We are admired by our gaming

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp“We are admired by our gaming” said Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe as he discussed a wide range of policy issues and in particular the newly tabled Gaming Bill. He was a guest on Connected with Lester R. Cox on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM on Thursday.Commenting on the history and evolution of local gaming, the Minister pointed out that “we’ve been in gaming 100 years, people don’t realize that…..the first casinos were in Bimini” and gambling “was always an amenity” on hotel properties as the government looked for ways to secure hard foreign direct currency to fund government operations and develop the economy.He also pointed out that the ban on Bahamians in land based casinos decades ago was a compromise by the government of the day but it made sense under those circumstances and that structure worked for the development of the local tourism industry and economy with many Bahamians employed in high end jobs in casinos.The illegal participation of Bahamians in gaming or the “numbers” industry started some sixty years ago, but all gaming in a number of countries began as an illegal enterprise said the Minister. “All gaming started – the root was of course illegal, all gaming” and that today “it has gone to the point where you now have technology – technology has changed the game.” He went on to say that the previous administration granted a number of web shop licenses and that opened the gate which brings the country to the next step, which is regulation. “It got to the point where in the last administration licenses were given for business shops. Once that was done, you opened the door – you opened the door for the next step which had to be regularizing what exist today. So that’s what we have done.”Addressing the issue of discrimination against Bahamians as regards land based casinos the Minister said that the new Gaming Bill “allows for the Minister upon moving for regulations to allow Bahamians to go to the casinos and play…the bill now allows for Bahamians to go into casinos after regulations are passed. The Minister now has that authority when he didn’t have the authority before.”The Minister was referring to section 69 of the Gaming Bill 2014 titled “Prohibition in respect of gaming” starting at number 6. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, Lester R. Cox, Obie Wilchcombe Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

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F35 Fighter Costs Increasing by Billions Pentagon Report Says

first_img ADC AUTHOR A Pentagon report that includes the estimated costs of producing Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet reveals the program is more costly than originally projected, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.The Pentagon’s latest annual cost assessment for major projects now estimates the total price for research and procurement at $22 billion, with upgrades for the jets driving up the costs.The projected costs for the new F-35 fleet over six decades has grown by $73 billion to $1.196 trillion.The F-35’s acquisition cost increase of about 5.5% from $406.2 billion to $428.4 billion isn’t related to program performance, delays or excessive costs for labor or materials, according to the report sent to Congress last week.Controversy around the F-35 program recently surfaced when the Air Force requested purchasing eight fourth-generation F-15X jets in their fiscal 2020 budget, as ADC recently reported.“The F-35 program remains within all cost, schedule and performance thresholds and continues to make steady progress,” the Pentagon emailed in a statement to Bloomberg. The office “is committed to the delivery of cost-effective warfighting capability across all areas of the program.”Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornburylast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for May 28 Animals Crossing Street Causes Crash Late Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, May 28, 2019:A Cushing Drive caller reported a vehicle pulled up in front of his house and a male party came up onto his porch, then proceeded over to a nearby house where he met up with another woman. He found it suspicious. Police responded. The male party came over to see his girlfriend and stopped at the wrong house. (2:35am)A truck lost its load of lumber at Middlesex Avenue and Glen Road. Police responded. Truck driver was properly securing load. (10:56am)A caller reported a lawn service employee behaved inappropriately while visiting their home today. (4:32pm)A 2-vehicle crash took place on Chestnut Street. One driver stopped abruptly for animals crossing the street. One vehicle was towed. No injuries reported. (5:22pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 11: Incidents Not What They Seem; Marijuana Confiscated From Vehicle; Missing Woman FoundIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Saaho vs Bahubali It is an unfair pressure on Prabhas says director

