Pennsylvania is the New International Tech Hotspot

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to more than 6,107 international business foreign locations that currently employ over 334,871 people? Chances are, you probably live or work near some of them.While Pennsylvania is celebrated for its rich history, many of our state’s latest and greatest success stories are focused on the future. The tech landscape in Pennsylvania is rapidly expanding. Companies large and small from across the country and the world are finding many areas throughout the state that they can call home. One such company is Czech Republic-based IT-CNS, Inc., which has found success within the welcoming and burgeoning tech community in Pittsburgh.IT-CNS opened its first U.S. location in Pittsburgh in 2015, situated in the Beauty Shoppe in East Liberty — the same part of town that Google, Uber, and Facebook inhabit.IT-CNS, the sister company of Czech Republic-owned CNS a.s., specializes in the development of software solutions for the life sciences, logistics, and financial industries. It offers a full-service approach to custom IT solutions for medical laboratories, in addition to developing of innovative, secure file-transfer platforms.The company’s main product is Safety4Data, a data encryption and file-transfer application. IT-CNS Chief Operating Officer Marek Hajn considers the app a step up from Dropbox, in that it allows unique encryption on individual files — not just the folders containing them. Because the product is simple and easy-to-use, it essentially eliminates the need for a specialized IT department, thus reducing operating costs for customers. It also allows users to adapt the system to their needs and to enact real-time changes.When IT-CNS was seeking a U.S. location to call home, it originally set its sights on Boston — but my office, the Office of International Business Development (OIBD), worked with the Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance to successfully attract the company to Pittsburgh. Since then, a number of partners have helped to welcome IT-CNS to the area and foster further development and success, including the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Social Exchange, the local Small Business Development Center, and Pennsylvania Bio.Pittsburgh’s access to talent, emerging technology network, and higher education and research facilities — including Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC— were huge selling points. The entrepreneurial spirit surrounding these institutions and the unique co-working space found at the Beauty Shoppe were also big attractors. Affordability certainly didn’t hurt, either.IT-CNS joins other remarkable, international IT companies in Pennsylvania that have found homes from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. In the Philadelphia area, Qlik, a software company that develops visual analytics platforms, was founded in Sweden and has its U.S. headquarters in Radnor, Pa. SAP was launched by a group of German entrepreneurs and is now found in more than 130 countries, with its U.S. base in Newtown Square, Pa. And while Google was founded in the U.S., it’s worth mentioning that with more than 70 offices in more than 40 countries, it chose Pittsburgh as one of its few locations with primary operations, in large part thanks to its proximity to Carnegie Mellon.If you’re wondering what brought all of these companies to Pennsylvania, take a look around. Pennsylvania offers unbeatable advantages for foreign-owned companies to set up shop, including:Extensive, reliable infrastructure, boasting six international airports, 65 operating railroads, three major ports, and eight foreign trade zonesAccess to six of the 10 largest markets in the U.S.A skilled workforce and access to training funds through DCED’s WEDnetPA programRenowned higher education and partnerships advancing collaboration between universities and industry;A large network of global investment representativesProminent industries like manufacturing, life sciences, food and agribusiness, medical devices, technology and energy — not to mention the downstream byproducts of natural gas, including plastics and petrochemicals. (By the way, the new Shell facility? This massive international investment will be a huge catalyst in the continued growth of Pennsylvania’s energy industry and role as an exporter.)IT-CNS is enjoying these advantages and all that Pittsburgh has to offer as it begins to grow. The company is currently working to customize the Safety4Data platform for varied customer groups, and is seeking developers in the U.S. to join the Pittsburgh team. This year, the company’s COO hopes to gain more customers in the health care business by adding a higher level of encryption to Safety4Data.For more information about the OIBD and the benefits of bringing international business to Pennsylvania, visit and to learn more about IT-CNS, visit Pennsylvania is the New International Tech Hotspot SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 29, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: David Briel, Executive Director of International Investment, DCED Office of International Business Developmentlast_img read more

