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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NCCE celebrates civic festival of Aburi Girls’ SHS civic education club

Aburi (E/R) The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Akuapim South Municipality has celebrated the seventh civic festival of Aburi Girls’ Senior High School (SHS) civic education club, with a call on students to protect, preserve, and uphold Ghana’s1992 constitution.

Mr Samuel Asare Akuamoah, Deputy Chairman in charge of Operation at NCCE, speaking at the CIVICFEST at Aburi of the Eastern Region, said the constitution promoted the integration Ghanaians and prohibit discrimination and prejudice on grounds of place of origin.

He said it was the mandate of the Commission to highlight the achievement of the constitution and where it must be respected, upheld, and protected against any abuse or violation.

The constitution, as the supreme law of Ghana, recognizes human and citizen’s fundamental rights and declares Ghana to be a unitary republic with sovereignty residing in the Ghanaian people.

It is the Ghana’s fourth constitution since independence on 6th March 1957 from the British colonial rule.

Mr Akuamoah alerted the students on the threat to the democratic arrangement by violent extremist groups operating in the Sahel region, which he said was closer to Ghana.

He advised the students to beware of the kinds of friends they interact with and report any person who may engage them into extremism to the security agencies or school authorities.

Mr Alex Owusu Akyaw, Akuapim South Municipal Director of NCCE said the seventh civic festival (CIVICFEST) was part of the NCCE’s 30 years anniversary celebration under the theme: ’30 years of constitutional democracy: Building National Cohesion Through Civic Education and Participation in Local Governance’ – the role of the youth.’

He said the Aburi Girls’ Senior High School civic festival was formed in 2015 to foster unity among students, so that they could live in harmony with others to promote national cohesion; to provide avenue for students to have interactive time with prominent personalities whose contribution to Ghana’s development have been significant.

Also, it was to create awareness on the importance of civic education or civic rights and responsibilities.

He stated that as part of their civic duties, Ghanaians must acquire a spirit of voluntarism to participate in local governance as agents of change, as well as observe values like patriotism and peaceful coexistence.

The CIVICFEST activities included poetry recital, modelling, and dance performances.

Ms Ophelia Ankrah, Director of NCCE Eastern Region, stated that it was the responsibility of Ghanaians to perform their duties diligently to reduce irregular migration to other nations in pursuit of better pastures.

Copies of Ghana’s constitution were given to diligent and hardworking members of the club.

Nana Akua Nyamaa, a student in form two and a club member, exhorted the other students to join the civic club to learn about their rights and responsibilities, and commended the NCCE for establishing the club in the school.

Participating institutions included Mamfe Methodist Girls’ SHS, Pope John SHS, Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC) – Legon, Adonten Senior High School, and Aburi Presbyterian Senior Technical High School.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CPP Chair files to contest flagbearer race

Accra, Nana Frimpomaa Akosua Sarpong Kumankumah, the Chairperson of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has filed nomination to contest the upcoming flagbearer race of the Party.

The Chairperson was the first among four candidates that had picked nomination forms to file her forms at the Party’s headquarters in Accra Monday evening.

Accompanied by some members of the Party, Nana Kumankumah presented her forms to Wing Commander Patrick Sorborjor, the Chairman of the CPP Congress Committee in the presence of members of the Committee.

Nana Kumankumah was the running mate to Dr Abu Sakara, who contested the 2012 presidential elections on the ticket of the CPP.

She was subsequently voted as Chairperson of the CPP in 2020 and has occupied that position till date.

Speaking to journalists after filing her forms, Nana Kumankumah said she was confident that members of the CPP would vote for her to lead the Party for the 2024 presidential elections.

She expressed optimism that she would be able to break what she described as the ‘monopoly’ enjoyed by the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress since the commencement of the 4th Republic.

She said her vision was also to ensure that the Party won seats in Parliament, adding that she had identified some constituencies that the Party could win with the right strategies in place.

‘I am the woman of the century for the youth of this nation. I am here because I believe in Ghana. I have taken up this mantle to ensure that I give the youth an alternative vehicle to vent their frustration in a constructive way,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

IGP storms Tamale ‘midnight’ to interact with residents

Tamale, The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare on Sunday night stormed the Central Business District of Tamale to interact with some residents, who gathered along the street.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) got to the main town around 22:30hrs GMT, there were groups of people along the street with heavy Police presence from the NEDCo office area to the Access Bank area.

The GNA saw the IGP, flanked by some of his lieutenants, interacting with the people and inquiring their impressions about Police operations in Tamale and what they thought the Police should be doing to deepen collaboration with them to promote law and order.

The IGP’s presence drew large numbers and some of the people were elated seeing him interacting with ordinary people along the street.

