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    Truck Driver Shortage: How America is Dealing with its Freight Issue

    In the last year or so, more and more truck drivers throughout America are parking up their trucks and venturing into new careers. There are a number of reasons as to why so many drivers have decided to make a career change and one of the main reasons is because of the poor work conditions that come with spending hours on end trapped inside of a hot truck.

    As well as the drivers not enjoying the trucking lifestyle, there is very little security in the job and the hours can be outrageous, which means that truck drivers were unable to spend the time that they wanted to with their families. You may remember that in the days running up to Christmas last year, many truck drivers were stuck in a horrific traffic jam that meant that many of them were unable to make it home in time to see their families. For many, this disregard of truck drivers was the final straw and thousands of truck workers decided to start careers in other fields.

    As some of the drivers quit the profession, their reasoning for doing so was heard by truck drivers all over the world. Many heard what they had to say and too decided to quit, which meant that America was left with fewer and fewer drivers.

    Though there were fewer drivers, this did not mean that there were fewer products that needed to be transported. This created a big problem throughout America, as they had a huge freight issue but no workers willing to help them fix it. As a result, America has had to get creative and find a solution for this ongoing problem. Here is how America is dealing with its freight issue.

     

    Increased Driver Workload

    For the drivers that have decided to stick around for the time being, there will be absolutely no concern over whether or not they will have enough work in the upcoming year. Many drivers have been asked to almost double their workload, which means that they will be completing more trips and carrying much more cargo with them.

    However, manufacturers are scared about losing some of their drivers due to overworking, so the increased workload is only being given to those who want it. For those that are happy with their current hours and work, then they are under no obligation to pick up extra work. With the increased work that is being completed by some of the truck drivers, they are also experiencing a wage increase. This is because they are now seen as extremely valuable assets and from the events that have unfolded in the last year, companies know that drivers will happily leave if they are not being treated as they believe they should be.

     

    Improved Work Conditions

    One of the main reasons that so many people chose to leave the world of truck driving is due to the poor work conditions. Truckers can spend days sat within their trucks and truck stops offer very little relief in terms of comfort. Truck drivers are said to have some of the highest recorded leg and back problems due to just how much time they spend sitting at the driving wheel and to try and combat this, companies are now providing their drivers with a hotel fund. This means that when they are on the road, they don’t need to rest up in a truck stop and they can instead choose to spend the night at a hotel free of charge.

    Companies are doing this as they believe it will improve the overall happiness of their employees and will decrease the likelihood of them seeking employment elsewhere. By taking care of the health of their employees, also means that the people that work for them are less likely to retire early or need sick leave, so it is really a win for everyone involved.

     

    Vehicle Upgrades

    We have already touched upon just how uncomfortable some of the trucks that the drivers use can be. As well as being extremely uncomfortable, a lot of the trucks that the drivers have to use are dated and some even have damage that makes them difficult to use.

    There have been many cases where truck drivers have had to pull up on the side of the road to make general repairs to the trucks that are extremely difficult for one person alone. After all, imagine having to pull over on a busy highway and repair the tire of a truck.

    Companies have now either entirely replaced the trucks that they use or they have upgraded some of the features of the truck. For example, a lot of companies have replaced their standard wheels with some of the best off road tires that are less likely to break, so that workers don’t have to do any repairs during a busy shift.

    There has also been a movement to try and make the interiors of the trucks more comfortable due to how long truck drivers are in the trucks. There have been improvements to the seats and the leg space so that the drivers don’t have to worry about anything other than keeping their eyes on the road and staying safe. On top of that, many companies have added resting spaces, so when the truckers feel like they need a rest, they can.

    The Environmental Agency successfully battling Deforestation

    In the last decade, the world has thankfully become much more environmentally aware. Thanks to the research of scientists, the world has received much more education in relation to the way that our actions are harming the environment.

    One of the biggest ways in which we are hurting the world is through deforestation. This is a topic that was close to ignored for the last few decades, but it is a problem that has become exceedingly worse as the years have gone on.

