NYI étend ses opérations du 60 Hudson Street

L’acquisition de l’installation Equinix NY8 apporte une capacité de centre de données supplémentaire et un accès rentable à un vaste écosystème d’opérateurs à New York

60 Hudson Street, New York

Centre mondial d’interconnexion

NEW YORK, 02 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NYI, l’un des principaux fournisseurs de solutions d’infrastructure hybride et de services gérés, a étendu ses activités du 60 Hudson Street grâce à l’ajout d’espace précédemment occupé par Equinix. Cette expansion est le résultat d’une coentreprise avec QTD Systems, qui a acquis l’espace Equinix dans le cadre d’une transaction conclue le 1er août 2022.

Grâce à cette intégration, NYI double son nombre de centres de données et élargit immédiatement l’écosystème des opérateurs mis à la disposition des clients. L’expansion inclut également une infrastructure de conduit supplémentaire significative et un accès à l’alimentation électrique par Ethernet (PoE), qui fourniront une capacité et une portée inégalées dans l’immeuble le plus connecté de New York. Avec les capacités déjà présentes dans l’immeuble de NYI, les clients auront désormais accès à des niveaux de résilience inégalés lorsqu’ils déploieront leur stratégie d’interconnexion.

« Avec l’accélération de la transformation numérique, le rôle de 60 Hudson Street en tant que lieu prééminent pour les opérateurs mondiaux de la ville de New York devient inestimable. Il permettra de satisfaire les besoins croissants en matière de connectivité des clients », a déclaré Phillip Koblence, cofondateur et directeur des opérations de NYI. « Grâce à cette intégration, NYI augmente sa capacité à servir d’intermédiaire de premier plan pour l’accès à cette passerelle d’interconnexion mondiale, tout en rendant les déploiements à 60 Hudson Street plus simples et plus rentables. »

« J’ai une longue carrière chez 60 Hudson Street, où j’ai créé au cours des vingt dernières années plusieurs entreprises de centres de données et de connectivité qui sont toujours opérationnelles. Je me réjouis de voir NYI continuer à fournir des services de qualité et à s’appuyer sur l’infrastructure 60 Hudson NY8 d’Equinix pour booster l’avenir de l’interconnexion », a ajouté Peter Feldman, PDG de QTD Systems.

L’expansion bénéficiera à plusieurs parties :

  • Les anciens clients d’Equinix profiteront d’une continuité opérationnelle et d’un accès au personnel technique expert sur site de NYI, à la plateforme d’interconnexion rentable et à la suite de solutions d’infrastructure hybrides et de services gérés interactifs.
  • Les clients nationaux et internationaux auront accès à davantage d’espace et d’énergie, ainsi qu’à un écosystème d’opérateurs élargi.
  • Les fournisseurs et opérateurs de télécommunications bénéficieront d’un accès transparent et rentable à l’infrastructure étendue de conduit dans l’immeuble de NYI et à d’autres points d’entrée.

Grâce à des capacités étendues et à un engagement continu à réduire la complexité et à fournir une expérience client fluide, NYI espère proposer une situation équitable, rendant l’interconnexion à 60 Hudson Street plus simple et plus accessible du point de vue du déploiement et des coûts, pour les opérateurs, les fournisseurs de contenu et les entreprises de toutes tailles.

À propos de NYI

NYI est un fournisseur de premier plan de solutions hybrides d’infrastructure, de réseau et d’interconnexion. La société est connue pour réduire la complexité du paysage informatique et faciliter les solutions personnalisées afin de répondre aux besoins critiques des clients de tous les secteurs en matière d’infrastructure et de connectivité. NYI a son siège social à New York et fournit des services d’entreprise sur des marchés mondiaux clés grâce à un écosystème de partenaires de confiance. Pour en savoir plus sur NYI, rendez-vous sur nyi.net ou suivez NYI sur Twitter ou LinkedIn.

Contact auprès des médias :
Iromie Weeramantry, vice-président du Marketing
marketing@nyi.net

À propos de QTD Systems

Peter Feldman, PDG de QTD Systems, possède plus de 25 ans d’expérience dans le développement, les opérations, la gestion et la conception de centres de données, y compris la création de deux entreprises de longue date à 60 Hudson Street à New York, à savoir Telx (maintenant Digital Realty Trust) et DataGryd (maintenant Hudson IX). Il a également cofondé Digital Crossroads à Hammond, dans l’Indiana. QTD Systems se concentrera sur le développement de la prochaine génération de technologies Quantum en partenariat avec Novum Industria, une société dérivée, ou spinoff, du MIT et membre de Quantum Economic Development Corp (QED-C) dans l’ancienne installation de NY8.

