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Trump Says Solar Tariff Decision Coming Soon, Stakes Huge for Industry

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, “Everybody goes out of business.” The solar industry is anxiously awaiting the decision, which will have wide-reaching implications for the sector. Domestic panel producers opposed to cheap imports would benefit from a tariff. But installers that have relied on the lower-cost hardware for their recent breakneck growth would suffer. In an interview with Reuters, Trump declined to say how he would land on the case — which was triggered last year by a domestic manufacturer’s trade grievance — but complained about the effect of imports on U.S. panel makers. “You know, they dump ’em — government-subsidized, lots of things happening — they dump the panels, then everybody goes out of business,” he said. Asked when the decision would be announced, he said: “Pretty soon. Honestly, prett…

Change in Mercury DB and Titan DB service plans

ClearDB is discontinuing the Mercury DB and Titan DB service plans in the Azure platform.
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Casinomeister's forum relaunched

Casinomeister, the advocate of fair play and the true online casino authority, was extremely busy during the holiday season. While most everyone was boozing it up, Casinomeister was relaunching its forum. Casinomeister's forum is the largest and most active online casino player community. The “new ...
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Delaware's iGaming suffers double-digit decline in 2017

Delaware's regulated online gambling market suffered a double-digit decline in 2017, reversing 2016's double-digit gains. Official figures filed by the Delaware Lottery show the state's three gaming operators licensed to take online casino and poker action – Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington ...
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Experts say new South Bend casino could bring challenges for other casinos

An organization called Spectrum Gaming Group completed a study of challenges to casinos about a year ago. Spectrum said more casinos will have to focus on entertainment like Blue Chip. Pollock says there are opportunities on the horizon as well. He pointed out the popularity of online gaming and ...
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'Are you serious?' Nick Kyrgios' brother is slammed for wearing a T-shirt promoting gambling as he ...

... praised for defying multiple disruptions to defeat Viktor Troicki on Wednesday, his brother Christos was under fire for wearing the Sportsbet T-shirt. Fans accused Christos, 29, of being a 'human billboard' for wearing the shirt which had 'Chill bro' in large capitals with the online betting company's logo.
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Pennsylvania Poker Rooms Rake $59M In 2017

There are 230 poker tables statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The 2017 revenue was about $500,000 more than what the rooms generated in 2016. Rake grew by about a percentage point in a year-to-year comparison. Pennsylvania legalized online poker in October, ...
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It's a Hike: Canadian Dollar Reacts to BoC Decision, Analysts Give Views on ...

It's a Hike: Canadian Dollar Reacts to BoC Decision, Analysts Give Views on ...
Pound Sterling Live - 12 hours agoThe Canadian Dollar sank deep into the red in response to the statement, likely because markets have now judged earlier expectations of further interest rate rises to come later in 2018 as being too ambitious.
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Dow Closes Above 26,000, Just 8 Sessions After Earlier Milestone

Wall Street roared upward Wednesday, with investor enthusiasm sending all three major stock indices to record finishes, and the Dow to its first close above 26,000 points. The blue-chip Dow gained 1.3 percent to close at 26,115.65 — just eight trading sessions after breaking the 25,000 mark — with strong showings from Boeing, IBM and Intel.  The broader S&P 500 added 0.9 percent to close at 2,802.56, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained a full percentage point to settle at 7,298.28. With just 11 trading days so far in 2018, Wednesday's session marked the seventh time this year all three major indices closed at all-time highs. Maris Ogg of Tower Bridge Associates told AFP the sustained rally was boosted by a "confluence of good news," including strong company earnings, slashed corporate tax rates, higher worker compensation and new investment. "This is a boost for productivity" and gave market players greater confidence, she said. IBM gained 2.9 percent after …

New Jersey Asking To Not Reverse The Wire Act Opinion

Several members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation are asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the DOJ to not reverse the already reverse 2011 Wire Act opinion that allows for legalized online gambling in the state. The 2011 Wire Act opinion says that the Wire Act prohibits ...
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Fantasy game regulation bill gets three hours debate, filibuster

Suzanne Geist said she was one who believed the bill would legalize expanded gambling. "I don't believe this would protect our consumers. ... This encourages and codifies a deceptive gambling scheme. I believe it takes advantage of our citizens and it creates a foothold for online gambling," Geist said ...
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What is FunFair? | Beginner's Guide

When you play at a traditional online casino, you have no way of knowing whether the advertised game odds are truthful. Operating in an industry that's often in a legal gray area, it's no surprise that casino trust is low amongst gamblers. FunFair uses verifiable smart contracts to prove that gameplay is fair ...
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'Extreme incompetence': Lawsuit of Quebec securities regulator alleges 'abusive' search of rabbi's ...

