Legit Security Announces Support For New Compliance Frameworks To Increase Software Supply Chain Security And Integrity

TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Legit Security, a cyber security company with an enterprise platform to secure an organization's software supply chain, today announced new platform capabilities for real–time risk scoring, drift monitoring, and support for additional compliance frameworks including Supply–Chain Levels for Software Artifacts (SLSA). In accordance with a growing number of regulations including the President's Executive Order for improving the nation's cybersecurity, the latest Legit Security platform update addresses a wide range of regulatory compliance requirements and provides high visibility across a company's software development life cycle (SDLC) to reduce security threats including tampering and unauthorized access. The platform's expanded support of industry best practice frameworks include SLSA, software bill of materials (SBOM) standards, as well as the ability for organizations to implement their own custom governance frameworks, enabling enterprises to assure software supply chain security and integrity.

Legit Security's platform increases security efficiency and effectiveness by reducing application risk from Source Code Management (SCM), to build, to artifact registry right up until production deployment. The latest platform updates provide detailed risk scoring and real–time drift monitoring across a broader range of regulatory requirements and custom governance frameworks. Customers are able to address security issues earlier in the SDCL, receive deeper contextual information on security issues, and are provided with workflow automation options to accelerate remediation tasks and improve developer agility. Legit Security's platform now supports regulatory requirements spanning SOC2, SLSA, ISO27001 and the President's Executive Order 14028.

"We've built a security platform on a foundation of complete visibility across all the systems and components used to build and deliver software including SDLC systems, development teams, plugins, open–source software, third–party resources, and more," said Liav Caspi, Chief Technical Officer and co–founder of Legit Security. "This enables organizations to get the assurances they need that they're building safe software in a safe way. Our platform also supports the SLSA compliance framework because of its dedication to cross–industry collaboration to help improve security and supply chain integrity, along with its alignment with NIST's latest Secure Software Development Framework."

Legit Security secures the software supply chain by scanning development pipelines for risks and data exposures, secures SDLC infrastructure and systems, and monitors the security hygiene of people and their code as they operate within it. The platform's ability to identify the placement of other security guardrails such as third–party SAST and SCA tools allows companies to optimize their coverage and ensure all critical CI/CD pipelines are secure.

Legit Security's platform is an easy to implement, API–first solution that does not require agents, adaptors or software to install. For more information on Legit Security, please visit https://www.legitsecurity.com.

About Legit Security
Legit Security protects software supply chains from attack by automatically discovering and securing the pipelines, infrastructure, code and people so that businesses can stay safe while releasing software fast. Legit Security provides an easy to implement SaaS platform that supports both cloud and on–premises resources and combines automated discovery and analysis capabilities with hundreds of security policies developed by industry experts with real–world SDLC security experience. This integrated platform keeps your software factory secure and provides continuous assurance that your applications are released without vulnerabilities.

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Insilico Medicine Announces New Investment Led by Aramco-backed Prosperity7 Ventures, bringing total Series D Financing to $95 Million

New York, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HIGHLIGHTS:

Insilico Medicine announces a closing of its Series D2 round, bringing the total Series D financing to $95 million, despite an uncertain market

The Series D2 round is led by Prosperity7, the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures, which is an investment subsidiary of Aramco, the world's leading integrated energy and chemicals company

Relying on Prosperity7's global network and generous resources, Insilico will expand its AI capabilities from drug R&D to multiple areas to support sustainable development

Insilico Medicine, a clinical–stage end–to–end artificial intelligence (AI)–driven drug discovery company, announced today that it has completed a second closing of its Series D round, led by Prosperity7 Ventures, the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures, bringing the total Series D financing to $95 million. Other global investors with expertise in the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sectors also participated.

The financing brought in Prosperity7 as a new investor, alongside current investors in the Series D round, including a large, diversified asset management firm on the US West Coast, B Capital Group, Warburg Pincus, BHR Partners, Qiming Venture Partners, Deerfield, Pavilion Capital, BOLD Capital Partners, and WS Investment Company. Insilico's founder and CEO, Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, also invested in the Series D round.

Aysar Tayeb, Executive Managing Director of Prosperity7 Ventures, said: "The deepening application of AI and machine learning for drug discovery has demonstrated a transformative positive impact on the pharmaceutical industry and we are delighted to embark on this partnership with Insilico Medicine, a frontrunner in this innovation. Backed by the breadth of Aramco's ecosystem across geographies and sectors, we look to support the company to scale up and expand its footprint globally, to drive biotechnology excellence, and to bring positive impact for greater wellbeing."

