Zoom Expands Developer Platform with Launch of Zoom Apps SDK

Zoom Apps SDK enables developers to build new applications that transform the meeting experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) announced the general availability of the Zoom Apps SDK, which provides developers with the resources and support infrastructure needed to build Zoom Apps within the Zoom client. By building on the Zoom Apps SDK, developers can reach Zoom customers, and users can discover and add new apps within the same client they use every day. Over 100 Zoom Apps have been published by developer partners to enrich meeting experiences ranging from meeting productivity, team collaboration, and social networking to gaming.

“To meet customer expectations, organizations continue to look for ways to evolve their businesses and scale workflows, which leads to an increased need for developers to have access to develop innovative app capabilities and features,” said Brendan Ittelson, Chief Technology Officer at Zoom. “With the launch of the Zoom Apps SDK, the Zoom Developer Platform continues to expand and offer developers new ways to incorporate video communications and collaboration into their creations, transforming business workflows forever.”

“The ability to leverage APIs to enable application integration and innovation is a critical digital transformation need,” says Irwin Lazar, President and Principal Analyst at Metrigy. “More than 84% of IT professionals in our research say that API availability is important for employee and customer engagement use cases. General availability of the Zoom Apps SDK will make it easier, and faster, for developers to deliver business benefits through a variety of ways.”

Zoom Apps SDK broadens developer capabilities by:

  • Increasing the reach of new applications by tapping into Zoom’s global and diverse audience, listing apps on the Zoom App Marketplace and in the Zoom client where apps can be installed even during a Zoom Meeting
  • Extending new apps to create collaborative experiences across Zoom Meetings
  • Creating engaging experiences for customers both within and outside of Zoom Meetings

Zoom Apps SDK is a JavaScript SDK that provides access to client features such as setting the Virtual Background while also providing the app context for the interaction. Fundamentally, it uses a method to get the meeting context, with identifiers for the user and meeting. These identifiers can be used with a comprehensive set of API endpoints from the Zoom Developer Platform, including REST APIs and Webhooks to enrich the app experience.

With the Zoom Apps SDK, companies are able to create engaging experiences within Zoom Meetings, and in the Zoom desktop window for asynchronous collaboration.

“In this new era of hybrid work, businesses are using more apps than ever to collaborate and get work done from anywhere,” said Ketan Kittur, Vice President, Product Management at Box. “We know that customers want all of their favorite apps to work securely and seamlessly together. With the Zoom Apps SDK, we created the Box app for Zoom which empowers our thousands of joint customers to work frictionlessly across our two platforms.”

Getting Started with Zoom Apps SDK
Building with Zoom Apps SDK is simple. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Build the app: Utilize the Zoom Apps SDK to develop and customize an app.
  2. Complete the submission checklist: Before submitting an app for review, ensure all items are completed in the Submission Requirements. The checklist covers marketing, privacy, legal, support, and technical information.
  3. Submit the app for review: All apps submitted for publication undergo a thorough review, including functional and usability testing, and security and compliance review.
  4. Publish on App Marketplace: Once published, the app will be available to all users through an embeddable button.

To learn more about the Zoom Apps SDK, please read our blog.

About Zoom
Zoom is for you. Zoom is a space where you can connect to others, share ideas, make plans, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for large enterprises, small businesses, and individuals alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

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NetSPI Expands Global Footprint with Strategic Leadership Appointments in EMEA

Security industry leaders join NetSPI’s EMEA team to fuel growth and meet increased demand for pentesting services in EMEA

MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NetSPI, the leader in enterprise penetration testing and attack surface management, today announced the expansion of its global footprint in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to meet growing international demand for its offensive security solutions.

“NetSPI’s technology-powered services and customer-first focus has solidified the company’s leading position within the North American offensive security industry,” said KKR’s Paul Harragan, a London-based investor in NetSPI. “The team’s specialised skill set, tech acumen and white glove delivery model will resonate with the European market and should drive continued growth and expansion as the team develops and delivers critical offensive security solutions.”

“We’ve experienced a record volume of demand from EMEA organisations needing to improve their security posture through a proven, holistic approach to pentesting, and now, we’re well positioned to deliver this in the region,” said Aaron Shilts, CEO, NetSPI. “We’ve hired a team of  extremely talented, energising security leaders who align with our customer-first approach to business. Establishing our EMEA beachhead with this incredible group will ensure NetSPI is destined for accelerated growth and continued success in the region.”

