Google+ Facebook Pinterest By Associated Press – March 30, 2020 0 247 Pinterest Indiana officials say ICU beds being added for virus cases Previous articleLaPorte police investigating double shootingNext articleMichigan coronavirus numbers report another 1000+ cases on Monday Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. WhatsApp (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say Indiana hospitals have increased their intensive care unit capacity by about one-third in the past few weeks in preparation for an expected surge in coronavirus-related illnesses.Having such ICU capacity available has been a prime concern as health officials reported Monday that the state had nearly 1,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases in a seven-fold increase from a week earlier.The state’s virus death toll moved to 35.Officials said Indiana hospitals have added about 500 critical care beds to give the state 1,940. Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter
By Jon Zimney – June 27, 2020 1 980 Preliminary autopsy findings in on murder-suicide in Mishawaka Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Previous articleRep. Banks’ bill would make desecrating presidential memorials a federal offenseNext articleAttendance limited to 50 percent for Indianapolis 500 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter IndianaLocalNews Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Preliminary findings from the autopsies performed on the two men found dead from gunshot wounds in Mishawaka on Thursday, June 25, show one man died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. The death of Brent Gregory, 43, of Mishawaka was ruled a homicide.The autopsy performed on Kenneth Hunt, 43, of Niles show he died from a single gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide.Officers with the St. Joseph County Police Department were sent to the 16000 block of Valley Trail around 12:40 a.m. on the report of an assault in progress and found the two men with fatal gunshot wounds and multiple guns.The official rulings as to the manner of death will be made when the results of toxicology studies are completed. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook
Kohl’s recalling triple-wick candles deemed dangerous Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 16, 2020 0 215 WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/Consumer Product Safety Commission) Kohl’s is recalling more than a half-million candles because they can pose a fire hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.The recall is for SONOMA Goods For Life brand three-wick candles that come in glass containers with metal lids.The candle’s high flames can ignite the surface of the wax or cause the glass to break.The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received more than two-dozen reports, five of which resulted in minor burns or property damage.Anybody who has the candles is advised to stop using them and return them to Kohl’s. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNews Facebook Previous articleGrants give Michigan City businesses a fighting chanceNext articleNorth Judson-San Pierre Schools going virtual Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
Natural England has today issued a licence permitting the trial of a brood management scheme of hen harriers with the long-term aim of increasing their numbers across England.The licence is time-limited for a 2-year period and places stringent conditions on the trial, which will take place in the northern uplands of England. Brood management will only take place with the permission of the land owner.Brood management is the sixth action within the Defra Hen Harrier Recovery Plan, ultimately aiming to reduce hen harrier predation of grouse chicks on driven grouse moors, leading to an improvement in the conservation status of hen harrier.The licence permits the removal of hen harrier eggs and/or chicks to a dedicated hatching and rearing facility, where they will be hand-reared in captivity, before being transferred to specially-constructed pens in hen harrier breeding habitat, from which they are then re-introduced into the wild in the uplands of northern England. This intervention may only occur where hen harrier nests have reached an agreed density.Natural England experts have rigorously scrutinised the licence application and will work closely with the licence applicant throughout the duration of the trial to ensure that all elements are carried out proportionately and effectively, to bring about the best possible outcome for hen harriers.Natural England Chairman, Andrew Sells, said: Amanda Anderson, Director of the Moorland Association said: GWCT research has over many years described the tension between grouse moor management and hen harrier conservation. We believe it important that the hen harrier recovery plan includes this practical trial of a well understood raptor conservation tool, the brood management scheme. If successful this approach should help hen harriers and red grouse thrive – in the interests of both, and of moorland. Further informationWe have published a redacted version of the full licence issued and the application submitted. Dr Adam Smith of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust said: Improving the conservation status of hen harriers across England is something I feel very passionate about. The principles of this trial have been carefully researched by those best-placed to understand the conflict which can occur between hen harriers and driven grouse moors. It is a complicated and emotive picture and we have considered this application very carefully. Licensing this trial will allow important evidence to be gathered which, I sincerely hope, will lead to a self-sustaining and well-dispersed breeding population of these beautiful birds across England. The Moorland Association is delighted that Natural England has issued a ground-breaking research licence to test if brood management will help improve the Hen Harrier population and range in upland northern England. The Hen Harrier Brood Management Group has sought to provide a pragmatic solution to a proven predator-prey conflict while safeguarding important land use. Moorland managed for red grouse contributes significantly to remote rural communities, businesses and treasured landscapes. This new wildlife management licence will give land mangers confidence that impacts of hen harriers breeding on their land can be minimised creating a win-win scenario.
