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At a time when lunch counter sit-ins were met with insults and abuse, peaceful protest marches provoked fire hoses and snarling police dogs, Eddie Robinson urged Grambling athletes and students to go to class, get an education, and be ready for change.

A number of schools are considering firing their longtime successful coaches, in the hopes of getting a more successful one. It’s imminent. There are no huge sponsorships from big companies like Nike. Tures

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When I was at the point of giving up on my latest book, Brand New Man: My Weight Loss Journey, I called Nocera for advice. This is especially true after our hugely disappointing loss to the no-nonsense, mistake-free, steady-as-she goes Iowa Hawkeyes on Friday at 90,000-strong Memorial Stadium in Lincoln (Nebraska’s 347th consecutive sellout).

In this week’s Scheer Intelligence podcast on KCRW, Robert Scheer speaks with former USC football player Anthony Davis about living with the brain injuries Davis sustained during his celebrated career.

Like the mortgage industry implosion of 2008, the college football business is an impending disaster. Unreasonable expectations, high turnovers, entitlement, participation trophies. But all the state is doing is making it less likely its teams will ever win a championship.

By Brandon Ferris, Rider University ’18

 

There are about 70 days and counting until college football starts again.

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Is it worth it for underclassmen, i.e. As much as we are different, we have much in common. It’s not a matter of if, but when, does the bubble burst?

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Suffering from “Florida Envy,” Georgia schools and teams think they’re serving their fans with a “win a championship or bust approach,” desperate to keep pace with their Southern neighbors. Without the athletes, there is no college sports. 1, Clemson Tigers.

The most important play in Jimbo Fisher’s career wasn’t a Jameis Winston touchdown pass in the Rose Bowl, or a coast to coast Dalvin Cook run. It’s inside each and every one of us. 2, Alabama Crimson Tide is taking on the No. yet at the same time we are all amazing.

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John A. Alabama is heavily favored in its fourth championship game since 2009 with Coach Nick Saban, despite having lost one game this season.

GM, AOL Alpha/Director of Product, AOL Mobile. The play that changed everything for Fisher and his FSU program was made on a punt against an unranked team.

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Remove the athletes and you remove the profit. juniors and sophomores, to drop out of school early, with a potential reward of a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract, or do they do so at their own peril later on?

Will the Big 12 conference expand from 10 to 12 teams? There will be a meeting on this issue in a few weeks, with a possible decision later this summe…

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The final College Football Playoff Game is tonight, and the No. Builder of products, solver of problems, lover of tech, travel, food and the Philadelphia Eagles

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Nothing I say here will assuage the pain of being a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan right now. Focus in this area demonstrates the strong commitment our Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff, and coaches have to our core belief in educating the whole child.

Everyone is talking about the College Football Playoff, but what about the games leading up to it? Make your predictions on Sage and tune in to see if you were right.

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New gambling record: Betting on outcome of Brexit vote

Spread betting, on the other hand, does not provide a simple win or lose outcome, but can provide payoffs based on the accuracy of the bet. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. “But my big win is to leave the E.U.”

Betfair allows people to place wagers against each other rather than setting odds like the traditional bookmakers. “This is a historical event, and I want to take part in it,” said Can Zhao, an investment researcher who last week placed a 135-pound ($198) bet on “remain” at a Ladbrokes betting parlor near London’s Kings Cross train station.

The betting has also gained the attention of global investors as a gauge of the likelihood of an event’s outcome. referendum betting already hit a record for a political event days ago for Betfair, bookmaker BetFred and IG, the largest provider of spread betting services.

The bookies’ odds have largely been in synch with global financial markets. presidential race, which was its previous record for a political event. The referendum also outmatches the 35 million pounds placed on the 2014 World Cup Final.

Thursday’s vote on whether to leave the European Union, which will have lasting consequences for the country and Europe, is due to break the record as the most bet-upon political event in Britain’s history.

Betting is his way to get in on the drama because as a foreign citizen from China he will not have a right to vote. That’s reflected in financial markets, where stocks and the British pound are relatively buoyant one day before the big event.

