Think of a disease … already? You can blame gluten

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The current phobia gluten is reaching a paroxysm in the United States and, as you know, as often happens these things, spatter us … or maybe worse, not only splash us American stupidity in this regard, but drown in its gluteinic and absurd tsunami . We already have some samples in our environment .

It is possible that something has reached your ears. The origin of this superlative and unjustified mania towards gluten had a well-known trigger three years ago when a weight-loss book was published (to the use of the nonsense to which we are accustomed this type of book) entitled Wheat belly , written by the cardiologist William Davis , and which comes to be translated more or less as “Belly belly” although in Spain it has been published as ” Without wheat, thank you “. Its cover already advances us a refrain quite common in this class of books: ” Move away from the wheat, lose weight, and regain your health “. How nice, how simple … how much bullshit.

This literary trigger did nothing but take advantage of the wave of a growing current anti-gluten and anti-wheat that had been brewing for a few years in the United States. Let’s say that the only doctor that did was to take advantage of that wave and surf it in the way that some doctors have to interpret health, that is, take advantage without any scientific basis (or just foundation) of an increasing trend and with it (I suppose) selling his work .

Good proof of the magnitude of this anti-gluten fever can be found in this essay, which a few weeks ago devoted the details of the well-known The New Yorker to the question of wheat and gluten. The article is long and in English, but I really recommend that you dedicate a time because it is frankly enlightening to where this absurd fashion is coming in that even dog food has joined the current gluten free .

And is that the issue has taken a somersault with the publication of these works. To the point no longer to obtain better digestions when what is eaten does not contain gluten (something that does not make any sense beyond the celiac population or with sensitivity to non-celiac gluten ), but also is currently being blamed to this element of a significant amount of various diseases and metabolic and neuropathological situations ranging from arthritis, diabetes or asthma, to multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia through autism (among many others)

The issue, from a chrematistic point of view has no waste … gives chills the knowledge (according to The New Yorker ) that up to a third of the American adult population claims to be trying to reduce gluten from their diet . In this paranoid search for gluten-free excellence, it is estimated that in 2016 the US market for gluten-free products will generate sales figures close to or above 50,000 million dollars . So you can put this figure in context suffice to say that this sales figure will be double that generated in 2011 for this range of products; or know that in 2013 the sale of dietary supplements and vitamins was quantified “alone” in about 26,400 million dollars .

Is there evidence to support the antigluten proposals?

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The truth is that none, at least among the serious ones. Yes it is true that in particular the doctor William Davis, the author of Wheat Belly , is especially prolix in bibliographical citations to provide credibility to their arguments. However, it decontextualizes the conclusions, takes them half-heartedly (only the part that interests him) or bases his recommendations on studies of poor quality (there being others with higher quality who argue the opposite and who casually forget to quote). In the opposite direction there is already someone who has dedicated a detailed analysis to his work from a serious point of view and from the evidence. In this document, Wheat Belly: An Analysis of Selected Statements and Basic Theses from the Book , (an analysis of the main sentences and thesis of the book “Barriga triguera”) the authors of the Saint Paul University , give a “repasito” to the approaches of this doctor coming to say what we already know and that somehow I counted in this entry : Not without evidence … and not with “twisted” or biased tests .

In my opinion, it is a more good-humored fashion . Thus, this positioning implies more the adoption of a certain posture “in the wave” or style of life “cool”, than a true dietary change leading to an improvement in health. Dietary change that except for what has already been pointed out does not have any scientific justification and that only an elite can afford, since the price of gluten-free foods is usually more expensive than their gluten counterparts. An unfair situation especially for celiacs who see how frivoliza with their circumstances .

For the moment, you see, with this scenario you could parody the song of Michael Jackson and his four brothers, Blame it on the Boggie (Echale blame the Boggie) and modify his refrain (translated) so that this way:

  • Do not blame the sun’s rays
  • Do not blame in the moonlight
  • Do not blame the fact that it’s a good time
  • Blame gluten boogie
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When donating means lending

Image result for donating lendinWe have attended the past few days to the development of the Donor Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq. Euphoria, demagogy and triumphalism, apart from whoever organized it, the truth is that the summit of donors or of what hypothetically was going to be from donors was not so much. To donate means to give something without compensation and therefore free of charge -animus donandi-, but it seems that in this case to donate means to lend, to do business, to accredit Iraq and the Iraqis, and hopefully they are not with usurious and leonine interests neither neither with burdensome mortgages of the future. Of the results that have been disseminated, there seems to be no reason to be too optimistic and much less triumphalist. Things and facts by name. It is enough that we all read with minimal attention the amount of the amounts as well as the concept in which they have been made and will be made.