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The Rockefeller Foundation Launches the Vaccination Action Network to Strengthen Health Systems and Scale Up Covid-19 Vaccinations in sub-Saharan Africa

Amref Health Africa selected as implementing partner to provide technical assistance for the new peer-to-peer learning network

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Rockefeller Foundation announces the launch of the Vaccination Action Network (VAN), a USD$7.4 million locally-led, peer-to-peer learning initiative designed to engage public health decision-makers across sub-Saharan Africa and bolster their efforts to strengthen health systems while scaling up Covid-19 vaccine demand strategies. Sabin Vaccine Institute and Dalberg are the secretariat for the network, while Amref Health Africa (Amref) is playing a key role to guide and administer subgrants to local organizations in participating countries so that they can implement vaccine demand generation strategies discussed during the learning sessions.

The network is already connecting ministry of health officials, implementing partners, and other key actors across Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda through activities designed to take place within and between countries (intra- and cross-country), so participants can share lessons learned and best practices for boosting local demand for Covid-19 vaccines. Plans to expand to other countries in the region are underway as well.

“The Vaccination Action Network’s community-based approach brings together our counterparts from across the region and country. This collaboration is the key to finding and implementing the right vaccination approach,” said Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Uganda. In a recent VAN learning session focused on Wakiso district, Dr. Mathias Lugoloobi, District Health Officer in Uganda’s central Wakiso District echoed this sentiment, saying that “for strategies to be successful, the community alone must have the final say.”

While more than 60 percent of people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 globally, just 20 percent of people in Africa have received full doses. Inconsistent and inequitable access to supplies initially hindered the continent’s vaccination campaigns. However, uptake is now primarily impacted by complex delivery scenarios, limited access to vaccination centers, and other ongoing demand barriers, such as vaccine hesitancy and waning concerns about Covid-19 infection.

VAN’s objective is to help decision-makers understand the drivers behind vaccination and support initiatives that will increase Covid-19 vaccine uptake, while strengthening routine immunization so that health systems are better equipped to respond when the next pandemic strikes. This reflects The Rockefeller Foundation’s regional commitment to support localized solutions, empower community representatives, and create more resilient health systems.

“The Vaccination Action Network is helping to establish new channels of communication that will consistently elevate regional learnings, solutions, and leadership,” said William Asiko, Vice President of The Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office. “By making these discussions country-led, we want to create a space where those directly involved in vaccination campaigns are able to voice what is working, what isn’t, and what needs to change to improve vaccination rates.”

Peer-to-peer learning is an important tool for officials who are working to address these challenges. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, this type of intra- and inter-country coordination has helped the continent scale up genomic sequencing and secure essential tools, including personal protective equipment and diagnostic tests.

“By encouraging officials to come together, the Vaccination Action Network is opening new dialogues that emphasize regional solutions to local challenges,” said Githinji Gitahi, Group CEO at Amref. “This is essential to tackle vaccine equity issues, which are tied to national and regional contexts, but also offers countries an opportunity for longer-term coordination on other priorities.”

VAN will host monthly intra-country sessions and multiple cross-country discussions before the end of the calendar year, with the goal of turning learnings from these sessions into actionable solutions. To facilitate this, VAN is supporting Amref through a USD$5 million grant to design and implement tailored strategies that better reflect local needs and address demand barriers for increased vaccine uptake.

Prior to the launch, VAN hosted two cross-country and five intra-country discussions, which have already yielded results. Following a May VAN session focused on improving vaccine understanding and uptake, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda is now working to train “vaccination champions” in the Wakiso district. The goal is for champions to connect with communities about the benefits of vaccines, address their questions and concerns, and ultimately encourage vaccination through community-based strategies that have proved successful in past epidemic control settings in Uganda.

“One of our biggest takeaways from the VAN conversation was that we needed to do more to engage communities with accurate and approachable information on Covid-19 vaccines, leaning on lessons learned from other health challenges such as HIV and Ebola,” said Mohammed Lamorde, Head of Global Health Security at IDI. “That’s why our program focuses on working with trusted community members and leaders to equip them with the tools they need to encourage greater uptake of vaccines within their communities.”

VAN represents the Global Vaccination Initiative (GVI)’s first major investment in overcoming low vaccine demand in Africa. Launched in April 2022, GVI is The Rockefeller Foundation’s USD$55 million effort to support country-led efforts to fully vaccinate 90% of the most at-risk populations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean over the next two years.