New price cap power introduced to Parliament following BEIS Select Committee approval Move will guarantee protection for the 11 million households currently on the highest energy tariffs – in addition to 5 million vulnerable households already protected by Ofgem’s safeguard cap In 2016-2017, Wales ranked above average in the UK for the number of customers switching energy provider, but this was less than 1 in 5 customers The introduction of the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill comes after the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee scrutinised the draft Bill as part of the government’s work to build consensus for the cap. The Committee backed an absolute cap and made a number of other recommendations about the Bill in its report, which the government has accepted in full.In setting the cap, Ofgem will also take into account the need to create incentives for suppliers to improve efficiency, the need to set the cap at a level that enables suppliers to compete effectively for supply contracts, the need to maintain incentives for customers to switch and the need to ensure that efficient suppliers are able to finance their supply activities. This will make sure the cap reflects the interests of both consumers and suppliers.It will be in place until 2020 when Ofgem will recommend to government whether it should be extended on an annual basis up to 2023. In line with the Committee’s recommendation, the government will ensure Ofgem reviews the level the cap is set at least every six months while it is in place.The Competition and Markets Authority 2016 review of the retail energy market found that domestic customers of the Big Six suppliers faced a £1.4 billion a year detriment.The government is determined to tackle this detriment, by encouraging consumers to switch suppliers and tariffs. The introduction of smart meters will enable consumers to see the cost of their energy usage and more easily find the best tariff for them.The latest league table from Ofgem comparing the default or standard variable tariffs of the 10 largest energy suppliers shows that those households who are prepared to shop around can, on average, save around £300 from switching to the cheapest tariffs on the market.Earlier this month, one million more vulnerable consumers who receive the Warm Home Discount were protected from higher bills with the extension of Ofgem’s safeguard tariff cap, introduced in 2017. There are now five million households protected by this cap. Government also announced a new consultation to give Ofgem and the Department for Work and Pensions new powers to make it easier for vulnerable consumers to be protected from unfair energy bills.The cap is part of a package of measures designed to deliver the government’s objective of clean, affordable and innovative energy as part of the Industrial Strategy.Notes to editors: Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: Energy prices for millions of households on default tariffs are still too high. Our new price cap will guarantee that consumers are protected from poor value tariffs and further bring down the £1.4 billion a year consumers have been overpaying. New legislation is being introduced to Parliament later today to cap poor value energy tariffs and save consumers in Wales money on their energy bills.The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill will put in place a requirement on the independent regulator, Ofgem, to cap energy tariffs until 2020. It will mean an absolute cap can be set on poor value tariffs, protecting the 11 million households in England, Wales and Scotland who are currently on a standard variable or other default energy tariff and who are not protected by existing price caps.The Bill is part of a package of measures being introduced by government to increase competition in the retail energy market and lower prices for consumers, including the rollout of smart meters in every household and initiatives to promote smarter and faster switching.Despite being higher than the national average, last year less than 20% of customers in Wales took up the offer to switch fuel suppliers. Today’s measures will mean that energy companies cannot exceed a certain amount on monthly bills – providing peace of mind to hard working tax payers.The government intends that Ofgem implements the cap as soon as possible so that customers get the protection they need by next winter.Prime Minister Theresa May said: It’s often older people or those on low incomes who are stuck on rip-off energy tariffs, so today we are introducing legislation to force energy companies to change their ways. Our energy price cap will cut bills for millions of families, starting this year. This is another step we are taking to help people make ends meet as we build a country that works for everyone. Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: We are working hard to deliver an energy supply that is clean, affordable and innovative and an energy market that delivers the best possible value and service for energy customers. This new legislation is a big step forward toward that goal. Government response to the Competition Market Authority’s report Modernising the Energy Market can be found here (insert link). Ofgem’s league table and other reports can be found here. Explainer about Ofgem’s existing cap can be found here. Announcement on consultation on better data sharing between DWP and Ofgem found here. The Industrial Strategy sets out a long term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.
