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With Apple Card launch, banks look to Fintechs to catch up on digital experiences

Apple Card redefines the card user experience around simplicity, transparency and privacy. Ondot Systems unlocks these capabilities for banks and credit unions of all sizes.

Santa Clara, CA (USA), Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Apple, the established leader in simplifying user experiences, has put a stake in the ground for what a card experience should look like with the launch of the Apple Card. By heavily integrating the Apple Card experience into the Apple Pay app, they are able to make using and managing a card faster, easier and more transparent.

But another Silicon Valley player, just 8 miles up the road from Apple, is making Apple Card style user experiences available to banks and credit unions of all sizes. Ondot Systems, with over 4,000 financial institutions using its mobile card controls and alerts, has announced a suite of products to offer simplicity, transparency and control to all cardholders, whether they’re on iPhone or Android, Debit or Credit, Visa or Mastercard. With quick-to-market cloud implementation and white label apps, leveraging Ondot’s existing real-time payment rails, financial institutions can be up and running in a matter of weeks.

Key digital features of the Apple Card launch include simple signup, spending insights, easy self service, and the ability to use a card instantly in Apple Pay, all features offered by Ondot. But one feature that stands out is cleaned up merchant data so people can recognize their purchases and see them on a map. “It’s no surprise that Apple focused on that feature so heavily during the Apple Card launch event,” according to Vaduvur Bharghavan, Ondot’s CEO. “In our research, that feature is wildly popular with cardholders. For banks, it’s really an opportunity to take a moment of frustration for customers and turn it into a moment of confidence. Even better, banks can save money because customers can contact the merchant directly rather than calling customer service and filing a dispute.”

Digital transformation has been the buzzword in banking for years now, but progress is becoming more visible now. With big banks investing hundreds of millions of dollars into digital experiences, Fintechs eating away at deposits, and technology players like Apple entering the market, more pressure is on regional and community banks to show they can compete on these digital experiences.

“It’s no surprise that the epicenter of digital experience is now focused around payments,” says Bharghavan. “As the most common banking touchpoint for customers, credit and debit cards provide financial institutions the opportunity to differentiate themselves with a positive impression in everyday interactions, as well as critical moments of service, such as replacing a stolen card. This is about making it easy for your customers to do business with you, and making them feel confident they are in control of their finances.”

About Ondot

Ondot Systems is the global leader in powering mobile payment services, serving over 4,000 financial institutions across four continents. The company’s real-time platform gives financial institutions a competitive edge by increasing engagement and empowering their customers to personalize, manage and control how payments are made in today’s world of always-on digital commerce. To learn how Ondot is shaping the future of payments, visit www.ondotsystems.com. Ondot is not affiliated with Apple.


Chris Harris
Ondot Systems
+1 510-413-8106

Simex Group Inc. (OTC: ARGB) launches Kazakhstan Jade Project

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Simex Group Inc. (formerly known as American Retail Group Inc.), is the holding company of Simex Inc., the developer and owner of the multifunctional blockchain platform “SIMEX”. Simex Group Inc. is proud to announce that Hong Kong-based mining company, Jade Resources Limited, has agreed to plan its next investment offering round, the Kazakhstan Jade Project: a new security token endeavor, utilizing the SIMEX platform.

Simex Inc. is the beneficial owner of a licensed digital assets exchange organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of Estonia. Simex Inc. specializes in a wide range of software solutions in the blockchain industry including development, maintenance, and support of its state-of-the-art multifunctional digital exchange platform and diverse software instrumentarium of tokenization and digitalization of securities and commodities. Simex Group Inc. intends to open access to blockchain investment vehicles to investors around the globe. Simex Group Inc. expects that by utilizing the SIMEX platform, it will open new horizons to issuers, investors, and broker-dealers and will make the process of investment easier for both investors and issuers.

The Kazakhstan Jade Project is developed for Jade Resources Limited, a leader in the mining and production of jadeite and one of the major suppliers of jade to China. Jade Resources Limited owns one of the largest single jadeite deposits in the world, in a jade mine in Kazakhstan. Jade Resources Limited is a vertically integrated company controlling the entire chain of jadeite operations: from mining and manufacturing to marketing. Access to Jade Resources Limited will allow investors from multiple countries* to access securities of Jade Resources Limited and participate in its projects.

