China Ceramics Announces Board Changes

JINJIANG, China, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — China Ceramics Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ Capital Market: CCCL) (“China Ceramics” or the “Company”), a leading Chinese manufacturer of ceramic tiles used for exterior siding and for interior flooring and design in residential and commercial buildings, today announced that effective as of November 1, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) appointed Mr. Song Chungen as an independent member of the Board as well as a member of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees.

“We welcome Mr. Chungen to our Board and the Board’s committees as an independent director and we are confident that he will make a positive contribution to the Company,” said Ms. Meishuang Huang, Chief Executive Officer of China Ceramics.

Song Chungen has been a practicing lawyer at Guangdong Weihao Law firm from 2009 to present. He obtained his law license in May 2003, and in November 2009, Mr. Chungen obtained his Securities Qualification in China. Song Chungen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Sun Yat Sen University in 2007.

Also effective as of November 1, 2019, Liu Jun, a member of the Board and the Audit, Compensation and Nominating Committees, tendered his resignation. Mr. Liu Jun’s resignation was for personal reasons and not due to any disagreements with the Company or its management.

“We are grateful to Liu Jun for his many contributions to the Company and we wish him the best of success in all of his future endeavors,” said Ms. Meishuang Huang, CEO of China Ceramics.

About China Ceramics Co., Ltd.

China Ceramics Co., Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of ceramic tiles in China. The Company’s ceramic tiles are used for exterior siding, interior flooring, and design in residential and commercial buildings. China Ceramics’ products, sold under the “Hengda” or “HD”, “Hengdeli” or “HDL”, the “TOERTO” and “WULIQIAO” brands, and the “Pottery Capital of Tang Dynasty” brands, are available in over 2,000 style, color and size combinations and are distributed through a network of exclusive distributors as well as directly to large property developers. For more information, please visit

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First Country in Micronesia That Economic Citizens of St Kitts and Nevis Can Travel to Visa-Free

LONDON, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/– The Republic of the Marshall Islands will become the 155th destination to which citizens of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis can travel to without a visa. On October 26th, representatives of the two island countries signed a visa waiver agreement during a ceremony held in Taiwan.

The Marshall Islands is the first country in Micronesia that citizens of St Kitts and Nevis, whether native or economic, will be able to travel to visa-free. One can become an economic citizen of St Kitts and Nevis via its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme.

Jasmine Huggins, Ambassador of St Kitts and Nevis to Taiwan, said during the signing ceremony on Saturday: “we are aware that the privilege of traveling to new and distant places provides an opportunity for personal growth and development and today we are making it that much easier for our citizens.” The Marshall Islands’ Foreign Minister, John Silk, welcomed the closer collaboration between the two nations, which he said would mean that “more opportunities will open up for both of our countries to work together through increased people to people exchanges with a view of cultivating enhanced diplomatic relations.”

St Kitts and Nevis is known for actively investing in expanding its diplomatic relations all over the world. To date, citizens of the twin-island nation can travel without a visa before departure to two-thirds of the world’s countries and territories. The small Caribbean country is ranked 24th worldwide in terms of its passport strength and 30th for its rule of law. It also scored 10/10 points for its high due diligence standards, according to FT Specialist’s 2019 CBI Index.

Those wishing to become citizens of St Kitts and Nevis can do so without having a prior connection to the country, however they must pass a series of due diligence checks and make a minimum US$ 150,000 investment into the Sustainable Growth Fund (SGF), under the CBI Programme. Created in 1984, the Programme is a means of attracting foreign direct investment after St Kitts and Nevis gained independence from the United Kingdom. SGF was introduced by Prime Minister Timothy Harris as the most straightforward route to obtain second citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis, but also as a way to finance socio-economic initiatives on the islands.

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David Capdevila Appointed New Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Atradius N.V.

AMSTERDAM, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — From 1 January 2020, he will replace Isidoro Unda who has announced his departure after 12 years as the insurance company’s Chief Executive Officer.

