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13 killed in church collapse in South Africa

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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13 killed in church collapse in South Africa

ASEAN+ April 20, 2019 08:48

By Agence France-Presse
Johannesburg

Thirteen people were killed and 16 injured when part of a church collapsed on worshippers following a violent storm near the eastern South African city of Durban, officials said Friday.

The accident happened late Thursday when a brick wall under a makeshift roof collapsed during a service at a Pentecostal church, a converted hangar, in the town of Ndlangubo, north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal province.

“Such a tragedy. 13 fatalities 16 people treated by paramedics,” tweeted Robert McKenzie, spokesman for Kwa-Zulu Natal province’s emergency services.

Authorities said the incident happened during a Passover service around 1115 pm (2115 GMT) as hundreds of worshippers gathered for the long weekend of Easter services.

“The congregants were sleeping in the building after the church service ended just after 10pm,” said provincial police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele.

“There was heavy wind and rain and the walls collapsed. The 13 confirmed dead are 12 women and one boy. An inquest docket has been opened and police are still at the scene,” added Mbele.

Dozens of local people, dazed by the tragedy, spent hours pacing the ruined interior of the building.

“There was no (mobile phone) network so I just ran to the police station and called the police, they responded very quickly and they helped us,” Pastor P.Y. Sibiya told AFP.

Zwelihle Dhlamini, who lost a colleague in the tragedy, told AFP of his shock.

“Right now, I cannot believe what has happened. I still have not recovered from the shock and so are our colleagues. They are still calling me, they are still sending messages as if something is going to change.”

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, a member of the church, said it was difficult to come to terms with the disaster, “but we know God has his own reasons.

“I was going to attend the church today. Probably by the end of next week, we will know exactly whether the structure was properly built or what were the challenges about the structure before we say anything.”

Police have meanwhile launched an investigation while other congregations joined authorities in passing on condolences.

“We have been praying for them, our sincere condolences to the families. As Christians, we pray for one another in bad and good times. Indeed those people of Empangeni are in our prayers,” said South African Council of Churches (SACC) provincial deputy chairperson Father Mlungisi Ntsele.

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Ebola worker shot dead at hospital in eastern DR Congo

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ebola worker shot dead at hospital in eastern DR Congo

Breaking News April 20, 2019 06:36

By Agence France-Presse
Butembo, DR Congo

A health worker fighting an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo was shot dead Friday in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo, the World Health Organization said.

The WHO said that Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist it had deployed to help rein in the Ebola outbreak, was killed in the attack on Butembo University Hospital.

Two other people were also injured but believed to be in a stable condition, it said.

The attack is the latest in a string of assaults on teams grappling with a near nine-month-old Ebola outbreak that has claimed almost 850 lives.

“I and all of WHO are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and brother Dr Mouzoko,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

“He put himself on the frontline to save lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” he said, adding that “We grieve with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”

Police and local officials said the victim was a Cameroonian national.

“The attack took place at the University Clinics Hospital of Butembo,” said the city’s mayor, Sylvain Kanyamanda.

“The (Ebola) response team was in a meeting. Armed Mai-Mai (militiamen) arrived and fired on people. A doctor, an epidemiologist, was shot and taken to the emergency room. His colleagues were injured. The doctor, a Cameroonian, later died,” Kanyamanda said.

‘Outraged’

Tedros said Mouzoko’s killing was “a tragic reminder of the risks health workers take every day to protect the lives and health of others.”

“We are outraged by this attack: health workers and health facilities must never be targets,” he insisted.

The WHO Director-General said his agency was currently “assessing the security situation to ensure the safety of all patients, health workers and Ebola responders.”

“At the same time, we remain committed to continue supporting the Ministry of Health of DRC to end this outbreak as quickly as possible,” he said.

The DR Congo declared a tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years last August in northeastern North Kivu province before the virus spread into the neighbouring Ituri region.

The epicentre of the outbreak was first located in the rural area of Mangina, but then switched to the town of Beni.

Local organisations say the number of Ebola deaths is rising.

An updated toll by the health ministry, issued on Wednesday, said there had been 843 deaths.

WHO data from April 9 put the number of confirmed or probable cases at 1,186, of which 751 had been fatal.

