Chris McCloskey Joins Duck Creek as Chief Operating Officer

Boston, May 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of Property and Casualty (P&C) and general insurance, today announces the addition of Chris McCloskey to its leadership team as Chief Operating Officer. McCloskey will be instrumental in driving key strategy, operational and transformation initiatives across the entire business, particularly within our customer and professional services organizations.

McCloskey joins Duck Creek from Datto, where he was most recently Chief Customer Officer for the cybersecurity and business continuity company. At Datto, McCloskey was responsible for building a new customer success organization that significantly improved technical implementation, customer satisfaction and retention, and partner health. Before joining Datto, McCloskey grew through sales and customer-facing leadership roles to become COO, Americas at London-based Finastra, a multi-billion-dollar financial services software company.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris to Duck Creek’s leadership team; he will help us continue to better focus on increasing lifetime value and enable our customers to be more successful,” said Mike Jackowski, CEO of Duck Creek. “Chris is incredibly accomplished in growing and leading large teams through transformation, and having him as a strategic customer-facing leader is the perfect match to advance our vision.”

McCloskey Chris earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Gettysburg College.

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies 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.

Carley Bunch
Duck Creek Technologies

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Hitachi Energy signs agreements with ENOWA and Saudi Electricity Company to design and develop the first phase of visionary NEOM region transmission system

Collaboration to accelerate the development of NEOM in Saudi Arabia with up to 9 gigawatts of power transmission capacity

Zurich, Switzerland, May 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader advancing a sustainable energy future for all, has signed agreements under the supervision and management of the Ministry of Energy with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and with ENOWA. The agreements include the supply of three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems to end customer ENOWA, the utility company for NEOM in Northwest Saudi Arabia. Built with sustainability in mind, NEOM is among Saudi Arabia’s Giga-Projects1 reshaping the future of development. The three HVDC links will have a total power capacity of up to 9 gigawatts (GW).

The agreements include an order from ENOWA’s engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) partner, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) awarded to Hitachi Energy and its consortium partner, Saudi Services for Electro Mechanical Works (SSEM), to provide one of the world’s first 3 GW, 525 kilovolt (kV) HVDC Light® transmission system connecting Oxagon, NEOM’s regional development, with the larger Yanbu area more than 650 kilometers away in Western Saudi Arabia.

Hitachi Energy’s scope of supply includes design, engineering, procurement of HVDC technology and commissioning of the HVDC Light converter stations. Whilst SSEM – a leading Saudi EPC specialized in power, water and industrial projects – will design and supply the AC equipment portion and perform the construction and the installation. The converter stations convert the power from AC to DC then back to AC for integration into the receiving grid. The converters will be sourced by and supplied to Saudi Electricity Company, who were contracted in 2022 by ENOWA to act as their EPCM to build this first HVDC system for NEOM.

Further to this, Hitachi Energy and ENOWA have signed an early works and capacity reservation agreement for two additional HVDC projects, each rated up to 3 GW. Under this agreement, both companies commit to having the resources and capacity necessary to implement these two HVDC systems. As part of a new scalable and modular regional network design that is targeted to seamlessly integrate future renewables and energy storage technologies in the NEOM Energy System, making it unique in terms of size and complexity. The co-operation will also explore opportunities to develop local competencies in the Kingdom, including ways to sustainably assemble the necessary HVDC Light components locally.

“We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with ENOWA and Saudi Electricity Company in order to power one of the most visionary development projects of all time,” said Niklas Persson, Managing Director of Hitachi Energy’s Grid Integration business. “As the world progresses towards a more sustainable future, our expertise and HVDC technologies are true enablers of the electrification of the global energy system and the transition to renewables.”

“By securing the first capacities for such an important part of our future grid in only one year since the decision to use this technology, we show ENOWA’s commitment to supporting Saudi Vision 2030 in collaboration with Saudi Electricity Company and Hitachi Energy,” said Thorsten Schwarz, Executive Director of Grid Technology & Projects, Energy of ENOWA.

ENOWA, NEOM’s energy and water company, produces and delivers clean and sustainable energy for industrial and commercial applications. The company benefits from NEOM’s greenfield site and strategic location in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia, with abundant solar and wind resources. ENOWA will act as a catalyst and incubator for developing new, sustainable energy and water businesses while creating a robust economic sector regionally.

ENOWA seeks by its commitment to renewable energy and efficient water management, to become a global reference for industry leaders and setting a benchmark for sustainable economic circular systems around the world. Formed in 2022, ENOWA is the principal shareholder in the world’s largest green hydrogen production plant set to be commissioned in 2026 and will enable NEOM to be a global green hydrogen hub.

