Dr. Manon Antoniazzi has been appointed as the new Chief Executive and Clerk of the National Assembly for Wales. The Clerk is the most senior Assembly Commission employee and is responsible for ensuring that Assembly Members are provided with the services and support they need to represent Wales and its people, make laws for Wales, agree Welsh taxes and hold the Welsh Government to account. As the organisation’s Principal Accounting Officer, she will also champion the Assembly’s reputation within Wales and beyond as an accessible and efficient democracy.
All 60 Members will meet for the first Plenary of the new National Assembly for Wales, which will take place 1.30 on 11 May in the Senedd. The first item of business for the new Assembly is the election of a Presiding Officer. A newly appointed Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer must be elected at the Assembly’s first meeting after the election and that meeting must take place within seven working days after the election. The Presiding Officer is the highest authority in the Assembly and chairs the meeting of all 60 Assembly Members in Plenary, remaining politically impartial at all times. If the Assembly agree to a single nomination for the office of Presiding Officer, the vote is conducted in public in the Siambr. If more than one Member is nominated, the election takes place through a secret ballot outside the Siambr in the Cwrt area of the Senedd.
Every year, around £16 billion is spent in Wales, on things that affect your life like health and education. Decisions about these things are made here - in Wales, for Wales, but in the 2011 Assembly election, only 41.5 per cent of the country turned out to vote. On 5 May 2016 Wales will decide who is responsible for making these decisions, so make sure you’ve registered and vote for your future. Find out more about how your vote affects your life in Wales: http://2016.wales
To note ‘Shwmae/Sumae Day’ on 15 October 2015, the National Assembly for Wales has joined in the fun by producing this short video which shows Assembly Members, Assembly staff and visitors to the Assembly all saying ‘shwmae’ or ‘sumae’. The aim of the day is to encourage everyone in Wales to start each conversation in Welsh.
The National Assembly for Wales’s video streaming channel, Senedd TV, is re-launching with an improved service. Users will now be able to embed clips from Plenary and committee meetings and view the service on mobile devices, in addition to accessing existing functions. Key features of the improved Senedd TV include: • ability to clip a specific section of Assembly business and embed on a third-party site; • the ability to view on mobile devices; • an improved search facility making it easier to locate archived material; • a scrub feature which allows the user to rewind live video and go straight to the point of an archived video with ease; • adaptive streaming to improve the picture quality; • archiving video within two seconds providing near real-time accessibility to historical content.
Welsh on the world stage -- Assembly teams up with Microsoft to launch powerful Welsh translation system The Welsh language today becomes the latest to join a growing list of languages to benefit from translation services provided by Microsoft Translator. Developed by the National Assembly for Wales in partnership with Microsoft, the system will consist of tools, services and applications which will provide support across the suite of Microsoft products and services, including Word and Outlook, along with Bing Translator applications for Windows, Windows Phone and online. The automatic language translation system developed in the Microsoft Translator Hub will be unveiled on International Mother Language Day, on 21 February, at an event in the Senedd. www.assemblywales.org/machinetranslation