Local couple celebrating 50th anniversary wants to see their marriage on public recordState Rep. Triston Cole (left) testified with Bonnie and Doug Dean in support of his bill to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18.The House Families, Children, and Seniors Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow private marriages between minors to be made public after both parties are at least 18.Under current law, only persons at least 18 years of age may be married without parental consent. However, a probate judge may marry, without publicity, minors between the ages of 16 and 18 years old if these individuals have their parents’ permission.There is nothing in the statute allowing these individuals’ marriage records to be made public once they both reach 18 years of age. The bill would allow the court to unseal the record of their marriage.Bonnie and Doug Dean testified with Cole about having a “secret marriage.” Last summer they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The only gift they were asking for is the ability to see their marriage on public record.“These marriages should not be hidden away based solely on the age of the individuals,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “The bill would allow for these secret marriages to be made public after both parties involved are no longer minors.”The legislation will allow marriage licenses to be unsealed upon the following conditions:· All petitioners were married without publicity under section 1 of the act.· 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 moves to the full House for consideration.### 05Oct Rep. Cole bill allows private marriages between minors to be made public Categories: Cole News
Cable Europe has called on the European Parliament to improve the “legal framework for the licensing of TV programmes” as new content portability rules come into effect.From April 1, new rules mean that users of online audiovisual services can view content while outside their home country within the EU.However, Cable Europe, the trade association that represents broadband cable TV operators in Europe, claims that in order to fulfill the promise of the portability regulation, service providers need to have out-of-home rights to allow customers to watch TV shows when they are on the move.“Under today’s legislative framework, cable operators may not be able to provide the full range of portability services because of the complexities surrounding copyright clearance for ‘online’ content,” said Cable Europe in a statement.“The draft SatCab regulation, which is currently being examined by the European Parliament and Council, holds the key for this to happen. There is an urgent need to improve the legal framework for the licensing of TV programmes, and to take the opportunity to present a coherent framework in the interests of European citizens.”“Cable Europe calls upon both the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure that the SatCab regulation delivers the necessary streamlining of online copyright clearance, for the benefit and enjoyment of all European consumers.”In December, MEPs endorsed a watered-down version of rules on ‘content portability’ across frontiers within the EU. This was proposed by the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee in November.
Online streaming service and DVD retailer Lovefilm was acquired by Amazon at the turn of the year. Under the leadership of CEO Simon Calver, the company increased its UK workforce by 20% as it continued to expand. As well as striking new content deals this year – most notably an exclusive new pay TV window with Warner Bros – the company has also launched on a range of connected devices, including the iPad, Sony Playstation 3 and Sony Bravia TVs.Age 47Education Degree in Computer SciencePrevious positions Chief operating officer/president, Riverdeep Plc; general manager/vice-president, Dell UK/Ireland Home and SME; vice-president, sales operations, PepsiCola International; General manager/vice-president, PepsiCola UK/Ireland.Last year’s highlights Getting a great partner on-board like Amazon to help lead the business into the next phase of dramatic growth.Most significant industry development The launch of new OTT services with exclusive and great content.Goals for next year To accelerate subscriber growth rate and launch Lovefilm on even more new devices.Industry challenges and opportunities New competitors coming into the entertainment space in Europe such as Google and Netflix.Alternative career choice Another consumer facing product/technology business that would disrupt existing ‘old markets’ by offering great value, service and solutions for its customers. I like to shake up the status quo.TV character most identified with Benjamin Button, I have a new 12-week old son that is keeping me youthful…again.Most admired personality Nelson Mandela – to have the resilience to survive what he did to come out stronger with a vision to change and lead.Life outside work Cycle and drink great wine but not together.