Prior to the 2020 collective bargaining agreement that nearly doubled player salaries, creating greater differentiation in salary levels, there was barely any movement.
German automaker BMW will invest 800 million euros ($866 million) in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi to produce high-voltage batteries and fully electric "Neue Klasse" models, the carmaker said Friday. The expansion, set to add around 1,000 new jobs at its operations in the Mexican state, is BMW's latest push into electric vehicles (EVs) as it looks to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030, it said. More than half of the funds to be invested in Mexico - 500 million euros - are earmarked for the battery assembly center on the carmaker's existing plant grounds, BMW said, and some 500 additional employees will work there.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights called on Afghanistan's Taliban administration on Friday to release a university lecturer and education activist detained by security forces in the capital Kabul. Local media reported Ismael Mashal had been distributing academic and other books on Kabul's streets after tearing up his own diploma on live television in protest at a Taliban decision in December to ban female students from universities. The decision came after Taliban authorities closed most girls' high schools and barred most women from working for charity groups.