CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop Speaks to U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Emerging Mass Transportation Technology

Josh Giegel emphasized that hyperloop is a down payment towards a cleaner, more efficient transportation system, not only for the next decade, but the next century

WASHINGTON, May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, at the Transportation and Infrastructure Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee hearing, “When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies,” Josh Giegel, the CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop, discussed how hyperloop can bring our transportation network into the 21st Century and the need for increased investment in hyperloop.

“We can have – in the near future – hyperloop, a new, more efficient, faster, and sustainable component of our national transportation system that brings communities together and opens up opportunities for all. We aim to create a mass-mobility experience that is available to the broad public,” said Giegel.

As Congress prepares surface reauthorization legislation, this hearing is timely to highlight the safety, environmental, and mobility benefits of hyperloop. Bipartisan support of hyperloop from Members of Congress has been crucial in the forward progression of the industry thus far, but continued support is necessary to deploy a hyperloop system across the United States.

Giegel stated that since U.S. DOT’s guidance issued last summer that hyperloop is subject to FRA safety jurisdiction, legislation should make clear that hyperloop is eligible for funding programs on the same terms as rail projects. Further, he also said the Federal government should provide additional funding opportunities for such cutting-edge technologies like hyperloop. Legislation could set aside funds for emerging technology developed in the United States.

About Virgin Hyperloop Technology
Hyperloop is a planned high-speed surface transportation system. Travel would occur within a low-pressure enclosure in a vehicle. This, along with Virgin Hyperloop’s proprietary magnetic levitation engine, would allow us to reach and maintain airline speeds with significantly less energy than other modes of transportation. Not only is hyperloop expected to be fast, but a high-capacity mass transit system, capable of comfortably moving people and goods at 670 miles per hour with 50,000 passengers per hour, per direction, on-demand and direct to your destination (meaning no stops along the way). That is the equivalent of a 30-lane highway.

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Virgin Hyperloop is the only company in the world that has successfully tested hyperloop technology with passengers, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. The company successfully operated an occupied hyperloop vehicle using electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation under near-vacuum conditions, realizing a fundamentally new form of transportation that is expected to be faster, safer, cheaper, and more sustainable than existing modes. Learn more about Virgin Hyperloop’s technology, vision, and ongoing projects here.

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St Kitts and Nevis to Welcome Back International Cricket This Summer

LONDON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Federation of St Kitts and Nevis will be hosting the 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League this August and three one-day international matches in July. All thirty-three games will take place in St Kitts’ Warner Park Sporting Complex. The move demonstrates the islands’ efficient management of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen a total of 44 recorded cases, zero deaths and no community spread.

Nonetheless, St Kitts and Nevis will continue to implement robust health and safety measures. This will include only selling 50 percent of tickets and ensuring that all patrons are fully vaccinated. The sporting event will encourage economic activity on the islands, benefitting both small and medium-sized businesses.

“Everybody is getting excited about it. Not that we just have cricket, but these are difficult times, and we have seen the tremendous economic impact that St Kitts and Nevis has benefited from when we host the usual five [CPL] home matches,” said Minister of Sports, Jonel Powell, during a radio programme.

“We now have 33 matches, four weeks of cricket, six weeks of hotel stay overs, and we anticipate tremendous economic impacts for ordinary people in St Kitts and Nevis, who have had a rough time over the last year.”

Sports, particularly cricket, is a prominent pastime in the Federation and its development remains high on government priorities. In recent years, the nation has not only opened a new cricket practice facility, but its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme has been instrumental in funding an international athletics track in Nevis.

The CBI Programme, launched in 1984, has been vital to socio-economic development on the island in various sectors from sports and healthcare to education and tourism. Funds generated under its Sustainable Growth Fund are channelled into the benefit of citizens, both economic and native. In exchange, the programme offers an attractive investment opportunity for high net-worth individuals and their families who want to protect their future and diversify their assets. Once passing a multi-tiered vetting procedure, investors gain citizenship with perks that include the right to live, work, and study in the nation and increased global mobility to nearly 160 destinations, including key business hubs.

Investors with larger families can now take advantage of a temporary rebate which grants citizenship to a family of up to four for $150,000 instead of $195,000 – accounting for a $45,000 discount.


Dominican Prime Minister Shows Solidary as India Battles Second Wave

LONDON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr the Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convey solidarity and condolences to the many families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Currently, the second wave in India has seen over 300,000 people testing positive daily and more than 200,000 dead.

Dominica and India have shared a longstanding and fruitful relationship for decades. In January, when Prime Minister Skerrit requested India’s help in getting vaccines, Prime Minister Modi responded by sending thousands of Oxford Astra-Zeneca shots. The gesture of kindness from India was soon forwarded as Dominica distributed a portion of the vaccines to neighbouring islands to immunise frontline workers.

