Melissa Hammerle Appointed President of Intelex Technologies

Hammerle will be responsible for the formation and execution of Intelex’s strategy as it delivers safer, cleaner and more efficient operations for our customers.

Toronto, Canada, Nov. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of cloud-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, today announced the appointment of Melissa Hammerle to the role of president of the organization.

“I’m excited to bring Melissa’s deep continuous improvement experience and leadership to the Intelex team. Melissa will be a key driver as we work to help customers drive EHS and ESG performance to levels previously unimaginable,” said Justin McElhattan, Group President of EHS businesses for Intelex parent company Fortive.

Hammerle brings experience driving growth, customer retention and innovation through leadership roles in general management, product, marketing, sales, customer success and the Fortive Business System (FBS). She has led teams to co-create cultures with high engagement, ownership and customer centricity across a range of businesses, from startups to large scale enterprises.

“I’m thrilled to join the Intelex team,” said Hammerle. “We have a profoundly impactful mission and a once-in-a-lifetime growth opportunity as investors, business leaders and customers raise the bar on the practices of EHSQ and help our customers achieve their Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.”

Hammerle joins Intelex from Accruent, where, as the Commercial President, she and her team built new sales and marketing growth engines to sustainably deliver software bookings. Previously, she led the team that created Fluke’s first Internet of Things business to serve customer maintenance workflows, accelerated strategic initiatives across Fortive as the FBS Director of Growth, and delivered strong revenue and employee engagement as the VP & GM of Fluke Calibration.

Prior to joining Fortive, Hammerle served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, where she led a company in Iraq.

She earned an MBA from Harvard University and an BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.

About Intelex Technologies, ULC
Intelex Technologies, ULC is a global leader in environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) management software. Since 1992, Intelex employees across the globe have been committed to innovating and enabling organizations to send their employees home safely every day, leaving behind a more sustainable world to the generations that follow, and manage quality so that only the safest and highest quality products make it to market. Intelex’s scalable, web-based platform and applications have helped clients across all industries improve business performance, mitigate organization-wide risk, and ensure sustained compliance with internationally accepted standards (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, and OSHAS 18001) and regulatory requirements. Almost 1,400 customers in 195 countries trust Intelex to power their EHSQ initiatives. Headquartered in Toronto with regional offices and employees around the world, Intelex became an Industrial Scientific company in 2019. In 2020, Intelex acquired ehsAI, provider of a SaaS-based next-wave compliance automation solution that leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. For more information about Intelex, visit www.intelex.com.

Attachment

Sandy Smith, Head of Global Content Marketing
Intelex Technologies, ULC
+1 216-375-0484
Sandy.Smith@intelex.com

LONGi issues its first White Paper on Climate Action at COP26 summit

XI’AN, China, Nov. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — LONGi founder and president Li Zhenguo has participated in a special company activity at COP26 in Glasgow via online video, outlining LONGi’s “Commitment and Action to Address Climate Change” and releasing the company’s first White Paper on Climate Action at the China Corporate Pavilion.

LONGi founder and president Li Zhenguo has participated in a special company activity at COP26 in Glasgow via online video, outlining LONGi’s “Commitment and Action to Address Climate Change” and releasing the company’s first White Paper on Climate Action at the China Corporate Pavilion.

In 2020, LONGi joined the RE100, EV100 and EP100 in succession, becoming the first Chinese company to join all three initiatives of the Climate Group at the same time. LONGi also joined the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) in the same year in response to a CDP climate change questionnaire, which opened the way for the company’s involvement in Climate Action.

According to its white paper, LONGi is actively fulfilling its commitments and promoting the implementation of the four international initiatives. The company has completed the accounting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain for the first time, with the proportion of renewable electricity used in 2020 reaching 41.83%, the equivalent of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1.35 million tons.

LONGi’s five manufacturing plants in Yunnan Province have in the meantime achieved 100% use of renewable electricity. In accordance with SBTi standards, the company has also submitted its own emission reduction targets for the first time – based on 2020 figures, greenhouse gas emissions within the scope of operation in 2030 will be reduced by 60% and carbon emission intensity per ton of silicon material, per watt of cell and per ton of glass will be reduced by 20%.

LONGi Solar Logo (PRNewsfoto/LONGi Solar)

“LONGi’s philosophy on Climate Action corresponds to the four initiatives, which every company must follow, and the advanced presentation of this can be a demonstration and example for the entire renewable energy industry. In the future, the overall thinking behind LONGi’s Climate Action will be to refer to the SBTi in order to set emission reduction targets and integrate the promotion of the RE100, EP100 and EV100 initiatives.” Li believes that the road to “Net-zero LONGi” will be long and difficult, but the company hopes to use its own actions to show the outside world a successful demonstration of “manufacturing clean energy products using 100% clean energy”. The company also looks forward to working with more partners and stakeholders, especially upstream and downstream organisations in the supply chain, to promote global energy transformation, also working with customers from all walks of life to jointly realize the vision of harmonious coexistence between mankind and nature.

The COP26 summit is the first meeting of the parties since the Paris agreement entered the implementation stage.

“In the face of an imminent climate crisis, the Paris agreement pointed out the actions necessary for a global green and low-carbon transition, and these are still our guidelines for protecting the earth,” Li added.

Over the past 10 years, China’s photovoltaic industry has made significant progress, enabling people to use renewable energy at a cheaper price, with the “Photovoltaic + Energy Storage + Green Hydrogen” model gradually becoming a powerful weapon against climate change.

Glasgow is the third consecutive COP at which LONGi has participated. At COP24 in 2018, LONGi released its “Solar for Solar” sustainable development concept of manufacturing photovoltaic products driven by photovoltaic power generation, with COP25 in 2019 seeing the release of the company’s “China PV Outlook 2050” report.

LONGi’s ‘special activity’ at COP26 saw guests invited from the Climate Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, the British Energy Transition Commission (ETC), the British Embassy in China, the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Vanke Foundation and the Tencent Company, for in-depth discussion on the actions required of corporate entities to actively respond to climate change.

Find out more about the white paper: https://en.longi.com/uploadfile/3/2021/Climate-Actions-of-LONGi-2021.pdf

Photo – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1679600/LONGi_founder_president_Li_Zhenguo_participated_a_special_company_activity.jpg
Logo – https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/781516/LONGi_Solar_Logo.jpg

Synchronoss Personal Cloud Solution Selected by Telkomsel to Bolster Digital Services Offering

New partnership will allow Indonesian mobile operator to bring personal cloud services to a market of more than 170 million subscribers

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Nov. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR), a global leader and innovator of cloud, messaging and digital solutions, today announced it would supply its personal cloud solution to Telkomsel, Indonesia’s largest mobile operator. The addition of the Synchronoss Personal Cloud solution will give Telkomsel’s subscribers the ability to back up and manage their valuable digital content, including photos and videos, from any device.

The white-label Synchronoss Personal Cloud solution—branded “Floudrive” and managed by Telkomsigma—will be made available to Telkomsel’s 170 million subscribers as a premium feature. Subscribers will be able to choose between two different storage tiers and enjoy an initial free 30-day period. The solution gives subscribers a reliable and intuitive cloud storage experience, with the ability to backup and sync digital content, while also introducing advanced tagging and search capabilities.

“We are excited to be partnering with Synchronoss to integrate its personal cloud solutions into our consumer channel,” said Tanto Suratno, Director of Business and Sales, Telkomsigma. “Having outgrown our existing personal cloud offering, now is the perfect time to embrace this opportunity and provide our subscribers with an advanced solution that meets their evolving needs. We look forward to enabling our customers to optimize and manage their precious digital content, and to protect and store it safely and securely. As well as benefiting our customers, this partnership also represents the next step as we move towards offering more digital services.”

The solution will be delivered through Synchronoss’ agreement with Telkomsigma, the IT Services and Data Center arm of Telkomsel and Telkomsigma’s parent company, Telkom Indonesia. Unlike other cloud solutions on the market, the Synchronoss-powered personal cloud allows subscriber data to be stored in-country, a critical requirement for Telkomsel to adhere to Indonesian law.

Anthony Socci, President and General Manager, APAC for Synchronoss, said he is delighted to be working with Telkomsel on its new cloud offering. “As a private cloud solution provider, we are always looking for ways to support telecom partners in their mission to deliver more varied and advanced digital services to their subscribers. This cloud solution will be instrumental to Telkomsel as it facilitates a more integrated experience and promotes a safer handling of personal assets,” he said. “This deal builds on the success we have already experienced with Telkomsigma that impressed and inspired Telkomsel to deliver similar offerings to their mobile subscribers. It will also create greater synergies between the two organizations within the group.”

To learn more about Synchronoss cloud solutions, visit synchronoss.com/solutions/cloud.

About Synchronoss
Synchronoss Technologies (NASDAQ: SNCR) builds software that empowers companies around the world to connect with their subscribers in trusted and meaningful ways. The company’s collection of products helps streamline networks, simplify onboarding, and engage subscribers to unleash new revenue streams, reduce costs and increase speed to market. Hundreds of millions of subscribers trust Synchronoss products to stay in sync with the people, services and content they love. That’s why more than 1,500 talented Synchronoss employees worldwide strive each day to reimagine a world in sync. Learn more at www.synchronoss.com.

Media Contacts

For Synchronoss:
Anais Merlin,
CCgroup,
E: synchronoss@ccgrouppr.com

Investor Contact
For Synchronoss: Todd Kehrli/Joo-Hun Kim, MKR Investor Relations, Inc., E: investor@synchronoss.com

Human Rights Reporters Ghana lauds Police Service for the arrest of perpetrators of assault on two minors at Akuapem-Adawso

The Human Rights Reporters Ghana (HRRG) has followed with sorrow the troubling story of two minors who were publicly and forcibly stripped naked and paraded on the streets of Akuapem-Adawso in the North Municipality of the Eastern region over an alleged GHC100 theft and a mobile phone.

HRRG outrightly condemns this barbaric act visited on these teenagers by residents of the said community with the sole aim of robbing them of their dignity which flies in the face of United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5, which states, ‘No one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’

The victims, both 14 years of age, according to a video that went viral shows that the hands of the minors were tied while being assaulted and paraded naked from the Tinkong stretch of the Koforidua -Mamfe highway to the Adawso township on the market day on October 29, 2021, as this shameful act is in clear violation on the rights of the child which stipulates that, “A child accused or guilty of breaking the law must be treated with dignity and respect. They have the right to legal assistance and a fair trial that takes account of their age…” (Article 40; UN Convention on the Right the Child).

HRRG hereby commends the Ghana Police Service for their swift intervention which led to the subsequent arrest of the two main suspects alleged to have led the discharge of this inhumane treatment on the minors. We are equally calling on the police service to further demonstrate the commitment exuded and help expedite actions and ensure a swift probe into the matter.

It is our hope that the accused persons are properly arraigned before the law courts to seek justice for the victims and their families, who we also understand have been provided some psychological assistance.

We join the Police force in cautioning the public to refrain from indiscriminately usurping the powers of the proper adjudicative arm of the state in proffering judgment and other punitive processes.

Rights violations especially of the child, have no place in today’s world and the open society Ghana seeks to surge towards and acts of this nature only put her in a bad light as it would appear to seem, it is not doing enough to offer adequate protection for its children.

Source: Ghana Web

Non-Profit Organisation Secretariat engages stakeholders on draft Bill

Abesim-Sunyani, Nov. 5, GNA – The National Secretariat of the Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) has called on stakeholders to provide effective inputs into the NPO Bill to provide a strong legal mechanism to combat money laundering and prevent terrorism in Ghana.

Mr Dela Ashiagbor, the Head of NPOs Secretariat, made the call at a day’s engagement on NPO’s Bill 2021 on Thursday at Abesim near Sunyani.

He said the organisations were part of the driving force of the country’s economic development and must have a legal framework to back their operations to become a robust body with integrity to help attract more but genuine sponsorships.

Mr Ashiagbor said organisations, which were improperly structured, thus not having governing boards and bad financial systems, sometimes received funds, unknowingly from terrorist groups, to support their activities.

