The Supreme Court turned down an appeal Monday by the University of South Carolina to register an interlocking “SC” logo as its trademark.The University of South Carolina contested a ruling made in January, which said the university could not use the “SC” logo for sports and apparel merchandise. The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal.Michelle Hanabusa | Daily TrojanFederal trademark law does not allow registrations that are likely to cause confusion. The University of South Carolina argued that its logo was distinct enough to be registered.According to the University of South Carolina, its logo would use curved letters, instead of the blocked “SC” that the University of Southern California uses.The University of South Carolina first attempted to trademark an “SC” logo in 1997, but the University of Southern California contested it.A special Trademark Trial and Appeal Board was formed and concluded that, though “real fans” would know the difference between the two logos, it would be confusing to casual fans.The Supreme Court decision yesterday to throw out the case means that the University of South Carolina cannot try the case again.Lawyers for the University of Southern California argued that “SC” had been used as a University of Southern California logo for decades, while the University of South Carolina had used “Carolina” or “USC” instead.
Over the past decade, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program has been among the NCAA’s most consistent. Wisconsin has appeared in the NCAA Tournament nine times in the past 10 years, including two trips to the Final Four. Also, the Badgers are tied for the seventh most NCAA Tournament wins (18) and have made six trips to the Sweet 16. Though Wisconsin has been a model of consistency, they still aren’t regarded as one of college basketball’s “blue bloods.” The question is, why? The Badger Herald listed five reasons why the Badgers still aren’t considered in the same breadth as the nation’s elite. They still haven’t won the big oneWhile Wisconsin has been tremendously successful, particularly over the 21st century, they still haven’t been able to win a national championship. The Badgers’ haven’t won a national championship since 1941. It seemed that Wisconsin was going to end its 79-year-drought during the 2014-2015 season. Two days after knocking off undefeated Kentucky, the Badgers squared off in the national championship against Duke. Though Wisconsin controlled most of the game, they ultimately fell short 68–63 after squandering a nine-point lead with just over 13 minutes left in the second half. Though Wisconsin constantly competes for a national championship year in and year out, it’s hard to consider the program a “blue-blood” until they win the big game.Men’s Basketball: Way too early Big Ten rankings for 2020-2021 basketball seasonThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team finished the season scorching hot, winning eight conference straight games that gave the Read…A regional pipeline of recruiting Don’t get me wrong, Wisconsin does a great job in the off-season of finding players that fit their system, but to play devil’s advocate, they struggle securing commitments from blue-chip prospects. According to 247 Sports, Wisconsin’s last five-star commitment was Sam Dekker. Also, UW currently only has two players on their roster that were ranked in 247’s top 100 recruiting rankings per class — Ben Carlson and Nate Reuvers. Historic programs like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky seem to reload with talent each year, as the Wildcats have commitments from six players ranked in the top 100 in their 2020 class. Though Wisconsin stockpiles talent, it’s difficult to consider them a blue-blood when they struggle to grab the “can’t miss” prospect.A smaller pool of NBA playersFormer Badger great and 2014-2015 National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky is currently the only Badger playing in the NBA today. Kaminsky and his counterpart Dekker were the last two players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 2015. There hasn’t been a Badger selected in the draft since Dekker and Kaminsky. Contrarily, blue-blood programs seem to reload each year with NBA talent. While Wisconsin’s team normally consists of upperclassmen, blue-blood programs tend to heap their rosters with one-and-done McDonald’s All-Americans. Wisconsin’s struggle to produce NBA talent makes it difficult to mention the program in the same breath as blue-bloods who consistently produce franchise-altering players.Men’s Basketball: Constructing Wisconsin’s team for 21st centuryWhile the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was robbed of a potential deep NCAA Tournament run in the 2019-2020 Read…Lack of prime time games