Failing to check the licences of tradies could be disastrous

first_imgAlmost half of Australians are failing to check the licences of the tradies they hire, according to new research. Photo: Getty ImagesAlmost half of Australians are failing to check the licences of the tradies they hire, according to research.Data from hipages Tradie Trust Index found that 42 per cent of people do not check for licences when hiring tradies, putting them at risk of dodgy home improvements. Annually, Australians spend $73 billion on tradie services, of which approximately $3.4 billion is spent hiring tradies to fix DIY gone wrong.With Aussies engaging an average of seven tradies per year for jobs ranging from plumbers to cleaners, it’s clear that we’re a houseproud bunch. However, homeowners are not always taking these jobs as seriously, failing to follow the proper steps to find qualified licensed tradies to get the job done right from the start.Hipages recommends homeowners follow the trust trifecta which includes requesting a licence, asking for examples of work and reading online recommendations.Hipages chief customer officer Stuart Tucker said: “The key to fostering a trusting two-way relationship is a honest and open line of communication. It’s also advisable to formalise all details of a job in writing, particularly with the amount of responsibility that is transferred onto a tradie. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“This month, hipages has made it even easier for customers to connect with trusted tradies through updates to the platform.“On the Tradie Profile page, customers will be able to clearly view licence numbers for each tradie, as well as licence requirements for their trade categories in the state they service.”Digital and on-demand platforms like the hipages app, which streamlines the tradie recruitment and verification process, have helped reduce research time for homeowners by 80 per cent.Most Australians spend an average 56 minutes per required job, to find and book the necessary tradie online.Meanwhile not only is hipages digitising the process to find a tradie, it is now also digitising the important role that word-of-mouth plays in consumer-tradie engagement. Following the findings of the hipages Tradie Trust Index that revealed 80 per cent of consumers trust word-of-mouth recommendations when selecting a tradie, hipages has introduced a new “Community’’ feed on its app. The new feature allows consumers to log into hipages through their Facebook account, to easily discover which tradies are being recommended and hired by neighbours in their local area, as well as understand who their Facebook friends are booking and recommending to their network. It also presents another avenue for hipages tradies to build their reputation locally.Visit hipages.com.aulast_img read more

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Girls face charges over school bullying attack

first_imgNZ Herald 19 Dec 2011Two 14-year-old girls will face “serious” assault charges after a brutal bully attack on a classmate that left the girl with spinal injuries. Fourteen-year-old Adriana Kemp is recovering in hospital from surgery in which screws were inserted in her skull to keep her spine straight. She was repeatedly punched by two girls at Flaxmere College in Hastings three weeks ago. The assault was filmed by another student on a cellphone. Adriana has been in and out of hospital for checks and scans since the attack.…. Flaxmere police constable Greg Andrews said two 14-year-olds had been interviewed and referred to Youth Aid. The case was being reviewed, but Mr Andrews expected the pair would appear in court. Charges were being finalised but it was a “serious level of assault”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10774037last_img read more

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PREEMPTIVE STEP: PUV drivers told to wear masks vs nCoV

first_imgThe transport sector which is beingoverseen by the LTFRB is the latest to take preemptive steps to protect itsstakeholders from this new viral infection. Operators of transport terminalswere directed to ensure the proper sanitation and cleanliness of theirfacilities as well as provide facemasks and disinfectants to passengers forfree. For its part, Vallacar Transit,operator of Ceres buses, confirmed having disseminated the LTFRB order to itsdrivers and conductors. Non-compliance would be a violation oftheir jeepney franchises, explained Parcon. It seems to start with a fever,followed by a dry cough and then, after a week, leads to shortness of breath. In Memorandum Circular 2020-005, LTFRBrequired the drivers and conductors “to properly wear facemasks at all timeswhile on duty, and for all franchise holders to ensure their compliance.” But even prior to LTFRB’s order, saidJade Seballos, the legal and media relations officer of Vallacar Transit, theywere already orienting their people about the importance of personal hygiene,especially hand washing. FAITH IN THE TIME OF A VIRUS OUTBREAK. Masked devotees of Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria (Our Lady of Candles) light candles at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Coronaviruses are common, andtypically cause mild respiratory conditions, such as a cough or runny nose. ILOILO City – Public utility vehicledrivers and conductors here have been ordered to wear facemasks by the LandTransportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) as the government stepsup precautionary measures to deter a possible spread of the novel coronavirus(2019-nCoV). Meanwhile, the Iloilo City Alliance ofOperators and Drivers Transport Cooperative (ICAODTC) had a meeting over theweekend with member drivers, operators and public assistant officers(conductors) about the LTFRB order. All drivers and public utility vehicleoperators must comply with the LTFRB order or they would be meted withsanctions, according to Raymundo Parcon, president of the Iloilo City LoopAlliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (ICLAJODA). The company would be distributing handsanitizers to its drivers although it is having a hard time procuring a bigvolume of facemasks, added Seballos. Avoiding eating raw or undercookedanimal products is also advised. But some are more serious – such asthe deadly SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Middle East RespiratorySyndrome (Mers). Seballos also assured the ridingpublic that Vallar Transit is fastidious about the cleanliness of their Ceresbuses. But in more severe cases, infectioncan cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and evendeath. People are advised to avoid closecontact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections; wash handsregularly, especially after direct contact with ill people or theirenvironment; and avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals. This current outbreak – known as novelcoronavirus (nCoV) – is a new strain that has not been previously identified inhumans. “Bisanmagasto sa part namon, para man ini sa amon safety,” said Parcon. ICAODTC board secretary Rizal Alidosaid they were all cooperative. Most victims have been elderly people,suffering from other chronic diseases. The World Health Organization isadvising people in affected areas to follow standard procedures to reduce thechance of catching the virus. They include hand and respiratory hygiene as wellas safe food practices. He will also be distributingfacemasks, said Parcon, and would further direct drivers to bring with themdisinfectants (alcohol or hand sanitizers). Parcon would be calling for a meetingtoday with ICLAJODA chapter presidents and discuss the LTFRB order. Theassociation has around 3,000 members. Those with symptoms of coronavirusshould practice “cough etiquette”, including maintaining distance, coveringcoughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or the inside of an elbow, andwashing hands. (With a report from theBBC/PN)last_img read more