So the things of thirty-three billion dollars that are shuffled as final figure, although it is not said when or how they are going to be used or if the money already delivered is already taken into account in it, the truth is that only a very small part responds to real donations, or what is the same thing, in the form of lost funds without the need for reimbursement or interest payments. Of that amount we must discount the twenty billion dollars that it contributes and, it does not contribute at the same time, the USA and that still depend on the final approval of the North American Congress. This somewhat illogical situation is explained by the fact that the US does not include its money in this common fund, which is directly managed by the Bush administration and, therefore, compromises its destiny and its application according to its interests, which means that a good part of this money is already specified and directed in good measure to the North American companies that already work in Iraq itself and that are linked to the interests, among others, of Vice President Cheney. This is undoubtedly a good example or what is the same, a great hypocrisy on the part of the Bush Administration that does not tire of asking for the responsibility of all in the reconstruction of Iraq but that follows his own by not sharing his money nor neither their strategies in that common fund.

In this way, from those first thirty-three billion of the Conference we pass to some thirteen thousand million that are still susceptible to be further disaggregated. Of this second amount, it really deserves to stand out as a donation figure for free, only four billion dollars of which only the 700 million contributed by the European Union are actually donated, without subjecting anything to any investment and without reimbursement of any amount . The rest of the contributions from other Arab countries, some of which attract attention such as the 300 million Iran or the 1.5 billion from Kuwait, the five billion from Japan or the three hundred million from Spain (of which the American press does not dedicate a single line), they are really a mixture of not very clear and less clarified amounts donated, amounts loaned at low interest and with soft depreciation and amortization periods, as well as quantities conditioned to specific investments and even some items that they constitute a kind of conditioned subsidies.

Image result for de palacio foreign ministerThis being the case, and above all, if donating does not mean lending, the role and the attitude of De Palacio, the foreign minister, is not well understood when, once the countries participating in the Conference have shared out the crumbs of the investments and the business expectations that the North American interests leave to the rest, proclaims euphoric that to see who denies the success of the Conference. Success that undoubtedly will be, especially if the expectations of an Iraq based on millions of oil reserves are pondered, to which many of these donors, camouflaged by good Samaritans, solicitously go, but who are more aware of the distribution of the future cake.

The truth is that, for a long time and above all if we follow the trajectory of our minister, they misunderstand how well their actions and their statements, especially when it has shown us over and over again their ability to reach solutions and synthesis to the we hardly get the rest. Who does not remember his uncompromising stance that February 5 before the UN Security Council, once heard the reports of Blix and ElBaradei in which while the Iraqi regime was accused of not collaborating everything necessary was also asserted the non-discovery of the so-called weapons of mass destruction and that, in the end, have proved to be the great petty fallacy of the trio of the Azores.

At that moment, the minister pronounced a very hard and pre-war speech that did not correspond to the situation given and described by the inspectors, who simply asked for more time and did not close the doors to diplomacy. It is probable that he did not have sufficient and necessary capacity for reaction or simply did not want to have it and read the prepared and not improvised speech that he had to stage at that moment at the request of others. But aside from its political as well as diplomatic capacity, the truth is that the foreign minister continues to mark its erratic course as has the president of the government, but yes, things by name and demagogues on the sidelines.

