Duck Creek Hosts Annual One Duck Creek Summit to Build Connection, Belonging and Community

COLUMBIA, S.C., April 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, hosts its One Duck Creek Summit in Columbia, South Carolina, bringing employees together from across the globe. Attendees are recognized for their roles in the many councils and programs that help Duck Creek create a culture of excellence in insurance and technology.

The diverse group will convene over the next two days to discuss the past year’s goals and objectives and plan for the future to continue enhancing Duck Creek’s award-winning culture. Duck Creek endeavors to foster a culture of belonging and respect, where every voice is heard and valued.

“As a global company, we recognize the importance of having a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities and customers we serve,” said Amy Bayer, Global Director of DE&I, Engagement & Culture at Duck Creek. “We believe our DE&I programs are imperative for our employees, but also a strategic advantage that enables us to innovate, collaborate, and deliver better solutions for our clients. The One Duck Creek Summit is a great opportunity to celebrate our achievements, share best practices, and inspire each other to continue building a great culture.”

The Summit kicks off with Mike Jackowski, Chief Executive Officer of Duck Creek Technologies. Jackowski will highlight the importance of promoting strong company values that focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI&B) and a positive employee experience. The Summit also features keynote speakers which empower employees to connect and learn about other successful workplaces and cultures.

“We are proud to recognize and celebrate the different backgrounds, ideas and experiences our employees bring to Duck Creek,” said Courtney Townsend, Chief People Officer at Duck Creek Technologies. “Nurturing an environment of belonging and inclusion is the foundation of an exceptional employee experience and a source of competitive advantage and innovation. Our flexible-first, global workplace allows us to attract and retain the best talent, regardless of location, and empowers our employees to work in ways that suit their preferences and needs.”

One of the highlights of the annual summit is a social impact event. This year, Duck Creek has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities in Columbia. Summit attendees will support their Pack-a-Smile program, offering close family members of children receiving care at local hospitals a quick, nutritious bagged lunch. This allows family members not to have to leave the bedside or wonder when or where their next meal will come from.

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 X.

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At Our Ocean Conference, Global Fishing Watch welcomes international partnerships to enhance ocean management

Key collaborations will bolster fisheries governance through greater transparency, data-sharing and policy reform

ATHENS, Greece, April 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Fishing Watch, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing ocean governance through transparency of human activity at sea, has announced three pioneering collaborations with Greece, Panama and the West African Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) in a bid to harness technology and data-driven solutions for enhanced transparency, improved fisheries management and greater ocean sustainability.

The partnerships, unveiled at the 9th Our Ocean Conference held in Athens, Greece, will leverage open data to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, promote sustainable fisheries management and enable marine protection through deepened engagement with governmental bodies spanning three continents. In addition, they will provide Global Fishing Watch the opportunity to highlight transparency as a critical marine management tool and advance policy reforms regarding the adoption of vessel tracking methods like automatic identification systems (AIS) and vessel monitoring systems (VMS), as well as regional data sharing practices.

Today’s announcements mark a milestone in our collaborative efforts to mobilize open data and technology in the fight against illegal fishing and toward improved global fisheries management,” said Tony Long, chief executive officer of Global Fishing Watch. “More importantly, our expanding network of partnerships shows that governments and multilateral institutions are increasingly recognizing the role Global Fishing Watch can play in achieving better and more transparent ocean governance.”

Collaborative partnerships, political will and open data can drive tangible impact and help deliver lasting results for a sustainable ocean future for all,” Mr. Long added. 

Leveraging Technology for Ocean Action

Presented at an official conference side event co-hosted by Greece, the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and Global Fishing Watch, the partnership with Greece commits authorities to utilizing Global Fishing Watch’s platform, which provides visualizations and analysis of fishing activity, for critical support in bolstering the country’s marine protection efforts.

Greece commits to establishing a scientific monitoring and surveillance system for all its marine protected areas that will be supported with advanced monitoring techniques and digital tools, such as remote sensing and automatic communication with sea vessels,” Dr. Petros Varelidis, Secretary-General for Natural Environment and Waters of the Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, confirmed. “The support of Global Fishing Watch and the Athanasios C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation will enable us to monitor fishing activity in near real-time.”

A ‘significant step forward’ against IUU fishing

The Our Ocean Conference also welcomed a new partnership between Global Fishing Watch and the seven West African SRFC Member States comprising Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Through the new three-year agreement with SRFC, Global Fishing Watch will support Member States with analysis and generated insights to inform targeted monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) actions, bolstering countries’ abilities to manage activity in their waters and safeguard livelihoods and regional economic and environmental ecosystems.

The 5,500 kilometer coastline of West Africa is home to some of the most diverse fisheries in the world and maritime activity plays a key role across the region. Indeed, fisheries and aquaculture directly contribute US$24 billion to the African economy, with the demand for fish expected to increase by 30 percent by 2030. Inadequate monitoring and enforcement, however, have led to rampant IUU fishing, with nearly 40 percent of fish caught illegally, resulting in substantial economic losses and environmental degradation.

The collaboration with Global Fishing Watch represents a significant step forward in the fight against illegal fishing in West Africa,” said Dr. Khallahi Brahim, Permanent Secretary of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission. “By joining forces, Global Fishing Watch and the SRFC can help transform fisheries governance, protect marine resources and secure the livelihoods of millions of people dependent on the fishing industry.”

The new partnership will work to ensure that SRFC Member States are fully equipped for better cooperation, monitoring and compliance, and also help establish cross-cutting initiatives with key stakeholders in ocean governance. The collaboration will pave the way for policy reforms and seek to establish AIS usage and data sharing as central pillars of SRFC Member States’ governance practices. It will also support government agencies in developing and retaining capacity to harness data and technology to strengthen management, including MCS, enforcement and marine protection.

Charting a new era of ocean governance

Global Fishing Watch’s activity on the margins of the Our Ocean Conference also saw the renewal of an ongoing collaboration with the Government of Panama, first launched in 2019, aimed at building an improved, collaborative framework for data-sharing and policy development.

The updated agreement reflects a deepened relationship between the two parties and a growing commitment to fisheries transparency. Supplementing the VMS data of its vast international fleet, which has been visible on the Global Fishing Watch map since October 2019, Panama will now share vessel data from its list of international licenses, including fishing licenses, areas of operation and information related to fishing support vessels. Over the next five years, Global Fishing Watch will also provide technical and data-driven assessments for the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama to help inform national policies and regulations related to fisheries management.

We are pleased to announce the renewal of the memorandum of understanding with Global Fishing Watch in our tireless fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” said Hamed Tuñón, General Administrator, Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama. “Our strengthened alliance reflects the continued commitment of both parties to protecting our oceans and preserving their biodiversity. Together, we will continue to use innovative technology and collaborative strategies to ensure the sustainability of our valuable marine resources.”

Now, more than ever, the global community must rally behind landmark initiatives to protect our ocean, combat harmful practices, and achieve ambitious conservation targets such as safeguarding at least 30 percent of the ocean by 2030,” Mr. Long concluded.Achieving these critical commitments will be virtually impossible without Global Fishing Watch’s innovative ocean monitoring technology and expertise.”


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TokenEx and IXOPAY to Merge, Enabling Merchants to Optimize the Use of Multiple Payment Processors

Payments Optimization Platform for Global Commerce Delivers Omnichannel Tokenization, Payments Orchestration, and Card Lifecycle Management


TokenEx and IXOPAY merged on April 17, 2024 to become IXOPAY, a TokenEx Company.

TULSA, Okla. and VIENNA, Austria, April 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TokenEx, the leading cloud tokenization provider, and IXOPAY, the leading independent payments orchestration platform, today are announcing their definitive agreement to merge, creating a new leader in global payments optimization. The combined company will be called IXOPAY, a TokenEx Company, and Marc Olesen will lead the combined organization as CEO. Customers will benefit from a comprehensive platform that enables increased authorization rates and decreased interchange fees for merchants, along with PCI-certified secure payment data.

This merger brings together the strengths of TokenEx’s expertise in tokenization of payment data, and IXOPAY’s world-class payments orchestration, including transaction routing & reconciliation capabilities.

