Global decline in natural gas turbine demand hits Siemens

first_imgGlobal decline in natural gas turbine demand hits Siemens FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:German engineering firm Siemens plans to dismiss about 200 workers at a gas turbines parts and components service center in Houston, Texas, next year due to weaker global demand, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.The Texas operation will close between late 2019 and 2020, according to the spokesman, who called the decision “difficult.”In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, Siemens also pointed to overcapacity within its network.Siemens said in September that it would cut 2,900 jobs in Germany to boost the competitiveness of its Power and Gas and Process Industries divisions.Along with turbine competitors General Electric and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Siemens has faced oversupply and declining sales as demand for gas turbines has plunged.More: Siemens to shut Texas turbines service facility, dismiss workerslast_img read more

Lee Meyer is back as boss at Buena Vista Raceway

first_imgALTA, Iowa – Buena Vista Raceway celebrates an anniversary season in 2015 and Lee Meyer will be back in charge of weekly operations at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.Meyer promoted BVR from 2002-2007 and returns to that position, while taking on manager duties for the Buena Vista County Fair.Five IMCA divisions will be part of 18 Wednesday night programs beginning with opening night April 15. Season championship night is Aug. 12. “Racing is a passion for me. I’m totally blessed to have a second opportunity to do what I love,” Meyer said. “I love being around race people, being at the track and the smell of race fuel. It’s the best.” “Buena Vista Raceway celebrates its golden anniversary of racing this year and we’re working on some ideas, like 50-lap features for some of the divisions, to make this a special season,” he added.Weekly shows will again feature the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions. BVR first sanctioned its Modifieds with IMCA in 1987 and its Stock Cars in 1989. Hobby Stocks have been sanctioned since 1993, Northern SportMods since 2007 and Sport Compacts since 2008. Modified points earned at Alta also apply in IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Stock Car points in the Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.“I really believe IMCA has benefitted racing in this part of the state and southern Minnesota. We’re kind of sitting in the middle of IMCA country,” noted Meyer. “We’ve already gotten a lot of physical updates to the facility done and we’re excited about the 2015 season. All the feedback we’ve gotten fan-wise has been positive.” Meyer’s wife Becky also serves on the fair board as treasurer and returns as a promotional partner at BVR. “She handles a lot of the electronic side of the business,” Meyer said, “and allows me to fulfill my racing passion.” The motorsports track at Alta got its start as a 1/5-mile oval located inside a ½-mile horse racing track. It was idle for several seasons during the farm crisis of the 1980s. Jeff Herrig had been the promoter the past seven years. “Jeff and his family did a great job at Buena Vista Raceway and kept the track moving in the right direction,” acknowledged Meyer.last_img read more

New FL Law Allows Self-Driving Vehicles Without Humans

first_imgThe Sunshine State will soon also become the latest Self-Driving Vehicle State.Governor Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that allows for the operation of self-driving vehicles without humans on board.During the ceremony, which took place at a test track, DeSantis said that he wants to have companies testing the cars move to Florida.The new law goes into effect on July 1. Vehicles must meet new insurance and safety requirements.In addition, operators inside self-driving cars will be exempt from the new law – which also becomes official next month – that bans texting while driving and other possibly distracting activities.As of last March, 29 states have passed laws that allow for the testing of self-driving vehicles or for their operation without humans.last_img read more

Venezuela legislature suspends session voided by court

first_imgRelated posts:Maduro under pressure as Venezuela opposition claims big win Venezuela court blocks a defiant opposition Costa Rican lawmakers urge political asylum for Venezuela opposition Oil-rich Venezuela votes amid tense economic crisis CARACAS — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled legislature suspended its session Tuesday after the Supreme Court declared it null and void on grounds that the new speaker defied the judiciary by swearing in three banned lawmakers.Speaker Henry Ramos Allup, a fiery opponent of President Nicolás Maduro, declared the National Assembly lacked a quorum and suspended its session until Wednesday morning.Legislative sources said the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) was consulting its lawyers to decide how to respond to the ruling by the Supreme Court, which MUD accuses of pro-Maduro bias.The opposition had initially vowed to press ahead with its session in defiance of the court’s decision.The court ruled Monday that all actions taken by the current National Assembly are invalid because it includes the three lawmakers from Amazonas state, where an investigation is under way into alleged vote-buying in last month’s legislative elections.The opposition won the polls in a landslide, triggering a crisis for Maduro and the “revolution” launched by his late mentor Hugo Chávez in 1999.But the suspension of the three lawmakers’ inauguration threatens to strip MUD of the powerful two-thirds majority it had vowed to use to force Maduro from power within six months.Venezuela, the country with the world’s largest oil reserves, has sunk ever deeper into economic crisis as crude prices have plunged in recent months.A deep recession and what analysts say is the world’s highest inflation rate have fueled discontent with Maduro, whose term runs until 2019. Facebook Commentslast_img read more