HODEIDA, Yemen: Yemen's Huthi rebels have handed over security of key Red Sea ports to the "coastguard" but much work remains to remove military equipment, the UN said on Tuesday (May 14).The rebel pullback is part of a hard-won truce agreement struck in Sweden in December between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and the Iran-aligned Huthis.But the government has accused the insurgents of merely handing over the ports to their own forces in different uniforms.The UN said on Sunday it had been monitoring the withdrawal of the Huthi rebels from the Hodeida, Saleef and Ras Issa terminals.A UN team was there on Tuesday to verify the redeployment.Its head, General Michael Lollesgaard, welcomed the handover "of the security of the ports to the coastguard", according to a UN statement."There is still a lot of work to be done on the removal of the manifestations, but cooperation has been very good."UN teams will continue to monitor these initial steps in an impartial and transparent … [Read more...] about Yemen rebels hand security of Hodeida ports to ‘coastguard’
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MCALLEN, Texas: Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan made his second trip to the US-Mexico border on Saturday (May 11) as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies.Shanahan traveled to McAllen, Texas, to meet with officials and visit a migrant processing facility and Border Patrol station, two days after the White House announced Trump's intention to nominate the former Boeing Co executive as defence secretary."We're not going to leave until the border is secure," Shanahan told about two dozen border patrol officials as hundreds of detained migrants waited in tents to be processed.Shanahan was accompanied by another acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan, who leads the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after a shake-up instigated by Trump, whose hard-line immigration policies have not stemmed a rising tide of migrants.On Friday, the Pentagon said Shanahan approved the transfer of US$1.5 billion to … [Read more...] about Pentagon eyes longer-term support on US-Mexico border
MELBOURNE: The return of Steve Smith and David Warner to the Australia squad has generated excitement, not tension, among the playing group but the pair will need to learn "humility" after losing their leadership roles, coach Justin Langer said on Friday.Former captain Smith and Warner were selected in Australia's World Cup squad last month after their ball-tampering bans expired but they will play under skipper Aaron Finch and a new leadership group.The duo, whose reintegration was smoothed with a visit to the squad in Dubai last month, returned to training with their team mates in Brisbane on Friday."There’s no tension, honestly. We’re so excited to have the boys back, we’re just so excited about playing cricket," Langer told reporters at Allan Border Field."It’s been a big buildup to it. It’s a bit like facing fast bowling, isn’t it? You worry about it until you get out there and it’s not as bad as you thought it was."It’s the same … [Read more...] about Smith, Warner will need to be ‘humble’ in Australia team
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?
PETALING JAYA: SaigonBank Berjaya Securities JSC (SBBS) and Thailand’s KT ZMICO Securities Co Ltd (KTZ) are teaming up to provide corporate advisory services to clients from partner countries. The collaboration between SBBS and KTZ will provide in-depth corporate services to clients from both countries as well as other countries in the Asean region where their businesses are present. SBBS is a licensed securities company in Vietnam and is a joint venture between Inter-Pacific Securities Sdn Bhd with local Vietnamese partners. The corporate advisory services to be offered to the companies’ clients include primary market/investment banking, secondary markets and other related services such as cross-border securities brokerage and strategic partnership. “The objective is to widen the area of business opportunities to allow not only single entry but bilateral entry via Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos. In addition, clients from these countries whom have … [Read more...] about SaigonBank Berjaya Securities partners Thai brokerage company