They allege that in its hunt for evidence related to online gambling company Amaya Inc., the AMF relied on outdated registry information and a “grossly negligent” investigation to search their house. Pinto's lawyer, Julius Grey, said the “humiliating and invasive” search is a symptom of a larger problem.
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Just Before Buying A Mini Casino, Penn National Sues Over Mini Casinos

In the law, all casinos will pay a 54 percent tax rate for online slots as for machines in land-based casinos. Evidence indicated that marketing expenses and operating costs of online gambling make this rate infeasible. “We know the tax rate on slot machines doesn't make sense and will continue to be an ...
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Ladbrokes' Customer Protests against Its “Dormancy” Fees Deductions

The case comes to highlight online gambling operators' freedom to set their own rules on the matters of customer accounts management, and more specifically terms under which players' accounts are being closed, restricted or certain fees are imposed on. For the time being, all online gambling ...
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This Nasty Link Crashes Apple's Messages Apps

This process seemed a bit flawed, though, as I saw a plethora of ads for onlinegambling, and the end result started a new text message to the person who created this fix. I found this fix by reading the replies to Masri's tweet. A blog post by the security blogger Graham Cluley shows that this site contains ...
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Corbett poll shows Iowans support legalizing sports betting

DES MOINES — GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ron Corbett says he's not the only one who wants to legalize — and reap revenue from — sports betting, and he has a poll to back up his claim. Corbett, the immediate past mayor of Cedar Rapids, has released results of an online poll showing 70 percent ...
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Spread of Legal Sports Betting Could Upend Daily Fantasy Sports

Now the online game companies are bracing for more upheaval: The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to lift the federal ban on sports betting, a prohibition that opened the way for daily fantasy sports in the first place. In early December, the Court heard arguments in a case that challenges outgoing ...
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GVC Holdings' Merger with Ladbrokes Could Boost Isle of Man Economy

Only a few weeks ago, the UK bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral and the Isle of Man-based gambling group GVC Holdings announced they reached an agreement on their merger negotiations. As revealed by the two companies at the time, Ladbrokes Coral is to be taken over by its online gambling rival GVC ...
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The Stars Group Announces Launch of PokerStars Shared Player Pool in France and Spain

The launch follows the July 2017 agreement concerning online poker liquidity sharing by gaming regulators in France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Portugal is expected to join the combined French and Spanish markets later this year, while regulators in Italy have yet to confirm details of the country's ...
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Defense Innovation Board Approves Recommendations at Quarterly Meeting

Defense Innovation Board Approves Recommendations at Quarterly Meeting
By Lisa Ferdinando

The Defense Innovation Board – a federal advisory committee encompassing experts in academia, technology and business – approved two recommendations aimed at improving innovation in the Defense Department.


Published January 17, 2018 at 01:29PM
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What Is Polymorphism | @CloudExpo #OOP #JVM #Java #Cloud

The word polymorphism is used in various contexts and describes situations in which something occurs in several different forms. In computer science, it describes the concept that objects of different types can be accessed through the same interface. Each type can provide its own, independent implementation of this interface. It is one of the core concepts of object-oriented programming (OOP). read more
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Facebook Widens Probe Into Alleged Russian Meddling in Brexit

Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership. Some British lawmakers had complained that the world's largest social media network had done only a limited search for evidence that Russians manipulated the network and interfered with the referendum debate. Russia denies meddling in Britain's vote to exit the European Union, known as Brexit, or in the 2016 U.S. elections. Facebook, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google and YouTube have been under intense pressure in Europe and the United States to stop nations from using tech services to meddle in another country's elections, and to investigate when evidence of such meddling arises. Facebook's new search in Britain will require the company's security experts to go back and analyze historical data, Simon Milner, Facebook's UK policy dir…

US Financial Crime Fighters Eye Overseas Virtual Currency Platforms

Financial crime fighters at the U.S. Treasury are "aggressively" pursuing virtual currency platforms that lack strong internal safeguards against money laundering, a top official told a Senate panel on Wednesday. With more criminals using the emerging asset class to store and transmit their ill-gotten gains, Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will pursue malfeasant virtual currency platforms even if they are located overseas, Sigal Mandelker, the U.S. Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, told the Senate Banking Committee. U.S.-based platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies are required to comply with antimoney laundering (AML) rules including filing suspicious activity reports, with around 100 such platforms registered with FinCEN. But many other countries have no such requirements. "The real vulnerability that we all have to address is that while we have regulatory authorities in place here in …

