Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (“Inner Spirit” or “the Company”) (CSE:ISH) is pleased to announce that a Spiritleaf cannabis retail store is set to open at 27 Princess Street in the historic Smith Robinson building in Kingston, Ontario on Monday, April 1. The store is being operated by Daniel Telio, one of the initial 25 cannabis retail lottery winners in the province of Ontario as selected by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario(“AGCO”), and is one of the first stores approved to operate in the province.
“We are very pleased Daniel is opening the first Spiritleaf store in Ontario in Kingston on the opening day for private cannabis retailers in the province. This initial store in Ontario is an important milestone for the Company, and we look forward to the opening of additional locations across the country to continue delivering on our national retail strategy so strongly supported by our customers, employees, franchise partners and shareholders,” said Darren Bondar, President and CEO of Inner Spirit.
“The collaboration between the Spiritleaf team and Mr. Telio to get the store ready and open for operation in just 75 days is a testament to our experience and ability to execute our business program. As the supply chain improves, we look forward to getting our first wave of 75 premium stores open across Canada and solidify our place as an iconic and leading Canadian cannabis retailer.”
Bondar also noted the Company will celebrate the Kingston opening by making a $5,000 donation to The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund for reconciliation efforts in the country, as part of Spiritleaf’s pledge as Legacy Space Partner with the goal of providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and the journey of reconciliation. The donation will be made at a private event to Mike and Patrick Downie and Bear Standing Tall will be in attendance to bless the store and represent the Indigenous community at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The store’s official inauguration will be proclaimed by Kingston’s world champion Town Crier and Goodwill Ambassador, Chris Whyman, at 9:00 am ET on April 1.
Spiritleaf and Mr. Telio are preparing the Princess Street location and its staff to be ready to welcome a large turnout of cannabis consumers expected on day one. The store is a partnership between Inner Spirit’s wholly owned subsidiary Spirit Leaf Inc. (“Spirit Leaf”) and Mr. Telio, through a brand licensing arrangement approved by AGCO. Under the terms of the partnership, the Company agreed to issue 5,000,000 Inner Spirit common shares to Mr. Telio at a deemed price of $0.20 per share based on the original date of the agreement.
Inner Sprit has five Spiritleaf retail franchise stores open and operating in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Spiritleaf franchise partners are preparing to open additional locations across the country, subject to gaining final municipal and provincial approvals. Spiritleaf corporate outlets are also being prepared for openings throughout Alberta.
SOURCE Inner Spirit Holdings
Koinly Launches Cryptocurrency Tax Calculator for UK Traders
Koinly is a fast growing crypto tax startup that promises to help bitcoin investors prepare their crypto tax reports in a fast and efficient manner. By linking exchange accounts and public wallet addresses with Koinly, investors can get a detailed capital gains report within a matter of minutes.
“UK’s capital gains system is one of the most complex and with the thousands of transactions that crypto investors can quickly rake up – there is simply no way to manually do all the calculations. Our aim with Koinly is to make it easy for both crypto traders and accountants to generate their capital gains tax forms,” said Robin Singh, founder of Koinly.
Taxes are an integral part of any financial system and it is a good sign that tax authorities are coming out with clear guidance around cryptocurrencies instead of blanket banning them. However, added tax liabilities may become a deterrent to the mainstream adoption of Bitcoin so tax solutions such as Koinly are likely to play a crucial role in overcoming this.
The platform currently supports some 400 crypto exchanges and wallets as well as 6000 cryptocurrencies. It also comes with tax-planning features that can help investors preview and plan their trades in a tax-efficient manner. Some other features:
– Income reports for Mining, Staking and DeFi interest.
– Capital gains summary form that can be submitted to the HMRC
– Full support for crypto taxes in UK including Share Pooling
HMRC quietly preparing for a clampdown
In August of 2019, the HMRC requested information about cryptocurrency investors from various UK based exchanges such as eToro, CEX.io and Coinbase. This is clearly an attempt to locate investors that have avoided paying tax on their trades. A similar move was also made by the US tax authorities which led to the identification of some 10000 traders, all of whom received letters from the tax agency last year.
Broadridge Brings Together Wealth Business Under Michael Alexander
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR), a global Fintech leader and part of the S&P 500® Index, today announced that Michael Alexander has been appointed President, Wealth Management. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for bringing together Broadridge’s Wealth solutions into an integrated, market-leading Wealth Management business that will uniquely address Wealth Management firms’ need to transform their technology and business models. Mr. Alexander will report directly to Tom Carey, President of Global Technology and Operations.
“Mike is a recognized leader in the financial services industry and has a passion for creating leading-edge, SaaS-based wealth management solutions,” said Mr. Carey. “Mike will drive Broadridge’s efforts to enhance the advisor and client experience through a single platform that will be a foundation for the industry.”
As President of Broadridge’s Wealth Management business, Mr. Alexander will take leadership of the Broadridge Wealth Platform, the next-generation open platform that is creating a modern, best-in-class industry-level wealth management technology solution. This platform, which is at the center of a recently announced sale to UBS, enables wealth managers to drive their business to the next level while mutualizing investments in technology, innovation and security. With the Broadridge Wealth Platform, firms will be able to deploy an integrated front-, middle-, and back-office solution that optimizes Financial Advisor productivity, creates a richer client experience and digitizes enterprise-wide operations. Broadridge Wealth Management also offers market-leading component solutions for Advisor Websites, Data Aggregation, Performance Reporting, Corporate Actions, and back- and middle-office Managed Services, among others.
Since joining Broadridge in 2006, Mr. Alexander has taken on roles of increasing responsibility in both technology platforms and managed services. In these roles, he has led numerous complex client engagements and successful acquisitions.
Prior to joining Broadridge, Mr. Alexander was Senior Vice President of Operations at Charles Schwab. He is a member of the SIFMA Operations and Technology Steering Committee.
SOURCE Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited Bags the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020 for Cloud Solutions
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL), a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited, has won the ‘BFSI Digital Innovation Award’ for Cloud Solutions at the recently held Express BFSI Technology Conclave and Awards 2020.
Organised by the Express Computer, an IT business magazine from the Indian Express Group, the BFSI Technology Conclave and Awards, is one of the largest congregation of IT decision-makers, senior executives and partners in India. The event, held in Pune from January 24th-25th, 2020 witnessed the best from the BFSI sector participate as speakers and share their views on the way ahead for one of the biggest financial markets in the world.
The conclave ended with the BFSI Digital Innovation Awards which were given away to Indian Banks or Indian subsidiaries of MNC BFSI institutions in the BFSI industry that demonstrate the innovative use of a particular technology or a combination of technologies for distinct business benefit. There were 13 distinct categories – like Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, Data Center, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Security, Blockchain and Enterprise Application among others.
The participants were judged on their effectiveness of deploying a completely new solution or innovative use of existing technology to gain a competitive edge, improve operations, become more responsive to customers and partners or, simply, to add to the top or bottom line.
Sharing his delight at the occasion of winning the award for excellence in Cloud, Atul Jain, Chief Executive Officer- Bajaj Housing Finance Limited said, “It is indeed a proud moment for all of us at BHFL and would like to congratulate the entire team for helping us achieve this prestigious recognition at the Express BFSI Digital Innovation Awards 2020. Since inception, our core mission has always revolved around providing the best experience for our customers through innovation and customer engagement.”
SOURCE Bajaj Housing Finance Limited
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