The company has appointed security industry veterans Steve BakewellSteve Armstrong, and Eric Graves to strategically lead NetSPI’s EMEA team and drive further growth in the region. Bakewell joins NetSPI as Managing Director of EMEA and brings over 23 years of experience in cybersecurity and risk management across organisations including Central Government & Defence and Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as with security vendors such as CipherCloud, RiskIQ and Citrix.

“The pentesting space is highly competitive in the UK, but vendors in the region simply do not have the pedigree that NetSPI has,” Bakewell said. “NetSPI already provides its penetration testing services to nine out of the top 10 U.S. banks and many of the Fortune 500 – I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve end users in EMEA during a time when security is high on the business agenda.”

Bakewell will work closely with Armstrong, who has been appointed Regional Vice President for EMEA. Armstrong has two decades of experience in sales and security, spanning companies including Bitglass, CyCognito and Avira. Graves will work alongside Armstrong as NetSPI’s Regional Sales Director for EMEA, leveraging his extensive experience in cybersecurity sales for organisations such as Pentera, TrendMicro and Spok, to meet global demand and provide NetSPI’s award-winning pentesting solutions to EMEA customers. The three leaders will work closely alongside Shilts and oversee NetSPI’s growing team in EMEA.

NetSPI will be at InfoSecurity Europe from June 21-23, 2022 at ExCel London. Participate in a live demo and meet the company’s security experts at Stand M-12. For more information or to schedule a meeting with NetSPI at InfoSecurity Europe, please click here.

About NetSPI
NetSPI is the leader in enterprise security testing and attack surface management, partnering with nine of the top 10 U.S. banks, three of the world’s five largest healthcare companies, the largest global cloud providers, and many of the Fortune® 500. NetSPI offers Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS) through its Resolve™ penetration testing and vulnerability management platform. Its experts perform deep dive manual penetration testing of application, network, and cloud attack surfaces, historically testing over 1 million assets to find 4 million unique vulnerabilities. NetSPI is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and is a portfolio company of private equity firms Sunstone Partners, KKR, and Ten Eleven Ventures. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Tori Norris, NetSPI
victoria.norris@netspi.com
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NetSPI élargit son empreinte mondiale avec des nominations stratégiques à la direction de la zone EMEA

Les leaders du secteur de la sécurité rejoignent l’équipe EMEA de NetSPI pour alimenter la croissance et répondre à la demande croissante de services de pen test dans la zone EMEA

MINNEAPOLIS21 juin 2022/PRNewswire/ — NetSPI, leader dans les tests de pénétration d’entreprise et la gestion des surfaces d’attaque, a annoncé aujourd’hui l’expansion de son empreinte mondiale en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique (EMEA) pour répondre à la demande internationale croissante pour ce qui est de ses solutions de sécurité offensives.

« Les services de NetSPI axés sur la technologie et le client ont consolidé la position de leader de l’entreprise au sein de l’industrie nord-américaine de la sécurité offensive », a déclaré Paul Harragan de KKR, un investisseur londonien dans NetSPI. « L’ensemble de compétences spécialisées de l’équipe, son sens aigu de la technologie et son modèle de prestation de premier ordre trouveront un écho sur le marché européen et devraient favoriser la croissance et l’expansion continues à mesure que l’équipe développe et fournit des solutions de sécurité offensives critiques. »

« Nous avons connu un volume record de demandes de la part des organisations de la zone EMEA qui ont besoin d’améliorer leur posture de sécurité grâce à une approche holistique éprouvée du pen test, et maintenant, nous sommes bien positionnés pour offrir cela dans la région », a déclaré Aaron Shilts, PDG de NetSPI. « Nous avons embauché une équipe de leaders de la sécurité extrêmement talentueux et dynamiques qui s’alignent sur notre approche d’affaires axée sur le client. L’établissement de notre chef de file EMEA avec ce groupe incroyable garantira que NetSPI est destiné à une croissance accélérée et à un succès continu dans la région. »

La société a nommé les vétérans de l’industrie de la sécurité Steve Bakewell Steve Armstrong , afin Éric Graves de diriger stratégiquement l’équipe EMEA de NetSPI et de stimuler la croissance dans la région. Bakewell rejoint NetSPI en tant que directeur général de l’EMEA et apporte plus de 23 ans d’expérience dans la cybersécurité et la gestion des risques au sein d’organisations telles que Central Government & Defence et Royal Bank of Scotland, ainsi qu’avec des fournisseurs de solutions de sécurité tels que CipherCloud, RiskIQ et Citrix.