A few days ago in the maelstrom of the election campaign in Madrid we saw an Aznar taking his chest after Resolution 1511 and asking for explanations from the opposition and flatteringly told them “and now what, what banners would they take out now”, “maybe contrary to the United Nations “. Well, in an election and a campaign many nonsense is said and too many improbabilities are promised. The truth is that he has never given them or he has not thought it necessary to give them, and this fact and attitude in a democracy are not good, since they ignore public opinion as well as the Parliament from which so much has been excused. But let’s not play with the facts and with the transgression of the international legality that both Bush and Blair and Aznar committed in their delirium of going to war and of which until now the worst stopped has been the British premier. The United Nations has not legitimized and less legalized the war, nor for six months has it legalized the occupying forces, because that is what the military forces deployed there are. Resolution 1511 legitimizes and, I insist to legitimize, that does not legalize, the current situation in Iraq on the way to a desirable democratic normalization and especially economic and social under the predominance and the North American directory. Not even a central role is offered to the United Nations, relegating it to humanitarian aid. No sovereignty is transferred to the Iraqi people yet and a timid timetable is imposed on that democratic transition that must go through a necessary constitutional drafting, but no deadlines or dates of departure of the military forces are established.

Effective resolution

Image result for effectiveThis resolution has been approved to overcome the deadlock in which some of the five countries that, more than ever irrationally now, have still had the right to vote in the Security Council. Neither Russia nor Germany nor France have continued to oppose the wishes of the US, which perhaps also questions the credibility and firmness of their previous positions, but the truth is that for now neither send troops and less money for the reconstruction of Iraq . We will see what your position is when it comes to talk of condoning the foreign debt of Iraq and of which both France and Russia are two of the main creditors.

For now blind and excessive violence continues to roam at ease in post-war Iraq. Nobody or anything escapes the objective of terrorists and resistant, and that each one calls them as they prefer. Faced with this chaotic panorama, it is not surprising that some are only willing to donate their money when its meaning is overturned by lending. Perhaps they do not see as clear a reconstruction as peaceful as predicted in the medium term.

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The worst movies in history

 Good movies, there are a few. Some of an indisputable quality

 Good movies, there are a few. Some of an indisputable quality

beyond the awards received or its commercial success. But, possibly, the majority of the largometrajes that are released each year do not reach the category of work of art. And, looking a little below, there are some titles that stand out for the poverty of their content. They are the ones that the most critical would qualify as clunkers . They sneak up on the most prestigious festivals and every week a film worthy of this label is released on some billboard of the planet.

As Lluís Bonet, a film critic who for decades has covered for La Vanguardia the most prestigious competitions in the seventh art, explains: “Bad films leave no trace; the good ones, yes, and the masterpieces that have marked your life remain forever in the memory. For this reason, I have always tried professionally to avoid bad films, something that was sometimes impossible even in festivals. Currently, although I follow a cinephile diet, sometimes I am still forced to endure some mess. “

From when can we say that we are facing a bad movie

From when can we say that we are facing a bad movie

Everyone has their criteria and the selection that we present in this article is debatable. The borderline between bad taste and the art of kitsch is often very fine. Roger Ebert is considered the pope of film critics. In his book The Worst Movies of History (Ariel) he has chosen hundreds of titles whose quality – he writes – “varies between deplorable and those that were only graciously clueless. For years, I argued that I would only award zero stars to films that seemed immoral to me in some sense. When making this selection I realized that I have not always complied with this rule. When a film insults your intelligence, your good taste and your patience (all at once), it manages to bring out the worst in you. ” Ebert’s blacklist also includes sacred cows such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Roman Polanski , James Ivory, Steven Soderbergh and David Lynch. And unknown directors, icons of the B-movies. It is difficult to detect a common denominator. Of course, the sequels of successful titles, the second, third or fourth versions of a character or a story that worked at the time succeed. “Before it was called remake (which could ever beat the original), but now the sagas, franchises, sequels and prequels have led to a flood of bad movies. It’s the Hollywood business: to squeeze a hit when there’s nothing clever left to squeeze. Currently, any blockbuster has its continuations, “says Bonet.

Luis Miguel Carmona is the author of Estrellas estrelladas and also planned to make a book about bad films at the time. From the outset he explains that we must be careful, “because negative criticisms without real foundation run through social networks”. Because they form groups of users launch devastating campaigns (for whatever reasons), which then make a dent in the critics and the public. Likewise, he adds, “there are films that are very good, but sometimes they did not come out at the right time and they had a bad reception. This is the case of Blade Runner (1982). O Vertigo (1958). Today no one would say they were bad, but at that time … “. Tastes change and society, too. And criticism sometimes punishes (or rewards) movies unfairly . There are titles that were not properly recognized. For example, nowadays we are sure that Kramer against Kramer would win the Oscar for the best film over Apocalypse now (it was the year 1980)? That Rocky was better – always according to the Oscar, 1977 edition – than Taxi driver ?

