By NORMAN PEARLSTINE, DAVID PIERSON, ROBYN DIXON, DAVID S. CLOUD, ALICE SU AND MAX HAO LU Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. Standing on Huawei Technologies Co.’s sprawling new campus near Shenzhen, it’s hard to conceive that Ren Zhengfei, backed by five friends of friends, could have single-handedly turned his tiny start-up into a technology-driven colossus. How could Ren, then in his 40s and possessing no intellectual property, have grown Huawei into the world’s biggest seller of telecommunications equipment and one of the largest makers of smartphones, with 188,000 employees in 170 countries? In fact, it’s entirely unbelievable, according to the U.S. government. Washington would have you believe Huawei’s official history is a sham — … [Read more...] about WHO’S BEHIND HUAWEI?
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STANDING on the brink of collapse, Venezuela is in the grip of a hyperinflation economic catastrophe - and is becoming one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Here is what you need to know about the hard-left president how the crisis in the South American country has developed. Who is Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro? Nicolas Maduro took power as president in 2013. He was born on November 23, 1962. He is married to Cilia Flores, a lawyer and politician who replaced Maduro as President of the National Assembly in August 2006, when he resigned to become Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Hugo Chavez. He has one son from a previous marriage and three step-children from his wife's first marriage. The 56-year-old is a former bus driver and trade union leader. Why is there such criticism of his regime? Maduro has seen his country plunge into disarray and the United States has imposed sanctions, labelling him a "dictator". His government’s answer to the crisis, … [Read more...] about Who is Venezuela’s president, what happens next and how has the leadership crisis developed?
IN October last year the Ministry of Defence suddenly announced that women could serve in the Special Forces. A political decision that was clearly designed to distract voters and get an easy round of applause. Two things that were never going to stop Channel 4 enforcing the same rules at its own brilliant version of selection, SAS: Who Dares Wins, even if it was the last show on television that needed any fixing. Its three series have been close to works of art, in fact, largely thanks to their breathtaking settings and four instructors, Ant Middleton, Jason Fox, Matthew Ollerton and Mark Billingham, who gave it such an air of authenticity you could suspend disbelief and imagine you were watching the real thing. As the show’s introduction would have it, though, everything’s changed and they’re a band of brothers no more. The fourth run has 13 female recruits including a mole called Petra who’s served, for nine years, with Swedish Special forces, on their … [Read more...] about Sob stories have reduced Channel 4’s brutal SAS show to Who Dares Whinges
CAÑON CITY • On their way north, Robert Henderson and his wife will stop by “The Study Hall” of the Air Force Academy, the sculpture garden displaying the bronze magnificence of World War II planes.“There’s always people around taking pictures,” he says, “asking me to get out of the way.”A wry smile stretches the creator’s wrinkled face. He’s inside his headquarters, a building calling no attention to itself among the others of the industrial zone here behind the tracks and the river. No, the man known as the Warbird Sculptor doesn’t need attention.“I don’t see him as needing or feeling like he wants to be remembered,” says Cheryl, his wife of 38 years. “As long as he leaves behind people’s history, I think he’s just fine with it all.” Colorado Springs area military events starting Jan. 13Kenneth Cobb, the sergeant who served in Vietnam, and Danny Dietz, the fallen Navy … [Read more...] about ‘Warbird Sculptor’ is more than his Air Force Academy planes
A PRIMARY school headteacher who died after writing a heartbreaking deathbed letter to pupils has been laid to rest – in a coffin covered in their drawings. Much-loved Sue East, from Bath, Somerset, was just 58 when she died on December 19 following a short battle with cancer. On the day she died, she penned a heart-wrenching final letter to her pupils, telling them she was "going to die soon" and thanking them for their "joy and friendship". Mrs East quoted a passage from C.S Lewis' 1952 novel, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, comparing death to sailing over the horizon in a small, round boat. At the end of her letter, she wrote: "Never forget there is fairy dust to be found in every situation, no matter how difficult." And yesterday, almost 700 pupils, parents, ex-pupils and staff members crammed into Bath Abbey to say farewell to the former headteacher of St Andrew's Church School in the town. Past and present pupils of the school sang at the funeral, and covered Mrs East's … [Read more...] about Pupils cover coffin in drawings for ‘fairy dust’ headteacher, 58, who wrote them heartbreaking deathbed letter