The programme aimed at soliciting inputs from the NPOs into the draft bill and was attended by 40 participants drawn from the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.

It was organised by the NPOs Secretariat under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social protection (MGCSP) and sponsored by the Financial Intelligence Centre, MGCSP and German Development Agency (GIZ).

Mr Ashiagbor said it was the government’s responsibility to ensure NPOs provided lawful services to the deprived, underprivileged and the public.

He said the legal framework (Bill) would ensure that stakeholders become dynamic, transparent and positively impact their target groups free from money laundering and terrorist groups but work for public interest to attain national progress.

Mr Ashiagbor said countries, including Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia and La Cote d’ Ivoire became victims of terrorism through similar organisations and were now suffering from the activities of those groups.

He said there were 10,800 NPOs but many were not being recognised, making it difficult to regulate their activities to prevent crime.

The NPO is an umbrella body of non-governmental and civil society organisations, associations, foundations and centres engaged in charitable, religious, cultural, educational, health and social activities for the public good.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Girls urged to brace the odds to lead

Wa, Nov. 05, GNA – Madam Leenat Abdul-Rahaman, the Executive Director of Community Aid for Rural Development (CARD-Ghana), has urged girls to brace the odds to venture into leadership wherever they found themselves.

She said girls were relegated to the background in terms of leadership at the community and institutional leaves though they had the quality to also lead.

Madam Abdul-Rahaman said this at a leadership training session for about 40 Senior High School (SHS) girls in the Wa Municipality organised by CARD-Ghana with funding support from Plan International Ghana.

The participating schools were the Wa SHS, Wa Islamic SHS, Wa Technical Institute, Wa Secondary Technical SHS, and T. I. Amass SHS.

The Executive Director indicated that the training was premised on a baseline survey conducted by CARD-Ghana in SHSs to ascertain the state of girls’ participation in leadership at the schools.

She said the survey indicated that low self-esteem, fear, stereotypes, and discrimination against girls contributed to their reluctance in aspiring for leadership positions, while some positions in the schools were considered a preserve for the males.

“There is no doubt that significant progress has been made regarding women empowerment in Ghana, however, there still exist socio-cultural barriers that constrain women’s access to and control of resources and capabilities in the lifelong journey to success”, Madam Abdul-Rahaman explained.

She said the training programme was to prepare the girls for leadership positions through capacity building, mentoring, and coaching to identify and seek leadership opportunities to help bridge the leadership gap between the girls and their male counterparts.

Pognaa Amamata Mumuni, the Wa Municipal Girl Child Education Officer, entreated the girls to inculcate good leadership qualities and skills and stressed the need for them to venture into leadership positions at all levels they found themselves.

She identified some of those skills to include effective communication and listening skills, honesty, consideration of dissenting views, and prioritisation of issues among others.

“The leadership gap is there and now we want to bridge that gap. Like the government appointees at the assemblies, more men are appointed than women and the same applies to the election of assembly members. We don’t support ourselves as women, the pull her down syndrome is killing us”, she explained.

Mr Kassin Aminu, the Wa Municipal Director of the National Youth Authority, also took the girls through effective public speaking skills and said effective communication was an integral part of a leader, saying, “You need to develop good communication skills and master the art of public speaking”.

Some of the girls, who spoke to the Ghana News Agency, thanked the organisers and expressed confidence in contesting the various positions at the school when the opportunity comes.

According to them, girls lacked the confidence to contest the males, but the training had given them the confidence to contest for any position in the school.

Source: Ghana News Agency

MyMTN App gains one million users

MTN Ghana celebrates 1 million Customers on its free self-service app dubbed ‘myMTN’ since its launch in 2019.

MyMTN app allows MTN Customers to manage their accounts and perform services such as “top-up airtime”, purchase data bundles, manage broadband accounts, and transact using MTN MoMo wallet. Also, Customers have an easy-to-use app for everything MTN-related and do not have to memorize a wide range of USSD codes for various services. New features are added to the app every month to improve the digital experience of all MTN customers.