Undoubtedly, the time factor can change perceptions. Indeed

when a film is manifestly bad, sometimes it loses this facet and it happens that over the years it becomes a cult movie. For example, there are dialogues that are so absurd that today they arouse almost admiration: in Armageddon (1998) there is a scene in which two Japanese tourists are in a taxi in New York, while a few meteors turn the whole street into a burning wasteland. She complains: “I want to go shopping!”. And, in Rapa Nui , (1994) the king of Easter Island implores: “Tell me you will not make hooks with the bones of my thighs,” he begs with tears in his eyes to his high priest. And he answers: “I’m busy! I have to read the entrails of the chicken. “

In general, when a movie does not work, there are many variables 

It is not necessarily a matter of lack of talent. “There are directors, like Francis Ford Coppola, who need big budgets to make good films,” recalls Carmona. When the tap closes, then the results are not up to par (the last filmography of Coppola is a good example). But beware: not having much money in your pocket is a guarantee that a masterpiece will be shot . Here the school case is that of Michael Cimino. The director won an Oscar for The Hunter (1978) and embarked on a very ambitious project, The Gate of Heaven (1980). According to Ebert, “it’s one of the ugliest movies I’ve ever seen. It’s the most outrageous cinematic waste I’ve seen. ” They say that on the day of the premiere the director asked why nobody was drinking champagne at the cocktail party. “It’s because they hate your movie,” they replied. The original footage was more than five hours. Cimino had shot so much material that it would take nine days in a row just to watch it. The budget at that time was astronomical: 36 million dollars (about 3,000 million pesetas of the time). United Artist brushed the bankruptcy and had to be absorbed by MGM. Cimino’s career could never take off again.
“I think all the films are good,” says Mar Targarona, from the production company Rodar y Rodar, which has recently produced a blockbuster such as El cuerpo (2012). “There are some that you appreciate again , after knowing that they were filmed in difficult conditions, with a low budget and in a few days.

In any case, it is very difficult to always maintain the state of grace 

In any case, it is very difficult to always maintain the state of grace 

All the directors, even the big ones, have had a bad day, “he says. What must be done to avoid failure? “The first thing is a script. Then there must be actors who are up to the task and finally, the budget. In general, comedy is the most difficult genre. From the outset, the viewer comes with a certain prejudice. Because humor travels badly. It is very cultural. You may like it in one country, but not in another. This is what happens with Woody Allen’s latest films, “says Targarona (by the way, Filming and Filming will start this year precisely a comedy: by Santiago Amadeo). Who is the final responsibility of a failed film? Targarona sums it up like that. “The producer is the one who loses money, the director is the one who puts the face, because it is who directs the creative part. The scriptwriter, curiously, is transparent, although the script is perhaps the most important for the project to work. “

As you can see, everything is relative and it would be risky to make very severe judgments. Especially if one takes into account that, although the criticism destroys a film, this does not prevent it from being a box-office hit (this is what usually happens, for example, in the USA with the comedies starring Adam Sandler) . A good thermometer of the bad film industry are the Razzies . They were born in 1981, with the attempt to criticize with an ironic approach the Hollywood industry and have been gaining prestige over the years. The trophy is a plastic mulberry the size of a golf ball, stuck on top of a celluloid reel, sprayed with gold spray paint (that is, it is not gold). Its nominal value is around three euros.

One of the stars of the Razzies is Sylvester Stallone ( Oscar award, do not forget, for Rocky (1976)): he has been nominated up to thirty times in almost all categories. But the most awarded is the actor Adam Sandler, who has received a total of seven awards. There is a film that is unbeatable: Jack and his twin (2011): he got the highest award in ten categories, the maximum possible, a historical record (despite this he managed to collect at the box office about 75 million euros). Of course, sometimes the Razzies can exceed their hardness by rewarding people of outstanding career who may have experienced an occasional stumble. Some example: screenwriter Brian Helgeland received an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year and on the same weekend. He won the statuette for best adapted screenplay for LA Confidential (1997) and Razzie for the worst screenplay The Postman (1997) Kevin Costner. Likewise, Sandra Bullock won the Razzie for worst actress for Loca obsession (2009) and the next day won the Oscar as best actress for A dream possible (2009).

