Altice eyes further divestments

first_imgHome Altice eyes further divestments Shareholders approve Altice Europe buyout move Altice Europe founder Patrick Drahi revealed the company would continue to explore asset sales, as it presented Q4 financial results where increased subscriber numbers failed to mask a decline in revenue from its SFR mobile unit.The company, which has a debt pile of €28.8 billion, made a number of divestments of fixed and mobile infrastructure assets during 2018, making a total of €4 billion during the year.In a statement, Drahi said it would “continue to explore similar deals in our footprint,” adding: “Altice Europe has significant hidden value within a number of assets from strategic fixed and mobile infrastructure assets in France, Portugal, Israel and the Dominican Republic, to other high value stakes such as the very fast-growing digital advertising business of Teads.”The executive also talked-up the company’s progress in Portugal and France, noting there was commercial momentum and a “tangible inflection” in 2018, which paved the way for growth in 2019.In France its mobile subscriber base was 15.1 million at the end of Q4 2018, up from 14.4 million in the last quarter of 2017. This was due partly to increases in its “no-frill” and digital segments of the market.Although customer numbers were up, mobile revenue in France dropped almost 8 per cent year-on-year to €1.1 billion.In Portugal, the company’s mobile subscriber numbers were broadly flat year-on-year at 6.5 million with revenue raised by its consumer mobile operation up by 0.8 per cent to €143.8 million.Net profit across its whole business is not broken down on a quarterly basis, but in Q4 2018 its EBITDA fell to €1.26 billion, down from €1.47 billion in the 2017 quarter. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Previous ArticleOi lines up asset sales as losses mountNext ArticleDocomo set for Hong Kong exit Related Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Chris Donkin Cellnex compra las torres de Altice por 5.200 millones Author Altice founder looks to take company private AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 MAR 2019 AlticePatrick Drahilast_img read more

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Ikee seeking medal, win over rival

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Having become the first woman to win five titles at the national championships at the tender age of 16, Rikako Ikee has her sights set on more hardware and another 16-year-old at the world championships in Budapest in July.Ikee, who competed in seven events at last summer’s Rio Olympics, won all her races at the nationals in Nagoya last month, triumphing in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter freestyle as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly. KEYWORDS That feat, unsurprisingly, has many dubbing her as Japan’s biggest hope for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the youngster is not getting carried away.“I think there has never been a tournament where I could win so many events. I have a sense of fulfillment,” she told Kyodo News in a recent interview. “(But) it hasn’t sunk in that I’m being called an ace. I’m not at that sort of level yet at all.”Ikee said she has two clear targets ahead of her trip to Hungary, where she will again compete in five individual races and could also take part in as many as five relays.“I want to win a medal . . . (and beat Canada’s) Penny Oleksiak. We’re the same age and I was winning when we met at the world junior championships two years ago,” Ikee said of the Rio Olympic 100 free gold medalist and 100 fly runner-up.Ikee failed to reach the final for the former and finished fifth in the latter in Brazil, but a trip to Europe provides an opportunity to get one over on Oleksiak in the budding rivalry.“It’s frustrating to see the gap grow bigger so I’ll try to narrow it instead this time,” said Ikee, before she revealed the one distance in which she’s determined to be No. 1.“I am very persistent in my sprinting, the 50 freestyle is the event I enjoy the most,” she said. “I definitely don’t want to give it to anyone. There’s no room to look around, it finishes in a flash and is the one in which I have to concentrate the most.“It’s the one in which I can most be in a world of my own.”Despite all her success, Ikee is looking forward to the adjustments that could bring more success three years down the road, when the Olympics come to her hometown.“My times will improve considerably while I swim comfortably if I can up my pace and increase my thrust too — even if my stroke tempo remains the same,” she said. “I believe my time won’t improve unless I alter my technique, so hopefully I can make that change in a positive manner.”“Getting a medal (in 2020) is a goal but more than anything else, I want to go into it with confidence. I want to have the kind of training on a daily basis that (gives me the belief that) I can definitely win.” RELATED PHOTOScenter_img 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2016 Rio Olympics, Rikako Ikee, freestyle swimming Rikako Ikee won all five of the events she swam at the national championships in April. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Kaepernick, 49ers teammate kneel during national anthem

