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The Pros And Cons Of Corruption

It held its first conference in September 2001 in Croatia. This is already the practice in some jurisdictions such as the US, Ireland, the UK, Italy, Colombia, Slovenia, and South Africa, as well as some Australian and Canadian States.”

Yet, no one seems to agree on a universal definition of corruption. (T)he individual may hoard the stolen objects …”. This demonstrates that no one is above the law and that crime does not pay.

The G-8 asked its Lyon Group of senior experts on transnational crime to recommend ways to fight corruption related to large money flows and money laundering. It skews the level playing-field; it imposes onerous and unpredictable transaction costs; it guarantees extra returns where none should have been had; it encourages the misallocation of economic resources; and it subverts the proper functioning of institutions. In many developing countries and countries in transition, assets confiscated from real and alleged criminals and tax evaders are sold in fake auctions to party hacks, cronies, police officers, tax inspectors, and relatives of prominent politicians at bargain basement prices.

Kleptomaniacs fail to resist or control the impulse to steal, even if they have no use for the booty. They could no more stop thieving than Hitler could stop murdering. Corruption, like other crimes, is probably seriously under-reported and under-penalized.

While Momoh relished things with shiny buttons, people like Sese Seko, Hussein, and Marcos drooled over money. The Slovak daily “Sme” described in scathing detail the newly acquired wealth and lavish lifestyles of formerly impoverished HZDS politicians.

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The presumption of innocence must fully apply and due process upheld to prevent self-enrichment and corrupt dealings with confiscated property, including the unethical and unseemly use of the proceeds from the sale of forfeited assets to close gaping holes in strained state and municipal budgets.

At the request of member-governments (such as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Romania) it has prepared detailed country corruption surveys covering both the public and the private sectors. The balances in their bulging bank accounts were of no practical import or intent. Corruption is discussed freely and forgivingly in one place – but concealed shamefully in another. These politicians and bureaucrats “let off steam” by looting.

Moreover, bribing officials is often the unstated policy of multinationals, foreign investors, and expatriates. Information Altering Fees – Backhanders and bribes that subvert the flow of true and complete information within a society or an economic unit (for instance, by selling professional diplomas, certificates, or permits). The provision of a service, information, or goods that, by law, and by right, should not have been provided or divulged. Both institutions are increasingly concerned with poverty reduction through economic growth and development. It outlaws the payment of bribes to foreign officials, political parties, party officials, and political candidates in foreign countries. The ever-heightening mountains of greenbacks in their vaults soothed them, filled them with confidence, regulated their sense of self-worth, and served as a love substitute. In the absence of these, the fight against official avarice and criminality is doomed to failure.

5.. Corruption can be defeated only from the inside, though with plenty of outside help.

5.. Strengthening of institutions: the police, the customs, the courts, the government, its agencies, the tax authorities – under time limited foreign management and supervision.

A few years ago, I proposed a taxonomy of corruption, venality, and graft. This is the case in many countries, including United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland.

Technically and theoretically, assets can be impounded or forfeited and disposed of even in hitherto minor Federal civil offenses (mistakes in fulfilling Medicare or tax return forms)

The most potent remedy against corruption is sunshine – free, accessible, and available information disseminated and probed by an active opposition, uncompromised press, and assertive civic organizations and NGO’s. Since 1997, it has introduced policies regarding misreporting, abuse of IMF funds, monitoring the use of debt relief for poverty reduction, data dissemination, legal and judicial reform, fiscal and monetary transparency, and even internal governance (e.g., financial disclosure by staff members).

By: Sam Vaknin

Even worse, unlike in other criminal proceedings, the burden of proof is on the defendant who has to demonstrate that the source of the funds used to purchase the confiscated or forfeited assets is legal. In Alabama, police seized the home of a senior citizen because her yard was used, without her consent, for drug dealing. But there is no justification for the seizure and sale of property otherwise.

I. It is a process of self-redemption and self-transformation. Macedonia has belatedly passed an anti-money laundering law recently, but failed, yet again, to adopt strict anti-corruption legislation.

The south-eastern Europe Stability Pact sports its own Stability Pact Anti-corruption Initiative (SPAI). Luckily, in countries like Macedonia, it is confined to its rapacious elites: its politicians, managers, university professors, medical doctors, judges, journalists, and top bureaucrats. The police and customs are hopelessly compromised. It is the real transition.

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4.. The figure may be 5 to 10 times higher in the tax havens of the United Kingdom.

Yet, “The Economist” reports that the American SEC has brought only three cases against listed companies until 1997. Rich world governments turn a blind eye, even where laws against such practices are extant and strict.

“The actions of individuals, groups, or firms, both in the public and private sectors, to influence the formation of laws, regulations, decrees, and other government policies to their own advantage as a result of the illicit and non-transparent provision of private benefits to public officials.”

These politicos were not only crooks but also kleptomaniacs. The donors ignored this and other recommendations. This often leads to the inclusion of sums from legitimate sources and double counting both of which need to be eliminated.”

The Act applies to all American firms, to all firms – including foreign ones – traded in an American stock exchange, and to bribery on American territory by foreign and American firms alike. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV-TR (2000), the bible of psychiatry, kleptomaniacs feel “pleasure, gratification, or relief when committing the theft.” The good book proceeds to say that ” … This often gives rise to cases of double jeopardy.

