Press release: Leading UK FinTech companies announced for trade mission to USA

first_imgThe 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:center_img 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.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Announce 2018 Fall Tour With Andy Frasco & The Kitchen Dwellers

first_imgPIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG // Upcoming Tour Dates6/22 – Stratford, CT – Road Jam Music Fest6/28 – Rochester, NY – Party In The Park6/30 – Newport, KY – Wooden Cask Brewing7/5 – 7/9 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival7/12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^7/14 – Patchogue, NY – Great South Bay Music Festival7/19 – 7/22 – Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival7/26 – Westerly, RI – Paddy’s Beach Club7/28 – Burlington, VT – Tumble Down Music Festival8/2 – 8/4 – Thornville, OH – Werk Out Music & Arts Festival8/23 – 8/26 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’8/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom9/1 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt9/2 – Lake George, NY – Adirondack Independence Festival9/26 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic *9/27 – Dallas, TX – Granada *9/28 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe *9/29 – Austin, TX – Mohawk *10/2 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *10/3 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern *10/4 & 10/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *10/6 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom*10/8 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst10/10 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre+10/11 – Bend, OR – The Domino Room+10/12 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom+10/13 – Seattle, WA – Neptune+10/14 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge+10/16 – Bozeman, MT – Rialto12/12 – 12/16 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Holidaze^ w/ moe.* w/ The Kitchen Dwellers+ w/ Andy FrascoView All Tour Dates This past weekend, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong gave a breakout performance at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN. Although big things are still on the horizon for this summer–like their debut Red Rocks Amphitheatre performance on July 12th with moe.–the band is looking ahead and today they unveil their 2018 fall tour dates.Beginning in late-September, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will embark on a tour that will see them route through Fayetteville, AR, into Texas for plays in Dallas, Houston and Austin, before heading west to Pheonix, AZ. The four-piece will then head up the west coast, making five stops in California–Solana Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Arcata. Bend and Portland, OR, as well as Seattle, WA round out the west coast run, with the tour culminating mind-October in Montana for plays in Missoula and Bozeman.The Kitchen Dwellers and Andy Frasco will provide support on select dates.Tickets for newly announced dates go on sale this coming Friday, June 15th at 10 am local time. Certain dates have a local presale starting Thursday, June 14th. Please visit the band’s website for more information on specific dates.last_img read more

Finance ministers from Africa, Latin America convene for annual forum at Harvard

first_img Read Full Story Countries with inclusive and responsive governing institutions—essentially, those that are more democratic—are also more economically successful.That was one of the messages that 15 finance ministers from Africa and Latin America heard at the fifth annual Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum for Finance Ministers, which took place April 23–26, 2017. Keynote speaker James Robinson, a political scientist and economist from the University of Chicago, presented overwhelming historical evidence suggesting that inclusive governance can help boost countries’ economies.Robinson’s message resonated with the ministers participating in this year’s Forum, many of whom are from countries with predominantly youthful populations that are growing increasingly restive as they seek more inclusive and equitable institutional systems and more opportunities for economic advancement.“We are balancing the pressure of expectations among our people with the capacity of our economy to create jobs,” said Yinager Belay, Minister of National Planning from Ethiopia.The Ministerial Leadership Forum for Finance Ministers is held every spring as part of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program, a joint initiative of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program also convenes annual forums each year for health ministers and education ministers. The program’s overall goal is to stimulate transformative vision, enhance leadership effectiveness and political acumen, and develop planning and execution capacity among ministers from Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America, who are invited to the program based on demonstrated leadership in their home countries.Ninety-four ministers from 53 countries have participated in the program.last_img read more

Grant supports music program

first_imgArtists in Notre Dame’s sacred music program received a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which will immediately be used to fund innovative interdisciplinary projects. Carmen Helena Tellez, professor of conducting in the Department of Music and concurrent professor of sacred music in the Department of Theology, will serve as the principal investigator and producer of the project as a whole. “The grant will fund the investigation and production of three interdisciplinary works that will join faculty and students in examining important humanities topics through innovative performance and audience interaction,” Tellez said. “We have labeled it the Mellon Sacred Music Drama Project because all civilizations have had a form of music drama where the great concerns of the society – especially religious ideas – would be experienced through an enacted performance.” Tellez said exploring the relationship between the humanities and the arts is a key component of the project. “An interdisciplinary work is one that marries many arts, but also possibly the humanities, science, and digital technologies,” Tellez said. “I see it more like a true resonance between languages and methodologies, not only a mere combination of arts on a stage. There is always a message and a reflection – one can say that liturgy is one of the earliest forms of interdisciplinary art.” The sacred music program at Notre Dame currently has 15 students pursuing masters of sacred music degrees. Tellez said the degree is artistic, though it is affiliated with the Department of Theology, and it complements the pastoral duties of a church music director. “Sacred music at Notre Dame is a young initiative of the University, devoted to the formation of proficient artists in the field of sacred music and to the exploration of the significance of sacred music to our civilization,” Tellez said. “Sacred music is considered the handmaiden of liturgy and religion because it may open the spirit, generate a sense of bonding, and bring peace to the mind to ready it for theological reflection.” The sacred music program at Notre Dame collaborates with South Bend churches to place its graduate students in supervised church music director positions, Tellez said. This allows them to practice the discipline of an artistic relationship with a pastor and a congregation. Tellez said she will contribute to the musical direction of the project as needed, collaborating with other participating faculty and students. “The projects funded by the grant will permit the student to explore the merits of certain artistic methodologies and performance formats, some of which will be very innovative,” Tellez said. “This will invite them to explore the ways in which they can be more inspiring and compelling in sharing sacred music with their congregations.”last_img read more

