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9 charged in Fla. youth football gambling ring

“The SFYFL is taking a hard stand on gambling, recruiting, paying kids to play and big hits on players.”

The website says the sole purpose of the league “is to benefit children” and instill wholesome values.

Authorities said they seized nearly $40,000 from a drop safe at one of the storefronts and took another $20,000 from Bivins’ home. Authorities said they had no evidence that the players were aware of the bets.

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Perhaps more disturbing than the gambling operation was the extensive criminal background of six coaches, authorities said.. They believe `Coach B’ was skimming off the top of the bets.

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. A phone message and email sent to one of the other suspect’s attorneys was not immediately returned Tuesday.

According to the league’s website, it has 22 clubs and 6,000 players, ranging from pee wee to teens, in three counties. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Deerfield Beach City officials ramped up their background screening process for youth coaches about 18-months ago when authorities told them about the investigation, but each city is in charge of setting its own ordinances and they vary widely on the issue. Eight others were also charged Monday with bookmaking and some were charged with keeping a gambling house.

“It’s about kids being exploited unfortunately by greedy parents and greedy grown-ups and coaches who were basically nothing more than criminals,” Sheriff Al Lamberti said.

Bivins was the president of the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, one of the most successful teams, and oversaw the coaches. Frank Ballante said.

Coaches routinely met before games and set point spreads, investigators said, but they do not believe the games were thrown or that coaches encouraged players not to complete a touchdown in order to control the outcome. But behind what appeared to be a closet door was a narrow hallways leading to a seedy gambling room where Bivins and others took bets on professional, college and youth games behind conspicuously dark tinted windows.

“(Bivins has) been to Florida state prison. Many of the children come from impoverished neighborhoods.

Bold print on the league’s website warns that anyone taking bets on games will be asked to leave. Authorities later uncovered the stakes on pee wee games were high, with more than $100,000 wagered on the youth football championship.

Authorities said the suspects have direct ties to the South Florida Youth Football League and several have extensive criminal histories. Bivins has been convicted of cocaine possession, grand theft auto, and marijuana possession with intent to sell.

Emails and phone calls to several officers in the league were not immediately returned Tuesday.

An affidavit claims Bivins ran a fake barbershop, complete with barber stations and vending machines, as a front for a gambling house.

An informant placed numerous bets at Red Carpet Kutz Barbershop and another gambling front, Showtime Sports, during the investigation, according to the affidavit.

It’s unclear if Bivins has an attorney. He’s out and he’s coaching youth football,” Lt. Authorities said Tuesday they uncovered a massive gambling operation targeting youth football games in South Florida, leading them to arrest nine men, including several coaches with extensive criminal backgrounds who they say exploited kids to turn a profit.

After months of surveillance, digging through trash cans and raiding two gambling houses, authorities arrested alleged ringleader Brandon Bivins, known as `Coach B’ in the community, charging him with felony bookmaking and keeping a gambling house. He also interacted with the players, Ballante said.

The 18-month long investigation started when ESPN journalists brought Broward County Sheriff’s officials surveillance video showing parents openly exchanging money in the stands while watching their kids’ tackle football games


Posted by admin on September 9th, 2016 :: Filed under football betting

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).

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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:

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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

Dating: Relationship Red Flags

It’s a long list, but certainly not exhaustive. While this person may blame the other person for the problems, or claim that he or she has just never met the “right” person, it always takes two to create relationship problems. The person becomes angry, critical or withdrawn if you say no.

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It’s not always easy to determine if someone is lying or withholding the truth. If you consistently feel that you are not being told the truth, and you have not been concerned about this in other relationships, then trust your feelings.

A person with few hobbies or interests may be a person who is dependent on others for their sense of self, and may be very demanding in a relationship. is a relationship expert, best-selling author, and co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding® healing process, recommended by actress Lindsay Wagner and singer Alanis Morissette, and featured on Oprah. This can make for a very challenging relationship.

Over the many years of working with thousands of people looking to find a committed relationship, I’ve discovered numerous red flags that may indicate future problems.

Again, another symptom of narcissism. The person is an older man or woman who has never been married and has been in a series of broken relationships, or has had numerous broken marriages.

13. You sense that the person is not honest.

If the person is in a lot of debt, or tries to “borrow” money from you, beware. The person is financially irresponsible.

