The famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was on fire and it spread rapidly across the building.
Efforts are being made to tackle the fire which broke out on Monday afternoon, but, so far, the cathedral’s spire and roof have collapsed.
A spokesman for the cathedral said the whole structure was “burning”.
“There will be nothing left,” he said. “It remains to be seen whether the vault, which protects the cathedral, will be affected or not.”
The flame attracted hundreds of spectators who gathered around the 850-year-old building to observe the flames in silence.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who has arrived at the scene, said his thoughts were with “all Catholics and all French people.”
Mr Macron has cancelled his planned speech to the nation following the fire, an Élysée Palace official said.
Historian Camille Pascal told French broadcaster BFMTV the fire was destroying “invaluable heritage.”
He said: “For 800 years the Cathedral has watched over Paris.
“Happy and unfortunate events for centuries have been marked by the bells of Notre Dame.
“We can be only horrified by what we see”.
The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but officials speculate that it could be linked to renovation work.
Nigerian music legend, Majek Fashek recently visited South Africa for the first time ever and according to him, ‘the expereince was really lovely’.
Majek Fashek went on to say, ‘I never knew South Africans love me so much. It was incredible and also I’m grateful to my fantastic host King Babajide the Mayor of Cape Twon who went abpve and beyond to make sure my trip was smooth’.
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British rapper, Stefflon Don, who is the girlfriend of Nigerian singer, Burna Boy, took to her Instagram to share new stunning photos of herself.
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No fewer than fifteen people have been killed and 11 others injured after armed bandits attacked Numa Kochu village in Nasarawa State.
Police authorities in the state confirmed the figures today and according to the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations in the command, Umar Nadada, the incident occurred on Sunday night.
Nadada, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, added that the attack took place in Akwanga Local Government Area of the state. He explained that some residents of the community were having a birthday party when the gunmen attacked them.
The DCP disclosed that a pregnant woman was among those killed while the injured sustained several degrees of wounds. He said the bodies of the victims have been deposited at the General Hospital in Akwanga and those injured were also receiving treatment there. Nadada also noted that normalcy has been restored in the community following the deployment of adequate security personnel.
Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin has been banned for life by FIFA 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States.
86-year-old Marin, who led Brazil’s organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced in August to four years in prison for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud. FIFA said Marin was also guilty of taking bribes linked to media and marketing rights for South American and Brazilian soccer competitions.
Prosecutors in federal court said at his 2017 trial that Marin took $6.6 million in bribes. He was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine. The FIFA ethics committee also imposed a 1 million Swiss franc ($1 million) fine the same financial penalty ordered against several soccer officials indicted or convicted by American authorities. It is unclear how FIFA can enforce payment.
Marin was arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel in May 2015 as part of the sweeping American investigation of corruption linked to FIFA officials. More than 40 people and marketing agencies have pleaded guilty, been convicted or have been indicted and are fighting extradition. After being extradited to the United States in 2015, Marin was released on bail and lived in his Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan while awaiting trial.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board today said it has uncovered and arrested over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ who specialized in writing examination for candidates for a fee.
The board’s weekly official bulletin, tagged: ‘JAMBULLETIN’, signed by JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in Lagos State. The board said it uncovered a group described as ‘Professional Examination Writers’ who specialises in writing examination for candidates for a fee.
According to the bulletin, as a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanism, the board was able to uncover and arrest over 50 of such fraudulent persons in centres spread across the country. It noted that some of the suspects were Master’s Degree holders and undergraduates of tertiary institutions in the country. According to the bulletin, these professional examination writers connived some Computer Based Centre owners to perpetuate the crime by engaging in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side.
“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently. On interrogation, he confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometrics alongside other several potential candidates preparing to sit for the examination, in exchange for a huge sum of money.
“This development led to the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times. This timely action will enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle this registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators,” it said.
The bulletin added that another startling discovery by the board was the fact that a substantial portion of the UTME application documents, was composed of the bogus registration. It noted that the unwholesome application had the singular effect of inflating the total statistical data of candidates’ registration that amounted to over 30 per cent of the 1.8 million that registered for the 2019 UTME.
Kim Kardashian recently disclosed to Vogue US that she’s studying to be a lawyer. She has now told her followers that she registered since last year and her first year is almost over.
She added that it’s not been easy and revealed the extreme measures she’s taken to make it work.
Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. 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. 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. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. 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. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. 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. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams.
I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ???