The Irish sovereign development fund has increased its exposure to the domestic technology sector, investing at least €20m in Atlantic Bridge’s latest fund.The Dublin-based manager said Atlantic Bridge III, with a target size of €140m, had already attracted support from a number of institutions, including the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) for its first close.The fund – which has also attracted funding from government agency Enterprise Ireland, €13m from the British Business Bank and commitments from an undisclosed number of pension funds – will invest in the Irish and European technology sector.In a statement, Atlantic Bridge noted its interest in cloud technology, augmented and virtual reality software and robotics companies, among others. It said it would limit its exposure to no more than 20 companies.It has so far invested in seven. Eugene O’Callaghan, director at the ISIF, said the fund would allow Irish companies to attract customers in global markets including China.The investment is the ISIF’s third to be managed by Atlantic Bridge.The ISIF previously invested €10m in the firm’s second fund, and Atlantic Bridge also co-manages a $100m (€73m) technology growth fund set up by the ISIF and China Investment Corporation.O’Callaghan added: “The Atlantic Bridge model of connecting Irish technology companies with key global markets makes it a key component of the funding landscape, and we are excited to continue our partnership with Atlantic Bridge for Fund III, following the strong performance achieved by Fund II.”The ISIF, split between a discretionary portfolio investing to stimulate the Irish economy and a directed portfolio containing Ireland’s stakes in its nationalised banks, recently said its discretionary holdings achieved a 1.5% return over the course of the fund’s first full year in operation.
View Gallery (2 Photos)Move over 1987 Brewers, because the latest group of nine that could just as easily be referred to as “Team Streak” is this spring’s UW softball team.The Badgers (24-13 overall, 5-5 Big Ten) have won four in a row, eight of their last 10, and head coach Chandelle Schulte has her squad 11 games above the .500 mark for the first time in seven years. But the greatest test of Wisconsin’s fortitude all season will arrive Friday night in the form of the No.10/8 Northwestern Wildcats (33-10, 8-3).Although the entire Badger offense has been clicking during the recent run, no two bats have been quite as hot as those of Sam Polito and Ricci Robben.Since being moved out of the leadoff spot, senior centerfielder Sam Polito has excelled as the second hitter in Wisconsin’s lineup, and rides a career-high 12-game hitting streak into UW’s series with Northwestern. Polito’s streak is the third longest in program history, and is just two games away from Julie Borchard’s all-time record of 14 in 1996 and 1998. During her 12-game run, Polito is hitting .556 (20-for-36) and has scored 15 runs.Sophomore designated hitter Ricci Robben is also streaking at the plate, as her average has climbed 45 points in seven days, and she has batted .588 (10-for-17) in her last six games. During this time she has knocked in eight runs, and currently leads UW with a .366 average.If the Badgers are to continue their winning home stand, however, they’ll have to be able to contend with the likes of Northwestern’s three All-Americans: sophomore infielder Tammy Williams, senior first baseman Garland Cooper and senior pitcher Eileen Canney.Williams’ .457 average leads the Big Ten and she also paces the conference in hits (67), runs scored (54) and total bases (113). But to think Northwestern holds the top spot in just four major offensive categories is to overlook the exploits of NU’s other powerhouse at the plate, Garland Cooper.Cooper has more than made up for any weaknesses Williams may have at the plate by smacking an astounding 18 home runs this season, good enough to give the Wildcats the lead in yet another offensive category. Cooper is also leading the conference in slugging (.856) and RBIs (54) while batting .383.Nevertheless, Schulte won’t have her pitchers throw around any of Northwestern’s big bats.”We’re going to try to make them hit our pitches,” Schulte said. “If they hit it where we throw it and they get a good hit, then so be it. But hopefully we’ll change it up enough so they’re just not sitting on one pitch waiting for it.”In preparing to face Northwestern senior pitcher Eileen Canney, Schulte has made good use of “Black Beauty” — a high-velocity pitching cannon that fires softballs upward of 70 mph — to replicate the kind of heat the Badgers will see.”It throws really hard,” said Schulte of the machine. “So we’re going to work on that, and putting the ball in play a lot. We have a lot of good charts on them, so we’ll kind of go through a game of what we think might happen, and just prepare that way.”
Alabama loses top freshman RB Trey Sanders for season, report says The injury is the latest blow for Alabama after the team lost five-star freshman running back Trey Sanders to what is likely a season-ending foot injury in practice last week.Alabama is scheduled to open the season Aug. 31 against Duke. “Josh McMillon suffered an injury to his right knee Saturday that will require surgery and keep him out an indefinite period,” Saban said in a statement (via the Tuscaloosa News). “We have a great medical staff here, and he will have the full support of everyone in the organization as he goes through the rehab process. We are confident Josh will make a full recovery.”Although Saban didn’t put a timeline on the redshirt senior’s return, according to AL.com, which cited unidentified sources, McMillon likely out for the year after suffering a knee injury during a scrimmage on Saturday. Related News Alabama linebacker Joshua McMillon’s senior season could be over already.Coach Nick Saban announced Monday afternoon that the projected starter suffered a right knee injury that will require surgery. Body cam video of Georgia Southern’s Shai Werts public after bizarre bird poop arrest The report noted “it seems like there’s a small chance McMillon could return late in the season.”McMillon was expected to be a starter in 2019 after joining the Crimson Tide as a five-star recruit in 2015. He has totaled 19 tackles in 18 games over two seasons while playing on special teams and defense in a reserve role.The fifth-year senior could appeal to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility based on a medical exception. Florida dismisses John Huggins, leaves bigger hole in secondary
Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 on the 2018/19 season opening day1- Jose Mourinho doing his best to drop super star manager demeanour:The criticism the former self styled Special One meted on his players in the aftermath of their 1-4 International Champions Cup drubbing at the hands of Liverpool pointed to a great coach trapped in glory of yesteryear.It was a ‘Me Against Those Hopeless Players’ mentality that had dogged his rival Pep Guardiola in his maiden season at the Etihad.Friday night witnessed a wiser Mourinho burying the hatchet with star midfielder Paul Pogba. Handing a start to the Frenchman just four days after he reported to duty following Les Bleus World Cup triumph, then crowning it by bestowing upon him the United captaincy showed Mourinho is rediscovering the mojo that helped him transform average players into world beaters.2- Step Up From Championship Not Too Steep:Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison yet again underlined how exaggerated the gulf in quality between Premier League players and their Championship counterparts is.Featuring in his first EPL appearance since a £22m move from Norwich City, Maddison outshone United’s £47m Brazilian Fred and team mate Ricardo Pereira in the battle of newcomers. He even kept Jamie Vardy, another player who made a seamless transition from Championship journeyman to Premier League star, on the bench.3- Ben Chillwell For England:Watching in the Old Trafford stands was England boss Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland.They will have noted with satisfaction left backs Luke Shaw, who scored his first senior career goal, and his opposite Chillwell, whose marauding runs into United’s half were from the top drawer. Southgate has identified a successor to Ashley Young.4- Daniel Amartey Pantomime Villain:Watching from an African focal point, i found Leicester City’s Ghanaian defender appalling. How cavalier can a player get? In addition to conceding a needless spot kick right from kick off, Amartey was all over the place throughout 60 forgettable minutes. By the time he was replaced by Rachid Ghezzal, I was sick of the sight of him.This is a player who can benefit from a loan move elsewhere.Comments Tags: leicester cityMan Utop