Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces Expansion of Sales, Service and Engineering Facility in South Africa

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces Expansion of Sales, Service and Engineering Facility in South Africa

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Group”), a part of the Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) and operating under Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (USA) is proud to announce yet another expansion of their sales, service and engineering capabilities for the African market. From their facility they will be providing support for all the Group’s products.

TEMECULA, Calif., March 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Group”), a part of the Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) and operating under Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (USA) is proud to announce yet another expansion of their sales, service and engineering capabilities for the African market. From their facility they will be providing support for all the Group’s products.

Located in Waterfall, KZN, South Africa, the facility was established to provide a stronger footprint in Africa and support South Africa’s engineering hub and economic center. Local engineers and field service support will bring specific knowledge of the region and local markets, allowing highly customized solutions.

In addition to offering technical sales for all the Group’s products, they have added an air separation unit commissioning team which includes customer support. The additional engineering support will provide process and design optimization and innovative solutions for the region. The facility will also provide LNG equipment, to support the large natural gas expansion off Mozambique, and potential development of virtual pipelines for LNG fuel to mitigate the electricity crisis.

“This expansion positions us to be able to respond rapidly to the growing energy needs of Africa, and to provide greater service and support to our customers with our local presence,” according to Peter Wagner, CEO of Cryogenic Industries and President of the Group.

Bruce van Dongen will serve as Managing Director. A service facility is planned for some time in the future, which will support pumps and turboexpanders. This expansion represents their commitment to and support of the growth of the African market.

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, and 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 20 operating entities.

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King Faisal Prize Awards $1 Million, in Recognition of COVID-19 Vaccine Development, Nanotechnology Ingenuity Contributing to 100 Scientific Breakthroughs that Changed the World, and other Key Scientific & Humanitarian Achievements

During its 45th session, King Faisal Prize Recognized Other Outstanding Figures in the Fields of Arabic Language & Literature, Islamic Studies, and Service to Islam

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On 20 March, Harvard University and Oxford University professors Dan Barouch from the US and Sarah Gilbert from the UK received the King Faisal Prize for Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for their innovative vaccine technologies. They developed Covid-19 vaccines, which saved millions of lives. Furthermore, Northwestern University Professor, Chad Mirkin, and the A*STAR Senior Fellow and Director at NanoBio Lab, Professor Jackie Yi-Ru Ying, were awarded the Science Prize for helping define the modern age of nanotechnology and for their various advancements and applications of nanomaterials.

Professor Dan Barouch; the Director of the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Professor Sarah Gilbert; the Saïd Chair of Vaccinology in the Nuffield Department of Medicine at Oxford University, employed a novel technology in developing Covid-19 viral vectors vaccines: the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, respectively.

Novel Vaccine Technology and Quick Response to the Pandemic

Instead of the traditional vaccines’ methods which use a weakened or killed form of the original infection and require a long time to develop in the human body, professors Dan Barouch and Sarah Gilbert genetically modified a harmless version of a different virus to carry genetic material to body cells and deliver protection. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was based on engineering a harmless adenovirus (called Ad26) which was a common type of virus that caused mild cold symptoms..

In his acceptance speech during the ceremony, Professor Barouch said, “The Ad26 vaccine for COVID-19 demonstrated robust efficacy in humans, even after a single shot, and showed continued protection against virus variants that emerged. This vaccine has been rolled out across the world by the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, and over 200 million people have received this vaccine, particularly in the developing world”.

Like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the essence of the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine, (called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19), is a genetically modified weakened version of a common virus which caused a cold in chimpanzees and no infection when injected in humans. The modified virus in both vaccines carried the genetic instructions for the coronavirus spike protein. When entering the body cells, the virus used a genetic code or instructions to produce the specific surface spike protein of the coronavirus inducing an immune response and preparing the immune system to attack coronavirus if it infects the body.

