Making Netherlands More Bicycle Friendly

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The national government wants to make the Netherlands more bicycle-friendly. This is good for people’s health and for the environment.

City Cycling – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

200,000 extra commuters on the bike

The government has set itself the goal of getting 200,000 extra commuters on their bikes or in combination with the public transport during this government period. The coalition agreement states that € 100 million is available for the construction and / or modifications of fast bike routes and bicycle parking facilities.

Climate agreement

In the Climate Agreement of June 2019, the government promises to reserve an additional € 75 million for bicycle parking facilities and smart solutions for extra bicycle parking places.

Cycling policy

The government is committed to a stronger bicycle policy which includes proper use of safety gear such as the helmets – read this comprehensive article regarding helmet reviews. The bicycle has become a fully-fledged means of transport in recent years. This is important because mobility has increased in the Netherlands, both in cities and between cities. Cycling also has all kinds of advantages. It contributes to a better environment, is good for health and reduces traffic jams.

Tour the Force

To strengthen the bicycle policy, governments, market parties, social organizations, and other institutions work together. They do this in the Tour de Force program. The National Cycling Agenda shows the objectives of the Tour de Force. The ambition is 20% more bicycle kilometers in 2027 compared to 2017.

Questions that Tour de Force looks at include:

  • How can we better connect bicycle and public transport?
    How can we use smart technologies for the benefit of the cyclist? Think traffic lights that turn green when a cyclist approaches. Or easily see where there is still room in the bicycle shed. Or a chip in the bicycle to make it easier to find stolen bicycles.
    Can we ensure that the elderly can continue to cycle safely?
    Are there smart ways to pay for expensive bicycle measures?

The national government helps by bringing parties together; have research carried out; to do experiments; adjust rules; to contribute to some measures in cities.

Drones for The People: How Drones Help Agriculture

Business, Law, News, Political Photography

Did you know? Drones aren’t just used as something extravagant when it comes to aerial photography. If you wanna capture the best aerial view of the best views in the world, like cliffs, mountains, ocean miles, drone camera is what photographers used.

But drones aren’t just for photographers. It is also used by farmers to help farming become more efficient. How?

Drones for agriculture can give farmers the perfect aerial view of their crop field. However, its uses are basically boiled down into four segments. These are crop field scanning with imaging sensors, GPS map through onboard cameras, heavy payload transportation, and livestock monitoring with thermal-imaging camera-equipped drones.  

Today’s blog will talk about a few information all about Uavus Drones for agriculture. Read on for more…

How Drones are Used

Aero drones are slowly changing the lives of many people, not only photographers but as well as farmers. But the question is, how are drones really used? 

1 It is used for mapping or survey

Drones that are equipped with near-infrared camera sensors will allow one to see the spectrum of light that plants and crops use to absorb light through photosynthesis. Through it, farmers can thoroughly and easily understand the plant’s health or their life state. Whether they are doing good or they are undeniably slowly dying.

Drones for agriculture can also be a good help in creating a detailed GPS map area of the whole crop field. This is a good advantage for farmers to be able for them to plan thoroughly on where better the plants should be planted or locate to maximize land, water, and fertilizer usage.

2 crop dusting or spraying

Drones are now better used for crop dusting and spraying. You no longer need to go drive a vehicle to spray dust, because you can now do it through operating from your shed. Crop spraying drones can carry large liquid storage and can work more better-compared crop dusters.

3 Irrigation  Management 

Drones for agriculture can better have a good insight into looking for crop areas that have pooling water or insufficient soil moisture. Drones for agriculture are equipped with thermal cameras that better help farmers to understand their crop field. 

4 Livestock Monitoring

Basically, it is like you are checking your livestock through your portable device because even if you don’t go there physically you can still be able to detect if there have been any disturbances, injuries, missing animals, or even birthing animals.

Benefits of Drones for Agriculture

Some of the benefits of using drones are that it can help you save time. They can be set up and developed quickly, you can have monitoring and checking and working on the field multitasking with the help of drones. Another is that is also increase yields, it improves production, efficiency, and it allows you to detect problems before they actually happen.

