HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (TSX.V:HIVE) (OTCQX:HVBTF) (“HIVE”) announces that the transition of the Company’s GPU chips in Sweden to Blockbase Group DWC-LLC (“Blockbase”) from Genesis Mining (“Genesis”) is progressing on schedule and early results are showing improvements in efficiency and performance at the Swedish facility. Nicolás Chaparro, CEO of Genesis Mining Iceland ehf. and Genesis Mining’s Regional Manager – Nordics, has continued to be extremely helpful throughout the migration. The Company is pleased to announce that the transition is not expected to require a shutdown of the equipment or the facility and the transition is scheduled to be completed prior to the end of September.
“We are very happy with the pace of transition of our GPU chips in Sweden to Blockbase and the improved performance we are seeing,” said Frank Holmes, Interim Executive Chairman and Interim CEO of HIVE. “The software deployed by Blockbase is showing consistent performance enhancements as we migrate chips from Genesis. We continue to accumulate newly minted Ethereum coins mined at the facility and we are on-track to complete the cutover before the end of September. The fact that Blockbase’s software and its engineers have been able to seamlessly migrate chips to their platform without meaningful downtime is a testament to Blockbase’s expertise and the advancements implemented into their next gen software.”
HIVE also announces that it expects to file its annual financial statements and accompanying management’s discussion and analysis for the financial year ended March 31, 2019 (collectively, the “Annual Filings”) on or before September 29, 2019. As a result of the delayed Annual Filings the Company will have a delay in the filing of its interim financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, and the related certifications for the period ended June 30, 2019 (“Interim Filings”), which had a filing deadline of August 29, 2019 . HIVE will continue to provide biweekly status updates on the delay of filing its Annual Filings and Interim Filings.
HIVE confirms that since it announced a delay of its Annual Filings (the “Filings Notice”) there is no material change to the information set out in the Filings Notice that has not been generally disclosed and there has been no failure by the Company in fulfilling its stated intentions with respect to satisfying the provisions of the alternative information guidelines set out in NP 12-203. Management is working diligently to meet the Company’s obligations relating to its Annual Filings and that, while subject to the Management Cease Trade Order (“MCTO”), the Company will continue to comply with the provisions of the alternative information guidelines under NP 12-203 by issuing bi-weekly status reports until it has satisfied the necessary filing requirements.
SOURCE HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.
TONIK Selects Finastra’s Core Banking Solution to Power Southeast Asia’s First Pure-play Licensed Digital Bank
Finastra announced today that TONIK, the first licensed digital-only bank in Southeast Asia, has selected Fusion Essence in the cloud to power its end-to-end core banking capabilities. The move will support TONIK as it launches its retail deposit and customer loans services in the Philippines, giving it agility and the ability to scale quickly.
Greg Krasnov, Founder & CEO at TONIK, said, “The banking sector in the Philippines is ripe for digital disruption. The country has high internet usage, the majority of Filipinos are unbanked and research shows half of the people who do have bank accounts would be interested in switching to a neobank.
“We want to create a hyper-compelling consumer proposition that will revolutionize the way money works in the region. Finastra’s Fusion Essence Cloud – powered by Microsoft Azure – will give us the agility to get these services to market quickly and efficiently. We are also impressed by the modern, open and scalable capabilities of the solution, particularly the in-built analytics, which will help us to better understand our customers’ smart digital banking needs.”
The key proposition for digital banks is providing a customer experience that traditional banks struggle to offer. This requires modern, cloud-native technology that facilitates innovation whilst future-proofing investment. For TONIK, Fusion Essence Cloud will be deployed out of the Microsoft Azure Southeast Asia Region (Singapore Data Center), which will allow for both low latency and data residency. TONIK will benefit from a low cost of entry into the market, ease and speed of deployment, and the ability to increase business volumes and diversify its product set cost-effectively. It will also benefit from ongoing software updates and, in time, access to further innovation via FusionFabric.cloud, Finastra’s platform for open innovation and the development of applications.
European neobanks, including revverbank and Gravity, are already being powered by Fusion Essence Cloud, and this deployment in Southeast Asia will help bring the benefits of innovative digital banking to the Philippines.
Anand Subbaraman, General Manager, Retail Banking at Finastra, said, “TONIK is well positioned to replicate the disruption that has taken place in Europe, where digital banks have quickly attracted millions of customers and billions of dollars in investor funding. Using digital technologies and a lower-cost operating model, TONIK will be able to offer customers the products and services they need, delivered in a convenient way, as well as increasing opportunities for financial inclusion in Asia. Fusion Essence Cloud is ideally suited to help TONIK achieve these goals, as well as see a fast return on its investment. We are extremely proud to be TONIK’s partner in bringing digital banking to the Philippines for the first time.”