National Lottery Sales to Give Scottish Charities a £6 Million Boost

According to the UK Gambling Commission's (UKGC) 2016-2017 revenue report, National Lottery funding for good causes dropped by 16.9 percent. Despite this decrease, charities and community groups across the UK still received £1.5 billion thanks to one of the largest organisations in the UK betting ...
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Apple to Build 2nd Campus, Hire 20,000 in $350B Pledge

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The pledge announced Wednesday is an offshoot from the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump and approved by Congress last month.   Besides dramatically lowering the standard corporate tax rate, the reforms offer a one-time break on cash being held overseas.   Apple plans to take advantage of that provision to bring back more than $250 billion in offshore cash, generating a tax bill of roughly $38 billion.   The Cupertino, California, company says it will announce the location of a second campus devoted to customer support later this year.    
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Apple to Build 2nd Campus, Hire 20,000 in $350B Pledge

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The pledge announced Wednesday is an offshoot from the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code championed by President Donald Trump and approved by Congress last month.   Besides dramatically lowering the standard corporate tax rate, the reforms offer a one-time break on cash being held overseas.   Apple plans to take advantage of that provision to bring back more than $250 billion in offshore cash, generating a tax bill of roughly $38 billion.   The Cupertino, California, company says it will announce the location of a second campus devoted to customer support later this year.    
by [email protected] (Associated Press) via Silicon Valley & Technology - Voice of America

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Group Pinpoints Riches Hidden in Europe's Mountains of Waste

Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards. A group of 17 organizations on Wednesday launched an online database for "urban mining" detailing precious raw materials slumbering in discarded batteries, electronics and cars across the continent. The project, known by the acronym ProSUM, aims to highlight where billions of euros (dollars) worth of aluminum, copper and gold could be retrieved each year. The group, which includes the United Nations University, said vehicles are an increasingly rich source of raw materials including lithium — from electric cars — steel and magnesium. Smartphones, meanwhile, have concentrations of gold that are more than 25 times as high as the richest underground ores and are far easier to extract.
by [email protected] (Associated Press) via Economy - Voice of America

Twitter May Notify Users Exposed to Russian Propaganda During 2016 Election

Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers Wednesday. The social media company is "working to identify and inform individually" its users who saw tweets during the 2016 U.S. presidential election produced by accounts tied to the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Army, Carlos Monje, Twitter's director of public policy, told the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. A Twitter spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about plans to notify its users. Facebook Inc in December created a portal where its users could learn whether they interacted with accounts created by the Internet Research Agency. Both companies and Alphabet's YouTube appeared before the Senate committee on Wednesday to answer lawmaker questions about how their efforts to combat the use of their platforms by violent extremists, such as the Islamic Sta…

NATO Military Chiefs Discuss Strategic Environment’s Challenges

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NATO Military Chiefs Discuss Strategic Environment’s Challenges
By Jim Garamone

Continued change from Afghanistan, confronting Russia, and enhancing 360-degree European security highlighted discussions during the NATO Military Committee Meeting in Brussels.



Published January 17, 2018 at 08:14AM
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Gambling Gains

I have a friend who makes a decent amount of money gambling online. It's not his only job, or anything, but he makes some good money playing poker and other skill games, and he uses it to buy nice things for his dorm room. I asked him recently if he pays taxes on the money he makes gambling, and ...
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Government: At Least $125 Bln Needed to Fund India's Renewables Dream

India will need at least $125 billion to fund its ambitious plan to increase the share of renewable power supply in the country’s grid by 2022, a top government official told Reuters, underlining the immense financing challenge ahead. The South Asian nation is one of the world’s most important growth markets for renewable energy. Millions of Indians are not yet linked up to the power grid but as the country of more than a billion people prospers, it is experiencing surging demand. To put India’s $125 billion requirement in context, global corporate funding for the solar industry - the world’s fastest-growing electricity source — was a tenth of that amount in 2017 at $12.8 billion, research firm Mercom said. In 2015, India said investment of $100 billion in the seven years to 2022 would be needed to meet its renewable energy goals. Installed renewable power capacity is currently about 60 gigawats (GW), and India plans to complete the bidding process by the end of 2019/20 to add a furth…

Maintenance Airmen Build Bombs, Prepare to Deploy

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Maintenance Airmen Build Bombs, Prepare to Deploy
By Air Force Airman Eugene Oliver, Moody Air Force Base

Maintenance airmen participated in a combat munitions training at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, to train in building a joint direct attack munition and improving their readiness to perform in a deployed environment.



