PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) – Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, a searing loss for the city and for France. Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. Parisians watched on, many of them lost for words.
“Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.
“Basically the whole rooftop is gone. I see no hope for the building,” said witness Jacek Poltorak, watching the fire from a fifth-floor balcony two blocks from the southern facade of the cathedral, one of France’s most visited places. Firefighters tried to contain the blaze with water hoses and cleared the area around Notre-Dame, which sits on an island in the River Seine and marks the very center of Paris.
Nobody was injured, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said at the scene, adding: “It’s too early to determine the causes of the fire.” France 2 television reported that police were treating it as an accident. “Everything is collapsing,” a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn. Macron canceled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze.
The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo’s classic novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.” It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year. The Gothic cathedral is famed for its many carved stone gargoyles, stunning stained glass windows and the flying buttresses that hold up its walls.
“There are a lot of art works inside…it’s a real tragedy,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters at the scene.
The cathedral was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding and bronze statues were removed last week for works.
Watching it on the news, seeing the tall spire burning brings memories of 911, wondering when it’s going to fall. So, so sad, almost 1,000 years old. – Commenter
The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century, according to the cathedral’s website. (Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide, Simon Carraud and Sudip Kar-Gupta Writing by Robin Pomeroy Editing by Frances Kerry)
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Some of country’s biggest hitmakers are outraged and taking a stand against Spotify and Amazon Music. Songwriters like Ross Copperman, busbee, Chris Destefano and more are speaking out about controversy which impacts all your favorite country tunes
The fight surrounds the newly approved Music Modernization Act, a bill which was signed into law in October of 2018. Because the previous law was written long before digital technology existed, it sought to increase payments to songwriters from digital streaming services like Spotify and Amazon.
Fees were set to rise from a paltry .003 cents per play to the still-tiny rate of .004 cents per play – but that was apparently too much for Spotify and Amazon. Last week the tech giants (along with Pandora and Google, but notably without Apple music) filed an appeal to prevent the rate hike, a move the National Music Publishers Association saysis effectively like “suing songwriters.”
As you can imagine, the songwriters are not happy. It’s a years-long fight which most assumed they had already won. And now they’re asking fans to help out by canceling subscriptions to Spotify and Amazon.
Busbee, the producer and writer behind hits by Maren Morris (“My Church,” “’80s Mercedes”), Keith Urban (“The Fighter”) and more, summed up the feelings of many of his colleagues. Posting on Instagram, he wrote simply “This is maddening. It’s time to battle again, sadly. Here we go.”
Likewise, Chris DeStefano – the Grammy winner whose credits include Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break,” Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” and more – expressed his disbelief at the move. “I’m beyond disappointed in Amazon and Spotify for continuing their efforts in destroying the record business and the career of songwriting,” he wrote. “Just making music more easily accessible does NOT mean it will be sustainable. They have destroyed our mechanical royalties and record sales. This will not stand. We must fight with everything and all resources possible.”
Tunesmiths from every genre have joined in the call, hoping to pressure the streaming services into withdrawing their appeal. But in the meantime, country songwriter/producer Ross Copperman (Dierks Bentley’s “Woman, Amen,” Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along” and more) may have best captured the mood of many in Nashville. All he had to say about the situation was “Bye.”
Opryland USA sat in a curve of the Cumberland River now home to a giant mall. It had roller coasters, Southern-themed restaurants and live country music revues. Memories of rides like the Screamin’ Delta Demon are still traded like gold among longtime Nashvillians — as are the rumors of why it all went away.
That was what some listeners asked about in Curious Nashville: Why did Opryland close? The answer is as murky as the waters of the Grizzly River Rampage.
The first thing people assume about the closing of Opryland is that the park was losing money. Recent visitors to Opry Mills Mall buy into that theory: One said he had heard it was “underperforming,” while another visitor assumed it lacked the amount of business to keep it “viable.”
But while attendance had been down slightly in the years leading up to the closing, the man who ran the business for most of its history says money was not the problem.
“Opryland was successful. And it was successful when they shut it down. We weren’t losing money,” said former Gaylord CEO Bud Wendell.