NEOM will be powered by 100 percent clean energy, through renewable solar, wind and green hydrogen-based energy. The region is designed to be a blueprint for sustainable urban living with minimal impact on the environment and enhanced livability.

Note to editors:
Hitachi Energy’s HVDC solution combines world-leading expertise in HVDC converter valves; the MACH™ digital control platform2, converter power transformers and high-voltage switchgear; as well as system studies, design and engineering, supply, installation supervision and commissioning.

HVDC Light is a voltage source converter technology developed by Hitachi Energy, which was launched over 25 years ago. It is the preferred technology for many grid applications, including interconnecting countries, integrating renewables and “power-from-shore” connections to offshore production facilities. HVDC Light’s defining features include uniquely compact converter stations and exceptionally low electrical losses.

Hitachi Energy pioneered commercial HVDC technology almost 70 years ago and has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC projects.

Hitachi Energy’s consulting services assist energy customers in pinpointing their challenges and suggesting customized solutions tailored to their unique requirements. Our consultants operate independently, with a product and system-agnostic approach, possessing in-depth knowledge of global technologies, standards, and local grid codes.

1 Saudi’s Giga-Projects
2 Modular Advanced Control for HVDC (MACH™)

See also:
Hitachi Energy to supply the first ever large-scale HVDC interconnection in the Middle East and North Africa (2022)
Hitachi Energy and Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority sign contract to upgrade high-voltage direct current transmission system (2023)

ENOWA website


About Hitachi Energy
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We serve customers in the utility, industry and infrastructure sectors with innovative solutions and services across the value chain. Together with customers and partners, we pioneer technologies and enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. We are advancing the world’s energy system to become more sustainable, flexible and secure whilst balancing social, environmental and economic value. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 40,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of over $10 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totaled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at


Jocelyn Chang
Hitachi Energy

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Ghana judicial staff temporarily call off strike

Ghana’s judicial workers’ association has called off its indefinite nationwide strike after meeting government officials.

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (Jusag) says the strike is on hold for two weeks to allow for engagement and fast-track approval of their salary increase demands.

Court activities came to a halt last week on Thursday, with all judicial service staff directed not to report to work until President Nana Akufo-Addo approved their demand for new salaries and payment of arrears since January.

Ghana’s government faces a tough choice as salary increases go against their promise to reduce spending – a condition of the recent International Monetary Fund bailout.

Source: BBC

Illegal miners face arrest in Ghana after shaft shut

AngloGold Ashanti has closed off unauthorised entry points to a gold mine shaft in Ghana, meaning illegal miners working there will face arrest when they exit through the main mining area.

Ghana’s disaster management organisation has given an assurance that there is a safe authorised exit point from the shaft in Anwiam in the Ashanti region.

“AngloGold discovered that the illegal miners had an entrance that leads to their pit, so they covered it,” disaster management official George Ayisi told the BBC.

The mining giant has also issued a press statement, saying the illegal miners can leave the shaft on foot via an existing ramp to the main mining area.

Seven illegal miners had already left this way and been arrested and handed over to the police for prosecution, AngloGold Ashanti said.

It is not clear how many miners are in the shaft – some reports suggested that 300 people could still be underground.

Source: BBC

Apology for Ghana textbook critical of missionaries

The Ghana National Association of Authors and Publishers (GNAAP) has apologised to those unhappy about a history textbook for primary schools that gives a controversial explanation about the activities of Christian missionaries.

History of Ghana for Basic Schools, Learners Book 4, states that the existence of religion, particularly Christianity, was the cause of doctrinal conflicts and increased poverty in the country.

One radio station tweeted a photo of the offending page from the book, which shows the heading: “Negative effects of Christian missionary activities”:

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Some parents and others have condemned the content of the book, saying it denigrates Christianity.

Ntim Fordjou, the country’s deputy education minister, described the book as “obnoxious”, saying its content was appalling and misconceived.

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (Nacca) has since demanded its the immediate recall.

GNAAP apologised for the error and said it would set up a committee to assess all other books in schools published by its members.

“We are here to render apologies in our bid to protect the image and professionalism of writing and book development in Ghana,” the association’s president John Akwasi Amponsah said.

Source: BBC

Takoradi to host 2023 Ghana Teacher Award

Ghana Teacher Prize, an award scheme instituted to honour outstanding teachers annually, will be held this year in Takoradi, the capital city of the Western Region of Ghana.

