Archive - July 2019

So viel früher können Sie in Rente gehen, sobald Sie 150.000 Euro gespart haben

So viel früher können Sie in Rente gehen, sobald Sie 150.000 Euro gespart haben

Ruhestand vorziehen: So viel früher können Sie in Rente gehen, sobald Sie 150.000 Euro gespart haben

Viele Deutsche träumen von einem vorverlegten Ruhestand. Nun haben Vermögensexperten ausgerechnet, wie viel Geld dafür nötig ist. Wie weit kann der Ruhestand mit einem Vermögen von 150.000, 250.000, 350.000 und 500.000 Euro also vorverlegt werden?

Zusammen mit den Experten des VZ Vermögenszentrums hat FOCUS-Money nachgerechnet für einen Single, ein Paar und eine Familie im Alter von aktuell 30, 40 und 50 Jahren (s. Tabellen unten). Die Lebensläufe der drei Beispielfälle verlaufen dabei unabhängig vom aktuellen Alter jeweils identisch (s. Tabelle oben).   

Wichtig: In welcher Höhe im Ruhestand Zahlungen aus der gesetzlichen Rentenkasse fließen, ist vom individuellen Lebens- und Arbeitsweg und dem damit verbundenen beitragspflichtigen Gehalt abhängig. So stringent und geradlinig wie bei unseren drei Musterfällen verläuft der Weg normalerweise nicht. Mit ihnen lassen sich unterschiedliche Konstellationen und Rentenhistorien und die sich daraus ergebenden Zahlungen jedoch anschaulich darstellen.

Der FOCUS-Online-Rentenrechner

Das unterstellte Vermögen ist in den Berechnungen im Alter von 55 Jahren vorhanden bzw. angespart. Auch wenn theoretisch ein früherer Rentenbeginn möglich wäre, wurde diese Altersmarke als Untergrenze des maximalen Vorbezugs festgelegt. Zudem wurde auf Basis der heutigen Kaufkraft gerechnet. Der aktuell 30-Jährige hat zu Rentenbeginn also dem Betrag nach das gleiche Vermögen wie der heute 50-Jährige. Da bei Letzterem der Ruhestand aber ungleich näher liegt, wird er sich für das Geld mehr leisten können als sein jüngerer Mitbürger, sofern die Teuerungsrate nicht bei null verharrt. Warum diese Vorgehensweise? Die Betrachtung nach heutiger Kaufkraft unabhängig vom Alter macht die Berechnungen greifbarer aus der gegenwärtigen Perspektive.

Was zeigen die Ergebnisse?

Wird das Wunschrentenniveau auf 50 Prozent des aktuellen Nettoeinkommens taxiert, ist in allen Konstellationen ein vorzeitiger Ruhestand möglich, bei höheren Vermögenssummen sogar schon mit 55 Jahren und damit weit vor dem eigentlichen gesetzlichen Rentenalter. 50 Prozent ist allerdings auch ein recht niedrig angesetzter Wert. Er bedingt entweder bescheidene Ansprüche bzw. ein sparsames Leben im Alter oder aber günstige Lebenshaltungskosten. Zum Beispiel durch die Tatsache, dass eine schuldenfreie Immobilie zum Wohnen zur Verfügung steht und die Themen Miete oder Schuldentilgung keine Rolle mehr spielen. Neben flüssigen Geldmitteln ist Betongold eben auch eine veritable Form der Altersvorsorge.

Tabuthema Gehalt? (Anzeige)

So schneiden Sie im Vergleich zu 800 anderen Berufen ab!

