The Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) in a bid to standardise the auto industry is now conducting research to implement Caricom regulations which will allow customers better deals when making a vehicular purchase at a dealer.Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-PaulThis comes in light of what was described as “unfair” terms and conditions which are allowed in present agreements between dealers and persons interested in vehicles.Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-Paul while responding to a question from Guyana Times revealed that the auto industry continues to account for one of the highest numbers of complaints received.In fact, it happens to be the second most prevalent complaint that the Commission received during 2018.The revelation was made recently at a media event where the Director of the Commission, Dawn Holder-Cush was making a presentation on the Competition and Fair Trade and Consumer Affairs Act.“There are a number of areas which we have been addressing (and) we’ve done intensive research in this industry and we had a lot of setbacks for auto dealers over the past few years. We have made progress I would say because the complaints have decreased,” Austin-Paul explained.She pointed out that the Commission has been exploring several options to standardise the sector.“It’s not one approach, the standardisation of the sector, Caricom has a draft regulation that we want to implement here (and) we are working with the Bureau of Standards to get the standards done and then we will have to have a copy of the regulations for used vehicles,” the Officer asserted.In addition to this, she reported that the CCAC conducted research on the pre-inspection mechanism which is now being used more frequently by persons who are seeking to make a purchase.Austin-Paul pointed out, “With ongoing research in (the) industry we are trying to ensure that our suppliers are aware of what they should do and the repercussions and I would safely say that we have made progress and we have made an impact on the auto industry”.Among the things that are likely to bring order in this sector was a standardised contract for all auto dealers or a revised hire purchase agreement.This was according to the Chairman of the Commission, Ronald Burch-Smith, who was addressing a forum last September.“One of the things about the auto industry is that many of the dealers offer payment terms (and) the contracts aren’t standard, and they are sometimes unfair…I think one of the things that would make a big difference is a revised hire purchase agreement that gives clearer provisions and maybe set standard terms so that everyone is regulated by the same terms,” the lawyer stated.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Police are searching for a 17-year-old Harvard-Westlake student who drove a female classmate to a popular hangout, bludgeoned her with a hammer and choked her before speeding off in a Jaguar, an LAPD spokesman said Monday. The 16-year-old girl, who is in stable condition at a local hospital, identified her attacker but police could not find him at his home, Officer Mike Lopez said. The boy took the girl to the afterschool hangout in the 3900 block of VanNoord Avenue, where he parked his 2002 beige Jaguar and began to talk about committing suicide, Lopez said. The girl became nervous and noticed an object in a plastic bag on the floorboard in between the boy’s feet. When she picked up the bag and found a hammer inside, the boy grabbed the hammer and began hitting her. “She got out of the car and he started choking her. Then he got back in his car and fled,” Lopez said. The car’s licence plate is 5BQA828. Police would not release the identity of the boy. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Wayne Rooney, a former Manchester United star who played for hometown Everton last year, signed a 3 1/2-year deal worth $13 million with DC United © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSWASHINGTON, United States, Jul 15 – England career goals leader Wayne Rooney was thrilled at his triumphant Major League Soccer debut Saturday, assisting on a goal in DC United’s 3-1 victory over Vancouver.The 32-year-old striker, star attraction in the opening match for United’s new 20,000-seat stadium, entered in the 58th minute. Former Manchester United star Rooney helped set up Paul Arriola’s goals in the 69th and 80th minutes after Argentine midfielder Yamil Asad provided United the lead for good in the 27th minute.“Excellent. It was a great victory,” Rooney said. “I thought we played some fantastic football. It was a big night for the club opening the stadium and it was important to get the win.”Rooney, who played for hometown Everton last year, signed a 3 1/2-year deal worth $13 million with United on Tuesday.“We were very sharp in the second half, especially when Wayne came on,” United coach Ben Olsen said. “Stalwart, high quality, made some great passes and got on the end of some. Good balls in the box. That’s what we expected from him.”Wayne Rooney (L) of DC United said he likes how football is growing in America and says it might one day rival such leagues as the NFL and NBA © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSThe $500 million Audi Field, already nicknamed “Wayne’s World,” features a Rooney-dominated front banner declaring “This is Our House.” Dozens of fans sported his number 9 United jersey and a cheer erupted when he took the field for warmups.“It has been easy (adjusting). I’m enjoying it,” Rooney said. “It was a great atmosphere. People in the city have given me a lot of freedom to be me, which hasn’t always been the case.”Ten minutes into the second half, fans began chanting “We want Rooney” and moments later he replaced Darren Mattocks to an ovation from the crowd of 20,504, Olsen limiting his time until he regains top fitness.