Local lawmakers announce new road projects in St Clair County

first_img Categories: Lauwers News 02Jul Local lawmakers announce new road projects in St. Clair County State Reps. Dan Lauwers and Andrea LaFontaine this afternoon announced two new road projects in St. Clair County to improve the safety and efficiency of the area’s infrastructure for local motorists.Yale Road from Brown Road to the city of Yale limits will benefit from $715,000 in special grant funding to resurface asphalt, replace culverts and widen shoulders.  An additional $400,000 grant will improve Gratiot Road between Pound Road and Kronner.“Lawmakers have an obligation to make Michigan’s roadways safe for our hard-working families and visitors,” said LaFontaine, R-Columbus Township. “The Gratiot Road project was identified as a priority by the St. Clair County Road Commission and will bring welcome repairs to our St. Clair community to promote safe travels.”The Legislature allocated a total of $230 million in existing funds for fiscal year 2014 to road improvements throughout Michigan.  Funding grants for half of that allocation were unveiled last December.“This is another positive step taken by the Legislature to help ensure safe and efficient roads in Michigan,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township.  “Our roads were neglected for far too long, and these small steps to bring our infrastructure back from the brink will benefit all Michigan motorists.  People are telling me they don’t want to pay higher taxes at the pump, and I don’t blame them given today’s gas prices, so these incremental improvements are a great way to improve our roads.”This special funding is in addition to $258 million the Legislature approved for roads and bridges in June.Although the state has allocated almost $870 million to improve roads and bridges since fiscal year 2012, the state government spent zero general fund dollars on roads during fiscal years 2003-11.The lawmakers will continue to work on road funding solutions this summer and the fall.last_img read more

News channel France 24 has launched on Virgin Medi

first_imgNews channel France 24 has launched on Virgin Media in the UK, with both English and French language versions available. The English feed will take slot number 624 on the EPG and the French version can be found at 832. Both will be available to subscribers of Virgin’s M+ channel subscription package.France 24 now claims to reach 206 million homes across five continents with an Arabic version also available in selected markets.last_img

Telefónica Czech Republic has selected EKT Eagle

first_imgTelefónica Czech Republic has selected EKT (Eagle Kingdom Technologies) to supply its new interactive set top box solution. Telefónica said the deal will allow its Czech TV customers to experience HD graphical user interface capabilities and the latest IPTV interactivity features.The solution is based on an Entropic ARM-based system-on-a-chip and will also use the Nangu.TV IPTV platform.“We really look forward to bringing a fully managed box with the latest in HTML5-compliant browser capabilities, smooth streaming and PlayReady to Telefonica,” said Christof Winker, general manager of the EKT solidTVTM group.Tomas Dratva, manager video services, Telefónica Czech Republic, added: “The combination of EKT with the nangu.TV IPTV platform has fulfilled our expectation and we are keen to start the new era of our O2TV in the Czech market.”The news comes as Spanish-language publication Prensario Internacional reported that Telefónica has partnered with technology firm Front Porch Digital to use its Lynxsm cloud-based storage solution in Spain, Portugal and South America.last_img read more