Recently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.
France Télécom/Orange and SFR have unveiled their joint plan to build a fibre optic network in Nantes and the surrounding region.Having begun laying fibre in the city of Nantes, the pair are extending the rollout to less densely populated areas, covering 23 communes in the Nantes Métropole area. The two operators have build out networks to cover each commune between now and 2015.
Germany’s competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has cleared Axel Springer’s acquisition of German news and documentary channel N24.In a statement, Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt, said: “The takeover is unproblematic under competition law. N24 is a specialised channel with a limited range of audience and a relatively low share of the TV market.”The news comes after German publisher Axel Springer agreed to buy 100% of N24 in December in a bid to create “the leading multimedia news company for quality journalism in the German-speaking countries.”Axel Springer said at the time that it plans to combine N24 Media with the Welt Group, its division responsible for German newspaper Die Welt and its associated digital assets, with N24 due to become “the central moving image provider” for all Axel Springer brands.N24 Media makes the main news bulletins for Sat.1, ProSieben and Kabel Eins and employs some 300 people. The purchase price was not disclosed.
SupergirlNetflix will remain the exclusive US subscription on-demand home of programming from broadcast network The CW following a new agreement.The pair have concluded a deal that will see shows such as The 100, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin made available to Netflix subscribers in their entirety eight days after their finale.Also included are new season shows No Tomorrow, Riverdale, and Supergirl, which recently transferred to The CW from CBS.Netflix and The CW, which is co-owned by CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment, first struck a content agreement five years ago.“Netflix members in the US love the great lineup of series from The CW, and we are thrilled to extend the relationship and bring those shows to our members exclusively now, just eight days after their season finales,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.“Since the initial landmark deal in 2011, The CW’s programming has enjoyed tremendous success and increased exposure through Netflix, and our new agreement not only continues but enhances this valuable relationship,” said Mark Pedowitz, president, The CW. “The CW has positioned itself for the future by transforming into a true hybrid network, rooted in broadcast while fully embracing the digital and streaming habits of the viewers.”CBS’s executive VP and chief corporate licensing officer, Scott Koondel, said the deal “recognises the value” of the Hollywood studio’s content.“This unique windowing will further extend the CW brand and fan base throughout the television season while providing better in-season exclusivity for our broadcast affiliates, MVPD partners and potential OTT opportunities,” he added.