David Capdevila

David Capdevila

At its meeting on 31 October 2019, the Board of Directors of Grupo Catalana Occidente and the Supervisory Board of Atradius N.V. approved the appointment of David Capdevila as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Atradius. Capdevila succeeds Isidoro Unda, who has announced his departure after 12 years as the credit insurer’s CEO. These changes will take effect from 1 January 2020.

The Chairman of Grupo Catalana Occidente, José María Serra, thanked Isidoro Unda for his dedication throughout his career within the insurance group and particularly highlighted his role “in the development and consolidation of Atradius as the leading company in international credit insurance.”

Unda was appointed CEO of Atradius N.V. in April 2007 when the companies Crédito y Caución, and Atradius N.V. announced their merger. Previously, Unda had served as CEO at Crédito y Caución since 2001.

Career of the new CEO

David Capdevila holds a degree in Economics and Business Studies and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Business Management from the IESE. He joined Grupo Catalana Occidente in 1992 as Director of Organization and Quality and has since assumed various responsibilities in the Group and its different companies.

In 2016, he was appointed CEO of Plus Ultra Seguros. Previously, between 2006 and 2013, he was the CEO of Crédito y Caución, and was Chief Market Officer (CMO) and a member of Atradius’ Management Board between 2010 and 2013.

José María Serra also praised the commitment of David Capdevila. “I am convinced that the appointment of David as the CEO of Atradius will boost the positioning of Atradius as a global credit insurer,” he said.

About Atradius

Atradius is a global provider of credit insurance, bond and surety, collections and information services, with a strategic presence in over 50 countries. The products offered by Atradius protect companies around the world against the default risks associated with selling goods and services on credit. Atradius is a member of Grupo Catalana Occidente (GCO.MC), one of the largest insurers in Spain and one of the largest credit insurers in the world.

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BNY Mellon Steps Up Commitment to Becoming a Driving Force in Singapore’s Digital and Fintech Ecosystem

SINGAPORE, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, is reaffirming its commitment to being a leader in Singapore’s vibrant and emerging fintech and innovative technology environment. The company, which established a Singapore presence in 1974, has continued to grow its influence in the region – including the opening of its Singapore Innovation Center in 2016. BNY Mellon is today announcing a number of new initiatives to further embed BNY Mellon into the fabric of Singapore’s digital and financial ecosystem.

Singapore has continued to cement its position as a global hub of innovation in financial services due to the leadership of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). We are excited to deepen our relationships with MAS and other financial leaders to drive innovation and collaboration. Given our role of providing infrastructure for the world’s financial markets, our early adoption of emerging technologies and partnerships with fintechs and other ecosystem participants, we can help strengthen and contribute to the dialogue influencing the evolution of the financial sector,” said Roman Regelman, BNY Mellon Head of Digital.

1. ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN): BNY Mellon has joined AFIN, which was established in 2018 to facilitate innovation and cooperation between financial institutions and fintechs in an effort to digitally transform the banking and financial sectors across southeast Asia to ultimately drive financial inclusion. BNY Mellon will be an advisor to the board through representation on the Strategic Advisory Council (SAC). Hans Brown, Global Head of Innovation, will represent BNY Mellon on the SAC.

“I am delighted that BNY Mellon has joined AFIN’s Strategic Advisory Council. BNY Mellon has been active in Singapore and has strong engagements in Asia driving digital initiatives. BNY Mellon will provide advice and support to the Board of AFIN, including the sharing of knowledge and expertise as an industry participant and direct user of APIX,” said Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer of the MAS.

2. Singapore FinTech Festival: BNY Mellon will have a robust presence at the Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF), from 11 to 15 November 2019.

    • Roman Regelman will participate on a panel discussion on digital transformation on 11 November.
    • Hans Brown will join the panel “CEO Perspectives on Financial Services Innovation” on 12 November.
    • Innovation Lab Crawl: As part of the festival, BNY Mellon will host a tour of its Singapore Innovation Center on 14 and 15 November from 10 a.m.12 p.m. Visitors will participate in panel discussions on “The Power of Diversity & Inclusion in Innovation.” BNY Mellon will also showcase innovation stories and offer the opportunity to network with user Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) and AI/Machine Learning experts and to experience interactive augmented reality content from BNY Mellon’s art collection.

