Construction of the 2022 FIFA World Cup venues in Qatar began immediately after the small Middle Eastern country was awarded the event in December 2010. Since then, more than 6,500 migrant construction workers have died, according to a Guardian report that received surprisingly little attention.
To build seven new stadiums, a new airport, dozens of hotels and an entirely new city that will host the World Cup final, the country hired workers from, among other countries, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In the 10 years since he won the controversial offer, an average of 12 workers from those five countries have died each week.
“The total death toll is significantly higher as these figures do not include deaths from several countries that send large numbers of workers to Qatar, including the Philippines and Kenya,” wrote The Guardian. “The deaths that occurred in the last months of 2020 are not included either.”
“Natural death” is the most commonly mentioned cause of death, including 80% of deaths in India. Various reports have indicated that most worker deaths are the result of extreme summer temperatures, which routinely reach 120 degrees and average 113 degrees over several months. Traffic accidents, workplace accidents and suicide are among the other most cited causes of death.
March Madness Public Service Announcement
With roughly 42% of the US workforce working from home full time, fewer workers will be forced to file PTO, use “sick” time, or circumvent corporate responsibility to watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament. But If you plan to skip work at home or in the office one way or another during the first weekend of the tournament, don’t make the mistake of planning the typical Thursday-Friday routine.
For the first time in its current format, the NCAA Tournament will not have a First Round schedule Thursday through Friday, nor will it have a Second Round schedule Saturday through Sunday, Sweet 16 schedule Thursday through Friday, or Elite Eight schedule. From Saturday to Sunday. In mid-January, the NCAA announced times and locations for each of the three March Madness weekends in Indiana:
First four: Thursday March 18
First round: Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March
Second round: Sunday March 21 and Monday March 22
Sweet 16: Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28
Elite eight: Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30
The last four: Saturday April 3
National Championship: Monday April 5
The most notable change for those who avoid job responsibility: Monday, March 22. Games peak at noon ET on Monday, a day generally reserved for 16-year celebrations. If you block Thursday, March 18, a day normally reserved for 16 first-round games, you won’t be able to play basketball until the first four game tip at 4 p.m. ET.
Plan ahead. Don’t get stuck in a meeting as Winthrop leads Wisconsin in the final minutes of their Second Round game.
Odds and endings
Louis Nix has been missing since Tuesday night … NFL Free Agency: Rankings and Contract Projections for Top 200 Free Agents … Which team is the best for Russell Wilson? … Featured Candidate for every MLB team … Kyrie and Vanessa Bryant support the change of the NBA logo to Kobe … ICYMI: Mike Greenberg will host the NFL Draft … The Seahawks could finally use their popular throwback uniforms … Ranking of the 60 best quarterbacks in college football of the 2000s … What we know about the Frasier reboot.
follow me on twitterCheck out my podcast and bookmark this page to see previous issues of Hot Clicks and find the newest issue every day. Visit our Extra Mustard page throughout each day for more offbeat sports stories.