To be a blue-blood, a team has to always be in the spotlight. Yes, Wisconsin does play in the Big Ten and is regarded as one of the best conferences in the country, but they aren’t scheduled in as many prime time slots as the other elite basketball programs. For example, ESPN’s “College Gameday” is a program that travels to venues across the country previewing the week’s top game. In the show’s 15-year history, the Badgers have only been featured twice, while Duke and North Carolina have appeared a record 24 times. The lack of prime time exposure makes it difficult for Wisconsin to showcase their tremendous campus and fanbase, things that they could pitch to recruits. Being away from the spotlight also makes it difficult to associate Wisconsin as a top-tier program. Their program tradition isn’t on the same levelLooking at iconic programs like Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas, all programs have sustained decades of success. Up until the 21st century, Wisconsin struggled. From 1980-2000, the Badgers only appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and only reached one Final Four. Over that time, Wisconsin also endured a 13-year drought without participating in March Madness. To be considered one of the nation’s elite, a program must sustain success for a long time. Though the Badgers have had a great run during the 21st century, they need to continue to build off their recent success to be considered a blue-blood. If Wisconsin continues to win pivotal games, they can continue to build up their program’s tradition. Men’s Basketball: Could Badgers really have captured 2020 national title?In a strange, unofficial end to the 2020 Wisconsin men’s basketball season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index christened the Badgers as Read…During the 21st century, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team has been one of the nation’s most consistent. Though the Badgers have consistently competed for conference and national championships, the program still has a way to go to be considered a “blue-blood” program.
Group B runners-up DR Congo this week became only the third country after Guinea (2015) and Mali (1972) to reach the knockout stage without winning any of their three group games.90’+1 The game is over. It is a goal glut. But DR Congo are in the semi-finals after a long absence at that stage!!!!!! Coach Florent Ibenge has won against Claude Le Roy’s men!!!!Claude Le Roy’s men, Congo Brazaville are out of the 2015 AFCON89′ Goal!!!!! Dieumerci Mbokani muscles himself along side a defender to pass the ball into the net after his initial attempt rebounded against the keeper85′ Bolassie fails to kill the game after running on the left into a one-on- one with the keeper. He kciks the ball right into the keeper’s arms. Poor shot, poor preference when two defenders were in arces of space waiting for a pass into the center. Will it be punished? 82′ DR Congo have taken the lead for the first time as Joël Kimwaki heads a freekick from the left side. He planted the header into the bottom corner74′ DR Congo are back in it!!!! Bokila makes up for his earlier miss after a thunder of a shot inside the box. Mafoumbi could do nothing about the blasted shot.73′ Substitution, Congo. Dominique Malonga replaces Ferebory Dore because of an injury.67′ Awful miss by Jeremy Bokila. The same pattern Bolassie used to set up the chance has been used again. But Bokila fires low across the face of goal. The game has been very fluid all of a sudden. But it is poor defending more than superior attacking that is doing the trick.66′ DR Congo Dieumerci Mbokani has scored. Bolasie did all the work runing into the box on the right and cutting back a pass to find Mbokani whose low shot finds the net. Two defenders were in the post but were rooted to the spot. 65′ Substitution, Congo DR. Neeskens Kebano replaces Cedrick.62′ A poor DR Congo pass in their own area has been punished. Thievy Bifouma has fired Congo into the quarterfinals, you would think!!!52′ Ferebory Dore (Congo) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Delvin N’Dinga with a cross following a set piece situation.50′ Jeremy Bokila (Congo DR) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box after getting some assisted from a headed pass by Dieumerci Mbokani.45′ DR Congo player exagerates his fall inside the penalty box. HT: DR Congo has had a dominant spell but Congo responded halfway through the game. But both teams have been less than impressive in attack, leaving the game goaless at half time44′ Game stopped after DR Congo’s Gabriel Zakuani looks to be in pain after a challenge on him. It is his ankle. Limps off with the injury. Is his game over?41′ Congo get a freekick from some 30 yards.Similar to what DR Congo got minutes ago. And similar show of inferiority. Congo’s Ferebory Dore show they cannot be outdone in taking poor shots with set pieces. Very disappointing.37′ Congo DR Jean Kasusula’s left-footed freekick is an embarrassment. Does he train to take them?33′ Attempt saved. Jeremy Bokila (Congo DR) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cedrick with a cross. 