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There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

There’s nowhere to hide: Hundreds of thousands live in the shadow of three erupting volcanoes

World
A huge rumble and a belch of steam and rocks erupts from the crater of the volcano that towers above us.It's truly terrifying feeling such power, so near. I looked about me, wondering where I would I hide if the volcano's eruptions suddenly intensified. And then I realised - and it's obvious really - there is nowhere to run and hide. Image: It’s truly terrifying feeling such power, so near Up here, perched high on the side of Guatemala's Pacaya volcano, at the closest monitoring point to the peak of the volcano, one feels very insignificant.To my right, away from the belching crater, a vast lava field plummets towards the valley floor and, in the distance, the towns and villages directly in its path. ...
‘The Enron of Germany’: Wirecard scandal casts a shadow on corporate governance

‘The Enron of Germany’: Wirecard scandal casts a shadow on corporate governance

Finance
The Wirecard logo is seen at the payment company's headquarters in Aschheim near Munich, southern Germany, on June 24, 2020.Christof Stache | AFP via Getty ImagesWirecard's dramatic fall from grace has thrust corporate governance and industry regulation in Germany firmly in the spotlight.The Munich-based payments processor filed for insolvency on Thursday, reportedly owing creditors 3.5 billion euros ($ 3.9 billion). The company's collapse follows a series of investigative reports from the Financial Times into claims about accounting irregularities.The revelation last week that 1.9 billion euros had disappeared from Wirecard's balance sheet has seen the firm's share price collapse 98% and former CEO Markus Braun arrested on suspicion of falsifying accounts.The Wirecard saga and its broader...
Praia da Luz won’t easily emerge from the shadow of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

Praia da Luz won’t easily emerge from the shadow of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance

World
The sun-soaked Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz won't easily emerge from the shadow of the Madeleine McCann mystery - whatever the outcome of the latest police investigation.That's the view of British expat John Ballinger, who was there the night Madeleine vanished in 2007 and has followed every twist in the case. He said: "I've seen so many developments, some big and some small, and they have all fizzled out eventually, so let's see if the new suspect turns out to be Madeleine's abductor." Image: 'Christian B' is the new suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann German police and Scotland Yard have appealed for information about the latest suspect, a German drifter who is currently serving drugs and rape sentences in a jail n...
Samsung Galaxy S20 and Z Flip launch under shadow of coronavirus

Samsung Galaxy S20 and Z Flip launch under shadow of coronavirus

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Samsung is making all three models in its new flagship smartphone range 5G-compatible. The top-end Galaxy S20 also introduces a 100x zoom camera.The firm also confirmed a new foldable, the Galaxy Z Flip. It uses "folding glass" in its display and small fibres in its hinge to protect itself from damage.Several rivals plan their own handset launches over the coming weeks.But the spread of the coronavirus poses a threat to production."The virus is going to affect the supply chain," said Ben Wood from the consultancy CCS Insight."Although Samsung has diversified its manufacturing into places way beyond China, there will still be components in these phones sourced from China."Many factories in the countr...
Watch: Suga raps in ‘Interlude: Shadow’ comeback trailer

Watch: Suga raps in ‘Interlude: Shadow’ comeback trailer

Entertainment
Jan. 9 (UPI) -- BTS member Suga takes center stage in a new comeback trailer. The K-pop group shared a video, titled "Interlude: Shadow," featuring Suga, 26, on Thursday. The video shows Suga perform the new song "Interlude: Shadow," which samples the BTS track "Intro: O!RUL8,2?" The song appears on the group's debut EP, O!RUL8,2? (2013). Suga raps about wanting to be a "rock star" and "the king." He is seen performing on stage and walking through a sea of people holding up phones, with recurring images of broken mirrors. BTS announced plans Tuesday to release a new album, Map of the Soul: 7, on Feb. 21. The album follows the EP Map of the Soul: Persona, released in April. "Global fans are eager to discover how the story will continue on from the previous installment, which explored the ...