Five Advisors With Focus Partner Firm Escala Partners Named to Australia’s Top 100 Financial Advisers 2020 List

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE, Jul 3, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Focus Financial Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: FOCS) ("Focus"), a leading partnership of fiduciary wealth management firms, announced today that five advisors with Melbourne-based Escala Partners Limited ("Escala"), a Focus partner firm, were named to Australia's Top 100 Financial Advisers List 2020. The list is based on an extensive, national survey conducted by Barron's and The Australian's business magazine The Deal, and is a guide to the country's leading wealth management advisors.

Escala was established with the collective ambition to become the new standard of personalized wealth management in Australia. The firm quickly emerged as a leading fiduciary wealth advisor to individuals, families, foundations and institutional investors across Australia, providing them with customized investment solutions through a collaborative, team-based approach. Escala's client relationships are sustained over time through their dedication to highly personalized service and an ongoing commitment to innovation in defining the standards for excellence in the Australian wealth management industry.

Mason Allamby, Scott Carmichael, Steve Collins, Amanda Fong and Ben James are Partners and members of the original group of Escala founders who started the firm in 2013. They each have deep expertise in multiple areas of wealth management, including financial planning, asset allocation, tax strategy and, in Ms. Fong's case, the not-for-profit space.

"We are honored to have such an impressive group of our advisors named to the Top 100 Financial Advisors list," said Pep Perry, CEO of Escala. "They embody the collaborative approach and dedication to client service that are the foundation of Escala and make our firm uniquely successful."

"We are thrilled for Escala on receiving this important recognition," said Rajini Kodialam, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Focus. "Their team of talented advisors are leaders in their field and have been at the forefront of the evolution of the Australian wealth management industry. Their passion for excellence is at the core of everything that they do for their clients and positions them for strong growth in the years ahead."

About Focus Financial Partners Inc.

Focus Financial Partners Inc. is a leading partnership of fiduciary wealth management firms. Focus provides access to best practices, resources, and continuity planning for its partner firms who serve individuals, families, employers and institutions with comprehensive wealth management services. Focus partner firms maintain their operational autonomy, while they benefit from the synergies, scale, economics and best practices offered by Focus to achieve their business objectives. For more information about Focus, please visit www.focusfinancialpartners.com.

About Escala Partners Limited

Founded in 2013, Escala provides objective advice and investment management solutions to high net worth individuals, families, foundations and institutional investors. Escala serves its clients through a collaborative, team-based approach focused on the client experience, a relationship built on trust and sustained over time by performance in line with evolving investment objectives. For more information about Escala, please visit https://escalapartners.com.au.

About The Australia's Top 100 Financial Advisers List 2020 Rankings

Barron's and The Australian's business magazine The Deal rank investment advisers based on client assets managed by the adviser, fees and revenue generated by their business, and the quality of the adviser's business (as measured by factors including the adviser's experience, credentials, client-service resources, and charitable and philanthropic work).

Cautionary Note Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect Focus' current views with respect to certain current and future events. These forward-looking statements are and will be, subject to many risks, uncertainties and factors relating to Focus' operations and business environment, including, without limitation, uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, which may cause future events to be materially different from these forward-looking statements or anything implied therein. Any forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Focus on the date of this release. Focus does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any statements expressed or implied therein will not be realized. Additional information on risk factors that could affect Focus may be found in Focus' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Any services described in this release are not intended for United States persons.

Investor and Media Contact
Tina Madon
Senior Vice President
Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Focus Financial Partners
P: +1-646-813-2909
tmadon@focuspartners.com

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Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates Say They Want Australian Ban on Liquid Nicotine Aborted, Not Delayed

BANGKOK, Jun 29, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Tobacco harm reduction advocates across Asia-Pacific called on the Parliament of Australia to abort, not delay, the planned ban on imports of liquid nicotine for vaping to provide smokers with alternatives to combustible cigarettes. Factasia, a non-profit regional tobacco harm reduction consumer advocacy, said e-cigarettes or vapes, along with other smoke-free nicotine products such as heat-not-burn tobacco products and snus, have the ability to significantly reduce the health risks of millions of Australian smokers.





"This is a technology that needs to be regulated, not restricted and banned. Adult consumers should be able to access a choice of regulated devices and liquids, including those containing nicotine. Underage use should be effectively and comprehensively banned," Factasia founder Heneage Mitchell said in separate letters sent to Australia's members of parliament.

Mitchell made the statement even as Health Minister Greg Hunt decided to postpone the ban on imports of liquid nicotine by six months amid opposition from vapers, consumer groups, tobacco harm reduction experts and even members of Parliament. This means that the ban will now be delayed to 1 January 2021 from the original plan of 1 July 2020.

Mitchell said MPs should instead push for the regulation of e-cigarettes and other smoke-free nicotine products that can substantially reduce the risks suffered by smokers from the tar – the byproduct of smoke.