« L’espace de pen test est très compétitif au Royaume-Uni, mais les fournisseurs de la région n’ont tout simplement pas le pedigree que possède NetSPI », a dit Bakewell. « NetSPI fournit déjà ses services de tests de pénétration à neuf des dix premières banques américaines et à un grand nombre des entreprises du Fortune 500. J’ai hâte de pouvoir servir les utilisateurs finaux en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique à un moment où la sécurité est une priorité pour les entreprises. »

Bakewell travaillera en étroite collaboration avec Armstrong, qui a été nommé vice-président régional pour la région EMEA.  Armstrong possède deux décennies d’expérience dans les ventes et la sécurité, couvrant des entreprises telles que Bitglass, CyCognito et Avira. Graves travaillera aux côtés d’Armstrong en tant que directeur régional des ventes de NetSPI pour la région EMEA, mettant à profit sa vaste expérience dans les ventes de cybersécurité pour des organisations telles que Pentera, TrendMicro et Spok, afin de répondre à la demande mondiale et d’octroyer le prix NetSPI des solutions de pen test aux clients EMEA. Les trois leaders travailleront en étroite collaboration avec Shilts et superviseront l’équipe NetSPI en pleine croissance en EMEA.

NetSPI sera à InfoSecurity Europe du 21 au 23 juin 2022 à ExCel London. Participez à une démonstration en direct et rencontrez les experts en sécurité de l’entreprise au stand M-12. Pour plus d’informations ou pour organiser une réunion avec NetSPI à InfoSecurity Europe, veuillez cliquer ici .

À propos de NetSPI
NetSPI est le leader des tests de sécurité d’entreprise et de la gestion de la surface d’attaque, en partenariat avec neuf des dix plus grandes banques américaines, trois des cinq plus grandes entreprises de soins de santé au monde, les plus grands fournisseurs mondiaux de cloud computing et de nombreux membres du Fortune® 500. NetSPI offre des tests de pénétration en tant que service (PTaaS) grâce à sa plateforme de test de pénétration Resolve™ et de gestion des vulnérabilités. Ses experts effectuent des tests de pénétration manuels en profondeur des surfaces d’attaque des applications, des réseaux et des clouds, testant historiquement plus d’un million d’actifs pour trouver 4 millions de failles uniques. NetSPI est basée à Minneapolis, MN et est une société de portefeuille de sociétés de capital-investissement Sunstone Partners, KKR, et Ten Eleven Ventures. Suivez-nous sur  Facebook ,  Twitter et  LinkedIn .

Contacts pour les médias 
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Cypher Capital, Huobi Ventures, GSR Capital, and LD Capital Invest in $2M Round for Blockchain Gaming Platform ‘MetaOne’

SINGAPORE, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — MetaOne, the largest SAAS to onboard massive games and guilds onto blockchain gaming, has recently announced the close of its first private round for the development of their platform’s guild analytical tools and transformative smart contract for NFT management.

Cypher Capital, Huobi Ventures, GSR Capital, and LD Capital Invest in $2M Round for Blockchain Gaming Platform 'MetaOne'

Despite the current market situation, the total of $2 million funding raised was supported by entities such as Huobi Ventures, Cypher Capital and GSR Capital, who are passionate about contributing to the Web 3.0 advancement by identifying strategic opportunities to support blockchain projects.

“We are beyond enthusiastic about our new investment, MetaOne, the service platform that enables massive gamer communities,” says Vineet Budki, Managing Partner and CEO of Cypher Capital.

“MetaOne is solving key problems in the current Web 3.0 GameFi market by creating a single platform that attracts Web 2.0 gamers to Web 3.0 GameFi and empowers the gaming guilds to take data-backed decisions. By leveraging on our strong influence in the region, MetaOne is looking to tap into the Middle East market to convert more gamers into GameFi,” Vineet concluded.

With more than 242 guilds, over 72,000 gamers onboarded, 33 GameFi titles partnership in the pipeline and NFT asset management across 7 chains, the platform is eager to work with more partners to realize the vision of GameFi empowerment and to become the mainstream adoption platform from Web2 gaming to Web3 GameFi over the globe.