“I was just as eager to get on the pitch as they were to see me on the pitch,” Rooney said. “They were great. I hope we can give them a few more wins.”In the 69th minute, Rooney sparked a series of passes that set up Arriola’s blast into the bottom left corner for a 2-0 lead.Rooney fired a dangerous header in the 79th minute that was fisted away by Vancouver goaltender Brian Rowe.Ten minutes into the second half, DC United fans began chanting “We want Rooney” before Wayne Rooney (R) eventually came on to a crowd ovation © AFP / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDSBut moments later, Rooney was on the attack again, passing to Arriola just before he blasted a shot from outside the penalty area into the bottom left corner of the net.“It’s great to work with the young players with longer legs and I feel like I bring a lot of experience to help them, which I felt showed in the last 30 minutes,” Rooney said.Vancouver avoided a shutout on Alphonso Davies’ stoppage-time goal.United, which has won four MLS titles but none since 2004, rose from the bottom of the league to second worst with a third win and 14 points from 15 matches.“Once Wayne came on, things got better. He just made the right plays at the right time. There’s huge value in that,” Olsen said. “Our challenge is going to be consistency and staying at the level we were at tonight for large stretches.”Rooney was pleased with England’s fourth-place World Cup run. “Excellent. I think it was a great tournament,” Rooney said. “It’s a shame we didn’t get the final but all the players and manager and staff can be proud and we can kick on from there.”– Rooney will be vocal –Olsen said he and his players can learn from Rooney.“He’s going to make others around him better. We’re still a young team. The mentality he will bring to help these young guys is going to be invaluable,” Olsen said. “I’m looking to learn and get better myself. I’m open to learning and getting better myself. I’m open to ideas he thinks can benefit the club.”Rooney made it clear he won’t be shy about speaking his mind.“I want to win,” Rooney said. “I’m vocal on and off the pitch with my coach and my teammates. The most important thing is communication.”Rooney said he likes how football is growing in America and says it might one day rival such leagues as the NFL and NBA. “Hopefully one day we will eclipse them,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
highlights Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions MONEY silverware Latest Football News Floodlights being tested at 5am #NewSpursStadium pic.twitter.com/Ju1G0Nzt0b— New Spurs Stadium (@NewSpursStadium) August 29, 2018As well as the floodlight testing, which you can see below, Mr AV released more drone footage of the arena.And it certainly looks like progress being made with roof looking almost complete and the surrounding areas being cultivated to cope with the influx of fans around the stadium.You can see the brilliant footage below. possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won A view of Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium on Friday, August 31. BEST OF Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED It’s been a tough time for Tottenham Hotspur off the pitch recently, regarding their new stadium – but that may be about to change.After delays, leaks, and plenty more, including the possibility of playing their Carabao Cup clash with Watford at stadium:mk, there has been some good news. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED 1 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack This week the club appeared to test the floodlight at the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ in a move which got supporters quite excited.It gave fans a flavour of what’s to come, especially now they’re in the mood for weeknight Champions League football. impact
Tags: Douglas BamweyanaNyamityobora FCSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop SC Villa are still winless this seasonStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueNyamityobora FC vs SC VillaBetway Mutessa II Stadium, WankulukukuFriday, 30-11-2018 @04:30pmWANKULUKUKU – SC Villa will be hoping they can register their first league victory of the season when they visit debutants Nyamityobora at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.The 16 time record league champions are currently enduring their worst start to a league campaign, winning none of their first eight games. The run has seen them lose 4 and draw as many and also led to the departure of Moses Basena and was replaced by Douglas Bamweyana as the head coach.Bamweyana’s first task will be to negotiate past a Nyamityobora side who have also been woeful since day one, registering only a single victory in 8 games.The Jogoos have been banging in the goals but conceding too many at the other end, something which is promising according to Bamweyana.“I am lucky that i have watched several Villa game before taking over, said Bamweyana ahead of Friday’s game.“The team has not been playing poorly and the goals have been going in which is a good sign.“However, the only issues are tactical and am already working on them.“All i can say is that we are ready to try and fight for our first three points on Friday.For the Ankole based side, they have so far managed one and drawn as many in their first eight games. They will also have a new manager in the dug-out as Asaph Mwebaze replaced James Odoch on Thursday.They will still be without Captain Henry Wamala who is suspended by the club. That means Alex Komakech will continue donning the armband.Match Facts:This will be the first top flight meeting between the two sides.Nyamityobora are in terrible form going into the game having won only one of their last 9 games in all competitions (D1 L7).In the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL), they have won one and drawn one of their first 8 games. The other six have all ended in defeat.At home, they have lost three of their four SUPL games of the season including both of the last two. The only game that they did not lose at home this season was the 2-1 come-back victory over eternal rivals Mbarara City on the 24th of October.For Villa, they head into Friday’s fixture winless in their last 14 fixtures in all competitions (D7 L7).In the SUPL, they are also winless in their last 12 games (D6 L6).Away from home, they are on an 8 game winless run (D2 L6). The last time they won a league game away from home was in the 2-0 victory over Tooro United in April (last season).The Other League game on Friday:-Police FC vs Mbarara City, StarTimes Stadium-Lugogo @04:00pmComments
