Assessment of services to be conducted – PUC

first_img…to determine veracity of anti-competition claimDigicel vs GTTThe Public Utilities Commission (PUC) held a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether one of GTT’s promotions is anti-competitive, as claimed by Digicel Guyana.As a result of that hearing, it has since been determined that an assessment of the services will be conducted.The hearing as it got underway in the PUC boardroomThis is according to PUC Chairman, Justice Prem Persaud. The promotion in question is the “GET MORE PAY LESS” promotion. According to Justice Persaud, it was Digicel’s contention that it could not compete with GTT because of the rates.Persaud said that in the end it was decided that the PUC was going to monitor the service that GTT was offering to subscribers for the bundle.“A few weeks ago GTT introduced a promotion. It was in respect to overseas rates to Canada and the United States. They offered a bundle. Digicel filed (a complaint) that they should be part of the promotion.”“The Commission normally fixes rates and promotions to be offered to the consumers. We have to make sure that whatever they do, it does not (infringe) on the interest of another.”“For instance, Digicel introduced what they called speak for three minutes and get the other 15 free. Digicel was saying that what GT&T was offering the public was anti-competitive.”After the hearing, Persaud stated that it was determined that the PUC was going to assess and compare the rates and see if they were competitive, after which there would be a follow-up.Additionally, he noted that an agreement was reached that the companies would give the PUC 48 hours’ notice before the roll-out of any further promotions, in order for the Commission to preemptively determine the potential for conflicting rates.He also stressed that while Digicel had no objections to the promotion concept, its main concern was the rates.Appearing for Digicel was Attorney-at-Law Stephen Fraser. Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Kelly was also present. GT&T’s CEO, Justin Nedd, was among the officials representing GTT.last_img read more

‘Charismatic’ Iceland ‘keeper joins France’s Dijon

first_img0Shares0000Young Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has joined French top flight club Dijon and will go up against Paris Saint Germain, Marseille and Monaco next season © AFP/File / Frederic J. BrownLYON, France, Jun 18 – Young Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has joined French top flight club Dijon and will go up against Paris Saint Germain, Marseille and Monaco next season.The 23-year-old was called up to the Iceland squad in May and is currently out in Russia as stand in to Hannes Halldorsson. He has three caps and was in goal for Iceland when Mexico beat them 3-0 in March out in California.“He’s technically gifted, has no fear of aerial play and is very good with his feet,” said Dijon director Sebastien Larcier.“He has the right temperament and bags of charisma,” Larcier said of the 6ft 2in 1m88 stopper.Runarsson, whose father won over 100 caps in the Iceland midfield, has signed a four year deal with the Ligue 1 club after two solid seasons at FC Nordsaelland in Denmark.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chiellini says it will take all Juventus to stop Kane

first_img0Shares0000Giorgio Chiellini wants help in keeping Harry Kane quiet © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINATURIN, Italy, Feb 13 – Centre-back Giorgio Chiellini said it will take the entire Juventus team to stop Tottenham striker Harry Kane in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg clash in Turin.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been in fine form in the Premier League recently, taking seven points from matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, with Kane scoring his 101st league goal in the north London derby last weekend. “Stopping Kane, just me alone, is pretty impossible,” said 33-year-old six-time Serie A winner Chiellini.“I’m not so presumptuous or arrogant to think I can. I hope the whole of Juventus can stop Tottenham, that is what matters.“One-to-one clashes are important but the whole team will have to do its best to limit, not only Harry Kane, but the ‘fab four’ (Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min) in the attacking area.“We shouldn’t just think of Tottenham as Kane, but as a whole team. They haven’t reached this level by chance.“Tomorrow we want to do our best with great respect and humility, aware that this is the very first step of a journey which I hope will take us to Kiev in May.”Juventus — finalists twice in the past three seasons — have conceded just one goal in their last 16 games and Kane said he was eager to lock horns again with Chiellini.– ‘Dead leg’ –“He’s an amazing defender,” said Kane, who has faced Chiellini before. “My first start for England probably the first five minutes he made a challenge and I probably had a dead leg for 10 minutes.“It was a good welcome to international football.”Harry Kane remembers being left bruised by his last meeting with Chiellini © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAKane added: “We have to come here with belief we can get through. It’ll be tough tomorrow (Tuesday) night then hopefully we can take them to Wembley and get the job done.”It will be the first European meeting between the two sides and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said there is no favourite.“It’s a very balanced challenge, it’s 50-50, the two teams are equal,” said Allegri. “We have to create an advantage tomorrow night and bring it to London where it will be decided.“Obviously I’d be glad not to concede, to end up with a clean sheet.”The Italian champions’ injury list includes Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi, with Allegri admitting he has not yet decided on his final line-up.“We’ll have to see how I feel when I wake up tomorrow, so basically it depends on my alarm clock,” he joked. “Don’t think that I won’t be sleeping, because I can assure you I will be sleeping tonight.”Pochettino boasts a full squad apart from defender Toby Alderweireld, who is making his way back from a hamstring injury.“Juventus is a massive club, its history, they’ve won everything, we can’t compare,” said Pochettino of a side that has been finalists twice in the past three seasons.But the Argentine is hoping to pull off another upset after topping Real Madrid in the group stages.“Not many many people believed in us and our ability to get through. We’re going to be brave.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Majestic Mata inspires Manchester United to first Champions League win in 18 months

