Daily Archives: November 8, 2018

Influbook announces their ICO

Connecting influencers, businesses, and consumers for a new social-commerce experience.

Besançon, Nov 7, 2018: Influbook, the first open-network for Influencers to build their social reputation, connect directly with the brands they love, and join forces to offer consumers a new way to discover products and services through the passionate storytelling of influencers around the world.

The vast majority of influencer marketing budgets go to the top 1% influencers – Influbook empowers the remaining 99%. Without costly marketing services, businesses are challenged with finding, qualifying & connecting with relevant influencers. At the same time, influencers struggle to prove their value and monetize their social media audiences. We enable the perfect match for an influencer of any size with the marketing objectives and budget of any business. The goal is to open up the influencer ecosystem to a wider audience where influencers, marketers & consumers can easily discover, qualify, and connect for free to democratizes influence while generating new revenue opportunities for the sharing economy.

Influbook empowers consumers with a network of shoppable blogs that combine brand descriptions with passionate influencer posts from any social network in a single place…At the moment of buying decision. Based on popular demand, Influbook has also adopted a strategy to white label its platform to companies, cities, and governments as a new way to invite qualified influencers to promote their services directly on their company websites.

“Influencers enable MicroMania with an effective channel to communicate with its community of gamers and Influbook is well positioned to lead this activity”, says Nicolas Bertrand, Senior Vice President, GameStop Europe, and Filip Soete, Chief Commercial Officer, Nice International Airport quotes “At the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, we have thirteen million passengers a year that walk through our Duty Free shops and we are eager to work with influencers to promote the brands we represent. A collaboration with Influbook on a strategy to gain visibility on the social networks of their influencers would certainly be beneficial for the airport and our customers”.

Chaineum, a leading ICO boutique in Europe is assisting Influbook with its ICO and the tokenization of it cryptocurrency, the Fluence, an ERC20 utility token. Fluence can be used for payments and purchases on the Influbook platform with five strong utility cases: E-commerce, Influencer Marketing Campaigns, Community rewards, Cash-back rewards, Voting rights. For more information, visit our ICO website at www.influbook.io.

Influbook was part of the Alpha startup program at WebSummit in Lisbon on Nov 5 – 8. Nathan Frey, the founder, was pitching on November 6.  Also join us at many other conferences to include BlockShow Asia in Singapore on Nov 27 – 30, World Blockchain Summit Riyadh on Dec 5 – 6, and CryptoBlockCon Las Vegas Dec 11 -12.

Company: info@influbook.com
Press: press@influbook.com
Main Website: www.influbook.com
ICO Website: www.influbook.io
Twitter: twitter.com/influbook
Facebook: facebook.com/influblog
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/influbook
Telegram: t.me/influbook

 

Chaineum Capital Partners
Founded by Laurent Leloup, an expert in blockchain and corporate finance, Chaineum Capital Partners, specialized in decentralized economy and blockchain technology, provides strategic and financial advice, and also accompaniment to corporates, investors, family offices, financial sponsors, banks and governments.
Chaineum Capital Partner is specialized in:

  • Financial and Crypto Financial Engineering, tokenomics, assets tokenization and cryptocurrencies ;
  • process of raising funds via token sale*, fundraising, funding, private placement;
  • M&A advisory, blockchain investments strategy.

Chaineum Capital Partners, the bridge between old finance & crypto finance.
Headquarters in Besançon + offices in Paris, Geneva & Neuchâtel.
www.chaineum.com

Contact:
Laurent Leloup – CEO
ll@chaineum.com

 

From Global Times: Djibouti denies being ‘induced’ by Chinese firm to breach contract

Loans from China ‘shape Djibouti’s economic development’

BEIJING, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A senior Djibouti government official dismissed the accusation that the African country was “illegally induced” by a Chinese company to breach a contract with another foreign investor, stressing that Chinese investment is legitimate and helps build a foundation for its economic development.

The remarks were made by Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, after African media reported Tuesday that the Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Co “unlawfully procured and induced” Djibouti into breaching agreements with DP World, a Dubai company.

DP World filed a lawsuit against the Hong Kong-based company before the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Eritrean media Tesfa News reported on Tuesday.

However, Hadi said, “China Merchants Port is a third party that has no connection with the Djibouti authority’s decision to terminate the deal.”

The chairman said that as early as 2011, the Djibouti government had to turn to international courts to seek to terminate the deal, claiming it was a result of corruption and, therefore, invalid.

