Horvath Lamb address House panel on truck length legislation

first_img 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.###last_img read more

The DVB has approved the commercial requirements f

first_imgThe DVB has approved the commercial requirements for version 1.4 of the CI Plus specification. Separately the DVB has formed a partnership with the 3D@Home Consortium to encourage the development of standards for 3D TV and to share knowledge.The commercial requirements for CI Plus version 1.4 build on the current version 1.3 of CI Plus by adding support for dual-stream operation with a single module – meaning that a dual-tuner DVR host can be supported – as well as support for DRM-protected IP delivered content. Other features include CI Plus browser extensions, additional uniform resource identifiers, signaling and extensions and clarifications for module applications running on host middleware.The move follows an agreement with CI Plus LLP that DVB will take responsibility for future development of the CI Plus specification. It is anticipated that the technical work will take a year. Following its publication CI Plus LLP will adopt the specification.The DVB has also formed a partnership with the 3D@Home Consortium. The consortium was formed in 2008 with the mission to speed the commercialisation of 3D and provide the best possible viewing experience by facilitating the development of standards. In February 2011, the DVB Steering Board approved the specification for a first phase 3DTV delivery system based on the commonly used ‘frame-compatible’ system.“3D@Home is an important organisation for 3DTV. They have many areas of interest, including the study of ‘human factors’ associated with 3DTV viewing that we are hoping to learn from. For our part, our work developing delivery specifications for 3DTV, will be helpful for 3D@home.  Both organizations have things to share with each other,” said David Wood, chair of DVB’s Commercial Module on 3DTV.last_img read more

NPiHR Science and Innovation Audit reveals opportunity in the North to drive

first_imgWe are world-leaders across a range of science and research disciplines, and the SIAs published today show the whole nation contributes to that reputation.We are committed to building on these strengths and others in our modern Industrial Strategy through the largest increase in science funding in a generation.” The North of England is a powerhouse in health research and it is excellent to see this recognised today by Government through the publication of the NHSA’s NPiHR SIA.The North’s world-leading strengths in using data for better health and wealth, in precision medicine, and in nurturing health innovation talent, are among many other attributes in health science recognised in this document.Through using the considerable assets and collateral mapped out in the SIA, Government has the potential to drive the North’s economy forward and to rebalance the whole country as an economic powerhouse for the 21st century.” By working with place-based communities, supported by initiatives such as #Datasaveslives and Connected Health Cities (CHC), and pioneering assets such as the Great North and Leeds Care Records and the Salford Lung Study, the North is in prime position to diffuse and embed digitally-enabled Precision Medicine research and application at scale, for the benefit of UK citizens and the national economy.” Mar 11 2019Today, the Government has announced the publication of the Northern Health Science Alliance’s (NHSA) Northern Powerhouse in Health Research (NPiHR) Science and Innovation Audit (SIA). Source:http://www.thenhsa.co.uk/2019/03/nhsa-sia-reveals-potential-to-close-north-south-productivity-gap/center_img The NHSA’s ambition is to use the SIA as a way to help the North become a healthier and more economically productive place in which to live, narrowing the North’s health, wealth, and productivity gaps compared with the South of England.Nicola Wilson, Interim CEO of the NHSA, said: Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSysThe footprint of the (NPiHR) area is formed by eight cities and their hinterlands: Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, and York. The research-intensive universities in each of these cities form the N8 Research Partnership.The Life Science businesses in the North work collectively through the membership organisation Bionow. Four Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) operate in the SIA’s geography. And the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) works on a pan-Northern basis with these organisations and networks.The Northern Powerhouse is home to 21% of the total UK life science sector workforce, and has grown by more than 9% to over 50,000 employees since 2012. Latest figures for 2017 show the value of this sector in the North to be over £13.6 billion.Ms Wilson continued: The NPiHR SIA highlights the region’s ability to drive clinical research across its 16 million population by drawing on the region’s expertise in health and life sciences.It follows on from the Industrial Strategy Life Sciences Sector Deal published in December which revealed £1.6bn of planned industry investment in the North’s life sciences over the next five years.In November 2018 the NHSA’s “Health for Wealth” report demonstrated £1.20 of the £4 per person productivity gap between the North and South of England was directly attributable to poorer health in the North.Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore said:last_img read more