The IMF made corruption an integral part of its country evaluation process. It is, in other words, without a single redeeming feature, a scourge.

Strangely, this is not how it is perceived by its perpetrators: both the givers and the recipients. Transparency International now publishes a name and shame Bribery Payers Index to complement its 91-country strong Corruption Perceptions Index.

These inconceivable dollops of hard cash and valuables often remain stashed and untouched, moldering in bank accounts and safes in Western banks. He used to sit among these relics of his cupidity, fondling and counting them insatiably.

This abrogation of the principle of dual criminality sometimes leads to serious violations of human and civil rights. The convention has been in force since February 1999 and is only one of many OECD anti-corruption drives, among which are SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management in Central and Eastern European countries), ACN (Anti-Corruption Network for Transition Economies in Europe), and FATF (the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering).

In his address to the Inter-American Development Bank on March 14, 2002 President Bush promised to “reward nations that root out corruption” within the framework of the Millennium Challenge Account initiative. These hoards are not the megalomaniacal equivalents of savings accounts. The conference was attended by the Czech prime minister, the Mexican president, and the head of the Interpol.

The British firm Bentley-Jennison, who provide Forensic Accounting Services, add:

In Albania, the Chairman of the Albanian Socialist Party, Fatos Nano, was accused by Albanian media of laundering $1 billion through the Albanian government. During closure of premises, the employer must continue to pay workers, thereby avoiding an appeal for constitutional protection.”

The World Bank has appointed in 2001 a Director of Institutional Integrity – a new department that combines the Anti-Corruption and Fraud Investigations Unit and the Office of Business Ethics and Integrity. It casts civil and government institutions in doubt, tarnishes the entire political class, and, thus, endangers the democratic system and the rule of law, property rights included.

Typically, the defendant is notified of the impending forfeiture or confiscation of his or her assets and has recourse to a hearing within the relevant law enforcement agency and also to the courts. The Bank also supports international efforts to reduce corruption by sponsoring conferences and the exchange of information.

6.. Politics is a drab, uninspiring, unintelligent, and, often humiliating business. In France, the Financial Intelligence Unit can freeze funds involved in a reported suspicious transaction by administrative fiat. He was the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

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Venezuela has recently reformed its Organic Tax Code to allow for:

Many rich world corporations and wealthy individuals make use of off-shore havens or “special purpose entities” to launder money, make illicit payments, avoid or evade taxes, and conceal assets or liabilities. In many cases the authorities will assume that all of the assets held by the defendant are illegally obtained as he has a “criminal lifestyle”. With them, it stands a chance.

Kleptomania is about acting out. It suspended arrangements with endemically corrupt recipients of IMF financing. Property is confiscated even when the tax assessment is disputed in the courts. Graft amounts to an increase in the marginal tax rate and has pernicious effects on inward investment as well.

In Bulgaria, the assets of tax evaders have recently begun to be confiscated and turned over to the National Revenue Agency and the State Receivables Collection Agency. Venality was an integral part of their psychological makeup.

III. The World Bank estimates that corruption reduces the growth rate of an affected country by 0.5 to 1 percent annually. Britain has persecuted successfully only one of its officials for overseas bribery since 1889. Yet, one rarely comes across graft and venality in daily life. The same requirements of monitoring of clients’ activities and reporting to the authorities apply to credit and financial institutions, venture capital firms, tax advisers, accountants, and notaries.

Erstwhile president of Sierra Leone, Momoh, amassed hundreds of video players and other consumer goods in vast rooms in his mansion. Rather they are of the nature of compulsive collections. Decision Altering (State Capture) Fees – Bribes and promises of bribes which alter decisions or affect them, or which affect the formation of policies, laws, regulations, or decrees beneficial to the bribing entity or person. All rationales crumble in the face of a Mobutu Sese Seko or a Saddam Hussein or a Ferdinand Marcos who absconded with billions of US dollars from the coffers of Zaire, Iraq, and the Philippines, respectively.

2.. It is then down to the defendant to prove otherwise. That the service, information, or goods that are provided or divulged are provided or divulged against a benefit or the promise of a benefit from the recipient and as a result of the receipt of this specific benefit or the promise to receive such benefit. According to Transparency International’s “Global Corruption Report 2001″, corruption has been successfully contained in private banking and the diamond trade, for instance.

Awareness to corruption and graft is growing – though it mostly results in lip service. The proceeds from such sales accrue to the local municipality. The USA has had a comprehensive “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” since 1977.

5.. Others have swimming pools replete with wine bars.

3.. The OSCE has responded with its own initiative, in collaboration with the US Congressional Helsinki Commission.

It is widely accepted that corruption retards growth by deterring foreign investment and encouraging brain drain. Others do it in order to reward their nearest and dearest or to maintain a lavish lifestyle when their political lives are over.

In most countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Germany, Indonesia, Macedonia, and Ireland, assets can be impounded, confiscated, frozen, forfeited, and even sold prior to and without any criminal conviction. Concessions, licenses, permits, assets privatized, tenders awarded are all subject to reallocation fees. If the defendant is judged to have a criminal lifestyle then it will be assumed that physical assets, such as properties and motor vehicles, have been acquired through the use of criminal funds and it will be necessary to present evidence to contradict this.