Published January 17, 2018 at 06:31AM
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Airmen Brave Mother Nature to Accomplish Maintenance Missions

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Airmen Brave Mother Nature to Accomplish Maintenance Missions
By Air Force Master Sgt. Matt Hecht, New Jersey Air National Guard

Aircraft mechanics assigned to the 108th Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, are no strangers to working outdoors in finger-numbing cold or sweltering heat.



Published January 17, 2018 at 06:12AM
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The Biggest NJ Online Casino Jackpot Wins in 2017, a Full Report

Not only did the New Jersey online gambling industry grow by 25% in 2017, it also eclipsed its previous record for jackpot payouts in slots and table games. During the year, lucky players racked up $3,634,482 in jackpot winnings over $75,000, as reported by the Division of Gaming Enforcement, ...
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Conflict Among World Powers a Growing Concern, Experts Say

A survey by the World Economic Forum finds that more than nine in 10 experts are worried about worsening economic or political confrontation between world powers, amid a trend toward "charismatic strongman politics." The WEF, the organizer of the annual Davos conference that convenes next week, cites a "deteriorating geopolitical landscape" and increasing cyber threats as key factors behind a pessimistic outlook this year - adding to continued and pre-eminent worries about the environment. Its Global Risks Report released Wednesday is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 experts and decision-makers from business, academia and other fields about 30 risks over a 10-year horizon. The report notes that a global economic rebound can help solve some problems, but it also pointed to increasingly complex challenges. "Global risks, nowadays, are so interconnected that they can threaten the very systems on which our societies, economies, and international relations are bas…

Mattis, Canadian Minister Discuss Defense Issues in Vancouver

Mattis, Canadian Minister Discuss Defense Issues in Vancouver
By DoD News

North Korea, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, support to Ukraine and other security issues were among the topics Defense Secretary James N. Mattis discussed with Canadian Defense Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability of the Korean Peninsula.


Published January 17, 2018 at 05:08AM
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Online Betting Operators Renew Battle Against Point of Consumption Tax in Victoria

Online operators that provide gambling services across Victoria are not really happy with the latest proposal for a new tax regime. Some time ago, Victoria government unveiled a plan to impose a 15% point of consumption tax on the bookmakers. In that way, South Australia has become the first state to ...
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Codeta presents new look after major redesign; the revolution continues

EveryMatrix-powered live table games online casino Codeta has reportedly launched stage two of its online casino revolution as a recent complete redesign of its website looks to give its players even more power. The introduction of several new features, including a powerful search tool and ...
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Gambling Laws Created Daily Fantasy Sports. Now It Could Cripple Them

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) addressed ambiguity in the Federal Wire Act and made processing payments for online gaming expressly illegal. An exemption for “games of skill” was included to protect the members of casual fantasy leagues, who manage imaginary line-ups ...
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Swiss Youth Parties Gather Enough Valid Signatures to Contest New Money Gaming Act

The Money Gaming Act from 2017 legalizes the provision of online gambling services to Swiss players in a bid for the country's regulatory framework to become more responsive to contemporary demand. However, the new law prohibits foreign operators from operating in the country. With that said, only ...
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Company and domain names can be registered together

In terms of this model, the CIPC Registrar has limited functionality and simply acts as a conduit to the co.za domain name registration platform. The CIPC ... Additional support, renewal of domain names and hosting services can only be purchased from the greater community of accredited RaRs.
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Alliance gives start-ups intellectual property control

CIPC-registered co.za domain names will need to be transferred to commercial domain name RaR's to enable full functionality and renewal. Additional support, renewal of domain names and hosting services can only be purchased from the greater community of accredited RaRs. ZADNA regulates.
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Dreamscape in $2.5m purchase

ASX-listed tech business Dreamscape Networks has entered into an agreement to acquire Gold Coast-based web hosting company Quadra Hosting for $2.5 million in cash. Perth-based Dreamscape, which provides internet hosting and domain name registration services, will use part of a $20 million ...
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Bitcoin Slumps to $10,000 After Losing Half its value

Bitcoin slid to $10,000 on Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 1, leaving the cryptocurrency down by close to half from its peak hit last month. Bitcoin, the largest and most prominent cryptocurrency, fell more than 11 percent to hit $10,000 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, amid worries about a regulatory clampdown. The cryptocurrency touched a peak of almost $20,000 in December — and indeed crossed over that threshold on some exchanges — but has since been roiled by several large sell-offs.
by [email protected] (Reuters) via Economy - Voice of America

Face of Defense: Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits

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Face of Defense: Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Ryan A. Conley, 171st Air Refueling Wing

Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams Jr., a crew chief and aircraft mechanic with the 171st Air Refueling Wing’s maintenance group, pursues his lifelong passion for music while continuing a family legacy of public service.



