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April 17, 2019

Notre Dame, More Than a Church, See What’s There

Inside Notre-Dame
A look inside fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral

 Saving France's 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral came down to a crucial time window of 15-30 minutes, France's deputy interior minister has said. 
Laurent Nuñez praised the "courage and determination" of firefighters who "risked their own lives" to salvage the building's stone structure and its two towers. 
The fire ravaged the cathedral's roof and caused its spire to collapse.
French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild it within five years. 
The cause of the blaze is unclear.
"We now know it all came down to 15-30 minutes," Mr Nuñez said, adding that police and fire services would spend the next 48 hours assessing the security and safety of the structure. 
Paris public prosecutor Rémy Heitz said his office was "favouring the theory of an accident", but had assigned 50 people to investigate the origin of the fire.

A before, during and after photoImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe cathedral's spire, before, during the fire and after

Other officials have suggested it could be linked to extensive renovation works taking place at the cathedral. 
Thoughts are now turning to how Notre-Dame will be rebuilt, which Mr Macron promised to make "even more beautiful". 
"We will turn this catastrophe into an opportunity to come together", he said.
In a televised public address, Mr Macron also heaped praise on the fire services.
"The firefighters stopped the fire by taking the most extreme risks. They were 20 or 25, from each corner of France, from each region." 

Media captionHundreds gathered at a vigil for Notre-Dame

A number of companies and business tycoons have so far pledged about €800m ($902m; £692m) between them to help with reconstruction efforts, AFP reports. 
Offers of help have also poured in from around the globe, with European Council President Donald Tusk calling on EU member states to rally round.
Eric Fischer, head of the foundation in charge of restoring the 1,000-year-old Strasbourg cathedral, told AFP the Notre-Dame may take "decades" to rebuild. 

What happened?

The blaze was discovered at 18:43 local time (16:43 GMT) on Monday, and firefighters were called. The flames quickly reached the roof of the cathedral, destroying the wooden interior before toppling the spire.
Remnants of the roof of Notre-DameFears grew that the cathedral's famous towers would also be destroyed.

Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe whole of the roof was "devastated", according to the fire service

But while a number of fires did begin in the towers, Mr Nuñez said they were successfully stopped before they could spread.
The Paris fire service said it was fully extinguished by 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT).

What is the damage?

Search teams had already begun assessing the extent of the damage when dawn broke over the French capital.
The cathedral's blackened stone and charred scaffolding were revealed to onlookers for the first time. Photos appear to show that at least one of the cathedral's famed rose windows has survived, although there are concerns for some of the other stained-glass windows.
Christophe Castaner, France's interior minister, warned that while the principal structure had been saved, the building was still unstable.
"We will be standing at [Notre Dame's] bedside", he added.

A picture from inside the cathedral after the fire

Mr Nuñez said that "overall", the structure was in good condition, but that "some vulnerabilities" had been identified in the stone vaults and the remainder of the building's ceiling.
Experts have not yet been allowed on site to assess the damage and French firefighters have sent a drone to survey the scale of the destruction. 
Heat and water damage will also need to be assessed.
The cathedral's 18th Century organ has not been burned, but it is not clear whether it has been damaged by water, Bertrand de Feydeau, from the French charity Fondation du Patrimoine, told Associated Press. 

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Praying for the cathedral 

By Patrick Jackson, BBC News, Paris 
They sit or stand in a crowd, many of them young people, spilling over the end of the Boulevard Saint Michel, this first evening after the fire, singing hymns. On a table beneath the towering sculpture of Saint Michael stands a statue of Our Lady - Notre Dame.
"As a French Catholic," says Éloi, 22, "I felt really bad after the fire so I see this vigil as a way to say that even if the flames destroyed the cathedral, we can rebuild it because the Church is made not of stones but is a living body." He believes the cathedral should be remade just the way it was, as a "prayer to God".
"We are Catholics," he adds, "but all French people - Catholics, Muslims, atheists - are united around this disaster and in the hope it will be rebuilt."
And they are united in pride in the fire brigade. During the concert, an engine hurtles past on the road, and the singing stops as the crowd claps and cheers.

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What happens next?

Individuals and groups are mobilising to help rebuild Notre-Dame. Hundreds of millions of euros have already been pledged.
Air France said in a statement that the company would offer free flights to anyone involved in the reconstruction. 
Billionaire François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of the Kering group that owns the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent fashion brands, pledged €100m (£86m; $113m), AFP news agency reports.
Another €200m was pledged by Bernard Arnault's family and their company LVMH - a business empire which includes Louis Vuitton and Sephora, according to Reuters.
French cosmetics giant L'Oreal and its founding Bettencourt family have promised to give a further €200m. Total, the French oil giant, has pledged €100m.
Fondation du Patrimoine is launching an international appeal for funds for the cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage site. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was happy to send experts to help restore the cathedral.
The British government is also looking into what it can do to help, according to Ed Llewellyn, the UK ambassador to France.
Spanish Culture Minister Jose Guirao said his country was also seeking ways to help.

