Man Utd and Arsenal target Dejan Kulusevski speaks out on transfer speculation

first_imgDejan Kulusevski has caught the eye at Parma (Picture: Getty Images)Parma’s teenager midfielder Dejan Kulusevski is attracting attention from Premier League giants, but insists he is not thinking about the transfer speculation surrounding him at the moment.The 19-year-old is incredibly inexperienced having made just 16 professional appearances, but he has caught the eye while on loan at Parma from Atalanta this season.The Swede was reportedly spotted by a Manchester United scout when they were over in Italy keeping up on the progress of Chris Smalling as Roma took on Parma.In his 12 Serie A appearances this season, the teenager has already chipped in with five assists and two goals, making him something of a creative force from midfield.ADVERTISEMENT Man Utd and Arsenal target Dejan Kulusevski speaks out on transfer speculation Phil HaighWednesday 20 Nov 2019 4:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link160Shares Comment Kulusevski is on loan at Parma this season (Picture: Getty Images)While it was the Red Devils that had a scout in attendance for Parma’s 2-0 win over Roma, Arsenal are also thought to hold an interest in the young Swede, as are Wolves and Southampton.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite this, Kulusevski insists he is solely concentrating on playing well for his current club and has seemingly ruled out a January move.‘I’m fine at Parma, I’m happy to be here, I’ve found the perfect club,’ said the teenager.‘The market? I’m playing well, so it’s normal to write about other clubs, but I don’t think about (a January move) because I have an annual deal with Parma.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKulusevski made his Sweden debut over the latest international break, coming off the bench in a 3-0 victory over the Faroe Islands.He has been promoted from the Under-21 side, having played and scored in wins over Iceland and Luxembourg last month.The Premier League sides interested in his signature will continue to monitor his progress when Parma return to Serie A action away to Bologna on Sunday.MORE: Arsenal step up Erling Haaland interest as striker’s father visits training groundMORE: Gabriel Martinelli names the Arsenal youngster who has Brazilian qualities Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Bangalorebased Mobile Payment Service Provider Ezetap Acquires Hyderabadbased Royalty Startup Clinknow

first_imgEzetap, the Bangalore-based mobile payment service provider, has acquired Clinknow, a Hyderabad-based startup which helps retailers target customers according to the buying pattern.Clinknow analyses transaction data and builds predictive model to target customers according to shopping history. The acquisition will enable Ezetap to guide retailers create new offers by following information provided by them. Clinknow will help target and acquire customers, using shopper graphic filters, spending behaviour, locations and demographics.According to the company’s website it has worked with over 700 retailers. Clinknow was founded by BITS Pilani alumni Abhishek Nayak and Arpit Mohan. According to VCCircle, this company is their second venture, as prior to this they had co-founded Gharpay Technology Service Private Ltd. in 2011, which collects payments from e-commerce firms.”Small and medium merchants who have not access to state of art loyalty solutions until now will see increased footfalls and customer satisfaction. The integration of loyalty and offers is a natural extension of the point of sale,” Abhijit Bose, Ezetap CEO, told The Economic Times.In March 2014, Ezetap received funds from American Express, to accelerate its global growth across Asia and Africa. The funding came one month after the company received $8 million in Series B round of funding led by Helion Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors The Social+Capital Partnership and New York-based Berggruen Holdings.Ezetap, founded in 2011 by Bose and Bhaktha Keshavachar, currently serves companies in e-commerce, payments, collections, insurance and other sectors of financial inclusion.The Ezetap card reader device turns a smartphone into an intelligent Point of Sale (POS), which can read all cards for online transactions. The Ezetap card reader can be connected to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, USB or audio jack. A customer has to pay a fixed monthly fee to avail unlimited transaction benefits.AngelPrime launched Ezetap’s mobile POS solution in 2012, priced $50. In an interview with ProductNation, AngelPrime stated that they develop the hardware in India, instead of the usual approach of going to China.last_img read more

