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VW could close plant in Brussels

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The Volkswagen Group is planning a drastic cut in its production network and may close the plant in Brussels. As VW announced on Tuesday evening, the subsidiary Audi is to work with the relevant partners in Belgium to develop “solutions for restructuring the site”. The end of the process could be “the cessation of operations”. Audi employs around 3,000 people at the plant, who produce the Q8 e-tron electric city SUV there. Due to the weak demand for electric cars and the general overcapacity in VW’s production network, the site has been on the brink for some time. The works council called on Tuesday evening for the factory to be retained. “A future-proof perspective for the plant and our colleagues in Brussels” is needed, said the employee representatives.

The possible closure of the site has financial consequences for the VW Group. Together with other costs, such as severance payments for the savings program in other parts of the group, additional costs of 2.6 billion euros would arise, according to a mandatory announcement. The operating return on sales in the group will therefore fall short of the targeted corridor of between 7 and 7.5 percent this year. Instead, a target of between 6.5 and 7 percent now applies. As VW had already announced, the group is planning to spend around 900 million euros on termination agreements in order to reduce the workforce of the low-profit core brand VW. In addition, there would now be further costs for the planned closure of the gas turbine plant of the VW subsidiary MAN Energy Solutions and exchange rate losses in connection with the exit from the Russian business.

The trigger for the possible closure of the Brussels plant is the board’s consideration of bringing forward the end of production of the electric Audi Q8. A “global decline in customer orders in the electric luxury segment” is being observed, according to a press release from Audi. The Q8 e-tron is the only model built in Brussels. In 2016, a three-digit million sum was invested in the Belgian site to drive forward electrification. But the model has recently been selling worse and worse, so that the site’s underutilization has become increasingly greater.

Plant closures are tricky

The question of how things might proceed with Brussels has been occupying the board of directors and employee representatives for months. One thing is clear: the loss of production of the large Audi electric model cannot currently be compensated for. A closure of the factory, which would be the first in Audi’s corporate history, is therefore becoming more likely. Officially, the board of directors is starting the “information and consultation process in accordance with Belgian law”. There is no final decision yet, according to management. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

The employee representatives are not yet openly threatening industrial action. However, employee representatives are already pointing out that extensive legal provisions have been in place in Belgium since the late 1990s if a production site in the country is in jeopardy. These give the employees “a number of options” to prevent a closure or at least mitigate the consequences. All alternatives must therefore be “examined in detail and all the employees’ information needs must be satisfied”. The background to the regulations is the confusion surrounding the closure of the Renault plant in Vilvoorde in 1997. Since the disputes at that time, some of the provisions in the country have also been called the “Renault Law”.

Savings program at core brands VW and Audi

In the Wolfsburg-based VW Group, plant closures are very tricky because of the VW law. This gives employee representatives on the supervisory board a de facto right of veto when it comes to interventions in the production network. However, the weak demand for electric cars in Europe has long been causing increasing pressure at practically all locations. For example, VW has just decided not to renew the contracts of another 1,000 temporary employees at the electric car plant in Zwickau in order to reduce labor costs. A savings program has been launched at the core VW brand that is intended to reduce costs by 10 billion euros by 2026. Audi is also expected to significantly reduce costs in order to improve the recently declining profitability.

Works council circles say that the difficult situation in Brussels has long been an issue beyond Audi. At the meeting of the VW global works council a few days ago, the works councils handed over a declaration of solidarity to the board. Audi management announced on Tuesday evening that the company management wanted to “discuss solutions for the employees and the site together with the relevant social partners and examine alternatives intensively.” The last closure of a plant in the VW group with large-scale layoffs was some time ago. In 1988, for example, VW closed the Westmoreland plant in the United States after lengthy discussions.

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Chiba Jets Funabashi Collaborates in Fun Jump! Basketball 2024 Grit Arts Cup Mini-Tournament

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Thank you very much for your continued support of Chiba Jets Funabashi.

Following on from the last tournament, Chiba Jets Funabashi will be participating as a special collaborator in the mini-basketball tournament “Fun Jump! Basketball 2024 Grit Arts Cup,” organized by Kayent Inc., a company that solves global problems through the power of entertainment.

This tournament

  • I want to support the growth of children
  • Let them know the benefits of team sports (one team)
  • I want to develop my child’s independence and self-reliance.

