Independent local election candidate John O’Donnell is challenging Irish Water to clarify how it can charge customers for a service and product that is not fit for purpose. From the start of this year, Irish Water took over responsibility for the management of drinking and waste water services throughout the state.The company now plans to charge for the services it provides, despite the fact that many communities across Donegal have an extremely poor water supply, which is regularly subject to boil notices. O’Donnell is also questioning whether or not the landowners consent has been obtained for the abstraction of the water resource, as outlined in the Water Supplies Act 1942.O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, “Irish Water is providing a service to the people of Donegal and, when you buy goods or services, you enter into a contract with the seller.“Consumer contracts in this country are protected by the Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act, 1980.“Under this Act the purchaser of goods and services has a number of rights, namely that the product must be of ‘merchantable quality’, ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘as described’, i.e. the buyer must not be mislead into buying an inferior product or service. “Likewise, people can expect that the supplier has the necessary skill to provide the service, the service will be provided with proper care and diligence, the materials used will be sound and that goods supplied with the service will be of merchantable quality.According to O’Donnell, homes across Donegal have water that is neither of ‘merchantable quality’ or ’fit for purpose’, and he poses the question, how can Irish Water charge these homes?”O’Donnell continued, “Why should people be expected to pay for water that is not fit for consumption? Take, for example, the town of Rathmullan, where I met local residents who voiced their frustration at years of neglect in relation to the quality of the area’s water supply.“People cannot drink the water coming from their taps, yet they are expected to pay fees to Irish Water. If consumers are legally protected from purchasing inferior goods, then why should the purchase of water be any different?”O’Donnell concluded, “€800 million has been spent on setting up Irish Water but there’s been no money paid towards the upgrade of a completely inadequate water service. “It’s no wonder people are outraged. The government must ensure that Irish Water undertakes whatever work is required to deliver a proper and adequate service to the people of Donegal. To do otherwise, is simply ripping people off.”ELECTION 2014: O’DONNELL – “HOW CAN IRISH WATER CHARGE FOR A PRODUCT NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE?” was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Election 2014: John O’DonnellnewsPolitics
Johannesburg, Tuesday 6 October 2015 – Brand South Africa notes the statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry that the country’s Business Confidence Index has fallen to its lowest level since 1993.It cannot be disputed that the South African economy is experiencing challenges with the World Bank and the South African Reserve Bank having revised growth targets downwards in the recent weeks.However South Africa has a range of strengths which can be leveraged to turn the economic situation around. To name a few:• The World Economic Forum in its 2015 Global Competitiveness Index last week said that “South Africa hosts the continent’s most efficient financial market (12/140) and benefits from a sound goods market (38/140), which is driven by strong domestic competition (28/140).”• The Ibrahim Index on African Governance in its 2015 assessment of 54 countries in Africa, released yesterday, found that South Africa ranks number 2 in the continent in terms of business environment and number 1 in terms of public management.• The Department of Trade and Industry earlier this week announced that FDI inflows into South Africa amounted to US$3.31 billion from January 2015 to July 2015. This indicates confidence in South Africa’s investment climate by foreign investors.• South Africa is also currently implementing a 9-Point Plan comprising simultaneous actions in key strategic areas, aimed at revitalising the economy.These statistics show that despite challenges in the South African economy which are contributing negatively to business confidence, the South African economy remains strong and well positioned to recover in terms of business confidence.Minister Radebe speaking at the Black Management Forum earlier today said, “Faced with a stagnating economy, it is imperative that we find effective and sustainable ways to accelerate the growth rate [and] we need develop the country’s industrial capabilities and reduce dependence on commodity exports.”The commitment by government and collaboration by the corporate sector will see South Africa being to leverage the strengths highlighted above to reverse the current economic situation in the country.Notes to the EditorThe statement by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be found on their website.
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On December 26, 2004, a massive tsunami struck the coasts of the Indian Ocean and killed over 2,30,000 people in 14 countries. At the time, Preity GZinta was holidaying with her friends in Phuket, which was badly hit by the waves.At the India Today Conclave East 2018, Preity recounted her near-death experience. “I almost died in the tsunami. I was in Phuket. Most of my closest friends passed away in that. I’m the only one who survived. God bless their souls. It was a tough time,” she said.The horrific incident became a major turning point in Preity’s life. “I came back thinking, ‘Why did I survive?’ So I thought I should do what I really want to do with my life,” she said, adding that it was after this that she decided to venture into the Indian Premier League.”I met Lalit Modi at the Bravery Awards. I was the brand ambassador and his family was involved with that. We sat down for coffee later, and I told him that I want to have a sports school. It was my dad’s and my dream. I didn’t realise that you need to have Rs 1000 crore to ave a sports school!” she revealed.Preity added, “When the IPL was being bid for, he called me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’ Everyone said no, but I’m a visual person. I thought to myself, ‘Can I see this? Yes, I can.'”ALSO SEE: Salman Khan’s friend Preity Zinta rushes to Jodhpur to visit him in jailadvertisement
Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25.The event, to be held under the theme, ‘Partnerships to Transform Gender Relations’, is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; the Jamaican Parliament; and ParlAmericas, an inter-parliamentary association with membership across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop.She said that the event provides an opportunity for parliamentarians, along with civil society, to engage in dialogue and discuss actions to deal with the gender equality issue.“When they go back, participants are expected to strengthen systems within the Parliament that will encourage dialogue on gender affairs and how to treat with gender balance,” she said.Mrs. Cooke stated that there will be a closing session and a press briefing with the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the end of the workshop.For her part, Director, Policy and Research, Bureau of Gender Affairs, Sharon Coburn Robinson, said the Ministry is “extremely ecstatic” to partner with the Houses of Parliament on the initiative.“For years we wanted to sensitise parliamentarians. This is a part of our mandate coming out of… the National Policy for Gender Equality,” she added.She noted that one of the areas of the Policy is to “sensitise our parliamentarians, so that they understand the importance of legislation and the impact it has on gender equality, and that they are not just aware but they are engaged strategically”. Story Highlights Strategies to remedy gender inequality and engage men as partners in tackling gender-based discrimination in the region are among the issues to be discussed at an Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on January 24 and 25. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank held today (January 17) at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, said plans are advanced in the preparation for the workshop. It will involve the participation of parliamentarians, non-governmental organisations, and gender experts from countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOld wounds opening for the family and friends of slain teenager, Leslie Aurelus as a retrial started last week into the 2008 murder case after a successful appeal to the courts. The court finding that the case was probably dealt with unfairly since the trial was suppose to take place before a 12 member jury but instead took place before a 7 member panel on Grand Turk and a new verdict is expected this week, Clifford Gibson may either walk a free man or start a new sentence. Three years ago an emotional case came to an end when a guilty verdict was handed down to 20-year old Clifford Gibson for the murder of then 17 year old Leslie Aurelus, who was fatally stabbed in the Downtown area of Providenciales on new years morning.