At a planning committee meeting held in the month of February 2023, Takoradi was proposed as the venue for this year’s Ghana Teacher Prize. This has subsequently been approved by the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum.

On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, the Registrar of NTC led a delegation made up of Grace Agyeman Duah, the National Coordinator of GTP, Dennis Osei-Owusu, the Public Relations Officer of NTC, Grace Adoma Ababio of Standards and Compliance Department of NTC and Rhoda Ohene Tuffour, Budget Officer of NTC to meet with the Western Regional Minister, Regional Director of Education and the Local Planning Committee (LOC).

GTP is a three-day event that commences from the October 3 to 5 annually. The first two days are used for the symposium and exhibition, and the last day, October 5, (World Teachers’ Day) is the climax. The President of the Republic of Ghana is always the guest of honour.

Dr. Addai-Poku gave a brief history of GTP and underscored the need for the nation to motivate teachers as teachers are the number one determiner of quality and improved learning outcomes.

The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah specially welcomed the delegation from Accra and pledged his unflinching support in making the Ghana Teacher Prize 2023 a success.

He reiterated the need, to recognise the good works of teachers and pledged to give their all for the whole country to forever remember the west side hospitality.

A 7-member Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was formed and chaired by the Regional Director of Education, Felicia Okine, other members are reps from the following CHASS, Teacher Unions, Regional Education Office, TEWU, and the WRCC.

The National Coordinator for GTP walked the LOC through the Terms of Reference for the various sub-committees: Publicity, Event, Sponsorship, Transport, and Accommodation. She charged them to give their all to make this year’s GTP one of the best. The Chairperson, Mad. Felicia Okine promised the NTC officials of nothing but the best.

The team went round the city of Takoradi to inspect facilities for the event.

The event will officially be launched in the month of August 2023 in Accra.

The two-day symposium and exhibition will be held at Akroma Plaza and the Grand Durbar at the Ghana Secondary School (G.S.T.S.) auditorium, Takoradi.

Source: Ghana Web

Student’s Chief intensify calls for removal of ‘killer’ taxes on sanitary pads in the northern region

The Dagbon Students Association chief of the Tamale Technical University and Executive Director of Dagbon Advocacy Network, Naa Nurudeen Ibrahim, has joined calls for the government to remove nuisance taxes on sanitary pad products.

According to him, the high cost of the product in the market follows the exuberant taxes placed on producers and wholesalers.

Naa Nurudeen’s breakdown of the taxes on the products, such as processing fee, Import Vat, Special import levy, Inspection fee, Covid-19 health recovery levy, ECOWAS Levy, EXIM levy, Newwork Getfund, Import duty on sanitary pads, Network charges Vat, African Union import levy and several others.

He bemoaned that sanitary pad has become a scarce product in deprived communities and among girls from poor homes.

Addressing Journalists at the DASA Palace as part of the Mensural Hygiene Day Celebration, he revealed that some girls use rags and towels whilst others quit classes during the mensuration period.

“Feeding and other basic needs are already a problem to these girls and access to sanitary pads of late has added more headache to these young women; some of them beg or borrow pads from friends during mensuration; this practice is common in boarding schools. When these taxes are removed by government, a pack of the product is likely to be Gh¢5; I am taking this opportunity on behalf of students in Ghana to appeal to government to adhere to the numerous calls”.

He called on the State Executive, organizations and the fourth Estate of the realm to collectively pressure government to revoke a number of the taxes.

Naa Nurudeen used the opportunity to appeal for sanitary pads for onward distribution to school girls at the Tamale Technical Institute (TTI) and other underprivileged women in some communities.

Source: Ghana Web

Tanzanian giants Simba part ways with Augustine Okrah

Former Bechem United forward Augustine Okrah has reportedly parted ways by mutual consent with Tanzanian powerhouse, SC Simba.

Okrah in July 2022, switched from Bechem United to Simba on a year deal subject to a further renewal.

The pacey winger kicked his Simba career off on a sweet path grabbing goals in pre-season games for the Lions of Msimbazi but failed to keep his consistency hence both parties deciding to go their separate ways.

He last featured for Simba in December 2022, making only four appearances and scoring four goals during his stay with the club.

Before he departed the shores of Ghana for East Africa in 2022, Okrah scored 14 goals in 32 matches in the Ghana Premier League with Bechem finishing at the 3rd position which is club’s best position in the Ghanaian top-flight.

He helped them reach the finals of the FA Cup, ending the campaign with three goals in 5 games.

Source: Ghana Web