Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral ‘saved’ after massive fire

Paris firefighters have declared Notre Dame Cathedral saved late on Monday even as flames continued to burn in the wreckage of the Western cultural icon’s roof.

The huge blaze, that started a little over four hours earlier, destroyed the timber roof of the Gothic building and about two hours into the conflagration, the upper part of the 93-metre-high spire swayed and fell as flames shot up.

About 400 firefighters battled the fire, aiming jets of water at the 850-year-old cathedral as solemn crowds watched quietly from behind police cordons.

Fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said that the structure of the cathedral had been “saved and preserved overall” and its bell towers, at one point thought to be at risk, were safe.

French media reported that the fire might have been linked to renovation work. The Paris prosecutor’s office said that “as matters stand” it was investigating a count of “involuntary destruction by fire”.

The cathedral’s most precious relics had been saved, rector Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said.


Shortly afterwards, French President Emmanuel Macron said “the worst has been avoided, even if the battle has not been fully won”. Calling the cathedral “the very centre of our lives”, he vowed that France “will rebuild Notre Dame”.

“It is what French people expect, because it is what our history deserves, because it is our deep destiny,” he told reporters at the scene.

His statement came as Parisians and visitors gathered to watch in horror and disbelief from the nearby banks of the River Seine as emergency workers fought back enormous flames coming out of the iconic Gothic landmark. The firefighters were unable to save the building’s spire, which was toppled by the blaze, and large swaths of the structure’s roof.


The cathedral was in the middle of a $6.8m renovation, with some sections under scaffolding, while bronze statues were removed last week for works.

A church spokesman said the entire wooden interior of the 12th-century landmark was burning and likely to be destroyed.

Those living close to the cathedral have been evacuated in case of a possible collapse of the building, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said.

France’s civil security agency said “all means” except for water-dropping aircraft

were deployed to put out the flames.

But the defence agency said those were unsuitable for fires like the one at Notre Dame because dumping water on the building could cause the whole structure to collapse.

“The moment #NotreDame’s spire fell

— Patrick Galey (@patrickgaley) April 15, 2019”


“A terrible fire is under way at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo said earlier on Twitter. “There are a lot of artworks inside … it’s a real tragedy,” she later told reporters at the scene.

Police urged people to avoid the area and facilitate the passage of emergency vehicles.

Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler, reporting from Paris, said she saw tears streaming down the face of some onlookers.

“The cathedral is a French icon, it is a symbol of Paris all over the world,” she said. “To see it in flames is extremely sad for so many people.”





Claire, a 15-year-old onlooker, told Al Jazeera crying: “Notre Dame is the heart of Paris and I came as soon as I heard. This is our heart and it is disappearing in the flames. What do we have left?”

Yvette, a French-American student, told Al Jazeera: “I came as soon as I could because I didn’t know how bad the fire was going to be or how much of the structure was still going to be standing, and I wanted to stand witness while it was still here.”

Nedjma, another witness in Paris, said she saw the fire on her way home from work.

“As we walked, we could feel ashes on our faces. Everyone was really shocked by this,” she told Al Jazeera. “It’s a huge monument and a huge part of Paris’s history.”


Notre Dame, Paris, is on fire and it feels

like the end of the world.— Shiv Malik (@shivmalik) April 15, 2019”


Notre Dame is celebrated for its size, antiquity and architectural interest.

The cathedral, which is famous for featuring in Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, attracts millions of tourists every year.

It was here that Christian crusaders prayed before going to fight in the Holy Land, where revolutionaries defiled representations of French kings and Napoleon crowned himself emperor in 1804.

“It’s a devastating image because Notre Dame, Paris and France play a key role in the history of European Christendom, that is second only to Rome and the Vatican,” Massimo Faggioli, a professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, told Al Jazeera.

“This is really a fire at the heart of Christianity,” he added.

French historian Camille Pascal, meanwhile, told France’s BFM television news channel the blaze marked “the destruction of invaluable heritage”.

“It has been 800 years that the Cathedral watches over Paris … happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame,” Pascal said.

“We can be only horrified by what we see.”




























Kim Kardashian: Studying law not about privilege or money

Kim Kardashian has responded to critics who have claimed she is only able to study law because of her wealth and celebrity status.

Kim revealed she’s studying to become a lawyer last week, and will be taking her bar exam in 2022.

