PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Calabar High were double winners on yesterday’s final day of competition for high school teams at the 2017 Penn Relays. The Red Hills Road-based school ended the meet in fine style after winning both the 4×100 and 4×400 metres Championship of America high school relays in record times. Full advantage Like the first two days of the meet, the weather was perfect and Calabar took full advantage of the situation as they smashed the 4x100m record, posting a new mark of 39.00 seconds, removing the previous best of 39.63 they held jointly with Kingston College. Defending champions Kingston College, with Jhevaughn Matherson on anchor, were second in 39.74. Cornwall College were fourth in 41.20 and Munro College, sixth in 41.52, as Excelsior and Jamaica College failed to finish. It was smooth baton changing all the way for Calabar after a good start from Tyreke Wilson. Christopher Taylor ran a solid leg, with Michael Stephens opening up on third leg and DeJour Russell powering home on the final leg to give the green and black-clad boys their seventh win in the event. Better exchanges Assistant Coach Omar Hawes was very impressed with the execution of the race. “It is awesome what these guys have done. It could be much faster, but thanks to God for what he gave us. Technical sprinting was at its best today and better exchanges would have seen a much faster time. Hope they remain healthy as they will be back for two more years and will be able to break the record once again,” said Hawes, who stated that they will be competing in three more overseas meets this season. Later in the afternoon, Calabar smashed the 20-year-old 3:08.72 4x400m record set by John Muir High out of California with a new mark of 3:08.59. Edwin Allen were second in 3:10.09, just ahead of Kingston College, third in 3:10.66, and Jamaica College, fourth in 3:11.18. The event was close for the most of the event way as Kingston College, Edwin Allen and Jamaica College kept the favourites on their toes for the first leg, but the outstanding Christopher Taylor ran a split of 46.13 on anchor to go clear of his rivals and give his school their eighth title in the event. St Elizabeth Technical regained the 4x800m title they last won in 2015 by upstaging a weakened St Jago team without top man Keenan Lawrence, who was out due to injury. Defending champions St Jago had the early lead, but after the first exchange, Rayon Butler put the winners in front and anchorman Jauvaney James, with a split of 1:51.67, extended the lead to give the Reynaldo Walcott-coached school their eighth win in the event. Shamar Salmon ran the third leg for the champions. St Jago were second in 7:39.67, Calabar third in 7:43.62, Jamaica College fourth in 7:44.26 and Kingston College, seventh in 7:44.26.
Bouygues TelecomFrench construction-to-telecoms conglomerate Bouygues has categorically denied that it is in talks with other French operators after news service La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Orange CEO Stéphane Richard and Martin Bouygues had talks about possible consolidation at the beginning of March.“Following the article published in La Lettre de l’Expansion on 13 March 2017 entitled ‘Orange-Bouygues, un accord en vue’, Bouygues wishes to categorically deny the existence of any discussions with other operators with a view to consolidating the French telecoms market,” said the company.La Lettre de l’Expansion reported that Bouygues’ bankers were looking for a deal that would see Bouygues Telecom valued at about the same level as when negotiations were taking place last year – about €10 billion.Any deal would be expected to involve the other main French telecom players – Free and SFR – to allay competition concerns. The most widely discussed scenario involves the Free Mobile taking over Bouygues wireless spectrum while Orange and SFR share the fourth operator’s subscribers and retail outlets.Bouygues broke off talks with Orange early last year after failing to find agreement with the larger player on key elements including the level of participation of Bouygues in Orange post the acquisition, the risks of execution and the value placed on Bouygues Telecom, as well as the fate of its employees.Bouygues said at the time that it would pursue a standalone strategy in a market that still had growth potential.
The European subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market is due to reach revenues of US$6.8 billion in 2022, up from US$3.9 billion in 2017, according to Kagan research.The S&P Global Market Intelligence research group said that Netflix’s localised presence throughout Europe was one of the “main factors” contributing to this growth.Other cited factors were the expansion of Amazon Prime Video as a stand-alone service, the debut of international OTT services like Naspers’ Showmax, and the strengthening of offerings from local media providers such as Sky’s Now TV and ProSiebenSat.1 Media’s Maxdome.According to Kagan estimates, total paid subscriptions to online video services across 14 European markets will grow from 39.3 million in 2017 to 60.8 million in 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 9.1%.SVOD services were found to be especially popular in the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Sweden ranking as the countries with the highest penetration rates – ranging from 76.2% to 86.1% in 2017.Kagan said this can be attributed to the countries’ high percentage of English-speakers as well as disposable incomes higher than the European average.The UK was found to have Europe’s highest number of SVOD subscriptions, more than double those in Germany in 2017. The report said it expects this to continue over the next five years.Russia, Spain and Portugal were the three least SVOD-penetrated markets in Europe, according to the report.The study looked at 14 European markets – Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Poland and Russia.