Ford Chairman and CEO Bill Ford has said the company is working on a restructuring plan and will reveal details in January. Bill Ford said in October the plan will include “significant” job cuts and plant closures. Ford is only using around 86 percent of its North American assembly plant capacity, compared to 107 percent at rival Toyota Motor Corp. Ford has 23 assembly plants in North America. “Obviously, we’ve indicated we will address our excess capacity,” Ford spokesman Oscar Suris told The Associated Press on Friday. “We’ve been pretty consistent in saying we’ll share these plans in more detail in January. Nothing is finalized.” The United Auto Workers refused to comment on the report, saying it is speculation. At the Ford plant in Cuautitlan, just north of Mexico City, said rumors about downsizing have been floating around for some time, and the 750 workers there are willing to discuss labor changes to keep the plant open. “We believe that we represent a good business opportunity for Ford,” said Juan Jose Sosa, the national representative for the Ford workers union in Mexico. “We are open to considering reasonable alternatives … and a better use of labor,” he said. Danny Sparks, head of the local union at the Ford plant in Hapeville, Ga., near Atlanta, said the report of a possible closure came as a surprise. “We’re one of the most efficient plants Ford has. The Atlanta employees have a long history of stepping up to the task at hand,” Sparks said. Chuck Moore, director of the Detroit-area restructuring firm Conway, MacKenzie and Dunleavy, said the plants are the subject of speculation in part because of the products they make. The Atlanta plant makes the Ford Taurus sedan, which is scheduled to be phased out next year. The St. Louis plant makes the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, two vehicles that have been struggling. Explorer sales were down 30 percent in the first 11 months of this year despite an extensive redesign, according to Autodata Corp. The St. Paul plant makes the Ford Ranger pickup, which also saw sales fall nearly 25 percent between January and November, and the Cuautitlan plant makes the F-150 and Super-Duty trucks that could be consolidated elsewhere, Moore said. Ford has four other plants that make the F-150. GM’s announcement got little reaction from Wall Street, in part because many of the changes won’t take place until after GM and the UAW negotiate a new contract in 2007. Moore said Ford could get the same reaction unless its restructuring plan takes effect sooner, although Ford also is locked into a UAW contract that won’t be negotiated until 2007. Moore said Ford also has to make clear how it plans to stem its market share losses. Ford’s U.S. market share fell to 17.4 percent in the first 11 months of the year, down from 18.4 percent the year before. “Without stabilization of the market share, it’s just going to require additional cost cuts and additional closures,” Moore said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. workers and local officials said Friday they’ll do everything in their power to keep plants open after a report suggested Ford is considering closing five North American plants as part of a major restructuring. Lawmakers and union officials said they would pile on tax breaks or change plant work rules to encourage Ford to stay. In Minnesota, House Speaker Steve Sviggum, the Legislature’s top Republican, said he wouldn’t rule out pushing for a special session to consider incentives for keeping a plant in St. Paul. “We’re not going to let this go without a fight,” he said. “We’re going to give every incentive we can to make sure these jobs are maintained.” The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the nation’s second biggest automaker is likely to close assembly plants in St. Louis, Atlanta and St. Paul under a still-evolving restructuring plan. It cited two unidentified people familiar with the automaker’s product plans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The newspaper said an engine-parts plant in Windsor, Ontario, and a truck-assembly plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, also are slated for closure. If Ford closes the plants, it would deal another blow to U.S. autoworkers, already reeling from a plan announced last month by General Motors Corp. to close 12 North American facilities and cut 30,000 jobs. The nation’s car manufacturers are suffering from declining sales, especially of sport utility vehicles, even as the cost of labor and health care rises. Ford shares rose 5 cents to close at $8.15 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Together, the Ford plants cited in Friday’s report employ around 7,000 people, according to Ford’s Web site. Ford had a total of 122,877 North American employees at the end of last year. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has around 324,000 employees worldwide. Ford has been struggling with declining U.S. market share, high labor costs and excess plant capacity. The company reported a $1.2 billion pretax loss in its North American automotive operations in the third quarter.
