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.


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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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FG’s auto strategy attracting investments to Nigeria- NADDC boss

The Federal Government has proactively attracted foreign investments to the Nigerian automotive industry. Mr Joseph Osanipin, the Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development (NADDC), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Osanipin said a significant effort geared towards this move was the recent meeting with the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) on May 3. According to him, AAAM, consisting of eight major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Africa, has expressed keen interest in investing in Nigeria. 'They are looking at areas and how to invest in Nigeria because they know we have something that is unique and that's the market, the population and then the growing youth. 'When you look at the age of the Nigerian population, you will now know that a lot of Nigerians are below 40 years. These are the people that buy cars more. 'So they know this is where to invest. We are working with them, we know their concerns, we have noted them and we are working with those concerns. He said the investors were discussing with the Federal Government on how to explore investment opportunities in the country. On vehicle recalls, the NADDC said the council focused on ensuring the quality of locally assembled vehicles to meet global standards. 'So what we will try to do with our own assemblers is; there are some basic processes to ensure quality assurance. We always make sure that those basic processes are in place and adhered to. 'Some of these vehicles that are recalled, it is when you are using it you realise something is wrong either with the braking system or feasibility or a lot of things.' According to Osanipin, every vehicle assembled in Nigeria undergoes rigorous testing to ensure compliance with safety standards. He said NADDC also had a compliance unit that monitored service failures and quality issues and ensured that appropriate actions were taken. The director-general said that for vehicles that required recall, the council alwa ys followed up with its representatives from Nigeria to tackle the issue. Osanipin said the efforts to attract foreign investments, ensure safety and quality, and promote locally assembled vehicles were all part of a comprehensive strategy. According to him, the strategy is to strengthen the automotive industry and drive economic prosperity. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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

ECOWAS partners groups to interrogate insecurity, country resilience

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) through its early warning directorate, has unveiled a strategic dialogue with various groups to conduct a conflict-mitigating country resilience and human security assessment. Dr Chris Ngwodo, Director-General, Office for Strategic Preparedness and Response (OSPRE), announced this at a news conference in Abuja, saying the event was an important milestone, considering the prevalence of ECOWAS subregion's conflicts. He noted that West Africa had in the past decade become a theater of conflicts, political shocks, and various disruptions emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to him, the bloc has witnessed incidents of democratic regressions, unconstitutional changes of government and crisis, multidimensional crisis encapsulating the impacts of climate change, which should be interrogated and understood. Ngwodo noted that all the conflicts had led to severe stresses on the subregion's political stability, which necessitated resilience and human s ecurity assessment for West Africa, beginning with Nigeria. 'In broad terms, what we hope to achieve is two-fold. First, we want to be able to map the human security vulnerabilities that are engendering conflicts, instability and disruptions within our country, Nigeria. 'The second is that we want to be able to map the resilience factors in areas that are examples of positive deviance; that is to say, areas that are not quite subject to the same degree of instability, the same degree of conflict and crisis. 'Ultimately, our aim is to be able to link policy interventions aimed at promoting sustainable peace and development to hardcore evidence based research. 'And in the course of doing this exercise, we've assembled a very reputable cast of scholars, researchers who have spent their lives interrogating issues of human security, peace and conflict,' he said. The Director General explained that OSPRE was responsible for coordinating early warning and response mechanisms across Nigeria, adding that the eve nt was to commence the country resilience and human security assessment for Nigeria. 'It is a study that is being undertaken across West Africa, but Nigeria is the first country to undertake it. It is aimed at mapping human security vulnerabilities and resilience factors within our country. 'We want to achieve an understanding of the complex issues that underlie conflict and instability within Nigeria. 'We want to map the resilience factors that can help us become better at combating those issues, issues that engender conflict and strife. 'And above all, we want to be able to create empirical data that can be used to inform policy interventions by the government. It is just starting,' Ngwodo said. He further said that the dialogue was sequel to an earlier exercise, a human security vulnerability assessment, which was conducted in 2018. 'The findings of that exercise have been very useful in helping us establish early warning systems across West Africa and in Nigeria as well. So this is a continuation of that particular line of inquiry. 'We will be visiting both hot spots and places that have proven resilient to conflict and strife because we want to understand the resilience factors as well. 'Not just the vulnerabilities, not just the drivers of conflict, but we want to understand what makes certain places resilient in the face of conflict,' Ngwodo added. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the partnership comprises ECOWAS, OSPRE, the Fund For Peace, FFF, the European Union, EU, and Germany's GIZ, among many other organisations. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NACETEM to train 1 million workforce on ICT skills

The National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) says it plans to train one million workforce on various skills relevant to the nation's socio-economic development through its academy. The Director-General of NACETEM, Dr Olushola Odusanya, disclosed this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Odusanya said that the skills training and certification for middle and high level manpower would be held for five years. NAN reports that NACETEM Academy was created within the first year of President Bola Tinubu's administration to provide an online training through collaborations with private sector firms. The director-general said that the skills training and certification would be qualitative and relevant to the socio-economic development of the country. 'NACETEM Academy is a body created for training. It is a massive online training opportunity made possible through collaborations with private sector firms. 'It is a potential global training and certification program me as we expect people to join from all over the world,' he said. Odusanya said that Nigeria with a thriving youthful population has a massive workforce. 'Our aim is to ensure that this massive workforce is connected with skills.' The director-general said that since he came on board, he ensured that the beneficiaries have a global certification backed by skills training. He said that there was a huge global demand for ICT knowledge as well as ICT jobs, but regrettably, Nigeria has a huge deficit of ICT skilled workforce. 'To bridge this deficit, NACETEM, in collaboration with Comits Nig Ltd., applied and became a Certiport training Centre. Certiport Authorised Testing Centre is a global Certification Institution.' 'We entered an MoU with Comits to carry out the training of one million people within five years. 'The training is not free. There are basic minimum qualifications required from trainees in more than 162 countries of the world. 'Three certificates are involved in digital literacy, communic ation skills of business communications collaborations and competitiveness and entrepreneurship for small business,' Ogunsanya said. The NACETEM boss identified relevant ICT skills such as computing and software development, artificial intelligence, data-base management and analytics as some of the basic project management critical to Nigeria. 'There were also ICT certification for businesses and lawyers, software for accountants and skills such as entrepreneurship, digital marketing, associate microsoft office specialist and educator, among others. 'At the end of the day, the NACETEM academy turns out to be a finishing school for those who already had degrees but needed this global certification to move across the world,' he said. He noted that MoUs were signed with the Federal University of Technology, Minna in the presence of Chief Uche Nnaji, Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology. 'This is to ensure that all the certificates that we issue are from a recognised university.' Source: News Age ncy of Nigeria