In addition to participating in SFF, BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee will be in Singapore to host a number of employee and client activities, reaffirming the company’s commitment to building its presence in the region.

About BNY Mellon
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries. As of Sept. 30, 2019, BNY Mellon had $35.8 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.9 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on Follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon or visit our newsroom at for the latest company news.

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Ossen Innovation Announces the Date of Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 2019

SHANGHAI, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. (“Ossen” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: OSN), a China-based manufacturer of an array of plain surface, rare earth and zinc coated pre-stressed steel materials, today announced that it will hold its 2019 annual general meeting of shareholders at 10:00 a.m. Beijing time on November 25, 2019 at the Company’s headquarters located at 518 Shangcheng Road, Floor 17, Shanghai, China.

Details about the meeting, including proposals to be presented, will be included in the notice of the meeting and related proxy materials, which the Company expects to distribute to its shareholders on November 4, 2019. The proxy documents will be posted on the Company’s website at Please visit for more details.

About Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.

Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells a wide variety of plain surface pre-stressed steel materials and rare earth coated and zinc coated pre-stressed steel materials. The Company’s products are mainly used in the construction of bridges, as well as in highways and other infrastructure projects. Ossen has two manufacturing facilities located in Maanshan, Anhui Province, and Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province.

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Ossen Innovation Co., Ltd.
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Art_Market_logo – 24 October 2023: How the Art Market Saves the World From Economic and Financial Apocalypse

PARIS, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Artprice by Art Market invited a number of social science fiction authors to write near-term finance-fiction, as a prospective experiment including the Art Market.

Salvator Mundi ©2019 thierry Ehrmann - courtesy of Organ Museum / Abode of Chaos

Salvator Mundi ©2019 thierry Ehrmann – courtesy of Organ Museum / Abode of Chaos

It is Tuesday, 24 October 2023… here is the economic column by the editorial team of “Protect your Money”:

The French government has just issued 45 billion euros of long-term debt in a single day at negative rates. This is the second time France has issued tens of billions worth of 30-yr bonds at negative rates. The issue rate on its long-term debt has risen from -1.10% to -1.15% today.

Like every EU country, France is now borrowing at negative rates on short, medium and long-term debt. In the United States, President Trump’s insistent demands in 2019 that the Fed adopt negative rates were heard after his re-election in 2020. Meanwhile… Larry Gagosian – America’s wealthiest man – has been appointed as Donald Trump’s personal advisor. His acquisition, for $4.8 billion, of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, now hanging in the Oval Office, undoubtedly played a role in his nomination.

Salvator Mundi ©2019 thierry Ehrmann – courtesy of Organ Museum / Abode of Chaos


In stark defiance of rationality, investors looking for safe investments are ready to lend more and more money at a loss… a paradox that masks the fundamental reality that many financiers are actually gambling on an abysmal pursuit of negative rates throughout the world.

Numerous economists and commentators have alerted policy-makers to this practice, which is contrary to the fundamental rules of money-lending that have governed the global economy since time began. They point to the growing danger that the longer negative rates become the norm, the harder it will be to return to the healthier and sounder foundation of positive interest rates.

In his editorial in the New York Times, Chinese economist Wan Huan Xi – this year’s Nobel Prize winner for Economics – says This process is irreversibleIt basically signals the death of the banking system as we know it, adding… The only way out is the concentration of the banking system… a planetary ‘nationalization’ by global supra-central regulatory authorities.

Faced with the destructive spiral that savings and capital have entered, a number of bold and enlightened investors have been exploring successful alternative investment paths for several years:

  • Cryptocurrencies,
  • Gold,
  • Art.

Cryptocurrencies had the wind in their sails in the late 2020s, but demand tailed off because the crash of a “helicopter money” causes massive dilution that destroys its value. Eurobit, for example, lost 44% of its value last week, triggering a major panic amongst savers, investors and central banks alike. A joint statement from the ECB and the FED has announced a cryptocurrency rescue plan with negative rates of up to -3.6% and an immediate restart of QE (Quantitative Easing). The CEO of the startup Bitcoin Europa admitted that the risk is increasing every day. If the helicopter money strategy continues, we fear a collapse of prices… since cryptocurrencies essentially obey the same economic rules as physical currencies… they devalue with each new issue.