Furthermore, MetaOne hopes to localize the platform through their relationship in East-Africa as a MOU has been recently signed with East-African partners who are associated with Mpesa and Sports-Pesa. The partnership looks forward to providing a seamless onboarding experience for the gaming communities in the region.

“We are so excited about communicating this vision to all geographical regions and realizing it into real executable plans where guilds, gamers, GameFi studios and the retail investors can see and feel the tangibles.” said Marrtin Hoon, CEO of MetaOne.

They recently partnered with Yup.gg, the leading esports gaming marketing group in Singapore, which owns 6,000 and more KOLs in their ecosystem. To that extent, the partnership is looking to convert ex-twitch KOLs of Yup.gg to become MetaOne guild masters and recruiting their followers as gamers.

The project is expected to have its official platform roll and utility token launch by year 2022.

 

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La solution de stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei remporte le prix Best of Show au salon Interop Tokyo 2022

SHENZHEN, Chine, 20 juin 2022/PRNewswire/ — Lors de l’Interop Tokyo 2022, la plus grande exposition de TIC au Japon, la solution de stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei a remporté le prix spécial du Best of Show Award dans la catégorie Serveur & Stockage. Il s’agit du premier prix de classe mondiale remporté par le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei, ce qui démontre son caractère haut de gamme et ses avantages sur la concurrence.

Critique récompensée : Des performances de stockage de sauvegarde inégalées. Avec des vitesses de sauvegarde rapides et des ratios de réduction des données élevés, le système peut révolutionner les applications et les conceptions de systèmes et propulser un nouveau modèle de stockage de sauvegarde dans le futur.

Interop Tokyo est le salon des TIC le plus important et le plus influent du Japon. Chaque année, les meilleures entreprises du secteur des technologies du monde entier présentent leurs solutions de pointe et leurs prouesses techniques, afin de se disputer les critiques positives d’Interop. La solution de stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei a été saluée par les experts en informatique et les critiques grâce à sa solution de pointe et unique, et à une démonstration sur site sans faille.

Le modèle traditionnel Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) pour la protection des données est confronté à des problèmes tels que la longueur de la fenêtre de sauvegarde et le temps de récupération, tandis que la nouvelle ère du Flash-to-Flash-to-Anything (F2F2X) est en train de redéfinir le modèle, car les solutions de sauvegarde deviennent flash, ce qui libère davantage la valeur des données. Le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei, en tant que produit de référence intelligent intégralement flash de nouvelle génération, est conçu pour l’ère F2F2X, avec une sauvegarde et une récupération rapides, une réduction efficace et une grande fiabilité.

Les raisons pour lesquelles le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei a été désigné vainqueur

Le premier avantage est la rapidité de la sauvegarde et de la récupération. En amont, OceanProtect utilise une carte d’interface réseau (NIC) intelligente DTOE pour optimiser les calculs du protocole et libérer les ressources de calcul du processeur, doublant ainsi la bande passante de la matrice par rapport à une carte NIC traditionnelle. En outre, OceanProtect prend en charge les disques SSD haute performance en arrière-plan. La fonction d’accélération complète de bout en bout permet d’atteindre une bande passante de 155 To/heure en sauvegarde et de 172 To/heure en récupération.

En termes de réduction efficace, la déduplication en ligne multicouche à longueur variable, la compression basée sur les caractéristiques et le compactage au niveau de l’octet permettent d’atteindre un taux de réduction des données de 72:1, contribuant à réduire considérablement le coût total de possession.

En outre, la haute fiabilité de 6-nines repose sur l’architecture matérielle de redondance active-active et la technologie RAID-TP, qui peut tolérer trois défaillances de disque et effectuer un basculement en quelques secondes en cas de défaillance d’un seul contrôleur, ce qui permet d’obtenir une disponibilité et une fiabilité élevées.

À l’ère du F2F2X, la protection des données embrasse un nouvel écosystème et de nouveaux défis. Le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei s’adapte aux modèles de sauvegarde à grande vitesse dans divers secteurs et environnements d’application, fournissant une sauvegarde et une récupération de qualité supérieure pour protéger vos actifs numériques dans le monde de demain.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les solutions OceanProtect de Huawei, consultez le site web suivant :

https://e.huawei.com/en/products/storage/oceanprotect/oceanprotect-x8000-x9000

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Civil Jury Finds Bill Cosby Sexually Abused Teenager in 1975

Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.

