MEXICO CITY: After a long push in Mexico, China's Huawei landed a coveted job in 2017: supplying equipment for the country's so-called "red compartida," an ambitious telecommunications network built for carriers delivering the latest generation of technology.The contract came with a catch.Altan Redes, the company developing the network, announced that the most delicate work – involving the system's "core" and sites near the U.S. border – would go to Nokia, and awarded Huawei southern and central Mexico. Political sensitivities around Huawei, which the United States has denounced since 2012 as an untrustworthy agent of the Chinese government, factored into the decision, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.But limiting Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's role was easier said than done. While sites along the U.S. border remain with Nokia, Huawei has since gained work in three cities in northern Mexican regions that Altan had said publicly would go to Nokia, according … [Read more...] about US campaign against Huawei hits a snag south of the border
PANMUNJOM: South Korean soldiers held their normal stern and unmoving positions Wednesday outside the blue huts of Panmunjom village, the only place along the border where troops from the two Koreas stand nearly face-to-face, but with one notable omission: their weapons.Sporting their signature aviator sunglasses, the guards in the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula - standing only metres away from North Korean soldiers - were visibly no longer armed.Public tours to the southern side of the inter-Korean border village resumed on Wednesday morning with firearms and guardposts now removed from the designated Joint Security Area (JSA), after having been stopped in October to facilitate joint efforts by Seoul and Pyongyang to demilitarise the border.But with Pyongyang still in deadlock with the US over its nuclear weapons and economic sanctions - and fresh tension between North and South Korea - the tours began again with little fanfare.The truce … [Read more...] about Inter-Korean border village re-opens for public tours
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
SAN DIEGO: The rabbi wounded in Saturday’s deadly shooting at his California synagogue praised an off-duty US Customs and Border Patrol agent who fired at the fleeing suspect. “I had spoken to him in the past about coming to the synagogue armed because he’s trained, and I want trained security as much as possible,” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told CNN, speaking from a local hospital. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to have an armed security officer at every service, so whenever we had extra help, we were grateful for it.” The agent, who has not been identified, had recently discovered his Jewish heritage and travelled more than 160 km each way to visit the synagogue from his home in El Centro, a city on the border with Mexico, the rabbi said. The sheriff of San Diego County, Bill Gore, told reporters on Saturday the officer fired as the gunman was fleeing, missing the suspect but hitting his car. One woman was killed and three others wounded, … [Read more...] about Rabbi praises off-duty border agent who fired at California synagogue shooter