Moreover, we urgently need to reiterate our warnings about the permanent associated IT risk, the likes of which we saw in October 2021 when a complete paralysis of trading and trading systems for five days led to the first full-scale crash on cryptocurrency markets.

Gold has always been a safe haven and its value peaked not long ago. However, since the Chinese quantum calculator World Master defined the basis of an alchemical equation that is reasonably foreseeable in the near-term, gold prices have contracted substantially on profit-taking and are down 35% versus their peaks.

According to the Icelandic chemical engineer, Ragnar Eriksson, who participated in an international team to develop the Chinese World Master programme, conversion to gold is no longer a dream. We know how to produce gold using a reasonable amount of energy and producing a metal that fetches USD 450 an ounce.

Our advice on gold is now ‘neutral’ given that we can now envisage its industrial production under controlled costs.

Art has maintained its values for 25 years. In fact, it’s the big winner from globalization and dematerialization. As (formerly Artprice) – a global player in the Art Market – points out, we have stable returns on Old Master Art and growing returns on Modern and Contemporary Art.

The “Artprice 100” art investment fund managed by – whose assets are steadily growing with new subscriptions from investors and savers – generates an annual yield of 27% on Contemporary Art. Indeed, people all over the world, seduced by its novelty and originality, are turning towards art as a means of social distinction. Today Artmarket has 18 representatives of the largest banks in North America, Europe and Asia on its supervisory board.

Regularly cited by the IMF and the World Bank, the Artmarket conglomerate has become the standard reference to which savers and investors burned by repeated disasters turn for stability, growth and security in the Art Market. The Art market is now controlled by Artmarket via its presence on five continents.

thierry Ehrmann, founder/CEO of, the world’s leading Art Market reference, says: We knew the Art Market would be a haven, but the reality has far exceeded our most ambitious forecasts. The rush towards art has been so strong we are now receiving offers from the GAFAs almost every day… because they understand that our knowledge goes back almost three centuries, with the largest collection of scrolls, manuscripts and catalogues tracing the history of artworks in an ultra-secure bunker in a secret location. (However, the Wall Street Journal / Wired says that reliable sources, in secret collaboration with the Icelandic government, have located the bunker in a militarized zone in the middle of the volcanic island…). Our ultra-secure servers based on Artificial Intelligence hold all of the meta-data without which any investment in Art would be similar to Russian Roulette.

thierry Ehrmann concludes… “Since 1999 we have understood that the Art Market is essentially the oldest in the world… Man exchanged artworks commercially before money was ever minted… In this time of global financial and economic chaos, we are holding the key to the world’s financial salvation.

Artprice by Art Market invited social science fiction authors to write near-term finance-fiction as a prospective experiment. Naturally, because of its fictional nature, this press release cannot be interpreted in any shape or form as an element of legal, financial or economic information.

Copyright 1987-2019 thierry Ehrmann –

About Artmarket: is listed on Eurolist by Euronext Paris, SRD long only and Euroclear: 7478 – Bloomberg: PRC – Reuters: ARTF.

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Artmarket and its Artprice department was founded in 1997 by its CEO, thierry Ehrmann. Artmarket and its Artprice department is controlled by Groupe Serveur, created in 1987.

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Artmarket is a global player in the Art Market with, among other structures, its Artprice department, world leader in the accumulation, management and exploitation of historical and current art market information in databanks containing over 30 million indices and auction results, covering more than 700,000 artists.

Artprice Images® allows unlimited access to the largest Art Market image bank in the world: no less than 180 million digital images of photographs or engraved reproductions of artworks from 1700 to the present day, commented by our art historians.

Artmarket with its Artprice department accumulates data on a permanent basis from 6300 Auction Houses and produces key Art Market information for the main press and media agencies (7,200 publications). Its 4.5 million ‘members log in’ users have access to ads posted by other members, a network that today represents the leading Global Standardized Marketplace® to buy and sell artworks at a fixed or bid price (auctions regulated by paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article L 321.3 of France’s Commercial Code).

