New Idaho Law Discourages Energy Code Updates

first_imgThe 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall StrategiesAn Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeICC Approves Changes to Energy CodeAre Energy Codes Working? RELATED ARTICLES Backers of the legislation argued that builders would be forced to spend extra time learning the differences between codes, which would result in higher costs to home buyers. Boise officials, on the other hand, said the time to ensure long-term energy efficiency — efficiency that ultimately saves homeowners money — was when a house is being built.“You really only have one shot when you’re building a house to make that house tight, and that’s before you cover all those cracks and holes with Sheetrock,” Jason Blais, Boise’s building official, told The Statesman. “You’ve got to really spend that extra time sealing that house up. It really does make a difference on energy efficiency.”The new law, signed by the governor at the end of March, is not retroactive. That leaves Boise and several other communities making similar moves to the 2015 version of the IRC unaffected for now. But unless the law is changed, they will have their hands tied in the future and not be unable to adopt tougher rules on energy efficiency unless the state goes there first. A compromise emergesThe Idaho Conservation League opposed the bill. The organization’s government relations director, Jonathan Oppenheimer, said the bill sat in the legislature for much of the session until it was eventually amended to allow local jurisdictions to upgrade some provisions of the state building code — but not energy efficiency standards.The amended bill apparently satisfied initial concerns that the legislation was too sweeping in scope, but the final version could have unpleasant consequences in the future when local jurisdictions want to sign on to updated versions of the IRC or the International Energy Conservation Code.“They effectively threw the energy efficient standards under the bus,” Oppenheimer said by telephone.The debate focused on how much the updated energy codes would add to the cost of a new house. In a column published by The Statesman, William Day said that the builders group exaggerated the additional costs of adopting the 2015 IECC to between $5,000 and $7,000, when in reality the cost increase would be no more than $2,500 and possibly much less.Fay, head of an organization called the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, said that legislators were being steered by powerful special interests.“People played loose and fast with the numbers,” Oppenheimer said. “They were arguing it doesn’t make sense for consumers when in reality it was adding a couple of thousand dollars, and they recoup that over a few short years in terms of energy savings. By not doing everything we can to increase the efficiency of our buildings, we’re paying for it in terms of dirtier water and dirtier air as a result of the pollution associated with energy production, and then also having an impact on consumers’ pocketbooks.”A call to the Idaho Building Contractors Association was not returned. What happens when a community decides that the statewide building code doesn’t go far enough and adopts a newer version of a model code with tougher rules on energy conservation?In Idaho, one of those communities was Boise, the state capital and Idaho’s largest city.A new Idaho law will prohibit towns and cities from preempting the state’s energy code with more stringent requirements in the future.The backdrop is a decision by officials in Boise and several other communities to adopt the 2015 version of the International Residential Code while the state was using an earlier and less restrictive version. That decision, said The Idaho Statesman, prompted a bill that would prevent Boise or any other community from jumping ahead of statewide standards in the future.Leading the charge against Boise’s tougher rules was the Idaho Building Contractors Association, whose lobbyist said that builders needed consistent codes.“Literally in some cases, on one side of the street you have to build to one code level, and the other side of the street you have to build to another,” Ken Burgess told the newspaper.last_img read more

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Fajardo on pace for PBA record 6th BPC award; Ravena leads rookies

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Fajardo is well ahead of his peers in the statistical points (SPs) race after the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup elimination round with 44.1 SPs.The Cebuano center leads the league in scoring with 22.8 points, and is second in rebounds with 13.2 boards, and blocks with 2.1 per game, helping defending three-time Philippine Cup champion San Miguel earn the top seed ahead of the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Completing the top 10 are Marcio Lassiter of San Miguel (32.4 SPs), Scottie Thompson of Ginebra (32.3 SPs), Sean Anthony of GlobalPort (32.2 SPs), Paul Lee of Magnolia (31.5 SPs), and Matthew Wright of Phoenix (31.4 SPs).As expected, NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena is topping all rookies in the statistical points race, gathering 27.0 SPs thanks to his averages of 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.9 steals to finish 22nd overall.Closely chasing him is Alaska swingman Jeron Teng (25.2 SPs), followed by Phoenix bruiser Jason Perkins (22.3 SPs), Blackwater big man Raymar Jose (20.3 SPs), and Magnolia sniper Robbie Herndon (15.8 SPs). LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is once again on track to make PBA history.The reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player is on pace for a record-breaking sixth Best Player of the Conference award.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Once again, @TheSMBeermen’s June Mar Fajardo leads the BPC race for the #PBA2018 Philippine Cup after the eliminations. Teammate @arwindsotnas is at 2nd. pic.twitter.com/tlbQgYzCa0— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 5, 2018 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ebondo hits game winner to lift CEU over JRU Fajardo, who has won the BPC plum in the last four editions of the all-Filipino conference, is currently tied with his mentor Danny Ildefonso for the most BPC awards with five.At distant second is Beermen teammate Arwind Santos, who collected 37.6 SPs after netting 16.3 markers, 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 1.4 steals.GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle is in third with 35.6 SPs after norming 20.2 markers, 7.5 boards, and 4.6 dimes, while Blackwater big man JP Erram is in fourth with 35.3 SPs after leading the league in rebounding (13.8 boards) and blocks (2.9) on top of his 14.2 points.Rounding out the top five is Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar, who amassed 34.2 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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24 days agoJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriball

first_imgJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic happy embracing Sarriballby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic admits his game is being transformed under coach Maurizio Sarri.Pjanic says he wants to touch the ball 150 times a game as “playing under Max Allegri was completely different”.“There are obviously things that still to be improved, but I’m convinced that with the passage of time, everything will get better and better,” he said.“My teammates always look for me and I like that. Playing under Allegri was completely different, we immediately looked to get the ball wide.“Now it’s different. In the last few games I’ve tried more forward passes, but it all depends on what the Coach asks of me. I want to get to touching 150 balls per game.“I want to be one of the best midfielders in the world. I’m playing for one of the best teams in the world. I was lucky to grow step by step with the Coaches I had.“Winning helps you improve, and I know I can improve even more. The Juventus players are all ready to reach the highest objectives.“We have an experienced group with players who have won everything, and that aspect helps in certain games. I don’t think it’s a flaw.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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8 days ago​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loan

first_img​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Senate Approves State of Public Emergency Extension in St. Catherine North Police Division

first_imgMembers of the Senate have approved a further three-month extension of the State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.All 17 Senators attending Friday’s (June 29) sitting at Gordon House voted unanimously in favour of the extension under the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No. 2) Resolution, 2018, which will see the enhanced security measure being maintained in the Division until October 2, 2018.Addressing the sitting, Leader of Government Business in the Upper House and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the extension is needed for the continued success of the security forces’ crime fighting strategies being undertaken in the area.She noted that citizens have also voiced their support for the extension and emphasized that “it is important that we respect their desire to live in circumstances where they are not (in) constant fear of extortion and murder.”The Minister disclosed that the security measures implemented have, to date, yielded a 26 per cent reduction in murders and shootings in the Division.“The State of Public Emergency… has saved and is saving lives… (and has) disrupted criminal and gang activities… (thereby enabling) neighbours (to now be) standing up outside and talking, children being able to safely go to school and parents to be safely able to go about their lawful business,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith pointed out that the measures have also been bringing back a sense of law and order to the communities. “You get feedback from the people who say, ‘don’t let it stop yet… keep the soldiers and the police there… life is better now’,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith further noted that the State of Public Emergency forms part of institutional changes, policy enhancement, legislative amendments and operational strategies being undertaken by the Government.Responding to a suggestion from the Leader of Opposition Business, Senator Donna Scott Mottley, that the State of Public Emergency be lifted to determine its effectiveness, Senator Johnson Smith argued that “now cannot be the time to test for an academic consideration”.“It must be that if the heads of the security forces are saying to you – ‘now is not the time… (to) lift these measures (as) we cannot guarantee that we will not lose the gains that we have already made’… (that) it (is) a responsible Government that would say ‘we will go to Parliament and we will seek the extension that you need’,” she added.Senator Johnson Smith said, however, that the Government “will undoubtedly test the effectiveness when the States of Emergencies are eventually lifted”.During the State of Public Emergency, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without warrants. It also gives them the power to stop and question persons, and seize property.On March 18, the Governor-General, by Proclamation, declared a State of Public Emergency in the St. Catherine North Police Division.He further declared that said Proclamation shall, unless previously revoked, remain in force for 14 days or for such longer period, not exceeding three months, as both Houses of Parliament may determine by a Resolution supported by a two-thirds majority of all members of each House.It was previously extended from May 3, 2018 until July 3, 2018.The Constitution provides that a period of Public Emergency can be declared by Proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as likely to endanger public safety.last_img read more

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Luis Enrique aims to continue the work of Lopetegui Hierro

first_imgIn his first official press conference as the new Spain boss, Luis Enrique outlined his aim to “continue the work” that both his predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro accomplishedRFF president Luis Rubiales announced the appointment of Enrique over a week ago, in what he had described as a “unanimous” decision by the federation.It will mark the first time Enrique has been in football management since his departure from Barcelona in 2017.Having been previously been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Chelsea, the 48-year-old surprisingly took up the challenge of taking charge of the Spanish national team following their disastrous World Cup campaign that had seen head coach Lopetegui fired on the eve of their first game and Hierro only being able to take the side past the group stages.“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” said Enrique, according to Football-Espana.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”last_img read more