He or she tries to make you feel that you are wrong for your feelings or your position. If you have a trust issue in general, then you might want to deal with your issue.

8. Narcissists can be very intense in their pursuit, and many of them have learned exactly what to say to pull you in, such as, “I’ve never felt as connected with anyone else as I feel with you,” or “You are the most amazing person I’ve ever met. The person is judgmental of self and others, talking about self and others in disparaging ways.

9. The person has abandoned his or her children.

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4. Sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a parent from seeing their children, or a parent might come to the painful realization that it is not in the child’s best interest to be involved with them.

14. But, if someone does not care about their children, then they likely have a deep problem with caring about themselves or others. As you read this list, don’t just focus on the other person. If he or she gets upset when you do your own thing, then you need to accept that it is more important to that person to control you than to care about you.

1. Relationships are hard enough without dealing with conflict in these contentious areas.

This is one of the symptoms of narcissism. The person has few interests and hobbies.

This is another symptom of narcissism. The person is possessive and jealous. The person has totally different views and values from yours in important areas such as religion or spirituality, politics, child rearing, health and nutrition.

This is a person who does not love him or herself, and therefore cannot love you. In a relationship, this person will blame you for his or her unhappiness.

There is always a reason that a person has no friends and is not close with family, and the reason might be important for you to know.

These areas can become major battlegrounds. They will change if they want to, but you can’t make them change.

18. The person needs to be acceptable to you as he or she is. The person has no close friends and is not close to family.

3. The person was abused as a child and has not had therapy or done sufficient inner healing work.

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Below is a list of some of the red flags I’ve discovered. Narcissists need constant attention and often become very upset and punishing if you don’t give them what they want.

This is another symptom of narcissism. You need to trust your feelings here. Unless this person has had a good amount of therapy and personal growth since the last relationship, a series of broken relationships or marriages may indicate that he or she doesn’t know how to have a loving relationship.

Abandoning one’s children — other than giving up a baby for adoption — may indicate lack of empathy.

For more on relationships, click here.. That’s when you can get into relationship trouble. Very often, when the person I’m working with has moved ahead with the relationship, one of these issues — which might not have seemed huge at the beginning — becomes a major problem leading to the demise of the relationship. He or she gets upset when you do your own thing.

16. Some of these items might not be deal-breakers for you; if the issue is okay with you, then there is no problem. The more you become a person who is loving to yourself and capable of sharing your love with others — rather than a person who is intent on getting love — the more you will attract someone capable of a loving relationship.

Without an openness to learning about themselves and you when there is conflict, there is no way to resolve conflict.

2. The person talks on and on about himself or herself and doesn’t ask much about you, or is uninterested when you do talk about yourself.

A jealous, possessive person is a person who is very insecure. If this person cannot feel pain for your pain and joy for your joy, you will end up feeling very lonely in the relationship. The person takes no responsibility for their own feelings.

If you identify with any of these red flags, then you have inner work to do before you are ready for a committed loving relationship. The person becomes logical and tries to talk you out of your feelings or your experience. I can see that no one has ever really seen you.” For many narcissists, the pursuit is everything and once they have you hooked, they are either off to another pursuit, or they become more and more demanding of you.

People get together at their common level of woundedness — i.e., their common level of self-abandonment. He or she just wants you to keep your attention on them.

7. The person is not open to learning from relationship conflict.

15. The person lacks empathy and compassion.

Again, don’t expect that you can get the person to change. Many of my very kind clients, in trying to help their partner, have been used and burned by loaning money, or by allowing their partner, who is not earning money, to live with them. The person comes on strong at the beginning of the relationship, and tells you exactly what you want to hear.

5. See if you can identify personally with any of these red flags.

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6. This is another narcissistic trait: the belief that only his or her feelings and opinions are valid, and that differences pose a threat.

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This person is a victim, blaming others for his or her feelings and circumstances. The person participates in addictions that are unacceptable to you — smoking, drinking, drugs, addictive eating, gambling, TV and so on.

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. If this person is not open to healing their judgmentalness, then this will become an increasingly major issue in your relationship.

11. This person is not interested in you or your feelings


Posted by admin on September 6th, 2016 :: Filed under gambling,gambling advice

The Ups and Downs of Arbitrage Betting and Trading

No need to wait for the final whistle.

