Duck Creek Technologies recognized for outstanding commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by Insurance Business America

The insurtech is named winner of the 2023 5-Star Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion award

Boston, Jan. 24, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies (NASDAQ: DCT), the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) insurance, has earned recognition from Insurance Business America as its 2023 5-Star Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion winner for its strong programs and values around diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).

Duck Creek is inherently people-focused and proudly made up of diverse individuals and global teams. The company’s culture and DE&I programs are a central part of its strategic global vision. Duck Creek has five dedicated Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) focused on race, ethnicity, gender, military service and career level, and two councils focused on diversity and employee experience. Duck Creek has championed a workplace that values and celebrates individuals and differences while encouraging and enabling collaboration.

“It is an honor for Duck Creek to be recognized as a leader of diversity, equity and inclusion in the insurance industry,” says Mike Jackowski, Chief Executive Officer at Duck Creek. “Our people are our greatest asset and they are central to creating a community of belonging and helping us transform the future of insurance through purpose, technology and data. The different backgrounds, experiences and ideas of our employees enable our customers’ success and bring value to our entire ecosystem.”

“Diversity is vital at Duck Creek and we recognize that it has many dimensions,” said Amy Bayer, Global Director – DE&I, Engagement and Culture. “We work intentionally to ensure a diverse collection of people, voices, and perspectives are represented, respected, empowered, and thrive at our company. We are dedicated to continuously strengthening our winning culture and expanding our DE&I initiatives to remain a community where employees feel a true sense of belonging and experience opportunities for long-term personal and professional growth.”

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About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies (NASDAQ: DCT) is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

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2023 Japan Prize Laureates Announced

TOKYO, Jan. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Japan Prize Foundation announced the winners of the 2023 Japan Prize on January 24, 2023. Prof. Masataka Nakazawa and Mr. Kazuo Hagimoto, both of Japan, are co-winners of the Japan Prize in the fields of Electronics, Information, and Communication, and Prof. Gero Miesenboeck of Austria and Prof. Karl Deisseroth of the United States are co-winners of the Japan Prize in the field of Life Science.

– Fields of Electronics, Information, and Communication

Prof. Masataka Nakazawa

Mr. Kazuo Hagimoto

– Field of Life Science

Prof. Gero Miesenboeck

Prof. Karl Deisseroth

For this year’s Japan Prize, Prof. Nakazawa and Mr. Hagimoto are being recognized for their distinguished contributions to global long-distance, high-capacity optical fiber network through the development of semiconductor laser pumped optical amplifier, while Prof. Miesenboeck and Prof. Deisseroth are being recognized for their development of methods that use genetically addressable light-sensitive membrane proteins to unravel neural circuit functions.

For the 2023 Japan Prize, the Foundation asked approximately 15,500 prominent scientists and engineers from around the world to nominate researchers working in this year’s fields. It received 123 nominations in the fields of Electronics, Information, and Communication, and 204 nominations for the field of Life Science. This year’s winners were selected from that total of 327 candidates.

About the Japan Prize

The establishment of the Japan Prize in 1981 was motivated by the Japanese government’s desire to create an internationally recognized award that would contribute to scientific and technological development around the world. With the support of numerous donations, the Japan Prize Foundation received endorsement from the Cabinet Office in 1983.

The Japan Prize is awarded to scientists and engineers from around the world, who have made creative and dramatic achievements that help progress their fields and contribute significantly to realizing peace and prosperity for all humanity. Researchers in all fields of science and technology are eligible for the award, with two fields selected each year in consideration of current trends in scientific and technological development. In principle, one individual in each field is recognized with the award, and receives a certificate, a medal, and a monetary prize. Each Award Ceremony is attended by the current Emperor and Empress, heads of the three branches of government and other related officials, and representatives from various other elements of society.


Rosario Ochoa Named General Manager of Nikkiso ACD for Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group

TEMECULA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries’ Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Group”), a part of the Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) group of companies, is pleased to announce that Rosario Ochoa has joined the Group as General Manager of Nikkiso ACD, effective January 16, 2023.

Rosie brings with her over 15 years of experience in production, lean manufacturing, sustaining engineering, new product development, environmental health and safety as well as quality compliance to standards such as ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO/TS1949. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering from Mexicali Institute of Technology, Mexico, and a certified ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor from AQS Management Systems, Inc. She has a strong background in manufacturing operations, quality and six sigma, engineering, organizational excellence and cultural transformation.

