first_imgWith the use of online shopping rapidly expanding, the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) has taken up the task of protecting customers who choose to use digital marketing.This was revealed by the Director of the Commission, Dawn Holder-Cush, during the Guyana Press Association’s (GPA) Lunch Time Lecture on Tuesday at MorayDirector of CCAC, Dawn Holder-CushHouse, Camp Street, Georgetown.The Director of the consumer body revealed that an Electronic Transaction Bill is currently being drafted and will be presented to Cabinet next Tuesday, which is intended to protect the rights of customers who shop online.“I was asked to do some consultations and we have an Electronic Transaction Bill which will go before Cabinet next week Tuesday,” she said.Holder-Cush was sceptical to divulge information on the contents of the Bill but promised to engage the GPA during the consultation phase.The Commission which falls under the Business Ministry will now bear this responsibility although it previously fell within the boundaries of the Public Telecommunications Ministry.Back in December, this newspaper reported that the CCAC had no provisions in place to protect such customers although the number of persons rushing to the online markets has spiked.This was at the time confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the Commission, Allison Parker during an interview with Guyana Times.As pointed out by her, the Consumer Affairs Act only provides guidelines for electronic sale transactions locally.This means that persons who source items online from overseas suppliers have no rights if an item arrives and does not meet their specification.CCAC said “The Consumer Affairs Act does not provide jurisdiction for cross border e-commerce”.With regards to legislation, the Consumer Affairs Act states that “The Minister may, after consultation with the Commission, make regulations for the purpose of protecting consumers in relation to electronic sale transactions”.Persons have many a time complained of sourcing items from online stores only to receive, in some cases, an entirely different put-together item when it comes to clothing, makeup, accessories and even electronics.Meanwhile, when it comes to other complaints in the areas of electronics, appliances, vehicles and others the Commission said it has received a total of 289 complaints for 2018 which valued $91,868,324, from customers who were unable to get value for their dollar.These figures, however, notably only cover items that were sourced locally as no provisions are made in the legislation to protect the rights of customers who source items from overseas.last_img read more


first_imgBeds back at Dungloe Hospital.Community spirit in West Donegal has scored a major victory after it was revealed that five beds will reopen at Dungloe Hospital within a week.A deputation consisting of local people and public representatives met with the HSE management recently to discuss the issue.It followed a public protest meeting about the closure of beds at the facility. The restoration of beds has been welcomed by MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher.The deputation included Fr Matt Mc Inenary,Local Cllrs David Alcorn, Marie Therese Gallagher, Charlie Yank Boyle, Kathleen Brennan, Pat Glackin, Frank Campbell, Pat Nora Gallagher and Pat the Cope Gallagher.The Trade Unions IMPACT and SIPTU were represented at the public meeting and played an important role in securing this positive outcome.Arrangements for employment of staff has now been finalised and the new arrangement will be in place shortly The reduction of beds in Dungloe from 35 to 25 was necessary to comply with patient/staff ratio as set down by HIQA.It was a priority of the deputation to have all 10 beds reopened however in order to achieve this objective it will be necessary for the Minister to relax the embargo on employment.Minister Dinny Mc Ginley has arranged a meeting with Minister Reilly and it is hope that this will take place as soon as a mutually suitable date can be arranged COMMUNITY VICTORY AS BEDS TO REOPEN AT DUNGLOE HOSPITAL was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:bedsdungloe hospitallast_img read more