The reality star says her move into law is nothing to do with privilege or money.

She says she’s putting in the hours and says “there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams”.

Kim shared a photo on Instagram of her working alongside her two lawyer mentors – Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney.


“I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case,” she wrote.

“One person actually said I should ‘stay in my lane.’ I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am.”

“For the next four years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly.”

Once the apprenticeship is complete, she’ll be following in the footsteps of her late father Robert Kardashian – who was a member of OJ Simpson’s defence team during his murder trial.


The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star also addressed the confusion over her being able to study to be a lawyer if she didn’t complete college.

She confirmed that “it’s true” that she didn’t finish college and explained: “You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in ‘reading the law’, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers.”

Kim also says she’s giving up time with her family to study: “My weekends are spent away from my kids… I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying.

“There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me.”


In her Vogue interview, Kim revealed she decided to sign up to the apprenticeship after helping to release Alice Marie Johnson from jail last year.

She had met President Donald Trump to campaign for the release of 63-year-old grandmother Alice Johnson from a 1996 life sentence for cocaine trafficking.

Following their meeting Mr Trump intervened and Ms Johnson was released immediately due to time already served.



Photo of ‘father and daughter’ playing outside Notre Dame Cathedral turns into viral search

A heartwarming photo of a man and a little girl playing outside Notre Dame Cathedral shortly before it was engulfed in flames has gone viral after the tourist who snapped the picture shared it on social media in hopes of finding the pair.

In the image, captured by Brooke Windsor, a man is seen spinning the child in the air outside the Paris landmark. The man and child, who Windsor believes are a father and his daughter, are smiling at each other.
“I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it,” Windsor tweeted Monday. “Now I wish I had. Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this.”


In an update Tuesday, Windsor said she has not been able to find the pair but was “hopeful.”

About an hour after the touching moment was captured on camera, many onlookers were left in tears as they watched a massive fire rip through the historic church causing the building’s roof to collapse and destroying a spire.

The blaze began at 6:50 p.m. after the cathedral had closed to the public. No one was killed, but two police officers and a firefighter were injured.


Around 400 firefighters worked to contain the inferno, which was extinguished early Tuesday after a nine-hour battle. The city’s fire service said in a tweet that the cathedral’s structure was saved and that “main works of art are safe.”

A spokesman for Paris’ City Hall told NBC News that some of the church’s famed rose windows and main organ were in good condition, and the cathedral’s “most precious treasures” had been spared from the flames and moved to an undisclosed location.

“With pride, I tell you tonight that we will rebuild this cathedral, all together,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “It’s part of the fate, the destiny of France, and our common project over the coming years. And I am committed to it.”





Investigators are still trying to determine what sparked the “accidental” fire, Paris prosecutors said. Authorities said they have begun questioning witnesses and more than a dozen construction workers who were at the church, where $6.8 million in renovations were being completed.




How can you get out of the wood.

Everyone of us is quite aware of a particular popular game known across the length and breadth of the world as golf.


Despite the popularity of this game, some of us are not aware of the intricacies and technicalities involved in being a player of this game not to talk of a player becoming a world champion with feats of records in the course of their golfing career.





Recently, the entire world was overwhelmed with the victory of a man that made him to become a cynosure of all eyes.


His name and career nose-dived at a point and no one dares remembering anything to do with him except his past achievement in the course of his golfing career.




His recent breakthrough became a source of inspiration, motivation and celebration that engulfed the lips of everyone who desire becoming great in life.


His name is TIGER WOODS.


He has been a world champion on several occasion but at a point his golfing career and family life suffered dryness and drought that made him to fizzle out of the list of world champion.


For good eleven years, his name was out of the honor list of popular world golfers with him becoming nothing to talk about in the world of golf until he came out of the woods to become the best source of celebration that the entire world is recognizing with now.


According, the recent tweet authored by the President of the United States of America about the success of Tiger Woods recently:


“Congratulations to @TigerWoods, a truly Great Champion!” Trump tweeted

shortly after Woods sank a short putt to secure his 15th major title.

“Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a

really great guy!” he added later.




Tiger Woods has been congratulated since after he made a surprising comeback to become the face of success across the length and breadth of the entire world.


According to a report by REUTER:


“The victory on Sunday was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as the

43-year-old ended an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and

professional setbacks including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries.”


