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F3 Uranium Hits 57,100 cps in Widest Mineralized Interval to Date



Steps Out 60m From Discovery Hole and Extends Strike Length to 75m.

Kelowna, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – February 21, 2023) – F3 Uranium Corp (TSXV: FUU) (OTCQB: FUUFF) (“F3” or “the Company“) is pleased to announce scintillometer results from four additional holes of the ongoing 20-hole winter drill program at the JR Zone on the Patterson Lake North (“PLN”) Property, including three high grade intercepts. Drill hole PLN23-050 was collared as a step out on line 045S and intersected the widest mineralized interval to date over 21.0m, including 3.19m of composite radioactivity with >10,000 cps and a peak of 57,100 cps at a downhole depth of 255.0m. PLN23-052 stepped out further to line 060S and resulted in 11.0m of mineralization, including 1.70m of continuous radioactivity with >10,000 cps and a peak of 53,600 cps. Infill drillhole PLN23-053 on line 030S intersected radioactivity over a 9.5m interval between 245.5m and 255.0m including 2.10m of composite radioactivity with >10,000 cps and a peak of 48,100 cps.

Raymond Ashley, Vice President Exploration, commented:

“The technical team is delighted to announce scintillometer results of step out hole PLN23-050 on line 045S where mineralization was encountered over a 21.0m interval within the A1 main shear zone, including the high grade core. We are continuing with disciplined step out drilling and growing the JR Zone further along strike to the south, which has now been defined over a total length of 75 meters to section line 060S where PLS23-052 intersected high grade mineralization with up to 53,600 cps. Although PLS23-051 on section line 00SN tested the MSZ closer to the Athabasca Unconformity and did encounter radioactivity, we anticipate focusing the remaining winter program on basement hosted mineralization. The JR Zone continues to impress with high grade intercepts as we define it along strike while also building some width with infill drill holes.”

Drilling Highlight:

PLN23-050 (line 045S):

  • 21.0m mineralization from 248.5m – 269.5m, including
    • 3.19m composite mineralization of >10,000 cps radioactivity between 252.10m – 256.00m with a peak of 57,100 cps over 0.50m from 255.0m – 255.5 m (see Photo 1.)

Main Intercepts:

PLN23-051 (line 00N):

  • 1.0m mineralization from 204.5m – 205.5m

PLN23-052 (line 060S):

  • 11.0m mineralization from 245.0m – 256.0m, including
    • 1.70m continuous mineralization of >10,000 cps radioactivity between 253.00m – 254.70m with a peak of 53,600 cps over 0.50m from 254.0m – 254.5m

PLN23-053 (line 030S):

  • 9.5m mineralization from 245.5m – 255.0 m, including
    • 2.10m composite mineralization of >10,000 cps radioactivity between 251.10m – 254.30m with a peak of 48,100 cps over 0.50m from 252.00m – 252.50m

Natural gamma radiation in the drill core that is reported in this news release was measured in counts per second (cps) using a handheld Radiation Solutions RS-125 scintillometer. The Company considers greater than 300 cps on the handheld spectrometer as anomalous, >10,000 cps as high grade and greater than 65,535 cps as off-scale. The reader is cautioned that scintillometer readings are not directly or uniformly related to uranium grades of the rock sample measured and should be used only as a preliminary indication of the presence of radioactive materials. All depth measurements reported are down-hole and true thickness are yet to be determined. Samples from the drill core are split in half on site and are standardized at 0.5m lengths. One half of the split sample will be submitted to SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories (an SCC ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 Accredited Facility) in Saskatoon, SK. for lithogeochemical analysis using their “Uranium Package”.

All depth measurements reported are down-hole and true thickness are yet to be determined but the Company estimates true thickness of the reported intervals in this news release to be close to reported interval widths.

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Central banks and the FinTech sector unite to change global payments space





The BIS, along with seven leading central banks and a cohort of private financial firms, has embarked on an ambitious venture known as Project Agorá.

Named after the Greek word for “marketplace,” this initiative stands at the forefront of exploring the potential of tokenisation to significantly enhance the operational efficiency of the monetary system worldwide.

