Year end package 2018

France “yellow vest” protests timeline

PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation on Monday evening in response to massive, often violent rallies staged by “yellow-vest” protesters across the country for the past four weekends.

Nationwide, some 125,000 people rallied against France’s high-cost of living and anger with the presidency of Emmanuel Macron, in the worst unrest since the 1968 student riots.

Arrest of China exec fuels trade war

VANCOUVER -- The arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou has plunged the world’s biggest supplier of telecoms equipment and second biggest smartphone seller into the trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Dec 11: May postpones Brexit deal vote

LONDON -- Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has made a last-minute decision to postpone Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement -- the terms on which the UK will leave the EU.

Electric driverless truck on public road

STOCKHOLM -- Swedish autonomous vehicle start-up Einride and German logistics group DB Schenker are set to gain regulatory approval, allowing an all-electric, driverless truck to carry freight on a public road.

Streaming games era draws near

GAMING -- Video gamers are on the verge of a seismic transformation that could see once-dominant consoles rendered obsolete by streaming services, using cloud technology to play games in real-time, just as they might watch Netflix.

CO2 emissions set to hit record high

KATOWICE -- Carbon emissions rose 2.7 per cent to a record high in 2018 mainly due to emissions growth in China, India and the U.S., according , according to three studies released from the Global Carbon Project.

Jan 1-3: Mission to dark side of the Moon

XICHANG -- China’s Chang’e-4 is due to land on the far side of the Moon sometime between January 1 and 3. The mission will test plant growth and listen for radio emissions normally blocked by Earth’s atmosphere.

Germany could cut Russian gas flows

BERLIN -- Germany’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has responded to Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships and crew off Crimea by calling for Berlin to cut gas flows through the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Most loved Christmas carol turns 200

YEAR-END -- Silent Night, one of the best loved Christmas carols, was first performed in Austria two centuries ago. Now sung in 300 languages around the world, it is a key part of Yuletide festivities.

Ion plane flies with no moving parts

U.S. -- A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully flown the first aircraft with no moving parts. The model plane uses “ionic wind” propulsion that creates no emissions.

Spinal cord stimulator risks – report

NEW YORK -- A spinal cord stimulator is a device designed to help patients who are trying to combat chronic pain. A small pulse generator sends signals to the spinal cord, masking the pain messages travelling to the brain.

Dubai Police to train on flying motorbikes

TECH -- A flying motorcycle developed by California-based startup Hoversurf is being used to train police officers in Dubai, with the aim of helping first responder units to access hard-to-reach areas.

Submarine to visit deepest parts of ocean

SCIENCE -- For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 10km below the surface.


Sep 20-Nov 2: Rugby World Cup 2019

RUGBY -- The Rugby World Cup takes place in Japan, with 20 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. The 2019 tournament marks the first time that the showpiece has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.

Dec 11: Champions League matchday 6

SOCCER -- Liverpool, Champions League finalists last season, face elimination unless they can beat Napoli, while Tottenham face the daunting task of matching Inter’s result againt PSV when they face Barcelona.

Dec 13-22: FIFA Club World Cup 2018

SOCCER -- Champions from the six continents compete in the United Arab Emirates to become the Champion of Champions, with Real Madrid representing Europe and River Plate from South America.

UEFA Nations League Finals draw 2019

SOCCER -- Portugal will host the inaugural Finals, with the hosts taking on Switzerland in on June 5, and Netherlands clashing with England the following day. The Estadio do Dragao, in Porto, will host the Nations League final on June 9.

May 11, 2019: Giro d’Italia 2019 route

CYCLING -- The 2019 Giro d’Italia features three individual time trials and seven summit finishes in a balanced but testing route which ramps up into a brutal second half raced almost entirely uphill.

Jul 6-28, 2019: Tour de France route

CYCLING -- The 2019 Tour features 30 categorised climbs andf ive mountain finishes in what organisers promise will be “the highest Tour in history”, designed to encourage breakaways and attacks.

Dec 15-17: English Premier League season

SOCCER -- Table-topping Liverpool face bitter rivals Manchester Utd on Monday, after cross-town rivals Everton visit Manchester City, while Tottenham hope to keep up with the leaders when they host Burnley.

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