UEFA: Messi, Ronaldo and Ribery in shortlist for Europe’s top player award

first_imgLionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery have been named in UEFA’s shortlist to win the award of Europe’s Best Player for the 2012/13 season.Football’s governing body published the trio of candidates, which had been reduced from an original list of 10 selected by journalists from UEFA member countries.Ribery was one of four players from Champions League winners Bayern Munich, hoping to challenge the established top two names in European football.The award will be presented on August 29 when the draw for the group stage of the Champions League is made in Monaco.Messi won the inaugural award two seasons ago while his Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta claimed the prestigious honour 12 months ago.last_img read more

Highlights, lowlights as NFL teams get creative with 2020 schedule releases on social media

first_imgHere are some of the more notable outputs:2020 NFL SCHEDULE RELEASE:Strength of schedule rankings | Best “revenge” gamesFun NFL schedule announcementsBroncos troll fans with fake early releaseOur 2020 schedule is … pic.twitter.com/F0HMVU0IYE— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 7, 2020Panthers hit Falcons with hidden 28-3 joke (check the Week 5 plane)Bored in the house but counting the days until our Sunday Best 🏠 pic.twitter.com/vlAcmdei4V— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) May 7, 2020Bengals go cigar-themed for Joe BurrowSpecial Delivery 📦Our 2020 schedule has ARRIVED… pic.twitter.com/uzhfkya7jE— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) May 7, 2020Dolphins’ graphics team deserves a raiseAnything on TV? 🧐🎟 >> https://t.co/7xqCbu4Uth pic.twitter.com/4m0vJpxPtH— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 7, 2020Lions go all-out, and we respect itThis is your world. Prepare to see it as never before…Planet Lions.Brought to you by Lions Experiences: https://t.co/qsnGRg7VJJ pic.twitter.com/7fvW7lhFye— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 7, 2020Mediocre NFL schedule announcementsSteelers keep it simple but effective2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣0️⃣. #HereWeGo📺: Schedule Release ’20 on @NFLNetwork now pic.twitter.com/sOHZHv3Kzu— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 8, 2020Jaguars roll with the [email protected] | More: https://t.co/m2vC0iZMsc pic.twitter.com/ebEVCzPb6d— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) May 7, 2020Rams do bare minimum‼️ 2020 is gonna be HUGE ‼️ pic.twitter.com/V0wV12T2GI— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) May 7, 2020Broncos use overdone ‘Full House’ referenceYou wanted the schedule?You got it, dude. pic.twitter.com/qxRtusUVGJ— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 7, 2020Bad NFL schedule announcements49ers too cool to include wordsFreeze all motor functions. The 2020 schedule is here. pic.twitter.com/SwB2YjOpCh— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 7, 2020Browns, Eagles among teams without announcement video Some teams took advantage of the opportunity, while others kept things simple or missed the mark entirely. NFL social media account managers have likely been bored out of their minds lately without the typical level of access to in-person video activities with recently drafted players or group OTAs.On Thursday, they had a rare chance to be creative with their accounts.last_img read more

Poor utility services dominate complaints

first_imgPUC end-of-year report…GPL still to submit expansion plansThe Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has released its 2017 annual report, detailing its handling of complaints against poor utility services in Guyana.Dominating the list of complaints are those against the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and GTT.Public Utility Commission HeadquartersAccording to the PUC in its report, a total of 296 complaints were received against GTT for last year. This figure is almost double the complaints – 162 – received about GPL’s service. Coming in a distant third was the Guyana Water Inc (GWI), as 38 complaints were recorded. U mobile cellular incorporated (Digicel) customers registered a mere three complaints for the year.“The complaints received from GT&T followed the same trend as previous years with the majority of complaints received pertaining to technical issues. GTT has advised that the company is in the process of providing new technological installations to some of the areas which were previously served by the obsolete Fixed Wireless System (FWA),” the report noted.GPL Chief Executive Officer Albert Gordon“Data service via Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology is being offered to the Essequibo Coast. Areas such as La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara that was once served by the obsolete FWA system benefited from Fibre to the Home (FTTH),” the report adds.The PUC expressed expectations that other areas would benefit during the year 2018 as GTT continued its FTTH rollout. It also noted that the company has been installing its new Blaze system using fibre as opposed to copper technologies.In a regional breakdown, 227 GTT complaints were received from Region Six, while the region produced 63 complaints for GPL and three for GWI. In Region Five, there were 21 complaints for GTT, 12 for GPL and none for GWI.The Commission noted that it was able to resolve 107 complaints against GTT, 28 against GPL and three against GWI, in the favour of the consumers. GPL was the only company that was able to have any complaints resolved in its favour – 10.GPLThe Commission noted that 24 per cent of the complaints received against GPL were for technical matters, while 22 per cent represented meter tampering. In contrast, 18 per cent of the complaints had to do with applications for service and the remaining 36 per cent concerned billing issues, disconnection, change of tenancy and claims for compensation.Besides this, the Commission had some harsh words for GPL on account of the company failing to submit to the Commission a copy of its 2017-2021 Development and Expansion Plan. The PUC noted that this is required by Section 38 of the Electricity Sector Reform Act (ESRA).“Section 38 3(a) of the ESRA states as follows: ‘except as otherwise provided in its licence, every public supplier shall, no later than 60 days prior to the end of each of its financial years, submit seven copies of its annual development and expansion programme and a current version of its five-year development and expansion programme, as approved by the governing body of the public supplier to the Commission for approval in accordance with part seven of the Public Utilities Commission Act 1999.”“The Commission, therefore, is uncertain what were the approved targets the company was mandated to achieve in 2017. The Commission whilst not authorised to approve the targets to be achieved by the company, is required to review the performance of those targets and in the event, they are not achieved may require from the utility the reason(s) for its failure and to decide what action, if any, should be taken against the company.”According to the PUC, it found GPL’s omission of its objective disturbing and indicative of the company’s “uncertainty in planning”. And with no 2017-2021 development plan, the Commission stated that this leaves the company no approved targets to work with. This is particularly troubling as the PUC in its report noted GPL’s failure to meet its loss reduction targets for another year.“System losses were projected at 27.6 per cent for 2017. Technical losses were estimated at 12.9 per cent and non-technical losses at 14.7 per cent. At the end of 2017, the total combined losses were 29.5 per cent. Technical losses were 14.5 per cent and non-technical losses 15 per cent. GPL did not meet this target. In 2016, the overall target was 28.6 per cent. With 29.2 per cent losses, GPL did not meet their target. Losses increased by approximately 0.3 per cent from 2016,” the Commission noted.It was only earlier this month that GPL was fined by the PUC. According to the order, dated April 25, 2018, GPL will have to forfeit five per cent of its total dividend payments for 2017. The PUC noted that despite cautioning the power company in a previous order, certain expectations for service quality were not met.last_img read more