Samsung Heavy Clinches Order for Special-Purpose Ships

first_imgSouth Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries has received a contract to construct two special-purpose ships for a European company.According to the shipbuilder’s stock exchange filing, the deal has a value of around KRW 266.1 billion (USD 240 million).The special-purpose units are scheduled for delivery to the unnamed owner by the end of January 2021.Samsung Heavy did not unveil any further details related to the units on order.In a separate statement, the shipbuilder said it agreed with Ocean Rig to delay the delivery of a drill ship from January 2019 to September 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Congress to last for a day on August 28

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association has announced that the governing body’s Ordinary Congress will now be a one-day session instead of the previously communicated arrangement.“All delegates are hereby informed that the Ordinary Session of Congress of Ghana Football Association scheduled for 28th and 29th August, 2013 at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence, Prampram will now be held for only one day, Wednesday, 28th August, 2013.“In view of the above, the meeting will start at 10:00 am. prompt,” read a GFA statement.The day’s event will place in Prampram at the Ghanaman Centre of Excellence.last_img

Real Madrid travel to Girona in eye of political storm

first_img0Shares0000Fresh from picking up FIFA’s award for the best player of 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of number of Real stars to return for their match on October 29 © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLMADRID, Spain, Oct 27 – After watching Barcelona cope ably with the distraction of political tension sweeping across Spain in recent weeks, it is Real Madrid’s turn to head into the eye of the storm on Sunday when they travel to Girona.It is the European champions’ first trip to Catalonia since violence marred a separatist called independence referendum for the region on October 1 that has sparked weeks of political chaos. The atmosphere surrounding Real’s first ever top-flight visit to Girona, a heartland of pro-independence support, could be further intensified should the Spanish government follow through with plans this weekend to seize Catalonia’s autonomous powers in an attempt to stave off a declaration of independence.But the protagonists insist they are preparing solely with the 90 minutes on the pitch in mind.“We will have the security there as always to play a football match, nothing more,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.“We are thinking solely about the match as always and not about what could happen around it.”As is normal on trips to Catalonia, Real will not use their official team bus for fear of reprisals.“It won’t be the first time that this has happened and there is no need to give it any further importance,” Real’s Director of Institutional Relations, Emilio Butragueno, told Spanish sports daily Marca.“Real Madrid are a football club and we will only talk about the football – that is all we focus on, to win and to make our fans happy.”Fresh from picking up FIFA’s award for the best player of 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of number of Real stars to return after being rested for Real’s Copa del Rey last 32, first leg at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.Gareth Bale once again misses out through injury, although there is hope the Welshman could return from a calf problem in time to face his old side Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Wednesday.– Valverde’s homecoming –Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde returns to San Mames for the first time since swapping Bilbao for Barcelona in June 2017 © AFP/File / Josep LAGOPolitical distractions aside, Real remain in need of the points in Girona in their chase of Barcelona, who travel to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday hoping to open up an eight-point lead over their rivals.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde returns to San Mames for the first time since swapping Bilbao for Barcelona in June.“No matter where you have made your career or where you have played, everyone has the club they are most defined by and mine clearly is Athletic,” Valverde told Barcelona’s website.“The first time you go back you try to concentrate on your own team because if you go around shaking hands with everyone you forget there is a game and three very important points at stake.”Valverde’s influence at both Barca and Athletic has been noted in the first few months of the campaign.Whilst the Catalans have won 12 and drawn one of their last 13 games in all competitions, the Basques have just one win in 11 and have slipped to 11th in the table.– Atletico go for goals –Atletico Madrid are better-placed just six points back on Barcelona in fourth, but have been dogged by a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal all season as they await the return of club record signing Diego Costa in January.“It is the same thing as always, our lack of efficiency in front of goal doesn’t give us the calm we need. We don’t score the goals and, in the end, we suffer,” midfielder Saul Niguez said after Atletico were held 1-1 by third-tier Elche in the Cup on Wednesday.By contrast, Atletico’s rock solid defence comes up against the most in-form striker in the league on Saturday as Cedric Bakambu’s Villarreal visit the Wanda Metropolitano.Bakambu has scored six times in his last three La Liga outings to lift Villarreal to sixth.“Three points against Villarreal will put us back in a good position and the dynamic of the group will change,” added Saul.Fixtures SaturdayAlaves v Valencia (2pm), Atletico Madrid v Villarreal (7:30pm), Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (9:45pm), Sevilla v Leganes (11:30)SundayGetafe v Real Sociedad (1pm), Girona v Real Madrid (5:15pm), Eibar v Levante (7:30pm), Malaga v Celta Vigo (9:45pm)MondayEspanyol v Real Betis, Las Palmas v Deportivo la Coruna (10pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive: Nobody can stop me from defending the title, says Vijender Singh

