Ingula hydro power project ‘on track’

first_img7 November 2012 Eskom’s R23-billion Ingula pumped storage scheme will come on line in phased intervals from 2014, adding 1 332 MW of hydro power to South Africa’s electricity grid while making a significant contribution to job creation and rural development in the country. Speaking during a site visit to the pumped storage scheme on the border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal provinces on the weekend, President Jacob Zuma said Ingula formed a crucial part of a massive capital investment drive aimed at securing the electricity supply the country’s future growth depended on. South Africa currently produces about 40 000 MW of electricity, and will require an an estimated additional 40 000 MW of power by 2025.Electricity build programme Zuma said that more than R340-billion would be spent on state electricity company Eskom’s build programme over the next eight years. Eskom is currently building two new coal-fired power stations, the 4 764 MW Medupi power station in Lephalale, Limpopo and the 4 800 MW Kusile power station near Emalahleni in Mpumalanga. Medupi’s first unit is due to be commissioned in 2013, while Kusile is due for completion in 2016/17. Zuma said the Ingula project was scheduled to come on line during 2014, with a unit being commissioned each quarter of that year. It will be the largest hydroelectric power source in South Africa.Job creation “Through these electricity build projects, we will provide the electricity capacity needed to grow the economy, attract investment and create jobs,” Zuma said. “Medupi, Kusile and Ingula are expected to create approximately 40 000 job opportunities, which translates into 35 500 direct jobs during construction and operation and about 4 500 indirect jobs supporting the programme.” Situated about 23km north-east of Van Reenen, within the little Drakensberg mountain range, Ingula will be the first pumped storage scheme to be built on the continent in 24 years. It consists of an upper and a lower dam, each with a water capacity of about 22-million cubic metres. The dams, 4.6-kilometres apart, will be connected by underground waterways to a subterranean generating plant with four 333 MW pump turbines. When the country’s energy consumption is low, the unused or “reserve” energy will be used to pump water from the lower to the upper dam. During times of peak energy consumption in the country, water will be released from the upper dam through the pump turbines to the lower dam to generate electricity which will be fed into the national grid. Eskom board member Collin Matjila, speaking during Zuma’s site visit, said the power parastatal had taken note of the importance of sustainable development. “Twenty years from now, coal will contribute less to [SA’s electricity supply] and renewable energy will play a bigger role,” Matjila said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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2020 Dicamba Showdown