Free Anwar Ibrahim declares new dawn for Malaysia

first_imgMalaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim leaves a hospital where he is receiving treatment, ahead of an audience with Malaysia`s King Sultan Muhammad V, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 16 May 2018. Photo: ReutersReformist Anwar Ibrahim declared a “new dawn for Malaysia” Wednesday after his release from prison paved the way for a return to national politics as presumptive successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad following a stunning election upset.In scenes that captivated Malaysians, the charismatic 70-year-old returned to the national spotlight after the country’s king quashed a widely-criticised sodomy conviction that had put Anwar behind bars for three years.To ecstatic cries of “Reformasi!” (Reform) — Anwar’s ralling cry — he vowed to hundreds of journalists, supporters and admiring prison guards to support the new government’s efforts to clean up the country.Anwar said he had forgiven Mahathir, 92, who had him imprisoned two decades ago but has become his unlikely ally.”Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia. I must thank the people of Malaysia,” said Anwar, flanked by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and other members of his political party.”The entire spectrum of Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, have stood by the principles of democracy and freedom. They demand change.”Anwar has cast a long shadow over Malaysian politics for decades.He enjoyed a meteoric rise in the now-ousted Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition but suffered a spectacular falling out with his then-boss Mahathir in the late 1990s and was thrown in jail after being convicted of sodomy and abuse of power.Upon his release the first time, he joined and revitalised the opposition coalition that finally ousted BN last week.Anwar’s release from his second jail term sets up a tantalising reunion with his nemesis-turned-ally Mahathir.Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for one to two years but has signalled that the reins would be turned over to Anwar eventually.Anwar said his history with Mahathir — who sacked Anwar and had him jailed in 1998 — was water under the bridge, as they shared the same goals of reforming the government and cleaning up a massive corruption scandal involving former prime minister Najib Razak.”Bury the hatchet? It’s been a long time already,” Anwar said when asked about Mahathir.”I have forgiven him,” he added, saying he would work to support the smooth transition of power to the new government headed by Mahathir.Anwar’s release caps a remarkable reversal of fortune made possible by the BN’s unexpected electoral drubbing a week ago.The former autocrat Mahathir — who headed BN for 22 years until 2003 — came out of retirement to lead a disparate opposition first assembled by Anwar to an upset victory, fuelled by rising public anger at a massive government corruption scandal under Najib.Many had expected BN to coast to victory given its tight hold over the media, government, police and electoral apparatus of the multicultural Muslim-majority nation.But the result laid bare the depth of disgust with former leader Najib, who stands accused of presiding over the plundering of the state investment fund 1MDB which he established.Mahathir has barred Najib from leaving the country pending investigations.Dizzying changeThe BN had ruled since independence in 1957. Anwar’s release adds to the dizzying sense of change sweeping the country and is likely to fuel public expectations for an entirely new national direction.Xavier Jayakumar, a member of parliament with Anwar’s Parti Keadilan Rakyat, called it “a momentous day for all of Malaysia”.”The joy is similar to when South Africans celebrated with jubilation after Nelson Mandela was freed.”Talib Ibrahim, 60, a supporter waiting at the Kuala Lumpur hospital, said Anwar’s release was “good for the country”.”He did good (before) and can do good for the whole of Malaysia,” he said.Anwar cannot directly join the government anytime soon.He must first be elected to parliament, having been stripped of his seat in 2015 when his conviction on charges of sodomising a young male aide was upheld on appeal and he went to jail a second time.That conviction is viewed by many as having been orchestrated by Najib’s government to neutralise Anwar’s rising political threat.Previously, the charismatic Anwar headed various ministries under Mahathir’s tutelage in the 1990s, earning praise as a reformer. He eventually became deputy prime minister and Mahathir’s presumed successor.But the two men fell out over a number of issues, resulting in the popular Anwar’s imprisonment, which triggered unprecedented protests.After six years in jail, Anwar used his star power to unite the previously hapless opposition before the latest sodomy charges cast him once again into the political wilderness.last_img

Soulful Symphony Coming to Columbia

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comVenerable Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia will be the home of the world-renowned Soulful Symphony for the summer. Over the years the Soulful Symphony has re-energized American music through the prism of the essential Black American cultural experience.The Soulful Symphony, a 75-piece American symphony orchestra, was founded by Darrin Atwater in Baltimore in 2000. Under his guidance, Soulful has presented an extraordinary blend of genres including, Gospel, Soul, Pop, Hip-Hop and Jazz around the globe.Darrin Atwater is the conductor and founder of the Soulful Symphony. The orchestra will perform this summer at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Courtesy Photo)The three-show season for Soulful Symphony will launch this weekend, June 29, with a performance of #soulfulsetlist. On July 28, Soulful will continue with Slang. The orchestra will end the summer with Under an Open Heaven on September 14.Atwater, a native of Washington, D.C., made his orchestral debut as both a composer and pianist in May 1995 with the National Symphony Orchestra.Atwater, who is a composer, music producer, film composer, educator and arts advocate, has served as an exemplary ambassador for classical music artists of color. He has performed with a diverse list of musical titans including: Kathleen Battle, Jennifer Holiday and Wynton Marsalis.He has been a guest conductor with the Dallas Symphony, Memphis Brass, Columbus Symphony and from 2004-2007 Atwater was Composer-In-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony.last_img read more

Delta introduces worlds first allsuite business class

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> ATLANTA — Lay back, relax and enjoy the flight in the comfort, privacy and exclusivity of your own suite. Delta Air Lines is redefining international business class travel with the introduction of the Delta One suite, the first business class cabin to feature a sliding door at each suite.Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and privacy, the Delta One suite offers each customer a private space accessed by a sliding door with thoughtfully designed personal stowage areas, an advanced in-flight entertainment system and premium trim and finishes to create an unparalleled business class experience with a comfortable, residential feel.In addition to full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access, which the airline introduced eight years ago, the Delta One suite features:A full-height door at every suiteSliding privacy dividers between center suitesIn-suite, customizable ambient lightingDedicated stowage compartments for shoes, headphones and laptopsContemporary design featuring premium trim and finishesMemory foam-enhanced comfort cushionAn 18-inch, high resolution in-flight entertainment monitor, the largest among U.S. carriersA universal power outlet and high-powered USB port at every seatMore news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“Delta constantly listens to customers and responds with products that deliver what they want. After setting the standard with the introduction of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access in 2008, Delta is again elevating the international business class experience,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “Added comfort and privacy are important to business travelers, and that drove the design of the all-new Delta One suite.”Delta completed installation of full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access on all of its widebody aircraft operating long-haul international flights in 2014. Delta One service includes the features Delta customers have grown to expect, such as chef-curated meals, wine pairings by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, Westin Heavenly In-Flight Bedding, noise-canceling headsets, TUMI amenity kits featuring Kiehl’s Since 1851 premium skincare, and in-flight loungewear on select flights.Following the A350 debut, the Delta One suite will progressively roll out on Delta’s Boeing 777 fleet. Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A350, which will primarily serve routes between the U.S. and Asia.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency  Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Travelweek Group center_img Delta introduces world’s first all-suite business class Posted bylast_img read more