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Amsterdam is known for its tulips, having more canals compared to Venice, its historical museums, and liberation towards sex and drugs — as seen in their Infamous Red light district. But recently, the country is viewed “not so fond” of having visitors around.

CNN’s Richard Quest and some of his colleagues interviewed some citizens to get to know more of the problems that Amsterdam is facing because of over tourism. Too many travelers adore the Amsterdam, which sometimes, too many for the city to handle, said Ellen Van Loon who works at a Dutch Architectural Firm OMA, an organization in charge of making plans for the town.

Van Loon accepts the fact that tourism plays an integral part in the country’s economy, adding an estimate of 82 billion euros ($91.5 billion) yearly. Most locals are “worried” that “soaring” travelers are crowding and may jeopardize the city.

The city is not a stranger to the over tourism trend that other European travel destinations experience. In this generation where airline fares are less expensive, and online bookings are quick and easy; tourists overwhelm these beautiful destinations in an unsustainable way.

Last 2018, an estimated 19 million tourists went to visit the capital of the Netherlands, which is has a population of 850,000. And the influx of Amsterdam tourists is forecasted to continuously “rise” from 18 million in 2018 to 42 million in 2030; 50 times higher than the city’s population.

Some of the proposed solutions involve discouraging groups of annoying tourists by either setting a limit or close down lodgings, hotels and popular souvenirs/entertainment products and ticketing outlets. Also, to promote other travel destinations in the Netherlands — some of the mentioned solutions are currently implemented.

Last December 2018, the famous “I Amsterdam” sign was taken away from the city’s leading art gallery upon the city’s request since it’s inviting too many tourists at a minimal space. It was relocated to a less well-known spot to lead travelers away from the city’s center.

One of Amsterdam’s famous icons, the tulips, have also been affected by mass tourism. Some selfie-loving visitors are wrecking flower fields. This prompted the tourism board to create a Guide of Dos and Don’ts when taking pictures.

Furthermore, to prevent travelers from ruining tulip fields while taking selfies, slogans with the label, ‘Enjoy the flowers, respect our pride’ are established within the area to remind tourists. Other garden owners also decided to put fences to secure the flowers.

One of the other reasons why tourists are attracted to Amsterdam is because of its liberalism and freedom — which is seen in its Red light district. The place is full of pubs, sex shops, and prostitutes in glass booths.

But this year, the city government declared to end the tours of the district because sex workers are treated as a tourist attraction and locals can no longer tolerate rowdy, binge-drinking, and vomiting travelers. The ban will be effective starting January 1, 2020, to give time to tour companies to close their business gradually.

Amsterdam is not the only European city to face over tourism problems. Other cities such as Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and Venice also did.

Currently, the Netherlands tourism organization decided to halt promoting the nation’s tourism industry. According to their Perspective 2030 report, which was released this year, their focus will be on managing the destination compared to promoting it.

The report also included the country’s plan of action, considering that the if right measures are not done, an overabundance of visitors will affect Amsterdam’s livability.

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How London’s 360-Degree Infinity Pool Is Becoming A Reality

An infinity pool with a 360-degree view of the London skyline on top of a 55-story building.

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Infinity London | Photo From: Compass Pools

London is eyeing for an all-new attraction in their tourist-packed city. It’s not another bridge or another historic building though — it’s an infinity pool with a 360-degree view of the London skyline on top of a 55-story building.

When Compass Pools first released the concept photos of the world’s first 360-degree infinity pool, people on social media went haywire with satirical comments about its construction and purpose.

Compass Pools, a United Kingdom-based pool maker company, is taking charge of the entire construction, including the proposed 5-star hotel which the pool will be standing. The hotel (that they’re going to name Infinity London) is presumed to be located at Central London.

Infinity London Overlooking Central London
Photo From: Compass Pools

However, as both exciting and intriguing as the project may sound, people still can’t wrap their heads around the idea of a hotel whose roof is entirely comprised of a pool. The thought of getting in and out of the pool is baffling since there are no visible stairs or ladders of any sort.

David W. Mack, an American comic book artist, and writer, known for his creator-owned series Kabuki and for co-creating with Joe Quesada the deaf Marvel Comics superhero Echo, said on Twitter that he “still [has] no idea how you’re expected to get into this thing,” even after reading the article several times and studying the photos for 5 minutes.

Beth Mccoll, a London-based freelance writer, advice columnist, and author, humorously told that London Infinity’s 360-degree infinity pool is a byproduct of “someone who played a lot of Sims.”

In actuality, the infinity pool will have an entrance and an exit, just not in the usual places where you’ll find one on any other regular swimming pool.

