Notable Speakers include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Diane von Furstenberg, Tarana Burke, Donna Langley, Amna Nawaz, Amber Tamblyn, and more; Vital Voices to Honor Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa, Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, Diplomat Aya Chebbi, SafeCity Global, Activist Nika Kovač and Colombian Environmental Minister Susana Muhamad

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vital Voices Global Partnership (Vital Voices) is combining two of its most beloved annual events into one spectacular week of inspiration and action with the Vital Voices Festival and 23rd Global Leadership Awards, taking place on May 29 and 30 in Washington, DC. These events will bring together and honor world leaders, activists, actors, supporters and journalists from around the globe.

“With a record-breaking number of elections to be held in 2024, expanding global crises and a wave of authoritarian regimes threatening to pull us backwards, women around the world are rising to meet this moment in every region,” said Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson. “Vital Voices is proud to honor the women defending progress and leading powerful movements for human rights, peace and justice.”

Held on May 29 and 30 at the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership—the world’s first embassy for women—in Washington, DC, the festival serves as a homecoming for our network of women leaders, partners, and supporters from around the world. Festival speakers of note include Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, a Vital Voices co-founder, who will moderate a panel on women defending democracy, Entrepreneur and Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg, Author, Actor and Director Amber Tamblyn, who will moderate a panel discussing the critical role of male allies in the fight for gender equality and combating gender-based violence, and more. CNN International Correspondent Jomana Karadsheh will speak on a panel exploring peacebuilding efforts amidst the Gaza-Israel conflict alongside Arwa Damon, founder and president of International Network for Aid, Relief & Assistance (INARA). The festival will also include Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State Geeta Rao Gupta; Daughters for Earth Co-Founder Zainab Salbi; Co-Founder & CEO of The American Sunlight Project and Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University Nina Jankowicz; Feminist, Activist and Author of The Resilience Myth Soraya Chemaly; three-time NYT Bestselling Author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and many more.

The 23rd Annual Global Leadership Awards at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 30 will honor and pay tribute to five women and one organization whose leadership is helping move the world forward: Nobel Laureate and Rappler Co-founder and CEO Maria Ressa for her unwavering commitment to fight for press freedom in the Philippines, President of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine for her work on the front lines of climate change, Diplomat and Feminist Aya Chebbi, whose blogging and voice for democracy rose to prominence during the Tunisian Revolution, Activist Nika Kovač for building coalitions to transform legal precedent on gender and economic inequalities in Slovenia, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia Susana Muhamad for her sustainability and environmental conservation work, and non-profit SafeCity Global. Secretary Clinton and Diane von Furstenberg will also present at the Global Leadership Awards.

The Vital Voices festival is open by invitation only. The Global Leadership Awards is open to members of the public who reserve a seat. Ticketing and more information about the Vital Voices Festival and Global Leadership Awards can be found at

About Vital Voices Global Partnership
Now celebrating 27 years, Vital Voices Global Partnership has directly invested in more than 20,000 women leaders across 185 countries and territories since its inception in 1997. Driven by the universal truth that women are the key to progress in their communities and nations cannot move forward without women in leadership positions, Vital Voices has provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, U.S. Youth Poet Laureates, prime ministers, award-winning innovators, pioneering human rights defenders, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs, including Amanda Gorman and Malala Yousafzai. In an effort to advance and expand this work, in 2022 Vital Voices opened the doors to the world’s first global embassy for women, the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership. It is a first-of-its-kind space that allows for convening, innovation, planning, and action—all in the pursuit of serving women leaders who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges.


Emmanuelle Errera
Vital Voices

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Music Licensing, Inc. (OTC: SONGD) Acquires Prestigious Royalty-Generating IP Stake in “Goodnight Gotham” by Rihanna

NAPLES, Fla., May 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Music Licensing, Inc. (OTC: SONG) (OTC: SONGD), a distinguished leader in the acquisition and management of music royalties, proudly announces the acquisition of royalty-generating intellectual property in the chart-topping track “Goodnight Gotham” by Rihanna. This strategic acquisition enhances our portfolio with high-caliber assets from one of the industry’s most influential artists.