Kevin Foo, the CEO and President of Jade Resources Limited, announced: “Use of new technologies is very common in the mining industry. Technology provided by SIMEX makes it easier for investors to enter prospective high-yielding mining projects such as Kazakhstan Jade. We can offer potential investors the opportunity to assess our project and to know that their investment is compliant with the pertinent securities laws and secured by the blockchain encrypted technology of SIMEX.”

Kevin Foo has had a forty-year career in all aspects of the mining industry, including R&D, operational, project management, and directorship in public companies. He has lived and worked in countries on five continents, including twenty years in Kazakhstan and Russia. Mr. Foo is best known for his revitalization and refinancing of the UK public mining company, Celtic Resources Holdings. He took this company with a market capitalization of USD $700,000 in November 1999, and later successfully sold it to a large Russian holding for USD $360 million in December 2007. Mr. Foo is also known as one of the few entrepreneurs who made a successful crossover to the oil and gas industry. He founded Victoria Oil and Gas Plc which became a successful gas utility company in Cameroon under his lead. He stepped down as Chairman of Victoria Oil and Gas Plc in early 2019 to focus on developing a major jade deposit in Kazakhstan.

* Although Simex Group Inc. is actively exploring the opportunity to allow the United States investors to register with the SIMEX platform, this option, is not available at the time of this announcement.

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements, particularly as related to, among other things, the business plans of Simex Group Inc., statements relating to goals, plans and projections regarding Simex Group Inc.’s financial position and business strategy. The words or phrases “would be,” “will allow,” “intends to,” “may result,” “are expected to,” “will continue,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimate,” “project,” “indicate,” “could,” “potentially,” “should,” “believe,” “think”, “considers” or similar expressions are intended to identify “forward-looking statements.” These forward-looking statements fall within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934 and are subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, involve known and unknown risks, a reliance on third parties for information, transactions or orders that may be cancelled, and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements, or developments in our industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results include risks and uncertainties related to the fluctuation of global economic conditions, the performance of management and our employees, our ability to obtain financing, competition, general economic conditions and other factors that are detailed in our periodic reports and on documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements made herein are as of the date of this press release and should not be relied upon as of any subsequent date. Simex Group Inc. cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. Simex Group Inc. does not undertake, and Simex Group Inc. specifically disclaims any obligation, to update any forward-looking statements to reflect occurrences, developments, unanticipated events or circumstances after the date of such statement. Actual results may differ materially from Simex Group Inc.’s expectations and estimates.

SIMEX contact information:
E-mail: info@simex.global
Headquarters: 2300 West Sahara, Office 400, Las Vegas, 89102

Corporate attorney counsel contact information:
Kirill Y. Nikonov, Esq.
Carmel, Milazzo & DiChiara LLP
55 West 39th Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10018
E-mail: knikonov@cmdllp.com

Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot- Pre-Registration begins for “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“ Global Version

Global Release Celebration Campaign Planned!

 “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“

“Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“

TOKYO, Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GMO Internet, Inc. (hereinafter “GMO Internet”) has started opening pre-registration for “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-” today, August 8 on App Store and Google Play.

Campaign Coming Soon

Release Celebration Campaign Coming Soon!

“Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-” is the global version of a real-time football simulation RPG for smartphones “Captain Tsubasa ZERO” (hereinafter “Captain Tsubasa ZERO”) currently available in Japan.

[1] Pre-Registration begins for “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot- “ Global Version!

Pre-registration of “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“, the global version of Captain Tsubasa ZERO which is a game for smartphones being distributed in Japan has started on App Store and Google Play.

Release Celebration Up to 300 Free Transfers

Get 10 Free Transfers Once a Day!

Available in 7 languages – English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai, the game is planned to be released in over 90 regions and countries.

Pre-Registration Links for “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“
App Store:https://apps.apple.com/app/id1462848280
Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.gamepot.tsubasa.global

  • Pre-registration Campaign
    Depending on the total number of pre-registrations on App Store and Google Play Store and likes on the official Facebook page as of the release of Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-, players of the global version will receive 3,000Gems at max.
    10,000 pre-regs: 100Gems
    30,000 pre-regs: 300Gems
    50,000 pre-regs: 500Gems
    100,000 pre-regs: 1,000Gems
    200,000 pre-regs: 2,000Gems
    300,000 pre-regs: 3,000Gems

[2] Release Campaign Planned!

