Daily Archives: September 15, 2018

The World’s First Comprehensive Blockchain Powered Real Estate Platform

LONDON, Sept. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Block Estates has announced recently that it is creating the world’s first comprehensive blockchain powered real estate platform which will enable a diverse range of transactional capabilities by utilising crypto and fiat currencies combined with secure blockchain technology and smart contracts. Rob Tomkins, Cofounder and Co-Chief Operating Officer stated, all of this can be done whilst maintaining the best safeguards available.

“All of this can be done whilst maintaining the best safeguards available”

Block Estates plans to initially launch asset-backed tokenized real estate investments that investors can access by purchasing Block Estates ERC20 complaint security tokens. Token holders will enjoy the benefits that will be attached to the Block Estates security tokens including income, profit sharing and potentially token price appreciation.

Block Estates’ overall business model encompasses the creation of a real estate industry ecosystem powered by a blockchain platform. This will provide a frictionless, borderless and efficient system to facilitate a wide range of real estate related services where transactions between parties will be undertaken in real time whilst utilising a safe and secure system.

“Token holders will enjoy the benefits that will be attached to the Block Estates security tokens including income, profit sharing and potentially token price appreciation.”

The introduction of vertical tokenized services in addition to investments is planned to enhance our service offering and position Block Estates to become a global leader in the Real Estate Blockchain market.

The Company has said that development of the platform will be undertaken over three phases with development of phase 1 being well advanced as at September 2018. Launch of the Block Estates beta platform with initial investment features is scheduled for late 2018 with increased functionality being progressively added. Phase 2 and 3 will further expand platform functionality and will facilitate a diverse range of services including real estate asset investment, management, trading and monitoring. Block Estates aims to achieve this through development of a proprietary blockchain platform.


Block Estates is developing a real estate investment platform for the blockchain era which will give investors direct access to an innovative, lucrative and a real estate backed asset class to invest in. Investments will be launched in leading global markets and investors will gain access to both domestic and cross border investments via the Block Estates platform. An initial portfolio of real estate assets will be secured, tokenized and made available for investment during the Block Estates STO. Investors wanting to take part in the STO can simply purchase tokens from the Block Estates website. The tokens will be implemented through Ethereum Smart Contracts and will be ERC20 compliant. Following the STO, we plan to list the tokens on a digital token exchange to provide trading liquidity.


To learn more about Block Estates, please contact:

Block Estates Media Relations Team
London UK
Phone: +44 20 3393 3273
Email: media@blockestates.io

Call to Climate Action: Today and Tomorrow, New-Generation Diesel Technology Reduces GHG Emissions

Adoption of the newest diesel technologies delivers immediate, significant emissions reductions and climate benefits

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the Global Climate Action Summit concludes in San Francisco, the emphasis will be on commitments and actions communities, cities, states and countries can take to tackle the climate challenge. The Diesel Technology Forum encourages the world’s leaders to embrace ALL greenhouse-gas-reducing technologies and consider policies that increase the adoption of the latest diesel engines, vehicles and equipment, which are proven to accelerate emissions reductions and carbon-cutting climate benefits.

“The diversity of economic and energy needs around the world is substantial. While the Summit has focused on options like ‘electrifying everything’ or switching to alternative forms of energy, many such approaches are aspirational or far outside the practical consideration for many cities and countries,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Forum.

“We should all embrace innovation and opportunity in every form, and at the same time not lose sight of technologies that deliver climate progress today on a wide scale. Making progress on global climate commitments requires a mix of proven and existing technologies, working alongside new technologies. Among these must be the new generation of diesel power.

“Diesel powers one out of every two sectors in the global economy. At work on the streets, on jobsites, and in farm fields, mines and beyond, greenhouse gas emissions reductions are not a prospective goal, but are a daily reality, driven by the increased use of more advanced diesel engines, vehicles and equipment around the globe.

“Even as manufacturers investigate alternative fuels and technologies, many sectors depend solely upon diesel engines and fuels. While technology demonstrations or small-scale releases of alternate technologies may take place, in many sectors no other fuel or technology options are expected to be commercially available on a wide scale, nor be able to deliver the unique combination of benefits that diesel possesses, for the foreseeable future.

“Fortunately, established technologies like diesel are not standing still. Thanks to continuous improvement in efficiency and performance, the newest generation of diesel engine – when deployed in conjunction with ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel – offers a proven, cost-effective, energy-efficiency, near-zero-emission power choice. New renewable diesel and biodiesel fuel options – drop-in replacements for conventional fossil-based diesel – mean that the newest diesel technologies can cut greenhouse gasses and other emissions even further.

