Mastercard, NetPlusDotCom and Innovectives Partner to Provide Digital Payments to 1 Million MSMEs

Mastercard, NetPlusDotCom and Innovectives have announced a milestone in their partnership to provide micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria with digital payment tools to advance their business through their self-onboarding digital platform, Merchant Digital.

According to the company, 1 million MSMEs have so far been onboarded on the platform that can be accessed online at NetPlusDotCom and Innovectives respectively by all small businesses and micro merchants in Nigeria.

The self-onboard digital platform, which went live at the end of last year, enables Nigerian businesses to accept digital payments through optimized solutions such as Mastercard Quick Response (QR), USSD codes, contactless transactions, point-of-sale terminals and web payment gateways to grow ecommerce. Consumers also benefit from added convenience via multi-payment options.

Additionally, strong performance scoring tools support access to micro-loans and credit, enabling MSMEs to grow and sustain their businesses in Nigeria.

Secure digital records for their businesses make it

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Understanding the landscape of decentralized finance

It is no longer news that decentralized finance provides crypto holders with a myriad of opportunities to earn passive income. While this is a known fact, I believe that it does not tell the whole story.

Although DeFi’s narrative has successfully captured the attention of crypto investors, there are not enough educational materials out there that encapsulate the workings of the growing horde of protocols responsible for DeFi’s astronomical rise as the new “poster child” of the crypto market.

Some argue that the fast-paced nature of this emerging sector makes it almost impossible to identify and track income-generating opportunities. Conversely, others blame the intricate concepts associated with DeFi.

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Viktor Radchenko, founder of Binance’s Trust Wallet, and while exploring the intricacies of some of the quality protocols in this sphere, he agreed that DeFi offers unique profit-generating capabilities. According to Radchenko, the simplest

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Nemaura Medical Appoints Justin Mclarney as Chief Finance Officer

Nemaura Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMRD)(“Nemaura” or the “Company”), a medical technology company focused on developing and commercializing non-invasive wearable diagnostic devices and supporting personalized lifestyle coaching programs, today announces it has appointed Justin Mclarney as Chief Finance Officer, effective September 15, 2020.

Dr. Faz Chowdhury, Nemaura Medical’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are very pleased to welcome Justin to Nemaura. He will be an invaluable asset to our leadership team as we continue to grow and execute on our expansive business model. His proven track record of driving financial and operational success throughout his career inspires strong confidence as we approach the commercialization phase of our corporate trajectory.”

Mr. Mclarney brings with him a wealth of experience within International Finance, Accounting, and Process Development & Control and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1999. He has a strong track record of driving profitable growth across businesses encompassing ecommerce, retail, logistics,

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Hong Kong Blockchain Week to feature global finance and tech leaders

With support from the Hong Kong community, industry leaders from across the world will converge at the largest virtual event for business, regulators, and technology.

The 2nd Annual Hong Kong Blockchain Week 2020 hosted by The NexChange Group will be held between the 17th and 19th of November 2020. The core event of the week is the Block O2O Virtual Global Summit which is set for November 18th. The conference is set to be an ideal platform to look back at what 2020 has brought to the industry development, and to carry out prolific discussions about the range of applications blockchain technology can offer across different industries. Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area have become a testing ground for a Digital Currency / Electronic Payment project by the People’s Bank of China, and the conference speakers will dive into detail on this unprecedented initiative.

The Blockchain Week will showcase

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Apex Learning Announces Collaboration with PowerSchool to Streamline Digital Curriculum Integrations for Students and Educators

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What Investors With $3.4 Trillion Are Buying During Covid

(Bloomberg) — Hotels, pipelines, convenience stores and automaker bonds are among the assets being bought by some of the world’s biggest asset managers as they look for value in a world thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus pandemic.In interviews with sovereign wealth funds, pension firms and asset managers across Asia and Europe that collectively manage about $3.4 trillion, one thing was clear: many of them are avoiding the overheated stock market.The most common outlook was one of caution. They are mindful that much of the rebound in markets and private-company valuations is thanks to ultra-low interest rates, massive central bank stimulus and government fiscal support, some of which could start to be wound back in coming months.With asset values still seen as inflated, even in some hot areas like healthcare and technology, many are waiting for a potential second downturn

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Tampa’s Jobsite Theater presents Digital Shorts series that pays performers

Since COVID-19 stopped local live performances in March, musicians, actors and dancers have found themselves in dire straits.

