8 More More Headlines You Missed Because of Covid-19, 10/4 Edition
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1. Cardinal George Pell Freed

George Pell, former Arch-Bishop of Melbourne, once economic controller of the Vatican, currently cardinal of the Catholic Church, has another title to add to this decorated list: once-convicted-but-now-quashed paedophile who was found guilty-but-not-anymore of sexually penetrating a boy under 16, and four counts of “indecent assault of a child under the age of 16”.

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According to The Guardian, the high court found that “it was not enough that the jurors found the witness believable, compelling and honest. The other evidence should have called his account into question.”

The Victorial police made no comments, nor did the politicians who supported Pell during his trial.

But Daniel Andrew, the premier of Victoria, had something to say: “I have a message for every single victim and survivor of child sex abuse.” 

“I see you. I hear you. I believe you.”

2. Bernie Sanders Suspends 2020 Presidential Campaign

Keeping America Great 2020 💯🇺🇸🎇

3. Giant Pandas Do It Like They Do On The Discovery Channel

Credit: Ocean Park.
For the first time in close to a decade, Ying Ying and Le Le, a pair of 14-year-old giant pandas at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, mated with each other.

Internet people speculate that the pandas are finally getting it on because the zoo is, for once, empty of people thanks to the coronavirus.

Borrowing the immortal words of a local politician, it takes a virus to empty a space and make sexy panda time happen.

4. Vogue Singapore (Re-)Launches in Singapore This Autumn

Image by Russel Wong / Vogue Singapore.
Gentlemen, start your engines. And may the best woman win.

5. Special-Arrangements-To-Hold-An-Election-During-A-Pandemic-In-Which-People-Are-Panicking-and-Dying-and-Unable-To-See-Their-Family-Members-If-They-Do-Not-Live-In-The-Same-Household-But-Might-Be-Mandated-To-Go-Out-And-Queue-To-Cast-A-Vote Bill Is Introduced in Singapore’s Parliament

A line as Wisconsin residents vote during the Covid-19 pandemic. Image by jcepiano / Reddit.
Let’s be responsible citizens and not speculate what the Parliamentary Elections (COVID-19 Special Arrangements) Bill, introduced in Parliament by Chan Chun Sing, is about or signifies.

Let’s focus all our attention, energy, and resources on combating the pandemic we are in.

6. Biggest Ozone Hole Ever Appears Over The Arctic

Sounds like worrying news, but rest assured: climate scientists say that this hole is not a result of, and has no direct implications on, the climate crisis or Covid-19. 

Image by Daiwei Lu / Unsplash.
It’s just a really big hole with no personality and has no significance or meaning.

Can relate.

7. Great Barrier Reef Suffers Mass Bleaching

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Upon hearing that the Great Barrier Reef got a massive bleaching job done, self-proclaimed “xdd” Cayden expressed jealousy that it was allowed to dye its hair even during the circuit breaker.

Meanwhile, billions of people on earth continued giving the usual amount of fucks they do to the environment, i.e. none, even though this might be the last generation of humans who will get to see the Great Barrier Reef.

8. Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Released

On April 10, droughts will end and arid farmland fertilised as millions of gamers, yours truly included, go into spontaneous nerdgasm thanks to the release of Final Fantasy VII Remake on the PlayStation 4 gaming console. 

As its title suggests, FF7R is a remake—complete with modern graphics and an updated plot—of Final Fantasy VII, the seminal Japanese role-playing game which was released for the PlayStation in 1997 and single-handedly popularised Gatsby hair wax.

Credit: Square Enix.
The game is set in a world where humankind’s brutal exploitation of the earth’s resources have stripped the land of life. In response, the planet activates its biological guardians, known as Weapons, to cleanse itself of the plague scourging its lands.

Wait. That sounds familiar. Awkward.

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