If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. Today the London and Nairobi Exchanges have signed a Letter of Understanding with FSD Africa, a DFID-funded NGO based in Nairobi focused on financial sector development in Africa. With support from FSD Africa, the two exchanges aim to bring the ‘Elite’ SME development programme, to East Africa. More info on FSD Africa is available at: www.fsdafrica.org, and on the Elite programme at: www.lseg.com/elite. Digital Finance Champions Group announcement*The UK is partnering with Commonwealth countries with ambition around digital finance, to share knowledge and expertise on how to transition to a digital economy in an inclusive and sustainable way. The inaugural meeting of the Group will take place in Q3 of 2018, where the founding members – including the UK, Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica and Rwanda – will agree on priorities and identify where support is needed. * Possible areas of collaboration and support include: * Implementing initiatives to bring down the cost of remittances – at an average of 8.4%, the cost of sending remittances in Commonwealth corridors is higher than the Global Goal target of 3%; * Reducing costs and cutting down on corruption by digitising government payment systems;* Implementing the new Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Finance, which have been developed by CDC, the IFC and Goodwill.Partnership between London Stock Exchange and Nairobi Securities Exchange The Bank of Ghana is happy to be part of this technical cooperation programme with the Bank of England. We envisage benefitting from the Bank of England’s experience in dealing with financial stability and macroprudential regulation, to assess the full implications of macro issues on the financial system. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt will join President Kenyatta of Kenya to open trading at the London Stock Exchange today (17 April 2018) where she will praise the critical role financial markets play in supporting prosperity and growth across the Commonwealth – and welcome a new partnership between the London Stock Exchange and the Nairobi Securities Exchange.Ms Mordaunt will unveil a partnership package between the Bank of England and central banks in Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa to share expertise, improve regulation and reduce the risk of bank failures. Expert Bank of England staff will help central banks develop sustainable financial systems that power local and regional growth, job creation and investment opportunities.She will also announce UK funding to help developing countries raise investment from global capital markets in their own currencies, promoting investment and job creation.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: The Bank of England is excited to be embarking on this new partnership with the Bank of Ghana, the Bank of Sierra Leone and the South African Reserve Bank. In our increasingly interconnected global financial system, cooperation between central banks is critical to providing the financial stability on which all our citizens rely. We look forward to supporting our counterparts in delivering their priorities in building this essential foundation for growth. Access to finance is fundamental to driving growth in developing countries, but when companies seek finance abroad it is most often in foreign currencies – meaning companies take on the risks associated with potential negative currency movements. This leads to underinvestment, hampers job creation, and can lead to volatile prices for consumers. Today’s £5 million announcement to support and work with developing countries will help them raise local currency finance through the London market. This will include technical assistance to help address regulatory barriers to issuing local currency bonds in London and other global financial centres. The demand-driven support package will help countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Ghana to benefit from increased access to international finance, by: Identifying key regulatory and political barriers to accessing local currency bonds; Identifying and building commitment of key public authorities; And providing advice on regulatory reform. Dr Ernest Addison, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said: Telephone 020 7023 0600 The Bank of England will establish technical assistance partnerships with central banks – initially in in three Commonwealth countries at different stages of development: Sierra Leone, Ghana, and South Africa. The UK will provide up to £2 million for tailored technical assistance, provided by expert Bank of England staff, across a range of central bank functions. In South Africa, focus will be given to the important financial hub role played by the country across southern Africa. These partnerships will share expertise across the Commonwealth, improving the regulation and supervision of financial sectors and mitigating the risk and severity of economic recessions due to bank failures and crises. Healthy financial markets create opportunities for new investment, trade and jobs, playing a critical role in delivering the global prosperity that benefits us all. What’s more, financial markets open the door to a future free from aid dependency. By building partnerships, sharing knowledge and opening up markets across the Commonwealth, we can defeat poverty, boost trade and investment, and