About The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering philanthropy built on collaborative partnerships at the frontiers of science, technology, and innovation to enable individuals, families, and communities to flourish. We work to promote the well-being of humanity and make opportunity universal.  Our focus is on scaling renewable energy for all, stimulating economic mobility, and ensuring equitable access to healthy and nutritious food.  For more information, sign up for our newsletter at rockefellerfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @RockefellerFdn.

Amref Health Africa, headquartered in Kenya, is the largest Africa-based International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO). With a focus on increasing sustainable health access, Amref runs programmes in over 35 countries in Africa, with lessons learnt over 60 years of engagement with governments, communities, and partners. Amref Health Africa also engages in programme development, fundraising, partnership, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, and has offices in Europe and North America as well as subsidiaries: Amref Flying Doctors, Amref Enterprises and the Amref International University.

About Dalberg

Dalberg is a leading social impact advisory group that brings together strategy consulting, design thinking, big data analytics, and research to address complex social and environmental challenges. It works collaboratively with communities, institutions, governments, and corporations to develop solutions that create impact at scale. The Dalberg Group is comprised of six businesses: Dalberg Advisors, Dalberg Data Insights, Dalberg Design, Dalberg Implement, Dalberg Media, and Dalberg Research, and a not-for-profit, Dalberg Catalyst. For more information, visit www.dalberg.com.

About the Sabin Vaccine Institute

The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a leading advocate for expanding vaccine access and uptake globally, advancing vaccine research and development, and amplifying vaccine knowledge and innovation. Unlocking the potential of vaccines through partnership, Sabin has built a robust ecosystem of funders, innovators, implementers, practitioners, policy makers and public stakeholders to advance its vision of a future free from preventable diseases. As a non-profit with more than two decades of experience, Sabin is committed to finding solutions that last and extending the full benefits of vaccines to all people, regardless of who they are or where they live. At Sabin, we believe in the power of vaccines to change the world. For more information, visit www.sabin.org and follow us on Twitter, @SabinVaccine.

President nominates Minister, Deputy for Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA-President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Lariba Zuweira Abudu, the Member of Parliament for Walewale as Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Until her appointment, Madam Abudu was the Deputy Minister of the Ministry. She Sarah Adwoa Safo, whose appointment was revoked by the President recently.

A statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday said Madam Abudu’s appointment was subject to the approval of Parliament.

The statement said the President had also nominated Francisca Obeng Mensah, the Member of Parliament for Kwabre East as the Deputy Minister-designate for Gender, Children and Social Protection, subject to the approval of Parliament.

It said the President was hopeful that Parliament would expedite the approval of the nominees.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ablakwa commends Ursula Owusu for SIM card re-registration extension

Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has called on government to immediately take measures to resolve the challenges surrounding the re-registration of SIM cards due to the inability of some Ghanaians to acquire the Ghana Card.

The North Tongu MP wants government to cease the period of extension for the deadline of the re-registration of SIM cards to resolve the challenges.

In a tweet following the extension, Mr Ablakwa said: “I commend government for extending the deadline for the sim card re-registration exercise.

“It’s now time to immediately fix the avoidable bottlenecks with Ghana Card issuance and the needless ID rigidity.”

The ongoing SIM card re-registration exercise which was billed to end today, Sunday, 31 July 2022, has been extended to 30 September 2022.

The second deadline extension was announced by the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, at a press briefing on Sunday.

“The programme will be extended to 30 September to end the anniversary of its commencement, which will give us a full year”, she told journalists.

“Any SIM that has not been registered by end of August will be barred from receiving services”, she warned.

Source: Modern Ghana

Court grants bail to persons who assaulted, vanadalised NDC office in Techiman

The Techiman Circuit Court presided over by His Lordship Malcolm Bedzira Ewoenam has granted bail to four out of the five persons who are alleged to have vandalised properties at the NDC’S party office at Techiman in the Bono East Region.

Apart from Kojo Agyei alias Kojo cocaine who was refused bail, Illiasu Sulemana, Andrew Kemire and Fatau Abdallah were granted bail to the tune of GH¢80,000, Alhaji Nuhu on his part was granted bail to the tune of GH¢50,000.

The five suspects would reappear before the court on August 3, 2022. Lawyer Owusu Agyemang, lead counsel for the accused persons.

Source: Modern Ghana

NPP Executives urged to restraint CEOs from contesting siting MPs

Mr Yusif Adams, Asante-Akim South Communication officer has suggested that Chief Executive Officers of State institutions must be restrained from contesting sitting Members of Parliament (MPs) of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).