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two key U.S. dairy commodity prices are showing signs of new life; cheese ($1.70+ per pound) and butter ($1.95+ per pound) are up from recent seasonal lows. Grade A nonfat dry milk continues to be weak (under $0.90 per pound). The export market remains tepid at best. The U.S. dollar, while retreating somewhat, remains historically high. Prices in the key grain and feed markets are at four year lows. Corn remains below $4 per bushel, soybean meal under $350 per ton, and alfalfa hay under $185 per ton. With this constellation of prices, it appears very likely that the USDA/FSA MPP program payments for May-June will be zero or only a few pennies. Using the current (6/02/2015) futures market price data on milk and feed input prices, the USDA Farm Services Agency Decision tool for MPP (http://dairymarkets.org/MPP/Tool/) shows an anticipated May-June margin of $8.30/cwt. Anticipated margins for the remaining three calculation periods are: July-August ($9.49 per hundredweight), September-October ($10.41 per hundredweight) and November-December ($10.45 per hundredweight).This puts the national income over feed cost margin solidly in the upper 1/3 of margins over the 2005 to 2015 period. MPP margin forecast for 2015-2016Looking out into 2016, the USDA/FSA tool shows anticipated margins staying right at $10 per hundredweight for the first half of 2016 and then increasing slightly. Looking back at the accuracy for this decision tool, I would conclude that given the domestic and international market conditions playing out, this forecast is likely to be a bit optimistic, but only by a small amount. With this in mind, I would put the chances of the MPP margin falling below $9.25 per hundredweight over the coming 10 months as slim at best. Keep in mind that the long term average for the MPP margin is just over the $8 per hundredweight mark.Market Price Outlook for 2015-2016The current Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) futures prices for both Class 3 and Class 4 milk show an anticipated increase in price into the last half of 2015. The Class 3 futures price for the coming six months averages $17.50 per hundredweight and for the following four months into 2016 at $16.80 per hundredweight. The Class 4 price is expected to increase strongly from the current contract lows, increasing steadily to the $16 to $17.00 per hundredweight range over the coming 12 months.These prices will help improve the U.S. All Milk Price outlook. Currently, the U.S. All Milk Price is below the marks set for 2012 to 2014. With increased strength in the Class 3 and Class 4 prices, the U.S. All Milk Price should rebound as we move into the last half of 2015. Price weakness continues in the international markets as the general macroeconomic woes of the Euro and the possibility of a Greece default in the European Union are being revisited. This is causing the outlook for continued growth in the U.S. dairy export market to remain weak. In spite of these events, the export volumes for milk powders, whey, cheese, and lactose have posted positive gains in the first quarter of 2015. Butter and oil exports from the U.S. remain flat. Let us hope that the European Central Bank can find a way out of their dilemma yet one more time.
As Greensburg, Kansas, continues its recovery from the tornado that destroyed it two years ago, local nonprofit GreenTown forges ahead with plans for its showcase of green homesEven though it has faced two crushing adversaries – the vicious tornado that flattened it two years ago, and the lousy economy – Greensburg, Kansas, continues to rebuild. It also continues to attract attention, not only because of the scale of the task but because the town has committed to go green in commercial reconstruction that uses public money and in much of its residential rebuilding.One of the more remarkable examples in the residential area is a project led by Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services that yielded 20 homes offering 940 to 1,050 sq. ft., two-car garages, full basements (each with a safe room), efficient appliances, and well insulated walls and attics. The homes were offered to low-income buyers only, with adjusted gross-income limits, which began at $27,900, scaled according to the size of the prospective owner’s family.The green labThe town also is the setting for the GreenTown Chain of Eco-Homes, a 12-home project intended as a showcase for a variety of green construction strategies at different price levels. Last month, the first of the dozen homes planned for the project, the concrete Eco-Home Silo, opened to the public.The second home in the Eco-Homes lineup will be the University of Colorado’s entry in the 2005 Solar Decathlon, which took first place in the competition.For three succeeding Eco-Homes projects, GreenTown, in collaboration with open-source design firm FreeGreen, has been soliciting designs for their Chain of Eco-Homes Competition. Ideally, the contest summary says, the winning entries will be “seemingly ordinary homes that act in extraordinarily green ways.” All three winning designs will receive the right to be constructed in Greensburg as part of the Eco-Homes “Living Laboratory” project.GreenTown and FreeGreen suggest that contest entries, which must be submitted electronically by August 15, include block wall construction for a single-family house that includes 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms. The lot size is 75 x 140 ft.Another important consideration: construction costs must not exceed $154,000 for each home.The top prize includes $10,000; runners up will receive $1,000 each. All three winners will be represented on the FreeGreen website.