Nikkiso ACD, Santa Ana, California, along with Nikkiso Cryo (Las Vegas) is part of the Group’s Cryogenic Pumps Unit. As General Manager, Rosie will drive operational excellence throughout the Cryogenic Pumps Unit as well as the entire organization leading the cross functional teams to improve speed and efficiency across the business. She will report to Jim Estes, Executive Director Nikkiso ACD.

“Rosie brings a broad range of skills and experience to the position. With her leadership, I am confident ACD will continue to grow and meet our customers demand for the best quality and reliability of cryogenic pumps,” according to Jim Estes, Executive Director Nikkiso ACD. “Rosie’s role further supports our mission to provide innovative equipment, technologies and services through our global group of companies to help our customers to make a difference.”

Rosie is also a member of the Vistage organization: the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for business leaders.

Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture, and service engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment (pumps, turboexpanders, heat exchangers, etc.), and process plants for Industrial Gases, Natural gas Liquefaction (LNG), Hydrogen Liquefaction (LH2) and Organic Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

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NDC determined to win in Assin South Seat-Chairman Cobbinah

Assin Besease (C/R),– The National Democratic Congress (NDC), in the Assin South Constituency is determined to win the seat in the 2024 Parliamentary and Presidential elections through numerous engagements with grassroots supporters.

The NDC Party has therefore outdoored a project dubbed, “Agenda win the Assin South seat at all cost” at a colourful event at Assin Besease.

The maiden event was held in collaboration with the Women’s wing of the party in the constituency and repeated in all the 25 electoral areas.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Thomas Cobbinah, Assin South Constituency Chairman of the NDC, said about 90 per cent of members should participate in the upcoming assembly election and use it as a litmus test to determine the strength of the party.

He told the teeming supporters of the party to guard against ‘hearsay’ and build an effective communication system in the party to help attract members from the opposite side to join the party, since politics was all about numbers.

Mr Cobbinah encouraged the grassroots and foot soldiers in the constituency to contribute an amount of GH¢5.00 each towards the full operation of ”Agenda win the Assin South seat at all cost’.’

He personally donated GH¢200.00 as a seed money towards the operation and promised to pay GH¢200.00 every month.

Mr Cobbinah admonished all to allow peace to prevail in the party.

Mrs Nuzrat Ahmed, Women Organiser for the constituency, charged the members to remain resolute and champion the good course of the party for victory in the upcoming election.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC makes changes in Parliamentary Leadership – Ato Forson now leads Minority

Accra, Jan 24, GNA – The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has made changes to its leadership in Parliament, naming Dr Casiel Ato Forson, the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam, as the Minority Leader.

Dr Ato Forson, also the Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, replaces Mr Haruna Iddrisu, MP, Tamale South, as the leader of the Minority Caucus when Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

A letter addressed to Mr Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, and made available to the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday, said After every election, the Party reconstituted its leadership even if it meant reconfirming them.

The letter, signed by Mr Fiifi Kwetey, the General Secretary of the NDC, named Mr Armah Kofi Buah, MP for Ellembelle, as the Deputy Minority Leader, who replaces Mr James Klutse Avedzi, MP, Ketu North.

Mr Governs Kwame Agbodza, MP for Adaklu, replaces Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, MP, Asawase, as the Minority Whip.

The letter, however, maintained Mr Ahmed Ibrahim and Madam Comfort Doyoe-Ghansah as the First and Second Deputy Whips, respectively.

Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, the National Chairman of the NDC, in March 2021, said the Party was considering making changes to its leadership in Parliament.

“There is some work in progress. After every election, we reconstitute the leadership of Parliament even if it means reconfirming them,” he said.

“We haven’t done that yet because of the court cases. We started but got to a point and felt that we needed to finish with the court cases first. So, it is something we are considering. But there will be a definite statement.”

“…I’m sure by the time Parliament returns from the break, we will have taken this decision.”

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parliament reconvenes on Tuesday, February 7

Accra, Jan 24, GNA – Parliament will resume sitting on Tuesday, February 7, after legislators took a break for the Christmas and New Year holidays.

A statement signed by Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, and issued to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, on Tuesday, said: “The Third Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic shall commence at Ten o’clock in the forenoon of Tuesday, 7th February, 2023.”

