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It is quite obvious that divisive forces continue to seek to tear at the fabric of democracy
everywhere, they also continue to utilize any and every means to suppress the fundamental right to vote of millions of Americans mainly in the minority communities.
Staying silent and not speaking out against this apparent abuse is analogous to turning our backs on millions of Americans who are being shoved out of our democracy. Allowing those in positions of power to abuse the aspirations that are enshrined in our founding documents is no longer acceptable.
As the Republican candidate for governor in Georgia continues to use his position as Secretary of State to suppress the registration of tens of thousands of voters, most of them African Americans, this represents a distrustful abuse of his position of power to gain an advantage over his Democratic opponent.
Likewise, voter suppression is quite apparent in North Dakota, where a lower court, with the blessing of the Supreme Court, actually ruled the state can demand voters produce proof of residence before voting, a ruling that effectively disenfranchises thousands of Native Americans living on reservations. North Dakota happens to be the state where the Senate election six years ago was decided by less than 3,000 votes, this restrictive voter ID law will likely be a deciding factor in this year’s close race.
Although most states, including Florida and Georgia, have restored voting rights to people convicted of felonies after they’ve completed their sentences, in those two states officials are currently tempering with individual voting rights trying to prevent those individuals from ever voting, even after they have served their time and paid their debt to society.
Regrettably, this voter suppression effort disproportionately impacts African Americans and other minorities. According to the “ Sentencing Project” report, for a research conducted in four states( Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia,) in 2016, more than one in five African Americans and other minorities were disenfranchised.
The Ideal Thing Is For Smart City Initiatives To Also Provision To Capitalize Awesomely By Leveraging Big Data And IoT
Designing future-focused smart-city initiatives must include a redundant sensor network
along with smart Wi-Fi connectivity to adequately cover the target area. Likewise, you must leverage data to ease decision-making and in making effective predictions to ensure that your smart city initiative is future-proof.
Effective and efficient initiatives must include tight collaboration between the municipality, internet provider, data provider, as well as other crucial players. Crucial infrastructures must include smart WiFi access points, smart lighting and video nodes as well as smart kiosks, toward laying a redundant foundation on which the city can begin to collect data on users’ behaviors.
Building a solid foundation for smart city infrastructure will enable city leaders to be able to solve more problems in the most effective manners. The best thing is to provision for future-proof architecture. Once the technology figures out how to measure the heartbeat of the city, then it can be shown in the data where that heartbeat is showing arrhythmia. If you can figure that out, you can get your cardiologist involved earlier rather than later.
Implementing a Real-Time Lab
The best entrepreneurial component of a Smart City initiative must include a sophisticated platform that includes a real-time Lab in which innovators can create solutions within the smart city framework. A real-time lab has many benefits, which include attracting new solutions to persistent city problems, enabling real-time testing as well as commercializing technologies that are suitable to city dwellers. After your project come into fruition, tech firms and other cities in your region and/or country can use this smart city as a testbed for other smart city applications or projects.
Likewise, the real-time lab can also serve as an economic development initiative that will attract companies from all over the world. Specific areas of focus can be transportation, public safety, infrastructure, water and energy, and beyond….
This presents a good opportunity to showcase this smart city initiative as a model that can be emulated with minor customization.
Sensors’ cost reduction
One important factor to consider is determining how to significantly reduce sensor costs, which may entail transforming the city’s existing traffic cameras into sensors themselves for the Smart City, thereby, eliminating the need to purchase new sensors altogether. As with any project, the value of the cost savings will depend on what software vendor(s) is/are chosen.
Analytics can be obtained from video feeds as well as parking and traffic data from sensors that the city is already receiving.
That said, the ultimate goal is to extend the sensor platform throughout the city at a much less expensive proposition.
Municipal kiosks Generating Revenues For The City
Municipal Kiosks with voice-search capability provide convenience as they can offer the passerby with such information as events, restaurants, weather, real-time Smart City data and beyond….
Likewise, smart cities can benefit from kiosk advertising sales through human interactions.