Being sympathetic to their situations, Jobsite Theater, the resident theater company of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, created their Jobsite Digital Shorts series as a way to guarantee income and a creative outlet for regional performers.

David Jenkins, artistic director of Jobsite Theater, said the idea for the series was born out of an urgency to support those performers. The company did some polling of their audience and found that there didn’t appear to be a big appetite for the pay-what you-can, Zoom-style performances they had tried early in the pandemic.

The theater has been closed, so it couldn’t offer a performance space for people to record in. So Jenkins came up with the idea for the company to act as producers and pay people to create their

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Spanish Financial Giant BBVA’s US Division Recognized as one of the Best Corporate Digital Banks in North America

The US division of the BBVA (NYSE:BBVA), a Spanish multinational financial services company based in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain with nearly €700 billion in assets, was recently recognized as one of the world’s best corporate and institutional digital banks in North America by Global Finance.

As confirmed by the bank’s management, the BBVA was named the winner in the subcategories of “Best Mobile Adaptive Site” and “Best Mobile Banking App.” A blog posted by the BBVA states that the bank has “been honored by Global Finance twice prior, named as the Top Treasury and Cash Management Provider in the Southwest for 2019 and 2020.”

Gabriel Palafox, BBVA’s USA Director of Multichannel Development, said that they’ve seen throughout the COVID-19 crisis that their customers depend on their all-digital platforms to manage their finances. Palafox added that useful features like the BBVA Real Time Positive Pay and Real Time ARP offer their

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SMB DIGITAL powered by CEBIT Australia to help businesses develop a roadmap to the future

Between the devastating bushfires from the start of the year through to the ongoing pandemic, the bedrock of the Australian economy has been hit with wide-scale customer declines, supplier challenges, and the impact of lockdowns. And yet, despite all of this, there is confidence in the sector. Sensis research shows that 57 per cent of SMBs “feel confident” in their future.

The key will be how those businesses rebound and move forward as the economy begins to recover. The challenge will be that businesses need to acknowledge that the pandemic has had a profound socio-cultural impact, and it will change consumer behaviour. People will rely on online shopping and remote services more, and as such the focus on the digital experience will be all the more critical. That’s a transition that will challenge some SMBs. As a Deloitte report recommends, small businesses should take a step back and consider a

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EU finance ministers to discuss new EU revenues, digital tax

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These 2 Penny Stocks Could Rally All the Way to $11, Says Cantor

Is more volatility on tap for stocks? Following a three-week losing streak, the longest in about a year, all eyes are on the market. The three major U.S. stock indexes have struggled for the last few weeks as the titans of tech, which have fueled the charge forward from COVID-induced lows, came under pressure due to overheated valuations, with market watchers waiting to see how renewed lockdown fears will come into play.So, what’s the bottom line for investors? Even though uncertainty remains as Wall Street gears up for the fourth quarter, the pros are pounding the table on a select few names, noting that these tickers boast strong long-term growth narratives.Bearing this in mind, our focus shifted to two penny stocks backed by investment firm Cantor. Major gains could be in store, as the firm’s analysts

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France renews push for EU digital tax if global efforts fail

BERLIN (Reuters) – France’s finance minister said on Friday that the European Union should push ahead with its own digital tax early next year if broader efforts to find a global solution do not bring a breakthrough in the coming months.

Nearly 140 countries are currently negotiating the first major rewrite of international tax rules in a generation to account for the rise of big digital companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

With a blueprint for a deal due from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) next month, the aim of reaching an agreement by a year-end deadline is looking increasingly challenging.

Speaking to reporters at a meeting of European finance ministers in Berlin, France’s Bruno Le Maire said he wanted to have a fair and efficient international taxation system as soon as possible, ideally within the OECD framework.

“If

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