Categories: Frederick News 10Mar Horvath, Lamb address House panel on truck length legislation Rep. Frederick bill enhances worker safety, cuts costsBusinesses hauling agricultural field drainage tubing on Michigan’s state highways could employ safer, more efficient truck and trailer combinations under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Ben Frederick that is under consideration by the Michigan House Agriculture Committee.Frederick’s bill creates an exemption for businesses hauling the drainage tubing to use vehicle combos up to 75-feet-long, versus the current 59- to 65-feet limit.Rick Lamb, Advanced Drainage Systems plant manager, and Justin Horvath, president and CEO of the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership, joined the Owosso legislator Tuesday to provide testimony to the House Agriculture Committee on the legislation.“Our company currently uses proprietary industry-specific vehicles in many jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada,” Lamb said. “The advantages include the ability to haul increased payloads and use an automatic unloading technology that enhances our employee’s safety.”Lamb added that the updated hauling vehicles are less expensive to build, operate and maintain than the traditional semi-trailers his company now uses.“I’m pleased that a business in our community has identified a better way of operating and has reached out to me to help ensure their success,” Frederick said. “It’s important that our laws enable businesses to thrive and create jobs using the safest, most-efficient technology available.”The current transportation law already has exemptions of 70 feet truck/trailer lengths for saw logs, pulpwood or tree-length poles, and 75 feet for transporting motor vehicles, recreational vehicles and boats.“I want to thank Rep. Frederick for introducing this much needed legislation, which would have the double benefit of enhancing safety on Michigan’s roadways as well as spurring new business investment and job creation in our state,” said Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership President/CEO Justin Horvath.House Bill 4167 remains under consideration by the committee.###
Polish satellite pay TV operator ‘n’ has launched an OTT service. The service – nVOD NET – will give ‘n’ subscribers access to thousands of additional TV series and movies; it launched on November 28.The platform will include Hollywood films, series and documentaries as well as video-on-demand libraries from Polish broadcaster TVN and US premium broadcaster HBO. It will initially be available to around 50% of the company’s subscribers by connecting their decoder to the internet via cable or WiFi and will be free until the end of February 2012.Christian Anting, vice-president and chief operating officer of ‘n’, said: “Today’s news continues our strategy of providing our customers with the best premium content and latest technology innovations. With the launch of nVOD NET, ‘n’ will give subscribers the ultimate in-home movie viewing experience, taking video functionality to a whole new level. We are able to offer access to the best content from leading television producers like TVN and HBO, as well as local and thematic programme offerings via broadband connection.”
Pay TV operator Canal+ Group has reshuffled executive roles after naming René Saal as director of broadcast channels and premium strategy for its Canal+ Overseas arm, effective March 2.Saal will report to Canal+ Overseas president Jacques Le Puy on strategy for premium channels and to content chief François Deplanck on broadcasting matters.The broadcaster has named Thierry Langlois, currently head of thematic channels, as director of broadcast channels for Canal+, replacing Saal, also effective March 2. He will report to Maxime Saada, deputy CEO of Canal+ in charge of pay TV channels.Claire Basini will replace Langlois in his current role as director of thematic channels, taking up her post on July 1 after working with Langlois in the interim. Whe will also report to Saada.Basini joined Canal+ in 2011 from L’Oréal in 2011 with responsibility for advertising and partnerships, taking charge of Canalsat’s advertising and partnership activities a year later.