Transfer ALERT! Arsenal face fight to sign Barcelona outcast Arda Turan – report

first_img Arda Turan is expected to leave the Nou Camp this summer 1 Sporting Lisbon are ready to rival Arsenal’s move for Barcelona outcast Arda Turan, according to reports in Turkey.The want-away midfielder has been attracting the interest of the Gunners ever since it became apparent he would likely leave the Nou Camp this summer.However, the Premier League giants are likely to face stiff competition for his signature, with reports claiming that Sporting are keen on a deal for the 30-year-old.It is suggested Sporting have already made an enquiry to Barcelona and are ready to hijack Arsenal’s attempts to land the Turkey international.New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is set for talks with the club’s hierarchy in the coming weeks to discuss transfer plans.And despite having three years left on his current contract, Turan is not expected to feature in the Spanish giants long-term ambitions, meaning an exit is more than likely.Given interest in the midfielder is set to grow, Arsenal must act quickly if they have any realistic hopes of capturing the influential star.last_img read more

Gaana looking to breakeven in next 45 years

first_imgNew Delhi: Music app Gaana expects to achieve break-even in the next 4-5 years with 100 per cent year-on-year revenue growth and traction of paid users on its platform. The company is also planning to invest in non-music genre to increase the engagement time of users on the platform. Industry will become profitable when 50 per cent of Indian people start using streaming apps, and ‘paid music’ as a model becomes the norm, Gaana CEO Prashan Agarwal told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “Our revenue have been growing 100 per cent year-on-year. We expect to reach break-even at this rate in next 4-5 years,” he added. The Times Internet Group firm expects to double the number of monthly active users on its platform to 200 million in the next two years representing around 50 per cent share of the overall market. “In next 3-4 years, we expect 500-600 million users will start using music app out of which we expect 30 million to start paying for music. This will take music streaming segment towards healthy profits. We will maintain our share of over 50 per cent in this kind of market as well,” Agarwal said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The company raised USD 115 million last year, which includes USD 100 million from Chinese company Tencent and USD 15 million from Times Internet. Besides music, Gaana is now expanding non-music content to enhance user engagement. “We are basically focussing on content from motivational speakers, meditation, workouts, comedy and story telling. This will enhance engagement of users on our platform,” Agarwal said. Gaana has also partnered with Google Playstore to launch an instant app for listeners who want to experience the app without actually downloading it. “This feature is targeted towards the next 100 million users coming online. We have registered a 5 per cent surge in app installs per day as more people are realising the convenience of being able to listen to their favourite songs anytime anywhere even before they download our app,” Agarwal said.last_img read more