Published January 17, 2018 at 03:14AM
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Pennsylvania casinos set new revenue record, no thanks to slots

Pennsylvania's expansion included plans to become only the fourth US state to launch intrastate online gambling. The state regulator has so far played coy with its anticipated timelines for crafting regulations and accepting license applications. The Pennsylvania Lottery, which the legislation authorized ...
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Online gambling the winner, as report finds Tasmanians spending less on pokies

Tasmanians are gambling less, but when they do they are increasingly going online. The Government saying the latest industry report justifies its stance on poker machines, but opponents say they see through the "spin".
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Online gambling companies brace for new tax in Victoria

The Victorian Government is deciding how high to set a new tax on onlinegambling. Anti-gambling activists want the Government to go hard, but the industry says that would cost jobs.
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Slots and Sunshine - How Zimbabwe's casinos compare to the rest of the world

Of course, if you prefer online casino gambling, you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home. In fact, more and more Zimbabweans are ... The lion's share goes to Harare, with a total of six casinos and gambling destinations, while Bulawayo is able to offer two. While not all the casino ...
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Microgaming's New Deco Diamonds Slot Hits Online Casinos Today

Deco Diamonds is a 5-reel, 9-payline slot that includes a soundtrack to match its 1920s-1930s art style. It's a fairly volatile slot game, with bets ranging from $0.10 to $50.00 and an RTP of 96.02%. Deco Diamonds is the latest slot game from Microgaming and its new partner, Just For The Win (JFTW), and ...
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SAI Global Selected by Online Gaming Company Betway to Enhance High Standards of Compliance

LONDON, Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SAI Global, a leading provider of integrated risk management solutions, today announced a new partnership with Betway, one of Europe's leading online gambling operators offering sports betting, casino, bingo, poker and games, to provide visibility and ...
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Technology Developers Call on Others to Make Use of It

The world’s biggest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is over but this year’s battle for consumers and their pocketbooks has only began. As smaller companies do not have the resources for research and development, big companies, such as Samsung, Canon and others, have a common message for them – let your imagination tell you how to use our technologies. VOA’s George Putic reports.
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Online gambling companies brace for new tax in Victoria

The Australian Hotels Association wants an equal tax rate with its online competitors. It is worried its members, who provide onsite gambling, are losing out to corporate bookmakers on digital platforms. "The regulatory imbalance for wagering operations in Australia needs to be addressed," chief ...
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Gourmet Chocolate Becomes Economic Lifeline in Venezuela

In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in local shops that cater to the crisis-hit country's dwindling elite. Like some 20 recently launched Venezuelan businesses, Silva uses the country's aromatic cocoa to make gourmet bars of the kind that can fetch more than $10 each in upscale shops in Paris or Tokyo. The oil-rich but recession-devastated nation's Byzantine bureaucracy makes large-scale exports nearly impossible for small businesses. As a result, most of her bars are sold locally for less than one U.S. dollar - well out of reach of millions of Venezuelans who earn less than that in a week, but reasonably priced for the well-heeled of an increasingly two-tiered economy. But entrepreneurs who have launched new Venezuelan chocolatiers in recent years say producing gourmet bars allows them to make a living amid the collapse of a socialis…

French Startup Launches Hydrogen-powered Bicyles

A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets. Pragma Industries, which is based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use, has sold some 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to French municipalities including Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne. At about 7,500 euros per bike, and at least 30,000 euros for a charging station, the bikes are too expensive for the consumer market, but Pragma is working to cut that to 5,000 euros, which would bring their price in line with premium electric bikes. "Many others have made hydrogen bike prototypes, but we are the first to move to series production," said founder and chief executive Pierre Forte. The firm's Alpha bike runs for about 100 km (62 miles) on a two-liter tank of hydrogen, a range similar to an electric bike, but a refill takes only minutes while e-bikes take hours to charge. One kilo of hydrogen holds about 600…

SBTech enters into strategic partnership with GameAccount Network

London-based GameAccount Network supplies over 70 land-based casinos across the United States alongside ten in Europe with turnkey real-money onlinegambling solutions that generate annual revenues topping $8 billion while SBTech is responsible for a sportsbetting platform that it declared ...
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El Salvador Eyes Work Scheme with Qatar for Migrants Facing Exit from US

