first_img Tags Originally published April 16, 7:34 a.m. PT.Update, at 3:32 p.m. PT: Added more details.Update April 18, 7:36 a.m. PT: Added information about Disney’s pledge. Share your voice 4 Commentscenter_img President Emmanuel Macron said Notre Dame will rise again. Stephanie De Sakutin/ Getty Images Efforts to rebuild Notre Dame are underway after a devastating fire ravaged the Paris landmark on Monday. The historic cathedral burned for nine hours before firefighters contained the flames, and the devastation included the loss of the cathedral’s iconic spire and part of the roof. On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to rebuild Notre Dame. When tragedy strikes, it might seem overwhelming, especially if you’re an ocean away. Here are a few places to get you started if you’re interested in being a part of rebuilding the cathedral. Charities and nonprofits Fondation du Patrimoine has collected more than 7 million euros internationally for the Notre Dame Cathedral. Donations can be made once or monthly by credit card, check or bank transfer. The nonprofit is dedicated to preserving historical and cultural sites in France.  The Friends of Notre Dame is a 501c3 public charity. Donations to Notre Dame’s restoration can be made by credit card, through PayPal, or by sending a check to the address on the website. The charity has broken up its budget into long-term, intermediate and urgent needs for the cathedral. Urgent needs include restoring the fallen spire, the collapsed roof and the sacristy.  The Basilica of the National Shrine, also known as America’s Catholic Church, is collecting donations online and prayer requests in the wake of Monday’s fire at the cathedral.  The National Shrine encouraged the world to unite and rebuild the cathedral that has served as a place of worship for eight centuries.  The French Heritage Society, a public nonprofit, established a fund on Monday to collect donations for the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral. You can donate online with a credit or debit card, with PayPal, send checks in the mail, or donate over the phone by contacting Benjamin Wells at the FHS Programs Membership Office, at (212) 759-6846, ext. 201. Donations are tax deductible under US law and eligible for deduction under French law.  Dozens of GoFundMe campaigns have cropped up around the world to help rebuild Notre Dame. While you can donate to these, be aware that they’re unofficial fundraisers. It’s important to always research organizations to make sure they’re reputable.   Who else is helping In addition to Macron promising to launch an immediate fundraising campaign, French philanthropists pledged donations totaling 700 million euros to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral.  Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH; François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering; and L’Oreal’s Bettencourt Meyers family promised a combined 500 million euros on Tuesday. The University of Notre Dame will also donate $100,000 to the cathedral’s relief, and it said the campus basilica’s bell would toll 50 times at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday. IBM has pledged to give 1 million euros, while Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted that his company would donate funds. Disney reportedly pledged $5 million to the restoration efforts. Disney produced The Hunchback of Notre Dame, an animated adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel in 1996. We are heartbroken for the French people and those around the world for whom Notre Dame is a symbol of hope. Relieved that everyone is safe. Apple will be donating to the rebuilding efforts to help restore Notre Dame’s precious heritage for future generations.🇫🇷— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 16, 2019 Culturelast_img read more


first_imgIllustration by Todd WisemanAfter seven long years of litigation, opponents of Texas’ voter ID law say the case is over.In a court filing on Wednesday, opponents of the law requiring Texas voters to present photo identification to vote told a federal district judge that the case was settled and that they would not pursue any other remedies or changes to the law they first challenged in 2011 as discriminatory against voters of color.Because neither party in the case asked for rehearing or attempted to kick it up to U.S. Supreme Court, “the substantive merits and remedy phases of this long-standing case are over,” they wrote.The filing follows the state’s June request to U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi to reconsider previous findings that the state’s voter ID law was enacted to purposefully discriminate against Hispanic and black voters. That request came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas lawmakers did not intentionally discriminate when they signed off on congressional and state House maps in 2013 — a decision that Texas argued “cast irremovable doubt” on previous decisions against the voter ID law.The state contended that, like in the redistricting case, lawmakers should be extended the “presumption of legislative good faith” for working to replace a law that Ramos ruled disproportionately — and intentionally — burdened voters of color who are less likely to have one of the seven forms of identification that the state required them to show at the polls.Lawmakers revised the voter ID law last year by passing Senate Bill 5, which mostly followed the lead of temporary voter ID rules Ramos put in place for the 2016 elections in an effort to ease the state’s requirements by allowing voters without permissible IDs to vote after signing an affidavit. Last August, Ramos tossed the state’s revised voter ID law, saying it didn’t do enough to ameliorate the “discriminatory features” of the old law. But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the revised law in April.In Wednesday’s filing, opponents of the law asked the court to dismiss the state’s request because there was nothing left to pursue in the case given the 5th Circuit’s ruling that the changes made to law in SB 5 were “an effective remedy” to the original 2011 law that was deemed legally defective.They also described Texas’s arguments that “new Supreme Court precedent has somehow changed the standard for discriminatory intent that this Court applied in prior holdings” as “frivolous.” The only remaining issues in the case are fees and costs related to the litigation, according to the plaintiffs. Sharelast_img read more


first_imgUpsetting Congress plans to wrest control of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council with an all out offensive, BJP won 100 wards out of 198, as the results were declared today by the State Election Commission for the polls held on August 22.After its wins in the civic polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bengaluru results make it three-in-a-row for BJP, which weathered an aggressive campaign led from the front by the Chief Minister himself against its rule in BBMP. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJICongress bagged 76, JDS headed by former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda 14 and others eight, according to BBMP officials.Though marginally short of a simple majority mark of 103 in the 254-member council, BJP is expected to draw on support from Independent councilors to reach the magic figure.Admitting that the results are not according to his party’s expectations, Siddaramaiah said, “We had expected a simple majority for Congress.” He said, “This result is not a referendum on my government, but as a Chief Minister I own responsibility.”  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindAmid wild celebrations by BJP, Union minister Ananth Kumar said, “This mandate shows that countdown has begun for Siddaramamaih and for the Congress.” Union Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said “the results show that Siddaramaiah-led government has not taken off till now,” while BJP Vice-President B S Yeddyurappa said the verdict “shows the relevance of Modi wave still.” The elections were the culmination of a prolonged court battle, as the Siddaramaiah government sought to defer it on grounds of trifurcating BBMP, with the Opposition crying foul and accusing it of doing so out of fear of losing the polls. A total of 1,121 candidates were in the fray. One candidate from BJP was already elected unopposed.Besides Corporators, the 254-member BBMP Council includes 56 other members from Bengaluru with voting rights– 28 MLAs, 15 MLCs, five Lok Sabha and eight Rajya Sabha members.During the 2010 BBMP polls, BJP which then was ruling the state had won in 111 wards, Congress in 65 wards, JD(S) in 15 and others 17.last_img read more