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Nomination d’Umit Ciftci en tant que directeur du développement commercial régional pour la Turquie

TEMECULA, Californie, 31 mars 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le groupe Clean Energy & Industrial Gases (le « Groupe ») de Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries, qui fait partie du groupe de sociétés Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japon), est heureux d’annoncer qu’Umit Ciftci a été nommé directeur du développement commercial régional pour la Turquie et les régions avoisinantes.

Basé à Istanbul, en Turquie, il sera responsable de la gamme complète de produits du groupe et fera ses rapports à Ole Jensen, NCE&IG GmbH Allemagne.

M. Umit Ciftci a obtenu un diplôme en ingénierie de gestion, qui lui a apporté une solide expérience en ingénierie, ainsi qu’en affaires et en finance. Fort de plus de 25 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de l’air comprimé, M. Umit Ciftci a occupé divers postes, notamment celui d’ingénieur commercial, de supérieur hiérarchique marketing et commercial en Turquie, et celui de responsable du développement commercial aux ÉAU pour Atlas Copco.

« L’expérience d’Umit, ainsi que les connaissances du marché et de l’industrie, seront très bénéfiques pour NCEIG GmbH, alors que nous travaillons au développement des opportunités potentielles sur ce marché. Nous attendons avec impatience ses contributions positives », a commenté Ole Jensen, vice-président de NCEIG Europe.

Avec cette nomination, Nikkiso poursuit son engagement d’avoir une présence à la fois locale et mondiale pour ses clients.

À PROPOS DE CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (aujourd’hui membre de Nikkiso Co., Ltd) et ses entreprises membres fabriquent des équipements et de petites usines de traitement du gaz cryogénique pour les secteurs du gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL), des services d’entretien de puits et du gaz industriel. Fondée il y a plus de 50 ans, Cryogenic Industries est la société-mère d’ACD, de Cosmodyne et de Cryoquip, ainsi qu’un groupe administré en commun comptant une vingtaine d’entités opérationnelles.

Pour tout complément d’information, veuillez consulter les sites www.nikkisoCEIG.com et www.nikkiso.com.

Contact auprès des médias :
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Umit Ciftci Nomeado Gerente Regional de Desenvolvimento de Negócios para a Turquia

TEMECULA, California, March 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Grupo”) da Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries, parte do grupo de empresas da Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japão), tem o prazer de anunciar a nomeação de Umit Ciftci para Gerente Regional de Desenvolvimento de Negócios para a Turquia.

Com base em Istambul, Turquia, ele será responsável pela linha completa de produtos do Grupo e se reportará à Ole Jensen, NCE&IG GmbH Alemanha.

Umit é formado em Engenharia de Gestão, que fornece uma sólida formação em engenharia, bem como negócios e finanças. Ele tem mais de 25 anos de experiência em Ar Comprimido, ocupando vários cargos, incluindo de engenheiro de vendas, gerente de linha de marketing e negócios na Turquia e Gerente de Desenvolvimento de Negócios da Atlas Copconos nos Emirados Árabes Unidos.

“A experiência de Umit, bem como o seu conhecimento do mercado e da indústria, serão de grande valia para a NCEIG GmbH, pois trabalhamos para desenvolver as oportunidades potenciais neste mercado. Estamos ansiosos por suas contribuições positivas”, disse Ole Jensen, Vice-Presidente da NCEIG Europa.

Com esta adição, a Nikkiso dá continuidade ao seu compromisso de ser uma presença global e local para seus clientes.

SOBRE A CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
A Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (agora membro da Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) fabrica equipamentos de processamento de gás criogênico projetados e plantas de processo de pequena escala para as indústrias de gás natural liquefeito (GNL), serviços de poços e gás industrial. Fundada há mais de 50 anos, a Cryogenic Industries é a empresa controladora da ACD, Cosmodyne e Cryoquip, e de um grupo comumente controlado de aproximadamente 20 entidades operacionais.

Para mais informação visite www.nikkisoCEIG.com e www.nikkiso.com.

CONTATO COM A MÍDIA:
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

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Laserfiche Recognized as a 2022 Gartner® Peer Insights™ Customers’ Choice for Content Services Platforms

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Laserfiche — the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation — has been named a Customers’ Choice in the 2022 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Content Services Platforms report. According to Gartner, “Gartner Peer Insights is a free peer review and ratings platform designed for enterprise software and services decision makers. Reviews go through a strict validation and moderation process in an effort to ensure they are authentic.”