The new Series D capital will support the continued advancement of Insilico's pipeline, including its lead program which is currently in a Phase 1 study in New Zealand and in China, as well as several pipeline programs in IND–enabling studies. The proceeds will also fund other key strategic initiatives, including further development of its end–to–end Pharma.AI platform, the launch of a fully automated, AI–driven robotic drug discovery laboratory and biological data factory, and the establishment of regional centers.

The investment from Prosperity7 further diversifies the Company's investor base globally and brings a potential strategic partner with deep expertise in high–performance and environmentally friendly energy R&D. Relying on Prosperity7's global network and generous resources, Insilico will expand its AI capabilities from drug R&D to multiple areas, including sustainable chemistry, green energy, and agriculture to actively support sustainable development. Insilico had already leveraged the power of its platform to accelerate innovation in sustainable agriculture in a multi–year collaboration with Syngenta which validated that the platform's capabilities in AI–enabled multiparameter optimization could create substantial value.

"In 2022, Aramco became the world's most valuable company, and we are deeply honored to receive the investment from their venture capital arm, Prosperity7, which focuses on investment in "disruptive technology'," said Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine. "Our experience in expanding our reach into sustainable agriculture through our collaboration with Syngenta and others demonstrated the diversity of data and methods and unprecedented scale up allows us to improve our performance. I am certain that the collaborations with Prosperity7 in the field of sustainable and environmentally friendly chemistry and clean energy solutions will further expand our artificial intelligence capabilities. In addition, after spending time in Saudi Arabia, it is clear that the country is making a giant leap in technology. We would love to be part of this effort and help the country realize its vision using the latest advances in artificial intelligence."

Through a unique dual–CEO structure, Insilico Medicine is advancing its AI capabilities and drug research and development simultaneously. Recently, the Company promoted Dr. Feng Ren, Insilico's Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) to the position of co–CEO to drive the company's drug R&D platform. In addition to overseeing drug discovery and development, Dr. Ren will also guide the Company's growing clinical development and will play a leading role in driving business development. During his tenure, the Company has rapidly transformed its pipeline into a robust portfolio of novel, innovative drug candidates, targeting areas with highly unmet needs. Seven programs in its internal pipeline have progressed to IND–enabling studies, including a novel 3CL protease inhibitor for COVID–19 treatment, and two synthetic lethality programs targeting MAT2A and USP1 for oncology indications. It also successfully completed a Phase 0 microdose study in Australia and entered Phase I clinical trials with its first internally developed program targeting fibrosis in both New Zealand and China.

"We have the structure to be as an equal parts AI and drug development company," said Feng Ren, PhD, co–CEO and CSO of Insilico Medicine. "We also have a number of exciting initiatives in motion "" including an expanding global presence, a robotics lab in development, and significant progress in our internal pipeline programs. With this latest funding round, we will be able to scale up our capabilities, advance our internal programs, develop our AI, and align with partners in the Saudi region to develop new regional technology hubs."

Insilico has co–development and software licensing deals with a number of major pharmaceutical companies. Since the launch of its PandaOmics and Chemistry42 platforms in late 2020, nine out of the top 20 pharmaceutical companies, as measured by 2020 revenue, have used Insilico's AI platforms. In 2022, Insilico signed multi–asset partnerships with Fosun Pharma and EQRX in January and March, respectively. Notably, Insilico achieved its first major milestone and nominated a preclinical candidate for the QPCTL program for cancer immunotherapy less than 40 days into the strategic collaboration with Fosun Pharma. Business development continues to remain a vital part of the company's strategy to demonstrate and unlock the value of its Pharma.AI platform.

About Insilico Medicine

Insilico Medicine, a clinical stage end–to–end artificial intelligence (AI)–driven drug discovery company, is connecting biology, chemistry, and clinical trials analysis using next–generation AI systems. The company has developed AI platforms that utilize deep generative models, reinforcement learning, transformers, and other modern machine learning techniques to discover novel targets and to design novel molecular structures with desired properties. Insilico Medicine is delivering breakthrough solutions to discover and develop innovative drugs for cancer, fibrosis, immunity, central nervous system diseases and aging–related diseases.

For more information, visit www.insilico.com

For media inquiries, please contact media@insilicomedicine.com

About Prosperity7 Ventures

Prosperity7 Ventures is the diversified growth fund of Aramco Ventures, a subsidiary of Aramco, the world's leading integrated energy and chemicals company. The fund's name is derived from "Prosperity Well', the 7th oil well drilled in Saudi Arabia and the first to strike oil. Taking forward this pioneering history, we invest globally, with a long term–view, in breakthrough technologies and transformational business models that will bring prosperity and positive impact on a vast scale.