Will 2020 Be Another Year For The Republicans Or Will The Democrats Snatch A Win In Next Presidential Poll

Will 2020 Be Another Year For The Republicans Or Will The Democrats Snatch A Win In Next Presidential Poll

News, Politics

The clock is ticking for the next presidential elections in the United States of America. It is still pretty early to predict which political party will win the country once again by electing the next head of the state, although with the recent events that have disturbed the political and economic stability of the United States, we can say that there will be consequences to whoever will be running as president next year. As for the current POTUS, Donald Trump, the chances for him being reelected is dwindling down, and while the Democrats have a chance to take back the White House, Trump’s very own “allies” in the Republican party might spell his own downfall.

President Trump has already started his campaign to win the presidency the second time around by publicly speaking out against his possible rivals. However, it appears that the president is not choosing kinder words for his fellow Republicans who are also dreaming of becoming the United States’ next president. As the Democrats’ opponent party appears to be more divided than ever, some people predict that the Republicans might lose next year’s election.

Unity is what can save the Republicans’ bid to see another person from their party as POTUS, but with the way things are going, the 2020 presidential elections might favor the Democrats instead.

There Is A Growing Possibility Of A Democrat Snatching A Win Against Trump In 2020

A lot of names have surfaced on the possible Democrat opponent of President Trump in the 2020 polls. Of course, the chosen Democrat candidate in the elections must first prove himself or herself to the party as the best person to lead the country towards real progress and bring the broken pieces back together after all the political and social turmoil that occurred. Some people compare Trump’s reign as president as an ownage prank dial, but the thing is pranks are actually fun.

If there is one single name that many people are hoping to challenge Trump face-to-face in the presidential elections, it is none other than Bernie Sanders. The guy may have the charisma to gain popular votes, perhaps better than what the previous Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton had in 2016, but his biggest weapon is his knowledge on how to fix the seemingly unfixable issues that popped up during the Trump Administration. This is just a proof of how important a politician’s brain is to do the right thing for the country.

With Impeachment Raps Hanging Around, Trump’s Days As President May Already Be Numbered

As we all know, the impeachment proceedings are on its way and the Democrats have successfully pushed for Trump’s impeachment in the House of Representatives. Of course, it is early to say if the impeachment will succeed in the Senate, but for Trump, it will be arduous as he is trying to win the heart of the nation to win next year’s elections. Although, his team can always turn to effective political tools such as YouTube.

The impeachment against him might fail, but all these issues thrown against him do not bode well for his reelection.

How our Sleeping Position Affects our Political Views

News, Politics, Society

This generation is primarily a generation of social media where people have freedom to express their expression, opinions, and ideas on a certain issue. If you browse your social media news feed, you will probably notice that the news is mostly about politics. Of course, every time there is a new issue, there are various opinion and views. There are those who is always on the side government, and there are those who oppose the government’s ideas and initiatives.

There are several factors that may affect our political views. Opinions of our family, friends, loved ones, education, are just some. Aside from those factors, there is another factor that affect our political views and you might actually find this hard to to believe.

There are various studies showing that they way we sleep – sleeping pattern and sleeping position may impact the way we view political issues. There is a study conducted to determine whether having an irregular sleeping pattern may affect our way of thinking. Minimum of 60 participants were asked on whether having a positive/negative thinking may come from regular sleeping pattern. Most of them states that they usually sleep early because they are too tired thank to Sleepy Will for providing such great mattresses. Moreover they usually get at least 6 hours of sleep regardless of what time the get to sleep. However, when they tried different bed time, wherein they usually go to sleep late at night, they notice that there is quite a different with the way they view things. Say for example, when there is news about the government’s initiative, they tend to see the negative side of it, instead of looking at the positive side.

Another study was conducted. A group of people whose ages varies, were given a set of questions about the current events. Their answers vary. There are participants who are fine with what the government want to achieve and there are those who are against government. During the interview we ask each of them their sleeping pattern and sleeping position. Surprisingly, people who opposes the government sleep at the left side of the government and those who are pro government sleep at the right side.

Psychology says that our sleeping position say something about how we view things. Truly enough, our political views can be seen on where we sleep.

The Positive and Negative Impacts of Technology on Economics

Business, News

Technological progress is inevitable because technological advancement will go as outlined by scientific improvement. Each and every development is created to offer positive gains for human living. Technology offers many conveniences and a new way of doing human pursuits. Particularly in the field of technology, the community has appreciated lots of benefits a result of the improvements which have been made.