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.TAMPA, Fla. — An ankle injury to Tevin Coleman means the 49ers need a new starting running back, and although they likely will turn to Matt Breida, coach Kyle Shanahan said they will weigh outside options.Promoting Jeffrey Wilson Jr. from the practice squad for a second straight year is also a scenario Shanahan mentioned.“We love Jeff, who’s on the practice squad. Jeff’s a great player. We’ll see what’s up with Tevin …
Makers of the Gujarati film Hellaro, which bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film at the 66th National Film Awards, were booked for the alleged use of a “derogatory term” in a dialogue to refer to a Scheduled Caste character, the police said on Tuesday. Hellaro (The Outburst) was released in theatres on November 8.“An FIR was registered against the director, producers and dialogue writer of Hellaro over the utterance of word ‘Harijan’ by one of its characters, considered derogatory by members of Scheduled Caste to which it referred,” an official of Kagdapith police station here said.The FIR was registered on Monday evening after a complaint was filed by Congress corporator Jamnaben Vegda, who claimed she was agitated after hearing the word uttered by one of the characters in the film a few minutes post-interval.Director Abhishek Shah, and producers Ashish Patel, Aayush Patel, Mit Jani, Pratik Gupta, and dialogue writer Saumya Joshi have been booked under Sections 3 (1) and 5, among others, of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the police official said.
Two of world football’s biggest names will meet Friday in the playoffs to determine Europe’s final four World Cup qualifiers.Ever since last month’s draw pitted Portugal against Sweden, the matchup has been billed as a head-to-head between Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.It will take something special to budge them from the spotlight, but Iceland is attempting to do just that.A Nordic nation better known for fishing and freezing temperatures than football, Iceland would become the least populous nation to play at a World Cup if it can get past Croatia.“This is the most important game in the history of the Icelandic men’s team,” Iceland midfielder Olafur Ingi Skulason said.In the other two-leg matches, it’s Ukraine against France and Greece vs. Romania. The second legs take place on Tuesday, when the 13 qualifiers from Europe will be finalized.Owning two of the biggest egos in football, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic have dominated the build-up to the most anticipated of the four playoffs.Both players are in supreme form, with Ronaldo having scored 16 goals in 13 league games for Real Madrid this season and Ibrahimovic netting a string of brilliant goals for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league and Champions League.They both belong on world football’s biggest stage, but one will not be making the trip to Brazil.“With the squad and the individuals they have, Portugal is naturally the favorite,” Ibrahimovic said in an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “But we finished second in a group with Germany, which I consider the strongest squad in Europe, while they finished second in a group they should have won.“So I think we deserve to go to Brazil more than they do.”In Sweden, local media have republished the famous picture of Ronaldo crying after Portugal’s loss to Greece in the 2004 European Championship final, suggesting he might shed more tears next week.“Let’s hope he looks like that after Nov. 19,” said Sweden defender Mikael Lustig, who will be tasked with marking a forward he describes as the “best football player in the world right now.”Portugal is at home for the first leg.In Iceland, excitement is rising. Other sports organizations have changed their schedules to avoid clashing with one of biggest occasions in the history of Icelandic sport.It has been a logistical slog to get the field prepared at the Laugardalsvollur national stadium, which has never hosted a match so late in the year, because of Iceland’s unique climate.Preparations started last week to get the field as game-ready as possible, with a special fabric placed over the grass with hot air blowing under the cloth. The forecast for Friday is 0 degrees C (32 degrees F) with sleet and snow, and referee Alberto Unidiano Mallenco will arrive a day earlier than planned to determine whether the field is playable due to the weather.Win or lose on Friday, Icelanders will celebrate.“I cannot say that we have been successful yet, but we’ve done pretty well, and it is great to go into two playoff games and have a chance to get to Brazil,” said Iceland coach Lars Lagerback, who led Sweden and Nigeria at previous World Cups.Trinidad and Tobago, with about 1.2 million inhabitants, is currently the least populous nation to qualify for the World Cup, in 2006. Iceland has about 320,000.The Iceland match will mark the coaching debut of Croatia’s 42-year-old Niko Kovac, who stepped up from the under-21 team after Igor Stimac was following the national team’s failure to qualify directly for the World Cup.France, which has reached two of the last four World Cup finals, has the highest profile of the eight countries remaining but must qualify from the playoffs for the second straight campaign.Four years ago, the French got past Ireland because of an infamous handball by Thierry Henry in extra time, earning the striker and his team the ire of world football. They will be hoping for a more straightforward passage to the final tournament this time around, against a team it has never lost to in seven meetings.For Franck Ribery, a contender for this year’s world player of the year award and in the form of his life for Bayern Munich and France, missing the World Cup doesn’t bare thinking about.“You don’t ask yourself that question. I don’t want to think about it,” Ribery said. “I want us to win and to qualify. After all, it’s Brazil. It’s the land of a football.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Sagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.”
