Biden: ‘I remember that first Thanksgiving, the empty chair’

US President-elect Joe Biden has delivered a pre-Thanksgiving address, calling on Americans to unite in the fight against Covid-19. “We’re at war with the virus, not with one another,” he said in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday. There have been more than 260,000 coronavirus deaths in the US. Mr Biden, who has faced past family tragedies, also said he understood what it was like to spend the first Thanksgiving without a loved one. Source link

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Rocky the owl back in the wild after Rockefeller Christmas tree rescue in New York

Good news for fans of Rocky the owl – the bird found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild. It’s believed the feathered stowaway hitched a ride when the tree was being transported to New York City – and she’d gone three days without food or drink when she was rescued. The Northern saw-whet owl was nursed back to health at Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, with plenty of fluids and “all the mice she could eat”. Source link

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Ghislaine Maxwell is woken up in her cell every 15 minutes by flashlight to see if ‘she is breathing,’ her lawyer says : worldnews

level 2 Technology can be messed with. Prisoners are really good at that. Frankly, also, I wouldn’t expect a jail to take on unnecessary expenditures when it’s pretty easy to shine a flashlight on someone while you’re already making rounds. If she gets a pulse ox and thermal camera, everyone under watch does. Source link

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6,000 years of arrows emerge from melting Norwegian ice patch : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 90%. (I’m a bot) Expeditions to survey the Langfonne ice patch in 2014 and 2016, both particularly warm summers, also revealed copious reindeer bones and antlers, suggesting that hunters used the ice patch over the course of millennia. Since archaeologists started systematically surveying melting ice sites 15 years ago, ice patches from Norway to North America have yielded almost perfectly-preserved artifacts from long-ago time periods. Langfonne was one of the first ice patch sites to come to light, after…

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Coronavirus: How Europeans are preparing for Christmas and New Year

image copyrightGetty Images image captionTravel restrictions will be lifted over Christmas in France For months now, coronavirus restrictions have dictated where millions of Europeans can travel to and who they can see when they get there. So with Christmas fast approaching, governments are having to make tough decisions on whether to ease restrictions in time for the holiday period. Here’s a breakdown of what’s been announced so far. Italy: Warnings against festive holidays Many Italians head to the ski slopes over Christmas and New Year, but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte…

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UK supermarket and fast food chicken linked to deforestation in Brazil : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 95%. (I’m a bot) Supermarkets and fast food outlets are selling chicken fed on imported soya linked to thousands of forest fires and at least 300 sq miles of tree clearance in the Brazilian Cerrado, a joint cross-border investigation has revealed. The UK imports 700,000 tonnes of raw soya beans each year, many from the Cerrado, It also buys almost three times this quantity of processed soya feed, the majority from Argentina. McDonald’s, Nando’s and the three supermarkets named…

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Diego Maradona: Argentina legend dies aged 60

Diego Maradona was inspirational as captain when Argentina won the World Cup in 1986 Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency. Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the…

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Diego Maradona: Obituary – Argentina’s flawed football icon

Dazzling, infamous, extraordinary, genius, outrageous. Diego Maradona. A flawed football icon. One of the game’s most gifted players, the Argentine boasted a rare combination of flair, flamboyance, vision and speed which mesmerised fans. He also outraged supporters with his controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal and plunged into a mire of drug abuse and personal crises off the pitch. Short and sweet – The football genius Born 60 years ago in a Buenos Aires shanty town, Diego Armando Maradona escaped the poverty of his youth to become a football superstar considered…

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