JW Player Appoints Digital Video Veteran David LaPalomento as Chief Technology Officer

David’s deep digital video technology background will help scale JW Player’s engineering team and product development to service the growing Digital Video Economy.

NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JW Player, the leading video software and data insights platform, today announced it has appointed David LaPalomento as Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. The strategic hire will accelerate JW Player’s product innovation to meet the needs of a rapidly growing Digital Video Economy, leveraging the recent infusion of $100M in Series E funding from LLR Partners.

“David has proven himself to be a visionary leader in both developing and scaling innovative video delivery products,” said Dave Otten, CEO and co-founder of JW Player. “I have no doubt that his expertise will strengthen our position as a leading force for innovation in the digital video industry. With his leadership, we will scale our engineering teams and bring new products to market that further empower customers with independence and control in the Digital Video Economy. We could not be more excited to have him on our team.”

During his decade-long tenure at Brightcove, David built a world-class engineering team to modernize its video delivery platform. He led the overhaul of the company’s legacy data center-based architecture, replacing it with a scalable, cloud-native architecture and migrating thousands of customers to the new platform. His leadership helped triple revenue, launch new products, and integrate acquisitions to address new market segments. His experience will be invaluable as JW Player rises to meet the explosive growth in demand for digital video since the pandemic began.

“I’m thrilled to start the next chapter of my career with JW Player,” said David. “We’ve reached an inflection point where every company with a digital presence now depends on video to engage its audience and monetize its offering. JW Player has built the most comprehensive platform for success in this digital video ecosystem, with unmatched consumption and contextual data insights, cutting-edge monetization and engagement features, and world-class video experiences on any screen. I look forward to building on this platform to bring new innovations to market.”

According to JW Player’s data from over 12,000 publishers and broadcasters, video consumption has continued to surge in the wake of the pandemic, up nearly 50% since 2020 and 28.6% since January 2021. The growing demand has made it an imperative for organizations of all stripes, including fitness, e-commerce, sports and e-learning businesses, to develop a robust video strategy to engage their audience on the screen of their choice: web, mobile or connected TV.

JW Player’s API-driven video platform empowers hundreds of thousands of customers to independently control and operate their mobile, OTT and web video applications at a global scale. Importantly, JW Player delivers unique data-driven insights that empower customers to more effectively grow, engage, and monetize their audiences. In the last year alone, the company’s video streaming grew by nearly 200%, with live streaming increasing by over 400%.

About JW Player
JW Player is the leading video software and data insights platform that gives customers independence and control in today’s Digital Video Economy. Started in 2008 as a hugely popular open source video player, JW Player’s technology platform now powers digital video for hundreds of thousands of businesses, including half of the comScore top 50 sites in the US, leading broadcasters across EMEA, APAC and Latin America. Each month 1 billion viewers, or one third of all people on the Internet, consume video on JW Player’s technology across 2.7 billion devices, creating an unmatched and powerful consumption and contextual data graph that helps customers grow audiences and generate incremental video from digital video. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in London and Eindhoven, visit http://www.jwplayer.com.

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UK-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Ghana

Accra, A shipment of 249,000 UK-donated AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, has arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in Accra.

 

A statement issued by the British High Commission in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the vaccines would be deployed across Ghana for those most in need of them.

 

It said the vaccines were met at KIA by senior officials from the High Commission and representatives of the Ministry of Health of Ghana, including Dr Joseph Whittle, the Chargé d’affaires and Uzoamaka Gilpin, the UK Health Adviser to Ghana, Madam Tina Mensah, Deputy Minister of Health and Madam Anne-Claire Dufay, the UNICEF Representative in Ghana.

 

The statement said the shipment was part of a broader pledge made by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 meeting in June.

 

It noted that the UK would share 100 million jabs with the rest of the world, of which 80 per cent would be through the COVAX initiative.

 

The statement disclosed that the UK had already donated some five million vaccine doses to COVAX and three million of those doses would be sent to countries across Africa.

 

Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia are among the countries to have already received vaccines.

 

Speaking at Kotoka International Airport, Dr Whittle, said: “Today’s shipment signals another step forward in Ghana’s vaccine programme. It means 249,600 front-line health workers, vulnerable people most at risk from COVID-19 and those in need of their vital second jab have access to vaccinations and better protection against COVID-19 variants.”

 

“Our shared commitment to overcome COVID-19 has only strengthened the UK-Ghana partnership, and this is reflected by the fact that Ghana is one of the first countries in the world receiving UK-donated vaccines.”

 

The statement said the UK had been at the forefront of the global response to COVID-19, including through investing £90 million to support the development of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

It said more than half a billion doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine had been delivered at a non-profit price globally, with two-thirds going to lower and middle-income countries.

 

The statement restated that the UK kick-started efforts to establish COVAX in 2020, providing a total of £548 million to fund vaccines for lower-income countries.

