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Chatting with Dame Brigitte Kruse: World-renowned auctioneer Special

Dame Brigitte Kruse is a woman of many firsts: the first auctioneer to be knighted by a royal family, and the first female auctioneer to be featured in the "Guinness World Records." She chatted with Digital Journal about her career and latest endeavors.

Luke Goss talks 'The Loss Adjuster' film, and Dame Joan Collins Special

British actor Luke Goss chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about the new film "The Loss Adjustor," where he stars alongside Dame Joan Collins.

Chatting with Dame Olivia Newton-John, DBE, AC Special

Dame Olivia Newton-John ("Grease") chatted with Digital Journal about the Olivia Newton-John Foundation, her upcoming auction where the proceeds benefit the foundation, as well as Fire Fight Australia and life during quarantine.

Olivia Newton-John establishes Olivia Newton-John Foundation

Dame Olivia Newton-John announced that her Olivia Newton-John Foundation (ONJ Foundation) is funding research for cancer with a focus in plant medicine. Digital Journal has the scoop.

Macron gives blessing to recreate Notre-Dame's gothic spire

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday gave his blessing to a faithful reconstruction of the spire of the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, in a change of heart after previously calling for a "contemporary" touch.

'Consensus' Notre-Dame spire should be rebuilt as it was

Paris - There is a "large consensus" that the spire of the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt as it was, France's new culture minister said Thursday.

In Memoriam: Dame Vera Lynn —'The Forces' Sweetheart' (1917-2020)

On June 18, the music and entertainment world mourns the loss of the legendary Dame Vera Lynn. She died at the age of 103.

Renovation of France's Notre-Dame to resume Monday

Paris - Work on restoring the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will gradually resume Monday after the coronavirus lockdown forced a halt to repairing the gothic landmark nearly destroyed by a fire one year ago, the general heading the project said Thursday.

Lone bell chime marks Notre-Dame fire anniversary

Paris - A lone bell rang out from what remains of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on Wednesday, in the sole commemoration to mark a year since a massive blaze nearly destroyed one of the world's most revered monuments.

Lockdown stalls Notre-Dame's rebirth one year after fire

Paris - Perched over the gaping roof of Notre-Dame, a crane stands idle above the silent Paris cathedral, where repair work has ground to a halt one year after the monstrous blaze that nearly destroyed one of the world's most revered monuments.

Notre-Dame marks Good Friday one year after devastating blaze

Paris - The archbishop of Paris led a small prayer ceremony Friday at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, marking the start of the Catholic Easter weekend one year after a fire that nearly destroyed the world heritage monument.

Dame Vera Lynn spreads hope during Coronavirus outbreak

On Friday, March 20, Dame Vera Lynn will be turning 103 years old. She encouraged people to stay calm during these "extremely difficult times."

Olivia Newton-John is made a Dame Commander of the British Empire

Iconic entertainer Olivia Newton-John has a major milestone to celebrate. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in Her Majesty's 2020 New Year's Honours List.

Trial opens for five women over 'plot' to bomb Notre-Dame

Paris - Five women went on trial Monday over an alleged plot to detonate a car bomb in front of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris three years ago, when France was battling a wave of Islamist attacks that since 2015 have killed over 250 people.

Another Paris school closed over lead levels after Notre-Dame fire

Paris - A sixth school in Paris has been closed after tests found lead levels above alert thresholds, a source told AFP on Wednesday, as officials continue to monitor for the toxic metal after April's fire at Notre-Dame cathedral.

Notre-Dame cathedral 'still at risk of collapse' after fire

Paris - Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris is still at risk of collapse after being gutted by a fire in April, with more stonework falling during the recent heatwave in the French capital, the government said on Wednesday.

Restart of Notre-Dame restoration pushed back to August 19

Paris - Renovation work at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris could resume on August 19, a government official said Friday, after the clean-up was halted last month over fears that workers could be exposed to lead poisoning.

French NGO files suit over Notre-Dame lead risks

Paris - Pressure rose on French authorities Monday after an environmental group said it had filed a lawsuit accusing officials of failing to quickly contain the risks of lead poisoning after the fire that ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last April.

French NGO files lawsuit over lead risks from Notre-Dame blaze

Paris - A French environmental group said Monday that it had filed a lawsuit accusing officials of failing to move quickly to contain the risks of lead contamination after the fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last April.

Most Notre-Dame pledges not yet collected: archbishop

Paris - Most of the money pledged towards the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral has yet to be collected, the Archbishop of Paris said in a statement Wednesday.Donors had pledged about a billion euros ($1.

French MPs debate law on speedy Notre-Dame restoration

Paris - French lawmakers on Friday debated a controversial draft law for restoring Notre-Dame within five years, after the iconic Paris cathedral sustained major fire damage last month.

Officials warn of lead pollution risks after Notre-Dame blaze

Paris - The fire that ravaged the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris last month released lead particles that have settled in potentially dangerous amounts in areas surrounding the church, officials said Thursday.

Clean your homes: police warn Notre-Dame neigbours over lead risk

Paris - Neighbours of the fire-stricken Notre-Dame Cathedral should use wet wipes to clean surfaces at home or the office where lead-laden dust from the blaze may have settled, Paris police advised Saturday.

Notre-Dame organ dusty but undamaged: organist

Washington - Notre-Dame's grand organ will be cleaned of dust but will probably not have to be taken apart after the inferno that ravaged the Paris cathedral, the organist who was playing the it when the blaze broke out said Thursday.

Workers smoked at Notre-Dame cathedral, admits contractor

Paris - Workers renovating Notre-Dame flouted a ban on smoking at the monument, a contractor admitted on Wednesday, while denying any link with last week's devastating blaze that ripped through the cathedral.

Notre-Dame paintings removed amid lead pollution fears

Paris - French art experts headed into the stricken Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris to remove all the remaining paintings on Friday despite warnings from an environmental group that the site could be a toxic health threat.

In Notre-Dame's shadow, a 'village' faces uncertain future

Paris - Days after the catastrophic fire at Paris's Notre-Dame, around 30 business owners on Thursday gathered at a cafe in the shadow of the burned cathedral.

NY archbishop starts relief fund after Notre Dame fire

New York - The archbishop of New York on Thursday said he has set up a fund to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral, meant to give New Yorkers a way to help.

Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

Paris - France's culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor.

Notre-Dame esplanade to get 'ephemeral' wooden cathedral during rebuild

Paris - Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an "ephemeral cathedral" of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame's chief priest said Thursday.
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