Artmarket with its Artprice department, has been awarded the State label “Innovative Company” by the Public Investment Bank (BPI) (for the second time in November 2018 for a new period of 3 years) which is supporting the company in its project to consolidate its position as a global player in the market art.

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#dltledgers executes First ever Digital Avalisation on blockchain for IFFCO with Standard Chartered.

ISPL has developed a state of the art blockchain platform with #dltledgers for an end to end digital process in Agro-commodities value chain bringing the key ecosystem partners in a single network enabling an easier, faster and a more efficient digital transaction. A key differentiator of this transaction was that the transaction involved world’s first Digital execution of the Avalisation of Bill of Exchange, which is a specific endorsement by the importer’s bank digitally to guarantee payment of the bill at maturity if the importer defaults.

SINGAPORE, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — IFFCO Singapore Pte Ltd (ISPL), regional arm of the IFFCO Group based in UAE has announced the launch of its new and innovative enterprise grade blockchain platform in collaboration with #dltledgers, an award winning blockchain platform developer based in Singapore. ISPL today reported completion of its first live end-to-end trade in blockchain, moving cross border goods on Palm Oil and its extracts, which is USD100Mn worth of business annually for IFFCO Group from Malaysia/Indonesia to the Middle east. ISPL has pioneered the digital flow running an end to end blockchain trade finance transaction using Invoice Financing on the Buy Side and Digital Avalisation for Document against Acceptance (DA) on the Sell side of the trade in the live production platform of #dltledgers. The digital endorsement of the Bill of Exchange by Buyer Bank is the first of its kind in a live blockchain environment proving the dynamic consensus mechanism using blockchain as a powerful feature- functionality that banks will adopt in the future to ensure authenticity and security in trade finance transactions.

The end to end fully digitised trade execution and trade finance transaction, involving both import and export processes and multiple parties was executed in 3 hours as against a 10-day paper process otherwise in a seamless flow with digital connectivity on #dltledgers blockchain platform. ISPL could execute multiple transactions in a day via the #dltledgers blockchain platform improving their process efficiency and realised margins in dollar value terms.

“This move to a digital system based on #dltledgers blockchain is part of our business strategy to enter the digital space to leverage on innovative emerging technologies involving smart contracts, smart documentation and digital consensus in blockchain, we are able to access earlier financing from bank as the documentation flow is much closer to real-time,” says P R Thakore, CEO, IFFCO Singapore (ISPL).

“The real value lies in potentially having more transactions and having real reduction in  our financing costs by at least 20-25% by using #dltledgers blockchain technology. We have taken a phased approach and have seen a reduction in cycle time from 10 days to 2 days, saving of 8 days in the end to end execution process via #dltledgers platform which is humungous,” says Anupam Basak, HeadRegional Finance, IFFCO Singapore (ISPL).

Samuel Mathew, MD, Global head of documentary Trade, Trade digitisation and Chief Product Owner Trade Platform Transformation in Singapore said, “Standard Chartered is a key player in the digital transformation space. We are seeing a strong adoption by Corporate clients like ISPL for #dltledgers blockchain platform for cross-border trade. We are excited to be part of the execution of World’s first Digital Avalisation on Blockchain. Being part of this digital space has helped banks with more visibility into the customers operations, increasing transparency of the trade. This will surely reduce fraud and related risk and build cross border interconnectivity helping bank to move away from paper-based manual complex transactions involving multiple buys and sell into a seamless, more secure and efficient flow.

In one of the many ISPL transaction executed on the platform it had 50 plus documents and 8 Bill of Ladings (BLs). Such complex transactions involving multi parties involves a lot of paper-intensive manual activities which are now streamlined on the #dltledgers blockchain platform. Digitisation of all parties and a secure repository of digital documents which are in a trade life cycle are of immense value for trading houses and companies involved in huge turnovers and experience higher trade volumes. The digitalisation of the post trade execution reduces cycle times, allowing fulfilment of more orders. The various transaction by ISPL on the #dltledgers blockchain platform involved multiple parties in different geographies – Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea and UAE. ISPL has created a private network on blockchain of their 100 plus existing suppliers in South East Asia Region, multiple banks, Logistics and Insurance companies generating a truly blockchain experience.

