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The STORM Act signed into law

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News Date: January 2, 2021

On Friday, January 1, 2021, the President signed into law: the "STORM Act," which authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide capitalization grants to States to establish revolving funds to provide hazard mitigation assistance to reduce risks from disasters and natural hazards.
S. 3418, the "Safeguarding Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act".
Sources: www.congress.gov, www.whitehouse.gov

Trump: We will end the radicalism in Washington DC

Donald Trump Perry, Georgia Rally Speech September 25:
With all of you in Georgia and conservative patriots all across the nation, we will end their reign of radicalism in Washington DC forever.
With a Republican Congress, we will fight for more jobs for Georgia families, fair trade for Georgia workers, and more Georgia factories forging more products stamped with that beautiful phrase Made in the USA.
You do not hear that too much. And you know, they are starting to say very strongly Merry Christmas.
Remember when I first ran, I said, you are going to say Merry Christmas.
They are all saying Merry Christmas again.
Full Rally Speech Transcript: www.rev.com

Zimbabwe introduces new digital currency backed by gold

Zimbabwe to create new digital currency backed by gold.
As part of efforts to stabilize the local currency, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is preparing to launch a digital currency backed by gold that will be accepted as legal tender for transactions in the nation.
The RBZ will take the first steps toward using the nation's gold reserves to anchor the Zimbabwe dollar with the introduction of the digital gold tokens, a kind of electronic money backed by gold stored at the RBZ.

Ghana plans to buy oil with gold rather than dollars

Ghana working on a plan to buy oil with gold rather than the dollar.
Ghana's government is working on a new policy regime where gold will be used to buy oil products rather than U.S. dollar reserves, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia said on Facebook on Thursday.
Sources: reuters.com

VISA & Currencycloud with Ripple on cross-border payments

Currencycloud to focus on new territories currently under-represented for SMEs, to make global movement of money more efficient.
Currencycloud, the global leader in providing embedded B2B cross-border payments for platforms of the future, announced a partnership with Ripple, the enterprise blockchain solution for global payments. RippleNet, Ripple's global financial payments network, makes it easy for its diverse network of financial institutions worldwide to enable faster, lower-cost payments around the world.
Visa partner Currencycloud is now working with Ripple to expand their business-to-business cross-border payments platform.
Sources:dailyhodl.com, www.currencycloud.com

Fintech and XRP Support in US GOV Register New Rule

The Remittance Transfers Under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act final rule is effective July 21, 2020.
The continued growth of "fintech" nonbank remittance transfer providers and their further expansion into partnerships and other relationships with banks and credit unions, which allow such entities to tap into the closed network payment systems that nonbank remittance transfer providers have developed and (3) the continued growth and expanding partnerships of virtual currency companies, such as Ripple, which offer both a payments messaging platform to support cross-border money transfers as well as a virtual currency, XRP, which can be used to effect settlement of those transfers.
The Bureau also believes that expanded adoption of SWIFT's gpi product or Ripple's suite of products could similarly allow banks and credit unions to know the exact final amount that recipients of remittance transfers will receive before they are sent.
Source: www.federalregister.gov

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