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

Five important games for Man United in the new season

first_img 4) Manchester City v Man United (derby revenge): 19/03/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season – City won at the Etihad last November where Chris Smalling was sent off before half-time and Marcos Rojo was stretchered off. Here, though, a March showdown could prove pivotal in the title run in. 5) West Ham v Man United (banana skin?) 23/04/15 – April represents a couple of tough away trips, all of which the club must win should Van Gaal’s men find themselves in the title mix come the end of the month. Tottenham (9 April) and West Ham are sandwiched between visits from Everton (2 April), Aston Villa (16 April) and Leicester (30 April). Get through those and United finish the season with Norwich away and Bournemouth at home. 1) Man United v Newcastle (Champions League distraction): 22/08/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season. – The new Premier League fixtures have been released, but before the end of August Man United face a potential tricky home tie against Newcastle. Having finished fourth last season, the Red Devils face a play-off match to reach the Champions League, the second leg of which comes just three days after the visit of the Magpies, who have a new coach in Steve McClaren. The players will know they cannot afford any early slip ups. 5 5 3) Man United v Chelsea (end of a tough December): 28/12/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season – The home game against Chelsea comes at the end of a busy festive period, which begins with West Ham at home, Bournemouth away, Norwich at home and then the visit of Jose Mourinho’s champions. Three points against the Blues after a gruelling month would be a nice way to end the year. A chance to avenge the narrow 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge comes in early part of the new year when they travel to south west London on 6 February. 5 5 5 2) Man United v Liverpool (The first big test): 12/09/15 – Click the arrow above, right, to see four other exciting Man United games next season – United enjoyed a double against north west rivals Liverpool last season and it is the Reds who pose an early test. Many pundits expect Brendan Rodgers’ side to fare better next term with the two rivals expected to again battle one another for a place in the top four. It doesn’t begin until August, but the new season’s fixtures have been released.Here, talkSPORT looks at Man United’s five best games as they look to reclaim their crown as England’s best team.Louis van Gaal successfully guided United back into the Champions League and will be expected to go further in his second season in charge.For the full fixture list, click here and let us know which game you’re looking to most.We’re sorry if your team got Bournemouth away in winter…last_img read more