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ISRAELI energy conglomerate Delek have clarified that they do not plan to drill another exploratory well within their Block 12 offshore concession until May 2016, when their licence is set to expire.In a disclosure to the Tel Aviv stock exchange last week, Delek said its gas subsidiaries have postponed the schedule for an “additional test drilling well” in Block 12 from October 23 to May 23, 2016.The date coincides with the expiry of the company’s licence.In an emailed response to a Cyprus Mail query on Monday, the company clarified that the test drilling referred to an “exploration well obligation.”Delek did not comment on another question as to whether, given this development, they intend to request a renewal of their Block 12 licence.“The Block 12 Contractors (Noble, Delek Drilling and Avner) are in discussions with the government of Cyprus regarding the implementation of the proposed development plan for Aphrodite discovery that the Block 12 contractors have submitted to the government of Cyprus, and such plan would also address any issues relating to drilling timelines etc,” the response read.From the reply it can be deduced that Delek are looking to amend their agreement with Cyprus, but details are sketchy.“As for raising the stake in Block 12, as the Delek Group disclosed, it has entered discussions with Noble for a possible farm-in which is still subject to agreement between the parties and relevant corporate approvals as well as for the approval of the government of Cyprus.”In their October 22 press release, Delek had said the Block 12 partners “are examining options for amending the Development plan as required under the Production Sharing Contract and conducting discussions with regard to the proposed outline for the development plan of the Aphrodite reservoir.”The Aphrodite gas reservoir in Block 12 was declared commercial earlier this year.In their full-year 2014 results, released in March, Delek characterised Aphrodite as a 4.5 trillion cubic feet (contingent and prospective) natural gas discovery.At the time, Delek announced on behalf of their partners that the drafted, preliminary plan for Aphrodite included the establishment of an FPSO (floating production storage and offloading) vessel.In August, operator Noble Energy announced that it was considering a plan that included gas exports to Egypt.Noble operates the block with a 70 per cent interest, in partnership with Delek subsidiaries Avner Oil Exploration and Delek Drilling (15 per cent each). You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
11Sep Price, local police officer take part in House ceremony honoring first responders, military Rep. Amanda Price welcomes Lt. Christopher Wright of the Grand Haven Public Safety Department to the state Capitol today. Price invited Wright – a Norton Shores native with nearly 20 years of service on the Grand Haven Public Safety Department – to a special House session honoring first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty during the last year. The annual ceremony also commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.### Categories: News
Categories: Iden News,News 20Jun State House approves Rep. Iden’s Michigan Tax Tribunal reforms The state House today approved Rep. Brandt Iden’s bill to benefit residential and commercial taxpayers by improving the Michigan Tax Tribunal.Iden’s legislation would make the state’s administrative court handling property tax appeals more efficient and reliable. The reforms would speed up the resolution of cases and require comprehensive training for new tribunal appointees.“These reforms will make our tax appeals process more equitable, responsive and consistent,” Iden, of Oshtemo, said after the House vote. “I believe that these revisions were needed to strengthen our system and ensure taxpayers have a fair and level playing field moving forward.”The Michigan Tax Tribunal’s seven members are appointed by the governor. Most of the appeals heard by the administrative court deal with property tax assessments, although it also has jurisdiction in other tax disputes.Iden’s bill would:Establish required training for new Tribunal members including state and local tax issues, proper courtroom procedures and accepted appraisal practices.Require the governor to consider candidates solicited from appropriate professional associations when appointing Tribunal members.Allow the governor to remove a Tribunal member for failure to perform duties or wrongdoing, and establish procedures to eliminate potential conflicts of interest.Provide deadlines for decisions and other procedures to speed up cases.Allow regional Tribunal offices to make access easier for taxpayers.Define the types of rules the Tribunal may establish.The legislation advances to the Senate.###The legislation is House Bill 4412.
