Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis’ remarks on SKAI TV’s morning show “SIMERA” with journalists D. Oikonomou and Maria Anastasopoulou (Athens, 04.10.2021)

“The Greek-French defense agreement has irritated Turkey,” pointed out this morning Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis in an interview on SKAI TV’s show “SIMERA” with journalists Dimitris Oikonomou and Maria Anastasopoulou.

In particular, Mr. Varvitsiotis said that the agreement is a major success of the Greek foreign policy that changes the game in the Eastern Mediterranean. He pointed out that with this agreement, Greece sends a message to everyone -and especially to the Greek people- that we are not willing to refrain from defending our national sovereign rights. He also said that the negotiation of the defense agreement with the largest military force in the EU has only been completed now, although all Greek governments had been eagerly seeking it for many decades. In particular, he noted that this was achieved because the Greek Prime Minister made the right decision to request it from President Macron at the recent EUMED Summit in Athens and to have the mutual assistance clause put into paper with such clarity.

Regarding the ratification of the Agreement on Thursday, the Alternate Minister said that it strikes him that the Parliament will not voice unanimous support for the Agreement and that this sends the wrong message to everyone. “Our wish is that the message we send is a cross-party message in every aspect,” he said, adding that those who will not vote for the agreement want in effect a limited front that Greece can establish, in the event of a threat.

Finally, referring to Greek-Turkish relations, Mr. Varvitsiotis stressed that there hasn’t been a period of calmness in the past two years and that the provocations -both verbal and on the ground- have been continuous. “We haven’t let Turkish provocations go unanswered so far and we are not going to do so in the future. There is readiness from the part of both the Armed Forces and Greek diplomacy”, he noted emphatically.

Hurray! West Africa’s Biggest Journalism Event, WAMECA, is 5years old

When West Africa’s biggest journalism event comes off on Friday, October 22, 2021, in Ghana, it would be a celebration of an impressive milestone – the five-year anniversary of the prestigious West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA).

For the last five years, it has been an annual pilgrimage for freedom of expression, media and governance advocates and experts to congregate and discuss pertinent issues and trends impacting journalism positively or otherwise and preferring concrete recommendations on how to strengthen the media landscape in the region to contribute effectively towards participatory, accountable, and peaceful democratic governance in Africa.

The region’s finest journalists in print, online and broadcast journalism who brave the odds as watchdogs to produce stories that significantly impact society also showcase stories that compete for awards, the ultimate being the West African Journalist of the Year.

The fifth anniversary goes beyond merely marking five years of existence as West Africa’s most prestigious media excellence event—it is also a celebration of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA’s) commitment to participatory and accountable governance, freedom of expression and the desire to see a resilient media in the sub-region.

Back into memory lane

This year, guests and participants will share insights into the raging phenomenon of Misinformation, Digital Media Regulation and Journalism in Africa”. This has been necessitated by the growing number of legislation in Africa that tend to strengthen state control over citizens’ use of the internet, online communication outlets and digital media platforms including social media platforms. West Africa’s foremost media defence lawyer, Femi Falana, will be the Special Guest.

In 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world on its head and distressing an already precarious media ecosystem on the continent, WAMECA focused deliberations on The Future of Journalism. The event hosted many prominent personalities including the Senior Editor, Africa TV and Media Management Executive of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Vera Kwakwofi and George Sarpong, Executive Secretary of Ghana’s National Media Commission and underscored the need for the media to engage in research and advocacy, adding that public education and robust interrogation should be the journalist’s role, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event also hosted His Excellency Abdourahmane Diallo, UNESCO Country Representative in Ghana, as the Special Guest.

In the year prior (2019), WAMECA sought antidotes to the phenomenon of Social Media, Fake News and Elections in Africa. It was a healthy discourse ahead of 2020 when at least 25 countries on the continent were headed for the elections. The event hosted Chairpersons of the elections management bodies of Ghana and Burkina Faso, top state security officers in some countries in West Africa and a representative from social media giant, Facebook. The Guest of Honour, was Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa and past Chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights. Others included Jean Mensah, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Ahmed Newton Barry, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso and the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Oyedapo Oyekunle “Dapo” Olorunyomi.

