Notre Dame Celebrates First Mass Since Devastating April Fire
PARIS — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.
Exactly two months after the blaze engulfed the landmark Gothic building in the French capital, the service was celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit in a chapel behind the choir, a place confirmed by construction experts as safe.
French Culture Minister Franck Riester said this week the cathedral remains in a “fragile” state, especially its vaulted ceiling, which is still at risk of collapsing.
For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker’s helmets. Some of the workers rebuilding the church were also invited.
Argentina and Uruguay reel after massive power outage
Power has been restored to much of Argentina and Uruguay after a massive electrical failure left tens of millions of people in the dark.
Argentine President Mauricio Macri has promised a full investigation.
Argentine media said the power cut occurred shortly after 07:00 (10:00GMT) on Sunday, causing trains to be halted and failures with traffic signalling.
The blackout was prompted by a failure in an electrical grid that serves both Argentina and Uruguay.
The outage occurred as people in Argentina were preparing to go to the polls for local elections, delaying voting in several regional provinces.
Parts of Paraguay and Chile were also affected, a state energy company said.
Poll suggests majority of Canadians favour limiting immigration levels
New polling numbers suggest a majority of Canadians believe the federal government should limit the number of immigrants it accepts — a public opinion trend that Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says he finds concerning.
Sixty-three per cent of respondents to a recent Leger poll said the government should prioritize limiting immigration levels because the country might be reaching a limit in its ability to integrate them.
Just 37 per cent said the priority should be on growing immigration to meet the demands of Canada's expanding economy.
156 horses disqualified from racing due to banned additive
In an unprecedented action, the Japan Racing Association on June 15 disqualified more than 150 horses from races at three tracks across Japan after a banned substance, deemed to be a stimulant, was found in feed additive.
The 156 horses were from 28 stables that purchased the additive containing the banned substance.
As a result, the horses were scratched from races in Hakodate in Hokkaido, Tokyo and Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, between June 15 and 16.
US Open: Gary Woodland holds off Brooks Koepka for maiden major win
Gary Woodland held off Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose to claim a three-shot win and maiden major victory at the US Open.
Woodland took a one-shot advantage into the final round and never lost his lead during a thrilling Sunday at Pebble Beach, holing a 35-foot birdie putt at the last to close a two-under 69 and finish on 13-under 271.