The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual event, but the peace pact between the fowl and the White House is a relatively new thing. And in fact, a few presidents actually ate their guests!
The first president to unofficially pardon a turkey was Abraham Lincoln, who instructed the White House to save a bird given to the president. Lincoln’s son had grown fond of the bird (and the president was a big animal lover).
But Lincoln didn’t start a tradition, and neither did President Harry S. Truman, who is often credited as the father of the presidential turkey pardon. (NationalConstitution Center)
Members of the US Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights, landed on the field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida on November 27, during halftime of a University of Florida vs Florida State University football game.This video, released by the US Army, was recorded by Sgt 1st Class James Hackett, who jumped onto the field with other members of the team.The University of Florida Gators defeated the Florida State Seminoles 24-21 in Saturday’s intra-state matchup. Credit: US Army via Storyful
Edmonton Oilers player Zach Hyman was lifted to light the top of a giant menorah in Edmonton in a ceremony to mark the start of Hanukkah on November 28.The event took place by the Holocaust memorial in the Alberta Legislature Grounds, with local news reporting the menorah to be 21 feet tall and 5,000 lbs in weight.Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi posted this footage on Twitter, wishing a “Happy Chanukah to Edmonton’s Jewish community,” and adding “May you all have a light-filled and prosperous holiday season.” Credit: Amarjeet Sohi via Storyful
The World Health Organization has called for a new international accord on tackling pandemics, following the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.During a special session of the World Health Assembly on November 29, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the new variant “underlines just how perilous and precarious our situation is.”“Omicron demonstrates just why the world needs a new accord on pandemics,” he said. “Our current system disincentivizes countries from alerting others to threats that will inevitably land on their shores,” he said.Tedros called on richer nations to commit to vaccine equity in order to bring an end to the pandemic. “More than 80 percent of the world’s vaccines have gone to G20 countries. Low income countries, most of them in Africa, have received just 0.6 percent of all vaccines,” he said. “The longer vaccine inequity persists, the more opportunity this virus has to spread and evolve in ways we cannot predict.”Tedros also said South Africa and Botswana “should be thanked for detecting and sequencing and reporting this variant, not penalized,” and said it was not yet known whether the variant is associated with more transmissions, severe disease, or vaccine resistance. Credit: World Health Organization via Storyful
Lisa Nandy will move from shadow foreign secretary to shadow levelling up secretary, Sky News understands, as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer continues a reshuffle of his cabinet. Sky News also understands that Nick Thomas-Symonds is being demoted from his position as shadow home secretary, while Louise Haigh is moving from shadow Northern Ireland secretary to the transport brief. It is also understood that Lucy Powell is transferring from shadow housing secretary to shadow culture secretary.
Fiji will deploy 50 troops to an Australian-led peacekeeping force in the Solomon Islands following anti-government rioting that razed parts of the capital Honiara, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said Monday.
Teams of TfL enforcement officers were out in force across London on Tuesday and swooped on commuters without face masks on public transport. As the renewed requirement to wear face coverings kicked in officers stopped those flouting the rules and warned them they would face fines next time. Officers shouted “face coverings are mandatory on the network” as commuters passed through.
The government currently has "no plan to move to plan B" in their Covid response, after nine cases of the Omicron variant were found in England and Scotland. Health Minister Ed Argar said restrictions expected to come into force on Tuesday, including mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, were "proportionate" but "we will see cases rise".