deliver on the ambitions of countries that want to stand on their own two feet. Email [email protected] Local Currency Bonds announcement The event marks the second day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings – bringing together business, civic society and government leaders from across the 52 Commonwealth nations in London for a week of events, forums and discussions.Notes to EditorsCentral Bank Partnership announcement General media queries (24 hours) Ms Mordaunt will also welcome the launch of the Commonwealth Digital Finance Champions Group. By sharing expertise and knowledge, the Group will drive innovation to improve financial access for the most vulnerable and underbanked people in societies – for example, exploring ways to reduce the cost of sending remittances. The UK, Kenya, Ghana, Jamaica and Rwanda have all confirmed they will be founding members of the group.Joe Mucheru, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kenya said: Joanna Place, Chief Operating Officer at the Bank of England said: Kenya is hailed globally for its early and successful adoption of mobile money. The recent launch of mobile money interoperability in the country will contribute towards bridging the remaining margin to achieve total financial inclusion for all Kenyans. I encourage the Commonwealth community to explore the potentials of applying cutting edge technologies such as blockchain for distributed ledgers and artificial intelligence as this can enhance public service delivery and boost economic growth, particularly for developing economies such as Kenya. ]
As Muslims at home and across the world begin the holy month of Ramadan I want to wish you all Ramadan Kareem. Ramadan is a time of self-reflection, but also of being part of something bigger; fasting together, prayer and the gathering of families. Ramadan is also about the values of compassion, charity and selflessness. Values that unite us all. I want to highlight the huge contributions that British Muslims make to all areas of British life. At this special time of year I say to you, your friends and your relatives, Ramadan Mubarak. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson said: Further information Media enquiries For journalists Email [email protected]
Nick Robinson, a former Artificer Telecommunications with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), even had a spell with the US Army as part of his three decades in the armed forces.Back in ‘civvy street’ he has landed a role project managing a scheme to turn part of the M1 in the Midlands into a smart motorway.He is now urging anyone leaving the armed forces to follow his lead and consider a career with Highways England, the Government company responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads. Nick recently spoke of his transition from the military to motorways at the Raja REME careers and employment event at the REME museum in Chippenham, where he provided inspiration for those looking for a career change or a new challenge following retirement from service.Since proudly signing an Armed Forces Covenant in June 2017, Highways England has actively been supporting all leavers from the military through their reintegration into civilian careers, helping operate, maintain and improve the spine of the country.New recruits to Highways England from the Armed Forces are all assigned a buddy who is also ex-military to support the new starter into the company and help smoothly integrate into the civilian work place.Leading mental health charity, Combat Stress, who works with veterans helping them tackle the past and plan for the future, welcomed this recruitment campaign.Speaking on the initiative, Chief Executive of Combat Stress, Sue Freeth said: Nick RobinsonNick said: The armed forces is a great place to work and it can seem a daunting task when thinking about leaving. But I can honestly say I am finding life at Highways England similar to working in the Army – I’m proud of what I do, making a difference and helping others. Two working days here are never the same, as was the case in the Army and as highly skilled ex-service personnel we can make an immediate contribution to the company’s work improving the country’s motorways and major roads. I would urge anyone looking for a career change or a new challenge to give this company a go. Former servicemen and women bring enormous value to the workplace. Most service personnel make a successful transition to civilian life but a significant minority can struggle after leaving the military. At Combat Stress, veterans tell us that with the support of their employer, they’re able to engage in mental health treatment alongside full time work and have a rewarding career applying the skills and knowledge they developed in the military. I’m delighted to see this campaign from Highways England to recruit more veterans into the company. The buddy initiative to help veterans transition to a civilian job is a fantastic example of how a company has created an effective support programme in the workplace. Most of Highways England’s roles are suitable for the ex-forces with many of the skills being transferable. Popular roles include operations and project management, through to support functions such as commercial and procurement and IT roles.You can search and apply for jobs at Highways England via the careers webpage.Interview with Nick on how he made his transition into Highways