“In line with our vision ‘To Lead in The Delivery of a Bold New Digital World to Our Customers’, MTN introduced my app to allow customers to have full control of their MTN account without having to visit the service center or call the call center for support. We are excited about the uptake of the app by customers and the 1 millionth Customer milestone is a testament that customers understand and are accepting the new ways of using digital means to enhance their experience on the network”, said, Dario Bianchi, Digital Transformation Lead at MTN.

He added, “We are convinced that as new features are introduced on the myMTNapp monthly, it will soon become a one-stop-shop for everything MTN and even more.”
MTN customers who download the app receive free 50MB data upon successful registration and 4G customers also enjoy a 50% bonus when buying data bundles with MoMo. Other features of the app include access to buy IDD bundles, engage in Live Chat, and also manage subscription services.

my app is free to use, however, customers will have to turn on their data for the app to function. More features will be added to the app in the coming weeks, including the option to buy airtime for other networks with MoMo.

MTN Customers can download my app from Google Play and App Store by searching for my Ghana. I currently have a rating of 4.1 stars on Google Play and I’m consistently in the top 10 apps in Ghana.

MTN’s theme for 2021 is ‘The Year of the Customer: The Digital Experience’. As a result, the company continues to introduce packages aimed at making access to digital services more convenient for customers. Digital services available on MTN include ayoba, Showmax, and Iroko TV: these and other services can be accessed through the Get More section on mine. Customers should visit www.mtn.com.gh for more information.

Source: Ghana Web

Caretaker Gender Minister admonishes Board to help end Domestic violence

Accra, Nov. 5, GNA – The Caretaker Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has urged the newly inaugurated 15-member Domestic Violence Board of the Ministry to be committed to the task to enable Ghana effectively deal with domestic violence.

Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah said, “I believe you are the right people to serve on this Board hence your appointment by the President, and so I encourage you to show dedication and commitment in the task ahead of you to enable Ghana effectively and holistically deal with domestic violence in our society.”

In remarks before the inauguration, she said domestic violence was abuse by one person against another in an intimate relationship in a domestic setting which may include marriage, dating, cohabitation among others.

She said domestic violence was one of the most common forms of gender-based violence in the world, which constitutes a human rights violation.

The Minister said while anybody could be affected, studies showed that women and girls suffered the most.

The Caretaker Minister said the government’s response to addressing the issue was encouraging.

Government, through the then Ministry, passed the Domestic Violence Bill into Law in 2007, which called for the establishment of the Domestic Violence Secretariat and the Victims of Domestic Violence Fund in 2008 and the National Domestic Violence Policy and Plan of Action in 2009 to respond to all issues of domestic violence in the country.

The Law also called for the setting up of a Management Board to work with the secretariat in executing its functions.

Mrs Dapaah said the functions of the Board as stipulated by the Domestic Violence Law include, making recommendations for a National Plan of Action against Domestic Violence, monitoring and reporting its progress, advising the Minister on policy matters under the Domestic Violence Act and preparing and promoting strategies to prevent and combat domestic violence.

The Board is also expected to link government agencies and organizations to promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of domestic violence, prepare guidelines for disbursement and management of the Fund and conduct research.

Mrs Lariba Zuweira Abudu, Deputy Gender Minister and Board Chairperson expressed appreciation to the President for the appointment to serve the country in their various capacities.

She expressed optimism that the Board would be able to deliver on their mandate, considering the calibre of members.

“We will bring out good policies with the help of the secretariat, and ensure to tackle domestic violence cases heads on.”

The members of the committee include Mrs Patience Adomuah-Lartey, Mr Ebenezer Ashong Charway, Mad Rahilu Haruna, Madam Christiana Akrong, Chief Superintendent Owusuaa Kyeremeh, Dr Comfort Asare, and Madam Afua Brown-Eyison.

The rest are Madam Adwoa Adu-Sarkodie, Mama Bleameli Afeanyetornye III, Dr Ama Kyerewaa Edwin, Dr James Dankyi Clayman, Madam Esther Darko-Mensah, Madam Faustina Acheampong and Madam Malonin Asibi.

Source: Ghana News Agency