There is zero chance that arbitrageurs will lose money from the particular game. Here is why:

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Let me tell you my short story about when I finally decided to quit arbitrage betting.

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Don’t dig into arbitrage betting before reading of the disadvantages

As I was getting really tired the past few weeks, surfing around looking for sure bets as they are commonly known, I had found a really generous one at a golf event. What a relief! My bets were both accepted and I just had to wait for the game’s result before I got paid. Thus, I think new arbitrageurs can be profitable even today.

By the time arbitrageurs have placed their bets, their profit is guaranteed.

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By advantage gambling and investing with real money online, I put my money where my mouth is. Some still make a lot of money. What’s that at Betfair? A third possible outcome you say?

As quickly as possible, I had my Excel spreadsheet calculate the stakes and I submitted my bets concurrently at the two betting operators. Moving money around does not only mean extra commissions with banks, but may also arise suspicions.

And last but not least, you can still lose big chunks of money if you don’t pay close attention when placing your arbitrage bets.

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I myself haven’t spent more than a month taking advantage of fluctuating odds and prices when trying out arbitrage. I could let the specific bets as is and make a profit, unless the games ends a draw. Noticed the word “almost”? That is because you still stand to lose some money. I also write about my success or failure and run a small business.

Two golfers were competing at a golf course, when I noticed the divergence of the betting odds between Betfair and another online bookmaker. Yes, so quick that I had to write it twice for emphasis!

While there are services, which let you know when there is an arbitrage opportunity, they come at a cost. And I have heard that by the time you get to hear of that, it’s already too late.

Many bookmakers do not welcome bettors, who follow an arbitrage betting pattern. You can’t expect the results to even out among the bookmakers. That was almost 10 years ago! So, yes, I am far from the arbitrage expert you were expecting to be talking here. Arbitrage trading is likewise an almost risk-free way of trading any kind of financial instrument. That was my first (and last) bet on a golf game.

I spent the following 5 minutes deciding how to react. Because that is when I was going to lose a hefty amount of my total bankroll! As I am not used to gamble with my money (I know, it sounds peculiar, but by the time gambling becomes an investing, you stop gambling with your money), I reluctantly gave away some of my future profits to cover the losses of a likely draw.

Arbitrage betting is an almost risk-free way of betting on sports. And that is not the worst thing it can happen in arbitrage.

The reason I am talking today about arbitrage, is an email I received from a visitor of my gambling blog. And no, the game did not end a draw but it still was a great lesson for me. A lesson that made me withdraw all of my funds from all the bookmakers, except Betfair. Worst case scenario? To confiscate your money. Keep your capital safe for when you are more experienced.

A DRAW?

Of course, my bets now resulted to a loss, no matter the final outcome of the golf game. Much like arbitrage bettors are looking at sports events, arbitrage traders do the same when trading stocks, forex, bonds, commodities, derivatives and other financial instruments, looking at the markets worldwide.

People usually focus on the bright side of any investment, like in arbitrage betting or trading. Because I was going to get paid for sure, I had just bet on both golfers.

But let’s just start from the advantages of arbitrage betting.

If you are going to give arbitrage a shot after all, be very careful and begin betting or trading small. These accounts also need sufficient funding. Usually the ROI of a sure bet is about 1 to 2%, although you may stand lucky occasionally and find a 4 or 5% gold mine!

You must be quick to find arbitrage bets.

You must be super quick to find arbitrage bets. Yes, that’s happened before.

An arbitrageur has to open accounts with several betting or trading companies. And two months later I began sports trading, leaving my arbitrage betting days behind.

These advantages apply as well to arbitrage trading. This funding will probably max out your credit card(s).

Constant money moving. At one point, an account of yours will be full of money, while the rest will be depleted. Their sole worry is just how much money they can make but they neglect the fact that they can also lose money, even in this advertised as risk-free investment.

In my case the guaranteed profit was even better than that!. Yet, my little experience has taught be enough to recommend anyone against arbitrage betting or trading. That is because they have bet on every possible outcome of the game.

Given the infinite number of sports events around the globe, new opportunities for arbitrage betting will constantly arise, especially as more and more people are introduced to betting or gambling in general.

And that is when the emotion of relief converts into panic in a matter of nanoseconds!

Oh, wait. Lessons can come cheap. They are considering a career in arbitrage trading in particular.