Further back in 2018, participants at WAMECA deliberated on Media Development, Financing and Sustainability” necessitated by the fact that the industry was battling the combined effects of poor standards, repression of media freedoms, weak economies and absence of contextually relevant media management data, which had culminated in a serious challenge of sustainability for many media organisations in West Africa. His Excellency Ibn Chambas, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and head of the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWAS) graced the occasion.

The most exciting perhaps of all was the maiden edition in 2017 which certainly set WAMECA off to a good start with a strong and bold showing by the MFWA. It focused on four key thematic areas including promoting safety of journalists and countering impunity for crimes against journalists and the media, democratic transitions and accountable Governance in West Africa. That also marked the 20th anniversary of the MFWA.

Entries, Winners and the Jury

Since its inception on October 28, 2017, WAMECA has received more than 3,500 entries from seasoned journalists across West Africa.  Out of this, 40 journalists have been awarded for producing compelling works which have had significant impact on society. Journalists who wear the WAMECA badge of honour are those who braved the odds in researching and publishing compelling stories to make the world a better place.

The most coveted Overall Journalist of the Year prize has been taken by investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni winning it twice in 2018 and 2020 after Seth Kwame Boateng, grabbed the honour in the maiden edition. In 2019, Burkinabe journalist, Sama Tounwendsida Hugues Richard of Burkina Faso took the crown.

Over the years, the WAMECA Awards scheme has empaneled for its Jury some of the seasoned media experts and celebrated journalists across the continent including Kenya’s Joseph Warungu, Senegal’s Sophie Ly Sow and Tidianne Sy, Ghana’s Cameroun Duodu and Elizabeth Ohene, Nigeria’s Lanre Idowu, Liberia’s Rodney Sieh, Cote D’Ivoire’s Selay Kouassi and Reyhanna Masters from Zimbabwe.

Commenting on the achievements of WAMECA over the last five years, the Programme Manager of the Media and Good Governance programme at the MFWA, Mrs Abigail Larbi-Odei, was excited about the milestone chalked.

“We are indeed happy that WAMECA has become an anticipated platform to raise key and relevant voices to address the critical issues that confront media development, freedom of expression and good governance in the West Africa region,” Mrs Larbi-Odei said.

“We have remained resolute and resilient in the last five years and certainly look for better days in the coming years. As a media development organisation, the MFWA believes that media excellence is crucial for development and transforming lives. WAMECA will continue to inspire journalists in the region to produce stories that positively impact society,” she added.

Sponsors and Supporters

The MFWA team is immensely grateful to organisations such as the US Embassy Ghana; MTN-Ghana; STANBIC Bank Ghana, US-based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Open Society Institute for West Africa (OSIWA); Facebook; Tullow Ghana; CBOD; Access Now; Deutche Welle Akadamie; GCB Bank and CIMA for their generous support and commitment towards promoting media excellence in West Africa through their support and sponsorship of the West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards and to the over 50 media partners across the region.

Delphix India dépasse la barre des 100 employés en deux ans

La société continue de recruter pour saisir plusieurs opportunités de leadership

BENGALURU, India, 05 oct. 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Delphix, la société de données leader du secteur pour DevOps, a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir franchi la barre des 100 employés en Inde, deux ans seulement après le lancement d’un centre de R&D de pointe dans la région de la capitale nationale. Malgré la pandémie, la société continue de recruter activement et compte actuellement plus de 30 postes immédiatement disponibles aux niveaux directeurs et cadres supérieurs dans les domaines de l’ingénierie, du marketing et de l’informatique.

« Nous avons lancé notre centre indien de R&D spécialisé dans l’ingénierie en 2019 pour soutenir l’innovation et la croissance. Nous avons eu la chance que certains des meilleurs talents du pays rejoignent notre équipe », a déclaré Jedidiah Yueh, PDG de Delphix.

Les employés de Delphix en Inde sont les artisans de certaines des principales innovations de la société, notamment des projets d’ingénierie de premier plan visant à intégrer Oracle, SAP S/4HANA, Salesforce, SQL Server, Postgres, MongoDB, etc.

« Le capital intellectuel de notre équipe d’ingénierie en Inde est incomparable. Je suis ravi de tirer parti de cette dynamique et de continuer à étendre notre présence à travers le pays », a commenté Vijay Anthony Sebastian, directeur général de la société en Inde.

