The Daily Populous

Sunday December 22nd, 2019 day edition

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'We thought it was a prank': Girl, 6, finds China prisoner plea in Tesco charity card.

A six-year-old girl who found a message from a prisoner in China inside a Tesco Christmas card has said she "thought it was a prank".

Florence Widdicombe told Sky News "it was really weird" to find the note in the charity card.

The message read: "We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China.

Image: Tesco halted production after a message from prisoners was smuggled into one of these cards (Pic: Tesco).

The message inside named the former journalist Peter Humphrey as a contact, who spent two years in the same prison.

The note, which had SOS at the top, claimed inmates at Xiangnan jail in Hubei, China, were forced to work 15-hour days producing clothes. »

New Docs Show That White House Froze Ukraine Aid Two Hours After Zelensky Call

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According to newly released documents, the White House moved to freeze military aid to Ukraine less than two hours after President Donald Trump’s July 25th call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The documents were obtained with a FOIA request by the Center for Public Integrity and published Friday night.

On September 11, Duffey wrote another email informing Department of Defense Comptroller Elaine McCusker that the aid would be released. »

Universal Notifies Theaters 'Cats' Is Being Updated With "Improved Visual Effects"

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On Friday — the movie's opening day — Universal notified thousands of theaters they will be receiving an updated version of Tom Hooper's troubled film with "some improved visual effects," according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The move is unheard of for a finished title already in release, according to cinema operators and Hollywood studio executives.

The studio is asking that theaters replace the current print of Cats as soon as possible. »

Genes and family are biggest predictor of academic success, study suggests

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The study, led by the University of York, found that parents’ socioeconomic status and children’s inherited DNA differences are powerful predictors of educational achievement.

However, the research suggests that having the genes for school success is not as beneficial as having parents who are highly educated and wealthy.

Meanwhile, only 21% of children from families with low socioeconomic status and low genetic propensity carried on into higher education. »