For more information, visit www.prosperity7vc.com

OKX and LinkedIn Co-author Global Blockchain Industry Talent Report

  • The supply and demand of talent in the global blockchain field are out of balance, with candidates in short supply
  • The demand for core talent has shifted from financial–oriented to technical focused
  • The average tenure of global blockchain talents is 1.2 years, the turnover rate is high, and the flow of talent is mainly within the blockchain industry

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKX, the world–leading cryptocurrency platform and LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, have co–authored a report that highlights the imbalance between the supply and demand of qualified talent in the global blockchain industry.

The in–depth research, based on LinkedIn's exclusive big data analysis, took data from 180 countries in the period between January 2019 and June 2022. It covers the blockchain sector, as well as sub–industries that include the cryptography, quantum computing and distributed ledger sectors, as well as more than 15 other related sub–industries.

The report reveals that, as of June 2022, the supply and demand of talent in the global blockchain field are out of balance, with qualified candidates in short supply. The total number of LinkedIn members working in the blockchain field has increased by 76% year–on–year, but the major countries that blockchain sector candidates have traditionally come from are experiencing negative talent growth. China, where growth is stable, is the exception to this trend.

Haider Rafique, Chief Marketing Officer, OKX, said: “The results of the study we have conducted with LinkedIn reflect our own ongoing search for great talent at OKX. We announced previously that we were going to increase our headcount by 30% by the end of next year and this remains true. I am confident that OKX's leadership among crypto exchanges, our determination to constantly innovate and improve the user experience, and our certainty that blockchain and Web 3.0 is the future will allow us to continue to attract the best talent.”

The research also shows that the demand for core talent has shifted from financial–oriented to candidates with technical skills. In terms of number of job postings, R&D specialists top the global demand, followed by information technology. Product management, marketing and human resources job offerings are not far behind. From the perspective of recruitment demand, financial candidates are now ranked in the sixth position.

Another challenge highlighted by the report involves the short tenure of candidates and the high turnover rate. The "LinkedIn Global Talent Big Data Insights' report shows that the average tenure of global blockchain talent is 1.2 years. The report also shows that in addition to the influx of talent from traditional financial and technology companies, talent movement in the global blockchain industry is mainly based on intra–industry flow.

Linda Tse, Global Talent Acquisition Lead, OKX said: “As a booming frontier industry that is affected by the talent trends of the entire blockchain sector, the competition for high–quality candidates and the frequent movement of talent is somewhat inevitable. That being said, OKX's strong focus on innovation, professional development, work–life balance and our mission–driven mindset are supporting our talent growth strategy. We received almost 19,000 job applications in May of 2022, and this number has only kept on increasing”

The full OKX/LinkedIn Global Blockchain Industry Talent Report can be found at OKX.com and on LinkedIn.

For further information, please contact:

About OKX
OKX is a leading crypto trading app, and a Web3 ecosystem. Trusted by more than 20 million global customers in over 180 international markets, OKX is known for being the fastest and most reliable crypto trading app of choice for investors and professional traders globally.

To learn more about OKX, download our app or visit: okx.com

Lakemore Partners Appoints Paul Gyra as Chair of Audit Committee

PHOENIX and LONDON and DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lakemore Partners Ltd. and its group entities ("Lakemore"), a leading private credit investment firm primarily investing in control CLO equity, today announced it has appointed Paul Gyra as the independent Chair of the Lakemore Partners Audit Committee. Mr. Gyra is a seasoned business executive with over three decades of experience in investment banking and asset management.

"We are thrilled to have appointed Paul as Chair of our Audit Committee," said Ahmed Farid, Chairman and President of Lakemore. "Paul's deep understanding of our firm's culture and years of expertise spearheading cross–border strategies will serve Lakemore well as we further establish and maintain longstanding partnerships with our clients and top–tier CLO collateral managers across the world."

In addition to his roles at Lakemore, Mr. Gyra also serves as Managing Partner at the Thompson Family Office, where he helps to execute on the development of Smart, Sustainable City outside of Washington, DC, and development of direct investment programs with like–minded Family Office Partners that have a social and environmental impact. Previously, Mr. Gyra served as Managing Partner at Global Investment Bank Limited, where he was responsible for cross–border transactions and business development. Prior to that, Mr. Gyra was the Chief Operating Officer, Head of Strategy and Managing Partner at Safanad Limited, where he was responsible for the principal investment firm's business operations and strategy across its Dubai, New York and London offices. Mr. Gyra also held CEO positions at ING Alternative Asset Management in New York, and Baring Asset Management "" North America.

"I am confident that my familiarity with the firm will serve me well in this new role," said Mr. Gyra. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with the team and Board to provide Lakemore's global clientele of institutional investors with best–in–class service."

