's a new chapter in Brazil's deep political crisis, which
at times reads like a tropical telenovela. The South Amer-
ican country now has a new president, although it will
only be for a few days.
The former running mate and current political rival,
embattled President Dilma Rousseff, is visiting the
United States and plans to attend a climate conference in
New York today. That means Vice President Michel
Temer is not only calling the shots at home, but has ef-
fectively become the president ... until she returns.
The temporary transfer of power would normally go
unnoticed. But this is an especially tumultuous moment
The lower house of Congress voted Sunday in favour
of impeaching Rousseff on accusations that she broke
budgetary laws to cover shortfalls in Brazil's deficit, accu-
sations that she says are unjust.
Temer, a 75-year-old attorney known as a backroom
negotiator, has distanced himself from Rousseff since
the corruption scandal broke. (CNN)
VP leads Brazil
Smoke from the blast can be seen from
miles away. A number of other blasts
have hit Pemex facilities in recent years.
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