Uber introduces UK safety measures amid licence battle

Uber is fighting to keep its licence in London This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further US ride-hailing app Uber on Friday announced new safety features for its service in Britain, as it appeals against the withdrawal of its licence in London. Citation: Uber introduces UK safety measures amid licence battle (2018, February 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-uber-uk-safety-licence.html © 2018 AFP Uber’s London licence battle set for May/June The service, which has around 40,000 drivers in London, lost its licence over its reporting of serious criminal offences and its criminal-record checks for drivers, but is allowed to operate in the capital pending the appeal which is set to be heard later this year.Uber will now “pro-actively” make reports of serious incidents related to a trip to the police, rather than encouraging individuals to contact authorities themselves, according to a statement on its website.From next month, passengers will also receive the driver’s licence number in their booking confirmation, meaning passengers can more easily raise issues with the relevant licensing authority.The app has already capped the number of hours its drivers can work in Britain in a bid to increase safety after heavy criticism of its business practices, and will set up a 24/7 telephone helpline for riders and drivers.”We’re determined to change the way we do business, so we’ll carry on listening and plan to make other improvements over the coming months,” it said.London’s transport authority said in September that it would not renew the ride-hailing company’s licence, with the appeal due to be heard in May or June. read more

Tumblr bans porn to clean up the blogging platform

first_imgTumblr will begin enforcing its ban on adult content on December 17, 2018, giving users who host unwanted explicit content an opportunity to take their imagery elsewhere, according to chief executive Jeff D’Onofrio Explore further Tumblr will begin enforcing its new policy on December 17, giving users who host unwanted explicit content an opportunity to take their imagery elsewhere, according to chief executive Jeff D’Onofrio.”There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content,” D’Onofrio said in a blog post.”We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.”The decision to purge porn from Tumblr was made after “serious thought” regarding standards in the blogging community, according to the chief executive.”Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change,” D’Onofrio said.He maintained that Tumblr will strive to balance allowing conversation about topics such as sex and relationships with banning porn, and noted there are likely to be stumbles.Child porn was already against Tumblr guidelines.”Posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community,” D’Onofrio said.”We’ve always had and always will have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content.”Tumblr’s applications for Apple devices were shut out of the App Store last month after child sexual abuse material was found on the platform.Tumblr uses an industry database to filter content being uploaded, but child porn material that had not yet been added to the database made it onto the platform, the company said.The offending content was removed as soon as it was discovered in a routine audit, according to Tumblr.D’Onofrio took over as chief of Tumblr from founder David Karp late last year.Karp’s departure from the company came a few months after Verizon bought parent-company Yahoo in a $4.5 billion deal.Karp founded Tumblr in New York in early 2007 as a platform where people could share writing and short-form media. Now, Tumblr hosts some 417 million different blogs.Yahoo acquired Tumblr in May 2013 for $1.1 billion, as part of an effort to better connect with younger online users. Discovery of child pornography leads to Tumblr’s removal from Apple’s App Store © 2018 AFPcenter_img Tumblr on Monday said it is banning adult content from the Yahoo-owned blogging platform, which saw its app pulled from Apple’s App Store last month over child pornography. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Tumblr bans porn to clean up the blogging platform (2018, December 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-tumblr-porn-blogging-platform.htmllast_img read more

