The Daily Populous

Thursday December 2nd, 2021 morning edition

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The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced the suspension of all tournaments in China amid concerns about the safety of the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, following weeks of a high-profile row with Beijing over the player’s wellbeing.

In the past, sports organisations have rapidly backed down from rows with Beijing for fear of losing its gigantic market.

The move was welcomed by world tennis figures who have been campaigning for Peng’s safety.

“I applaud Steve Simon and the WTA leadership for taking a strong stand on defending human rights in China and around the world,” said Billie Jean King.

This is another reason why women’s tennis is the leader in women’s sports.”.

Novak Djokovic, World No 1 and cofounder of the Professional Tennis Players Association, said he fully supported the WTA’s stance, and everyone including the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA) and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was “asking for clarity on what is going on”.

Fellow tennis stars including Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams have both tweeted in solidarity with Peng under the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai. »

Tucson police officer fired after fatally shooting a 61-year-old in a mobility scooter nine times

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A Tuscon police officer has been fired after fatally shooting a man sitting in a mobility scooter, officials announced.

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus condemned the shooting in a news conference Tuesday after body camera video and surveillance footage showed former police officer Ryan Remington shooting 61-year-old Richard Lee Richards nine times after Richards was suspected of shoplifting from a Walmart.

Surveillance footage from the Walmart showed Remington and an employee slowly trailing Richards through a parking lot while Richards is in a mobility scooter. »

Family estrangement: Why adults are cutting off their parents

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It was a heated Skype conversation about race relations that led Scott to cut off all contact with his parents in 2019.

He was baffled his parents could not comprehend the reality of people being victimised because of their background, especially given his own family history.

It wasn’t the first time Scott had experienced a clash in values with his parents. »

Cyberpunk 2077 Next-Gen Update Will Include Graphical and “System-Level” Improvements

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CD Projekt Red has outlined some of the upgrades that they are planning to release for Cyberpunk 2077.

During an earnings call (transcript), we learn that the development of the update for Cyberpunk 2077 and the next-generation version of The Witcher 3 is on track for Q1 and Q2 2022 respectively.

Cyberpunk 2077 next-generation upgrade will be free to existing owners and release in Q1 2022. »

U.S. tells Russia to pull back from Ukraine or face painful sanctions

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Russia seized the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 but denies aggressive intent in the current crisis and says it is responding to threatening behaviour by NATO and Ukraine.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Europe faced a critical moment and Russia was trying to shift the blame onto Ukraine.

Blinken declined to spell out what sanctions Russia might face and encouraged both Moscow and Kyiv to return to diplomacy and revive a 2014 peace plan for eastern Ukraine. »