You and a guest can enjoy the ultimate Jonas Brothers experience on August 16 in Los Angeles with this fantastic celebrity charity auction. Spend time with each of the boys when you take a tour of the stage with Nick, play a game of ping pong with Joe and sit down for coffee or tea with Kevin! This package also includes: • Two tickets to the show • Access to the soundcheck party • Meet and greet passesDon’t miss your chance to hang with the Jonas Brothers as they close out their 2013 summer tour! Proceeds from the auction will benefit Change For The Children, the charity set up by the Jonas Brothers to support programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed.To access the auction, which ends August 14, click here.
Join British TV presenter Clive Anderson at this year’s Save the Rhino Heroes Dinner in London next week.The event will take place at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London.The Save the Rhino Heroes Dinner will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013. On arrival at ZSL there will be a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner and silent auction. In between courses there will be a range of speakers to keep you entertained throughout the evening. Each speaker will be taking on this year’s theme of Heroes.Speakers will include injured serviceman and adventurer Jaco van Gass, actor and author Natascha McElhone, conservationist Fuzz Dyer, journalist and former cricketer Ed Smith and author William Fiennes.Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.To find out more about the event, click hereUpdate: Tickets have sold out, but it’s possible to bid for auction items in advance of the event.
TSX up on positive U.S. retail sales, higher oil prices amid concern over Iraq by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2014 6:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Thursday amid unfolding conflict in Iraq that pushed up energy prices and positive economic data from the United States.The S&P/TSX composite index added 17.50 points to 14,909.63. The Canadian dollar gained 0.10 of a cent to 92.12 cents US.In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrials dropped 109.69 points to 16,734.19, the Nasdaq fell 32.99 points to 4,298.94 and the S&P 500 dipped 12.03 points to 1,931.86.Oil prices rose after an al Qaida-inspired group that captured two key cities in Iraq last week vowed to also invade Baghdad.One of those two cities, Mosul, lies in an area that is a major gateway for Iraqi oil. The uncertainty over oil supplies prompted the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange to jump $2.13 to US$106.53 a barrel.Portfolio manager Kash Pashootan said there is little evidence that demand for oil, particularly from China and the U.S., will rise in the medium to long term, but any kind of international conflict will raise prices.“The market will try to trick us with rising oil prices,” said Pashootan, a vice-president at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“But if you look at examples from earlier this year, the major driver for energy prices has been the same factor — geopolitical tension.”The energy sector climbed 1.69 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange. However, gold was the leading advancer, up by 2.73 per cent, as bullion gained $12.80 to US$1,274 an ounce. July copper declined three cents to US$3.02 a pound.Meanwhile, there were more signs of economic improvement in the U.S., as the Commerce Department reported retail sales rose for a fourth consecutive month in May — up 0.3 per cent amid a surge in demand for autos.However sales fell shy of the 0.4 per cent increase that economists had expected.Also, the U.S. Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000.In Canada, the central bank issued a warning about the country’s housing market and the high levels of consumer debt.In its latest semi-annual review, the Bank of Canada said the housing market is showing signs of a soft landing, but it still remains the biggest domestic risk.The comments come as Statistics Canada reported that its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in April, following identical increases in both February and March. Meanwhile, the Teranet–National Bank National composite house price index said Canadian home prices were up in May, rising 0.8 per cent over the previous month.On the corporate front, shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) were hammered after it reported a lower first-quarter profit of $18.98 million and cut its outlook for the year. Shares in the company fell nearly than 16 per cent, or $7.05 to close at US$37.25 in New York despite the company announcing it plans on buying back up to US$450 million of its shares.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version incorrectly said the market closed lower. It also incorrectly pegged the Dow close at 16,752.05
The R&D Newsletter is a quarterly publication highlighting automotive R&D, technology and innovation activities from across the UK. Click here to view the latest edition.This special edition has a focus on the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium that took place in Los Angeles in May 2012. The articles in this edition have all been written by researchers that submitted research papers for dissemination during EVS26, and represent some of the latest and most innovative international automotive research currently taking place.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Perhaps mindful of her position as a role model, the Duchess invited a little boy who seemed keen to talk to her to sit down next to her for an earnest conversation about the vegetables in front of them on the table.“Do you like carrots? Yummy yummy,” she said. “I like carrots too. Do you know what’s special about carrots? They can make you see in the dark! “Do you like broccoli? What’s your favourite vegetable?”Told, naturally, that the little boy did indeed like carrots and broccoli, she said: “wow!” Prince William, turning his attention to the parents, praised the “shared experience” offered by the centre, with Sure Start enduring in Northern Island even as centres were shut in the UK.“When families are not necessarily as big as they used to be, it’s important that you all have friends here to talk about those shared experiences,” he added. In a colourful main hall, excitable toddlers moved between tables of sensory play as they parents and key workers kept a close eye on any brewing tantrums.The Duke and Duchess went their separate ways to join different tables: he with hatching dinosaur eggs and she with some building blocks and gardening. William dodged plastic dinosaurs being flown at his head while Kate, accepting flowers from one-year-old James McNally, calmly steered a half-chewed bread stick away from her hair. Sure Start is a programme supporting parents with children aged under four years old who live in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. In England, a study by the Sutton Trust published in April found that as many as 1,000 of the centres have closed since August 2009.Sure Start children’s centre initiative was introduced in 1998 by the then-Labour government, in an effort to give all children a good start in life by offering support to their parents.The BBC reported: “The report also says closure rates vary across the country, creating a postcode lottery of provision, with more local authorities preparing to make cuts in the coming financial year.“The researchers asked local authorities why provision had been cut back and found 84 per cent cited financial pressures.” “This is a small chair,” the Duke observed. “It’s a good job I’ve still got flexibility.” The Duchess joined straight in with some make believe, blowing out the candles of a pink plasticine cake offered to her by a small girl. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bonded with fellow parents this afternoon over the struggles of sleep deprivation, breastfeeding and glitter.The Royal couple, who have three children, put all their parenting skills to the test at the St Joseph’s Sure Start facility in Ballymena, as they navigated toddlers, tantrums and messy play with aplomb.Speaking with parents, they praised mothers who had overcome the “struggle” of breastfeeding, and disclosed they choose to get up in the night whenever Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wake instead of relying on their staff.Sitting on child-sized seats to play with toddlers, the Duchess gently drilled youngsters on the delights of healthy vegetables, while the Duke kept a close eye on paint pots threatening to spill on their clothes.The visit came at the end of a two -day trip to Northern Ireland, in which they have focused on child development. Their SureStart visit began with a private meeting with mothers, who shared their experiences with the programme.Next, they joined a “stay and play” session and a mens’ support group, where they crouch on comically tiny seats to get down to toddler-eye level. The Duke, presumably belying his own experience at Kensington Palace, warned one child “mind the jumper!” as he veered dangerously close to the poster paint “You’ll never get it clean,” he empathised with watching parents. “And the glitter will get everywhere.”Spotting a farmyard scene on the floor, with squashed cornflakes masquerading as soil, he appeared to consider taking the idea home before noting: “Actually looking at that mess, I might leave it.”Speaking afterwards about the visit, Kathryn Ward, a 26-year-old mother-of-two, said the Duke and Duchess had bonded with fellow parents over their mutual experience of nighttimes.“They were chatting a bit about sleep deprivation,” she said. “Even though they get the help that they have, they’re still parents as well and want to get up with their own kids.“So they understand the stresses and pressures were going through, even though they got a couple of people more hands on.They were fantastic. Really on our level.” Rebecca White, 26, said: “They were really encouraging about breastfeeding.“They said we were all doing a good job, that it was really hard, it was a struggle and well done for keeping going. “ Asked whether the royal visitors expressed their support for the Sure Start programme, Ms Ward said “absolutely”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the day in Ballymena, meeting with organisations that are working to create a bright future for the next generationCredit:AFP “They are particularly interested in mental health support,” she said. “For us being part of this, I really jumped at the opportunity because I really cannot believe they could be closed down in parts of the UK. It’s an essential part of our lives.“In an age where everyone is critical and there’s social media and you feel judged in general, it’s a great idea to have a space like this where there’s no pressure and no judgment. It should be available to everyone.“They were saying it’s really hard to be parents, especially single parents.“So they said it’s great that there’s something there to give added support, especially for people that are isolated or don’t have family support.“Being a parent and the hard work people have to put into being a good parent is not really recognised enough.“He [William] was congratulating us for coming here and being a part of this because it was the best thing we could do when we realised we needed the help.“We’re trying to be our best selves and got some encouragement for that. “And we can all tell our kids now that the future king thinks we’re great parents.” The Prince chats to the childrenCredit: AFP
Updated 10.40pmAPPLE SAYS IT is planning to release two new iPhone designs later this year so it can serve more customers.The iPhone 5C, which will be available in five colours — green, blue, yellow, pink and white. CEO Tim Cook calls it “more fun and colourful” than any other iPhone. The 5C has a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by Apple’s A6 chip.It also has an 8 megapixel camera, live photo filters and a rear cover that lights up.The iPhone 5C will cost $99 for a 16 gigabyte model and $199 for a 32 gigabyte model with a two-year wireless contract in the US, though no details are available for European models.The company also unveiled a new operating system, iOS 7.Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones.”Apple unveiled the latest iPhone models during an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. The move comes as rival phones from Samsung and other manufacturers are challenging Apple in the competitive smartphone market.The second phone, the iPhone 5S, is “the most forward-looking phone we have ever created,” said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple. It will come in silver, gold and “space grey” and will run on a new chip, the A7, which is up to twice as fast as the A6.Apple also said that its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on 18 September.Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple Inc., said at an event at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters that “downloading iOS 7 is like getting an all new device.”The new system can be downloaded and installed on the iPhone 4 and later models, as well as on the tablets beginning with the iPad 2.Apple also says it expects to ship its 700 millionth iOS device next month. Apple CEO Tim Cook predicts that iOS 7 will become the most popular mobile operating system in the world.Investors seemed unimpressed with Apple’s latest gadgets. The company’s stock price fell $3.17 to $503.10 during the event.First published 6.52pmRead: NSA ‘can access most smartphone data’Read: 6 new iPhone features that would actually change your life
IRISH JOCKEY Eddie Ahern was given a 10-year ban by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) tonight following a corruption hearing.The 35-year-old Group One jockey was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to the laying of five horses between September 2010 and February 2011. He was also found to have intentionally failed to ensure the horse Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield in January 2011, and of passing on information for reward.Former West Bromwich Albion football player Neil Clement, 34, was also disqualified from the sport for a total of 15 years over his role in the affair. Ahern’s solicitor, Christopher Stewart-Moore, said his client intended to appeal against both the BHA disciplinary panel’s findings and the severity of the punishment.“Eddie Ahern is absolutely devastated by the BHA Panel’s findings,” Stewart-Moore said in a statement, according to Britain’s Press Association. “He did not breach the rules of racing as found by the panel or at all and he will be appealing both the findings as well as the very harsh penalties imposed on him.”© AFP, 2013A Taylor Swift song is being used to promote the next big UFC fightRobbie Keane now will be available to face England at Wembley