Wendell stepped away from his post early in 1997, and months later, new leadership decided the park should be scrapped in favor of a new fad: shoppertainment.
Here’s comedian Kathy Griffin in a TV ad from 2000 pitching the concept:
Wendell is not shy about his opinion of that decision.
“Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” Wendell states. “And the people that were responsible for it, I would think today would look back on it and say, yeah, it was a dumb, dumb decision. But they felt they could get a greater return on that piece of acreage out there if it were a mall as opposed to a theme park — America’s only musical theme park.”
The people responsible for turning Opryland into Opry Mills Mall included the man who filled Wendell’s shoes for a few years, Terry E London. In addition to the mall, London had another vision for Gaylord — corner the market for Christian music online.
The entertainment world was in the middle of an internet land grab and after selling the park, London had Gaylord buy up Christian music dot-coms. But the internet bubble burst and London was pushed out as Gaylord’s fortunes plummeted far below where it had been when the theme park was still open.
At the time of the park’s closing, London told local media that Opryland would not be able to keep up with high tech investments by other parks but its closest competitor, Dollywood has survived. A recent study by the Pigeon Forge-based entertainment complex shows it has an annual economic impact estimated at more than $1.5 billion.
Beyond the monetary benefits to Nashville’s tourism industry that Opryland might have had were it still operating, Wendell says the city really misses another important aspect that came along with the park.
“We hired about 4,000 young people — you may have been one of them — every year. We trained them. We watched carefully over ’em. We had activities for ’em. They had their own ball teams. We had dances.
“And that disappeared just like that. Jobs. For 4,000 youngsters. Nobody ever thought about that. Nobody I guess still ever thinks about it.”
Wendell says at least once a year he’ll hear rumors about some group or other who say they want to build a new park. But nothing has come of it.
At least, not yet.
By Jason Moon Wilkins for Curious Nashville
Some will tell you that radiation after a nuclear explosion will kill you and the radiation will stick around for hundreds of years thereafter. Then some will say they lied to us again as with so many historical facts in the past. Yet no one can or will confirm why less than 75 years later Hiroshima looks like a city that has never seen a nuclear attack, yet it has and seems a safe place to live today.
We all know that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed in August 1945 after the explosion of atomic bombs.
However, we know very little about the progress made by the people of that land during the past 73 years.
The A-bomb, Or Government welfare programs created to buy the votes of those who want someone to take care of them?
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
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Easton Corbin is honoring the memory of two police officers who were killed last month in his hometown of Trenton, Fla.
Gilchrist County deputies Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Taylor Lindsey were shot and killed by John Hubert Highnote while they were eating at an Ace China restaurant just outside of Gainesville on April 19. They were on duty at the time.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that 30-year-old Ramirez had worked for the Gilchrist County Sheriff for seven years. He leaves behind a wife and two children. Lindsey, 25, was a member of the team for more than three years, according to CNN. Though officials are still investigating, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz suspects the motive may be related to the shooter’s opposition to police officers.
Corbin was honored to sing the National Anthem in the officers’ honor at an opening ceremony for Trenton’s Relay for Life of the Tri-Counties on May 4. The country singer was also presented with a special hometown sign from the mayor’s office that reads: “Welcome to Trenton, Home of Nashville Recording Artist Easton Corbin.”
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The Country Music Association (CMA) honored victims of the mass shooting attack at a Las Vegas country music festival with a candlelight vigil on Monday night. The CMA partnered with Nashville mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. More details are forthcoming. CMA took to Twitter to share the news that the vigil was hosted at Ascend Ampitheater at 6PM CT Monday evening. Free parking was offered at Nissan Stadium’s Lot R.
“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the tragic event in Las Vegas, especially the victims, their families and friends, and the fans, artists and crews from our Country community in Vegas,” a press release reads. “This festival brought together people from all backgrounds united in enjoying life through music.”
Las Vegas police have found at least eight guns in the 32nd floor hotel room from which a gunman opened fire at concertgoers below, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 200, police say.