L’équipe des RH de la société a reçu un Stevie® Award de bronze dans la catégorie « Équipe RH de l’année » lors de la 19e édition annuelle des American Business Awards®. Ce prix est venu récompenser les efforts de l’équipe pour faire passer la société de « la survie à la prospérité » pendant la pandémie.

« Lorsque la pandémie a touché près de 40 % de nos collaborateurs en Inde, la charge de travail a été partagée avec d’autres régions, des congés prolongés ont été accordés aux personnes touchées et une équipe spéciale intérimaire a été constituée pour aider et soutenir les collaborateurs en détresse. Nous avons également mis en place une politique de travail à distance pour nos employés basés en Inde », a déclaré Jason Binder, vice-président du personnel chez Delphix.

Delphix a récemment annoncé une augmentation des taux de diversité globaux de ses employés de 29,5 % au 4e trimestre de l’exercice 2021 à 31,7 % au 1er trimestre de l’exercice 2022, soit une croissance de plus de 2 %. Les femmes représentent près d’un quart de sa main-d’œuvre. La société a enregistré une augmentation de ses effectifs féminins de près de 2 % au cours du dernier trimestre, ceux-ci passant de 22,8 % au 4e trimestre de l’exercice 2021 à 24,7 % au 1er trimestre de l’exercice 2022.

Plus tôt cette année, la société a annoncé que son taux de croissance annuel a augmenté de plus de 85 % pour l’exercice clos en janvier 2021 par rapport à l’année dernière, ce qui l’a conduite à une rentabilité non conforme aux PCGR. Les clients de Delphix comprennent désormais 24 des entreprises figurant dans le palmarès Fortune 100, sept des 10 plus grandes banques d’Amérique du Nord, cinq des 10 plus grandes sociétés de télécommunications au monde et plus de 60 compagnies d’assurance et d’assurance maladie.

À propos de Delphix
Delphix est la société de données leader du secteur pour DevOps.

Les données sont essentielles pour tester les versions d’applications, la modernisation, l’adoption du cloud et les programmes d’IA/AM. Nous fournissons une plateforme de données DevOps automatisée pour toutes les applications d’entreprise. Delphix masque les données pour assurer la conformité à la confidentialité, protège les données contre les attaques de type ransomware et fournit des données virtualisées efficaces pour le CI/CD.

Notre plateforme comprend des API DevOps essentielles pour la transmission, l’actualisation, le rembobinage, l’intégration et le contrôle de la version des données. Des sociétés de premier plan, dont Choice Hotels, J.B.Hunt et Fannie Mae, utilisent Delphix pour accélérer leur transformation numérique. Pour tout complément d’information, consultez le site www.delphix.com ou suivez-nous sur LinkedInTwitter et Facebook.

Coordonnées du contact :
Aarthi Rayapura
Directrice, éditoriaux et contenu
aarthi.rayapura@delphix.com

Delphix India atinge marco de mais de 100 funcionários em dois anos

Empresa continua a contratar para vários cargos de liderança

BENGALURU, India, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Delphix, empresa de dados líder do setor de DevOps, anunciou hoje que ultrapassou o marco de 100 funcionários na Índia, somente dois anos depois da abertura de um centro de P&D de última geração em NCR. A empresa continua a contratar de forma agressiva, até mesmo durante a pandemia, tendo, no momento, mais de 30 vagas para Diretor níveis seniores nas áreas de Engenharia, Marketing e TI.

“Inauguramos nosso centro de P&D de engenharia na Índia em 2019 em apoio à inovação e ao crescimento. Tivemos a sorte de conquistar alguns dos melhores talentos do país para a nossa equipe”, disse Jedidiah Yueh, CEO da Delphix.

Os funcionários da Delphix na Índia são pioneiros em algumas das principais inovações da empresa, incluindo principais projetos de engenharia para integração com Oracle, SAP S/4HANA, Salesforce, SQL Server, Postgres, MongoDB, etc.

“O capital intelectual da nossa equipe de engenharia na Índia é inigualável. Estou muito empolgado com esse momento e continuamos a expandir nossa presença em todo o país”, disse Vijay Anthony Sebastian, Diretor Administrativo da Índia.