    Deforestation not only destroys the appearance of our natural environment but also destroys the habitat of many of the animals that we have grown to love and that are an essential part of the ecosystem and the food chain. There are many species that have become extinct due to the effects of deforestation and even more are at risk every year. Unfortunately, right now, there are animals that are also guaranteed to become extinct unless we do something immediately.

    An environmental agency is known as ‘Tree Peace’ has had enough of the selfish behavior of humans and is now on a mission to save the trees and educate the world about deforestation and the detrimental effects that it is having on our planet and here is how.

     

    Making people appreciate nature

    One of the biggest ways in which Tree Peace is trying to spread their message about deforestation is by making people more aware of the importance of nature from the security of their own homes. They have recommended that people check out sos-zimmerpflanzen.de and get to know the nature that they can have in their own homes.

    By realizing the importance of just a single plant and the benefits that just one plant can have on a single person, Tree Peace hopes that people will finally realize just how important all of the world’s forests are to the earth. Tree Peace also hopes that people will see this important and make little steps towards helping the cause. Now, they don’t expect much, especially during the current economic strain. They do however hope that people will take the time to plant their own tree at home, or even make a small donation if they are able to.

     

    Charity fundraisers

    Though they do appreciate the importance of spreading information and changing the mindsets of people, they also know just how important it is to raise the necessary funds required to make a difference. There are a lot of expenses that are involved in trying to stop deforestation. You may be aware that most of the major forests in the world are not located in the west. Unfortunately for Tree Peace, they are located in the west and for them to be able to travel to most of the big forests in the world, they need to be able to travel.

    Travel is extremely expensive and so is carrying out the work that they wish to carry out when they get to their destination. For this reason, it is important that they raise as much money as they possibly can. They do this by hosting fun events, all of which have a large focus on educating as well as entertaining people that take part.

    The proceeds for these events are reinvested into the charity and sometimes they are even distributed to some of their sister charities that require some extra help, which you rarely see from organizations. However, this agency knows the importance of supporting other charities and agencies that are also doing their part in making sure that deforestation isn’t a problem that we will have to fight in the future.

    Which Teams are Primed to Beat Liverpool in the 2021 Premier League

    Liverpool has had a turbulent rise to the top of the Premier League over the last decade. With Klopp changing the way the entire team operates on and off the pitch and Liverpool as a team changing the way English football is played, they shook the game up enough to push themselves to the pinnacle of English football, becoming almost undefeatable with one of the longest winning streaks and highest point difference for a winner in the history of the Premier League.

    Going into the current season, however, Liverpool has already started to perform noticeably worse, with some completely avoidable draws and losses. Many blame the global pandemic for reducing training opportunities and generally encouraging the team to take a bit of a mental break, but this should be no excuse for such a world-class team. Regardless of why it is happening, Liverpool has left themselves open to being taken down this year, and there are some hungry teams ready to take the scraps.

     

    Leister

    After their own surprise league victory in the 15/16 season, Leister has cemented themselves as one of the top contenders in the Premier League. Currently standing at the top of the league with the most points and wins, they have come off to an excellent start that no other team seems to be able to match.

    Of course, if they don’t continue with this momentum they could very easily find themselves dropping down, but so far they are keeping up their level of play and are consistently matching the opposition, including Liverpool.

     

    Arsenal

    In 2004, the arsenal invincibles team earned their new name by getting on the longest undefeated streak of all time in the Premier League with 49 games in a row ending in a win or draw. This is an incredible feat for any team and, although it was in the past, the team has never forgotten its pedigree and continues to be one of the finest teams in the league and the world.

    While they are certainly on no winning streak this season, they have shown an incredible depth of skill in their play so far which hasn’t resulted in as many wins as they would like, but it is a definite sign that they are going to be a team to watch this year.

     

    Everton

    Another smaller-name team who has found themselves in the top rungs of professional football in the last few years, Everton have stayed consistently around the top of the table so far this year. With very few goals conceded so far and unwavering composure, they could very easily prove themselves to be the new champions if they keep it all up consistently.