El Salvador is discussing a deal with Qatar under which Salvadoran migrants facing the loss of their right to stay in the United States could live and work temporarily in the Middle Eastern country, the government of the Central American nation said on Tuesday. Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said that as of September 2019, it would eliminate the temporary protected status, or TPS, that allows some 200,000 Salvadorans to live in the United States without fear of deportation. Presidential communications chief Eugenio Chicas said El Salvador was in talks to see how Salvadorans could be employed in Qatar, a wealthy country of some 2.6 million people that is scheduled to host the soccer World Cup in 2022. "The kingdom of Qatar ... has held out the possibility of an agreement with El Salvador whereby Salvadoran workers could be brought across in phases (to Qatar)," Chicas told reporters. After an unspecified period, the Salvadorans would return home, C…

Mexican Car Sales Slump Ahead of Election

Car dealerships in Mexico City have kicked off the new year offering "clearance sales" and free insurance as 2017 models collect dust on their lots, a reminder that consumer nerves over high interest rates could slow the economy ahead of elections. The first drop in auto sales in eight years is the most visible sign that the great Mexican shopper, the heart and soul of Latin America's second-largest economy, is feeling the pinch of inflation at a 16½-year high and a battered peso. A government decision to scrap fuel subsidies last year has made running a car more expensive, while the central bank's battle with inflation has put car loans out of reach for many. "If I'm going to buy a new car and then not be able to fill it up with gasoline, then it's better to sit tight," said Jaime Asrael, as he window-shopped outside a Chevrolet dealership in the central Guerrero neighborhood of the capital. Beyond cars, consumer confidence is slipping more broadly…

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21 States Sue to Keep Net Neutrality as Senate Democrats Reach 50 Votes

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday, while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling. The attorneys general filed a petition with a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to challenge the action, calling it "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion" and saying that it violated federal laws and regulations. The petition was filed as Senate Democrats said they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber for repeal. Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement that all 49 Democrats in the upper chamber backed the repeal. Earlier this month, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine said she would back the effort to overturn the FCC's move. Democrats need 51 votes to win any proposal in the Republican-controlled Senate because Vice President Mike Pence can break any…

Panama Hotel Votes to Drop Trump, But His Company Won't Go

The owners of a Trump-branded hotel in Panama sued President Donald Trump's family-owned company in federal court Tuesday, alleging that the namesake business committed mismanagement and fraud.   The lawsuit includes previously confidential arbitration filings before the International Chamber of Commerce. It alleges that Trump Hotels tried to "bully, intimidate and harass" its way out of a $15 million arbitration claim. The owners, led by investment firm Ithaca Capital Management, are seeking to fire Trump's company and abandon the Trump brand.   The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, was intended to terminate Trump's 20-year contract, and alleged "gross negligence and potentially fraudulent conduct" by the Trump Organization, including "looted" bank accounts. The hotel currently carries a $1.9 million deficit in its reserve accounts, Trump's opponents allege, because of improper use of funds.   Tr…

Second US Winter Storm Forces Hundreds of Flight Cancellations

A second winter storm in as many weeks is causing hundreds of flight cancellations across the United States, airlines reported on Tuesday, potentially dealing a further blow to carriers' first quarter outlooks. As the storm sweeps across southeast Texas and up the East Coast dumping snow, sleet and freezing rain, airlines have already canceled flights into Wednesday in anticipation of difficult conditions. American Airlines, the world's largest airline by passenger traffic, had canceled some 270 flights between Tuesday and Wednesday as a result of the storm, it said. Rival Delta Air Lines, the No. 2 U.S. carrier by passenger traffic, said it had canceled about 275 Tuesday flights and expected additional cancellations in New York and Boston as the storm tracked north. The third-largest U.S. carrier, United Airlines, said it had canceled more than 700 flights on Tuesday. United was offering to waive fees for changes to flights to and from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and other…

Lifelike Robots Made in Hong Kong Are Meant to Win Over Humans 

David Hanson envisions a future in which robots powered by artificial intelligence evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics are combining AI with southern China's expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid "social robots" with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them. Hanson, 49, is perhaps best known as the creator of Sophia, a talk show-going robot partly modeled on Audrey Hepburn that he calls his "masterpiece." Akin to an animated mannequin, she seems as much a product of his background in theatrics as an example of advanced technology. 'Is it weird?' "You're talking to me right now, which is very 'Blade Runner,' no…

Lifelike Robots Made in Hong Kong Are Meant to Win Over Humans 

David Hanson envisions a future in which robots powered by artificial intelligence evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong-based startup Hanson Robotics are combining AI with southern China's expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid "social robots" with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them. Hanson, 49, is perhaps best known as the creator of Sophia, a talk show-going robot partly modeled on Audrey Hepburn that he calls his "masterpiece." Akin to an animated mannequin, she seems as much a product of his background in theatrics as an example of advanced technology. 'Is it weird?' "You're talking to me right now, which is very 'Blade Runner,' no…