Tiger Woods is a man that is on record to have lost all he ever worked for in the past being a failure in his professional and personal life until he was able to gather the pieces of his failed past to become a source of relevance in 2019.


This is a practical story of a man who didn’t give up in his bid to become better in life. He could have thought of been satisfied with past achievements and end up shutting his mind against any thought of improvement that would made him to become what he is today.




Instead of throwing the towel, he encouraged himself and worked on himself until his failures becomes the success that entire world is associating with.



Being in the woods is all about having negative and unexpected experiences that is always difficult for any one of us to handle.


Many times we are always fixated at a point in the journey of life that all our efforts to find a solution to the challenges of life proofs abortive.


While some of us becomes better at the end, so many people end up fizzling out with nothing to show about other than stories of continuous failures.


Despite whatever the challenges might be, one can learn and unlearn from people who had passed through series of challenges and overcome.


Some of the ways of getting out of the woods are:

1.Appraisal of the past achievements.

2.Dedication and commitment.

3.Being focused.

4.Resoluteness and resilience.


6.Passion and Perseverance.



9.Continuous training,tutelage, learning and coaching.

10.Being optimistic.


With some of this in place, challenges of life that seems to remain unyielding could turn out to be a channel whereby successful feats of achievements could be obtained by anyone who desire it.





In conclusion,




Let’s congratulate him.





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Trump says will award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he would award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom after the golfer won the Masters for the fifth time on Sunday.

“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and, more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM,” Trump tweeted.

The victory on Sunday was one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as the 43-year-old ended an 11-year major title drought having overcome personal and professional setbacks including a highly-public divorce and multiple surgeries.

The one-stroke win at Augusta National led to an outpouring of support from sports greats and politicians including Trump.

Trump, an avid golfer, and Woods have played together in the past including in February when the pair joined golf great Jack Nicklaus for a round at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

Trump appeared to follow the action at this year’s Masters closely, tweeting well-wishes to the field on Saturday and encouraging people to tune in when Woods had the lead with just two holes left to play on Sunday.

“Congratulations to @TigerWoods, a truly Great Champion!” Trump tweeted shortly after Woods sank a short putt to secure his 15th major title.

“Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy!” he added later.

The medal is the highest civilian honor in the United States and is given annually to people who have made outstanding contributions to the security or national interests of the country, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Since taking office Trump has given the award to several athletes including former professional NFL players Roger Staubach and Alan Page and late professional baseball player George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr.



Canadian tourist dies in zipline fall

A Canadian tourist has fallen more than 100m (330ft) to his death after his zipline cable snapped in northern Thailand, authorities say.

Authorities in Chiang Mai say the 25-year-old man was on holiday with his girlfriend and a group of friends.

The cable gave way soon after he was released from the start of the zipline course on Saturday, local media report.

The attraction, Flight of the Gibbon, has now reportedly been shut while police investigate.

Thai authorities are investigating several issues, including whether the weight limit was exceeded and any potential negligence on the part of the operators.

A spokesperson for Canada’s Department for Global Affairs told BBC News: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the Canadian citizen who died in Thailand. Consular services are provided to the family and loved ones of the Canadian.”

Flight of the Gibbon’s zipline course in Mae Kampong village, Chiang Mai, is about 5km long with 33 different platforms, making it one of the longest in Asia.

It was temporarily shut in 2016 after three Israeli tourists collided with each other and fell to the ground, suffering non-fatal injuries.



Four dead after Canada shootings, man in custody: police

Four people were shot dead in Penticton, British Colombia, on Monday (local time) and a suspect is in custody, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement.

“Police have determined four people are deceased at three locations within a 5 km (3.1 mile) radius,” the statement said.

“A man matching the suspect’s description turned himself into the Penticton RCMP detachment. The man remains in custody while the investigation progresses. Preliminary indications are this was a targeted incident,” the statement said.

The initial shooting incident was reported at 10:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT). As police were en route to the scene, a second shooting was reported.

The suspect in both shootings turned himself in about an hour after the first report, police said.


A motive for the shootings was still unknown.

“Determining why this occurred is part of our ongoing investigation,” said RCMP regional commander Ted De Jager.

“I understand that this is a deeply troubling incident that has taken place in our community. Our hearts and thoughts are with all those impacted by this terribly tragic incident,” he added.



