The government has vowed to relocate 20,000 asylum-seekers to camps on the mainland by early 2020. (Photo: AFP/Angelos Tzortzinis) "Decongesting the islands is a priority at this stage," the government's special coordinator for migration Alkiviadis Stefanis, a former army general and chief of staff, told a news conference. The three camps to be closed, on the islands of Lesbos, Chios and Samos, currently house over 27,000 people under terrible conditions that have been repeatedly castigated by rights groups and the Council of Europe. They have a nominal capacity of just 4,500. The Greek government said it would replace the camps with new closed facilities for identification, relocation and deportation with a capacity of at least 5,000 people each. Smaller camps on the islands of Kos and Leros are also to be remodelled along these lines and enlarged, Stefanis said. Instead of being allowed to move freely in and out of the camps, asylum-seekers will now be locked up until they are … [Read more...] about Greece to shut down three largest migrant camps
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With more than a billion subscribers, India is one of the biggest mobile markets - what went wrong? One of India's biggest telecoms firms, Vodafone India, has posted record second quarter losses of 510bn rupees ($7bn; £5.4bn) further exacerbating fears about the state of the industry. Economist Vivek Kaul explains further. What has caused these losses in such a big market? With more than a billion mobile subscribers, India is one of the world's biggest telecoms markets. But there are two reasons for this bloodbath. The first is that for many years while the prices of telephone calls fell, data prices continued to remain high. However, with the entry of Reliance Jio three years ago, this entirely changed. The company slashed data prices and, in the process, managed to change what was essentially a voice market into a data market. This resulted in India ending up with the cheapest mobile data in the world. But this put massive pressure on the players already in the market. … [Read more...] about How did Vodafone lose $7bn in India in just one quarter?
Motorola has revived its slim Razr flip phone, some 15 years after the original “game changing” device hit the market. The new Razr is ever-so-slightly thicker when folded compared to the 2004 original The new device features a 6.2in screen which folds together when closed, with another, smaller screen to display notifications on its outer shell. The device will be sold for $1,500, starting in the US on 26 December, with other markets coming later. Analysts told the BBC they did not expect the device to have much impact on the global smartphone sales. “The question everyone will be asking is whether this foldable device will change Motorola fortunes, because their market share is extremely small,” said Francisco Jeronimo, an analyst with IDC. "Honestly, I don’t think it will." But the new Razr is, at the very least, being seen as an innovative statement piece from Motorola, which is now a unit of Chinese giant Lenovo, having being acquired - from … [Read more...] about Motorola Razr flip phone revived with foldable screen
The UK's night-time economy is now said to be the UK's fifth-biggest industry with annual revenues of £66bn. It is 04:00 in central London's clubbing district, Soho. People are slowly streaming out of the clubs, some huddled in doorways waiting for taxis, others dancing on the kerb, merry and very loud. The night-time economy is a growing part of the UK economy. Nationally, it is the UK's fifth-biggest industry, accounting for at least 8% of the UK's employment and annual revenues of £66bn, according to the Night Time Industries Association. In fact, the growth of that business activity at night-time prompted London's mayor to call upon the talents of TV presenter and performer Amy Lamé. She has been London's first "night czar" since 2016, and is in charge of the city between 18:00 and 06:00. "My role encompasses looking after the welfare and wellbeing of the 1.6 million people that are usually working in London. My biggest concern is the 190,000 that work for the … [Read more...] about The growing importance of the night-time economy
Forecasters expect a welcome improvement in water levels in Venice over the coming days, allowing residents to assess damage the mayor has already put at over a billion euros. (Photo: AFP/Filippo Monteforte) The wave of bad weather that struck throughout Italy - from rivers of water rushing through the streets of the southern town of Matera to tornados in the Grosseto region of Tuscany - was still a concern in certain areas, and was expected to continue. In the north, the Trentino-Alto Adige region bordering Austria was at high risk of avalanches, forecasters said, with continued strong rains expected to batter the region around Genoa and the island of Sardinia. Schools reopened in Venice as shopkeepers with mops and buckets in hand tried to muck out the water and mud that had flooded their stores since Tuesday. The high of 110-115cm expected midday in Venice was a welcome improvement on the past week when the so-called "acqua alta", or high waters, exceeded a level of 150cm three … [Read more...] about Venice comes up for air after week of record flooding