 

It said the scheme had delivered more than 152 million vaccine doses to over 137 countries and territories, including in 83 lower-middle-income countries.

 

It said 65 per cent of the initial vaccine doses had been Oxford-AstraZeneca; adding that COVAX aims to deliver 1.8 billion vaccines to lower-income countries around the world by early 2022.

 

Mr Dominic Raab, the UK Foreign Secretary, said: “Three million doses of UK-donated vaccines are now arriving in 11 countries across Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, to help the fight against COVID-19”.

 

“This is the first batch of 80 million being donated via COVAX – because we know no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

 

The UK continues to support Ghana’s COVID-19 response, putting UK experts at the heart of Ghana’s Health Service and the Ministry of health, supporting the Ministry of Health to expand quality COVID-19 treatment and testing in 40 underserved districts whilst ensuring continuation of essential health services for women and children.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

IATA is closely monitoring developments in Afghanistan

Accra, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it is closely monitoring developments in Afghanistan as safe and secure flight operations are the top priority for aviation.

A statement issued by the Corporate Communications Office of IATA said owing to recent developments, the Kabul FIR (Afghanistan airspace), which served major traffic flows between Europe and Asia, was now without provision of a civilian Air Traffic Service.

 

“Airlines have advised IATA that they are avoiding the airspace,” it said.

 

The statement said IATA was participating in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Coordinated Contingency Coordination Team, which has been activated.

 

It said this standard protocol for managing such situations combined the resources of ICAO and IATA in the regions involved, all affected States, and Euro control.

 

It said traffic through Afghan airspace was lower than usual because of reduced demand due to COVID-19 and States near Afghanistan have indicated they could accommodate additional traffic.

 

The use of alternative routes through these States would support safe and secure operations but would have time, operational and fuel impacts upon airlines.

 

It said Airlines normally using Afghan airspace and IATA were maintaining constant coordination and communication through the standard contingency protocols and sharing information via the IATA Global Tactical Operations Portal.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Justice At Last: Accra High Court orders restitution for GWCL’s David Yankson and Dora Bonnah

Accra, Aug. 18 GNA – An Accra High Court has ordered for the compensation of two employees of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), demoted over their alleged involvement in the procurement of ‘expired’ Aluminium Sulphate for the treatment of water by the Company.

The Court ordered the GWCL to reinstate David Appiah Yankson, then Acting Head of Materials Department at its head office and Ms Dora Adwoa Bonnah, who was Acting as Chief Manager, to their former positions with all the benefits and payment of all monies due them.

 

The Court, presided over by Justice Alex Owusu, awarded cost of GH¢20,000.00 in favour of the plaintiffs against the defendant – GWCL.

 

It further set aside the “wrong unjustified, disciplinary action taken against the plaintiffs” – that is their demotion.

 

The two were demoted following the setting up of a committee charged to investigate the alleged importation and usage of ‘expired’ Aluminium Sulphate in April 12, 2013.

 

The Ghana Standards Authority had however, declared the water purifying chemical compound as wholesome in its report.

 

The Court, in its judgment, said it found as a fact that no internal Disciplinary Committee was set up after the work of the Ministerial Committee on the alleged importation and usage of expired Aluminium Sulphate, was set up by the then Acting Managing Director on or about April 12, 2013.

 

“The Committee without framing any charges or giving notice or giving a personal hearing to the plaintiffs, sent the report containing its recommendation to the Managing Director for action to be taken on it.

 

“The plaintiffs were not given a copy of the report. The then Acting Managing Director, acting on the report, demoted the plaintiffs, a punishment not provided for in the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011.”

 

The Court said: “On the actions of the Acting Managing Director, I hold it was ultra vires, null and void and is of no effect.”

 

According to the Court, the disciplinary procedure of the Company hinged on its Collective Bargaining Agreement but that was not followed by the GWCL.

 

“I hold the view that the defendant had not succeeded in justifying the demotion slapped on the plaintiffs,” the court ruled.

 

The two employees, in March 2015, filed a writ seeking an order of the court setting aside the wrongful and unjustified disciplinary actions taken against them by the company.

 

The plaintiffs also sought for an order for re-instatement to their former positions with full benefits and payments of all monies due them.

 

They further prayed the Court for general damages for unfair, unjust and wrongful demotion, shock, pain and suffering.

 

Following the allegation of used expired Aluminium Sulphate by the Company, the two were ordered to be interdicted on the directives of the then Sector Minister of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing.

 

Their matter was further referred to the National Security for Investigations.

 

Subsequently, an Investigation Committee was set up and the plaintiffs were demoted to the grade of Material Officers.