But these mundane reasons fail to explain why some officeholders go on a rampage and binge on endless quantities of lucre.

2.. A similar law has now been adopted by Britain.

International treaties (for instance, the 1959 European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, the 1990 Convention of the Council of Europe on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime (ETS 141), and The U.N.

4.. They believe that corruption helps facilitate the flow and exchange of goods and services in hopelessly clogged and dysfunctional systems and markets (corruption and the informal economy “get things done” and “keep people employed”); that it serves as an organizing principle where chaos reins and institutions are in their early formative stages; that it supplements income and thus helps the state employ qualified and skilled personnel; and that it preserves peace and harmony by financing networks of cronyism, nepotism, and patronage.

” (P)re-judgment enforcement measures (to) include closure of premises for up to ten days and confiscation of merchandise. What to Do? What is Being Done?

The abuse of asset confiscation and forfeiture statutes by governments, law enforcement agencies, and political appointees and cronies throughout the world is well-documented.

To eradicate corruption, one must tackle both giver and taker.

In New-York City, the police confiscated a restaurant because one of its regular patrons was an alleged drug dealer. I suggested this cumulative definition:

The UNDP estimated, in 1997, that, even in rich, industrialized, countries, 15% of all firms had to pay bribes. In the Netherlands bribery is tax deductible. The otherwise opaque Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum is now championing transparency and good governance. Many of them believe that it is inevitable if one is to expedite matters or secure a beneficial outcome. It demolishes the tenuous trust between citizen and state. It is a compensatory act. The cooperation of good people with trustworthy institutions is indispensable. His defense team accuses the US authorities of “selective prosecution”.

In the United States, according to The Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 (HR 1658), the assets of suspects under investigation and of criminals convicted of a variety of more than 400 minor and major offenses (from soliciting a prostitute to gambling and from narcotics charges to corruption and tax evasion) are often confiscated and forfeited (“in personam, or value-based confiscation”).

Finally, in many states in the United States, “community responsibility” statutes require of owners of legal businesses to “abate crime” by openly fighting it themselves. The Bank helps countries to fight corruption by providing them with technical assistance, educational programs, and lending.

“We are pursuing the assets of those involved in a wide range of crime including drug dealing, people trafficking, fraud, extortion, smuggling, control of prostitution, counterfeiting, benefit fraud, tax evasion and environmental crimes such as illegal dumping of waste and illegal fishing.” (!)

Drug dealing and illegal fishing in the same sentence. Massive investments in education of the public and of state officials are required.

We can classify corrupt and venal behaviors according to their outcomes:

The UK’s Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) that is in charge of enforcing the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, had this chilling statement to make on May 24, 2007:

That the assets of suspects in grave crimes and corruption should be frozen or “disrupted” until they are convicted or exonerated by the courts – having exhausted their appeals – is understandable and in accordance with the Vienna Convention. Hitler could have used it to ask the United Kingdom’s Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) to confiscate the property of refugee Jews who committed “crimes” by infringing on the infamous Nuremberg race laws.

Note – The Psychology of Corruption

“In some cases the defendants will even have their assets seized at the start of an investigation, before any charges have been considered. It depletes the affected country’s endowments – both natural and acquired. They rob the state and coerce businessmen to grease their palms because it makes them feel better, it helps them to repress their mounting fears and frustrations, and to restore their psychodynamic equilibrium.

History shows that all effective programs shared these common elements:

Corruption is rife and all pervasive, though many allegations are nothing but political mud-slinging. But they do fulfill a psychological need.

There is also what the World Bank calls “State Capture” defined thus:

4.. Pavel Borodin, the former chief of Kremlin Property, decided not appeal his money laundering conviction in a Swiss court.

Elsewhere, there are some other worrying developments:

When the process of asset confiscation or asset forfeiture is initiated, banking secrecy is automatically lifted and the government indemnifies the banks for any damage they may suffer for disclosing confidential information about their clients’ accounts.

In a survey it conducted in February 2002 of 82 companies in which it invests, “Friends, Ivory, and Sime” found that only a quarter had clear anti-corruption management and accountability systems in place.

“The impetus for this prosecution comes from allegations made by the Kuchma regime, which itself is corrupt and dedicated to using undemocratic and repressive methods to stifle political opposition … It has even set up a multilingual hotline for whistleblowers.

Under the influence of the post-September 11 United States and the FATF (Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering), Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Greece, South Korea, and Russia have similar asset recovery and money laundering laws in place. In both jurisdictions, the fast track freezing of assets has proven to be a more than adequate measure to cope with organized crime and venality.

Only offshore tax havens, such as Andorra, Antigua, Aruba, the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey, Monaco, the Netherlands Antilles, Samoa, St. Vincent, the US Virgin Islands, and Vanuatu still resist the pressure to join in the efforts to trace and seize suspects’ assets and bank accounts in the absence of a conviction or even charges.