The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000.

Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact with Huth, that he reasonably believed she was under 18, and that his conduct was driven by unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in a minor.

The jurors’ decision is a major legal defeat for the 84-year-old entertainer once hailed as “America’s Dad.” It comes nearly a year after his Pennsylvania criminal conviction for sexual assault was thrown out, and he was freed from prison. Huth’s lawsuit was one of the last remaining legal claims against him after his insurer settled many others against his will.

Cosby did not attend the trial or testify in person, but short clips from a 2015 video deposition were played for jurors in which he denied any sexual contact with Huth. He continues to deny the allegation through his attorney and publicist.

Jurors had already reached conclusions on nearly every question on their verdict form, including whether Cosby abused Huth and whether she deserved damages, after two days of deliberations on Friday. But the jury foreperson could not serve further because of a personal commitment, and the panel had to start deliberating from scratch with an alternate juror on Monday.

Cosby’s attorneys agreed that Cosby met Huth and her high school friend on a Southern California film set in April of 1975, then took them to the Playboy Mansion a few days later.

Huth’s friend Donna Samuelson, a key witness, took photos at the mansion of Huth and Cosby, which loomed large at the trial.

Huth testified that in a bedroom adjacent to a game room where the three had been hanging out, Cosby attempted to put his hand down her pants, then exposed himself and forced her to perform a sex act.

Huth filed her lawsuit in 2014, saying that her son turning 15 — the age she initially remembered being when she went to the mansion — and a wave of other women accusing Cosby of similar acts brought fresh trauma over what she had been through as a teenager.

Huth’s attorney, Nathan Goldberg, told the jury of nine women and three men during closing arguments Wednesday that “my client deserves to have Mr. Cosby held accountable for what he did.”

“Each of you knows in your heart that Mr. Cosby sexually assaulted Miss Huth,” Goldberg said.

A majority of jurors apparently agreed, giving Huth a victory in a suit that took eight years and overcame many hurdles just to get to trial.

During their testimony, Cosby attorney Jennifer Bonjean consistently challenged Huth and Samuelson over errors in detail in their stories, and a similarity in the accounts that the lawyer said represented coordination between the two women.

This included the women saying in pre-trial depositions and police interviews that Samuelson had played Donkey Kong that day, a game not released until six years later.

Bonjean made much of this, in what both sides came to call the “Donkey Kong defense.”

Goldberg asked jurors to look past the small errors in detail that he said were inevitable in stories that were 45 years old and focus on the major issues behind the allegations. He pointed out to jurors that Samuelson said “games like Donkey Kong” when she first mentioned it in her deposition.

The Cosby lawyer began her closing arguments by saying, “It’s on like Donkey Kong,” and finished by declaring, “Game over.”

Huth’s attorney reacted with outrage during his rebuttal.

Source: Voice of America

US Vaccinates Youngest Against COVID-19

U.S. hospitals, clinics and pharmacies began vaccinating the nation’s youngest children against COVID-19 on Tuesday, a milestone that was welcomed by parents eager to protect kids from the worst impacts of the virus.

Rollout of millions of shots was underway across the country, 18 months after the elderly became the first group eligible for immunization.

Children age 6 months through 4 years aren’t at as great a risk as adults.

But the sheer level of infections has seen more than 45,000 hospitalizations and nearly 500 deaths in the newborn to 4-years-old group in America since the start of the pandemic, outcomes that vaccination could have prevented in many cases.

“We’re super thrilled,” said Amisha Vakil, mother of two 3-year-old boys who wore matching Spider-Man T-shirts as they got their Moderna shots at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

One of the twins had three open heart surgeries within his first five months.

“He’s super high risk so you know, we’ve been living in a little bubble,” Vakil said. “Now he has little armor that helps a lot.”

Monumental step

The moment was also hailed by President Joe Biden, whose administration made 10 million shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available to states after they were authorized last week.

“The United States is now the first country in the world to offer safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6-months-old,” said Biden, calling it a “monumental step forward.”

A handful of other countries and territories including Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, China, Cuba, Hong Kong and Venezuela were previously offering COVID shots for toddlers, but these did not include mRNA vaccines, regarded as the leading technology for the purpose.