From the release of “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“, the global version of Captain Tsubasa ZERO, various campaigns(※1) including Release Celebration Login Bonus and 300 Transfers are planned. Further, with CryptoChips byGMO (hereinafter ”CryptoChips”) (※2) equipped, “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-” plans to hold events where remuneration is distributed through CryptoChips.

1. Release Celebration Login Bonus


2. Release Celebration 300 Draws Transfer


3. Additional Scenarios of Junior Youth


  • 1 Contents here are subject to change without prior notice.
  • 2 CryptoChips is a feature that can be mounted on the game application and allows players to receive cryptocurrency as remuneration within the game depending on the players’ rankings or when players have achieved missions or acquired items. The cryptocurrencies as remuneration will be distributed to players’ wallets (cryptocurrency accounts) that they register in advance.
New Scenario!
New Scenario!

Jr.Youth Scenario Available!

About Captain Tsubasa
Captain Tsubasa depicts stories of a soccer genius Tubasa Ozora, who transferred to Nankatsu Elementary school, growing up as a football player through matches with rivals such as Genzo Wakabayashi and Kojiro Hyuga.

Once the manga series obtained high popularity with its refreshing story, unique characters and a number of breathtaking skills which make readers want to imitate, the popularity went across the sea and brought the Captain Tusbasa boom worldwide.

Its impact reached the real world of football and have been a trigger that led to a lot of domestic and foreign professional football players starting to play football.

Game Overview – “Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-“
Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-, a game for smartphones which is a real-time football simulation game where players can experience the story of the protagonist, Tsubasa, and other characters growth. With automatic match mode, players can enjoy exciting matches where special skills unleash.

The world of the latest TV anime “Captain Tsubasa” is completely reproduced in the main scenario mode. The scenario unfolding in dialogues tells the story of Tsubasa and other characters growth as football players, in which players can relive the world of “Captain Tsubasa”. In addition, there are sub-scenarios included where episodes of obscure schools appearing in Captain Tsubasa can be enjoyed. In the match mode, furthermore, players can form an original team with characters and skills of other schools that can be acquired through the scenario mode. Along with the scenario, it features a lot of thrilling contents such as login bonus, Transfer, and various events.

■Title :Captain Tsubasa ZERO -Miracle Shot-
■Genre :Football Simulation RPG
■Price :Free to Play (In-app purchases)
■Pre-registration from :App Store:https://apps.apple.com/app/id1462848280
   Google Play:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.gamepot.tsubasa.global
■System Requirements :Android 4.4 or better (2GB of RAM or more is recommended)
    iOS 8.0or later, iPhone 5s or later、iPod touch 6th generation or later
    iPad 5th generation or later, iPad mini2 or later、iPad Air
    • Some device may not be supported.
■Supported Languages :English,Portuguese,French,Italian,Spanish,German,Thai
■Developed by :©2018 GMO Internet, Inc.
■Distributed by :©GMO GP, Inc.
■Copyright :©2018 GMO Internet, Inc.
:©GMO GP, Inc.
  • Screenshots used in this document were taken when the app was still under development.
    Some features may differ from the actual services.
  • App Store is trademark of Apple Inc.
  • Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
  • All other company names and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.

GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet service industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also includes the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and cryptocurrency related services. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit https://www.gmo.jp/en/

Contact Info Regarding the Service
GMO Internet, Inc.
Game Division

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Jokowi’s KL visit good chance to resolve bilateral issues

KUALA LUMPUR, The visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Malaysia, his first overseas trip since being elected to a second term on April 17, is seen as a good opportunity for resolving various long-standing issues involving the two countries.

Various interest groups in Malaysia and Indonesia said the visit should also serve to enhance bilateral ties between Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

Cholis Weibi, a representative of religious schools and secretary-general of Himpunan Alumni Karangdurin (Himaka) Malaysia, said ties between the two neighbours would be given a strong boost if various issues affecting Indonesian workers in Malaysia could be thrashed out during the visit of the Indonesian President, who is better known as Jokowi.

Frictions in such issues are normal but the situation has improved in the past two years. I believe further progress can be made because the two countries use a very good approach in resolving problems, he said.

We can see that communication is getting better in bilateral ties. I believe it can only get stronger because we are of the same stock, and our culture, clothing and food are also similar, he told Bernama today.

Wisma Putra, in a statement today, said Jokowi will be making a two-day official visit to Malaysia beginning today, which is expected to further strengthen the existing good ties between Malaysia and Indonesia.