Laserfiche is the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation.

“Customers are at the heart of everything that we do at Laserfiche and their passion for finding innovative ways to use our products is inspiring,” said Laserfiche Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and CIO Thomas Phelps IV. “We’re honored to have been recognized by our customers on Gartner Peer Insights for our product capabilities, sales and support experience, and deployment experience —helping us to achieve the Customers’ Choice designation for three years in a row.”

Gartner defines content services platforms (CSPs) as integrated platforms that provide content-focused services, repositories, APIs, solutions and business processing tools to support digital business and transformation. Laserfiche continues to evolve its offerings beyond traditional enterprise content management (ECM) capabilities, building on Laserfiche’s strengths in content-centric business process automation, electronic forms, dashboard analytics, records management and audit trail. This includes the Laserfiche API, Microsoft Teams integration, Laserfiche Vault, Workflow Bots, Smart Invoice Capture and Direct Share.

This year, the company introduced the Laserfiche Solution Marketplace, expanding on a collection of more than 100 solution templates with downloadable tools for rapid deployment of automated solutions. The marketplace enables customers to accelerate innovation and enterprise transformation through industry-specific solutions, core business processes such as new employee onboarding, as well as templates that help users automate processes related to COVID-19.

In the ‘Voice of the Customer’: Content Services Platforms report, Laserfiche received the highest average overall ratings (4.5 out of 5), as of 31st Jan 2022 based on 86 reviews, of the vendors included. Laserfiche is also a Customers’ Choice in the Midsize Enterprise and North America categories, and a Strong Performer in the Asia/Pacific category.

“MPI embraces the innovation tools that enable us to provide the best possible experience for our participants and our employees,” said Joel Manfredo, CIO at Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans (MPI). “Laserfiche is a visionary partner whose robust platform and customer-centric approach align with our strategic technology plans while inspiring innovative initiatives for advancing our digital transformation.”

To learn more about how customers rated Laserfiche, download a complimentary copy of the 2022 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Content Services Platforms report here.

About Gartner Peer Insights
Gartner Peer Insights is an online platform of ratings and reviews of IT software and services that are written and read by IT professionals and technology decision-makers. The goal is to help IT leaders make more insightful purchase decisions and help technology providers improve their products by receiving objective, unbiased feedback from their customers. Gartner Peer Insights includes more than 350,000 verified reviews in more than 340 markets. For more information, please visit www.gartner.com/reviews/home.

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Gartner, Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Content Services Platforms, Peer Contributors, 29th March 2022

Gartner® and Peer Insights™ are trademarks of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner Peer Insights content consists of the opinions of individual end users based on their own experiences, and should not be construed as statements of fact, nor do they represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in this content nor makes any warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this content, about its accuracy or completeness, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Laserfiche
Laserfiche is the leading SaaS provider of intelligent content management and business process automation. Through powerful workflows, electronic forms, document management and analytics, the Laserfiche® platform accelerates how business gets done, enabling leaders to focus on growth across the enterprise.

Laserfiche pioneered the paperless office with enterprise content management. Today, Laserfiche’s cloud-first development approach incorporates innovations in machine learning and AI to enable organizations in more than 80 countries to transform into digital businesses. Customers in every industry — including government, education, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing — use Laserfiche to boost productivity, scale their business and deliver digital-first customer experiences.

Laserfiche employees in offices around the world are committed to the company’s vision of empowering customers and inspiring people to reimagine how technology can transform lives.

Connect with Laserfiche:
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About MPI
The Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans (“MPI”) are Taft-Hartley trust funds established by collective bargaining agreements between many of the unions and employers in the motion picture production industry. MPI is governed by its 32-member Board of Directors and provides health and retirement benefits to more than 100,000 individuals who work in the entertainment industry.

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LAGRIDE Kicks Off with Delivery of 1,000 GAC MOTOR Vehicles to Lagos

The Lagos State Government launched an e-hailing taxi service with 1,000 brand new GAC MOTOR vehicles

GUANGZHOU, China, March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A delivery of 1,000 GAC MOTOR vehicles to the Lagos State Government kicked off “LAGRIDE,” the state’s newest ride-hailing taxi scheme. The initiative will provide a safer and more comfortable mobility option to residents.