 

They, however, denied any wrongdoing and considered their demotion as unfair and wrongful and thus commenced the action.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

CSOs urged to support government end child abuse

Tamale, Aug. 13, GNA – Dr Peter Ndonwie, Director of Pan-African Organisation for Research and Protection of Violence on Women and Children (PAORP-VWC), has urged Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), traditional leaders and religious organisations to support the government to end child trafficking and early child marriages.

He said incidences of child trafficking, child abuse and early child marriages were on the increase in the Tamale Metropolis and environs and said the practise was criminal and exploited children.

 

Dr Ndonwie made the call during the fourth regional stakeholder’s workshop on child rights protection, organised by his outfit for stakeholders drawn from various government and non-governmental organisations working to protect children’s rights in the Tamale Metropolis.

 

It was to identify key lapses and challenges facing children and to discuss strategies to prevent incidences of child abuse in the area.

 

Dr Ndonwie noted that most children, especially those in rural communities, were compelled to drop out of school and forced into early marriage or trafficked outside their communities, resulting from poverty and the lack of parental care.

 

The Director stated that it was vital for stakeholders to make policies that would promote child development in the communities to guide them to become responsible leaders to offer quality leadership and service to Ghana, adding that it was the duty of citizens to ensure that children were protected from abuse.

 

Participants at the workshop urged the government to collaborate with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to raise awareness on child rights protection and empower children with knowledge and skills to protect themselves from abuse.

 

They further called on the Assemblies to enforce their by-laws that provide standards and guidelines against child abuse and advocated that the government improved on access to good-quality health, social welfare and criminal justice support services for children who survive trafficking.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Upper West records 161 cases of CSM with one death in 2021

Wa, The Upper West Region has recorded 161 cases of Cerebrospinal Meningitis (CSM) with one death from January to July 2021.

Out of this, Nandom Municipality recorded the highest number of 68 cases followed by the Wa Municipality with 34 cases; Nadowli District 19 cases, Lambussie District 15 cases, Lawra 13 cases, and Sissala East Municipality one case.

 

Mr John Viannie Maakpe, the Upper West Regional Health Promotion Officer, in an interview with the GNA, attributed the low mortality rate to continued education, early reporting and availability of drugs.

 

He urged the public to report early to health facilities and endeavour to drink more water and sleep in well-ventilated places to avoid contracting the disease.

 

He emphasized the need to have a laboratory established in the region for easy testing of cases and treatment.

 

Last year, 2020, the region recorded a total of 421 cases of infectious disease with 56 people dying, which is a sharp increase from the 354 cases and 16 deaths recorded in 2019.

 

For 2017 and 2018, total cases recorded increased slightly from 425 to 428 while the number of deaths decreased from 54 to 37 respectively.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

ECG asks Asawinso residents to pay 10 percent of debt before reconnection

Asawinso(W/NR), The Sefwi-Wiawso District office of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has asked residents of Asawinso disconnected over the debt owed the company to pay at least 10 percent before reconnection.

More than 500 houses in the community were taken off the national grid last Friday due to their refusal to pay for the electricity consumed.

 

Mr Martin Kofi Gyan, Sefwi-Waiwso District Manager of the Company told the GNA that the decision was taken at a meeting between the Bibiani- Anhwiaso- Bekwai Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Alfred Amoah, representatives from the Anwhiaso traditional council, the Regional Minister, chiefs and elders from Asawinso and officials from the ECG.

 

He asked residents to comply with the directive to enable them to get electricity back in their homes.

 

Mr Frank Nelson Ackah, Assembly Member for Asawinso A electoral area, who was at the meeting, briefed residents about the development.

 

Some of the residents, during the meeting with Assemblymen, agreed to pay what was agreed on at the meeting while others vowed not to pay since the amount was high.

 

The Assembly Member, therefore, appealed to the Central government to involve the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC) to investigate the matter to ascertain whether residents consumed powers to that amount.

 

He, however, asked residents to comply with the directive since that was the only way to get reconnected to the National grid.

 

Mr Ackah, on behalf of the community, asked the staff of the company, who were attacked to forgive them.

 

When a revenue mobilization task force of the Electricity Company of Ghana made efforts to collect the debt owed to the company from individual customers last Friday, some of the residents attacked members of the team.

 

The community members are yet to come to terms with the fact that the government’s free electricity as part of moves to ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, had ended.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Black Queens paired with Cameroon, and South Africa in Aisha Buhari Invitational tourney

Accra, Ghana’s Black Queens have been paired with Cameroon and South Africa in Group B in the upcoming Dr.

Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament.

 

The Invitational tourney is fixed for 13-21 September 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

The tournament, dubbed ‘Playing for Good’, would see six nations compete in honour of the First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari in conjunction with the Aisha Buhari Foundation.

 

It would be used to build and sustain positive narratives about Women football on the continent.

 

Host Nigeria would face Morocco and Mali in Group A.

 

The tournament would also be used by all participating teams to prepare for the pending Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency