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Electric scooters have thrown in a bigger transportation net in the cities that have already legalized their use. This mode of transport, from its name, involves the use of electricity stored in batteries, unlike their fellow petrol bikes whose engines operate on fuel. It contains its own pros and cons that involve its use on the road. Important notice has been placed on the disadvantages that come with its use. The following are some of the demerits that come in handy when transiting in them.
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BRINGING THEM ON A SUBWAY
Since these electric scooters have quite heavy batteries, it would prove to be a challenge to bring them on the subway. It is a quite dominant and ground flouting mode of either personal or public transit across urban areas. They also prove to be troublesome to pedestrians who walk along with subways and bring nuisances disrupting the peace of most casual pedestrians. Being electrically operated, they contain some safety hazards, too, which are environmental. They can hardly carry heavy pillion riders along the subway as they are already substantial, and often, their tire pressure needs to be checked in a consistent span of 2 weeks or so.
LOCKING THEM UP
Since exclusive prioritization is given to cars, blind allegiance to parking space is provided to vehicles; hence the scope for locking them up is quite minimal. Since they have very few users, the prices the electric scooter users pay for locking the bikes up are quite high. They are often not given vital consideration as they also occupy more space when locking them up as compared to other bikes. They are also proven to be environmentally unfriendly due to pollution caused by the batteries; hence the space for locking them up may not be provided in a bid to minimize their use.
The speed of the electric scooters is quite low as the power obtained from the battery is regulated. The motor accessories yield less energy as the electric bike is quite substantial. The speed varies with the wattage of the cell as higher voltage, and higher charge provides a relatively more top speed, which decreases with the decrease in wattage and charge of the battery. Alongside its speed, the running range of the scooter is quite less hence needs so much care and regular maintenance to optimally acquire the service of the electric bikes in terms of speed and their running range.
The electric scooters usually have relatively tiny wheels that make them easily susceptible to crack on roads, potholes, and road debris, which may lead to the electric bikes failing or rolling over, hence causing small accidents that could be fatal. Since electronic scooter users are said to be the most vulnerable to road injuries, the small wheels require a higher level of skill in its maneuverability and artistic balance when riding them.
POWER AND PICK UP
Electric scooters have relatively less power and pick-up and can ride only over very gentle slopes like those found in flyovers, but if the hill is quite steep, the electric scooter would be useless for use in such a zone. They cannot accelerate from a stationary point and can hardly overtake any means of road transport. All these are because of their battery wattage, which is not quite efficient to enable it to have power and enough pick-up for use on the road and even on steep slopes.
HIGH INITIAL AND RUNNING COSTS
The electric scooters are way more expensive than petrol bikes as they have more complex accessories than petrol bikes. Also, the use of electric scooters could prove way more costly than petrol bikes and scooters since motors often need much care and don’t last long compared to engines of petrol bikes. The battery life of electric scooters is quite short, and its consistent replacement would result in incurring high costs. Since they have no market value, the taxes payable for operating these scooters can be relatively high.
This is the biggest challenge faced by electric scooter users when they want prospective buyers to sell their scooters. They hardly have any market value as they can prove to be quite useless after their operation lifespan of around seven years and often need a replacement for their batteries; hence, they would unlikely fetch a higher value than place it for scrap value.
Since electric scooters have proven to have demerits of its kind, they are just substantial and not fatal; hence the users have found a way and learned how to live and work with these disadvantages. For maximum service of the electric scooters, their batteries have to be replaced regularly and taken good care of by neither overusing it nor under-using it. This mode of transport is mostly for personal benefit rather than the public, as is usually the case in standard bikes.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp may soon ask users to verify their identity to make payments on the platform. According to XDA Developers, new strings spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta release suggest that the messenger will require users to upload verification documents to continue using payments on WhatsApp. Currently, when users set up WhatsApp Pay in India, the service only verifies the phone number linked to your bank account to enable UPI-based transactions. In Brazil, the messenger uses Facebook Pay to validate users' credit or debit cards to facilitate payments.
At the moment, the service doesn't require users to submit any identity verification documents to make payments. However, that might change soon, the report said. WhatsApp v188.8.131.52 beta includes a few new strings which suggest that users might have to submit identity verification documents to continue using payments.
The identity verification might be limited to those who use WhatsApp Pay to receive payments for their businesses. UPI-based apps, like Google Pay, PhonePe and even WhatsApp Pay don't require users to submit any documents to transfer or receive money. However, wallet apps like PayTM do ask for KYC verification as per RBI guidelines.
WhatsApp is yet to make an official announcement regarding this change. Since the new strings have just made their way to the beta version, it might be a while before the company reveals any details, the report said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: WhatsApp, UPI, payments, verify, identity, documents
By Rajesh U. Pandya
Although the world is recovering from coronavirus pandemic, we must not lower our guards and stay alert when it comes to hand hygiene to curb the spread of the deadly virus. But are we paying sufficient attention to our nail hygiene? Our nails are the index of well-being for our entire body. The manifestations of several critical diseases were first detected within the dirty nails.
The ignorance towards our nails becomes the breeding ground of harmful bacteria. These germs enter our body through our hands because in India we eat through our bare hands. Therefore, nail hygiene is crucial and without it hand hygiene is incomplete.
