Daily Archives: June 2, 2019

‫ASA Ventures والمجموعة الدولية لاستشارات بلوكتشين (IBC) تدعمان الاستثمار في العقارات الفخمة في الإمارات والبرتغال عبر طرح عملة الصكوك الرمزية “Gallery Sukuk”

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة،2 يونيو/ حزيران 2019 /PRNewswire/ — انضمت شركة ASA Ventures، الكائنة في دبي والتي تستثمر في رأس المال ، إلى المجموعة الدولية لاستشارات بلوكتشين المحدودة (IBC Group) التي تستثمر في تقنية سجل المعاملات العمومي “بلوكتشين” بغرض طرح عملة الصكوك الرمزية (Gallery STO) التي تقوم بتسويقها شركة GST Offering Group المقرر تسجيلها قريبًا ككيان رسمي في مالطة.

وسوف تقوم شركة المقاصة المذكورة بإدارة عمليتي شراء الحصص في الأصول العقارية وإصدار عملات رمزية لها في كل من الإمارات والبرتغال.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_3iddfaeu/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

كما تقوم المجموعة بإصدار عملات صكوك رقمية تتألف من عملة رقمية قابلة للتداول وعمليتين للمستخدمين بغرض إدارة الأصول وإدارة الأملاك، بحيث تمتثل جميعها امتثالاً كاملاً لأحكام الشريعة الإسلامية. وسوف يصبح تسجيل التدفقات النقدية وتتبعها أكثر شفافية وأمنًا من خلال بروتوكول بلوكتشين. تمثل العملات الرمزية أصولاً أساسية وتساوي في هذه الحالة محفظة تتكون من 200 شقة من شقق العطلات الإيجارية بمنطقة مرسى دبي التي تصل قيمتها الحالية إلى 100 مليون دولار أمريكي.

وسوف يحق للمستثمرين المشاركين، عن طريق معرض STO، الحصول على مكافآت من عائدات وحدات العطلات المؤجرة في كل من دبي ولشبونة، وهما من كبرى عواصم العالم تشهدان ازدهارًا في قطاع السياحة. وقد وردت في تقارير عوائد 2018 المحصلة من الوحدات الإيجارية قصيرة الأجل، عن طريق العقارات المدرجة على قوائم AirBnB في دبي، زيادة في العوائد بنسبة 69% مقابل ما تحقق في العام الماضي، فتفوقت بذلك على ما حققه قطاع الفنادق من عائدات بواقع 64%. وفي البرتغال، ارتفعت العائدات المحققة من الوحدات الإيجارية قصيرة الأجل إلى 260,000,00 يورو في عام 2015 ثم أظهرت تلك العائدات زيادة مطردة منذ ذلك الحين.

وقد عبر عارف سياد، رئيس ASA Ventures التنفيذي، عن تحمسه الشديد فيما يتصل بشركة المقاصة وقال إنها “تتماهى مع أهداف ASA الرامية إلى تمكين الناس ودعمهم عن طريق جعل الأمور أكثر يسرًا لكل من يرغب في الاستثمار العقاري في دبي وفي البرتغال.” عارف سياد من مدينة لشبونة وقد تمكنت شركة المقاصة التي يديرها من تشغيل ما يربو على 30 شركة ناشئة منذ عام 2003، وظلت الشركة فعالع ومؤثرة في إدخال الشركات الناشئة من مختلف القطاعات الاقتصادية إلى الأسواق الأوروبية وأسواق الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا. وأما الطرف الثاني في هذه الشركة فهو السيد/ خورام شروف، رئيس مجلس إدارة  مجموعه IBC المحدودة، وهو من كبار مستثمري تقنية بلوكتشين وواحد من أقوى 100 شخصية من الشخصيات المسلمة الأكثر تأثيرًا لعام 2018. وقد صرح قائلاً: “تستطيع عملة معرض  STO، عن طريق تقنية بلوكتشين، منح مزيد من المستثمرين الفرصة لتنويع محافظهم الاستثمارية والمساعدة في نهاية المطاف على دعم القطاع العقاري في دبي.”

ومن المقرر طرح معرض STO خلال قمة بلوكتشين المقرر انعقادها في مالطة هذا العام، وسوف يعقب ذلك الإعلان عن طرح اتفاقيات بسيطة للعملات الرمزية، “SAFT” في تاريخ لاحق، على أن تتوفر بحلول ذلك الموعد 2,000,000 عملة رمزية.  كما يتم الإعلان عن مزيد من الفعاليات بشأن المواعيد المتوقع خلالها طرح العملات الرمزية لعموم المستخدمين.

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Famed New Orleans Chef Leah Chase Dies at 96

Legendary New Orleans chef and civil rights icon Leah Chase has died. She was 96.

Her family released a statement Saturday saying the “unwavering advocate for civil liberties” and “believer in the Spirit of New Orleans” had died.

Chase put the Dooky Chase restaurant on the map by turning it into the first white-tablecloth establishment that catered to the black community. She also challenged New Orleans’ segregation laws by seating black and white patrons together.

In her seven-decade culinary career, Chase fed civil rights icons, presidents, legendary artists and common folk alike, introducing them to Creole cooking, which combines the flavors of France, Africa and Native America.

Her fans included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and musicians Ray Charles, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughn.

Chase recalled when she hosted Barack Obama at the restaurant while he was campaigning for president in 2008. She said she had to slap him down when he tried to add hot sauce to her dish. “Mr. Obama, you don’t put hot sauce in my gumbo,” Chase recalled in an interview with WWL-TV. “So I had to reprimand him.”