first_imgSujeeth and Prabhas on Saaho setSujeeth and Prabhas are under tremendous pressure due to the comparison of Saaho with SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali. But the director says that comparison before its release is premature and unreasonable.Saaho happens to be the next release of Prabhas after blockbuster movie Baahubali 2. The massive success of the latter has generated a large amount of hype and curiosity about the former. The makers of Saaho have released some of its promos including a teaser, which have struck a chord with the viewers and doubled the expectations from the movie.Though both the film belong to a different genre, each aspect related to Saaho is compared with Baahubali. Everyone expects Prabhas’ next film to beat the records of his last release. While a few doubt Sujeeth’s capabilities, many believe that it would be a bigger success than Baahubali. This debate has got some positive vibe for the film, but it has also created an unwanted pressure on the actor and director.Sujeeth opened up on the comparison between Saaho and Baahubali and the pressure. In an interview to Rediff, he told, “Rajamouli Sir is a legend. People think I cannot be equipped to direct Prabhas sir after Baahubali. I don’t want to say anything. I want the film to be released. Let the audience decide if I’ve done my job properly. But I must say this film could be made only because of Prabhas sir’s faith in me.” Prabhas’ Saaho movie new postersInstagramThe director says this comparison is unreasonable. Sujeeth added, “It is an action-romance. As far as being another Baahubali is concerned, I think that’s very unfair pressure on both Prabhas sir and me. Baahubali happens once in a lifetime. No director plans a success like Baahubali. To compare Saaho with Baahubali even before release is premature and unreasonable.”Saaho is an action extravaganza that is made on a grand scale of Rs 300 crore, which makes it the biggest budget action film in India. Hollywood action choreographers are working on this project and the teaser and making videos have offered a glimpse at their stunning work. International stunt masters’ presence in it is another reason for huge hype for the film.Talking about them, Sujeeth said, “Saaho is not the first Indian film to get international action directors. But what we’ve done it to let them direct the action scenes as they are director themselves. What often happens in action scenes in our cinema is that we edit them ourselves, we insert dramatic shots into the action and tamper with their rhythm.”last_img read more

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Dont want anyone to come restore democracy BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirOpposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said his party believes that only the people can ‘restore’ democracy in Bangladesh, reports UNB.A day after their party’s chairperson’s meeting with Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, the BNP leader came up with the remarks at a discussion at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU).“We meet foreign leaders when they come here to tell them there’s no democracy in Bangladesh and those who are talking about democracy wearing a mask is perplexing the international community,” he said.Fakhrul further said, “We don’t beg anybody’s mercy and we don’t tell anybody to put us in power. We also don’t believe any country will come here to restore democracy.”Mentioning that people restore democracy in the country repeatedly through movement and sacrificing their blood, the BNP leader said, “Their party expects the country’s people will again reclaim their democratic rights through a struggle.”Ganosangskriti Dal arranged the discussion marking the 5th death anniversary of Democratic League’s ex-president Oli Ahad and the 76th birth anniversary of film director Chashi Nazrul Islam.last_img read more

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Law with 10year jail provision for power sector sabotage

first_imgparliamentA bill styled ‘The Power Bill, 2017′ was passed in parliament on Tuesday keeping a provision of harsher punishment of maximum 10 years’ jail and Tk 100 million fine or both for carrying out any act of sabotage in any electricity infrastructure or installation, reports UNB.State minister for power Nasrul Hamid moved the bill and it was passed by voice vote.The bill also has a provision for introducing an independent system operator (ISO) to operate the country’s power system in a coordinated manner as well as ensure the better load management.It has a provision of maximum 10 years and minimum seven years of jail term or maximum Tk 100 million as fine or both for destroying or damaging power infrastructures and establishments like power stations, sub-stations, power lines, poles and equipment.Under the proposed law, any employee violating its rules like giving illegal electricity connection, doing any faulty works as well as for providing electricity outside the area of the authorities will have to face maximum one year jail term or Tk 100,000 fine or both.Besides, the employees involved in any generalised offences in the power sector which are not included in the new draft law will have to face maximum 6 months of imprisonment or up to Tk 10,000 as fine or both.The punishment for power hooking in case of individual will be maximum three years’ jail, or double of the price of the stolen electricity or Tk 50,000 or both.For the industries, such punishment will be maximum three years’ jail, or a fine double of the price of the stolen electricity or Tk 500,000 fine or both.The punishment for maliciously wasting energy will be maximum three years’ jail, or Tk 500,000 fine or both.Besides, maximum three years of jail or maximum Tk 500,000 fine or both of the punishment will be imposed on the person to be found in using any machine, device or artificial system in illegally connecting any illegal means.The proposed law stipulates maximum five years of imprisonment along with maximum Tk 500,000 financial penalty for the pilferage, removal and destruction of electric equipment.Under section 11 of the new law, new posts of ‘chief power inspector’ and other staff under the inspector of the power division of the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources are supposed to be created, aiming to give responsibility for primary inspection for providing electricity connection.Once assented by the president, the new law will replace the original Electricity Act framed in 1910 and bar PDB, DESCO and DESA from setting up new lines or conducting any public works in their jurisdiction without informing the higher authorities concerned.last_img read more

