Fibocom, a leading global provider of IoT (Internet of Things) wireless solutions and wireless communication modules, has announced the release of the FG650 – A new 5G wireless module powered by Unisoc’s V510.The Fibocom FG650 5G module is a high-performance, affordable 5G module based on the V510, an industrial-grade chipset platform designed by Unisoc, one of the leading chipset providers in China. FG650 supports both 5G standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures, supports 5G Sub-6 and global mainstream frequency bands. The module is compatible with 5G/LTE/WCDMA multi-network standards. It is designed in LGA form factor, and the hardware design is compatible with other 5G modules in the mainstream market, enabling customers to switch product lines seamlessly and reduce deployment time to the market.Fibocom FG650 can be widely deployed in smart grid gateways, electricity power differential protection equipment, electricity power communication terminals, IP cameras, 5G CPE, OTT Boxes, VR/AR, industrial gateways, 5G live broadcasting terminals, AGV, drones, etc. It has been developed to meet the high-speed data transmission demands in industries such as Smart Grid, Security and Defense, Connected Vehicles, Industry 4.0, 4K/8K Video, Telemedicine, Remote Education, Smart Cities, etc.Key Features of FG650:5G NR Sub 6/LTE/WCDMA Multi-network Standards,41 x 44 x 2.75 mm, LGA Form FactorBoth SA and NSA Network ArchitecturesRich Interfaces: USB/PCIe/UART/SPI/I2C/SDIO to meet the demands of diversified IoT applicationsMultiple operating platforms: Linux 4.15, Android 10More Features: FOAT/DFOTA/VoLTE/Audio/eSIM etc.Fibocom FG650 has the technical advantages of high integration, high performance. It can automatically adapt to 5G NSA and SA dual-module networks, support TDD and FDD, as well as all 5G frequency bands under four major operators in China, and global mainstream frequency bands. Engineering samples for this 5G module will be available in July with mass production planned for Q4, 2020.
As the end of the year fast approaches, LIB Life, a component of the Daily Observer newspaper, is now releasing its first half of the year report on artists and their artistic achievements, bloggers and fashion promoters that are doing well in their respective fields.This first half of the report highlights six outstanding artists, a blogger and fashion promoter, retelling their record-breaking moments and other personal achievements.At the end of the list, we will acknowledge some people that may likely appear on the year-end list.8. Let’s get the ball rolling in eighth place with popular female blogger Berenice Mulubah for giving us juicy entertainment news on Liberian artists in the Diaspora.A few weeks ago the Diaspora Entertainment Awards nominated her for the Blogger of the Year award.In the early part of this year Berenice published her second book, a collection of poems called Purple Honey Lips. Lately, she has been added to the writing team of the new web-based series Daughters in America, produced by fellow Liberian, Love Weah.7. In the seventh spot is Quincy B. It would seem that this year holds great prospects for the 21 year-old singer and producer, evidenced by his recent unveiling as Lonestar Cell MTN’s new Brand Ambassador, in what is believed to be a mouthwatering endorsement deal.His deal makes him the second Liberian artist to be named Brand Ambassador of Lonestar Cell MTN, after Takun J.While the terms of the deal have not been revealed, however, it puts the artist on a higher path for success depending on the eventual outcome.6. Sitting comfortably in sixth place is Junda Morris-Kennedy, owner of Runway Liberia, an annual fashion event held in the U.S. and aimed at promoting and supporting Liberian fashion designers.The event featured some of the best models from around the world, and attracted classical fashion designers unveiling distinct western and African pieces.In the audience was former advisor to President Barrack Obama, Dr. Jamal Bryant, founder of the Empowerment Temple Church in the U.S.Well-known international Liberian fashion personalities Dolly Barnes, Abraham Pelham, US based and renowned makeup artist and hairstylist Lewina David, and upcoming fashion designer Tarloh Sayeh were honored for their contributions to the fashion industry.Also present was Giovanni Francisco from Italy, who represented the Logo Store.5. In fifth place is none other than celebrated rapper Jon Bricks, who a few months ago returned home from China with Chinese superstar Zhang Zhang and held a successful three-day concert.The Diva Dream Alive concert, which was held at different locations, pulled in thousands of people, with Bricks rumored to having grabbed approximately half a million Liberian dollars.Also, the rapper completed a successful five-nation European business tour, which allowed him to meet top music executives and promoters in Europe.While in Europe, Bricks shot a banging video, produced by Catia Productions in Milan for his new single Conqueror.Still on Bricks, the rapper runs a charity organization called Zama Plus Foundation International, aimed at providing support to the less fortunate in Liberia.4. Since his travel to Nigeria looking to etch his name on the African music landscape, things have been moving in the right direction for F dot A. For this, he comfortably sits in fourth place.A few weeks ago, the Afro pop artist was nominated for the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the African Male Artist (non-Nigerian) category.Few months ago, F dot A returned home with a two-day successful concert with Naija cutie Chidinma for his hit single Desire.On June 22 of this year, F dot A’s single Desire went Number 1 on Soundcity West African Music and Video Chart after gaining over 300,000 views on YouTube. 