House approves measure with overwhelming support The Michigan House of Representatives approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Jim Tedder establishing a process to allow physicians to become licensed in multiple states today.Under this legislation, a licensed physician who meets certain eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply for an expedited license that authorizes him or her to practice in all other states that are members of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Member states may impose a fee for an expedited license or renewal through the compact in that state.The compact states, “In order to strengthen access to health care, and in recognition of the advances in the delivery of health care, the member states of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact have allied in common purpose to develop a comprehensive process that complements the existing licensing and regulatory authority of state medical boards.”Proponents for this legislation maintain that the compact creates another pathway for licensure and does not otherwise change a state’s existing medical practice act.“We have to take action to address physician shortages in rural and underserved areas of our state and take advantage of telemedicine technology,” said Tedder, of Clarkston.Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology.If this measure is signed into law, Michigan will join 22 other states currently in the compact, with legislation pending in four others.The bills are supported by the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, AARP, Federation of State Medical Boards and several other medical organizations.House Bills 4066 – 4067 now move to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Tedder News Tags: Health Policy, IMLC, Licensing, Physicians 10Oct Tedder bills allow physicians to be licensed in multiple states
Categories: Bizon News,News State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today announced the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended to purchase land for a trailhead in Albion Township.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the recommended grant will help expand the Iron Belle Trail through the city of Albion and the Albion College’s Equestrian Center. Funding for the project is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The grant announcement coincides with the ribbon cutting for the Community-College Trail in the city of Albion, which was partially funded by a $294,000 Trust Fund grant.“This new land purchase will increase the recreational opportunities for local families and for visitors to our communities,” Bizon said. “We have a wealth of natural resources in this area, and development of the site will give people easy access to those resources, the city and the Kalamazoo River. In concert with the Community College Trail, this new project will further connect the region.”Acquisition of the 65 acres in Albion Township is the start of a development that will eventually be a trailhead and public recreational area for eastern Calhoun County. The trailhead will serve several recreational assets, including the Iron Belle Trail.The Legislature will consider the recommendations later this year.##### 10Jan Rep. Bizon: Recreation grant for trailhead recommended
Senate approves plan protecting Michigan veterans and their families A proposal from state Rep. Sue Allor to help in the prevention of individuals or agencies from profiting off veterans benefit services that can be obtained for free was unanimously advanced in a vote by the Michigan Senate this week.House Bill 4918 prohibits a practice referred to as pension poaching. In some cases, unaccredited, for-profit agencies or individuals not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs have charged commissions or advisory fees to assist veterans and family members who are filing benefit claims.Current law also does not require for-profit individuals or agencies from having to identify themselves as being unaffiliated with the VA, leading to deceptive sales practices.“When speaking with certified Veterans Service Officers on this issue, I’ve heard examples in Michigan and other states of veterans being billed hundreds, even thousands of dollars for services that are available for free through the VA,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “Many times in these cases the veterans are unaware that these services were out there at no cost to them. That’s not right, and I want reforms on the books protecting veterans from individuals or agencies who are merely trying to make a buck off those who have bravely served our country.”HB 4918 initially advanced through the full House with overwhelming bipartisan support in November. The House offered final legislative approval on Tuesday in a 107-2 vote following the Senate’s action. The proposal now moves to the governor for review. Categories: Allor News,News 13Jun Rep. Allor proud of continued progress in effort to crack down on pension poaching
State Rep. Eric Leutheuser today applauded an announcement of $200,000 to be invested in critical infrastructure and utility improvements in Coldwater and Hillsdale. The upgrades are possible thanks to Rural Development Fund Grants from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).“I am excited to see this important investment in our communities,” Rep. Leutheuser said. “This is one step in improving and updating our infrastructure, and it is encouraging to see MDARD prioritizing Branch and Hillsdale counties.”Senate Majority Leader Shirkey, whose district includes both counties, also commended the investment. “I am excited about this step forward to make Michigan the best possible home for family, talent and opportunity, and jobs,” the senator from Clarklake said. “This is a much-needed boost to the economic comeback of our community.”Rural Development Fund Grants are designed to promote sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities. The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities will receive $100,000 to conduct needed improvements for the Water Resources Recovery Facility, and the City of Hillsdale will receive $100,000 for storm sewer and road repairs. A total of 16 projects across the state were selected for grants out of 66 applications. 13Mar Rep. Leutheuser, Sen. Shirkey commend rural focus of infrastructure grant Categories: Leutheuser News
Categories: Leutheuser News,News 09May Rep. Leutheuser votes to lower car insurance rates for Michigan drivers The Michigan House today approved a landmark plan to fix the state’s much-maligned car insurance system and reduce rates for all Michigan drivers, state Rep. Eric Leutheuser announced.Leutheuser voted in favor of the plan to guarantee lower rates and give drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stop price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combat fraudulent claims to help lower costs.The changes are designed to end Michigan’s long-standing reputation as the state with the costliest car insurance rates in the nation.“This reform is one of the main reasons I wanted to represent Hillsdale and Branch counties in the state Legislature,” Leutheuser said. “As a former car dealership owner, I heard about it from customers for years – and I know it is one of our state’s biggest problems. Car insurance is too expensive, and that has got to change.“I have been frustrated at the lack of progress on this issue,” Leutheuser said. “But there is momentum now. It’s not just the No. 1 issue for me – it’s the No. 1 issue for a lot of people across the state. Our economy is recovering, but it won’t fully accelerate until we stop chasing people away with the highest car insurance rates in the nation.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The House-approved plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options.The sweeping legislation now advances to the Senate for consideration.#####
Voddler has inked a Europe-wide deal with Nokia and will deliver its on-demand streaming service exclusively to the cell phone handset operator’s Lumia smart phones in the region.Owners of the relevant smartphones will be able to access movies with the Voddler service and can download a Voddler Lumia app. It allows users to interact with friends, schedule joint movie nights as well as reviewing and commenting on films watched on via Voddler.The deal was announced at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. It follows an earlier agreement between Voddler and Nokia, inked last January, that saw Nokia Growth Partners, the venture capital arm off the cell phone company, lead an US$8 million (€6 million) investment round in Voddler.
UK cabler Virgin Media will transmit Eurosport’s 3D coverage of the French Open tennis tournament.It had already been announced that Eurosport’s 3D coverage would be shown on BSkyB and it has now been confirmed it will also be shown on Virgin.
Swiss service provider Sunrise has said it had signed up “several thousand” subscribers to its IPTV service as of the end of June, without giving precise numbers.“Although we believe that our TV offerings will play an important role in our business going forward, they do not yet play a significant role in the condensed consolidated financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2012,” the company said in its results statement.Sunrise launched its IPTV service in the first quarter. As of the end of June, the company had 372,000 fixed internet subscribers. Fixed internet revenues increased by 1.3% to CHF88.6 million (€73.8 million) for the first six months of the year.
International fashion, entertainment and lifestyle network, Fashion One, has launched in the Middle East and North Africa. The network is available in HD on the YahLive satellite platform, which offers roughly 50 high definition TV channels across the region.Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, YahLive is a joint venture between Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Yahsat and global satellite operator SES.The service launched in 2011 and broadcasts from its Y1A satellite, positioned at 52.5 degrees East, covering the Middle East, Africa and West Asia.The Fashion One Network is a subsidiary of Bigfoot Entertainment, launched in 2010, and airs original programmes, including reality shows, documentaries, entertainment news and lifestyle magazine content.
Orange France has reacted to rival Bouygues Telecom’s introduction of a low-cost fibre offering by using its low-cost subsidiary Sosh to launch a new low-cost quad-play offering including fibre-based internet.From July 3, Sosh will offer a combination of Orange’s Livebox plus mobile, with internet speeds of up to 200Mbps downstream and 50Mbps upstream for the same price as its current €44.99 and €49.99 ADSL-based quad-play combinations and for €5 more than its current €29.99 and €34.99 packages.Sosh customers not currently equipped with Livebox Play will have their receiver swapped out by a techician when they have fibre installed.The move follows Bouygues’ launch of a €25.99 fibre offering last week. Until now, Sosh customers could only take ADSL or VDSL-based broadband. Sosh has about 2.1 million customers. Orange can currently offer fibre to about three million homes using the Sosh brand.Orange’s own-branded fibre service offers internet speeds of up to 500Mbps.SFR and Free have yet to join the ultra-high speed quad-play price war.Separately, cable operator Numericable has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Virgin Mobile France operator Omer Telecom. The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, follows Numericable’s offer last month for the Virgin Mobile business, valuing the company at €325 million.Numericable’s owner, Patrick Drahi’s Luxembourg-based investment company Altice, last week raised €911 million by placing 17.9 million new ordinary shares, the proceeds of which will be used to finance the €529m cash payment to Carlyle and Cinven for their 14% stake in Numericable, as previously announced on April 7, with the balance being used to reduce net debt andfor general corporate purposes.The Virgin Mobile acquisition comes after Drahi’s deal to acquire the much larger mobile and fixed operator SFR from Vivendi for an initial €13.5 billion and is part of his overall plan to use Numericable as a leading consolidator in the French fixed and mobile communications business.
Tribune Digital Ventures has acquired What’s-ON, a TV search and EPG data provider for India and the Middle East for approximately US$27 million (€20 million).According to Tribune, the move expands its TV listings and video metadata footprint to more than 50 countries in over 30 languages, reaching more than 600 million TV subscribers.What’s-ON provides EPG data and TV search products for countries including India, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Indonesia, Kenya and Sri Lanka. The company delivers data for more than 1,600 TV channels and helps power more than 50 million set-top boxes through the region’s cable and IPTV services, according to Tribune. What’s-ON customers include Star TV, Discovery Networks, Hathway Cable, Qatar Telecom, Samsung and Sony.What’s-ON will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Mumbai. The What’s-ON acquisition follows Tribune’s acquisition earlier this year of music and video metadata leader Gracenote.“The acquisition of What’s-ON fits within our broader strategy of diversifying revenue and scaling our metadata business to meet increasing client demand,” said Peter Liguori, CEO of Tribune Company.“The strategic investments we made over the last year expand Tribune’s presence internationally and enable us to offer a trusted solution to cable, Internet and consumer electronics clients globally. I’m pleased that with What’s-ON we will have a new presence in markets with significant opportunity. Atul Phadnis, founder and CEO of What’s On and his team will work together with Rich Cusick and Tribune’s existing TV metadata team to grow this area of our business.”