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — While a naval officer sang the first notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid dropped to one knee on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline.With his silent gestures of protest, Kaepernick intends to keep drawing attention to a litany of American problems — and he’s no longer alone.Kaepernick and Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday before the 49ers’ 31-21 preseason victory over San Diego, ignoring scattered boos and angry shouts in Qualcomm Stadium at the Chargers’ Salute to the Military preseason game.Up north in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane showed his support for Kaepernick by sitting on the bench during the anthem. “I’m not anti-American. I love America,” said Kaepernick, who stayed on the field long after the game to sign autographs for enthusiastic fans. “I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”Kaepernick’s protest has dominated the public discussion of the nation’s most popular sport this week, and his stance has been met with passionate condemnation and support. His refusal to stand for the anthem first came to public notice last week when he remained seated on the 49ers’ bench before a preseason game against Green Bay.The quarterback cited numerous reasons for his actions, ranging from racial injustice and minority oppression to police brutality and the treatment of military veterans.Kaepernick said he plans to continue his protests during the regular season. He also intends to donate $1 million “to different organizations to help these communities and help these people,” declining to provide specifics.“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said. “We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.”Kaepernick wasn’t earnestly booed in San Diego until he took the field to start the game for the 49ers, immediately leading them on a 16-play, 85-yard touchdown drive against the hometown team. Amid his burgeoning social activism, he is also fighting for a roster spot and attempting to regain the starting job that he lost last season.When Kaepernick left the field following pregame warmups, he was greeted with profanity and obscene gestures from Leo Uzcategui, a 20-year Navy veteran in a military-green Chargers jersey with quarterback Philip Rivers’ No. 17 in camouflage numbering.“I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag,” Uzcategui said. “If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.”A sign in the crowd read: “You’re an American. Act like one.”But Domenique Banks, a 23-year-old fan from nearby Oceanside, California, got the quarterback to sign his Kaepernick jersey before the game.“I told him I appreciate what he is standing up for,” Banks said. “He said he appreciated it. Most of the people I talk to say the same thing. I don’t like that he is sitting during the national anthem, but I appreciate what he is standing for.”Kaepernick was thrilled to be joined by Reid, the 49ers’ starting safety and a fourth-year veteran from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Reid and Kaepernick decided together on kneeling rather than sitting during the anthem.“I just wanted to show my support for him,” Reid said. “He wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to the military or the national anthem, so he decided to change his position to be more respectful, but still bring awareness to the issues that he believes are going on in this country, and that I wholeheartedly believe exist in this country.”In Oakland, Lane sat on the bench behind his standing teammates before Seattle’s game against the Raiders. Lane said he doesn’t know Kaepernick, but was “standing behind him.”“It’s something I plan to keep on doing until I feel like justice has been served,” Lane said. “No, I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it. I just did it. … I don’t mean no disrespect toward anybody, but I’m just standing behind what I believe.”Kaepernick kneeled next to Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who went to training camp with the Seahawks last year as a long snapper. Boyer, who wrote a conciliatory open letter to Kaepernick earlier this week, spoke with the quarterback about his stance this week. He posted a photo of the two on Twitter with a caption reading, “Let’s just keep moving forward. This is what America should be all about.”When the same naval officer performed “God Bless America” before the fourth quarter, Kaepernick remained standing and then applauded along with his teammates.Kaepernick doesn’t intend his stance to be a criticism of the military. When the Chargers’ public-address announcer asked fans to recognize active military personnel during a timeout, the quarterback stood and enthusiastically applauded along with his teammates and the entire stadium.“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech, and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee,” Kaepernick said. “So I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.”Kaepernick’s social activism, which only emerged publicly in recent weeks, also included support for the Black Lives Matter movement through social media.While negative reaction to the quarterback has been strong, Kaepernick also has been widely praised for his commitment to his stance. Veterans and military members tweeted their support for Kaepernick in recent days under the hashtag “VeteransForKaepernick.”“It was something I was thinking about to make sure that I’m not just talking about something, but I’m actively being involved and actively trying to make a change in these communities,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people.”___AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in Oakland contributed to this story.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL,SAN DIEGO (AP) — While a naval officer sang the first notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid dropped to one knee on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline.With his silent gestures of protest, Kaepernick intends to keep drawing attention to a litany of American problems — and he’s no longer alone.Kaepernick and Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday before the 49ers’ 31-21 preseason victory over San Diego, ignoring scattered boos and angry shouts in Qualcomm Stadium at the Chargers’ Salute to the Military preseason game.Up north in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane showed his support for Kaepernick by sitting on the bench during the anthem. “I’m not anti-American. I love America,” said Kaepernick, who stayed on the field long after the game to sign autographs for enthusiastic fans. “I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”Kaepernick’s protest has dominated the public discussion of the nation’s most popular sport this week, and his stance has been met with passionate condemnation and support. His refusal to stand for the anthem first came to public notice last week when he remained seated on the 49ers’ bench before a preseason game against Green Bay.The quarterback cited numerous reasons for his actions, ranging from racial injustice and minority oppression to police brutality and the treatment of military veterans.Kaepernick said he plans to continue his protests during the regular season. He also intends to donate $1 million “to different organizations to help these communities and help these people,” declining to provide specifics.“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said. “We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.”Kaepernick wasn’t earnestly booed in San Diego until he took the field to start the game for the 49ers, immediately leading them on a 16-play, 85-yard touchdown drive against the hometown team. Amid his burgeoning social activism, he is also fighting for a roster spot and attempting to regain the starting job that he lost last season.When Kaepernick left the field following pregame warmups, he was greeted with profanity and obscene gestures from Leo Uzcategui, a 20-year Navy veteran in a military-green Chargers jersey with quarterback Philip Rivers’ No. 17 in camouflage numbering.“I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag,” Uzcategui said. “If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.”A sign in the crowd read: “You’re an American. Act like one.”But Domenique Banks, a 23-year-old fan from nearby Oceanside, California, got the quarterback to sign his Kaepernick jersey before the game.“I told him I appreciate what he is standing up for,” Banks said. “He said he appreciated it. Most of the people I talk to say the same thing. I don’t like that he is sitting during the national anthem, but I appreciate what he is standing for.”Kaepernick was thrilled to be joined by Reid, the 49ers’ starting safety and a fourth-year veteran from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Reid and Kaepernick decided together on kneeling rather than sitting during the anthem.“I just wanted to show my support for him,” Reid said. “He wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to the military or the national anthem, so he decided to change his position to be more respectful, but still bring awareness to the issues that he believes are going on in this country, and that I wholeheartedly believe exist in this country.”In Oakland, Lane sat on the bench behind his standing teammates before Seattle’s game against the Raiders. Lane said he doesn’t know Kaepernick, but was “standing behind him.”“It’s something I plan to keep on doing until I feel like justice has been served,” Lane said. “No, I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it. I just did it. … I don’t mean no disrespect toward anybody, but I’m just standing behind what I believe.”Kaepernick kneeled next to Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who went to training camp with the Seahawks last year as a long snapper. Boyer, who wrote a conciliatory open letter to Kaepernick earlier this week, spoke with the quarterback about his stance this week. He posted a photo of the two on Twitter with a caption reading, “Let’s just keep moving forward. This is what America should be all about.”When the same naval officer performed “God Bless America” before the fourth quarter, Kaepernick remained standing and then applauded along with his teammates.Kaepernick doesn’t intend his stance to be a criticism of the military. When the Chargers’ public-address announcer asked fans to recognize active military personnel during a timeout, the quarterback stood and enthusiastically applauded along with his teammates and the entire stadium.“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech, and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee,” Kaepernick said. “So I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.”Kaepernick’s social activism, which only emerged publicly in recent weeks, also included support for the Black Lives Matter movement through social media.While negative reaction to the quarterback has been strong, Kaepernick also has been widely praised for his commitment to his stance. Veterans and military members tweeted their support for Kaepernick in recent days under the hashtag “VeteransForKaepernick.”“It was something I was thinking about to make sure that I’m not just talking about something, but I’m actively being involved and actively trying to make a change in these communities,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people.”___AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in Oakland contributed to this story.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team’s NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)last_img read more