#dltledgers blockchain platform provides ISPL with end-to-end trade visibility across the entire life cycle of post trade execution with authenticated and consented digitized documents at every step of the trade execution with multiple ecosystem partners. With the deployment of ISPL’s private network powered by #dltledgers, ISPL has become the first enterprise to do a digital end-to-end trade finance digitisation with digital avalisation of Document Against Acceptance (DA) enabling “Aval Bank” digital authentication and digital endorsement using #dltledgers blockchain platform improving efficiencies and access to faster cash in digital cross-border trade.

“This journey is undertaken with the objective of not just process efficiency, ISPL has a strategic objective of ensuring that all company produces are sourced sustainability and develop a virtual registry of provenance with trajectory of product blockchained for a fool-proof system to track n trace goods. ISPL believes that this will open up new revenue streams and multi-fold business benefits that may not even be envisaged at present within the industry,” adds Anupam Basak, Head-Regional Finance.

As trades intertwine and evolve, demands for a networked and collaborative model will intensify. Not only do transactions need to be seamless and safe, clients are increasingly looking for innovative solutions that save them time and costs.

“#dltledgers platform capabilities (dynamic consensus engine, digital assets engine, control trigger table, trade execution engine, network collaboration, digital trade documents engine, digital file cabinet, financial institution integration engine, Integrated API layer, digital identity engine, BC Link integration w ERP layer) will add strengths to digital leadership and create their private multi party network with unique nodal architecture, reliant on the easy availability and robustness of financing mechanisms. Considering that trade finance is widely viewed as the fuel for global commerce, it’s easy to see why customer centric blockchain platforms like ours is dominating conversations in the trade finance world. We will continue to grow and expand,” says Samir Neji, CEO, #dltledgers.

“#dltledgers is a blockchain platform that has been built from the point of view of a Trader/Trading house. The adoption of production live blockchain based solutions like #dltledgers, which is on Hyperledger fabric is recording strong growth this year and we believe that customers like ISPL has started seeing the immense value add in using #dltledgers blockchain platform. We will continue to penetrate the market with our offerings and expanding into new markets. We are opening our office in UAE and this is part of our deliberate strategy to enter where the Trader/Trading houses needs such Blockchain based Solution to grow and prosper their business by creating Trust and authenticity in the value chain,” added Samir Neji, CEO, #dltledgers.

About dltledgers:

dltledgers is a global platform company with Singapore as its HQ. We are a customer centric platform for cross border trade execution. Several regional and global banks have signed up and operate as network partners in offering trade financing services in the platform. Apart from counter party assignment in blockchain, we network shipping, logistics, ports and other network partners into a trusted trade network for our customers.

With digitisation and blockchain, Cross border trade is being transformed like never before. #dltledgers blockchain platform leads the pack with over 400+ global traders, USD 1 billion+ trade executed across 30+ banks and a wider network which is growing on a global scale.

Each step in executing cross-border trade may involve so many documents, contracts, movement of money and complex supply-chain. A lot of aspects of the business is performed across multiple parties who are trustless – strangers dealing with strangers Its natural that the process is mired with issues like mistrust, failed promises, & inefficiencies in several aspects of contracts, finance, goods mismanagement, and fraud. Our customers benefit from our blockchain innovation in 12 core modules and 68 code bases, which resolves and builds a trusted trade network for private, permissible and secure trade.

About ISPL: IFFCO Group is a leading Food manufacture HQ in UAE with many winning brands in its portfolio and spanning the middle east and Africa markets. The group is part of the Allana Holdings who established their business in UAE in the 1970’s. They have expanded over the years in to multiple geographies.


New Era for Tourism: Vienna Presents Visitor Economy Strategy 2025

VIENNA, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Building on its tourism concepts of recent years, the City of Vienna is now unveiling its Visitor Economy Strategy 2025, under the aegis of the Vienna Tourist Board. Guided by “Shaping Vienna”, it completely redefines tourism and its effect on the destination, while targeting sustainable development and balancing the needs of residents and visitors. 

Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig (centre), Executive City Councilor of Finance, Business, Digital Innovation and International Affairs Peter Hanke (right) and Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner (left) presented Vienna's Visitor Economy Strategy 2025. © PID/David Bohmann

Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig (centre), Executive City Councilor of Finance, Business, Digital Innovation and International Affairs Peter Hanke (right) and Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner (left) presented Vienna’s Visitor Economy Strategy 2025. © PID/David Bohmann

The new approach means continuing to provide top offerings and services for guests while equally targeting added value from tourism for the whole city, resident satisfaction and added value for businesses. The following goals have been defined for 2025, with 2018 as the baseline:

  • Contribution of tourism to Vienna’s GDP to increase from EUR 4bn to EUR 6bn
  • Revenue from overnight stays to advance from EUR 900m to EUR 1.5bn
  • Visitor satisfaction levels to remain at their current high level, with nine out of ten guests recommending Vienna
  • Attitudes to tourism to stay overwhelmingly positive, with nine out of ten residents seeing tourism in a positive light
  • Number of tourism providers certified with the “Österreichisches Umweltzeichen” ecolabel to double from 112 to 224
  • Proportion of arrivals by train (21%) and car (26%) to be reversed

“Our participative approach represents a completely new management approach internationally: when drawing up the strategy, we gathered feedback from the tourism industry, as well as residents, international experts and numerous representatives of different areas of activity in the city,” explained Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig. All of the measures in the Vienna Visitor Economy Strategy 2025, developed under Executive City Councilor for Business and President of the Vienna Tourist Board Peter Hanke and Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner, are described at

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International Alliance AAE Files Lawsuit Against Brazilian Electricity Giant Eletrobras in Federal Court in New York

FRANKFURT, Germany, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — AAE Management for Energy Equipment LLC (“AAE”), a company of the Al Mazrouei Group, one of the most important business groups in the United Arab Emirates, along with its North American affiliate Eagle Equity Funds LLC, and German affiliate AHG Vermögensverwaltung, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York (No.  19-cv-09344) against Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S/A – Eletrobrás (“Eletrobras”), the largest producer and distributor of electric and nuclear energy in South America, and several of its officers/directors, alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and accompanying regulations, as well as state law.

694 Bearer Bonds, worth more than U.S. $5.2 billion

AAE’s claims arise out of statements in Eletrobras’ filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding Eletrobras’ obligations under certain Bearer Bonds and other obligations that were issued under Brazil’s Compulsory Loan Program. AAE and its affiliates are the holders of 694 of these Bearer Bonds, which are worth more than U.S. $5.2 billion. Eletrobras has refused to honor or convert these Bearer Bonds into shares, pursuant to the terms of the Bonds. The lawsuit alleges that Eletrobras has misrepresented in its SEC filings and other public statements that the Bearer Bonds are unenforceable, thereby omitting billions of dollars in liability under those Bonds from its balance sheet, and has minimized billions of dollars more in other obligations under the Compulsory Loan Program. By doing so, AAE alleges that Eletrobras has devalued the Bearer Bonds and has inflated the value of its stock.

In 2015, as a result of facts uncovered during the “Operation Carwash” investigation of the other state-run Brazilian oil company PetróleoBrasileiro S.A. (“Petrobras”), Eletrobras commenced an internal investigation, which did not conclude until April 2018. As a result of these issues, Eletrobras was not able to timely file its 2014 or 2015 annual reports and, as a result, the New York Stock Exchange suspended trading in Eletrobras’ ADRs and commenced de-listing procedures in May 2016. Although trading in Eletrobras’ ADRs ultimately resumed on October 12, 2016, Eletrobras acknowledged as a result of the investigation that it did not have adequate internal controls. Eletrobras later settled a securities class action in the Southern District of New York in connection with its involvement in that fraud for $14.75 million, and shortly thereafter, in December 2018, Eletrobras agreed to pay an additional U.S. $2.5 million in civil penalties in a settlement with the SEC for “inadequate internal controls” and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in connection with Operation Carwash.