Distinguished guests at the rollout ceremony included Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State Governor; Cui Jianchun, Ambassador of China to Nigeria; Jin Mingyu, Chinese Deputy Consul General in Lagos, and Diana Chan, Chairman of CIG Motor.

Two-Year Effort Brought to Fruition

LAGRIDE aims to provide a reliable means of travel at an affordable rate. Plans began in November 2019 when Governor Sanwo-Olu visited Guangdong Province, headquarter of GAC MOTOR.

The GS3 SUV and the GA4 sedan’s proven quality, spacious cabin, and intelligent technology are expected to improve the quality and safety on Lagos roads.

Two years after its initial conception, 1000 GAC vehicles set sail from Qingdao, China, in October 2021 and arrived in Lagos four months later. The blue-and-white fleet cruised over Nigeria’s Third Mainland Bridge in one of the largest road-shows in the country.

LAGRIDE is a key opportunity to strengthen GAC MOTOR’s brand reputation in Nigeria by making a positive local impact. Technologically, GAC MOTOR assists the development of Nigeria’s transportation sector. Economically, the scheme encourages vehicle purchase and promotes employment, aiding overall economic growth.

Yu Jun, Member of the Executive Committee & Director of International Business Unit of GAC Group & Chairman of GAC MOTOR International, expressed that LAGRIDE is a top priority for GAC Group and strongly supported by both Guangdong and Lagos governments. The project’s successful launch came after overcoming two years of the recurring pandemic, chip shortage, and shipping delays. Despite unfavorable circumstances, GAC MOTOR retained the spirit of craftsmanship, bringing quality transportation services to Nigeria. The brand is now an important driving force in developing the local e-hailing sector.

Commitment to the Spirit of Craftsmanship

GAC MOTOR maintains a strong presence in Nigeria. In 2021, GAC MOTOR won the country’s prestigious “Automobile Company of the Year” award. After years of cultivation, the Nigerian market has recognized GAC MOTOR as representative of Chinese craftsmanship. GAC MOTOR continues to uphold the spirit of craftsmanship and the pursuit of quality, aiming to create an enjoyable life of mobility for global users.

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New Guinness® World Record – World’s Biggest Bug Hotel

World Record Bug Hotel Certificate

Highland Titles – World Record Holders

DUROR, Scotland, March 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On Monday 28th March 2022, conservation company Highland Titles achieved a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® for the world’s biggest bug/insect hotel, which means Highland Titles are “Officially Amazing!”®

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The 199.9 cubic metre structure is located on the Highland Titles Nature Reserve at Duror in the Scottish Highlands and already houses a variety of species. It breaks the previous world record of 89.37 cubic metres, which was held by the Polish Association of Developers in Warsaw, Poland.

The world record-breaking bug hotel was made using felled sitka spruce from the nature reserve, masonry bricks, bamboo canes, wood chips, forest bark, wildflower seeds, clay pipes and strawberry netting.

World Record Bug Hotel

The World Record Bug Hotel is 199.9 cubic metres

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/8f7ca5a3-5c5c-4d71-a475-daceb2ca6aff

“This record-breaking initiative is about the environmental message,” says Douglas Wilson, CEO of Highland Titles. “We bought this land in 2006 when it was a poorly performing commercial forestry plantation of non-native Sitka Spruce.

“Like much of the Highlands, it was inappropriately planted in the late 1980s with no thought or consideration given to biodiversity. Using these same trees for something that puts nature first symbolises that the world has changed, and we hope our efforts will inspire others. We’d be delighted if someone beat our record in the future!”

Nature Reserve Manager, Stewart Borland, was part of a team of 7 who were involved in its construction which started in September 2021 and was completed in early March 2022. In addition to the environmental message, Mr Borland hopes that it encourages people to visit:

“In 2019, we had more than 10,000 visitors to the nature reserve from all over the world. The pandemic really put a dent in our visitor numbers, so we hope that this – together with the new track which is adored by cyclists – will encourage people to visit now that travel is opening up again. The more visitors we get, the more people can see the work that we’re doing.”

About Highland Titles

Highland Titles began in 2006 with a mission to conserve Scotland, one square foot at a time. The conservation project – now encompassing 5 nature reserves and over 800 acres of Scottish wilderness – is funded by selling gift-sized souvenir plots of land.

The Highland Titles community of souvenir plot owners are invited to style themselves as the Lords and Ladies of Glencoe™. Over 300,000 plots of land have been sold to date.

The Highland Titles Nature Reserve near Glencoe is an official 4* tourist attraction and, according to Trip Advisor, one of the most popular nature reserves in the country.

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Hisense “Made in South Africa” Products Debut on the European Market

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, March 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, provider of high-performance TV and home appliances, has successfully delivered its first batch of South African-made combi refrigerators to the United Kingdom. The delivery marks the first time that Hisense has exported products made in South Africa to the European market and reaffirms the factory’s ongoing transformation into a global production hub.

Hisense’s factory in South Africa was established in 2013 as a regional manufacturing base for local and export markets. Since its inception, the factory has continuously upgraded its technological capabilities and increased production capacity for TVs and refrigerators. The export of Hisense’s “Made in South Africa” refrigerators to Europe is a testament to both the caliber of improvements made and the outstanding quality of products manufactured in the region.

Meeting global quality standards with High Quality Products

All home appliance products entering the UK must comply with the UK Conformity Assessed Standards (UKCA). Hisense’s South Africa factory meets these stringent requirements with thorough pre-production planning that takes into account different materials, processes and technical requirements for the export market. Once in production, the factory implements the highest quality control processes to guarantee product standards, including daily performance and safety checks, routine inspections, and monthly testing for energy consumption and freezing capacity.

In addition, Hisense have 18 other refrigerator models also manufactured here in South Africa. The Hisense factory is capable of producing Side By Side series refrigerators with the best manufacturing technique.

Supporting the South African economy

Hisense’s factory in South Africa promotes the sustainable development of regional manufacturing by generating local employment opportunities. Hisense has hired over 1,000 local staff and, through its operations, indirectly created over 5,000 jobs in the community.

Beyond local employment, Hisense nurtures future talents with its leading development programs. In 2019, Hisense helped train approximately 1,000 unemployed youths from rural areas. The company has also built the Hisense South Africa Technology Research and Development Training Base, which has trained approximately 1,400 apprentices to date.

Looking ahead, Hisense will continue to improve production quality and efficiency of its factory in South Africa. In doing so, the company will create more local employment opportunities and showcase the quality of “Made in Africa” products on the global stage.

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DR Congo: M23 rebels deny shooting down UN helicopter; 8 peacekeepers died

KINSHASA— Rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have denied shooting down a UN helicopter, killing eight peacekeepers on-board.

DR Congo’s army had blamed M23 rebels for the crash in which six Pakistanis, a Russian and a Serbian died.

It went down in North Kivu province where there has been fierce clashes between M23 fighters and the army.

The rebels, who had been driven out of DR Congo in 2013, have regrouped and retaken strategic areas since Monday.

The UN says more than 13,000 people have fled their homes to escape the heavy fighting. Witnesses said that hundreds of Congolese were crossing the border into Uganda on Wednesday as sounds of gunfire and explosions could be heard.

The UN mission in DR Congo (Monusco) said it lost contact on Tuesday with the helicopter while it was on a reconnaissance mission over Tshanzu.

This is an area that used to be a key base for the M23, south-east of the town of Rutshuru in North Kivu province, near the borders with Uganda and Rwanda.

There are reports that Uganda and Rwanda have deployed troops to their borders with DR Congo because of the clashes.

Earlier, DR Congo said some Rwandan soldiers were backing the rebels, an allegation denied by Kigali.

The UN has refused to be drawn into the blame game over the helicopter crash and said investigations were under way.

M23 rebels captured large parts of North Kivu a decade ago – they were eventually routed and as part of a regional peace deal disarmed and mainly moved into camps in Uganda.

However, in recent months they have been slowly leaving the camps after complaints that the deal was not being honoured.

The group was formed largely by Congolese army deserters who took up arms accusing the government of marginalising the country’s ethnic Tutsi minority and failing to honour previous peace accords.

The fighters named themselves after a March 23, 2009 peace deal signed by the government and a former pro-Tutsi militia.

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Ghana’s Opposition File Lawsuit to Block Government’s Controversial E-Tax

The political opposition in Ghana has filed a lawsuit with the country’s Supreme Court after lawmakers passed a controversial tax despite the party’s walk-out from parliament. Ghana’s government says the new tax on electronic transactions and transfers will raise money for the pandemic-hit economy. But critics say the tax will discourage trade and adds to the public’s economic burden.