Speaking during a joint press conference after a three-hour meeting in Ankara, Ahmet Davutoglu and Alexis Tsipras stressed that Greece and Turkey will contribute positively to efforts for a solution to the partition burdening Cyprus since 1974. “We are cautiously optimistic. We think we are closer than we have ever been before,” Emine Colak, foreign minister in the internationally unrecognised administration in the north, told Reuters in an interview. “We don’t think the Cyprus problem has gotten easy – it hasn’t, but we think we have a window of opportunity,” he continued, saying that it is possible and desirable to get to at least the major part of the negotiations and the agreed text by May 2016, possibly followed by a referendum. The Cyprus issue has been a constant source of tension between Greece and Turkey as well as the main obstacle keeping Turkey outside the European Union; however, the election of moderate Mustafa Akinci as Turkish Cypriot leader in May has put things into a different perspective. The cost of unification is estimated at around $24 billion and would be borne by the international community. Even though the two sides agree on reuniting Cyprus as a two-zone federation under a federal umbrella, there are deep differences on how the new state would function, as well as the level of autonomy that would be granted to each side. The exact geography of the dividing line, including the property claims of tens of thousands of people displaced during the conflict, make the resolution even more difficult. Greek Cypriot demands that the thousands of Turkish mainlanders who arrived on the island after the division should leave are still pending. “We have had some convergence on a lot of the headings so far but I would say we are about halfway, but at the moment there is a very sticky issue and that is property,” Colak said, reassuring that effective formulas will be found as soon as the outline of a deal emerges. “Another issue is how and on what terms a unification deal would be guaranteed by Britain, Greece and Turkey,” she stressed.Source: CNA, AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
We will tell you the reasons Ivan Rakitic needs to be sold by FC Barcelona next summer, it appears that his time at the Catalan club has passed.Even though Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is still one of FC Barcelona’s top players, we truly believe that the club needs to sell him next summer and we are going to discuss the reasons we think this is the best option for both parts.The Croatian midfielder is arguably one of his country’s most decorated players alongside Luka Modric, he was an essential part of the National Team that reached a historic World Cup final last summer that they lost against France in Russia.At club level, Ivan Rakitic has practically never stopped winning and growing as a football professional. After starting with Swiss club FC Basel, a young Rakitic was scouted by German side Schalke 04 and they could buy him for €5 million back in 2007.During his time in the Bundesliga, the Croatian midfielder quickly started developing the skills that eventually took him to the Spanish La Liga after Sevilla decided to pay a low €2.5 million to the German club and that’s when his career really started to take off.Ivan Rakitic came to Spain for a long time, and it’s been 9 years already since the first time he arrived.”Sería un gran sueño para mí poder volver a jugar con la camiseta del #SevillaFC”, dijo hace menos de un año un Ivan Rakitic al que ahora, tras llegar Frenkie de Jong, empiezan a ver en la Ciudad Condal fuera del Barça https://t.co/vNu2MesTBi— Carlos Pérez (@carlosperezED) January 25, 2019With the Andalusian club, Ivan Rakitic’s football really started to flourish and his last year with them was the perfect season that called the attention of major clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and FC Barcelona.With Cesc Fabregas leaving the Catalan club after a failed attempt to succeed there, Barcelona’s number ‘4’ jersey was suddenly open and the Spanish giants were the ones who made the biggest offer for the player.They paid a reported €21 million in 2014, he came alongside Luis Suarez on the same season and he made an immediate impact. Since then, Ivan Rakitic has completely taken charge of the position as one of the most creative midfielders in the club.Since he came to the Catalan club, Rakitic has contributed to the club’s success and won a total of 12 trophies which include three La Liga titles, one Champions League, four Copa del Rey titles, two Spanish Supercups, one UEFA Supercup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.But the new generations are coming and Ivan Rakitic has already won everything at Barcelona, it is time for him to leave room for other great players and also attempt to leave a good amount of money for his transfer to the club that gave him everything.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Con la llegada de nuevos fichajes, canteras y malos partidos de Rakitic. ¿Debería el Barça venderlo y confiar en los jóvenes? pic.twitter.com/LDxEAT3CAP— Soydelbarca_ (@Soydelbarca2) January 25, 2019Even though he is already considered a veteran, Ivan Rakitic still has several good years of great football on his boots and the Catalan club should get a good deal for a World Cup runner-up who has won everything at Barcelona.Frenkie de Jong’s arrival is another reason why he needs to leave, his presence could easily prevent the Dutch young player to grow to become the player that everybody imagines he will transform into someday.The number ‘4’ that Ivan Rakitic wears right now is one that fits Frenkie perfectly, a mythical number at FC Barcelona that not any player can wear and seems destined to belong to De Jong once he comes to the club next summer.All the signs point to Ivan Rakitic leaving FC Barcelona, the only problem here is that manager Ernesto Valverde would oppose his arrival but the club already thinks that even the manager could leave soon if the results don’t come his way throughout the current season.We all know that the main target this season is the Champions League, Valverde will surely resign if he doesn’t win the title and this will leave the open door for players like Rakitic next summer.The player already told Estadio Deportivo that his dream is to return to Sevilla.We keep going 💪⚽️! ➕3️⃣✅ #ForçaBarça 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/xXXS8S84wY— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) January 20, 2019Which club do you think could be better for Ivan Rakitic after FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Work to prepare a key Port of Vancouver property for potential employers will begin soon, thanks to a $5.3 million contract unanimously approved by the port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.The contract hires Rotschy Inc., a Vancouver excavation and construction company, to install infrastructure, including underground utilities and streets, at the 58-acre portion of the port’s 108-acre, light-industrial-zoned Centennial Industrial Park.Rotschy’s work is expected to last about eight months in 2013, beginning in January and finishing by the end of August. Furnishing the property with utilities, sidewalks, landscaping and streets is aimed at luring employers to set up shop at the 58-acre parcel, which port officials say is capable of producing 500 family-wage jobs.Port officials said they hope to have a building up at the site by the end of 2013. The port’s executive director, Todd Coleman, said the port’s available lease space is essentially full, so it’s important to get a “warehouse in the ground” at the Centennial site as soon as possible.Part of larger effortThe port board’s decision to dress up the Centennial parcel with infrastructure is part of a larger regional effort to offer more shovel-ready land to employers. Spearheaded by the Columbia River Economic Development Council — the Vancouver-based nonprofit jobs promoter and business recruiter — the effort seeks to build up Clark County’s inventory of land set aside for industry.