Angelina Jolie Officially Drops Pitt From Her Last Name Following Divorce

Angelina Jolie has gone her separate way from Brad Pitt in every capacity, including her surname.

The actress, who had added Pitt to her legal name following the couple’s marriage in August 2014, had her ex’s surname removed as part of her divorce.

Court documents obtained by ET show that, as part of the dissolution of the stars’ union, the 43-year-old actress’ name was officially restored to simply Angelina Jolie.

This isn’t the first time Jolie has had to legally have a surname dropped through a court petition.


The actress, who is the daughter of Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, was originally born Angelina Jolie Voight. However, following a long estrangement from her father, Jolie petitioned the court to legally drop Voight from her name. That request was granted in 2002.

Jolie and Pitt’s marriage was officially terminated last Friday, after a long and contentious divorce battle that began when they first announced they were calling it quits in August 2016.





The split came just two years after officially tying the knot and 11 years after their relationship began, shortly following Pitt’s divorce from Jennifer Aniston.

A source told ET on Monday that Pitt and Jolie’s relationship is “the best it’s been since their split.”

“To the surprise of many of their closest friends, their communication has improved tremendously and they’re both dedicated to co-parenting,” the source added, referring to the couple’s six children — Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shilo, 12, and 10-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — over whom the pair engaged in a tense custody battle which was finally resolved through a custody agreement last November.

“Their kids have a custody schedule and that’s made a huge difference for the whole family. The schedule has alleviated any of the planning pressures Brad and Angelina have faced in the past. Now the kids spend time with both their parents and are happy and thriving,” the source said.

Last week, when the judge ruled that their marriage was officially over, Pitt and Jolie requested a bifurcated judgment, which would allow their single status to be restored while they finalize their divorce. Check out the video below for more on the former couple.



Buhari to Sack Incumbent Ministers, Scout for New Faces

President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly considering a total overhaul of his current make up ahead of a fresh term in office.

President Muhammadu Buhari is weighing options for a new cabinet ahead of the commencement of his second term in office, that would help him to deliver on his campaign promises to Nigerians, according to ThisDay.


The president had promised that he would consolidate on the gains of his first term, particularly in the areas of security, fight against corruption and revival of the economy.

He is said to be considering starting his second term on a fresh slate, sending home all the incumbent ministers except one or two of them.

Sources close to the president quoted in the report, said the outcome of the presidential election, which though he won, was said to be an eye opener for the president, who is said to have come to terms with the reality of majority of Nigerians’ disillusionment with the performance of his administration.

“The president is not carried away by the euphoria of his victory at the poll. Rather, he is acutely aware that Nigerians seem not too impressed and he is determined to make amends,” one of them said.


According to him, “The president intends to do a clean sweep of the cabinet by gathering a new bunch that would help him deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”

Subsequently, President Buhari is said to be considering dissolving his body of ministers by the middle of next month to pave the way for the appointment of fresh helmsmen.

Although the president is said to be looking at appointing more technocrats, many of the incumbent ministers have set up strong lobby to return to office.

Presidential Villa sources said so intense is the lobby that the president and his key aides are worried that governance is suffering.

“Ministers would appear to have left their tasks and are now running around close associates of the president to help them keep their job,” a source said.

He, however, said the president is already compiling a list of such ministers, vowing to ensure that they do not make the next cabinet.

But, there are concerns that given the connections of some of the outgoing ministers, the president might not be able to withstand the pressure and might eventually return many of them.

A close presidential aide however, dismissed the insinuation, revealing that he is part of the president’s search team for what he called, “brilliant but experienced technocrats for the task of making the next term more meaningful and eventful for Nigerians.”

Also, unlike in 2015 when it took him about six months to show up with his list of ministers, the president is said to be determined to hit the ground running this time around.

“He plans to send his list of ministers to the Senate almost immediately it is convened in June,” a close associate said.



Have you written yourself off?–(9 minutes Read).

Sometimes ago, I read this piece on someone’s timeline on Facebook. At the end of my reading which I enjoyed but I was humbled and became thoughtful of what I read in the piece.

The enormity of lessons and experiences available in the course of our journey in life makes learning to be a continuous process that no one in life can really discard.

It was in the light of this that I made it a responsibility on my path to share this piece on my blog with my readers, viewers and followers.