first_img1 Juan Mata Juan Mata scored one and set up the other as Manchester United recovered from a goal down to pick up their first victory in the Champions League proper since March 2014 with a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg.The Bundesliga side went ahead after just four minutes at Old Trafford as Daniel Caligiuri beat the offside trap to slip past David De Gea.United pressed hard for an equaliser and it came before half-time through Mata’s penalty after Caligiuri had handled.The Spaniard then turned provider with an outrageous piece of skill for Chris Smalling to strike the winner after the break and, despite substitute Andre Schurrle’s late chance, the Red Devils held on for a vital three points.With United seeking to recover after a 2-1 defeat to PSV on Matchday 1, it was the visitors who exposed the Red Devils’ flimsy defence to steal an early lead.Antonio Valencia, never the most natural right-back, failed to step up with the rest of the home backline, allowing Caligiuri to confidently finish past De Gea with no player in red within yards of him.United’s response was impressive though, and Mata looked destined to find the far corner but saw his curling effort cleared away by a last-ditch dive from Dante.Anthony Martial was in sparkling form yet again after his exhilarating start to his United career, and he showed individual inspiration to jink past a few Wolfsburg defenders before firing narrowly wide.The French teenager then raced to the byline and squared for Wayne Rooney, who inexplicably blazed over with the goal at his mercy.United did level proceedings just after the half hour mark and it was goalscorer Caligiuri who became the villain, handling Mata’s cross before the Spaniard coolly dispatched the resultant spot-kick.Mata then brilliantly engineered a chance for Memphis Depay, but the Dutchman was denied by Diego Benaglio’s feet to maintain parity at the break.Eight minutes into the second half, Mata produced a sublime piece of improvisation to scoop a through ball to Smalling who steered past the despairing Benaglio.United’s intensity then dropped drastically after edging ahead, and former Chelsea man Schurrle nearly made them pay for their complacency but could only drag wide after twisting and turning past Daley Blind.While Rooney had a relatively quiet night in front of goal, the United captain made a vital block to clear Dante’s goal-bound effort as the Bundesliga runners-up pushed in vain for a late leveller.In the other match in Group B, CSKA Moscow survived a late fightback from PSV Eindhoven to win 3-2 in Russia, meaning all four sides are level on three points after two games.last_img read more

`Halo’ creator back on its own

first_imgGAMING: Microsoft reportedly will benefit from developments and shares of firm. By Jessica Mintz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CitySEATTLE – Bungie Studios, the “Halo” video-game developer acquired by Microsoft Corp. in 2000, is once again operating as an independent company, Microsoft said Friday. The software maker will maintain close ties with privately held Bungie LLC and own a minority stake in it, the companies said. Bungie will develop games exclusively for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Windows PC platforms “for the foreseeable future,” said Harold Ryan, Bungie’s president and studio head, in an interview. The two companies said they will continue to work together to support the “Halo” franchise – including “Halo 3” released Sept.25 – and will expand their partnership to include new games. Executives declined to comment on the size of Microsoft’s stake or other financial terms of the deal, which was effective Friday. Microsoft acquired Chicago-based Bungie and its “Halo” concept in 2000, ensuring that the Xbox would be the only game console to run the multiplayer first-person shooter game. Bungie moved from Chicago to Kirkland, Wash., a few miles from Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters, and the first installment of the trilogy went on sale simultaneously with the first Xbox console in November 2001. “Working with Microsoft was great for us. It allowed us to grow as a team and make the ambitious, blockbuster games we all wanted to work on,” said Jason Jones, Bungie founder and partner, in a statement Friday. “But Bungie is like a shark. We have to keep moving to survive. We have to continually test ourselves, or we might as well be dolphins. Or manatees.” Gamers have plunked down more than $300 million for “Halo 3” since its release less than two weeks ago, and Microsoft said the game’s launch helped sales of the Xbox 360 console. The video game costs between $60 and $130, depending on special features and commemorative packaging. About 4.5 million copies of the first “Halo” title were sold in the U.S., and more than 6.2 million of “Halo 2,” according to NPD Group. “While we are supporting Bungie’s desire to return to its independent roots, we will continue to invest in our `Halo’ entertainment property with Bungie and other partners,” said Shane Kim, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. The company said it is working on a new project with film director Peter Jackson of “The Lord of the Rings” acclaim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