In an open letter to the National Executives of the party that was copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Adams pointed out that restraining the CEOs from contesting, should be part of measures to avoid a repeat of abysmal performance of the party in the 2020 parliamentary elections.

While applauding the leadership of the party for cautioning the executives not to take sides in the race to elect a flag bearer, he believed more needed to be done to achieve the unprecedented three consecutive victories for the party under the Fourth Republic.

“In our attempt to ensure that our MPs get full concentration to serve their constituents without distractions, some key officers in the party were tactically banned from contesting in our last parliamentary primaries.

Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), secretaries and chairpersons were asked to quit their positions two clear years if they have interest in contesting in the parliamentary primaries,” part of the letter read.

That decision by the leadership of the party, he noted, went a long way to prevent the MMDCEs from sabotaging the MPs but rather focused on their mandates as expected.

He believed a similar directive should have been extended to the CEOs whose activities adversely affected the 2020 campaign of the party as most of the CEOs never used their positions to help the party grassroots, denying them job opportunities.

“There has been several complaints and allegations to the effect that most of these CEOs sell job opportunities to the highest bidders and deny party people.

“Their focus has always been to make more money to get the financial strength to contest parliamentary primaries,” he alleged.

He said in the 2020 parliamentary primaries of the party, some CEOs succeeded in ousting incumbent MPs who had committed their time and resources to build their constituencies.

Despite doing virtually nothing to support the mobilisation of the party’s support base, these CEO wrestled the seat from the MPs on the back of lies and propaganda, he noted.

“I wish to draw the attention of the General Secretary and the rest of the National Executives that if indeed we are serious to break the eight, we must extend the restriction to the CEOs against contesting in our next parliamentary primaries as has been done to the MMDCEs and other executive members,” he concluded.

Source: Modern Ghana

NDC free-for-all fight in Techiman: One remanded, four granted bail

The Techiman Circuit court in the Bono East Region has remanded Kojo Agyei, alias Kojo Cocaine, to reappear on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 for his alleged role in last week’s violent attack visited on members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Techiman South constituency.

Four others, namely Illiasu Sulemana, a.k.a Oboot, Andrew Kemire, Fatau Abdallah and Alhaji Nuhu were, however, granted bail to reappear on Friday August 5, 2022.

These alleged NDC thugs, who are said to have been terrorising people for some time now, were arrested by the Police in their hideouts around Techiman following their alleged involvement in attacks at the NDC party office in Techiman on Thursday July 28, 2022. Prior to that, they had also visited similar violence on some party executives who had gathered at Akina Hotel for a meeting.

One person sustained multiple knife wounds and is currently on admission at the hospital while several others suffered various degrees of injury during the attacks.

Free for all fight

It would be recalled that some NDC thugs descended on some party executives and supporters twice last week at the party’s office, and also at the Akina Hotel in Techiman. They disrupted the intended activities of the party.

This resulted in a free-for-all fight among them, resulting in the injury of many party faithful present. The NDC Techiman South constituency secretary, Sulemana Twi Brempong; youth organizer, Halidu Sulemana, and the communications officer, Alhaji Sulemana Issah, were mercilessly beaten to pulp by their own party thugs and had to be rushed to the hospital.

A video being circulated on social media about the incident captures parts of the melee as one of the thugs is seen hitting people with a bench.

Reports say it took the timely intervention of the Military Patrol Team to rescue the executives from being lynched by the party thugs.

NDC communicators in the constituency are said to have suspended their services following this incident and have subsequently boycotted all radio discussion programmes to register their displeasure about happenings in the party.

Source: Modern Ghana

Gov’t 1D1F is a sham – US-based Economist

Dr Sa-ad Iddrisu, a Ghanaian economist based in the United States is asking the Haruna Iddrisu-led Minority group in Parliament to summon the Trade Minister, Mr Alan Kyerematen, to answer questions in Parliament regarding the One- District One -Factory (1D1F) programme of the government.

According to Dr Iddrisu, the Finance Minister in his Mid-year budget statement said that 125 factories have been completed since 2017 but that is false.

He said “The 1D1F, based on available data, is a sham perpetuated by this government on the Ghanaian taxpayer. The programme is dominated by nonexistent factories.

“These factories can only be found on paper but cannot be traced to any physical office and employees.

“In short, the government 1D1F program is dominated by shell/suitcase companies.”