The outbreak is the second deadliest on record, after the epidemic that struck West Africa in 2014-16, which killed more than 11,300 people.

Efforts to roll back the highly contagious haemorrhagic fever in DRC have been hampered by fighting but also by resistance within communities to preventative measures, care facilities and safe burials.

On March 9, an attack on a treatment centre at Butembo left a policeman dead and a health worker wounded. It was the third attack on that centre.

On February 24, a treatment centre in Katwa was set ablaze.

On April 12, the WHO’s Emergency Committee, in a new review of the outbreak, determined that the situation in DR Congo did not constitute a “public health emergency of international concern,” a status that initiates a major global response.

Neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda, worried by the outbreak, have started vaccinating health workers. More than 102,000 people have received a new Ebola vaccine in the DRC.

Police: Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher’s order

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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In this photo taken on April 12, Bangladeshi women hold placards and photographs of schoolgirl Nusrat Jahan Rafi at a protest in Dhaka, following her murder by being set on fire after she had reported a sexual assault.//AFP
In this photo taken on April 12, Bangladeshi women hold placards and photographs of schoolgirl Nusrat Jahan Rafi at a protest in Dhaka, following her murder by being set on fire after she had reported a sexual assault.//AFP

Police: Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher’s order

Breaking News April 19, 2019 17:22

By AFP

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP): A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday.

The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved.

Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire.

Police said Friday that one of the 17 people arrested in connection with her death had accused the school’s principal of ordering the attack.

The teacher “told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused”, senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation, told AFP.

Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the sexual harassment, and a leaked video shows the local police station chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as “not a big deal”.

Iqbal said at least five of those under arrest, including three of Rafi’s classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire.

“The plan was to pass the incident off as a suicide. But it fell through after Rafi managed to come downstairs while on fire because the scarf burnt and freed her hands and feet,” he said.

Rafi suffered burns to 80 percent of her body and died in hospital on April 10.

But she recorded a video before her death, repeating her allegations against the principal.

“The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime till my last breath,” she said. She also identified some of her attackers.

The case has caused outrage in Bangladesh, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowing that “none of the culprits will be spared legal action.”

Rights groups said the number of rape and sexual assault cases has increased in Bangladesh because authorities have failed to prosecute attackers.

“The horrifying murder of a brave woman who sought justice shows how badly the Bangladesh government has failed victims of sexual assault,” Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

“Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s death highlights the need for the Bangladesh government to take survivors of sexual assault seriously and ensure that they can safely seek a legal remedy and be protected from retaliation,” she added.

Prabowo holds mass prayers in celebration of claimed victory

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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  • Supporters of presidential contender Prabowo Subianto swarm Al-Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta after performing a prostration of gratitude with the candidate on Friday. Prabowo is holding mass prayers in celebration of his claimed victory at his house.

Prabowo holds mass prayers in celebration of claimed victory

ASEAN+ April 19, 2019 16:16

By The Jakarta Post
Asia News Network

Presidential contender Prabowo Subianto is preparing to hold mass prayers in front of his house after Friday prayers in South Jakarta on Friday.

A stage was erected in front of his house, where a number of Muslim clerics are seated and chanting “Allahu Akbar (God is the greatest)” and “Prabowo is our President”.

Hundreds of his supporters are present at the location.

Prabowo and his supporters performed Friday prayers at Al-Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta, which is located within walking distance from his house.

After Friday prayers, Prabowo and his supporters performed a prostration of gratitude in celebration of his claimed victory and for a peaceful election.

His campaign team told the supporters who were present at the mosque to safeguard the vote counting process from tampering and disruption.

His running mate, Sandiaga Uno, and officials from his coalition parties were not seen at his house.

Prabowo had yet to comment at the time of writing.

Driver’s seat of MAHB vehicle that collided with aircraft was reclined

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Driver’s seat of MAHB vehicle that collided with aircraft was reclined

ASEAN+ April 19, 2019 13:10

By The Star
Asia News Network

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PUTRAJAYA: The driver’s seat of the Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd (MAHB) vehicle involved in an accident with an aircraft at the Subang airport last month was found to be in a reclining position.