The cast of the Razzies is partial because it excludes the oldest titles.

The cast of the Razzies is partial because it excludes the oldest titles.

Well, there is some consensus among moviegoers that perhaps the worst director in history was Ed Wood, author of the mythical Plan 9 from outer space (1959) (Vampires of space), a story that mixes vampires with the arrival of the aliens. The anecdotes surrounding the filming of this film are innumerable. Wood found the money for his film at Beverly Hills Baptist Church and, before starting work, as the main condition of the loan, the entire team had to be baptized in a pool. As a decoration, curtains were used. The flying saucers were car wheels moved with threads. The spacecraft cabin was made of cardboard. As special effects, there was a light signal that the team stole from a work. In some scenes you can see recording microphones. One of the actors (apparently without much memory) interpreted his dialogues by reading, in a visible way, a piece of paper stuck on the ground … (Tim Burton shot an acclaimed film about this story).

Things of the past? Absolutely. “We never learn from mistakes. Bad films are still being made, “says Carmona. In fact, we must not forget that in Spain the Yoga prizes are awarded by the Catacritic collective, which awards the worst movie of the year. In 2012 he won The Tree of Life , which was … Palme d’Or in Cannes! In short, a matter of taste . This movie theater is so big!

In his book, the critic Robert Ebert does not establish a ranking, but deals with extreme hardness some titles. Here goes a selection. Caligula (1980): “It is repulsive, it has no value, it is a shameful garbage. I think it’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen. ” Battlefield: Earth (2000), based on a novel by the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard. John Travolta disguised as an alien is perhaps the image that most summarizes the implausibility of this feature film. “It’s not that it’s bad, it’s unpleasant in a hostile way. The visual is filthy and without grace. The characters are careless. The sound resembles a microphone that was hitting the inside of a drum. ” The Blue Iguana (1988), a parody on the films of private investigators. “It is the closest thing to a flat encephalogram that one can find, if there is still something left on the screen. I have no idea why this movie was made. I do not know what the actors could be thinking while doing it. I do not know the reasons that led the production company to release it. ” An Indian in Paris (1996), the story of a native of the Amazon who lands in the French capital: “One of the worst films ever made. I hated every one of his minutes. ” The Immortals II: The Challenge (1991), second part of a successful science fiction title. “It’s the most incomprehensible movie I’ve seen in a long time, almost wonderful in its mediocrity . It will be remembered among whispers as one of the lowest immortal points of the genre. “

“It’s really horrible, a clumsy, mammoth and lifeless exercise of failed comedy.


You can not say that he has an argument. It exists more as a series of annoying sets. ” A boy named Norte (1994), the story of a boy who tries to sue his parents in court to get rid of them. “One of the most unpleasant, forced, artificial and cloying experiences I’ve had in the cinema.” In turn, the British magazine Empire conducted a survey among thousands of its users and readers to compile the list of the 50 worst films in history. The winner has turned out to be Batman and Robin (1997), with George Clooney. He confessed that he did really bad, but that it was a film that could hardly do something good. “It was a complete failure that changed my career,” he said. The critic Anthony Lane of The New Yorker wrote: “

The only thing that gives coherence to the film is that all the actors have achieved the worst performance imaginable. When you are sitting in the chair you feel that you are damaging your brain and pray for this chaos to stop. ” Second place for the aforementioned battlefield: Earth . Bronze medal for The Guru of Good Vibes (2008), a supposedly comic comedy about the world of sects. According to A. Scott, of The New York Times , “it’s the opposite of something fun. It’s an experience that makes you wonder if you’ll ever be able to laugh again. “

The Internet Movie Data Base (Imdb), establishes a list based on the votes of the users. The ranking changes continuously. At the close of this edition, according to the votes, the worst of all was Disaster Movie (2008) (vote: 1.9 out of 10, catastrophic film summit for 20-year-olds, according to USA Today, 98% of the reviews were negative), followed by The Hottie and the Nottie (2008), with Paris Hilton (in the weekend its premiere got an average of 28 spectators per room in the US). Much more interesting is the third place: Hands: the hands of fate (1966).