Hadi added that in 2010, Djibouti also terminated an agreement with DP World on the management of the country’s old port (PAID). All these legal actions started way before the China Merchants Port began investing in Djibouti, he stressed.

Hadi was in Shanghai for the China International Import Expo, which is expected to last from Monday to Saturday.

The Djibouti government in February terminated the 50-year concession agreement that allowed DP World control of the country’s Doraleh terminal, one of the largest employers in the African country.

The terminal was jointly owned by DP World (33.34 percent) and a Djibouti state-owned entity, PDSA (66.66 percent). In 2013, China Merchants Port Holdings bought 23.5 percent of PDSA from Djibouti and became a shareholder of the port until Djibouti announced it would nationalize the terminal in September.

Djibouti accused DP World, which operates 78 ports in more than 40 countries and regions, of deliberately underusing the facilities in favor of other terminals along the Red Sea, Financial Times reported in October.

The Dubai company insisted that the 2006 contract cannot be revoked, citing a ruling by the London Court of International Arbitration in August, which was slammed by the Djibouti government as “inconsequential.”

“The government of a sovereign state has the right to renegotiate or terminate agreements that it regards as violating national interests or development, and the Djibouti government is not the only one that has done so,” Meng Guangwen, a professor specializing in free trade zones at the Tianjin Normal University, told the Global Times.

But it has to weigh the loss, such as compensation and possible damage to national image and investor confidence, Meng noted.

Hadi regards abolishing the deal as a worthy move, as he said the contract has made the terminal half empty while turnover at the terminal increased by 32 percent after terminating the deal.

The senior Djibouti official also referred to the African media reports as part of a campaign from DP World to smear the Djibouti government and “scare away” foreign investors. “But Djibouti will resolutely protect the interests of foreign investors and they are welcome,” he said.

Hadi also dismissed talk that China is causing a “debt trap” in the country. He said that the money to pay back the loans from China will not come from the government budget or from taxpayers.

He stressed that the loans, which are mostly spent on infrastructure and tied with projects, are helping stimulate consumption and building a foundation for the country’s economic development as it virtually changed the investment environment of the country.

“What differentiates Chinese investment from US and European ones is that the investment comes with no political attachment and aims at developing, instead of merely taking advantage of Djibouti,” Hadi told the Global Times on Tuesday night.

With projects for the loans, Djibouti has a better capability of paying back foreign loans, said Hadi, noting that the debt-to-GDP ratio in Djibouti, which stands at around 85 percent, will drop to 35 percent in the next five years.

The latest Doing Business 2019 Report released by the World Bank has named Djibouti as one of the economies with the most notable improvement, as the country jumped from 154th in 2018 to 99th in 2019 among 190 countries and regions.

Media contact:
Li Ruohan
opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

From Global Times: Djibouti denies being ‘induced’ by Chinese firm to breach contract

Loans from China ‘shape Djibouti’s economic development’

BEIJING, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A senior Djibouti government official dismissed the accusation that the African country was “illegally induced” by a Chinese company to breach a contract with another foreign investor, stressing that Chinese investment is legitimate and helps build a foundation for its economic development.

The remarks were made by Aboubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, after African media reported Tuesday that the Hong Kong-based China Merchants Port Holdings Co “unlawfully procured and induced” Djibouti into breaching agreements with DP World, a Dubai company.

DP World filed a lawsuit against the Hong Kong-based company before the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Eritrean media Tesfa News reported on Tuesday.

However, Hadi said, “China Merchants Port is a third party that has no connection with the Djibouti authority’s decision to terminate the deal.”

The chairman said that as early as 2011, the Djibouti government had to turn to international courts to seek to terminate the deal, claiming it was a result of corruption and, therefore, invalid.

Hadi added that in 2010, Djibouti also terminated an agreement with DP World on the management of the country’s old port (PAID). All these legal actions started way before the China Merchants Port began investing in Djibouti, he stressed.

Hadi was in Shanghai for the China International Import Expo, which is expected to last from Monday to Saturday.

The Djibouti government in February terminated the 50-year concession agreement that allowed DP World control of the country’s Doraleh terminal, one of the largest employers in the African country.

The terminal was jointly owned by DP World (33.34 percent) and a Djibouti state-owned entity, PDSA (66.66 percent). In 2013, China Merchants Port Holdings bought 23.5 percent of PDSA from Djibouti and became a shareholder of the port until Djibouti announced it would nationalize the terminal in September.