"Consumers need to be truthfully and fully informed of the life-saving potential of vaping and granted access to a choice of regulated harm-reduced nicotine products which, at the moment, in Australia, they are not," Mitchell said.

"To be clear, there has never been a recorded death from vaping-regulated nicotine products since the introduction of the e-cigarette in 2001. But over the same period of time, more than 130 million smokers worldwide have died from tobacco-related illnesses and disease. They include many hundreds of thousands of our Australian brothers and sisters," he said.

Ines Hage Nebyl from the Office of Tim Wilson MP acknowledged the receipt of the letter from Factasia and assured that Wilson remains a well-established supporter of allowing people to vape.

"In the last Parliament, he was part of an inquiry into the health impacts and regulation of vaping. The committee opposed legalisation and regulation. Tim was part of a dissenting report arguing the law should change as a regulated product. That was his view then. That is his view now. Tim's views have not changed; he wants people off tobacco. Further to this, Tim has expressed his views to the minister on the recent action, and will continue to do so," Nebyl said.

Wilson is among the politicians who opposed the ban on vaping, which they felt would encourage vapers to return to smoking. Sydney Morning Herald reported that 28 Coalition MPs and senators signed a petition opposing the ban on the importation of vaping products containing nicotine.

In a statement on 26 June 2020, Hunt said the delayed implementation of the ban aimed to help the group of people who have been using e-cigarettes with nicotine as a means to ending their cigarette smoking.

"In order to assist this group in continuing to end that addiction, we will therefore provide further time for implementation of the change by establishing a streamlined process for patients obtaining prescriptions through their GP," the minister said.

Tobacco harm reduction advocates said Hunt's statement provided them an opportunity to advocate for legalization and regulation of nicotine vaping in Australia, which has nearly 500,000 vapers, according to some estimates.

Mitchell said Hunt should review scientific evidence showing that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking, as shown in the evidence review carried out by Public Health England, and is regarded as the most effective method of smoking cessation available to smokers by a vast number of researchers, medical professionals, genuine tobacco control experts and governments who looked at the evidence, including the U.K., the EU, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, the U.S., and recently, Hong Kong.

"The countries listed above continue to see historic declines in the number of citizens smoking as they switch to these far less harmful technologies," he said.

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) said it is time for MPs to reject the ban.

"In Australia, 21,000 citizens die every year from smoking-related disease. We feel that Australians who have made the informed choice to switch to alternative nicotine consumption, such as e-cigarettes, need to be heard by their elected representatives," said CAPHRA Executive Coordinator Nancy Loucas.

Loucas noted that in neighboring New Zealand, the Ministry of Health concluded that the effects that punitive regulation would have on the people who had chosen to move away from combustible cigarettes would be negative.

Other groups have also expressed their opposition to the ban, including the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA), the Progressive Public Health Alliance (PPHA), Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy (AVCA) and Legalise Vaping Australia (LVA).

About Factasia

factasia.org is an independent, not-for-profit, consumer-oriented advocate for rational debate about – and sensible regulation of – the rights of adult citizens throughout the Asia-Pacific region to choose to use tobacco or other nicotine-related products.

About CAPHRA

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) is an alliance of consumer organizations from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand that aims to educate, advocate and represent the right of adult alternative nicotine consumers to access and use of products that reduce harm from tobacco use.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jena Fetalino, JFPRC jena@jfprc.com, +639178150324

Push for Regulation

MPs should instead push for the regulation of e-cigarettes and other smoke-free nicotine products that can substantially reduce the risks suffered by smokers from the tar – the byproduct of smoke.

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Greenbriar Engages Law Firm for Application to the NASDAQ Market and to Complete the Form 20-F Registration Statement for the US Securities and Exchange Commission

Newport Beach, California, Jun 24, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Greenbriar Capital Corp. (TSXV: GRB) (OTC: GEBRF) ("Greenbriar") is pleased to announce that Greenbriar has engaged a national law firm to perform a listing application for a full listing on the world class NASDAQ Global Market Select and complete a Form 20-F registration statement for the US Securities and Exchange Commission.



CMEC and Greenbriar logos



Further to our updates regarding our massive Montalva solar project, the US Federal Oversight Management Board has approved the privatization of PREPA's transmission, distribution, billing and collections functions enabling Greenbriar to be working with a world class energy consortium as a counter-party.

Greenbriar is moving ahead to construct the sophisticated 160MWdc/80MWac Montalva solar project in Puerto Rico, which will become the largest solar facility in the Caribbean once completed. Greenbriar is very confident the project will expand to 320MWdc/160MWac in the very near future. A sizeable battery storage facility as part of the solar field will enable 24/7 dispatch which is unique in ultra-large scale solar generation facilities. Montalva will provide Puerto Rican citizens with lower-cost, clean and reliable electricity and replace some of the current expensive and dirty oil generation.