This story simply confirmed the twist of life.

It goes thus:

Life Lessons is uncountable!!
Never ever write yourself off.
Few weeks ago, I was driving on Apapa-Oshodi expressway and stopped briefly under the Ilasamaja Bridge to pick a call. Suddenly, a Danfo bus pulled up beside me, the bus conductor jumped out and landed by my side. I was about to be robbed!

However, the conductor had other plans…

‘Oshodi Oshodi Oshodi o…’

I heaved a sigh of relieve and breathed deeper, then I saw a guy I’d known for long. Years of separation couldn’t play on me any trick. He was one of the brightest guy in our class, and had won for us a couple of Inter-School competition.

He was of a modest middleclass family that valued education and when he says a word is ‘adjectival proverb’ or ‘future present past participle’, we dared not argue because he was usually right.

Always ahead. He had a way of mentally working out complex mathematical equations without writing. He was a silent threat to the ‘booboo’ teachers and would sometimes challenge their answers’ which later earned him cold hates. Gbenga was that hot and was named one of the most likely to succeed in our class.

‘Oshodi…Oshodi…Oshodi oke o…’ He continued.

I pushed out my head from the car and ‘hala’ his nick name.


He was shocked. Only his old allies would know that name, I guessed. He looked intently at me and then screamed. I came out of the car and we hugged fiercely, like old thieves, gallons of his sweat rubbing all over me, but I cared not. I was happy to see my old friend.

‘Viko ómó’lòpè, what’s up? O ti sha-pra-pra gan o…’

He hailed loudly in street parlance. We however couldn’t talk as he had to get back to work, and his driver ‘oga’ was blaring the horn angrily. So I took his phone number and watched him go adoringly.

Gbenga ran back to the moving Danfo bus, jumped in and clung tightly to the door as if his entire life depended on it. He gave me a parting smile and flashed a decolorized teeth supposedly darkened by excessive marijuana smoking and deepseated apathy to dental hygiene.

God, what happened?

I stood, rooted to that spot and sadly watched him disappear into the fast moving Lagos metro.

Then came flurry of emotion.
I cried.





As I drove on, I flashed back to another flip-sided slice of life that made me conclude afterall that life is a scam.

I was on Admiralty Way in Lekki and stopped at AP/Tantalizer Junction to shine my shoe. I was admiring the Aboki doing his work with much passion when a black Range Rover halted suddenly behind me and the screech of the tyres made me dive for safety.

God forbid bad thing!

While on the safer side, I glanced back to see the idiot behind the wheel, then I saw a familiar face. ‘No! Haba! It couldn’t be him’ I argued within me, then wiped my face for a clearer vision. The loser was still there, smiling stupidly. The face rang a louder bell, and of course, I remembered him.

‘What in hell could Bala be doing inside this Range Rover?’ I queried myself.

It is tragic to be dumb, and a tragedy to be stupid, but it is a curse to be both. Bala was dumb and stupid! His parents were extremely poor! That, conjoined with his non-existent academic performance which affected his confidence and social life, he was simply termed a failure and had severally been assured he wouldn’t amount to anything in life. He agreed, and we all agreed with him. So we treated him as nobody, a scumbag.

‘Well, maybe Bala had finally fulfilled his destiny and become a driver as predicted’ I concluded, grinning sheepishly.

What a stupid miscalculation!

Balarabe, the dullest guy in my class was the proud owner of the R2. Back then, this guy could not even write a decimal point with a bottle, but now signs cheques with gold pen and cruises posh SUVs about Lagos. We hung out out at The Sailors Lounge and he told me how he reinvented himself. He attended few crash courses, changed his orientation, worked with a shipping company in Apapa Wharf, became hardworking and brutally honest. His boss loved him and mentored him in shipping and importation business until he stated his own company.

A CEO of a Shipping Company!!!
A scum of the earth?!

I couldn’t sleep that night as I kept musing over Gbenga and Bala.

So I concluded.

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favour to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.

It is not over until it is over.
Gbe body é



_The Movie is still on and it could soon start to favour you_

➖ Reinvent Yourself
➖ Get started again with much agility and faith!





The question is:


Have you written yourself off?


Do you think it is over?


Do you think you have lost all?


Never give up.


Those who give up while they are still living are dead already.


SOURCE: Unknown Author


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