first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUETA, RAMIRES, FABREGAS, WILLIAN, OSCAR, HAZARD, COSTAVILLA (3-5-2)GESTEDE, SINCLAIR,AMAVI, GUEYE, WESTWOOD, VERETOUT, HUTTON, LESCOTT, RICHARDS, CRESPO,GUZANChelsea lost their last game at Stamford Bridge, beaten 3-1 by Southampton, and now face Aston Villa attempting to win for only the third time in nine games in the Barclays Premier League.The Blues have conceded at least two goals in seven of their eight Premier League games this season. And Chelsea have conceded seven goals in their last four home league games, as many as they had in their previous 17 at Stamford Bridge.And the eight points they have is their lowest total after eight games in a top-flight season since the 1978-79 campaign, when they had just four. Chelsea were relegated that season.Manager JosÈ Mourinho has insisted he will not resign, but his Villa counterpart, Tim Sherwood, is said to be under pressure and unless results improve in this game and the next, against Swansea, he could lose his job.Less than five months after leading Villa to the FA Cup final, Sherwood has lost six of his last seven Premier League and taken just one point from a possible 21. Former Spurs boss Sherwood has now lost 19 Premier League games, as many as he has won.last_img read more

CCAC implores businesses to “get their act together”

first_img– to host outreach on consumers rightsThe Consumer Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) is urgingHead of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission Haroon Khanbusiness enterprises to “get their act together” since they are preparing to do a number of outreaches across the country that will sensitise the public on their rights as consumers.According to the Unit, business enterprises that provide services and products to consumers will face the full arm of the law if they are found to be in breach of the Consumer Affairs Act 2011.The Consumer Affairs Act states that registered businesses have a right to provide the necessary information that will help a consumer make the right decision when paying for a product or service. The Act promotes and protects consumers’ interest in relation to the supply of goods and services, and for related purposes.According to the CAU, it has observed a number of areas where enterprises have been in breach of the 2011 Act.Head of the Unit, Haroon Khan, identified the primary areas, as the sale of defective items, unfair contract terms and unfair trade practices.He noted that suppliers and enterprises need to desist from the sale of defective items which is a practice where a supplier may sell goods or services which are either expired, not working or generally incompetent of serving their purpose.Khan explained, “If a product is deemed defective, firstly the business is asked to repair or replace the product. If they can’t repair or replace it, they are asked to provide a complete refund to the consumer because failure to adhere to the Act, they are penalties of up to one year imprisonment and one million Guyana dollars in fines.”He further noted that enterprises should ensure that durable goods and services are continually updated, renewed and restocked so as to provide a more efficient item to consumers.Unfair contract terms speak to the practice of businesses creating contracts that are only in favour of the enterprise. This puts the consumer at “a severe disadvantage” when making decisions for purchases.With respect to unfair trade practices, the CCAC outlined that it has to do primarily with misleading and deceptive conduct where an enterprise may advertise and/or showcase details of a product or service that may not entirely be genuine thereby deceiving the consumer.Director of the CCAC, Dawn Holder-Alert, is pushing consumer awareness stating that, “an educated consumer is a smart consumer,” where they would be least likely to be caught in contraventions of the consumer affairs act.The CCAC said that is has an estimated success rate of 78 per cent response to cases reported, especially in relation to the sale of defective items and is calling for full compliance by businesses that are involved in unfair trade practices.Target areas would be the hinterland, Linden and other areas beyond the coast where there have been a number of reported cases of contraventions of the Consumer Affairs Act.last_img read more