The company is proudly building the $200 Million to $400 Million project with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), a leading world class premier construction and engineering company, forming part of the USD $40 Billion China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies.

Greenbriar has been informed by its legal counsel Luis Baco, JD, LLM, that the PREPA Governing Board has approved our project and contract and that the contract has been presented to the US FOMB (US Federal Oversight Management Board) for final approval. In 2018 the US FOMB already recommended Montalva to be deemed a critical project to rebuild Puerto Rico. Montalva will provide over 900 construction jobs, an increased tax base and hundreds of millions of dollars of private funds invested to rebuild a new and resilient electrical grid. Greenbriar is proud of this contribution and its existing 12 year non-stop commitment in Puerto Rico.

About Greenbriar Capital Corp

Greenbriar is a leading developer of renewable energy and sustainable real estate. With long-term, high impact, contracted sales agreements in key project locations and led by a successful, industry-recognized operating and development team, Greenbriar targets deep valued assets directed at accretive shareholder value. Greenbriar and its advisors have closed over $180 Billion in renewable energy projects since 2003 with previous companies.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"Jeff Ciachurski"
Jeffrey J. Ciachurski
Chief Executive Officer and Director

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this release. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" and include any information that addresses activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future including the Company's strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance and other statements that express management's expectations or estimates of future performance.

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Standard Chartered and HKTDC Launch “Standard Chartered GBA Business Confidence Index”

HONG KONG, Jun 22, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Standard Chartered and Hong Kong Trade Development Council ("HKTDC") are pleased to announce the launch of the "Standard Chartered GBA Business Confidence Index", the first forward-looking quarterly survey in the market that looks at the business sentiment and synergistic effects across cities and industries in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area ("Greater Bay Area" or "GBA"), to provide the latest business intelligence for those who are keen to grow their presence in the Greater Bay Area.



(from left) Standard Chartered's Kelvin Lau, Senior Economist, Greater China; Rose Kay, Head, Greater Bay Area; Mary Huen, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong; HKTDC's Margaret Fong, Executive Director; Johnny Wan, Director, Publications & E-Commerce; and Nicholas Kwan, Director of Research, at the launch ceremony of "Standard Chartered GBA Business Confidence Index".



The index will be released every quarter and is computed from the analysis of more than 1,000 responses of GBA companies on their overall operations, business environment and expansion plan. The index includes five sub-indices which give indications on the business confidence for each industry, including manufacturing & trading, retail & wholesale, financial services, professional services and innovation & technology. It enables investors and businesses to better understand the current business climate, gauge future performance and formulate their market strategies in the Greater Bay Area.

Mary Huen, CEO, Hong Kong, Standard Chartered, said: "We are very pleased to join forces with the HKTDC to introduce the first GBA business confidence index in the market. We believe that the survey will help the public and companies in the region make appropriate strategic decision with economic insight in today's ever-changing market environment. The Greater Bay Area is one of the biggest growth drivers of the Chinese economy and plays a significant role in the opening of China and gives companies in the region full play to the composite advantages of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao. It will also help promote coordinated regional economic development and inject new impetus into the diversified development of Hong Kong economy. Standard Chartered will endeavour to expand our business in the region and would like to leverage its talents and technology in finance to develop our innovative financial products and services."

Margaret Fong, Executive Director, HKTDC, said: "We are delighted to collaborate with the Standard Chartered again. By launching the first GBA Business Confidence Index in the market, we can assist businesses to formulate timely development plans and capture new opportunities. The HKTDC has signed agreements with the other 10 Greater Bay Area cities to facilitate companies in the region to expand their businesses through Hong Kong's two-way platform, strengthening the city's position as the region's global investment and business hub. Going forward, we will help businesses tap into Greater Bay Area markets by providing them with intelligence, promotion and business matching opportunities through our exhibitions, conferences, missions and more."

As a leading global bank with extensive branch network in the Greater Bay Area, Standard Chartered has been promoting the local economic development and put it as one of its key strategic priorities. Our unique global footprint and business expertise such as Belt and Road, RMB internationalisation, trade finance, bond market, digital innovation, wealth management and sustainable finance can meet the financial needs in the development of the Greater Bay Area.

About Standard Chartered

We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 59 of the world's most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.

The history of Standard Chartered in Hong Kong dates back to 1859. It is currently one of the Hong Kong SAR's three note-issuing banks. Standard Chartered incorporated its Hong Kong business on 1 July 2004, and now operates as a licensed bank in Hong Kong under the name of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC.

