​AMF backs coronavirus crisis tech winner with €29m placement

first_imgA close-up of one of Yubico’s security keys“It also feels good to be part of and invest in companies that help strengthen Sweden’s position as an innovation and technology country,” he said.AMF has announced a series of investments in unlisted Swedish companies since the COVID-19 crisis took hold, having earmarked large sums in particular to recapitalise struggling local firms with strong long-term prospects.Last month, it unveiled a new joint venture it was forming with bank SEB and FAM, the holding company of the Wallenberg foundations, through which SEK3.5bn would be invested in unlisted domestic firms under pressure from the pandemic-induced economic crisis.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Stina Ehrenswaard, chief executive officer and founder of Yubico, said: “With strengthened cash from a long-term Swedish owner such as AMF, we are now investing in new products and services and increased production capacity in Sweden.”AMF’s head of asset management Tomas Flodén said the pension fund had good prior experience investing in unlisted, growing technology firms – such as iZettle and Spotify – and he believed this new investment had the potential to generate strong, long-term returns for its customers. Sweden’s second-largest pension fund AMF announced a private placement investment of SEK300m (€29m) in Stockholm-based IT security firm Yubico, a company it said had seen revenue surge during the COVID-19 crisis.The SEK600bn Swedish blue-collar pension fund said Yubico counted nine of the world’s 10 largest IT firms among its customers, and that its ordinary-share investment in the company corresponded to around 5% of equity in the firm, making it Yubico’s fifth-largest shareholder.AMF said in a statement: “As more and more people work from home via the Internet, phishing attacks and online scams have also increased sharply.”The pension fund said Yubico’s main security product YubiKey – a physical security key for secure login to web services and mobile applications – had been proven to be the safest and most economical solution for securing user accounts online, according to numerous user studies, including Google research.last_img read more

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Tips for recruiting technical talent in offshore energy

first_imgChanging society Renewable energy Jobseekers are increasingly looking for jobs that can make an impact. Working in renewables brings about a new level of job satisfaction: you are contributing to a better world. Besides making an impact, engineers and technical personnel also find it important for their job to challenge them so they can grow. They also want to work in a supportive environment where they can speak their mind. Tips for recruiting technical personnel: Engineers are the most in-demand profession at this moment. This will not change soon: the changing society requires that even more organizations need to embrace technological innovations in order to stay relevant. Technical personnel are not known for actively looking for a job. Research has shown however that they do want to hear about new career developments and are open to interesting and challenging opportunities.   Receive €100 discount on a job listing in July 2020 If we look at the offshore energy sector, the renewable energy industry could create more than a million jobs a year. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, those jobs are created if countries invest to meet their target for cutting global carbon emissions. However, creating these jobs means more students and jobseekers need to choose a technical education and profession in the future. Therefore, for now, the shortage remains. Find more information about posting jobs on Offshore-Energy.biz. Make sure your company profile and story appeals to technical personnel. Show your most impressive projects. Have current employees tell their story on your corporate website. Is your HR department actively taking care of the personnel during the corona crisis? Describe how.Publish your jobs: maximize visibility and post your job on online platforms. Personnel in the maritime, offshore, energy and renewables sector can be found on the job boards of Offshore-Energy.biz, OffshoreWIND.biz, DredgingToday.com and NavingoCareer.com.Use your network and reach out: ask your current engineers to approach their personal network. Referrals are the easiest way to find new personnel. What are your potential employees reading to stay up-to-date in their field of expertise? Find the niche platforms they read. Research advertising opportunities (advertorials, newsletters, banners etc). News in for example offshore wind, marine energy and green marine can be find on the news sites of Offshore-Energy.biz platform. Organize or participate in events for tech talent. Whether online or face-to-face, events are an opportunity to meet potential candidates and showcase your company culture. A great event to meet talent in the sector is the Navingo Career Event taking place on 27 and 28 October in Amsterdam. The event coincides with Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference. center_img What’s important to technical talent Recruiting technical talent in offshore energy Want to maximise visibility for your job listing? Publish your job on the online platforms that your potential jobseekers use to catch up on news and vacancies from the sector. The job sections of Offshore Energy, Offshore Wind or Dredging Today can help you find qualified personnel in the maritime, offshore and energy sector worldwide. rn jump to tips International Renewable Agency The labor market is on lockdown since the start of the corona crisis, however the first signs of change are starting to appear. One thing hasn’t changed though: the demand for technical personnel remains high globally, also in the offshore energy and renewable sector. So how do companies go about attracting and recruiting technical talent? Receive €100 discount when you post your job in July 2020last_img read more

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Sayer weathers injuries to earn vacated goalie spot