Both vaccines were achieved in few months of work; the Johnson & Johnson vaccine required 13 months and the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine took 10 months of work. This was due to previous research work and clinical trials to develop vaccine candidates for multiple pathogens of global significance. The development of the Ad26 vaccine platform, which was the base for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, came as a result of Dan Barouch’s accumulated work on HIV, Zika virus, and tuberculosis. He is considered a pioneer in the creation of a series of vaccine platform technologies that can be used when developing vaccines for emerging infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Moreover, Barouch led the world’s first demonstration of Zika vaccine protection in preclinical studies and launched a series of phase 1 Zika vaccine clinical trials.

Likewise, the Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine’s innovative technologies were also applied by Sarah Gilbert to Malaria, Ebola, Influenza, and MERS, with clinical trials of the latter taking place in the UK and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In fact, the patented ChAdOx1 technology was developed by Professor Gilbert and other researchers at the University of Oxford in 2012. In 2014, she led the first trial of an Ebola vaccine after a large outbreak of the disease in West Africa.

“I am humbled to join the other 2023 laureates today, and to follow-in the footsteps of the men and women whose work has been recognized by the Foundation over more than four decades. This award is in recognition of my work to co-create a vaccine for COVID-19. A low-cost, accessible, efficacious vaccine that has now been used in more than 180 countries and is estimated to have saved more than six million lives by the start of 2022”, said Professor Gilbert in her acceptance speech during the awarding ceremony.

Nanotechnology Inventions Topping 100 Scientific Discoveries that Changed the World

In this year’s King Faisal Prize for Science about “Chemistry”, Professor Chad Mirkin (from the US); the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) and the Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Medicine, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, and Professor Jackie Yi-Ru Ying (from the US); the A*STAR Senior Fellow and Director at NanoBio Lab, Agency for Science, Technology, and Research, received the prize.

The work of Professor Chad Mirkin, which has been at the forefront of nano chemistry for over three decades, has helped define the modern age of nanotechnology. He is widely recognized for his invention of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), which are nanostructures composed of nucleic acids in a spherical configuration which enter human cells and tissues and overcome biological barriers, making it possible to detect or treat a disease on the genetic level. More than 1,800 products for medical diagnostics, therapeutics, and life science research were based on this technology. “One vital component of our work aims to use nanotechnology to restructure DNA and RNA into forms that make them more potent medicines for treating debilitating types of cancer and neurological disease. Through this work, we hope to usher in a new era of powerful and precision genetic medicines where we can attack and treat disease at its genetic routes”, said Mirkin in his acceptance speech.

Professor Mirkin has over 1,200 patent applications worldwide. He also founded several companies, including Nanosphere, AuraSense, TERA-print, Azul 3D, MattIQ, and Flashpoint Therapeutics. He pioneered artificial intelligence-based materials discovery inventing a method to create patterns directly on different substances with a variety of inks called “dip-pen nanolithography”, which was described by National Geographic as one of the “top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world”. He also developed HARP (high-area rapid printing) technology, a 3D printing process that can manufacture different products like ceramics at record-breaking throughput.

As for Professor Jackie Yi-Ru Ying, her research focused on synthesis of advanced nanomaterials and systems, and their application in biomedicine, energy conversion, and catalysis. Her inventions have been used to solve challenges in different fields of medicine, chemistry, and energy. “I am deeply honored to be receiving the King Faisal Prize in Science, especially as the first female recipient of this award,” she said in her acceptance speech.

Her development of stimuli-responsive polymeric nanoparticles led to a technology which can autoregulate the release of insulin, depending on the blood glucose levels in diabetic patients without the need for external blood glucose monitoring. Dr. Ying’s laboratory has pioneered the synthesis of mesoporous and microporous transition metal oxides; a class of nanomaterials used in energy storage and conversion, by supramolecular templating (organizing or assembling entities).

