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Philippine Spider Fighting – InfoBarrel

Some players starve the spiders 3 days before their game to make it more aggressive they even put a small juice of a fresh red chili to the spider’s mouth to give it some more kick in battle. The bet starts from the range of 20 to 500 pesos and up! while some just enjoy the action and brutality of the nature of the game because the spider that will lose will become food for the winner.Environment Issues

We all know that spiders are a one big help in our environment because they are the one who controls and eats the insects who infects in our crops. Catching and Caring

The season for catching fully grown spiders is during the end of the rainy season and early summer.

IntroductionSince when I was child I am fascinated in the world of insects and one of my favorites is spiders. Local government in the Philippines already set laws to control and  preventing this kind of game.

The most fierce looking and red colored coated spiders are one of the popular choices for the children including spider who have long arms so that they can easily grasp their opponents.

The 3 down count is similar to the gameplay of the death match but the only difference is they don’t have to kill each other to be declared as a winner.

The best time for catching local spiders is at dawn where the spiders go out of their hiding place and starting to create their web. This type of gameplay mostly used for gambling because it’s much faster to tell who will be the winner. Both fighters will fight until one of them will be wrap by the opponents spider silk.. My first experience in spider fighting was during 90′s when I was still in my elementary days. Some hunter uses a technique to find a tough one by testing its web. The hunters use this opportunity to easily hunt for

them; they simply use a flashlight because the strand of the web shines when the light hits it. Oh before I forgot to tell some players use a sparring spider for their spiders.

Gambling IssuesSome of the adults use it for gambling.  The prices range starting from 10 pesos to 30 pesos depends on the type of the spider while the spiders sold to gamblers ranges from 50 up to 200 pesos.

The caring and training of the player for the spider is very valuable because it will depend how the spider performs in each match. The hunter carefully touches a small strand of the web and lifts it a few inches away if it doesn’t breaks easily then that spider is tough and aggressive which is an A+ in spider matches.

There is a fixed bamboo stick in the middle of the arena where there is a cloth under it for cushion is ever a spider falls down. They also make a comfortable cushion inside its cage using a dried skin trunk of the banana because it is warm and soft for the spider to sleep in.  Mostly this arena is custom made.  They also train spiders in every morning by putting it in the stick and when the spider comes at the end they use their fingers to touch the spider’s front arms, just like giving a boxer training in punching. Spider fighting in the Philippines is not new as a matter of fact every local knows about it.

Gameplay

There are 2 types of ways how to play this game, The Death match and the 3 down count.

The death match is simply a death match; the players will use a simple small stick as an arena where each spider will be place at the end of the stick. There is a referee where he will assist the game and the score points. The spider that scores 3 points will be declared the loser. some locals also place their spider in a small flower plant with cage and let it outside for the night because some believed that It will bring comfort for the spider before their fight.  In some cases where a spider kills the opponent then it will also be declared as the winner. During after school my classmates gather around to a man who have a small backpack and on his hand he have a wooden box covered in glass where he can let you see the spiders inside. If the spider falls to the cloth then that spider scores 1 point

Could these 12 odd tax deductions save you money? – Page 12

Keep good records, says the IRS.

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You want to bet that your lost wagers are deductible? What happens in Las Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay in Las Vegas when you win big at the tables or slots. Gambling income counts when it’s from lotteries, raffles or horse races, too. Fortunately for most gamblers, the IRS also recognizes losses — allowing them to be deducted up to the amount of an individual’s winnings.

. Winnings go on “other income” on line 21 of Form 1040; enter losses on “Other Miscellaneous Deduction” (line 28) Schedule A.

But it’s tricky

Match-fixing claims rock tennis world as Australian Open gets under way

“But we are so confident there’s nothing in the sport that has been suppressed.”

The BBC reported that eight of the 16 suspected repeat offenders were scheduled to take part in the Australian Open, the first of tennis’ four majors, which got under way Monday in Melbourne. 

“You’d have one player [who] would win a set and then they would go a break of serve up,” Phillips said, “and then almost as soon as that happened there would just be a flood of money [bet on] the other player, who would then miraculously win eight games in a row.”

 “I would love to hear names,” Roger Federer said Monday. Among other notable claims, the report alleged that three possible fixed matches took place at Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in tennis.

Phillips said that when the investigative team presented their findings to the ATP’s newly formed Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), they received little response. 

The BBC and Buzzfeed reported that it would not name names at this stage because it was impossible to fully determine whether the players had taken part in match-fixing without access to phone, computer or bank records.

The investigators also discovered that members of three gambling syndicates, based in Russia, Sicily and northern Italy, had bet large amounts of money on dozens of matches. 

The world of professional tennis was rocked by a major gambling scandal Monday after a leaked report named dozens of players suspected of rigging matches in exchange for cash, and one of the sport’s biggest stars said he wanted those names public.

“It soon became clear they didn’t really want our advice on that or anything else,” Phillips said.

At a press conference Monday, ATP President Chris Kermode denied that officials had sought to cover up suspected improprieties.

In all, investigators named 28 players as having taken part in suspect matches. However, one of the investigators, Mark Phillips, told the BBC, “There was a core of about 10 players that we believed were the most common perpetrators, that were at the root of the problem really.”

The contents of the report, prepared by investigators working for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and dated from 2008, were first reported on by the BBC and Buzzfeed, which did not name the players involved. “It’s super serious and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport.”

The report also claims that 16 players ranked in the Top 50 over the past 10 years, including some who have won Grand Slam doubles titles, have been repeatedly reported to tennis authorities for taking part in suspicious matches, with no action being taken by the ATP.

. ATP President Kermode told the BBC that the evidence presented by the investigators was too weak to act on.

“I think it’s always disappointing when stories come out like this just before a big event,” Kermode said