A equipe de RH da empresa foi vencedora de um Bronze Stevie® Award na categoria “Equipe de RH do Ano” no The 19th Annual American Business Awards®. O prêmio reconheceu os esforços da equipe para levar a empresa a “sobreviver e prosperar” durante a pandemia.

“Quando a pandemia estava afetando quase 40% dos nossos funcionários na Índia, a carga de trabalho foi compartilhada com outras regiões, proporcionamos um período prolongado de folga para as pessoas afetadas e criamos uma força-tarefa central provisória para ajudar e apoiar os funcionários com problemas. Também instituímos uma política remota para nossos funcionários na Índia”, disse Jason Binder, VP de Pessoas da Delphix.

A Delphix anunciou recentemente um aumento das suas taxas gerais de diversidade de funcionários de 29,5% no 4T21 para 31,7% no 1T22, um crescimento de mais de 2% no último trimestre. As mulheres representam quase um quarto da força de trabalho. A empresa teve um aumento na força de trabalho feminina de 22,8% no 4T21 para 24,7% no 1T22, um crescimento de quase 2% no último trimestre.

No início deste ano, a empresa anunciou que sua taxa de crescimento anual aumentou mais de 85% no exercício fiscal encerrado em janeiro de 2021 em comparação com o ano anterior, levando-a à rentabilidade não GAAP. Os clientes da Delphix agora incluem 24 das empresas da Fortune 100, sete dos 10 melhores bancos da América do Norte, cinco das 10 melhores empresas de telecomunicações do mundo e mais de 60 seguradoras e provedores de planos de saúde.

Sobre a Delphix
A Delphix é a empresa de dados líder do setor de DevOps.

Os dados são essenciais para o teste de lançamentos de aplicativos, modernização, adoção de nuvem e programas AI/ML. Disponibilizamos uma plataforma de dados DevOps automatizada para todos os aplicativos corporativos. A Delphix mascara os dados para conformidade com a privacidade, protege os dados de ransomware e fornece dados eficientes e virtualizados para CI/CD.

Nossa plataforma inclui APIs essenciais de DevOps para provisionamento de dados, atualização, retrocesso, integração e controle de versão. As empresas líderes, incluindo Choice Hotels, J.B.Hunt e Fannie Mae, usam a Delphix para acelerar a transformação digital. Para mais informação, visite www.delphix.com ou siga-nos no LinkedIn, Twitter, e Facebook.

Informações de Contato:
Aarthi Rayapura
Diretora, Editorial e Conteúdo
aarthi.rayapura@delphix.com

INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT OCEANIC GLOBAL LAUNCHES THE BLUE STANDARD TO ESTABLISH UNIVERSAL ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND CROSS-INDUSTRY STANDARD EMPOWERS BUSINESSES TO ELIMINATE PLASTICS, ADOPT SUSTAINABLE OPERATING PRACTICES, AND PROTECT OUR BLUE PLANET

New York, NY, Oct. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NEW YORK, NY – On Thursday, October 5th, the international non-profit Oceanic Global launched the Blue Standard (Blue) a first-of-its-kind cross-industry standard that empowers industries and businesses of all sizes to achieve measurable impact that protects our blue planet. Emissions, toxins, and plastics are all consequences of human-made industry that are devastating the Earth. And with 70% of the planet covered by the ocean (which regulates our climate, absorbs our carbon, and produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe) marine ecosystems are bearing the brunt of our actions. While there are several existing standards built on the notion of  “going green,” Oceanic Global’s is the first-of-its-kind that looks at the impacts of industry on the ocean and humanity’s interconnectivity to it, and empowers businesses of all sizes with actions that protect & restore the blue.

The Blue Standard was developed together with Oceanic Global’s Scientific Advisory Board and trained experts in both WELL and LEED building rating systems, as a timely response to the impending threat of Climate Change and the increasing demand for transparent industry action. According to a 2021 study by Deloitte surveying over 10,000 individuals in over 6 different countries, more than 58% of respondents wanted organizations to adopt more environmental practices, and 42% reported have changed consumption habits themselves because of their stance on the environment. In turn, Blue features two core offerings: a 3-star sustainability verification system for Business Operations and Product and Packing Seals that verify plastic-free consumer goods. An evolution of Oceanic Global’s long standing industry solutions program (formerly known as The Oceanic Standard), Blue has verified the sustainability achievements of 400+ across 26 counties to-date ranging from Bulleit distillery in Tennessee, House of Yes and Salesforce in New York, to the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, Citi Tower in Hong Kong, Habitas in Tulum, Mexico and all 19 Sandals Resorts International properties in the Caribbean. Leading sustainable brands including: Plaine Products, Raw Elements, Ball Aluminum Cups, are also amongst the inaugural brands set to be awarded with Blue’s new Product and Packaging Seals.