Chinese Demand Drives Construction Boom in Cambodia

The value of construction projects in Cambodia rose more than 22 percent to $6.4 billion in 2017 from the previous year, according to official figures released Tuesday that showed the impact of a boom driven by Chinese investors. The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction said it approved a total of 3,052 projects, covering more than 10 million square meters (108 million square feet) last year. The ministry did not give a breakdown by residential and commercial projects, nor did it give the nationality of the developers. But the high level of Chinese investment is evident from the skyscrapers that have shot up with apartments and condominiums in Phnom Penh, and the hotels and casinos being built to serve Chinese buyers in the resort city of Sihanoukville. Many of the apartments and condominiums were being built for Chinese investors, said Chrek Soknim, CEO of real estate firm Century21 Mekong. "People who buy these properties don't live here, they buy as…

PokerStars first to launch French-Spanish shared liquidity

France, Spain, Italy and Portugal inked a four-way liquidity sharing deal last summer, and PokerStars received the go-ahead from French gaming regulator ARJEL last month. PokerStars is the leading poker operator in Spain and second only to local outfit Winamax in France's regulated online gambling ...
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Support to reduce city's gambling venues

The council has proposed changes to its gambling and TAB venue policy which would extend South Dunedin's sinking lid policy on poker machines across the rest of the city. The new policy would also ban new gambling venues and not allow existing ones to relocate. At the last review in 2013 a sinking ...
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Vegas Hero and Casino Cruise produce big slot winners

Slot games are perhaps the most popular option when it comes to online casino gaming. Players can simply enjoy the experience, rather than trying to play with a strategy. With slot games, there are major jackpots to be won and along the way, players can go on adventures and enjoy special animations ...
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The Era of Poker Machines in Tasmania is About to End, Study Shows

Apart from that, the study found out that the interest in the video poker machines has started to decline and Tasmanians prefer to enjoy some form of onlinegambling on their mobile devices. The figures show that more than 1 in every 10 Tasmanian adults participated in some form of online gambling via ...
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Golden Nugget Casinos Launches One Of A Kind, Enhanced Loyalty Program

The entire property takes on a fresh, modern look and includes a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, and poker room, as well as a legal online casino within the state of New Jersey through GoldenNuggetCasino.com and its iOS and Android ...
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Brazil's Caixa Suspends VPs After Presidential Order

Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing. Caixa said it would follow the presidential order, without commenting on specific allegations after a string of corruption investigations involving loans and investments by public pension funds. Temer's order, directed to his finance minister and Caixa's chief executive, follows similar demands by federal prosecutors last month, which the government initially ignored, sources told Reuters last week. The prosecutor-general's office repeated those calls on Tuesday, threatening President Michel Temer with administrative measures should all Caixa vice presidents not be replaced by a February 26 deadline. Four of Caixa's 12 vice presidents, along with Chief Executive Gilberto Occhi, have been caught up in a wave of graft investigations that have swept Latin America's …

2017 Crowns New Jersey The Paragon of State-Regulated Online Gambling

In October 2017, New Jersey's online gambling revenue hit the $200 million mark - a huge milestone since the state legalized online gambling in 2013. Now that 2017 has come to a close, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has released the industry's year-end numbers, which came ...
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Punter left furious after Ladbrokes take £800 in 'dormancy' fees

A punter who is barred from accessing an online betting account with Ladbrokes which was previously almost £1,300 in credit said on Tuesday that “feels like a robbery” to find that the bookie has taken £800 in monthly “dormancy” fees from his balance, while denying him the chance to either withdraw ...
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New Year's Online Gambling Ban

Casino City is an independent directory and information service free of any gaming operator's control. Warning: You must ensure you meet all age and other regulatory requirements before entering a Casino or placing a wager. There are hundreds of jurisdictions in the world with Internet access and ...
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Why Bitcoin Is so Popular in Casino Sphere

Bitcoin comes with a great advantage when it comes to online gambling. It happens to be completely independent and can't be controlled by the government. The bettors have been recently frustrated with a large number of rules and regulations passed by the government, but Bitcoin offers them a ...
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Yemen Seeks Saudi Cash as Plunging Currency Deepens War Woes