People have made a lot of money in arbitrage. As a result, they may limit the stakes they are accepting from you or even forbid you to continue betting with them


Posted by admin on September 6th, 2016 :: Filed under sports arbitrage

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

Secrets And Tips On How To Win At Any Type Of Gambling

Learn about the game, read related materials of the game such as basic rules and tips. There are hundreds of gambling games that people can try for themselves. If a person thinks that they are on the brink of losing, then do not bet. On every win, decrease the bet by 2 chips. His numerous articles found on the Internet, provide useful and factual seo and sem information and insight. As the old cliché goes, knowledge is power. This attitude would keep a person betting until they get some good winnings. Use only one value chip in case a lost occurs in one round, add another chip to the wager.

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There are some secrets to win any kind of gambling.

Set a minimum bet in every game, and after a win, bet only half of the pot that was wagered in the previous round. Doing so, a person bets more on the winning hands than they would do for the losing hands. Although, never expect to win all the time, which barely happens.

Always check the odds, and choose a betting game that has 3 percent or less casino advantage. If people can not afford to lose their money, stay away from gambling.

Contrary to the usual belief that people gamble solely on pure chance and luck, adding in a little mathematics and some proven game strategies will not hurt. Get the probability and ratio of their winnings and losing. When a person loses, go back to the least bet. If a person wins a bet twice in a row, go back on betting one chip. It is not much fun when a person is always on the losing end.

Being optimistic will muster some confidence in that person and they will win those dollars. Among others, popular games are poker and black jack and craps.

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Gambling can be full of excitement and fun. A person will lose some money, and win some money. This is often regarded as progressive betting. A person can have the edge by investing on good books or download tips and secrets on the Internet.

Watch the trend, people should be attentive to their winning and losing trends. A person can make some serious money at betting, and people have even become very rich from gambling.

Stick to a strategy, and pick a strategy that works best. Collate all known gaming strategies and select the one that is effective and works. What matters more are their total net winnings?

For example black jack, it is just like poker, there is a strategy card that a person can refer to beat the other players.

Keep in mind that winning does not mean a person has to win a bet every time. This is the way to a big payoff.

Know the right type of gambling to choose.

Do not be overly greedy, because being greedy might give a person a couple of dollars more, but being overly greedy might cause that person to lose all their money. Casinos, poker rooms, sports betting, or even arbitrage betting and if a person picks one type, master it. Some of his websites are www.casinospokerrooms.com, www.bingosbingos.com, www.top-sportsbook.ca. There is no such thing as the greatest strategy but there are proven ones. Use it rather than straight betting. In fact, it can guarantee a person a good pay out


Posted by admin on September 5th, 2016 :: Filed under gambling,gambling advice

Please, Someone, Cast Him In A Science Fiction Movie

So this stands out, in a way, as being: “Wow, this is a rarity.”

Somebody, please cast Richard Gere in a science-fiction movie! Sure, it’s hardly the first genre that comes to mind when you think of the suave, intellectual star of “Pretty Woman” and “An Officer and a Gentleman,” but he says he’s game. So I liked that gray area of someone like that, and adding that to the financial thing, to me, was the perfect storm of a character for two hours. I kept saying the line wrong. But he’s not as relevant anymore. And that’s what I liked about it.

So that was a surprise?

The degree that that has been embraced universally, the whole planet …

That was my first date. It’s creepy. Horrible, horrible decision. You can contact him directly on Twitter.

That’s true. They’re working on human-rights stuff, they’re working on health stuff, they’re working on civil-rights stuff. And either it doesn’t fit the story or it’s written all wrong or something, and you get a sense that there’s something that’s not really happening. But sci-fi? Yes. The only vaguely sci-fi thing I did was “Mothman Prophecies.” Not a terrible movie. But you’d never see it in the film.

I was worried this movie was going down that Bernie Madoff-type road, but that’s not what this is at all. And you’re not exaggerating.

No! I lived with that! And I’m proud of it. I’ve worked in Washington now for almost 30 years. At all. He’s trying to make everything right while not going to jail, which seems reasonable. But sci-fi is something that interests me a lot, and that’s one of the genres that, for whatever reason, I haven’t been in.

