SixteenMember Senate Convenes for First Official Sitting

first_imgPhoto Caption: President of the Senate, the Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith (left).  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 8, 2017 – Nassau – At the Official Opening of Parliament, May 24, 2017 the Senate convened its first sitting during which members took the Oath of Allegiance administered by Chief Clerk, Ms. Christine Brown.   The Senate comprises 16 members – 12 of them of the Free National Movement and four of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party.  The Hon. Katherine Forbes-Smith serves as President of the Senate; and the Hon. Dr. Mildred Hall, as Vice-President.  Senators representing the Free National Movement are: Hon. Carl Bethel, QC, who also serves as Leader of Government Business in the Senate; Hon. James Kwasi Thompson; Hon. Dion Foulkes; Hon. Juanianne Dorsett; Hon. Dwight Sawyer; Hon. Dr. Jasmine Dareus; Hon. Ranard Henfield; Hon. Jamal Moss; Hon. Sharon Ferguson-Knowles; and Hon. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson. Senators representing the Progressive Liberal Party are: Hon. Frederick Mitchell, Leader of Opposition Business; Hon. Clay Sweeting; Hon. Dr. Michael Darville; and Hon. Jobeth Coleby Davis. Subsequent to official business of its first sitting, the Senate adjourned to its next meeting.Release: BISlast_img read more

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Floating solar panels to come up on Bikramgarh Jheel

first_imgKolkata: In a unique initiative the state Power department, in collaboration with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), has decided to install a floating solar power plant on Bikramgarh Jheel in the southern fringes of the city.According to sources in the Power department, the plant would have a capacity of 300 KW and the power generated from the plant would be used for illuminating the Jheel during night. It has been learnt that as per the initial plans, the solar power produced by the plant will be sold to CESC during daytime. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA survey has already been conducted at the Jheel area to examine the viability of the project. A detailed project report has also been chalked out. The state Power department will provide technical support to the civic body, to set up the solar plants at Bikramgarh Jheel situated in Golf Green area. According to a senior official of the Power department, the project would cover an area of around 1 acre, out of the total 7.3 acre that the lake covers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSolar photovoltaic (PV) cells will be placed on the lake’s surface. The Power department and KMC officials will adopt the procedure of echolocation to measure the depth of the lake and bathymetry will be used for mapping the lake floor. According to the sources in KMC, apart from installing a solar plant on the Jheel, a beautification drive has also been initiated in and around it. The total cost of the project may go up to Rs 4 crore.Installing the floating panels is a part of the state government’s initiative towards the development of solar plants in the state on a large scale. It may be mentioned that the state Power department has started a series of projects, giving thrust on the alternative sources of power. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also laid emphasis on solar energy, through a project called “Aloshree”. Under this project, solar plants are being set up on the roofs of various government offices across the state. It has also been learnt that more such projects will be taken up in the future.West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) and the district officials have already identified the buildings where the solar panels could be installed. In many cases, the solar panels have already been set up on the roofs of various office buildings, schools and colleges. The state government has given a lot of stress on renewable energy. A great deal of work has already been done by the Power department to produce energy from solar power.Generating solar power has been given paramount importance, as it will not only reduce dependency on other energy sources, but will also help the government buildings develop energy required for their own consumption.The project also aims at installing a grid-connected solar system in government offices, which will prove handy in preserving the natural resources.last_img read more

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Introducing Android 9 Pie filled with machine learning and bakedin UI features

first_imgGoogle has launched Android 9, the next in line Android Operating system. Named Android Pie, after Android’s convention of naming their OS on sweet treats, Android 9 comes with machine learning based interactive UI, security and privacy features, updates to connectivity and location, and more. With the filling of Machine Learning With Machine learning as its core, Android 9 helps a phone learn, by picking up on user preferences and adjusting automatically. Source: Android Developers Blog Google has partnered with DeepMind for Adaptive Battery that uses machine learning to prioritize system resources for the apps the user frequents the most. Android 9 Pie uses Slices, which are basically UI templates to display interactive content from an app from within other sources such as Google Search app or Google Assistant. It helps users perform tasks faster by engaging users outside of the fullscreen app experience. App Actions takes advantage of machine learning to bring an app to the user at just the right time. It is based on the app’s semantic intents and the user’s context. Another feature, the Smart Linkify lets users take advantage of the TextClassifier models through the Linkify API, providing options for quick follow-on user actions. Android 9 adds an updated version of the Neural networks API, to extend Android’s support for accelerated on-device machine learning. Neural Networks 1.1 adds support for nine new ops. You can take advantage of the APIs through TensorFlow Lite. Baked in UI features Android 9 uses simpler and more approachable UI to help users find, use, and manage their apps. Source: Android Developers Blog There is a brand new system navigation for easily discoverable apps and to make Android’s multitasking more approachable. Android 9 also has a display cutout support to take full advantage of the latest edge-to-edge screens. For immersive content, users can use the display cutout APIs to check the position and shape of the cutout and request full-screen layout around it. Messaging apps can take advantage of the new MessagingStyle APIs to show conversations, attach photos and stickers, and suggest smart replies. Android 9 will soon get the support of ML Kit to generate smart reply suggestions. Android 9 uses a Magnifier widget to improve the user experience of selecting text. The Magnifier widget can also provide a zoomed-in version of any view or surface. With the sprinkling of Security and privacy Major updates of Android 9 have been based on preserving the privacy and security of users’ data. Source: Android Developers Blog Android 9 uses the BiometricPrompt API to show the standard system dialog instead of building their own dialog. In addition to Fingerprint (including in-display sensors), the API supports Face and Iris authentication. The Android Protected Confirmation uses the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) to guarantee that a given prompt string is shown and confirmed by the user. Only after successful user confirmation will the TEE then sign the prompt string, which the app can verify. StrongBox is added as a new KeyStore type, providing API support for devices that provide key storage in tamper-resistant hardware with isolated CPU, RAM, and secure flash. Android 9 adds built-in support for DNS over TLS, automatically upgrading DNS queries to TLS if a network’s DNS server supports it. Android 9 restricts access to mic, camera, and all SensorManager sensors from apps that are idle. These are just a select few updates for the Android 9 operating system. The full list of features is available on the Android Developer Blog. Starting today, Android 9 Pie is rolling out to all Pixel users worldwide, and then to many other devices in the coming months. Read Next Android P Beta 4 is here, stable Android P expected in the coming weeks!Google updates biometric authentication for Android P, introduces BiometricPrompt APIAndroid P new features: artificial intelligence, digital wellbeing, and simplicitylast_img read more

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