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Bulldogs Strong Showing In EIAC Tennis Tourney

first_imgThe Batesville High School tennis team claimed a pair of individual Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference titles on Saturday (5-17) at Greensburg High School.Batesville junior Lydia Olsen defeated Rushville’s Katie Schoeder 6-0 and 6-0 in the finals at No. 2 singles to earn all-conference honors. Leading up to the title match, Olsen defeated Olivia Slusher of Greensburg (6-2, 6-1) and East Central’s Alexia Lamberdines (6-0, 6-0).Brooke Bradford and Kelli Hartman won a pair of tough matches on Saturday for the title at No. 1 doubles. Hartman and Bradford beat Welage and Pratt of Greensburg 6-4 and 6-4 in the championship. They defeated DeFiglio and Ashton in the semifinals (6-3, 4-6 and 6-0) and opened on Thursday with a 6-1 and 6-0 win over Brack and Stang of Franklin County.The Lady Bulldogs had a pair of runner-up finishes.Allyson Ritter lost in the championship match at No. 3 singles to East Central’s Sophia Imeroni 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2. She posted wins over Stewart of Franklin county and Harpring of Rushville.Karsen Worthington and Macy Simon teamed up to place second at No. 2 doubles. Kern and Weber were 7-6 and 7-5 winners over Simon and Worthington in the finals. The Batesville duo defeated Nelson and Bailey of Greensburg (6-4, 7-6) in the semifinals and Rushville’s Martin and Hershberger (6-4, 6-4) in the opening round.Batesville senior Sarah Hoseus lost in the semifinal round to eventual conference Most Valuable Player Danielle Schroeder of Greensburg. Schroeder defeated Hoseus 6-3 and 6-3. Hoseus began the tournament on Thursday with a 6-4 and 6-3 over Rushville’s Allison Wainwright.Submitted by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.last_img read more

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Lady Cards Come Up Short Against Lady Chargers

first_imgLast night the St. Louis Lady Cardinals fell to the North Decatur Lady Chargers 24-7.Points were provided by Sydney Schutte with 3, Grace Eckstein with 2, and GiGi Dreyer with 2. Rebounds were pulled down by Sydney Schutte, GiGi Dreyer, Grace Eckstein, Grace Laudick, Molly Wachsmann, and Mindy Eckstein.Courtesy of Cardinals  Coach Erin Laudick.The St. Louis 8th grade girls lost to North Decatur Thursday nightby a final score of 42 to 17.Harlee Masavage led St. Louis in scoring with 10 points. Kate Burkhart followed with 3 points. Avery Roell & Hailey Mohr had 2 points each.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img

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Barcelona could let Messi leave amid €700m release clause

first_imgBarcelona could be forced to let Lionel Messi to leave the club this summer, amid growing reports his €700m release clause is now invalid. Messi informed the Catalan giants of his intention to exit the club last week, and he could potentially leave on a free transfer in the coming weeks. The Argentinian’s contract includes an option to terminate his deal at the end of each season, alongside a €700m release clause at the Camp Nou.Advertisement Read Also: Barcelona send law firm packing for advising MessiLa Blaugrana are still unlikely to allow the 33-year old to leave for free, but if his release clause is not longer a factor, they may be forced to accept an offer in the region of €100m.Barcelona return to pre-season training on Monday, following a club-wide round of PCR testing, with Messi reportedly set to boycott the first session as his future remains unresolved.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona have rejected Messi’s representatives claims that his early exit option is still valid, however, according to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, his release clause ended at the end of the 2019-20 season. Messi is already into the final 12 months of his contract, and Barcelona could now be forced to lower their demands in potential transfer negotiations. Loading… Promoted Content7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