Wird ein Wunschrentenniveau von 70 Prozent des aktuellen Nettoeinkommens veranschlagt, kann nur der Single in allen unterstellten Fällen vorzeitig den Feierabend einläuten. Warum nicht auch das Paar oder die Familie? Da jeweils beide Partner arbeiten und gut verdienen, ergibt sich entsprechend auch ein hohes Wunschrentenniveau, das mit der Kombination aus gesetzlicher Rente und angespartem Kapital schlicht nicht erreicht wird, wenn nicht mehr als 350000 Euro zur Verfügung stehen. Für beide Partner wird ja auch nur die gleiche Kapitalbasis unterstellt wie beim Single. Bei der Familie spielt zudem der Umstand eine Rolle, dass die Frau eine Kinderpause einlegt und über mehrere Jahre nur halbtags arbeitet, um sich um den Nachwuchs zu kümmern. Das schmälert die Rentenansprüche, auch wenn für Erziehungszeiten grundsätzlich Punkte auf dem Rentenkonto gutgeschrieben werden.

Wir beantworten Ihre Fragen zur Rente

Unsere PDF-Sonderausgabe gibt Antworten auf alle Fragen zum Thema Altersvorsorge – von der gesetzlichen Rente über die Riester-Förderung bis hin zu privaten Rentenversicherungen. Musterrechnungen zeigen die steuerlichen Auswirkungen und erklären die Vor- und Nachteile der einzelnen Produkte.

Sie können den Ratgeber hier zum Preis von 9,99 Euro herunterladen.

Was außerdem auffällt: Je älter unsere Musterpersonen sind, umso weiter lässt sich der Ruhestand mit den gleichen Summen vorverlegen. Grund Nummer eins dafür ist natürlich, dass das angesparte Kapital nach heutiger Kaufkraft unterstellt ist. Sind es nur noch 17 statt 37 Jahre bis zur Rente wie bei den jüngeren Musterfällen, enteilt die Wunschrente (bei der eine jährliche Zunahme von 1,5 Prozent unterstellt ist) nicht in einem so großen Maß. Grund Nummer zwei: Die älteren Jahrgänge können auf eine bessere Rentenhistorie zurückschauen als die Jüngeren. Während in der Hochrechnung für noch in der Zukunft liegende Jahre nur mit 1,4 Prozent Rentenanpassung per annum kalkuliert wurde, gab es in der Vergangenheit üppigere Aufschläge.

Vorsorgeexperte erklärt: So sparen Sie als Berufsanfänger richtig für die Rente

 

Read More

FBI finds Epstein kept piles of cash, diamonds and a fake passport

FBI finds Epstein kept piles of cash, diamonds and a fake passport

Jeffrey Epstein is shown in this undated Florida Department of Law Enforcement photo.

Jeffrey Epstein is shown in this undated Florida Department of Law Enforcement photo..
(photo credit: REUTERS)

X

Dear Reader,



As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.
Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications,
like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations,
we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open
and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news
and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew – Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group


Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH

Show me later

FBI agents unearthed massive piles of cash, diamonds, and a fake passport issued under a false name with the picture of alleged sex offender Jeffrey Epstein with an address listed in Saudi Arabia, The New York Post reported on Monday.

Epstein, who used to have social contacts with well known figures in US and world politics – including US President Donald Trump, former US president Bill Clinton and former prime minister Ehud Barak – is being investigated for suspicion of paying minors for sex.

“As soon as the current charges about Epstein were known,” said Barak, “I instructed my lawyers to examine our options for removing the company associated with Epstein from the Limited Partnership,” the

Jewish Press reported.

Under US law, a sexual assault on a child takes place when the child is under 15 years of age and the person committing the sexual assault is four years older than the victim.

Prosecutors said Epstein kept various lewd photographs in his home safe.  

Epstein, who is a wealthy financier, was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minors.

His assets are estimated to be worth roughly $559 million, CNBC reported.

He was convicted in 2008 for soliciting a child for prostitution and struck a plea bargain with US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Alexander Acosta.

Acosta, who is the current US Secretary of Labor, announced he will step down on Friday.

Unlike 2008, when he pleaded guilty, Epstein claims he is not guilty of the allegation he paid young teenage girls, who are considered children under US law, for sexual favors in his NY and Florida homes.

The decision regarding Epstein being granted bail or not will be announced on Thursday. If granted, the bail is expected to be to the tune of $100m.