For more stories and expert opinions please visit Insights at sc.com. Follow Standard Chartered on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

For further information, please contact:

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Gabriel Kwan / Daniel Ip
Tel: +852 2820 3036 / +852 2820 3871
Email: gabriel.kwan@sc.com / daniel.ip@sc.com

Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Beatrice Lam
Tel: +852 2584 4049
Email: Beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org

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HKTDC predicts Hong Kong 2020 exports to fall 10%

HONG KONG, Jun 16, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Uncertainties about the length and depth of the economic downturn brought by COVID-19 and the ongoing threat of trade protectionism have led the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) to revise its forecast for Hong Kong's export performance for 2020 to a decline of 10%, down from the previous prediction of a 2% fall.



At a press conference today, HKTDC Director of Research Nicholas Kwan (centre), HKTDC Assistant Principal Economist (Greater China) Alice Tsang (left) and HKTDC Assistant Principal Economist (Global Research) Louis Chan (right) forecast Hong Kong's 2020 exports forecast to decline 10%.



"The revision takes into account the latest HKTDC Export Index survey, which indicated that 82% of the 500 exporters surveyed forecast their total sales will drop 10% or more year-on-year," HKTDC Director of Research Nicholas Kwan said at a press conference today. "The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic (64.6%), weak global demand (19.5%) and the trade tensions between Mainland China and the United States (10.8%) are seen as the biggest threats."

Meanwhile, 97.5% of the respondents – up 3.6 percentage points from last quarter – have experienced adverse shocks to their businesses because of COVID-19. These include buyers purchasing less (57%) or cancelling orders (52.3%), delays in product delivery (55.8%) and logistical disruptions (53.1%). In response to the pandemic, 67.6% of respondents had implemented remote-working arrangements, while more than 41% developed online sales channels to supplement conventional sales operations.

New normal
HKTDC Assistant Principal Economist (Global Research) Louis Chan said the unprecedented and overwhelming nature of the COVID-19 outbreak can be a timely game changer to taper the disconnect between words and actions in challenging the status quo, and encourage a new phase of creativity and sustainability, while preparing the global economy for a more resilient and robust post-COVID-19 future.

"Some businesses – including e-commerce marketplaces, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, logistics solution providers, video-conferencing solution providers and entertainment streaming and online gaming platforms – are likely to thrive in this 'new normal'," Mr Chan said.

He predicted the pandemic will accelerate automation, and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven technology will become more mainstream as the global economy and industry reboots and tilts more towards digitalisation and automation. At the same time, business-model innovations that use big-data analytics, contactless solutions and new digital channels would help traditional commercial operations – such as restaurants, last-mile delivery, health, insurance, human resources, marketing and product development – undergo digital transformation and survive the COVID-19 crisis.

Export Index stabilises
The HKTDC Export Index rose a marginal 2.2 points to 18.2 in the second quarter of 2020. "This may indicate that the negative sentiment is now plateauing, yet the reading is still well below the 50-point watershed, indicating that Hong Kong's exports performance is not likely to improve dramatically in the short term," HKTDC Assistant Principal Economist (Greater China) Alice Tsang said.

"In addition, the Procurement Index fell by 4.3 points to a record-low of 10.5, with all major sectors dropping further – jewellery (2.0), clothing (9.4), electronics (10.4), toys (11.3), machinery (14.8) and timepieces (17.3) – showing buyers will source less in the coming months," she said.

"Having said that, demand for electronics items related to computers, webcams, microphones and medical applications, wearable tech and smartwatches with health-monitoring functions, as well as comfortable, multi-purpose and athleisure wear are on the rise, while stylish fashion jewellery and design pieces and wedding items may also perform better," Ms Tsang analysed.

Trade tensions back in focus
Ms Tsang said exporters remained cautious on near-term prospects in Hong Kong's major markets. Japan (46.5) continued to be seen as the most promising, followed by the US (39.3) and Mainland China (39), while the European Union (35.0) was again rated as the least-appealing market.

"The US is the only market that recorded a drop in the index this quarter, this may be attributed to the fact that Hong Kong exporters had again become cautious on Sino-US trade tensions," she said. "A total of 69.8% of respondents, up 20 percentage points from last quarter, were concerned the dispute would damage their exports prospects."

"Smooth implementation of the deal under the current disruptive environment remains highly challenging," Ms Tsang added.

Reference
– HKTDC Research website: http://research.hktdc.com/
– Podcast: https://bit.ly/37G92uJ
– 2020 Mid-Year Export Review: Double-digit decline due to pandemic and protectionism https://bit.ly/2XZlbaF
– Hong Kong Export Index 2Q20: Exporters Pessimistic as COVID-19 Outbreak Persists https://bit.ly/3cWfD56
– Navigating COVID-19: The Economic Shakeup https://bit.ly/2Uwhw2b
– Photo Download: https://bit.ly/2UOhKS8

About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

Contact:
Beatrice Lam, Tel: +852 2584 4049, Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org



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Bigtincan(R) Announces Spring Release 2020 to Empower Remote Workers With New Capabilities for Document Automation, Internal Communication, and Sales Readiness 2.0.

