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What Can the Blockchain Do for Ebola?

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It is a very sad news indeed that the dreaded Ebola disease has resurfaced in the Black continent just a few years after it ravaged some parts of the continent. The Republic of Congo is currently battling with the spread of the dreaded disease that recently spread to Urban areas. The question now is what can the blockchain do to curtail such a dreaded disease as Ebola.

Immutable Records

The health minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) announced on Wednesday, May 16 that the current Ebola outbreak had spread to urban areas with the record of the first case in Mbandaka, a city of 1 million people. With the current outbreak, there is a need for records, immutable records and that is the role the blockchain has come to play in the society.  Already, health officials have announced that the death toll had reached 25 on Friday. The Distributed ledger offers a distributed database with real-time synchronisation. It also protects trusted records and simplifies interactions. This way people can impute the data and number of death toll or cases enabling the government know the exact number and function adequately.

Vaccine Supply Chain Management

Tracing the root of a problem is usually equivalent to its solution. The blockchain technology enables the transparency of the supply chain management If people can now track their coffee from farm to table as a blockchain startup in Ethiopia is enabling the central East African country track its coffee and pay farmers the equivalent of their coffee beans. If the blockchain is also employed in tracking the pharmaceutical products that will be distributed to avoid theft and inconsistency, the delivery of the drugs and treatment to end the epidemic will be faster and more efficient.

The World Bank announced the provision of $3 million to support the DRC’s Ebola Virus Disease Response Plan. The WHO is also deploying an experimental Ebola vaccine of 4,300 doses of which have arrived in Kinshasa with about 7,540 more on the way. The Vaccine is still unlicensed and this is its first deployment although it was cleared for “compassionate use” by the WHO. Tracking how the money is being spent and what it is being spent on as well as tracking the drugs and how it is being supplied can be monitored by the blockchain.

Identity Tracking

In 2014, when Liberian diplomat Patrick Sawyer imported the Ebola virus into the West African country, Nigeria, Rapid response to his symptom and the sacrifice of health personnel made it possible to curtail the dreaded disease. Since the disease started internally in the DRC identifying the victims would be necessary and the records will also be bulky to go through. But, if their details, identities and medical records from birth to death are stored on the Blockchain, it makes it easier to ascertain the death toll. The Congolese health ministry has already deployed epidemiologists to the affected areas to track down people who may have had contact with infected individuals. This could be made easier with the blockchain technology that would have the history of the people in a distributed database.

Fund Raising

The blockchain technology and its underlying use case cryptocurrency can make Cross-border donations easier. People around the world passionate about the cause can donate cryptos to enhance the scientific research on vaccinations that can help people be immune to the disease. While the deadly virus is still being controlled in DRC, we hope that other countries will employ preservative methods that entails the Blockchain technology.

 

 

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France To Push For EU Partners To Adopt Its Cryptocurrency Regulatory Framework

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It has been a formalised fact that the French parliament had cautiously approved a regulatory framework  that included rules aimed at attracting cryptocurrency issuers and traders to establish their companies and platforms in France by giving them some official recognition. In the other way, this law ensure that these issues and traders are appropriately taxed based on their profit generations. This financial regulatory framework was passed on last week.

This new cryptocurrency regulation passed in France is obviously the first of its kind adopted by a major nation. Unarguably, it will allow firms that want to issue new cryptocurrencies or trade existing ones to apply for a certification.

As has been stated before, the certification will be granted by the French market regulator for those who want it. And hence,  issuers, traders, custodians and investors will have to pay taxes on profits they make on those securities.

The major goal of this regulatory framework is to set up a market in mostly in the city of Paris for companies raising capital through cryptocurrency projects which would allow France to grab a slice of the expanding business while giving it some oversight of a niche which some fear could be a target for speculators.

Under this regulatory framework, France authorities would verify who is behind a new coin’s issuance or a trading platform, and check the companies’ business plans and anti-money laundering rules. The certification will give investors basic guarantees against outright fraud, but will not protect them against losses. However, the specific requirements companies need to abide by to get the regulatory stamp of approval are still to be defined by government decrees.