1.. These measures will be applied in addition to the attachment or sequestration of personal property and the prohibition against alienation or encumbrance of realty. That the withholding or the provision of said service, information, or goods are in the power of the withholder or the provider to withhold or to provide AND That the withholding or the provision of said service, information, or goods constitute an integral and substantial part of the authority or the function of the withholder or the provider. As electricity supply was intermittent at best, his was a curious choice. It involves enormous stress and unceasing conflict. It leads to the misallocation of economic resources and distorts competition. In many new countries (in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe) the very concepts of “private” versus “public” property are fuzzy and impermissible behaviors are not clearly demarcated. It is also risky and rather arbitrary. Politicians with mental health disorders (for instance, narcissists or psychopaths) react by decompensation. More than 1200 delegates participated in the 10th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Prague last year.

3.. That the service, information, or goods that are withheld are withheld because no benefit was provided or promised by the recipient. According to Swiss authorities, more than $40 billion are held by Russians in its banking system alone.

3.. Some of them now reside in refurbished castles. When the defendant fails to furnish such evidence conclusively and convincingly, or if he has left the United States or had died, the assets are sold at an auction and the proceeds usually revert to various law enforcement agencies, to the government’s budget, or to good social causes and programs. The conditioning of international aid, credits, and investments on a monitored reduction in corruption levels. In Maryland, the police confiscated a family’s home and converted it into a retreat for its officers, having mailed one of the occupants a package of marijuana.

Moreover, The moral authority of those who preach against corruption in poor countries – the officials of the IMF, the World Bank, the EU, the OECD – is strained by their ostentatious lifestyle, conspicuous consumption, and “pragmatic” morality.

According to a brief written by Jack Smith, Mark Pieth, and Guillermo Jorge at the Basel Institute on Governance, International Centre for Asset Recovery:

Sam Vaknin ( samvak.tripod.com ) is the author of Malignant Self Love – Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain – How the West Lost the East as well as many other books and ebooks about topics in psychology, relationships, philosophy, economics, and international affairs.

He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, Global Politician, PopMatters, eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent.

They are quoted by Radio Free Europe as saying:

In Australia, Austria, Ireland, Hong-Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, South Africa, United States and the Netherlands alleged and suspected criminals, their family members, friends, employees, and partners can be stripped of their assets even for crimes they have committed in other countries and even if they have merely made use of revenues obtained from illicit activities (this is called “in rem, or property-based confiscation”). There are no false detentions (as in Russia), spurious traffic tickets (as in Latin America), or widespread stealthy payments for public goods and services (as in Africa).. Income Supplement – Corrupt actions whose sole outcome is the supplementing of the income of the provider without affecting the “real world” in any manner. Together with the EBRD, it publishes a corruption survey of 3000 firms in 22 transition countries (BEEPS – Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey). The US Department of Justice brought another 30 cases. The figure rises to 40% in Asia and 60% in Russia.

1.. Convention against Corruption 2003- UNCAC) and European Union Directives (e.g., 2001/97/EC) allow the seizure and confiscation of the assets and “unexplained wealth” of criminals and suspects globally, even if their alleged or proven crime does not constitute an offense where they own property or have bank accounts. Liberalization and deregulation of the economy. They serve no purpose, either political or economic. The Agency cannot, however, confiscate single-dwelling houses, bank accounts up to 250 leva of one member of the family, salary or pension up to 250 leva a month, social care, and alimony, support money or allowances. Abolition of red tape, licensing, protectionism, capital controls, monopolies, discretionary, non-public, procurement. But this only makes them more culpable and dangerous.

“Article 54(1)(c) of the UNCAC recommends that states parties establish non-criminal systems of confiscation, which have several advantages for recovery actions: the standard of evidence is lower (“preponderance of the evidence” rather than “beyond a reasonable doubt”); they are not subject to some of the more restrictive traditional safeguards of international cooperation such as the offense for which the defendant is accused has to be a crime in the receiving state (dual criminality); and it opens more formal avenues for negotiation and settlements. They merely catered to their psychopathology.

The defendant’s bank accounts will also be scanned for evidence of spending and any expenditure on unidentified assets (and in some cases identified assets) is also likely to be included as alleged criminal benefit. The Facts

Anti-corruption projects are an integral part of every Country Assistance Strategy (CAS). government”.

Hence also the involvement of the World Bank and the IMF in fighting corruption. The withholding of a service, information, or goods that, by law, and by right, should have been provided or divulged. The structural roots of corruption should be tackled rather than merely its symptoms.

Most politicians bend the laws of the land and steal money or solicit bribes because they need the funds to support networks of patronage. The persecution of corrupt, high-profile, public figures, multinationals, and institutions (domestic and foreign).

In many countries from South Korea to Greece, lawyer-client privilege is largely waived. The Global Coalition for Africa adopted anti-corruption guidelines in 1999. (other Ukrainian officials) including Kuchma himself and his closest associates, have committed conduct similar to that with which Lazarenko is charged but have not been prosecuted by the U.S. It collaborates closely with Transparency International, for instance.

Corruption runs against the grain of meritocratic capitalism. What amounts to venality in one culture (Sweden) is considered no more than hospitality, or an expression of gratitude, in another (France, or Italy). To appease the critics, the affable Attorney General of Macedonia charged a former Minister of Defense with abuse of duty for allegedly having channeled millions of DM to his relatives during the recent civil war.

