Nikkiso Expands Operations in the U.S. to Support Its Growing Hydrogen Business

TEMECULA, Calif., Oct. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), part of Nikkiso Co., Ltd., announced today that it has acquired full ownership of its facility in Murrieta, Calif., and 16.4 acres of land to expand its manufacturing and testing operations.

Currently the Group builds and tests cryogenic vaporizers, heat exchangers, process skids, air separation units, and liquefaction products — the expansion will add four hydrogen testing stations on site to support the Group’s growing hydrogen business.

“The hydrogen economy is accelerating as the energy transition progresses, and Nikkiso has a large role to play,” said Peter Wagner, CEO, Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases. “This facility expansion allows us to scale operations and better support global demand for our state-of-the-art cryogenic products and technologies.”

Construction will begin in the first half of 2024.

About Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases
Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group is part of the Industrial Division of Nikkiso Co., Ltd. in Japan. The Group is headquartered in Southern California with facilities, offices, and service centers around the world to manufacture and service engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment (pumps, turboexpanders, heat exchangers, etc.), and process plants for industrial gases, natural gas liquefaction (LNG), hydrogen liquefaction, ammonia, and carbon capture and liquefaction.

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Duck Creek Technologies Earns Top 50 Solution Provider Status and Top 100 Fast Track FinTech in IDC’s 2023 FinTech Rankings

Recognition comes alongside ecosystem partners and global technology leaders who support global insurance businesses

BOSTON, Oct. 05, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, today announces its recognition as a 2023 IDC FinTech Rankings Top 50 solution provider and a Top 100 Fast Track FinTech. This is the second year in a row Duck Creek has been named on the prestigious list with other global technology leaders, demonstrating its noticeable, continued growth and strong market traction.

The IDC FinTech Rankings select the global technology leaders based on prior calendar year revenue results. Those included in this year’s rankings are critical to the modernization and digital transformation of the financial services industry, and Duck Creek is proud to be named along with ecosystem partners, such as Accenture, Capgemini, Cognizant, CoreLogic, DocuSign, Eviden, Experian, EY, Hexaware, HCLTech, IBM, LTIMindtree, Microsoft, NTT DATA, Smart Communications, TransUnion and Wipro. Duck Creek achieved year-over-year growth by focusing on customer success and its partner ecosystem approach, affirming that it “takes a village” to support the most sophisticated insurers worldwide with market-leading technology solutions.

“The deep trust from our global customers and partners paired with our world-class technology and our award-winning culture has enabled Duck Creek to achieve historical growth while adapting to a dynamic macro climate and evolving insurance industry trends,” said Rohit Bedi, Chief Revenue Officer, Duck Creek Technologies. “Our inclusion on the 2023 IDC FinTech Rankings reinforces our passion for enabling the success of our customers and the differentiated value we bring to the insurance industry as a globally trusted modern P&C SaaS brand.”

“IDC has been producing the IDC FinTech Rankings for twenty years and has expanded the program to now include the top 150 solutions providers to ensure we get the most accurate representation of the largest FinTech’s in the world,” said Marc DeCastro, research director at IDC. “The technology companies on this list provide the innovation necessary to keep the financial services at the forefront of providing modern digital experiences across all aspects of a customer’s financial journey.”

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 Twitter.

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eXp Realty Spotlights Top Agents at EXPCON 2023

eXp Realty Spotlights Top Agents at EXPCON 2023

eXp Realty recognized 39 top agents and teams at the company’s annual EXPCON 2023.

BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 04, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eXp Realty®, “the most agent-centric real estate brokerage on the planet™” and the core subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI), recognized 39 top agents and teams at the company’s annual EXPCON 2023.

EXPCON 2023, being held Oct. 2-5 in Las Vegas, is the company’s exclusive gathering of the world’s top real estate professionals. This year’s event focused on innovation and leveraging artificial intelligence to drive business.

Glenn Sanford, Founder and CEO of eXp Realty, along with Michael Valdes, Chief Growth Officer, and Leo Pareja, Chief Strategy Officer, proudly acknowledged the outstanding production achievements and contributions of 39 eXp Realty agents and team in 2022. These exceptional agents were recognized across diverse categories, encompassing top individuals and teams based on sides, GCI and volume in the U.S., Canada and internationally.

“Success is not just about one person or one company; it’s about creating a community that empowers one another to reach their full potential,” said Sanford. “I am so proud to honor this exceptional group of agents for their outstanding work from last year. As the most agent-centric brokerage on the planet, we are laser-focused on supporting our agents. I speak for the entire eXp community when I thank and congratulate these individuals for their incredible achievements and contributions.”

