Govt To Push Sexual Harassment Bill Through Parliament

Ms. Grange said members of the joint select committee from the Lower House who will consider the Bill have already been appointed, and within a matter of days, the members of the Upper House will be announced. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving expeditiously to put the sexual harassment legislation in place.The Bill was tabled in the House of Representatives on July 9.Ms. Grange said members of the joint select committee from the Lower House who will consider the Bill have already been appointed, and within a matter of days, the members of the Upper House will be announced.“We will (then) convene the joint select committee meetings and move expeditiously to sign off on the Bill to ensure that we have this legislation in place,” she said.Minister Grange was responding to questions surrounding allegations of sexual harassment at a tertiary institution in St. Andrew, during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (July 24).In the meantime, Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said he has spoken to the chairman of the board of the educational institution and “a letter is enroute outlining certain findings and so on, and we will act on their recommendation”.He said the board has the responsibility of managing the school and the Ministry.“Once we (Ministry) detect that there are deficiencies that rise to the level of great concern then we can intervene by convening a meeting with the board, but we give the board… the authority to act on behalf of the Ministry,” he said.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 provisions for the hearing of complaints by a Sexual Harassment Tribunal. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government is moving expeditiously to put the sexual harassment legislation in place. The Bill was tabled in the House of Representatives on July 9. read more

New Features To Be Placed On A Drivers Licence

“Right now, people are walking up and down with bogus driver’s licences, and it is hard to distinguish between the bogus and the real. For example, a gentleman turned up in Spanish Town and was asked for his driver’s licence and he produced a driver’s licence in the name of a very colourful Senior Superintendent of Police – the full name,” the Minister noted. The Ministry of Transport and Mining will be introducing new security features on a driver’s licence to eliminate fraud. Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the new security features will be facilitated under the regulations of the new Road Traffic Act. The Ministry of Transport and Mining will be introducing new security features on a driver’s licence to eliminate fraud.Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said the new security features will be facilitated under the regulations of the new Road Traffic Act.“Right now, people are walking up and down with bogus driver’s licences, and it is hard to distinguish between the bogus and the real. For example, a gentleman turned up in Spanish Town and was asked for his driver’s licence and he produced a driver’s licence in the name of a very colourful Senior Superintendent of Police – the full name,” the Minister noted.Mr. Montague pointed out that the new regulations under the Road Traffic Act will also allow for digitalised tests and periodic retesting.“Right now, you go into an examination depot and do the test, a clerk takes it, corrects it and tells you if you pass or fail. You don’t get a chance to see the document itself. What we are moving to do is digitise it. Once you are onscreen and online, as soon as you pass it will be centralised, so that no local person in a depot would be able to change the scores or interfere with it…; it will be centrally dealt with,” he said.Mr. Montague said the regulations under the Act are being finalised. “Although this process is long and people have been waiting, it is the normal legislative process that we have to pay attention to, so that we don’t keep coming here to amend what we have just passed,” he said.He encouraged Jamaicans to exercise patience “while we get it right”.In the meantime Mr. Montague said aspects of the Road Traffic Act have been gazetted and are enforced, including those that establish the Island Traffic Authority as the lead implementing agency.“However, some sections in the old Act, once they are taken off the books, all the sections will go and that would affect the Transport Authority Act, so we are moving now as part of the process to move the sections that relate to the Transport Authority,” he said.The new Road Traffic Bill establishes new offences, as well as provide increased penalties for breaches. Story Highlights read more

Technology revolution set to boost remote mining productivity

first_imgA Perth-based company is at the forefront of the technology revolution enabling reliable online services to remote mining sites through fast, effective satellite technology. Satellite internet and technology company Orion Satellite Systems has provided internet and telephone services to regional and remote locations across Western Australia for 13 years. But its acquisition by IPSTAR Broadband Satellite – part of the telecommunications giant Thaicom – has seen an increase in its ability to engineer unusual solutions for its customers.Orion Managing Director Chris Ockwell said mining companies had grasped the potential of automating operations, but fast, reliable internet was crucial for customers to get the most out of automation. “Orion is one of only two satellite service providers in Australia to claim end-to-end ownership – from modem to dish to satellite,” Ockwell said.“This means we have both unprecedented access to satellite bandwidth combined with the hands-on know-how that comes from working with mining, construction and civil engineering companies operating in some harsh, remote areas.”Orion has sought to carve out a point of difference in the industry by offering flexible, tailored options rather than off-the-shelf solutions.That includes looking at how the Internet of Things (IoT) might be used to monitor sites that might not be in full production but remain important.“We have one customer who has deployed one of our solutions to 16 different sites to monitor fuel levels at the site generators.”Satellite remains one of the most secure and reliable options for remote connectivity, Ockwell said, but it requires clever and precise implementation. “We frequently talk to people in remote sites who are using VPNs to encrypt satellite traffic for secure communications but who experience very slow connection speeds because of that.“To counter this, we have had great success in developing a number of workarounds for different requirements, all of which take advantage of Orion’s state-of-the-art infrastructure. It means remote monitoring and automation, and even just ordinary work functions and operations, can be delivered quickly and securely.”Another advantage of satellite is that small exploration camps on the move can set up and deploy satellite services in a short space of time.“We have relocatable and portable satellite communications in various forms to suit short-term camps or exploration teams, which is vital if you are on the move,” Ockwell said.As an example, one gold mining customer needed to be able to set up camp and have access to internet services in under an hour, with camps shifting every few weeks.“They need to unpack and have access to phone and data lines to make sure they can get data to and from site quickly and efficiently,” Ockwell said. “When you are working in some of the most remote parts of the world, every hour you are without communications is a cost. We get them closer to where they need to be.”Satellite internet communication had come a long way in the last 15 years and was today possibly more reliable than regional NBN services, according to Thaicom Chief Commercial Officer Nile Suwansiri.“Satellite communication used to be slow and expensive, but with new technology this has changed,” said Suwansiri. “One thing we know is that if clients are using the internet for remote monitoring or other business uses, they need the internet to be reliable. Technology has made an enormous difference.”Suwansiri added that mobile satellite internet technology would be the next major game changer.“Traditionally, satellite services have been fixed but more and more we are wanting mobility services – in trucks, trains and boats. People are mobile, they want to be able to make transactions on the go,” Suwansiri said.“As technology matures, those services will come on line and we will be doing all we can to deliver these to our customers across Australia, Asia and New Zealand.“There is endless application for mobile satellite technology. We have already started seeing driverless trains in resources.”The picture if from international gold producer AngloGold Ashanti. Its exploration teams require flexible, reliable connectivity. “We are looking for gold in the Western Australian desert, sometimes hundreds of kilometres from the closest town,” says Exploration Operations Manager Simon Tucker.“These camps move on every few weeks so we need a service that is not just reliable but also flexible. Orion provides phone and data lines to make sure we can get data to and from site quickly and efficiently.”last_img read more