Technology and Politics

In recent years, technology was initially designed to acquire positive advantages, alternatively could also be utilized for adverse things. Such an example is the introduction of electric scooter Dublin, this innovation had brought on convenience to some but had brought harm to others because of unregulated use. Let’s take a look at further at the positive and negative impacts of technological progress in general to our economy.

Economics – The Pros and Cons of Technological Progress on Economy

Positive:

  • Industrial productivity has increased. Advances in technology will improve the productivity capabilities of the industrial world both in the aspect of industrial technology and in aspects of the type of production
    Economic growth will be even higher
    Competition in the world of work thus requires workers to always add to their skills and knowledge.
    The more widespread use of ICT will increasingly open up employment opportunities
    With advertising facilities on the internet on certain sites will facilitate the promotion and marketing of a product
    Companies can reach a wider market because buyers who access the internet are not limited by place and time
    The company does not need to open a distribution branch
    Fewer expenses, because there are not many employees
    The price of goods is cheaper because the operating costs are cheap
    ICT-based business or commonly called e-commerce can assist in business dealings of a company or individual
    Utilization of technology to create new services in the economy and business include internet banking, SMS banking, and e-commerce

Negative:

  • The occurrence of unemployment for workers who do not have the qualifications in accordance with what is needed
    Consumptive nature as a result of intense competition in the era of globalization will also give birth to a generation that is morally experiencing a decline: consumptive, wasteful and has instant mental shortcuts
    Deceptive deception in the process of buying and selling online that can harm some parties;
    With networks available such as those on several sites that offer online gambling, gamblers don’t need to go to a specific place to fulfill their desires
    Online Buying Resistance. For ordinary people who have never transacted online, will feel awkward when having to trade without face to face or see the seller. Not to mention the fear if the payment is not sent or not received. Or goods not sent, or even goods sent but not received

The US-Mexico Border Wall – Funds Diverted For Wall Construction

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When building a structure, especially those with stairs, lofts, decks, and balconies, safety is a very much a concern. To ensure safety, building codes necessitate the use of railing systems or balustrades, whether glass balustrades, wood, metal, or stone. Primarily, balusters or balustrades are for supporting the handrail or coping and for the purpose of safety. Walls somehow works in a similar way creating space or an area, security, and support to the structure.

The Border Wall

Just like ensuring safety when building a structure, a country, as it continues to grow and develop, must also safeguard the safety of the nation and the people. For instance, US President Donald Trump on the 25th of January 2017 have signed EO 13767. The Executive Order officially ordered the United States government to start making an effort to build the wall along the border of the US and Mexico expending the standing federal funding. However, the actual building didn’t instantly start because of the substantial amount of money needed to finance to the wall as well as the lack of clearness as to how it would be financed.

The federal government for 35 days, from the 22nd of December 2018 until the 25th of January 2019, was partially shut down due to the insistence of Trump to veto any bill concerning spending that didn’t take into account the funding of border wall which amounts to $5.7 billion in border wall funding.

Funds Diverted For The Wall Construction

President Trump, in February 2019, signed an announcement of National Emergency. The declaration stated that the condition at the border is a crisis that necessitates funds apportioned for other expenditures or purposes to be utilized to construct the wall. A joint resolution was passed by the Congress to reverse the said order; however it was rejected by Trump.

The US Supreme Court in July 2019 ratified the reallocation of the anti- drug funding in the Department of Defense, amounting to $2.5 billion, to build the wall as other legal proceedings carries on. Recently, an added $3.6 billion was reallocated in September 2019. The finance was taken from the funding construction projects of the US military across the world, which includes learning institutions for the American soldiers’ children.

Prime Minister Modi Officially Launches NPCI’s RuPay Card Payment System in the Kingdom of Bhutan

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spent a two-day state visit to the Kingdom of Bhutan to meet with with Bhutanese leaders led by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering. The visit further strengthens bilateral ties through the signing of nine (9) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreements signed by the leaders of the two countries included the launching of the RuPay Card, India’s proprietary card payment system.

To officially launch the credit card payment scheme, PM Modi made the first RuPay purchase at Simtokha Dzong, one of the dzongs in Bhutan which currently serves as the country’s administrative and monastic centre.

The RuPay card payment system, owned and operated by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), enables Indian RuPay card holders to make purchases by way of credit and debit cards, as an alternative to the Visa and Mastercard international card payment schemes. The launching of RuPay in Bhutan makes the country the second nation, after Singapore, in which citizens in both countries are empowered to use a RuPay credit or debit card for seamless, cashless purchases.