In order to achieve this goal, the tournament has special rules, as outlined below.

  • Give equal playing time to all players.
  • Managers and coaches are prohibited from getting angry or giving instructions outside of timeouts and intervals.
  • Bonus points are awarded if everyone scores.

Recruitment for teams to participate in the tournament has begun, so we look forward to receiving many applications from teams.
For more details about the tournament, please see the summary below and the official tournament website.

competition summary

Event Outline

  • event date

    Women: December 26, 2024 (Thursday)
    Men: December 27, 2024 (Friday)

  • venue

    Kashiwa Central Gymnasium
    (73 Kashiwashita, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, 277-0004)

  • Number of teams

    16 teams each for men and women

  • Organizer

    Kayent Co., Ltd.

  • Special Support

    Chiba Jets Funabashi Co., Ltd.

  • Supporting Partners

    Regular updates

  • Media Support

    Monthly Basketball
    Bay FM

  • cooperation

    Bunmeido Tokyo Co., Ltd.
    Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

  • Application period

    July 22 (Month) to September 1 (Sunday), 2024 READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

  • Official tournament website

Purpose of this tournament

① I want to support my child’s growth.

Children do not grow by practicing for the sake of practicing. Experience in serious matches strongly supports children’s growth. We eliminate starting lineups and substitutes, and give all players the opportunity to play with equal playing time.

2) To let people know the benefits of team sports (one team).

We have introduced a system where even if you can’t win by individual strength, you can win against a strong opponent if you work as a team. We want people to know the greatness of team sports (one team) where everyone can cover up for individual mistakes.

3) I want to encourage my children’s initiative and independence.

Coaches are not allowed to get angry. Coaches are not allowed to give instructions from the bench except during halftime and timeouts. Coaches are encouraged to praise players for good plays.

Special tournament rules

■ Match time

  • Preliminary league (3 matches): 5 minute halves / first and second halves
  • Semi-finals/Finals: 6 minute halves/first and second halves

■ Equal playing time rule for everyone

  • Members will play in fixed teams of five for each half.
  • Therefore, there were no substitutions or five-foul ejections.
  • If a player commits 5 or more serious fouls, he or she will be asked to leave the game.
  • In that case, you will have to fight with fewer people.

■ Special rules for adding points to everyone’s score

The aim of this program is to create the possibility of a comeback through team strength, rather than just relying on the skills of a particular talented player, and to lead to the growth of all players.

  • Points are added depending on the number of people who score in each half.
  • +1 point if 3 players score
  • 4 people get an additional +3 points
  • 5 people get +5 points
  • 10 players in both halves for an additional +5 points
  • Special tournament rules allow for a maximum of 23 points to be added in the first and second halves
  • The qualifying round will be decided by adding up the points after the game ends.
  • The semi-finals and finals will be reflected in real time.
  • The tournament staff will be responsible for strictly counting the points.
  • Special rules to encourage children’s initiative
  • Managers and coaches are not allowed to get angry, but are allowed to praise
  • Instructions from the bench other than timeouts/halftimes are also prohibited.
  • Children are allowed to cheer on and give advice from the bench.

Participating team benefits

■ Prizes for the winning and runner-up teams (2 men’s teams / 2 women’s teams)

  • Invitation to a Chiba Jets home game
  • Commemorative photos with Chiba Jets players will be taken on the court after the match (only for the winning team)

■ Free throw competition

  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. *Only 1st place for adults

■ Participation Awards & Special Awards

  • Participation prizes for all competitors
    *Only teams that participate until the closing ceremony will receive the prize.
  • Best Director Award: 1 person
  • Best One Team Award 1 team

■ Full cooperation with Monthly Basketball

  • Special articles on the tournament will be published on the web and in magazines
  • There will also be a section in the monthly basketball magazine listing the players from participating teams.

Special Ambassador

Shunsuke Ito/Former professional basketball player

  • After retiring from professional basketball, he worked as a front-line staff member at the Chiba Jets, focusing on corporate sales. After retiring, he became the representative and operating company president of the fitness club Blue Gate, embodying the formation of second careers for athletes.
    After graduating from Kanagawa Prefectural Yamato High School, he graduated from Chuo University in 2002. During his active career, he played for the Japanese national team for a long time as a physical player with a strong physique, a height of 204 cm, and good running ability. In May 2018, he ended his 16-year active career with the Chiba Jets at the end of the season. After retiring, he worked as a front staff member for the Chiba Jets, but left in 2019. He is also using his wealth of experience to promote basketball.

