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Updated: December 16, 2021 @ 7:33 pm
PARIS (AP) — The United Nations cultural agency on Thursday placed a traditional Haitian soup widely seen as a symbol of the nation’s independence on its prized intangible cultural heritage list.
Joumou soup is “so much more than just a dish,” said Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of UNESCO. “It tells the story of the heroes and heroines of Haitian independence, their struggle for human rights and their hard-won freedom.”
The squash-based soup became a symbol of things long forbidden to slaves under French domination until Haiti gained independence on Jan.1, 1804, as the first nation created by insurgent Black slaves.
They celebrated their freedom by finally consuming the soup and Haitians traditionally serve it on New Year’s Day to commemorate the anniversary of liberation from slavery.
UNSECO said its Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee awarded Joumou soup protected status at its meeting on Thursday.
The intangible heritage list aims to improve the visibility of traditions and know-how of communities around the world, ranging from Arabic calligraphy to Italian truffle hunting.
Other Caribbean traditions honored include Jamaica’s reggae music, recognized in 2018 because it represents “a vehicle of social commentary.”
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SYDNEY (AP) — Christmas lights have been turned off and a candlelight vigil was held in the Australian town where five children died after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted into the air by a gust of wind.
DETROIT (AP) — All Detroit school teachers and staff members must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 18, the district’s school board decided Thursday.
NEW YORK — Ghislaine Maxwell’s former assistant told a jury Thursday she “looked up to” the accused sex trafficker.
Thursday, Dec. 16
During the COVID-19 pandemic’s early days, it wasn’t crystal clear how well face masks were preventing coronavirus infections or severe disease among wearers. Now, a new study reveals an association between mask policies and reduced COVID-19 deaths long before vaccines were added to the picture.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The standard two doses of the Moderna vaccine appear to be far less effective against the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, but a booster shot seems to make up the difference.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is subpoenaing James P. “Phil” Waldron, a onetime contact of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows who the panel says pushed false claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An electrical fault from an improperly disconnected battery in a used vehicle led to the fire aboard a cargo ship docked in Florida that resulted in $40 million worth of damage, officials said Thursday.
Educators announced plans to increase security in response to TikTok posts warning of shooting and bomb threats at schools around the country Friday as officials assured parents the viral posts were not considered credible.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers will have safety Derwin James and running back Austin Ekeler in the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after both were listed as questionable on the injury report leading up to the game.
The 49ers are sure a confident bunch for being one game over .500.
NEW YORK — Despite anticipation that Klay Thompson could be ready to make his long-awaited return when the Warriors get home from their current road trip, the team will reportedly have to wait a little longer.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The last time Baltimore faced Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers didn’t play and the Packers were shut out.
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan spoke to the Atlanta media on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say:
NEW YORK — Michael Cohen sued former President Donald Trump and the federal government Thursday, charging they conspired to throw him back in prison for publishing a book.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A new federal regulation requires higher safety standards for pipelines carrying oil and other hazardous liquids through the Great Lakes region, marine coastal waters and beaches, officials said Thursday.
Urban Meyer was a great college football coach. He won national championships at Florida (two) and Ohio State (one). He took Utah to an undefeated season. His winning percentage at four colleges — Bowling Green was the first; he won there, too — was .854. Nick Saban’s is .804. Bear Bryant’s …
NEW YORK — As New York faces colliding Christmastime coronavirus waves of the delta and omicron strains, Gov. Kathy Hochul intensified the urgency of her rhetoric about the threat on Thursday, warning that “people are underestimating the power of omicron.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An train engineer who intentionally derailed a locomotive near a U.S. Navy hospital ship that was deployed in Los Angeles harbor to help during the COVID-19 pandemic pleaded guilty Thursday to committing a terrorist attack.
PALO ALTO, Calif. — With COVID-19 on the rise again, Stanford University announced Thursday it will return to remote classes for the first two weeks of the winter quarter.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers swingman Isaac Okoro entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols Thursday, the team said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who killed former NFL player Joe McKnight cannot be tried again on a murder charge, now that his conviction on the lesser charge of manslaughter has been overturned, a Louisiana appeal court ruled Thursday.
The head of the nation’s largest flight attendants union says Southwest CEO Gary Kelly has assured her that he supports a federal mask mandate for airline passengers, despite his comments at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday casting doubts on whether face coverings increase COVID-19 protectio…
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Zach Wilson’s eyes have been the overwhelming focus this week.
NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy-award winning actor, writer and producer Keegan-Michael Key will host the “NFL Honors” show on Feb. 10, when The Associated Press individual awards are announced.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay’s path to its first Super Bowl championship in nearly two decades didn’t include winning the NFC South. However, the Buccaneers hope ending a 14-year division title drought will enhance their chances of getting back to the NFL’s biggest game.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Joe Manchin settled in at President Joe Biden’s family home in Delaware on a Sunday morning in the fall as the Democrats worked furiously to gain his support on their far-reaching domestic package.
DENVER (AP) — Broncos receivers Tim Patrick and Courtland Sutton haven’t been producing like the $90 million duo they became when they signed contract extensions during their bye week last month.
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Democrats could see their prospects of taking control of the state House improve dramatically if newly proposed maps for redrawing state legislative districts are finalized.
Santa Fe law enforcement obtained a search warrant Thursday for the contents of Alec Baldwin’s iPhone in connection with the fatal shooting on the set of the low-budget western movie “Rust.”
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars moved quickly to rid themselves of some of Urban Meyer’s non-traditional methods Thursday.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities on Thursday issued a search warrant for Alec Baldwin’s cell phone, saying it could hold evidence that might be helpful as they investigate a deadly shooting on a New Mexico film set that killed a cinematographer and wounded the director.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate parliamentarian has said a Democratic effort to let millions of immigrants remain temporarily in the U.S. should be dropped from an expansive social and environment bill, people informed of the decision said Thursday, dealing another blow to a long-time priority …
The Giants should shut down Daniel Jones for the rest of the season.
TULSA, Okla. — Moving from New York City to Tulsa, Oklahoma, might seem an unlikely choice for a young African American scientist like Christopher Bland. His new home is known as an old oil boomtown — and as the site of a massacre of Black residents 100 years ago.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say the state’s first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus has been reported in an unvaccinated resident in Marion County.
American midfielder Yunus Musah scored his second goal of the Spanish season, putting Valencia ahead in the first minute of a 3-1 extra-time win over second-tier Arenteiro on Thursday night in the second round of the Copa del Rey.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s congressional delegation on Thursday asked House and Senate leaders to make sure the military spends whatever money it has available to address the contamination of Pearl Harbor drinking water by a Navy fuel storage facility that has leaked petroleum.
One of the funny things about the human brain is the way it can simultaneously arrive at rational premises and irrational conclusions.
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