“We encourage world leaders to consider policies to encourage the greater adoption of the latest clean diesel technologies out on the road, in the fields and on jobsites so as to accelerate progress today,” concluded Schaeffer.

Tackling climate change is a big challenge that requires many solutions, and diesel power is delivering:

  • 59 million tons of CO2 eliminated through the use of the latest generation of clean diesel trucks on the road in the United States since 2011.
  • 10 tons of CO2 saved by a single, new Class 8 diesel truck in one year, relative to previous generations of technology. Between 2016 and 2017, the United States experienced a 6 percent increase in purchases of new-generation diesel-powered commercial trucks.
  • 1 billion tons of CO2 expected to be reduced in the United States from the use of more fuel-efficient commercial trucks between 2021 and 2027, when more stringent fuel economy standards for trucks are phased in. Diesel is expected to be the primary power for these vehicles.

  • More American drivers are choosing bigger vehicles like pickups and SUVs. If every full-size pickup sold were a diesel, we could eliminate the same amount of CO2 as if 15 percent of all cars on the road today were EVs.
  • The City of San Francisco eliminated 63,000 tons of CO2 in a year by powering 606 diesel buses with renewable diesel fuel.
  • 17 million tons of black carbon emissions will be eliminated between 2000 and 2030, according to the state of California, from the rollout of clean diesel trucks and equipment.
  • By 2030 black carbon emissions attributable to diesel engines will almost be eliminated in California, thanks to the introduction of the newest generation of diesel technology, not due to fuel switching or diesel replacement.

  • Use of renewable diesel fuel – not electrification or natural gas – in California is the primary means by which the state is achieving its low carbon fuel mandates, as well as its progress toward the global climate action plan.

For more information on how diesel technology contributes to worldwide goals, visit https://www.dieselforum.org/dieselpowersthefuture.

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About The Diesel Technology Forum
The Diesel Technology Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of Diesel engines, fuel and technology. Forum members are leaders in clean Diesel technology and represent the three key elements of the modern clean Diesel system: advanced engines, vehicles and equipment, cleaner Diesel fuel and emissions-control systems. For more information, visit http://www.dieselforum.org.

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Fishing to be banned at Ha long Bay

Ha Long City authorities in Quang Ninh province will ban all kinds of fishing in Ha Long Bay’s natural reserve sites as of next month.

Only authority-approved fishing and diving activities for tourism using traditional tools will be allowed. The move aims to boost the protection of local fishery sources, as well as the management and promotion of the UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site.

In the first half of this year, Quang Ninh province welcomed 2.5 million foreign visitors.

Source: VOV5

Southeast Asian cyber-security center opens in Thailand

A cyber-security center opened in Thailand on Friday to train personnel from countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help combat cyber threats in the attack-prone region.

The idea of the ASEAN-Japan Cyber Security Capacity Building Centre came from a meeting between ASEAN and Japan’s ministers in Cambodia last year. About 700 cyber-security personnel from Southeast Asia are expected to graduate from the Japan-designed programs, which include cyber defense, digital forensics and malware analysis.

Source: VOV5

Skripal poisoning: Kremlin dismisses accusation of Russia’s ‘lying’

The UK’s accusation of Russia’s lying on the posoning of former spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia is unreasonable and inconvincible.

The Kremlin made the statement Friday after the interview of two suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Bosirov was broadcast on Russian TV.

The two suspects said on TV that they went to the UK just for travelling. Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the men are ordinary citizens and had nothing to do with the Russian government.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam gifts 5,000 tons of rice to Cuba

A ceremony to deliver 5,000 tonnes of Vietnamese rice to Cuba as a gift took place at the headquarters of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment (MINCEX) on Friday.

Prior to the delivery, Head of the General Department of State Reserves, Do Viet Duc, reiterated the traditional friendship and support of the Vietnamese Party, State, and people for the Cuban people’s revolutionary cause.

Deputy Minister of MINCEX Antonio Carricarte thanked Vietnam for the gift and for helping Cuba increase rice production. He said that long-standing friendship will catapult bilateral cooperation, particularly in trade, investment, and services.

Source: VOV5

Young people response to Clean Up The World campaign 2018

The Ho Chi Minh Youth Union and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment launched a national voluntary campaign Clean Up The World at a ceremony in Binh Thuan province on Saturday.

Themed Waste management for a sustainable rural environment, the campaign highlights the need of environmental management, particularly waste management in rural areas.

It mobilizes the vanguard role of young people and encourages the community to engage in climate change response and environmental protection by specific activities.

Source: VOV5