Crowded clubs and music venues have come under attack several times in the past. After the shooting at a Las Vegas concert that killed at least 58 people late on Sunday, here is a recap of some of the deadliest attacks on such venues around the world over the past 15 years.
Manchester pop concert
On May 22 this year, a suicide bomber kills at least 22 people and wounds 59 at the 21 000-capacity Manchester Arena after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.
The attacker claims to be a supporter of the Islamic State group.
Shortly after Turkey rings in 2017, a gunman bursts into the exclusive Reina nightclub, spraying partygoers with bullets and killing 39 people, mostly foreigners. Another 65 people are wounded at the venue which is packed with more than 700 people. The attack is also claimed by the IS group.
Florida gay club
In June 2016, a gunman opens fire inside the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and wounding more than 50. US authorities say the attacker had pledged allegiance to IS, with the extremist group later identifying him as one of its militants.
Three armed men wearing explosive belts storm the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in November 2015, killing 90 people during a gig by US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. At the same time other gunmen open fire on bars and restaurants in the city while others blow themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium. Claimed by IS, the attacks kill 130 people and wound another 350 in the worst-ever terror attacks on French soil.
In July 2003, a double suicide attack during a rock concert at the Tushino airfield near Moscow kills 15 people and wounds around 50. Two women identified by Russia as Chechen separatists mixed with around 20 000 fans who had come to hear some of Russia’s top bands at the annual Krylya (Wings) festival.
Chechen rebels disrupt a musical in Moscow and take more than 912 people hostage over three days in October 2002. Russian special forces storm the theatre after sending in gas to subdue the gunmen; when the smoke clears, 130 hostages are dead, almost all of them because of the gas.
The Sari Club and Paddy’s Bar in Bali are hit by a huge car bomb in October 2002. Both are filled with foreign tourists and 202 people, 88 of them Australians, are killed. The attack is attributed to the Jemaah Islamiyah, a south-east Asian network linked to Al-Qaeda.
17:55 FBI says Las Vegas shooter had no connection to international terrorist group.
“It was pretty much like a war scene inside.Emergency crews used anything to hand as makeshift stretchers, including tables and metal railings normally used to control the crowds, said Hayes. Asked if he thought it was an inexperienced gunman, he responded: “With 30 000 people in the arena area, it was kind of like shooting goldfish … He didn’t have to be good.” – AFP
Stephen Craig Paddock was a retired accountant who lived on a desert golf course in Mesquite Nevada, with no known history of violence – until he shot dead 50 people in a hail of gunfire from his Las Vegas hotel window.
Paddock’s family was in shock after the 64-year-old sowed terror on the Vegas strip in the worst mass shooting in recent US history, which the Islamic State group early Monday claimed was carried out by one of its “soldiers”.
His brother, Eric Paddock, told CBS News his brother was “not an avid gun guy at all”. “Where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background or anything like that,” he said. “He’s a guy who lived in a house in Mesquite, drove down and gambled in Las Vegas. He did stuff. Eat burritos. “Paddock was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, when a police SWAT team burst in to his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Hotel. The gunman, who photographs showed as greying with a trimmed beard and moustache, was a former accountant and a licensed pilot with no criminal record, according to ABC News.
At least eight weapons, including a number of long rifles, were recovered in his hotel room. Las Vegas police said 50 people were confirmed dead and more than 400 people were transported to hospitals in the horrific shooting. ISIS’ propaganda outlet Amaq said in online statements the attack was carried out by a “soldier” who had “converted to Islam several months ago”. Security officials earlier said Paddock appeared to have been working alone, and his brother told US media he had no known religious affiliation. “Nothing. No religious affiliation, no political affiliation, he just hung out,” Eric Paddock told CBS.
The 55-year-old Paddock, who lives in Orlando Florida, told media the family was shocked by the shooting. “It’s like an asteroid just fell on top of our family,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We have no idea how this happened.” Stephen Paddock also had a hunting license for Alaska, where hunting for big game like elk and bear is popular. According to publicly available information, he resided in a new golf course development carved into the desert just outside Mesquite, Nevada on the border with Arizona. – AFP
16:56 Trump says Las Vegas mass shooting ‘was an act of pure evil’, praises first responders to the scene.