Telepin Selected to Power Economic Development and Humanitarian Initiative in Yemen
Yemen’s National Wallet Company seeks Canadian fin-tech’s help to launch financial inclusion project.
Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.
For the 24 million people displaced by escalating hostilities, access to humanitarian aid is their only protection against deadly famine. Telepin and ONE, the go-to-market brand by the National Wallet Company (NWC), hope to improve that access and give Yemenis more control over their daily lives.
ONE will soon launch the country’s first mobile money platform, designed to provide cashless e-wallet services to the Yemeni population. In a country where more than 90 percent of the population don’t have a bank account, this platform will give users an alternative to the instability of cash. The GSMA notes the potential impacts of such an initiative in a 2017 report, which explains how mobile money deployments “support financial inclusion, help to build resilience, and most importantly, can better serve displaced populations worldwide.”
The platform, developed by ONE and Telepin, will allow customers to load and withdraw cash, send money to their friends and family, receive salaries, pay bills and most importantly transact with local merchants — all through an innovative platform accessible on both basic mobile devices or smartphones without the need for internet access. The platform’s key partners are Yemen’s largest private companies, who have committed their network of more than 100,000 direct and indirect retailers and distributors in Yemen to support this initiative. Yemen’s 11 major banks also support the initiative and will ensure the widest possible reach across the country, even amongst the most remote communities. This aims to support the financial needs of millions of Yemenis suffering the consequences of this crisis.
As ONE’s CMO Mohamed Hayel Saeed explains, “Working with domestic and international partners, ONE will help bring Yemen’s economy into the 21st century by delivering sustainable, long-term positive outcomes for today’s Yemeni population and for generations to come. We have been working to create an innovative solution to give Yemenis back control over their daily financial activities and to secure their future. We want to reach the last mile and broaden access to financial services to as many of Yemen’s 20 million ‘unbanked’ people as possible.”
Telepin CEO Vincent Kadar is equally optimistic. “The National Wallet Company has built a robust plan to give families reliable financial options in an unreliable world,” he says. “With their vast merchant network and Telepin’s experience developing complex and customized integrations, we’re well on our way towards launching a tool that will have a meaningful and immediate impact on the lives of its users.”
ONE and Telepin expect the mobile e-wallet platform to launch in 2020.
SOURCE Telepin Software
SIGEF Brings Inclusion to Davos and a Supportive Vision for a Smarter Future for the World
Sharing the same concerns and goals with the leaders of the global economy who will be gathering in Davos to pave the way “for a Cohesive and Sustainable World,” SIGEF by Horyou has opted to showcase its own commitment to sustainability through the organization of a side-event to offer a complementary and supportive inclusive vision for a better world.
Building on its “Together Shaping a Smarter Future” theme, SIGEF will add social innovation and global ethics to the Davos gathering. The event will take place on the morning of the 22nd of January at the Kirchner Museum. It will kick off with a networking breakfast. Four panels will make the program of the event. They will tackle some of the most challenging issues that the global economy is faced with.
Disruptive Technologies, the Future of Finance, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Women Empowerment are the topics to be debated. “SIGEF has always been tackling the most important global issues and we are thrilled to initiate high-level discussions around them before Davos’ qualified audience. In the wake of this new technological age, we aim to contribute to the building of a smarter future for the world as we are bringing together, in their diversity, some of the actors who are leading the positive changes we want to see,” says Yonathan Parienti, founder and CEO of Horyou, organizer of SIGEF.
Some of the confirmed SIGEF Speakers include: Ms Karen Wilson, OECD Strategic Partnerships, Ms Katja Iversen, President of Women Deliver, Mr Charles Bendotti, Senior Vice President People & Culture Philip Morris International, Mr Jérôme Perez, Global Head of Sustainability Nespresso, Ms Ann Cairns, Executive Vice Chairman Mastercard, Ms Christine Spite, Tech entrepreneur and WWF Advisor, Dr. Nikolaus S. Lang, Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group, Mr Xiaochen Zhang, President of FinTech4Good, Mr Adi Mimran, Venture Partner Cyrus AI, Dr Tomabechi, Innovator and Tech entrepreneur, Ms Vera Futorjanski, Innovation Expert and Advisor, Mr Vincent Subilia, Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce & Member of the Geneva Parliament, Anna Kletsidou, Head of Social Sustainability & Human Rights at Philip Morris International.
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