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — With much of the 2019 soybean crop still in the field, the state of Illinois pushed the 2020 soybean season into the limelight last week.Late on Friday afternoon, October 11, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced that it has submitted additional label restrictions for dicamba herbicides used with the Xtend cropping system in 2020. Under this Section 24(c) Special Local Need (SLN) label, Illinois growers will only have until June 20 to spray dicamba herbicides in Xtend crops, and cannot spray them when temperatures exceed 85 degrees.The state’s move here forces the EPA to solidify its position on Section 24(c) labels that further restrict federal labels, which the agency announced it was re-evaluating earlier this year. It also forces the registrants of dicamba herbicides, Bayer and BASF, to decide how they will deal with state regulators who continue to insist that their chemicals cannot be applied safely using only the federal labels.ILLINOIS AND DICAMBAFor three years, Illinois regulators have faced a dramatic increase in pesticide injury complaints from dicamba moving off-target. As of October 11, the state’s pesticide investigators were juggling an unprecedented 724 cases of alleged dicamba injury.Last year, IDOA created a dicamba cutoff date of June 30, but then extended it to July 15 for late, June-planted soybean fields. Although some of the dicamba applications leading to injury reports did occur because of that July 15 cutoff date, the state also saw some of its hottest temperatures in late June, before the original cutoff date, IDOA director John Sullivan noted. Based on that experience, the department landed on June 20 as the cutoff date for 2020.Unlike 2019, the state’s newly proposed June 20 cutoff date will not be open to adjustments in 2020, Sullivan told DTN. “We’re trying to get dicamba applications done before the weather gets hot and hits that temperature trigger of 85 degrees,” he said.Illinois isn’t the only state wrestling with dicamba management this year. Indiana is also facing a record number of complaints, 178, this year. Other states, such as Arkansas, are seeing dicamba injury levels similar to last year’s, despite increased Xtend crop acreage and revised federal labels.SECTION 24(c) AND THE STATESTo date, Section 24(c) labels have been the preferred method of trying to limit off-target dicamba movement for many of these state’s pesticide regulators. Only one state, Arkansas, has consistently made changes to state dicamba use without using Section 24(c). Instead, the Arkansas State Plant Board has enacted new state rules each year governing dicamba use. Other states such as Minnesota and North Dakota have produced annual Section 24(c) labels for dicamba with additional restrictions, such as cutoff dates.So what’s the problem?At issue is the actual language of Section 24(c), which only permits states to grant additional uses of a federal pesticide — not restrict it further. However, for many years, EPA has permitted the use of more restrictive Section 24(c) labels and has stated so explicitly in its official guidance online.“Yes, under certain circumstances states may impose more restrictive measures than are on [federal] labels, or limit use to a subset of uses on [federal] labels,” the agency states in its Guidance on FIFRA 24(c) Registrations, found here: https://www.epa.gov/….However, the growing number of restrictive 24(c) labels for dicamba sparked some concerns in the past year at EPA, which culminated in the agency making this announcement in March 2019:“Because section 24(a) allows states to regulate the use of any federally registered pesticide, and some states have instead used 24(c) to implement cut-off dates (and/or impose other restrictions), EPA is now re-evaluating its approach to reviewing 24(c) registrations and the circumstances under which it will exercise its authority to disapprove those registrations.”The announcement alarmed state regulators, who fear that without the fast-moving process of 24(c) labels, they will not have the flexibility to adjust pesticide labels as needed on an annual basis. See the DTN story here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….EPA has promised to issue a public comment period for any proposed changes and stated that all 2019 24(c) labels would be unaffected. Now, with 2020 Section 24(c) labels coming into the picture, the agency still has not made any official moves on the issue. When queried by DTN about EPA’s stance on restrictive state labels for dicamba in 2020, an agency representative replied via email:“Regarding the reevaluation of the 24(c) process, EPA intends to take public comment on potential approaches before adopting any changes. As such, EPA is not making any immediate changes in this area.”Sullivan said EPA should keep in mind the reason for this proliferation of restrictive 24(c) labels for dicamba as they reevaluate the system.“If you look at big picture, there are many state agencies that believe that U.S. EPA ought to be taking a more solid stand on this product — recognize that it is an issue and take a more active role in managing this product,” he said. “And they haven’t done that, and that’s what driven so many states, Illinois included, to look at additional 24(c) label restrictions.”For their part, dicamba registrants BASF and Bayer appear ready to accept such restrictions in 2020 from Illinois. BASF spokesperson Odessa Hines told DTN via email that “BASF will continue to support states with Special Local Need labeling where they believe additional restrictions are warranted,” although the company “believes the Engenia herbicide container label addresses the necessary application practices for minimizing off-target applications.”Bayer spokesperson Kyel Richard said while the company doesn’t believe the Illinois restrictions are necessary, it will not be challenging them at this time, because “continued access to the Xtend technology for farmers is the most important thing at this point.”“As Illinois growers work to implement effective weed management strategies in a shortened timeframe, we’ll collaborate with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, grower groups and others to ensure Illinois growers and certified applicators are equipped with the necessary resources and recommendations to make it a successful season,” Richard said.See more on the Illinois announcement of new dicamba restrictions in 2020 here: https://www.dtnpf.com/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee.(PSSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Office Web Apps Expands, More Invited to Join Technical Preview