So Michael Fassbender does a movie like “Shame” and that leads to something like “Prometheus.” I feel like you never went down the sci-fi or action-movie role. But you’ll never see it in the film. So I think we did achieve that in places in that movie. He broke the law in a big way, but it’s understandable. And that’s more like this character. Everybody does. And Ted Kennedy was one of the most responsible Senators that we’ve ever had. Morgan …

Yeah. But, in the end, they were in the realm of rational business. Terry Malick called me up in my hotel in L.A. That’s why you’re rooting for him. They really are. It’s the hubris of, “I can’t lose. So I’ve never thought about the marketplace at all, honestly. This isn’t a festival movie.

My favorite line in “Arbitrage” is when Robert asks, “What’s an Applebee’s?”

[Laughs] Do you want to know the truth? I didn’t know what it was. Nick and I made a point of that because, when we made the movie, it was so much on everyone’s mind — this was a year and four months ago.

I liked it because when I first read the script it resonated with Bernie Madoff and Ted Kennedy … And if I do, I’m going to fix it because I’m a lord of the universe.”

And then the car accident that results in the death of his girlfriend happens. And I think that’s why, in a way, we root for this guy and we identify with him. I certainly have had very few times, but I’ve had times where an actor and I did not fit. Whether it would communicate to other people? I didn’t have a clue. But we’ll have to wait to see him in a galaxy far, far away, because right now he’s promoting “Arbitrage,” out Friday, in which he stars as Robert Miller, an über-wealthy hedge-fund executive frantically trying to keep the pieces of his complicated life from falling apart. The guys who make big bets and win. What do you do in that situation?

Well, let’s assume he didn’t mean to do any of it.

The topic came up during a discussion of “Star Wars,” which — hard as it may be to picture — Gere saw in theaters back in 1977. It’s not a festival movie by design. not a great movie.

Ahead, Gere explains why his character isn’t really like Bernie Madoff, remembers watching “Pretty Woman” with Julia Roberts and singles out the movie from his past that still means the most to him.

So you’re feeling, “I don’t know about this”?

Yeah. The scene in the park with my daughter, where I explain to her what happened — I certainly spin it in my favor. The mix of people and story, and the way Garry Marshall was able to kind of corral it within his worldview, felt really good. And who wouldn’t want to see the man who taught Julia Roberts how to be classy shoot lasers at an invading army of mutants?

After the accident, Robert flees the scene. “The Hoax” is one of my favorite movies that I’ve made, and very few people have seen it.

The CEO of J.P. We all make bad decisions.

For some reason, I can’t picture you in a theater enjoying “Star Wars.”

I remember it very well! I remember sitting there at an early showing of “Star Wars,” and the first time that the going-at-light-speed thing happened — which was new; now it seems silly — that was like, “Whoa!” I remember that very well.

But it was there.

It was there, but that’s one of the bizarre things about this. The first feature from writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, “Arbitrage” also stars Susan Sarandon as Miller’s wife, Brit Marling as his daughter, Tim Roth as a hard-boiled police detective on his trail and Nate Parker as a family friend who pays a heavy price for helping Miller in his hour of need. We were carried away by the story, watching it.

It’s creepy, though.

It’s creepy. This person doesn’t work.. Chappaquiddick. This is like “Coriolanus” or something — “Richard II.” Big characters. Unfortunately, the companies that make movies don’t make these anymore. The Jamie Dimons of the world are more relevant. The best people were trained in his office, came through the stuff he was pushing and working on his entire life. I was 15 and had to sneak in by buying a ticket to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” instead.

[Laughs] How did the date go?

Am I a bad person because I’m rooting for him to succeed?

No.

Maybe that’s for the best.

I’ve never conceptualized a career.

**SPOILER ALERT: Skip the next three questions and answers if you don’t want to know about a key plot point that happens early in the movie.**

What movie was most important to your career? “An Officer and a Gentleman” or “Pretty Woman”? Or maybe “American Gigolo”?

It was the first one, for me. Not tricky creepy, but sick creepy. I remember Julia and I saw it together in a preview and we were sitting next to one another laughing and moved with everybody else. Lasse Hallström is, too. These other things, I don’t really think about it, to tell you the truth.

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Can you give an example?

No. There’s some things in that that are … I’ve never — those few instances, it didn’t show up on film.

“Arbitrage” played at Sundance and didn’t come out of the festival with the hype of something like “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Can too much festival hype be a bad thing?

