PM Minnis Promotes Bahamian Experience at Baha Mar

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Friday urged officials at Baha Mar to ensure that additional ways are found to further weave Bahamian art and culture and the Bahamian experience into the resort experience.  He was addressing the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar.SLS is a signature, world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas and adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar including Grand Hyatt and Rosewood, in addition to 30 luxury retail outlets.“Even as SLS brings its signature vision and principles to The Bahamas, I trust that the company may also appreciate what The Bahamas may impart to, and add to their brand,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I note, for example, the rich collection of Bahamian art at Baha Mar. This artistry represents some of the spirit of the Bahamian and Caribbean Imagination, helping visitors to experience some of our cultural heritage.“I imagine this collection will continue to grow, including at SLS, helping to feature the extraordinary talent and diversity of Bahamian artists at home and abroad,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Managing the art collection throughout the resort is noted Bahamian artist, Creative Art Director John Cox.   Prime Minister Minnis encouraged a similar pattern in the area of the resort’s culinary arts, nightlife and entertainment sectors.“I am sure that Bahamian talent is also being showcased in the Culinary Arts and in the nightlife and entertainment at all hotels at Baha Mar,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“A Bahamian visitor to one of the Cafés at Baha Mar was delighted to discover guava duff ice cream and sky juice ice cream. These added touches help to highlight the food heritage of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister urged officials at the Resort to provide opportunities for their guests to get a taste of the Bahamian experience outside of their doors, even as they move to create a Bahamian experience within.“Even as visitors experience the delights of Baha Mar, there should be opportunities to venture beyond the resort to experience our culture and heritage including through heritage tours.”This, Prime Minister Minnis said, would produce opportunities for tour drivers and local shopping.The call is part of Prime Minister Minnis’ push to take advantage of all opportunities for wealth and job creation in all areas of business and industry for Bahamians both at home and across the Bahamian Diaspora.   It is a further goal of the Minnis Administration to ensure that Bahamians of various skill levels have the opportunity to benefit from the “multiple dimensions of tourism” as administration officials further believe that there is even more “extraordinary diversification” that can still be gained within tourism industry, and have designed a number of plans to drive the Bahamian economy through tourism-related initiatives.Prime Minister Minnis has said that tourism is the platform from which the country can boost and launch a network of inter-related businesses.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister Minnis addresses the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, November 17, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Navy on Cusp of Reaching Renewable Energy Goals Mabus Says

first_imgThe Navy is on course to consume 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of the year, Secretary Ray Mabus said last week.“We’re going to be there on our shore bases by this year,” purchasing a gigawatt of renewable energy, which will be half of shore energy power used, Mabus said during a National Press Club luncheon, reported Seapower Magazine.Generating one-half of its installations’ power needs from renewable sources would put the Navy well ahead of the Pentagon’s objectives for installations to shift toward alternative energy. The department has set a goal for the services to produce or procure 25 percent of their electricity for facilities from renewable sources by 2025.If the Navy successfully reaches its goal of obtaining one gigawatt of alternative energy before next year, it would become the first service to reach that threshold. Last year, the Navy moved up its goal for generating 1 gigawatt of renewable energy to 2016; at the time, it established an interim goal of generating 500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015.Three years ago the three services announced they each would strive to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations. The Air Force has said it plans to meet its goal by 2020. Last year the Army said it was on pace to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025, with a possibility that it would beat its target.  Mabus also said the Navy next year will deploy a carrier strike group powered by 50-50 blends of biofuels. With the exception of the group’s aircraft carrier, which will be nuclear powered, “every type of aircraft and every other type of ship will be [using] 50-50 blends of bio-fuels. … We’ve certified every single ship and every single aircraft” as compatible with the mixed fuels, he said.The Navy is relying on “drop-in” alternative fuels for the “Great Green fleet,” meaning the ships and aircraft do not have to be altered to use them. Also, the biofuel would not use edible crops and its price would be competitive with conventional fossil fuels, Mabus said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Swami on strings