However, it is too early to determine if the employee, Mohd Ruzaimi Iskandar Ahmad Razali who was killed in the incident, was asleep when the accident on the runway happened on March 18.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke, who shared the preliminary report on the incident, said investigators had not come to any conclusion.

“We can establish that the seat was reclined. We, however, cannot ascertain if the driver was asleep. It is too early to make a conclusion now, and it would be unfair to the driver,” he told a press conference on Friday (April 19).

Mohd Ruzaimi, who was in the vehicle used to supervise maintenance work on the runway at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, died a day after the accident.

The private jet, belonging to Berjaya Air, was on a chartered flight from Jaipur, India with eight passengers on board.

Loke said among the early findings from the investigating team was that the air crew were properly licensed and that the landing was done legitimately after getting clearance from the Subang air traffic control tower.

He said the air accident investigation bureau would investigate the use of a single controller per shift at the Subang airport, whereby the “break shift” saw only one air traffic controller on duty after midnight until 6.30am.

“A thorough investigation will be conducted on the standard operating procedure for communications between the control tower and maintenance vehicle using walkie-talkie instead of very high frequency radio communication,” he said.

Mercedes ‘very sorry’ after China consumer gripe goes viral (Video)

Published April 20, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mercedes ‘very sorry’ after China consumer gripe goes viral (Video)

ASEAN+ April 19, 2019 12:19

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German auto giant Mercedes-Benz apologized Tuesday over the ordeal of a Chinese car buyer who alleged mistreatment by an authorized dealership in a viral video that triggered consumer outrage.

The woman, whose name has not been revealed, has said she purchased a new Mercedes from an authorized dealer in the northern city of Xi’an only to discover afterwards that it was leaking oil on the showroom floor.

A video was posted showing her sitting on the hood of a car in the showroom and angrily accusing sales staff of dodging her demands for a refund.

 

The woman also alleged in later media interviews that she originally wanted to pay cash for the car but was pressured by the dealership into taking out a loan that came with high fees.

“We’re very sorry for whatever happened,” said Hubertus Troskas, a board member and head of China operations for Daimler, Mercedes’ parent group.

“We have reached an agreement with the customer and she will continue to be a Mercedes customer,” he added, speaking to journalists on the opening day of the Shanghai Auto Show.

But the irate buyer said in a Chinese media interview posted on Monday that she would continue to refuse any settlement offer by Mercedes, saying she wanted the matter fully investigated by consumer protection authorities first.

Daimler, as well as government authorities in Xi’an, have already announced investigations.

Read also: Dolce & Gabbana shows that marketing blunders know no borders

“This is nothing we approve of. We go by the law,” Troskas said on the opening day of the Chinese auto show.

“There is good consumer protection in China and we want all of our dealers to work to the letter of the law and the ethics of our brand,” he said.

“We clearly have to apologize. That has not been dealt with properly.”

The woman has alleged that when she requested a refund, the dealership first offered to repair the leak, and then to install a new engine.

Her complaints have sparked a flood of supportive online comments by Chinese web-users, with many relating their own consumer horror stories.

The episode is the latest in a series of cases to show foreign brands the power of Chinese netizens.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz apologized for “hurting the feelings” of China’s people after its Instagram account used a quote by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who is vilified as a separatist by Beijing.

Also last year, Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana apologized to Chinese consumers after its products were pulled from lucrative Chinese e-commerce platforms over an Instagram post by the brand that was seen in China as culturally offensive.

And hotel group Marriott’s website in China was shut down by authorities after a customer questionnaire listed Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries, angering Beijing. Marriott apologized and change the wording.

Global carmakers have gathered for the Shanghai Auto Show amid a rare sales slump in the world’s largest vehicle market stemming from a range of economic and trade factors.

Latest : Jung Joon-young indicted on spycam charge

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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File photo : K-pop star Jung Joon-young (C) speaks to the media as he arrives for questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14.//AFP
File photo : K-pop star Jung Joon-young (C) speaks to the media as he arrives for questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14.//AFP

Latest : Jung Joon-young indicted on spycam charge

ASEAN+ April 18, 2019 18:24

By The Korea Herald Tribune
Asia News Network

K-pop singer Jung Joon-young, who allegedly filmed sex videos in secret and shared them in social media chat rooms, has been indicted, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday.