    They are yet to come up against many of the league’s biggest hitters, but Everton has shown themselves to be dominant enough in all of their matches so far. We will just have to see how they do against Liverpool soon, but they stand a great chance at the overall title.

     

    Manchester City

    Man City is one of the greatest teams in football at the moment. With far more Premier League wins than Liverpool and a consistently high ranking in the league historically and this season, they perhaps have the best position from which to knock Liverpool down a peg.

    Like Liverpool, their performance so far this season has been weaker than what is expected, but their ferocity on the pitch shows the drive they still retain to be the best. With a huge amount of the season left, they are sure to start picking up momentum as we forge into the winter months and start to give Liverpool – and the entire league – a run for their money.

    Is Automation As Big a Threat As Everyone Claims?

    Whether you’re walking down the street or even if you’re just sitting in the house, automation has become such a massive part of our lives within modern society, it’s practically all around us. While automation is often there the majority of the time to make our lives easier, it isn’t necessarily always the case. As more and more companies and products switch into automatic versions of themselves, it may not always be for the better. While factory production lines switch into automation, it can potentially put the men and women working the factory line at risk of losing their jobs. Due to this, many people believe the growth of automation to be a threat, but is this really the case? Is automation as big a threat as everyone claims?

     

    Factories

    One of the most heavily impacted industries when it comes to automation is the production industry. Whether it’s making cars or something as simple as a bag of sweets, factories churn out hundreds of thousands of products every day. Back in their early days, factories employed thousands of people all around the world. People would work day in day out for long, exhausting hours, often for mediocre pay, and would often receive very little benefits. Over the years working conditions improved but that didn’t take away the fact people were still doing long hours working a monotonously challenging job.

    That is until companies started investing in automated machinery designed to do the job of thousands of workers. It was a large investment, but it did mean companies wouldn’t have to keep paying a steady salary for a number of workers. Because of this, many people were forced out of their jobs without a lot of prior warning. This meant a lot of people were now made to feel bitter about losing their jobs to a number of machines. This led to a negative stigma forming and surrounding the world of automation as many people were made to feel as though their jobs are at risk.

     

    Household Items

    One of the things that many of us benefit from on the day is the automation of household items. Whether it’s the time-saving nature of electric whisks or robot vacuums that are good for pet hair, there is no end to the time and effort-saving items that have been created for our households to make our lives easier. At a range of scales and complexities, there is no end to the benefits automatic household items have. They can ensure our plants live longer, our homes are cleaner, our lives are easier to manage, and that our food tastes far better. Lives are meant to be lived and automated products are them to make sure that we have more time to live our lives and make the most of everything.

     

    Security

    Not only are household products something that benefits from automation, but another handy industry that has benefitted from automation is the security industry. Automatic locks help to prevent a lot more human error that could otherwise have devastating results. Key cards can often be a more reliable way to lock and unlock your automatic doors. Not only that but they are also relatively easier to keep track of than a small key and also more discreet and less likely to be stolen. We are only human, and we make mistakes no matter how much we try to remember, but with automatic security, we wind up with one less thing to worry about. Not only that, but automatic alarms are there to give us peace of mind anytime we leave our homes and our valuables.

    Is The EU going to Put New Restrictions on Online Advertisers

    40 years ago only a fraction of the world’s population had access to the internet, it was unimaginable how much everything was going to change with the advancement of technology.

     

    Big Tech

    In these modern times, the corporate battleground has moved online and the current forefront appears to be in an advertisement with the tech industries big names making huge sums of their revenues from advertisements. We can see it ourselves every day, if you use something that is free you should wonder how an entity can sustain itself. The classic saying is that if you do not pay for the product that is because you are the product that is quite true these days. Big tech has currently got the eyes of the world regulators watching them at the moment with hearings before Congress and European anti-monopoly watchdogs crawling over the activities of these firms trying to decide if they hold too much power and whether they need legislating back into shape in some cases even breaking up. Google has been sued by the US department of justice for having a search monopoly. But as judges around the world try to come to balanced and fair conclusions the question arises as to the existing legal framework and whether it is enough.