In a separate transaction completed Wednesday, NewBay Media has been acquired by London-based Future Publishing for $13.8 million.A publicly held company whose brands include PC Gamer, SFX, and TechRadar, among dozens of others, Future plc has long maintained a U.S. division in San Francisco. The company said it was attracted to NewBay for its complementary b2b titles, particularly in the telecom, music, and electronics spaces, as well as the prospect of expanding its footprint in the U.S.“This acquisition supports our strategy of growth organically and through acquisition, global expansion, and revenue diversification,” said Future CEO, Zillah Byng-Thorne, in a prepared statement, adding, “We have a proven track record of acquisition and successful integration.”Future says the acquisition expands its portfolio to more than 100 print and digital media and event brands, and pushes its overall global reach past the 120 million mark. The deal also represents a homecoming for consumer-oriented brands like Guitar World and Revolver, which Future sold to NewBay in 2012.“This combination will result in new and better opportunities for both NewBay and Future partners to expand reach and depth of customer interactions throughout the buyer’s journey,” added NewBay president and CEO, Steve Palm. “I am proud of the many accomplishments made by the NewBay team over the last few years in the areas of events, marketing services, and digital content.”Both deals continue a recent trend involving London-based interests investing heavily in the North American b2b media and exhibition space since Informa’s $1.5 billion takeover of Penton late in 2016. Informa’s UK-based rival, UBM, similarly spent the last several years targeting events businesses in the U.S. and Asia before nearing its own merger with Informa earlier this year. That deal, while likely, has yet to be completed. Blackstone appears particularly intent on furthering its footprint in the U.S., having invested $17 billion in Thomson Reuters’ financial and risk business in January. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based PennWell Corp. announced Tuesday that it has been acquired by UK-based exhibitions giant Clarion Events for an undisclosed sum.A 108-year-old, family-owned business, PennWell operates more than 100 print and online b2b brands serving a number of sectors, but primarily the oil, gas, and energy industries. The company employs 550 across seven locations, including satellite offices in California, New Jersey, and the UK.Backed by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone—among the largest alternative asset funds in the world—Clarion produces more than 180 events across 50 countries. The deal marks a second significant expansion of Clarion’s portfolio since it was acquired by Blackstone last July, coming just two months after Clarion’s merger with Hong Kong-based trade show organizer and b2b media firm Global Sources.“PennWell’s roster of market-leading events strongly enhances Clarion’s portfolio,” said Clarion executive chairman Simon Kimble in a prepared statement. “Our global network and depth of resources will further strengthen PennWell’s offerings, enhancing opportunities for growth and expansion across North America and globally.”
Tags Share your voice Huawei’s P30 Pro boasts cameras galore 3:34 Comment Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) 24 Photos Huawei P30 “Globally, more people know the Huawei brand, actually,” Yu said in an interview at the P30 launch event in Paris on Tuesday. “It’s a good advertisement for Huawei.”Maybe it’s a case of all publicity being good publicity. It doesn’t hurt that Huawei is making some of the best phones (and especially the best phone cameras) money can buy right now. IHS predicts it will once again ship more phones than Apple in 2019 — even though it doesn’t look like it will be able to make any headway in the US at any point in the near future.”The phenomenal thing about Huawei is they are successful in spite of the US policies or the US market,” said Lam. They’ve taken a leadership in AI, chip/modem tech and mobile photography — not to mention foldable smartphones and 5G. They have all the elements that Samsung had when it matured into a global powerhouse.”There’s no doubt about it: When it comes to making devices, Huawei is a force to be reckoned with, and not even its involvement in an international trade war is about to knock it off its pedestal anytime soon. Phones News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Huawei P30 Pro’s camera put to the test in Paris Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less 40 Photos Not that you’d know any of this from attending Huawei’s P30 Pro phone launch in Paris on Tuesday. It was almost as if Huawei’s geopolitical strife didn’t exist — and given the popularity of the company’s phones, it might as well not. Following years spent establishing its P series and Mate series as standout phones in a market crowded with impressive rivals, Huawei now has a firm track record of exciting us with its flagships.”If you were to ask me what I thought of Huawei just five years ago, I would just say that it’s a Chinese OEM catching Apple,” said IHS Markits analyst Wayne Lam. “But ever since the P20 Pro, introduced last year, I can confidently say that Huawei has surpassed Apple in terms of quality and performance of mobile photography.”Foldable fameThis year has seen the company step up its game even further with the launch of the Mate X at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Huawei’s entry into the foldable phones market stole the show, eclipsing even the long-awaited first slew of 5G handsets to hit the market. It’s enjoying similar success in the PC market. The Huawei X Pro, the latest top-end laptop from the company (and a dead ringer for an Apple MacBook), is winning early plaudits from reviewers.After bringing the wow factor with the Mate X and X Pro, Huawei’s latest hope is that it will blow you away with the photographic capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro. In the keynote at the phone’s launch event, Huawei CEO Richard Yu walked the audience through the varied capabilities of its four cameras. He boasted of its skills in low light, its ability to capture details from a distance and the layered depth-of-field (or bokeh) effects, comparing results side-by-side against photos taken with the latest Apple and Samsung phones. How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect 1 See it Early results in CNET’s own tests suggest that Huawei’s right to be proud and that the P30 can compete with the Galaxy S10 and that the zoom function is, according to Senior Editor Andrew Hoyle, “unprecedented in a phone.”Elephant in the roomHuawei is a hit machine, and at the top of its game when it comes to turning out rockstar products. But then there’s the small matter of its geopolitical troubles that mean it can’t sell its phones in the US right now — “the elephant in the room,” as CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood describes it.”The single biggest impact on its devices business remains its exclusion from the US market. However it is interesting that many vocal US analysts and bloggers are starting to bemoan the fact they can’t easily get Huawei’s latest devices in the US,” said Wood. “This has to be a positive development for Huawei, which is keen to do anything to improve sentiment in this key market.”Perhaps it’s even possible that the controversy, mixed with buzz around its products, is actually giving Huawei greater visibility. Huawei’s P30 Pro: its exciting new flagship phone. Angela Lang/CNET Whether you know the telecom giant because of its popular Android phones or because it’s made an enemy of the US government, you’ve probably heard the name Huawei.This fact alone marks a big shift from just a couple years back, when people struggled to even pronounce the name of the Chinese company — now the number two phone maker in the world behind Samsung and the world’s largest telecom equipment maker.Huawei’s phone business has grown since then, but a dark cloud has also formed over the company. The US fears Huawei is using its phones and network equipment for spying, given its coziness with the Chinese government. The company’s CFO has been detained in Canada, awaiting extradition to the US to face charges of violating sanctions on trade with Iran, and she increasingly looks like a pawn in a broader trade war between the US and China. $534 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Huawei