30′ Congo’s attempt forward is undone after a player, Francis Litsingi, clips the heel of DR Congo midfielder.28′ Congo now warming themselves into the game. They are keeping the ball on the ground. Trying some passes. But a little more composure and confidence around the last third is lacking. There will be no coin toss here to determine the winner after a draw. They should know20′ DR Congo showing more conviction. They have had 5 shots already and 3 corners. But no extra points for conviction. They have not made those chances count yet.15′ DR Congo have their tails up. Two good chances gone. Cedrick down the right surges, cuts back a pass. The ball falls delighfully for Jeremy Bokila but the fairly weak shot to the near post and into the welcoming arms of the goal keeper12′ A Dieumerci Mbokani header goes wide after a nice cross meets the shiny head of DR Congo player to bounce off and over the cross bar. No direction BBC Match PreviewThe two countries divided by one river will compete in the first quarter-final clash at AFCON 2015. It is DR Congo versus neighbours CongoDR Congo will be without injured skipper Youssouf Mulumbu, who also missed the final group game against Tunisia with a hamstring injury.They qualified with three draws and know they must be more clinical to progress further in the competition.Congo hope coach Claude LeRoy’s two stints as DR Congo coach will give them some inside knowledge and an advantage. LeRoy is in confident mood: “Our potential, talent, vigour make us a good bet for the semi-finals.”It will be the first meeting between the two neighbours in 41 years when Congo beat DR Congo (then Zaire) 2-1 in Alexandria, Egypt.And historically there has been a frosty relationship between the two countries. There are many families separated on either side of the border and there are political difficulties.Congo01 Mafoumbi05 Bouka Moutou06 Bissiki18 Baudry04 Moubhibo08 N’Dinga07 Oniangué21 Babélé10 Dore13 Bifouma Koulossa12 LitsingiCongo DR 01 Muteba14 Zakuani22 Mbemba Mangulu17 Mongongu02 Issama Mpeko03 Kasusula06 Makiadi19 Bokila18 Cedrick09 Mbokani Bezua11 Bolasie
Soccer fans react in Pittsburgh after watching the United States score in the opening minute of play against Ghana in a World Cup soccer match in Brazil. during a viewing party at a restaurant in Pittsburgh, Monday, June 16, 2014. Clint Dempsey scored the fastest goal by an American in World Cup history, putting the United States ahead after 32 seconds of its opener against Ghana. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)USA vs. Belgium game will be broadcast live on big screenThe City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will host a World Cup Watch Party in Market Square on Tuesday, July 1. Festivities begin at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4:00 p.m. kickoff between the United States and Belgium.In partnership with 96.1 KISS, Mikey and Big Bob of the KISS Morning Freak Show will co-host the event.The family friendly event will be free and open to the public. Fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in support of Team USA. Alcoholic beverages and grills are not permitted. Rain or shine.United States goalkeeper Tim Howard talks to reporters before a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014. The U.S. will play against Belgium on July 1, in the round 16 of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) lists numerous reports of Bigfoot (Sasquatch) sightings in Washington State. Join BFRO field investigators Scott Taylor and John Callender for a discussion of Bigfoot at the Yelm Timberland Library on Wednesday, April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Taylor and Callender will cover sightings, report investigation, evidence and behaviors. They will also share the history of the BFRO and explore the famous 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film of an unidentified subject that the film makers believed to be a Bigfoot. In addition, Taylor and Callender will answer questions such as: “Are these creatures dangerous? What do you do when you encounter one?”Founded in 1995, the BFRO states that it is “the only scientific research organization exploring the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery.” The organization’s website is www.bfro.net.The Yelm Timberland Library is located at 210 Prairie Park Street. For more information, contact the library at (360) 458-3374 or visit www.TRL.org.