The Saudi-backed government that rules parts of Yemen said Tuesday that it urgently needed a $2 billion deposit pledged by Riyadh in November to stabilize a currency that hit new lows this week and save its people from starvation. Yemen has been divided by nearly three years of civil war between an internationally recognized government based in the south and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that controls the north, including the capital, Sanaa. The conflict has unleashed a humanitarian crisis, including a deadly cholera epidemic, and an economic collapse that the United Nations says has the potential to cause one of the deadliest famines of modern times. Authorities sought to boost liquidity by printing money, but the rial plunged from 250 to the dollar to 350 after the first batch of newly printed notes was rolled out last year. The rial traded for 440 to the dollar by year's end and this week was near 500. A large deposit from Saudi Arabia would give the authorities the financia…

World Bank Joins IMF in Criticism of Ukraine's Anti-corruption Draft Law

The World Bank has joined the International Monetary Fund in criticizing a Ukrainian draft law to create an anti-corruption court, the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on Monday, citing a letter from the lender to the presidential administration. In response to international pressure to speed up the process, President Petro Poroshenko submitted a new draft law to parliament in December, but the IMF and now the World Bank say the legislation is not in line with recommendations from the Venice Commission, a European rights and legal watchdog. Ukraine's Western backers have long called for the authorities to establish an independent court to handle corruption cases. Slow progress has delayed the disbursement of foreign loans. The World Bank's country director, Satu Kahkonen, has written to the presidential administration to express the bank's concerns about parts of the bill, Ukrainska Pravda said, publishing what it said was the text of the letter in full. "We believ…

Big Brands From Banks to Casinos Unite to Fight Slavery in Asia

From hotel chains to clothing brands, a group of companies in Asia is hoping that a corporate-backed movement to end modern slavery will succeed where activists have failed. The casino and hotel giant MGM China Holdings Ltd. recently signed the “business pledge against modern slavery,” an initiative of the Hong Kong-based non-profit, the Mekong Club. “We believe by taking a public stance we may also contribute to encouraging others to join the fight,” said Grant Bowie, MGM's CEO. “There needs to be more business engagement across the region,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by email. “After all two thirds of the world's slaves are reported to be in Asia.” Most slaves are women, girls About 40 million people were trapped as slaves in 2016 — mostly women and girls — in forced labor and forced marriages, according to the first joint effort by key rights groups to count the number of victims worldwide, published in September. Forced labor was most prevalent in Asia, where f…

Millions Liberated From ‘Evil of ISIS,’ OIR Official Says

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Millions Liberated From ‘Evil of ISIS,’ OIR Official Says
By Lisa Ferdinando

An Operation Inherent Resolve official said coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security.



Published January 16, 2018 at 12:00PM
Read more at https://defense.gov

Researchers: More Green Power Could Lessen India's Water, Electricity Problems

Water shortages have disrupted India's power plants for years and are likely to worsen as power demands grow and climate change brings more frequent droughts — a reality that is adding urgency to government plans to boost use of renewable energy, analysts said. Most of India's energy comes from fossil-fuel-powered thermal power plants that rely on fresh water for cooling. Fourteen of the country's 20 largest thermal power utility companies experienced disruptions related to water shortages at least once between 2013 and 2016, losing more than $1.4 billion in potential revenue, the World Resources Institute (WRI) said in a report Tuesday. "Water shortages are a threat to power companies in India," said Tianyi Luo, co-author of the WRI report. "As India is expected to grow significantly in the next 20 to 30 years, the water competition is only going to be more severe." India is expanding its power supplies to meet the demands of a growing economy, which i…

New Research Shows Legal Online Gambling A Win for New Jersey And Atlantic City Casinos

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jersey's legal online gambling industry will follow up a remarkable 2017 with more growth in 2018, albeit at more modest pace as the market matures, according to NJOnlineCasino.com's "2017 Year In Review: The Performance Of New Jersey's Legal ...
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Researchers: More Green Power Could Lessen India's Water, Electricity Problems

Water shortages have disrupted India's power plants for years and are likely to worsen as power demands grow and climate change brings more frequent droughts — a reality that is adding urgency to government plans to boost use of renewable energy, analysts said. Most of India's energy comes from fossil-fuel-powered thermal power plants that rely on fresh water for cooling. Fourteen of the country's 20 largest thermal power utility companies experienced disruptions related to water shortages at least once between 2013 and 2016, losing more than $1.4 billion in potential revenue, the World Resources Institute (WRI) said in a report Tuesday. "Water shortages are a threat to power companies in India," said Tianyi Luo, co-author of the WRI report. "As India is expected to grow significantly in the next 20 to 30 years, the water competition is only going to be more severe." India is expanding its power supplies to meet the demands of a growing economy, which i…