New Delhi : Taking a stand different from his party’s, veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, son of a former J&K ruler, late Maharaja Hari Singh, on Thursday said he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of the government’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out what he called were its several positives. ‘In a statement the “positive points” Singh counted included the Union Territory status for Ladakh, scrapping of Article 35 A, future delimitation of constituencies as a result of the state’s bifurcation into UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us However, he did not comment directly on Article 370 and also called for releasing the leaders of legitimate political parties in Jammu and Kashmir and initiate a broad-based political dialogue with them. His son and Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh, while supporting Karan Singh’s statement, said this is the beginning of a new era for people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Vikramaditya Singh said he fully supports the step for full integration of J&K state into the Union of India and its reorganisation ‘Muscular nationalism’ Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram attacked the government over its actions on Jammu and Kashmir, asking if “muscular nationalism” has resolved any conflict in the world. Advertise With Us The Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided it into two union territories. Chidambaram also cited former civil servant Shah Faesal’s comments on the issue to hit out at the government. “Shah Faesal came first in the Civil Services Examination and joined the IAS. He has called the government’s actions on J&K as ‘the biggest betrayal’,” Chidambaram said in one of a series of tweets. If Shah Faesal thinks so, imagine what millions of ordinary people of J&K think, he said. “Has ‘muscular nationalism’ resolved any conflict anywhere in the world?” Chidambaram asked. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had some sharp words for Pakistan. “We have our utmost apprehensions about our neighbour. The issue is that you can change friends but it is not in your hands to choose your neighbour. And the kind of neighbour who is next to us. I pray to god that no one gets such a neighbour,” Singh said. Time will tell if peace prevails: Kamal Nath Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said only time will tell whether the Modi government’s move of scrapping Article 370 will establish peace and bring down terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. When asked about party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia coming out in support of the Modi government’s move on Article 370, Nath said, “He (Scindia) is with the Congress Working Committee’s proposal on the issue and will ultimately support the party’s resolution on it.” Pakistan to approach UNSC Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced that Pakistan would take the matter of India revoking the special status for occupied Kashmir to the United Nations Security Council, the Dawn reports. He said the decision had been taken in light of several pre-existing UN resolutions on the Kashmir dispute. The minister said Pakistan rejected New Delhi’s impression that scrapping Article 370 of the Indian constitution was its “internal matter”, saying the claim was wrong from a historical, legal and moral perspective. SC refuses urgent hearing The Supreme Court refused to accord urgent hearing to a plea challenging the Presidential Order on Article 370 which revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana. Advocate M L Sharma, who has filed the petition, urged the court that his plea be listed for hearing either on August 12 or 13. The bench, however, told Sharma that his plea would be heard in due course. Pakistan clarifies on airspace Pakistan clarified that it has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed any route for the Indian flights. “There has been no change to the notice to airmen (NOTAM) and all flights are being operated as per schedule issued earlier,” Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan spokesperson Mujtaba Baig told PTI. “Pakistan has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed or closed down any route for the Indian flights,” he said. Responding to a question about re-routing of a few routes as reported by the media, he said: “Not a single route has been re-routed after the latest tension between the two countries.” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal also said that Pakistan had not banned its airspace for India. “We have not banned our airspace for India. It is open for Indian flights,” he told reporters in Islamabad. Pakistan said that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Azad stopped at Srinagar airport The Congress party’s J-K chief and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha has been stopped at Srinagar airport as a preventive measure. He was supposed to meet local Congress leaders who are against the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into union territories. Over 500 important political workers and leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been detained in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre decided to revoke provisions of Article 370 and divide the state to two union territories, officials said. According to latest reports, about 560 such workers have been lodged in makeshift detention centres in Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar and other such centres in Baramulla and Gurez. The BJP hit back at Azad for alleging that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir was orchestrated with money, and demanded his apology, saying that the remarks could be used by Pakistan on global forums. Concentration camp: Adhir Ranjan In yet another controversial remark, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, compared the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir with that of the infamous concentration camps on Nazi Germany. Questioning the government’s approach on the issue, Chowdhury said PM Modi was not living up to his theory of embracing Kashmiris instead of controlling them with muscle power. “Prime Minister had announced from Red Fort that we will take Kashmiris forward not with bullets but by embracing them. But today, the situation in Kashmir is similar to that of a concentration camp. There is no mobile or internet connection. Amarnath pilgrimage was curtailed