National Patriot Foundation of Malaysia chief executive officer Mohd Al Iman Zakaria said more discussions should be held between public and private higher learning institutions of the two countries as part of efforts to resolve the issue of foreign workers.

The input from such consultations could be used by the leadership and administration of both countries to seek solutions to the issues, apart from preventing a recurrence of problems in the future, he said.

We believe this is one way to resolve various issues involving Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta which might not have been handled properly,” he said.

Indonesian economist Dr Mahbubi Ali said Jakarta should tap Malaysia’s expertise in Islamic banking for their mutual benefit.

The head of economy, finance, awqaf and zakat, who is also Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, said this aspect was seldom emphasised by the two administrations but is important for promoting the expertise as reference for other Islamic countries as comparable to that of the Middle East.

Maybe in the economic aspect, we need to move forward as a region and jointly set up a regional centre for ASEAN to be a respected region like the European Union. This will strengthen the position of ASEAN and Asia in the context of Islamic finance. Malaysia and Indonesia can start cooperating to kick-start this move, he said.

Jokowi, accompanied by his wife Iriana Joko Widodo, will be given an official welcome at Dataran Perdana, Putrajaya tomorrow. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Jokowi will meet to discuss bilateral cooperation and issues of common interests.

Indonesia is Malaysia’s ninth largest trading partner globally and its third biggest in ASEAN after Singapore and Thailand.

In 2018, bilateral trade hit RM72.02 billion, a 7.4 per cent increase over the RM71.51 billion recorded in 2017.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Police cripple student gang of motorcycle thieves

BATU PAHAT, They were secondary school students who stole motorcycles in the Yong Peng and Ayer Hitam areas but police managed to cripple the ‘Geng Cilik Ijan’ by arresting the 18 boys and a 37-year-old adult.

Batu Pahat deputy police chief Supt Muhammad Izzudin Runggai said that in a police operation dubbed Ops Legang Khas’, two of the gang members were arrested on Aug 1, while the 17 others were arrested over the next few days.

The students are aged between 14 and 17.

Police also seized two SYM E Bonus motorcycles which were reported stolen.

Police found three motorcycles, seven motorcycle frames, four motorcycle engines and several motorcycle parts in a makeshift store at the back of a house in Yong Peng, he told a press conference here today.

“The two suspects who were first arrested admitted to their involvement in stealing motorcycles and that they carried out their activities in groups.

They were also given the task of stealing, dismantling motorcycle components, searching for customers and removing evidence of their illegal activities,” Muhammad Izzudin said.

He said with the busting of this gang, police believe they have solved 10 motorcycle theft cases.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Departments, agencies in PM’s Dept urged to fly Jalur Gemilang in interesting ways for the national month

PUTRAJAYA, The departments and agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) have been urged to fly the Jalur Gemilang in fresh and interesting ways in their premises during the national month.

Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar also called on these agencies and departments to organise activities with patriotic concepts along the theme of the 2019 National Day, “Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih.”

“Flying the Jalur Gemilang is proof that we are part of the Malaysians who appreciate the independence inherited from previous generations, he said in a statement here today.

Ismail also urged all JPM staff to remain united and give the best service, preserving their integrity and identity as employees of JPM.

Earlier, he launched the JPM 2019 National Month and Fly-The-Jalur Gemilang celebrations at the lobby of the Federal Territory Syariah Court, which was also attended by JPM Senior Deputy Secretary-General Datuk Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad and heads of departments and agencies inJPM.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

GIATMARA students on par with other TVET institutions

PUTRAJAYA, The ability of GIATMARA students to participate in world-class competitions proves that the institution is now on par with other institutions offering Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programmes.

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said GIATMARA, once considered ‘small’ and underrated, was now gaining popularity due to its achievement in producing industry-recognised trainees.

GIATMARA was once viewed as a place of learning that was not widely accepted by the people, but that perception has changed and it has now become more widely accepted, while many former students of the training centre have high-paying jobs, she said.

She was speaking at a ceremony to celebrate the nine students and TVET experts under the ministry who will represent the country at the World Skills Competition (WSC) to be held from Aug 22-27 in Kazan, Russia.

Five of the participants are GIATMARA students, while the other four are experts or lecturers from TVET institutions under the ministry who will provide guidance to the Malaysian participants in the competition.

They will join 20 national participants at the WSC to compete with 63 countries in the 56 fields to be contested.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)