first_imgOffice Web Applications, the browser-based versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, are now being made available to more users according to a post on the Windows Live Team blog. The online office suite, which began its initial alpha testing (in Microsoft terms, it’s called a “Technical Preview”) in mid-September, was originally made available to only a limited number of users. Today, the Technical Preview is opening up, allowing more people to try the Web Apps, Microsoft’s first attempt at porting their desktop Office software to the cloud. About the Web Apps and the Technical PreviewAlthough still limited to users in the U.S. and Japan, participants in the Technical Preview are able to access the web versions of the Office programs through Windows Live SkyDrive, Microsoft’s online cloud storage service and a part of their Windows Live suite of tools and services. SkyDrive, which provides each user with 25 GB of online storage, is used to host the documents created using the Office Web Applications. For now, the service is entirely free. However, during our earlier interview with Takeshi Numoto, the corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group, we questioned him about future monetization plans for the online suite. He wouldn’t confirm any details, only saying that Microsoft was “experimenting” with several options. To date, nothing has changed on that front. At the moment, the Technical Preview is not offering full access to all the Office programs – only Word, Excel and PowerPoint are currently available. There is a placeholder for OneNote, but it displays a message reading “Still to come…” when clicked. We’re told that OneNote support is due later this fall. That should be relatively soon, considering that it’s already October.The web version of Microsoft Word is also incomplete at this time, allowing you to view files but not create or edit them. Only Excel and PowerPoint allow for both read and write access at the moment. According to Microsoft, the Technical Preview program is designed solely for the purpose of collecting user feedback prior to the broader beta release of the service. No date has been given for the beta launch as of yet but the online suite is due to ship next year alongside Office 2010, the next version of the company’s desktop software suite. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud computing#Microsoft#web#Web Office 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market How to JoinIf you’re interested in signing up for the Technical Preview, you’ll need to establish a Windows Live ID if you have yet to do so. Hotmail and Windows Live Mail users should already have one – it’s your @hotmail.com or @live.com email address. You can then sign up for the Technical Preview program via this link. As noted above, you will need to select either the United States or Japan during signup, as those are the only two countries supported at this time. After completing the sign up process and accepting the license agreement, your Windows Live ID will have access to the Web Applications by way of SkyDrive. Disclosure: Sarah Perez also freelances for Microsoft’s Channel 10. She is not a Microsoft employee. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Related Posts last_img read more

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Cartoon: Freeze! Zoom! Enhance! Turn Lead Into Gold!

first_imgrob cottingham It’s getting to be a joke: the magic things cops can do with computers. “Wait – there’s a reflection in the teakettle! Magnify! Enhance! Now pull a DNA sample from the image! I don’t care, just do it – boost the power if you have to! Crossmatch it with every person named Brent in the continental United States! Damn, this new version of GIMP rocks!”Annnnd… DING! Three seconds later, up pops the photo of the perpetrator, out go the cops to haul him in and America sleeps a little more soundly tonight. We’ve grown to accept this, partly because without these little storytelling cheats our streets would be crawling with fictitious master criminals executing horrific, if imaginary, atrocities. And partly because we have a tacit understanding with directors that they’re going to keep us entertained, and there’s nothing pulse-pounding about “Well-elp, might as well take the rest of the week off while this thing renders.”But maybe what really sells us on the idea of magic high tech down at the precinct is that, deep down, we kind of wish it were true (never mind the bladder-emptying implications for civil liberties and privacy). If we were being stalked by a sociopathic ex-con determined to exact a terrible revenge for our having sentenced him to 30 years in prison, well, dammit, we’d want those nice CSI people to have every tool they needed to stop him in the nick of time.And maybe, just maybe, that technology could trickle down to, say, the prosumer market. “Computer… draw cartoon!” 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… More Noise to Signal. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Halep secures top ranking with China Open semifinal win

