(CNN)Here is a look back at the events of 2018. Notable US Events:January 4 - The Dow closes at 25,075.13, the first ever close above 25,000. January 11 - During a White House meeting on immigration reform, US President Donald Trump reportedly refers to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries." He reportedly says that the United States should get more people from countries like Norway. January 12 - The Wall Street Journal reports that US President Donald Trump had an alleged affair with a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels. The newspaper states that Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, arranged a $130,000 payment for a nondisclosure agreement weeks before Election Day in 2016. Cohen denies that Trump had a relationship with Clifford. 2018: Year in Review & Look Ahead January 13 - In Hawaii, a state emergency management worker pushes the wrong button in the emergency operation center, sending out a false warning during a ballistic missile … [Read more...] about 2018 In Review Fast Facts
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In almost every possible area, 2018 has been a mixed bag. The music world is no exception, of course – with his 10th album Kamikaze, Eminem decided that homophobia was still cool and fun, Justin Timberlake donned a flannel shirt, went into full dad mode and released the truly testing Man of the Woods, and the less said about Lil Xan’s album, erm, Total Xanarchy, the better. But we’ve also been treated to some real gems. With her first album in seven years, Robyn discarded all pop conventions and created a masterpiece; Janelle Monae gave a sonic gift to people of colour and the LGBT+ community; The 1975 released a pop statement to unite the generations, and Cardi B ignored the sceptics and released a debut that played resolutely by her own rules. That’s just the start. Spanning every genre, from electro-pop to country, hip hop to metal, and produced by artists from every corner of the world, here are The Independent‘s 40 favourite albums of the year. 40) … [Read more...] about The 40 best albums of 2018
BMW’s largest X model, the X5, has sold more than two million vehicles since it first arrived, and the new, fourth-generation car looks set to continue this success. Slightly longer, wider and taller than before, you can distinguish the new version by its deeper front grille and wider rear lights. Made in BMW’s US plant at Spartanburg, the X5 comes with either a 400hp three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine badged M50d (the 4.4-litre petrol version called the 50i is not coming to Europe), a three-litre 340hp petrol unit, badged xDrive 40i, or a three-litre 265hp diesel 30d, which will be by far the biggest seller here. This straight six engine suits the car well. It feels lighter and more nimble than the more powerful version, with easily enough grunt for most people’s needs. As you would expect the X5 is loaded to the gunwhales with driver assistance systems, and is the first X model with an optional Off-Road package, which includes air suspension, front and … [Read more...] about Car review: BMW X5 xDrive30d
It doesn’t matter whether you own a 200mph-plus supercar or one of the latest breed of SUVs that’s more capable off-road than you might imagine, there are plenty of ways to get to know your vehicle better. Ones that challenge your limits and provide hours of pleasure, with expert tuition and a safe environment thrown in. What’s more, you don’t even have to own one of the aforementioned vehicles to join in the fun - and perhaps even learn a lot about yourself in the process. And it’s not necessarily expensive, either. One of the latest to join the burgeoning market for marque “experiences” is McLaren, which offers a calendar of events that encompasses some of the world’s most famous, and demanding, race circuits. It’s not all about going as fast as possible in circles, however; on the lifestyle side there’s the opportunity to go ice driving in Finland, touring events in the Alps, Canada and the USA, as well as trips to watch … [Read more...] about Driving ambitions: where to find the best four-wheeled experiences
Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 6:00 AM EDT Sep 18, 2018 Companies have a vested interest in keeping their employees happy. Studies show that employee satisfaction is linked to performance, which permeates through every aspect of a business and can mean the difference between success and failure. While employee satisfaction should be the cornerstone of every serious company’s business model, only a handful of businesses excel at maintaining high employee morale. Based on employee reviews posted on Glassdoor, an online platform for former and current employees to review companies, 24/7 Wall Street identified the best American companies to work for. Out of a universe of hundreds, only 18 large companies received a score of more than 4 out of 5 stars. In an interview with 24/7 Wall Street, Sarah Stoddard, community expert with Glassdoor, listed the factors that have the greatest impact on employee satisfaction. “Glassdoor research has found the top three … [Read more...] about Best companies to work for: Did your employer make Glassdoor’s list?