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Alaskas Minimum Wage Will Increase 5 Cents In January

first_imgThe current minimum wage is $9.84 through December 31, 2017. According to Beaty, all actual hours worked in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be compensated by an employer. Tips are not part of the equation. The minimum wage will rise from $9.84 to $9.89 effective January 1, 2019. By law, Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 per hour over the federal minimum wage. Heather Beaty with the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development: “This increase will affect anyone who is working for minimum wage, and this modest increase will help protect minimum wage workers and their families over inflation over time.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s minimum wage will see a 5 cent increase as of January 1, 2019, for all workers, regardless of whether their pay is calculated by time, or commission.last_img read more

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With a lot riding on it Samsung packs a lot into Unpacked

first_img Unpacked can’t come soon enough. Let’s face it, phones just haven’t been exciting lately. It’s become harder for manufacturers to cram new innovations into their rectangular slabs of glass each year, even though prices keep going up. Suffering from both phone fatigue and sticker shock, many of us are hanging onto our devices longer than before. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending.Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. “This was the first time ever in history the global smartphone market has declined on a full-year basis,” Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui said. “It is a landmark event.”Last month, Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits as the sluggish smartphone market took its toll. Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered. Overall, Samsung shipped 291.3 million smartphones last year, Strategy Analytics said, down 8.3 percent from 2017. Samsung, which declined to comment ahead of Unpacked, hopes the changes it’s making to its lineup will be enough to get us to open our wallets again. At the very least, the company wants us to be intrigued enough to head to its new stores to see the devices in person.Galaxy S10 tweaksSamsung has struggled with the same problem as everyone in the mobile industry: making changes big enough to get people to upgrade. Last year’s Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 didn’t have many noticeable improvements from 2017’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8. Sure, the phones had faster processors and souped-up components, but the designs remained the same and they didn’t do anything all that different. That hurt demand for the phones.The Galaxy S10 design isn’t expected to be a huge leap from the S9 — there’s only so much you can do with rectangles — but it should include some tweaks that make it a better phone. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Event • What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Feel like your Samsung phone’s a little boring? That’s about to change. Samsung’s phone lineup will take a huge leap this year. Among the advances: fingerprint readers, super-fast 5G connectivity and even foldable phones that expand into tablets. We’ll get a glimpse of those new features and more on Wednesday, when the company hosts its Unpacked event at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Auditorium. Samsung will kick off its keynote at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET.The South Korean phone giant will use Unpacked to introduce its new Galaxy S10 lineup, the phones many of us will buy over the next year. It’s also expected to show off wearables, in addition to talking up its 5G push and foldable phone. The event will be jam-packed with some of the biggest changes to Samsung devices in years. reading • With Galaxy S10, 5G and foldable devices, Samsung hopes to get its mojo back Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags 1:28 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img “It’s been kind of hard for them” to make huge changes beyond what they’ve already done, Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “But some innovations we’re expecting and are rumored will be welcomed.”To start off, there’s expected to be an in-screen fingerprint reader. The Galaxy S10 should sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the first chip that works with Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader that’s embedded right into the display itself.That means Samsung fingerprint readers could return to the front screen, reversing an unpopular move to the back of the phone that reviewers and users complained about. The ultrasonic technology is expected to be much more secure than Samsung’s Face Unlock technology. With the 3D Sonic Sensor, Samsung can still offer a display that stretches across the entire front.Samsung is also expected to improve the camera in its devices, adding more lenses and a new “Bright Night” mode to take better images in dark environments. For those camera lenses on the front of the phones, Samsung is expected to continue to avoid the notch popularized by the iPhone. Instead, it could include a “hole punch” design for the camera that lets the screen take up even more real estate on the front of the device. It teased this design during its developer conference in November.Foldables and high speedsThe Galaxy S10 tweaks aren’t all that’s in store at Unpacked. Samsung’s other phone announcements should be real showstoppers. The biggest news is likely to be the unveiling of Samsung’s first foldable phone. The company has been talking about the device for years and finally showed off a prototype in November. It uses a new screen technology called Infinity Flex Display that lets you repeatedly open and close the device without screen degradation.The device will be a compact smartphone when closed and a more expansive tablet when fully opened. Apps will seamlessly transition between the display sizes, letting you pick up on the tablet where you left off on the smartphone. When the device is unfolded, you’ll be able to use three active apps.Beyond those early details, Samsung hasn’t said much about the foldable, including when it could hit the market. While it’s unlikely to sell in huge numbers right away, the foldable could point to the future of smartphones. Phones Components And then there’s 5G, another emerging technology that we’ll all eventually use.5G technology is expected to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than today’s typical cellular connection and will be even quicker than service on a physical fiber-optic cable. It will also connect a device to the network faster, with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload.The overall speed gains mean that phones will be better equipped to handle complex computing tasks in a fraction of the time they currently take. This could make possible advanced photography features, artificial intelligence actions and augmented reality apps, all of which would take far too long to process with today’s phones. 5G technology will also allow driverless cars and buses to talk to each other, as well as surrounding objects, such as smart streetlights.Samsung has said it will introduce a 5G phone for Verizon, AT&T and other wireless providers in the first half of 2019. One version of the Galaxy S10 is expected to come with 5G connectivity, though it’s likely Samsung won’t offer 5G on all its phones. 5G components are expensive and the service isn’t yet in all markets. So don’t expect the 5G version to be cheap.Samsung has a lot riding on Unpacked. That’s why it’s packing a lot in.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. 31 See All Comments Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android Apple See also Galaxy S10 rumor roundup: Feb. 20 launch, March 8 ship date, specs, features and price Samsung sees slow phone sales too, but has hopes for Galaxy S10 debut Samsung’s foldable phone is real and opens into a tablet Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10? 21 Photos Qualcomm 5G AT&T Samsung Sprint Verizon Applelast_img read more