Chase was born in Madisonville, Louisiana, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, on Jan. 6, 1923.

She married Edgar “Dooky” Chase Jr., a jazz trumpeter and band leader in 1945. She went to work at her father-in-law’s sandwich shop in New Orleans, where she convinced the family to expand the business, to make it more like the finer restaurants she had worked at in the city’s French Quarter.

The restaurant became a gathering place for leaders of the civil rights movement to discuss strategy, often with their white allies.

In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city, the Dooky Chase restaurant was flooded, with 1.5 meters of water in the dining room for weeks. The damage was so extensive some thought it would never reopen. But it did two years later.

Leah Chase could be seen at the restaurant until a few months ago, greeting guests and overseeing the kitchen with the help of a walker.

“I love people and I love serving people. It’s fun for me to serve people. Because sometimes people will come in and they’re tired. And just a little plate of food will make people happy,” she said during a 2015 interview with The Associated Press.

Source: Voice of America

Zimbabwe Businesses Drop Local Currency for US Dollars

HARARE, ZIMBABWE As Zimbabwe’s economy struggles and the country faces scarce fuel supplies, some businesses are refusing to accept the ever-weakening local currency, insisting on doing business in U.S. dollars.

One reason is that the local currency, known as bond notes, are not accepted outside the southern African country, making them useless for any companies that need to import goods.

This spare vehicle parts seller, Tongai Madamombe, says he wants President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to switch to the U.S. dollar as pricing in bond-notes has become difficult.

For those that do not import, charging in bond-notes is not as difficult, as it is for us who import, Madamombe said. If you do not calculate well, you will fail to restock. We are really in difficult times. So we are now pricing in U.S. dollars, those who do not have it we use parallel market rates, as we will go there to get foreign currency to import our stock.

Zimbabwe abandoned its dollar more than a decade ago, when hyperinflation made it worthless. Now the bond notes, introduced two years ago, are also depreciating in value.

The South African rand and British pounds are acceptable in many places, but very hard to find.

Even some Zimbabwe government departments and companies such as the National Railways have started asking for payment in U.S. dollars, partly to protect themselves against the depreciating bond notes.

Fuel is another scarce product in Zimbabwe, and the government continues to control its price. Some companies have resorted to selling it in U.S. dollars only.

Eddington Mazambani, the head of the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority, says it is only allowing fuel companies that have directly imported fuel on their own to trade in U.S. dollars, as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe pays foreign currency for most fuel imports in the country.

We require documentation, if you have procured through Reserve Bank [and] you then fail to produce documentation to us, we will then take the necessary measures. You would be breaking the law, so we will take measures according to the laws in the petroleum sector, Mazambani said.

The government says gas stations trading in U.S. dollars when they are supposed to take local currency are being stripped of their licenses. But so far that policy has not made fuel more available or stopped the practice.

Source: Voice of America

Thousands Defy Police in Cameroon, Demanding Kamto’s Release

YAOUNDE At least 73 people have been arrested in demonstrations in Cameroon as thousands of supporters of Maurice Kamto, the man who says he won the October 7 presidential election, have defied a heavy police presence and are staging protests in several towns of the central African state. They are seeking the immediate release of their party leader, among other things, and scores of his supporters have been jailed since January.

During a protest on Saturday in Yaounde, businessman Moustapha Ali, 27, said he will continue protesting until they find justice, which he said is being denied to them by Cameroon President Paul Biya, his government and the institutions he has created.

He said no one will stop them from pressing for freedom for Kamto and those supporters arrested at the beginning of the year. He said even though Kamto has not been inaugurated, he nonetheless is legitimately the president of Cameroon.

At least a dozen people, including Kamto’s first vice president, Mamadou Mota of the MRC party, have been arrested and detained in Yaounde and Douala.

The strong police presence and their anti-riot equipment did not deter demonstrators in several towns, including Douala, Banjoun, Bafoussam and Bouda. Cameroon had banned protests in most of its cities, saying it was a threat to peace.

Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Cameroon’s minister of External Relations, warned last week during a meeting with diplomats, United Nations staff and international NGO’s that the planned protests would not be tolerated.

Mbella Mbella said any political action or initiative that questions the legitimacy and legality of Paul Biya as president of Cameroon is tantamount to undermining Cameroon state sovereignty and is intended to disrupt public peace. He says the country’s constitutional council examined and threw out as baseless all petitions filed by those who contested the election and Cameroon’s institutions.

Fidel Djoumessi, an official of Kamto’s MRC party, said the protests will continue until Kamto and his supporters are freed, the government opens up dialogue to resolve the crisis that has claimed close to 2,000 lives, and investigations are opened into why the Confederation of African Football seized hosting rights of the 2019 Africa Football Cup of Nations from Cameroon.

He said it is a scandal the government of Cameroon would decide to prohibit peaceful protests, which are a constitutional right. He said he does not understand why simple demonstrations to ask for electoral reforms and talks to return to the restive English-speaking regions should be described by the government as a threat to national security.

Police arrested Kamto, nine of his party officials and close to 200 of their supporters last January after days of peaceful protests in cities, including the political capital Yaounde and the economic capital Douala.

Similar protests took place in various Cameroon embassies around the world, including Paris and Berlin, where the pictures of president Biya were shattered.

Kamto and his colleagues were accused of inciting the protesters and now are facing eight charges, including treason, inciting violence, and disruption of public peace.

Rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been calling on Cameroon to release all peaceful protesters, including Kamto.

Source: Voice of America