     

    Europe and Data

    The IAB (the pan-European body) has recently expressed disappointment with the fact that the APD-GBA (Belgium regulator) report sought to enforce action against a set of best practice guidelines rather than open dialogue between the parties that could have them rewritten. A big part of the significance here comes from the fact that the Belgian regulator is the lead regulator for data protection in Europe. It signals that there is a serious concern as to the quality of the best practice guidelines and that critics disdain for loopholes needs to be taken more seriously. Specifically, the regulator found that the best practice guidelines were in breach of the GDPR law. The UK has decided that after Brexit the EU’s GDPR legislation will be mimicked in UK law. The message sent out particularly resonates as recently in 2019 the IAB rewrote its best practice guidelines in response to criticism from academics and privacy groups complaining about its weakness. One such complaint is that advertisers are able to swap vast amounts of extremely private and personal information without any form of authorization. One possible gap for legislation where a case can easily make is for the ban of real-time bidding from advertisers as for this bid to happen the companies need access to what somebody is reading, listening, and watching which is a blatant breach of GDPR.

     

    New solutions

    But with the dominance and size of these big firms, it may seem daunting for anyone to think there are ways around them or alternatives to their products that will be effective at promoting their products and services. The reality is that you can simply get real youtube views from Marketing Heaven to name just one inexpensive solution to a seemingly costly necessity of business. The focus it could be predicted is not going to move away from data-driven targeting of users and their digital footprints but back to a more ethical way of promoting from within. The EU is way ahead of many parts of the globe so it may be hard without more global support to fight the money behind this industry. Even in the absence of any new regulation, many companies may just see it as unethical to get involved in traditional data tracking methods of targeted advertising.

    These State Senators are pushing for a New Bailout Scheme For Small Businesses

    American Senators have been fighting a losing battle this year. The pandemic came out of nowhere. And the lack of action from the president has left senators having to decide on their own lockdown measures. This has been difficult with federal backing.

    But lockdown isn’t the only issue. And to a greater extent, it isn’t even the issue most Americans are worried about. The economy has been the most pressing issue on the tongue of most Americans.

     

    Money Obsessed

    One of the biggest boasting points for America is its economy. Despite the fact it has been getting weaker year on year, the American people have been brainwashed into thinking theirs is the most powerful country and economy on the planet.

    So most Americans are deadly afraid of anything that could stifle their economy. So afraid that they are willing to risk their lives and the lives of others to make sure it stays afloat.

    Which is why they have been pushing for bailouts to make sure it doesn’t crash during the pandemic. Many are stating that the country needs a new green deal to push them back into the prosperous age they remember.

     

    The Senators

    Four Senators from prominent democratic states have put come together to create and push for a new bailout scheme.

    The idea is that small, independently owned businesses will get a full bailout and financial support from the government. This will also include a massive tax break in addition. They suggest taxing the operations that have benefited from the pandemic, such as Amazon, more and making sure they pay up so the government can support the businesses who need it.

    The idea began after these four senators received thousands of complaints, mostly related to people unable to get help with pest control due to a lot of firms going under. This was all the motivation they needed to stand up for their constituents.

     

    Pushback

    The average conservative American is deadly afraid of giving out money to those in need. Brainwashed to believe this is communism infecting their proud capitalist nation, they seem to forget that without these bailouts, they will soon have no country.

    And the pushback against this new plan has been strong. Many Trump supporters are touting that it will bring the country into a deeper recession than they are already in, despite the fact the economy is still on a steady decline.

    As the elections are looming, now is the time for the senators to keep pushing their plan forward. By creating a stir they are hoping to get it into the public view and make sure it ends up in the next debate. If they can have the candidates talk on it, it can be used as a point against Trump and his economy harming policies.

     

    A New Normal

    But this isn’t the only way forward. A lot of people are understandably exhausted by the way life has been changed. Living in isolation. Wearing masks and socially distancing. But a lot of scientists have proposed a new normal. A way to get the economy started without a bailout.

