May 14

What does a MEP assistant do to raise his salary?

first_imgThe proposal to increase the departure for MEP assistants by 1,500 euros per month puts this trustworthy staff of the European parliamentarians in the spotlight.Parliamentary assistants are the great strangers of an institution in which they perform from political advice to administrative and logistics coordination, and that are essential for each of the 751 MEPs to carry out their work. Current MEPs such as Antonio López Istúriz (PP), Francesc Gambús (UDC), Inés Ayala (PSOE) or Ernest Urtasun (ICV) were in past legislatures at some time attending. The current president of the Eurogroup and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Djisselbloem, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt or PSOE Secretary General, Pedro Sánchez, also have this experience on the curriculum.Currently, each MEP has 21,379 euros per month to pay its employees, and for a few years and to avoid misuse, this item is managed directly by the EP and not by the MEP itself. That amount could increase from next year by 1,500 euros per month (the total would rise to 22,879 euros from January 1, 2016) if the rise made by the majority of the hemicycle today and after the departure becomes effective remained frozen since 2010.Already last Monday the EP plenary session was favorable to this increase, but the majority of Spanish MEPs voted against it. Each MEP has that item to hire their assistants who have salaries ranging between 1,900 and 4,300 euros, approximately, according to parliamentary sources. European Parliament. Image: Efe Three attendees for MEPThe majority of European parliamentarians have between two and three assistants in Brussels and Strasbourg and at least one other location in their country to coordinate visits and convey concerns in their jurisdiction. In addition to coordinating the agenda, trips and meetings of the MEP, his work has a more political aspect that consists in helping them to elaborate amendments, reports, parliamentary questions and interventions in the plenary, mainly.Jon Rodríguez, 24, is one of the assistants of Marina Albiol, the head of ranks of IU in the EP, an “essential” member of the team, the MEP explained to Efe. With Semitic and Islamic studies and a Master in International Politics, Rodríguez was a member of IU and after the European elections of May 2014 he participated in the selection process to join the work in the EP. “What I like most is to live the day-to-day life of the Eurocamara and have the ability to put a grain of sand in its policies,” said the young man, who says he feels satisfied with his salary and conditions.Side by side with another MEP, Beatriz Becerra (UPyD), Javier Corrales, 33, also works with previous experience in Brussels. Without a party card, but with coincidences with the project of the party, he passed the tests to be an assistant, a job that has been “a new challenge” to this commercial pilot with a Master in European Studies and on the way to graduate in Law. Corrales said that by belonging to a small group “You have to spend many hours because there is little equipment, but it is very satisfactory”.Many of the attendees, especially those who have been active in the parties for years, have worked before in national politics. This is the case of Jordi Cañas, from Ciudadanos, who plays that position in this Eurochamber legislature after ceasing to be a spokesman for that party in the Catalan Parliament by opening a judicial process in a case of alleged tax fraud.The EP table and the EP Budget Committee have demanded that this increase be accompanied by a new regulation to prevent abuses, especially in the last countries to join the European Union (EU), where some MEPs would have more than a dozen local assistantsThe European anti-fraud office (OLAF) recently opened an investigation against the extreme right-wing National Front of Marine Le Pen, who would allegedly be using those funds for the salaries of party workers dealing with national policy and tasks that have nothing to do with the Eurochamber . Some news reports pointed out in recent weeks that OLAF could investigate that same case with regard to Podemos, but there is no confirmation of any formal file opening against the formation of Pablo Iglesias.last_img read more

May 14

Chimy Ávila: “My representative was talking to Barça”