Mr. Gyra is a CPA and received his BS Summa Cum Laude from Providence College, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

About Lakemore Partners

Lakemore is a leading private credit investment firm primarily investing in control CLO equity. Serving as a partner of choice for global top–tier collateral managers in the CLO market who are aligned to the firm's portfolio management style and risk appetite, Lakemore aims to deliver attractive returns by leveraging the extensive expertise of its dedicated team and by investing within its well–defined framework of cycle–aligned risk allocation. Founded in 2016, Lakemore has offices in Phoenix, London and Dubai. Lakemore's mission focuses on providing sustainable and reliable income, with the firm currently managing US$1.3 billion in credit assets under management, the majority of which is from institutional clients. For more information, please visit www.lakemore.com.

Lakemore Partners Ltd. is the group parent and is domiciled in the Cayman Islands. Lakemore Partners Management US LLC and Lakemore Partners (UK) Ltd. are registered with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission as investment advisers (RIA). Lakemore Partners (UK) Ltd. (FRN: 837603) is also an appointed representative of Kroll Securities Ltd. (FRN: 466588), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Lakemore Partners (DIFC) Ltd. is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority. Lakemore Partners Management US LLC, Lakemore Partners (UK) Ltd., and Lakemore Partners (DIFC) Ltd. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Lakemore Partners Ltd.

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Climate Change Conclusion: Time for Bold Action

Climate Change Emergency - Due to the increasingly visible consequences of climate change, governments are finding it difficult to downplay the warnings of scientists. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

Due to the increasingly visible consequences of climate change, governments are finding it difficult to downplay the warnings of scientists. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

By Joseph Chamie
PORTLAND, USA, Aug 10 2022 – With climate change bringing about increasing numbers of human deaths and untold suffering, and rising economic, social, and environmental consequences worldwide, it’s time for governments to take bold action to address the climate change emergency.

Climate scientists have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 Celsius. Beyond that level, even half a degree, will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat, and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

In November the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the UN Framework Convention to Climate Change is scheduled to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Government representatives from some 200 countries and other parties will focus on securing the 1.5°C goal and adapting to the negative impacts of climate change through the implementation of the Paris Agreement provisions.

At the time of COP27, world population is expected to reach 8,000,000,000. That figure is an increase of more than 2 billion humans on the planet since the first COP conference held in Berlin, Germany, in 1995.

The 8 billion milestone is double the size of world population in 1974 and quadruple its size in 1927. With the growth of the world’s population, annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry have grown enormously over the past century, increasing more than nine-fold since 1927 and doubling since 1974 (Figure 1).


Source: United Nations and Our World in Data. *Projected figures.


The growth of world population has slowed down from its peak levels in the second half of the 20th century. It continues to increase, currently at about 70 million annually and projected to reach 9 billion by 2037 and 10 billion by 2058.

If annual CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industry continue to increase as they have during the past several decades, their annual level of emissions in 2058 when the world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion would be more than 50 percent higher than it is today, or approximately 60 billion tonnes.

Up until relatively recently, warnings of a climate change emergency by thousands of scientists have been downplayed by most governments. Frustrated by government responses, many scientists are increasingly feeling like climate change Cassandras.

Warnings that rising carbon emissions are dangerously heating the Earth have been clearly conveyed to governments. In particular, scientists have emphasized that the burning of fossil fuels is already heating up the planet faster than anything the world has seen in 2,000 years.

In 2020 five countries produced approximately 60 percent of the world’s annual CO2 emissions. In first place was China with nearly one-third of the annual CO2 emissions. China also has the greatest number of coal-fired power stations of any country in 2022, or approximately 1,110 operational stations (Figure 2).


Source: Our World in Data.


The United States is in second place accounting for 14 percent of the annual CO2 emissions in 2020. The percentages for the other three countries, India, Russia, and Japan, were 7, 5 and 3 percent, respectively

In addition to warnings of a climate change emergency, scientists have spelled out some of the likely consequences for life on the planet if the increase in global warming were to exceed 1.5 Celsius (Table 1).


Some Likely Consequences from Climate Change Emergency

Source: Job One for Humanity.


Those likely consequences include warmer temperatures with increased frequency, intensity, and duration, impacting oceans, seas levels, coral reefs, fish levels, glaciers and ice and snow cover. Also, changes in patterns and amount of rainfall are expected to result in increased droughts and desertification as well as flooding.

Climate change’s worsening of air and water quality is expected to contribute to the spread of certain diseases and human illnesses accompanied by increased malnourishment, hunger, and mortality, as well as the deteriorating ecosystems impacting numerous plant and animal species. Climate change will also likely contribute to the increased displacement of people as well as illegal migration as millions of men, women, and children seek to escape the consequences of global warming and environmental degradation.