Waltham, MA, Jun 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Bigtincan (ASX: BTH), the leader in AI-powered sales enablement automation, today announced its Spring 2020 release. This release adds over 45 new features and capabilities supporting the company's commitment to intelligent automation and sales readiness 2.0.

"The global pandemic has had unexpected downstream effects on consumers and businesses, presenting a unique opportunity for companies to build customer value and trust," said David Keane, CEO at Bigtincan. "Our vision is to empower sellers with one platform, delivering sales readiness, just in time content, and automated document personalization to transform their customer engagements into long-term valued relationships."

For Spring 2020, the Bigtincan solution is adding new features and capabilities designed for the new remote focused economy including:

– Sales Readiness Dashboard – to empower managers to remotely understand and coach their teams to better performance.
– News and Social Feeds – delivering remote content to users based on Bigtincan's data science models.
– Automated Content Governance – to manage governance requirements for the world's leading organizations who need control and flexibility over how information and content is delivered.

Sales Readiness Dashboard is a single hub for managers to get a 360-degree view of virtual selling and return-to-work readiness for remote teams and make data-driven decisions for on-boarding, training, and coaching of individual sellers at global scale. The Dashboard takes advantage of Bigtincan's custom-tailored data models; best-in-class algorithms developed from the acquisition of Contondo that learn from company-specific data to improve and suggest actionable use of content, learning, document automation and internal communications.

News and Social Feeds help companies deliver communications, corporate news and health and safety communications remote workers in 24 languages on mobile devices and computers. The internal communication feature can be used both inter and intra-company to promote company news, share stories, photos, and videos, and deliver critical corporate communications beyond the email inbox employees won't find anywhere else.

In addition, Spring Release introduces over 45 additional updates including:

Out-of-the-box-Governance Models, preventing stale content at scale by automating content updating, placement, and management with suggestive actions based on data science.

Custom-Tailored Data Models Plug-Ins, direct plug-ins to take advantage of novel insights uncovered by custom-tailored machine learning algorithms that suggest actionable use of content, learning, and communication for individual users and teams.

Enhanced Search, enabling remote workers to find what they are looking for faster with a seamless experience on any device.

Native Windows 10 Apps, delivering the best user experience for Windows users.

Enhancements to Bigtincan's public SDK and API, including over 20 new public API enhancements to allow for next-generation Add-ons and workflows as well as customer SAML authentication.

Bigtincan's Spring 2020 platform update will be generally available this year: https://www.bigtincan.com/platform.

About Bigtincan

Bigtincan (ASX: BTH) helps sales and service teams increase win rates and customer satisfaction. The company's mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation platform features the industry's premier user experience that empowers reps to more effectively engage with customers and prospects and encourages team-wide adoption. Leading brands including AT&T, Thermo Fisher, Merck, ANZ Bank and others rely on Bigtincan to enhance sales productivity and fuel customer engagement. With global sales and marketing headquartered in Boston, Bigtincan also has offices across EMEA, Australia and Asia. To discover more about how your organization can benefit from the Bigtincan Hub platform, please visit www.bigtincan.com or follow @bigtincan on Twitter.

Media Contact
Rusty Bishop, SVP Marketing
1-619-548-5129
rusty.bishop@bigtincan.com

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Bigtincan(R) Announces Spring Release 2020 to Empower Remote Workers With New Capabilities for Document Automation, Internal Communication, and Sales Readiness 2.0.

Waltham, MA, Jun 11, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Bigtincan (ASX: BTH), the leader in AI-powered sales enablement automation, today announced its Spring 2020 release. This release adds over 45 new features and capabilities supporting the company's commitment to intelligent automation and sales readiness 2.0.

"The global pandemic has had unexpected downstream effects on consumers and businesses, presenting a unique opportunity for companies to build customer value and trust," said David Keane, CEO at Bigtincan. "Our vision is to empower sellers with one platform, delivering sales readiness, just in time content, and automated document personalization to transform their customer engagements into long-term valued relationships."

For Spring 2020, the Bigtincan solution is adding new features and capabilities designed for the new remote focused economy including:

– Sales Readiness Dashboard – to empower managers to remotely understand and coach their teams to better performance.
– News and Social Feeds – delivering remote content to users based on Bigtincan's data science models.
– Automated Content Governance – to manage governance requirements for the world's leading organizations who need control and flexibility over how information and content is delivered.

Sales Readiness Dashboard is a single hub for managers to get a 360-degree view of virtual selling and return-to-work readiness for remote teams and make data-driven decisions for on-boarding, training, and coaching of individual sellers at global scale. The Dashboard takes advantage of Bigtincan's custom-tailored data models; best-in-class algorithms developed from the acquisition of Contondo that learn from company-specific data to improve and suggest actionable use of content, learning, document automation and internal communications.

