Senators Named to House Committee on Sexual Harassment Bill

They are Government Senators Kavan Gayle, Dr. Saphire Longmore, and Kerensia Morrison; and Opposition Senators Donna Scott Mottley and Sophia Fraser Binns. Story Highlights The members of the Upper House, who will form part of the Joint Select Committee to examine the Sexual Harassment Bill, were appointed during Friday’s (August 2) sitting of the Senate.They are Government Senators Kavan Gayle, Dr. Saphire Longmore, and Kerensia Morrison; and Opposition Senators Donna Scott Mottley and Sophia Fraser Binns.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said the Senators will join members of the Lower House, who have already been appointed, to consider and report on the Bill.The establishment of the committee will serve to ensure that the legislation is put in place expeditiously.Tabled in the House of Representatives on July 9, the Bill seeks to protect all women and men from unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and crude sexual behaviours that affect quality of life by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.The Bill addresses concerns about sexual harassment that is employment-related, occurring in institutions, or arising in the landlord and tenant relationship.It outlines the types of conduct that constitute sexual harassment and prohibits certain related conduct.It further makes provision for the hearing of complaints by a Sexual Harassment Tribunal, which will comprise 12 members.These include four attorneys with more than 10 years of practise; four trained and certified mediators, who have practised for at least two years; and other persons selected by the minister with responsibility for gender affairs, in consultation with the ministers responsible for justice and labour. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said the Senators will join members of the Lower House, who have already been appointed, to consider and report on the Bill. The members of the Upper House, who will form part of the Joint Select Committee to examine the Sexual Harassment Bill, were appointed during Friday’s (August 2) sitting of the Senate. read more

1200 Residents of Western Jamaica Benefit From Labour Ministry Roadshow

Speaking at the opening ceremony for the event held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the islandwide roadshow provides an avenue to increase national awareness about the programmes and resources of the Ministry and empower and transform the socio-economic well-being of citizens. The Ministry of Labour and Social Security took its Labour Department Roadshow to Montego Bay on Thursday (September 12), with more than 1,200 residents of western Jamaica benefiting from the information session and job fair. She noted that the first staging of the roadshow in 2018 had a “tremendous impact”, which “gave us an opportunity to engage and educate Jamaicans across the island in a direct manner”. Story Highlights The Ministry of Labour and Social Security took its Labour Department Roadshow to Montego Bay on Thursday (September 12), with more than 1,200 residents of western Jamaica benefiting from the information session and job fair.Speaking at the opening ceremony for the event held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that the islandwide roadshow provides an avenue to increase national awareness about the programmes and resources of the Ministry and empower and transform the socio-economic well-being of citizens.She noted that the first staging of the roadshow in 2018 had a “tremendous impact”, which “gave us an opportunity to engage and educate Jamaicans across the island in a direct manner”.Mrs. Robinson said that by bringing the event to Montego Bay, the objective is to ensure that Jamaicans in the west can have the services of the Ministry at their fingertips.“It is an absolute pleasure to bring to western Jamaica, the services of the Ministry in a single event of this magnitude as we continue the thrust of putting the Ministry in the hands of the people,” she said.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson noted that the Ministry has been working with employers and employees to enable greater knowledge of and compliance with labour-related laws and policies.She said that the Government is committed to improving the welfare of workers, as well as “provide information and services that will enable internationally accepted working conditions that will foster greater levels of productivity”.“I am very passionate about protecting the labour welfare of all workers, and I take the opportunity to commend the parishes in this region for their strong work ethic, which has helped to stimulate and diversify local and international investments,” Mrs. Robinson said.The Montego Bay roadshow was the largest to be hosted by the Ministry.During the job fair segment, more that 42 employers conducted interviews with applicants, who have registered through the Ministry’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS) portal. read more

Caterpillar dealer Tractors India to make underground mining equipment in Asansol

first_imgAccording to reports in The Hindu Business Line, Tractors India Pvt Ltd (TIPL) — which owns the dealership for Caterpillar earthmoving equipment in North, East and North-Eastern India, Bhutan and Nepal — is to set up an underground mining machine manufacturing plant at Asansol in West Bengal. This comes after state-owned BEML Ltd said it is looking to get into the manufacturing of underground mining equipment, using the now closed mining machinery facility of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) in Durgapur for manufacture of the equipment.The proposed facility, coming up at an estimated cost of INR120 crore, is likely to go on stream between July and September 2018. The INR1,600-crore TIPL — once a subsidiary of Kolkata-based TIL — was acquired by Goodearth Minetech Pvt Ltd of Delhi for a net consideration of INR350 crore in 2016.According to Sunil Kumar Chaturvedi, Chairman and Managing Director, TIPL, the company will tie up with Caterpillar for using its technology for making this “expensive and sophisticated” equipment. “These would be specialised mining equipment covering segments where Caterpillar has exited the market,” he told The Hindu Business Line on the sidelines of Infocom 2017. While Chaturvedi did not specify the type of machines, he claimed there was a good market for these in Eastern India, Russia, Australia and Africa.“Caterpillar is more into a volume game with the US market dictating its product portfolio. But, it still owns the technology for these equipment that have demand elsewhere,” he added. TIPL is already in talks for sourcing spares and other parts of these equipment from countries in Europe, the US and India.last_img read more