Djibouti accused DP World, which operates 78 ports in more than 40 countries and regions, of deliberately underusing the facilities in favor of other terminals along the Red Sea, Financial Times reported in October.

The Dubai company insisted that the 2006 contract cannot be revoked, citing a ruling by the London Court of International Arbitration in August, which was slammed by the Djibouti government as “inconsequential.”

“The government of a sovereign state has the right to renegotiate or terminate agreements that it regards as violating national interests or development, and the Djibouti government is not the only one that has done so,” Meng Guangwen, a professor specializing in free trade zones at the Tianjin Normal University, told the Global Times.

But it has to weigh the loss, such as compensation and possible damage to national image and investor confidence, Meng noted.

Hadi regards abolishing the deal as a worthy move, as he said the contract has made the terminal half empty while turnover at the terminal increased by 32 percent after terminating the deal.

The senior Djibouti official also referred to the African media reports as part of a campaign from DP World to smear the Djibouti government and “scare away” foreign investors. “But Djibouti will resolutely protect the interests of foreign investors and they are welcome,” he said.

Hadi also dismissed talk that China is causing a “debt trap” in the country. He said that the money to pay back the loans from China will not come from the government budget or from taxpayers.

He stressed that the loans, which are mostly spent on infrastructure and tied with projects, are helping stimulate consumption and building a foundation for the country’s economic development as it virtually changed the investment environment of the country.

“What differentiates Chinese investment from US and European ones is that the investment comes with no political attachment and aims at developing, instead of merely taking advantage of Djibouti,” Hadi told the Global Times on Tuesday night.

With projects for the loans, Djibouti has a better capability of paying back foreign loans, said Hadi, noting that the debt-to-GDP ratio in Djibouti, which stands at around 85 percent, will drop to 35 percent in the next five years.

The latest Doing Business 2019 Report released by the World Bank has named Djibouti as one of the economies with the most notable improvement, as the country jumped from 154th in 2018 to 99th in 2019 among 190 countries and regions.

Media contact:
Li Ruohan
opinion@globaltimes.com.cn

SpeeDx broaden distribution network across Europe

AxonLab, Diamedica, Vircell and Biomedica sign on as new distribution partners

SYDNEY, Australia, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SpeeDx have announced the signing of a further four distribution partners, in preparation to strengthen representation across Europe. Axonlab (Germany, Benelux and Switzerland), Vircell (Spain),  Diamedica (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania) and Biomedica (Central Eastern Europe) each have a strong presence in their chosen markets and synergies with the SpeeDx vision to improve patient management with comprehensive diagnostics.

“We welcome our new partners and the additional support they will bring to these significant European markets,” said Colin Denver, SpeeDx CEO. “Demand for ResistancePlus MG has increased in response to updates in management guidelines for Mycoplasma genitalium, and we anticipate further interest with the planned expansion of our portfolio.”

These latest distribution agreements are timed to coordinate with the release of ResistancePlus® GC, the next flagship test in the SpeeDx portfolio that combines Neisseria gonorrhoeae (GC) detection with markers for ciprofloxacin susceptibility. Due for release later this month, the test complements the current market-leading ResistancePlus MG assay that simultaneously detects Mycoplasma genitalium and genetic markers for azithromycin resistance. There are further plans to expand ResistancePlus MG tests to include markers for resistance to second-line antibiotics.

The SpeeDx portfolio also includes a multiplex test for herpes simplex virus (1 and 2), varicella zoster and Treponema pallidum (syphilis). Further tests in the PlexPCR portfolio include plans for a comprehensive multiplex panel for respiratory virus testing.

About SpeeDx

Founded in 2009, SpeeDx is an Australian-based private company with offices in London and the US, and distributors across Europe. SpeeDx specializes in molecular diagnostic solutions that go beyond simple detection to offer comprehensive information for improved patient management. Innovative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology has driven market-leading multiplex detection and priming strategies. SpeeDx has a portfolio of CE-IVD kits for detection of infectious disease pathogens, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and antimicrobial resistance markers and is currently conducting clinical trials for FDA clearance in 2019. SpeeDx ResistancePlus tests enable Resistance Guided Therapy, improving patient outcomes by empowering practitioners to make informed clinical decisions.
For more information about SpeeDx please see: http://plexpcr.com

Contact:

Madeline O’Donoghue
Global Marketing Manager
madelineo@speedx.com.au
+61 2 9209 4170