Hunkered down in their hives and drunk on smoke, Notre Dame's smallest official residents — some 180,000 bees — somehow managed to survive the inferno that consumed the cathedral's ancient wooden roof. Confounding officials who thought they had perished, the bees clung to life, protecting their queen. "It's a big day. I am so relieved. I saw satellite photos that showed the three hives didn't burn," Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant told The Associated Press on Friday. "Instead of killing them, the CO2 (from smoke) makes them drunk, puts them to sleep," he explained. Paris is in recovery mode after a massive blaze burned down parts of its famed Notre Dame cathedral. (Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019) Geant has overseen the bees since 2013, when three hives were installed on the roof of the stone sacristy that joins the south end of the monument. The move was part of a Paris-wide initiative to boost declining bee numbers. Hives were also introduced above Paris' … [Read more...] about Notre Dame’s Bees Survived the Fire, Drunk From Smoke
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Thomas Adamson, Associated Press Updated 8:56 am CDT, Friday, April 19, 2019 A worker prepares to remove a statue from the damaged Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Friday, April 19, 2019. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark. less A worker prepares to remove a statue from the damaged Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Friday, April 19, 2019. Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost ... more Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Photo: Thibault Camus, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 A worker prepares to remove a statue from the damaged Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, … [Read more...] about Drunk on smoke: Notre Dame’s bees survive cathedral blaze
Famous landmarks around the world have been illuminated in a show of solidarity with Notre Dame after a devastating fire ripped through the French cathedral earlier this week. In Europe, the iconic Mostar bridge in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Venice opera theatre in Italy were among the landmarks that bore the French tricolour on Tuesday evening. The Venetian theatre, which has suffered several debilitating fires itself, wrote a particularly poignant message on Twitter, saying: “Twice we have risen from the ashes stronger. We are at your side, friends, so fear not!” Across the Atlantic, the US also expressed its support, illuminating the spire on the One World Trade Center in New York. … [Read more...] about Iconic landmarks around the world illuminate in solidarity with Notre Dame
Woody: I read your column about the bickering Bowlens in Gazette this week, and want to know how you think it will turn out. Is it possible the family sells the franchise? I hear it’s worth over $2 billion. -- Henry H., DenverHenry – The last Forbes evaluation in September for the value of the Broncos’ franchise is $2.65 billion, up from $2.4 billion in 2017 and $1.94 in '16. Tidy sum. The Bowlen family trust owns approximately 80 percent after John Bowlen, Pat Bowlen’s older brother, sold a significant share of his minority interest in March to the trust. The best estimate previously was John had owned about 35 percent. Pat’s younger brother and his sister sold their shares to Pat many years ago (and probably wish they had kept them, given the dramatically rising worth of NFL franchises). When their mother died, she left equal shares to Pat and John.Originally, in 1984, after the death of the family’s father, the five purchased a majority of the … [Read more...] about Woody’s Broncos Mailbag: Would the bickering Bowlens ever sell the team?
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — HCM City needs to develop new laws to protect and preserve HCM City’s old buildings, especially villas, experts have recommended. Every year, the city loses more heritage buildings to urbanisation, poor urban planning and a lack of awareness about their economic value. Recently, many old or historic buildings, including villas in District 3 and Bình Thạnh District, have been demolished to make way for new buildings. Many other old buildings and villas have fallen into disrepair. Under city regulations, if the villas are museums or state-owned houses, they can be maintained and preserved. However, a large number that are private properties have not been taken care of properly. Some of the villas are so dilapidated they are no longer habitable. Some old villas in HCM City are managed by the state, while others are privately owned. Most of the villas, especially those located in expensive locations in the city centre, … [Read more...] about City needs new laws to protect heritage buildings