3. At third place is visual artist Leslie Lumeh, who recently participated in the Lumieres d’Afriques (The Enlightened Africa) art exhibition where several artists used a variety of artistic presentations to highlight Africa’s latent creative talents.Lumeh, who has been profiled on CNN and other international media networks, ably represented Liberia at the historical event, which featured 54 African artists displaying works in a wide variety of creative media that brought the continent’s problems to the fore.Lumeh’s presentation, which was widely admired, was an acrylic on canvas piece titled The Light Within.2. In second is Scientific, and his inclusion is simple. The hip-hop artist became the first Liberian artist to have his song Rotate, featuring Quincy B, picked up by Vevo, one of the world’s biggest streaming services.Scientific also became the first rapper to win the hip-hop category of the LMA three years in a row.1. In first place is sensational singer Dash Coleman.This guy, who is not yet an A-list Liberian artist, has set one of the greatest records in the Liberian entertainment industry by winning four awards during a single awards night.He won the awards from the just ended Liberia Music Awards (LMA).Though K-Zee holds the record for being the first person to win three LMA awards during a single awards night, however, it was Dash who broke the record by win four awards at the just ended LMA.Artists like Eric Geso, Sweetz, Kobazzie, DenG and producers like Lorenzo Loveland and Infectious Michael are all doing well, and we hope they keep it up.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
GECOM chairmanshipPresident David Granger has dismissed concerns raised about the difficulty in finding nominees for the Chairmanship post at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). He says there are lots of Guyanese who meet the new criteria set out by him to guide Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in compiling a new list of potential candidates for the position.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and members of the PPP engaging members of the religious community during last week’s consultations“I’m sure if they search they will find people of impartiality and integrity. There’re lots of them around… There are good Guyanese who I think satisfy those criteria. I didn’t pull them (criteria) out of the sky, they came out of the Constitution,” the Head of State told reporters on Thursday, when asked for a response to the concerns raised by the Opposition.The President says he is confident the Opposition Leader would find suitable nominations for the GECOM Chairmanship, noting that the Constitution was written in a way to emphasise the qualities which he has asked for.“I’m sure that Mr Jagdeo will be able to find somebody; and if he doesn’t, we can sit down and discuss it. I’m interested in having a Chairman as quickly as possible, and I’m sure he is too. So I look forward to meeting him to learn from him who his nominees are; and even if there is a problem, we can discuss it further,” President Granger posited.After rejecting the initial list submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, President Granger has since outlined the qualities that the nominees for the GECOM Chairmanship should possess in order for him to consider them for the post.The new criteria state that the candidate should be qualified to be a Judge of the High Court, or should have been an attorney for a minimum of seven years. In the absence of those requirements, the President has said, any other “fit and proper person” could be considered, providing he/she is deemed to have wide electoral knowledge and is capable of handling electoral matters, since he/she is qualified to exercise unlimited jurisdiction in civil matters.That person should not be an activist in any form — gender, racial or religious; nor should that person have any political affiliation or belong to any political party in any form – overt or covert. The person must be able to discharge his/her functions neutrally between the two opposing parties, as he or she would have done in court between two opposing litigants. Here, the President appears to be making it a requirement for the candidate to have practised in a court of law.Additionally, the person must be able to discharge the functions attached to the post without fear or favour; not allowing any person or organisation to influence him or her to compromise his or her neutrality.The President also said that the person should have a general character of honesty, integrity, faithfulness and diligence, which would enable him/her to discharge his/her duty as Chairman of GECOM.However, following consultations with civil society bodies last week, the Opposition Leader’s Office issued a statement which noted that the criteria were considered as “an imposition on the Constitution, which makes no such demands.” The statement said most disconcerting was the stipulation that the candidate must not be an activist in any form. “(It) was thought to be discriminatory and violated the anti-discrimination articles of the Constitution,” the statement explained.Nevertheless, the civil society groups have since made several submissions in regard to their nominees for the GECOM Head. In fact, at a press conference on Wednesday, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira disclosed that while some of the groups have made their submissions, others are having difficulty finding persons to fulfill all the criteria set out by the President.“We’ve got about 12 to 15 (submissions)…but there are some civil society bodies who’ve indicated that when they examined the criteria, even when they come up with names, not one name can fulfill all the criteria,” she stated.Teixeira explained that while the nominee may meet the one requirement, such as exercising jurisdiction in civil matters, they may not fulfill the other part of the criteria — possessing wide electoral knowledge. To this end, the Opposition Chief Whip insisted that the criteria set by the President undermines the constitutional provisions, and is causing extreme duress in finding nominees.“His excellency, the President, has gone beyond the Constitution and placed undue restrictions and pressure and duress on the selection of the position of Chairperson which the Constitution itself did not contemplate. The focus of the constitution was the integrity and the independence of the post holder, and we stand firmly by that position,” she noted.According to the Opposition Chief Whip, the remaining submissions of nominees from civil society for the GECOM Chairmanship were to be handed over by the end of Wednesday. She added that, upon the receipt of all the nominees, the Party will then determine the next step forward.