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EU referendum Brompton bike makers on how a Brexit vote would affect

first_imgThe UK is set to head to the polls on 23 June as an Remain/Leave referendum is held on Britains continued membership of the European Union, with a number of businesses already declaring their views on why they think the British people should or shouldnt vote for a Brexit.In the build-up to polling day, IBTimes went behind the scenes of one of Britains most iconic companies, folding bike manufacturer Brompton Bicycle, to see what the company thought about Britains membership of the EU and what affect a Brexit would have on the company.Recent polls suggest the EU referendum is on a knife-edge, with the latest telephone opinion poll from Survation, of more than 1,000 people on 20 June, putting Remain on 45% (=) and Leave on 44% (+2), with 11% of respondents undecided.last_img read more

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6000 Rohingya stranded on Bangladesh border Official

first_imgAt least 6,000 Rohingya civilians fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar are stranded near the border with Bangladesh which is blocking their entry, a senior Bangladeshi official said Tuesday, as the United Nations urged Dhaka to assist them.Bangladesh has blocked thousands of civilians from the stateless Muslim minority from entering the country since Friday, when fresh fighting broke out between Myanmar’s security forces and Rohingya militants in neighbouring Rakhine state.The UN refugee agency says 3,000 have managed to cross into Bangladesh in the past three days, but the vast majority have been stopped at the border despite heavy fighting in nearby villages.“Around 6,000 Myanmar nationals have gathered on the border and are trying to enter Bangladesh,” a senior Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official told AFP, referring to the Rohingya.The official said the situation across the border, which is demarcated in parts by narrow stretches of the Naf River, was “still volatile”.“Last night we heard heavy gunfire by automatic weapons in phases and saw smoke billowing from burnt villages across the border,” he said.Another BGB official estimated the number of Rohingya in limbo could exceed 10,000, as many were believed to be hiding in the hills and forests to escape nearby violence.“We’ve been ordered not to allow Rohingya to enter Bangladesh,” said one border guard, who asked to remain anonymous as he was not permitted to speak to media.“But how can I deny shelter to this newborn who is dying from cold?”UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Bangladesh to step up assistance to civilians escaping the violence, noting “many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded”.But there are already 400,000 Rohingya living in squalid camps in Bangladesh and the government has instructed its border guards to prevent another influx at all costs.Bangladesh on Monday proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya militants fighting in Rakhine state, hoping to stem the flow of refugees.Soldiers had detained and returned nearly 500 Rohingya trying to cross the border since Monday, Shariful Islam Jamaddar, a deputy commander of BGB, told AFP.Mohammad Ismail had taken shelter from the rains under a plastic sheet erected by border guards just inside Bangladeshi territory, but the shelter has since been torn down.“The border guards let us take shelter here, but I don’t know now what I will do with my son,” he told AFP, gesturing to the shivering boy.Army convoys have been driving Rohingya who have managed to cross into Bangladesh back across the border several times a day, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.Amid the turbulence and monsoon downpours, an 11-year-old Rohingya girl named Marium was separated from her parents.“I went to the toilet when the (border) guards drove away my parents. Where shall I find them now?” the young girl told AFP in tears.last_img read more

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