Articles By Vittorio Hernandez

Steven Sotloff

From Society Aug 22

American Journalist Steven Sotloff at Risk of Beheading Too If US Gov’t Refuses to Pay $100 Million Ransom to Islamic State Like It Did With James Foley

The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), demanded a $100 million ransom payment from the US government in exchange for the release of American photojournalist James Foley, the New York Times reports.

A man and two passengers ride on a scooter past a shop displaying the Vodafone logo on its shutter in Jammu

From Companies Aug 21

Vodafone Buys Ericsson Equipment to Replace 5-Year-Old Network Technologies

Vodafone Hutchison Australia will buy from Ericsson millions of dollars worth of equipment as the giant telco builds a new core network as it moves toward the creation of the country's newest mobile service.


From Companies Aug 21

Companies Push Back IPO Plans Due to Mega Alibaba Share Launch

Due to the sheer size of the initial public offering (IPO) of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) in New York in September, other companies planning public listing had postponed their launches.

David Cameron

From Law Aug 21

British PM David Cameron Cuts Short Summer Holiday to Lead Hunt for Foley Beheader; Abbott Calls Decapitation ‘Pure Evil’

British Prime Minister David Cameron was on a summer holiday when news of the beheading of American journalist James Foley sparked an international search for the man with a British accent who decapitated the newsman. Mr Cameron cut short his vacation and lead the hunt for the jihadist.

Small business

From Companies Aug 21

Small Businesses Claim Positive Financial Situation but Negative on Outlook

More small business owners n the US claim that their present financial situation has improved but remains negative on their prospect for 2015. This was the finding of the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index which found that the overall Small Business Index score increased slightly to positive 49 (+49) in July.

Powdered heroin is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

From Science Aug 21

US Gov’t Initiates a System to Monitor Emerging Drug Trends

The US National Institute of Health said it is developing a new system to monitor emerging drug trends that will help health experts respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.

Justin Bieber

From Companies Aug 21

Perfume Maker Elizabeth Arden Blames Poor Q4 Financial Results on Justin Bieber Scent

Justin Bieber's misbehaving ways continue to haunt the Canadian singer. On Tuesday, shareprices of scent maker Elizabeth Arden tumbled down 24 per cent for its fourth quarter, while sales plummeted 28.4 per cent from the past 12 months to $191.7 million.

Still Image From Undated Video Of A Masked Islamic State Militant Holding A Knife Speaking Next To Man Purported To Be James Foley At An Unknown Location

From Law Aug 21

Intelligence Agencies Hunt for James Foley Beheader Using Voice Recognition Technology, Journalist Was Warned by GlobalPost Editor Not to Go to Libya

The British accent of the man who beheaded American journalist James Wright Foley is the key to tracking the terror group identified with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levants (ISIL). Intelligence agencies are trying to know the identity of the executioner who hid his face using a black cloth.

Apple Ipad tablet

From Tech Aug 20

Tablet Sales in Australia Down 28%, Android Devices Outsell iPad

Cupertino-based tech giant Apple suffered a doubly whammy in the Australian tablet market after tablet sales dipped 28% or 500,000 less units sold for the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

ISIL beheading

From Politics & Policy Aug 20

After James Foley, ISIL Threatens to Behead Another American Journalist Steven Sotloff

After reportedly beheading American photojournalist James Wright Foley, ISIL terrorists are threatening to do the same to another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, who appears to have witnessed the decapitation of Foley.