The story: a family gets lost on a highway in the middle of the night and finds shelter in the house of a devil, called El Maestro and his servant, Torgo. The movie was shot without sound, which was added later. In some shot you can see the recording equipment. In its premiere, in the city of El Paso, several local dignitaries attended the screening: there were so many boos and the team had to leave through a secondary door before the film ended.


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What you did not know about pension plans


With the years that you have contributed to Social Security, what pension would you be entitled to? And if he wanted to retire earlier, how much would that amount be reduced? With that pension would you have enough to maintain the current standard of living? Would you have enough to eat, travel, dedicate a portion of your income to your grandchildren, who are already starting to grow? Is it worth investing in a pension plan? How does a pension plan work?

How a pension is calculated

How a pension is calculated

The first thing that Juan needs to know in order to calculate the pension that would correspond to him is his work life report and contribution bases, which the Social Security sends once a year to all workers. With this information you can make a calculation of the retirement pension in the Electronic Headquarters of the Social Security. Other entities such as Fundación MAPFRE also offer help programs for this calculation.

If Juan has quoted during the last fifteen years for the maximum base or the minimum base, the program will have incorporated these bases automatically and will provide the regulatory base for the pension, which will be updated. The program will also provide you with the percentage applicable to the regulatory base, based on the legal age of retirement and the justified contribution period. If the result obtained by Juan does not meet your expectations, it is when you should think about supplementing the public pension with a pension plan.

The plans are collecting the contributions of the person, who can do until he retires with full flexibility. Upon retirement, you can charge a supplement to your pension, either in the form of a single payment or as periodic payments. The contracting party can always recover his money if he needs it for certain serious events, such as long-term unemployment. If you die before the collection date, the designated beneficiary would be your beneficiary.

Pension plans must be assigned to a pension fund.

Thus, a pension fund is an independent equity in which the contributions of people who have hired a pension plan, called participants, are accumulated. This means that if the company that is managing a pension fund goes bankrupt, people would have guaranteed the value of their investments.

Pension funds can invest in fixed income (for the conservatives), variable (for those seeking maximum long-term profitability) or mixed (they diversify the investment to achieve a return higher than fixed income in the medium-long term). The pension plans also involve a tax saving: the amount of the contributions is deductible in the tax base of the annual IRPF.

The moment of the decision: what benefits do pension plans have?

The moment of the decision: what benefits do pension plans have?

Juan should bear in mind that his future pension can be reduced for several reasons: the number of years of contributions needed, which, for example, in 2017 will exceed in three and a half years what is required in 2012; the age at which early retirement is accessed, and the sustainability factor, the correction that is applied to the pension according to the life expectancy of the population – more life expectancy, less pension per head.

It is estimated that in 2031 25.5% of the population will be over 65 years old, and in 2066 that percentage will reach 34.4%. Another factor to take into account is the non-revaluation of pensions, which since 2014 do not grow according to the CPI.

The planned pension can be reduced for several reasons, such as the requirement of years of contribution or early retirement age

Is it necessary to contract a pension plan? It is the recurring question of all those who, like Juan, are anxious to find out about their retirement. Although pension plans can not ensure a certain profitability by law when due, they do have a series of advantages, such as being a very flexible savings instrument, because you can make the contributions you want and when you want, just with the existing legal limitations.

Pension plans are a savings instrument for cases of retirement, death, long-term unemployment or serious illness. The money that is contributed to the plan is invested in different markets. For the most risky investors, there are plans based on variable income, which give a medium-long term return to a somewhat higher risk. For the more conservative, there are other specific plans, such as those that invest only in fixed income.

It is estimated that the ideal age to start investing in these plans is 34.4 years, although most start doing it eight to ten years later. Another of the guaranteed benefits of pension plans are the tax deductions they have. With the plans it is the same as with the rest of the contributions made in the different social security systems, which can be deducted from the IRPF with absolute limits and depending on the volume of work and / or economic activities. The limit of the contributions is € 8,000, while the reduction limit is 30% of the returns.


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The rectors criticize the draft of the Law of Universities of Cifuentes

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Madrid, May 31 (EFE) .- The rectors of the six public universities in Madrid have issued a critical report with the preliminary draft of the Madrid Higher Education Area Law of Higher Education (LEMES), which presents “gaps and insufficiencies” and requires “substantial changes”.