Shenzhen Chinas reform pioneer leads tech revolution

first_imgModern skyscrapers housing corporations and ambitious startups tower over Shenzhen, a mega-city of 13 million people But those who have witnessed Shenzhen’s rise marvel at its evolution from hi-tech copycat to creator.Shenzhen is “really nice fertile ground for innovation,” said Duncan Turner, managing director of HAX, an incubator for startups based in the city.”The Chinese government sets up clear plans for innovation in particular sectors that they want to invest in,” Turner said.If a company matches those plans, “you’ve got a nice path for development and onward funding,” he said.Turner, who moved to Shenzhen in 2009, said the biggest change he has see in the past decade is how young people who used to make fakes are “becoming incredibly inventive, entrepreneurial R&D (research and development) experts that are leading the way of technology in certain areas”.Improved higher education has created a new generation of engineers, such as Zhang Zhaohui, chief executive of Youibot, which set up his company in HAX’s incubator to make the first autonomous maintenance robot for buses.”Shenzhen has huge potential,” Zhang, 26, predicted. “The city could very quickly catch up to Silicon Valley.” Explore further China court rejects Apple lawsuit over iPad name Citation: Shenzhen, China’s reform pioneer, leads tech revolution (2018, December 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-shenzhen-china-reform-tech-revolution.html © 2018 AFP “It’s like going from a road to a motorway,” he said.Pointing to the skyscrapers outside his office, he said: “People see Silicon Valley as the tech Mecca. They underestimate Shenzhen a lot because they don’t know what’s happening here.””This place was just sand and water 20 years ago. In 10 years, Shenzhen will be a very important world city. It will be the capital of innovation,” he said.US fearsSome of China’s hi-tech ambitions are running into suspicions about its intentions abroad, with the United States and others fearing that they pose security and espionage risks.Telecommunications equipment giant Huawei’s own global expansion has faced setbacks, with some of its services rejected in certain Western countries and its chief financial officer detained in Canada on a US extradition request over alleged Iran sanctions violations. The metropolis is now seeking to reinvent itself as the home of Chinese innovation, in line with Beijing’s “Made in China 2025″ plan to dominate key hi-tech industries such as robotics, electric vehicles and artificial intelligence.”China is becoming a world leader in this field,” Wu said. “Shenzhen is turning into a meeting point for creative engineers from around the world.”Now talent from abroad is flocking to Shenzhen.Meng Jie, who is French and in his 30s, left California’s Silicon Valley in 2017 to create Maybe, a company that makes smart speakers that help people learn Mandarin.”Silicon Valley is still way ahead in artificial intelligence. But you can find the electronic or mechanical component you need three times faster in Shenzhen,” Meng said. While this economic model used to be “very popular, it is no longer viable today,” he said.He now leads his own electronics firm, MeegoPad, which boasts an annual turnover of $28 million making products such as miniature PCs.”We are now very attached to intellectual property and patents,” Wu said.’Made in China 2025’Shenzhen, which lived off fishing and rice paddies, became a testing ground for Deng’s reforms when it was designated as the country’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980.It grew into a massive manufacturing centre, with factories churning out gadgets, computers and phones for foreign firms, which today include Apple and Samsung. Wu Yebin, 35, runs his own tech firm from his 35th floor office Today Shenzhen is again at the heart of a new policy aimed at turning China into a hi-tech innovator and shed its reputation as an assembly line for foreign companies or—worse—an imitator.Modern skyscrapers housing corporations and ambitious startups tower over the mega-city of 13 million people—among them is Wu Yebin, 35, who runs his own tech firm from his 35th floor office.His own story mirrors those of countless others who have risen from modest backgrounds following the reforms spearheaded by late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, which the Communist Party ratified on December 18, 1978.The son of poor farmers, Wu arrived in the city in 2005 and over the years he assembled devices similar to Apple’s iPad or MacBook, joining Shenzhen’s army of people making “shanzhai”—creative knock-offs of foreign electronics affordable for local population.”Germany, the United States, Japan, South Korea… All developed countries have done this to develop their manufacturing industry,” Wu said. “You have to do that to gain experience.” Meng Jie, who is French and in his 30s, left California’s Silicon Valley in 2017 to create Maybe, a company that makes smart speakers that help people learn Mandarin The southern city of Shenzhen is the symbol of the transformative reforms launched by China 40 years ago: former fishing villages that morphed into a global manufacturing hub. Shenzhen is “really nice fertile ground for innovation,” said Duncan Turner, managing director of HAX, an incubator for startups based in the city Today China’s own global corporations, such as telecom company Huawei and internet giant Tencent, have made Shenzhen their headquarters and the city of tens of thousands of factories is dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Hardware”. Shenzhen, which lived off fishing and rice paddies, became a testing ground for Deng’s reforms when it was designated as the country’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Netflix is in a battle royale with Fortnite in the fight for