Betting on political events used to be a niche area in the gambling industry but has become more widespread, particularly in Britain. Polls suggest it is too close to call, while bookies give the “remain” side a higher chance of winning.

Betfair, bookmakers Ladbrokes and Paddy Power and the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School all estimate that the total value of bets on the vote placed in Britain will reach, and likely exceed, 100 million pounds.

E.U. That surpasses the 40 million pounds placed on the 2012 U.S. It has become increasingly popular, particularly to bet on financial markets.

LONDON — As if the stakes were not high enough in Britain’s nail-biting vote this week, people are betting record amounts of money on its outcome.

Betting exchange Betfair says it had taken 45.8 million pounds in wagers on the E.U. All Rights Reserved. vote as of Wednesday and expects a final amount of 50 million pounds. That’s particularly true since pollsters have missed badly in measuring sentiment before some of Britain’s most recent votes, the last general election and the Scottish referendum.

For Stephen Jones, 55, betting is a form of insurance against disappointment. Ladbrokes has seen a tenfold increase in recent years.

“If we are going to remain in the E.U., at least I will take compensation,” said Jones, who expects to get 3,000 pounds back in profit in such an event. He intends to vote to leave the E.U., but has placed bets on “remain” to at least get something in case of his side’s defeat.

© 2016 The Associated Press. The industry is expecting 100 million pounds, or nearly $150 million, to be wagered by the time the result is known in the early hours of Friday.. But the importance, drama and uncertainty that have surrounded this vote have made it a spectator sport in its own right. While the polls show this week’s vote is too close to call, bookies like Betfair are giving the “remain” side a 76 percent probability of winning. He was back in the betting shop this week to place additional wagers on behalf of three American friends.

“This is comfortably the biggest political betting event in history and dwarves both the general election and the Scottish referendum,” says Lewis Davey, spokesman for Paddy Power, referring to the Scottish vote on independence last year.

Such betting fever is normally associated with major sports events, with people here habitually placing wagers online or in betting shops on everything from horse races to football matches

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How to see the world and ‘arbitrage’ your retirement | Reuters

Thanks to the European debt crisis, for instance, Spanish real estate prices have dropped by around 40 percent since their 2007 peak. So think of it as an early retirement or seasonal interlude, and stretch your money to the max. “Realistically, there will probably be a later period of reverse migration, when mom eventually comes back and will need loved ones nearby to help out,” says Mitchell.

FOREIGN HEALTHCARE IS CHEAP

By that definition, Dan Prescher is a sophisticated arbitrageur. “The rules vary by country.”

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. Now factor in that an American man turning 65 can expect to live to age 83, and a woman to 85, according to the Social Security Administration. Consider that at the end of 2012, the average 401(k) balance of those ages 60 to 64 was $133,100, according to Boston-based Fidelity Investments. But retirees can take out private policies abroad that will cover them across country lines. You can exploit price differences by earning money in some countries and spending it in others. Prescher and Haskins have a policy through U.K.-based Bupa (www.bupa-intl.com), which secures them annual, global coverage for $5,600 for the two of them.

The U.S. Your money might have to last a long time.

An American couple retiring now will need roughly $220,000 to cover healthcare costs throughout their retirement, even with Medicare coverage, according to estimates from Fidelity.. housing market is looking increasingly robust again. You can pick up fatter dividends by investing in mutual funds that buy foreign stocks, and boost interest earnings by investing in foreign bond funds. But by residing in the village of Cotacachi in the Ecuadorian Andes, he has leveraged his income into a better lifestyle than he would ever enjoy stateside.

That kind of equation can be a game changer. Then you could crank up the purchasing power of all those income sources by living abroad for at least part of the year.

As of March 2013 the average Social Security benefit being paid out was $1,155, according to the Social Security Administration. And it’s not a perfect financial solution: You can’t dodge your U.S. In Nicaragua and Malaysia, for example, a couple can live comfortably for around $1,000 a month, according to International Living. And Prescher and Haskins bought their condo in Ecuador for the princely sum of $47,000 four years ago.