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president In the second set, Halep surrendered a 3-2 lead with a service break in the sixth game, but went on to break serve again in the ninth game. At 40-0 in the final game, Halep won with a clean forehand winner down the line.center_img Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Simon Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Lativa to secure her world number one ranking after the women’s singles semi-final match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, China, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Simona Halep beat ninth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-4 Saturday in the China Open semifinals to guarantee the Romanian will take over the top ranking for the first time in her career.Halep could have reached the No. 1 ranking earlier this year but was upset in the French Open final by Ostapenko in their first career meeting.ADVERTISEMENT Halep only had to reach the final this week in Beijing — and not lose to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine in the final — to knock Garbine Muguruza from the top spot.Svitolina was ousted by unseeded Caroline Garcia of France in a marathon quarterfinal encounter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHalep will play the winner of the semifinal between Garcia and 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. The Romanian will be looking for her second title of the year after winning in Madrid.Ostapenko entered the semifinal without the loss of a set during the week. But Halep dominated the first set, breaking Ostapenko’s serve in the first game at love. She cemented her lead with another break in the seventh game for a 5-2 lead to serve out the set. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo thirdlast_img read more

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Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kia’s new management vowed that the team it will trot out this season will be ready to prove the doubters wrong.“We’ll put up a fighting team. We may not become champions immediately, but we’ll put up a fighting team,” Rosales ended. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cousins has 41 and 23 in Sacramento return, Pelicans rally Read Next PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA PLAY LIST 02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:49Imee Marcos: Good for UP to teach martial law, but get our viewpoint too01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGoing on a road less travelled, Kia is hoping for the public’s understanding as it embarks on a new journey this upcoming PBA season.Team governor Bobby Rosales understands the outcry following the Picanto’s decision to trade the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft to San Miguel, but said that his team is embracing an “unconventional philosophy” in forming their squad.ADVERTISEMENT Kia is reportedly sending the number one pick in this year’s draft proceedings, which is projected to be Christian Standhardinger, to San Miguel for a  combination of Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Rashawn McCarthy, and Keith Agovida, along with the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder and cash considerations.Rosales said that the 0-11 finish in the 2017 season-ending Governors’ Cup factored into the decision of the revamp.“Partly. We’re never at the cellar, the last team. In the previous seasons, were never the last team. So yes, it was a factor.”Among the changes is the appointment of Joe Lipa as the new team manager, together with his group of Bong Nave, Raymond Gabriel, and Dr. Iby Bautista. Chris Gavina has also been officially appointed as the squad’s head coach.“We’d like to play the kind of basketball that is not confined to the books. We’d like to veer away from the orthodox and shift to something unconventional. The idea that we’re trying to develop has been proven before, but we know that it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff. We’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “It’s a normal reaction when you disturb the status quo, but give us a chance to prove our philosophy,” he said on Friday in a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan.“We already espoused this kind of philosophy when we started the team three years ago, but it takes time to embrace that philosophy. We understand the public’s outcry, but we appeal to give us a chance to contribute something different.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince joining the PBA in 2014, the Kia franchise—which was initially called the Kia Sorento, before getting its name changed to Mahindra Enforcer, among others—has never gone beyond the quarterfinals. The team’s best finish was fifth place in the 2016 Governor’s Cup.But after that, Kia lost key guys likes like Aldrech Ramos, Niño Canaleta and Paolo Taha through either trade or free agency and has never won more than three games per conference this 2106-2017 season. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Mamata to set up panel to probe political murder cases during Left rule

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress has kept another of its pre-poll pledges. The party-led government in West Bengal had promised to reopen several cases of political murder that took place during the 34-year rule of the Left Front.Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said her government would form a judicial commission to probe the 1970 Sainbari massacre in Burdwan. Four members of a family were allegedly killed by CPM activists in the incident.CPM politburo member and former state industry minister Nirupam Sen and Benoy Konar, leader of the Krishak Sabha – the party’s farmers’ wing – were the key accused in the Sain family murder.The March 1970 incident is considered as one of the most gruesome instances of CPM atrocities on Congress supporters in the past four decades. The family members were killed because they refused to change their political affiliation from the Congress to the CPM. One of them, a youth, was murdered in front of his mother. Mamata said the state government had earlier formed an inquiry commission to probe the case.”The erstwhile Left Front government never implemented any of the recommendations made by the judicial panel. The earlier government did not act against those whom the commission had recommended for penal action,” she said, adding that some members of the Sain family are still alive to give evidence in the case.The decision to reopen the case was taken in the first cabinet meeting on May 20 of the government.The CM said the state government was also reviewing the Baranagar-Cossipore mass killing of the early Seventies where several Naxalite youth were killed, allegedly by the police and Congress activists.advertisementReferring to the death of a young block development officer Kallol Sur in West Midnapore in 2008, Mamata said there would be a fresh probe into it.Sur, 30, posted in Daspur, had been vocal about corruption by the CPM-controlled panchayat in the NREGA programme. One day, his body was found hanging from the ceiling of his residence. Sur’s parents had suspected foul play.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Kirk Herbstreit Reveals His 2016 College Football Playoff Foursome