Among the assets Epstein owns and are now public knowledge is an island in the US Virgin Islands called Little St. James.

Local St. Thomas boat charters operator Kevin Goodrich told NBC “everybody called it ‘Pedophile Island.’”

Another St. Thomas resident told NBC local people thought Epstein was “too rich to be policed properly.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

 

Read More

British military top brass run force rife with sexism, report claims

British military top brass run force rife with sexism, report claims

Military chiefs are a ‘pack of white middle-aged men’ who run a force awash with sexism, racism and bullying and should be sent for diversity training, an explosive new report claims.

The study, the most in-depth the armed forces has ever commissioned, says ‘an unacceptable level of inappropriate behaviour persists’ across the RAF, Army and Navy.

It also describes its leaders as a ‘generation not used to having people from other diversity groups serving alongside them’ and their actions were ‘shaped by an armed forces of 20 years ago’.

And it recommends appointing a ‘culture and behaviour’ tsar to lead changes in the the system going forward.

The report was conducted by Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, the incoming Chief of the Air Staff who will assume the role later this year.

The report was conducted by Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston, the incoming Chief of the Air Staff.

Air Chief Marshal Wigston started his career as a fighter pilot and rose through the ranks to command squadrons in Iraq and Afghanistan before taking over the RAF in Cyprus, where he performed the first same-sex marriage on an overseas British military base, pictured, in 2016

It was commissioned in April after accusations of sexual harassment were made against the Army.

After the allegations, Chief of the General Staff General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith made an unprecedented three-minute film, in which he claimed behaviours were ‘wildly at odds’ with expected standards.

The paper said every senior officer from brigadier level and above should be sent on compulsory diversity training courses.

It also states a culture and behaviour tsar should be appointed to head a team of 50 personnel to manage the strategy of modernisation and manage complaints.

Reaction to the report has been mixed, with some former and current personnel claiming it was political correctness gone too far on an armed forces forum, claiming the UK had ‘lost its grit and realism’.

One user called ‘WhiskeyTango’ said: ‘I believe this is a result of soldiers acting the part and society changing so rapidly that as an armed forces we no longer represent what society (or at least the vocal part of society) consider to be it’s own values and standards.

Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston: Fighter pilot who presided over first same-sex marriage on overseas base 

Mike Wigston was born in February 1968 and grew up in Bangor, Wales, where he went to a comprehensive school before going on to study engineering science at Oxford.

He joined the Royal Air Force in 1986 as a fighter pilot and was promoted through the ranks, becoming a flight lieutenant by 1992. 

By 2000 he took over No.12 Squadron and its Tornado fighters, which he commanded during operations in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, reaching the rank of wing commander by July 2003.

After continuing to lead the squadron and provide air support in Iraq, Wigston was promoted again in 2008 to take over No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing which provided air support in Afghanistan from Camp Bastion.

His services to the forces were recognised with a CBE in 2013 and a promotion to air-vice marshal followed in 2015, giving him command of RAF forces in Cyprus.

During this time, he presided over the first same-sex marriage on an overseas forces’ base when he performed the ceremony for Army sergeant Alastair Smith and his civilian partner Aaron Weston. 

Wigston’s rise to the top continued with a promotion to assistant chief of the air staff in 2017 before taking over the strategic planning of RAF resources as deputy commander of capability in 2018.

Last December it was announced he would replace Sir Stephen Hillier as head of the RAF later this month. 

‘The level of political correctness in the last few years has outgrown its own utility: we’ve gone from campaigning for equal rights to demanding a bizarre censorship on humour, truth and pragmatism in the quest to create a utopian society of left wing clones. Whilst doing so, as a nation we’ve lost our collective grit and realism.’

Another user added: ‘Most of the complaints in the system are pointless/vexatious/extremely minor – these are the ones who should be fast-tracked/turned off immediately. 

‘The issue being that the complainers are normally extremely aggrieved and cannot see beyond the complaint to get any sense of perspective, the system enables them to continue to make complaints until it consumes them. 