Due to the increasingly visible consequences of climate change, governments are finding it difficult to downplay the warnings of scientists. Among the weather consequences of the climate change emergency are worldwide record-breaking high temperatures as well as droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, and hurricanes.

Global surveys also report that the majority of the world’s population is worried about climate change. In January 2021, for example, the global climate survey by the United Nations Development Programme across 50 countries found that nearly two-thirds of the respondents consider climate change as an emergency and represents a clear call for governments to take the needed action to address it.

Various measures have been recommended to address the climate change emergency. Among those measures are stabilizing or reducing the size of human populations, eliminating the use of fossil fuels, moving to renewable energies, reducing air pollutants, restoring ecosystems, shifting from meat to mainly plant based diets, and transitioning to sustainable GDP growth (Table 2).


Climate Change Emergency - Some Measures to Address Climate Change

Source: International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


The upcoming November COP27 conference in Egypt is expected to follow the usual pattern of previous sessions with an adoption of a negotiated final report. However, that outcome is unlikely to be sufficient to achieve the internationally established goal of limiting the increase in global warming to a maximum of 1.5 Celsius.

Despite more than two dozen annual COP sessions, various international agreements, and enumerated goals, a binding international agreement to address the climate change emergency is lacking. In addition, an authority that would impose climate change policies is not likely to be established, particularly given the supremacy of national sovereignty.

Nevertheless, progress to address climate change has been achieved over the past several decades. The international community of nations adopted the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, the Kyoto Protocol in 2005, and the Paris Agreement in 2015.

Also, governments have agreed on the science behind climate change, acknowledged the likely consequences of inaction, and have set emission reduction pledges to slow down CO2 emissions. Recently adopted policies have enhanced energy efficiency, slowed deforestation rates, and accelerated the use of renewable energy.

In addition, scores of governments are adopting additional commitments to address climate change. The United States, for example, recently passed historic legislation aimed at addressing climate change and clean energy that includes a budget of U.S. $369 billion.

As stated above, climate scientists have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 Celsius. Given that 12-year window to address the global warming goal, there is little time to waste.

It is time for governments, especially the major contributors to global warming, to implement bold actions to address the climate change emergency.

* Joseph Chamie is a consulting demographer, a former director of the United Nations Population Division and author of numerous publications on population issues, including his recent book, “Births, Deaths, Migrations and Other Important Population Matters.”

UN’s Education Summit: An Opportunity to Create a Bottom-Up Global Governance

Credit: United Nations

By Simone Galimberti
KATHMANDU, Nepal, Aug 10 2022 – The upcoming summit on Education, part of the UN Secretary General’s ambitious agenda, can truly bring accountability and participation to the inevitably new ways education will be imparted in the future.

With scorching temperatures, uncontrolled flames and floods devastating our planet, millions of people are realizing that we are all going to pay a high price for climate inaction.

The current climate crisis is furthering compounding the other emergency that is still affecting all of us, a public health crisis fully exposed by the Covid pandemic.

Amid this gloomy scenario, the international community cannot forego its duties not only to strengthen the global education system but also its moral obligation to re-think it and re-imagine it.

While it is easy to criticize the UN as a system incapable of effectively tackling these multidimensional challenges, we cannot but praise Secretary General Antonio Guterres for his far sighted vision encapsulated in his global blue print, Our Common Agenda.

It’s a bold statement that contains multiple proposals including the ambitious goal of reinventing the global education.

In this context, and on September, the UN will host the most important forum to discuss how education can emerge as the thread that can equip the citizens of the world with the right tools to thrive in a truly sustainable and equitable planet.

The Transforming Education Summit, scheduled to take place at the UN September 19, should be seen as a stand-alone effort while it is intended to be the beginning of an ambitious global brainstorming. It is also the culmination of several other major events in the past few years.

In 2015 the Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action provided the vision for implementing the SDG 4, the global sustainable goal focused on inclusive and quality education.

We know how brutal the effects of the pandemic were on learners worldwide especially in developing and emerging nations.

In face of these challenges, with the global headlines focused on the public health emergency and the futile attempts at negotiating a breakthrough climate change agreement at the COP 26, few noticed that the international community tried to take action.

In November 2021, it gathered in Paris for a Global Education Meeting’s High Level Segment hosted by UNESCO and the Government of France. The outcome was the Paris Declaration that building on the work of a previous summit, the Extraordinary session of the Global Education Meeting (2020 GEM), held in October 2020, provided a clear call for more financing and a stronger global multilateral cooperation system.

The fact that our attention was totally focused to other existential crises should not deter us from reflecting on how such events were neglected by world media and, as a consequence, how little discussion about the future of education happened.

I am not just talking about discussions among professionals on the ground but also a debate that involves teachers and students alike. The upcoming Transforming the Education Summit will try to revert this lack of attention and overall weak engagement among the people.

The Secretariat of the event, hosted by UNESCO, one of the agencies within the UN system that lacks financial support but still proves to be real value for money, is trying its best to enable a global conversation on how the future of education should be.

It is in this precise context that UNESCO has set up an interactive knowledge and debate hub, the so-called Hub that, hopefully, will become a permanent global platform for discussing education globally.

Imagine a sort of civic agora where experts, students, parents, policy makers alike can share their best practices and bring forwards their opinions on how to follow up on the decisions that will be taken in September.

It is also extremely positive that a Pre-Summit event at the end of June in Paris, laid out some grounds for the September’s gathering especially because youths also had a chance to speak and share their views.

It is not the first-time youths are involved, but the full involvement of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in the preparation of the Transforming the Education Summit could be a turning point, shifting from mere and tokenistic engagements to real shared power with the youth.

That’s why the existence of a specific process within the preparation of the summit, focused on youth, is extremely important and welcome not just because it will generate a special declaration but because it could potentially become a space where youths can have their voices and opinions heard permanently.

Let’s not forget that the ongoing preparations were instrumental to revive the outcomes of the “Reimagining our Futures Together: A New Social Contract for Education” developed over two years by the International Commission on the Futures of Education, a body chaired by President Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia, and published in 2021.

It is truly transformative because the title itself is aligned to the aspirational vision of Secretary General Guterres to establish a new social contract.

A new social contract in the field of education really needs to rethink the domains of learning and its established but now outdated goals. Learning should become, according to this report, a holistic tool to create personal agency and sustainable and just development.

For example, education for sustainable development and lifelong education together with global citizenships should stopped being considered as “nice” but burdensome adds on.

Today’s challenges, the report explains, must be focused on “reinventing education” and the knowledge it provides must be “anchored in social, economic, and environmental justice.”

Wisely, Guterres intends the summit in September to be the starting point for a much longer conversation that will build on the insights and knowledge emerged in these last few years.

Governance of the global education system will also be central and with this, we will have an opportunity to find creative ways, ways that just few years ago were imaginable, to include people, especially the youths.

No matter the efforts now put in place to create awareness and participation for the summit, no matter how inclusive the Youth Process will be, the fact that there is still a very long way before creating spaces where persons on the ground can truly participate.

Too few are aware of the existence of a Global Education Cooperation Mechanism led by the SDG4-Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee that also includes representatives of youth and teachers and NGOs.

While there is no doubt that such inclusive format is itself innovative, the challenges ahead require a much more accessible and holistic set-up.

The existence of a global accountability mechanism was one of the key points discussed and emerged in the Youths Consultations during the Pre-Summit in Paris.

The High-Level Steering Committee needs not only more visibility because of its “political” aim of galvanizing global attention and energizing and influencing global leaders so that education can become a global priority at the same levels of climate action and public health.

It should also have a stronger representation of youths, teachers and NGOs and it can evolve into a real permanent forum for discussions and even decision making.

As difficult as it to imagine a new global governance for education, what we need is a space, virtual and as well formally established as an institution, where not only experts and governments’ representatives gather and decide.

A space for accountability but also for enhanced participation.

There is still a long way before reaching a consensus on how education will look like in the years to come but there is no doubt that bold decisions must be taken also to reimagine its governance.

The Transforming the Education Summit can herald the beginning of a new era.

Media will have a special role to play: not only on reporting on the summit and its following developments but also for giving voices to the youths and for bringing forward the most progressive ideas that should define how education will shape this new era.

Simone Galimberti is the Co-Founder of ENGAGE, a not-for-profit NGO in Nepal. He writes on volunteerism, social inclusion, youth development and regional integration as an engine to improve people’s lives.

IPS UN Bureau


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Zimbabwe Makes First Journalist Arrests Under Cybersecurity Law

Alpha Media Holdings editor-in-chief and editor of NewsDay, Wisdom Mdzungairi (pictured), senior reporter, Desmond Chingarande and with company’s legal officer, Tatenda Chikohora were arrested on allegations of violating the Data Protection Act. Credit: NewsDay

Alpha Media Holdings editor-in-chief and editor of NewsDay, Wisdom Mdzungairi (pictured), senior reporter, Desmond Chingarande and with company’s legal officer, Tatenda Chikohora were arrested on allegations of violating the Data Protection Act. Credit: NewsDay

By Ignatius Banda
Bulawayo, Aug 10 2022 – Zimbabwe’s press freedom credentials suffered further criticism with the arrest of two journalists from a privately-owned newspaper charged with transmitting “false data messages.”

