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Bill is not about banning jokes at work – Lady Haynes

Bill is not about banning jokes at work – Lady Haynes

An independent senator is warning that the Employment Sexual Harassment (Protection) Bill 2017 must not be seen as a vehicle for banning jokes or touching in the workplace. Instead, Lady Carol Haynes, whose professional title is Dr Carol Jacobs, said the measure must be seen as a means to protect vulnerable men and women at […]

Senate approves sexual harassment bill

Senate approves sexual harassment bill

The Senate this evening approved the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill 2017, which Government Senator Verla De Peiza described as a “paradigm shift” in gender relations that should lead to a cultural revolution. The legislation makes provision for the protection of employees in the public and private sectors from sexual harassment at the workplace, provides […]

No more!

No more!

The days of men being laughed out of court or referred to as sissies for reporting female sexual predators are over thanks in part to new legislation being introduced to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, according to Government Senator Patrick Todd. In his contribution to the debate in the Senate on the Employment Sexual […]

Watson: Cut food import bill

Watson: Cut food import bill

Independent Senator John Watson wants Government to focus on reducing the island’s $500 million food import bill, as it presses ahead with its plans for offshore oil exploration. Speaking Wednesday during debate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) 2017, Watson noted that oil and food accounted for the bulk of Barbados’ imports, and according to him, […]

We need to get back to waste to energy – Worrell

We need to get back to waste to energy – Worrell

A Government legislator wants to place waste to energy back on the table as a priority for national discussion, just over a year after one such project collapsed spectacularly in the wake of public opposition. Issuing the call on Wednesday during debate in the Senate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017, Senator Andre Worrell […]

Switch gears

Switch gears

Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael wants the Freundel Stuart Government to state a clear position on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, even if it is differs from that of the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Speaking Wednesday on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017, Sir Trevor said the administration’s apparent silence on the turmoil was simply […]

Sir Roy wants BRA to clarify ‘two child’ policy

Sir Roy wants BRA to clarify ‘two child’ policy

Independent Senator Sir Roy Trotman Wednesday raised alarm over a new “two child” policy, which he said he hoped was implemented by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) in error. Speaking in Senate Wednesday during debate on the National Insurance and Social Security (Amendment), Bill 2017, Sir Roy said he had been informed that BRA was  […]

Blackett blames BLP for vagrancy

Blackett blames BLP for vagrancy

Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett has accused the former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration of ushering in an era of vagrancy in this country. He levelled that charge Tuesday during debate in Parliament on a resolution to acquire the former site of the District ‘E’ Police Station in Station Hill, St Peter and vest […]

Too many house fires – Sir Henry

Too many  house fires  – Sir Henry

Independent Senator Professor Sir Henry Fraser is calling for analysis of the causes of house fires here, particularly in small dwellings. Speaking in the Senate today Sir Henry raised concern about the frequency with which people in small homes were losing their entire possessions, and some cases, their lives, because of house fires. Of equal […]

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