By Chris Taylor

| NEW YORK

Renting is cheaper abroad, too. “If you can cut your cost of living in half, it automatically makes your income twice as big. Prices vary by region, of course, but popular Mexican towns for American expats include San Miguel de Allende, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.

Alas, you can’t take your Medicare benefits abroad with you. Greece is now offering long-term residency (including the right to work) to real estate buyers, in order to revive its housing market. That means the era of the screaming real estate bargain, as the market bottomed out around 2010, is largely over.

(Follow us @ReutersMoney or here Editing by Linda Stern and Douglas Royalty)

“It certainly seems to be happening more … “A lot of people are living abroad for at least a few months, because it can be so much less expensive than living in the U.S.”

Compare that with those who have residency visas in Costa Rica and who participate in the national healthcare system, which can run as low as $50 a month for full coverage, according to Prescher.

Currently about 350,000 retired Americans get their Social Security checks sent abroad, according to the Social Security Administration. “You can’t just show up in a place with universal coverage and say, ‘Fix my heart,’” says Don Whalen, a planner with Versailles Financial in Alpharetta, Georgia, who has many expatriate clients. Americans have been setting up outposts everywhere from Uruguay to Spain to Thailand, where the cost of living is considerably lower than it is in the United States.

But foreign healthcare systems may not always be accessible. especially early on in retirement,” says Olivia Mitchell, a retirement expert and director of the Pension Research Council at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. That may not go far in Miami or Manhattan, but in some popular expat locales it could cover monthly expenses very nicely indeed. And 3.3 million baby boomers are actively considering the possibility of retiring abroad, according to the trade publication Travel Market Report. income tax responsibilities, unless you give up your citizenship.

LOWER COST OF LIVING

Says Versailles Financial’s Whalen: “If you can move somewhere where suddenly everything is 75 percent off, it means your retirement savings will last that much longer.”

REAL ESTATE

NEW YORK In the financial world, arbitrage is a trading strategy that earns profit by exploiting price differences between markets.

That is where retirement arbitrage can help. You may have to navigate foreign bureaucracies, cope with foreign languages and customs, and live far from family and friends at a time when you are slowing down. You have instantly doubled the value of your savings.”

That is not necessarily so abroad. A couple retiring to Mexico could expect to rent a two-bedroom home for $800, according to a rough estimate by International Living magazine. The opinions expressed are his own)

And it probably won’t be forever. You can, for example, make money in the United States by collecting Social Security, pension or annuity payments. Here’s how:

Living abroad can present its own set of difficulties. The 58-year-old makes a decent living as a special projects editor for International Living magazine. Food, clothing, transportation and everything else may be cheaper abroad, depending on where you look.

“That’s the way we look at it,” says Prescher, who lives with his wife, Suzan Haskins, in an apartment with a view of Mount Imbabura

‘American Idol’ Betting: The Game Behind the Game

Lambert’s high point was April 10, days after his much-lauded performance of “Mad World,” when he hit 69 percent with 1-2 odds — meaning $5 won for every $10 bet.

Unlike Betfair, America’s Line analyzes “American Idol” and creates odds, but does not take bets. Like if I suddenly started betting big on Matt Giraud, then they would say his probability is higher and change the odds for which I can buy him.”

“We look at what’s happening on ‘Idol;’ we look at past performances. Online betting communities facilitate the flow of funds between people who look at “Idol” like a horse race or football game, placing money on contestants most likely to benefit their bottom line, talent be damned.

“We use the same settlement structure as Tradesports.com [now defunct] and Intrade.com,” explained James’ co-worker, Earl (also not his real name), who made $350 last season and is up $250 this year. Offshore bookmakers who run Internet sites say they don’t take bets from American accounts, but of course, U.S. They both proceeded to lose.”

“If one person had a spectacular performance, as Adam Lambert did a few weeks back, they’ll get better odds from us, the same way we alter the odds after a game if one team beat the other by a good margin,” Eckstein added.

Millions tune in to the live broadcasts of “American Idol” for the singing, the suspense, the chance to select the country’s new music sensation.

