Putin offers Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden, US whistleblower

Putin offers Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden, US whistleblower

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly offered citizenship to Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence officer, nine years after he revealed the scale of the National Security Agency's (NSA) secret monitoring operations.

Snowden, 39, after releasing sensitive information to journalists and becoming a U.S. government whistleblower went to Hong Kong and eventually to Russia to avoid federal prosecution in 2013. He was granted asylum in Russia after leaking confidential documents that year and exposed enormous domestic & international monitoring operations carried out by the NSA.

 Moreover, for years, US officials had

Biden administration plans to plant 1B more trees over the decade

Biden administration plans to plant 1B more trees over the decade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas James Vilsack has recently announced a strategy that speaks about how the Biden-Harris Administration along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will deal with a reforestation backlog of 4 million acres of national forests and plant around 1 billion trees in the coming 10 years.

Given the new resources made available via President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, coupled with support from local, state, and Tribal governments along with other partners, the Forest Service intends to eradicate the backlog in the coming decade and develop the infrastructure, like nurseries for meeting rising needs.

Sage extends partnership with Microsoft to simplify workflows for SMBs

Sage extends partnership with Microsoft to simplify workflows for SMBs

Sage, an online accounting and payroll software provider, has recently extended its partnership with Microsoft, a technology corporation.

This initiative is in line with plans to integrate Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, and other Microsoft Business Products as embedded services in the Sage Digital Network and products.

According to Steve Hare, Sage’s CEO, small- and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning into digital businesses. However, the connection of tools they use can act as a challenge to their growth.

Microsoft business products have long been the tools of choice for co

Air Liquide to feature carbon capture tech at new hydrogen facilities

Air Liquide to feature carbon capture tech at new hydrogen facilities

Air Liquide subsidiary, Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial Gases (SCIPIG) is expected to infuse more than $204 million into the construction of two new hydrogen production units and support associated infrastructure development in Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP).

Essentially, the new facilities are designed to bring significant environmental benefits owing to the CO2 capture & recycle technology, which will help prevent 350,000 tonnes of CO2 emission per year, equivalent to the emissions of 1 million Chinese households upon electricity consumption.

These two units will also have a strong conn

Property Monitor partners with Holo to innovate the mortgage process

Property Monitor partners with Holo to innovate the mortgage process

Property Monitor, a market leader in property valuation, real estate data intelligence, and provider of automation solutions has inked a strategic partnership with UAE’s leading expert in online mortgage brokerage Holo.

The partnership is aimed at providing home finance customers with an instant and accurate valuation of the property they are looking to buy.

The latest partnership marks an important milestone in the advancement of the digital mortgage journey by allowing Holo customers to leverage Property Monitor’s recently launched automated valuation model (AVM), ‘valCheck’.

KKday adds USD 20M to Series C funding round amid travel resumption

KKday adds USD 20M to Series C funding round amid travel resumption

With the resumption of domestic and international travel, a travel company, KKday, has reportedly added USD 20 million to its Series C round and increased its total value to USD 95 million.

This funding round was initiated by TGVest Capital, an Asian private equity firm.

Ming Chen, CEO, and Founder of KKday quoted that the company intends to use the proceeds to extend its presence in key markets like Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Asia.

According to the startup, its gross value of merchandise surpassed pre-COVID levels in June this year, and it also brought the user acquisition cost to on

Seqirus partners with the Pandemic Institute to prevent flu pandemics

Seqirus partners with the Pandemic Institute to prevent flu pandemics

Seqirus, a leader in influenza prevention and part of CSL Limited, has reportedly entered a multi-year partnership deal with the University of Liverpool Pandemic Institute for influenza research.

Under the latest collaboration, Seqirus will take part in knowledge generation and research projects on the threats of seasonal influenza and the formation of innovative approaches to ensure pandemic response and preparedness.

The recent $5.9 million (£5 million) research collaboration will last for five years. Under the terms of the deal, Seqirus will provide research materials, financial support, and technical and scientific experti

Springbig announces partnership with subscription-based platform Kind+

Springbig announces partnership with subscription-based platform Kind+

Springbig, a SaaS-based marketing solutions provider, has reportedly entered an exclusive partnership with Kind+, a subscription-based platform for cannabis end consumers.

This exclusive collaboration provides a distinct multi-faced platform that supports an at-scale subscribe-and-save offering in cannabis.

The platform enables retailers to obtain recurring revenue whilst creating a condensed, high-value end consumer base. These consumers would receive exclusive daily member pricing along with further customer benefits.

The retailers can smoothly install these services for free and in under one

ECB rolls out plans to boost green investments, curb climate change

ECB rolls out plans to boost green investments, curb climate change

The European Central Bank (ECB) has reportedly declared plans to add climate change into its monetary policy, aiming to prompt eurozone businesses to focus on their environmental impact.

According to the central bank, the latest initiative is centered around the lack of accountability when it comes to climate-related financial risk and intends to support the green transition of the economy, which builds upon the EU’s climate neutrality goals.

As a part of the new plans, the ECB will work toward gradually decarbonizing corporate bond holdings starting from October 2022, by focusing on issuers that showcase better climate perfor