NEWSSPORT

Year end package 2018


Russia’s cyber attack on U.S. election

WASHINGTON -- Two reports about Russian cyber-campaigns on social media platforms during the 2016 U.S. election find that Kremlin-linked trolls relentlessly targeted the African-American community to boycott the election.

The reports, by teams led by experts at the cybersecurity company New Knowledge and Oxford University, analyse operations by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a secretive businessman known as Vladimir Putin’s “chef” for his Kremlin catering work.


Mexico launches $7.4bn Mayan Train railway project

MEXICO -- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has launched the Mayan Train – a $7.4 billion project to build a railway across five states to connect the main tourist attractions in the Yucatán peninsula

Iran’s secret oil trade beats sanctions

LONDON -- Despite the U.S. imposing sanctions on Iran in November, OPEC’s third-largest producer has been exporting much more oil than widely reported, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit


New service to replace SMS messages

TECH -- A new form of mobile phone messaging is being slowly rolled out by network providers. Called RCS (Rich Communication Services), is intended to replace the SMS system which has been in use since 1992.

International sports review of 2018

LONDON -- Events included the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Russia’s successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup. Individuals hitting the heights included cross-country skier Marit Bjorgen.


World events scheduled for January

London -- The World Agenda gives a preview of world events scheduled for January, including the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, and the convening of the new U.S. Congress.

Archaeological discoveries of 2018

YEAR END -- Graphic shows some of the top archaeological discoveries in 2018, including the world’s oldest bread resembling pita bread,. It was made from wild cereals and tubers and ground into flour.


Preview of world events in 2019

YEAR END -- Graphic gives a preview of events expected in 2019, as more populists take power around the world, Britain exits the EU, and a trade war between Washington and Beijing continues as China marks the Year of the Pig.

2019: New movie releases -- print version

YEAR END -- 2019 is looking like an excellent year for films with a box office bonanza of movies from directors including James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, Tim Burton, Jordan Peele, F. Gary Gray, and J. J. Abrams.


2019: New movie releases -- web version

YEAR END -- 2019 is looking like an excellent year for films with a box office bonanza of movies from directors including James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, M. Night Shyamalan, Tim Burton, Jordan Peele, F. Gary Gray, and J. J. Abrams.

Review of news events in 2018 -- web version

YEAR END -- Major news stories in 2018 include the Russian spy poisoning in Britain, the Facebook privacy scandal, the extraordinary cave rescue in Thailand and the ongoing fallout from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Review of news events in 2018 -- print version

YEAR END -- A review of major news stories in 2018 includes the Russian spy poisoning in Britain, the Facebook privacy scandal, the extraordinary cave rescue in Thailand and the ongoing fallout from the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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.


Last farewells in 2018

YEAR END -- Well-known people who passed away in 2018 include physicist Steven Hawking, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee, “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Scientific achievements of 2018

YEAR END -- Astronomers discovered the brightest object in our universe, the oceans revealed the first warm-blooded fish and fossilised steroid molecules showed that the earliest animal lived on Earth 558m years ago.


Holiday season shopping favourites

YEAR END -- Technology-driven toys continue to propel festive sales at the end of 2018, with Harry Potter and Star Wars also back in fashion and likely to be among the top picks for shoppers this year.

Yemen’s truce in key port city

YEMEN -- Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to a ceasefire in the strategic port city of Hodeidah, marking a key breakthrough in a stalemated conflict that has killed thousands of people and left millions more in misery.


Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space

MOJAVE -- Virgin Galactic made its first trip to the edge of space with two pilots taking Virgin Space Ship Unity high above California’s Mojave Desert, reaching an altitude of 82.7km (51 miles).

Turkey-Syria operation east of Euphrates

ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to launch a new offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, a move likely to further strain ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.


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.

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.


Solar-powered climate research drone

SCIENCE -- Odysseus, a massive solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed to fly continuously for up to three months at high altitudes, will be used to perform climate and atmospheric research.

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.


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.

Spinal cord stimulators

MEDICAL -- 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.


NEWSSPORT

Dec 17: Champions League Last 16 draw

SOCCER -- Defending champions Real Madrid will face Ajax, while ties of the round include last season’s finalists Liverpool against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid taking on Juventus. The matches begin February 12-13.

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 it has been held in Asia, outside rugby's traditional heartlands.


Dec 21-23: English Premier League season

SOCCER -- Liverpool go to Wolverhampton, Manchester City face Crystal Palace and Tottenham go to Everton, while at the bottom of the table Fulham take on Newcastle, and Huddersfield host Southampton.

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.



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