TORONTO – Tesla Inc. has secured a minor legal victory in Ontario in its push for equal treatment as the company looks to defend its direct-to-consumer business model in numerous markets.The Ontario case comes as Tesla struggles to move ahead with its retail model in the United States, where it has not used franchised dealerships.Multiple U.S. states including Michigan, New Jersey and Missouri have passed laws in recent years to prevent Tesla from selling vehicles directly to consumers following pressure from automobile dealership associations.Ontario Superior Court judge Frederick Myers ruled Monday that the provincial government’s decision to exclude Tesla from a grace period for an electric vehicle rebate program was arbitrary and had singled out Tesla for harm. The ruling requires the government to review the program so that it includes Tesla or provides adequate justification for the company’s exclusion.Tesla launched the case after the government ended the rebate program worth up to $14,000 per vehicle on July 11, but said it would extend the rebates to vehicles already sold through dealerships if they were delivered and registered within 60 days.Myers found the government had originally tried to exclude Tesla from the extension by specifying only vehicles ordered through a dealership would be eligible for the extension. When it learned Tesla did indeed sell through its own dealership network, the government further specified to the company that only franchised dealerships would be eligible.Tesla CEO Elon Musk has staunchly defended the company’s direct retail model.Musk said in a blog post that franchised dealerships don’t have enough incentives to sell electric cars and that the company needs to place its sales venues in areas where it can attract foot traffic and educate potential customers.The Ontario Progressive Conservatives said they had specified only franchised dealerships were eligible for the rebate extension to help protect small- and medium-sized businesses that may have been hit by the program.Tesla responded that many franchised car dealerships in Ontario are owned by large businesses that own numerous franchises.The electric carmaker said it was pleased with the court’s decision to strike down the “unfair and unlawful” transition plan.“Tesla only sought fair treatment for our customers and we hope the Ministry now does the right thing by delivering on its promise to ensure all EV-owners receive their incentives during the wind-down period.”A spokeswoman for Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the government is “reviewing the ruling and will make a decision on how to proceed in the coming days.”Sara Singh, the Ontario NDP critic for the ministry of the Attorney General, said in a statement that the decision means Premier Doug Ford is sticking people with the bill for his torn up contracts and cancelled programs.“This is likely only the first of many decisions against the Ford government’s decision to rip up hundreds of cap-and-trade and green energy contracts,” she said.It’s not yet clear, however, what the government will have to do in response to the decision.Myers stopped short of setting aside the limitation of the transition program to franchised dealers, noting that doing so would require the government to fund subsidies to Tesla’s customers.He instead sent the policy back to the government for review, saying that if the government wants to transition out of the electric car subsidy program it must do so in a lawful manner.The problem was the government hadn’t provided a legal justification for its policy, said Bruce Ryder, an associate professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School.He said the legal loss on policy isn’t unusual, but that he was surprised how quickly the new government ran into legal issues.“It’s maybe a little unusual how quickly this government has got off the mark, and has been a little bit like a bull in a china shop from a legal point of view.”The legal dispute with Tesla is just one of several the Progressive Conservatives face, including a Superior Court challenge Friday on Ford’s cuts to Toronto city council numbers.Ryder said the government could face more problems if it rushes ahead without properly considering policy.“There could be some other legal setbacks coming very soon, precisely because from a legal point of view, this government seems to be so anxious to move speedily on a number of files…that they didn’t pay enough attention to the legal limits on their powers.”The ruling has left potential Tesla customers in limbo, unsure of whether or not they’ll see the $14,000 in subsidies they had counted on when ordering vehicles.Kurtis Evans, a teacher in Toronto who had ordered a Tesla 3, said he was pleased by the decision and grateful that Tesla decided to fight for customers, but wasn’t sure what will happen.“At this point I don’t know what will happen next…Hopefully, the province makes the right choice. I’m not counting on it.”Tesla said it had 600 active customer orders when the government ended the program in July. At the time, the company had 34 unallocated vehicles on its lots plus 319 in transit on trains and trucks. The company said 175 customers had cancelled their orders since the program ended.