After a gunman killed more than 50 people at a Las Vegas concert on Sunday, here are some of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States in the past 25 years.
Florida club: 49 killed
A heavily-armed gunman opens fire inside a gay nightclub in the city of Orlando on June 12, 2016 and kills 49 people. The attacker is killed in a shootout with police; he pledges allegiance to the Islamic State group, which later claims responsibility.
Virginia Tech: 32 killed
A 23-year-old student of Korean origin goes on a rampage at Virginia Tech University in the town of Blacksburg in April 2007. He kills 27 students and five teachers before committing suicide.
Sandy Hook: 26 killed
A disturbed 20-year-old man kills his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 before blasting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 six- and seven-year old children and six adults. He commits suicide.
Texas restaurant: 22 dead
In October 1991 a man shoots dead 22 people in a restaurant in the town of Killeen, Texas and then kills himself. Another wounded victim dies later.
California office party: 14 dead
A newlywed radicalised Muslim couple storm a Christmas office party at a social services center in San Bernardino in December 2015 and gun down 14 people, wounding 22 others. They are shot dead by police.
Fort Hood military base: 13 dead
In November 2009 a US army psychiatrist opens fire at his military base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overpowered by police.
New York immigrant center: 13 dead
A Vietnamese immigrant shoots dead 13 people at a civic center in the New York state city of Binghamton in April 2009, before killing himself.
Columbine High: 13 dead
Two teenage boys shoot and kill 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in April 1999, before killing themselves.
Marines: 12 dead
A troubled former serviceman shoots randomly at workers at the Washington Navy Yard headquarters in September 2013, killing 12 people before he is shot dead by officers.
Denver cinema: 12 dead
A young man wearing body armor storms a cinema showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado in July 2012, opening fire and releasing tear gas. Twelve people and 70 wounded. He is sentenced to life in prison
15:13 The US Homeland Security Department says there is no “specific credible threat” involving other public venues in the US. after the Las Vegas shooting that killed at least 50 people. The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock died at the scene. Police said he fired from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino onto an outdoor country music festival Sunday night. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. In Washington, A Homeland Security spokesperson, David Lapan, tweeted on Monday the department has “no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country”. Police have not yet determined a motive in the shootings.
Heavily armed police are searching the Nevada retirement-community home of a man authorities say killed more than 50 people when he opened fire at a country-music concert in Las Vegas. Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner says police surrounded and entered the single-family home where 64-year-old Stephen Paddock lived with 62-year-old Marilou Danley early Monday morning. He says Danley was not at the house and police saw “no movement” inside before serving a search warrant at the one-story, three-bedroom home in the Sun City Mesquite retirement community, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Tanner says detectives from Las Vegas and North Las Vegas were at the scene in the resort community of Mesquite, located near the Arizona state line.
5:15am. Las Vegas police say they’ve determined that a woman they were seeking is no longer considered a “person of interest” in the deadly mass shooting at a country music festival. Police say they don’t believe 62-year-old Marilou Danley was involved in the Sunday night shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200. Police initially said they were seeking the woman who may have been the roommate of the shooter.
4:40am Authorities say the on-duty police officer who was wounded at the deadly Las Vegas concert attack is out of surgery and in stable condition. The unnamed officer was one of two on-duty Las Vegas police officers wounded on Sunday night. The other sustained minor injuries.
AP UPDATE: Trump tweets condolences to Las Vegas shooting victims
Washington – President Donald Trump is extending condolences to the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas and their families. In a tweet on Monday, Trump offered “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was “briefed on the horrific tragedy in Las Vegas”. Sanders said that “we are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials. All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.” A gunman’s attack on the Sunday night country music concert killed at least 50 people and wounded more than 200.
Country music star Jason Aldean took to social media to say he and his crew are safe after a gunman killed 50 people at an outdoor concert on Sunday. Aldean was in the middle of his performance when the bullets rained down on the crowd. He posted on Instagram hours later, calling the shooting “beyond horrific”.
CAIRO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 in Las Vegas early on Monday and said the attacker had converted to Islam a few months ago.