AAE is represented by Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC

AAE is represented by Lewis Kahn, Michael Palestina, and Melissa Harris of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC, one of the United States’ premier boutique securities litigation law firms. Among the many federal securities fraud and shareholder derivative lawsuits around the country in which they have achieved substantial recoveries, KSF was Co-Lead Counsel in In Re Eletrobras Securities Litigation, Case No. 1:15-cv-05754 (Consolidated) (S.D.N.Y.) against Eletrobras and several of its former directors and officers. KSF represented U.S. investors after the company reported large losses related to a sprawling corruption scandal in Brazil. After nearly three years of protracted litigation, KSF achieved a settlement of $14.75 million for investors. In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, No. 1:14-cv-9662 (S.D.N.Y.), KSF was a Member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Individual Actions (“PSC”), in coordination with the federal securities class action against Brazil’s state-controlled petrochemical company arising from “Operação Lava Jato,” the largest corruption scandal in the history of Latin America, whereby Plaintiffs alleged Defendants deliberately overpaid on various construction contracts in return for kickbacks. As a Member of the PSC, KSF was found by the Court to have “made a substantial contribution to the class,” June 22, 2018 Opinion and Order at 39 (D.E. 834), the result of which was a settlement of $3 billion for investors, which returned approximately 65% more to shareholders than received in other individual actions.

MGM China Reports 2019 Third Quarter Financial Data

MGM China Adjusted EBITDA Grew 39% Year-on-Year MGM COTAI Continues to Ramp

HONG KONG, Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — MGM China Holdings Limited (“MGM China” or the “Company”; SEHK Stock Code: 2282) today announced the selected unaudited financial data of the Company and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

  • During the third quarter, MGM China saw adjusted EBITDA up 39% year-on-year to approximately HK$1.5 billion. Total revenue grew by 22% year-on-year to approximately HK$5.8 billion. While MGM COTAI continues to ramp and improve efficiency, adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 26.8% from 23.5% a year ago.
  • Overall occupancy reached 93.7% (2018: 92.0%).
  • While Macau market saw third-quarter gross gaming revenue (GGR) down by 4% year-on-year, MGM China’s GGR was up by 25% from a year ago. MGM China gained market share to approximately 9.9% in the third quarter from 7.9% last year.
  • For the period, main floor table games win for the Group increased 47% year-on-year to approximately HK$3.9 billion. Slot win was up 3% to approximately HK$572 million. VIP table games win was up 4% to approximately HK$2.5 billion.
  • MGM China sees approximately 86% of profit from non-VIP businesses for the period.
  • MGM COTAI continues to grow since the property opened in February 2018. It recorded growth across all business segments. Adjusted EBITDA was up 433% to HK$693 million from a year ago. Main floor table games win was up 84% year-on-year to approximately HK$1.9 billion. Slot win was up 56% to HK$276 million. VIP table games win was up 1723% to approximately HK$1.2 billion.
  • All villas at The Mansion were opened before October Golden Week and have been receiving highly positive feedbacks. Our unique high-end offerings and our premium services boosted player retention and new player acquisition.
  • MGM COTAI has currently more authentic dining options directly on the gaming floor. They are well received by the players with prolonged gaming hours on the gaming floor.
  • Meanwhile, MGM MACAU recorded adjusted EBITDA of approximately of HK$856 million (2018: HK$987 million) for the period. Main floor table games win up 22% to approximately HK$2.0 billion (2018: HK$1.6 billion). Slot win was approximately HK$297 million (2018: HK$380 million). VIP table games win was down by 44% to approximately HK$1.3 billion amid headwinds and uncertainties in the market.

Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China said: “We are encouraged to see profit at MGM COTAI reaching new high. MGM COTAI continues to ramp with solid sequential growth amid market uncertainties.

“We embrace the growth opportunities in the market especially in the mass segment. We constantly evaluate our strategies, gaming as well as non-gaming offerings to offer unique MGM experiences, supporting our government’s vision to develop Macau as the World Center of Tourism and Leisure.”

About MGM China Holdings Limited

MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau.

MGM China is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at

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