Seven Vermont citizens and organizations to be honored with Democracy Awards

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will be presenting the 2009 Democracy Awards to seven Vermont citizens and organizations at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday, February 12, at 3:30 pm.“These awards honor people who have promoted the tenets of democracy in Vermont.  Each of this year’s recipients is a shining example of leadership in the democratic process,” says Markowitz.The National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award will be presented to Kristie Bush, teacher at Montpelier’s Union Elementary School; Don Collins, former Franklin County state senator and educator; and WPTZ Television Newschannel 5.Receiving the Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award are Dennis Bonanza, a teacher at the Community High School of Vermont; Bill Hoar, Barnet Town Clerk and Treasurer; Toni Little, Resident Advisor at Johnson State College; and Ashley Wheeler, Miss Vermont 2008. The Medallion Award was established by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in 2001 to honor individuals, groups, or organizations with a record of promoting the goals of NASS in one or more of the following areas:  improving elections, with special emphasis on voter education and increasing voter participation; civic education, including the teaching, promotion, and study of this subject; and service to state government–specifically, as it relates to improving democracy in the state. The Vermont Secretary of State Enduring Democracy Award honors individuals and organizations that have shown an outstanding commitment to promoting democracy in the Vermont. Please visit our website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/Democracy_Awards.html(link is external) for more information.last_img read more

Governor Douglas appoints Chad Schmidt Bennington County Sheriff

first_imgSource: Governor’s Office. 9.14.2009 Governor Douglas today announced the appointment of Chad Schmidt as Bennington County Sheriff.  Schmidt replaces Gary Forrest who retired after 24 years as Sheriff. “I want to extend my congratulations to Chad,” said Governor Jim Douglas.  “I believe he has the experience and skill to keep our communities safe.”Schmidt has 14 years experience in the Bennington Country Sheriff’s Department serving most recently as Deputy Sheriff.  Schmidt is a graduate of Southern Vermont College where he received a degree in criminal justice as well as the Vermont Police Academy in Pittsford, VT.  He also received a certificate of completion in courses focused on leadership and administrative development at the FBI National Academy in Virginia.Schmidt is an active member of the greater Bennington community serving as a member of the Moose Lodge, Elk Lodge, a former member of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and a volunteer at the AARP Drivers Safety Program.  Schmidt is married with two children.  They reside in Pownal.last_img read more

‘Donors’ promise cancer patient millions in aid, pose for photos, but the money never comes

first_img“I’ve lost count as to how many times we were photographed holding up the false signs.”He said that, despite being lied to, there were no hard feelings. He only wished that Kinem could recover from her illness.Kinem’s jaw cancer started in 2009 when she discovered a big lump under her chin. The condition made it hard for the 45-year old to speak and eat, as her tongue was pushed forward. The cancer also knocked out her teeth.Nursam took his wife to doctors several times, but the latest visit was two years ago, when she was admitted to Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta for two weeks. However, he said, the doctors could not operate her as she did not meet some of the health conditions for surgery.  Nursam said they could not afford further medical treatment for his wife, since he, as the sole breadwinner of the family, was struggling to support their five children doing odd jobs. (aly)Topics : Kinem from Boyolali regency in Central Java has had a cancerous tumor on her jaw for 11 years. Her story has drawn make-believe donors who visited her home and asked her to pose for photos while holding up signs pledging tens of millions of rupiah.The family in Gilirejo hamlet of Gunungsari village was looking forward to the financial support for her treatment, but they never got their hands on the promised money.“My wife and I were only asked to hold up the signs, then they took our pictures. The nominal varied from Rp 10 million [US$680] to Rp 30 million. We once received Rp 7 million of Rp 30 million promised, but other than that, we received nothing,” Kinem’s husband Nursam said on Friday, as quoted by Kompas.com.last_img read more

