Categories: Allor News Legislation renames portion of U.S.23 in Presque Isle CountyState Rep. Sue Allor (right) testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of state Sen. Jim Stamas (left) legislation to rename a portion of highway in Presque Isle County as the Peter A. Pettalia Memorial Highway. Pettalia’s wife, Karen also testified in support of the bill.Senate Bill 622 moves to the full House for consideration.### 29May Rep. Allor testifies in support of plan to honor former state Rep. Peter A. Pettalia
Freesat, a new low-cost digital platform for Romania, has launched on the Eutelsat 16A satellite.Freesat joins the already crowded Romanian DTH market with a very low-cost offering, providing a range of standard and HD channels for an annual subscription of RON99 (€23) and the purchase of a conditional access smartcard.The platform includes popular Romanian commercial and public channels such as TVR 1, TVR 2, Pro TV, AcasaTv, ProCinema, Sport.ro, KanalD, Prima, NationalTV, FavoritTV, TVR HD TVR 3, TVR News, TVR International, Etno TV, Taraf TV and West TV.“Our objective is to give Romanians access to digital television choice at a great price with the highest quality and to reach the maximum number of homes using Eutelsat’s established neighbourhood at 16° East,” said Serban Belenes, general manager of Freesat. “We believe that Freesat’s proposal of no monthly bill and no commitment is a key asset. With 99 lei, you have your favourite channels for a full year – no worries, no subscription.”
Altice has said it “does not agree” with a European Commission notice that the media and telecoms group may have ‘jumped the gun’ on approval of its purchase of Portugal Telecom by implementing the acquisition of the Portuguese telco before it had officially received a green light.The EU’s merger regulation requires that acquiring companies notify transactions prior to their implementation and do not being to implement the deals before they are cleared by the Commission – a requirement known as the ‘standstill obligation’.Altice notified the EC of its plans to acquire PT Portugal in February 2015 and received a conditional green light in April.The EC has now taken the view that Altice actually implemented the acquisition prior to the adoption of the Commission’s clearance, and in some instances, prior to its notification.In particular, the EC believes that the purchase agreement between the two companies put Altice in a position to exercise decisive influence over PT Portugal before notification or clearance of the transaction, and that “in certain instances” Altice exercised decisive influence over the telco.The Commission has sent a ‘statement of objections’ to Altice pending the outcome of a full investigation.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “If companies jump the gun by implementing mergers prior to notification or clearance, they undermine the effective functioning of the EU merger control system. The Statement of Objections sent to Altice shows how seriously the Commission takes breaches of the rules designed to protect the merger control system.”Altice strongly rejected the accusation that it had ‘jumped the gun’. “Altice does not agree with the European Commission’s preliminary conclusions, and will submit a full response to the statement of objections and contest all the objections. The sending of a statement of objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation,” the company said.If found guilty, Altice could ultimately face a large fine of potentially up to 10% of its total annual turnover.This is not the first time the company has found itself in trouble over ‘jumping the gun’ on clearance of an acquisition. In November last year it received a €80 million fine from France’s domestic competition watchdog, the Autorité de la Concurrence, for doing the same at the time of its acquisition of SFR and Virgin Mobile France.The regulator said that documents showed that Altice had exercised a controlling influence over both companies before it received regulatory permission to move forwards.
ShareTweet “Thousands of people are displaced daily by the horrors of war, persecution and poverty.“It’s absolutely vital that people fleeing war and persecution have a welcoming, safe and secure environment in which to live. We all have a part to play in achieving this. “The launch of a new report by PPR and Housing 4 All is welcome in highlighting many of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers including poverty, poor housing conditions and health issues. “In a housing survey, 31% of respondents stated that their home was not safe, liveable or secure. These are damning figures. COUNCILLOR PATRICIA LOGUEDEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIESHousing 4 AllLogue welcomes new report on refugee human rightsParticipation & Practice Of RightsSinn Fein SINN Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has welcomed the launch of a new report which promotes the human rights and the right to housing of refugees and asylum seekers. Commenting after Participation & Practice Of Rights (PPR) and Housing 4 All launched a report on Refugee Week, the party’s local Housing Spokesperson said: “This week marks Refugee Week and an opportunity to raise the plight of refugees – but also to highlight the vital contribution they make to our communities. “Everyone has a right to proper living conditions. We will continue to raise these issues at future meetings with the Housing Executive and the Department for Communities.”Logue welcomes new report on refugee human rights was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: