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Remembering 2018, the good and the bad

on Monday, 31 December 2018. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By:Philip Maenza

As we embark on a new year, let’s recap some of the good and bad things that happened in 2018.

January 1: Iceland ensures equal pay for men and women. Iceland became the first nation to make paying men more than women illegal. Passed on Women’s Day the year earlier, the bill makes it mandatory for companies employing 25 or more workers to pay men and women equally.

February 6: SpaceX launches world’s most powerful rocket. The Falcon Heavy, a reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Able to carry nearly twice the payload as its nearest competitor - the Delta IV Heavy from United Launch Alliance - it also costs less. For its first payload, company founder Elon Musk sent a Tesla Roadster car into space.

March 19: Last male northern white rhinoceros dies. Sudan died at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The two remaining members of the species are both female – his daughter and granddaughter – and unless secure IVT techniques are developed, his death has sounded the death-knell for the subspecies.

April 18: Saudi Arabia ends theater ban. The country ended a 35-year ban on movie theaters by screening the Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther” at cinemas in the capital city of Riyadh. Initial.

May 19: Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle. On this day, Harry married American actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England. The ceremony, which was attended by members of the royal family and celebrities like former soccer champion David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria Beckham, also saw the newlywed couple bestowed with the title – Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

June 24: Saudi Arabia allows women to drive. The Saudi government granted women the right to drive for the first time in the country’s history. Interior Minister General Saeed bin Abdullah Al Qahtani, said: “We must treat women with respect, appreciation, trust and prevent any wrongdoing that may occur from any person towards those who drive their car on the tenth of next month.”

July 10: Thai cave rescue comes to successful end. A dozen members of a junior soccer team, with their 25-year-old coach, were safely rescued from inside a cave system in the country’s Chiang Rai province. The group, who’d entered the caves after a practice session but got stuck after heavy rains flooded the interiors, spent nearly 18 days trapped inside.

August 12: NASA launches solar probe. The Parker Solar Probe is an attempt to collect data from the outer corona of the Sun, with the aim to better understand the dynamics of magnetic fields at the sources of solar wind – a stream of charged particles from the Sun’s upper layers.

September 2: Brazil’s National Museum gutted by fire. The oldest scientific institution in the country, the museum caught fire for as-yet-unknown reasons. The structure burned through the night and nearly 20 million items were either damaged or destroyed. The Rio de Janeiro-based museum had celebrated its 200th anniversary earlier in the year.

October 23: World’s longest sea bridge is opened. Stretching over 34.2 miles (55 kilometers), the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge connects the three major cities on the Pearl River Delta. Inaugurated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the bridge cost nearly $20 billion to build.

November 26: InSight lands on Mars. The NASA robotic lander, launched on May 5, landed in Elysium Planitia region of the Red Planet. Its mission is to conduct radio science experiments in order to understand the internal structure and rotation of the planet.

December 1-8: France endures deadly riots. The French capital endured one of its worst periods of civil unrest since May 1968, with hundreds of people injured and thousands arrested. The protests, now called the Yellow Vest movement, first surfaced online early this year. A key grievance for the protesters was the rising fuel taxes but the movement has now targeted a range of other economic issues, including increasing costs of living.

MSN. (2018, December). The Biggest Stories of 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018, from

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