despite heavy security presence. What is happening there?” he told ANI. Choudhary stoked controversy during a debate in Lok Sabha by questioning India’s long-established position that Kashmir is an “internal matter” and no country has the right to intervene into it. Speaking in the House on a resolution to abrogate special status to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, he asked how was Kashmir issue an “internal matter” if “United Nations is monitoring it since 1948.” Malala appeals for peace Taking to Twitter, Malala Yousafzai said: ”The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young. For seven decades, the children of Kashmir have grown up amidst violence.” Expressing concern over the safety of the people of Kashmir, especially women and children, Malala said, “I am worried about the safety of the Kashmiri children and women, the most vulnerable to violence and the most likely to suffer losses in conflict.” “There is no need for us to continue to suffer and hurt each other,” Malala asserted. Appealing to the international community to ensure peace in the Kashmir, Malala said, “I hope all South Asians, the international community and concerned authorities respond to their suffering. Whatever disagreements we may have, we must always defend human rights, prioritise the safety of children and women and focus on peacefully resolving the seven-decade-old conflict in Kashmir.” Refrain from retaliatory aggression: US Two powerful Democratic lawmakers of US have urged Pakistan to refrain from any “retaliatory aggression” against India and take “demonstrable action” against terrorist groups within its territory. Pakistan expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and downgraded diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Eliot Engel in a joint statement also expressed concern over the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. There is an ‘urgent need’ for dialogue among all actors to reduce tensions and to avoid a potential military escalation in South Asia, the United States said .
Flipkart is expected to invest close to $50 million initially to add entertainment content.Industry experts argue that the investment in the content generation segment of e-commerce is being done to take on Amazon, which is aggressively strengthening its entertainment content in India.Amazon India is providing its Prime users with the latest TV shows and films from India and abroad.The e-commerce players are also planning to tie up with various production houses to telecast their exclusive entertainment shows on its portal. The plan is to ensure that the customer who visits the portal once or twice a month spends more time, which will eventually result in the greater revenue generation for the e-commerce players.The e-commerce segment in India is expected to grow in the coming years with the exponential increase in mobile penetration and high discounts. Amazon logoReutersIt seems that the competition in the Indian e-commerce segment will only get more heated in near future. With the objective to counter Amazon India, major e-commerce and retail players, including Flipkart, Paytm and Future Group plans to invest around $100 million in acquiring and integrating entertainment content in the country.Business Standard reported that Paytm is planning to infuse a capital close to $30 million in this segment. Paytm recently introduced a series of new features in ‘Inbox’, its in-app messaging service. These include live TV, news, cricket, entertainment videos and games.The Future group, led by Kishore Biyani, is working on a plan to invest $14.5 billion on-boarding artificial intelligence and machine learning on its platform.The tech enhancement aims at providing additional support to entertainment content. In fact, the Future group is in process of creating a separate entertainment vertical for the company’s apps. It also plans to collaborate with various entertainment content providers as well as movie theatre chains to provide tickets online as well as offline mode.Flipkart, which recently completed the stake sale to Walmart also is planning along similar lines, though any concrete decision is expected to be taken only after the modalities of the deal is sorted out.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses a huge public gathering at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech. Photo: Focus BanglaBangladesh Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina called on people to block the path for “Pakistani collaborators, war criminals and killers who distorted history, to return to power”.“Bangladesh will be a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041. Bangladesh will be Golden Bangladesh free from hunger and poverty as was dreamt by Bangabandhu. Insha Allah, we will build such Bangladesh …. so that razakars [Pakistani collaborators], war criminals, killers who distort history, cannot return to power anymore,” Hasina told a huge public gathering at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan.A jubilant procession heading towards Suhrawardi Udyan on 25 November. Photo: Saiful Islam/Prothom AloOfficials and employees of different government and autonomous agencies and children of different schools held colourful processions and then converged on Suhrawardy Udyan to celebrate UNESCO’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s 7 March speech.UNESCO has included the historic 7 March 1971 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on its list of the International Memory of the World Register, a list of world’s important documentary heritage.“The founding father of the Bengali nation gave the charter of emancipation in his historic 7 March speech,” said prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the daughter of Bangabandhu. An elephant is also featured at the jubilant procession at Shahbagh intersection on 25 November. Photo: Prothom AloShe said the country is marching towards development and will be marching in the days to come in line with the dream of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.UNB adds: Sheikh Hasina wanted to know the present condition of those who had banned this historic 7 March speech. “Where will they hide their faces now? They had tried to peter out this speech.”Hasina regretted generations one after another could not know the real history of the county after 1975. “With this recognition, this speech has attained its place in the international arena.”Briefly describing the various achievements of the government, the PM said the present government put Bangladesh in a dignified position in the world stage.The programme started with the play of the national anthem. Bangabandhu’s historic March 7 speech was also screened on the occasion.Government officials and employees at the jubilant procession at Shahbagh intersection on 25 November. Photo: Prothom AloThe PM’s address was followed by a cultural function and a laser show.In the capital, the celebration began at noon through placing wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Road-32.Later, a procession from there moved towards Suhrawardy Udyan where Bangabandhu had delivered the landmark speech in a mammoth gathering on 7 March 1971.As part of the celebration, jubilant processions, essay and quiz competitions and screening of films on the liberation war were arranged in 64 districts.Bangladesh missions abroad also hold the similar programmes.Educational institutions across the country also organised essay, quiz and general knowledge competitions.