first_imgCold, dark and wet. Vijender Singh has to push himself out of the bed and like every other day, so badly longs for a ghar ki chai. Another two weeks to go, he tells and wills himself for another round of intense workout and sparring.   “This is life of a sportsman. To achieve something you have to sacrifice a lot. Your family, your time at home, everything. It is only after you come out of India that one realises how badly you miss home,” says the Beijing Olympic medalist who is yet to lose a fight since he turned professional last year.This one could easily turn out to be the toughest yet. Vijender, 31, will be defending his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight Champion title on December 17 at the Thyagraj Stadium in Delhi. It is the same venue where the Bhiwani-boxer beat Australia’s Kerry Hope in his maiden pro-bout in his backyard. (Vijender Singh to defend WBO Asia Pacific title vs former world champion Francis Cheka)This time he’ll be facing former world champion and current inter-continental super middleweight champion Francis Cheka from Tanzania.  But Vijender thinks, and speaks like a hardened boxing professional: “It is being billed as the toughest test of my professional career but to me it doesn’t make any difference. I am training hard in Manchester, having high intensity sessions and my punches are more powerful than ever before. Singh will be the King once again on December 17,” Vijender tells India Today in that famous Haryanvi dialect of his.advertisementVijender’s seven-on-seven gains credence when you throw in another stat: six have come on knockouts and all this in a total of 27 rounds. On the other hand, the Tanzanian boxer is a veteran of 43 fights with 32 wins, including 17 KO’s and massive experience of 300 rounds.Cheka was the first one off the blocks, so as to say, typically announcing  last week. “I am ready to give this kid (Vijender) a lesson of boxing. I will come to India, no turning back, no surrender. I have heard a lot about this Indian boxer and there’s a lot of hype around him, I just can’t wait to be the one to put him in his place.”Vijender does not believe in responding in the same tone. “I will reply to him in the boxing ring. I never uttered bad words for my rivals. I believe if you are good enough then your punches will respond to verbal volleys. Let him say whatever he wants to.” (Vijender Singh to defend WBO Asia Pacific title on December 17)Quite literally, it has been a hard fought journey in professional boxing for the Indian boxer so far.  “There was so much criticism of me when I announced that I will turn professional. It was a very difficult time for me. I also knew that my first fight will be an extremely important one. If I will lose then I lose everything. It was an enormous challenge. Everything was new for me in this world, the press conferences before the fights, the face-to-face affair with the rival. Everything. I was learning new things everyday. The diet I had to take, the rest that I needed. It was all different from the amateur boxing world I came from. Yahan bahut maar bhi padti hai (you get a lot of beating in pro boxing)”While on the phone, you hear someone asking Vijender to wrap up the interview. It’s his trainer Lee Beard who tells him it’s time to leave and drive down to the Manchester Arena for a sparring session.  “A normal routine here means just training, meditation and listening to Punjabi music. Also, I sleep a lot. I love dreaming. I am eagerly waiting to return home. Yahan bhi thand hai, wahan bhi thand ho jayegi (it is cold here and will be cold in India too in December). The transition will be a lot easier than what I experienced in July when I came to the fight from London to Delhi. It was hot and humid there.”Mid December will be cold in Delhi. But the heat is only going to go up.last_img read more