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Official: Gerard Moreno joins Villarreal from Espanyol

first_img Moreno, 26, came through Espanyol’s academy but was released in 2007, moving to fellow Catalan side Badalona.  Villarreal have confirmed the signing of Spanish forward Gerard Moreno from Espanyol for around 20 million euros.  An Espanyol fan, he re-joined his boyhood club from Villarreal, incidentally, three years ago and has scored 39 goals for the Pericos.  CEST Upd. at 12:42 The Catalan club will received 20 million euros for the striker, which is only 50 percent of his release fee, although that’s because Villarreal maintained 50 percent of his rights.  From there, he moved to Villarreal, where he played for the C team, B team and first team before joining Mallorca on loan in 2013.  IN SPORT.ES 12/06/2018 Oficial: Gerard Moreno ficha por el Villarreal Despite Espanyol’s struggles at times last season, Moreno emerged from the campaign with his reputation boosted after scoring 19 goals in all competitions.  sport.es Moreno joins the club on five-year deal with the fee to be paid to Espanyol in installments as a deal which has been in the works for months is finally made official.   Villarreal will pay 12 million during the coming days, while the rest of the cash will be paid in four million installments over the next two years.  In 2015 he returned to Espanyol, but now finds himself heading back to Villarreal for a second spell with the Yellow Submarine.last_img read more

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