The last two years have been very tiring. The entire world has been caught in the grips of Covid-19. Lockdowns have been imposed around the globe and people have had their lives put on hold. It has been a stressful time for everyone.
Those hit worst by the rolling lockdowns have been businesses. Especially the travel industry. What was once a multi-million dollar industry was grounded to a sudden halt. Millions of holidays were canceled. Some people even found themself trapped in a different country with no way of getting home.
We have been lucky that some countries have now ended lockdown and the travel industry is starting to get back to some sense of normality. But is the world in a rush to get back abroad? Particularly with the threat of another lockdown always looming over the horizon.
Pro-Travel Sentiment is Growing
Even before lockdown ended many people were up in arms about the troubles facing the travel industry. People have called for governments to bail out airlines and travel agencies to avoid massive layoffs across the board. And some governments did comply and bailed out some of the large companies. But hundreds were still forced to find alternate forms of work.
But now that travel has started up again this pro-travel sentiment has not gone anywhere. We have seen a massive surge in resorts and tourist attractions putting out appealing offers to get people traveling again. Disney World in Florida lowered prices for returning customers. The Ikos resort in Greece is running more events per week to entice people and the sandals resorts in the Caribbean has been refurbing all their amenities to create a fresh and magical experience for their guests. Not to mention airlines are encouraging people to get back out there as soon as they can with competitive prices and fantastic deals.
Are People Still Skeptical about Travel?
While there is a lot of pro-travel sentiment floating about, there are still a lot of people who think traveling right now is a terrible idea. These people don’t want to see the travel industry go under. But they have a lot of valid concerns about Covid-19 and the effect travel has on spreading the disease.
Already we have seen a number of Covid variants appear. These variants complicate matters and often increase the risk of another lockdown. And the main way these variants have been spread to new countries is by tourists. So, naturally, people are worried that if people start traveling again then there is a greater risk of covid spreading around. Which in turn could lead to another lockdown. Which, ironically, would stop travel once again.
What are the Reasons People Want to Travel
So why are people in such a rush to get abroad, besides the want to help support the travel industry? The main answer is due to the fact that lockdown was very restrictive. Being cooped up indoors isn’t great for a lot of people. Some can deal with it just fine. Others can’t. So it’s no surprise people are rushing to get abroad after being stuck inside so long.
A lot of people finished their education while stuck in lockdown. And it is very common for students to go traveling once their studies are completed. But for a lot of graduates, were forced to celebrate in lockdown. So a large percentage of people rushing to get abroad are former students looking to finally unwind and relax on a sunny beach.
A lot of families were denied their summer holidays or Christmas trips abroad due to lockdown. And for these families, it has been extra difficult suddenly having their children at home with them 24/7. So it is no surprise that a lot of families are also rushing to go on holiday now as well.
Which Destinations are Most Popular Post Lockdown
So we have established that people are getting out into the world in full force. But where are people heading? Which destinations are seeing the biggest surge in tourists now that lockdown has ended?
Spain is one country that has been flooded with tourists. Its close proximity to the UK, a nation filled with travel eager people, has always made it a holiday hot spot. Paired with its sunny beaches and scenic vistas, it has become one of the main travel destinations for people escaping lockdown. Not to mention Spain was already a cheap holiday destination. And now with airlines offering fantastic deals, you can escape to Spain for basically nothing.
Amsterdam has also seen a huge surge in tourists as well. Mainly young adults and students. Amsterdam is home to a vibrant nightlife and drug-positive culture so it is no surprise that this demographic is rushing out there. On top of that though, Amsterdam is filled with a lot of historical sites and has a rich culture for people to soak up.
So in short, it is safe to assume that the world is definitely in a rush to get back aboard. But is this entirely a good thing? In terms of the support, it brings to nations and businesses in the form of tourism, definitely. But we have to be careful to avoid the spreading of new covid variants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.