The Daily Populous

Friday July 31st, 2020 morning edition

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An overseas-based Uighur group urged the IOC on Thursday to reconsider holding the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of what it says is China's "genocide" of the Uighur population.

China's ruling Communist Party is under growing international pressure over the fate of minorities in its northwestern region of Xinjiang.

China says the camps are "vocational education centres" necessary to counter religious extremism and boost employment.

In an open letter to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) accused China of "committing genocide, crimes against humanity and torture against the Uighur and other Turkic peoples" in Xinjiang.

"For the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the IOC Evaluation Commission considered the views of independent NGOs with respect to a number of issues including human rights," the spokesperson said.

"We will continue to discuss Games-related issues, when necessary, with the organisers as part of the Games preparation process.".

Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Olympics, is set to be the first city to stage a Summer and Winter Olympics. »

Sergio Perez ruled out of British Grand Prix after testing positive for Covid-19

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Sergio Perez will not be able to race in this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone after he tested positive for Covid-19.

The Racing Point driver was absent from the circuit on Thursday after self-isolating following what his team called an "inconclusive" test.

READ MORE: Perez ’physically well’ despite testing positive for Covid-19, say Racing Point. »

Federalist Society Co-Founder Calls Trump Bid To Change Election Day ‘Fascistic,’ Impeachable

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The co-founder of the conservative legal organization the Federalist Society said Thursday that Trump’s bid to move Election Day was “fascistic” and worthy of impeachment.

But, Calabresi wrote, “I am frankly appalled by the president’s recent tweet seeking to postpone the November election.”.

“President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the federal election,” Calabresi said. »

What Does 'Military Grade' Actually Mean? It's Just a Marketing Ploy

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Back in 2015, Ford Motor Company made clear to anyone with a TV that its new F-150 pickup was “military grade.”

Unfortunately, though, companies calling their products “military grade” is pretty much the same as Robert Pattinson calling his microwaved sugar pasta “authentic Italian cuisine” — total garbage.

“It’s mostly just a marketing ploy,” explains Alex Hollings, a former Marine and editor of the military news outlet Sandboxx News. »