FIFA 19 kits: 10 of the best Ultimate Team jerseys

first_imgOf course, going 30-0 in the FIFA 19 weekend league is one thing but if you’re going to earn such an achievement, you want to be doing it in style. You may not have the coins to buy Pele or Cristiano Ronaldo on Ultimate Team but you can definitely afford a really nice pair of kits after a few games.Goal have searched through the leagues to find the top 10 kits in the game. From the clean, classy efforts of elite clubs to the bright, bizarre and straight up outlandish kits that will make sure you stand out.Napoli home kit Napoli 2018/19 Home kit Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Serie A club Napoli play beautiful football on the pitch and they look even better in this incredible home shirt. Rocking the classic Napoli blue, the kit made by Kappa features a stunning design of a panther taking over the bottom half of the shirt.This fiery design encompasses the passion of the club and would give your squad a unique look.Barcelona third kit Barcelona 2018/19 Third KitBarcelona’s home shirt is iconic, it’s an incredible design which has been graced by some of the greatest players and squads ever. However, their new third kit is the one that has caught Goal’s eye.The striking pink kit features a dark pink patch with an aerial view of the city embedded in. Ironically, the kit was revealed by the club using PES 2019 but it looks just as great in FIFA 19.Real Betis away kit Real Betis 2018/19 Away KitApparently combining green with green is a genius move as the Real Betis away kit is gorgeous. The small dark green and black triangles spread out from the left shoulder in yet another unique and classy style – one of the classier kits on this list.Al Taawoun away kit Al Taawoun FIFA 19 kitIf there’s one thing the Saudi Arabia league has contributed to the FIFA games over the years, it’s interesting kits. This electric blue Al Taawoun away kit features an intricate pattern making up stars and a wolf in the bottom corner in a very neat combination.Rayo Vallecano third kit Rayo Vallenco 2018/19 Third kitThe Spaniards really like their bright and beautiful kits and this shirt is certainly the former. We thought the Manchester City third kit had an odd combination of colours but Rayo Vallecano have topped them.The shirt is primarily sky blue with neon green trimmings and a deep pink line diagonally stretching across the shirt. The sunny kit makes it work and is a very nice piece of craftsmanship.Manchester City third kit Man City 2018/19 third kitAs you’ve probably noticed, there’s a lot of third kits in this list and it’s probably because designers are happier to take a few more risks on a kit that frankly, won’t be used much that season.Take this Manchester City kit for example with the brave choice of combining purple and orange. Surprisingly, Nike seem to have pulled it off and while it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it will certainly have you stand out. At the very least, it’s unlikely to clash with anyone else.V-Varen Nagasaki home kit V-Varen Nagasaki 2018/19 Home kitOne of the most interesting kits on this list, the V-Varen Nagasaki home shirt features a map design of Japan which funnily enough, perfectly fits with their sponsor, Japanet.The unique blue and orange design is really striking and is then complemented perfectly by a subtle white design of a bird and waves underneath. A lot of work has gone into this kit and should be one all of your squad are proud to wear.Inter third kit Inter 2018/19 third kitNot a bright kit but certainly a unique and classy design. Inter’s third kit is subtle but beautiful with a dark swirling design. For bonus points, the kit is based on Milan’s cathedral church, Duomo di Milano – a nice touch.Ohod Club home kit Ohod Club FIFA 19 kitOhod Club have two fascinating kits, but Goal has opted for the home kit as the standout. You don’t see many brown kits but this one features a weave of brown and yellow in a very creative and original design. The weave is made seamless by having the yellow fade from a dark to a brighter shade to mix in well with the brown.Celtic third kit Celtic 2018/19 Away KitFinishing off this lot with a trip to Scotland for Celtic’s third kit. It’s rare to see the Glasgow team opt for a kit without any green yet that’s what they’ve done here, even creating a yellow version of the club crest.The neon yellow shirt is topped by a triangle fade of black in a creative twist.last_img read more