“As Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, I wish to affirm that we stand united with India in the hour of need. India as a country stood alongside our vulnerable nation at our time of need,” Prime Minister Skerrit said via his Facebook page. “I am confident that with your [PM Modi’s] leadership and the resilience of your people, the Republic of India will not only defeat COVID-19 but emerge stronger from this pandemic.”

Over the years, Dominica has welcomed a growing number of Indian families as citizens under its world-class Citizenship by Investment Programme. Through the programme, vetted Indian applicants who contribute to a government fund for the betterment of the island or invest in selected hotel brands like the Marriot or the Hilton receive citizenship for life for themselves and their families. A Dominican citizenship, for many Indians, has opened doors to vast visa-free travel, the possibility of international education, and the backing of a solid healthcare system.

According to the Financial Times’ CBI Index, Dominica’s CBI Programme is rated the best in the world for the last four years. No physical residency or interview is required for the application process, and citizenship can be obtained in approximately three months.

Dominica has also waived visa requirements for Indian nationals visiting the island for tourism and business purposes for a period of six months. Similarly, the Government of India has approved an e-Tourist Visa for Dominican citizens. The Indian community in Dominica consists of several business families, professionals and faculty members of the coveted All Saints University School of Medicine.

BlockBank Brings AI Advisory to Crypto Industry

LONDON, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BlockBank leverages Artificial Intelligence, adding it to the traditional banking and DeFi system making the entire ecosystem more secure, private, and decentralized. The platform will be AI-powered, which means it will monitor and understand social intelligence, risk mitigation, analytics, batched transactions, and smart contracts.

BlockBank has over 40,000 app users

BlockBank aims to expand the user’s knowledge base and positively their decision-making power. The cryptocurrency space, while full of opportunities for significant gains in terms of profit, is without its own drawbacks. Investing in it will mean big risks, considering the volatile nature of its market and the complexity of the industry.  As a user-oriented platform, BlockBank aims to offer the users with the right set of information powered by AI-enabled analytics and risk management practices.

BlockBank is currently working to provide a built-in fiat gateway along with giving access to a non-custodial and cross-chain wallet for the users to hold their cryptocurrency. To name a few services and possibilities that will be offered by BlockBank include, real-time market analysis, robo-advisory, trade execution, price prediction, earning strategies recommendations, and finance tracking.

Smart Tools for the Cryptocurrency Space

BlockBank  is on a mission to make the everyday user a smart trader. The application works on the premise that everyday users have lesser knowledge about the nuances of the DeFi platforms and its features, including smart contracts, etc. In addition to this, the lack of customer support and unfair tokenomics also make trading decisions difficult for the simple users.

BlockBank has signed an exclusive partnership with SKAEL to bring in artificial intelligence to the crypto ecosystem. SKAEL has worked with many top companies to bring about hyper-automation. Its goal is to help organisations save time and produce efficient results within a short timeframe. At the moment, Google, Oracle, Asurion and many other significant enterprises utilise the services of SKAEL.

The collaboration between BlockBank and SKAEL intends to bring in a unique Artificial Intelligence model to the blockchain space. BlockBank wants to provide an outstanding AI product capable of solving some problems in the blockchain space.

The company recently launched their record breaking IDO, releasing BBANK token as the native cryptocurrency of the BlockBank platform. Furthermore, depending on the Tier Level, the users can earn additional tier-wise APY.

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شبكة تلفزيون الصين الدولية: إذ هي مترسخة في تقاليد البلاد، طرق الصين الخضراء إلى مستقبل منخفض الكربون

بكين، 6 أيار/مايو 2021 / PRNewswire / — منذ فجر العصر الصناعي، أنتجت البشرية ثروة مادية غير مسبوقة.  ولكن هذا الازدهار لم يأت بدون ثمن باهظ على حساب الطبيعة.

يستخدم البشر اليوم قدرًا كبيرًا من الموارد البيئية كما لو كانوا يعيشون على 1.6 من الأرض التي نعيش عليها الآن، وفقًا لشبكة  البصمة العالمية.  وهذا يعني أن الأرض تستغرق الآن عامًا وثمانية أشهر لتجديد ما يستخدمه البشر في السنة من مواردها.

وإذ طرح فكرة أن “المياه النقية والجبال الخصبة أصول لا تقدر بثمن”، كرر الرئيس الصيني شي جنبينغ مرارًا فكرة أن “حماية البيئة الطبيعية ودفع التنمية المستدامة قدما هي التزاماتنا المشتركة.”   وبعد كل شيء، على حد تعبيره، قال “لدينا أرض واحدة فقط.”

