first_imgGo down in the semifinal against Barça for some inconvenience and caution, The match against Madrid did not miss it. It was one of the novelties of Cholo in the lineup. It was a final and the team needed the Commander, the third captain, charrúa blood, always a tribute to the sacrifice. But now He had been on the field for a hundred minutes, fresh from an injury and when on previous occasions he forced his muscles, he paid for it with long absences. The Uruguayan was the third change of the Cholo in the match and the first of the extension. He went to the bench making a fuss with his arms, He took off his socks and shin guards with fury, throwing them on the ground and therein lies the key to his anger, as he has learned AS: Giménez left angry at the field for being able to continue in good condition to continue on the field. It was the 97 ’minute of Madrid-Atlético when the fourth referee raised the sign with two numbers: the 2 of Giménez and the 15 of Savic. The Uruguayan had to leave the field. Y He did it upset, visibly angry. But not with Cholo or for change, as you might think. No. Josema’s anger It was with himself.center_img In fact, from that moment it was usual to see his tattooed arm appear on the bench, listen to him shout, cheer, motivate his teammates, as he did during the whole warm-up before the game, as if Simeone and Mono Burgos had an appendix, third coach, this Uruguayan. Who, by the way, the last time he appeared on the bench he wore two striking bandages on his twins made with ice. But there it was: half limping, with icy legs, and going one by one to his teammates, “Come on, come on, come on”, before the penalties that decided the game.last_img read more

first_imgThe Max Planck Society (MPG), Germany’s flagship organization for basic research, will improve its support for junior scientists and do away with a stipend system used mostly for foreign Ph.D. students and postdocs that many had decried as unfair because it doesn’t include basic social security benefits. The new scheme will cost the society up to €50 million annually.The measure, officially announced yesterday (English version here), was welcomed by PhDnet, an organization of Ph.D. students at MPG that had been lobbying for change for over a decade. “This step brings young researchers one step closer to the living, social, and work contract standards of Germany,” writes PhDnet spokesman Prateek Mahalwar in an e-mail.With a €1.6 billion annual budget and 83 institutes spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, MPG employs more than 3400 Ph.D. researchers, 54% of whom are non-German nationals. About one-third of them have a so-called support contract, anchored in a collective wage agreement for Germany’s civil servants, that offers many social and legal protections, including public health insurance and child benefits. The remaining two-thirds are on a stipend, which tends to offer more freedom in research and working conditions, but generally comes with less money and fewer benefits. Email Click to view the privacy policy. 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Country The distinction has triggered protests, especially because most German Ph.D. students have a contract, while most foreigners work for a stipend. PhDnet began sounding the alarm and lobbying for change in 2003, and in 2012, a group of young researchers launched a petition calling for fair pay. Although MPG has taken small steps to make the system fairer, the inequality became increasingly unacceptable, acknowledges Martin Stratmann, who became president of MPG last year.Starting on 1 July, MPG wants to give all of its Ph.D. students a support contract—although individual institutes can still “opt out” and offer all of their Ph.D. students a stipend instead. (The society doesn’t expect institutes to do so.)Postdocs will also benefit; an estimated two-thirds of them will be offered an employment contract. The rest are expected to stay for a short period of time only and will receive Max Planck Fellowships as scientific guests. MPG anticipates that it will have to reduce the number of Ph.D. students by 15% and postdocs by 10% as a result of the changes, while the cost of hiring junior researchers goes up by 40%. That money comes from the Pact for Research and Innovation II, a program funded by the federal government and the Länder, or states, which has helped increase MPG’s overall budget by 5% annually between 2011 and 2015.The changes are going in the “right direction,” because they will narrow the gap between Ph.D. students within MPG and also between them and students at German universities, says Horst Hippler, president of the German Rectors’ Conference.MPG also issued more detailed guidelines yesterday for the supervision of Ph.D. students that aim to set common standards across disciplines and institutes. Funding for Ph.D. students will be guaranteed for 3 to 4 years, and they will sign an agreement with their supervisor stating the rights and duties of both sides. Students will also be given a second Ph.D. adviser and access to a third, independent person to help in case of conflict. “We aim for the really great students,” Stratmann says—and he hopes the new measures will help lure them to Germany.last_img read more