first_imgThis was the first time in India that the English version of the puppet show, on Swami Vivekananda, was shown. Hon’ble Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik inaugurated the show at Ramakrishna Mission Auditorium. Commenting on the occasion, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Shripad Yasso Naik said, ‘Puppetry is a very ancient form of expression in India which has been in origin since around 3000 years. Over the years, the art form has been re-inventing itself keeping in mind the prevailing contemporary issues from the society. Swami Vivekananda revitalised Hinduism within and outside India, and was the principal reason for the enthusiastic reception of yoga, transcendental meditation and other forms of Indian spiritual self-improvement in the West. I’m overwhelmed to see such eloquent expression of his life through puppetry today.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Udaipur’s famed Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, designed and produced the show as a running story featuring episodes of Swami Vivekananda’s life. The audio-visual effects and an engaging script of the show held the attention of the audience throughout the show. This English version of the show will be showcased in U.S.A and Canada in  coming days.Earlier, on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, IGNCA in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi produced the puppet show in Hindi on the life of Swami Vivekananda. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Hindi puppet show, has already travelled to around 200 centres in the North, North-East and Western India. However, this is the first time that the English version of the show has been organised. Speaking about this show Member Secretary of IGNCA, Dipali Khanna, said, ‘Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th century managed to spread his thoughts on spiritualism globally which over the years has inspired the many generations. Hence, it is essential that his preaching continues to reach out to the new set of followers.  IGNCA attempts to reach out to a wider set of audience to communicate his remarkable and stellar journey through this puppet show.’Vivekananda believed that a country’s future depends on its people, and his teachings focused on human development. He wanted to set in motion machinery which would bring noblest ideas to the doorstep of even the poorest and the meanest. Vivekananda linked morality with control of the mind, seeing truth, purity and unselfishness as traits which strengthened it.The show is a great chance for chidlren today to learn about Vivekananda in a more intertaining way instead of just reading about him from history books.last_img read more

Calcutta Boys School to introduce Humanities from 201920 academic session

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Boys’ School (CBS) will introduce Humanities from the 2019-20 academic session. “We at CBS teach Science and Commerce in Class XI and XII. However, in recent times we are witnessing a huge demand amongst our students for pursuing Humanities after passing Class X Board examination. Hence, we have decided to introduce Humanities from the next academic year. All major subjects in humanities will be taught,” said Raja McGee, principal and secretary of The Calcutta Boys’ School. There will be 55 seats for the Humanities stream. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe school that has stepped into its 141st year inaugurated a new Commemoration Building on its main campus on SN Banerjee Road on Tuesday. The Commemoration building was inaugurated by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Union Minister of state for External Affairs MJ Akbar and Trinamool Congress MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay were present at the inaugural function.The construction work for the new block had started in 2012. The school has witnessed a major boost in infrastructure to keep in pace with the changing times that includes total revamp of fire fighting facilities and elevators for the students. The new building will have ramp and other facilities for the disabled students. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Ours is a heritage institution and the Commemoration Building has been built maintaining the heritage facia of the Main building which cradled the CBS ever since it moved to its own campus in 1893,” McGee saidThe CBS has also come up with a cafeteria and a gymnasium, nostalgically named the ‘Patty Man Café’ and the ‘Cub Den’ respectively. The school already has smart classrooms, bright and radiant science and computer laboratories equipped with the paraphernalia that modern laboratories command. It may be mentioned that Calcutta Boys’ School has 2,473 students on its main campus while there are three more branches at Beliaghata, Sonarpur and Asansol.It was Bishop Thoburn who founded the Calcutta Boys’ School. First located on Mott Lane, and then later housed in a room on Corporation Street (known as S N Banerjee Road today), the school struggled for its survival without a building of its own. It acquired a permanent residence in 1893 thanks to the generosity of Sir Robert Laidlaw, who could be regarded as the chief patron of the school.last_img read more