    And it involves young people. Mainly letting young people get back to work and back outside while keeping older people away from the public. This would mean the world become run by the young for a while, and it will be unfortunate for the older generations. But all the simulations of this scenario show a significant boost in the economy after it, and some even show the economy getting stronger than it was before the pandemic began.

     

     

     

     

     

    Melbourne Now Has the Highest Vacancy Rate of Any Major Australian City

    The World of Real Estate has been turned on its head as Melbourne has now been announced to have the highest Vacancy Rate of Any Major Australia City. This might not seem like newsworthy information, but let us unpack exactly what this means for Australia and the Real Estate market overall.

     

    The Changes

    A high Vacancy rate is a huge deal for any city. It essentially means the number of properties that are available for new residents to live in. This could be anything from small-scale flats to luxury family homes.

    A high vacancy rate could potentially be seen as a bad thing in a certain context. One reason for the sudden increase could be a mass evacuation of people from the city. Leaving properties empty and jobs vacant within the communities. This would often be a sign of a massive decrease in the quality of life of the area.

    But, in the case of Melbourne the increase is due to a massive public works project designed to both help house those less fortunate while also building new homes to entice a new wave of immigration.

     

    The Scheme

    This scheme came about after a group of mortgage brokers in the city of Melbourne decided there weren’t enough people buying or selling properties in Melbourne to sustain long-term investments into any property.

    Not to mention there was a lot of political unease due to the slow rise in homelessness and issues with housing. So, these mortgage brokers approached the city with a plan to create a few new residential zones in areas that were previously designated as industrial.

    Melbourne has seen a massive decrease in its industrial exports. Most of its terrain is taken up by shops and residential zones, along with some fantastic natural parks. It was calculated that the loss of income the city would face due to the rezoning would be offset by the massive increase in funds they would receive once the residential homes were completed and more people started moving in.

     

    Construction

    Public opinion at first was skeptical of the idea. A lot of the citizens of Melbourne were worried about a new tidal wave of immigration, especially considering the slight job shortage that has been creeping up on Australia in recent years.

    But their worries were soon eased after it was revealed just how many jobs this project would create within the city itself. The amount of construction that was taking place meant there was a need for a lot of hands-on labor. Thousands of jobs were created in this way.

    And not just in construction either. Architects soon found themselves spoilt for choice on new jobs. Industrial supply firms, decorators, electricians, and engineers all had a hand in the project.  Citizens of Melbourne had rallied behind the project one hundred percent.

     

    Unexpected Turmoil

    As the project neared completion that was an unexpected complication. A few of the investors decided to withdraw their participation in the scheme and instead move their new properties into fully private estates.

    This essentially took properties away from potential immigrants and lowered both the expected rise in population and the overall economic benefit that would have come from the property. It was soon discovered this private investor was planning to use the homes as vacation homes for him and his friends. This meant they would sit empty for most of the year, bringing no extra capital into the local economies.

    This was followed by massive delays to construction as a lot of the firms had to deal with unexpected financial issues and supply issues due to imports being slowed down. A freak series of cyclones off the coast of china slowed down all shipping by a few months, putting the project behind schedule and well into the red in terms of overspend.

     

    The Impact

    Eventually, construction finished and the new residential zones were opened. The impact on Melbourne as a city and the real estate market was seen almost instantly. The number of homeless citizens dropped by a significant amount within a month.

    New council housing schemes were opened and nearly half the housing waitlist was given a home. Surprisingly the city didn’t see a rise in unemployment. The city was able to find enough jobs to successfully put to work all of the newly housed individuals.

    The biggest shock came from the real estate side of things. The effect of all this vacant property is that property values as a whole are slowly decreasing. With more empty houses the market is having to compete with itself to stay afloat and, as such, is seeing house prices dip down.

    This is a worrying trend that, if it doesn’t stabilize, could see the housing market in Melbourne crash entirely.