The pair were charged on August 3 under the contentious Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, as amended through the Cyber and Data Protection Act, which became law in December last year despite spirited opposition from press freedom lobbyists and civic society groups.

The act has been criticised for giving too many powers to law enforcement authorities and the information ministry, allowing the monitoring of private electronic communication in violation of the country’s constitution.

What is significant, however, about the latest arrests of journalists is that while the crackdown on press freedom has for years been driven by the ruling Zanu-PF party against its critics, the two journalists, together with the paper’s attorney, were held for reporting on a private business enterprise believed to be run by politically connected individuals.

Senior reporter Desmond Chingarande who wrote the story, and Wisdom Mdzungairi, the Newsday editor-in-chief, were charged under a Cyber and Data Protection Act section which critics say vaguely criminalises the communication or spread of “false data messages.”

The two now have the dubious distinction of being the first journalists to be charged under the cybersecurity law.

The arrests have been condemned by rights groups. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reiterated that journalists have a Constitutional right to right to seek, receive and impart information. Credit: Twitter

The arrests have been condemned by rights groups. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reiterated that journalists have a Constitutional right to right to seek, receive and impart information. Credit: Twitter

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) quickly condemned the arrests.

“MISA Zimbabwe reiterates its long-standing position that when journalists are undertaking their professional duties, they will be exercising their constitutional rights as stipulated in Section 61 of the Constitution and that they have a right to seek, receive and impart information,” the press freedom watchdog said in a statement.

“Any limitation to this right should qualify under the three-pronged test, which requires legality, proportionality and necessity. It is also our position that criminal sanctions on false news are disproportionate and not necessary,” the statement added.

These concerns come as Zimbabwe’s record as one of the places where journalism is considered a dangerous profession worsens.

“On paper, the arrest of the journalists has been instigated by private businesspeople. But the truth is that charging the senior journalists is ominous,” said Tawanda Majoni, an investigative journalist and national coordinator of the Information for Development Trust, an NGO supporting local investigative journalism projects.

“It represents a serious threat to freedom of the media and expression as well as access to information of public interest as provided under respective sections of the Zimbabwean constitution,” Majoni told IPS.

What began with the promise of wide-ranging reforms after the rise of Emmerson Mnangagwa as president on the back of the ouster of Robert Mugabe morphed into an escalation of the crackdown on government critics, with media practitioners being especially targeted.

Opposition politicians and rights activists have found themselves in police detention, with press freedom advocates not being spared despite calls by countries that include the European Union and the US raising concerns about what are seen as arbitrary arrests.

In May, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders noted that Zimbabwe had declined further on the Press Freedom Index, from 130 in 2021 to 137 in 2022.

The country has witnessed a steady increase in journalist arrests, which have failed to result in custodial sentences despite the routine arrests and weeks behind bars awaiting trial.

“These arrests are a worrying trend as it is technically criminal law provisions that are being invoked to criminalise journalism,” said Otto Saki, a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer.

“These provisions are patently unconstitutional and are likely to be struck down by the constitutional court,” Saki told IPS.

Several journalists have been arrested in the past few months, and there are concerns that the crackdown on journalists is being escalated in the run-up to crucial elections next year with electioneering already in full swing.

“It’s always the case that during power contestations in the run-up to major political events, we see governments invoking such laws,” Saki said.

Despite numerous court challenges regarding the unconstitutionality of the arrests of journalists, government spokesperson Ndavaningi Mangwana is on record saying journalists are not above the law and “must have their day in court.”

Regarding the arrest of the two Newsday journalists, Majoni noted that “those that instigated the arrest of the three, clearly, had more decent options to use, that they tellingly ignored as a suggestion of the difficult times ahead for journalists.”

“They could have simply appealed to the Data Protection Authority to intervene and would have appealed to either the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe or the Zimbabwe Media Commission. So, this is like some people are being used to test the new law,” Majoni told IPS.

However, ahead of the 2023 polls, journalists are not the only sector being targeted by the government, as nongovernmental organisations are also being threatened with stringent monitoring under the proposed Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill.

If passed into law, it will see NGOs being required to furnish the government with itineraries and accounting that show the source of their funding as authorities claim external funds are being used to undermine the ruling party.

The bill has already been criticised for its ambitions to curtail freedom of association at a time NGOs are carrying out voter education programs ahead of the 2023 elections while millions in the country require food assistance.

For now, it is not clear what fate awaits the Newsday journalists as they are expected to appear in court by way of summons.

IPS UN Bureau Report


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Konstantinos Fakiolas Named Business Development Manager for Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group Europe

TEMECULA, Calif., Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries' Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group ("Group"), a part of the Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan) group of companies, is pleased to announce that Konstantinos Fakiolas has been named Business Development Manager for the Group's Cryogenic Pumps Unit.