Dr. Iddrisu went further to explain, “A shell/suitcase company is a company/factory that only exists on paper but has no office nor employees. Suitcase companies are mostly set up by people in power with the sole aim of transferring stolen and ill-gotten wealth so as not to get caught, and it seems that is exactly what 1D1F is doing under this current government by Nana Addo.

“The reason the Minority group in Parliament must dig deeper into the 1D1F program to ensure value for money for the Ghanaian taxpayer.”

Dr. Iddrisu in a statement also added that available data on government websites shows only eight factories are operating and not 125 as claimed by the Finance Minister.

“Using data from the ministry of trade website, 1D1F official website, ministry of finance website, Ghana Exim bank website, and other several external sources, one can confidently say that not all the 125 factories mentioned in the Mid-year budget are in existence.

“More than 90% are only existing on paper without any physical factor building nor employees.”

For this reason, Dr. Iddrisu believes that “The Minority group in Parliament, therefore, owes it a duty to Ghanaians to call the appropriate government representative on the 1D1F, the Trade Minister, to answer some questions.

Below is the full statement released by Dr. Sa-ad Iddrisu

For Immediate Release

02/08/2022

Gov’t 1D1F Is A Sham And The Minority in Parliament Must Summon The Trade Minister For Questioning

The Minority group in Parliament must summon the Trade Minister, Hon. Alan Kyerematen, to answer questions in Parliament regarding the One District One Factory (1D1F) program of the government.

According to the Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, in his Mid-year budget statement on Monday July 25, “Out of 296 1D1F projects undertaken since 2017, 125 are currently operational across the country.” This statement is incorrect according to available data.

The 1D1F, based on available data, is a sham perpetuated by this government on the Ghanaian taxpayer. The program is dominated by nonexistent factories. These factories can only be found on paper but cannot be traced to any physical office and employees.

In short, the government 1D1F program is dominated by shell/suitcase companies.

A shell/suitcase company is a company/factory that only exists on paper but has no office nor employees. Suitcase companies are mostly set up by people in power with the sole aim of transferring stolen and ill-gotten wealth so as not to get caught, and it seems that is exactly what 1D1F is doing under this current government by H.E. President Nana Addo. The reason the Minority group in Parliament must dig deeper into the 1D1F program to ensure value for money for the Ghanaian tax payer.

Using data from the ministry of trade website, 1D1F official website, ministry of finance website, Ghana Eximbank website, and other several external sources, one can confidently say that not all the 125 factories mentioned in the Mid-year budget are in existence. More than 90% are only existing on paper without any physical factor building nor employees.

Available data seems to suggest that only 8 factories are physically in existence with factory buildings and few workers. These are:

1. $15 million Ekumfi Fruits and Juice Factory in Ekumfi Abor District in the Central Region

2. GHC 12 million Central Oil Mills factory in Denkyira District

3. GHC 10 million CH Global Food processing factory in Krachi East District in Oti region

4. $16 million Weddi Africa Tomato Processing factory in Domefete in Berekum West District of the Bono Region

5. GHC 45 million Bodukwan Multi-Fruit Processing factory in Ashanti region

6. $34 million Starch processing factory in Amantin in Bono East Region

7. GHC 14 million Casa De Ropa Potato in Central Region

8. $30 million Atlantic Life Sciences (Pharmaceutical factory) in Ningo-Prampam

Therefore, the claim by the Finance Minister in the Mid-year budget statement of 2022 alluding to the fact that 125 factories have been completed, is false and a deliberate misrepresentation of reality.

The Minority group in Parliament therefore owes it a duty to Ghanaians to call the appropriate government representative on the 1D1F, the Trade Minister, to answer some questions.

The ordinary Ghanaian including myself will be interested to hear from the Trade Minister on questions such as:

1. How much of the Ghanaian taxes have been spent on these factories as subsides or other forms of cost?

2. How many actual factories have been duly completed under the 1D1F program since 2017?

3. In each district/region, what is the physical verifiable address for each completed factory?

4. How many direct and indirect jobs have been created by each of the completed factories since 2017?

5. How much output in quantity/volumes have been produced from each of these factories for domestic and foreign (exports) consumption?

6. In revenue terms, how much has the government raised in taxes (income and corporate taxes) from these completed factories since 2017?

7. In growth terms, what is the output growth from these factories to Ghana’s Gross domestic product (GDP) since 2017?

8. What is the percentage of government ownership in each completed factory?

These are valuable questions every tax payer in Ghana will be interested to hear answers to from the Trade Minister on the 1D1F program and I hope the Minority group in Parliament will not relent on their duties to the Ghanaian Voter.

Thank you,

Source: Modern Ghana