EnglandQ. Did you always want to join the military? Is there a family history?Funnily enough, there isn’t. I left school in the 70’s and went on to be an apprentice heavy engineer. Let’s put it this way, I didn’t have a good relationship with my boss, so one day I left for the day and went into town and applied to join The Army. I did and completed 31 and a half years in service.Q. Why did you choose Highways England?I left the Army and spent some time transitioning and moving home with my wife to the North West. I soon realised that my CV was too specialised and needed to move to a place where there was more opportunity.I ended up returning to the Midlands, where I am originally from, working for a company called Force Protection Europe, a military vehicle that can withstand explosions and provides specialised protection against roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).Following this, I travelled around the world and became a qualified diver. On my return home, I attended the engineering construction fair at the NEC. Contacts there helped me to construct my CV and advised me to consider companies like Network Rail or The National Grid. After searching specialist websites I came across the project manager role at Highways England, and I’m really pleased I did.Q. How did you find the transition from military to motorways?I just took it in my stride. Everyone has a different way of coping with returning to civilian life, and I have my way that works for me.Q. Is there one particular skill you’ve brought from the military that you find particularly useful in your new position?Rolling with the punches. Two working days at Highways England are never the same, as was the case in the Army.Q. What does it mean to be a Project Manager for Highways England? What is your role from day to day?Similar to working in the Army – I’m proud of what I do, making a difference and helping others. I am the assistant project manager for a scheme to convert the M1 between junctions 23a to 25 into a smart motorway, smart , so I am helping to improve people’s journeys; no two days are the same and I cover all aspects of project management including leading from the front.Q. What do you most enjoy about your job here?I go out at least twice a week on to my scheme, and it’s great to actually see the difference and changes as it develops.Q. This year is The Year of Engineering, what would be your one message to inspire the young?Go for it! If you’re thinking of doing it – don’t think about it, just go for it!Q. One piece of advice for any member of the Army who might be looking to change careers but are worried about leaving the armed forces?Research, research, research. Research where you are going, research the qualifications you have and how you can convert them into something a company is looking for, and then research how you will approach the company – do you have a connection that can make an introduction? How will you write your covering letter?General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.
It will be delivered in collaboration with the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA) and the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET), an international NGO with expertise in delivering global health partnerships.AMR occurs when micro-organisms survive exposure to a medicine that would normally kill them, such as antibiotics, antimalarials and antivirals. These micro-organisms are often referred to as ‘superbugs’.The independent review on antimicrobial resistance estimated that at least 700,000 deaths globally each year are from drug-resistant infections such as bacterial infections, malaria and HIV/AIDS.The review also estimated that deaths from AMR could increase to 10 million each year by 2050 and cost the global economy up to $100 trillion US dollars.It is thought that 5,000 deaths are already caused every year in the UK alone by antibiotics no longer working for some infections. If we do not find a solution, everyday procedures such as caesarean sections, cancer therapy, and hip replacements will become extremely dangerous.Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Dame Sally Davies, said: The new Commonwealth Partnerships for Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) scheme is funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care’s Fleming Fund.The scheme will send up to 12 volunteer NHS pharmacists and specialist nurses to Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to work with local health workers against AMR.It will see NHS and national teams work together to help to keep antibiotics working better for longer and stop the emergence of superbugs. They will do this by: improving the detection and monitoring of resistant infections at hospital level taking measures to reduce infection putting steps in place to use antibiotics effectively I am delighted that UK aid – provided through the government’s Fleming Fund – will enable these vital partnerships between our fantastic NHS staff and their counterparts overseas to take place. AMR poses a risk to us all, wherever we call home – collaboration of this kind with our friends and neighbours internationally will be all the more important if we are to tackle this challenge together. This scheme will play a crucial role in allowing specialists to share expertise and strengthen approaches to antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals both at home and abroad.
