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Irish airline Aer Lingus has rejected a takeover bid from IAG, the parent company of British Airways, on Thursday saying that the offer undervalued its worth.In a statement, Aer Lingus confirmed the rejection, considering the amount of media speculation the offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) caused.”The board has reviewed the proposal and believes it fundamentally undervalues Aer Lingus and its attractive prospects … there can be no certainty that any offer will be made nor as to the terms of any offer. Shareholders are strongly advised to take no action,” said Aer Lingus in a statement.IAG – run by Willie Walsh, former chief executive of Aer Lingus – had offered to takeover Aer Lingus on 14 December for a reported $1.42 billion. “International Consolidated Airlines Group notes the recent movement in the share price of Aer Lingus and confirms it submitted a proposal to make an offer for the company, which has been rejected by the board of Aer Lingus,” said IAG in a statement.The offer price wasn’t mentioned by either party. However, the Financial Times cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the deal was valued at $1.42 billion.Aer Lingus has become a potential takeover company as rival Ryanair, its biggest shareholder, is set to lose an appeal in a UK court to sell 29.9 percent stake in the company.Ryanair has been asked to sell its stake in Aer Lingus by the UK competition authorities but Aer Lingus has been resisting it, according to The Financial Times.If Ryanair decides to appeal in a higher court, the acquisition process could be delayed.The Irish government owns 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus and said that it would be ready to sell its stake for the right price.Other shareholders of Aer Lingus include UAE’s national carrier Etihad, which holds 4 percent. Experts say that the Aer Lingus takeover would be perfect for IAG.”A takeover would fit from an IAG position, but the airline would have challenges if it returns with another bid: there could be regulatory concern or challenges from other airlines on competition grounds – but not a show-stopper. Aer Lingus has been successful even against a difficult economic climate in Ireland, and a deal would give IAG an even stronger network position at Heathrow,” aviation analyst John Strickland told The Guardian.
India’s biggest offering of organic products ranging from food, fabrics and furniture to wellness, personal care and solar products is being held at Dilli Haat, INA in the national Capital. Organised and sponsored by the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development as an annual affair, the ‘Women of India Festival 2016 – Organic Products’, celebrates and promotes women entrepreneurs from across India. The Women of India Festival 2016 was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi on October 14. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe main aim of the Festival is to support and encourage women and women-led groups that promote organic farming, thus supporting their local community’s economy, creating jobs and keeping farmers thriving, in addition to spreading awareness about the benefits of organic products with the motto, “Eat Healthy, Live Healthy”. The Women of India Festival of Organic Products is also intended to highlight the health and environmental advantages of organic goods, provide a platform for women engaged in it and boost the development of sustainable and easily accessible sales outlets for producers of organic products from remote corners. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveManeka Gandhi, who is also widely recognized as an environmentalist and animal activist, explains the importance of making the shift to organic.“Organic foods have been proven to contain far more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than similar foods produced with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives. Organic farming relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and natural methods of pest control,” she said.“Organic plants and food crops have also been found to contain higher amounts of salicylic acid which fights bowel cancer and the hardening of arteries responsible for heart conditions, strokes and other ailments. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants to fight stress and disease, but pesticides inhibit the plant’s ability to produce salicylic acid,” she added. The exhibition has more than 220 stalls selling organic produce. Until the October 23, people will also get the opportunity to taste a variety of home-cooked and organic food at Dilli Haat.Over 400 women entrepreneurs from Leh to Kanyakumari and from Kohima to Kutch, have come together with their organic products, such as fabrics, dyes and dresses, cosmetics, household products, organic ice cream, aromatherapy products, and many other products.
Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 4 min read How Success Happens May 7, 2015 The progress achieved each year is monumental, and the rate at which we are progressing is exponential. Industries are being disrupted, conventions are being proven wrong, and the world at large is completely transforming right before our eyes.Here are five tech industries that are exploding with startups, venture capital and innovation:1. EducationThe model of education has largely stayed the same for centuries. But with new technology, the classroom is now rapidly changing. Startups and investors have realized the huge opportunity to digitize the teaching-learning experience, and the results have brought benefits to them, students and educators.Related: The Path to a ‘Wearable’ Future Lies … In AcademiaFrom virtual degree programs and online courses to apps that boost student engagement, the industry has exploded with hundreds of companies in the last couple years. Education technology has given students and teachers easy access to a variety of materials and resources, and has allowed teachers to experiment with new models, such as the flipped classroom.As the focus in education is placed on personalization and analytics, edtech will continue to grow to allow teachers to optimize and measure students’ progress at every stage of the learning process. New technology, such as wearables, will also continue to create opportunities in the space. The possibilities in the field are endless as the classroom is reimagined and enhanced with new tools.2. AdvertisingThe way consumers interact with media is changing. With the wide variety of devices and media available, consumers float from TV to tablet to smartphone without much thought and often use multiple devices at the same time. In fact, a survey of 30,000 people in 60 countries conducted by Nielsen in 2014 found that 58 percent of respondents browse the Internet while watching TV.With so many new media channels, such as web and mobile, and shifting trends, reaching consumers with advertising is a much bigger challenge, and also opportunity. That’s where advertising technology comes in. Adtech has exploded in the last few years, with all kinds of startups and major funding behind them. From native advertising technology to personalization products to ad networks to highly