News and Social Feeds help companies deliver communications, corporate news and health and safety communications remote workers in 24 languages on mobile devices and computers. The internal communication feature can be used both inter and intra-company to promote company news, share stories, photos, and videos, and deliver critical corporate communications beyond the email inbox employees won't find anywhere else.

In addition, Spring Release introduces over 45 additional updates including:

Out-of-the-box-Governance Models, preventing stale content at scale by automating content updating, placement, and management with suggestive actions based on data science.

Custom-Tailored Data Models Plug-Ins, direct plug-ins to take advantage of novel insights uncovered by custom-tailored machine learning algorithms that suggest actionable use of content, learning, and communication for individual users and teams.

Enhanced Search, enabling remote workers to find what they are looking for faster with a seamless experience on any device.

Native Windows 10 Apps, delivering the best user experience for Windows users.

Enhancements to Bigtincan's public SDK and API, including over 20 new public API enhancements to allow for next-generation Add-ons and workflows as well as customer SAML authentication.

Bigtincan's Spring 2020 platform update will be generally available this year: https://www.bigtincan.com/platform.

About Bigtincan

Bigtincan (ASX: BTH) helps sales and service teams increase win rates and customer satisfaction. The company's mobile, AI-powered sales enablement automation platform features the industry's premier user experience that empowers reps to more effectively engage with customers and prospects and encourages team-wide adoption. Leading brands including AT&T, Thermo Fisher, Merck, ANZ Bank and others rely on Bigtincan to enhance sales productivity and fuel customer engagement. With global sales and marketing headquartered in Boston, Bigtincan also has offices across EMEA, Australia and Asia. To discover more about how your organization can benefit from the Bigtincan Hub platform, please visit www.bigtincan.com or follow @bigtincan on Twitter.

Media Contact
Rusty Bishop, SVP Marketing
1-619-548-5129
rusty.bishop@bigtincan.com

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Tiger Trade Launches SGX Trading to Meet Increased Demand from Singapore and Southeast Asian Investors

SINGAPORE, Jun 10, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Tiger Trade, a one-stop mobile and online trading application by Tiger Brokers, launches access to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) today. This adds to Tiger Brokers' current list of stock exchanges, such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ), the world's two largest stock exchanges by market capitalisation of listed companies, as well as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).






It strengthens Tiger Trade's online and mobile offerings for its customers, who now have the ability to invest in financial instruments such as A-Shares, Equities, Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), Futures and Stock Options.

Tiger Trade's app launched in February 2020 and has seen increasing traction among retail investors since. From March to April 2020, Tiger Brokers saw almost a doubling (195%) of the number of accounts opened in one month, with a transaction volume increase of 345% in the same period – a testament to the strong interest and financial-savviness of Singapore retail investors. It enhanced available investment opportunities through integrating SGX opportunities to investors on the back of surging investment interest even in the midst of a global economy affected by COVID-19. SGX has seen the total securities market turnover higher by 35% year-on-year in April this year, per its data.

Mr Wu Tianhua, CEO of Tiger Brokers, said, "Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty, Singapore's financial markets remain competitive and well positioned for sustained growth. We saw that the recent market announcements from banks, US-based tech companies, as well as the recent AGM from Warren Buffet, showed increased interest and appetite for investing. Tiger Brokers believes that this is a good time to expand our services to align with the interest of our users. Our goal is to offer our users the options to manage or diversify their portfolio while providing them with latest news updates around trading behaviour globally on our platform."

About 25% of Tiger Trade's users are based around the region and outside of Singapore, who are taking advantage of the platform's online account opening feature and ability to trade in the US and HK equities through a mobile platform. Most of these users come from Malaysia, Indonesia and India. The launch of SGX on the platform will also allow them access to one of the most vibrant exchanges in the world, alongside current access to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, and Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Mr Eng Thiam Choon, CEO of Tiger Brokers (Singapore), said, "Many retail investors are hearing about share prices and global markets on the news, which have helped increase their interest in trading. However, we generally advise our users and retail investors to do a lot more research on what they are about to purchase and on how companies fare a few months before the pandemic. Our app provides our users with up-to-date stock quotes, market data and news – information which keeps them abreast of the economic landscape in trading, aiding them in making informed decisions."

The Tiger Trade app offers its retail investors one of the lowest commission rates for as low as US$1.99 (S$2.80) per trade. From now till 31 December 2020, they are offering commission rates for Singapore stocks at 0.08% per trade with no minimum charges.

Their easy-to-use app also provides complimentary real-time stock quotes, 24/7 news updates, artificial intelligence-driven data screeners, and easy-to-analyse trading charts. Users can easily add in an account, linking to their preferred local banks for deposit and withdrawals and reducing the brokerage fees when trading on the US and Hong Kong markets.

Tiger Brokers also plan to provide access to Contract for Differences (CFDs) by Q1 2021 to its users, providing them with the capability to diversify their portfolio through an entire range of investment options across certain markets.