Chandigarh: A polling agent was arrested for interfering with the voting process in a booth in Haryana’s Faridabad. “Prompt action taken. FIR (first information report) lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” said the District Election Office on its official Twitter account on Sunday. The action was taken after a video surfaced in which the polling agent was seemingly trying to interfere three women voters inside a booth at Asawati in Faridabad on Sunday. “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon (Sunday) itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & RO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated,” the District Election Office earlier tweeted. Ten seats in Haryana voted on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In Faridabad, Union Minister and BJP candidate Krishan Pal Gurjar is seeking a re-election. He is pitted against Congress candidate Avtar Singh Bhadana and the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Pandit Naveen Jaihind. The district recorded a 64.46 per cent turnout.
Led by its defense, the Ohio State men’s hockey team bounced back to take two points from No. 2 Miami (Ohio) and secure home ice in the playoffs.After being mauled in Oxford, Ohio, Friday night, the Buckeyes bounced back from the 6-2 loss to get a shootout victory Saturday in Columbus.When a game goes to a shootout it is officially scored as a tie, but Buckeye goaltender Dustin Carlson said after the game that “I feel like it’s a win, not a tie.”Carlson was the star for the Buckeyes as he shut out Miami through regulation, overtime and the shootout.“He responded well from [Friday] night,” coach John Markell said of his goaltender. In one of the best games of his career, Carlson finished the game with 38 saves.“At the drop of the puck I just knew I was into it right away,” Carlson said. He also attributed a lot of the Buckeyes’ success to the play of the defense, which he attributed to better communication.Junior Peter Boyd, who scored the Buckeyes second shootout goal, also acknowledged the improved play of the defense.“We had guys blocking shots and making sacrifices,” Boyd said. “I think [Shane] Sims had eight blocks tonight.”While the game was low on scoring, it certainly didn’t lack intensity.“Playing back-to-back nights against your rival, that’s pretty intense,” Miami coach Enrico Blasi said.Four players were penalized for roughing after the whistle, including OSU’s John Albert and Miami’s Curtis McKenzie at the end of overtime.The penalty against Albert looked to be costly as he is one of the usual shooters for the Buckeyes in a shootout situation, but was unable to participate due to penalty. The Buckeyes were, however, unaffected as both Sergio Somma and Peter Boyd lit the lamp for the Buckeyes, which was more than enough for Carlson.Carlson saved both attempts he faced, securing a 2-0 shootout win for the Buckeyes. Carlson has now saved the past 11 attempts he has faced in shootouts as his confidence continues to grow.“Right now is probably the best I’ve felt all season, playing in five games in a row now,” Carlson said.The shootout victory earned the Buckeyes two key points in their final game of the season and ensured home ice for the first round of the conference tournament. The Buckeyes finish the regular season in eighth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and will host ninth place Notre Dame next weekend.Next weekend’s series will come with a change of scenery for the Buckeyes. The games will be played at the OSU Ice Rink, instead of the Schottenstein Center where the team played its regular season games. But for the Buckeyes it is a welcomed change.“I’m excited about it,” Carlson said. “We practice over there every day, so we know the ice very well. I also like the small barn, it’s not going to take too many of our fans to pack it. Last year when we played Bowling Green the atmosphere was great and hopefully we feed off of that.”
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Sept 2015 – The Church of God of Prophecy in the Turks and Caicos on Sunday installed Minister Carol Ann Skippings as another among the women leading the church in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The eight congregations of the Church of God of Prophecy gathered for the event at the Bight sanctuary. Congratulations goes out to the newly installed minister. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:church of god of prophecy, minister carol ann skippings Bahamians launch independence events with Souse Out on Saturday