first_img Explore further The world’s largest paid online TV network is raising prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, which is the 12-year-old company’s biggest price hike ever. Its most popular monthly service plan will rise to $12.99 from $10.99. The cheapest plan will increase to $8.99 from $7.99, and the premium plan will rise to $15.99 from $13.99.The price increase could have an effect on adding new U.S. subscribers going forward, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter.”We do not expect significant churn given the utility provided by the service to existing subscribers, but attracting new subscribers will likely be more challenging because of the higher prices,” Pachter said.”We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefit of our members,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to USA TODAY.As the streaming giant pushes to rely on its TV and film studios to make more of its own content, rather than licensing content, viewers can expect to see new seasons of hit shows like Making a Murderer, House of Cards, The Crown, and Stranger Things.Some of the streamer’s major investments in talent and programming will hit screens small and big in 2019, including series The Umbrella Academy, and Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, The Irishman.The earnings report comes amid growing competition in the streaming space in 2019. AT&T, now the owners of Time Warner’s vast content library (including HBO), plans to launch a streaming offering later this year. As does Disney, which is in the process of acquiring 21st Century Fox’s movie and TV studios.In the company’s earnings interview, Netflix made a surprising move, revealing some of its viewership data.In the wildly popular interactive movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the first choice in the story was a breakfast cereal: Frosties or Sugar Puffs? Netflix revealed that 73 percent of people chose Frosties.Netflix’s Chief Product Officer Greg Peters said that viewers can expect to see more interactive entertainment in the future.”There have been a few false starts on interactive storytelling in the last couple (of) decades. This one has storytellers salivating about the possibilities,” said Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We’ve got a hunch that it works across all kinds of storytelling. Some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it.”Netflix also said that 80 million member households have watched its thriller starring the actress Sandra Bullock, Bird Box, in its first four weeks.Overall, Netflix said it serves about 100 million hours of video per day, earning an estimated 10 percent of all time spent in front of the TV in the U.S.”One thing this quarter that’s been incredibly exciting is when you see a big number like Bird Box and You,” Sarandos said during Netflix’s earnings interview. “These shows are playing incredibly globally. So it’s an interesting thing when you can tap into the global zeitgeist with something, which gets me very excited about the potential scale of the content business when the world is excited about something.”The Los Gatos, California-based company reported earnings of 30 cents a share, beating analyst estimates of 24 cents a share.Netflix reported net income of $133.9 million, or 30 cents a share, on sales of $4.19 billion. (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO,” Netflix said in a letter to shareholders Thursday as the company reported its quarterly earnings. “There are thousands of competitors in this highly fragmented market vying to entertain consumers.”On the heels of a celebratory third quarter, Netflix’s latest earnings report was met with mixed reviews.Though the streaming giant’s subscription growth beat analyst expectations—Netflix reported 8.8 million new additions compared to the 7.5 million new subscribers that analysts projected—the video streaming company’s shares fell about 3 percent in after-hours trading.Netflix’s global paid subscriber additions also topped its own forecast of 7.6 million.”The fact that investors reacted negatively to what amounted to a strong performance indicates the extent to which Netflix has set a high bar,” said eMarketer media analyst Paul Verna. “The bottom line is that Netflix remains the uncontested leader in the subscription video space.”Thursday’s announcement comes just two days after the streaming media titan flexed its pricing power, phasing in a U.S. subscription price hike over the next three months for existing subscribers. The new prices will become effective immediately for new subscribers.The company reported a total of 393.3 million members worldwide.During the same October-December period last year, Netflix added 6.6 million paying subscribers and 8.3 million total subscribers.The company is projecting it will add 8.9 million new paid customers during the first quarter, which is lower than analysts projected. Netflix expects earnings per share of 56 cents with revenue of $4.49 billion, compared with analyst estimates of 83 cents and $4.61 billion in revenue.Netflix announces only guidance on paid membership subscriptions, rather than the total number of memberships which includes people who may be using a free trial. It said in October that it will stop including end-of-quarter free trial subscriber numbers in its reports. Netflix shares slip as spending weighs on profitscenter_img Even though every other media company seems to be starting a streaming service, Netflix is facing an on-screen challenge from another corner: “Fortnite,” that ultra-popular, multiplatform videogame, appears to be a formidable foe. Citation: Netflix is in a battle royale with Fortnite in the fight for your screen time (2019, January 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-netflix-royale-fortnite-screen.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Article 370 is a temporary provision in the Constitution Govt

first_img The government on Wednesday said that Article 370, which provides for special status to Jammu and Kashmir, is a temporary provision in the Constitution and Article 35A, which gives special rights to the natives of the state, was added through a Constitution order issued by the President of India.Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told Rajya Sabha that the Article 370 was a temporary provision with respect to Jammu and Kashmir in Part XXI (Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions) of the Constitution. “At present, Article 35A is contained in the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 which was added through the Constitution Order issued by the President of India under Article 370,” he said in a written reply.Reddy said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and matters relating to the Constitution are internal and entirely for the Parliament to deal with. “No foreign government or organisation has any locus standi in the matter,” he said.The reply came in response to a question on whether the government is going to repeal articles 370 and 35A and whether repeal of these articles in any way violate United Nations regulations or any international obligation of the country. Published on G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State for Home Affairs (File photo)   –  REUTERS COMMENT Jammu and Kashmir July 10, 2019center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rajya Sabha SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more