‘A frank chat with a peer/near-peer mentor about what their issue is and what they realistically expect to get out of it would go a long way.’

But another user, who claimed to handle complaints within the forces, said they were often dealing with allegations of inappropriate behaviour, most of which was sexual. 

The user said: ‘I routinely have to deal with behaviour (male against female, some male-male and less female-female, almost no female-male) that just isn’t acceptable. 

‘Almost all of it is sexual, most of it is peer to peer (although some is immediate superior/subordinate), and all of it is about an abuse of power.’

The report says leaders are responsible for tackling inappropriate behaviour.

Out of all bullying, harassment and discrimination Service Complaints received in 2018, 39 per cent were from BAME personnel while 24 per cent were from white troops.

A third of LGBT Service personnel have faced negative comments or behaviour from colleagues because of their sexual orientation while at work.

The report says the way senior officers act towards their subordinates is ‘rarely considered to be malicious, rather perpetuated by a lack of understanding and education’.

It also says that while ‘microaggressions’, an indirect or subtle discrimination, may be unintentional they can still be insulting.

Major General Julian Thompson said the idea of a champion for culture and behaviour made him ‘wince’.

He told The Daily Telegraph: ‘He’s right to highlight a problem but surely it’s better to crack down on people who do it, although you don’t want to be too draconian. 

‘Recruits these days are less robust, but that’s our society and you’ve got to deal with what you’ve got.’

The paper uses figures from the latest Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey. It states that 12 per cent of those surveyed said they were the victim of bullying, harassment or discrimination in the last 12 months, but only six per cent made a formal complaint.

The majority of those who didn’t complain said they didn’t think any action would be taken. Half said speaking out could be a detriment to their career.

Penny Morduant, pictured outside Downing Street last week, said: ‘Whether it is crude comments, discriminatory treatment, or even offences of a sexual nature, inappropriate behaviour has no place in society, let alone in our armed forces’

Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt told The Daily Telegraph: ‘Whether it is crude comments, discriminatory treatment, or even offences of a sexual nature, inappropriate behaviour has no place in society, let alone in our armed forces.’

Air Chief Marshal Wigston said most armed forces personnel are above board but his report ‘found an unacceptable and persistent level of inappropriate behaviour’ which ‘harms people, damages our reputation and almost certainly impacts our ability to attract and retain the talent we need.’

Campaign group Liberty said more should be done to figure out why minority personnel are complaining of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

A spokesman said: ‘Air Marshall Wigston has covered a lot of ground and made some important recommendations. But this review does nothing to help victims of sexual crime in the armed forces.’

 

Read More

Tinder Lite komt eraan

Tinder Lite komt eraan

Er komt een lichtere versie van Tinder aan. Vietnam krijgt ergens in de komende weken de primeur. De applicatie is 25 keer kleiner dan de app die wij kennen. Het is niet geheel toevallig dat een Aziatisch land de app als eerst kan verwachten: Tinder wil graag uitbreiden in de regio.

Wel swipen, geen feed

Het gaat hier om de Android-versie van de app, die extra klein is gemaakt om zo ook goed te werken op minder high end toestellen met minder grote databundels. Je kunt wel swipen, maar er is niet een hele feed te bekijken. De lichtere app zal naar alle waarschijnlijkheid sneller werken en minder batterij verbruiken.

Interessant genoeg kun je in Tinder Lite je profiel niet updaten. Tinder Plus of Gold wordt echter later wel mogelijk gemaakt. Geen wonder, want dat is de manier waarop Tinder geld verdient. Een zeer succesvolle manier, die vooral in ons land goed schijnt te werken. Tien procent van de Tinder-gebruikers ter wereld schijnt een betaald account te hebben en Nederland staat op de vierde plek als het gaat om hoeveel omzet Tinder behaalde uit die betaalde diensten.

Eerst in Vietnam

Tinder Lite wordt ergens in de komende weken in de Google Play Store gezet in Vietnam, maar zal daarna spoedig naar andere Aziatische gebieden en Zuid-Amerika komen. Het is mogelijk om hetzelfde account te gebruiken in zowel de normale als de lichte Tinder-app.