“The Las Vegas attack was carried out by a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried it out in response to calls to target states of the coalition,” the group’s news agency Amaq said in reference to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the group in the Middle East.
“The Las Vegas attacker converted to Islam a few months ago,” Amaq added.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Oct 2 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 others before the shooter was killed by police.
Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone and was not believed to be connected to any militant group, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters.
“We have no idea what his belief system was,” he said. “Right now, we believe he was the sole aggressor and the scene is static.”
Authorities were seeking a woman they named as Marilou Danley, he said. He gave no details of whether she was suspected of involvement in the attack but described her as an “associate”.
He said rumors of other shootings or explosives such as car bombs in the area were false.
Las Vegas is a major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping and nightlife, which would have been packed at time the shooting broke out shortly after 10 p.m. ET.
And police said the toll may yet rise: “I don’t want to give you an accurate number because I don’t have it yet,” Lombardo said.
The shooting broke out on the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest festival, a sold-out event attended by thousands and featuring top acts such as Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean.
U.S. media, including Fox News, reported that Aldean was performing when the rampage began but that he had been bundled safely off stage at the event outside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in the Nevada gambling mecca. CNN reported all the artists were safe.
Lombardo said the gunfire came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, where the gunman was killed.
Police have disclosed no information that would suggest a motive for the shooting or revealed the identify of the suspect.
Even so, the rampage was reminiscent of a mass shooting at a Paris rock concert in November 2015 that killed 89 people, part of a coordinated attack by Islamist militants that left 130 dead.
A witness named Christine told CNN both she and her husband had separately taken shooting victims to two hospitals, the University Medical Center and the Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
“The shots just kept coming,” she said. “Everyone was telling us ‘run, run as fast as you can’.”
Off-duty police were believe to be among the victims, the sheriff said.
The concert venue was in an outdoor area known as Las Vegas Village, across the Strip from the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor hotels.
The Mandalay Bay hotel is near McCarran International Airport, which said on Twitter it had temporarily halted flights after the shooting. Later, the airport said that some flights had resumed.
It is alleged that the black racist killer may have acted to avenge the murders of nine black people in a South Carolina church two years ago, but that is pure speculation at the moment as this hate crime may just have been an excuse to kill.
Federal authorities have opened a hate-crimes investigation into the Nashville shooting. Church minister Joey Spann, 60, managed to tell his flock to flee before being critically wounded in the shooting. His wife, Peggy, 65, was also shot. According to reports police say Samson was wearing a mask at the time, of the killing spree.
It is possible that the wearing of the mask was intended to hide his identity while committing these hate crimes, believing that by wearing a mask to conceal his identity he would not have been identified once he had committed this horrible act of racism.
The truth is if it was not for the Hero of the day, 22-year-old usher named Robert Engle, who tackled the gunman while suffering injuries himself from the gunman as he was pistol whipped in the struggle, Samson would have had the right of way to actually kill dozens more Church members as he was prepared to kill. According to the police four guns believed to be Samson’s was recovered after the shooting. Two pistols were found inside the church, and a pistol and rifle were found in Samson’s SUV.
According to reports, Samson the gunman entered the sanctuary of the building through the front door. He came into the building with two pistols, both of which were recovered inside the church. He then allegedly fired multiple rounds inside the sanctuary, wounding six people.
Racist Samson is accused of killing Melanie Smith, 39, a single Mother of two and shooting to kill as he walked through the church silently, Picking selective members of the Church to shoot, before an usher Robert Engle, risked his life to stop the killing.
Other Church members wounded are Church minister Joey Spann, and his wife Peggy 65, William Jenkins, 83; Marlene Jenkins, 84; Linda Busch, 68, and Katherine Dickerson, 68. in the church shooting that left six others wounded in Tennessee on Sunday.
In a statement Engle said he did not want to be labeled a hero.
“The real heroes are the police, first responders and medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.” Engle said
“The Memphis FBI Field Office’s Nashville Resident Agency, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee have opened a civil rights investigation into the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ,” said David Boling, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. “The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence.”
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