What Are Foreign Nationals Doing With Valid Liberian Voter Registration Cards?

first_imgOur Gbarpolu Correspondent, S. Micah Yeahwon, reported yesterday the arrest by security officers of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) in that county of three foreign nationals with Liberian Voter Registration Cards in their possession. The three are two Sierra Leoneans, Shirlef Ansu and  Passaway Nancy and a Guinean national, Kanneh Mohamed.The two Sierra Leoneans’ names already sound somewhat fictitious because we know, for example, of no Liberian surnamed Nancy, a female first or second name. And in Liberia we know of Sirleaf or Sheriff, not Shirlef.Another disturbing aspect of Correspondent Yeahwon’s story is what the LIS security officer told him, namely, that “if the suspects are investigated and found to be legally residing in the country, they will be free to go about their normal business; but if on the contrary, we will prosecute and deport them to their respective countries of origin.”That statement is very disturbing because it suggests that once a foreign resident, otherwise known as an alien, is in this country with a valid visa an or Residence Permit, that person is free to obtain Liberian Voter Registration Card. For true?That is contrary to what National Elections Commission Chairman Jerome Korkoya told the Daily Observer when contacted yesterday on Correspondent Yeahwon’s report.Chairman Korkoya said he was not surprised by the swift action by LIS security officers,  “because LIS Commissioner Lemuel Reeves is a good man who has always been fully cooperating with us and bringing to book those foreigners who attempt to violate our election laws.”Chairman Korkoya said he had not yet seen yesterday’s Observer story but would get to it as soon as he was through with several meetings.The Daily Observer also contacted LIS Commissioner Reeves to find out whether he had seen our story yesterday.We further inquired as to whether or not the LIS security officer was accurate in stating that the three foreigners caught with Liberian VRCs “would be free to go if they were legal residents in Liberia.”Commissioner Reeves immediately cried “No, the security officer made a mistake. A foreign resident in possession of a Liberian Voter Registration Card is in violation of Liberia’s Alien and Naturalization Law and is, if found guilty, subject to three years imprisonment and a US$5000 fine. The offense is that he or she is impersonating as a Liberian citizen. No foreign resident has any business carrying a Liberian Voter Registration Card.”Commissioner Reeves further told this newspaper, “It is no longer business as usual at LIS.  We are on top of our game. In fact, we have sent some 200 such cases to NEC and are prepared to do more if we are given the encouragement.”We call on Law Enforcement Agencies, particularly the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), National Security Advisor H. Boima Fahnbulleh and the entire Joint Security Commission to become even more vigilant and encourage each of our security agencies to work closely with LIS to ensure that no foreigner will be able to infiltrate successfully our voting procedures in this election season or at any other time.But more immediately, the LNP, backed by the Justice Ministry and the Judiciary, are called to act swiftly to bring to justice the three foreigners caught in Gbarpolu and all such others that have already been forwarded to NEC. They must all be immediately prosecuted.Liberia must stop being a country where anyone can enter and violate our laws with impunity.Most particularly, we run the risk of encouraging electoral anarchy and confusion and even instability should we allow foreigners to interfere in our voting process.This should NEVER be allowed to happen.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Anthony Jewitt 4K UHD TV content and channel provi

first_imgAnthony Jewitt4K UHD TV content and channel provider Love Nature has named former Red Bull Media House executive Anthony Jewitt in the role of director of partnerships.UK-based Jewitt will oversee Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks-backed Love Nature’s global SVOD and linear television distribution, excluding North America. He will also take the lead on building the business, and driving strategic initiatives, partnerships and business development. Blue Ant International will continue to manage Love Nature’s programme sales.Jewitt was previously director, affiliate sales and programming at Red Bull Media House, overseeing he global launch and distribution of Red Bull’s subscription linear TV service and the sale of Red Bull’s linear and digital programming across northern Europe.Jewitt will join the Love Nature team at the forthcoming MIPCOM market in Cannes.“Anthony brings over a decade of experience in global content distribution and partnerships to his role as Director, Partnerships,” said Jo Parkinson, managing director, Love Nature International.“By leading the charge with international affiliate relations and platform partnerships, Anthony will be a key player in Love Nature’s mission to bring our library of stunning 4K natural history content to wildlife and nature lovers across the globe.”last_img read more

