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Anxiety as US announces it will be checking Visa applicants’ Facebook, Twitter etc activity

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U.S. visa applicants will have to provide social media handles for the last five years and 15 years worth of biographical data following the unveiling of new questionnaire by the Trump administration.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the new questionnaire on May 23 even as it faced criticism by from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period.

The OMB granted emergency approval for the new questions for six months, rather than the usual three years.

Critics say that the new questionnaire will be burdensome and will lead to unnecessary delays in visa processing.

Visa applicants will going forward may be required to provide all prior passport numbers, five years’ worth of social media handles, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information including addresses, employment and travel history.

According to the State Department, officials will request the additional information when they determine “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting.”

The Department said that these additional vetting procedures will only apply to those who have been identified as in need of further vetting in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities.

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President Donald Trump has vowed to increase national security and border protections, proposing to give more money to the military and make Mexico pay to build a wall along the southern U.S. border.

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15 Chinese arrested in South C ‘brothel’, Nairobi

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Immigration Department says its officers have arrested 15 Chinese nationals for allegedly engaging in prostitution in Nairobi.

The suspects, who were allegedly found in a brothel, in South C estate were taken to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for processing and subsequent deportation.

Their arrest comes months after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’s declared war on illegal immigrants and foreigners doing jobs that should be done by Kenyans.

Two weeks ago, Kenyan police raided the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network in Nairobi and briefly detaining several journalists.

The Chinese embassy in Nairobi has complained over police swoops that have seen its nationals with legal documents hauled into police stations for verification.

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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.

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