This is why both governments and business show a growing commitment to tackling it. The institution of incentives to avoid corruption, such as a higher pay, the fostering of civic pride, “good behavior” bonuses, alternative income and pension plans, and so on.

Corruption can never be entirely eliminated – but it can be restrained and its effects confined. Greater access to information and a public debate intended to foster a “stakeholder society”.

Pavlo Lazarenko, a former Ukrainian prime minister, is detained in San Francisco on money laundering charges. The USA has pioneered global anti-corruption campaigns and is a signatory to the 1996 IAS Inter-American Convention against Corruption, the Council of Europe’s Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, and the OECD’s 1997 anti-bribery convention. The USA and the Netherlands hosted global forums on corruption – as did South Korea in 2003. Acceleration or Facilitation Fees – Corrupt practices whose sole outcome is to accelerate or facilitate decision making, the provision of goods and services or the divulging of information. Reallocation Fees – Benefits paid (mainly to politicians and political decision makers) in order to affect the allocation of economic resources and material wealth or the rights thereto. If he or she can prove “substantial harm” to life and business, the property may be released to be used, though ownership is rarely restored.

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Tellingly only 35 countries signed the 1997 OECD “Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions” – including four non-OECD members: Chile, Argentina, Bulgaria, and Brazil. In Switzerland, financial institutions are obliged to automatically freeze suspect transactions for a period of five days, subject to the review of an investigative judge. Asset Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture

In 2002, just days before a much-awaited donor conference, the influential International Crisis Group (ICG) recommended to place all funds pledged to Macedonia under the oversight of a “corruption advisor” appointed by the European Commission. The UN is promoting its pet convention against corruption.

As most kleptomaniac politicians are also psychopaths, they rarely feel remorse or fear the consequences of their misdeeds. If they fail to tackle the criminals in their neighborhood, the police can seize and sell their property, including their apartments and cars


Posted by admin on September 7th, 2016 :: Filed under betting,betting offshore

How To Pick a Winner at the Dog Track With a Simple Trick

If there doesn’t seem to be any difference between them based on those things, I look for any little thing that one has going for it that the other doesn’t.

There are a few options, but this is the one that has worked the best for me over the years. That would be betting against yourself. You don’t want to bet them both. I even check to see if one of them has had more days between races than the other. Check for any advantage one has over the other and if there isn’t one, play them in a quiniela or don’t play them.

If I look at all these factors and can’t find any significant differences, there are two options that I see. So what do you do?

. If one of them is 3 yrs old and the other is older, I’ll go with the younger dog.

I never play two dogs to win if they’re evenly matched. That can actually make a difference sometimes.

First, I look at their class, running style, post position in this race as compared to their last race, post position that they like and whether they’re in form right now. There are some other rare situations when I play two dogs to win, but this isn’t one of them and I don’t recommend it. I can lay off the race and find another race I like better. I’ll look to see if either of them has won a race by several lengths recently, gained position on the leaders in a fast race or is from a kennel that is burning up the track at the moment. Or I can play them in a quiniela, which is what I usually do.

If you handicap by picking the best dog out of 8 in a greyhound race, there’s a common problem. But when it gets down to two dogs who are evenly matched, I look at things like age, kennel standing, time of their last race etc. I compare them with a little list I’ve come up with. Then, if they’re still evenly matched, I look for the one thing that indicates that one of them is more likely to come in this time.

Usually, when I handicap greyhound races I don’t take minor factors into account. Many times, there are two dogs that look just as good


Posted by admin on September 6th, 2016 :: Filed under betting,betting offshore

Spaceport Florida – IT, Aerospace, Health and Tourism Jobs

The population is increasing as New Yorkers and others move down to the sunny state to work, to do business, to retire, and to escape taxes.

Numerous jobs and long-term career opportunities are waiting in the State of Florida for qualified workers. By the middle of June 2013, over 328,000 jobs were listed for the state, not counting seasonal/summer jobs..

By January 2014, this number had risen to 370,000+, because of the influx of new residents and businesses.After a small decline, jobs in August 2015 included ads for over 260,000 positions statewide.

Long Haul Truck Driving is a big source of new jobs, though, as is Healthcare at places like North Florida Regional Med Center, and Engineering in IT settings as well as electrical, mechanical, manufacturing and other applications.

Florida is one of the three or four most popular states in the USA for relocation in 2014, because of the lack of State Income Tax


Posted by admin on September 5th, 2016 :: Filed under betting,betting offshore

Rocky Marciano – InfoBarrel

Marciano went back into training and bought a toupee. Ali later said that Marciano punched so hard he was sore for days after. Then Rocky and Ali sparred 70 rounds for the camera, simulating different endings to the fight. Rocky kept coming, even after Walcott knocked him down, closed his left eye, and opened cuts on his face that required fourteen stitches to close.

Outwardly Marciano’s life after boxing was quite successful – unlike many fighters, he kept his money and his wits. The Marchegiano’s had five more children after Rocco: Alice, Connie, Elizabeth, Louis, and Peter. Pierino’s exposure to mustard gas during combat changed his life, but not his toughness. Walcott collapsed to the canvas and was counted out. At the time boxing was a diversion, a way to make a few bucks to help out his family. The people of the world should be informed of this boy’s character and personality.” 