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Novel imaging technique uses protein found in scorpion venom to light up

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 10 2019A novel imaging technique that uses a synthesized form of scorpion venom to light up brain tumors has shown promise in a clinical trial. The imaging system enables neurosurgeons to better see malignant growths that often are difficult to fully eliminate.Results from the multi-institutional clinical trial, led by investigators from Cedars-Sinai and sponsored by Blaze Bioscience, Inc., appear in the journal Neurosurgery.The new imaging technique that was studied uses a special high-sensitivity near-infrared camera developed at Cedars-Sinai, along with the imaging agent tozuleristide, or BLZ-100, developed by Blaze. The agent contains a synthetic version of an amino acid compound found in scorpion venom.Like the natural form of the compound, the synthetic version is not toxic and binds to tumor cells. It is attached to a fluorescent dye that glows when stimulated by a near-infrared laser. Viewed through the camera, the imaging agent might allow neurosurgeons to detect the boundaries between tumors and healthy brain tissue during surgery, improving the opportunity for surgeons to remove tumor cells while sparing normal brain tissue.”With this fluorescence, you see the tumor so much clearer because it lights up like a Christmas tree,” said Adam Mamelak, MD, senior author and investigator in the trial.That is important because of the sprawling nature of gliomas, the type of brain tumors imaged during the trial. Gliomas are highly lethal and comprise about 33% of all brain tumors. They can infiltrate brain tissue with tentacle-like structures, making them difficult to distinguish from normal brain tissue. They typically do not respond to traditional therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation. The key to extending patient survival depends on a surgeon’s ability to detect and remove all parts of the tumor.In the clinical trial, 17 adult patients with brain tumors were given varying doses of BLZ-100 before surgery. Despite the varying amounts of the drug given, the majority of tumors fluoresced, including both high- and low-grade gliomas. After surgery, patients were monitored for 30 days. Investigators found that none of the patients had any serious adverse responses to the drug, and that the imaging system was safe and could be useful for imaging the brain tumors during surgery.Related StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaMore clinical trials are needed to further evaluate the safety of the imaging system and demonstrate the system’s effectiveness before BLZ-100 can gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration, and the camera used in the trial must be refined before it can be used seamlessly in an operating room. But Mamelak said the clinical trial results were promising.”For a surgeon, this seamless integration of fluorescence imaging into the surgical microscope is very appealing,” Mamelak said.Unlike other experimental systems that are bulkier or rely on multiple cameras, the new imaging system uses a single camera that takes both near-infrared and white-light images by alternating between a laser and normal white lights at very high speeds. This technology enables surgeons to easily switch back and forth between “normal” vision using a surgical microscope and fluorescent “super-vision” on a nearby monitor, in real time.The next phase of this research, already underway, is a clinical trial involving pediatric brain tumors, taking place at up to 14 sites nationwide. This trial will serve as a data set for potential FDA approval. A similar adult clinical trial is also being planned. Although Mamelak is not directly involved in performing research during this phase, he and others are eager to see if the imaging approach has applications beyond neurosurgery.”The technique in this study holds great promise not only for brain tumors but for many other cancer types in which we need to identify the margins of cancers,” said Keith L. Black, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai. “The ultimate goal is to bring greater precision to the surgical care we provide to our patients.” Source:http://www.cedars-sinai.org/newsroom/new-brain-tumor-imaging-technique-uses-protein-found-in-scorpion-venom/last_img read more

Sprint TMobile have to sell 265B deal to antitrust cops Update

The all-stock deal values each share of Sprint at slightly more than 0.10 T-Mobile shares. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s parent, would own about 42 percent of the combined company. Japan’s SoftBank, which controls Sprint, would own 27 percent, and the remainder would be held by the public.The companies said they expect the deal to close by the first half of 2019 and would result in about $6 billion in annual cost savings. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, left, and T-Mobile CEO John Legere are interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) The deal announced Sunday would combine the nation’s third- and fourth-largest wireless companies and bulk them up to a similar size to Verizon and AT&T, the industry giants.But the companies argued that the combination would allow them to better compete not only with those two rivals but also with Comcast and others as the wireless, broadband and video industries converge.”This isn’t a case of going from 4 to 3 wireless companies—there are now at least 7 or 8 big competitors in this converging market,” T-Mobile chief executive John Legere said in a statement. He would be the CEO of the combined company.T-Mobile and Sprint have been considering a combination for years. But a 2014 attempt fell apart amid resistance from the Obama administration. And in 2017 another potential deal fell through as well.The combined company, to be called T-Mobile, would have about 127 million customers. Consumers worry a less crowded telecom field could result in higher prices, while unions are concerned about potential job losses.In a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure acknowledged that getting regulatory approval is “the elephant in the room.” One of the first things the companies did after sending out the deal’s news release was to call Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Explore further The companies stressed that they plan to have more employees following the combination, particularly in rural areas, than they do as stand-alone companies now.They also emphasized that the deal would help accelerate their development of faster 5G wireless networks and ensure that the U.S. doesn’t cede leadership on the technology to China.And they said the combination would allow them to better compete with a growing number of competitors in a changing market.Verizon and AT&T have been expanding their video-content businesses, while cable companies have been moving into wireless. That allows a single company to combine home and wireless internet and use content to support the communications businesses.Comcast, the cable giant that finished buying NBCUniversal in 2013, offers customers wireless service by reselling access to Verizon’s network. So does another dominant cable company, Charter. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile CEO John Legere, left, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure pose for photos on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Investors have been anticipating a deal like this for some time. In addition to the thwarted attempt three years ago, the two companies were poised to combine in October, but the deal was called off after what analysts said was a disagreement over control of the combined company.The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.National carriers had not been able to get a deal through under President Barack Obama. But the FCC in September deemed the wireless market “competitive” for the first time since 2009, which some analysts say could make it easier to present a deal.The 5G aspirations are at the heart of the agreement, and the new technology could allow companies to provide faster service to people’s homes.Sprint’s Claure likened going from 4G to 5G to switching from black-and-white television to color. The combined company plans to invest up to $40 billion in its network in the first three years, which executives said would drive more hiring and better service for customers.Sprint has a lot of debt and has posted a string of annual losses. It has cut costs and made itself more attractive to customers, BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk said, but it hasn’t invested enough in its network and doesn’t have enough airwave rights for quality service in rural areas.T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been on a yearslong streak of adding customers. After the government nixed AT&T’s attempt to buy the company in 2011, T-Mobile led the way in many consumer-friendly changes, such as ditching two-year contracts and bringing back unlimited data plans. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Consumers are paying less for cellphone service thanks to T-Mobile’s influence on the industry and the resulting price wars.Advocacy organizations said the deal will likely lead to higher cellphone plans because there will be less competition. Michael Copps, a former FCC chairman and an adviser to the watchdog group Common Cause, said consumers will “lose a lot of the innovation and competitive spirit that T-Mobile had” when it was challenging not just AT&T and Verizon, but Sprint as well.But Mark Lowenstein, a mobile-industry consultant, said the move shouldn’t be seen as a consolidation in the wireless industry.”That era is over,” he said. “This is a new industry structure—where wireless is competing in the larger broadband space.”The move makes sense for developing 5G, he added.”There is no way we were going to build four national 5G networks,” he said. The combination “gives the U.S. a better chance of getting to 5G faster, innovating quicker, and competing with China in the global 5G race.”Shares of T-Mobile fell $4.80, or 7.4 percent, to $59.72 in afternoon trading Monday. Sprint shares fell 97 cents, or 15 percent, to $5.53. Sprint, T-Mobile end merger talks Citation: Sprint, T-Mobile have to sell $26.5B deal to antitrust cops (Update) (2018, April 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-sprint-t-mobile-265b-antitrust-cops.html T-Mobile CEO John Legere wears Sprint-yellow sunglasses on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, April 30, 2018. To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) read more

