From Jorge Mendes to Mino Raiola, agents have become as much household names as the players they represent. So much so, that it is no longer so extraordinary when agents take the headlines, and players become the story’s subplot. From increasing publicity, earning big-money moves or simply negotiating a new bumper contract for their players, there are agents working behind the scenes at almost all levels of football. To be a top level agent seems like a glamorous job, living the high life with the world’s most famous players, but just how much do football agents earn, and how do you become one? How much do football agents earn? Firstly, it must be said that this is not just something that happens at the top level of the game. From the 1st February 2018 to the 31st January 2019, National League sides Salford City and Chesterfield both paid over £70,000 in Intermediary and Agents’ fees, showing how the phenomenon has filtered down the pyramid. These fees seem … [Read more...] about How much money football agents earn
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I have heard about tour operators going out of business. On the other hand, if I book everything myself, what if something goes wrong or the hotel isn't what we expected? How do I decide which is the best option for me? When you are booking a holiday, not only is there an array of locations to consider, but you may also need to factor in flights, transfers and travel insurance. Along with taking away the hassle of making all the arrangements, booking a package holiday also provides you with additional rights. Before you travel, the tour operator or travel agent must provide you with all of the details about your holiday, such as all costs, cancellation arrangements, and so on. It is also responsible for ensuring that your holiday runs smoothly. If for example the service provided is different from what was promised to you, it should fix the problem at no extra cost to you - or the operator must compensate you. A package holiday can be more expensive than booking a holiday directly - … [Read more...] about Should I book DIY holiday or travel agent’s package deal?
What Hordur Torfason learnt as a young man fighting personal discrimination, he applied to the whole of Iceland in the wake of the global financial crisis, and now offers to anyone looking to foment change, writes Bruce Munro. A storm is battering Iceland, Hordur Torfason says down the telephone line in lilting, Nordic tones. "You never know what you'll get here," he says of his volcanic, geothermal homeland settled by Norwegian Vikings and their Gaelic slaves more than a millennia ago. At 73, Torfason can recall many storms. The metaphorical ones have been the most testing. They have also taught him the most. He has seen the best and worst of his country. It has seen him in several incarnations: celebrated actor, despised gay activist, acclaimed musician, guiding light of Iceland's Cutlery Revolution, international speaker ... When he was a young man, Iceland was no haven for homosexual people. "Fifty years ago, gay people were almost hunted around here," he says. In 1975, a then … [Read more...] about An agent of change
Property is one of many industries that has fallen behind the times when it comes to accountability and transparency. In my view, one of the best ways to improve any industry is with carefully thought-out investment in regulation, especially in a world that increasingly demands accountability. The lettings industry needs this as much as any other. That was undoubtedly the motivation behind the Tenant Fees Act 2019, which gained Royal Assent this month and is due to come into effect on 1 June, abolishing most upfront fees for tenants for services like inventories and credit checks. However, it is the responsibility of government to weed out the rogue operators, not to tamper with an entire industry in such a sweeping way. The whole point of regulation in a free economy is to set parameters that govern behaviour to protect consumers against professional abuse. It is not to ban an entire industry from employing the wholly acceptable practice of charging a consumer for their professional … [Read more...] about Opinion: Banning letting agent fees is a sweeping measure that wasn’t properly thought out and doesn’t get to the root of the problems
"The best watersports facility in the UK" could open in Long Eaton this summer. An application has been lodged to build a "centre of excellence" on the site of a series of former gravel pits, off Pasture Lane. The proposed venue would nurture talent in a range of sports including wind surfing, scuba diving, canoeing, open water swimming and wakesurfing. Visitors would also be able to kayak, paddle board and fish at the centre which developers call the Spring Lakes Water Sports Centre. The project aims to rejuvenate the site which has recently been affected by fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. A statement issued on behalf of the developers Katie and Richard Hill, both aged 39 from Mansfield, was included in the planning application, Nottinghamshire Live reports. The application read: “We want to create the best watersports facility in the UK, which would become a centre of excellence in terms of training and good practice for the various sports we would offer. "We are … [Read more...] about ‘Best watersports facility in the UK’ planned for Derbyshire town