Dr. Ying has more than 180 primary patents and patent applications; 32 of which have been licensed to multinational and start-up companies for a range of applications in nanomedicine, drug delivery, cell and tissue engineering, medical implants, biosensors, medical devices, and others. Her work is at the intersection of nanotechnology and technical medicine and has culminated in the establishment of six successful start-ups and spinoff companies.

Four Exceptional Thinkers and Leaders Recognized in Arabic Language & Literature, Islamic Studies, and Service to Islam

Along with Medicine and Science, the King Faisal Prize recognized outstanding thinkers and scholars in Arabic Language & Literature and Islamic Studies this year and honored exemplary leaders who have contributed to serve Islam, Muslims, and humanity.

Professor Abdelfattah Kilito, from Morocco, received the “Arabic Language & Literature” prize focusing on “Classical Arabic Narrative and Modern Theories”. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer at the New Sorbonne, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the University of Oxford, and the College de France. Professor Robert Hillenbrand, from the UK, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) at the University of Edinburgh, was awarded the “Islamic Studies” prize in “Islamic Architecture”. His work was distinguished by its geographic and temporal expansiveness, which covered North Africa, Egypt, Palestine, and Central Asia, and spanned from the early Islamic period till the 19th Century. As for the “Service to Islam” Prize, Professor Choi Young Kil-Hamed (from South Korea) and His Excellency Shaikh Nasser bin Abdullah Al Zaabi (from the UAE) were this year’s laureates.

Since 1979, King Faisal Prize in its 5 different categories has awarded 290 laureates who have made distinguished contributions to different sciences and causes. Each prize laureate is endowed with USD 200 thousand; a 24-carat gold medal weighing 200 grams, and a Certificate inscribed with the Laureate’s name and a summary of their work which qualified them for the prize.


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Muslim leaders urged to intensify education on peaceful co-existence

The Right Reverend Dr Gordon Kisseih, the First Vice President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), has urged Muslim leaders to intensify advocacy for the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and other religious faiths in their communities.

He said tolerance and peaceful co-existence among all people were the surest way to build national cohesion for sustainable development.

Rt. Rev. Dr Kisseih, who is also the General Overseer of the Life International church, made the call at the launch of the Easter Crusade of the church at Achimota in Accra.

The three-day crusade which begins from Wednesday April 4, to Thursday, April 6, 2023, is on the theme: “Helping the Poor, the Needy and the Vulnerable,” and aimed at preaching salvation to the people, praying for the sick and the nation, as well as supporting the community.

Rt. Rev. Dr Kisseih indicated that in the previous year the church supported the community with food items and free medical screening and would do the same during this year’s celebrations, as part of its social responsibility.

He urged Muslims and Christians to pray for the government as it worked hard to address the socio-economic challenges facing the nation.

The Reverend Minister also sent a goodwill message to the Muslim community both in Ghana and globally as they embarked on this year’s Ramadan later in the month.

He urged the youth to desist from all forms of negative tendencies that may ruin their future aspirations.

Rt. Rev. Dr Kisseih charged drivers to desist from driving under the influence of alcohol to ensure an accident-free Easter festivity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Former Erdogan rival announces candidacy for Turkish elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing more competition as Muharrem Ince, who already ran against Erdogan once in 2018, announced his candidacy for the presidency on Monday.

The official candidate list for the parliamentary and presidential elections on May 14 is to be be published at the end of the month.

Ince was defeated by Erdogan in 2018 while running as a candidate for the opposition centre-left Republican People’s Party (CHP). Now he is running as the candidate of the much smaller Homeland Party.

The elections are seen as a key test for Erdogan, who has been in power for 20 years.

According to opinion polls, his re-election is anything but certain.

Earlier, an alliance of six parties put up opposition leader Kemal Kiliçdaroglu, 74, as a joint candidate to try to topple Erdogan.

Kiliçdaroglu on Monday solicited the support of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) – currently the second-strongest opposition party in parliament.