Marciano died without a will. Equally unique, Marciano never came out of retirement to challenge subsequent champions, a temptation very few ex-champions have overcome, much less succeeded at.

His upbringing was steeped in Italian customs and traditions. Until Rocco put Brockton on the national map, his hometown was best known for its shoe factories. Walcott bounced off and threw a hard left hand. Ali was in retirement too, after having his title stripped for refusing the draft. It was an incredible run. The sparring film would be spliced together to match the computer outcome of the fight – a closely guarded secret that would not be revealed until “The Superfight” aired in theaters.

Rocky was an old school Catholic. His marriage was strained. Yet he used a wire to try to get coins back he used to make telephone calls. He was a near-classic example of the triumph of classic virtues (Boston Herald Traveler, September, 1969).” 

After serving as a GI in World War II, Rocco played minor league baseball. Rocky didn’t trust banks, either, so he hid his cash: in the ground, inside toilet tanks, in light fixtures. At the time many children died of pneumonia, but Rocco eventually recovered, and Lena kept her promise.

Not that there is anything particularly Catholic about being a teetotaler.  It’s just that Marciano, though intelligent, was a very simple man who never forgot where he came from. It hit Walcott’s jaw with the sound of a baseball bat. On those occasions Rocco reached opponents with his right hand, however, they fell down and didn’t get up. 

On August 31, 1969, Marciano planned to interrupt his business circuit and fly back to Florida to celebrate his forty-sixth birthday with his family. Although he left thousands (some claim hundred of thousands) of dollars stashed away or buried underground, none of it was found to aid Barbara and the children, who were impoverished after Rocky’s death.

Marciano’s character was on display in his first fight with Walcott, which was a classic. It is difficult to win a fight when you can’t reach your opponent. Then he was cut from the Chicago Cubs farm system. Skehan, Rocky Marciano, Biography of a First Son, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1977. 

Marciano’s determination in the Walcott fight showed the world the new champion’s character and personality. There was bad weather and the plane ran low on gas. Walcott’s experience kept Marciano off-balance and sometimes made him look ridiculous. Rocco’s biggest limitation was arms so short they were almost stubby. When he wasn’t playing sports he was running and exercising.

After knocking out an old Joe Louis, Rocky got a title shot. He was famous, successful, and well thought of. 

Everett M. He was undersized for a heavyweight. An obituary in his home state of Massachusetts read:

Rocky was generous with people who were down and out, often giving them unsecured loans that were rarely paid back. He made sure the people who invited him paid for everything.

Russell Sullivan, Rocky Marciano, The Rock of His Times, 2002, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago.. Rocky hadn’t fought or trained for fourteen years. He would interrupt his training schedule to attend Mass. Rocky seemed too busy to be home.

Far behind on points late in the fight, Rocky needed a knockout to win. Or the estrangement may have developed over Rocky’s running, which may have sprung from a preoccupation with money. Once, as a joke, the reigning sex symbol, Jayne Mansfield, was smuggled into a room where Marciano sat, alone. Lena’s doctor said she could have no more children; this put a fine edge on her concern for Rocco’s health.

He rarely saw his wife and children; or his parents, brothers, and sisters. Stallone credited Chuck Wepner’s losing effort in a fight with Muhammed Ali as the inspiration for the film, yet the similarities of Rocky Balboa to Rocky Marciano are numerous and obvious. 

The answer: Rocky Marciano, heavyweight boxing champion from 1952 to 1956, when at age thirty-three he retired with a perfect record (49-0, with 43 knockouts). Sometimes he would cover his chin and hands with St. His friends said the only thing Rocky was afraid of was being poor. His wife, Barbara, was unable to have the large family Rocky wanted. The nicest thing about being champ, he said, “is that people like you.”  Everyone but boxing experts, who found Rocky’s style too crude to suffer. They all lived in a two bedroom apartment. The pilot had not flown at night before, became confused by the bad weather, and attempted to land in a field rather than the Newton airport. 

He and Lena settled in Brockton, a small city twenty miles south of Boston. The computer’s result: Marciano knocked out Ali in the thirteenth round. Before the fight Marciano met with a priest, who after their meeting said: “That boy is no ordinary prizefighter, he is one of the most dignified, straightforward people I have ever met in my life. Ali complained about his ‘loss’, alleging the computer was made in Alabama. 

Perhaps it was his simplicity that allowed him to retire after beating everyone worth fighting. Augustine before defending his title, and said: “The biggest thrill I could think of would be an audience with the pope?” 

Rocky’s last big payday was a computerized fight with Muhammed Ali in 1969. He even used a coat hanger to stuff money inside curtain rods.

Lena prayed to St. Marciano stepped inside and beat Walcott to the punch with a short right hand that traveled maybe eight inches. Rocco slept in the living room with the windows open, even in the winter, as if in defiance of his bout with pneumonia.

Maybe Rocky ran to avoid an estranged relationship with Barbara. He even had a role in a movie. Rocky never wrote anything down, he tried to keep track of his loans in his head, and sometimes forgot who owed him, and how much. Jude’s oil while in his corner waiting for the start of that fight. 