PM Minnis Outlines Risks of Climate Change at Fisheries Conference

first_img6969Prime Minister Minnis addresses the 5th Meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture, September 20, at Melia Nassau Beach resort. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 21, 2017 – Nassau – Climate Change is now one of the most fundamental development challenges facing countries of the African, Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) grouping, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday.Addressing the Opening Session of the 5th Meeting of ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Ministers In Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Prime Minister Minnis said various climate models suggest damage from natural disasters have increased sharply and that: “such damage is likely to worsen, especially from flooding.”“The National Wildlife Federation in the United States notes that the latest science connecting hurricanes and global warming suggests more is yet to come,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“Tropical Storms are likely to bring higher wind speeds, more precipitation and bigger storm surge in the coming decades.”Prime Minister Minnis observed Climate Change also poses risks for sustainable development and tourism, in addition to sustainable fisheries.“In meeting these risks, we must rise to the challenge with new ideas for fisheries and aquaculture.“Public and private sector investments are required if the aquaculture sector is to develop in a viable manner in the Caribbean.   The Caribbean Community must do its part to boost aquaculture and sustainable fisheries throughout our region,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister announced that the Government of The Bahamas will promote investments in aquaculture, mariculture and modern sea farming strategies.It will undertake a study of the country’s marine resources with a view to creating opportunities for the artificial propagation and enhancement of local fish stocks, addressing growing demands for fish and aquaculture products regionally and globally, and the ‘steep rise’ in importation of fish and fisheries products over the last decade.Prime Minister Minnis said there is no denying the impact Climate Change is having on the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season.   There have already been 13 named storms just three-and-one-half months into the season, with two-and-one-half months left to go. (The Hurricane Season lasts June 1 through November 30.)Already, there have been three Super-Storm Hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, Maria) that have left an estimated hundreds of billions of dollars worth of devastation and destruction across the region and parts of the United States of America.Maria, the latest of the three Super Storms, has wreaked major havoc in Dominica and Puerto Rico.“Like typhoons and monsoons (in Asia), these Super Storms leave many communities and countries in the Caribbean particularly vulnerable,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“This includes Small-Island Developing States (SIDS) and low-lying areas such as The Bahamas and a number of small-island Pacific States here today. Climate Change is now one of the most fundamental development challenges for countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific,” Prime Minister Minnis remarked.By: Matt MauraPhotos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services 6983Group Photo at Melia on Wednesday. 6849Prime Minister Minnis (second left) and Bahamas Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Renward Wells (third left) chat with a delegate of the 5th Meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture, September 20, at Melia Nassau Beach resort.   Also pictured is Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister for Information and Communication Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe. 6964Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers from Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific countries. Related Items:last_img read more

Now Ratan Tata invests in speciality tea startup Teabox

first_imgRatan Tata, the former chief of the Tata Group who is currently chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, the Group’s holding company, has invested an undisclosed sum in a speciality tea start-up, Teabox. This is Tata’s fifth investment in a start-up this year. The announcement was made by Teabox in a media statement released on Wednesday.”His (Ratan Tata’s) direct guidance and experience in the tea industry will surely help us grow Teabox to be the first global premium tea brand from India,” said Kaushal Dugar, founder and CEO, Teabox.Teabox said that it procures premium tea directly from plantations in Darjeeling, Assam, Nilgiri and Nepal with the help of its warehouses in these places and sells them to customers worldwide. The four-year-old start-up raised $6 million in Series A funding in March 2015, taking the total fund raised to $7 million till date. Teabox was founded in 2012 by Kaushal Dugar and is backed by JAFCO Asia, Accel Partners, Keystone Group LP and Dragoneer Investment Group. Ratan Tata’s earlier investments in the current year are in technology and data provider Tracxn Technologies, pet dog care portal DogSpot, founded by Rana Atheya, cashback and coupon portal CashKaro, co-founded by Swati Bhargava and Rohan Bhargava, and baby care products retailer FirstCry.India is home to about 4,200 start-ups, according to software industry body, Nasscom. Recently, the government launched “Start-up India”, an initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to encourage Indian start-ups.last_img read more

Ershad put on life support

first_imgHM ErshadHealth minister Zahid Malik on Monday evening said Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, has been put on life support as his condition turned critical, according to UNB.Talking to newsmen after vising Ershad at the CMH, the minister said, “His (Ershad’s) condition can be described as critical. He is on life support, and the overall situation is critical.”He said all the possible treatment is being provided to Ershad at the CMH. “Everything now depends on the will of Allah. All should now pray for his recovery. The physicians said he is not in a condition that he could be sent abroad.”Zahid Malik added, “Ershad is being given the treatment that he is supposed to be provided abroad. His health condition doesn’t permit to take him abroad. So, there’s no plan to send him anywhere.”Mentioning that the Jatiya Party chairman’s condition is improving, Malik said he will recover if the trend of improvement continues. “If his condition deteriorates further, there’ll remain nothing to do.”Ershad’s younger brother and Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader and party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga were present when the health minister was talking to the journalists.Earlier in the day, GM Quader urged all not to spread rumours over the health condition of his brother Ershad.Speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office around 1:00pm, he also said Ershad’s condition is stable and remains unchanged, but still not out of danger.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on Wednesday morning as his condition deteriorated.The former military ruler has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious knee pain.last_img read more