What about the cathedral's treasures?

Emergency teams managed to rescue valuable artwork and religious items, including what is said to be the crown of thorns worn by Jesus before his crucifixion.

Graphic showing scale of damage
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A tunic King Louis IX is said to have worn when he brought the crown of thorns to Paris was also saved. 
Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV that "invaluable heritage" had been destroyed.
"Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre-Dame. We can be only horrified by what we see.

April 9, 2018

One Death Plus Injuries At Trump Tower Without Life Saving Sprinklers Which Trump Did Not Want

Can you imagine a country with no rules or regulations? Yes too much of anything is the opposite of good. When you put saving money (particualry for thoe that have plesnty) against life saving or health issues, there should eb no argument. Trump doe snot agree. He has taken out. alot of regultions to save money on major industries like aviation, car manufacturing, food production and pollution on the environment. When major disasters occurs we will have to go all the way back to when the decissions to have the regualtions happened. We in NYC,  have a lot of experience with fires and is not bcause we learnt it from books but from the experience of major disasters on our high rises.

President Donald Trump previously lobbied against a proposed bill requiring high-rise buildings, like Trump Tower, to install life-saving sprinkler systems. A fire in his 5th Avenue building Saturday, with no sprinklers present, left one person dead and multiple firefighters injured. 
Then one of New York’s most prominent real estate developers, Trump in 1999 rang city officials to argue against proposed legislation that would have required high-rise landlords to install the systems following fatal high-rise fires in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The December 1998 blazes killed nine people, including seven firemen.

Broken and burned windows are seen after a fire broke out on the 50th floor of Trump Tower on April 7, 2018 in New York City. One person has reportedly died and four firefighters were injured in the four-alarm blaze.

According to a 1999 New York Post report, Trump was the most prominent member of a powerful real estate lobby opposed to reform, and complained he couldn’t afford to install sprinklers. At $4 per square foot, he argued that the sprinklers were too expensive to install in an entire building.
The Mayor Rudolph Giuliani era bill was eventually altered to exclude older buildings such as Trump Tower (built in 1979 and opened in 1983), or buildings for which permits had already been submitted, such as Trump’s 72-floor tower opposite the UN building in New York, Trump World Tower.
Under the bill, signed into law in March 1999, all new high-rise residential buildings were required to install sprinklers and developers were obliged to install sprinklers when existing high-rise buildings undergo renovations. 
Trump told the New York Times that he had modified his views and would install sprinklers in Trump World Tower residential units at the cost of $3 million because it made people feel safer. 
Last night’s blaze tore through part of the 50th floor of the 5th Avenue Trump Tower.
"We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment," Daniel Nigro, Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, said. 
That resident, a 67 year-old man, was found by firefighters passed out from fume inhalation, and later died in hospital. Seven firefighters were also injured in the blaze.

"This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up," Nigro said. 

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January 7, 2018

Tina Johnson's (Roy Moore Accuser) House Fire Seems to Be Arson {What a Coincidence}

Authorities in Alabama are investigating a fire that destroyed the home of Tina Johnson, who accused Senate candidate Roy Moore of groping her in his office in 1991.

The fire at Johnson's home in Gadsden, Ala., occurred on Jan. 2 and was first reported by

"I am devastated, just devastated. We have just the clothes on our backs," said Johnson on Friday morning as quoted by

In a brief statement issued by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, authorities say "investigators are speaking to a person of interest."

"The on-going investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him," adds the statement.

No one was hurt in the blaze which occurred while Johnson and her husband were at work.

According to, neighbors say they "witnessed a young man who had a history of public intoxication walking around the house before and during the blaze."

Johnson was 28 years old in 1991 when she visited Moore's office with her mother to discuss a custody dispute. Johnson alleges that as she was leaving the meeting Moore "grabbed my behind."

Moore has denied the allegations made by Johnson and other young women who accused him of improper sexual contact. The charges became the focal point of Moore's unsuccessful election campaign to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became Attorney General. Moore, a Republican running in a deeply red state, was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.