Jung was indicted on charges of violating the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment etc. of Sexual Crimes.

Read also: Jung Joon-young illicitly taped sex videos, shared with others including Seungri: Report

The police sent Jung’s case to the prosecutor’s office March 28 after they found evidence that Jung distributed illicit videos 11 times in group chats that also included former Big Bang member Seungri and other celebrities.

During the investigation, police said they also found that K-pop singers Choi Jong-hoon, Roy Kim and Eddy Kim had shared obscene content via social media. The police are set to send those cases the prosecutor’s office as well.

Police said the spycam investigation of Seungri is still ongoing. The 29-year-old singer was booked March 28 on charges of distributing a secretly taken photo in a group chat. Police have not yet determined who took the picture.

Malaysian inquiry probes trafficking camps, migrant graves

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Abandoned migrant camp used by people-smugglers are seen in a jungle at Bukit Wang Burma in the Malaysian northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand, on May 26, 2015.//AFP
Abandoned migrant camp used by people-smugglers are seen in a jungle at Bukit Wang Burma in the Malaysian northern state of Perlis, which borders Thailand, on May 26, 2015.//AFP

Malaysian inquiry probes trafficking camps, migrant graves

ASEAN+ April 18, 2019 18:18

By AFP

Kuala Lumpur – A Malaysian inquiry into the 2015 discovery of suspected human-trafficking camps and graves in the jungle heard Thursday police found one of the sites months before authorities publicly revealed their existence.

    The public inquiry, which began this week, is examining the conduct of law enforcement agencies with regard to the discovery of almost 150 graves and dozens of camps near the Thai border.

Malaysian authorities announced in May 2015 they had uncovered the sites in the north of the country, about a month after neighbouring Thailand said it had found bodies of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis at a makeshift camp over the border.

The discovery prompted Thai authorities to crack down on traditional sea routes for illegal migrants coming to the country, triggering a crisis as people-smugglers dumped hundreds of refugees off the coasts of other countries and fled.

    On Thursday the Malaysian inquiry heard from M. Joeking, a senior police official charged with guarding the border in part of northern Malaysian, who said authorities found a camp in January 2015.

After hearing from a colleague about the camp in the jungle, he sent officers to raid the site in northern Perlis state where they discovered wooden cages and lookout posts, as well as graves and a stretcher to carry dead bodies.

His testimony confirmed long-held suspicions that authorities knew about the camps — where Rohingya and Bangladeshis were held in appalling conditions after arriving by sea — for months before going public.

Razali Ismail, one of the officials overseeing the inquiry, suggested the raid was a failure as many migrants fled and police rescued only 38 of them.

But Joeking responded: “We managed to save 38 people…. We saved lives and halted the operations of a syndicate.”

The establishment of the inquiry was announced in January, several months after a corruption-plagued regime was ejected from power by a reformist alliance.

Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar, who complain of persecution in their mainly Buddhist homeland, and Bangladeshis for years made the perilous sea crossing in large numbers to Thailand, from where they usually headed to Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Arrivals have fallen sharply since the 2015 crackdown.

North Korea demands Pompeo’s removal from US nuclear talks

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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This file photo shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) greeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang in October, 2018.//AFP
This file photo shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) greeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang in October, 2018.//AFP

North Korea demands Pompeo’s removal from US nuclear talks

ASEAN+ April 18, 2019 17:21

By AFP

Seoul – North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from talks over its banned nuclear programme, hours after the isolated state claimed to have tested a new kind of weapon.

    Describing Pompeo as “reckless” and immature, the foreign ministry said it wanted him replaced by another interlocutor, a demand that significantly ups the ante in a sensitive diplomatic standoff.

Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump earlier this year.

“I am afraid that, if Pompeo engages in the talks again, the table will be lousy once again and the talks will become entangled,” Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the ministry’s Department of American Affairs said, according to the official KCNA news agency.

    “Therefore, even in the case of possible resumption of the dialogue with the US, I wish our dialogue counterpart would be not Pompeo but… (another) person who is more careful and mature in communicating with us.”

It is not the first time North Korea has singled out Pompeo for special criticism.