The Tiger Trade mobile application is available for download in the Apple App store and Google Play store.
Apple App store: https://apps.apple.com/sg/app/id1023600494
Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tigerbrokers.stock

About Tiger Brokers (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Tiger Brokers Singapore Pte Ltd (Tiger Brokers Singapore) is a brokerage firm operating with a Capital Markets Services (CMS) Licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Its trading platform, Tiger Trade, offers commission rates for as low as S$2.80 (US$1.99) per trade, complimentary real-time stock quotes, dedicated multilingual customer service during trading hours, and 24/7 finance news updates. The company launched the mobile version of Tiger Trade in February 2020 – accessible in Google Play Store and the Apple App Store – offering a mobile-savvy generation of retail investors similar trading opportunities as their online users, such as Equities, Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), Futures and Stock Options on their mobile phones. Both online and mobile app users have access to the Singapore, U.S. and Hong Kong stock markets such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) and the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX). (www.tigerbrokers.com.sg/help/detail/SGXstocksfeestructure).

Tiger Brokers Singapore is the Singapore entity of UP Fintech Holding Limited, known as "Tiger Brokers" in Asia, a leading online brokerage firm focusing on global investors. Founded in 2014, Tiger Brokers became #1 in U.S. equity trading by volume among trading platforms catered to Global Chinese investors in less than two years. Tiger Brokers was awarded "2017 Fintech 250" by CB Insights and shortlisted for "China Leading Fintech 50" for two years in a row by KPMG China. The company was listed on NASDAQ under "TIGR" in 2019 and has offices in China, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Tiger Brokers has over 743,300 customers worldwide currently, with a total trading volume of more than US$44.1 billion in Q1 2020. The company is backed by well-known investors such as Xiaomi, as well as investment guru Jim Rogers. For more information, please visit https://www.tigerbrokers.com.sg

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Sapphire to Strategically Divest 43.87% Equity Stake of Subsidiary Ranken Railway for Cash Consideration of RMB 280 Million

SINGAPORE, Jun 2, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Sapphire is to strategically divest a 43.87% equity stake of subsidiary Ranken Railway for a cash consideration of RMB 280 million; and to retain 48.82% effective interest in Ranken Railway after divestment.

– With Ranken Railway's (excluding the carved-out assets) transaction valuation of approximately RMB 638.2 million, Shandong Hi-Speed will purchase a 43.87% equity stake from Sapphire for RMB 280 million and subscribe for more shares in Ranken Railway, amounting to approximately 10.6% of the enlarged equity capital post-proposed transactions, for approximately RMB 75.7 million.

– Shenzhen-listed Shandong Listco (Shandong Hi-Speed's sole shareholder) has a market capitalisation of approximately RMB 5.24 billion as at 31 December 2019 and it is majority-owned by a wholly-state-owned enterprise in the PRC, hence Ranken Railway will become an indirect and partial SOE and it will be able to tender for key infrastructure projects in the PRC which require contractors or vendors to be state-owned.

– Upon the completion of the proposed transactions, Sapphire will retain 48.82% effective interest of Ranken Railway.

– The total consideration is 314% of Company's market capitalisation based on the closing price of the shares of the trading day prior to the date of this announcement.


Shandong Listco is a listed company on the Main Board of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (stock code:000498) and it is engaged in the business of undertaking infrastructure construction, including highways, bridges, tunnels, municipal works engineering, traffic engineering, ports and waterways.

As at 31 December 2019, Shandong Listco's market capitalisation is approximately RMB 5.24 billion, with an order book of approximately RMB 22.1 billion. Based on Shandong Listco's annual report for the 2019 financial year, the net assets attributable to its holding company amounted to approximately RMB 5.5 billion, and total assets approximately RMB 32.1 billion.

The controlling shareholder of Shandong Listco is Shandong Hi-Speed Group Co., Ltd. ("Shandong HSG"), which holds 60.66% of the shares of Shandong Hi-Speed. Shandong HSG is a wholly-state-owned enterprise ("SOE") headquartered in Jinan City, Shandong Province of the PRC.

From a financial perspective, the proposed transactions has positive financial effects on the Group and in particular, the Group's net tangible assets ("NTA") per share will increase from RMB cents 131.82 to RMB cents 155.51 (where retained interest in Ranken Railway is measured at fair value), and which the NTA of RMB cents 155.51 represents more than 5.6 times the closing price of the shares of the trading day prior to the date of this announcement; and (ii) a gain of approximately RMB 58 million (where retained interest in Ranken Railway is measured at fair value).

And given its status as an indirect SOE following the proposed transactions, Ranken Railway would be placed in a more favourable position to secure project contracts in the PRC, and may be able to enjoy lower interest rates on external borrowings from financial institutions.