After describing as a “positive initiative” a law that addresses higher education in Madrid, currently non-existent but already have other CCAA, the rectors shelling “in a constructive spirit” in a document of 38 pages the proposals for inclusions and modifications that they consider “necessary” “

University autonomy and funding; the definition of universal public service; the requirements to open new universities; the provision of a scholarship system and affordable tuition fees are some of the points of contention, and the rectors ask to “allocate the necessary time and effort” to reach a consensus on a law “with a vocation for stability over time”.

In the draft “is not clearly defined” what is public university service or the concept of “universal service, that is, minimum services with quality regulated”, which should offer a university in its three missions: teaching, research and innovation and knowledge transfer.

This definition, they point out, would avoid “the risk of considering as such a model of ‘academia’ or ‘college’, lacking in research and innovation and transfer.

In addition, they consider that the Community “can not simultaneously exercise the roles of regulator and provider of the same service, contrary to what the preamble of the preliminary draft states.”

As in Madrid come together “service providers” that are public, private and even come from outside the region, the regulation of the Madrid Higher Education Area (EMES) is “a necessity”, but believe that the draft is proposed “more as regulation of public universities that of the public university service “.

Thus, research is hardly included “as a requirement when the provider is private or from abroad” of the region, nor is innovation, transfer and offer of doctorate as components of the university service, since the text does leaves “in a simple level of promise”, without clarifying what will happen if there are breaches.

To create a new university, it would be worth to offer a minimum of ten bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a number “clearly insufficient” and neither the number of branches or areas of knowledge nor the functions of the Employability Advisory Board are clarified.

The accreditations of the qualifications by prestigious foreign quality agencies “do not end in a binding recognition” by the Community, which would have to be “reaccredited” by an autonomous body, they criticize.

The text attributes to the Social Council competences “of control over autonomous organisms of the Administration, whose nature has nothing to do with that of public universities”, reopening the debate on “the balance in which university autonomy prevails in each reorganization of the sector” public”.

Therefore, the members of the Conference of Rectors of Madrid universities (Cruma) recommend “leaving out of the LEMES any amendment relating to Social Councils.”

They also ask to “make it clear” that the financing charged to the regional budgets is “only for the public universities of Madrid”.

In “basic or operational financing”, it is necessary to define which concepts it includes and ask to start with “an initial minimum amount equal to that existing before the crisis cuts” and also contemplate a specific chapter for investments.

The improvements made by variable financing should be “incorporated into its basic or operational financing, as a result of the structural changes produced” by these.

In financing by program contracts, “there are aspects that should be included as basic or operational financing”. Also, in “financing by incentives”, some criteria should go to financing by program contracts.

They ask to include in basic financing the development of the professional career for teaching and research staff (PDI), administration and services (PAS), and financing of new infrastructures through investments.

In addition, it is necessary to specify “the obligation of the Community to maintain its funding commitments through multi-year agreements” that give stability and confidence to public universities, because the text “leaves a door open to the Community to breach these commitments.”


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Regarding the “high performance groups and centers”, their organic dependence on the universities is not sufficiently established, and they consider a “contradiction” to have autonomy of operation and management -with their own staff- within the framework of the university statute and the LOU and the Law of Science.

It is also “necessary” to clarify their budgetary allocations and the transformation procedures of the groups and centers to be of “high performance”.

They ask to clarify the new figures as “visiting professor doctor” with their accreditation and objectives, budget allocation and call procedure, which corresponds “only to public universities by Organic Law”, while the draft speaks of “regional calls”.

The draft does not include “the provision of a scholarship system for students, nor the establishment of affordable public rates and prices for access and the continuation of higher education at its different levels.”

In terms of student mobility, they ask to include “possible formulas for recognition of credits between degrees” from different universities.

“We consider it necessary to carry out the aforementioned modifications”, for which “we offer our collaboration to the CM to incorporate and specify in the articles the points mentioned above,” the rectors added.

In his opinion, “all the time that is now used to improve and agree” the text will minimize “the possible errors – difficult to correct later – that could be the result of a precipitation in the deadlines.”

This is the first time that a Law of Madrid universities has been proposed and “much is at stake”, in order to provide the region with a “quality public university service, with an internationally recognizable and recognized brand, which serves as a center of attraction and conservation of talent in the mobility of any university system “, concludes the communiqué of the Cruma.