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Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsbooks homepage featured justice Love Big progressive Christianity Rozella Haydee White,You may also like Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Rozella Haydée White wants readers to know “you are loved in ways that are overwhelming to comprehend at times.”And that message, White believes, can heal a world that feels like it’s been torn apart by fear, hate, disconnection, racial injustice and divisive politics.That’s why the life and leadership coach said she wrote the book “Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World,” published this week by Fortress Press.She also wants people to imagine God differently, she said.RELATED: Jesus Rode A Dinosaur: Conference looks at what churches tell teens about scienceChristianity gets a “bad rap” in the United States, and other Christian voices have drowned out progressives when it comes to defining what God looks like, said White, the former director for young adult ministry for the progressive mainline Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.“Love doesn’t diminish. Love continues to grow because the more we love, the more love there is to give,” she said. “And that is embodied in relationship, because that’s how God embodied it.”White talked to Religion News Service about the work people need to do before healing is possible and why self-care isn’t selfish. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.In “Love Big,” you point out examples of brokenness, violence, divisive political discourse and floundering religious communities in the world today. What gives you hope?I think my sociological lens has always invited me to remember that what is happening in any present moment is not the only thing and that the present moment is exactly that — it’s a present moment.“Love Big” by Rozella Haydée White. Courtesy imageOn the other hand, it’s faith, honestly. I sometimes feel so corny or cliche saying that. The particular type of faith I profess — God as evidenced in Jesus — has been around for 2,000-plus years, but there have been systems and beliefs, ways of believing about the divine, that have been around for so long. All these stories impact me. And so when I then take a step back and then take the long view, I see my grandmother who is the granddaughter of sharecroppers. I see the ancestors that came up and out of the middle passage of the slave trade. I see all of the things that have happened throughout the course of human history. And yeah, this moment is messed up. But there have been a lot of messed-up moments throughout life. There have been really messed-up things since the beginning of time. And since the beginning of time there have been loving and liberative things that have happened, as well.I do believe in people. I believe that, again, because of my particular faith tradition as a Christian: If God chose humanity to come to life in, then there is something ultimately good and worthy and pure and divine about humanity. And so even though the times that we’re in are certainly troubling, they’re not the first times and they’re not the last, and God’s mark on humanity still persists. That’s kind of what holds me.What are what you call “revolutionary relationships,” and how can they help heal these things we see in the world?Revolutionary relationships are modeled for me on the Trinity. As a Christian, the Trinity is a huge part of who God is and how we understand God, and we often don’t reflect on the fact that God was in relationship with Godself at the very beginning. Throughout the course of our biblical witness in history and our faith tradition, God has continued to reveal Godself in ways that continue to reflect back to that first relationship — the creative God, the liberating God, the sustaining God. My idea of revolutionary relationships flows through that and the characteristics of that: They’re life-giving, they’re risk-taking, they’re gracious, they’re accountable, they’re diverse.I believe that when we embody this way of being, there will be no choice but for transformation and healing to occur, and we will no longer be so inwardly focused that we’re not outwardly engaged. We will no longer be people who are living by scarcity instead of an abundance mentality.And the other piece of this is that so much of what I’m talking about begins with ourselves. Because if we’re not in relationship with ourselves in ways that are revolutionary, it’s really hard — if not impossible — to be in those relationships with others.Self-love and self-care are are trendy right now. Some people push back on these ideas as selfish, but you talk about self-love as a spiritual practice. Explain that.Going back to the notion that the image of God resides within us, what would it mean to really take care of God within? If I believe that God is in my being, then how does it look to take care of God? I think that starts to push back against some of the notions around self-care and self-love being selfish.We have to rework or reconsider the greatest two commandments: Love the Lord your God … and love your neighbor as yourself. How do you love someone as yourself if you’re not loving self? I just think that because our tradition, our faith at some point took this idea of sacrifice and turned it into self-flagellation and total denial of self to the point of disconnection from your being that we have totally disregarded the second part of the second commandment.You write about relationships between white people and people of color and some of the mistakes Christians make when they think about reconciliation. What are Christians getting wrong about reconciliation, and what would be a better way to approach these relationships?I think part of it is how do we go to a former reality that we believe existed that never existed? What are we being reconciled to? What state of relationship? For many of us, any talk about reconciliation without talk about reparations just doesn’t even seem legit.I think that there is something about engaging in justice work with an eye towards economic justice and equity that Christians just don’t really feel like we should do. And it’s a problem. Because at the end of the day, those of us who are in this fight don’t really value any moves towards reconciliation without, first of all, the repentance, lamentation, true talk about what was lost, what was taken, what was dehumanized in the midst of that.What are some practical first steps you’d recommend that people can take toward building these kinds of relationships?For people of faith, I would say definitely engaging in practices that continue to open up the flow of the spirit and connect you with the divine in ways that are authentic to you. So for all of us that’s different, and I think whatever practice that is life giving, that is creative and liberating and sustaining, is a practice that you should embody and that you should engage.Second, fall in love with yourself. Start to think about who you are and whose you are and what it is about you that is unique and special.Third, I think we have to place our bodies and spaces in places that we may not have been before. I mean, I am blessed with diverse relationships, and not just racial and ethnic, but age, orientations, gender identities because I continually go to the margins myself. So if I want to be in diverse relationships, and I don’t see a diversity represented in my space, then I need to find that space and engage with it and do so from a posture of listening and learning and not from a posture of “I’m going to make friends with these people” because that’s not how friendship works.For me, this book is not just about the fluffy love. This is really about doing some self-work and some other work as it relates to how it is you relate to the world, how it is you see yourself. And then what image of God are you willing to risk it all for? I’m willing to risk it all for the image of God that’s a lover, that’s creative, that’s liberative and that’s sustaining. 