Ireland’s SWF backs AI cybersecurity firm with €10m investment

first_imgThe €8.7bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has invested €10m in an American cybersecurity firm that uses artificial intelligence to monitor threats to computer systems.Vectra, based in California, plans to open a research and development (R&D) office in Dublin and create “up to 100 jobs over the next five years”, according to the ISIF.One of the ISIF’s primary objectives is to invest in projects or companies that support economic activity and employment in Ireland.Fergal McAleavey, head of private equity at the ISIF, said: “This is an exciting investment for ISIF that promises significant economic impact. It is encouraging to see Ireland leverage its emerging expertise in artificial intelligence by attracting businesses such as Vectra that are on the leading edge of technology. Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin “With cybersecurity becoming critical for all organisations, we are confident Vectra will deliver a strong economic return on our investment while creating high-value R&D employment.”The investment is part of a €30m fundraising push by Vectra. It is the ISIF’s second investment in artificial intelligence, the fund said, following a $50m (€40.5m) investment in sales platform InsideSales.com in January 2017.The fund’s other recent investments include a $5m allocation to Nautilus Data Technologies, another US technology company expanding its presence in Ireland. The firm provides data centres and has pioneered an environmentally friendly cooling system for computer servers.The ISIF announced last month that it had allocated €3.4bn to domestic investments and helped attract a further €5.7bn from other private sector players into Ireland’s economy.last_img read more

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Manuel Pellegrini happy with clean sheet but rues dropped points at Leicester

first_imgManuel Pellegrini was happy with Manchester City’s first clean sheet without Vincent Kompany this season despite the goalless draw against Leicester extending his side’s winless away run in the Barclays Premier League. Kompany returned from injury as a substitute on Boxing Day but soon limped off again and faces another three to four weeks out due to a fresh problem with the same calf. With Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala yet to keep a clean sheet prior to Tuesday, some City fans may have feared the worst facing the league’s joint-highest scorers without their captain. However, the expensive and often criticised central defensive pairing produced an accomplished display at the King Power Stadium, keeping Leicester’s top scorer Jamie Vardy quiet for much of the game, while the Foxes’ other danger man Riyad Mahrez was also reduced to a bit-part role. Pellegrini refuted claims City had come for a draw, though. He said: “I think we are returning to a very solid and consistent team, which is important. “One of the good things about tonight is that we kept a clean sheet after many games without. But I am not happy because we came here to try to win the game. “We went for the three points and I think that we had more possession than Leicester and more attempts and did more things to win the game. “But of course if you can’t win then it is very important you don’t lose and we were a very solid and consistent team defending against a very difficult team like Leicester who have players in a very good moment and that always scores goals. “I am not happy but not disappointed also because I think we played well but we couldn’t score.” The result leaves City third in the table, three points behind leaders Arsenal and second-placed Leicester. Pellegrini’s side remain without an away win in six league outings since a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on September 12 but he expects City to challenge for the title. He said: “I said when we lost to Arsenal that we prove a lot. We lost that game so it is very difficult when you don’t win to say good things but we are in a very good position. “We are going to be involved to the end in the fight for the league. We are in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and through in the Champions League so I don’t think it is important to split it into home and away. We are very strong at home. “I don’t think in December you can say who will be in the frame to win the title. At the end of January after six or seven more games maybe we can see more which teams will be involved.” Leicester lost their 10-game unbeaten record with a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day, leaving some observers to wonder if their challenge at the top was about to falter. But Claudio Ranieri’s team silenced their critics with another superb performance as they more than held their own against Pellegrini’s men. Ranieri said: “I think we made a very good match. It was difficult but we played well, we created some chances. “I wanted to see how my players responded after the Liverpool defeat and they responded well. “This league is very crazy. I think the big teams have to stay at a high level, but sometimes it means nobody wants to win the league – it’s very strange this league. “It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody. It’s a miracle what we’re doing “I’d love this to continue but it’s not easy. I’d like my players to continue to fight like today. It’s fantastic. “I can only say well done to our players and our fans are unbelievable, they support us and they push us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Reyes, Valdez say team needs chemistry