Civoniceva, who captained the Bati at the 2013 World Cup, believes his three-year campaign for a Fiji team in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW will finally come to fruition in 2019 after the FNRL wrote to the NSWRL to advise they had formally endorsed the bid at a recent board meeting.”The endorsement of the FNRL was the missing piece in the jigsaw so now that we have got that it allows us to start to set up for 2019,” Civoniceva told NRL.com.”We are obviously now going to make a major announcement and will then get on our way towards meeting all the criteria set by the NSWRL to have a team ready for the 2019 season.”The backing of the FNRL was the final hurdle for Civoniceva to secure support and funding from the government and sponsors in Fiji for the team.The former Brisbane Broncos prop has been in discussions with sponsors to help provide the $1.5 million needed to cover operating costs, including flights and accommodation for visiting NSW Cup clubs in Fiji.”To have the endorsement of the FNRL, there is obviously benefits for companies that sponsor the bid in Fiji and that is why it was important,” he said.”Now we have that it allows us to go to the sponsors we have been speaking to for some time to let them know we have ticked every box in terms of getting those endorsements in place.”A team in the NSW Cup would be a massive boost to the game in Fiji, which has qualified for the semi-finals of the past three World Cups in 2008, 2013 and 2017.With more than 25 Fijian players in the NRL last season there is no shortage of talent in the island nation and the Bati scored the country’s greatest rugby league victory when they defeated New Zealand 4-2 in November’s World Cup quarter final at Wellington.The success of the PNG Hunters in the Queensland Cup has provided a blue-print for the Fiji bid and the NSWRL is keen to replicate that model in 2019 provided Civoniceva can satisfy conditions about finances, organisational structure and the quality of their playing and training facilities.”There are obviously financial matters that need to be adhered to and we have to have those ticked off by the NSWRL, and then once we do that we can get underway,” he said.”Providing we can prove ourselves financially viable and sustainable we will be ready to go in 2019.”
In Rio de Janeiro, in addition to Andújar in the second spherical, he beat Bolivian Hugo Dellien (78 ATP) in the primary spherical by 3-6, 6-2 and 7-5 in a recreation of two hours and 35 minutes. Andújar, who was a semifinalist on the 2014 Rio Open, has performed this yr in the Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro openings and, after saying goodbye to everybody in the primary or second spherical, acknowledges that he’s nonetheless behind higher bodily situations.The tennis participant from Cuenca received his compatriot Fernando Verdasco (49 ATP) in the primary spherical in Rio by 6-3 and 6-Three by profiting from the issues in his left knee that pressured the 36-year-old from Madrid to request medical consideration and cancel his participation in the doubles event of this Brazilian metropolis. The Rio Open has been performed on the clay courts of the Brazilian Jockey Membership of Rio de Janeiro since 2014 and this yr affords prizes for $ 1.9 million, of which $ 355,530 to the winner together with the 500 factors in the standings ATP.The primary tennis participant to conquer the title in Rio was the Spaniard Rafale Nadal (2014) and his successors had been additionally the Spanish David Ferrer (2015), the Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (2016), the Austrian Dominic Thiem (2017), the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (2018) and the Serbian Laslo Djere (2019). The highest favourite to win this yr in the ATP 500 of Rio is Dominic Thiem, quantity 4 in the world, which This month he reached the ultimate of the Australian Open and he conquered the title in this Brazilian metropolis in 2017. Martinez, 22 and 133 in the ATP classification, took benefit of his greatest bodily situation and resistance to troublesome climate situations of this Brazilian metropolis to beat Andújar (59 ATP), 34, in a match of 1 hour and 26 minutes by the spherical of 16 of the one ATP 500 event in South America.Each gamers, however extra Andújar, suffered with the sturdy warmth of this Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro and a thermal sensation shut to 50 levels Celsius Due to the excessive humidity. The Valencian tennis participant solely wanted 34 minutes to prevail for an incontestable 6-1 in the primary spherical, in which he solely allowed one in every of his companies to be confirmed to Andújar, proprietor of 4 ATP titles and that he already reached the 32nd place of the rating.The one from Cuenca began the second set higher and confirmed his first service, however Martinez remained unbeatable, broke Andújar’s second service and rapidly opened a 3-1 lead. The veteran confirmed his subsequent three companies, however it was too late to return and he ended up shedding 6-4. Along with his victory at present, Martínez takes a step ahead in his present season, in which he hopes to emerge in the ATP, as he advances to the quarterfinals of a event for the primary time. The tennis participant from the town of Alcira had to undergo the qualifiers and made it to the second spherical this yr on the Australian, Cordoba and Buenos Aires open. Spanish tennis participant Pedro Martínez received his compatriot Pablo Andújar Thursday 6-1 and 6-4, and superior to the quarterfinals of the Rio de Janeiro Open, an occasion in which it is going to be measured with the Hungarian Attila Balazs, who received in three units the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (1-6, 6-1 and 6-4).
