Authorities have once again lowered the number of people thought to be missing in California’s deadliest wildfire to 25.
Butte County Sheriff’s office said the death toll in the Camp Fire remains at 88. The fire completely obliterated the town of Paradise, home to almost 27,000 people about 280 kilometers north of San Francisco.
On Friday, authorities had said the number of missing stood at 49, down from a high of 1,200 two weeks ago.
Authorities lifted evacuation orders for residents of some communities in the Magalia area, north of Paradise. But people are still barred from entering Paradise itself, the sheriff’s department said.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated but suspicion has fallen on the utility company PG&E, which has admitted having equipment problems near the origin of the fire around the time it started. (VOA)
In a breather to the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant Huawei, the Pentagon has blocked the Commerce Department-backed ban on sales that make it harder for US-based companies to sell equipment to the handset maker, the media has reported.
The US Department of Commerce had put Huawei on the “entity list” in May 2019, thus, preventing US firms from conducting business with the company unless they obtain a specific license, citing national security concerns with the Chinese telecommunications giant.
The Commerce Department’s efforts to tighten the noose on Huawei Technologies Co. is facing a formidable obstacle: the Pentagon. Commerce officials have withdrawn proposed regulations that would make it harder for US companies to sell to Huawei from their overseas facilities following objections from the Defense Department as well as the Treasury Department, people familiar with the matter said, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
The Commerce Department has subsequently issued temporary licenses to delay that designation, but companies have already begun finding ways to continue selling equipment to Huawei without falling afoul of Commerce penalties.
Meanwhile, Huawei’s latest smartphone Mate 30 Pro, unveiled in September, doesn’t contain American components. The flagship smartphone competes with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 11, which was also unveiled in September.
In the wake of the US ban, Huawei is sourcing audio amplifiers from the Netherlands’ NXP rather than Texas-based Cirrus Logic, and relying entirely on its own HiSilicon semiconductor division for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips rather than Broadcom. It’s using other firms, like Japan’s Murata and Taiwan’s MediaTek, for other parts previously supplied by US manufacturers, The Verge had reported in December.
However, Huawei has not been able to divest itself of American suppliers entirely.