Tinder was vorige maand negatief in het nieuws, toen bekend werd dat er een oplichter was die diverse vrouwen heeft lastiggevallen. Het lukte hem bij een van zijn slachtoffers zelfs 28.000 euro te ontvreemden door zich voor te doen als iemand anders. Dat ging niet zo snel als bij bijvoorbeeld WhatsApp-fraude: hij heeft wel een jaar contact gehad met zijn match.

Unieke foto’s

Mocht je Tinder gebruiken, let dan dus goed op jezelf. Nog een paar tips om je privacy te waarborgen en oplichters minder kans van slagen te geven? Gebruik altijd unieke foto’s die je alleen op Tinder hebt staan en nergens anders.

Tinder werkt met Facebook, maar zorg dat die goed is dichtgetimmerd zodat je match niet binnen een fractie van een seconde zowel je achternaam en je hele vriendengroep kent. Zet ook niet op Facebook waar je werkt, want dit is bij je profiel zichtbaar op Tinder. Verder verwijzen we je graag naar Tinder’s veiligheidstips, die je helpen bij hoe je het beste veilig kunt omgaan met een eerste date.

Of Tinder Lite ook naar Nederland zal komen, dat is op dit moment nog niet duidelijk.

 

Read More

Man jailed after attempting to meet ‘schoolgirl’, 14, in hotel room for sex

Man jailed after attempting to meet ‘schoolgirl’, 14, in hotel room for sex

A paedophile was caught after attempting to meet a schoolgirl for sex at a hotel room in Hull.

Patrick McKinney arrived at Paragon Interchange to meet the 14-year-old he had been chatting to on  Facebook .

But he was confronted by a group of “paedophile hunters” who detained him until police arrived, Hull Live reported.

McKinney, 30, has now been jailed after showing little insight into his offending and trying to “minimise what he’d done”.

Richard Thompson, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court a fake profile of a girl was posted online on January 2, 2018 by the Predator Exposure group.



McKinney will sign on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years


The man was led away by police following the incident

McKinney, who had been searching the internet, made contact with her on Facebook Messenger the same day, saying: “Hi hun, how are you?”

The girl replied: “OK thanks. Do I know you?”

In further exchanges three days later, “Becky” told McKinney she was 14, to which he replied: “I didn’t know you was 14. You don’t look it hun xxx.”

Asked how old he was, McKinney told the girl he was 28.

Mr Thompson said the pair continued to exchange messages over the coming months, and despite further references to the girl’s age, “the conversations were of a sexual nature”.

On May 22, the prospect of meeting and travel arrangements were being discussed, with McKinney suggesting the girl could get a bus.

He also asked her: “Do you want to show me your hot body?”



He was told the girl was 14-years-old

McKinney, who called himself Steven, also said he could “get squirty” with cream and ice-cream, which he could use during a sexual act, calling the girl “beautiful hun”.

Discussions of the meeting included what McKinney would be wearing so the girl could identify him.

He had planned to book a room a the Village hotel, but opted for Fiveways instead after the Village became “too expensive”.

He only realised Becky did not exist when the group caught up with him on May 27.

The group of vigilantes said the man even asked the girl to pay half of the room after cornering him at Hull’s Paragon Interchange.

Members pounced on McKinney who had organised to meet the 14-year-old girl for sexual activity and said he “believed the age of consent to be 18”.

The peadophile hunters called him a “f*****g animal” before telling him they would let him go before the  police got there if he promised not to do anything like it again.



Patrick McKinney was caught by Predator Exposure at Hull Paragon Interchange

McKinney replied: “I promise,” before a member of the group told him: “You’re not going anywhere. I’ve just exposed you f*****g a**e.”

The video ends with McKinney being led away by police officers outside St Stephen’s shopping centre.

McKinney initially made no comment in police interview, but confronted with the evidence “made some limited admissions but essentially minimised what he’d done and the motivation behind it”, Mr Thompson said.