End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 84 – Romeo 17, Standhardinger 16, Cruz 11, Pogoy 9, Norwood 8, Wright 8, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 4, Abueva 3, Almazan 2, Castro William 1.IRAQ 68 – Galloway 23, Hamzah 12, Al-Khafaji 8, Ismael 6, Hamad 5, Hameed 5, Abdullah 3, Dhafer 2, Talib 2, Algburi 2, Aljuboori 0, Alazawi 0.Quarters: 17-19, 32-31, 60-40, 84-68.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comChristian Standhardinger sparked the decisive third quarter blast as Gilas Pilipinas blew out Iraq, 84-68, to stay unbeaten in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup Friday at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.The Fil-German big man dropped 12 of his 16 points in the third frame, on top of his seven rebounds, to help the Philippines break away from a tight 32-31 lead at halftime to a commanding 60-39 spread late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Frustrations boil over after Altas’ sorry loss to Knights LATEST STORIES View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaTerrence Romeo, who starred in Gilas’ 96-87 win over China, also fired 17 markers, 11 coming in the third frame where Gilas outscored the Iraqis, 28-9. He also had four assists and two boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Carl Bryan Cruz also went on a perfect 3-of-3 clip from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points and two rebounds, Roger Pogoy added nine markers and two boards, and Gabe Norwood had eight points and seven rebounds in the decisive victory.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her At 2-0, Gilas has now earned the top seed in Group B and can formalize its automatic quarterfinals berth with a win against Qatar on Sunday.The Philippines bucked a poor start, where Iraq imposed its size advantage to gain control of the first half, before solving the puzzle after the break and pulling away to a lead as high as 23, 64-41, courtesy of a Raymond Almazan dunk with 8:35 remaining.READ: PROFILES: Gilas Pilipinas Final 12 for Fiba Asia Cup 2017 For the second straight game, Gilas also continued to catch fire from beyond the arc, shooting 12-of-29 from three to negate the Iraqis’ presence down low.Naturalized import Kevin Galloway was stifled in the second half as he topped Iraq with 23 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jazz coach Quin Snyder wasn’t surprised by the way Golden State came out after halftime.“They’re the best team in the league in the third quarter,” he said. “We didn’t turn it over, but we had some breakdowns. They’re a team, if you make a mistake they’ll make you pay.”The Warriors’ 42-22 margin in the quarter marked the fifth time this season they have outscored an opponent by at least 20 points in the third period.Rodney Hood scored 26 for Utah.The day after the NBA acknowledged four missed calls in the final two minutes of the Warriors-Cavaliers game on Christmas Day, Green called the practice of releasing the two-minute officiating reports “pointless.”The league acknowledged that game officials missed three fouls on Durant and one on LeBron James. Green was critical of the reports, suggesting, “It makes no sense. Like, LeBron can’t go back and get the play over and get the two free throws. So who does it help?”Kerr, declining to be drawn into the debate, said he appreciates the league’s transparency, but added, “I haven’t looked it at all year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Draymond Green flirted with his second straight triple-double and the Warriors used that big third quarter to zoom past the Utah Jazz, 126-101 on Wednesday night for their 13th win in 14 games.The game was the 10th straight the defending NBA champs played without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined by a sprained right ankle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe team redefined itself, Kerr said, and won nine of them.“I love what we’ve become, morphing into this defensive juggernaut,” he said.Durant, who blocked three shots and has swatted at least two in 10 straight games, said the team knew life would be different without Curry. But the Warriors held teams to an average of 95.2 points during the stretch. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vince Carter’s season-high 24 leads Kings past Cavs Golden State Warriors forwards Jordan Bell (2), Andre Iguodala (9) and Kevin Durant (35) celebrate during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California—Even after his Golden State Warriors scored 42 points in the third quarter, coach Steve Kerr was most pleased with their defense.