2 Feb 2018
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2018 – What you don’t want to miss out on this year

The new year has already started! And hence, we look towards the future and the plans, intentions and goals which lie ahead. Here is a short summary of what 2018 holds in store for us.

 

The sporting highlight: the Football World Cup in Russia

After Brazil 2014, where the German team won the World Cup, it’s time for the next big kick-off!

From June 14 to July 15, soccer fans worldwide can enjoy one of the world’s biggest sporting events, the FIFA Football World Cup.


Source: FIFA

In the opening match in Moscow, the host team Russia plays against Saudi Arabia.

Information on the teams, groups and, of course, the match schedule is already available online.

 

Must sees: movie highlights in 2018

The big screen also has a lot to offer again this year:

Solo: A Star Wars Story tells the background story behind the well-known character of Han Solo, with the young actor Alden Ehrenreich in the main role.

For this prequel to the Star Wars series, Ehrenreich follows in the footsteps of Hollywood legend Harrison Ford. The movie runs from May 2018 in cinemas.

With Avengers 3: Infinity War, the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves into so-called “Phase 3” in April. The list of participating stars is hard to top.

In Infinity War, the storylines and cast of the previous Marvel films come together in order to try and stop the evil Thanos.

And in November, the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits the screens. Scripted by J.K. Rowling, the cast includes Jude Law and Jonny Depp.


Source: filmstarts.de

 

Good to know: data protection reform in the EU

On May 25 this year, the EU General Data Protection Regulation becomes applicable in all member states of the EU.

The also newly developed Directive on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities will already be implemented in national state law from May 6, 2018. These reforms serve to harmonize data privacy laws within the EU.

The General Data Protection Regulation is intended to protect natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and rules relating to the free movement of personal data.

The protection of natural persons in relation to the processing of personal data is declared to be a fundamental right.

What does this mean exactly?

This means that our data will be better protected and, at the same time, companies must comply with new rules.

If they do not, they will be threatened with very heavy penalties from now on. Here, “very heavy” means to up to 20 million euros or 4% or the global turnover of the previous year.

Both the Regulation and the above-mentioned Directive are available in all official EU languages on the website. Additionally, factsheets provide further information.

If you prefer a shorter summary, you can take a look, for example, here.

 

Royal wedding in Great Britain

The wedding of Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle will be the major social event of the year.

Kensington Palace has announced that the wedding will take place on May 19, 2018 at Windsor Castle.

The couple will tie the knot in St. George’s Chapel.


Source: Kensington Palast 

According to media reports, many hotels in the area were already fully booked soon after the date was announced.

The wedding will be a high-media spectacle for British royalty, as was the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

There are currently online rumors that Ed Sheeran may be asked to sing at the wedding. However, this has not yet been confirmed – let’s wait and see.

The singer, who incidentally goes on a world tour this year, has reportedly said he would not have any objections.

 

Take time to reflect

And finally, a little food for thought for the new year: no-one can dispute that pollution and global warming are a major problem of our day.

And, another of the many big concerns is the state of the world’s oceans.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres expressed his fears in 2017 at the first United Nations Ocean Conference that by 2050, there could be more plastic waste in the oceans than there are fish.

According to information from the WWF (stand: 2017), there are 46,000 pieces of plastic waste per square kilometer of ocean, with an annual growth of a total of 700 tons.

This has catastrophic effects on marine flora and fauna, as well as coastal regions and the animals which live there.


Source: i.imgur.com

Climate protection is not just a matter affecting the States, it affects everyone.

And, for the benefit of our planet, we should all contribute towards it.

For example:

  • by making sure to separate waste;
    by avoiding the use of plastic packaging;
  • by occasionally leaving the car at home;
  • by keeping an eye on your own CO2 footprint;
  • by becoming involved…

It all makes a difference.

 

What don’t you want to miss in 2018? What do you find interesting in the new year?