As of 22:50hrs GMT when GNA left the main town, the IGP was still in the area interacting with the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UMAT TEIN WOCOM calls for removal of taxes on sanitary pads

Accra, Madam Enam Gomashie, the Women’s Commissioner (WOCOM) of the Tertiary Educational Institutions Network of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), has reiterated the call on the Government to scrap taxes on sanitary pads to make them affordable for the average Ghanaian woman.

The Commissioner said sanitary pads were a major avenue of ensuring menstrual hygiene, hence the need to make it accessible and affordable to ensure good healthcare for females.

‘In marking Menstrual Hygiene Day, we join calls for the taxes on sanitary pads to be scrapped so the product is made affordable,’ she stated.

In a press statement made available to the Ghana News Agency, Madam Gomashie said menstrual hygiene must be prioritised to protect the wellbeing of women.

She said it was rather unfortunate that recent happenings in the country had made menstrual hygiene a difficulty and an issue of luxury for most women and young girls, saying: ‘This increment in the cost of the sanitary pads is significantly due to the excruciating taxes placed on the product.’

The statement said Dr. Bawumia, in 2020 promised Ghanaians during the Manifesto Launch of the NPP that the government would eliminate import duty taxes on sanitary pads to improve health conditions particularly for girls and said: ‘This promise turns out to be another political gimmick by the Vice President.’

It said the import duty tax on sanitary pads had been increased by 20 percent instead of eliminating it.

The statement also indicated that aside from the increment in import duty tax, Value Added Tax had also been increased significantly.

It said some young girls were unable to access quality education as their male peers and some women were unable to live healthy lives due to poor menstrual hygiene arising from the unaffordable nature of sanitary pads.

Source: Ghana News Agency

‘Let’s maintain operation clean your frontage,’ Queen mother

Sunyani, Nana Akosua Duaa Asor Sika Brayie II, the Paramount Queen Mother of the Sunyani Traditional Area has implored residents to sustain the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ initiative by the Sunyani Traditional Council.

She said now that the exercise had been launched, the people must clean the frontages of their houses and workplaces daily to make the quarterly major clean-up exercise of the Sunyani town just a formality.

Nana Brayie II made the appeal in an interview with the media after the launch of the ‘Operation Clean Your Frontage’ and clean-up exercise organised by the Sunyani Traditional Council on Saturday in Sunyani.

Though an initiative of the Council being spearheaded by the Paramount Queen Mother, it is jointly being supported by the Sunyani Municipal Assembly and the Council of Bono and Ahafo Association of North America (COBAANA).

The six-hour exercise that spanned 0600 hours and 1200 noon covered the sweeping of the principal streets and desilting of gutters alongside the streets and in the central market within the central business district of Sunyani.

Personnel of the security services, particularly the Ghana National Fire Service and the military participated as well as traders and shops operators also showed commitment of participation as all shops were closed while commercial vehicles too did not operate during the period.

She expressed the satisfaction that the exercise was an improvement on maiden one in terms of participation and enthusiasm to deliver and therefore urged the residents to continue the ‘good work’ of always keeping their environments clean.

Dr DeGraft Kwafo, the Chairman COBAANA said the cleanliness of Sunyani was important to them as an association, hence the group supported with rakes, brooms and shovels and expressed the desire to support further with dustbins, wheelbarrows and other needed tools and equipment to make the exercise even easier and more pleasurable.

He said residents required more education to sustain the exercise, saying ‘we have to sensitize the public that keeping the city clean is important, so all should be inclusive,’ alongside with the enforcement of by-laws to serve as deterrent to those who might not want to ever take part.

Mr John Ansu Kumi, the Sunyani Municipal Chief Executive announced the Assembly was ready to sensitise and educate the public about the by-laws and the related punishments and fines applicable to each offense.

He hoped once the by-laws were being implemented effectively and recalcitrant residents punished accordingly, residents would fully participate for the ‘city’ of Sunyani to remain always clean.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Angola available to boost cooperation with Rwanda

Angolan Government expressed Monday its availability and commitment to reinforce cooperation ties with Rwanda, with stress to economic, commercial, political-diplomatic and cultural areas.

The country’s will was expressed during an audience the President João Lourenço granted to the outgoing ambassador of Rwanda, Wellars Gasamagera.

The meeting allowed Rwandan diplomat to present farewell greetings to the Angolan statesman, after three and a half years term in the country.

Speaking to the press at the end of the meeting, the Rwandan diplomat considered the cooperation relations with Angola “excellent”, taking into account the regular political consultations between the two countries on matters of stability and peace in the countries of the Great Lakes region.

“We have also held political consultations at regional and international level”, said Wellars Gasamagera, who highlighted the importance of the legal instruments between both countries.

Bilateral Agreements

Angola and Rwanda signed nine legal instruments, including agreements to avoid double taxation, extradition, mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, transfer of convicted persons, memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Livestock development.

Stress went also to the memoranda of understanding on Local Government, Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Health Cooperation, as well as the memorandum of understanding on the National School of Administration and Public Policy and the Institute of Management of Rwanda.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)