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5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 17, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Firefighters scrambling to save world’s largest tree from wildfire

Although wildfire season has wound down in BC, it’s still going strong down the coast in California. One of the fires currently burning is the Colony Fire in Sequoia National Park, home to the world’s largest tree. With the fire expected to reach the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 sequoias, within days, firefighters have wrapped General Sherman in fire-resistant blanket in an effort to save it.

2. Prince Philip’s will to remain sealed for 90 years

Prince Philip’s will is going to remain a secret for at least 90 years. Andrew McFarlane, the UK High Court's most senior family judge, made the ruling on Thursday. This decision isn’t unexpected, as it is standard practice for the will of a senior member of the royal family to be sealed for a number of years after their death to protect the “dignity” of the Queen.

3. Around 3,000 healthcare workers in France suspended as vaccine mandate kicks in

On Thursday, France announced the suspension of 3,000 healthcare workers who failed to comply with the country’s new vaccine mandate that states healthcare workers need to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The health minister said most of the suspensions are temporary as the country tries to get a handle on the latest wave of the pandemic.

4. History-making chess champion suing Netflix over slight in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

Nona Gaprindashvili is suing the popular streaming service Netflix after a slight against her in the series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. The line mentioned her by name and said that she had never faced men, but that’s simply not true, she says. In 1968, Gaprindashvili beat seven men in a strong tournament, which was covered in the New York Times.

5. Nearly 1,500 dolphins killed on Faroe Islands in traditional hunt

A traditional hunt that environmental activists say is a cruel practice took place on the Faroe Islands on Sunday. The super-pod of 1,428 Atlantic White-Sided dolphins was driven around by speed boats and jet skis for hours, eventually being cornered in shallow water and slaughtered for their meat and blubber. This year, the number of dolphins killed was so large that many believe the participants did not follow regulations to minimize the animals’ suffering.

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