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US rolls out new fraud-proof Green Cards

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Voice of America is reporting that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begun issuing new tamper-resistant green cards on May 1st, 2017, making it very difficult for prospective fraudsters to tamper with it.

VOA said Monday that he redesigned cards, which have enhanced graphics and additional security features, are more secure than the old ones.

“The new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against the threat of document tampering and fraud,” VOA quoted  USCIS as saying.

The back of the new tamper-resistant green cards issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Photo courtesy of USCIS)

The back of the new tamper-resistant green cards issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Photo courtesy of USCIS)

USCIS says that he new green cards will:

* Display the individual’s photos on both sides.

* Show a unique graphic image and color palette.

* Have an image of the Statue of Liberty and a predominately green palette.

* Have embedded holographic images.

* No longer display the individual’s signature.

* No longer have an optical stripe on the back.

While May 1 is the launch date for the new cards, USCIS says some of the old ones may still be issued until they have run out.

Both old and new cards remain valid until they reach their expiration dates.

While the cards are new, the rules governing green card eligibility and the application process remain the same.

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It is now legal to smoke bhang

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A top court ruled on Tuesday that private, personal cannabis use was legal in a landmark case that had pitted law enforcement agencies against marijuana advocates and the judiciary.

South Africa’s Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, delivering the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional and therefore invalid”.

“It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption,” he said, reading the ruling to cheers from the public gallery.

The court also ordered parliament to draft new laws within 24 months to reflect the order.

Outside pro-cannabis campaigners lit pipes and rolled joints to celebrate the news, filling the air with the distinctive aroma of marijuana.

“I’m happy I won’t be getting any more criminal records for possession,” Ruaan Wilson, 29, told AFP before pausing for a puff.

“Now we can get police to focus on real drugs and thugs,” he added, wearing shorts and dark sunglasses.

A court in Western Cape had ruled in March 2017 that a ban on cannabis use by adults at home was unconstitutional, a move that effectively decriminalised it in the province, which includes Cape Town.

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Objective proof

But the ministers of justice, police, health and trade challenged that finding, arguing that there was “objective proof of the harmful effects of cannabis”.

The ruling will not decriminalise the use of the drug in public nor the offences of supplying or dealing – but cultivation for personal, private use will no longer be illegal for adults.

Previously, possessing, growing or using marijuana for personal use – even in small quantities – exposed users to fines of up to hundreds of dollars as well as jail time, although this latter punishment was rare. Penalties for selling the drug were far higher.

Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug argued in the Constitutional Court that the prohibition “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”.

Activists clutching banners reading “Weed are free now” and Rastafari flags gathered outside the court in central Johannesburg.

Other boards read “Free the weed”, and “Legalise weed, end economic depression #weedislife”.

Some activists also called for cannabis to be decriminalised for use in public.

“It’s not enough, we also have privacy in person, as we walk in a public space, therefore we should be allowed to carry cannabis in public,” said Jeremy Acton, leader of the Dagga Party in South Africa which advocates the rights of cannabis users.

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Several of the roughly 100 activists sang struggle-era anti-apartheid songs.

Previous court hearings on the emotive issue have drawn protests by those opposed to legalising cannabis, as well as by those in favour of decriminalisation.

Use of cannabis and medicinal marijuana has gained popularity in some parts of the world to ease suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV and Aids, and other serious conditions.

But opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and users graduating to harder drugs. They also cite medical research which suggests a link between heavy use of marijuana and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

The country’s Medical Research Council has already launched trials to help guarantee quality, consistency and standards, according to local media.

“We have used cannabis to treat anxiety, colic in children and as an antiseptic in secret for many years,” said Phephsile Maseko of the Traditional Healers Organisation. “Now we will be able to develop the plant even further.”

Coca-Cola recently confirmed it was studying the use of a key ingredient in marijuana to make “wellness beverages”.

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Six reasons men just can’t stop staring at women, even when they have their own

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It was one of those warm days that inflated Mombasa this week. I was on my way to campus on my bicycle. Two blocks from where I resided, I turned right towards the main road and found myself five metres behind a young lady.

She had long black hair and was wearing a short putty-colored top, grey sweatpants – the top tucked primly beneath the sweatpants.

My first sight of her felt like a light blow to the chest. Her body held my interest, so did her decision to put on fitting sweatpants along with her splendid figure, her loveliness.

 

Even with the fleetingness of the six blocks, I kept her company close behind- she turned right, and she was gone. We owe each other nothing.

The inevitable backwash of guilt arrived, as my fellow men know it does. I had spent minutes gazing at a pretty girl`s backside. I have a girlfriend and heck! I hope she is not reading this. I could hear my inner critic pressing charges against me.

So, why does girl-watching have such terrible reputation?

 

I had a heated discussion with some of my classmates and everyone had their own reasons, others rebuking it while others praised it.

I found myself at crossroads and finally set out to unearth why the infamous male gaze is not creepy as some think it is.

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Why It Is Okay To Creepily Stare At Women

Science Suggests…

When a man looks at a woman, a chemical reaction happens in his brain. Neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin are released, giving him an involuntary surge of pleasure. It is simply nature.

2. Men can`t help it

It is right there in the headline! Whether they want or not, men can`t stop staring at women. It is “UNAVOIDABLE”. That`s just how male sexuality works. Do you really want men to stop doing something that they can`t stop doing? That just won`t happen.

3. The weather

It`s a scientific fact: When the weather gets hotter women`s clothes get smaller, and when women`s clothes get smaller, men have no choice (see no.2) but to catalogue and analyse every inch of exposed skin. Don`t like it, ladies? The last time I checked, men did not make the weather- Mother Nature did!

4. Women have boobs

“I`m having a hard time concentrating; the waitress at the cafe is brain-stopping. Her cleavage seems to be the prix fixe. Those boobs are on the menu, just like food! Isn`t it?

5. Charles Darwin

Men look at attractive women because attractiveness means women are healthy and fertile, an evolutionary advantage.

6. Not staring at women is pointless

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Would not staring at women “help” anything? I wonder. No, it would not.

So, there you have it! I have done my homework. To those ignorant people slumbering in the dark ages of culture and dogma or whatever it is, kindly wake up and face reality.

-Ureport

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See the KSh 20 million machine awaiting Eliud Kipchoge after amazing marathon win

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Amid all the glory from the Berlin Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge is set to reap handsomely for his heroism with a number of lucrative prizes on the cards.

Among the tokens of recognition that will come Kipchoge’s way includes a swanky KSh 20 million ride following his amazing triumph.

The 33-year old set a new world record of 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds in the marathon, beating fellow countrymen Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang. The fact that Kipchoge’s victory was coupled with a smashing world record, the athlete is set to become the proud owner of a brand new Isuzu D max.

This is in honor of a promise which was made by the truck and bus manufacturer Isuzu East Africa after it renewed the contract with Kipchoge as its brand ambassador.

The deal was made barely a week before Kipchpoge left for Germany in preparation for the Berlin Marathon.

One would be forgiven to think Kipchoge had the lucrative gifts in his head during the marathon because not only did he emerge winner, but he also set a new world record in a remarkable marathon. He smashed the world record by 77 seconds, in what will be a new time which will prove difficult to match over the years.

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