Daily Archives: February 10, 2020

Investment Evolution Corporation (IEC) Completes Equity Listing on MERJ Exchange

SEYCHELLES / ACCESSWIRE / February 10, 2020 / Investment Evolution Corporation (MERJ:IEC) announced the successful listing of 100% of its 106 million common shares on the Seychelles Stock Exchange, MERJ, under the stock ticker “IEC” at 0.15 euro per share equating to an initial market capitalisation of 15.9 million euro. IEC is a global fintech leader in consumer loans and cryptocurrency international transfers. The company has a specific focus on lending to US citizens in its 10 licensed US states via established US business Mr. Amazing Loans, and to Filipino overseas foreign workers (OFWs) located in Europe via its newly launched platform IE Transfer.Untitled

IE Transfer provides free international transfers to Filipino OFWs in Europe sending money home to the Philippines. IE Transfer uses company cryptocurrency IECX, a token on the Stellar network, as the settlement mechanism to minimize international transaction costs. IEC plans to expand OFW transfers and loans internationally to other corridors including UK, Asia and UAE to the Philippines and other customer markets including Indian and Nigerian OFWs.

Paul Mathieson, IEC’s Executive Chairman and Founder said, “After extensive global jurisdictional research, we are very excited to have listed our company on MERJ, the world’s leading regulated, blockchain-friendly stock exchange located in the middle of many future high growth areas. We view this listing as a great opportunity for institutional investors seeking exposure to the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors by providing the ability to invest in the company equity of a licensed business on a regulated traditional stock exchange. We thank our advisors PKF for their expert advice and assistance with the listing process.”

Bobby Brantley, Director of the MERJ Exchange, said, “MERJ Exchange has been built for global fintech leaders such as Investment Evolution Corporation, who have found a great use case for blockchain and cryptocurrency and are using it to enhance their core licensed businesses. They are leveraging this technology to provide financial inclusion globally for an underserved section of society. We welcome IEC to MERJ and look forward to them being a key part of our continued growth over the coming years.”

Full details of IEC are included in the Listing Particulars Memorandum which is available for download at www.investmentevolution.com/ir

About MERJ

MERJ Exchange Limited operates a fully regulated and licensed, integrated securities exchange, clearing house and depository for digital and non-digital securities. Established in 2011, MERJ is an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges full member of ANNA with a market capitalisation in excess of USD 1 billion.

About Investment Evolution Corporation (IEC)

IEC is a fintech group that specialises in consumer loans in the United States via US subsidiary Mr. Amazing Loans which has been operating for 10 years and holds 10 state licenses. IEC also recently launched IE Transfer, a web platform utilizing blockchain to enable free international transfers for Filipino OFWs in Europe. IEC also plans to provide consumer loans to qualifying customers of IE Transfer, providing many OFWs access to credit for the first time.

Forward-Looking Statements 

This press release contains forward-looking statements which include risks and uncertainties, and there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Investors should not place any undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release should not be construed as investment advice.

Contact:
Paul Mathieson
Executive Chairman & Founder
Investment Evolution Corporation
info@investmentevolution.com

SOURCE: Investment Evolution Corporation

 

Bill and Melinda Gates Release 2020 Annual Letter: “Why We Swing for the Fences: Reflecting on the First Two Decades of Our Foundation”

SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2020 Annual Letter, “Why We Swing for the Fences: Reflecting on the First Two Decades of Our Foundation.” In this year’s letter, Bill and Melinda reflect on what they’ve learned over the past two decades and how the world – and their work – has changed during that time.

The letter takes inspiration from advice given to them by Warren Buffett: to “swing for the fences” and put the full force of their efforts and resources behind the big bets that have the most potential to save and improve lives.

“At the core of our foundation’s work is the idea that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy and productive life,” write Bill and Melinda Gates. “Twenty years later, despite how much things have changed, that is still our most important driving principle.”

Bill and Melinda explain why they think the risks they’ve taken in global health and education have set the world up for future progress. They also write about two areas that have emerged as priorities for them – the climate crisis and gender equality – and how they will factor into their work over the next twenty years.

“There is no question that this new decade is beginning at a time of tremendous unrest and uncertainty around the world,” write Bill and Melinda Gates. “But even in a moment as challenging as this one – in fact, especially in a moment like this one – we remain committed to supporting advocates, researchers, government officials, and frontline workers who are making a healthy and productive life possible for more people in more places.”

This includes those who are working tirelessly to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on February 5 committed up to $100 million for the global response to improve detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; and accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. Bill and Melinda are closely following the outbreak and are committed to contributing to the global response to help bring this epidemic under control.

To read the letter in its entirety, visit www.gatesletter.com

About Melinda Gates
Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world’s largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States, and the author of the bestselling book The Moment of Lift.

Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft before leaving the company to focus on her family and philanthropic work. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Bill. They have three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe.

