Spanish Olympic sailing team members mugged at gunpoint in Rio

first_imgBeijing 2008 Olympic champion Fernando Echavarri, his Nacra 17 catamaran class partner and 2011 470 world champion Tara Pacheco and coach Santi Lopez-Vazquez were all mugged in Santa Teresa, an up-market neighbourhood popular with tourists to the west of Guanabara Bay on which the Marina is located.They were confronted by five people armed with two pistols, according to a statement released by the Spanish Sailing Federation.A bag with money, documents and a camera was reportedly taken.None of the victims were injured in the incident.”Civil police are working to identify the authors of the crime and to recover the stolen objects,” added a Rio de Janeiro police statement.Ensuring the safety of athletes, spectators and all other personnel attending the Games is one of the priorities in a country notorious for petty crime.Rio, despite being considered among Brazil’s safer cities, has huge problems, particularly in favela neighbourhoods where shootouts between police and drug gangs are common.Earlier in 2016, images surfaced of a number of daylight muggings carried out by a group of militant children, captured by a local businessman who used his camera to film the series of incidents from December to January.But tourists and foreigners are also targeted in wealthier areas.In May of last year, 57-year-old doctor Jaime Gold was attacked while cycling close to the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas lake upon which rowing and canoe sprint events will be held, later dying in hospital as a result of his injuries.A 19-year-old French cyclist was also assaulted in the same district at a similar time of the year.Earlier this month, retired football legend Rivaldo claimed anyone visiting for the Games will be “putting their lives at risk” due to the security situation.Another problem is financial crime, with gangs known to target ATM machines used by tourists.Brazilian and Rio 2016 officials claim the streets will be safer during the Games, with around 85,000 soldiers and police expected to be deployed during the Olympics – about twice as many as London four years ago.The latest incident is not a good sign, however.”The lack of security in Rio is one of the points that worries the teams,” the Spanish statement added.”Fernando, Tara and Santi want to forget what happened as quickly as possible and concentrate completely and exclusively on the training.”last_img read more

The threat of having to provide a guarantee returns to Real Madrid

first_imgHowever the Legislation additionally says that this guarantee will be lifted when the board of administrators, within the course of its mandate, has collected advantages for a similar quantity. Within the case of Madrid, that endorsement of 2009 rose to the fourth time period of workplace. Since 2009, Madrid has a backpack of collected advantages of 324 million euros. However this marketing campaign will probably be diminished. And there are recurring bills corresponding to the virtually 30 million annual mortgage for the stadium and the amortization of the most recent signings: Hazard, Vinicius, Rodrigo, Reinier … The cash from the primary sponsors (Adidas, Fly Emirates …) ought to proceed to come. But when the accounts get out of hand, the likelihood of having to endorse exists. There are elections, as well as, in 2021, and Florentino prolonged the rule to the necessity to have to pre-avail simply to stand for the elections … It’s a distant chance however not unimaginable if the well being disaster persists. That Madrid’s board of administrators, now headed by Florentino Pérez, has to endorse 15% of the entity’s funds, which as we speak is 822 million euros (the guarantee, due to this fact, should be 123 million of euros).The solely 4 non-SAD golf equipment, Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Athletic and Osasuna, are required by the Sports activities Legislation to maintain collectively accountable boards of administrators for attainable administration losses. At the start of every season they have to guarantee 15% of that funds to reply for these attainable losses. Within the case of Madrid, when Florentino Pérez turned president for the second time in 2009, his board of administrators had to endorse 15% of that funds. Then, the guarantee was 75 million (for a funds of 500). It’s already for 123 million guarantee …last_img read more

Use “idle” bank accounts’ monies to pay public servants – GPSU

first_imgThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) believes that the large sums of money that have been identified lying idle in various bank accounts and available for Government use should be utilised to pay public servants a liveable wage.The Union has also said that it was not unmindful of the immediate implications of implementing a living wage and was prepared to support a multi-year approach to achieve this goal, suggesting a three-year period.Moreover, the GPSU blasted successive Governments’ resort to employing persons on contract. “We believe that successive Governments recognised the impossibility of attracting quality labour and skills by their continuing use of high-value contract employees,” the Union said in a release on Tuesday.GPSU President Patrick YardeAccording to the GPSU, this has led to a situation where the Public Service, at least in relation to wages, salaries and allowances, can reasonably be accused of practising discrimination if not outright ‘apartheid’. The Union has since demanded that this practice be halted, saying “it would be insensitive, uncaring and anti-working class to do otherwise”.The missive released by the GPSU further outlined, “We believe that, to use the words of Prof Clive Thomas, ‘the democratic dividend must immediately begin to reflect in a just wage for those who toil’.“We further believe that once the compensation pay for those at the bottom of the scale is taken care of consequential increases and adjustments will satisfy the need for those at the top,” the GPSU added.The Union, in its proposal to Government, has also called for a flat increase of $7500 per month, which should be added to the salary at December 31, 2015 of each person employed in the Public Service, as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each band.The GPSU suggested too that next year a 25 per cent increase be given across the board and in 2018, a 20 per cent increase be paid across the board.To this end, the GPSU asserted its commitment to an objective organisational restructuring in the Public Service, accompanied by a job evaluation exercise of relevant positions; the need to provide for rewarding additional and special responsibilities; and the reduction of overlap, more consistency and logic in the number and spread among bands and their de-bunching where necessary.“In this regard, it is the GPSU’s position that the findings and recommendations of all previous and current reports of committees, arbitration tribunals and the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service of Guyana should form an adequate basis for the determination and completion of this exercise within the three-year period of the above proposal,” the release stated.According to the GPSU, no fulltime worker whether in the Public or Private Sector should be forced by their employer to have to go hungry, without reasonable shelter, basic clothing and adequate leisure.“One of the duties of the employer is to ensure that the worker’s self- esteem and dignity are always preserved and protected…Wages which dooms the worker to poverty deprives the employer of a motivated worker and correspondingly the quality and service which the public expects and deserves. Poverty robs the worker and his/her family of their self-esteem, right to dignity and a decent life,” the Union highlighted.The GPSU said too that its argument in the struggle for a living wage for decades was that it helped to protect the workers at the lowest level of the socio-economic structure.According to the GPSU, “Our economy has for too long been constructed/regulated/structured on a paradigm of low wage…This explains why Guyanese continue to migrate in large numbers and why the paradox of job vacancies and high unemployment persist simultaneously.”last_img read more