Others couldn’t care less. They publish their odds online and in a nationally syndicated newspaper column. citizens who want to participate could set up offshore accounts or use international bookies to place their bets (though their activity would still be illegal).

“It works like a stock exchange,” explained Betfair’s Michael Robb. So if you buy five Adam Lambert’s from someone, and he wins, you win $500 from that person.”

As with any entertainment or sporting event, online gambling on “American Idol” is illegal in the United States. “One contract either expires to zero (if the person gets voted off), or 100 (if they win). “I bet against the tiny Asian girl and against the woman with a bunch of tattoos. “Unless he gets convicted of a felony, he’ll win it.”

So far this season, the “American Idol” markets have traded $159,353 on Betfair, which is based in Britain.

Meet the alternate breed of “American Idol” fan: the one who’s in it to win it — cash. We come up with an opening set of odds based on the early auditions, and those are tentative. As in the actual competition, in online betting communities, raven-haired musical theater veteran Adam Lambert is favored to win “American Idol.” Two of the Internet’s largest sites, Betfair.com and Intrade.com, give him a 65 percent and 66.3 percent chance of winning, respectively.

“Intrade.com is a good guide to get an idea of values,” he added. They just check the results and then their bank accounts.

CLICK HERE to see Betfair’s chart of each contestant’s chance of winning.

According to Betfair’s calculations, at the start of this season, Lambert had a 15 percent chance of winning, with 6-1 odds — meaning $60 won for every $10 bet. “But the guys I work with use supply and demand to determine what the marketplace is pricing in for the probability. So instead of Betfair setting the odds, we create a marketplace where someone goes on and says I want to bet on Adam Lambert at such and such a price.”

“Last year, I made around $50,” he said. His winnings were paltry.

“Adam Lambert started out somewhere in the middle, but he’s absolutely the odds on favorite now,” he said.

Instead of going through the rigmarole of placing bets through an online community, some American gamblers who want to participate set up their own pools among friends or co-workers and use online odds as a guide.

Though Giraud’s an underdog, financial trader James wants the 23-year-old who earned the judges’ once-per-season “save” last week to clinch the “Idol” title this year, if only so he can bank $200. “I watched one episode this year to get an idea of the competition but I’ve never watched regularly.”

You don’t have to be a gambling expert to predict who’ll win this year. They started assessing “Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Survivor” and other competitions eight years ago, when reality TV gained popularity in earnest.

“I enjoy it because I enjoy gambling, and because it’s funny to listen to my colleagues talk about their positions,” said James (not his real name), who bets on “American Idol” with co-workers at a New York City financial firm. You get a sense after doing it for a few years about who’s going to be hot,” said Ben Eckstein, president of America’s Line.. The odds are created by users. America’s Line’s Eckstein would probably tell him to give up hope and move his money elsewhere.

James got into “Idol” betting last season

Negative Effects of Gambling

Six to eight million people in America are estimated to have a gambling problem.

? The costs of treating compulsive gamblers are huge. To add to the so-called merry atmosphere, gamblers often smoke or drink while playing.

Mental and physical health problems, financial issues, and conflicts in the family are among the common negative effects of gambling. This proves to be detrimental to their social and family life. In spite of the losses incurred, they continue betting. A study by the same university suggested that 73% of the individuals who are imprisoned are found to be problem gamblers.

? Over time, the practice of gambling starts becoming a habit and begins to have damaging effects at psychological, physical, and social levels. Card games, coin tossing, and dice-based games are some non-casino based forms of gambling. Thus, gambling practices cause a huge financial burden on the families of the affected and on the society at large.. The addiction robs a gambler of all the productive time and leads to loss of efficiency at work. It only leads to a thoughtless expenditure of money and valuables.

? According to the University of New York, in people with alcohol use disorders, the chances of developing an addiction to gambling are 23 times higher.

? The stress from gambling may lead to health issues like ulcers, stomach problems, muscle pains, headaches, and problems with sleep.

? Apart from absence at work and drop in efficiency, a common observation is that gamblers tend to steal money and engage in fraudulent behavior to recover from financial losses incurred when gambling, or to get more money to bet.