The 13 UK delegatesAccountScore provides Open Banking as a Service by helping businesses obtain and understand bank transaction data with complete flexibility. Their team delivers regulated connections via bank APIs in the UK and applies their multi-stage analytical models to the bank transaction data to clients via API or their online dashboard.AMPLYFI is leading AI-transformation agendas at global financial institutions through its software platform capable of intelligently harvesting open source data from the internet. They are multi-award winning firm on the topics of innovation and technology, with their most recent achievement being awarded in December 2018 for “The Spectator Economic Disruptor Award.”ComplyAdvantage is driving change within the compliance industry through innovative and configurable technology utilizing the world’s only real-time AI-driven database on people and companies that pose financial crime risk.Darktrace is the world’s leading artificial intelligence company for cyber defense. The self-learning AI protects the cloud, SaaS, corporate networks, IoT and industrial systems against cyber-threats and vulnerabilities, from insider threats and ransomware, to stealthy and silent attacks. Darktrace’s innovative approach to cyber security has won more than 100 awards and the company has been named one of WSJ’s Tech Companies to Watch, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and the CNBC Disruptor 50.Digital Fineprint provides proprietary data on small businesses that can be used for risk selection, underwriting, pricing and new business generation by Insurers and Brokers. Their technology is used by Insurers and Brokers to gather and analyze data on the small commercial segment in real-time. Digital Fineprint was awarded The “Best Insurtech” at The Digital Insurer, The “Best InsurTech Supplier” by Insurance Post, and Silicon Valley’s TiE50 Award for the world’s most innovative tech startups.Divido is an omni-channel, multi country, white label end to end loan origination platform for point of purchase finance. Divido licenses its platform to retailers, lenders and payment intermediaries that want to offer the end consumer ‘pay later’ as an option. 100+ clients include Marriott Hotels, Citibank and Mastercard. Google named Divido the best technology company within Consumer Finance.Flock is on a mission to build a Big Data driven risk intelligence platform for drones. The platform uses real-time geospatial data to quantify and insure flight risks, providing cover for thousands of organizations. Flock is making its insurance platform available for insurers and brokers in the USA and globally, in both the drone industry and beyond.Freetrade is a next-generation stockbroker that makes investing accessible to everyone through zero-fee investing. It has developed a new technology platform that has brought free stock trading to the UK and Europe for the first time through a simple app.ICEFLO, provides a solution to high-risk large scale changes “cutovers” within financial organization. The firm was built on IBM Cloud with numerous customer case studies. To test the product, potential clients are offered a free trial with ICEFLO to run a cutover event.The ID Co. is on a mission to empower consumers with their bank identities and bank statement data. By leveraging banks as a strong proxy for trust and custodians of The ID Co.’s data the company opens new opportunities to provide better experiences with reduced fraud, better compliance and more accurate decisions.Liberis makes it easy for Small Businesses to get access to the finance they need to thrive through technology, data, and global partnerships. Their technology platform providers their customers with a frictionless and pre-approved ‘2-click’ access to funding. Liberis is the Winner of Alternative Business Lender 2018 by Credit Awards UK.Phinsysdevelops innovative, integrated cloud-based software solutions that are specifically designed to reduce operating expenses through improved financial management, regulatory compliance, and business performance across the Insurance, Banking, and Financial sector.TAINA Technology empowers financial institutions by automating their compliance with FATCA and CRS. TAINA provides unique fully automated solutions which have delivered proven savings of over 84% in costs, in addition to freeing up over 40% of the relevant operational team and improving customers experience. They were recognised as one of the “Most Innovative RegTechs in the World” both in 2019 and in 2018. showcase their products and expertise to the US market to attract potential investors and partners engage with US regulators gain valuable insight into overcoming barriers to doing business overseas The UK has long been a top global destination for investment in financial services, and with its unique access to top talent, stimulus for start-ups and favourable regulatory environment, UK fintech will remain on the frontline of innovation. The Department for International Trade (DIT) has announced that 13 British fintech companies have been selected for the third annual UK trade mission to Empire FinTech Week in New York City. The trade mission will take place from 1-5 April, and will offer UK fintech companies the opportunity to: The four-day mission will culminate in a delegate showcase by the 13 chosen firms at Rise NY, where they will present their products and services to leading US investors and businesses. The mission comes at a time when venture capital and private equity investment in Britain’s fintech sector is at a record high, rising to $3.3bn in 2018.Rory O’Kane, FinTech Specialist at the Department for International Trade, said: The announcement follows a competitive recruitment process that scoured the country for a select number of delegates to represent the UK’s world-leading fintech sector. The search focused on advanced UK fintech firms actively entering the US market.Antony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for North America, said: The calibre of this year’s delegation is testament to the UK’s status as a world leader in fintech. We are extremely proud to have this delegation representing the wide capability of the British fintech sector. The companies coming to New York for this mission highlight the depth and global reach of the UK fintech sector, and we are excited to showcase the best of British at Empire FinTech Week. DIT is committed to ensuring that UK and US businesses can trade more easily with each other and this mission will help identify where we can further enhance our relationship.