first_imgBarcelona interest: “They did not contact me, but I know that my representative spoke with them. It is nice to know that people loved me in Barcelona.”The hardness of its beginnings: “At Empalme Graneros I was hungry, sad, happy, I learned to walk, to kick the ball. Every time I take a breath, I reflect and remember it.” Sharing costumes with Messi: “In the national team or at Barça? Where God forbid. But if I grab the captain’s armband, it’s going to be screwed up for me to take it off (laughs).”Soccer in your area: “It has happened to me many times to be shooting penalties and at four in the morning to start running because two started shooting themselves. He who forgets where he comes from, does not know where he is going.”Chimy Ávila, a soccer worker: “I collected cardboard, I worked in a demolition plant, I cut the grass of the neighbors … I did everything before dedicating myself to soccer.”Recovery support: “Ramos encouraged me, his brother called my agent to get interested. It will be because of the hosts that he hit me and I never complained. Felipe, from Atlético, also kicked me, I got up and said ‘what’s wrong, you’re Crazy? ‘But nothing happens, I’m used to shooting penalties to a goalkeeper with a gun to my waist. “ Enjoy your passion: “If I have been through so many risks in the neighborhood, why shouldn’t I be happy here? I don’t feel pressure. There is pressure from those who have to feed their children, get up at night to work on a farm. Soccer it’s not pressure for me. “last_img read more

May 14

Boateng gives the scare with a slight traffic accident

first_imgJerome Boateng, footballer of Bayern Munich, He had a small road exit with his vehicle on the morning of this Tuesday. The German center back lost control of his Mercedes car, se turned off the road and climbed onto the guardrail of a motorway near Munich (the A-9), as reported by the television channel Oberfranken. The defender of the Bavarian team was unharmed although it was his car that took the worst part, with damages of around 25,000 euros. Boateng was on his way to visit his son in a nearby town. According to information from television in the region, the police report states that the use of unsuitable wheels, for the dates in which we are, were the cause of the accident. Despite the fact that the Bundesliga is stopped by the COVID-19 pandemic, in Germany the confinement of the population has not been decreed and people can still leave their homes.last_img read more

May 14

Will this be the new Juventus kit?

first_imgThe clues and clues that various websites offer about the new kits that the different clubs are going to release are some of the news that generates most curiosity in the fans, who want to know what equipment they will have next season. Sometimes, they even spark controversy because of the colors and patterns chosen by the brand and the teams.In order to get an idea of ​​how the new shirts look and even, to dress the players in a virtual way with them, there are people like Nikita, who, under a pseudonym, collects the clues that exist about the new clothing, creates and integrates them into Pro Evolution Soccer, a Konami game renamed this 2020 as eFootball PES 2020. The last to integrate has been that of Juventus. The bianconeri will return to the stripes and will integrate gold as the third color in their kit. The shield, the Adidas logo, the three stripes on the shoulders and the dorsal will wear gold, leaving this very similar to that of the Real Madrid 19/20 kit, which also has Adidas as the main sponsor.The creator of ‘kits’ for this video game has also performed his simulations on the new T-shirts for Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Manchester City and more clubs that can be seen on their Instagram profile.last_img read more