     

     

    America Has Declared Pest Control as an Essential Service

    In our great city of New York despite all of our achievements, the skyscrapers that pierce the sky, the boom of wall street that is heard around the world, and the roar of the Yankees stadium that has welcomed the greatest athletes of our time… we still have a problem. This problem is not man nor his creation, but that of the rodent. New York has a pest problem. I can’t remember the last time I went to the tube or even downtown without seeing a horde of rats. This problem has led to direct action from the mayor’s office with pest control in nyc now being declared as an essential service joining services like mail, trash, and auto repair.

     

    The Issue

    The move has been largely welcomed by the mass of New Yorkers, who have seen the city slowly deteriorate into a pest ridden slum. These pests have been scaring tourists and affecting local morale. The hope is this essential service status will lead to more feet on the street in this new battle for New York. The essential service status will lead to more benefits and higher pay for those in the pest control industry. The mayor has previously had a tetchy relationship with our state unions, and he must hope that this new status will win the unions over.

     

    Some in the pest control industry has pushed back against the measure in fears that this will remove some of their labor rights. The head of the pest control union of lower NYC had this to say:

    “Though we appreciate our efforts in the field being finally being appreciated, and the added benefits now handed to our members, we no longer hold any leverage if we are wrong. A loss of leverage is a loss of protection, I only pray that the state of New York repays our trust.”

    This does show that the unions appreciate their new status, but are still wary of the state. Personally, I believe that as time goes on the relationship between the unions and the state will improve. Change can feel strange sometimes, but this is the time for the state to step up.

     

    Will it Work?

    Time will only tell if this move will improve the war on the pest problem of NYC. This will mean however that there will be more feet on the street in the combatting of our problem. Currently, one worker can be expected to complete one job a day, if under state plans we have a further three workers per seven blocks on the street then that will be an extra three pest sites removed every seven blocks. Some may suggest that the issue does not lie with the pest control but the people of New York themselves. Perhaps, the money spent on the new pest control fighters on the street could be spent on re-education and high technology bins. If New York learned how to not litter, or the homeless to not defecate on the street then we would not need this essential clarification.

     

    All I know is it is us who is footing the bill on another big government spending program. How about we learn how to clean up after ourselves, and learn how to help our vulnerable. Until then we must pay for more pest control in its new essential service, the mayoral office has put themselves under an awful lot of pressure, and I personally hope that they do not get burnt.

     

    The Benefits of Sending Your Scout to Camp

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    Spending a week at summer camp tends to paint the right picture of adventure that comes out with a number of benefits. Experiencing the same will bring in changes that are critical to the overall thinking of a scout. As a result, sending a scout to camp is an important process that every parent needs to do. But if the above results do not sound appealing for the process, then we have a few more. Yes, that’s right. We are going to talk about the benefits of sending a scout to camp, so go ahead and read them out.

    1. A Break from Technology

    Every parent wants their kid to take a break from constant gaming and binge-watching an entire series on the weekend. So an ideal way to do so would be to send them to summer camp because they will be able to unplug from technology. Television or cell phones will not be continuously used because these camps have other forms of activities that need to be completed. As a result, they will enter the real adventure instead of virtual adventure.

    2. Physically Active

    Running, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, hiking, and other such activities are the ideal way through which scouts spend a day at camp. Due to these, kids will be physically active and will enter a new form of adventure that is both fun and healthy. The kind of action or the activities that they perform in a day will keep things busy as their mind gets prepared to face more challenges.

    3. Eliminate Fears

    Scouts are often taught about the importance of being brave and how to eliminate the idea of fear. As a result, they will be ready to leave everything aside and take on challenges that once questioned their capabilities. In case they face drawbacks and are not able to complete the process, then qualified professionals will ensure that things are preceded accordingly. They will enable them to take the right step and complete the entire process.

    Skills

    4. Develop Skills

    When scouts begin to follow programs and instructions provided by the individuals who run the camp, they will align themselves in a detailed manner. This method will bring in the sense of discipline, and when it comes to action, it will develop skills. They will be able to explore a different side to life and understand the importance of knowing concepts. The different kinds of skills that they produce will be on schedule to help them manoeuvre across life.

    Conclusion

    Summarising these points will further encourage you to make the right move and change things for your child. So understand the entire process and move forward to do the right thing.