It said the Speaker of Parliament, by Clause (1) of Article 112 of the 1992 Constitution, appointed Parliament House, Accra, to be the place of meeting.

“Know Ye All Men that in the exercise of the powers conferred on the Speaker by Clause (1) of Article 112 of the Constitution, I, Rt Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, Speaker of Parliament, by this Constitutional Instrument, appoint Parliament House Accra to be the place….”

“… and Ten O’clock in the forenoon of Tuesday, 7th February 2023 to be the time at which the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic shall commence,” the statement said.

Parliament on Thursday, December 22, 2022, adjourned sine die, for the Christmas break after passing the Appropriation Bill for the 2023 Fiscal Year.

The break also marked the end of the Third Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minority Leadership reshuffling is in line with NDC’s reorganisation – Asiedu-Nketia

Accra, Jan 24, GNA – Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, the Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), said the decision to reshuffle the Parliamentary Minority Caucus Leadership is in line with the party’s reorganisation.

Speaking in a media interview, he said the reorganisation, which started over a year ago, formed part of efforts to win the 2024 general election.

“We started more than a year ago at the branch level. We have since done elections in about 40, 000 branches and then from there we proceeded to the constituency level,” Mr Asiedu Nketia said.

“ We are done largely with all the constituencies. We have done regional elections and we just completed our national election and the next is to look at our leadership in Parliament. That is what we have just done.”

He explained that different timings demand different leadership and that the reshuffle was in the best interest of the party.

He said the outgoing Minority Leadership had played their part and the new ones were chosen after careful consideration.

In arriving at that decision, the Party took into consideration several factors such as the financial, economic, energy and infrastructural situation of the country.

People with certain expertise were, therefore, needed to help in dealing with the situation, Mr Asiedu-Nketia said.

As election 2024 drew nearer, issues on the floor of the House would change to issues on the economy, infrastructure and energy, hence the importance to put the best people in those fields to properly argue the Party’s stance.

Dr Cassiel Ato Baah Forson, the new NDC Minority Leader in Parliament, and Member of Parliament (MP) for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam in the Central Region, is a financial expert while Mr Armah Kofi Buah, the new Deputy Minority Leader, and MP for Ellembelle, is energy-inclined.

Mr Kwame Governs Agbodza, the MP for Adaklu, is an expert in infrastructure.

“We know for instance that going into election 2024, the economy is going to be the major battleground and so many of the debates will focus on the economy. So, you better put your best man in economy forward that is what we have done,” Mr Asiedu-Nketia said.

“We also looked at energy. You know the petroleum and electricity challenges, so we needed to settle on Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, our former minister, to be the Deputy Minority Leader,” he said.

“The other area is infrastructure, Kwame Agbodza, being our man in infrastructure should play a key role that was generally what informed the changes.”

Mr Asiedu-Nketia said another factor was regional balance, and that it had been long since the Western and Central regions had their tenure at the NDC’s Parliamentary Leadership.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NDC youth throng Tamale Party office over leadership changes in Parliament?

Tamale, Jan 24, GNA – Some National Democratic Congress (NDC) youth Tuesday afternoon thronged the Tamale Party office at Lamashegu to register their displeasure over the replacement of Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the MP for Tamale South, as the Minority Leader in Parliament.

Dr Casiel Ato Forson, the Member of Parliament for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam in the Central Region, takes over from Mr Iddrisu to lead the Minority in Parliament when it reconvenes on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

Many of the youth said the decision was not in the interest of the party and called on the National Executive to reverse it.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself Concerned Dagbon Youth issued a statement saying the decision was ill conceived. 

Signed by Mr Alhassan M. Alhassan, the President of Concerned Dagbon Youth, and copied to the media in Tamale, the statement said the decision would harm the NDC. 

“Mr Haruna Iddrisu represents hope for this group as well as our proud tradition and culture, and we will resist any attempt to derail him,” it said, adding; “We cannot remain silent while Mr Iddrisu is mistreated….”

The statement demanded from the NDC Leadership an explanation on the decision taken.

The NDC, in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament, dated January 23, 2023, said it had made changes to the Leadership of the Minority Caucus in Parliament, replacing Mr Iddrisu with Dr Ato Forson, as the Minority Leader among other changes. 

Source: Ghana News Agency