The winners are:

  • Top Individuals by Sides, U.S.
    • #1 – John Scalia, Florida
    • #2 – Charles “Chuck” Williamson, Wilson, North Carolina
    • #3 – Sheryl Houck, Florida
  • Top Individuals By Sides, Canada
    • #1 – Mark Verzyl, Alberta
    • #2 – Shannon Runcie, Saskatchewan
    • #3 – Rachel Vanderveen, Alberta
  • Top Individuals By Sides, International
    • #1 – Christopher Abraham – Great Britain, UK
    • #2 – Claire Bilton – Great Britain, UK
    • #3 – Mark Buchanan – Great Britain, UK
  • Top Individuals by GCI, U.S.
    • #1 – John Scalia, Florida
    • #2 – Soomin Kim, Austin, Texas
    • #3 – Charles “Chuck” Williamson, Wilson, North Carolina
  • Top Individuals by GCI, Canada
    • #1 –Rachel Vanderveen, Alberta
    • #2 – Zhe Geng, British Columbia
    • #3 – Mark Verzyl, Alberta
  • Top Individuals by GCI, International
    • #1 – Leigh Martinuzzi, Australia
    • #2 – Christopher Abraham, Great Britain, UK
    • #3 – Bjorn Kunzel, Australia
  • Top Individual by GCI, eXp Commercial
    • Yoshimi Asano, Texas
  • Top Individuals by Volume, U.S.
    • #1 – John Scalia, Florida
    • #2 – Chandra Kaladhar Reddy Vennapusa, Bothell, Washington
    • #3 – Chad Hetherman, Huntersville, North Carolina
  • Top Individuals by Volume, Canada
    • #1 –Rachel Vanderveen, Alberta
    • #2 – Zhe Geng, British Columbia
    • #3 – Mark Verzyl, Alberta
  • Top Individuals by Volume, International
    • #1 – Christopher Abraham, Great Britain, UK
    • #2 – Thomas Howe, Great Britain, UK
    • #3 – Claire Bilton, Great Britain, UK
  • Top Teams by Volume, U.S.
    • #1 – The Short Term Shop, 15 markets
    • #2 – #TEAMFAST, Bay Area, California
    • #3 – Beer Home Team, Southern California
  • Top Teams by Volume, Canada
    • #1 –Affinity Real Estate, Ontario
    • #2 – The Jennifer Jones Team, Ontario
    • #3 – Infill Hub Group, Alberta
  • Top Teams by Volume, International
    • #1 – Consultan, Portugal
    • #2 – One Sixteen Group, Puerto Rico
    • #3 – Nuno Venceslau – Luxury Real Estate, Portugal
  • Top Teams by Sides, U.S.
    • #1 – The Short Term Shop, 15 markets
    • #2 – #TEAMFAST, Bay Area, California
    • #3 – Mark Z Home Selling Team, Metro Detroit, Michigan
  • Top Teams by Sides, Canada
    • #1 – Atkinson Team, Alberta
    • #2 – Infill Hub Group, Alberta
    • #3 – Affinity Real Estate, Ontario
  • Top Teams by Sides, International
    • #1 – James Conyers Team, South Africa
    • #2 – Consultan, Portugal
    • #3 – One Sixteen Group, Puerto Rico
  • Top Teams by GCI, U.S.
    • #1 – The Short Term Shop, 15 markets
    • #2 – #TEAMFAST, Bay Area, California
    • #3 – Beer Home Team, Southern California
  • Top Teams by GCI, Canada
    • #1 – Affinity Real Estate, Ontario
    • #2 – The Jennifer Jones Team, Ontario
    • #3 – Atkinson Team, Alberta
  • Top Teams by GCI, International
    • #1 – One Sixteen Group, Puerto Rico
    • #2 – Team Arnaud Motreff Immobilier, France
    • #3 – Consultan, Portugal
  • Rookies of the Year
    • eXp Realty: Chandra Kaladhar Reddy Vennapusa, Washington
    • International: Monica Rodriguez Garcia, Puerto Rico
    • eXp Canada: Jake Nicolle, Ancaster, Ontario
    • eXp Commercial: Sarah Cooley, North and South Carolina
  • Mentor of the Year
    • Brett Bonner, Washington
  • ICON of Year
    • Michael Weisman, Founder and Team Leader of the Real Property Team at eXp Realty in Portland, Maine
  • Jeffrey Buettner Philanthropist Award
    • Luna Mariah Dietz, Oregon
  • Humanitarian of the Year
    • Jon Pugh, California
  • Woman of Influence
    • Veronica Figueroa, Florida