Recognizing the opportunity and potential for businesses to meet both business demand and environmental need, the Blue Standard has also created custom programs for industries including: hospitality, music, events, office spaces, professional sports, consumer packaged goods, and more. These specified offerings work together to further the environmental efforts within their respective fields while also establishing universal accountability and cohesive benchmarks for sustainable business leadership across industry. Oceanic Global believes that impact should be accessible and open-source, and so the Blue Standard additionally offers a suite of services including: free educational guides, step-by-step auditing and consultation, and buying deals with a network of 300+ vetted vendors, that make it both easy and cost-effective for businesses to transition away from single-use plastics and otherwise environmentally detrimental products and processes. In turn, due it’s comprehensive & solution-driven structure, the framework of the Blue Standard has been leveraged by international governments including those of: New York City, New York State, the United States, Barbados, Spain, and more, to help shape over 7 policies to-date.

“With businesses of all sizes increasingly adopting sustainable practices, we recognized both the need and the potential to create universal accountability for these efforts and for how they’re communicated to consumers. Our hope is that through empowering comprehensive commitments to sustainability and lasting systems change, The Blue Standard will work to create a new balance between industries and the natural world that sustains them.”  – Lea d’Auriol, Founder of Oceanic Global

“The health of our ocean is at a tipping point as is that of our collective well-being. Blue works to empower tangible action at all levels. We developed Blue to inspire the people and communities that make up businesses and industries to take continued action for our blue planet, and to maximize the positive impact we can all create in our immediate spheres and beyond.” – Cassia Patel, Program Director, Oceanic Global

Oceanic Global will celebrate the official launch of the Blue Standard via a free & open-to-the-public virtual event taking place on Thursday, October 7th live-streamed at both Noon EDT and Midnight EDT to accommodate varying time zones. The event will delve deeper into Blue’s offering and feature environmental and industry thought leaders alike including: John Warner (Senior Vice President, Chemistry & Distinguished Research Fellow at Zymergen Corporation), Sandra Noonan (Chief Sustainability Officer, Just Salad), and Eduardo Castillo (Co-Founder & Creative Director, HABITAS; DJ) and more. To learn more and register to attend visit bluestandard.com.

 

ABOUT OCEANIC GLOBAL

Founded in 2017 by Lea d’Auriol, Oceanic Global (OG) inspires us to care deeply for the ocean and provides solutions to protect it. The international non-profit sheds light on humanity’s essential relationship to the ocean and empowers individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change. Oceanic Global creates educational experiences, consults on sustainable operations, and engages local communities to generate measurable impact for our collective wellbeing. Oceanic Global has international hubs & volunteer bases in New York, London, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Tulum, and Hong Kong, and has additionally been the official non-profit and production partner to United Nations World Oceans Day since 2019. #CareDeeply | www.oceanic.global

ABOUT THE BLUE STANDARD

Launched in 2021 as an evolution of Oceanic Global’s long standing industry solution program (formerly known as the Oceanic Standard) The Blue Standard (Blue) combats greenwashing, establishes universal accountability for sustainable business leadership, and empowers industries and businesses of all sizes to achieve measurable impact that protects our blue planet. Developed together with Oceanic Global’s Scientific Advisory Board and trained experts in both WELL and LEED building rating systems, Blue features two core offerings: a 3-star sustainability verification system for Business Operations and Product and Packing Seals that verify plastic-free consumer goods. The Blue Standard offers specialized programs and consultation for industries including: hospitality, music, events, office spaces, professional sports, consumer packaged goods, and more, as well as free educational resources, step-by-step auditing and consultation support, and buying deals with a network of over 300+ vetted vendors to help businesses eliminate single-use plastics and operate sustainably. Blue has verified the sustainability achievements of over 400+ businesses across 26 countries to date, as well as helped over 7 environmental policies worldwide. www.bluestandard.com

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