4:05 A Samsung beta test website is providing our first look at the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung Samsung appears to have a Galaxy Home Mini after all. While we saw the product make its way through the FCC months ago, Samsung has been quiet about its smart speaker plans in recent months. Now it appears that at least one of its devices is starting to be rolled out to consumers, with the company starting up a beta in South Korea to let interested users in its home country try out the new smart speaker. The beta test, first spotted by SamMobile, also gives us our first real look at the Home Mini, which looks a lot like the larger Galaxy Home that Samsung announced last year but still hasn’t shipped. Samsung’s SmartThings will be present on the Galaxy Home Mini. Samsung We don’t know much else about the presumed Bixby-powered smart speaker, though from the beta page it’s clear that the Home Mini will work with Samsung’s SmartThings platform for controlling smart devices in your home, with infrared for controlling your TV. Interested applicants in South Korea can apply until Sunday to try to take part in the program. It remains to be seen when Samsung might release its two smart speakers and how much they’ll cost. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Samsung Galaxy Home Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show 0 Now playing: Watch this: Smart Speakers & Displays Mobile 12 Photos Share your voice Post a comment Tags News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Mini Samsung
Shares of ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Axis Bank rose sharply on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in response to Essar Oil announcing 98 percent stake sale to Russian Rosneft-led consortium for $12.9 billion. The deal will enable the Essar Group to repay loans to these lenders.ICICI Bank was the top gainer, rising almost 7 percent to Rs 258.50 on the BSE in early trade, while SBI and Axis Bank shares were up 1.59 percent and 1.87 percent respectively, to trade at Rs 255.90 and Rs 530.40 apiece. Read: Essar Oil sells 98% stake to Rosneft, Trafigura, United Capital Partners for $12.9 billionThe multi-billion deal announced last Saturday during the BRICS 2016 summit, is an opportunity to trim debt both at the Group level and at the operating level for the company, according to Prashant Ruia, Chairman, Essar Oil.The company will be repaying $5 billion debt of Essar Oil and an equal amount at the Group level, Ruia said. The Essar Group has interests in steel, ports and logistics. It will retain a small stake in the oil company. A few days ago, Axis Bank sold Essar Steel debt worth Rs 1,000 crore to Edelweiss Asset Restruction Company at a discount of about 45 percent, according to the Financial Express. “Most PSU banks have declared Essar Steel as an NPA (non-performing asset) in the last few quarters and hence such a large deleveraging would be positive for Essar Group lenders, in our opinion. In our coverage universe, ICICI Bank, SBI and Axis Bank are the largest lenders to Essar Group,” Nomura said in a note.Russia’s Rosneft and two other firms, commodity trading firm Trafigura and private investment group United Capital Partners, will be paying about $3.5 billion each to acquire the stake in Essar Oil, comprising a refinery and port owned by Essar Oil worth around $10 billion and $2.9 billion, respectively.Essar Oil owns India’s second largest single-site refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat, with a capacity of 20 MMTPA, or 405,000 barrels per day.The company has about 2,500 Essar-branded oil retail outlets across India, in addition to the 2,600 that are in various stages of commissioning.It also has onshore and offshore oil & gas blocks with about 1.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent in reserves and resources.The BSE Sensex was trading at 27,739, up 66 points, at around 11.20 am.
By George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROHe has been the voice of our city, interviewing more politicians and public figures than we can count, all with the goal of understanding the big issues of the day so D.C. residents can be informed citizens and make smart decisions about their lives. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed May 13 as Kojo Nmandi Day in honor of his work and legacy.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser proclaimed May 13 as the date to celebrate radio host Kojo Nnamdi’s work and legacy. (Photo Credit: Tyrone Turner/WAMU)“Kojo has been doing this for more than two decades and, in many ways, is the heartbeat of D.C. and embodies everything it means to be a Washingtonian,” Bowser said in a ceremony for the broadcaster. ‘Everybody in this building knows you go to Kojo when you have something to say.”“Kojo is tough but fair and definitely aided by that sweet carribean accent in asking the questions that drive at the truth and hold our public officials accountable,” Bowser added. “Kojo Nmamdi Day” is a precursor to a burst of events in celebration of Nnamdi’s 20 years hosting “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” every weekday at noon on WAMU.A native of Guyana, Nnamdi immigrated to the United States in 1968. He was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. He hosted “Evening Exchange” a public affairs television program broadcast by WHUT-TV at Howard University from 1985 – 2011. Prior to that he worked as a news editor, and then news director for the local program “The Daily Drum from 1973 to 1985.Nnamdi told the AFRO that he still pushes to get real answers from each person he interviews.“The challenge for me is to try to get the individuals I’m interviewing, especially someone who’s a public figure who interviews quite frequently, to get that person to either A) say something they haven’t said before or B) take a deeper look at policies or statements,” Nnamdi said. “I try to get little nuggets that keep the listener interested.” Working as a radio host for years has its benefits and challenges according to Nnamdi.“Being on radio has advantages and disadvantages,” Nnamdi said. “A disadvantage is people can’t see you. But that has its advantages. Since people can’t see you they are forced to use their imagination and figure out what I look like, what our guests look like.”“It’s also intimate. The relationship to radio is so much more intimate.”Having interviewed countless people, Nnamdi said he doesn’t keep a dream list of possible interview subjects. But he does find himself discovering a passion for someone he didn’t think he would until they were in the booth with him.One example Nnamdi used was Harry Belafonte, actor, musician and activist.“I could never imagine myself interviewing Harry Belafonte, but followed his career for a long time,” Nnamdi said. “He’s fascinating.”As far as the next big scoop, Nnamdi is pretty clear where we need to turn the needle of focus. “The next big story of our time is the rise of White nationalists around the world,” Nnamdi said. “I think most of us have never lived through a period were we saw a marginalized population being pushed back against the way we are seeing it now.”He added that maybe our ancestors during reconstruction felt the push back that many are feeling and seeing now.Thankfully Nnamdi is here to guide us through the process every step of the way. “Kojo 20 Celebration,” is set for June 6. For more information please go to: https://thekojonnamdishow.org/2019/04/26/get-tickets-kojo-20-celebration-june-6th