About eXp World Holdings, Inc.

eXp World Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPI) is the holding company for eXp Realty®, Virbela® and SUCCESS® Enterprises.

eXp Realty is the largest independent real estate company in the world with more than 89,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Portugal, France, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Colombia, Spain, Israel, Panama, Germany, Dominican Republic, Greece, New Zealand, Chile, Poland and Dubai and continues to scale internationally. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings provides real estate professionals the unique opportunity to earn equity awards for production goals and contributions to overall company growth. eXp World Holdings and its businesses offer a full suite of brokerage and real estate tech solutions, including its innovative residential and commercial brokerage model, professional services, collaborative tools and personal development. The cloud-based brokerage is powered by Virbela, an immersive 3D platform that is deeply social and collaborative, enabling agents to be more connected and productive. SUCCESS® Enterprises, anchored by SUCCESS® magazine and its related media properties, was established in 1897 and is a leading personal and professional development brand and publication.

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Hitman: Blood Money is Coming to Phones With Several Upgrades

IO Interactive and Feral Interactive have revealed that Hitman: Blood Money Reprisal is set to make its debut on Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android platforms later this year.

Originally released in 2006 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, Hitman: Blood Money is getting an enhanced version known as Reprisal. It is going to be an upgraded edition that incorporates fresh features and gameplay enhancements inspired by later entries in the Hitman series.

This iteration invites players to explore iconic locales and pursue high-value targets, delivering a “comprehensive reworking of the stealth-action classic” that has been optimized for screens of varying sizes, catering to both larger and smaller displays.

Reprisal will introduce a new minimap and Instinct Mode, with the mobile versions providing a customizable touchscreen interface in addition to support for controllers and keyboard and mouse.

Watch The New iPhone 15 Pro Run Resident Evil at Console Quality

The mobile iteration is scheduled for release in the upcoming Fall season, while the Switch version is slated for a Winter release. Feral Interactive has confirmed that the Switch edition will be available exclusively in digital format through the Nintendo eShop, with no physical edition at launch.

The latest installment in the series is Hitman: The World of Assassination, effectively serving as Hitman 3 while incorporating some of the most exceptional elements from Hitman and Hitman 2. This includes a primary campaign, contract modes, elusive targets, live content, and more.

Rockstar Confirms Red Dead Redemption 3 is Coming

No New Hitman Games for Now

Since its release in January 2022, the game has been consistently updated. However, regarding the future of the series, Christian Elverdam, co-owner of IO Interactive, mentioned in March of this year that the next Hitman title is currently on hold as they are focused on developing another agent-themed experience that is also consuming a significant portion of their resources.

The new agent-themed experience they are speaking of refers to the studio’s upcoming James Bond title dubbed Project 007, for now at least.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Pakistan Seeks Another Long-Term LNG Deal

Pakistan is looking to sign another long-term liquefied natural gas purchase arrangement to compensate for domestic fuel production woes, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

According to Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL) CEO Masood Nabi, the contract would be for one cargo per month, but whether or not a deal is reached will be determined after reviewing rates offered by suppliers.

He projected gas availability in Pakistan this winter to be similar to last year. He added that PLL is aiming to acquire up to two cargoes for January delivery from the spot market.

Pakistan Secures Spot LNG Shipment for First Time in Over a Year

Earlier this week, the country secured an LNG shipment for December delivery from the spot market, the first purchase made by the energy-hungry nation in over a year.

It bears mentioning that Pakistan has struggled to procure the required volume of LNG to meet its needs since the Russia-Ukraine war. The resultant gas shortages have increased in various sectors and households since then.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Total Number of Return Filers Crosses 2 Million Mark for Tax Year 2023

The number of income tax return filers has crossed over 2 million for the tax year 2023 up to October 5, 2023.

Last year, the total number of return filers reached 4.2 million for tax year 2022 up to June 30, 2022. The 4.2 million number also includes those filers who filed their returns after September 30, 2022, and up to June 30, 2022.

World Bank Tells Pakistan to Improve and Increase Taxes on Property, Agriculture

The Board had extended the last date for filing income tax returns up to October 31, 2023.

The FBR received a total of 1.93 million income tax returns up to September 30, 2023, as compared to 1.87 million last year, reflecting an increase of 0.06 million.

Source: Pro Pakistani