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Finals stint an achievement for Bali Pure, says Gorayeb Valdez added: “It’s a nice way of training because right now we are working on team plays. But there’s a need to jell with one another.”Valdez missed the team’s participation in the Asian Clubs in Kazakhstan, but the 23-year-old star said she looks forward to more training abroad with the team before flying to the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken On the first day of practice after the final roster was announced, the Nationals worked on their drills and combination plays that Reyes said “would really require knowing each other well.”Also present in the morning practice at Arellano University were Ces Molina, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Gen Casugod, Kim Fajardo, Denden Lazaro, Aby Maraño, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and pool member Ria Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJaja Santiago missed the training because she was practicing with National University, while Rachel Anne Daquis was absent for personal reasons.“It’s still a long process because we rarely get a complete team. But we really try to train despite the busy schedule with our clubs,” said Reyes. “We need to see each other. There can’t be a no-practice week.” Philippine volleyball team captain Mika Reyes and college rival Alyssa Valdez agreed on the need to work on their chemistry.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

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Football Association says it can back up Dele Alli over one-finger salute

first_imgTopics Share on WhatsApp England 2-1 Slovakia: five talking points from the 2018 World Cup qualifier World Cup 2018 qualifiers Reuse this content England Dele Alli The FA Share via Email newscenter_img Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Facebook Share on Messenger One long-distance camera angle of the incident appears to support Alli’s version of events. However, Fifa indicated on Tuesdaythat it was “gathering evidence” before deciding whether or not to launch an investigation. The FA has already unearthed a closer camera shot, which has not been made public, which would back up Alli’s explanation and, if requested, will make it available to world football’s governing body in an attempt to prevent Alli being sanctioned.However, there remains the possibility Fifa could still charge the 21-year-old with acting against the spirit of the game, an offence which most likely carry a fine or, at worst, a short suspension. “Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle,” explained Southgate on Monday. “The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.” The Football Association believes it can prove Dele Alli was not directing a one-finger salute at the referee during Monday’s World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia and will support the midfielder if contacted by Fifa about the incident.Alli was caught on camera immediately after the French official, Clement Turpin, had waved away his appeals for a free-kick 13 minutes from time in the win at Wembley. The Tottenham Hotspur man subsequently told his manager, Gareth Southgate, that the gesture had been made towards his former club-mate, Kyle Walker, and reiterated that explanation for his actions on Twitter late on Monday night. He apologised “for any offence caused”, with Walker also suggesting on social media that he had seen the funny side of the incident. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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Gov’t to Target High-Risk HIV Groups

first_imgAn inter-ministerial group is to be established to engage various at-risk groups on HIV/AIDS awareness matters.Cabinet has given instructions for the setting-up of the group, which will involve the Ministries of Health, Education, and Youth and Culture.Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, who provided details at Wednesday’s (July 3) weekly Jamaica House press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the move stems from a recent update on HIV/AIDS in Jamaica.The report revealed that HIV is prevalent among select groups of the population, including the 15 to 49 age group; ante-natal clinic attendees; female sex workers; men who have sex with men; inmates; homeless persons; and drug users.Senator Falconer said Cabinet was told that factors driving the epidemic include: persons having multiple sex partners; insufficient condom use; people with HIV who do not know they are infected; early initiation of sexual activity; and transactional sex (exchanging sexfor gifts or goods).Meanwhile, Cabinet approved two contracts valued a little over US$2 million, for the supply of anti-retroviral drugs. One contract is to be awarded to Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (United States) to provide nine items for US$740,042; while Milan Laboratories Limited (India) will also supply nine items for US$1.45 million.The Ministry of Health, through a grant from the Global Fund, provides anti-retroviral drugs, free of cost, for persons living with HIV/AIDS, at public health facilities and treatment centres islandwide.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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First Town Hall Meeting Wraps Up

first_img Robust discussions mounting ahead of Public Meeting on Building Height increase Recommended for you Related Items:Constitutional Review Committee, gus lightbourne gym, town hall meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales – A late night wrap up for the first town hall meeting of the Constitutional Review Committee, with residents stating their objections, giving their ideas and asking clarification on various elements of the 2011 Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution. Among the concerns same sex marriage, trial by jury, the make-up of parliament and the limited power of the finance minister due to the entrenched role of a UK appointed Chief Financial Officer. The meeting in Grand Turk went until around 11pm, Provo residents get their opportunity on Thursday at the Gus Lightbourne Gym at 6pm. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Town Hall Meeting for Building Heights at gym later today Science Fair open to public viewing by noonlast_img read more

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