Kostas is a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer, MSc, MBA, graduate from the National Technical University of Athens Greece, with 24 years of specialization in ship technological applications involving LNG systems, environmental technologies, renewables and energy efficiency.

He has been working closely with Technology providers for their marine business development, while extensively engaged with Asian Shipyards for new building and existing ship upgrade contract negotiations and project management.

Throughout his career he has been occupied as a ship designer, ship surveyor for flag administrations, newbuilding field supervisor, newbuilding contracts project manager, international sales director and business development partner for technology providers acting on global scale.

In this role, he will be managing and implementing a global business development strategy toward growing and expanding Nikkiso Clean Energy products portfolio, solutions and services in the marine market segment. This strategy includes increasing competitiveness and applicability in marine projects, product development and management, and strategic collaboration with industrial partners. Kostas will be based in Europe and will be reporting directly to Mike Wells, Technical Sales Manager, Business Development, Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Pumps Unit.

"Konstantinos' extensive experience, contacts, industry and market knowledge will be instrumental in developing new opportunities in the Marine market and better serving our customers," according to Ole Jensen, Vice President, NCEIG Europe.

With this addition, Nikkiso continues their commitment to be both a global and local presence for their customers.

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, 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 approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.NikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

Anna Quigley

LeddarTech Brings Raw Data Fusion and Perception Technology to Automotive ADAS and AD Events in China and the U.S.

QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LeddarTech , a global leader in providing the most flexible, robust and accurate ADAS and AD sensing technology, is pleased to announce a series of events in China and the United States focused on demonstrating their newest technology, LeddarVision, a unique raw data fusion and perception solution.

LeddarTech's use of raw data fusion detects very small obstacles on the road with better detection rates and fewer false alarms than legacy "object fusion" solutions. In addition, unclassified obstacles are also detected, providing an additional layer of safety to the vehicle.

LeddarVision is a flexible, robust, cost–effective, sensor–agnostic and scalable auto–grade solution that delivers highly accurate 3D environmental models. In addition, the software supports all SAE autonomy levels by applying AI and computer vision algorithms to fuse raw data from sensors employed in L2–L5 applications.

12th New Energy Vehicle International Forum 2022 "" August 18–19 Suzhou, China

The 12th edition of this conference and exhibition on new vehicle technologies and design brings together hundreds of VIPs and high–quality industry participants from 15+ countries and 50+ esteemed speakers.

LeddarTech presents "Solving Key ADAS/AD Perception Challenges "" Raw Data Fusion and Perception Technology."

When: August 18, 2022, 12:00–12:30 CST (China standard time).

Where: Shangri–La Hotel, Suzhou, China.

Register here.

ADAS & Autonomous Vehicle Technology Expo and Conference "" September 7–8 – San Jose, USA

This new ADAS & AV tech expo features products and solutions for developing and building next–generation connected and fully autonomous vehicles.

LeddarVision showcase (booth #1052): Engineers from Israel and North America will demonstrate how raw data fusion technology simplifies complex sensor sets and eliminates the dependency on hardware to provide customers the flexibility to scale and deliver greater ADAS and AD performance quickly.

When: September 7–8, 2022.

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, USA.

Booth: 1052

Register here.

Visit here to learn where else LeddarTech is in the world.

About LeddarTech

Founded in 2007, LeddarTech is a comprehensive end–to–end environmental sensing company that enables customers to solve critical sensing, fusion and perception challenges across the entire value chain. LeddarTech provides cost–effective perception solutions scalable from Level 2 ADAS to Level 5 full autonomy with LeddarVision, a raw–data sensor fusion and perception platform that generates a comprehensive 3D environmental model from a variety of sensor types and configurations. LeddarTech also supports LiDAR manufacturers and Tier 1–2 automotive suppliers with key technology building blocks such as LeddarSteer digital beam steering and the LeddarEngine, which is built on LeddarTech's Leddar technology employing patented signal acquisition and processing techniques to generate a richer and cleaner return signal at a lower cost. The LeddarEngine comprises a highly integrated, scalable LiDAR SoC and software combination that enables LiDAR developers and Tier 1–2 automotive suppliers to design their own LiDAR solutions. The company is responsible for several innovations in cutting–edge automotive and mobility remote–sensing applications, with over 120 patented technologies (granted or pending) enhancing ADAS and autonomous driving capabilities.

Additional information about LeddarTech is accessible at www.leddartech.com and on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Daniel Aitken, Vice–President, Global Marketing, Communications and Investor Relations, LeddarTech Inc.
Tel.: + 1–418–653–9000 ext. 232 daniel.aitken@leddartech.com

Investor relations contact: InvestorRelations@leddartech.com

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