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Share Susan Walsh/APFirst lady Melania Trump sits on a couch surrounded by reporters as she participates in a meeting with President Trump, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia in the Oval Office on Tuesday.Updated 6:15 p.m. ETThere was a private lobbying force behind President Trump’s change of heart on his controversial policy that resulted in thousands of family separations at the southern U.S. border: first lady Melania Trump.A White House official confirmed to NPR’s Sarah McCammon that Mrs. Trump pressed her husband to act to keep undocumented immigrant families together.“She’s been talking to him about it from the very beginning,” the official said, who declined to speak on the record due to the sensitivity of the issue. The first lady’s “Be Best” initiative is focused on the well-being of children.Melania Trump had first weighed in Sunday, issuing a statement via a spokeswoman that she “hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”The first lady’s comments were a departure from the president’s approach to the crisis at the time, as the Trump administration has for days — until very recently — blamed Democrats and insisted that only Congress could act to end the family separations by passing changes to the nation’s immigration laws.Separately, every other living first lady also condemned the practice of separating children from their parents. In a Washington Post op-ed, Laura Bush called it “cruel” and “immoral.” Michelle Obama retweeted Bush’s article, writing that, “Sometimes truth transcends party.” Hillary Clinton has also spoken out against the practice and on Monday Rosalyn Carter also issued a statement calling the Trump administration’s policy “disgraceful and a shame to our country.”There were other Trump family members who also pressed the president to reconsider his stance. NPR’s Kelsey Snell reported that when the president met with House GOP members Tuesday he told them that Ivanka Trump, who serves as a White House adviser, has also pushed him to act to stop family separations.“He mentioned that his daughter Ivanka had encouraged him to end this and he said he does recognize that it needs to end, that the images are painful,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., said. “He discussed the optics and the policy itself and I think he’s not comfortable with either.”Evan Vucci/APIvanka Trump listens during a meeting between President Trump and Republican members of Congress on immigration at the White House Wednesday.On Wednesday, the public pressure from both Democrats and Republicans — and private entreaties from his own family — seemed to have finally worked on the president. In the morning, Trump announced he would sign an executive order to address the issue, though he didn’t elaborate at that point on how families detained at the border would be kept together or how detentions would be handled going forward.“We’re going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and that we don’t want,” Trump said.And when he signed the order Wednesday afternoon, the president was asked whether his daughter Ivanka had shown him photos of children being separated from their parents. “No,” the president said, adding “Ivanka feels very strongly. My wife feels very strongly about it. I feel very strongly about it. I think anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it. We don’t like to see families separated. At the same time, we don’t want people coming into our country illegally. This takes care of the problem.”After he signed the order, Ivanka Trump thanked her father on Twitter “for taking critical action ending family separation at our border.”Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
The Fellowship Baptist Church of Silver Spring, 12221 Veirs Mill Rd., is scheduled to host a back-to-school edition of their regular LifeArts Dayshop program on Aug. 13 from 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The workshop is a co-ed event for ages 8-14, and will feature Christian-based activities, workshops and fun. Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout the day and an exciting after party will follow the final workshop. Youth attendees are encouraged to bring workout attire for a fitness class session and wear their favorite ‘90s-inspired attire for a best dressed contest. Registration closes on August 11. To register, visit eventbrite.com.
Kolkata: The number of electricity consumers in both industrial and domestic sectors has increased in West Bengal which is now a power surplus state, state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said here today. The number of industrial consumers has gone up from 78,074 in 2011 to 99,505 now, proving that demand for power from industries has increased, Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said. Following the ‘Power to Everyone’ slogan coined by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after coming to power in 2011, the number of domestic consumers of power (domestic) has also increased to 1.2 crore from 86 lakh in 2011, he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We can now say that with regards to infrastructure – roads, technical institutions, power – Bengal is ready to extend all help to industry houses,” Chattopadhyay said at a programme of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI). On the sidelines of the programme, he said West Bengal is a power-surplus state where the demand does not cross the threshold limit of 8,500 mw daily. On Bhangar sub-station project in South 24 Parganas where work was stopped by agitation by local people for over a year, Chattopadhyay said “It is a Power Grid Corporation project. Work for sub-station has started and all the complications have now been resolved.” He said the government was taking steps to stop power thefts and aim to generate additional 2,000 mw in the next five years from the thermal, hydel and non-conventional energy resources. At the BNCCI event, its newly appointed president Satyam Roychowdhury said a delegation of the chamber would visit Russia by the end of this month to discuss business opportunities.