The European Medicines Agency is reviewing the Moderna vaccine for use in those younger than 6 and could follow the U.S. decision.

Born in pandemic

Many children being brought in Tuesday were born after the pandemic started and had only known a life of restrictions.

Anna Farrow, who came to the same hospital with her husband, Luke, said she saw a new start for their son, George, age 3, and Hope, age 10 months.

“This is sort of the beginning of a regular childhood. And we’re very excited about that,” she said.

On the other side of the country in Needham, Massachusetts, Ellen Dietrick, an administrator at Temple Beth Shalom was preparing to welcome 300 children on the first day.

Daniel Grieneisen, the father of a 3-year-old girl who got the vaccine, said: “It means that we are now just a couple weeks from being able to take her [to] indoors places, and kind of get back to living our lives, it’s pretty exciting.”

Last week, a panel of experts called by the Food and Drug Administration reviewed data from clinical trials involving thousands of children that were conducted by Pfizer and Moderna and deemed both vaccines safe and effective.

However, a survey carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation in May found only one in five parents of children younger than 5 were eager to get them vaccinated right away. A slightly higher proportion, 38%, said they would wait and see how well the vaccine worked for others.

New Yorker Rita Saeed, 29, said she was concerned about side effects and planned to wait a couple of years before deciding whether to vaccinate her 2-year-old son.

“Each to their own, I think it should be optional, not mandatory,” she said, pushing her son in a stroller through Central Park.

Hal Moore, a 32-year-old teacher who lives in New York City, said he was “definitely relieved” that he will be able to vaccinate his 10-month-old daughter Lucy, but “we’ll probably wait until her next normal appointment to get it.”

In a sign of the ongoing politicization surrounding vaccines in America, Florida governor and possible Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis refused to place an order with the federal government for vaccines for the youngest children, leaving private practices and parents to fend for themselves.

“These are the people who have zero risk of getting anything,” he said at a press conference last week.

Source: Voice of America

Angola highlights social inclusion of mine victims

Luanda – Angola stressed Tuesday its permanent commitment to providing assistance and social inclusion of the victims of explosive devices in the country.

Angola reassured its commitment during the discussions held on the sidelines of the 20th Meeting of the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction.

It is usually referred to as the Ottawa Convention or the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty, held in Geneva, Switzerland.

During the Tuesday’s session, the Director-General of the National Mine Action Agency (ANAM), Leonardo Sapalo, highlighted the efforts and commitments undertaken by the Angola.

He mentioning the expansion of Luanda’s Viana Rehabilitation Centre and the social inclusion of the victims of explosive devices in the Paralympic football team.

Leonardo Sapalo said the programme carried out by the Angolan government, which improves and guarantees the rights of the victims of explosive devices and the welfare of their families defines the responsibilities of ANAM and the others benefiting from the some assistance.

The government’s agenda, Sapalo said, includes the drafting of a national standard for assistance to victims, the construction and expansion of health units equipped with physiotherapy and rehabilitation services.

It (agenda) also covers the implementation of public and private programmes for victims of explosive devices to combat hunger and poverty, increase economic inclusion services via entrepreneurship and improvement of social security policies.

Leonardo Sapalo announced the main priorities for the implementation of assistance to victims.

According to him, assistance includes the collection of data from victims in the country’s 18 provinces, the use of the IMSMA v3.0 tool from October 2002, an interface that uses the geographical information system, institutional capacity building, and sharing of information on a regular basis among stakeholders with data by gender, age, and disability.

The list of priorities covers the availability of funds for social inclusion, the revival of physical rehabilitation, efforts by the state, non-exclusion of access to services and participation, the creation of network of women victims of mine, the involvement of organizations of women and children with disabilities inside victims’ assistance operators and social inclusion of women victims of explosive devices.

Sapalo pointed out the existence of challenges and obstacles that need to be overcome: the elaboration of a national plan and its effective implementation, engagement of all partners, institutional capacity building of the ANAM, mobilisation of financial resources and the understanding of the real situation of victims through data collection.