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Rachel Sayer isn’t normal. And Syracuse field hockey head coach Ange Bradley means that in the most complimentary way possible. After Sayer injured her knee two months ago for the second time since joining SU in December, it would have been ordinary to limit herself until the end of the season, when doctors told her she might be healthy again. It would have been expected of Sayer to be content cheering her team on from the sideline. She wasn’t. The freshman goalkeeper trained as hard as she could, putting in as much grueling work as possible with the intention of being ready and healthy before the end of the season. And in the week before SU’s game at Albany, Sayer heard what she had been waiting to hear since she graduated a semester early from high school. She had earned the starting goalkeeper spot for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I was excited, and I couldn’t wait to get back onto the field,’ Sayer said. ‘I hadn’t played in almost a year, and coming back from injuries are never easy, but doing rehab and training got me back where I needed to be. This is what I live for. This is my sport. So being out on the field was just great.’ Sayer’s start came after Bradley deactivated four starters for undisclosed reasons, including sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver. But Bradley said Sayer rightfully won the job. Despite the controversy surrounding the Orange, Sayer’s performance has proved she is capable of playing for a Top 10 program. The freshman goalkeeper has put up ‘spectacular’ results, her teammates said, picking up the first three wins of her young career and holding two ranked opponents to a combined two goals. Her contribution has been essential in a key stretch of the season. ‘Rachel is an outstanding competitor,’ Bradley said. ‘I knew she always had that mental toughness in her, but unfortunately she was plagued by injuries last spring. Everything she’s worked for and had taken away from her was just there, and she celebrated that moment.’ Though that moment was earned through her intense training, the physical rehab she had to go through nearly eliminated the true reason she arrived early to Syracuse. Sayer wanted to get a jump on the tough transition to the college game, but her injuries diverted much of her focus to simply getting healthy enough to play. Sayer said one of the biggest casualties of her redirected concentration was the ability to constantly communicate with her defense. But like every other obstacle she has encountered as a member of the Orange, she has been working hard to overcome it. ‘There are different methods of communication, but all of the goalies that we have on our team (have been able to) communicate well with the defense,’ sophomore back Iona Holloway said. ‘I think she did so well for her first starts of the season.’ Though the isolation of her extensive workouts rarely gave her the opportunity to build that chemistry with her defense, she credits the encouragement and support of her teammates with the fact that she was healthy two weeks earlier than expected. Normally, a player with Sayer’s injuries wouldn’t have been cleared to play until there was a week to go in the season. Ordinarily, a player with no previous college experience couldn’t shut down two ranked opponents away from home. But even in the face of a dire late-season changeup for her team, Bradley was expecting Sayer to act normal in her debut all along. ‘She has perseverance, and she knows how special it is to be out on the field,’ Bradley said. ‘I think that says so much for someone who takes advantage of an opportunity. That’s a winner, and I’m proud to be standing with her and next to her.’ jakrakow@syr.edulast_img read more

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Defense leads Syracuse in dominant 19-7 win over Albany

first_img Published on March 27, 2019 at 8:13 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Albany’s bench collectively shouted at its offense as it struggled to get a good look at the goal. They counted down the seconds left on the possession clock.“30! 20! 10!”Its warnings didn’t help the Great Danes, who used 85 of the 90 seconds on the possession clock only to fail to attempt a shot. Instead, a last-ditch pass was deflected and scooped up by Kerry Defliese, who took the ball upfield.One minute later Syracuse turned the turnover into offense, as Nicole Levy recorded her third goal of the game and put the Orange ahead 5-1.No. 3 Syracuse’s (11-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) defense led the way in SU’s 12th-straight victory over Albany (5-5, 1-0 America East), 19-7. The Orange still have never lost a game to the Great Danes. And Wednesday marked the fourth-straight time SU held an opponent to single-digit goals — its longest such streak since the start of the 2017 season. Paced by Sarah Cooper, who tied a career-high with five caused turnovers, Syracuse forced Albany into committing more turnovers (18) than shots attempted (10).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“From the beginning we stepped up,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Did what we needed to do in order to have success — the defense getting multiple turnovers.”SU took chances to deflect or intercept Great Danes passes. Ella Simkins whiffed to start the game, missing the ball on a cross-field pass. Her gamble led to Albany’s first goal of the game, but from there on out, the Orange’s defense delivered a nearly flawless performance.Cooper, recently named to the Tewaaraton Award watchlist, was an annoyance to the Great Danes. On one first-half highlight, she timed a jump perfectly and caught the ball in the pocket of her stick.The ball ricocheted out, though, and was picked up by Simkins, who pushed the ball upfield to Emily Hawryschuk. Hawryschuk found Levy, who scored easily to extend Syracuse’s lead.“(Deflecting shots and passes is) a pretty big part,” Cooper said. “To get the knock down and get a ground ball, pick off a pass or something, it’s really important.”The Orange even had defensive contributions from their attackers, as Megan Carney impacted SU’s rides. She caused a turnover when Albany defender Imani Hedgeman was running down the sideline in an attempt to clear the ball.Hedgeman was cornered by Carney and Meaghan Tyrrell and opted to double-back, turning over her left shoulder toward her bench. Carney anticipated the maneuver and smacked the ball out of Hedgeman’s stick. That turnover soon turned into a goal as well, as Morgan Alexander boosted Syracuse’s lead to six a minute later.While the ride aspect of Syracuse’s game has been successful all season, the Orange haven’t had much time to practice it because of their busy schedule. It also takes a lot out of the team, Gait said, so SU can’t dedicate too much time to improve it. Syracuse made a slight change to its ride strategy recently though, a shift that proved impactful on Wednesday against Albany.“We took the pressure off the goalie,” Gait said, “and dropped our four attack back instead of three. Utilized the bumping and shifting a little bit more.”Without having to focus on defending the goalie after offensive possessions, SU’s attackers were able to be more physical with Albany’s defenders. That paid dividends during the middle of the first half, when Hawryschuk forced Lara Podvin into turning the ball over back to SU’s offense, which capitalized again.Later on, a long possession by the Great Danes sparked more possession clock warning chants from their bench. This time, it wound to 10 seconds before Cooper caused another turnover. Fifteen seconds later, Tyrrell extended SU’s lead to seven.Then, it happened again. Cooper forced her fifth turnover, tying her career-high, during an Albany clear attempt. It earned Syracuse possession and two shots at the goal, the second of which was converted by Julie Cross. The midfielder, who scored a career-high three goals, dropped in her final score after a Great Danes turnover in the second half.Albany had been held scoreless for over 10 minutes, and with just 38 seconds left on its possession clock, called a timeout. Whatever play Great Danes head coach and former SU star Katie Rowan drew up failed though, because Albany still struggled to get an open look at the goal. As its bench started to count down again, a fan shouted from the stands, “Shoot! Shoot!” But the Great Danes never got off a shot attempt and were called for a possession clock violation.“We really just got good pressure,” Cooper said. “We got them on their heels, made them frantic, made them make some bad passes. We had our sticks in the way.”The Great Danes never strung together more than two goals in a row and ended up scoring nearly seven goals fewer than their season average. SU never led by fewer than seven after the 5:50 mark in the first half and wound up winning by its largest margin since Feb. 18. But in a game in which the Orange scored their most goals in over a month, it was their defense that made the difference. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Jamaica Targets Diaspora With COVID-19 Telathon

