Home Orange could buy smaller European operators – exec Author Related The head of Orange’s European operations, Gervais Pellissier, said the company would be interested in acquiring smaller operators in the region, according to the Financial Times.This list could potentially include players like Telecom Italia, as well as Netherlands-based KPN and Belgacom in Belgium, the report said.There has recently been a renewed focus on deal-making in Europe, although the focus has been on in-market consolidation rather than cross-border alliances.Pellissier said “there will be inter-country or intra-European consolidation” in the next five years where “players who are today playing on a single market or near to a single market, might be purchased by those who are bigger.”“For sure, one of those might be a target for us,” he added.However, he admitted that regulators may oppose consolidation.“The official political speech that the new executive body in Brussels of the Union will be more in favour of consolidation is not completely true,” he said, adding that “the view of the commission on the number of players, at least for most of the market, has not completely changed that four is better than three.”For his part, Pellissier believes “the situation with four players is not sustainable in the long term” in France and went on to say that the only player “not for sale in the French market is us.”Ultimately though, he said “the choice is not in our hands. It is up to others to decide what to do.”In March, Telecom Italia quashed speculation about a tie-up with Orange, with Giuseppe Recchi, chairman of the Italian player, stating there is “nothing on the table”, and that Telecom Italia is “focused on the Italian and Brazilian markets.”This was after Orange CEO Stephane Richard said that Telecom Italia presented “an attractive European consolidation opportunity,” only to later play down the comment saying it is a “purely internal discussion”.In some ways, an alliance between the two would make sense: there is no overlap between Orange’s European and African markets and those of Telecom Italia in Europe and Latin America.Orange is Europe’s second-largest service provider by number of subscribers and has been dealing with price wars in its home market of France ever since the arrival of low-cost operator Free in January 2012.Telecom Italia, which has struggled with debt, is often seen as a potential target, with its Brazilian assets particularly regarded as attractive.But it is also seeing signs of stabilisation in its home market, having invested heavily in improving the quality of its fixed and mobile networks. Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Previous ArticleEricsson appears to backtrack on 50B connected device visionNext ArticleAT&T chief unsure of Google’s intention for mobile market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 JUN 2015 Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Saleha Riaz Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Tags OrangeTelecom Italia
The annual “World Happiness Report” for 2019 is out. Depending on the Gallup World Poll, it turns out the U.S. comes in rather low among free countries at number 19.The Declaration of Independence states that all of us are “endowed” by our Creator with “inalienable rights,” among which is “the pursuit of happiness.” The idea, of course, is that finding happiness is the responsibility of the individual and that government may not unduly interfere with that quest.The Technocrats SpeakBut according to the study’s technocratic authors, government is the prime creator of happiness. Indeed, the first topic mentioned in the report is “happiness and government,” which are the subjects of the first two chapters. In Chapter 2 they write:At the most basic level, good government establishes and maintains an institutional framework that enables people to live better lives. Similarly, good public services are those that improve lives while using fewer scarce resources.The authors also worry about “happiness inequality,” a new term for me that certainly implies that government’s role is to pursue policies that make everyone equally happy.The factors that the authors claim determine a country’s happiness are:GDP per capitaSocial supportHealthy life expectancy at birthFreedom to make life choices Generosity Perceptions of corruptionNotice that vigorous government would have a clear tie-in with most of these. Accordingly, Western free countries with the most socialized systems are at the top of the list as the happiest countries, led by Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, with the U.S. coming in behind Canada and Israel, albeit ahead of France, Italy, Spain, and the Czech Republic.What Is Happiness?The conclusions in reports like this depend on data and what is included as relevant criteria, or to paraphrase Pilate, what is happiness?In this regard, I noticed a glaring absence from these happiness-gauging criteria: a robust personal faith and religious participation in one’s life. I did a word search of the entire report and neither the words “faith,” nor “religion” appears, nor is the issue discussed in the chapter on personal “pro-social behavior.”What a glaring omission. It seems to me as a non-social scientist that living a life of meaning and purpose are more important in deriving life satisfaction than GDP and life expectancy at birth — which, in turn, would seem to be a more important factor in a good life than mere “happiness.” Certainly, people who are not religious can be happy and have live meaningful lives, but I think that overlooking this crucial aspect in the life experiences of literally billions of people in the world — again, as a non-social scientist — renders the happiness report substantially useless.Here’s a little evidence that supports my conclusion. The supposedly happiest country, Finland, also has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, higher than ours — and we are in the midst of a suicide crisis. So do the next three highest ranged countries, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.Which brings us back to the question: What is happiness? This report is a waste of time.Photo credit: Photo by bruce mars via Unsplash.Cross-posted at The Corner. Culture & Ethics “World Happiness Report” Focuses on…GovernmentWesley J. SmithJanuary 23, 2020, 12:57 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. 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The ladies of Excelsior High School have created quite some rave in the ISSA Schoolgirls Football Competition this season thanks to the work of ace coach Xavier Gilbert, who has steered the school to 15 finals and seven trophies. Excelsior are once again, for the third successive year, champions of local girls football after defeating Denham Town 4-1 in the final last Friday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. Gilbert must be proud of his troops as Excelsior High dominated the competition, scoring a staggering 236 goals in only 15 games. Standout players Christina Salmon netted 59 times in 15 games while Davia Richards contributed 53. For Gilbert, the formula for success is the continuous football programme in which his players are engaged. Most of Excelsior’s footballers are part of the National Women’s League, playing for Waterhouse or Cavalier FC. They also hone their skills at the national level, with Davia Richards leading the U-16 team while Salmon plays with the U-17s. Captain Tarania Clarke played with the senior Reggae Girlz against Nottingham Forrest last October. Gilbert also credits support from the team’s main sponsor, Noel Chang of ABC Electrical and Sales, who provides much-needed financial support. But winning is not new to the ladies of the yellow and green clan from Mountain View Avenue. Excelsior has seen a resurgence in high school netball as well, thanks to the work of Marva Bernard over the last three seasons. They are reigning champions of the AFNA Caribbean High School Netball Championship and back-to-back all-island netball champs in 2017 and 2018. Over in track and field, young Ackera Nugent keeps coach David Riley proud with her world best in the U-18 100m hurdles of 12.89m set at the Youngster Goldsmith Classic in February. Nugent is also a model student whose bags, I am told, were overweight on her trip to the Penn Relays as she carried along her books for studying. Truly the perfect model of a student-athlete. But the school, founded in 1931 in Campbell Town, is also the toast in boys’ senior hockey and all-island senior cricket. Cricket team successes are thanks to Cleveland Bailey, who accounts for two West Indies U-19 players in Raewin Senior and Kirk McKenzie. Over on the track, the boys’ Class One 4x400m team also won at Champs this year for the first time since 1968. The school’s long tradition of sporting excellence seems to be in excellent hands, and so we look forward to the school contributing further at the national level. Excelsior’s alumni read like an all-star list at the national level and includes the likes of Courtney Walsh, Chris Gayle, Gregory Haughton, Walter Boyd, Simone Forbes, and Shavar Thomas, to name a few. Excelsior holds the distinction of being the only school to have four former national captains in Simone Forbes (Sunshine Girls), Shavar Thomas (Reggae Boyz), Chris Gayle, and Courtney Walsh (West Indies). Winning isn’t everything, but it’s usually an indication of hard work, planning, and a tradition of success that fuels further achievement. Age Animo. Excelsior. Do it with thy might. One love!
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