The official also recognized the need to expand the intervention regarding assistance to victims in an isolated manner, mitigate the divergence in the definition of sectoral priorities coupled with the availability of funds, improve financial capacity and working means of the governing body, which must receive particular attention from the State and international partners.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Angola improves financial system

Luanda – The governor of the Central Bank of Angola (BNA), José de Lima Massano, considers that the country has made remarkable progress in its financial system, after leaving the black and grey lists of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

“We evolved in the year 2016, we definitively left this list. We came out of the black list, we went through the grey list and we are out,” said José de Lima Massano, during the 105th session of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), held in Huila on 31 May this year.

Answering local journalists, at the time, about the coming to Angola of the team from the Group for the Prevention of Money Laundering in Eastern and Southern Africa (ESSAMLG), he said that it was a path that the country had been following since 2010, a period in which the country was blocked for being part of a list of countries that were considered to be non-cooperating.

“We want to remain outside those lists. The work is permanent and the rules are changed and some are determined by the FATF itself, which regulates these matters and others are from initiatives from our own authorities, including the National Bank of Angola itself,” said the governor of the Central Bank.

Speaking about the financial system, he said it was noticeable that nowadays the banks were asking more questions and wanted to know where the money came from, to ensure that what was determined from a normative point of view, in terms of effectiveness, was also a reality.

In this field, he said that progress has been made, looking at the work that must continue to be done since “there is still room for improvement and to always do a little more, in the scope of these matters”.

In this regard, he said he wanted to rely a little more on the entities that are not supervised by the BNA, for whom the assessment being made is really about the country and not just the financial system.

“With regard only to the financial system, the work we have done gives us the comfort that we are on the right track,” he reiterated.

He added there is, likewise, work to raise awareness of the people who connect with the transactions that take place either within or outside the financial system.

“The concern is not only that there is an act of laundering of the financial system, but also the origin of those transactions,” he stressed.

The mutual assessment of the financial system by the team from the ESAAMLG – the FATF branch, will take place in Angola from 27 June to 15 July, this year, with the delegation’s visit scheduled for Thursday, 23 July.

The assessment will be of compliance and effectiveness, following the provision of laws and regulations that drive the Angolan financial system.

The results of the assessments will be known in the first quarter of 2023, in a plenary to be held in Arusha, Tanzania.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Elections2022: UNITA formalizes candidacy

Luanda – Angola’s main opposition party, UNITA, submitted Tuesday afternoon to the Constitutional Court (TC) its candidacy for participation in the general elections scheduled for 24 August, this year.

The party submitted a list containing 355 candidates for members of parliament.

This figure corresponds to 130 permanent candidates and 45 substitutes, for the national constituency, plus 90 permanent candidates and 45 substitutes for the 18 provinces of the country.

The list is led by Adalberto Costa Júnior as candidate for the Presidency of the Republic and Abel Chivukuvuku for the vice-Presidency.

According to the secretary-general of the party, Álvaro Daniel, the candidacy is backed by over 20,000 supporters who provided their signatures and necessary documentation.

This is the fourth political party to present its candidacy to the TC, less than four days before the end of the process that started on 6th June.

However, with 51 seats in the outgoing parliament, UNITA joins MPLA, the majority party with 150 deputies, and CASA-CE electoral coalition, the second largest political party in the opposition with 16 seats.

The National Patriotic Alliance (APN), a party with no seats in parliament, is also part of the group of political parties that have already submitted their candidacy to the TC for the August ballot.

There are roughly 14.39 million voters to cast their ballots, 22,560 of which will be abroad, where voting will take place for the first time in the country’s history.

The overseas vote will take place in 12 countries and 26 cities, whereby in the African continent the countries are South Africa (Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg), Namibia (Windhoek, Oshakati and Rundu), the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Matadi), Republic of Congo (Brazzaville, Dolisie and Ponta Negra) and Zambia (Lusaka, Mongu, Kolwezi).

Voting will also be open to the Angolan diaspora in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and São Paulo), Germany (Berlin), Belgium (Brussels), France (Paris), United Kingdom (London), Portugal (Lisbon, Porto) and the Netherlands (Rotterdam).

UNITA was founded in 1966 by Jonas Savimbi and António da Costa Fernandes as a liberation movement, before becoming an armed rebellion after national independence in 1975.

With the signing of the Bicesse Peace Accords on May 31, 1991, which put an end to the one-party system then in effect in the country, UNITA was transformed into a political party.

The party is currently led by Adalberto Costa Júnior, former leader of the Parliamentary Bench (whip), who is running for the Presidency of Angola.

Source: Angola Press News Agency