Daily Archives: 17.09.2020

Everledger, GIA and JD.com team up for diamond provenance ‘inter-chain collaboration’

Everledger and JD.com have announced the successful implementation of an ‘inter-chain collaboration’ with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to help increase trust and transparency in diamond provenance. The Everledger blockchain platform syncs GIA diamond grading information to the JD Blockchain anti-counterfeiting and tracing platform, which provides customers with independently verified diamond certificates and origin information through JD.com’s app, mobile ...

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ESA selectes Exotrail’s electric propulsion solutions

(16 September 2020 – Exotrail) ESA has signed two contracts with Exotrail under which the company will build and deliver engineering, qualification, and flight models of its ExoMG – nano and ExoMG – micro electric propulsion systems. These contracts will allow Exotrail to develop new features on both products ready to be demonstrated in space. (courtesy: Exotrail) The first contract ...

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Nine Countries That Offer Tax Exemptions for Bitcoin

Bitcoin and blockchain technologies have long been vying for perceived legitimacy the world over. Since its advent in 2009, bitcoin has consistently proven itself as a nearly bottomless well of possibility, from investment opportunity to technological innovation. As some countries put pressure on investors, through taxes or KYC practices, many places throughout the globe are concentrating on implementing more friendly ...

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No changes from Bank of England on rates

Bank of England has kept UK interest rates at their record lows of 0.1% The Bank of England said today it was keeping its benchmark interest rate at 0.1% and it left unchanged the size of its bond-buying programme at £745 billion. The Bank of England's nine monetary policy-makers voted 9-0 to keep rates on hold and 9-0 in favour ...

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Pandemic Unemployment Payments reduced from today

The reduced entitlements will be reflected in welfare payments due on Tuesday By Ingrid Miley Industry and Employment Correspondent Thousands of people currently receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will see their entitlement fall by up to €100 a week from today.  Up to now, the top rate of PUP payment for those laid off due to the Covid-19 crisis was ...

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Deloitte hit with record £15m fine for Autonomy audit

Deloitte were investigated in relation to their audit of Autonomy's financial statements for 2009 and 2010 Britain's accounting regulator said today it has fined Deloitte a record £15m for its audit of software firm Autonomy that contained "serious and serial failures".  Deloitte, one of the world's Big Four auditors, and two of its now former partners, Richard Knights and Nigel ...

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