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture and Entertainment is aiming to target the diaspora for help through a fund-raising telethon.The initiative dubbed ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ is geared towards providing additional resources to health services in the wake of COVID-19.The telethon will be launched during a live online performance by Jamaican singer, Christopher Martin, on Sunday, April 5 beginning at 7:00 pm.The ministry said the telethon will be a six-hour live event, featuring performances by some of Jamaica’s leading artistes, which will be streamed live on the VP Records YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/VPRecords).The feed will also be rotated across various regions of the world so that all members of the Diaspora, and other well-wishers will be able to view and make donations, the ministry said.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Oliva Grange noted that proceeds from Telethon Jamaica will be used to provide “much-needed additional resources for our health services including ventilators in hospitals and personal protective equipment for frontline staff”.The minister also thanked members of the entertainment fraternity who have willingly agreed to participate in Telethon Jamaica.“We have always been able to rely on our artistes in times of crises; and I am really grateful for the way they have been responding to our invitation to participate in this life-saving effort,” she said.According to the ministry, ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ was inspired by the new single of the Jamaican Reggae singer, Richie Spice, titled ‘Together We Stand’.The platforms to make donations to ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ are now open.To make a donation, visit www.jatogetherwestand.com or call 1-866-228-8393 toll free from Jamaica, the United States or Canada; or +44 0808 189 6147 from the UK and Europe.last_img read more

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NFL free agency news: Seahawks re-sign linebacker Mychal Kendricks

first_imgOne-year deal for LB Mychal Kendricks at around $4 million to stay with the #Seahawks, source adds.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2019Kendricks played in four games (three starts) for the Seahawks last season. He was acquired after being released by the Browns on Aug. 29, in the wake of being charged by federal prosecutors with insider trading.  Kendricks’ 2018 season was plagued by injury and suspensions. The NFL suspended Kendricks for eight games under its personal conduct policy stemming from his guilty plea to the federal insider-trading charges.  Related News He played three games in September and again in December before breaking his tibia.Kendricks’ sentencing was originally scheduled for early 2019 but it was pushed back to April.Prosecutors have accused Kendricks of profiting more than $1 million from July 2014 to March 2015 on non-public information provided by investment banker and co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki, who received $10,000 and game tickets from Kendricks, who played for the Eagles at the time. The Seahawks are sticking with Mychal Kendricks.Seattle has re-signed the linebacker, the team announced Monday. No terms were made public, but NFL Network last week reported that he had agreed to a one-year deal for around $4 million, citing an unidentified source. NFL suspends Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks eight gamescenter_img Kendricks was selected by the Eagles in the second round (46th overall) of the 2012 draft. He played six seasons with Philadelphia before a brief stint in Cleveland.  He has 477 total tackles in his career to go with 16 sacks and three interceptions. Former Browns LB Mychal Kendricks pleads guilty to insider trading, faces up to 25 yearslast_img read more

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