In addition, Ranken Railway currently faces strong competitive pressure in tendering for projects in the PRC, with most of the projects it has tendered for awarded to SOEs. Hence, as an indirect and partial SOE, Ranken Railway will be able to tender for key infrastructure projects in the PRC which require contractors or vendors to be state-owned which it was previously ineligible to participate, in addition to projects which it could previously access as a privately-owned enterprise.

Ms Wang Heng, Chief Executive Officer of Sapphire, said, "While unlocking value for shareholders, we believe that this strategic divestment to Shandong Hi-Speed can significantly enhance the value and prospects of Ranken Railway with the combination of both companies' capabilities and resources to tap new market opportunities in urban railway infrastructure and water environmental management projects.

"And by retaining a meaningful stake in Ranken Railway, we have the opportunity to participate in the future growth of Ranken Railway as an indirect and partial state-owned- enterprise in the PRC.

"Notably, the gross cash consideration of RMB 280 million will give the Group's increased financial flexibility to strengthen our balance sheet and create optionality in our other business areas."


About Sapphire Corporation Limited
(Bloomberg Code: SAPP:SP / Reuters Code: SAPP.SI / SGX Code: BRD.SI)

Listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange since 1999, Sapphire Corporation Limited ("Sapphire" or the "Group") is an investment management and holding company with a business model aligned towards urbanisation trends. Particularly, the Group is principally engaged in the engineering, procurement and construction ("EPC") business related to the land transport infrastructure and water conservancy and environmental projects in China.

The Group owns a 100% stake in China-based EPC business Ranken Holding Co., Limited ("Ranken") and its subsidiaries, which is a full-edged EPC firm and one of the largest privately owned integrated urban rail transport infrastructure groups in China.

Ranken holds full Triple-A qualifications and licences for design, supervision, construction and project consultation in the urban rail sector. Ranken?s expertise includes civil engineering works for metro lines, urban rail transit, expressways, roads and bridges as well as water conservancy and environmental projects. Its track record includes major infrastructure projects in China and South Asia. Ranken's blue-chip customer clientele includes government agencies, consortiums and Fortune 500 companies.


Issued on behalf of Sapphire Corporation Limited by:
Waterbrooks Consultants Pte Ltd, Tel: +65 6958 8002
Mr. Wayne Koo, (M): +65 9338 8166, wayne.koo@waterbrooks.com.sg
Mr. Alex Tan, (M): +65 9451 5252, kai@waterbrooks.com.sg


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Greenbriar to Seek Uplift to the Nasdaq Global Market

Newport Beach, California, Jun 1, 2020 – (ACN Newswire) – Greenbriar Capital Corp. (TSXV: GRB) (OTC: GEBRF) ("Greenbriar") is pleased to announce that Greenbriar is seeking to obtain a full listing on the world class NASDAQ Global Market Select. Conditions to list on the NASDAQ Global Market Select are a minimum US $4.00 share price, at least US $4 Million in net current assets plus the appropriate registration and exemption filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Greenbriar is currently conducting internal non-deal road shows via conference calls with our own 53,000 investors and followers. The Greenbriar story is resonating with a broad spectrum of investors.

Greenbriar is moving ahead to construct the sophisticated 160MWdc/80MWac Montalva solar project in Puerto Rico, which will become the largest solar facility in the Caribbean once completed. Greenbriar is very confident the project will expand to 320MWdc/160MWac in the very near future. A sizeable electro-chemical storage facility as part of the solar field will enable 24/7 dispatch which is unique in ultra-large scale solar generation facilities. Montalva will provide Puerto Rican citizens with lower-cost, clean and reliable electricity and replace some of the current expensive and dirty oil generation.

The company is proudly building the project with the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), a leading world class premier construction and engineering company, forming part of the USD $40 Billion China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies.

Greenbriar has been informed by its legal counsel Luis Baco, JD, LLM, that the PREPA Governing Board has approved our project and contract this past Thursday May 28 and the contract has been presented to the US FOMB (US Federal Oversight Management Board) for final approval. In 2018 the US FOMB already recommended Montalva to be deemed a critical project to rebuild Puerto Rico. Montalva will provide over 900 construction jobs, an increased tax base and hundreds of millions of dollars of private funds invested to rebuild a new and resilient electrical grid. Greenbriar is proud of this contribution and its existing 12 year non-stop commitment in Puerto Rico.

About Greenbriar Capital Corp

Greenbriar is a leading developer of renewable energy and sustainable real estate. With long-term, high impact, contracted sales agreements in key project locations and led by a successful, industry-recognized operating and development team, Greenbriar targets deep valued assets directed at accretive shareholder value. Greenbriar and its advisors have closed over $180 Billion in renewable energy projects since 2003 with previous companies.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
"Jeff Ciachurski"
Jeffrey J. Ciachurski
Chief Executive Officer and Director

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this release. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Service Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, constitute "forward-looking statements" and include any information that addresses activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future including the Company's strategy, plans or future financial or operating performance and other statements that express management's expectations or estimates of future performance.

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