? Problem gamblers and addicts tend to abuse their family members. The effect is similar to that of having a drug or a drink, which is why gambling changes one’s mental state and mood.

? They start borrowing money and take secret loans. The National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) describes this type of gambling behavior as problem gambling.

? People continue gambling with the greed of winning money. The decision to gamble money is based on three parameters namely; how much to bet, the predictability of the event, and the conditions agreed upon, between the gamblers. The addiction leads people to continue with gambling irrespective of whether they earn or lose in the deal. Thus, gambling can have a grave economic impact which is difficult to reverse.

? Gambling at the cost of one’s job results in a decline in the quality of his professional life. The skill of a gambler lies in weighing the three parameters and making a decision about what amount should be staked and how much should be expected in return.

? Research has shown that gambling can lead to harmful behavior in people. The greed never ends and they keep betting more and more. The addiction has negative effects on one’s physical and mental health and it proves to be detrimental to one’s social, personal, and professional life. Betting is a mentally taxing activity, and as one goes on risking more and more money, anxiety starts building.

? Similar to how an individual keeps consuming substances like drugs or alcohol to experience an altered mental state, he continues to gamble. It soon becomes a habit that can’t be broken.

? According to a research by NCPG, 76 percent of problem gamblers are likely to have a major depressive disorder.

? As gambling leads to increased criminal activities, in a way, gamblers add to the burden on prisons and the legal system.

? A majority of those addicted to gambling have substance abuse disorders.

? Studies show that children with a sibling or parent addicted to gambling, are more likely to take to substance abuse.

? Substances of abuse are served at casinos and in pubs and clubs, thus increasing the likelihood of gamblers consuming them. Some take to substance abuse to supplement the high they get from winning huge sums while gambling. ? According to a study by the George State University, 50% of the problem gamblers commit crime. Rehabilitating the gambling addicts needs money and time, and the process is not very easy. Some go that way to forget the sorrow of losing big sums when gambling.

Games offered in casinos, table games like poker, Red Dog, and Blackjack, as also electronic games like Slot Machine and Video Poker are some of the common types of gambling. The addiction gets on to the gamblers to such an extent that they fail to think wisely before acting. Over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually an obsession that can’t be overcome. A recreational activity is supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but something like gambling is contrary to the very purpose of recreation. They tend to stay away from their near ones, resulting in distrust between them and their loved ones.

? Gambling is practiced as a means of recreation. According to the National Research Council, 10 to 17% of the children of problem gamblers have been abused and so have 25 to 50% of the partners of problems gamblers.

? People who fall prey to gambling tend to remain away from their families and waste money on other bad practices. Forget satisfaction or peace, it is not even refreshing in the real sense. Their debt keeps building and it may reach an amount that exceeds their capacity to repay.

? Addiction to gambling has been linked with substance abuse. Because of this, they land in worse situations and take the wrong decisions in life.

? The addiction to gambling can leave one in bankruptcy. Due to lost mental peace, they may ill-treat their spouse and children. It can drag you into crime, gambling isn’t fun.

? Children of parents who are problem gamblers or gambling addicts tend to feel abandoned and angry, further increasing stress and leading to strained family relations.

? Gambling has proven to be addictive. It causes a decline in his/her work performance, thus hampering his career.

Compulsive gambling leads to bankruptcy

You could be at gunpoint or holding the gun. They engage in gambling activities at the cost of their time with family and friends. The stress of risking huge amounts of money or the frustration after losing it can increase the tendency of abuse in gamblers. In the following sections of this Buzzle article, we discuss the negative effects of gambling on the individual and society.

? An Austrian study said that around 1 in 5 suicidal patients had a gambling problem.

? Additionally, rehabilitation and public assistance systems are taxed.

Gambling refers to the betting of money on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the intent of winning additional wealth. Sports betting and arbitrage betting are the other types. Their mental state can even lead to suicidal tendencies.

Gambling = Thoughtless Expenditure + Waste of Time

? Gambling can lead to criminal activities. The two go hand in hand. When they lose the money they had risked, they further gamble to recover the lost amount and it becomes a vicious circle even they can’t escape from.