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Madeline Gonzalez Named GSC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week

first_img Share Sept. 4, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Argos starting setter, Madeline Gonzalez, had a memorable trip to Alaska this past week. Leading the team to three consecutive three game sweeps, Gonzalez ended up sweeping all the awards. After being named the Nanook Classic Tournament MVP, the Junior from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was rewarded by the Gulf South Conference, as this week’s East Division Offensive Player of the Week.Gonzalez has been the quarterback of the potent Argo Attack so far this season, as she is averaging nearly 40 Assists per Match. West Florida is putting up some great Attack Percentages from several players, as a result of the precision passing from Gonzalez. Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla., and a teammate of Gonzalez’ at Hillsborough Community College), Isabela Gualberto (Sr. / Belo Horizonte, Brazil), Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Porto Alegre, Brazil), and Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) are among the Conference leaders in Attack Percentage, thanks in part to the work of Madeline Gonzalez.Gonzalez had over 40 Assists twice on the trip to Alaska, and 39 Assists in the other contest. Her average of 13.78 per game was the best in the GSC for the week. Meanwhile, West Alabama Defensive Specialist Jacque Swan was the East Division Defensive Player of the week, leading the Tigers to an undefeated week with 77 digs over the weekend. West Alabama and West Florida are the two East Division teams that remain unbeaten.The Argos and Madeline Gonzalez, are at home this weekend, hosting the Regional Cross-Over Tournament. West Florida will have two matches against teams ranked in the top 10 of the Volleyball Coaches Poll. Second Ranked Tampa will tangle with the Argos at 7:00 pm Saturday, and Sixth Ranked Florida Southern will take on the Argos on Sunday at 1:30 pm. The action is in the UWF Fieldhouse Friday, Sept. 7th thru Sunday Sept. 9th. UWF also plays Emporia State, Friday night at 7:00 pm, and vs. Rollins College on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Follow the Argos on goargos.com with Live Stats. Print Friendly Version Madeline Gonzalez Named GSC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Weeklast_img read more

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Study ranks ‘most’ and ‘least’ gambling addicted states

first_imgBatesville, In. — It might be hard to believe, but Americans throw $100 billion into casinos to “win big.” According to the Mayo Clinic, up to three percent of Americans are classified as compulsive gamblers. The researchers at WalletHub have conducted a study to determine the “most” and “least” gambling addicted states in the country.The tri-state hits the list in the middle of the pack, but one surprise is South Dakota is ranked as the second most gambling addicted state behind Nevada. A link to the complete study is here.last_img

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Chelsea’s Emerson out until mid-October with thigh injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea left back Emerson Palmieri will be out until the middle of October after sustaining a thigh injury during Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by leaders Liverpool, manager Frank Lampard has said.Italian international Palmieri, who has started five out of six league games this season, was joined on the treatment table by fellow defender Andreas Christensen after the Danish centre back suffered a knee problem in the same match.Lampard told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup third round clash against Grimsby Town: “Emerson now won’t be back until the other side of the international break (during mid-October).“It will be a few weeks because it is the recurrence of an injury so we have to be a bit careful with it… Andreas is not too severe.Hopefully he won’t be out for too long but I can’t give a time frame.”Lampard’s side, who are 11th in the league with eight points after two wins, two draws and two losses, host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Chelsealast_img read more

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Howard backs Everton to bounce back

first_img “We’ll be focused from Monday to deal with what City have to throw at us.” Captain Phil Jagielka, who has not played since the end of February because of a hamstring problem, is expected to return to face City as Everton’s injury list continues to grow. The club are still awaiting details of the extent of calf and knee problems sustained by Leighton Baines at the weekend. Martinez had eight players unavailable through injury against Southampton and with Barry ineligible against his parent club this weekend the Spaniard has recalled forward Apostolos Vellios from Blackpool after just two appearances since joining them at the end of last month. Everton received some good news on Baines late on Monday, with the England defender now likely to face City. “Leighton Baines is set to be fit for this weekend’s game against Manchester City,” said a statement on evertonfc.com. “The England international was assessed over the weekend, but has reacted well to the problem, meaning he should be fit for Saturday’s crunch Goodison clash.” The self-inflicted 2-0 defeat at Southampton damaged the Toffees’ dreams of Champions League football but a point against Manuel Pellegrini’s team will at least guarantee a return to the Europa League for the first time since 2009. They could also do neighbours Liverpool a huge favour by taking points off City, which would give the Reds renewed hope of winning the title for the first time in 24 years. Howard said the priority was to get themselves back on track after the disappointment at St Mary’s Stadium. “Hopefully we’ll brush it aside as a one-off and we’ll have it all to do against Manchester City,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It will be wide open, a tactical battle with top players on display. “Those games take care of themselves. Those are the easy games to play in. “Gareth Barry (on loan from City) won’t be there but we can cope.” Howard is confident there will be no hangover from a second defeat in three games. “The manager has been brilliant in that regard. He dismisses things very quickly, both brilliant performances and bad ones. “We’ll get it out of the way and have a good week of training again. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists Saturday’s visit of Manchester City will be an easy game to play in simply because of the quality of opposition. Press Associationlast_img read more

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