When the secretary of state met with North Korean officials in Pyongyang in July last year, he was condemned for his “gangster-like” insistence that the North move towards unilateral disarmament.

Kwon, whom KCNA said was responding to a question from one of its journalists, said leader Kim had made clear that the US attitude has to change.

He said Pompeo was standing in the way of a resumption of talks.

“We cannot be aware of Pompeo’s ulterior motive behind his self-indulgence in reckless remarks; whether he is indeed unable to understand words properly or just pretending on purpose.

“The US cannot move us one iota by its current way of thinking. In his previous visits to Pyongyang, Pompeo was granted audiences with our Chairman of the State Affairs Commission for several times and pleaded for the denuclearization.

“However, after sitting the other way round, he spouted reckless remarks hurting the dignity of our supreme leadership at Congress hearings last week to unveil his mean character by himself, thus stunning the reasonable people.”

Analysts said the North may have been reacting to Pompeo’s assessment — during a recent Senate hearing — that Kim could be described as a “tyrant”.

“By agreeing that Kim is a tyrant, Pompeo basically insulted the North’s ‘highest majesty,'” said Koh Yu-hwan, professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University in Seoul.

“Those in Pyongyang are taught not to stay silent when their supreme leader has been personally attacked,” Koh added

Since the beginning of the thaw in relations between the US and North Korea, Pyongyang has been far happier to deal directly with Trump, who critics fear is too soft on the regime and is not sufficiently versed in diplomacy.

The US president has made much of his personal relationship with Kim, musing on several occasions about their “love” for each other.

 

– ‘Powerful warhead’ –

 

Thursday’s extraordinary attack on Pompeo came hours after KCNA announced Kim had supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a “powerful warhead”.

It also comes after satellite imagery suggested heightened activity at a nuclear test site.

Wednesday’s test was “conducted in various modes of firing at different targets” KCNA reported, adding that Kim described its development as one “of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army”.

The report gave no details of the weapon.

South Korea had not detected anything on radar so it was unlikely to have been a missile, a military official told AFP.

“The description makes whatever was tested sound like a missile, but that could be everything from a small anti-tank guided missile to a surface-to-air missile to a rocket artillery system,” said North Korea analyst Ankit Panda.

Earlier in the week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a US monitor, said activity had been detected at Yongbyon, the North’s main nuclear testing facility.

The think tank said evidence suggested Pyongyang may be reprocessing radioactive material into bomb fuel.

Kim’s Hanoi summit with Trump, the second between the two men, ended abruptly, with North Korea later protesting that the US was being unreasonable.

Since then, North Korea has said it is mulling options for its diplomacy with the US, and Kim said last week he was open to talks with Trump only if Washington came with the “proper attitude”.

“Kim is trying to make a statement to the Trump administration that his military potential is growing by the day,” said Harry Kazianis, an analyst at the Center for the National Interest.

“His regime is becoming frustrated with Washington’s lack of flexibility in recent negotiations.”

Urgent : NYPD arrest man carrying gasoline into St Patrick’s Cathedral

Published April 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Urgent :  NYPD arrest man carrying gasoline into St Patrick’s Cathedral

ASEAN+ April 18, 2019 16:43

By AFP

New York – A man was arrested Wednesday night after entering St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, police said, just days after a fire badly damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

New York Police Department (NYPD) deputy commissioner John Miller said the arrested man claimed he was taking a shortcut through the cathedral after his car ran out of fuel, but his answers were “inconsistent and evasive.”

“We don’t know what his mindset was, what his motive was,” Miller told a press conference on the steps of the cathedral, a neo-Gothic structure in the heart of Manhattan.

The man was confronted by a cathedral security officer and was told he cannot go inside carrying those items, according to the police.

    “At that point, some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he’s turned around,” Miller said.

After an alarm was raised, officers from the NYPD’s counter-terrorism bureau caught up to the man and arrested him after questioning.

“His basic story was he was cutting through the cathedral… that his car had run out of gas,” Miller said.

“We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody.”

Miller said the 37-year-old suspect was “known to police,” who are currently looking into his background.

 

Construction first started on St Patrick’s Cathedral in the mid-1880s and was completed in 1878, although extensions have been added over the years and a major restoration was completed in 2015.

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