Gold Coast real estate: The year ahead

first_imgCoreLogic Head of Research Tim Lawless..CoreLogic Head of Research Tim Lawless said the Gold Coast property market recorded a stronger performance compared to Brisbane, although growth rates slowed over the past year. “Similar to Brisbane, we expect these markets to remain in mild positive growth territory over the next year thanks to rising interstate migration rates and ongoing demand for lifestyle properties located close to major airports, amenity and employment opportunities,” he said.The Coast has a median house price of $655,000, while the unit median price is sitting at $400,000, according to CoreLogic. Aerial view of Surfers Paradise looking inland on the Gold Coast.WHILE experts aren’t tipping a bumper year for the Gold Coast property market, there is still room for property prices to grow.A combination of interstate migration, infrastructure and the Coast’s sought-after lifestyle are predicted to help real estate prices on the Glitter Strip although growth could start to stabilise by the end of the year. Ray White Broadbeach Waters — Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer.Ray White Broadbeach Waters — Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer expected the property market to stabilise by the end of 2019.“I think we will see the Gold Coast growth moderate this year,” he said.The first few months will still be an adjustment stage and the second we will see more stabilisation in the market.”Coomera made up Mr Palmer’s top three suburb picks because of the amount of new infrastucure in the suburb while Mermaid Waters was included due to being under priced when compared to neighbouring suburbs.“There are suburbs and pockets based on new infrastructure and other key components that are going to support a better property climate in those areas,” he said. MORE NEWS: Resort-style living hits the mark REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson predicted owner-occupiers to make up a big percentage of home buyers on the Coast in 2019.“I think we will see growth here due to continued migration,” Mr Henderson said.“That is where out advantage lies — people still need somewhere to live and while they keep moving here that should aid that growth in the property market.”Mermaid Waters was a frontrunner for 2019 among real estate agents because of its central location and cheaper property values.“You’ve got the waterfront, nice wide canals and generally larges blocks of land,” Mr Henderson said.“You’ve got good access north, east, south and west, Pacific Fair and the beach is nearby.“Prices are also considerably cheaper than neighbouring suburbs Broadbeach Waters and Mermaid Beach.”He said Tugun was a standout because of its proximity to the airport and beachfront while Mudgeeraba would be one to watch in the future for its subdivision potential. MORE NEWS: Top 5 Queenslanders on the marketlast_img read more

Hot competition at auction for dated Gold Coast house

first_img32 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters, fetched $1.11 million under the hammer.An old-fashioned Mermaid Waters house is set to face the wrecking ball to make way for a luxury mansion after selling at auction.The four-bedroom house on a 869sq m block was in original condition with a pool (that wouldn’t meet regulation today), dated interiors and a crumbling fence.But that didn’t stop it attracting a lot of attention from house hunters looking for a renovation project or new home site.This block will go from having a dated house on it to being the site of a luxury mansion.A crowd of more than 60 watched on as five bidders competed for the keys of the Pilot Court property at auction on the weekend.Four other registered bidders didn’t place a bid.Bidding opened at $850,000 and bids placed by four bidders in $25,000 and $5000 increments pushed the price to the million-dollar mark.A fifth bidder, the eventual buyer, jumped in after the bidding reached seven figures.The property was called on the market at $1.1 million.Two more bids were placed and the hammer fell at $1.11 million.MORE NEWS: The Coast’s funniest street namesMORE NEWS: Modern mansion fits right in on millionaires’ rowThe pool would not meet regulation today.The kitchen was in original condition.Auctioneer and Harcourts Broadbeach director Dane Atherton said the buyers, a local couple, would demolish the property to make way for a mansion.“The buyers already own property in the area and plan to build a substantial residence,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It was a great result but at the same time it was a great property that attracted the great interest we expected.”Mr Atherton said house hunters were looking at Mermaid Waters as it offered value and opportunity.“They recognise value in waterfront property in Mermaid Waters and you get an awesome lifestyle,” he said.“Plus, there’s still opportunity for people to buy an original home and build or renovate.“A north-facing renovator is what a lot of buyers are after.”Five bidders vied for the keys.Mermaid Waters has a median house price of $870,000 which has increased by 39 per cent in the past five years, according to CoreLogic data.The suburb’s median unit price has jumped 32.9 per cent in the same time period to $388,000.Harcourts Broadbeach agent Christine Tucker, who marketed the Pilot Court house, said properties like it were bucking the trend of the country’s cooling conditions.“During the past three weeks I have had 68 groups of people come through the property — we had a lot of interest,” she said.“The north-facing aspect is a huge attraction for waterfront properties.“It’s also in a good postcode, so central to everything.”Ms Tucker said the seller had moved into an aged care facility after losing her husband a few years ago.Property records show the house last changed hands for $280,000 in 1988.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

Balltec Delivers Floatmast Mooring Connectors and Tensioners

first_imgBalltec has recently secured and supplied a contract from Streamlined Naval Architects, based in Greece, for the design, manufacture, testing and supply of 4 subsea adjustable mooring connectors and hydraulic tensioners. The connectors and tensioners will moor Floatmast’s Floating Met Mast Tension Leg Platform demonstration project off the Greek island of Makronisos for a period of 12 months.This demonstration project, which is subject to a grant from the European Commission, will provide Floatmast with field data to verify the mast’s capabilities.Each adjustable mooring connector, rated to a minimum break load of 450 metric Tonnes, is designed with a self-activating mechanism to allow rapid deployment and connection of the mooring lines to the Floatmast with no diver intervention.Hydraulic tensioners will be also be installed onto each connector to adjust the mooring lines to the required tension. The operation of the tensioners will be controlled from the surface thus reducing installation time and costs, the company explains. Also included in Balltec’s scope of supply are 4 H Links to connect each mooring line to the subsea base.last_img read more