Initially, one looks at gambling as a way to run away from life’s problems, or from stress, anger, and loneliness. On giving a serious consideration to the negative effects of gambling, we realize that it is best avoided.

? Gamblers often exhibit mood swings and a strangely secretive behavior. Addiction to gambling, coupled with substance abuse can make the gamblers physically abusive towards their family

Negative Effects of Gambling

It causes a decline in his/her work performance, thus hampering his career.

Games offered in casinos, table games like poker, Red Dog, and Blackjack, as also electronic games like Slot Machine and Video Poker are some of the common types of gambling. It only leads to a thoughtless expenditure of money and valuables.

? Apart from absence at work and drop in efficiency, a common observation is that gamblers tend to steal money and engage in fraudulent behavior to recover from financial losses incurred when gambling, or to get more money to bet.

? According to a study by the George State University, 50% of the problem gamblers commit crime. Forget satisfaction or peace, it is not even refreshing in the real sense. A recreational activity is supposed to be refreshing and relaxing, but something like gambling is contrary to the very purpose of recreation. They engage in gambling activities at the cost of their time with family and friends. The greed never ends and they keep betting more and more. It soon becomes a habit that can’t be broken.

Mental and physical health problems, financial issues, and conflicts in the family are among the common negative effects of gambling. On giving a serious consideration to the negative effects of gambling, we realize that it is best avoided.

? Over time, the practice of gambling starts becoming a habit and begins to have damaging effects at psychological, physical, and social levels. Their mental state can even lead to suicidal tendencies.

? The costs of treating compulsive gamblers are huge. The two go hand in hand. In the following sections of this Buzzle article, we discuss the negative effects of gambling on the individual and society.

? As gambling leads to increased criminal activities, in a way, gamblers add to the burden on prisons and the legal system.. Rehabilitating the gambling addicts needs money and time, and the process is not very easy. Sports betting and arbitrage betting are the other types. The addiction has negative effects on one’s physical and mental health and it proves to be detrimental to one’s social, personal, and professional life. In spite of the losses incurred, they continue betting. The National Council of Problem Gambling (NCPG) describes this type of gambling behavior as problem gambling.

? People continue gambling with the greed of winning money. ? Children of parents who are problem gamblers or gambling addicts tend to feel abandoned and angry, further increasing stress and leading to strained family relations.

? They start borrowing money and take secret loans. The decision to gamble money is based on three parameters namely; how much to bet, the predictability of the event, and the conditions agreed upon, between the gamblers. Because of this, they land in worse situations and take the wrong decisions in life.

? A majority of those addicted to gambling have substance abuse disorders.

? Research has shown that gambling can lead to harmful behavior in people. The skill of a gambler lies in weighing the three parameters and making a decision about what amount should be staked and how much should be expected in return.

? Gambling has proven to be addictive. According to the National Research Council, 10 to 17% of the children of problem gamblers have been abused and so have 25 to 50% of the partners of problems gamblers.

You could be at gunpoint or holding the gun. A study by the same university suggested that 73% of the individuals who are imprisoned are found to be problem gamblers.

? Addiction to gambling has been linked with substance abuse. Thus, gambling practices cause a huge financial burden on the families of the affected and on the society at large.

? Substances of abuse are served at casinos and in pubs and clubs, thus increasing the likelihood of gamblers consuming them. The addiction leads people to continue with gambling irrespective of whether they earn or lose in the deal. To add to the so-called merry atmosphere, gamblers often smoke or drink while playing.

? According to a research by NCPG, 76 percent of problem gamblers are likely to have a major depressive disorder.

? Similar to how an individual keeps consuming substances like drugs or alcohol to experience an altered mental state, he continues to gamble. Some go that way to forget the sorrow of losing big sums when gambling.

? Gambling at the cost of one’s job results in a decline in the quality of his professional life. Due to lost mental peace, they may ill-treat their spouse and children. Their debt keeps building and it may reach an amount that exceeds their capacity to repay.

