Location: St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall, 331 Hawthorne St, Brooklyn, NY 11225 (Between: Nostrand & New York Avenues)

Sunday February 7, 2016 6:00PM – 12:00 Midnight

St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall, 331 Hawthorne St, Brooklyn, NY 11225
(Between: Nostrand & New York Avenues)

ADM: $60.00 (Incl. Food & Drinks)

Music by: Technic Music Mix

Special Guest: The Rt. Hon. Freundel J. Stuart – Prime Minister of Barbados

For more Information please contact: Trevor Massiah 347-578-2667
David Edwards 347-530-6026| Marlene Taitt-Meade 917-755-1275
Shirley Lashley 347-413-1713| Sandra Chase 718-781-9011
Phyllo Springer 917-541-3711| Coralyn Munroe 917-816-2411
Sandra Greenidge 718-774-4743| Pauline Clarke 718-773-6842

Start Date: 2016-02-07
Start Time: 18:00
End Date: 2016-02-08
End Time: 12:00

Working to end domestic Violence

The long awaited amendments and modernisation of the Domestic Violence (Protections Orders) legislation was tabled in Parliament this week.
Domestic Violence is an ugly stain on the social fabric all over the world. Barbados, like anywhere else has had to put the necessary legislation in place to address and deal with this form of abuse which is often perpetrated in that grey area shrouded with doubt or covered with secrecy.

Over the years Barbados has witnessed its share of unpleasant circumstances where domestic violence has destroyed families, robbed society of a caring mother, daughter, a son or innocent child. At this time when the amendments to this legislation are being discussed, along with ways in which we as a society can look to discard this form of abuse; it is important that our leaders and Parliamentarians all stand together as say a resounding “no” to this scourge.

The first Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) act came into operation on the 13th February 1992. This legislation was introduced to the Parliament of Barbados by a then DLP administration led by Sir Lloyd Sandiford as Prime Minister. Around that time there was a spate of incidences of domestic violence which cast unwelcome shame on what was becoming a modern Barbadian society. Barbados took a stand to have specific legislation in place to deal with Domestic Violence and issues affecting women ahead of the Beijing Platform for Action.

The legislation found many champions; some of the most vociferous were the DLP league of Women and the National Organisation of Women who agitated for steps to be taken to protect our women and girls from abuse. The legislation was passed and implemented, creating some form of redress for persons who found themselves to be victims of domestic violence.
As we progressed and developed as a nation, the legislation did not go through the necessary changes to make it suitable for the time. There were many calls for the weaknesses and the deficiencies in the legislation to be corrected, making it more relevant to a modern society and changing family structure.

Now some 24 years after this legislation was first introduced we are bringing the first set of amendments to extend the reach of the legislation and make it more effective and relevant to the modern family setting.
Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, The Hon. Steven Blackett led off the debate last Tuesday, giving an overview of the research and consultation which was done to formulate the amendments. Over the years, we have seen the need for more effective laws to be put in place. As this is the first time in 24 years of the Parliament of Barbados where the spotlight is on the very troubling and sensitive issue of domestic violence, we need to articulate the standard of behaviour which we expect to see exhibited by our people.
This is one piece of legislation where the voice of all our leaders should be clear and forthright. We need to be champions for the things which would make this country a better society to live in.

Eliminating the scourge of domestic violence will take us closer to creating a just society, a Barbados which is socially balanced.
The legislation rightfully expands the definition of domestic violence and for the first time takes into consideration the abuse which a child who witnesses domestic violence goes through. Often a child who is exposed to domestic violence becomes an abuser or exhibits some form of maladaptive behaviour. The legislation is gender neutral so that men can also be recognised as victims of domestic abuse.

The regulations which advocate the rights of the victims should hopefully empower persons who struggle in the shadows as victims to come forward and seek protection. With the planned enhancement of the sensitivity training being offered to Police and front line persons dealing with domestic violence the legislation should be more effective and relevant resulting in more lives being saved and spared.

In our 50th year of Independence when we reflect on that aspect of Barbadian life which can be discarded, domestic violence falls into that category.
The Democratic Labour Party applauds our leaders and Parliamentarians for taking a stand.

Solutions Outlined For Country’s Water Woes

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resources Manager, Dr. David Estwick.

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resources Manager, Dr. David Estwick.

Minister of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Dr. David Estwick, has outlined a number of short- and long-term solutions to alleviate the water shortage currently affecting island.

The Minister announced the measures earlier today during a press conference at his office at Graeme Hall, Christ Church.

Dr. Estwick revealed that he instructed the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) to use its emergency procurement provisions to complete the Northern Upgrade project, which began before he took the helm of the Ministry.

The plant, he disclosed, would move 12,000 cubic metres of water from the Spring Garden desalination plant down the west coast to the Battaleys reservoir in St. Peter and to Warleigh reservoir, which would take water into Rock Hall, St. Peter, and as far as Rock Hall, St. Thomas.

Dr. Estwick stated that for the first time in its history, the BWA was working aggressively to replace all old and decaying water mains, some of which were 120 years old. He explained that work on the mains replacement began with the Ionics project, where three major mains were changed to the tune of BBD $32 million.

This was followed by the Inter-American Development Bank-funded mains replacement package A programme, which was completed, and package B, which is ongoing, at a cost of BBD $42 million.

The Agriculture Minister also disclosed that on December 10 last year, the Caribbean Development Bank approved a Reservoir and Water Mains Replacement loan of BBD $80 million, which is currently being processed.

He further added that the BWA was now investing BBD $8 million to replace the Grand View reservoir, which, if not repaired, would severely affect the water supply to Bridgetown.

Dr. Estwick said that the BWA had also recently introduced a Leak Detection Department, and was currently working on reservoirs in the Scotland District area.

“The water main connecting the Golden Ridge to the Castle Grant Reservoir was in bad shape for years. These reservoirs service St. Joseph. …For years, when you made any attempt to pump water from Golden Ridge to Castle Grant, it leaked into the ground. We are in the process of establishing a direct water main from Sweet Vale Basin to Castle Grant, where a new well is being drilled after Ward Drilling found over 160 ft. of fresh water,” he explained.

Turning his attention to the short-term solutions, the Minister revealed that eight new water tankers had been ordered to assist residents being affected by water outages. The tankers are expected to arrive in the island within the next few weeks, and would bring the total number to 13.

He continued: “The BWA has also developed the St. Philip Water Augmentation project to alleviate water shortages in St. Philip and Christ Church. The project, which will be commissioned on Wednesday next week, will give the BWA an access to an additional 3.5 million gallons of water per day. Some of the water found will be channeled to St. Joseph via the Bowmanston pumping station in St. John.

“Additionally, the BWA has refurbished a well at Groves in St. George, which should produce an additional 0.5 million gallons of water to the Golden Ridge/Castle Grant System to supply the northern parishes. A new pumping station at the Lazaretto has been completed to push desalinated water down the west coast and into St. Peter and St. Lucy.”

Dr. Estwick also disclosed that two temporary packaged desalination plants have been ordered to augment the supply of fresh water.

“These plants will be in Barbados in a few weeks and will be incorporated into the permanent desalination plants to be constructed. The Barbados Water Authority’s Board has been instructed to call an emergency Board meeting and use its emergency procurement provisions to approve the construction of two 6MGD (six million gallons per day) desalination plants in the northwest of Barbados,” he stated.