Hologram announced on Tuesday the world’s largest global cellular network dedicated to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, capable of working on 600 cellular networks in 200 countries.Hologram has not revealed all of the supported networks, but said all U.S. carriers will work.See Also:BrickerBot malware will brick unsecure Internet of Things devices As part of the network upgrade, Hologram has added more price transparency, allowing customers to choose from a multitude of options, down to the kilobyte. In a press release, the company also said the new network is ‘ultra-scalable’ and offers enterprise-grade connection and diagnostics.“Historically, cellular infrastructure has been expensive, rigid, and difficult to maintain making it challenging to adapt the needs of IoT,” said Ben Forgan, CEO of Hologram. “By applying modern software technologies to cellular, Hologram’s software-defined network changes this paradigm.“It allows us to greatly improve performance, cost, coverage and ease of use on a continuous basis, which in turn greatly expands the number of IoT applications that can take advantage of the ubiquity and security of a cellular connection.”Hologram offers a free megabyte per month to new customers that want to test the platform, before becoming fully invested. Alongside the SIM card, customers can also use the company’s cloud services, and customizable hardware solutions, also built for the Internet of Things.The Hologram approach, of using existing cellular networks to power IoT, is one of the more simple solutions, although some worry that IoT needs its own spectrum. Sigfox created its own proprietary technology that uses the ISM radio band, which cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and wireless computer networks sometimes use. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces David Curry Tags:#4G#cellular#Connected Devices#hologram#Internet of Things#IoT#lte
A Dalit Assistant Professor in Allahabad University on Saturday said he feared he could be lynched by a mob after an old video showing him making controversial remarks about a Hindu deity was widely circulated on campus.The central university’s administration has served Vikram Harijan, an Assistant Professor in the Medieval and Ancient History department, a show-cause notice for his remarks following a complaint by a delegation of students who claimed they had been offended by Mr. Harijan’s remarks. Mr. Harijan found himself in trouble after a research scholar, Ranjeet Saroj, on August 20 uploaded on YouTube a video showing the faculty member making controversial comments on a Hindu deity. Following the circulation of the video, a delegation of students led by Ashwani Kumar Maurya, joint secretary of the ABVP (Kashi Pranth) wrote to the university’s vice-chancellor on August 27 demanding action against Mr. Harijan. They contended that Mr. Harijan’s “anti-dharma” utterances had “hurt religious sentiments” of the public. Mr. Maurya also lodged a police complaint against the faculty member at the Colonelganj police station.Asserting that he had expressed regret for his comments, if they had hurt anyone’s sentiments, Mr. Harijan told The Hindu, that the video being circulated was, however, at least two years old. The video, which shows the faculty member narrating how as a sixth-standard student he had insulted a Hindu deity but faced no backlash from the deity to push his argument against religion and fears related to it, had been shot at a private event at a hostel in Prayagraj on April 14, 2017, on the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar. “My purpose was to say that our children should move forward on the basis of education, hard work and rationality, not to rely on destiny or fear of god,” he explained. “Faith is the path to superstition,” he added. Mr. Harijan said he had received several threats and casteist slurs over the phone, after the video surfaced last week, and expressed his apprehension of becoming a victim of “mob lynching”. He said he had informed the administration about his fears and had sought protection. “I messaged the Proctor saying that I could be mob lynched, by Hindu fanatics,” he said. Proctor R.S. Dubey said Mr. Harijan had been issued a show-cause notice and further action would be taken after his reply. On the security threat perceived by the Assistant Professor, Mr. Dubey said: “If anyone has a security problem, they should approach the police. I am a teacher, what point is it telling me.”Mr. Harijan contended that the video had been uploaded by Mr. Saroj due to personal animosity against him and caste prejudice. “He did this to show me my aukaat (position in society),” asserted Mr. Harijan, referring to his Jatav caste.Mr. Saroj is also a Dalit but belongs to the Pasi sub-caste, and Mr. Harijan alleged Mr. Saroj considers his caste superior to Jatavs. Mr. Saroj refuted Mr. Harijan’s allegation and said he had uploaded the video as he could no longer tolerate the “repeated” insults to Hinduism by Mr. Harijan. “Does the constitution give you the right for such things? We should respect all religions,” said Mr. Saroj, who is also an activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Ambedkar Mahasabha.