Tina Johnson's home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden burned on Jan. 2, 2018. The Etowah County Arson Task Force is investigating, and the sheriff's department has spoken with a "suspect of interest." (Submitted)

Tina Johnson's home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden burned on Jan. 2, 2018. The Etowah County Arson Task Force is investigating, and the sheriff's department has spoken with a "suspect of interest." (Submitted)

Roy Moore accuser Tina Johnson lost her home Wednesday in a fire that is now under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force.
Tina Johnson, who first came to public notice for accusing Senate candidate Roy Moore of grabbing her in his office in the early 1990s, said her home on Lake Mary Louise Road in Gadsden caught fire Tuesday morning.
After neighbors and some utility workers called 911 shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Lookout Mountain Fire Department responded to the scene. By the time the flames were extinguished, Johnson and her family had lost everything they owned.
"I am devastated, just devastated," said Johnson on Friday morning. "We have just the clothes on our backs."
Nobody appears to have been harmed in the blaze; Johnson and her husband were at work, and her grandson was at school.
"That fire is still under investigation by the Etowah County Arson Task Force," said Natalie Barton, public information officer with the Etowah County Sheriff's Department. "A suspect of interest is being spoken to. But there have been no charges, to my knowledge, related to the fire at this time."
Barton later released a statement, saying, "The ongoing investigation does not lead us to believe that the fire is in any way related to Roy Moore or allegations made against him. More details will be released when warrants are obtained."
"I threw on my coveralls and took off down the driveway," he said. His wife called 911 at 8:26 a.m. but the dispatcher said they'd already received a call about the fire. "I got up there," he said, "and (the fire) was already pretty well started. When the fire department got there, I started helping them."
Johnson said she has not yet heard from law enforcement how or why the fire started, except that it started at the back of the house.
She said a woman neighbor told her that the young man in question approached her as she was getting in her car that morning and asked if she thought Johnson's house was going to burn. The neighbor didn't know what he was talking about, she said, because flames weren't visible at the time.
Johnson and her family are currently living in a motel. On Friday morning, she was headed to Wal-Mart to purchase toiletries and other necessities. She said she is thankful for good neighbors, who have rallied around the family. "My neighbors are just heartbroken, too," she said. "They're pulling together and helping us out."
Tallant said the Johnsons are good neighbors. He'd been over at her house recently, sharing some turnip greens.
"She's a super good neighbor," he said. "I like people like that. I hope they build back there."

November 7, 2017

The Portugal People Demand Justice for Victims of Fires that Ravage Part of Their Country

Various Portuguese cities protested on 21 October for better services to prevent forest fires. Image: screenshot, Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas. (YouTube)
On 21 October, in various major cities in Portugal, hundreds of people came out to demand justice for victims that were killed by massive forest fires that had torn through parts of the country.
Forty-two people died and around 70 were injured in forest fires on 15-16 October, leading the government to declare three days of mourning for the victims and their famillies.
Fires were also reported in the Spanish region of Galicia, where four people died.
An estimated 500 fires have spread through Portugal's northern and central regions, burning around 250,000 hectares of forests and affecting various villages.

In June 2017, forest fires left 64 dead in Pedrógão Grande, Portugal. Image: screenshot, Despertar da Consciência Cósmica (YouTube)
In June, a similar tragedy took place in Pedrógão Grande — a municipality in the center of the country — with fires leaving 64 dead and more than 200 injured.
According to the European Forest Fire Information System, which monitors forested areas via satellite images, around 500,000 hectares of forest have burned in 2017 alone – an area roughly twice the size of the district of Lisbon. 

To understand the seriousness of the situation, only 4 districts have no fires. Portugal is literally burning Various videos were shared online and they gave glimpses of the devastation:

A tragedy forewarned

The aims of Saturday’s protests were to demand better state measures to prevent and fight fires.
Questions were raised over the inability of the civil protection service to control the tragedy. João Soveral, of the Confederation of Farmers of Portugal, told the newspaper Público:
After Pedrógão, they closed streets and evacuated villages for everything and nothing. This Sunday, they did not do this anywhere, there were tens of reports of open roads surrounded by fire. In Leiria's forests there could have been a tragedy similar to that of June because they only closed roads very late.
The protesters also called into question the many years that construction permits were given to projects in high fire risk zones. A proposal of stricter forestry reform presented by the government — after large fires in 2003 and 2005 — was questioned by councils, which complained that the rule was a barrier to investment.
“The government introduced a flexibilization of the law that authorized constructions on a case by case basis, depending on whether or not the applicant had means of self-protection – there was an open door for anything to be built”, added João Sorval, in the same report by Público.
The environmental organization, Quercus, brought attention to the large areas of eucalyptus, a tree of highly flammable wood whose growth, ironically, tends to expand after fires of this type.
On top of the growing list of issues, during the 15-16 October fires, citizens who attempted to look for information or tried to contact relatives on the website of Portugal’s Civil Protection, found that the site was offline.
It was a private initiative that assumed the role of sharing information; using the civil protection’s own data, the application informed people of the location of fires and their status in real time.
The project was created in 2015 by the programmer João Pina to facilitate the work of firefighters, and it became so important during that fateful October weekend that servers could not manage the 400,000 users and the 1.5 million views it received. 
Impossible to remain indifferent to this tragedy. Solidarity with relatives and friends of the victims. Total support for the firefighters risking their lives to help in the best way possible.
Whether the Portuguese government will heed the cries of its people is anyone’s guess, but in the meantime, the country continues to burn.

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