“This merger marks a significant milestone in the payments industry,” said Marc Olesen, CEO. “By joining forces, IXOPAY, a TokenEx Company is uniquely positioned to help merchants develop a payments strategy that optimizes the use of multiple payment processors to enhance both top and bottom-line results.”

TokenEx’s merger with IXOPAY marks a pivotal step in the transformation of the payments industry toward supporting a multi-processor approach to payments, delivering a complete unified payments platform that includes:

  • Omnichannel Tokenization — Universal Tokens enable merchants to use one payment token for in-person and online transactions and all payment processors. This eliminates storing payment data in multiple systems, reduces system complexity, and provides unified customer data.
  • Payments Orchestration — This highly scalable payments orchestration platform for merchants delivers intelligent routing, cascading, and state-of-the-art risk management functions as well as centralized reconciliation and settlements along with plugin-based integration of over 200 acquirers, Alternative Payment Methods, and payment service providers.
  • Card Lifecycle Management — A complete set of capabilities for managing the entire transaction lifecycle at scale, including updating expired cards, leveraging the efficiency of network tokens, streamlined routing with BIN Lookup, and authenticating transactions with 3D Secure.

“By merging with TokenEx we not only bring together our unique capabilities to become the most comprehensive payments platform for global merchants, but we can also utilize the expertise of the TokenEx team to provide first-class service to our primarily European customers in the U.S. market,” said Rene Siegl, Founder and Executive Chairman of IXOPAY. “For merchants who value the competitive advantage that comes with treating payments as strategic, IXOPAY, a TokenEx Company will ultimately deliver a complete omnichannel payments optimization platform with best-in-class tokenization and intelligent transaction routing — giving merchants unprecedented control over their revenue and the competitive edge to thrive in global commerce.” Both Rene Siegl, Founder and Nathalie Siegl, CEO will remain with IXOPAY, a TokenEx Company as executives.

About TokenEx

TokenEx is a cloud tokenization and payment optimization provider committed to helping organizations safely and compliantly process and transmit sensitive data. Its industry-leading solution for data protection can secure and desensitize any structured data element to reduce risk, streamline operations, and enable critical business processes.


IXOPAY is a best-of-breed payment orchestration platform offering flexible and independent global payment processing options. IXOPAY provides smart transaction routing with cascading, state-of-the-art risk and fraud management, fully automated reconciliation and settlements processing, comprehensive reporting and access to hundreds of acquirers, payment service providers and alternative payment methods.

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Eid visits to fronts embody popular alignment with army to defend nation

Since the first day of Eid al-Fitr, the Yemeni people have been visiting the fronts of the Western Coast in Hodeida province and other fronts to pay their respects to the heroes of the army and security forces.

The Revolutionary Leadership, the Supreme Political Council, and all governmental and societal sectors pay great attention to these fronts, on such occasions, in gratitude for the great sacrifices and heroism made by those stationed there during the battle to confront the forces of aggression and their tools, thwart all their plans, and defend Yemen with all courage and valor.

The revolutionary leadership, the Supreme Political Council and all governmental and social sectors pay great attention to these fronts on such occasions, in recognition of the great sacrifices and heroism made by those stationed in the fronts during the battle against the aggression forces and their tools, thwarting all their plans and defending Yemen with great courage and valor.

Eid visits to fighters reflect, supported by
the official and popular momentum, the keenness to share the joy of Eid with various images that show the visitors’ warmth and their pride in greeting the fighters on various fronts of pride and dignity.

Our Eids are our fronts:

The Yemeni people remember the qualitative victories achieved by the army heroes on the West Coast fronts and repel the invaders and occupiers, so their eagerness to meet these stationed fighters increases, especially in Eid occasion, which represent an opportunity to renew the people’s loyalty and honor for the fighters.

Eid’s preparations begin before the Eid holiday, the official and popular convoys started to prepare in-kind and financial gifts, and field landing programs for civil and military leaders and social figures as soon as the Eid prayer is completed, such visits begin in an atmosphere filled with the joy of meeting the fighters.

The processions of visits, the launch of Eid caravans, and the lining up of visitors in the fields and sites of honor and heroism reflect co
hesion, and solidarity in their best way despite the challenges imposed by the aggression.

