Remembrance Day to be marked in TCI this weekend

first_img Red Cross Distributes Sandbags and Disaster Response Kits Red Cross Gala near sold out Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Nov 2015 – This weekend war veterans will be remembered in a series of services to be held around the world, including right here in the TCI. Governor Peter Beckingham, will on Sunday place a wreath at the War Memorial in Grand Turk, while Deputy Governor Anya Williams will lay the wreath here in Provo. In Grand Turk, the remembrance of the Allied, Commonwealth and British personnel who fought in the two world wars of the 20th Century and in subsequent conflicts will be paid homage at the 9:45am service at the St Mary’s Pro Cathedral on Front Street in the capital; a similar commemoration will take place at the St. Monica’s Anglican church at 12:30pm in Providenciales – both on Sunday November 8th. Also joining the wreath laying will be, the Hon. Premier; the Leader of the Opposition; TCI Ex-Services Legion; the Commissioner of Police; TCIG Medical Department; the Scouts, Guides and Brownies; Rotary International; Soroptimists International and the Red Cross. His Excellency Beckingham said: “I look forward to attending again the Remembrance Service in Grand Turk, which is always one of the most moving and solemn occasions, and an opportunity to remind ourselves of the sacrifices of others.” Louis Bacon’s Moore Bahamas Foundation Announces Donation To Rotary Club Of The Bahamas For Relief Efforts In The Bahamas Related Items:Guides and Brownies, his excellency beckingham, red cross, remembrance day, Rotary International, Soroptimists International, TCI Ex-Services Legion, TCIG Medical Department, the Scouts Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Googles Sundar Pichai worries about unintended consequences of regulation

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Pichai’s comments comes as Google and the rest of the tech industry face a fresh wave of scrutiny from US lawmakers and regulators. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department reportedly reached a new agreement, with the FTC gaining authority to review Amazon and Facebook and the Justice Department looking into Apple and Google. This deal is seen as an early step in these agencies’ efforts to dig into potential anticompetitive practices. State attorneys general are gearing up to investigate big tech, too. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, is calling for a breakup of Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook, arguing that they’ve become so powerful that they’re stifling competition and innovation. She even put up a “Break Up Big Tech” billboard in San Francisco, right in the heart of the tech industry.When asked about Warren’s call to break up big tech, Pichai said there needs to be “healthy, thoughtful conversations” on how to regulate the industry.”There are many countries around the world which aspire to be the next Silicon Valley,” Pichai told CNN. “And they are supporting their companies, too. So we have to balance both. This doesn’t mean you don’t scrutinize large companies. But you have to balance it with the fact that you want big, successful companies as well.”Google said it had no further comment to add. 2:38 Can big tech actually be broken up? Comments Google Sundar Pichai Tags Google is reportedly facing a possible antitrust probe. James Martin/CNET As calls to break up large tech companies get louder, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says scrutiny is fair but that regulating technology just “for the sake of regulating it” could create problems.”I worry that if you regulate for the sake of regulating it, it has a lot of unintended consequences,” Pichai told CNN’s Poppy Harlow in an interview published Friday. “You know, if you take a technology like artificial intelligence, it will have implications for our national security and … other important areas of society.” Share your voice Politics 2last_img read more

Robot with brush water wiper tackles solar panel cleaning

first_imgCredit: Sinfonia Technology/via TechOn Aside from autonomy, another key distinction is that Sinfonia’s robot can handle the fact that not all solar panels are alike; the robot is designed to tackle panels that tilt in different ways. To clean tilted solar panels on a mounting system, the robot can move on a planes tilted at 5-30°. If there is a gap between panels, the robot can go over a gap of 50cm or less and can deal with a height difference of 30cm or less.The robot is powered by a battery and is capable of wireless data transmission. A tablet can be used to check the robot’s status—to check if, for example, it has enough water or to check the battery charge remaining.Sinfonia Technology, in promoting the benefits of its panel-cleaning robots, also noted cost advantages over using manpower for cleaning panels.Generally, experts say that, for large-scale solar panel installations, attention to keeping the panels clean makes sense. Earlier this year, however, a study out of the Jacobs School of Engineering at University of California San Diego, in quantifying losses of electricity output due to dirty solar panels, found panels that hadn’t been cleaned, or rained on, for 145 days during a summer drought in California lost on average a little less than 0.05 percent of their overall efficiency per day. Cleaning the panels often was not worth the cost, found the study’s engineers. They cautioned, though, that their study focused on smaller systems and that, for very large installations, economies of scale may mean that washing panels was worth it.Sharp, meanwhile, is another Japan-based company showing interest in devising automatic ways to clean solar panels. Last month, IDG News Service reported that Sharp, manufacturers of solar panels and generation systems, placed on show at the Ceatec expo in Tokyo an automatic cleaner to latch on to the top of a bank of solar panels and clean them. According to the report, Sharp is working toward commercializing the cleaner, which will first work on the company’s own panels. © 2013 Phys.org Cleaning solar panels often not worth the cost, engineers find More information: www.sinfo-t.jp/eng/index_a.htmvia TechOn This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —At large-scale solar plants, keeping the surfaces of solar panels free from dust, sand and bird droppings is not just a matter of finicky housekeeping. It can be a matter of plant profitability. Dirty panels lower power generation efficiencies. Bird droppings on panels, for example, block the sunlight. A Tokyo-based company has a solution. Sinfonia Technology announced late last month that it has developed a robot with camera and sensors that can move autonomously and clean solar panels at large-scale solar power plants. Sinfonia’s robot has a distinction in being “autonomous” in that, rather than tethered to rails, the robot is able to move from panel to panel, to tackle the panels’ dirt and debris. The robot is equipped with scrub brush, wiper and detergent; and also sprinkles water stored in its tank. The robot can work in the dark; it has LEDs, having wavelengths in the infrared range. Citation: Robot with brush, water, wiper tackles solar panel cleaning (2013, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-robot-wiper-tackles-solar-panel.html Explore furtherlast_img read more