Described as a death-defying swimming pool, Infinity London’s pool will be accessed through a submarine-like chamber. The door spirals upward and downward to enable the entrance to rise and hide above the pool’s surface to allow guests to go in and out of the area.

It sounds way too technical for a pool entrance, but the pool designers were adept at making the pool a full experience with zero uncluttered side profile. “Normally a simple ladder would suffice, but we didn’t want stairs on the outside of the building or in the pool as it would spoil the view – and obviously you don’t want 600,000 liters of water draining through the building either,” the company says.

Moreover, Compass Pool’s swimming pool designer and technical director Alex Kemsley said, “architects often come to us to design [rooftop] infinity pools, but rarely do we get a say in the building design because the pool is usually an afterthought.”

“But on this project, we actually started with the pool design and essentially said, ‘how do we put a building underneath this?’

“When we designed the pool, we wanted an uninterrupted view, both above and below the water.”

Compass Pool Infinity London Glass Floor
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Moreover, the proposed infinity pool — which will house over 600, 000 liters of water — will be made with cast acrylic sides instead of glass. According to Compass Pools, using cast acrylic will reflect light similar to that of water to give the illusion of a completely clear pool. It will look as if there’s nothing holding all of that water in place.

Other than the side, it will also be feature a transparent floor, “allowing the visitors to see the swimmers and the sky above them.” Additionally, the designers plan to construct the marvel as a “sparkling jewel-topped torch at night” with the help of a spectrum of lights.

Finally, the pool also boasts its innovations on renewable energy. The water will be heated using waste energy from the building’s air conditioning system.

The pool will also be fitted with a built-in anemometer to monitor wind speed and will be linked to a computer-controlled building management system that will regulate the pool’s temperature and ensure the water doesn’t spill onto the streets below.

One thing’s for sure, this pool is very technical, and Compass Pools have covered all the necessary checkpoints to enable the construction of London’s next tourist attraction.

Construction of the pool could begin in 2020 if partners and contractors are confirmed.

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10 Reasons To Hate About Highly Processed Food

If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and achieve a healthier body, you should start avoiding highly processed food. And, here are ten reasons why: Click To Tweet

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Research proves that eating highly processed food can lead to over weight gain.
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Is losing weight one of the challenges you are facing now? Did you try different kinds of diet or exercise, and nothing seems to help. Are you a busy person who likes to eat at fast foods? Or, maybe, you don’t know how to cook yet, and you love to eat preserved and refined food available at the grocery? Well, my friend, this article may somehow help you.

According to a recent study at the National Institutes of Health, eating highly processed food causes overeating and unwanted weight gain. Twenty adults participated in the research conducted by the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and prove the latter can be destructive to your health.

Here’s how the nitty gritty goes: For the duration of the study, ten males and ten females are admitted at the NIH Clinical Center for one month and in random order for two weeks on specific diets of highly processed food or minimally processed food.

For reference, a highly processed meal may include a bagel with cream cheese and turkey bacon, on the other hand, a minimally processed meal may consist of oatmeal with walnuts, bananas, and skim milk. Both of the diet types had similar amounts of calories, sugars, fiber, fat, and carbohydrates, and participants can eat whatever they wanted.

As a result, when it comes to a highly processed diet, individuals ate almost five hundred calories more daily compared to unprocessed food. In average, they gained 0.9 kilograms or two pounds while on a highly processed diet and lost the equivalent amount with unprocessed diet.

The study supports the idea that unprocessed foods have a lot of benefits, but researchers take into account that highly processed food is challenging to avoid since it takes more time and money is to prepare. Eating a healthier diet may pose challenges, especially to people who are financially challenged.

As stated in Eatright.org, highly processed foods include ready to eat food (such as crackers, granola, deli-meat) and pre-made meals (such as frozen pizza and microwaveable dinners).

According to Active.com’s Jennifer Fox, these are the reasons why you should hate and ditch highly processed food as much as you can:

First, they are mostly composed of sugars. Having too much sugar can lead to a list of health problems and harmful effects on metabolism. Second, they lacked fiber (which slows down carbohydrate absorption and helps us feel full with lesser calories). When eating highly processed food, we need to eat more of it, so that we will feel complete.

Third, they are designed to be addictive. The primary reason why it’s challenging to stop eating unhealthy and processed food is that it’s chemically modified to be addictive. When eaten, dopamine or the feel-good hormone is released. That’s why we sometimes feel good after eating a ton of processed food. 

Fourth, they can cause mood swings. A study conducted by the UC San Diego team found out that trans fats (found in processed food) can make people more irritable and more aggressive. Fifth, their labels seem like contents from a chemistry book. Most ingredients listed on the Ingredients section of processed food are not only hard to pronounce, but they are added to improve its taste and texture and to make its shelf life longer.