EUNAN HOPING HE WON’T BE HIT WITH A SUCKER PUNCH DURING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT!

first_imgNobody can accuse Eunan Devenney of not punching above his weight.The Twins Towns man today began an attempt to break the world record for hitting a punchbag for the longest ever time.Eunan, 42, will hit the 100Ib leather bag for a staggering 36 hours in a bid to raise funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. Eunan, a member of the Twin Towns Boxing Club from Ballybofey, estimates that he will have to throw at least 100,000 punches to beta the old record.He has been in training since last June and knows it’s going to be a huge challenge.“I’m up early at 6am each morning and training hard. I haven’t being doing as much work on the bag because that will come.“I am getting the mind right now so I can take it from a mental perspective as well which is a huge challenge. “I’ll be ready and I know I can do it,” he said.Eunan hopes to take the World Record of 36 hours and 3 minutes from Californian Ron Sarchian.The Donegal man has already punched a bag for 24 hours a few years ago but is well aware of the toll the effort will take on his body.“The time I punched the bag for 24 hours was pretty gruelling and took a lot out of me. In fact, I couldn’t open my left hand fully for nearly a year after it,” he admits.But having had first-hand experience of a relative getting treatment at Our Lady’s Hospital, modest Eunan admits his bravery is nothing compared to many sick children. “Punching a bag for 36 hours is nothing when you take a walk through some of the wards at this hospital.“The fact that I am thankfully fit enough to try and do this is thanks enough,” he said.Everyone is welcome to call in and say hello to Eunan and give him any encouragement in his amazing fete.Ends EUNAN HOPING HE WON’T BE HIT WITH A SUCKER PUNCH DURING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT! was last modified: May 26th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boxing recordEunan Devenneylast_img read more

Banyana’s Nyandeni starring in Russia

first_img9 May 2013Banyana Banyana’s Nompumelelo Nyandeni is enjoying her stay with top Russian Women’s Football championship side FC Rossiyanka, starring for the club in Russia and Europe.Speaking to the South African Football Association from Russia this week, Nyandeni said she was beginning to reap the benefits of playing in a professional women’s league and was having a good time in Eastern Europe.The industrious South Africa midfielder has excelled at Rossiyanka, where she is the club’s top goal scorer, having netted seven goals in 14 league games. The team is currently top of the Russian league.Nyandeni has already spent close to three years abroad and said she has adjusted well at the club.“Having been in Russia for almost three years now, I must say I am having the time of my life. It has been a very fulfilling experience and I could not have asked for more,” she said.‘Supportive teammates’“My club mates have been very supportive and I have also been able to make new good friends with most of them.“I have also adjusted well to the weather conditions. We are getting close to the summer season now and conditions are becoming warm and enjoyable. The chilly weather has its down side, but I have grown accustomed to it and I feel at home now.”Rossiyanka recently lost in the quarterfinals of the Uefa Women’s Champions League. Nyandeni commented: “The competition is tough. There are no weak opponents and the stakes are much higher.“I had a good game, but the Germans were just too good for us,” she said of the loss to German club Wolfsburg.Despite losing in the last eight of Europe’s premier club tournament, Nyandeni said competing in the competition was an experience she would cherish forever.“It was a huge disappointment for the club, having made it that far,” she said. “We had worked extra hard to ensure that we remain in the competition. Our coach however, told us to hold our heads high and focus on maintaining our lead on the log table to enable us to have another crack in the same competition next season.”Nyandeni also paid tribute to South Africa’s Sasol League for opening doors for her to play abroad. She said she would use the experience she has gained in Europe to help the national team progress in its forthcoming competitions.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