Appearances of greeting:

There are many forms of greetings and visits to those stationed on the fronts, offering Eid gifts in kind and money, Eid prizes and livestock, and exchanging congratulations with the heroes stationed on the fronts of pride and steadfastness on this religious occasion.

The General Authority for Zakat and many community agencies, institutions and initiatives contribute to supporting the program of visits and honoring the fighters. The Women’s Authority also contributes to preparing nuts and cakes are decorated with expressions of pride in the fighters in the fields of jihad.

Symbolism of steadfastness:

The Eid visits for the fighters in the sites and fronts of defending the homeland reflect the close cohesion between the people and the army, which strengthened steadfastness and contributed to achieving victories in various fields, including the fronts of the West Coast, from which the enemy a
nd its tools were defeated by the steadfastness of its brave soldiers.

Eid visits represent a moral motivation for those stationed in the mountains, plains, deserts, and valleys as well.

Front’s visitors are inspired by the meanings of heroism, redemption, and the high morale carried by the brave fighters with their combat readiness to carry out the tasks assigned to them to confront any emergency.

The West Coast fronts, which receive intense Eid visits and great attention from various state leaders from all provinces, represent great importance due to the victories they have witnessed over the forces of aggression and their tools, the achievement of which is due to the fighters’ steadfastness and bravery in defending national sovereignty.

In turn, the heroic fighters on the West Coast fronts express their happiness with these visits, through which they sense the keenness of the leadership and the people to share with them the joys of Eid, which increases their steadfastness in confronting enemies, and pe
rforming their sacred national and religious duties in defending the homeland and the people and moving forward in achieving victories.

Symbolism of the visit

The Yemeni News Agency (Saba) accompanied the visitors to the West Coast fronts, which coincides with Yemen’s heroic stance in supporting the Palestinian people, where it held meetings with the province’s leadership and a number of visitors to those fronts.

Hodeida governor Mohammed Qahim expressed his pride to visi the heroes stationed on the coastal fronts who played a major role in confronting enemies and achieving achievements and victories against the aggression and its mercenaries.

He said “Over the past years, the heroes have increased their training, qualifications, and steadfastness in confronting the nation’s enemies and the evil trio of America, Britain, and Israel, and deterring their ships and battleships in the Red and Arab Seas, the Gulf of Aden, and Bab al-Mandab.”

Governor Qahim pointed out that the heroes of the army were at the l
evel of confidence of the leadership and the people in defending the homeland, and to continue supporting the nation until complete victory was achieved and every inch of the land of Yemen was liberated.

For his part, Hodeida province first deputy Ahmed al-Bishri considered the visit of the stationed fighters on the coastal fronts and all the fronts of the homeland a renewal of the pledge to move forward in defending Yemen and to stand united alongside the heroes of the armed forces until victory is achieved against the aggression.

Al-Bishri explained that the visit of the stationed personnel on the Red Sea guard fronts gains its importance and significance due to the battle that the heroes of the naval forces are waging in confronting the coalition protecting Israeli ships and in support of the Palestinian people and their valiant resistance.

He stressed that the current stage calls for more concerted efforts and action to confront colonial threats and projects. He praised the steadfast position of the pe
ople of Hodeida province and Yemen in general in continuing to support the fronts and support the army to confront the enemies of Yemen.

Meanwhile, director of the offices of the Endowments Authority Faisal al-Hatfi and Zakat Authority Mohammed Hazza considered the fighters’ participation in the joy of Eid the least duty to strengthen their steadfastness, raise their morale, and emphasize the importance of the national role they play in defending the homeland and confronting its enemies for more than nine years.

Source: Yemen News Agency

Gaza Gov’t media office: Israel killed 520 Palestinians in Al-Nuseirat camp

Gaza: The government media office in Gaza said that the Israeli occupation forces committed a crime against humanity in the areas of Al-Maghraqa, Al-Zahraa, and the new camp north of Al-Nuseirat, central Gaza Strip, killing 520 martyrs, wounded and missing, and more than 13,000 housing units within a week.

The office pointed out in a press statement on Wednesday, that the destruction of the occupation in North Nuseirat during a week affected 14 towers, residential buildings, and dozens of houses for displaced people who were displaced by the occupation under the threat of bombing and killing.

Source: Jordan News Agency