advanced analytics platforms, the industry is crucial for brands everywhere.3. HealthAs a behemoth, paperwork-ridden, traditionally bureaucratic industry, healthcare is benefiting greatly from technological innovation. From patient tracking, electronic health records, wearable devices to cloud-based care solutions, healthtech is hot and is improving patient care and saving lives.Related: This Health App Puts Real, Live Medical Professionals In Your PocketEntrepreneurs and investors are working on filling the unique needs of specific patient populations, diseases and practice areas.Healthcare is largest industry in the U.S., and perhaps the world. With an endless number of pain points that entrepreneurs and investors are seeking to solve, this industry shows no signs of slowdown.4. Cyber securityAs our entire personal lives are being digitized and stored in the cloud, along with those of companies and governments, vulnerabilities are severe. Advanced cyber technology is needed to mitigate the myriad of threats that hackers and enemies can exploit.After big name companies including Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan fell victim to cyber attacks last year, security has taken center stage as a crucial issue and investment. Not to mention, homeland security officials have warned that terrorists will try to exploit any cyber vulnerabilities and we must prepare.The cyber security industry is growing in response to these needs and will continue to do so as hackers become more sophisticated.5. EnvironmentFrom climate change to energy consumption to droughts and natural disasters, the state of the planet is an important issue on our minds. Green technology creates ways businesses and individuals can live more sustainable lives.From solar panels to energy-efficient products, to smart lights that automatically turn off, to water conservation programs, green-tech is a niche industry with endless opportunities and interested and invested consumers.What other industries would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.Related: How Dorkable Is Your Business? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
5 min read Entrepreneur is on the ground at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Check back for highlights from the event as well as insights from thought leaders and innovators. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has become one of the most anticipated events of the year, drawing technology enthusiasts from around the globe. It’s also become one of the most derided. As the conference has grown, it has become unwieldy, to put it mildly. All of the sessions and crowds overwhelm professionals, leaving them unsure how to best use it as a networking opportunity or as an avenue to learn more about whatever field they’re in. Some executives have even opted to skip the event altogether in favor of smaller, less formal events where they can enjoy more one-on-one interaction.Instead of staying at home, though, savvy professionals redirect their approach to CES. With a little planning and effort, you can make lasting connections at this year’s event, just like you can at other, more manageably-sized events. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of CES as it takes over Sin City.Set appointmentsWell in advance of the conference, spend time researching who else is going to be there. This includes reviewing the full schedule and paying close attention to the scheduled presenters. Watch your social media feeds for existing connections discussing the event. Experts recommend using CES as an opportunity to impress contacts you’ve been trying to keep happy or to win over for a while. People sometimes forget, but Las Vegas actually offers some of the best restaurants in the world, so wine and dine your contacts. It’s important to set these appointments and make reservations before you arrive, since many top establishments are fully booked during the days of the conference.Related: 5 Steps to Secure New Business at CES and Other Big EventsPlan your sessionsWith so many sessions and exhibits, it can be tempting to spend the entire conference taking in information. To ensure you get to see all of these things without sacrificing the goal of making or nurturing connections, plan the sessions and exhibits you want to see in advance and carve out a schedule that optimizes your networking time. This site lists most of the parties that will be happening in conjunction with CES. Be sure to mix these events into your time at CES and even when you’re attending sessions, focus on the connections you can make in addition to the information you can learn.Related: CES Has Become an Innovator’s Pre-Crowdfunding Launch PadBe boldCES isn’t the time to be shy. Force yourself to interact with others, introducing yourself at every opportunity. Even the person seated next to you on the plane on the way to the event could be a valuable potential contact. Practice your introduction ahead of time and make sure it properly conveys your message. You likely want to sell your business rather than yourself, so you should have your elevator pitch perfected before you leave.Related: A Tech Entrepreneur’s Insider Tips for Exhibiting at CESListenOne of the biggest mistakes you can make at any networking event is spending all of your time talking and no time at all listening. If nobody’s listening, everyone’s networking efforts are wasted. When you let people talk, you learn more about potential business partners who can help you. Also, consider that people are naturally drawn to those who show genuine interest in who they are and what they do. Instead of focusing on your sales pitch, come up with some questions to ask that will get the other person talking. The pressure will then be taken off of you to talk. Once you get to know the person a little and you both feel more comfortable, you can bring up your business. They may even bring it up for you!Related: Why Many Tech Execs Are Skipping the Consumer Electronics ShowFollow UpAll of those connections you make will be useless if you don’t translate them into a post-CES relationship. In the days after you return home, send a quick email to follow up on your introduction. If you recall specifics of your conversation with a particular contact, mention those in the email, as well. Follow each contact on social media and make a note to follow up again in a few weeks if you don’t get a response. You may not form lasting connections with everyone you meet, but by following up, you’ll likely at least add a few new people to your professional network.Oh CES. Just the thought of you brings up images of long taxi lines, incredibly crowded showroom floors, and nights with too many parties for any one person to actually attend. It may have gotten too big for its own good, but it does indeed bring prime opportunities for networking with professionals across many industries. Before arriving in Vegas though, it’s important to plan what you’ll do to ensure you get the most out of your attendance. Otherwise, you may find you’ve spent several days learning about tech products with not much benefit to your own business’s growth. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 3, 2017 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now