February 10

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 3NORWICH CITY 0GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: GOSLING 10th; DANIELS PEN 54th; AFOBE 75th.Bournemouth pushed relegation rivals Norwich City nearly the bottom three with an easy victory. Dan Gosling headed in Marc Pugh’s cross before Vadis Odjidja brought down Pugh to allow Charlie Daniels to score from the spot. And record signing Benik Afobe rounded off the win by scoring in only his second game for the Cherries.ASTON VILLA 1LEICESTER CITY 1GOALS:- VILLA: GESTEDE 75th. LEICESTER: OKAZAKI 28th.Leicester City returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a draw on Saturday but basement club Aston Villa stole a valuable point. Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for Leicester. Riyad Mahrez missed a chance to double the lead after Leicester were awarded a controversial penalty for handball. But Villa striker Rudy Gestede.CHELSEA 3 EVERTON 3GOALS:- CHELSEA: COSTA 64th; FABREGAS 66th; TERRY 90th. EVERTON: TERRY OG 50th; MIRALLAS 56th; FUNES MORI 90th.John Terry was both hero and villain as Chelsea stole a valuable point with a controversial 98th-minute equaliser. Everton took the lead when Terry put through his own net before Kevin Mirallas put the visitors 2-0 up. Diego Costa reduced the margin and Cesc Fabregas’s deflected shot made it 2-2. Ramiro Funes Mori restored Everton’s lead in the 90th minute only for Terry to back-heel in from close range – although he appeared a yard offside.MANCHESTER CITY 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 0GOALS:- CITY: DELPH 22nd; AGUERO 41st, 68th; SILVA 84th.Sergio Ag¸ero scored twice as Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Midfielder Fabian Delph gave City the lead with a long-range drive. Aguero doubled the advantage with an effort that deflected in off the head of Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann. Ag¸ero finished off a wonderful team move and David Silva added a fourth, with Palace winless in five league games.NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1GOALS:- NEWCASTLE: PEREZ 6th; WIJNALDUM 15th. WEST HAM: JELAVIC 49th.Jonjo Shelvey made an impressive debut for Newcastle as he helped his side move out of the relegation zone with a win over West Ham. Shelvey had a hand in both goals as Ayoze Perez curled in a low shot before Georginio Wijnaldum side-footed in from six yards to make it 2-0.A poor back-pass by Chancel Mbemba let NikicaJelavic score for the Hammers.SOUTHAMPTON 3 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: WARD-PROWSE 5th, PEN 35th; TADIC 72nd.Southampton rose to 10th in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a brace from James Ward-Prowse, who scored a brilliant 25-yard curled free-kick and a penalty for his first goals of the season. Serbian forward Dusan Tadic sealed the three points from a tight angle after a clever pass from Matt Targett.TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 4 SUNDERLAND 1GOALS:- SPURS: ERIKSEN 42nd, 67th; DEMBELE 59th; KANE PEN 79th. SUNDERLAND: VAN AANHOLT 40th.Christian Eriksen scored twice as deepened Sunderland’s relegation worries.Patrick van Aanholt gave the Black Cats the lead but Eriksen levelled as Lee Cattermole failed to clear on the goalline.Mousa Dembele fired Spurs ahead before Eriksen’s 25-yard shot deflected in off Sunderland debutant Jan Kirchhoff.Harry Kane then converted a penalty after Kirchhoff fouled Danny Rose.last_img read more

January 20

When Sobers ruled the roost

first_imgAs Australia piles on the runs against the West Indies in the current Test series ‘down under’, there are many cricket lovers in the Caribbean who remember when it was the regional side which piled up massive scores against all who came. Prior to the start of the Australia series, an emotional Sir Garfield Sobers broke down in tears as he bemoaned the state of the Caribbean game. “It was such a pleasure and joy to be able to do what I did. I don’t think we have that kind of person today. I don’t think we have that kind of person in West Indies any more, who is quite prepared to play and to give everything to their country,” the West Indies cricket legend said in October. Sobers became part of West Indies folklore when he smashed a then world record 365 not out against Pakistan during the third Test at Sabina Park on March 1, 1958. FLOW Foundation chairman, Errol K. Miller, remembers, as an 11-year-old boy sitting inside Sabina Park, the day Sobers made history. ETCHED IN MEMORY “I think that day sort of galvanised for me the passion I had for cricket at an early age.” While cricket, which was the most important game in the Caribbean for decades, has since lost its shine, Miller has not forgotten the impact of the moment. “I was there when it happened. I actually saw it. I didn’t have to read it in the newspapers. Of all the cricket fans in the world, only a certain amount could be in Sabina Park, and I was one of them.” He added that seeing the “spineless surrender” of the current team was often heartrending. “I used to almost cry sometimes for West Indies when they lost. I was so passionate about it. Now, I just go to bed, and in the morning I go online and see what the score is.” But he will never forget his place as part of history. “I was there, and nobody can take that away from me,” said Miller. HISTORICAL DAY It was a Saturday, but Miller was there as part of a group organised by his Clarendon College school sports master. “The way I was about cricket those days, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see the likes of (Everton) Weekes, (Clyde) Walcott and (Conrad) Hunte,” he told The Gleaner. “It was serendipity that the day we went was the day it happened.” Miller sat in the Eastern stand, which, in those days, had mesh wires to contain the crowd. “When play opened, Hunte was ahead of Sobers. When Hunte got run out – you know how Jamaicans are – some said Sobers got him out because he was ahead and Sobers wanted to break the record,” he recalled. “I remember Weekes played a sweet cameo for 39 while Sobers was going merrily on his way. Walcott came, and in typical fashion just bludgeoned the bowlers for 88.” The atmosphere was electric. The stands were jam packed with cricket-loving Jamaicans from all walks of life. Some came with mountains of food as they prepared for a full day’s sport. “(I) was just taking in all the sights and sounds and all the people; the noise and cheering. The frequent sound of “dollar” as Jamaicans used to use that expression when a four was hit.” He added that though the Pakistani bowlers were being smashed to all parts of the park, the team continued to field with passion. “One of the Pakistanis bowled 85 overs,” he said. That bowler was Fazal Mahmood, who took two for 247 off 85.2 overs as the Windies piled up 790 for three declared in their second innings. “The economy rate was less than three. The fielding was top class for the entire day, even though they were hunting leather for the entire day. That really impressed me, even though I was a little boy,” said Miller. He admits that at the time he had no clue of the Test batting record, and it was while sitting amongst the crowd that he started to grasp that something important was about to happen. “I just went because I wanted to see international cricket, but as I settled down and heard people starting to talk, you got the significance of what was happening around you,” he said. There was pandemonium when Sobers smashed the record run. “When Sobers broke the record, a host of people descended on the field,” said Miller. He recalled talk of abandoning play. “As a matter of fact, not only were they thinking of abandoning play for the day, but of abandoning the whole match. “Fortunately for him, it was not abandoned. The most emotional response of what was going around was that he probably would not have got the record,” said Miller. Miller, who was part of Clarendon College’s 1962 and 1964 Headley Cup winning team, said seeing Sobers’ display helped fan the flames of his love for cricket.last_img read more