Municipal kioks can also include features, such as games and selfie capabilities, through pedestrian engagements, as well as enabling businesses to post messages in real time, toward generating revenues.
Eating fresh food has many tremendous benefits, which include fresher taste as well as richer vitamins and nutrients than food that has been frozen or canned.
Experts, including dietitians, nutritionists along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggest eating five fruits and vegetables each day, and that eating nine of these is even better. Fresh food, as well as canned or frozen fruits and vegetables have the same benefits, according to these sources. Consumption of colorful produces (fruits and vegetables) are best and ensure that your body will get all of the nutrients you need on a daily basis. Eating a variety of these on a daily basis, will ensure that you enjoy the benefits of eating fresh food such as the multiple vitamins and minerals they provide.
Fresh food acts like medicine for our bodies. Each orange you eat and citrus juice that you drink, your body gets Vitamin C as well as folic acid and lutein which inhibits mild depression, heart disease, and helps the body get rid of carcinogens that may be there.
Oxidant-rich vegetables, like Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and radishes protect the body’s DNA from oxidants and help it detoxify carcinogens. Oxidant-rich vegetables also eliminate old estrogen and testosterone from the body. Likewise, eggplant, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes help reduce blood pressure, prevent prostate cancer, and protect the lungs from cigarette smoke. Moreover, fruits and vegetables, like watermelon, squash, pumpkin, and cantaloupe help prevent cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Furthermore, grains as well as beans and nuts, such as peanuts, peas, soybeans, lentils, are also helpful in improving glucose control in diabetics and reduce hot flashes and cholesterol. Interestingly, spices like garlic, onion, chives, leeks, asparagus, and scallions also inhibit cancer growth, decrease cholesterol, and help the immune system to work properly. Similarly, almonds, apples, plums, pears, and apricots help prevent fungus infections, reduce cholesterol, and stop the growth of tumors. All these benefits illustrate how fresh food really is a type of medicine that keeps our bodies healthy.
Although fresh meat is also important to the human body as a protein source, vegetarian diets that include great varieties of vegetables, beans, and lentils can, in the same fashion, also provide the required protein.
Other than tasting better, eating fresh food is good for our bodies and is readily available at America’s Food Basket Supermarkets. Likewise, America’s Food Basket Supermarkets’ fresh meat is produced year-round, thus, beef, chicken, and occasional lamb are available as well as plenty of seafood.
Can be found at America’s food Basket Supermarkets
1 cup Blue Label Diri Shela basmati rice
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt( if desired)
1 tablespoon Coconut oil
1tspn Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 large carrot, shredded
6 minced fresh garlic cloves
1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger
1 3/4 cups water
1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and carrot; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
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2. Add garlic cloves and ginger; cook 2 minutes.
3. Add Blue Label Diri Shela basmati rice, stirring to coat. Add water and coarse salt(if desired); bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cover, and cook until rice is tender, 17 to 20 minutes (add a little more water and coconut oil, if pan becomes dry)
This recipe is Gluten-free, Vegan and is ready within 20 minutes
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Extra virgin olive oil
2 head of garlic (12 cloves)
1 1/2 tbsp Tumeric Powder
3 tbsp high-quality sweet paprika
2 Chopped(cubed) Plum Tomatoes
8 cups fresh spinach
½ cup water (125 ml)
4 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
For the chickpeas, it’s best to cook them in boiling water for one or two hours or until they’re soft. But before you cook them, you should soak the chickpeas overnight, as the longer you let it soak before cooking them, the quicker they will cook.
With regards to the spinach, chop the spinach to your desired size(finely is better) and cook it in olive oil , instead of water ,is the best choice for lower calorie intake.
Cook the garlic (diced) and tumeric powder in a saucepan with the oil over medium heat until golden brown. Add the paprika, stir and add the spinach. Add the water and salt to taste (optional) and cook for 6 minutes.
Add the cooked chickpeas, tomato, stir and cook for 5 minutes more.