“الاستخدام المتزن للموارد الطبيعية”

الاستخدام المتزن للموارد الطبيعية هو مفتاح الحفاظ على البيئة.  نحن بحاجة إلى تعزيز أسلوب حياة أبسط وأكثر اخضرارًا ومنخفض الكربون، أسلوب يعارض الإفراط والهدر، وتعزيز ثقافة العيش الأخضر والصحي.

 –  الرئيس الصيني شي جنبينغ في 28 نيسان/أبريل 2019

خلال حفل افتتاح المعرض الدولي للبستنة في العام 2019، أوضح الرئيس شي الطريق إلى الحفاظ على البيئة من خلال الاستشهاد بالمقتطف السابق ذكره من جيجي تونغيان أو “المرآة الشاملة لمساعدة الحوكمة”، وهو عمل مرجعي رائد في التاريخ الصيني من تأليف سيما غوانغ (1019-1086) من أسرة سونغ الشمالية (960-1127).

اتخذت فكرة الاستخدام المقيد للموارد معاني جديدة في الصين اليوم.  كما أشار شي في خطابه، فإن “نموذج التنمية المتمثل في” قتل الدجاج من أجل البيض”، و”تجفيف البحيرة من أجل الأسماك” هو طريق وصل إلى طريق مسدود.  ستتم إضاءة المستقبل من خلال التنمية الصديقة للبيئة التي تتوافق مع قواعد الطبيعة.”

إن السعي وراء التنمية الخضراء منخفضة الكربون المستندة إلى الابتكار هي العمود الفقري للجهود التي تدفع الصين نحو هدفها المتمثل في أن تصبح دولة اشتراكية حديثة.

في العام 2018، أدرجت الصين فكرة الحضارة البيئية في دستورها لأول مرة.  كما تمهد الخطة الخمسية الأخيرة الطريق للبلاد لوعدها برفع انبعاثات ثاني أكسيد الكربون إلى ذروتها بحلول العام 2030 وتحقيق الحياد الكربوني بحلول العام 2060.

تتعهد الخطة الخمسية الرابعة عشرة (2021-2025) بتخفيض استهلاك الطاقة لكل وحدة من الناتج المحلي الإجمالي وانبعاثات ثاني أكسيد الكربون لكل وحدة من الناتج المحلي الإجمالي بنسبة 13.5 في المئة و 18 في المئة على التوالي خلال الفترة 2021-2025.

كما تعهدت الصين بزيادة حجم مخزون الغابات بمقدار ستة مليارات متر مكعب بحلول العام 2030 من مستوى 2005 ورفع إجمالي قدرتها المركبة من طاقة الرياح والطاقة الشمسية إلى أكثر من 1.2 مليار كيلوواط.

الوفاء بالوعد

صرح الرئيس شي في مناسبات عديدة بالتزام الصين بضمان التعايش المتناغم بين البشر والطبيعة، وهو هدف تسعى إليه الصين بالأفعال.

في السنوات العشر الماضية، احتلت الصين المرتبة الأولى عالميًا من حيث زيادة موارد الغابات، حيث تجاوزت مساحة التشجير فيها 70 مليون هكتار.  وفي الوقت نفسه، يخضع 90 في المئة من أنواع النظم الإيكولوجية الأرضية المختلفة و 85 في المئة من مجموعات الحيوانات البرية الرئيسية للحماية الفعالة من الدولة.

إن الدولة التي كان تقدمها الاقتصادي على مدى العقود الماضية مدعومًا إلى حد كبير بالفحم هي الآن من بين أكبر المستثمرين في العالم في مجال الطاقة المتجددة، حيث تمتلك 30 بالمئة من القدرة العالمية المركبة للطاقة المتجددة.

علاوة على ذلك، انخفضت حصة استهلاك طاقة الفحم في البلاد من 60.4٪ في العام 2017 إلى 56.8٪ في العام 2020، وارتفع استهلاك الطاقة النظيفة من 19.1٪ في العام 2016 إلى 24.3٪ في العام 2020، وفقًا لبيانات المكتب الوطني للإحصاء.

بحلول العام 2019، انخفضت انبعاثات الكربون في البلاد بنسبة 48.1 في المئة مقارنة بذلك الرقم في العام 2005، مما عكس اتجاه الزيادة السريعة في انبعاثات ثاني أكسيد الكربون، وفقًا لكتاب أبيض حول تطوير الطاقة صدر في 21 كانون الأول/ديسمبر 2020، من قبل المكتب الإعلامي لمجلس الدولة .

وقال الرئيس شي “المهمة صعبة للغاية”، في إشارة إلى وعود الصين بشأن معالجة قضية التغير المناخي، في قمة الفيديو الأخيرة بين الصين وفرنسا وألمانيا.  لكن الصين ستفي بوعودها.”