The Weekend Roundup: The Life Of Man
Lord Snow returns—maybe, Prince dreams of buying AC Milan, another Prince cremated, FIFA boss monitors Qatar and 175 countries sign Paris climate agreement. Onward, mankind!
1 | Lord Snow knows nothing because, erm, he’s dead, erm, so far: After nearly a year-long wait, an extensive list of memes and fan theories, season six of the Game of Thrones returns to Singapore. HBO Asia has just screened episode one, “The Red Woman”, this morning at 9AM. A repeat, of what we assume—since we are stuck in the office—will be about the dark night full of terrors, will be shown at 9PM. We know nothing about it either; so don’t be ass on social media, OK?
2 | Prince cremated at a private location: After the 57-year-old’s mysterious death last Thursday, family and friends of the music icon gathered “in a private, beautiful ceremony” to pay their respects on Saturday. The cause of death is yet unknown and autopsy results are likely to be made public a month from now. A committed vegan—who reportedly avoided alcohol and drugs throughout his life, his death has baffled those closest to him.
3 | Prince interested to buy AC Milan: The other Prince, from Johor that is, who’s also the Chairman of Johor Darul Takzim Football Club, is reportedly eyeing to purchase AC Milan like it was some sort of teh tarik at a mamak stall. The vocal proponent of local footballing excellence is building a SGD5.2 million training facility and a new 40,000-seat stadium, but he has made it clear that he has no money to buy the Italian giants. We understand. We can’t even afford to buy the club in FIFA 16.
4 | FIFA boss establishes a body to monitor labour conditions in Qatar: In the culmination of reports on forced labours and human rights abuses of migrant workers—since the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar six years ago—FIFA's president, Gianni Infantino, has announced plans to set up an independent committee to monitor conditions. The Qatari government has rejected claims that as many as 7,000 migrant workers would die working on the project and contested a report by the Washington Post as a miscalculation that 1,200 have perished so far.
5 | 175 countries sign landmark Paris agreement to address global warming: Top greenhouse gas emitters, US and China—that make up 35 percent of the world’s total emission, have agreed to fight climate change. Along with more than 170 other nations, including Russia, India and Singapore that represent 93 percent of global greenhouse emissions, this is first time an agreement received so many signatories on the first day. There is still the business of ratifying—by 55 countries representing 55 percent of all emissions—for the agreement to be implemented. So far, only 15 countries have ratified. US and China have announced that it will ratify before the end of this year.