McKinney, of west Hull, admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming, attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child, and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He had previous convictions for harassment in 2012 and common assault in 2014.

Read More

Top news stories from Mirror Online

Referring to a pre-sentence report, Dale Brook, for McKinney, told Recorder Caroline Goodwin QC: “It is not a wholly optimistic document based on the account that the defendant gave, and it makes no observation other than custody, and so your honour, the primary piece of mitigation is this defendant’s guilty pleas at the first possible opportunity, and I’d ask he receive full credit for those pleas.”

Mr Brook said McKinney had not worked since 2015, and had not been in a “lawful relationship” since 2016. He had been caring for his grandmother at the time of the offending, Mr Brook said.

He said: “So perhaps at the time these offences were committed it may be fair to describe the defendant as a fairly lonely, isolated, and perhaps inadequate individual. And it may be a case of, at that particular time, that the devil makes work for idle hands.”

Jailing McKinney for a year, the judge said there could be “no mistake” about the age of the girl in the profile, and that the conversations were “wholly unlawful”.

McKinney must register as a sex offender for ten years and was made subject to a sexual harm prevention order for the same period.

 

Read More

What it’s REALLY like to be a Wimbledon ball boy

What it’s REALLY like to be a Wimbledon ball boy

A former Wimbledon ball boy has shed light on the rigorous training and gruelling schedule that comes with the job – and admits he too was once close to fainting on court.

This year four people have collapsed at the tournament – two of them ball boys and girls (BBGs). Some of the previous incidents have been heat-related, although this year’s tournament has not been as warm as previous events.  

Alex Crockford, 29, a fitness model and personal trainer known for developing the CROCKFIT method with 242,000 Instagram followers, was 15 when he first worked as a ball boy at the Championships in 2005 and returned the following year as a captain.

He recalled once being on the verge of fainting – but was too ‘busy and scared of being out of position’ to get a drink.

Alex Crockford was 15 when he became a Wimbledon ball boy. Pictured proudly wearing the Ralph Lauren blue kit

‘I was seeing blurry stars, but I managed to stay standing – that was a hot day,’ he told FEMAIL. 

‘When you’re young you’re not as good at noticing the signs and looking after yourself, plus there was the adrenaline of taking part. 

‘I kept my water by the umpire which meant I often went a while without drinking, or was too busy or too scared of being out of position to have a drink.’

Despite this, he insists they were generally very well looked after, with their managers encouraging them to stay hydrated.

Alex is now a fitness model and personal trainer known for developing the CROCKFIT method

A ball girl collapsed at Wimbledon earlier this week, prompting medical treatment from the emergency services, pictured

For Alex and many of the youngsters that become BBGs, the kit is a big highlight.    

‘It’s pretty special,’ he said. ‘My first year we wore the old green kit, but my second year was actually the very first year with the Ralph Lauren sponsorship in the blue kit. 

Alex was part of the guard of honour – the line-up after the winner wins – for champion Roger Federer in 2005

‘I still have it! We were all given a pack of Wimbledon balls too.’

He added that one of the main perks was seeing the tennis stars up close – even though he wasn’t allowed to engage with them.

‘The whole process really is very strict. Not talking to anyone including the tennis players. Not reacting to crowds of people watching,’ he explained.

‘You have to be so disciplined! They run a tight ship and I remember being quite scared by some of the members of staff. Of course I understood how important it was to get things right though, we were the prestigious ball boys! 

‘It’s very tiring – actually standing still and trying not to move for long periods of time was really exhausting.  

‘We worked every day, and if there was play on the middle Sunday (which happens when rain delays play) then some of us were asked to come in. 

‘The hours were pretty hard. Most of the time it was two hours on and one hour off all day. On very hot days we did one hour on and one hour off.’

Alex admitted he was ‘terrified’ on his first day and felt like he was being watched at all times – which most of the time they were as they were being marked on their performance. 

