A bunch of kids. A birthday cake. Some sugar high. And a ready camera.
Tuvalu, an island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, between Australia and Hawaii, is home to about 11,000 citizens.
It also has the immense good fortune to be given the country code TV.
As we all know, video streaming is becoming a really big thing on the internet, and it’s set to become even bigger. And with top level domains, Tuvalu has been gifted with the .tv domain. Prior to 2017, Verisign has been managing .tv domain sales for Tuvalu, and in turn paying the Tuvalu government $2m per year, plus commission on top. In 2016, Verisign renewed their contract through to 2021, and will now pay $5m annually.
The 2016 estimated GDP for Tuvalu was $32m. With the new $5m annual royalty, this will put .tv revenues well past 10% of their GDP.
Not bad for not doing much!
When Richard Branson decided to ride out Hurricane Irma on his island, we all thought he was just being his crazy eccentric rich old man self.
But no, he was riding out the storm in his, ahem, concrete wine cellar so he can document the devastating damage first hand.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) September 10, 2017
He also hit out hard at climate change deniers, writing this on the Virgin site:
Man-made climate change is contributing to increasingly strong hurricanes causing unprecedented damage,” wrote Branson on the Virgin website. “The whole world should be scrambling to get on top of the climate change issue before it is too late – for this generation, let alone the generations to come.
I personally believe we’re truly at the precipice of of no return, and we, as inhabitants of Earth, need to really band together and do something about this. Otherwise, if we don’t kill ourselves soon enough, we’ll evolve to be the alien villains we all see in the Marvel and alien invasion flicks, scouring planets and devouring them of all resources before moving to the next.
And I really don’t want to be the bad guy.
If you’re Singaporean or residing in Singapore, you need no introduction to the ongoing saga.
Basically, LHY and LWL are claiming abuse of power. LHL is claiming LKY’s last Will to be hastily prepared, and that LKY may not have been fully informed of everything that was in the Will.
According to LHL, LWL was initially skeptical of LHY’s motives regarding 38 Oxley Road, but they now appear to be on the same side, slamming LHL for attempting to block them from executing instructions in the Will to demolish 38 Oxley.
Emails are being published. Fingers are being pointed. Publishable portions of the Will are published.
And we, as a nation collectively, are doing this:
At this point, a lot of it is still he said, they said. But it sure is developing faster than George R.R Martin can kill off characters!
And like a good episode of LOST, more questions than answers are being provided right now.