In the wave of this development, according to Reuters news report, France will ask for the European Union to adopt a cryptocurrency regulations similar to the one it brought in last week at a national level, becoming the first major country to do so.

This proposal was made known by Minister Le Marie in Paris at the event on blockchain technology. In his words: “I will propose to my European partners that we set up a single regulatory framework on crypto-assets inspired by the French experience. “Our model is the right one.”

Reuters equally reported that “the European Commission has recently launched a feasibility study on how to regulate the cryptocurrency markets, though no legislation is expected at least until late 2019 as the mandate of the current administration is ending.”

 

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An all out War Against Craig Wright the Self-acclaimed Satoshi  started by Binance CEO, CZ.

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Binance announced it will delist Bitcoin Satoshi Vision tickered BSV following the numerous lawsuit filed against several persons in the cryptocurrency space notably Peter McCormack who was the recent victim of Dr. Craig’s alleged Cyber Bullying. Over the years Dr. Craig Wright has been claiming to be the creator of the first cryptocurrency Bitcoin which was built and released to the public as an open source project in 2009 following the global financial turmoil the world which saw untold impact on businesses and personal lives.

Craig’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto has been refuted by a lot of cryptocurrency and Blockchain enthusiast not over the years when various persons came up claiming to be the pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto. The desire to unearth the mystery man behind this border-less cryptographically protected currency has touched mainstream media and other enthusiastic fellows. This search has brought about many names popping up but all not proving true the cryptocurrency community requirements of the Identity of the mystery man. This requirement has been the same which has been requested from the notorious bitcoin creator claimant. To sign a transaction with the keys to the wallet popularly known to be Satoshi’s. This request Dr. Craig Wright has continually been refused to be heed to.
However, Dr. Wright agrees saying that he has the private PGP key, but that using it would not prove anything. The cryptographic proof he offers is of a different kind. The cryptocurrency community has clearly ultimately disregarded his claim and this is the reason for him taking legal actions on notable people in the space of which lastly on Peter McCormack which he responded to requesting public acknowledgement of Dr. Wright to the fact that he is not Satoshi and to apologize to the global community else face retaliating legal redress. This last act of legal cyber bullying has infuriated several key industry players which resulted to the decision by CZ the CEO of world top exchange Binance to delist the Dr. Craig’s Forked Coin the Bitcoin Satoshi Vision even after issuing a warning prior to the delist announcement.

Craig Wright is not Satoshi. Anymore of this sh!t, we delist!

Following this decision, several industry players in the Exchange and Wallet business also expressed their dissatisfaction on the activities of Dr. Wright by also deciding to toe the path of CZ in withdrawing support for the Bitcoin fork. Evidence from the Poll ran by the Kraken Exchange saw a 76% level of respondents agreeing to delisting of BSV saying it is Toxic.
This can be said to be an affirmation to the cryptocurrency opinion and support of the industry players to kick to the recesses of the cryptocurrency community Dr. Craig Wright. Expressing his anger on the situation of things, industry titans poured their opinions not excluding CZ who said

To be clear, I don’t choose sides on technology. We let market do that. I am against fraud, such as lying to be someone. As such, it is my strong opinion that: Craig Wright is fraud.

Commenting on the issue, Crypto Die Hard Loyalist John McAfee said

I hate to sway a poll but what idiot would believe that Craig Wright is Satoshi and therefore BSV is not a scam? If thete ever was a scam it is BSV!

He continued

Enough is enough! There at least a dozen crypto adherents who know the true identity of Satoshi. I can assure you, 100%, it is NOT Craig Wright. This absurd claim of Craig’s is incomprehensible. Mr wright: Have you no shame? Seriously sir! Have you no shame?

In a very special message posted on Twitter from YouTube, the CEO of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver called Dr Craig a liar and fraud and asked that he be sued again.

With industry players in the exchange and wallet business such as Kraken, Binance, Shapeshift etc already ending support for Bitcoin Satoshi Vision, one is left to wonder what will happen to the vision of the acclaimed Satoshi.

