The Daily Populous

Tuesday July 20th, 2021 morning edition

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South Carolina State University, an HBCU, canceled $9.8 million in student debt for 2,500 students.

This impacts the students who had past-due payments or couldn't afford to return to school.

The debt cancellation was made possible through both Trump and Biden's stimulus funds.

South Carolina State University just became the latest school to act on the $1.7 trillion student-debt crisis in the country.

Last week, South Carolina's only public Historically Black College or University (HBCU) announced it was wiping out $9.8 million in student debt, clearing the account balances of more than 2,500 students who were previously unable to afford returning to college.

This debt cancellation was made possible through $4 million from President Donald Trump's CARES Act and $5.8 million from President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan.

Insider reported in May that Delaware State University canceled over $700,000 of its students' debt using Biden's stimulus, and at least 11 HBCUs so far have done the same thing. »

20% of Americans believe the conspiracy theory that microchips are inside the COVID-19 vaccines, says YouGov study

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Conspiracy theory specialist says this misinformation comes from anxiety and a search for answers to the uncertain.

A new study has found that 1-in-5 Americans believe that it is "definitely true" or "probably true" that there is a microchip in the COVID-19 vaccines.

There has never been any evidence to support the idea that microchips are a part of the vaccine rollout. »

Ethiopia reaches second-year target for filling disputed Nile mega-dam

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Ethiopia has completed filling the reservoir of its huge dam on the Blue Nile river for a second year, a minister said on Monday, a move that has already angered Egypt.

But Ethiopian officials have argued that filling is a natural part of the dam’s construction process and cannot be stopped.

Reservoir-filling began last year, with Ethiopia announcing in July 2020 it had hit its target of 4.9 billion cubic metres. »

China hits back as it faces growing criticism of its human rights record, treatment of Uyghurs

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China says countries must "protect human rights in light of their national realities" Human Rights Watch said it would take "a cold day in hell" for Beijing to accept criticism of its human rights record.

Human rights experts warn Beijing is mounting a sophisticated campaign to both deflect scrutiny away from China's government, and upend established norms and definitions around human rights.

Human Rights Watch China director Sophie Richardson says, "Beijing is seeking to neutralise UN human rights mechanisms", while also trying to highlight the human rights failures of its rivals, through its diplomats and its media. »

No proof of thousands of double-counted ballots in 2020 presidential race in Ga.

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Some 200 ballots in the 2020 presidential election initially were double-counted in Fulton County, where heavily Democratic Atlanta is located.

Claims of the multiple counting of the same ballots in Fulton County were also made on Facebook.

A tweet says that in the 2020 presidential election, "4,255 ballots in Fulton County, Georgia, were scanned multiple times" and "3,390 went to Biden.". »