Alex, pictured with his fellow ball boy and girls in 2006, recalled once being on the verge of fainting – but was too ‘busy and scared of being out of position’ to get a drink

He worked as ball boy for some well-known players such as Martina Navratilova and David Ferrer. 

‘I was also lucky enough to be part of the guard of honour (the line up after the winner wins) for Federer,’ he added.

Alex attended Sunbury Manor school in Sunbury-on-Thames in Middlesex – the only secondary outside of the Wimbledon catchment area allowed to apply for the tournament. 

He told how the selection process was long and difficult, and started at school with skill tests such as ball rolling, throwing and receiving, as well as fitness tests.

Marcos Giron, right, of the US paused his match with Feliciano Lopez on the first day of the competition when a ball boy received medical attention from stewards after collapsing

‘The bleep test was the main test we did,’ he said. ‘There were also tests on tennis knowledge such as games, sets, when to change the balls, when the players change ends of court.

Alex admitted getting all the ball boy skills to the level required is more difficult than you might imagine

‘Hundreds of kids at my school started the process but week after week people were dropped, until those left were chosen to go to Wimbledon to continue training and take further tests.’

Out of the thousands that apply, just a couple of hundred are selected. 

In the few months leading up to Wimbledon, Alex attended practice sessions once a week, which were ramped up in the fortnight leading up to the Championships.

‘There was simply no time for anything else,’ he said. ‘No school, no study, just pure tennis!

‘If you didn’t practice in between they’d definitely notice and you’d risk losing your spot.’

Alex admitted getting all the skills to the level required is more difficult than you might imagine. 

‘Rolling a ball perfectly flat on the floor and bouncing a ball on the floor only once to a tennis player who is moving is harder than you think!’ he said.

‘You also have to be able to multi-task and think on the spot. During a game I remember having to make continuous calculations in my head (maths not being my strong point), because if a game adds up to even or odd numbers, it would determine if the players would switch sides and whether we need to switch the balls to the other side of the court or not when the game was won.

In the few months leading up to Wimbledon, Alex attended practice sessions once a week, which were ramped up in the fortnight leading up to the Championships. Pictured following his CROCKFIT training regime

‘Then there was calculating when to ‘ball change’, which happens after seven games and then every nine after that (which was my job as captain of the six ball boys on court). 

‘There were some intense moments when the umpire would call , “ball change please’ unexpectedly and I had to react very quickly!’

Getting to and from the courts requires as much discipline as being on them, as all the BBGs are required to walk in a single line with the captain at the front in total silence. 

While Alex wasn’t paid, he remembers they were reimbursed a small fee for their time, but he can’t remember how much. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets ball boy Michael Aw-Yong, 14, during a visit to the Lawn Tennis Championships this week

When it came to the players themselves, Alex told how every player had their own habits, and it was their job to pick up on it and respond to it so they didn’t get irritated.

‘I remember one player always wanted to use the same ball after he won a point, so we had to retrieve the ball and serve it back to him,’ he recalled.

‘Others want their towel in a particular place, and some like to be given more balls than others.’

BBGs at the Championships 

Approximately 250 Ball Boys and Girls (BBGs) from around 700 applicants work at The Championships, Wimbledon.

Around 160 are selected from about 540 school year 9 and 10 applicants and around 90 are chosen from about 160 BBGs from previous years.

The average age of a BBG is 15 years. Many spend two years as a BBG.

Ball girls were introduced in 1977, and 1980 was the first year of mixed BBG teams. 

Training begins in February at AELTC. Each prospective ball boy/girl will train once a fortnight and also attend four brief court training sessions at the Covered Courts before Easter.

After the Easter break all training takes place at Wimbledon (mainly on the Covered Courts) and lasts until mid June apart from school holidays.

Weekly training sessions last two to two-and-a-half hours with 50-60 children per session, with four sessions per week.

Four teams of six selected to be responsible for Centre and No.1 Courts.

Six teams of six rotate around the other show courts; the remainder are in teams of six and rotate around the rest of the courts.