Ghana’s opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Wednesday filed suit with the Supreme Court to block the government-backed tax on electronic transfers and transactions.

The NDC has called the so-called “E-Levy” of 1.5% “regressive” and unlawful because there was no quorum in parliament when it was passed. Opposition lawmakers had walked out of the proceedings in protest.

NDC lawmaker Mahama Ayariga, one of the plaintiffs, told VOA he is hopeful the Supreme Court will declare the tax unlawful.

“The speaker and the majority side knew they didn’t have the number; they hadn’t met the quorum and yet they proceeded and purported to have voted to pass the E-Levy… And if there wasn’t a quorum, there couldn’t have been a decision and so there could also not have been an E-Levy passed. So, the president has nothing before him to sign into law,” he said.

In his state of the nation address on Wednesday, Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo said the new tax would boost the economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite the protracted and sometimes acrimonious nature of proceedings, I am happy that the House has, finally, found it possible to pass the E-Levy,” he said. “I believe the levy is going to make a significant contribution to revenue mobilization and the management of the economy, and I want to thank members of the House for making this possible.”

Authorities say the tax is expected to raise about $900 million by the end of the year.

But most ordinary Ghanaians are opposed to the new tax, which will affect anyone using mobile money services.

Accra-based second-hand clothing trader Sophia Anane says it will harm her business.

“What are they using the revenue we generate from cocoa and oil for? The government wants to tax them on what little money they’re making in addition to what the telecommunications companies also deduct as commission. What is our fate?” she asks.

Some economists argue the government is wrong to burden Ghanaians with new taxes while they are still recovering from pandemic restrictions and disruptions.

Director of research at the Accra-based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) John Kwakye the government should instead focus on improving tax collection.

“There are several loopholes in our tax system that if they were plugged, we’ll be able to raise our tax to GDP ratio to something like 20%. We’re now doing just about 12%. So, to me, if these other measures were being taken, I don’t think that even the E-Levy will be necessary,” he said.

Ghana’s Supreme Court is expected to hold a hearing on the opposition’s challenge to the new tax in the coming weeks.

Source: Voice of America

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DRC Joins EAC Regional Bloc to Facilitate Trade

The Democratic Republic of Congo this week became the seventh country to join the East African Community. The regional trade bloc, which includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, now reaches a quarter of Africa’s population, stretching from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic.

The 90 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be able to move freely and do business in six other African countries.

The leaders of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda welcomed Congo to the East African Community in a ceremony Monday.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta spoke, stressing cooperation as the group’s cornerstone.

“I proudly and warmly welcome our brothers and sisters from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the East African Community. We look forward to joining hands in strengthening our community together. Working together, we have more to gain than when we are separate,” Kenyatta said.

Ezra Munyambonera, an economic researcher at the Economic Policy Research Center, says Congo’s addition to the EAC will benefit all the countries in the bloc.

“It (the DRC) has a lot of resources [and it] joining the East Africa Community adds more to microeconomic conditions and microeconomic stability of the region in terms of foreign earnings and attracting investments in the region for wider economic growth,” Munyambonera said.

The mineral-rich nation is a member of two more regional blocs, the Southern African Development Community and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, or COMESA.

Erastus Mwencha, a former secretary-general of COMESA, says the continent needs to scale up its production capabilities to benefit from integration and take advantage of its natural resources.

“The tradable is not that much and so the region needs to develop trade with production, to really go beyond just looking at trade within but also to cater [to] the production aspect. The economies are not deep enough, we tend to produce primary products and because of that, they are not very much integrated,” Mwencha said.

The countries in the EAC bloc have not been able to fully establish a customs union, and while they are working on having a common currency by 2023, experts say that deadline likely will not be met.

Mwencha says the DRC technology sector will provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs.

“Whether you are looking at banking industries, fintech, because it’s a big country, which requires the banks to communicate throughout the country, or other services such as the education sector, health sector, there is a lot, in other words, of e-services,” Mwencha said.

As part of the East African Community, the DRC will enjoy lower tariffs and administrative barriers, something it hasn’t experienced for decades, despite using the ports of Mombasa, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to import most of its goods.

Source: Voice of America