October 9, 2006 Welcome to the October 1. 2006 workshop participants. Back from left: Angela Truffa, Errin Turner, Jung Ju Lee, David Hutchens and Alfonso Elia. Front from left: Stanford Mandizha and Ilaria Ferraboli. [Photo & text: sa]
Categories: Cole News 15Dec Rep. Cole’s bill to help couples recognize private marriages on public record becomes law State Rep. Triston Cole’s legislation to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18 was signed into law by the governor this week.Only persons at least 18 years of age may be married without parental consent. A probate judge may marry minors between the ages of 16 and 18 years old if these individuals have their parents’ permission – but these marriages are not put on public record. Cole’s bill will allow the marriage record of these individuals to be made public once they reach 18 years old, if both parties in the marriage agree.“Privately married couples now have the ability to see their marriage on public record,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “The court will be able to unseal the record of the individuals’ marriage when they both reach 18 years of age.”A couple from Alden Township discussed the bill idea with Rep. Cole. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year and the only gift they were asking for was to recognize their private marriage on public record.The legislation will allow marriage licenses to be unsealed upon the following conditions:· All petitioners were married without publicity.· The petitioners are both at least 18 years of age at the time of the filing.· Both of the petitioners wish to unseal the record of the marriage.Once the petition has been received and the court determines the above qualifications are met, the court shall forward a copy of the license and certificate of marriage to the clerk in the county the license was issued. The court shall also forward a copy of the marriage record to the state registrar.House Bill 4802 is now Public Act 200 of 2017.###
Atlice has abandoned its attempt to acquire the leading Portuguese broadcaster and production group Media Capital in the face of lack of progress to secure regulatory approval of the deal.Altice said that, one year after signing the contract and with no outcome of the regulatory process in site, it was calling time on the merger.Altice has been trying to secure a green light from the Portuguese competition authority, the Autoridade da Concorrencia (AdC), for the acquisition of Prisa’s majority stake in Media Capital in the face of hositility from politicians, other operators and media groups in the country.The telecom giant, which owns the former PT Telecom/Meo telecom operator in Portugal, said that the decision to call a halt came after the contractual deadline for the agreement between it and Prisa was extended for two months in April to allow further time to secure approval from the antitrust watchdog.Altice laid the blame for the collapse of the merger squarely on the regulator. It said that it had proactively set out remedies in line with European Industry practice in the sectore but had encountered a “complete lack of openness” on the part of the AdC, despite both parties to the agreement being initially “confident of a positive assessment”.Atlice said that the AdC had not taken the necessary decisions to enable the impelemtnation of the agreement in a timely manner. It said that it had presented a comprehensive set of long-term commitments that could be monitored by an independent trustee, including the separation of various business areas, ensuring the TVI channel was avaialable to competing platforms at a far and non-discriminatory price and renunciation of exclusivity regarding conent.The telecom group said that “an opportunity has been lost” to create an integrated media and telecom company in Portugal that could compete with international digital giants, and pointed to the US court decision on the AT&T-Time Warner deal as evidience for the case that consolidation is vital if traditional media companies are going to survive competition with internet companies.The AdC initially opened its in-depth probe into the merger in February, after concluding that there was evidence that it could give rise to “significant impediments to competition” in several markets.
France’s competition watchdog has decided to maintain certain obligations imposed on pay TV outfit Canal+ at the time of authorising the latter’s acquisition of French overseas territories telecom operator Mediaserv in 2014.The Autorité de la Concurrence is to maintain a number of obligations placed on the pay TV operator, which had initially been imposed for a five-year period, including a requirement to make its services available to other operators.The regulator has ruled that Canal+ will be obliged to treat Canal+ Telecom/Mediaserv and other internet service providers on the basis of equality because of the risk that the pay TV outfit could make its content available exclusively to its own subsidiary, or make it available to its subsidiary at more favourable terms than were available to rivals.The watchdog gave Canal+ relief on some of its obligations, including giving it the ability to bundle its internet offering with Canal+ International’s programming offer.The regulator conditionally approved Canal+ Overseas’ acquisition of a 51% stake in Mediaserv, the main alternative telecom operator in Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana and Reunion, in 2014.