Germany greenlights escooters on roads not pavements

first_img Explore further Citation: Germany green-lights e-scooters on roads, not pavements (2019, May 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-germany-green-lights-e-scooters-roads-pavements.html Germany’s decision to authorise electric scooters on streets will probably provoke conflicts with cyclists, Social Democrat politician Anke Rehlinger says © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Germany on Friday authorised battery-powered scooters on its streets and cycle paths but banned them from pavements to protect pedestrians as the two-wheeled craze continues to spread across Europe. Uber Jumps into electric scooters in Europe Following fierce debate over road safety and the impact on traffic, the upper house adopted a proposal by Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer to approve the “electric propulsion vehicles” for road use.Scheuer was forced to amend his initial suggestion to allow electric scooters on pavements, after it sparked an outcry from politicians, police unions and insurance groups.Electrical scooters will only be allowed on pavements in exceptional cases, to be expressly indicated by signs.E-scooter users must stick to a speed limit of 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) per hour and be aged 14 years or older.The decision opens up the market for mobility companies vying to provide electric scooters in Germany’s cities with Berlin-based startup Tier and Sweden’s Voi up against US firms Lime and Bird, leaders in the fast-growing sector.Even German car behemoth Volkswagen is eyeing the e-scooter market with plans to incorporate them into its own car-sharing scheme by the end of the year.The presence of scooters will intensify the battle for space on Germany’s streets, where cycling associations have long demanded more and wider bicycle paths.”Conflicts are inevitable,” Social Democrat politician Anke Rehlinger said Thursday, adding that “continuous” effort should be made to define new rules for the e-scooters.Scheuer labelled them a “genuine additional alternative for cars” in Germany’s traffic-choked cities.last_img read more

Egypts Bent Pyramid Opens for First Time in More Than 50 Years

first_img The ministry’s project department restored the 331-foot-tall (101 meters) Bent Pyramid and its satellite during their closure. Some of this restoration process included work on the internal and external stairs, the addition of a lighting network, and the repair of some of the stone work in the corridors and burial chamber. In addition, the ministry announced that its archaeologists had found the remains of an ancient wall that dated to the Middle Kingdom, about 4,000 years ago. This nearly 200-foot-tall (60 m) wall sits south of another pyramid from the 12th dynasty pharaoh King Amenemhat II, which is also in the Dahshur necropolis. In recent years, Egypt has announced archaeological discoveries with the hope of increasing tourism, which took a hit after a 2011 uprising against the Egyptian government. An ancient mummy with a funerary mask. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities “Sneferu lived a very long time … the architects wanted to reach the complete shape, the pyramid shape,” Mohamed Shiha, director of the Dahshur site, said, according to The Guardian. “Exactly where he was buried, we are not sure of that. Maybe in this [Bent] pyramid, who knows?” Shiha said. The Bent Pyramid, as well as the other pyramids in the Dashur royal necropolis (a part of the Memphis necropolis), are registered as World Heritage sites with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo Purrfect Photos: Cat Mummies and Wooden Cat Statues Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Burial Complex A recently discovered mummy in a sarcophagus. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities For the first time since 1965, two pyramids built by the ancient Egyptians, including the unique “Bent Pyramid,” are being opened to the public, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The two pyramids — the Bent Pyramid and its satellite in the Dashur royal necropolis — sit about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Cairo. Both are more than 4,000 years old. Along with the announcement, made Saturday (July 13), the ministry revealed its latest discoveries of stone, clay and wooden sarcophagi, some of which contained mummies with wooden funerary masks. The findings also included stone-cutting tools dated to the Late Period, which lasted from 664 B.C. to 332 B.C., or about the time of Alexander the Great. [Photos: Exquisitely Preserved Ancient Tomb Discovered at Saqqara]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65944-bent-pyramid-egypt.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The Bent Pyramid, built in about 2600 B.C. by the Pharaoh Sneferu during the Old Kingdom, is a one-of-a-kind structure. Archaeologists note that its architecture is a transition between the Djoser Step Pyramid, built between 2667 B.C. and 2648 B.C., and the Meidum Pyramid, which also dates to 2600 B.C., Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said in a statement. The pyramid almost looks like its shedding: the bottom half is still covered with its original limestone casing. The sides rise at a streep 54 degrees angle, but later tapers off at a 43 degree angle toward the top, giving it a “bent” look. Photos: Teen’s Skeleton Buried Next to Pyramid in Egypt Photos: Mummies Discovered in Tombs in Ancient Egyptian Citylast_img read more