What Isn’t Being Said

first_imgListening is about more than hearing the words being said. It’s also about more than body language. It’s not only about what is being said; listening is also about what isn’t being said.ConsensusIt may not mean anything that your dream client doesn’t say anything about the other people whose support she will need if she is going to buy from you. It may not mean anything that she doesn’t reference the people who are going to be impacted the decision to buy from you—or how significant the change will be for them. It doesn’t necessarily mean anything that she hasn’t shared what other people on her team want or need, or whose support will be critical.But the fact that nothing has been mentioned may be telling you that she can’t make the decision without her team, that she doesn’t care how the decision will impact people downstream, or that other people’s needs are going to be ignored. What isn’t said may be more important than what is said.ConcernsThe fact that your dream client hasn’t raised any concerns about your ideas and your proposed solution may mean that they are perfectly comfortable moving forward and that you’ve hit all the right notes. Their lack of questions and challenges may mean that your solution is tightly aligned with their vision and that you have made it easy to say “yes.”Even though your dream client hasn’t raised any issues doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. Your dream client’s silence may indicate that they are uncomfortable bringing up things that you might perceive as negative. It may mean that they don’t want to hurt your feelings. Or it might mean that your proposed solution has caused them so much fear that they no longer want to move forward.ChallengesA quiet client in a discovery visit might mean that they don’t have any real compelling reason to change. Their silence may mean that they don’t have any real issues or challenges and that they are completely happy with their current partner. It could mean that they aren’t that into you.Silence in a discovery meeting might also mean that they aren’t yet comfortable enough with you to start telling you about their challenges. It might mean that they need time to determine whether you are someone they want to pursue working with before they share more information with you.Listening is a critical skill for salespeople. You need to hear what your clients and your prospective clients say. But you also need to listen to what isn’t being said. What isn’t said is sometimes more important than what is.last_img read more

Productivity May Not Be What You Think It Is

first_imgHere is a list of filters you might use to determine what to do with your time.Here is a post on doing one thing at a time.Another post here on how you can make more time. One of the reasons you might not be as productive as you want to be is because the idea isn’t well defined. Many people who believe they are productive, are not.Not To-DosIt is not crossing off tasks off a to-do list. No matter how many tasks you complete during a given day, you still may not have been productive with your time. You might have cleaned your desk and cleaned up the files on your desktop before you started work. After clearing some space, you opened your email inbox and responded to your email. Then you did some of the administrative work necessary for your job, only to look up and see that it’s 11:00 AM already.The number of tasks your complete says nothing about how productive you are. It is the impact of the tasks you complete that determines that you were productive. Completing tasks that produce no effect—even when they are related to work and necessary—will make you unproductive. To improve your productivity, you have to focus on the few things that make a difference.Not BusyIt’s not how busy you are. You can be the most active person in your company and still not be productive. Busyness and productive are inversely correlated; the busier you are, the less productive you will be. Some people pride themselves on being busy. They volunteer to be on task forces, take on projects, and agree to do work that belongs to others, mistakenly believing they are super-productive. Everyone appreciates a helpful person, but the decision to be busy is a decision to be unproductive.Being busy is evidence that you are not productive. Being overcommitted with a dozen initiatives is to be under-committed to what’s truly important and what would make you productive. Less busy means more focused.Not Hours WorkedIt is not a measure of how much how many hours you work. Some people come to work early and stay late. They will share with you how many hours they are at work, using the number of hours as a proxy for how productive they are. Many of the people who count hours go to work (a location), but they don’t go to work (produce outcomes that make a difference). Hours in which you do no meaningful work is not a productive hour. There is no doubt that you have the internet at your workplace, as well as on your always-on, always-available smartphone.The way you measure productivity is what you fill your hours with, not where your body was for those hours. Your location doesn’t say anything about productivity.Not MeetingsIt’s not the number of meetings. Ah, meetings. You attend a lot of them, and if you are a leader, you require a lot of them for others. There are good reasons to have a meeting, though many would benefit by being shorter and focused on a defined outcome (like a decision or a plan of action). Running from meeting to meeting is no evidence of how productive you are, though it might speak to the fact that you work in a business that values busyness.Because you are sitting with people talking about your business is no indication that you are productive. The value of meeting might make it productive, but a large number of meetings may suggest the opposite is true.Not Fighting FiresIt’s not the number of fires you extinguish unless you are a firefighter. You may sit in reactive mode, waiting for problems so you can go and dispatch them. If you believe you create value by tackling the endless issues and challenges that occur each day, you aren’t likely to be productive. If you are a manager, it is easy to occupy this role, avoiding the proactive projects, tasks, and initiatives that would prevent many of those fires from starting in the first place.It feels good to solve problems, but real productivity would come from doing the work that keeps you from having to put out the same fires endlessly.What Productivity IsBeing productive is the impact of what you do with your time, not the time itself, and not even how busy you were during that time. Was what you did with your time important? How are things better than they were before?Much of the work that would make you productive isn’t urgent. It’s more often the work that requires your full focus and attention done proactively. It’s the projects or initiatives with no deadline. It’s the client conversations that don’t show up on your task list but are critically important to both of your futures. You clean your desk to get a sense of accomplishment—and to put off making the call to the client, knowing it is going to be difficult. You reorganize your task list so you can put off starting on the difficult, but necessary project.Being productive is the decision to spend time on the very few things that will produce a big outcome and make an impact on your results. That decision requires that you narrow your task list to make room from what’s important. It requires you to be less busy, to avoid overcommitting, and to avoid meetings. If you are not a firefighter, you must give up the feeling of solving everyone’s problems for them as your full-time job and start doing the work that prevents recurring issues. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more