Woman accused of cheating IT employee with promise of marriage

first_imgKolkata: An Information Technology (IT) employee was allegedly cheated by a theatre personality with the promise of marriage. It was also alleged that the woman had filed a false case against him previously. He filed an appeal before the Alipore Court on Wednesday, which was allowed. The date of hearing will be announced on Thursday.According to Avishek Talukdar, he had given direction in several films and despite being an IT employee, has a keen interest in films. While working on the films he came in touch with a theatre personality and actor during 2012. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring their friendship, they got involved in a relationship despite the fact that the accused actor was married and had a son. Her husband is an employee of an insurance company and posted in Lucknow. Talukdar alleged that she had promised him that she would divorce her husband after he gets divorced. Then they would marry. Keeping faith in her, Talukdar divorced his wife during 2016 which was mutual. He also alleged that during their relationship they even led a conjugal life. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”She kept on saying that she will marry me after her son gets old enough. I helped her a lot. She had keen interest in painting and writing poems. I had invested a lot of money to publish a book containing poems and for her painting exhibition,” said Talukdar. In 2017, Talukdar noticed some behavioural change in her. The accused allegedly started creating distance between them and behaved rudely. Talukdar alleged that when she along with her husband was going to Lucknow on the day of Bijaya Dashami in 2018, he had called her up. It has been alleged that she instigated him to come to Lucknow. When Talukdar reached Lucknow, she allegedly behaved rudely and told him to leave. During November last year, she lodged a complaint against Talukdar with Netaji Nagar police station for alleged stalking, acts intended to insult the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation. “I was shocked after I came to know about the complaint. However, I was not arrested but went into depression. Even till now I am undergoing psychiatric treatment. Her husband knew all about our relationship as he had sent a message stating that he knew everything and told me to get out of their life,” Talukdar added.last_img read more

Why Amazons VoiceActivated Speaker Echo Isnt Worth Your Time or Money

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global June 23, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 4 min readcenter_img Echo, the voice-activated speaker that Amazon announced last November, is officially going on sale today to the masses. A limited number of the devices became available earlier this year by invitation only. I was one of the lucky few who have been using Echo over the last several months. If you ask me, at $180, it’s not worth the money. And the “Perfect 10,” 5-star ratings that appeared on Amazon this week? Well, I call bullshit.For those of you who haven’t heard of Echo, it’s a cylindrical speaker device that not only plays music but allows you to speak to it. Connected to the Internet via a Bluetooth connection, all you have to do is say the name “Alexa” out loud to wake up the device. You can ask Echo, or Alexa, to do any number of things and she will respond. Here is Amazon’s goofy promo video for Echo:Related: This Gadget Makes Your Entire Kitchen ‘Smart’If you are an Amazon Prime member and you regularly use the service to shop for everyday stuff, you can ask Alexa to add items like ice cream or toilet paper to your shopping list. If you’re a person who relies heavily on to-do lists to keep track of your days, you can ask Alexa to add tasks to your personal to-do list. You can use Alexa to check events on your Google calendar. Want to hear the news? It can give you a rundown on the day’s big events, courtesy of NPR.Some tasks work very well on the Echo. Other things, not so much.As a Prime member, I purchased Echo for $99. My fiancee has two young boys so I thought, of course Echo would be fantastic. In addition to their homework, Echo would surely be the perfect tool to answer all of their crazy questions. All you have to do is say “Alexa” and ask a question. And Alexa is supposed to say the answer. Simple right? Well, not so simple for Alexa, apparently. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve asked Alexa questions to which she responds, “Sorry, I didn’t understand the question I heard.” Over and over and over and over again. It misses more questions than it gets right — by a wide margin. It is so ridiculously frustrating and disappointing.Related: Your Next Family Member May Be … A RobotTo the device’s credit, Amazon says it continually learns a user’s speech patterns and preferences. Therefore the problem isn’t that Alexa can’t understand what we’re saying. It’s that it relies on Microsoft’s Bing search engine to find answers to all of our questions. After trying again and again to ask Alexa a simple question for which she can’t understand or doesn’t have an answer, I finally open my phone and ask Google voice search. The result? My phone either tells me the exact answer I was looking for or serves up Google’s usual, helpful search results.Thanks for nothing, Alexa. Our dreams of the household virtual assistant of the future have been dashed.I suppose it’s worth noting that Amazon recently updated Alexa’s software so that it can be used to control Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue smart-home devices. That would be really cool, but if you don’t have those particular devices then you’re out of luck. In my house, my Piper home security system manages our smart switches, etc., anyway. To Amazon, Echo is a means for customers to more easily spend money via their Amazon Prime services. For customers who are also people who aren’t constantly ordering from Amazon, Echo should be a helpful voice-activated search engine and assistant. Unfortunately it fails at that, in my experience.After our first month or so testing Echo, my fiancée would occasionally ask Alexa about the weather. I’d only ask her for sports scores (which technically I already have on my wrist thanks to my smartwatch). Now that I think about it, Alexa is sitting on a table in our living room, completely unplugged.As the Echo goes on sale today for nearly $200, I can’t recommend to anyone that it’s worth money or the frustration.Related: OMG Yes: A Smart Mattress Cover That Can Brew Your Morning Coffee Register Now »last_img read more