Polls put Ince well behind Erdogan and Kiliçdaroglu.

Ince’s candidacy gave rise to discussion about whether he was not splintering the opposition and thus acting contrary to his declared goal – namely to get Erdogan out of office.

Erdogan, with his conservative Islamic governing Justice and Development Party (AKP), has so far entered the race with the support of the ultra-nationalist MHP, the religious BBP and the Islamist Hüda-Par party. Erdogan’s courting of the latter in particular had caused much outrage in Turkey.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Speaker Bagbin eulogises late Dr Anthony Osei Akoto

Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament, on Tuesday eulogised the late Dr Anthony Osei Akoto, a former Member of Parliament (MP) for Old Tafo, saying he was a very illustrious Member of the House.

The Speaker said this on the floor of the House on Tuesday when he announced the demise of Dr Osei Akoto to Members.

Dr Osei Akoto passed on Monday, March 20, at the age of 69.

Speaker Bagbin said the late Dr Osei Akoto was a very effective, very well respected and a very true gentleman.

He noted that the late Dr Osei Akoto was not just an MP, but he was also appointed a Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, and later he became a Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

Speaker Bagbin said the late Dr Osei Akoto really distinguished himself both at the Ministry and in the Parliament of Ghana.

He noted that before even joining politics, the late Dr Osei Akoto was a known face, a very active civil society leader, who worked in the then very vibrant Economic NGO.

Speaker Bagbin said the late Dr Osei Akoto did a lot of work – finance and planning for this country.

“I really was sad when I heard that Honourable Dr Anthony Osei Akoto, a former Member of Parliament for Old Tafo passed away, just yesterday,” Speaker Bagbin stated.

He assured the family of the late former MP of the House’s support to assuage their pain.

The Speaker also led the House to observe a minute of silence for the late Dr Osei Akoto.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Bono NPP designs youth engagement project for Election 2024

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is to undertake a nationwide youth engagement project to attract and register more of the youth for Election 2024, Mr Kwame Baffoe, the Bono Regional Chairman of the Party has hinted.

Dubbed “first time voters’ engagement,” Mr Baffoe explained the project would commence after the Electoral Commission (EC) had opened a fresh voter registration exercise ahead of the 2024 general election.

The Regional Chairman said the project was in line with strategies introduced by the NPP in the region to entice more of the youth to join to enhance its election fortunes in the Election 2024 and retain the NPP in political power.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani, Mr Baffoe, popularly known as “Chairman Abronye” in the political space said a youth-driven Party was required for effective electioneering for the NPP to break the eight.

He said the youth would determine the winner of the Election 2024 because they formed the chunk of the voting population, hence the need to make the NPP more attractive to entice them to join and enhance its political fortunes in the next general election.

Mr Baffoe said the 2020 population census indicate that the youth constituted about 59.5 per cent of the Ghanaian population, saying the EC’s 2020 voter population also pegged the youth at 55.1 per cent.

“From all indications, it is clear that the Ghanaian youth especially, the yet-to-be first-time voters have higher influence and remain a deciding factor in our next general election, hence the Party in the region is re-strategizing to bring them on board for effective electioneering that will retain us in political power,” he stated.

“We are going to mobilise and give the youth an orientation on the philosophies, ideologies, tenets, values, administrative structures, achievements, youth manifesto policies and social interventions of our great Party,” he said.

“When young people are disengaged from political processes, a significant portion of the population would be cut off in decision-making and policy formulation and implementation,” he added.

Mr Baffoe said it was essential the youth were inspired to play active politics so that their voices would be heard in decision-making, saying inclusive political participation was not only a fundamental political and democratic right but also remained crucial in building a stable and peaceful society.

“As a great party we must inspire and encourage the youth to engage in active politics in order to develop and implement policies and programmes that would respond to their specific needs,” he stated.