Well, you know, that was a festival movie. The things he does are human. So it’s just really well-made on all levels: It’s well-conceived, well-written, well-acted, well-shot, scored. On a human level, who would just run away from that situation? How many people would have just run away? Very few.

But there’s already a lot going on.

I think it took you off of that one track that, maybe, you felt like, “I know this very well.” You don’t see it coming.

It went well, so thank you. It’s early in the film, but we don’t see that coming. But he made one horrible decision. When Lasse called me up and said, “Look, I’m involved with this movie,” I said, “I read that script.” And my first thought was, No, it’s not for me. And I said, “OK, let’s just do it head-on.” And we talked a little bit about him, [how] he’s a sociopath, he’s crazy. He just lost the bet. The best people working in Washington came through his office. I said, “Applesbee? “Applebee’s? What is it?”

Mike Ryan is senior entertainment writer for The Huffington Post. A certain blockage comes up. It was made with independent money; it didn’t have a distributor when we made it. Not the ones who Ponzi scheme and lie. and said, “Let’s make this movie.” It’s “Days of Heaven.” That, to me — it didn’t have anything to do with anyone else; it had to do with me. But I’m really proud of that movie. It’s large compromises with ethics and morality the guy does, but it’s all within the realm we all do. And then I read it and thought, What was I thinking? This is perfect.

When you’re filming a movie like this, can you tell if things are going pretty well? Or even on “Pretty Woman” or “Unfaithful,” do you feel, “People are going to like this”?

“Pretty Woman,” yes. I like the movie. This is a movie with an independent distributor. And I wanted to be genuinely creepy. We used to have a line where I talked about Madoff. That script came to me about two or three years before, and I read it and said, “This isn’t for me.” I didn’t get it. We all shave taxes — white lies to our wives and lovers. You don’t get along.

‘Bachelorette’ (Sept. None of us did.

When you were coming up as an actor, what movies did you see? Did you see “Star Wars” with everyone else in 1977?

Sure.

He does some terrible things.

Yeah, but we all do.

Well, he’s not a sociopath — that’s a different universe. Except for maybe “The Jackal.” Did that interest you?

The action thing was not an interest to me. Do you ever feel a film is not going well?

Usually, what happens is you’ve gone over the script a million times and you go in really feeling confident about your script, [but then] you’re shooting and you realize that this scene doesn’t work. It’s the guys who are winners. What’s the fault? These are Shakespearean characters. He made a big bet and he lost. A studio picture. It’s a movie that Sidney Lumet would have made in the 70s. And either I wasn’t open to it in the moment or, who knows? A movie like that, it was just timing of when a script comes. But that was a moment where there are a lot of auditions and trying to put people together to make that cast work — but when he asked me to make the movie, I realized that my world was going in that direction of making movies. 7)

Around the era when you were doing “American Gigolo” and “An Officer and a Gentleman,” nothing like that came up?

This comes down to scripts, you know? There are good version, there are bad versions


Posted by admin on September 5th, 2016 :: Filed under sports arbitrage

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

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Posted by admin on September 4th, 2016 :: Filed under gambling,gambling advice

How baseball learned to stop worrying and love StubHub

The Indians last won a World Series way back in 1948.

Bowman acknowledged that at least some of the credit for teams selling a record number of tickets again this year is due to the rapid growth of online ticket resales on StubHub and similar services.

Baseball ticket sales on StubHub soared, and the site is now on pace to sell 5 million tickets this year alone, after selling a total of 5 million tickets in its first six years of existence.

Some will look at the prices that World Series tickets are already going for on StubHub and cry that this makes it tough for the average fan to afford tickets.

If the Cubs meet the Boston Red Sox in the series this year, it might drive prices to unprecedented levels (though I have my doubts they’ll ever reach the $75,000 listing price of that one optimistic seller).

“We’re in the secondary market whether we embraced it or not,” he said. If you have a Yankees-Cubs series, it will help the pricing and sales volume.”

The full effect of the partnership will not begin until next year, but already in the last two months of the season, MLB.com started providing links to StubHub on team pages on the MLB.com as well as at individual team sites that fans go to when they’re looking to buy tickets.

“Without question, the increasing knowledge that there is a vibrant, safe, legal liquid market for the tickets encourages our fans to buy season ticket packages, since they know they can recoup some of those costs.”