About Bill Gates
Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1975, Bill Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. In 2008, Bill transitioned to focus full-time on his foundation’s work to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he leads the foundation’s development of strategies and sets the overall direction of the organization. In 2010, Bill, Melinda and Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations during their lifetime or in their will. In 2015, Bill created Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of individuals and entities committed to clean energy innovation, followed by Breakthrough Energy Ventures in 2016, an investor-led fund focused on providing patient capital to support cutting-edge clean energy companies.

Bill and Melinda Gates Release 2020 Annual Letter: “Why We Swing for the Fences: Reflecting on the First Two Decades of Our Foundation”

SEATTLE, Feb. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Bill and Melinda Gates share their 2020 Annual Letter, “Why We Swing for the Fences: Reflecting on the First Two Decades of Our Foundation.” In this year’s letter, Bill and Melinda reflect on what they’ve learned over the past two decades and how the world – and their work – has changed during that time.

The letter takes inspiration from advice given to them by Warren Buffett: to “swing for the fences” and put the full force of their efforts and resources behind the big bets that have the most potential to save and improve lives.

“At the core of our foundation’s work is the idea that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy and productive life,” write Bill and Melinda Gates. “Twenty years later, despite how much things have changed, that is still our most important driving principle.”

Bill and Melinda explain why they think the risks they’ve taken in global health and education have set the world up for future progress. They also write about two areas that have emerged as priorities for them – the climate crisis and gender equality – and how they will factor into their work over the next twenty years.

“There is no question that this new decade is beginning at a time of tremendous unrest and uncertainty around the world,” write Bill and Melinda Gates. “But even in a moment as challenging as this one – in fact, especially in a moment like this one – we remain committed to supporting advocates, researchers, government officials, and frontline workers who are making a healthy and productive life possible for more people in more places.”

This includes those who are working tirelessly to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on February 5 committed up to $100 million for the global response to improve detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia; and accelerate the development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics. Bill and Melinda are closely following the outbreak and are committed to contributing to the global response to help bring this epidemic under control.

To read the letter in its entirety, visit www.gatesletter.com

About Melinda Gates
Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world’s largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States, and the author of the bestselling book The Moment of Lift.

Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft before leaving the company to focus on her family and philanthropic work. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Bill. They have three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe.

About Bill Gates
Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1975, Bill Gates founded Microsoft with Paul Allen and led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software and services. In 2008, Bill transitioned to focus full-time on his foundation’s work to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he leads the foundation’s development of strategies and sets the overall direction of the organization. In 2010, Bill, Melinda and Warren Buffett founded the Giving Pledge, an effort to encourage the wealthiest families and individuals to publicly commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes and charitable organizations during their lifetime or in their will. In 2015, Bill created Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of individuals and entities committed to clean energy innovation, followed by Breakthrough Energy Ventures in 2016, an investor-led fund focused on providing patient capital to support cutting-edge clean energy companies.

Bill et Melinda Gates publient leur lettre annuelle 2020 : « Pourquoi nous visons très haut : réflexions sur les deux premières décennies de notre fondation »

SEATTLE, 10 février 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Aujourd’hui, Bill et Melinda Gates publient leur lettre annuelle 2020 intitulée « Pourquoi nous visons très haut : réflexions sur les deux premières décennies de notre fondation ». Dans la lettre de cette année, Bill et Melinda passent en revue ce qu’ils ont appris ces deux dernières décennies et examinent comment le monde – et leur travail – a changé pendant cette période.

La lettre s’inspire du conseil que leur a donné Warren Buffett de « viser très haut » et de placer tous leurs efforts et moyens dans les grands paris qui ont le plus de chance de sauver et d’améliorer des vies.

« Au cœur de l’œuvre de notre fondation réside l’idée que chaque personne doit avoir la possibilité de vivre une vie saine et productive », écrivent Bill et Melinda Gates. « Vingt ans plus tard, même si beaucoup de choses ont changé, cela demeure notre principe moteur le plus important. »

Bill et Melinda expliquent pourquoi ils pensent que les risques qu’ils ont pris dans la santé et l’éducation mondiales ont préparé le monde à faire des progrès à l’avenir. Ils présentent également deux domaines qui sont devenus des priorités pour eux – la crise du climat et l’égalité femme-homme – et comment ces dernières s’inscriront dans leur action ces vingt prochaines années.