Mr Baffoe said he was confident that with a large number of youths, the NPP would be able to break the eight, saying with the Party’s solid and proven track records and achievements, the youth would be happy to join the Party to push an overwhelming victory in the Election 2024.

“The NPP has an edge over the NDC because the Party can be credited for the introduction and strengthening of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Ghana School Feeding Programme, almighty Free Senior High School and the free Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme which have virtually benefited every household in the country,” he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

President Akufo-Addo Swears in three new members to the EC Board

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Monday appointed three new members to the Board of the Electoral Commission (EC), charging them to bring integrity, professionalism, independence and fairness of mind to the discharge of their duties.

They are Salima Ahmed Tijani; Rev Akua Ofori Boateng; and Dr Peter Appiahene.

At a swearing-in ceremony at the Jubilee House, Accra, the President told the trio that they had come into the office when Ghana sought to bolster its democratic credentials on the African continent.

He said it was the quality of their work that would reassure Ghanaians, who go to the next polls in 21 months, that the country’s democratic system of governance would be properly nurtured by an electoral system that allowed their voices to be plainly and loudly heard.

Emphasizing the importance of credible elections, President Akufo-Addo pointed out that the count, the collation and the declaration of results “cannot and should not be more important than the sacred, God-given right of a citizen casting his or her ballot.”

“I have said it before, and I will repeat it. Elections are about those who cast the vote, not those who count, not those who supervise, not those who transmit, and not those who declare. The heart of the democratic process is giving effect to the choices made by those who cast the vote,” he stressed.

The President expressed confidence in the new EC members and enjoined them to bring integrity, professionalism and independence and fairness of mind to the discharge of their duties.

He asked them to be guided by past events, saying, “Remember that, now more than ever, every single decision you take will be scrutinized to the letter.”

President Akufo-Addo reminded them that they would find no “honeymoon period,” or be afforded the chance to settle into their numerous responsibilities, as they began work.

“I have, nevertheless, confidence in your abilities to surmount the hurdles before you. Each of you has excelled in your areas of focus and you possess the requisite qualifications to deliver and meet the considerable expectations of the Ghanaian people,” he said.

The President implored them to resist anyone who attempted to cow them into submission.

They should uphold the aspirations of Ghanaians at all material times.

“Indeed, let no one try to cow you into submission. On the contrary, let the expectation of the Ghanaian people spur you on to great heights, and, above all, work so that the will of the Ghanaian people is upheld,” he said.

Dr Appiahene, on behalf of the trio, expressed gratitude to the President for the confidence reposed in them.

He said they were aware of the massive responsibility ahead of them and gave the assurance that they would leverage their expertise to build a robust, free, fair and transparent electoral system for the country.

“We are poised to deliver,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chieftaincy Ministry trains staff to enhance service delivery

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs (MCRA) has organised a two-day workshop for its staff to enhance their skills and improve productivity.

The training workshop was conducted by the Human Resource Directorate and the Policy Planning, Budget Monitoring, and Evaluation Unit of the Ministry.

Ms Fati Lily Soale,the Acting Chief Director for the MCRA, emphasized the need for staff to invest in upgrading their skills to advance their careers.

She said the Ministry had plans to invest significantly in building the capacity of staff, which would not only boost individual confidence but increase productivity.

During the training, resource persons provided staff with in-depth knowledge on report writing, the standard report format, and how to generate funds internally, among other pertinent topics.

The staff also participated in focused group discussions, which provided an opportunity for them to collaborate and share ideas.

Ms Soale expressed confidence that the staff would be able to prepare detailed reports that accurately reflected their work at the end of the training.

Mr Evans Habadah, Director for Human Resource Management at MCRA, said the workshop was to ensure that the Ministry had a standard reporting format that included all relevant details about its activities.

A good report should be comprehensive and easy to understand, even in the absence of the author, he emphasised.

He stressed that the Ministry was committed to building the capacity of staff to contribute effectively to the achievement of the Ministry’s mandate.

Source: Ghana News Agency