Central to this pioneering project are the Bank of France (on behalf of the Eurosystem), the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Korea, the Bank of Mexico, the Swiss National Bank, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These institutions have joined forces under the banner of Project Agorá, in partnership with an extensive assembly of private financial entities convened by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

At the heart of Project Agorá is the pursuit of integrating tokenised commercial bank deposits with tokenised wholesale central bank money within a unified, public-private programmable financial platform. By harnessing the advanced capabilities of smart contracts and programmability, the project aspires to unlock new transactional possibilities that were previously infeasible or impractical, thereby fostering novel opportunities that could benefit businesses and consumers alike.

The collaborative effort seeks to address and surmount a variety of structural inefficiencies that currently plague cross-border payments. These challenges include disparate legal, regulatory, and technical standards; varying operating hours and time zones; and the heightened complexity associated with conducting financial integrity checks (such as anti-money laundering and customer verification procedures), which are often redundantly executed across multiple stages of a single transaction due to the involvement of several intermediaries.

As a beacon of experimental and exploratory projects, the BIS Innovation Hub is committed to delivering public goods to the global central banking community through initiatives like Project Agorá. In line with this mission, the BIS will soon issue a call for expressions of interest from private financial institutions eager to contribute to this ground-breaking project. The IIF will facilitate the involvement of private sector participants, extending an invitation to regulated financial institutions representing each of the seven aforementioned currencies to partake in this transformative endeavour.

Source: fintech.globa

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TD Bank inks multi-year strategic partnership with Google Cloud





TD Bank has inked a multi-year deal with Google Cloud as it looks to streamline the development and deployment of new products and services.

The deal will see the Canadian banking group integrate the vendor’s cloud services into a wider portion of its technology solutions portfolio, a move which TD expects will enable it “to respond quickly to changing customer expectations by rolling out new features, updates, or entirely new financial products at an accelerated pace”.

This marks an expansion of the already established relationship between TD Bank and Google Cloud after the group previously adopted the vendor’s Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) for TD Securities Automated Trading (TDSAT), the Chicago-based subsidiary of its investment banking unit, TD Securities.

TDSAT uses GKE for process automation and quantitative modelling across fixed income markets, resulting in the development of a “data-driven research platform” capable of processing large research workloads in trading.

Dan Bosman, SVP and CIO of TD Securities, claims the infrastructure has so far supported TDSAT with “compute-intensive quantitative analysis” while expanding the subsidiary’s “trading volumes and portfolio size”.

TD’s new partnership with Google Cloud will see the group attempt to replicate the same level of success across its entire portfolio.


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MAS launches transformative platform to combat money laundering





The MAS has unveiled Cosmic, an acronym for Collaborative Sharing of Money Laundering/Terrorism Financing Information and Cases, a new money laundering platform.

According to Business Times, launched on April 1, Cosmic stands out as the first centralised digital platform dedicated to combating money laundering, terrorism financing, and proliferation financing on a worldwide scale. This move follows the enactment of the Financial Services and Markets (Amendment) Act 2023, which, along with its subsidiary legislation, commenced on the same day to provide a solid legal foundation and safeguards for information sharing among financial institutions (FIs).

Cosmic enables participating FIs to exchange customer information when certain “red flags” indicate potential suspicious activities. The platform’s introduction is a testament to MAS’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of the financial sector, mandating participants to establish stringent policies and operational safeguards to maintain the confidentiality of the shared information. This strategic approach allows for the efficient exchange of intelligence on potential criminal activities while protecting legitimate customers.

Significantly, Cosmic was co-developed by MAS and six leading commercial banks in Singapore—OCBC, UOB, DBS, Citibank, HSBC, and Standard Chartered—which will serve as participant FIs during its initial phase. The initiative emphasizes voluntary information sharing focused on addressing key financial crime risks within the commercial banking sector, such as the misuse of legal persons, trade finance, and proliferation financing.

Loo Siew Yee, assistant managing director for policy, payments, and financial crime at MAS, highlighted that Cosmic enhances the existing collaboration between the industry and law enforcement authorities, fortifying Singapore’s reputation as a well-regulated and trusted financial hub. Similarly, Pua Xiao Wei of Citi Singapore and Loretta Yuen of OCBC have expressed their institutions’ support for Cosmic, noting its potential to ramp up anti-money laundering efforts and its significance as a development in the banking sector’s ability to combat financial crimes efficiently. DBS’ Lam Chee Kin also praised Cosmic as a “game changer,” emphasizing the careful balance between combating financial crime and ensuring legitimate customers’ access to financial services.


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