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Five months after Marciano’s death “The Superfight” debuted in theaters. Once he hit a man so hard he almost killed him.

The doctor was wrong. He boarded a small, single engine Cessna. Even as champion he came to the ring in a robe bearing the colors of BrocktonHigh School (even though he dropped out in the tenth grade). At the last minute Rocky decided to squeeze in an appearance at a steak house in Des Moines, Iowa. He didn’t trust lawyers or accountants, and preferred to deal in cash. The champion was Jersey Joe Walcott, a ring veteran most experts picked to beat Marciano easily. He was invited to the White House to meet the President. Asked about his reaction when flying shrapnel hit his jaw and snapped off some teeth, Pierino replied, “I just spit them out and kept coming.” 

Rocky ran from an early age. He backed Walcott into the ropes. And Brockton loved him right back, at least in part because many of them became rich betting on Rocky’s fights. 

While sportswriters criticized Marciano’s boxing shortcomings, no one criticized his character, as the following quotes show:

Marciano was “a kind and decent man.”, He was “inherently a decent, righteous and truly wonderful guy…His innate decency and wholesomeness shine through in a dedicated glow.” Or: “We never cease to be amazed at the humility of Rocky Marciano…he treats everyone if they were the celebrity and he the awed little guy.” Another writer called him “probably the humblest of heavyweight champions.”  Said another: “He reminds you of a great, friendly collie …with the grin of a shy fellow happy to be recognized, at last, as a member of the gang in good standing.” He was “the gentlest athlete I have ever known,” and again: “a man of simplicity and sincerity.”

An investigation into the crash of the Cessna in NewtonIowa cited pilot inexperience as the cause of the crash. Anthony for her son’s recovery, promising to give up her diamond engagement ring if Rocco recovered. His fanaticism about physical conditioning,  along with his determination and punching power, led to an unequalled record for a heavyweight champion: forty-nine professional wins, no defeats, forty-three victories by knockout. The pilot and his two passengers were instantly killed. He was awkward in the ring. Yet his retirement years revealed a man who seemed simple, but often was not.

In 1976 Sylvester Stallone began his “Rocky” franchise. Yet even after he had enough money Rocky went after more. After the Rock retired he kept running.

“In this age of the anti-hero and the non-hero, Rocky Marciano was the hero with whom the mass of Americans could readily identify, the hero who surmounted all difficulties by dint of hard work, dedication and perseverance. He  hit his opponents on the break, after the bell, and below the belt. Rocco inherited his father’s toughness, for he survived a deadly bout of pneumonia when he was two. Rocky Marciano was champion.

Marchegiano went to New York and met Al Weill, a boxing manager who tried to Americanize his name. The 1963 issue of Boxing Illustrated claimed: “Marciano’s knockout blow packs more explosive energy than an armour-piercing bullet and represents as much energy as would be required to spot lift 1000 pounds one foot off the ground.”  Although this sort of ‘science’ was probably conducted by zealous Marciano fans, it is undeniably true that Rocky hit really hard.) 

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As he continued to successfully defend his title, Marciano gradually drew respect from critics. His parents loved opera, ate Italian food, and had wine with dinner. The pilot landed the plane in a field in Newton, Iowa, and rammed into a lone tree in the middle of the field. Rocco refused but eventually he tired of having his name misspelled and mispronounced, and allowed his name to be shortened to Rocky Marciano. He said if the man died he would quit fighting. Anthony before his first title fight, read The Confessions of St. She smoked too, and developed a glandular problem. She and her friends prayed the Rosary at the child’s bedside and waited. He retained his public life, crisscrossing across the country to give speeches, participate in benefits, and conduct business. They had one daughter, but Barbara miscarried when Rocky was away, and wasn’t able to have any more children, although the two did adopt a boy (Rocky Jr.). Several opponents quit boxing after being knocked out by Marciano. Rocky slowly became a better boxer, but it was his punching power that kept him undefeated. There would be good food, a nice check for a few words, and still enough time to fly back for his birthday. Marciano’s body was found pinned beneath the wreckage. Rocky was a brawler. As a boy Rocco was preoccupied with his physical condition. The famous sportswriter Jimmy Cannon observed that Marciano trained “like a man practicing a holy ritual.” Before fights he would slip away to a church or chapel to pray. Rocky always apologized, but the fouling continued.

 Which heavyweight boxing champion in the last century knelt on his knees to pray to St. He would never be a classic boxer, but he worked unceasingly at improving his craft, and trained relentlessly. The man recovered, but never fought again.

(An experiment was performed on Rocky’s punching power. Rocco was in his twenties, when most fighters hit their peak. He usually didn’t pay anything for his cross-country trips: no plane fare, hotel fare, or meals. He knocked out nine of his early opponents in the first round. Barbara missed Rocky, and drank too much. Marciano spent hours at his opponent’s hospital bed, and in church praying for the man’s life. A few minutes later she came out complaining: “What is he, crazy? He didn’t want anything to do with me.” Marciano seemed more comfortable in the company of clergy than actresses. He had no boxing skills. He golfed with priests, helped promote parish functions, even lunched with Cardinal Spellman. Life magazine called him “pure of speech” and “a clean living boy.” He was elsewhere described as “astonishingly innocent,” and “totally without deception, totally without guile.” He didn’t drink or smoke; in fact, when a host at a party for Marciano in Brockton offered the champ a drink, Rocky replied, “If you don’t mind, I’ll take an apple.” 