? Gambling is practiced as a means of recreation. The addiction robs a gambler of all the productive time and leads to loss of efficiency at work. The effect is similar to that of having a drug or a drink, which is why gambling changes one’s mental state and mood.

? People who fall prey to gambling tend to remain away from their families and waste money on other bad practices. This proves to be detrimental to their social and family life. It can drag you into crime, gambling isn’t fun.

? Gambling can lead to criminal activities. The stress of risking huge amounts of money or the frustration after losing it can increase the tendency of abuse in gamblers. Six to eight million people in America are estimated to have a gambling problem.

? An Austrian study said that around 1 in 5 suicidal patients had a gambling problem.

? The addiction to gambling can leave one in bankruptcy. The addiction gets on to the gamblers to such an extent that they fail to think wisely before acting. Betting is a mentally taxing activity, and as one goes on risking more and more money, anxiety starts building.

? Additionally, rehabilitation and public assistance systems are taxed.

? The stress from gambling may lead to health issues like ulcers, stomach problems, muscle pains, headaches, and problems with sleep.

? Gamblers often exhibit mood swings and a strangely secretive behavior. They tend to stay away from their near ones, resulting in distrust between them and their loved ones.

Initially, one looks at gambling as a way to run away from life’s problems, or from stress, anger, and loneliness. Card games, coin tossing, and dice-based games are some non-casino based forms of gambling. Some take to substance abuse to supplement the high they get from winning huge sums while gambling. When they lose the money they had risked, they further gamble to recover the lost amount and it becomes a vicious circle even they can’t escape from.

? According to the University of New York, in people with alcohol use disorders, the chances of developing an addiction to gambling are 23 times higher.

? Problem gamblers and addicts tend to abuse their family members. Thus, gambling can have a grave economic impact which is difficult to reverse.

? Studies show that children with a sibling or parent addicted to gambling, are more likely to take to substance abuse.

Gambling = Thoughtless Expenditure + Waste of Time

Compulsive gambling leads to bankruptcy

Gambling refers to the betting of money on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the intent of winning additional wealth. Over time, it becomes a habit, and eventually an obsession that can’t be overcome. Addiction to gambling, coupled with substance abuse can make the gamblers physically abusive towards their family

How To Get Offshore Oil Rig Jobs With No Experience

Offshore oil rigs legally count as ships at sea, so you’ll want to find out how the different laws affect you. Start with an entry level job, prove yourself, get promoted.

By: Calvin Loh

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For most jobs on an oil rig, university degrees are useless pieces of paper. Don’t forget to check with a good tax lawyer – at one point of time, there were very good tax incentives for people taking up offshore jobs. Large oil companies like Exxon spend $79 million everyday looking for new oil fields. Good cooks and medics are two other entry level positions always welcome on an oil rig.

Unlike most physical jobs, you actually have a pretty good career path. Offshore drilling companies like Transocean are still deploying new oil rigs and hiring workers. Work hard and smart for one to two years, and you could be promoted to a roughneck. You will be doing a lot of hard, dirty work and heavy lifting. With the amount of money being spent in the oil industry, you can bet that there will be offshore drilling jobs available to a fit, hardworking young man.

Offshore oil rig jobs are like any other career – you start at the bottom and work your way up. Instead, go for a certified trade like an electrician or mechanic. Worldwide, $400 billion will be spent in 2009 looking for more oil… In this line of work, you want to look for entry level roustabout jobs. This could get you highly paid jobs in the electrical department or motor room. You will also get the chance to help the derrickhands and drillers, giving you the experience to be promoted to a driller yourself.

Remember to read up a little bit on maritime law. Even though OPEC is complaining that oil at $40/barrel is too cheap. The different requirements are not just across countries, but also across US state boundaries and Canadian provincial boundaries.

Are you looking for offshore oil rig jobs and oil rig employment? Click here to learn how RigWorker can help you to quickly and easily find offshore drilling jobs.