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Salary matching of firefighters and health, pensions and Bullfighting Museum will center the plenary session of Provincial Council

The salary comparison of the firefighters of the Provincial Consortium

dependent on the Diputación de Málaga, and of the Andalusian health personnel with the Spanish average; the situation of the public pension system and private plans; the use of the building of the Bullfighting Museum as the permanent seat of a flavor market in Malaga and the cutting of the subsidy to the Food Bank (Bancosol) are some of the issues that will be debated in the plenary session of the provincial institution in April, which is celebrated this Friday.

These are some of the issues that have presented the political parties present in the Diputación in urgent motions. Thus, the socialist group has lamented that in the same Provincial Fire Brigade (CPB) there are “firefighters first and second”, according to his spokesman, Francisco Rabbit, who has criticized that despite doing the same job do not charge the same salary .

“It is a situation of manifest injustice, it is neither incomprehensible nor understandable,” he said, pointing out that this “discrimination” is due to the fact that some professionals depended on the Provincial Council itself, “guided by its agreement”, and others are part of its own CPB. Thus, although “the idea was to equalize wages, this has been paralyzed and some charge 500 euros net monthly less than others for the same work”.

This “discrimination” leads, according to the general secretary of the Andalusian Fire Department in Malaga, Lorenzo López, to have to “look for life in other professions.” “We have no choice but to have a salary and we ask that they be equated and that we be the same as other firefighters at the regional level because the conditions of the Malaga Consortium are practically the worst in all of Spain and it is not fair,” he said, recalling that they are workers who must be “one hundred percent to give the best service to the citizen”.

At this point, Rabbit has waited for the support of the other political forces of the institution

At this point, Rabbit has waited for the support of the other political forces of the institution

especially Citizens, “who carry by flag the equalization of the Civil Guard and the National Police” with other autonomous security bodies. “If we care about them we must also do it with the firefighters, who depend on the Provincial Council, I want them to have the same responsibility.”

The Socialist asked the PP what is wrong with the firemen, recalling the labor dispute in the City of Malaga “that has been going on for more than a year and is a huge irresponsibility.”

The PP also takes a motion to the plenary session, in this case, to claim the wage comparison of Andalusian health professionals with those of the rest of Spain. The popular deputy spokesman, Francisco Oblaré, has considered “necessary to dignify the salaries” of these workers, so they will urge the Board to review the variable supplements of all health professionals, so that by the end of the year ” there is a full convergence with the national average “; to reactivate the career process “paralyzed in 2014” and to review the remuneration concepts and variables.

The urgent PP is about the “cut” in the subsidy to Bancosol

which has stopped receiving 675,000 euros, of the 850,000 euros that it had, since the money is provided by the Junta de Andalucía, according to Oblaré. “Before the money came from the cross that citizens put in the income statement but that competition has been transferred to the autonomous communities and this organization, which has been the support of many families during the crisis, now receives 80 percent less, 175,000 euros “, has criticized, stressing that they will demand the Andalusian Government to restore aid to this NGO.

IU-For the People and Málaga Now they present to the plenary a joint urgent motion, at the request of the Pensioners in Action platform, so that the Provincial Council urges the Government to reject the proposal of the European Commission to create a pan-European product of individual pensions. For the spokesperson of this group, Pilar Mendoza, Europe “presents the scam of the card,” with “large bonuses to private pension plans.”

“In the end we will have to pay what corresponds to Social Security plus private pensions and that is a scam in full rule, public pensions will go less, we will have fewer benefits and it is from drawer that fewer services will be given,” he lamented Mendoza

Citizens, on the other hand, takes as an urgent motion that the building of the Tauromaquia Art Center, “squatted by Juan Barco”, be recovered and destined to a permanent market of Sabor a Málaga, which “will result in the producers they are mostly in the interior of the province. ” In addition, “you would save the 400,000 euros that a Fair Flavor to Malaga costs where 90 producers expose four days, so that there would be 230 producers and throughout the year”.

For his spokesman, Gonzalo Sichar, the company that took over the management of the market “would have to improve the sales channel of the website” since, currently, “only 23 producers are selling, ten percent.”

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