Irish sovereign fund invests in online sales platform

first_imgIreland’s sovereign development fund has joined a $50m (€46.9m) equity raise by sales platform InsideSales.com, which will see the creation of 120 jobs in the country.In addition to funding from the €8.1bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), the website also attracted support from Microsoft and existing venture capital investors as part of the latest round of fundraising, which brings its total capital to $250m.In a statement, InsideSales said its long-term goal was to create a centre of excellence for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in Ireland, with plans to hire 120 staff across product development, engineering and sales once a suitable location for the office is decided on.Eugene O’Callaghan, the ISIF’s director, said the fund was pleased to welcome InsideSales to Ireland’s “flourishing” technology community. O’Callaghan added: “This investment is well aligned with the ISIF’s mandate, with the key benefits to the Irish economy being the targeted creation of more than 120 high-quality jobs over the next three years.”InsideSales.com’s chief executive Dave Elkington underlined the firm’s commitment to opening an office in Ireland, stressing that the AI technology at the heart of the sales platform would be unique among Ireland’s technology companies.“We’re not only looking to hire some of Ireland’s best and brightest technology graduates,” said Elkington, “but also to help build a new, highly skilled industry in the region.”The creation of jobs is but one of the metrics employed by the ISIF to measure how successfully its investments are at stimulating Irish economic growth.In an upcoming issue of IPE, O’Callaghan said the fund had recently begun expanding its impact metrics beyond measuring job creation to be “a bit more verbal, a bit more qualitative, a bit more case-study driven”.Its most recent economic impact report, covering the six months to June 2016, estimated that nearly 19,000 jobs had been created through the ISIF’s activities but also that the jobs created paid employees €657m in wages last year.For more on the ISIF’s investment strategy, see our interview with Eugene O’Callaghan in the February issue of IPElast_img read more

On-loan Barcelona midfielder tests positive for COVID-19

first_img Loading… That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim that the 21 year old was one of the La Liga players who was found to be carrying the virus, and has been isolated away from his teammates.Oscar Plano, another Valladolid player, is also said to have the illness.It’s the latest bit of bad news for Matheus, who signed for Barcelona in January and was immediately loaned to their fellow La Liga side to starting picking up some minutes.However his late January arrival plus the timing of the coronavirus crisis has meant he’s not had the chance to play yet. He will likely stay on loan for another year while the Catalan club study how to free up another non-EU player slot.Read Also: Messi donates €500k towards the fight against COVID-19It’s been a tough few months for him following his dream move to the European leagues, but it will all hopefully get easier from here.For now, we wish him a speedy recovery from his illness.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Matheus Fernandes, the recently signed Barcelona midfielder on loan at Valladolid, has tested positive for coronavirus.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired ForThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

St. Mary’s, Gonzaga meet in WCC

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSaint Mary’s (26-7, 13-5) vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga (30-2, 16-1)West Coast Conference Tourney , Orleans Arena, Las Vegas; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga are set to do battle in the of the WCC tournament. Gonzaga swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last went at it on Feb. 29, when the Bulldogs shot 59.3 percent from the field while limiting Saint Mary’s’s shooters to just 49.2 percent on their way to an 86-76 victory. March 10, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img SUPER SENIORS: Saint Mary’s has benefited heavily from its seniors. Jordan Ford, Malik Fitts, Tanner Krebs and Tommy Kuhse have collectively accounted for 70 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 102 percent of all Gaels points over the team’s last five games.JUMPING FOR JORDAN: Ford has connected on 41.2 percent of the 204 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 10 for 24 over the last three games. He’s also converted 82.2 percent of his free throws this season.DEFENSIVE DISRUPTION: Saint Mary’s is 19-0 when it limits opponents to 44.8 percent or worse from the field, and 7-7 whenever opponents shoot better than that. Gonzaga is 30-0 when it allows 51.8 percent or less from the field and 0-2 whenever opponents exceed that mark.BEHIND THE ARC: Saint Mary’s’s Fitts has attempted 151 3-pointers and connected on 39.7 percent of them, and is 8 for 25 over the past five games.DID YOU KNOW: The Gonzaga offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.6 percent of its possessions, which is the 16th-best rate in the country. The Saint Mary’s defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18 percent of all possessions (ranked 251st among Division I teams).___ St. Mary’s, Gonzaga meet in WCClast_img read more

