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Car division slows daimler down again in 2013

Car division slows daimler down again in 2013

At mercedes benz cars, earnings before interest and taxes (ebit) for the current year will actually be "slightly below" the previous year, announced zetsche at the presentation of the financial statements on thursday in stuttgart.

In 2012, operating profit at mercedes benz cars had fallen by 15 percent to 4.4 billion euros. Only from 2014 onwards did the manager promise a return to rising profits for the automotive division. Zetsche’s imminent contract extension until 2018 comes under difficult circumstances.

"We intend to invest heavily in our future this year, which will naturally have a corresponding impact on our earnings," said zetsche. For the past year, he drew a mixed balance: "2012 was a year with many successes for daimler, but also with recognizable potential for improvement," he said in his speech. Daimler had missed its "strategic targets". "We are not yet at the goal, but on the right way."

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“Bioenergy important building block”

The oliver schubler family’s estate in untermembach was very well attended: CSU member of the state parliament walter nussel and district administrator alexander tritthart also came to the inauguration ceremony for the new woodchip heating system.

As oliver schubler explained, seven houses with 18 residential units in the hebdorf district had already been connected and were now sustainably supplied with warm and hot water. Others are to follow. "We want to be cheaper and we have to be more environmentally conscious in our heating", stressed schubler, who is not only a building contractor but also an energy consultant. At the inauguration, he took interested visitors on a tour of the plant.

"Climate problem not to be denied"

Walter nussel, a certified forestry expert and member of the state parliament, is convinced that rural areas can only survive if the value creation remains on site. And that is now being realized here. According to nussel, a particular problem lies in the area of heating buildings, because the replacement rates of heating systems or entire buildings are naturally much lower than those of cars: around 40 percent of energy consumption is used for heating buildings and providing hot water alone.

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Bad bruckenau: cars yes, but not in the afternoon

Bad bruckenau: cars yes, but not in the afternoon

More than 30 people came to the georgi hall to listen to the city council's debate on the pedestrian zone. The city councils took an hour and a half to discuss the issue. After statements by volker wedde, managing director of the bavarian trade association for lower franconia, and police chief herbert markert (see below), karlheinz schmitt (CSU) opened the speeches. The traffic officer put the explosive topic on the agenda again a good year ago.

"My personal opinion is: a pure fubganger zone is the further death of our single traders", said karlheinz schmitt. But it was never intended that the marketplace would become a parking lot. He spoke in favor of traffic surveillance by own forces. For adelheid zimmermann (FDP) the trial phase has been preserved. The passability of the pedestrian zone is an important criterion of how handicapped-friendly the city is. But she also said that there is a need for a new concept for the pedestrian zone.

Kindergarten speaker florian wildenauer (SPD) pleaded for the protection of children: "a pedestrian zone should be a pedestrian zone", he said, but signaled to agree to the compromise of an opening until 1 p.M. Almuth bauer (CSU) disagreed: "no matter what we decide, we do it wrong for some and right for others. But we can't just ignore the retail trade." She spoke out in favor of keeping the opening until 18.30 o'clock.

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Railroad wants to enforce mask obligation also with train reprimands

Railroad wants to enforce mask obligation also with train reprimands

The railroad wants to enforce compliance with the mandatory wearing of masks on trains to protect against the coronavirus, if necessary by means of reprimands. "If a minority disregards valid rules, this is unacceptable for us," the federally owned company declared in berlin on monday.

For passengers who stubbornly refuse, such reprimands are already possible. Together with the federal police, this is also being "consistently" implemented.

Federal transport minister andreas scheuer (CSU) agreed: "the mandatory mask applies without any ifs and buts."The grunen and the union of german locomotive drivers (GDL) called for further steps to be taken.