You can still find offshore oil rig jobs even in the middle of this recession. Depending on where the oil rig is located, you may need vaccinations, first aid certifications, offshore survival certifications, firefighting certifications and helicopter underwater escape training certifications. A certified welder could make $60,000 working on an offshore oil rig. You’ll be doing more of the same physical work, but you will also lead a team of roustabouts. Even though the Department of Labor will call you a general laborer, you’ll be earning somewhere around $45,000 a year, better than some white collar jobs..

Even without experience, getting offshore oil rig jobs is easier than getting a job as a rocket scientist

12 Effective Tips to Get Rid of Gambling Addiction

He may lose his job and may commit crimes to get money for gambling. Addiction to gambling at a young age increases the risk of suicide. But studies show that suicide attempts are usually made by older people with problem gambling. As he spends more gambling, he requires more money to recover his losses. Despite being aware of the serious negative consequences, or despite having a strong desire to quit, he cannot stop himself from gambling. Study results show that a gambler who has not been treated for compulsive gambling during his desperation phase is likely to commit suicide. He lies to his family and friends, borrows money, and loses control over his mind and behavior. Researchers have noticed increased rates of mental health disorders in gamblers with severe ludo mania. ‘Problem gambling’, also known as ‘ludo mania’, can destroy the life of the gambler and also of his/her family members. Gambling addiction is referred to as ‘compulsive gambling’ or ‘impulse-control disorder’, where the behavior of the gambler is similar to that of a person who has substance addiction.

When an individual realizes that gambling is destroying his family and social life, he thinks of quitting, but in just a few hours or within a couple of days, he is again found in a gaming zone or casino. Here are some useful tips regarding lifestyle changes to get rid of a gambling addiction.

. To experience the same excitement, he needs larger wagers or more frequent gambling.

There are chances that he has other psychiatric problems at the same time; for example, substance use disorder, mood and anxiety disorder, personality disorder, etc. When a gambler with severe ludo mania meets certain criteria, the condition is diagnosed as ‘clinical pathological gambling’. Analysis of casino customer data may help identify problem gamblers, but casino owners do not share this data for fear of losing their most lucrative customers (may be 25 – 50%)

Traders on edge as Staples-Office Depot deal decision looms | Reuters

The implied move for Office Depot shares is about twice that much.

Office Depot calls, typically used for making bullish bets, were particularly active with 48,000 contracts traded, about twice the average daily volume.

Staples, the largest U.S.

On Friday, options on both companies were changing hands at a faster pace than normal.

(Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed, editing by Lewis Krauskopf and Andrew Hay)

Options traders have pumped up expectations for a large near-term move in the shares.

A decision is expected by May 10, Office Depot Chief Executive Roland Smith said last week.

Staples shares have fallen about 38 percent over the last year, and on Friday, were nearly flat at $10.19. office supplies retailer, agreed to buy the second-biggest player, Office Depot, in a $6.3 billion deal in February of 2015, but the U.S. Hedge funds often employ options as a low-risk alternative to the outright purchase or sale of shares.

The 30-day implied volatility readings for both companies, a gauge of the risk of a big move in the shares, are at multi-year highs.

An injunction could kill the deal since protracted litigation makes it difficult to hold a merger together. Federal Trade Commission, which regulates competition, sued in December to block the merger.

Risk arbitrage is a speculative strategy that attempts to generate profits by buying the stock of the target company, and possibly selling short the acquirer’s stock. District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to decide next week whether to grant the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction to block the transaction until an administrative judge can review it.. Office Depot shares, down about 33 percent for the past year, were up 2 percent on Friday to $6.06.

The U.S. “Volatility has increased substantially over the last week, but there is no clear indication on which way the ‘smart money’ is leaning,” said Jim Smith, options strategist at OTR Global.

These, however, may not be outright bullish bets, said Fred Ruffy, analyst at options analytics firm Trade Alert.

NEW YORK Options traders are bracing for wild gyrations in the shares of Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc as the companies await a ruling that could scuttle their pending merger.

“I think some of these are institutional people positioning to play this as part of a risk arbitrage if the deal moves forward,” he said.

Based on options prices, Staples shares could swing by about 18 percent in either direction by May 20