Sixth, they increase your sodium levels higher than the recommended levels. Too much salt can lead to higher risks of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. Seven, they can cause sleeping problems. When we intake a high dose of processed carbohydrates, our body struggles to adjust with the unanticipated spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels. That’s why you can have a difficult time trying to fall asleep if you ate processed food before bedtime.

Eight, they are low in nutrients. Nine, They can lead to overeating. As discussed earlier, we need to eat more processed food to feel full, compared when eating whole and unprocessed food. Ten, they are composed of processed oils and trans fats, which are harmful to the body.

All of us have different types of food that we love to eat, but then again, we need to keep in mind, that to achieve more things in life, one should make healthy choices on what food she/he should eat.

Life is too short to worry about carbohydrates and what other people think. But then again my friend, I would like to leave you with straightforward advice. Just like what they say, remember that too much love can kill you and so does too much highly processed food.

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‘Tinder’ Launches Lighter And More Accessible Version

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Why tinder lite, how this would affect users and the company

Once Tinder launches the lighter version of the famous online match-making application, there could be more people on the platform swiping left and right, but you might not get as affected.

In the modern age of 2019, it’s uncommon to find people you know relying on the internet to find their soul mates. Truly, the Internet has offered a whole new path towards looking for ‘the one,’ which quite honestly has been widely accepted. In retrospect, it increases your scope, opens more possibilities to getting introduced to a more diverse set of people, and getting to avoid the anxiety that comes with getting to know people face-to-face, all the while having the convenience of doing it from the comfort of your home.

Tinder was a revolutionary dating application because it introduced the idea of imposing a mutual understanding between two people before they can start interacting with each other. In simple words, people need to like each other, by swiping right, before a conversation on the application can be made. That idea boosted their popularity among younger consumers, rapidly overtaking all other dating applications in the market.

From a perspective, people from the United States are Tinder’s most active users in the planet with an estimate of over 22.8 million users, a pretty large number of people who’s actively out looking for the love of their life. Globally, the BBC estimates that the online dating application has over 57 million active monthly users and 4.7 million of which are paid subscribers in Q1 of 2017.

What Tinder’s numbers tell us is that the dating application is doing extremely well even with it coming late into the competition and it is predicted that Tinder revenue for 2018 will reach $800 million. However, with more and more dating applications emerge such as Bumble, Match.com, and Happn, which also adapts Tinder’s like-first system, the company’s next step is to obviously adapt more innovations to keep up with the competition.

One solution that Tinder parent company, Match Group thought of was developing the idea that Tinder should be accessed by more people Earlier this week, they announced that they will be launching Tinder Lite.

The idea of Tinder Lite follows other numerous applications like Google’s -Go applications: Google Go, Gmail Go, Files Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go and Google Assistant Go. There’s also Facebook Lite, Instagram Lite, Messenger Lite, Twitter Lite, Uber Lite, Spotify Lite, and even TikTok Lite, to name a few others.

The idea behind ‘Lite’ applications is to mainly offer a version of the application that takes up much less of your phone’s memory space and, in effect, less consume less data. If you haven’t noticed Google’s applications range from hundreds of megabytes, which is why a -Go version would be more reasonable to download if you’re not really on the application as much.

However, Tinder Lite isn’t meant for U.S. consumption, although it might benefit some. Particularly, memory space isn’t much of a problem for first world countries where its citizens jump on a brand new model every few months offering more memory space. The Apple iPhone, the country’s most popular smartphone offers their latest model with at least 64GB up to 256GB.

More significantly, Tinder Lite is addressed to target other markets such as the South East Asian region as TechCrunch reports. Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg said that internet penetration had grown by nearly 15% in the region over the past five years, which Tinder Lite could come in beneficial because the Lite version would require much fewer internet data.

“This area has more than a dozen high-density cities with over a million people, and more young people are moving to large cities. These are really important factors that make the need for our app high,” she explained. “…We are excited about the Tinder Lite app that will be coming soon. It’s a big step forward addressing the needs of consumers there. Tinder Lite will be a smaller app to download. It will take less space on your phone, making Tinder more effective, even in more remote areas or regions. And keep in mind, these are regions where data usage still comes at a premium.” Ginsberg said.

So overall, Tinder may have a lot more users in the years to come with penetrating Asian countries but it wouldn’t affect the United States as much, after all, it’s a location-specific application, too. But one thing’s for sure, Tinder is making a great investment and will certainly make a good buck.

Tinder Lite doesn’t have a specific date yet but Ginsberg says that it will be available soon.

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