Articles By Vittorio Hernandez

A customer walks from a Westpac bank branch in Sydney November 3, 2014. Australia's Westpac Banking Corp booked a fifth straight year of record profit with an 8 percent rise in full-year cash earnings on robust loan growth and declines in bad debts.

From Companies 2:04 pm

Westpac To Quit Remittance Business, Pakistan Warns It Will Aid Terrorists

Westpac announced on Tuesday that it would quit its remittance business on March 31, 2015. Among the Big 4 banks in Australia, it would be the last to leave the $24.5-billion remittance sector in the country.

People watch a fashion show at the opening night of the Millionaire Fair in Moscow November 27, 2008.

From Economy 10:42 am

Rich Russians Flee As Country Moves Toward Recession

Like their Chinese counterparts who snapped up properties in London, New York, Sydney and other global cities when Beijing imposed cooling measures on its red-hot real estate market, uber rich Russians are abandoning ship.

Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey holds a news conference after a meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors during the IMF-World Bank annual meetings in Washington October 10, 2014.

From Economy 10:05 am

Treasurer Hockey Forecasts Australian Unemployment Rate To Hit 12-Year High Of 6.5% In 2015

In his Sunday announcement of Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the changes are geared towards making the jobs and families a top priority in the coming year, 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, December 18, 2014. The rouble edged lower against the dollar on Thursday, with traders saying Putin had offered few concrete measures at his end-of-year news confer

From Politics & Policy Dec 22

Experts Warn Russia Will Suffer From Recession In 2015 Due To Sanctions, But Putin Says It Won’t Intimidate Moscow

After last week's fall of the Russian rouble, international economic experts are now predicting that Russia would undergo a recession in the coming year 2015 as more economic sanctions are imposed by the west.

The new Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott (front row 4th L) pose with the Governor-General Quentin Bryce (front row 5th L) and his new ministry after their official swearing in at the Government House in Canberra September 18, 2013. Abbott unveiled

From Politics & Policy Dec 22

Appointment Of 2nd Woman Tops PM Abbott’s Reshuffle Of Cabinet

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is no longer the only female in the cabinet of Prime Minister Tony Abbott after he appointed on Sunday Sussan Lay as health minister in his first cabinet reshuffle after more than one year in power.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (L) talks to a customer as he and his wife Janet (not pictured) wait in line overnight with customers to purchase the new iPad at the Apple Store in Century City Westfield Shopping Mall, Los Angeles, California March 16, 201

From Tech Dec 22

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak To Acquire Australian Citizenship

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of technology giant Apple, is on the path toward Australian citizenship. Over the weekend, he moved one step closer to becoming Aussie by becoming a permanent resident, which was granted to him because he is a distinguished person.

Weigh-in Of Mayweather

From Sports Dec 21

Mayweather In Bathroom Use Row vs New York Saks Salesgirl

American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr's temper again got him in trouble again on Wednesday night when a Saks Fifth Avenue salesgirl in New York City refused to let him use the bathroom of the department store.

U.S. President Barack Obama Speaks At A Meeting

From Politics & Policy Dec 19

Hoax Alert: Photo Of President Obama Kissing Another Man Resurfaces

It seems the Obama family is the favourite target of hoax makers in 2014. In November, Malia Obama was rumoured to be pregnant, although it was just based on a satire article.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured) during their joint statements after their delegation level talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi December 11, 2014. Modi told Putin on Thursday that Russia will

From Economy Dec 19

Putin Blames Russian Central Bank For Rouble Decline, Admits Lack Of Plan To Fix Economy

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured Russians that the country's economy would eventually recover, he admitted on Thursday in a news conference that he has no solution yet for the worsening crisis following the drastic decline of the rouble.

WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. attends a news conference at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas

From Sports Dec 19

For Mayweather, The Prize Comes First, Not The Fans

American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr once more confirmed on Thursday his life philosophy - that the most important thing for him is money, not the fans.