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What You Need To Know To Vote in The 2018 Midterm Elections

first_img Share Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaAn early voting location in Greater Houston.Early voting is already well underway for the 2018 midterm elections. So far, turnout has been strong across Texas, reaching record high numbers compared to past midterm election years.  Among the items on the ballot this fall are a U.S. Senate seat, multiple seats in Congress, and statewide positions, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Agriculture Commissioner. Local propositions, as well as county and judicial positions, are also on the ballot.  For those who haven’t voted yet, this guide provides information on key dates, how to find your polling location, and what you need to bring to the polls. We’ve included information for Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery, and Brazoria counties.Key DatesEarly voting goes from Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2.Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, with polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.Mail-in ballots must arrive by 7:00 pm on Election Day if they aren’t postmarked. But they can arrive as late as Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. provided they are postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. There are different rules for military and overseas voters, which can be viewed here. Find Your Polling PlaceIn some counties, you must vote in your designated precinct on November 6. If you live in a county that participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program, you can cast your ballot at any polling location on Election Day. Details for each county are outlined below.Harris County: During early voting, you can vote at any designated polling location. A list of early voting locations can be viewed here. But on November 6, you are required to vote at the location assigned to your precinct. Find your designated November 6 polling location here.Fort Bend County: In Fort Bend, you can vote at any polling location during both early voting and on November 6. The list of polling locations for early voting is available, here, and for November 6, here. In addition to a list of voting locations, there’s also a live map that displays current estimated wait times at each spot.  Galveston County: Voters in Galveston can also cast their vote at any polling location during both early voting and on Election Day. Early voting locations are listed here, and Election Day locations, here.Montgomery County: You can vote at any one of these locations during early voting. On Election Day, you must vote in the precinct where you’re registered to vote. You can look up your November 6 location, here.Brazoria County: Votes can be cast at any of the polling locations during both early voting and on Election Day. View early voting locations, here, and Election Day locations, here.What to Bring  VoteTexas.govSeven types of photo IDs are accepted at the polls:Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPSTexas Personal Identification Card issued by DPSTexas Handgun License issued by DPSUnited States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photographUnited States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photographUnited States Passport (book or card)Photo IDs can’t have expired over four years ago.If don’t have a photo ID and can’t reasonably obtain one you can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls. You will also need to show a copy of one of these supporting documents:copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;copy of or original current utility bill;copy of or original bank statement;copy of or original government check;copy of or original paycheck; orcopy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).More information on voter IDs and the Reasonable Impediment Declaration is available here.Fill Out Your BallotTo help with your candidate research, we teamed up with NPR stations across the state to create a comprehensive Texas Voter Guide. It generates a sample ballot based on your address. You can then click on each candidate for more information. View the Texas Voter Guide, here.last_img read more

