CCAC to develop list of qualified contractors for building purposes

first_imgIn light of a host of complaints received by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), the body is now seeking to develop a list of qualified contractors who will be recommended for building contracts.Consumer Affairs Officer Feyona Austin-PaulThis was revealed by Consumer Affairs Officer Feyona Austin-Paul during a consultation hosted at Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown on Wednesday.According to the Commission, the value of complaints between 2016 and 2018 increased from $67,000 to $6.5 million, although all were not about building errors.It is against this backdrop that the Commission is seeking to reduce this high number with the introduction of a Homebuilders Roadmap, which will, among other things, provide a list of qualified contractors for home builders.Austin-Paul explained, “Our hope is to have a list of competent contractors that we can make available to the public so through our consultations we are hoping to achieve that goal.”She was keen to note, however, that contractors both big and small, will be included on the list, as long as they meet the basic requirements and are qualified.In response to questions about what qualifications would be necessary for contractors to be included on the list, Guyana Times was told that consultations on this were currently being rolled out to accurately determine same by relevant agencies.In explaining the importance of the session, the Consumer Affairs Officer said, “We expect to create a detailed outline of the steps, processes and methods of building or renovating a home to ensure that consumers are aware of the correct legal procedures of the construction process … to ensure that consumers are able to identify qualified contractors and to create a detailed hard copy and a virtual Homeowners Roadmap for consumers which will be placed on the Commission’s website.”CCAC Director Dawn Cush shared, “The Homebuilders Roadmap is intended to provide consumers with the relevant knowledge when they decide to invest in building a home.”She added that while consumers have rights, they too must do their homework when given an estimate by contractors so as to ensure they were getting their money’s worth, especially since building a home was a huge investment.Cush also highlighted that if a person was unsatisfied with the work done by a contractor, it was their right to file a complaint against the builder which would ultimately result in an investigation.CCAC Chairman Ronald Burch-Smith pointed out that a good start for the Roadmap would be for consumers to know their rights as it related to warranty and keeping receipts.last_img read more

Transfer BLOW! Arsenal and Liverpool target reportedly set to sign for AC Milan

first_img Lucas Biglia 1 AC Milan are closing in on the signing of Arsenal and Liverpool target Lucas Biglia, according to reports in Italy.The San Siro club have been in talks with Lazio about a deal for their captain but have been unable to reach an agreement.But now Premium Sports has revealed that it looks as though a bid worth around £17.5m should be enough for the two clubs to shake hands on the move.It has been suggested that midfielder Biglia has already agreed personal terms with Milan so the transfer could be wrapped up early on this summer.It means the Argentina international will not be heading for England this summer despite long-term interest from both Arsenal and Liverpool.The 31-year-old, who joined Lazio from Anderlecht in 2013, has instead decided to stay put in Italy for now.last_img read more

Gaoth Dobhair nursing home falls well short of compliant standards, report finds

first_imgA new report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has found the Aras Gaoth Dobhair Nursing Home not to be compliant with ‘the governance, operational management and administration of the centre on a regular and consistent basis’.An inspection was carried out in November 2018 and details of the report were released on Monday.A Lead Inspector found while a clear and defined internal management structure was in place, the arrangements for the governance and administration oversight for the centre required improvement. Formal and minuted meetings with staff and between management were described as infrequent but occurring occasionally. This did not assure the inspector that robust governance and management arrangements were in place.However, the overall the quality and safety of the care and support provided to residents was of a reasonable standard but some areas were in need of improvement to achieve the aims and objectives of the centre’s statement of purpose.The report found that residents with advance care did not have an end of life care plan, and a care plan for all had not been developed within three months of a residents admission in accordance with the centre’s policy.Inconsistencies were also found in training and staff development, resident records and a suitable written agreement and official Garda vetting clearance document were not in place for volunteers. In follow up to the actions required from the previous inspection, the inspector was informed that the fire safety precautions and arrangements that required improvement had been addressed to the satisfaction of the local Fire Authority.However, a record demonstrating that the fire safety works were complete to the satisfaction of the fire Authority was not available following a recent review and gaps within fire safety training were found in the staff training matrix record.The inspection also found that there was insufficient evidence to confirm that all staff had received training in relation to the detection and prevention of and responses to abuse.While the numbers of staff on duty during the inspection was sufficient, confirmation to demonstrate staff were sufficiently experienced and suitably trained was not available or demonstrated for all staff working.As a result of noncompliance’s found, the inspector was not assured that the registered provider and the person in charge were sufficiently engaged in the governance, operational management and administration of the centre on a regular and consistent basis. Gaoth Dobhair nursing home falls well short of compliant standards, report finds was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:aras gaoth dobhairGOATH DOBHAIRlast_img read more

