Articles By Vittorio Hernandez


From Global Markets Sep 22

Alibaba Raises $21.8B In IPO, Starts Trading At NYSE

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Holdings (NYSE: BABA) raised $21.8 billion on Friday when it launched its initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange. It sold 320.1 million shares at $68, the high end of its revised price range.


From Global Markets Sep 22

$2B Lease By American Investor On Philippine Island For 25 Years

A rich American leased the island of Fuga in northern Philippines for 25 years for $2 billion. The 10,000-hectare island-paradise is known for its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear blue water.

Marcos Maidana (L) of Argentina takes a punch from Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. during their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

From Sports Sep 21

Boxing News 2014: Nevada Commission Summons Mayweather Over Reports Of Marijuana Use In Mansion & No Rest Breaks In Gym

Two fights away from retiring from professional boxing with a potential 49-0 record, unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr is facing a probe from the Nevada State Athletic Commission which ordered him to explain. The commission will question him over scenes shown over Showtime network before his Sept 13 rematch against Argentinean boxer Marcos Maidana.

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines attends a promotional event with his next opponent Chris Algieri of the U.S. (not pictured) at a hotel in downtown Shanghai August 26, 2014. Pacquiao will defend his WBO welterweight title against Algieri at the Venetian&

From Sports Sep 20

Boxing News 2014: Arum Says Reasons For Mayweather’s Delaying Tactics On Dream Match Is He Is Afraid Of Southpaw Boxers Like Pacquiao

Despite saying he is open to negotiate a fight with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr continues to throw blocks to the dream match in the form of additional conditions. His latest conditions are for the bout to be shown only on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) and for his Mayweather Promotions to handle the fight.

Flood in Makati

From Science Sep 19

Fung-Wong More Like Ketsana Than Haiyan; Kills 1, Displaces 470,000 Filipinos & Paralyses Metro Manila

With its rainfall of 266 millimetres over less than 24 hours, Typhoon Fung-Wong (Mario) is now being compared more to the destructive Ketsana (Ondoy) that inundated Metro Manila for one week in September 2009 than the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), which brought very powerful winds that devastated the Visayas islands.

Opposing yes and no signs are seen in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 15, 2014. The referendum on Scottish independence will take place on September 18, when Scotland will vote whether or not to end the 307-year-old union with the rest of the United Kingdo

From Politics & Policy Sep 19

‘No’ Leads As Scottish Independence Vote Boost Sales Of Braveheart; Anticipated ‘No’ Votes Win Strengthens British Pound

Latest report said that with 17 of 32 results counted in the Thursday vote on Scottish independence, the "No" votes lead by 56.25 per cent or 670,398 votes, while the "Yes" votes was 43.75 per cent or 521,441 votes.

A fisherman secures his boat as Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) hits the coastal town of Imus, Cavite southwest of Manila, July 16, 2014. Philippine authorities evacuated almost 150,000 people from their homes and shuttered financial markets, gove

From Science Sep 19

It’s Haiyan All Over Again As Philippines Grapples With Heavy Rain, Floods

The memory of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which battered the Philippines in November 2013 and killed more than 6,000 people hounded the Southeast Asian country anew on Friday as heavy rains caused flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

From Law Sep 19

Russian Union Of Engineers Point To Ukraine Airforce As Responsible For MH17 Crash

A day after a generous benefactor offered $30 million reward money for information that would lead to identify who is responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the Russian Union of Engineers pointed blamed the crash on the Ukraine Force.

Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 plane parts

From Global Markets Sep 19

Unidentified Benefactor Offers $30M Reward For Identity Of MH 17 Bombers; MAS Criticises Kiwi Author For Suggesting MH 370 Pilot Plotted Death Of Passengers & Crew

Wifka, a private fraud investigation firm in Germany, was hired to investigate the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17, which killed 298 passengers and crew on board the ill-fated plane.

Volatile Volcanoes Are Waking Up

From Science Sep 19

Philippines’s Mayon Volcano Shoots Lava & Hot Boulders

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised to critical the alert level at Mayon Volcano which started to billow smoke and spew lava and hot bouders. The volcano is actually erupting already but not at an explosive level, said seismologists.