The usual routine is one hour on, one hour off. 

 

Read More

Nieuwe app voor freelancers: ‘Een freelancer boek je niet als Uber’

Nieuwe app voor freelancers: ‘Een freelancer boek je niet als Uber’

‘Gig’ betekent ook wel ‘opdracht’ en geef toe: het klinkt net iets hipper. Precies de bedoeling van Gighouse, een nieuw digitaal matchingplatform waarmee je via een app als freelancer jobs kan liken of disliken. Al is het niet voor elke freelancer én is een BTW-nummer een must. “Er zijn momenteel meer freelancers dan dat er vraag naar is.”

Gighouse is een app en er zit een heel platform achter dat het contact tussen werkgevers en freelancers faciliteert. “Het verschil met bestaande platformen is dat we menselijke interactie vooropzetten. Een freelancer boek je niet zoals Uber of Airbnb. Dit gaat over mensen: opdrachtgever en freelancer. Er is een cultural fit nodig”, zegt Rika Coppens, CEO van House of HR, het bedrijf achter Gighouse. “Een goeie menselijke klik.”

Like your gig

De app is pas gelanceerd, en opdrachtgevers kunnen opdrachten posten via een ondersteunende webapplicatie. De freelancer bepaalt zelf zijn of haar tarief, de opdrachtgever kiest tussen een abonnementsformule van 15% of 20%.

“Als freelancer hoef je niet zelf te factureren, dat doen wij voor jou. Jij geeft je timesheet mobiel in. Je kiest ook gewoon zelf welke jobs je aanneemt: je kan net als op pakweg Tinder liken wat je bevalt. Op basis daarvan kiest een opdrachtgever een freelancer: op dat moment is er een match”, legt Rika Coppens uit.

Echte opdrachten

Een virtueel platform dus, maar wel met echte consultants achter de schermen. “We screenen elke freelancer op cv en referenties”, vertelt medeoprichtster Caroline Rollé. “Dat maakt een groot verschil: we willen kwaliteit aanbieden aan werkgevers. Als freelancer ben je aanwezig en beschikbaar, maar heb je vooral expertise in huis. Dat kwaliteitscriterium geldt ook voor werkgevers. Opdrachten moeten echt zijn. Het is niet de bedoeling dat je als freelancer reageert op een opdracht die al ingevuld werd of wordt.”

“Powered by people is een héle belangrijke voor ons. We willen dat onze freelancers deel gaan uitmaken van de bedrijfscultuur bij klanten. Behandel ze niet als een leverancier, maar als medewerker, met respect voor de vrijheid en flexibiliteit die ze zoeken als freelancer. Dan blijven ze binnen het bedrijf niet in een hoekje zitten en nemen ze ownership op.”

Live screening

Hoe worden freelancers gescreend? “Elk profiel dat we binnenkrijgen via de app bellen of skypen we voor een screening van een half uurtje”, zegt Caroline Rollé. “Daarbij graven we dieper in je competenties. Je licht je projecten toe en geeft referenties door. Wij contacteren die opdrachtgevers dan met een korte toelichting. Op de app willen we zelfs nog meer tests integreren over je waarden en je soft skills. Onze freelancerscommunity is een solide poule van medewerkers die we nog meer diensten gaan aanbieden, zoals verzekering, boekhouding, co-workingspaces, juridisch startersadvies en zelfs speciale aankoopvoorwaarden voor bedrijfsvoertuigen.”

Group CMO Lieven Van Nieuwenhuyze voegt daaraan toe: “Freelancers die lang naar een job moeten zoeken, zijn niet altijd de sterkste. Als er dan geen screening is, krijg je problemen. Een kwaliteitslabel is essentieel. We hebben freelancers nodig die Gighouse Qualified zijn. We willen op termijn ook aangeven wat nodig is en waar er voor de freelancer mogelijke verbeterpunten liggen. Met dat kwaliteitslabel lig je meteen zelf in de bovenste schuif.”

Lees verder…

>

>

>

 

Read More