“I thought the defense in the third quarter was tremendous, triggered our offense,” Kerr said. “There was a different energy in the building in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT “Defensively is where we kind of knuckled down because we knew offense was going to be a little tougher,” Durant said.Durant also said he expects Curry to be back soon. He is scheduled to scrimmage 5-on-5 on Thursday and will be evaluated Friday before the Warriors’ game against Charlotte.“I see the look in his eyes and I know he’s ready to play,” Durant said.The game was the first between the teams since the Warriors’ four-game playoff sweep in the Western Conference semifinals last spring, winning each game by double digits.Green finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in three quarters, two nights after tying the franchise career record with his 20th triple-double. Patrick McCaw added 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ
For some, a receipt is just another piece of paper that goes in the garbage but for the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), it is the only proof of purchase that allows them to investigate a matter which can entitle one to a refund or return.This was explained by a consumer affairs officer, Feyona Austin-Paul, in an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday. Austin-Paul was at the time explaining the process of how the Commission goes about investigating and ensuring that customers get value for their dollars.She explained that before a customer can be given a refund or return, there are certain conditions they must meet.“We enforce the Consumer Affairs Act which states that if a product is defective, a consumer has up to six months to have a form of redress and if you are asking for a return or a refund, there is a seven days policy whereby you can return an item if you made a purchase and you don’t want it anymore. It must not be damaged, must be in a proper storage or packet,” the officer noted.Austin-Paul told Guyana Times that those conditions must be met to ensure that the supplier is not taken advantage of. But before things reach that stage, according to her, the customer is advised to contact the supplier on the matter for redress. If the supplier does not look into that customer’s issue, then the CCAC steps in and talks commence to resolve the complaint.The next step from there, she said, is to have an independent technician assess the product and if a manufacturing defect is detected, the supplier must provide the customer with a refund or another item.Austin-Paul briefed, “We tell them about their obligations according to the Act and we give them the chance to voluntarily comply. There are some cases whereby we have to go and get an independent technician to do an assessment or diagnosis of whatever the issue is cause we deal with durable goods and services and we are not the experts so we contract independent experts to do our assessments for us and based on the results, once it’s a manufacturer’s defect, we tell you well this is what our findings are and we give you access to that document and you are asked to voluntarily comply”.If the supplier is reluctant to comply, the matter is then brought to the attention of the Board of Commissioners which function as a judicature on the Commission and would do its own investigations before declaring a decision on the way forward.If suppliers are still stubborn, they can be taken to court.In the past, the Commission has lobbied for customers to ensure that they collect and furthermore, demand their receipts. The unit has even advised to avoid shopping at stores that do not issue receipts.Complaints for 2018The CCAC has seen a massive increase in complaints over the past four years. In fact, the Commission has recorded a 158 per cent increase in consumer complaints while the pecuniary value has more than tripled last year when compared with 2015.In its annual report, the unit said that in 2015, some 112 complaints were received and 89 per cent were resolved. In the following year, 141 complaints were filed and 74 per cent were resolved. In 2017, these figures almost doubled as 236 complaints were received and 84 per cent were resolved. Meanwhile, in 2018, the Commission looked into 289 complaints and managed to resolve 79 per cent or 229 of same. The complaints received last year were valued at $91,868,324.Furthermore, the monthly complaints received were at an average of 24. This also exceeded previous years which were recorded at 19 complaints in 2017, 12 complaints in 2016 and 9 complaints in 2015, CCAC revealed.