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Exclusive – Matic is ‘priceless’, claims ex-Chelsea star

first_imgFrank Sinclair has hailed Chelsea star Nemanja Matic as “priceless.”The Serbian midfielder has been one of the Blues’ star performers this season and has been a revelation since returning to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in January this year.And Sinclair, who spent almost a decade with the west London club and won the FA Cup and League Cup during his time there, insists the 26-year-old is fulfilling a crucial role for the Premier League leaders.“Matic is priceless,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “It’s no coincidence that he didn’t play in the one game they lost this season [against Newcastle]. He plays a big part.“And in the last few games [John Obi] Mikel has come back in as well and they look even more solid with the two of them in there, and that gives Cesc Fabregas the licence to get forward and do his stuff further up the pitch.”Chelsea ensured they would go into the busy festive period top of the league with a battling 2-0 win at Stoke on Monday night, and Sinclair believes it was important they maintained that momentum.He added: “It was a big statement to beat Stoke because Man City are going well and they would have had a boost going into the New Year if they were joint top.“For what Chelsea have done so far this season, being so far in front and then being pegged back by City, I think it was important they kept that little gap going into the Christmas period.”last_img read more

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Latest: QPR 1 Aston Villa 0 – Austin strikes after Villa’s decent start

first_imgCharlie Austin’s 17th-minute strike – his third Premier League goal – put QPR ahead at Loftus Road. Austin fired home on the half-volley from near the edge of the box after Bobby Zamora had laid the ball into his path.The opener came after Rangers keeper Rob Green had been called into action twice early on.Green, back in the side because Alex McCarthy was ruled out with a thigh problem, gathered Ashley Westwood’s effort and a thumping long-range volley from Carlos Sanchez.And after Austin’s goal, Christian Benteke headed wide from Westwood’s cross.QPR: Green; Isla, Dunne, Caulker, Yun; Vargas, Henry; Sandro, Fer; Austin, Zamora.Subs: Murphy, Traore, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Phillips, Hill, Hoilett.Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Cleverley, Sanchez, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.Subs: Given, Okore, Cole, Bent, Bacuna, Richardson, N’Zogbia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Brand South Africa statement on the passing of former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

first_imgJohannesburg, Sunday 19 August 2018 – This weekend, the world woke up to the sad news on the passing of the first African Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan. News headlines report that the 80-year-old advocate for the African continent, and seventh Secretary-General who rose through the ranks of the UN, suffered with a short illness before he died. The Ghanaian diplomat, and one of the United Nations’ most high-profile and well-respected former Secretary-Generals was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the UN “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”. Annan served as the UN Secretary-General from January 1997 to December 2006 – and put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and peace at the top of the UNs agenda.Commenting on the passing of Kofi Annan, Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said: “2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela – it is a year which has provided an opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his exceptional leadership. Kofi Annan too was such a great leader, and leaves behind a similar legacy as he dedicated his years in service of human development and peace. The world has lost yet another magnanimous and selfless model leader.” Annan who delivered the 5thh Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 22 July 2007 which focused on the progress of Africa, also served as the Chair of the The Elders – an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. The goal Nelson Mandela set for the Elders was to use their “almost 1,000 years of joint experience” to work on solutions for seemingly insurmountable problems such as climate change, HIV/AIDS, and poverty, as well as to “use their political independence to help resolve some of the world’s most intractable conflicts. Kofi Annan was a member of The Elders since its founding in 2007, succeeding Desmond Tutu as Chair in May 2013. Between February and August 2012 Kofi Annan temporarily recused himself as a member of The Elders during his UN and Arab League assignment as Joint Special Envoy on the Syrian crisis. Kofi Annan’s first engagement with The Elders came in November 2008 when, together with Jimmy Carter and Graça Machel, he drew the world’s attention on the humanitarian crisis affecting Zimbabwe.last_img read more

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Boston: Lighting the Way as a New Kind of Tech Town