« Il ne fait aucun doute que cette nouvelle décennie s’ouvre sur de graves troubles et une grande incertitude à travers le monde », écrivent Bill et Melinda Gates. « Même à un moment aussi difficile que celui-ci – en fait, surtout à un moment comme celui-ci – nous restons attachés au soutien en faveur des activistes, des chercheurs, des fonctionnaires et des travailleurs de première ligne qui rendent possible une vie saine et productive pour davantage de personnes dans davantage d’endroits. »

Il s’agit notamment de celles et ceux qui travaillent sans relâche pour endiguer l’épidémie de coronavirus. Le 5 février dernier, la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation a promis jusqu’à 100 millions de dollars pour l’action mondiale visant à améliorer les efforts de dépistage, d’isolement et de traitement ; à protéger les populations à risque en Afrique subsaharienne et en Asie du Sud ; et à accélérer la mise au point de vaccins, de médicaments et de diagnostics. Bill et Melinda suivent de près l’épidémie et entendent participer aux mesures qui sont prises à l’échelle mondiale pour aider à maitriser cette épidémie.

Pour lire la lettre dans son intégralité, rendez-vous sur www.gatesletter.com.

À propos de Melinda Gates
Melinda French Gates est philanthrope, femme d’affaires et activiste mondiale en faveur des femmes et des filles. Coprésidente de la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda fixe les orientations et les priorités de la plus grande organisation philanthropique au monde. Elle a également fondé Pivotal Ventures, une société d’investissement et d’incubation qui s’attèle à favoriser le progrès social pour les femmes et les familles aux États-Unis, et elle est l’auteure du bestseller Prendre son envol.

Melinda a grandi à Dallas (Texas). Elle a obtenu son diplôme de licence en informatique à la Duke University et un MBA à la Duke’s Fuqua School. Melinda a passé les dix premières années de sa carrière à créer des produits multimédias chez Microsoft avant de quitter l’entreprise pour se concentrer sur sa famille et son œuvre philanthropique. Elle vit à Seattle (Washington) avec son mari, Bill. Ils ont trois enfants : Jenn, Rory et Phoebe.

À propos de Bill Gates
Bill Gates est coprésident de la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. En 1975, Bill Gates a fondé Microsoft avec Paul Allen et dirigé l’entreprise pour devenir le leader mondial des logiciels et des services aux entreprises et aux particuliers. En 2008, Bill a décidé de se consacrer entièrement au travail de sa fondation et de renforcer les chances des personnes les plus défavorisées dans le monde. Avec la coprésidente Melinda Gates, il dirige le développement des stratégies de la fondation et fixe les orientations générales de l’organisation. En 2010, Bill, Melinda et Warren Buffett ont fondé Giving Pledge, une initiative visant à encourager les familles et les particuliers les plus riches à consacrer plus de la moitié de leur patrimoine à des causes philanthropiques et à des organisations caritatives pendant leur vie ou dans leur testament. En 2015, Bill a créé Breakthrough Energy Coalition, un groupe de personnes et d’entités attachées à l’innovation dans l’énergie propre, suivie par Breakthrough Energy Ventures en 2016, un fonds géré par des investisseurs qui s’attache à offrir des capitaux patients pour soutenir les entreprises de pointe dans l’innovation de l’énergie propre.

UN Warns Of ‘Major Shock’ As Africa Locust Outbreak Spreads

JOHANNESBURG – Uganda scrambled to respond to the arrival of the biggest locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in decades, while the United Nations warned Monday that “we simply cannot afford another major shock” to an already vulnerable region.

An emergency government meeting hours after the locusts were spotted inside Uganda on Sunday decided to deploy military forces to help with ground-based pesticide spraying, while two planes for aerial spraying will arrive as soon as possible, a statement said. Aerial spraying is considered the only effective control.

The swarms of billions of locusts have been destroying crops in Kenya, which hasn’t seen such an outbreak in 70 years, as well as Somalia and Ethiopia, which haven’t seen this in a quarter-century. The insects have exploited favorable wet conditions after unusually heavy rains, and experts say climate change is expected to bring more of the same.

U.N. officials warn that immediate action is needed before more rainfall in the weeks ahead brings fresh vegetation to feed new generations of locusts. If left unchecked, their numbers could grow up to 500 times before drier weather arrives, they say.

“There is the risk of a catastrophe,” U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told a briefing in New York on Monday, warning that a region where 12 million people already face severe food insecurity can’t afford another jolt.

Without enough aerial spraying to stop the swarms, the locust outbreak could turn into a plague, “and when you have a plague, it takes years to control,” Dominique Burgeon, emergency and resilience director with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, told The Associated Press last week.

The outbreak also is moving toward South Sudan, where another several million people face hunger as the country struggles to emerge from civil war.

The U.N. has asked for $76 million in immediate aid. So far just under $20 million is in hand, officials said. The United States said Monday it has released $800,000 and the European Union has released 1 million euros.

“The response today is not gonna work, unless there’s a big scale-up,” Lowcock said.

The locusts are eating the vegetation that supports vibrant herder communities in the region, and Kenyan Ambassador Lazarus Amayo warned of the “inherent risk of communal conflict over pastures.”

The outbreak is so severe it might even disrupt the planting of crops in the coming weeks, he said, adding that the locusts “do wanton damage.”

Source: Voice of America