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions for the 2016 College Football Playoff field feature three unsurprising picks, and one darkhorse.College football fans are used to Kirk Herbstreit’s predictions. The ESPN personality updates his college football playoff field on a weekly basis during the season. Today, he dropped his preseason CFP forecast.Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Russillo and Kanell, Herbstreit revealed the four teams he has making this year’s College Football Playoff: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State are locked in, and he’s close to certain on TCU being the fourth team.Clemson: “I’m going to have Clemson, who I think’s going to go on to win the championship. That has everything to do with one guy. I hate to put it all on him, but Deshaun Watson, to me, is just a freak.”Alabama: “I would pick Alabama out of the SEC, because of another one guy. That is Nick Saban.”Ohio State: “I think Ohio State still comes out of the Big Ten. I think J.T. Barrett, despite all their [personnel] losses, will kind of allow Ohio State to be able to maneuver through their schedule and get there to win a Big Ten Championship.”TCU: “Those three I feel pretty good about. The fourth team I think I’m going to go TCU out of the Big 12. It’s either a Pac-12 team or TCU. Right now, I’m leaning towards TCU as my fourth team to get in.”We suppose Herbie could change his mind on the Horned Frogs before he tapes his annual “Herbie” awards show. However, he was probably the only guy picking Oklahoma to make the CFP in the preseason last year, so he’s been right before going off the beaten path.College football fans, how do you feel about Herbstreit’s predictions? Did he nail them, or is he way off?last_img read more

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Arunachal ALG reopens after 3 yrs

first_imgItanagar: The runway of the Advance Landing Ground at Vijaynagar in Arunachal Pradesh has been made operational to re-establish military transport aircraft connectivity to the hamlet, close to the border with Myanmar and not too far from China. An AN-32 aircraft of the IAF touched down at the Vijaynagar ALG on Wednesday, after a gap of three years. The approximately 4,000ft-long runway of the ALG is presently fit for only AN-32 operations, Shillong-based IAF spokesperson Wing Comander Ratnakar Singh said. The resurfaced runway of the ALG was inaugurated by Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Air Command Air Marshal R D Mathur along with General Officer Commanding in Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Anil Chauhan in Changlang district. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRepair of the runway, which was coordinated by Air Force Station Jorhat, was a challenging task as Vijaynagar had no road connectivity and all the load had to be airlifted by helicopters, the spokesman said. The movement of larger transport aircraft to and from the ALG would act as a catalyst for the development of the area and facilitate movement of the locals, he said. “The airfield is important not only for the local administration in extending their reach to the residents of this remote area but also crucial from a strategic point of view. “The ALG will assist in effective management of our borders with Myanmar and facilitate launch of joint operations by the Indian Army and Air Force …,” the spokesman said. Later in the day, the AOC-in-C visited Aalo in West Siang district to felicitate civilians and award Rupees 5 lakh to them and the local administration at a programme at Along ALG. The Air Marshal disbursed the amount to the local administration and civilian personnel to acknowledge their contribution in the search for the AN-32 aircraft. He commended five mountaineers, including team leader Taka Tamut, and village seniors from Payum, Gasheng and Gatte, for providing assistance in locating the crash site of the AN-32 aircraft in June, besides helping in recovering 13 bodies and other equipment from the site.last_img read more

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