VANCOUVER – A Vancouver casino says it “categorically” stands against racism after Drake accused it of “profiling” him.In a post on Instagram, the Toronto rapper called Parq Vancouver “the worst run business” he has ever witnessed.He says the casino did not allow him to gamble, despite his providing “everything they originally asked” him for.Drake didn’t elaborate and his representatives declined to comment further.Following Drake’s post, Parq Vancouver’s website was flooded with negative comments, with one user saying, “It’s 2018 not 1945.”In a pair of statements on Saturday that did not name Drake, the casino first said it was “actively investigating” the incident, then apologized for what it called “the experience our customer had.”“We are operating in one of the most complex, highly regulated industries and are always looking to better our communication and customer service,” casino president Joe Brunini said in a statement.“We are constantly improving our communications process to ensure that these new regulations are better understood by all guests.”Under rules that took effect in January, casinos in B.C. are required “to gather detailed information on the source of player funds for all transactions of $10,000 or more,” according to the provincial gambling regulator.“Effective today, all cash and bank draft/certified cheque buy-ins for $10,000 or more, in one or more transactions within a 24-hour period, will require a source of funds receipt,” the British Corporation Lottery Corporation said in a statement Jan. 10.“The original receipt must be from the same day of the transaction and show the financial institution, branch number and account number.”In the wake of Drake’s allegations, Brunini said the casino was “committed to having a productive conversation to resolve this issue.“We categorically stand against racism of any kind. We are committed to providing a safe, secure and enjoyable experience for all,” he said.
Originally published July 10, 12 p.m. PT. Tags That’s a big leap in a single lifetime, and to mark just how far we’ve come in refining our view of the universe, NASA shared the above video visualization created with its data by science outreach project System Sounds. It shows when and where in the night sky all the known exoplanets were discovered. Note how quickly the pace of the finds picks up once Kepler starts making its contribution in 2010. Kepler went to sleep permanently in 2018, but its legacy has been picked up by other observatories like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which has already found over 700 new planet candidates in its first year in space.Next up, the European Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite (CHEOPS) is set to launch by the end of the year and NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is set to blast off in 2021. Both space telescopes will be able to do more than just spot exoplanets — they could help determine if conditions exist to support life upon their surfaces. Share your voice Requiem for Kepler? NASA’s pioneering planet-finder (pictures) 3 26 Photos Best places in space to search for alien life Comments NASA Space Sci-Tech It seems crazy now, but it wasn’t long ago we had no hard evidence of planets existing outside our solar system. Known as “exoplanets,” the first definitive discovery of one didn’t come until 1992. For many years after that, a trickle of distant worlds were added to the known exoplanet catalog. Only in the last decade, with the help of the recently retired Kepler Space Telescope, has the pace of discovery really increased exponentially. In June, the 4,000th exoplanet was confirmed. 30 Photos
Zahidur Rahman. File photoBNP MP-elect from Thakurgaon-3 constituency, Zahidur Rahman is to be sworn in on Thursday.He sent a letter to Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, speaker of Jatiya Sangsad, expressing his interest to take the oath as a member of parliament.The personal secretary of the speaker, MA Kamal Billah, confirmed the matter to Prothom Alo. The parliament secretariat has scheduled the oath ceremony at noon.