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January 30


Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary won’t see a reckoning

British paratroopers opened fire on demonstrators in Londonderry 50 years ago during the sectarian conflict known as the Northern Ireland Troubles, killing 13 and injuring 15. There will be no reckoning, finally, for the deaths referred to as the Bloody Sunday killings.

The killings intensified the conflict between Northern Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants, which lasted for some three decades.

Reuters reported in Jul 2021 that the only British soldier charged with murder over the killings will not face trial, angering the victims' families. They say they will seek a judicial review.

#24048 Published: November 28, 2021



European Space Summit 2022 hears new chief’s priorities

At the European Space Summit 2022 in Toulouse, leaders will hear proposals for major European space initiatives and hear about Agenda 2025 from new ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher.

The initiatives are based on the idea of strengthening European Union and ESA cooperation to develop a whole-of-Europe approach to Space and to address space matters at the highest political level.

The summit would host ministers from ESA and EU member states, and possibly some heads of state as well.

Space News notes that the EU is already pursuing a new flagship program for secure connectivity that would be in addition to the existing Galileo navigation and Copernicus Earth observation programs. Aschbacher has said that he is interested in other proposals as well, according to the publication, such as developing a human spaceflight capability that Europe currently lacks.

#24086 Published: January 19, 2022

February 1


Chinese New Year is celebrated

Chinese New Year is celebrated. People born in the year of the tiger are supposedly passionate, daring and fearless, and those born in "water tiger" years such as 1962 and 2022 are said to love novelty.

  • The Economist Calendar

#24118 Published: January 12, 2022

February 4-20


COVID-19 and boycotts possible spoilers for XXIV Olympic Winter Games

Beijing is going to great lengths to make sure Covid-19 does not impact the Winter Olympic Games. Athletes, media and observers, who must be fully vaccinated, will stay in three distinct bubbles, and foreign spectators are barred.

The BBC reports that more than 180 organisations have called on governments to boycott Beijing 2022 because of reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities. China has issued a forceful warning against any nation heeding the call from the rights groups.

Reuters notes that Beijing has maintained strict quarantine regulations to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks, but visiting athletes and fans might be from countries still fighting the coronavirus, or where the new variant, Omicron, has been reported.

The measures against Covid-19 are expected to go far beyond those taken at the Tokyo Games in 2021. They include all-day armpit thermometers, with tiny transmitters to sound the alarm should someone develop a fever. Guards in biohazard suits, will be ready to stop anyone from leaving.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies will take place at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, which was the main stadium used for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The IOC has announced that the 2022 Games will introduce the first Olympic women’s monobob (one-person bobsleigh) event and men’s and women’s freestyle skiing big air, mixed team freestyle skiing aerials, mixed team ski jumping, snowboard cross mixed team relay, and short track mixed relay. The events add to the traditional winter sports of biathlon, bobsleigh (including skeleton), curling, ice hockey, luge, skating (including figure skating, short track, and speed skating), and skiing (including alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping, and snowboard).

#24056 Published: January 12, 2022