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Tron (TRX) Accepted by Travala.com To Be Used for Booking in Over 500,000 Hotels

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Tron (TRX) is the 10th cryptocurrency to be adopted by hotel booking platform, Travala. Before now, Travala had been accepting coins like; Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, XRP, Nanos, BNB, AVA, DGB, Doge, EOS, TUSD, XLM. It also accepts PayPal, VISA and Mastercard. As travel platform, Travala aims at merging decentralised technologies and tokenized incentive structures to make booking easy for travelers.

Travala.com, a reputable blockchain travel platform, dedicated to revitalizing the yet to come travel industry. Established in the year 2017, it now  boasts of 567,928 properties in 210 countries across the globe, with over 82,000 destination coverage. 

Travala.com as of yesterday declared that its clients can now make payments with Tron (TRX) token in over 550,000 hotels across the world with an added discount of 15% for every transaction performed with the token.

According to Travala.com their customers are to use TRX to book 550,000+ hotels worldwide with an average saving of 15% on http://Travala.com and the customers can get further savings up to 10% off the already amazing prices with our SMART program.

While the other coins listed above like Bitcoin, BNB, Nano, etc have been enjoying this privilege for some time now, it is coming new for Tron, and this can be taken as an added advantage for the cryptocurrency. Unlike every other blockchain technology, every moment of Tron (TRX) is filled with exciting news. The quality and potential of any cryptographic project in the space is determined by the adoptions and partnerships it gets.

As a means to echoing the success of Tron, Misha Lederman, a well-known member of the Tronix team, had once related that Tron has produced more blocks than Ethereum. According to Lederman, “Tron has produced 8.3 million blocks since its independence in June 2018 and Ethereum, on the other hand, despite its longevity, has only produced 7.5 million blocks since July 2015.”

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Highlights From BAL’s Blocktech Women Conference 2019

As it stands Lagos ranks as one of the top cities in the worlds that conduct researches on the internet on the blockchain. This is a result of some of those of these researches. #BWC2019 was a success.

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The just-concluded Blocktech Women Conference #BWClagos2019 hosted by Doris Ojuderie of Blockchain Africa Ladies was a major blast. It was one of the first blockchain conferences hosted within the Lagos blockchain community in 2019. The event sought to promote blockchain in areas of awareness among women using Education and life-changing stories of the keynote speakers.

The conference with the theme: THE LOOMING FINANCIAL REVOLUTION; AN ENGINE FOR SOCIAL TRANQUIL had speakers from The United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Abuja and was attended by participants both locally based and those who came from neighbouring cities within Nigeria from different walks of life – some of which had no prior knowledge of the Blockchain Technology.

The conference schedule featured activities from Panel sessions (Why Arent There More Women in Blockchain and What Are The Future Trends of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies) to Training sessions( Crypto Trading Live, Programming skills and language, Entrepreneurship a Longrich Presentation). It also had a well-packaged workshop which gave participants practical knowledge to understanding blockchain and decentralization concepts.

The support from different blockchain communities for the lady-driven blocktech conference was second to none. Among many sponsors were Beepmagnet International Group – initiators of the sisiBox project, KubitX – Africa’s leading exchange built by Africans and for African, SiBAN – Nigeria’s Blockchain Stakeholders Association saddled with the task to self-regulate the industry within Nigeria, Dash Nigeria, Veritaseum Gold Platform built on the Blockchain, Nepsium – a swift crypto exchange platform and lots more.

Media practitioners were also represented in the conference, strategically to take feedback from attendees on the experience and delivery. e-blockbuzz, Zilla, Digivation, ADMP and Cryptotv Plus had more than enough content to share with their communities in the coming weeks.

As it stands Lagos ranks as one of the top cities in the worlds that conduct researches on the internet on the blockchain.

It is exciting to see women take the lead in the blockchain and if we must see blockchain penetrate the grassroots, we need more women in the space as they are the best educators, natural builders and great influencers of the future.

Find the summary of the events in Pictures as put together by Cryptotvplus.

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