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Inspection Bodies Encouraged to Access Free Pre-Assessment

first_img “We are offering free pre-assessments because we are in the business of facilitating our clients doing the right thing. This is to encourage them because accredited inspections will be better for Jamaica in the long run. By doing a free pre-assessment, they will be able to have an idea of what issues need to be addressed before they apply for an Inspection Board assessment,” she added. Inspection bodies in the private and public sectors are being encouraged by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), Sharonmae Shirley, to access the free pre-assessment that is being offered by the organisation until March 31. Story Highlights According to Mrs. Shirley, the agency is offering free pre-assessments for the second consecutive year, as it recognises the importance of getting businesses accredited. Inspection bodies in the private and public sectors are being encouraged by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), Sharonmae Shirley, to access the free pre-assessment that is being offered by the organisation until March 31.According to Mrs. Shirley, the agency is offering free pre-assessments for the second consecutive year, as it recognises the importance of getting businesses accredited.“We are offering free pre-assessments because we are in the business of facilitating our clients doing the right thing. This is to encourage them because accredited inspections will be better for Jamaica in the long run. By doing a free pre-assessment, they will be able to have an idea of what issues need to be addressed before they apply for an Inspection Board assessment,” she added.The CEO noted that there are several advantages to becoming accredited through the agency.“Inspection bodies will benefit from accreditation, as it is highly regarded internationally as a reliable indicator of technical competence. So, an inspection body that is accredited will assure their consumers that the service that they supply is accurate, reliable and impartial,” Mrs. Shirley explained.JANAAC has a presence in seven CARICOM states, and has accredited one inspection body in Trinidad and is currently processing one locally.last_img read more

Trai seeks relook at caps on TV channel discounts

first_imgNew Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper to re-look at imposing restrictions on discounts offered by broadcasters on channel bouquets after the implementation of the new regulatory framework for cable and broadcasting services. The regulator on Friday hit out at the broadcasters and said the lack of any caps on discounts offered on bouquets, compared to a-la-carte channel pricing, is being “misused to throttle market discovery of TV channel prices, by giving huge discounts on the bouquets.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The tariff declared by the broadcasters under the new regulatory framework shows that bouquets are being offered at a discount of up to 70 per cent of the sum of the a-la-carte rates of pay channels constituting those bouquets. It indicates that in absence of any restriction on the discount on the offering of bouquets, broadcasters are making prices of a-la-carte channels illusory thereby impacting the a-la-carte choice of channels by consumers,” TRAI said in a statement. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostTRAI’s new regulations/orders for the television and broadcasting sector gave freedom to consumers to select television channels they want to watch. Analysis reveals that while the new regulatory framework has brought the transparency in TV channel pricing, harmonised business processes in the sector and reduced disputes among stakeholders. However, adequate choice to select TV channels has not been given to the consumers. It further said that in all fairness, a lot was expected from the broadcasters and the Distribution Platform Operators ( DPO) to use flexibility given under the new regulatory framework to address the concerns and aspirations of the consumers. However, given flexibility was misused to throttle market discovery of TV channel prices by giving huge discounts on the bouquets. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition by TRAI for reinstatement of a cap of 15 per cent on discounting of channel bouquets. In its initial tariff order, the regulator has said that channel bouquets should not be priced lower than 85 per cent of the sum of the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of all the channels in the pack. On Friday, the telecom and broadcast regulator also pointed to the challenge of having too many bouquets with the same kind of channel mix, being offered by both broadcasters and distributors. The regulator said this creates confusion among consumers, forcing them to opt for suggested packs instead of choosing channels according to their preference. TRAI is seeking the views of stakeholders on various issues in the consultation paper, which includes the ceiling price of channels for inclusion in a bouquet, need for the formation of a bouquet by broadcasters and DPOs, variable Network Capacity Fee (NCF) and discount on long-term plan.last_img read more

Wearable ivory and stitched wall hangings from the land of the artist

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN News Nunavut has the most artists per capita of anywhere in Canada.More than a third or 33 percent of the northern territory’s mostly Inuit residents are artists.APTN’s Kent Driscoll dropped into a show in the capital of Iqaluit this week.And even he saw some things he’d never seen [email protected]last_img

RKM looks to set up educational hub for tribal students

first_imgKolkata: Ramakrishna Mission’s project to set up a super educational hub mostly for tribal students is going on in full swing.A primary school, Ramakrishna Mission Sishu Vidyamandir at Lumdung Seppa in East Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh, has already been set up. The foundation stone was laid by Swami Bodhasaranandaji, assistant general secretary RK Math and Mission on October 9, 2018. Construction work of seven buildings in phase I is being carried out. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe midday meal for students is likely to be provided from June. If the facility of midday meal is made available the Ramakrishna Mission will bring about a change in the menu provided to the students everyday during their recess. Meanwhile, Class III of the primary school will start from June where those promoted from Class II will be accommodated. The admission test for Class I was held on March 30. The Nanghi Natung Moya Tacha Welfare Society (NNMTWS) has donated a plot of land where a charitable medical dispensary for local people and a community computer centre as well as a general guest house will come up. Earlier, NNMTWS had donated the main land for the school at the erstwhile Lumdung bustee. Swami Vivekananda had said education is the need of the hour. This dream of Swamiji will be a reality in a few year’s time when the entire campus of the educational hub will be functional.last_img read more