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Boston has long been associated with beacons and lanterns, and even today the reputation holds. Only now Boston is lighting the way for a new community: tech. Never content to live in the shadows of more significant tech enclaves like Silicon Valley and New York, Boston has returned to its “founding fathers” roots. Today the city has reinvented itself — becoming a magnet for innovative companies and supportive founders who are burning up the status quo.  Bright minds: Boston’s serial founders know how to succeed.Boston is full of baseball and universities and history and clam chowder — but it’s also full of another iconic group: serial entrepreneurs. There’s a welcoming group of successful business founders that keep coming back to Beantown to foster entrepreneurship and support for small businesses. Sharon Kan — PepperlaneAmong the premiere founders listed here, is Sharon Kan, CEO, and Co-Founder of Pepperlane. Kan has built four successful startups that were acquired by Oracle, Microsoft, Infor, and Barnes & Noble. Sharon Kan also co-founded WIN, the Women Innovating Now Lab at Babson College in Massachusetts — to help female entrepreneurs start their businesses. The mother of two daughters, Kan founded her current company, Pepperlane, to help mothers turn their skills and ideas into businesses that fit into their lives. “Boston is one of the most active startups and tech markets with incredible talent. Four amazing female entrepreneurs co-founded Pepperlane,” says Kan. “One of the reasons I started Pepperlane in Boston is to showcase the power of female-led companies. With more female CEOs and more mom-entrepreneurs, Boston will be a stronger and more attractive destination for new companies.”Ben Jabbawy — PrivyAnother Boston go-getter is Ben Jabbawy, Founder of Privy. Jabbawy’s passion for entrepreneurship has helped him empower and inspire hundreds of thousands of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) for nearly a decade. Today more than 200,000 SMBs use Privy’s highly targeted pop-ups, banners, and bars to grow their email lists and increase online sales. Jabbawy says Boston’s background in cutting-edge technology helps fuel the new business economy: “Boston is the founding hometown of so many companies that have paved the way for small business innovation. So the talent pool here explicitly focused on small business, is second to none. “Combine that expertise with our world-class universities and a strong presence of venture capitalists and angel investors, and you have the backbone of an incredibly supportive, entrepreneurial environment.”Kate Winget — GradifiOne of those trusted leaders is Kate Winget, Chief Sales Officer at Gradifi, a company that helps employers create financial benefits for student loans, refinancing, and college education. An active member of the startup ecosystem, she mentors and advises several early-stage companies in the greater Boston area. Winget also serves as a mentor at Northeastern University. Winget believes the supportive nature of Boston’s tech community is what sets it apart: “The Boston startup scene is competitive, but in the sense that we all push each other to grow and succeed. It’s refreshing, really — like good-natured sibling rivalry.”  Illumination station: A global hub for Digital Transformation.Digital transformation has become the hot topic du jour as companies of every stripe embrace a digital future. Today’s businesses are updating their tools and processes with modern technology to meet changing business and market dynamics. That’s digital transformation, in a nutshell, it’s about identifying how you must adapt your business to drive customer loyalty while maintaining a competitive edge. Laurie McCabe — SMB GroupAI and automation, two critical pieces of the digital transformation pie — are fueling growth for businesses of all sizes. Laurie McCabe, Founder, and Partner of Boston’s SMB Group commented that even the smallest of businesses would be wise to take advantage of new tools. McCabe stated that “Cloud business solutions increasingly build these capabilities into their applications, providing an easy on-ramp to take advantage of them. “For instance, businesses can use AI to personalize the customer experience. They can do this while automating manual tasks that take up so much time. Tools like that are thriving in the startup scene here in Boston.”Vishal Sunak — LinkSquaresEvery business is looking for new ways to save time, of course. That’s actually what drives Vishal Sunak, Co-Founder and CEO of LinkSquares. As CEO, he oversees a company developing tools to help corporate legal and finance teams streamline contract reviews. More specifically, they’re creating AI-powered contract and legal document analytics to prevent customers from having to read each contract one by one. “It was amazing to start our company here in Boston with access to a wealth of high-growth companies in the area,” comments Vishal Sunak, CEO of LinkSquares. LinkSquares is taking off locally, while also gaining adoption in other high-growth hubs across the US and Canada. “We’re excited about changing the landscape of legal technology today and in the near future.”Ady Das — MotusJust down the street is Motus, whose technology seeks to help people identify new efficiencies in their work lives. The rising star company has developed mobile workforce management technologies to streamline mileage tracking, mileage reimbursement, delivery rates, fleet management, driver safety solutions, and more. Ady Das, Vice President of Product Management at Motus, says the company is focused on locating inefficiencies and improving them. “When you live in a fast-paced city like Boston, it’s clear that time is everyone’s most precious resource. We created Motus to help businesses and mobile workers streamline their workflows and improve productivity, and that’s a goal we see reinforced by the innovative Boston tech community every day.” Extra time in the day? Sign us up.Courtney Pallotta — ClearSkyAnother Boston storage-as-a-service vendor ClearSky Data, whose outstanding results recently lead to another $20 million funding round in the fall. This round is slated to fuel its expansion. Courtney Pallotta, ClearSky’s VP of Marketing, says the emerging ecosystem around digital transformation and edge computing demonstrates the cloud’s potential to create entirely new tech services that were previously not possible.Says Pallotta, “The rise of edge computing is powering new capabilities to help businesses further optimize their operations. Optimizing contemporary operations means fueling a new wave of companies like ClearSky who are ready to help. It’s part of what makes working in a thriving tech center so exciting.” Progress for Digital TransformationMarie Rosecrans — SalesforceStartups aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits of Boston’s growth. The digital transformation push has been instrumental in luring software giants like Salesforce, too. “Boston has always been a center for innovation and technology, and the recent rise in digital transformation has been inspiring,” says Marie Rosecrans, SVP of SMB Marketing at Salesforce. “It was a no-brainer for Salesforce to strengthen our presence here.” To that end, Salesforce is hosting one of its acclaimed Growth Camp events in Boston on June 5 at District Hall in Boston. Any startup or small business looking for free help, advice, and resources is invited to attend for free. Enlightened community: A brilliant startup ecosystem.And Boston wouldn’t be the thriving tech hotspot it is today without its boisterous and tight-knit startup ecosystem. Just ask Stephanie Roulic, Founder and Lead Organizer at Startup Boston, an all-volunteer team mission-driven to grow Boston’s startup scene. “Boston has everything going for it — the people, the skills, the growth market,” says Roulic. “I may be biased, but in my eyes, there’s no greater place to start a business right now,”Adding some structure is Mass TLC, the largest and most powerful technology association in the region. MassTLC’s mission is to accelerate growth, innovation, and the development of an inclusive tech ecosystem in Massachusetts. Light it up: Boston is a beacon for new technology and startups.Boston has always loved its reputation as an original. Its current status as a unique east coast technology center is no exception. While Boston has always been a stomping ground for universities and big business, tech companies and entrepreneurs have realized there’s a lot to like about the city, community, and culture. Is Boston ready to be the new Tech Town? All signs point to the affirmative. Maybe that free Salesforce Growth Camp conference can help you get in on the action. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite Follow the Puck Tags:#Boston#Boston Dynamics#digital#mom-entrepreneurs Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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