The MoU signed by the two leaders include a standby swap arrangement involving an additional $100 million made available to Bhutan in meeting the related foreign exchange requirements.

The deployment of the RuPay card payment system in the Kingdom of Bhutan will transpire in two phases. The first phase entails the issuance of Rupay Cards by Indian banks, to qualified Indian nationals, which they can use during their visits to Bhutan. The second and final phase will be carried out by Bhutan banks in which RuPay cards will be issued to qualified Bhutanese citizens for their sojourns in India.

About India’s RuPay Card Payment System

RuPay card scheme was the project conceived by the NPCI in fulfilling the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) vision to have a locally operated open and multilateral payment system. The goal is to provide Indian nationals with a credit payment facility that charges lower processing fees than the card payment systems offered by Visa and Mastercard.

The RBI through its 2009-2012 vision stated that the need for such payment systems in the country arises from the high cost of affiliation that Indian banks have to bear in order to obtain accreditation with international card companies like Visa and Mastercard. As a result, even domestic credit card transactions that account for more than 90% in India’s market were being routed outside of the country.

Rupay processing fees for credit transactions are 23% lower than those charged by the companies behind the two leading international credit cards. The NPCI collects only 60 paise from the acquiring bank and 30 paise from the bank that issued the RuPay card

Backed by 10 leading banks, 6 of which are public-sector banks that include the Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, the State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, and the Union Bank of India; two (2) private-sector banks represented by HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank ; and two (2) foreign banks, namely Citibank and HSBC.

Presently, the NPIC has issued 64 million Rupay Global Cards released between 2014 and March 2019.

Amazon for one, which has an India branch makes it possible for Indian online consumers to stay active members via RuPay cards, especially during the holding of the online store’s annual Amazon Great Indian Sale.

El Paso Mass Shooter Echoes Trump’s “Invasion” Rhetorics but Trump Refuses to Accept Responsibility

News, Politics

The gunman responsible for the El Paso mass shooting last Saturday reportedly posted a manifesto on the 8chan online forum, warning readers about “Hispanic invasion,” minutes before he gunned down shoppers at the El Paso Walmart. The incident has more than ever amplified concerns over Trump’s repeated use of the word “invasion.” Although stated as a rhetoric about the rising number of Latino immigrants coming into the country

Instead of acknowledging even a hint of responsibility that his oft repeated rhetoric about “immigrant invasions:”somehow influenced the El Paso mass shooter to commit the “hate crime,” Donald Trump typically blamed other factors such as mental health and violent video games. He also blames Democrats for linking his rhetoric invasions to the recent spate of mass shootings, including the shooting incident that occurred in Ohio on the same day.

Police identified Saturday’s El Paso mass as Patrick Crusius, who turned 21 a week before he drove 10 hours from his hometown in Allen, Texas to commit a hate crime. Crusius is currently held in El Paso jail without bail and has been charged with capital murder.

Survivors and Witnesses Said Crusius Targeted Only Hispanics

According to relatives of the victims who were also at the scene of the shooting, Crusius was determined to kill only those that appeared to be of Latinx origin.

Chris Grant, a 50-year old African American whom Crusius took shots at only after Grant started throwing soda bottles as a way of distracting the shooter still have vivid memories about the incident. Grant recalls that Crusius had let white and black shoppers leave the store before shooting the victims. Since Grant was shot, he witnessed how the victims kneeled and prayed, begging Crusius to

‘Please! Please! Don’t shoot me.’

Grant said the memory of how Crusius just gunned down people who were already on the ground without any sign of remorse, still haunts him.
Still, Trump refuses to accept that the “invasion” rhetoric directed toward immigrants passing through the US. Mexico Border had nothing to do with the gunman’s actions.

El Paso Residents Want Trump to Apologize to the Community

Generally, the people of El Paso does not intend to welcome Trump upon his arrival. City Representative Alexsandra Annello though received some messages that encouraged welcoming Trump because the mass shooting is not about politics.

The City Representative disagrees, saying that after a week, people can expect Trump to turn around and resume mouthing the same racist rhetoric. After putting the community of El Paso in danger, she does not see Trump apologizing to the Hispanic people.