NEWS BY NUMBERS – Eight is not enough, Gwyneth? Blackberry’s bad fruit. Malaysian puzzle pieces.


Paula Munteanu
News Writer
News by Numbers


45 million dollars is the estimated price for a rare Stradivari viola in a sealed bids sale coming up this spring.

Considered to be on of the finest in existence, the “MacDonald’ Viola was made by the Italian artisan Antonio Stradivari in 1719 and is the first one for sale in 50 years.  Sotheby’s, in cooperation with the instrument dealer Ingles & Hayday, is organizing the sale and the final bid is expected to be announced on June 25.  There are only two Stradivari violas privately owned. The second one is held in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.


5.9 billion dollars is Blackberry’s net loss for its last financial year.

Boss John Chen said that the company is going towards a “sounder financial footing.” For the past three months until March 1, the recorded loss was $423 million, smaller than expected, while in the previous quarter, $4.4 billion were lost.

Blackberry devices has begun losing their spot in the market to Apple’s iPhone and other devices powered by Google Android operating system. During the past financial year, the company’s losses were attributed to the unsold Z10 smartphones worth $934 million and to the restructuring costs of $512 million.


300 floating objects detected by Thai satellite in the southern area of the Indian Ocean were linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH730.

One day after a French satellite showed 122 floating objects in the same area, the Thaichote satellite reported the same information on March 24.  The search operations by planes had been suspended on Thursday due to poor visibility, while the ships are still trying to continue to operate, according to Australian officials.  The last images taken by the Thai satellite show around 300 floating objects over an area of 1,680 miles south-west of Perth. All of the objects were examined closely, and it was determined that none of the objects were tied the plane.


5.1 is the magnitude of an earthquake followed by more than 100 aftershocks that struck the Los Angeles area.

The epicenter of the quake that happened on Friday, March 27, at about 9:10pm local time was located 1 mile east of the town of La Habra.  “This is a reminder that we live in earthquake country,” USGS seismologist Robert Graves said.  He also mentioned that the quake that occurred at a depth of about 5 miles was followed by several aftershocks, one of then being of 2.7 magnitude. On Saturday, more than 100 aftershocks affected Southern California. It was reported that more than 800 homes and businesses remained without power.


10 years of marriage between the Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the Coldplay singer Chris Martin has ended in a divorce.

The couple announced their separation on March 25 on Paltrow’s blog Goop under a post entitled “conscious uncoupling.”  According to the announcement, the couple has been in the process of breaking up for over a year.  “We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate,” Gwyneth and Chris signed at the end of the
blog post.


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