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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Four thousand athletes to participate in Asian Para Games

Solo, C Java (ANTARA News) – The number of participants of the upcoming Asian Para Games 2018 will reach some four thousand athletes from 42 countries, an increase from around 2.8 thousand athletes from 41 nations during the previous Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

The preparations for the third Asian Para Games, to be held in Jakarta from Oct 6 to 13 this year, has reached some 90 percent, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said here recently.

Participants are expected to arrive from Sep 26, 2018, onwards, and the Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) has prepared facilities and personnel to welcome them.

“We will welcome them in special way, including by providing special facilities for transportation, accommodation, and meals, which will be adjusted according to the participants needs,” the minister stated.

The minister was in Solo to review the trainings of Indonesian athletes of the National Paralympic Committee (NPC). Nahrawi was accompanied by NPC President Senny Marbun.

“I hope the community welcomes the Asian Para Games 2018 happily in Jakarta. I also hope that Yemen and Palestine will also participate in the Asian Para Games, which could be a momentum of international unity. There must be no political differences during the Games,” he remarked.

The Asian Para Games 2018 is preceded by a torch relay in the same way as the Asian Games 2018, starting on Sept 5, 2018. But the Asian Para Games torch will be relayed only in eight cities.

The Asian Para Games torch relay started with the lighting of the torch from the Mrapen eternal flame in Grobogan district, Central Java. The torch was later taken to Solo (Central Java), Ternate (North Maluku), Makassar (South Sulawesi), and several other cities in the country.

In the meantime, INAPGOC has made a breakthrough by allowing people with disabilities to watch matches during the Asian Para Games international championship for free.

Source: ANTARA News

Asian Para Games medalists to be given bonus

Sukoharjo, C Java, (ANTARA News) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said here on Saturday that Asian Para Games 2018 athletes would also be given a bonus like Asian Games 2018 athletes.

“Asian Para Games athletes that perform well will get the same bonus as those of the Asian Games atletes. So, there will be no difference,” he noted, while visiting a national training center for Asian Para Games badminton players at Hartono Trade Center in Solo Baru, Grogol Sukoharjo, Central Java.

An Indonesian gold medalist in the Asian Games 2018 was awarded around US$100 thousand in bonus.

Jokowi was accompanied by Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, and President of National Paralympic Committee Senny Marbun during the visit.

On the occasion, he also took an opportunity to talk to some athletes and even tried table tennis.

He noted that he came to the training center to monitor the preparations of athletes to achieve success in the Asian Para Games 2018, which will soon begin.

“I saw preparations been carried out in badminton and table tennis, which are expected to produce gold medals for Indonesia” he remarked.

He hoped athletes who have worked very hard would be able to meet the target set at 16 gold medals or even more than that.

“We expect Indonesia to rank among the top seven at the 2018 Asian Para Games. Indonesia ranked in the ninth position at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea,” Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi revealed.

At the 2014 Asian Para Games, Indonesia collected a total of nine gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 18 bronze medals.

A total of 42 countries, with 2,800 athletes, 1,800 officials, and 500 media, both domestic and foreign, will participate in the 2018 Asian Para Games to be held in Jakarta from Oct 6-13.

The 2018 Asian Para Games will offer 18 sports, namely basketball, volleyball, fencing, table tennis, swimming, shooting, judo, cycling, chess, weightlifting, bowling, goalball, badminton, running, archery, boccia, handball, and tennis.

Source: ANTARA News