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Faint outburst of an accreting millisecond Xray pulsar observed by astronomers

first_img Explore further Millisecond pulsars are neutron stars that rotate hundreds of times per second. They play an important role in understanding the evolution of neutron stars and the equation of states of condensed matter, and can also be used to detect low-frequency gravitational waves. Accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars (AMXP) are a peculiar type of X-ray pulsars in which short spin periods are caused by long-lasting mass transfer from a low-mass companion star through an accretion disc onto a slow-rotating neutron star. They are perceived by the scientific community as astrophysical laboratories that could be essential to our understanding of thermonuclear burst processes. To date, only 21 AMXPs have been detected. One of them is SAX J1748.9-2021 located in the globular cluster NGC 6440, some 28,000 light years away from the Earth. It was discovered in 1998 by the BeppoSAX X-ray astronomy satellite, during its first recorded outburst. Subsequent outbursts occurred in 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2015.Now, a team of astronomers led by Fabio Pintore of the Institute of Space Astrophysics and Cosmic Physics in Milan, Italy, has detected the sixth outburst of this pulsar. The detection was made using the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) onboard the International Space Station. Follow-up observations of this event were conducted with NASA’s Swift and NuSTAR spacecraft, together with ESA’s INTEGRAL and XMM-Newton space telescopes.”In 2017, SAX J1748.9-2021 underwent its sixth outburst. The event was firstly detected by MAXI/GSC on September 29 and then observed by Swift/XRT, INTEGRAL, XMM-Newton and NuSTAR,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Observations carried out by Pintore’s team show that the newly observed outburst lasted about 13 days and showcased an exponential decay with e-folding decay time of approximately four days. Lightcurve obtained by MAXI indicates that the pulsar reached the peak of the outburst between October 4 and 5.According to the study, the 2017 outburst reached a 0.3–70 keV unabsorbed peak luminosity of around 3.0 undecillion erg/s. This is the weakest outburst out of all such events recorded so far. Moreover, it is also the shortest outburst to date as previous explosions lasted usually about 30 days.Furthermore, the researchers found that spectral properties of SAX J1748.9-2021 determined by recent observations, including an electron temperature of about 20 keV, a photon index of approximately 1.6–1.7 keV and seed photon temperature of 0.44 keV, suggest that the pulsar was observed in the so-called “hard” state. This state is characterized by the combination of a thermal soft component (temperatures below 2 keV), a dominating Comptonizating component with electrons in an optically thin hot plasma with temperatures between 20 and 50 keV, and in some cases of a third thermal continuum component likely produced by the surface of a neutron star. More information: A faint outburst of the accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar SAX J1748.9-2021 in NGC 6440, arXiv:1806.10944 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1806.10944AbstractSAX J1748.9-2021 is an accreting X-ray millisecond pulsar observed in outburst five times since its discovery in 1998. In early October 2017, the source started its sixth outburst, which lasted only ~13 days, significantly shorter than the typical 30 days duration of the previous outbursts. It reached a 0.3-70 keV unabsorbed peak luminosity of ∼3×1036 erg/s. This is the weakest outburst ever reported for this source to date. We analyzed almost simultaneous XMM-Newton, NuSTAR and INTEGRAL observations taken during the decaying phase of its 2017 outburst. We found that the spectral properties of SAX J1748.9-2021 are consistent with an absorbed Comptonization plus a blackbody component. The former, characterized by an electron temperature of ~20 keV, a photon index of ~1.6-1.7 keV and seed photon temperature of 0.44 keV, can be associated to a hot corona or the accretion column, while the latter is more likely originating from the neutron star surface (kTbb∼0.6 keV, Rbb∼2.5 km). These findings suggest that SAX J1748.9-2021 was observed in a hard spectral state, as it is typically the case for accreting millisecond pulsars in outburst. New accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar discovered Background subtracted 0.3–10 keV Swift-XRT lightcurve (starting from the beginning of the outburst as reported by MAXI), where red arrows are 3σ upper limits; the XMM-Newton and NuSTAR observations have been taken at MJD 58035 (cyan circle) and 58037 (orange circle), respectively. INTEGRAL observations were taken in the epochs inside the grey boxes. Credit: Pintore et al., 2018. © 2018 Phys.org European astronomers have spotted a new outburst of the accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar designated SAX J1748.9-2021. The outburst, which started on September 29, 2017, is fainter and shorter than previous outbursts of this pulsar. The discovery is reported in a paper published June 28 on arXiv.org. 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. Citation: Faint outburst of an accreting millisecond X-ray pulsar observed by astronomers (2018, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-faint-outburst-accreting-millisecond-x-ray.htmllast_img read more

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