He was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano (Mark a-jahn-o) on September 1, 1923, the second son (the first died shortly after childbirth) of Pierino and Lena Marchegiano, first generation Italian immigrants who came to America after the first World War. One sportswriter said Marciano brought the “austere, sackcloth-and -ashes approach of a monk” to his training. Although he enjoyed being champion, Marciano remained unchanged. And he could be incredibly tight with a buck


Posted by admin on August 27th, 2016 :: Filed under betting,sports,sports betting

Sports Betting in BC | PlayNow.com British Columbia Online Betting

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In a “tale of the tape” PlayNow.com puts up a good fight, but ultimately gets KO’ed by all the other online sportsbook options available to British Columbians.

While offshore online sportsbooks focus on the customer experience and offering player options, what you see is what you get with PlayNow.com: the betting interface is clunky, you’re limited in events you can wager on, all payouts are subject to provincial taxes (not such a good payline now is it?), and you won’t receive as many or as large bonuses or promotions as compared to offshore betting options.

British Columbians 19 years or older can enjoy PlayNow.com, the BCLC’s online gaming operation. [+]

Sports Betting in BC / British Columbia

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Any BC based bettors looking for great alternatives to the provincial options offered in British Columbia will instantly recognize the below, highly reputable online sportsbooks.

In addition to lottery kiosks, British Columbia has a few major casino/sportsbook resorts located throughout the province, with the biggest surrounding the General Vancouver area. Despite having more of a focus on casino, poker and lottery operations, there is a sportsbook.. Withdrawals are sent via direct deposit, however applicable taxes do apply. The British Columbia Lottery and Gaming Corporation, also known as the BCLC regulates land-based casinos and online sports betting options across western Canada. As always, that’s one thing to consider anytime you play with a government body; you will pay taxes on all winnings regardless of the amount.

Sports Action lists Oddsets, Point Spreads and Over/Unders in addition to a limited number of Prop bets on major North American sports and American College football. But more than ever, sports bettors are turning to popular online alternatives which have a reputation for offering better value and service. You can select straight bets or parlays (“Go For” in their terms) but there are no teasers, special teasers and you cannot buy points like you can in most online sportsbooks.

In order to play, you do need to register for an account.

The province of British Columbia is full of die hard sports bettors, as is the rest of Canada. Most land-based sportsbooks focus heavily on NHL and MLB action, as well as the NFL.

To be sure, there are far worse options for online sports gaming in BC than PlayNow.com, however do remember that there is the caveat of government oversight, taxes on all winnings and a few inconvenient restrictions such as the need for a credit card and the need to be within BC’s borders.

PlayNow.com services are not available to members while they are physically outside of the province of British Columbia


Posted by admin on August 25th, 2016 :: Filed under betting,sports,sports betting

How To Master Sports Betting

You shouldn’t favor a team because they are the team your best friend supports. You want to know who trained and who didn’t. For instance, if you are pretty certain that a side is going to win and they are getting good odds for this than take this. The weather conditions also make a difference as they do in horse racing. It doesn’t matter if it is pretty or not.

Speaking of the long run, this is what you should be focused on. On the flip side, you shouldn’t bet against a team because someone you don’t like roots for that team. This means that when you place your bets you need to be thinking clearly and concisely. You don’t want to lose money just because you weren’t on top of your game.

The most important thing is that you need to take emotion out of the equation. You will be better off for doing so in the long run.

Information and doing your homework is important, but you don’t want to full into the trap of information overload. Anything less than this and it is going to be a disaster. It’s all about accumulating winnings. Business is business and you need to be concentrating on who is going to win regardless of who likes and who doesn’t like which team.. So if you suffer a bad break along the way, just remember it goes with the territory. Also look into how sides perform the week after doing certain travel. In the case of team sports, injuries are important. So do yourself a favor and swear off them. Thus when you are doing well, you will still be focused and when you aren’t doing so well you won’t be thinking that it’s the end of the world. Hopefully this kind of thinking will keep you grounded. Travel is a factor such as when East Coast sides travel to the West Coast and vice versa. It could provide great insight as to predicting what will occur.

Because of this point, it is probably better if you steer clear from any matches involving the teams that you like. Upsets are always going to happen but see when it makes the most sense when to go for that and when not to. It is only going to place you in a difficult position and as much as you might think it won’t be, your decision making ability is going to be compromised. What is the point of drowning yourself in statistics and research for what you could just as easily decided with a flip of the coin? So you need to sift through it all and just take the morsels here and there which are really important and make a difference. You can’t let the highs and lows affect you too much.

Sports betting is an easy way to make a tough living. If you are going to do it you need to do it properly and master it, it means you are completely organized and focused. Over time, you will learn what it should be that you should be paying attention to.

Look for value bets


Posted by admin on August 24th, 2016 :: Filed under betting,sports,sports betting