YouTube is reportedly opening a content creator studio in Paris, in the latest expansion of its YouTube Space studio initiative.According French news magazine Le Point, the studio will open in the basement of the Google France headquarters, close to the Saint Lazare train station in central Paris. It is reportedly due to open in the coming weeks.Last month YouTube partnered with Indian film school, Whistling Woods International, to set up a studio space for YouTube content creators in Mumbai. It opened a similar space in Berlin in May and also offers studio facilities in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York and Sao Paulo.
Kaltura has partnered with 24i Media, integrating the latter’s TV everywhere interface with its OTT TV platform.24i Media’s SmartTemplate TV user interface will now act as a new front end for Kaltura’s OTT TV platform.“The integration of the SmartTemplate TV app with Kaltura’s OTT TV backend platform means that companies can now launch a full multiscreen OTT service in a matter of weeks,” said Kaltura.
Matt HancockEd Vaizey has been replaced as the minister in charge of the UK’s culture and media sectors, as the fall-out of the country’s recent political changes continue.Matt Hancock has been appointed minister of state for digital policy at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, effectively replacing Vaizey, who was minister of state for culture, communications and creative industries.The UK media sector is still coming to terms with the UK’s decision to vote to leave the European Union, with much uncertainty surrounding how the territory will work with the continent going forwards.Vaizey’s work in his post communications chief saw him work to thrash out terms of tax credits for animation, kids live-action and live-action programming, and on wider digital initiatives. He began overseeing the digital industries two years ago.He has been replaced as new British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to implement her own team after replacing former incumbent David Cameron last week.May has already ousted John Whittingdale, the culture secretary who led royal charter negotiations with the BBC and investigated selling another UK public broadcaster, Channel 4, to the private sector.Karen Bradley replaced Whittingdale last Thursday.
Hannes AmetsreiterVodafone Germany has set the goal of making Gigabit broadband speeds available to 70% of the residents of Bavaria by 2019, making Bavaria Germany’s ‘first Gigabit state’.Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter said that Vodafone would turbocharge the development of broadband in the southern German sate over the next two years, continuing to upgrade its fibre network to deliver 1Gbops to seven in 10 households.Vodafone already delivers 200Mbps services to a footprint of 13.7 million homes across Germany, and passes six million hoems with 400Mbps capability. Ametsreiter said that over a third of Bavarians now had access to 400Mbps.Vodafone Germany this month launched a new advanced TV platform, Gigal TV, offering linear TV, on-demand video and apps from streaming services as well as multiscreen access to content via smartphones and tablets, available over the former Kabel Deutschland cable network.
By the end of 2018, Australia is set to become the first country where the number of SVOD households overtakes pay TV homes in any market worldwide, according to Futuresource Consulting.The research firm said that the uptake of SVOD is expected to reach 6.1 million subscriptions by the end of 2018, following “impressive growth” in the past four years, driven largely by Netflix.“Netflix continues to witness a rapid rise in Australia and is undoubtedly one of its most successful international markets,” said Joanna Wright, senior market analyst at Futuresource Consulting.“In 2017, it reached a landmark 2.8 million subscriptions, matching Foxtel’s subscriptions, the leading pay TV operator. Stan and Foxtel Now are witnessing healthy growth in the SVOD sector, but have yet to take-off in the same way as Netflix.”Amazon Prime launched in Australia in June 2018 and CBS is expected to launch All Access by the end of the year. Futuresource also expects there to be more competition when Disney rolls out its SVOD service next year.Futuresource’s consumer research survey, ‘Living with Digital’, shows that pay TV and SVOD services are complementary, with 65% of pay TV subscribers also taking an SVOD subscription.In terms of revenue, Australian SVOD spend grew 55% in 2017, with a further 48% expected in 2018, to reach AU$647 million (€411 million) – which will account for nearly half of all home video spend in the country.“Pay TV subscription revenue plays a key role in the strength and size of the overall video market, representing half of total video spend”, said Joanna Wright, senior market analyst at Futuresource Consulting.“Australia has one of the highest pay TV ARPUs (average revenue per user) in the world, but the rise of low-cost pay TV-lite and SVOD services has led to more promotions and a fall in the ARPUs.”ARPUs fell in Australia from AU$88 in 2014 to AU $65 in 2018, prompting a 7% fall in overall pay TV revenue in 2017 and a further 4% drop anticipated in 2018 to AU$ 2.6 billion. Longer term, revenues are expected to decline on average by 2% each year, but still outperform SVOD.