“Goodnight Gotham” is a testament to Rihanna’s enduring popularity and wide-reaching influence. This acquisition is set to provide consistent revenue streams across various platforms, including streaming services, radio, and media outlets.

Watch “Goodnight Gotham” by Rihanna here.

About Music Licensing, Inc. (OTC: SONG) (OTC: SONGD) (

Music Licensing, Inc. (OTC: SONG), also known as Pro Music Rights, is a diversified holding company and the fifth public performance rights organization (PRO) formed in the United States. Its licensees include notable companies such as TikTok, iHeart Media, Triller, Napster, 7Digital, Vevo, and many others. Pro Music Rights holds an estimated market share of 7.4% in the United States, representing over 2,500,000 works by notable artists such as A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Lil Yachty, MoneyBagg Yo, Larry June, Trae Pound, Sauce Walka, Trae Tha Truth, Sosamann, Soulja Boy, Lex Luger, Trauma Tone, Lud Foe, SlowBucks, Gunplay, OG Maco, Rich The Kid, Fat Trel, Young Scooter, Nipsey Hussle, Famous Dex, Boosie Badazz, Shy Glizzy, 2 Chainz, Migos, Gucci Mane, Young Dolph, Trinidad James, Chingy, Lil Gnar, 3OhBlack, Curren$y, Fall Out Boy, Money Man, Dej Loaf, Lil Uzi Vert, and countless others, as well as artificial intelligence (A.I.) created music.

Additionally, Music Licensing, Inc. (OTC: SONG) owns royalty stakes in Listerine “Mouthwash” Antiseptic and musical works by artists such as The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Elton John, Mike Posner, blackbear, Lil Nas X, Lil Yachty, DaBaby, Stunna 4 Vegas, Miley Cyrus, Lil Wayne, XXXTentacion, Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, Eric Bellinger, Ne-Yo, MoneyBagg Yo, Halsey, Desiigner, DaniLeigh, Rihanna, and numerous others.

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Rio de Janeiro recebe FII PRIORITY Summit com o tema “Investir com Dignidade”

Pela primeira vez na América Latina, o encontro vai reunir líderes, autoridades e especialistas de todo mundo para debater temas urgentes para o desenvolvimento sustentável

SÃO PAULO, Brasil, May 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Rio de Janeiro recebe, pela primeira vez, o FII PRIORITY Summit, encontro de líderes e executivos de todo mundo para debater oportunidades de investimento que proporcionem crescimento sustentável aos países. O evento é organizado pelo Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII Institute), uma entidade sem fins lucrativos com recursos do Fundo de Investimento Público da Arábia Saudita (PIF, na sigla em inglês).

Esta é a primeira vez que o instituto faz um evento na América Latina, e o local escolhido é o Copacabana Palace, que entre os dias 11 e 13 de junho, vai reunir mais de 150 palestrantes, em 44 sessões, para um público superior a mil convidados.

Realizado sob o tema “Investir em Dignidade”, o encontro, vai debater alternativas de investimento em transição energética, sustentável, avanço em tecnologia e inovação, e inclusão social, temas importantes para construir uma nova ordem global que priorize a dignidade para todos. O evento pretende também estreitar as relações entre o Brasil e a Arábia Saudita, potencializando investimentos, além de projetar o país como um pólo de ideias e iniciativas sustentáveis merecedor do investimento global.

Entre os principais palestrantes, estão a Princesa Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, Embaixadora da Arábia Saudita nos EUA, o Príncipe Faisal Bin Bandar Al Saud, Presidente da Federação Saudita de Esportes Eletrônicos, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governador do Fundo de Investimento Público (PIF) e Presidente do Instituto FII, Mike Pompeo, ex-Secretário de Estado dos EUA, e os ex-presidentes Felipe Calderón (México), Juan Manuel Santos (Colômbia), Jorge Quiroga (Bolívia) e Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica).

