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October 1
2022

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Repurposed Expo City Dubai opens

The site of the pandemic-delayed Expo 2020 in Dubai reopens for business as Expo City Dubai. According to the planners, it has been "designed to support the future of working and living." Some analysts see risks in the venture.

Expo 2020 opened on Oct 1, 2021. The sprawling 1,080-hectare site, featuring pavilions from 192 countries, took shape in the middle of a desolate stretch of sand on the outskirts of Dubai. The pavilions will be demolished to make way for the new venture, which the planners expect to support economic diversification for years to come. Arabian Business reports that than 80 per cent of the infrastructure for the Expo will be retained and will change into "a human-centric community for businesses and people.

Analysts see the success of Expo City Dubai resting in part on whether Expo 2020 primes interest in the new concept.

#24068 Published: September 7, 2022

October 1
2022

UNITED STATES

Gun bump stock ban under threat five years after Las Vegas mass killing

In 2017 Stephen Paddock rained bullets from a hotel window onto the crowd below at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds before killing himself. The subsequent federal ban placed on gun bump stocks is now in jeopardy.

NBC news described the mass shooting as the deadliest such incident in modern American history.

Paddock was found to have fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in about 11 minutes, employing semi-automatic rifles modified with the bump stocks. The devices enable semiautomatic rifles to fire faster, almost like machine guns. In 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the 2017 ban on the devices, but a divided Sixth Circuit court ruled in Mar 2021 that the ban is likely unlawful and must be put on hold.

Numerous gun control proposals have been thwarted in the U.S. Congress, largely because of opposition from Republican lawmakers and the influential National Rifle Association gun rights lobby.

The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as when four or more people have been shot or killed, not including the shooter.

#24105 Published: September 7, 2022

October
2022

FRANCE

ESA wraps up astronaut recruit selection from record applicant numbers

The European Space Agency (ESA), which reported an overwhelming response to the drive for astronaut recruits, wraps up its 18-month selection process. Four to six recruits will be selected. Seeking more diversity in the corps, the agency will also choose one recruit from the applicants with disabilities.

ESA has issued an astronaut recruitment three times before. Earth Sky reports that the 2021 pool brought in some 23,000 applications, nearly three times as many applicants as the most recent round back in 2008. The number includes 5,419 female candidates, in contrast to 1,287 in 2008, and 257 applicants with disabilities.

The successful applications are expected to be announced in November.

#24141 Published: September 7, 2022

October 1-2
2022

MONGOLIA

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival

Each October, up to 80 eagle hunters gallop across the Altai Mountains to Bayan-Ulgii to compete in a two-day display of traditional hunting skills based on the eagle’s speed, agility and accuracy. The Golden Eagle Festival is a way of preserving the traditional Kazakh heritage of hunting with eagles.

October 2
2022

UNITED KINGDOM

London Marathon an Autumn race again

For a third time in the history of the extremely popular distance race, the London Marathon will be the run in October. There is no sign that the date change from its usual May slot will dent its popularity or pent-up demand. Hundreds of thousands of runners apply each year through a lottery competition for a place in the race.

The 2020 event was postponed until October and then changed to a virtual event for the general public because of the coronavirus pandemic. The next year saw pent-up demand. In 2021 over 40,000 runners in a range of costumes pounded the capital's streets, and another 40,000 competed virtually.

In 2021 Sisay Lemma from Ethiopia, crossed the line in 2hr 4min 1sec – 27 seconds ahead of Kenya’s Vincent Kipchumba in second. Joyciline Jepkosgei from Kenya earned victory on her London Marathon debut in 2hr 17min 43sec. In the wheelchair races Switzerland’s Marcel Hug and Manuela Schär both set course records as they won the men’s and women’s events.

#24103 Published: November 29, 2021