KINGSTON: Jamaica’s junior squash team will test their skills on the international stage when they compete in the 2106 Pan American Junior Squash Championships, which started yesterday and ends on Sunday in Philadelphia, United States of America. The four-man team is headlined by rising stars Jonathan Walker, who finished second in the recent Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships and reigning All Jamaica Under-17 champion, Tahjia Lumley. They are joined by Adam Ardito and Stephan Morrison, who were also part of the squad which represented Jamaica at the Junior CASA. The youngsters will do battle with top Under-19 players from the USA, Canada, South America and the Caribbean. All four will contest the 52-man individual draw and the team competition, while Lumley and Walker will also play doubles. Jamaica’s coach, Karen Anderson said, “The Pan American Junior Squash Championships will provide a good indicator of how our juniors stack up against their peers in international squash. We are used to competing in the Caribbean, but to really make our mark in the sport we will have to prove ourselves on the world stage.” Again, JN General Insurance (JNGI) has stepped up to provide support to send the national squash team to an overseas tournament. Chris Hind, CEO of JNGI, said: “JN General Insurance recently sponsored the senior national team that went to CASA, where Chris Binnie won the men’s singles title for the seventh time. “If we want to continue that kind of dominance, we have to invest in our young squash players, and that’s what we’re doing by helping to send the junior team to an international tournament,” he added.
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– 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.
That adds more credence to his argument that refinery closures, dating back to the previous century have left Canada far too dependent on those in the U.S.“It’s unfortunate that not a greater effort is being made on unconfusing a bit of the environment issue with what we need to do and that’s to get our product to market, get those pipelines built and where we can improve the ability to process our bitumen into high value gasoline,” McTeague said. “Instead we’re getting caught up other distractions and I think while we all want clean energy, we all want to head down the road of new technology surrounding environmental questions but those can be done hand in hand. We need to restore and reinvest and get the product to market. Not just the crude but also the pricemakers into the North American market on gasoline.”He also talked about retail profit margins, and some factors impacting them, which many consumers might find both interesting and informative, and we’ll get to that story on Monday. With the first day of fall this year now less than a week away, on the 23rd of the month, gasoline prices across the country have started to fall.An eight station monitor this morning in Fort St. John revealed the common local posted price at six of the outlets was a $1.23.9, with the two PetroCan outlets two cents less than that.However the most common post was still about 11 cents higher, than the new provincial average, of a $1.12.7, which according to the latest Gas Buddy-dot-com monitor, was down about four cents a litre in the past week, 16 cents in the past month, and 22 cents from where it was at this time last year.- Advertisement -Nation-wide that survey reported a similar year-over-year story, with the Canadian average now at $1.04.4, down 23 cents a litre.However, the consumer website’s senior analyst, Dan McTeague, says motorists from Thunder Bay to BC will soon be paying more, not less, at the pumps.He’s predicting an increase of five to seven cents a litre and cites as the main reason as a major production problem at a Husky refinery in Toledo, Ohio.Advertisement