O encontro também contará com executivos renomados, especialistas em investimentos e autoridades governamentais, tais como Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Ministro do Investimento da Arábia Saudita, Baronesa Ariane de Rothschild, CEO do Edmond de Rothschild Holding, Gustavo Manrique, Ex-Ministro das Relações Exteriores e Ex-Ministro do Meio Ambiente do Equador, Sir Martin Sorrell, Presidente Executivo do S4 Capital Group, André Esteves, Chairman do BTG Pactual, Marcelo Claure, Fundador e CEO do Claure Group, Bernard Mensah, Presidente Internacional do Bank of America, Aloizio Mercadante, Presidente do BNDES, Eduardo Bartolomeo, CEO da Vale, e Julia Dias Leite, CEO do Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRi).

As seções abordarão questões relacionadas à ação climática, BRICS, transição energética, desenvolvimento sustentável, empreendedorismo e tecnologias emergentes. Os destaques incluem o “Conselho de Agentes de Mudança”, focado em oportunidades de crescimento e prosperidade econômica, “Como os Investidores Podem Navegar em Mercados Dinâmicos?”, que discutirá estratégias de investimento em meio à volatilidade do mercado, e “O Futuro da Energia Global”, em que serão apresentadas tecnologias e projetos energéticos emergentes. Outros tópicos abordarão megatendências de investimento global, convergência entre fintech e finanças tradicionais, e liderança na ascensão do sul global.

Sobre o FII Institute
Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute é uma fundação global sem fins lucrativos movida por dados, com um braço de investimento focado em iniciativas impactantes para a humanidade. Através de seus Encontros PRIORITY, o instituto reúne grandes mentes para fomentar a inovação e soluções sustentáveis em todo o mundo.

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Duck Creek Technologies Recognizes IAT Insurance Group and Coforge with its Standard of Excellence Award

IAT Insurance Group, in strategic partnership with Coforge, takes home the Standard of Excellence Customer Award for the transition from multiple siloed legacy policy administration systems into the cloud-based Duck Creek system, driving digital transformation

BOSTON, May 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, has recognized both IAT Insurance Group and their strategic transformation partner, Coforge, with the 2024 Standard of Excellence Customer Award winner at Formation ’24 in Dallas.

The Duck Creek Standard of Excellence Customer Awards recognizes customers who have achieved the highest level of excellence through their implementation of Duck Creek solutions and who are reimagining the future of insurance.

IAT Insurance Group, a leading specialty insurance company providing property, casualty, and surety products for niche markets, earned the Standard of Excellence Customer Award for the transformation of 7 diverse business segments that includes General Liability, Property, Management Liability, Excess, Inland Marine, and Commercial Auto lines of business. Moving key product lines onto the Duck Creek system has helped streamline the property and casualty insurer’s internal operations, improve user experience, and improve access to data and analytics.

Manish Chawla, CIO, IAT Insurance Group said, “We are honored to receive the Standard of Excellence Award. Our vision for transformation is deeply aligned with our business priorities and our commitment to serving our customers better. We believe in leveraging technology to create solutions that not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations. This journey of transformation has been made possible through our strategic partnership with Coforge. Our shared vision has been instrumental in helping us turn our vision into reality, enabling us to deliver superior value to our customers.”

As part of a large, multi-year, multi-million-dollar business transformation initiative, IAT Insurance transitioned multiple lines of business onto the Duck Creek Full Suite, covering 50 states. This effort, supported by Coforge, was designed to modernize legacy systems, enhance scalability, and ensure regulatory compliance across IAT’s diverse portfolio of insurance products.

Rajeev Batra, Executive Vice President, Insurance, Coforge, said, “As a Premier Delivery Partner for Duck Creek Technologies, with 1000+ Duck Creek SME’s globally, Coforge is proud to be a part of IAT Insurance Group’s transformation journey. The synergy between Coforge, IAT Insurance Group and Duck Creek Technologies exemplifies flawless teamwork and collaboration.”

“It’s a great honor to be recognized with the Standard of Excellence Award. Our focus has been on leveraging innovative solutions to drive digital transformation for IAT Insurance Group. Our collaborative efforts have led to the successful transition of multiple business units onto a modern platform, enhancing scalability and regulatory compliance.”

About Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and X.