Arsenal held by Palace as Emery’s problems increase

first_imgIt seemed Arsenal might lift the gloom from their depressing trip to Bramall Lane when they opened the scoring in the seventh minute.When Wayne Hennessey and Gary Cahill made a hash of heading clear from Nicolas Pepe’s corner, Xhaka nodded the ball down for Sokratis to fire home through a crowd of players for his first goal since April. David Luiz scored but Arsenal were still heldLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery’s problems mounted as Arsenal blew a two-goal lead amid VAR controversy and captain Granit Xhaka feuded with fans in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.Emery was already under pressure after Arsenal slumped to a shock defeat at Sheffield United on Monday and the Gunners boss has more fires to put out following his side’s dismal capitulation at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal were on course for victory after goals from Sokratis and David Luiz put them two up inside 10 minutes.But Luka Milivojevic started the Arsenal collapse when he converted a penalty awarded by VAR after Wilfried Zaha was initially booked for diving.Emery’s team faded in familiar fashion after that and Jordan Ayew bagged Palace’s deserved equaliser before Arsenal had a late Sokratis winner disallowed by VAR.Fifth-placed Arsenal, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, have won just two of their last eight Premier League games and there is a growing sense that all is not well with the club.Xhaka’s remarkable bust-up with the crowd laid bare the simmering tensions.When Xhaka was replaced by Bukayo Saka, the disliked Swiss midfielder trudged slowly to the touchline while petulantly gesticulating to the fans who had cheered his substitution and were now angrily urging him to get off the pitch quicker.Xhaka’s incredible tantrum climaxed when he ripped off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel to more derision from the stands.The match finished to a soundtrack of boos from Arsenal supporters who sang Mesut Ozil’s name in a pointed reference to Emery’s decision to once again leave out the German star. – Arsenal storm –Goals from set-pieces are something of a rarity for Arsenal, while Palace hadn’t conceded one from that route all season.But just two minutes later Arsenal netted again from another corner.Pepe’s delivery was glanced on by Alexandre Lacazette and, with the Palace defence slow to react, Luiz pounced with a tap-in at the far post.Lacazette nearly made it three when he controlled Kieran Tierney’s cross and swivelled for a low shot that forced Hennessey to save at full stretch.Zaha responded in the 32nd minute as the Ivory Coast winger showed why Arsenal tried to sign him in the close-season before switching their attentions to his compatriot Pepe.When Zaha tricked his way past Calum Chambers in the Arsenal area, the defender clearly stuck out a leg and tripped the Palace star.Martin Atkinson thought otherwise and booked Zaha for diving, but justice was done when a VAR review reversed the referee’s decision, awarding a spot-kick that Milivojevic stroked home with ease.Pepe went close from the edge of the area, but Palace were looking more menacing and Patrick van Aanholt’s stinging drive drew a good save from Bernd Leno.With Arsenal creaky at the back, it was little surprise that Palace equalised in the 52nd minute.Pepe complained he was fouled by Van Aanholt in the build-up, but Arsenal still had plenty of time to stop James McArthur lofting a cross towards Ayew, who peeled away from the dozing Luiz to head home.Arsenal tried to quell the storm after Xhaka’s bizarre exit, but Lacazette’s thudding effort rattled the woodwork.Sokratis thought he had won it from close-range in the 83rd minute after Lacazette flicked on Pepe’s corner.But for the second time in the match, VAR went against Arsenal as the goal was ruled out for Chambers’ foul on Milivojevic.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more