Google Just Launched A Grenade At Spotify — And It Just Might Work

first_imgTags:#Google IO13#io13#music#music apps#rdio#spotify#streaming music john paul titlow 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… At first glance, it’s a pretty compelling offering. If you sign up before the end of June, it will cost $7.99 per month. And that’s just the first competitive advantage Google has over the incumbents. Google Is Already A Streaming Music GiantSpotify is virtually synonymous with streaming music, but it’s worth noting that Google is already plays a massive role in the discovery and consumption of music. These days, when teenagers want to hear a new song, they don’t turn on the radio or buy a CD. They go to YouTube.That’s because the Internet’s biggest repository of videos also happens to host millions of songs, which are readily available to stream for free. It’s the world’s biggest accidental music streaming service. With All Access, Google is making a far more official foray into  the streaming music space, having recently signed licensing deals with all three major labels in the U.S. It’s not linked directly to YouTube and its massive repository of free music, but rumor has it that the video giant could get its own paid subscriptions for on-demand music. In the meantime, All Access is another attractive gateway into Google’s content ecosystem, which hosts a hell of a lot of music. Google’s Biggest Advantage: Being GoogleThe only reason we’re talking about this new music service is because of who made it. By virtue of being a Google product, All Access has the potential for massive cross-promotion throughout Google’s array of popular Web services.More important, All Access will be built directly into the world’s most popular mobile operating system. That’s where the magic of streaming music really lies: In our ability to take it with us. It’s why Spotify, Rdio and MOG all wager that the simple ability to access all that music on our phone is enough to convince people to shell out $10 per month. Spotify has done a decent job of proving that thesis by amassing 6 million paid subscribers at an impressive 25% conversion rate. Of course, Spotify, like Rdio and the rest of its competitors, has to compete for users’ attention via app store rankings, social integrations and plain old marketing. All Access, by contrast will be much more front-and-center within the Android ecosystem. That’s huge.Who Needs A Business Model? Another advantage of being a Google product is that All Access won’t have quite as much pressure to make money. Spotify and Rdio will ultimately need to find a way to profitability (or get acquired by a giant), something that isn’t easy under the current economics of the streaming music business.A company like Spotify will have to find a way to minimize its enormous music licensing costs, which are easily its biggest expense. Google’s entrance into this space might make that harder, since the company can afford to pay out huge sums without investors holding the profitability gun to its head. Spotify and Rdio’s other biggest challenge is converting paid subscribers. The streaming model, the theory goes, will work much better when there are many millions of people paying for services like this.So far, Spotify has done the best job of converting those free listeners to paying subscribers. But with a competitively price competing service now shipping on hundreds of millions of handsets, the incumbents may have to get much more creative about courting subscribers. In a recent interview on WYNC’s On the Media, technology journalist Tim Carmody suggested that this might be how the streaming music business will work:Probably the most likely thing that will happen is that someone, whether it’s an Apple or a Google or an Amazon or a Sony, comes along and essentially agrees that we’re gonna run music at a loss and we’re going to support it with these other businesses. How do you make money on the music business? Don’t make money on the music business. That’s the answer to that question.That may well turn out to be true, but it’s probably not quite what Spotify, Rdio and their ilk had in mind. All Access: Merge Your Library With Google’s Last week, I wrote that as good as Spotify and Rdio both are, neither is perfect. Spotify’s user experience could be better, while Rdio doesn’t let its users upload or merge their own music. What I described as the ultimate streaming service would need to nail both design and music selection, at the very least. From the Google I/O stage, the All Access interface certainly looked nice, although I have yet to get my hands on it to try it out.  The second part of that equation — the ability merge one’s own library with a cloud-based repository of music – appears to be a feature that All Access subscribers will indeed enjoy. By launching alongside the Google Music cyberlocker first unveiled in 2011, All Access effectively allows users to blur the line between Google’s library of licensed music and their own collection of tunes. One detail that was glossed over at Google I/O was exactly how wide of a selection All Access users will have. Rdio and Spotify both have about 20 million tracks in their libraries, which includes not just the major labels, but a partnership with indie label rights body Merlin and countless smaller labels. How many tracks does All Access have? The Google Music integration makes that question a little less crucial, but more casual listeners without hard drives full of MP3s will want to know when they’re eyeing up $10 music services. Related StoriesWhy Google’s Rumored Spotify-Killer Makes Perfect Sense6 Million People Pay For Spotify – Is That Good Enough? Next Round In The Google-Amazon Death Match: Streaming MusicThe Ultimate Streaming Music Service: Just Merge Rdio and SpotifyImages by Nick Statt for ReadWrite 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts As predicted, Google unveiled its own all-you-can-stream music subscription service to compete with Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and MOG. It’s a crowded space with challenging economics, but if anybody is well-positioned to win this game, it’s Google. Google Play Music All Access will offer on-demand access to millions of songs for $9.99 per month, which is the same as every other music subscription service’s premium tier. Unlike the existing market leaders, though, All Access won’t include a free tier of access, a fact originally reported by the New York Times.All Access will include “millions” — Google didn’t say how many — of songs within 22 genres, a Google-powered recommendation engine, Pandora-style radio stations, editor-curated playlists and the ability to blend your own library with Google’s. last_img read more

Sand mafia beats Sarpanch to death in Rajasthan

first_imgThe ban imposed on ‘bajri’ (riverbed sand) mining in Rajasthan took an ugly turn with the sand mafia allegedly beating a 50-year-old sarpanch to death in Sawai Madhopur district on Thursday. Raghuveer Singh Meena, sarpanch of Hathdoli village, was killed when he went to the Bouli area to check loading of sand illegally dug out of the Banas river.His body was cremated in his native village on Friday. Police registered a case of murder against 21 persons, including nine accused. People involved in illegal sand mining, armed with sticks and stones, attacked Mr. Meena, who was accompanied by a team of Mining Department and a few policemen. The accused hurled stones on the officials when they entered the land in Hindpura village and forced them to retreat. ‘Bled to death’In the melee, Mr. Meena was injured by a stone and fell on the ground. The assailants fled and a profusely bleeding Sarpanch was rushed to a hospital in Sawai Madhopur. He was later referred to Jaipur, but he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more