As recently as a year ago, teams such as the Yankees were going to war with their best customers, pulling renewal and postseason ticket rights from their season and partial-season ticket holders if they were caught reselling their tickets. Numerous studies have shown ticket resale prices drop once anti-scalping laws disappear.

Both teams have large fan bases, small stadiums and a history of postseason frustration that has created pent-up demand for a chance to see their team win the series. If anything, they drove ticket prices higher by limiting supply as the laws made some potential sellers reluctant to put tickets up for sale. Some tickets sold for as little as $22.

So even though few can afford to shell out $75,000 to root, root, root for their home (or road) team in the playoffs, having an open secondary market for ticket sales makes it less likely that anybody will ever have to pay such a high price in the first place. Top of page

Chicago Cubs fans flocked to Phoenix this week, drawn by significantly lower prices for tickets to the team’s first two playoff games against the Arizona Diamondbacks than they could find for tickets to games 3 and 4 back in the Windy City .

A pair of seats five rows behind the first base dugout at Wrigley for one World Series game have already sold for $6,000 each, already topping the highest price for a ticket sold on StubHub to last year’s World Series– $5,883 each for four seats in row B behind home plate for Game 3 in St. While the Red Sox won a championship in 2004, the Cubs haven’t been to the series since 1945 and haven’t won in nearly a century.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Think of it as playoff ticket arbitrage.

“Even if it was the Rockies versus the Indians, those markets will come alive,” he said. So about 11.3 percent of the Arizona tickets being purchased on StubHub were going to Illinois buyers, while only 0.5 percent of the Wrigley tickets were being sold to fans from Arizona.

It also helps that this year, Major League Baseball and more and more states around the country are finally acknowledging that it is in everyone’s best interest to have a true transparent secondary market for ticket sales.

StubHub, the leading online ticket resale service, reports the average price of a ticket being sold on its site for games at Chase Field in Phoenix was $105. So in August, MLB reached a ground-breaking sponsorship agreement with StubHub, which is a unit of eBay (Charts, Fortune 500).

And while Cubs fans couldn’t be happy with the results of the games they saw in the Valley of the Sun, (the Cubs lost both games and are one game way from being eliminated in the series), this is the way that markets are supposed to work — willing sellers setting the price they want to attract willing buyers.

And if the Cubs rally and somehow make it to the World Series, we are likely to see even higher prices. Teams mistakenly believed that the secondary market was competition for their own ticket sales.

But Bob Bowman, the CEO of MLB Advance Media, the arm of the sport that runs MLB.com, said most teams have come to the realization that the secondary market is a benefit, not a blow.

But back at on the Northside of Chicago at the friendly, but pricey confines of Wrigley Field, a larger fan base and more limited supply of tickets had driven the average resale price up to $334, with some tickets selling for as much as $2,177, and standing room tickets going for $100.

The deal with baseball was beneficial enough to StubHub that it gave the sport something it never granted other teams or sports in its sponsorship deals — a cut of the 25 percent combined commission that StubHub gets from the buyer and seller when a ticket is sold.

But the fans paying those insane prices would have found a ticket broker to buy from in the past. One seller is already listing a pair of tickets for $75,000 each.

The difference made it worth it for Cubs fans to catch a plane rather than the Chicago L to a game, especially if they could cash in frequent flyer miles. The fact that there are services like StubHub only increases the supply of tickets that can be sold on the secondary market, thus lowering the price.

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“The dynamics for a Cubs-Red Sox World Series is something that the secondary market has never seen before,” said Greg Bettinelli, senior director of business development for StubHub. The clubs don’t benefit from tickets in the drawer.”

In addition, New York this year joined states such as Florida and Illinois in dropping the so-called anti-scalping laws that attempted to prohibit the resale of tickets for more than a nominal increase over face value.

But Bettinelli said that he really doesn’t see a bad World Series match-up.. “Very few of either teams’ fans have ever seen them win a World Series.” In fact, Colorado, which just joined the league in 1993 has never been to a World Series; this is only the second time the team has made it to the playoffs. “There’s no one who can go to all 81 games. “But it might not be the most profitable for us, because of the limited supply of tickets for sale


Posted by admin on September 4th, 2016 :: Filed under sports arbitrage