January 20

FA boss hails St Catherine Manning Cup teams

first_imgSeveral teams from St Catherine have made bright starts to the 2016 ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup, catching the eye of St Catherine Football Association president Peter Reid. Jonathan Grant, St Catherine High and St Jago High have all won their first two games, and Reid is encouraging them to keep going. He expressed the hope that the St Catherine teams would stay in contention. “I’d say it’s early days,” he cautioned, “but put your head in front and people will have to catch you.” So far in the Manning Cup Group G, St Jago have beaten Calabar and Campion College. Meanwhile, Jonathan Grant High and St Catherine High have each won twice in Group D. He also noted that several of the players on these teams have emerged from age group competition staged by the association. “Congratulations to the management and staff of the St Catherine teams,” he said while watching a Manning Cup game this week at the Prison Oval in Spanish Town, “but we have been doing our part in that.” “We have our Under-15, our Under-17,” he related, “and the boys would matriculate into the Manning Cup.” Speaking about the St Jago team that edged Calabar 1-0 in the match he was watching, he said: “I see about six boys who came through a programme and that would spread all throughout the different schools.”last_img read more

January 20

Things to know

first_img– Joy Foster was the first recipient of the first Sportswoman of the Year award (1961). She remains the youngest winner at 11 years old. – Maurice Foster (1973) and Joy Foster are the only sibling winners of the awards. – Sprinter Una Morris became the first repeat winner of either gender. She won the Sportswoman of the Year awards in 1963 and 1945. – Sarah Newland (1965) and Octavius Moran (1967) are the only Paralympian to win the award. – Orville Haslam (1968) is the only table tennis player to win the Sportsman of the Year award.last_img read more

January 19

UP hopeful Ricafort can still play

first_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ricafort was struck out of the lineup a day before the start of the season after he was deemed ineligible due to the new league rule on age limit.“It was supposed to be my first game in my first and last season,” said Ricafort who is turning 25 in January 2018. “This was supposed to be a big day for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe new rule states that an athlete cannot be more than 25 years old for the whole season, not just the basketball tournament, which ends in December.Ricafort said he remains hopeful he could suit up for the Fighting Maroons this season. View comments So advances to final 16 Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img “I was told that it was the final decision but UP is going to re-appeal this week,” he said.Ricafort enrolled in La Salle in 2011, hoping to crack the first team. He moved to UST, but his transfer did not pan out as intended, before Bo Perasol recruited him to join the Fighting Maroons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Forward Rob Ricafort was looking forward to opening weekend of UAAP Season 80 the past two years since he joined University of the Philippines.But instead of being on the floor for the Fighting Maroons as they eked out a 74-73 win over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers at Mall of Asia Arena, Ricafort was on the bench wearing sweat pants cheering on his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

January 19

Sports groups hold own rallies

first_imgAnd the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View commentslast_img read more