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About IAT Insurance Group

IAT Insurance Group (IAT) is a privately owned, specialty insurance company providing property, casualty, and surety products for niche markets. IAT goes to market through eight business units – Commercial Transportation, Excess & Surplus, Homeowners, Programs, Inland Marine, Reinsurance, Surety and Management Liability. The IAT Insurance Group companies are rated A- Excellent by A.M. Best. Connect with IAT Insurance Group on LinkedIn and learn more about the company at

About Coforge

Coforge is a global digital services and solutions provider, which leverages emerging technologies and deep domain expertise to deliver real-world business impact for its clients. A focus on very selects industries, a detailed understanding of the underlying processes of those industries, and partnerships with leading platforms provide us with a distinct perspective. Coforge leads with its product engineering approach and leverages Cloud, Data, Integration, and Automation technologies to transform client businesses into intelligent, high-growth enterprises. Coforge’s proprietary platforms power critical business processes across its core verticals. The firm has a presence in 21 countries with 25 delivery centres across nine countries.

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CTCM needs reorganization for more effectiveness- witness

Reverend Father Emmanuel Okpoti Kofi Oddoye, a witness in the trial of Dr Stephen Opuni and two others, says the Committee for Testing Chemicals and Machines (CTCM) needs to be reorganized to make it more effective.

The witness, who chaired an Adhoc Committee to investigate the testing of Cocoa Nti Fertilizer made a recommendation to the CTCM.

Rev. Father Oddoye said the Committee should put together a document to spell out the steps to be followed in testing chemicals and machines.

Rev Father Oddoye, a subpoenaed witness for Mr Seidu Agongo, was speaking in his evidence led by Mr Benson Nutsukpui, Counsel for Seidu Agongo, a Businessman.

He said the document would ensure that all chemicals and machines went through a standardized test.

Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretences, willfully causing financial loss to the State, money laundering, and corruption by a public officer in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.

They have both pleaded not guilty to
the charges and are on a GHS300,000.00 self-recognizance bail each.

The former Deputy Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) said at the time of the investigation, the CTCM did not have spelt out steps to be followed in testing chemicals and machines.

He said the recommendation suggested that the CTCM should have a book or a combined methodology that every scientist should follow or be guided by.

The witness said at that time, the methodology used for even the same class of chemicals was found to have deferred.

‘In this regard, they will need to consult CRIG’s biometrician to make sure that the field experiments are properly laid out and analyzed,’ he added.

He said the circumstances surrounding the receipt of Cocoa Nti fertiliser by Dr Alfred Arthur to be tested were the reasons and other evidence that the Committee heard during their sittings that made them come up with such a recommendation.

He explained that it meant that in the case of fertilisers, some samples required
just a laboratory acid analysis, whereas others required a field test in addition.

Rev Oddoye said in Dr Arthur’s submissions, that the initial samples were coming directly to CRIG without reference to COCOBOD.

In the same submissions, he came out that later in 2014, scientists were informed that all requests for testing of chemicals must come from COCOBOD.

He explained that the Committee was trying to correct or recommend that appropriate guidelines be put in place to ensure that all Chemicals and Machines come to CRIG through COCOBOD with the necessary documentation.

‘The new format will ensure that the testing of any Chemical will fit a standardized format,’ he added.

He said they recommended punishment for Dr Arthur who was transferred to the CRIG substation at Bunso, ‘and l suspect he was also suspended but l can’t remember.’

The witness said because of the election general and the change in the governance structure of the country, ‘we were directed to ask to reinstate Dr Arthur to resume work at t
he Soil Science Division at CRIG, Tafo and not at the Bunso Sub-Station.’

He said the directive was issued by Dr Yaw Adu-Ampomah, a former Deputy Chief Executive of COCOBOD in charge of Agronomy and Quality Control.

Rev Father Oddoye said he was not given an option but was directed to write a letter for him to resume his position.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Separatists attack injures student, policeman

One student and a Police Officer were injured at the Saint Frederick Comprehensive High school in Mankon, Bamenda II subdivision on Tuesday when armed separatists attempted to disrupt the written part of the GCE examinations.

They fired several shots injuring a student and a Policeman who was guarding outside.

The management of the school said, the attack was ‘macabre and barbaric’, condemning the act and cautioning perpetrators that they are just an institution that is apolitical.

The SDO of Mezam, Simon Emile Mooh said it was a violation of human rights and the tight to education.

Source: Cameroon News Agency