Masato Ogawa/Chiba Jets

  • Jersey number: 3
    Position: PG
    Height and weight: 176cm / 76kg
    Date of Birth: August 23, 2001
    Birthplace: Fukuoka Prefecture
    Nationality: Japanese
    Selection history: U22 Japan national team candidate, 2022 3×3 U21 Japan national team
    Career: Fukuoka Daiichi High School → Nippon Sport Science University → Chiba Jets

Mao Okada / President of Sakurakago Co., Ltd., Basketball player

  • Born in Aichi Prefecture Nagoya University of Economics Takakura High School → Toyota Boshoku Sunshine Rabbits → 3×3 player (currently TOKYO BB)
    In 2019, he established Sakurakago Co., Ltd. and is working to contribute to society and the future of children using basketball as a tool. In 2021, he obtained a childminder qualification. “Sakurakago Co., Ltd.” Operates the YouTube channel “TOKYOHOOP GiRLS.” Operates basketball schools in Aichi and Kanagawa. Basketball clinics across the country. Operates “Aozora Basketball,” a basketball class for children who do not go to school. Etc.

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Football crisis: FIGC meeting, Abodi will not be present – Football

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The meeting between the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, and the federal components to discuss the electoral weights will not see the presence of the minister for sport and youth Andrea Abodi. As ANSA has learned, the minister, after having had several discussions with the parties involved, will not be present at the meeting in via Allegri.

A chess game in which each player aims to make his own move without exposing himself too much. It will not be the moment of checkmate today when, in view of the elections of next November 4, all the components, summoned by the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, will meet around a table to seek a point of agreement.

The object of contention is the new remodulation of the weights of Serie A in the electoral percentage phase in light of the Mulé amendment. It promises to be a tug of war because Serie B has also joined the Lega di A by deciding (unanimously in the assembly urgently convened this evening) to challenge at the National Federal Court the resolution with which the federal council decided to confirm the weights between the various components for the election of the next FIGC president.

The meeting will be attended by the president of Lega Serie A, Lorenzo Casini, that of Lega B, Mauro Balata as well as Matteo Marani for Lega Pro, Giancarlo Abete for Lnd. Then there will be Umberto Calcagno to represent the players, Renzo Ulivieri for the coaches and Carlo Pacifici for the referee component. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Serie A, in particular, and now Serie B are also waiting for answers after the announcement by president Casini of the intention to challenge the federal resolution. A card to be played, if necessary, but which does not represent “a hostile act but a technical defense. If the discussions were to be positive, we are ready to withdraw it”, Casini admitted. Serie B, following the same path, has given a mandate to its president, Mauro Balata, who in the last federal council had already expressed himself against the resolution, evaluating the need to wait for the approval of the ‘sports decree’. Balata himself had underlined the risk of going to FIGC elections with regulations that conflict and are certainly not adequate with the provision of the law that could come into force in the next few days. As for Serie A, it is certainly no mystery, in fact, that the request of the representatives of the highest Italian professional league is to arrive at a different distribution of federal weights with a preponderant weight recognized to Lega Serie A, together with a model of greater autonomy. In essence, therefore, the request is to see the current weight of 12% recognized to the top division increased to approximately double. A condition considered fundamental, but which will necessarily have to see one of the other components give up something. The time is tight, every discussion must be concluded by September 4, that is, 60 days before the elective assembly scheduled for November 4. Also on the table is the so-called “right of agreement”, that is, the possibility for the clubs to have a veto on every decision of the Football Federation regarding Serie A. It is likely that the game will not end with tomorrow’s meeting, others will be needed to find a definitive agreement but in the meantime the game has already begun.

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2024-07-22 07:23:59
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Qinwen Zheng Successfully Defends WTA Palermo Title Against Karolina Muchova

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Qinwen Zheng knew how to maintain the pressure of being the defending champion, and the number one seed, of the WTA Palermo and won in the final Karolina Muchova por 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 After two hours and 51 minutes of match, he thus obtained the Chinese revalidate the title in Italy after a final where she had to work hard. Especially after losing the second set, but the Czech ran out of energy and Zheng He repeated the title in Palermo, his first of the year, while remaining as 7th in the WTA rankings.

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