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Week 3 of the NFL season is here.

After a brutal 1-4 start to our SuperContest campaign, we bounced back with a rock solid 3-2 on our best bets last weekend.

While 3-2 doesn’t get us all the way back to a winning record, it went a long way to bringing us back into the heart of the standings. Last week was a particularly brutal week for many SuperContest bettors, with the five most commonly picked teams in the contest going 0-5.

It feels good to have fought our way out of the depths and into the pack, but the goal of the SuperContest isn’t to out-pick 60% of the field. We’re trying to out-pick everyone and win a million dollars.

So we’re back at it again this week.

Below are our picks for Week 3 of the Westgate SuperContest, along with some of our other favorite bets on the slate.

SuperContest Pick 1: Carolina Panthers (-3) over Cincinnati Bengals


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SuperContest Pick 1: Carolina Panthers (-3) over Cincinnati Bengals

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There’s plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the Panthers in this spot. Most notably, the team has a Greg Olsen shaped hole in the offense, immediately upping the pressure on Christian McCaffrey, Devin Funchess, and other Carolina skill position players.

But the Panthers usually find a way to win at home, having gone in 19-6 over the past three seasons at Bank of America Stadium. And while the Bengals have looked impressive so far this season, this feels like a letdown spot for them after dismantling the Ravens on national television last Thursday.

With the NFC South so packed with contenders, the Panthers can’t afford to slip up at home. They need it more, and I expect Cam Newton and company to figure it out.

SuperContest Pick 2: New Orleans Saints (+3) over Atlanta Falcons


SuperContest Pick 2: New Orleans Saints (+3) over Atlanta Falconsplay

SuperContest Pick 2: New Orleans Saints (+3) over Atlanta Falcons

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New Orleans has failed to cover a spread this season, but this is a perfect spot to bet they find a way to bounce back. Atlanta is coming off a hard-fought win against the Panthers and back-to-back division games is always a tough stretch.

The Saints need a win to keep pace with the NFC South. Drew Brees and the New Orleans’ offense has been operating just fine and will be facing a Falcons defensive front that is missing a few key pieces. Trust that the Saints’ defense can wake up from whatever spell they’ve been under and get enough stops to help New Orleans win in a shootout.

SuperContest Pick 3: San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) over Kansas City Chiefs


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SuperContest Pick 3: San Francisco 49ers (+6.5) over Kansas City Chiefs

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We got burned by the Chiefs last week after they took the Steelers to task in Pittsburgh, but we’re running it back against them again, this time backing Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers.

The Kansas City offense is one of the most intimidating forces in football right now, with Patrick Mahomes taking the world by storm and possibly the most talented collection of skill position players in the NFL between Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, and Travis Kelce. But Mahomes can’t sustain the pace he’s on — unless he plans on throwing for 80 touchdowns.

The Chiefs’ offensive explosion has also covered up for what has been a questionable-at-best defense so far. While Kansas City was able to hold on for the win in Pittsburgh, they did give up a 21-point first quarter lead before halftime. Jimmy Garoppolo will likely have his favorite target, Marquise Goodwin, back in the lineup on Sunday, and I think he keeps pace with the Chiefs.

SuperContest Pick 4: Arizona Cardinals (+6) over Chicago Bears


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Larry Fitzgerald will need to make some plays to kickstart the Cardinals offense.

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Sometimes you have to close your eyes and take the ugly home underdog.

The Cardinals are a disaster. They’ve only managed six points through two games this year, and earning just 137 total yards and five first downs against the Rams last weekend.

But it is too early to back Mitch Trubisky and the Bears’ offense as a 6-point road favorite.

Chicago is coming off a huge win on national television and might get off to a slow start. Everything about this looks like a relatively low scoring affair, so give me the home team and the points.

SuperContest Pick 5: Seattle Seahawks (-2) over Dallas Cowboys


SuperContest Pick 5: Seattle Seahawks (-2) over Dallas Cowboysplay

SuperContest Pick 5: Seattle Seahawks (-2) over Dallas Cowboys

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Some may doubt the merits of home-field advantage, but Seattle’s is rather undeniable. Since drafting Russell Wilson in 2012, the Seahawks are 38-10 when backed by the 12th man at CenturyLink Field.

Dallas had what might go down as the least impressive win of the season last Sunday night, taking down the Giants thanks to one long Tavon Austin touchdown, and both teams subsequently forgetting how to play football for 40 minutes.

The Seahawks’ offensive line is as bad as advertised, but Seattle has already put up 24 points against Von Miller and managed a respectable 17 against Khalil Mack. The Cowboys can’t throw anything at them that’s more difficult than what they’ve already faced.

LAST WEEK: 3-2
OVERALL: 4-6

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Eliminator Lock: Minnesota Vikings


Eliminator Lock: Minnesota Vikingsplay

Eliminator Lock: Minnesota Vikings

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Teams used: Saints, Rams

This week, we’re taking the easiest bet on the board — the Vikings at home against the worst team in the league. If this one costs you your entry, at least you’ll be able to say you witnessed one of the most absurd upsets in recent football history.

Money Dog: Denver Broncos (+200) over Baltimore Ravens


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Money Dog: Denver Broncos (+200) over Baltimore Ravens

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If you’re looking for a live underdog to bet this week, there are quite a few options on the board, but the Broncos traveling on the road to Baltimore.

The Ravens are a dangerous team at home and have the advantage of a few extra days rest after playing on Thursday night last week. But we hardly know anything about Baltimore right now as their win was over the dismal Bills, and on Thursday they got kicked around by the Bengals.

The Denver defense should be the best unit on the field in this game, and if Case Keenum can make a few plays, it’s not tough to imagine the Broncos winning this one outright. At +200 odds, it feels like it’s worth a few dollars.

Weekly Tease: Eagles (-0.5) and Rams (-1)


Weekly Tease: Eagles (-0.5) and Rams (-1)play

Weekly Tease: Eagles (-0.5) and Rams (-1)

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Another week, another six-point teaser.

This week, we’re bringing the Eagles down to a half-point favorite over the Colts and the Rams down to a 1-point favorite against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

While the Eagles are struggling with numerous injuries — they might not even have a running back ready to go on Sunday — I’m a homer, and Philadelphia is going to be electric for the return of Carson Wentz. It might be close, but I think Philly finds a way.

As for the Rams, they are the most complete team in football, and I won’t believe they can lose until I see it with my own eyes.

Monday Night Chaser: Steelers @ Buccaneers Under 53.5


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Monday Night Chaser: Steelers @ Buccaneers Under 53.5

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Last week, our Monday Night Chaser came up just two points short of hitting the over. This week, we’re back on the under, with Las Vegas putting the number at a whopping 53.5 between the Buccos and Steelers.

According to the Action Network, 93% of the money on this total is currently on the over. When the world zigs, we zag.

Now check out our best value plays for your daily fantasy leagues this Sunday


Now check out our best value plays for your daily fantasy leagues this Sundayplay

Now check out our best value plays for your daily fantasy leagues this Sunday

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The best value plays in your DraftKings lineup for Week 3 of the NFL season



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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

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Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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Deputy President William Ruto will next month take his ‘hustler nation’ campaigns to his main rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard, in an escalation of the 2022 General Election competition.

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