Practising good nail hygiene involves following a systematic process to ensure the longevity of our nail health. It includes ensuring that food particles, dirt and dust are not sticking to our nails and there is no build-up of nail bacteria. Thankfully, contrary to popular belief, it is not that difficult to maintain good nail hygiene. A little diligence, awareness and attention are sufficient to keep our nails healthy.
Avoiding nail hygiene makes you prone to viral infections
Due to constant negligence towards the cleanliness of the nails, many serious issues like bacterial and viral infections arise. Often these lead to serious health problems. Our hand hygiene is not perfect till the time we clean the undersides of our nails besides washing hands regularly. Most people don't mind sharing nail clippers with others. This is however an extremely unhygienic practice. When we don't share any of our personal hygiene products then why do we share our nail clippers? Nails harbour abundant germs, bacteria and viruses and sharing nail clippers is equivalent to exchanging those microorganisms.
Nails harbour abundant germs, bacteria and viruses and sharing nail clippers is equivalent to exchanging those microorganisms.| Photo by CDC on Unsplash
Keep fingernails dry and clean
It prevents bacterial and fungal infections from growing under our nails. It has been observed that prolonged exposure to water can break nails. It is always recommended to wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals. In order to follow good nail hygiene, we have to be careful about our nail care products. Use a sharp stainless-steel nail clipper with a grime remover, that can remove the hidden germs and grime below the nails. Trim nails straight, then round the tips into a gentle curve. Always wash hands and under nails with soap and water after a nail clipping session.
Always wash hands and under nails with soap and water after a nail clipping session. Photo by rashid khreiss on Unsplash
Keep hands and nails moisturized to avoid the cuticles from overgrowing. Frequent use of nail paint remover, hand sanitisers and harsh soaps can result in the dryness of cuticles along with nails. Keep nails short, trim them regularly and wash hands for at least 20 seconds and then moisturize them, This will make the chance of diseases slimmer and can prevent any kind of viruses. KAI India nail clipper comes with unique features like 100 per cent stainless steel, nail filer, grime remover, nail tray and non-chromium coating making them safe and most effective for maintaining proper nail hygiene.
Here are some of the more ways through which we can keep our nail hygiene intact, thereby protecting it from the damage to nails:
* Stay away from chewing fingernails: It has the potential of damaging the nail bed as a minor cut can cause infection. Moreover, when we bite our nails, germs enter our mouths directly.
* Be gentle towards hangnails: Never pull off your hangnails. Rather, be gentle towards them and carefully clip them off. Stop using those products which are harsh on nails. Always go for acetone-free products.
* Go for a regular nail checkup: If you have a persistent nail problem, consult a doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation.
* Do not share: Try not to share your nail clipper, as they contain germs. Wash the nail clipper with lukewarm water and wipe with a soft cloth. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, hygiene, covid, clipper, products, infections
Gambling has always been one of the most popular sports among people. It is not limited to one group of people, the sport doesn't require the players to have any qualifications besides being a certain age and above depending on the country, men, women, young, old, wherever you come from, whoever you are, we're all equal as players on a casino table. Many casinos now have online sites for their players to enjoy the games at their comfort and leisure.
Online Casino games have become one of the best ways for people to spend their free time. Especially during the pandemic when the world was put under lockdown casinos shifted online and the punters have enjoyed the same entertainment and excitement sitting at their homes. Online gambling games are becoming increasingly popular in the 21st century because this generation prefers to spend time indoors with their online friends. This has inevitably led to the creation of thousands of games to fulfil the rising demand of millions of online players.
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So, what is the reason why Online Casino Games are so popular?
Online Gambling platforms offer hundreds of casino games for the player to choose from that too from some of the best providers in the industry. They provide you with a range of games like baccarat, blackjack, slots, poker and many more. Being online also means that a player can go straight into the game without having to wait for their turn. One can freely enjoy the experience of an actual casino without getting out of their house.
Online Gambling platforms offer hundreds of casino gamesPixabay
Online gaming platforms understand the doubts of their player regarding making online transactions of money as their afraid of their data being stolen. Thus, to build a trusting relationship with their customers, most platforms make sure that they are secured with encryptions and firewalls to prevent loss of data. To name one BetRivers is one of the platforms which safe and easy to use.
In a land-based casino if run into some problem or need assistance from your host you'll need to stop playing, reach out to the information desk, convey your problem and wait until someone comes to solve your problem which is not the case for online gaming platforms. On just one tap customer service is available 24/7 for their players on online platforms.
Covers a large area
Again, in a land-based casino, a player must go to the building themselves. Some casinos may only have one building while some have their branches in different cities and countries. But online casinos invite players from numerous countries from wherever they are to play the games at their comfort. BetRivers online casinos are available for players from different countries from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia and more
Any person with a tablet, desktop, smartphone and internet connection can easily access the games and play online. Online casinos give the players to enjoy the games at any time and anywhere they like.
Chances of winning
If a player has zero chances of winning one can't call it gambling. Online casino games provide the player with several combinations of risk and rewards where they can lose the money or win the money put on the table. Players have to pay a minimal fee to get a chance to win, the higher the money you put on stakes the higher is the reward for winning. For example, a player can sometimes win an outrageous amount of money while playing slots and in games like blackjack which has the best odds of winning that has a low house edge one can for sure win some amount of money.
The majority of players play casino games to enjoy the adrenaline rush, have fun or simply just casually kill their free time. In today's world, online casinos have emerged as safe, secure, fun, and amazing platforms for player to access their games online and win some profit while playing.