continue reading » We come into the end of 2020 with historically low interest rates, historically high equities, historically tight credit markets and more serious questions than we’ve faced since World War II! The only thing that I feel comfortable predicting overall is that volatility will be heightened and probably extreme.The two biggest concerns for the economy are COVID-19 and the November presidential election. These concerns bring these questions:Will the pandemic worsen as we head into cooler months and flu season, again shutting down the economy and society, or will there be a vaccine available by early 2021 to begin to unwind the damage done?Who will win the Presidency in November, and will the loser accept the outcome?The COVID-19 pandemic continues to press down on society. When it first broke out, the White House and Congress came together and passed a historic fiscal stimulus and relief package, while the Fed unleashed monetary stimulus of biblical proportions. Unemployment skyrocketed; businesses failed at record rates; municipal finances were ruined; and the national economy essentially shut down. However, the fiscal and monetary policy support at least partially blunted what would be depression-like effects to society, such as housing and food insecurity, loan defaults and repossession of assets. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Cycling tourism or cycling tourism is a form of sustainable tourism that has been developing more and more in recent years in almost all countries. In addition to including day trips that regular tourists or locals take during their holidays or on weekends, it also applies to long-distance cycling on cycling routes.On the topic of cycling tourism as part of the European Mobility Week, which is held in Croatia every year from 16 to 22 September, MEP Davor Škrlec organized two panel discussions in Koprivnica and Zagreb on sustainable urban mobility and cycling tourism, in cooperation with German Member of the European Parliament Michael Cramer (Greens / ESS) and representatives of local authorities and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia.MP Michael Cramer is the initiator of the cycling tourism projectand EuroVelo13 and the author of the book “European Bike Trail – Iron Curtain” in which it connects sustainable tourism with European history and culture. The trail is more than 10 km long and passes through 400 different countries, of which 20 are EU member states, including Croatia. “Cyclotourism is very developed in some regions of the European Union, while there are also regions in which cycling tourism is not recognized at all and as such does not exist. This wide range shows how important the involvement of local, regional and national authorities is. With its very diverse landscape, cultural and historical sights, Croatia has a huge potential in the development of any form of cycling tourism. From what I heard from my Croatian colleagues in the European Parliament, it is going in the right direction because the Croatian National Tourist Board supports projects such as ‘MedCycleTour’ by developing EuroVelo8 – a Mediterranean route that stretches in Croatia from Istria to Dubrovnik. It is important to monitor projects at the interregional level and not to reduce cycling infrastructure at the local and regional level and across national borders. It is a great advantage that such infrastructure can be used for cycling tourism, but also for day trips from the place of residence to work. ” said MP Cramer.Photo: TZ KvarnerThe total economic benefit from cycling tourism in 2013 for all EU Member States was € 513 billion, which is more than € 1000 per capita. According to a 2012 study by the European Parliament, annual income of cycling tourism in the European Union amounted to 44 billion euros, while, for example, the cruiser’s revenue was 39 billion euros. “Cruisers are not a sustainable form of tourism due to the negative impact on the environment and the increasing burden on cities and ports in which they dock, while cycling does not adversely affect the local community and we can develop it throughout the year thus extending the tourist season, which is one of the goals Tourism development strategies of the Republic of Croatia until 2020. Cyclists travel with little luggage and spend a lot more on food as opposed to cruise guests to whom everything is available on board. Such guests require good infrastructure with very little adjustment of the existing tourist offer according to their needs, for example, accommodation adapted to cyclists with supervised parking and the possibility of transporting the bicycle by public transport.”Points out MP Škrlec.Although the European Union has invested billions of euros in major infrastructure projects, smaller infrastructure ventures continue to be patched up at local, regional and national levels. Numerous connections along cross-border rail lines are still missing, as well as between other forms of public transport and bicycle networks between regions, even within a single state, thus hampering the daily mobility of citizens. “The Greens therefore made a proposal to connect the missing roads, the so-called ‘Missing Links’. Guided by the slogan ‘small but powerful’, we analyzed more than 250 cross-border connections in the European Union, focusing mainly on regional roads outside the main corridors. We have managed to include the cycling network in the guidelines of the Trans-European Road Network (TEN-T), which means that they can now be co-financed from the appropriate EU funds. After years of advocacy by regions, civic initiatives and politicians, the European Commission finally took over the idea of ‘Missing Links’ and in July 2017 for the first time decided to set aside € 140 million to fund small-scale cross-border links that do not currently exist. Croatia can also benefit from this initiative. ” concluded MP Cramer.
While our leaders grant political favors to rape convicts whose crime is legally non-bailable, our victimized daughters are left out in the cold without justice. What does that tell them? That even under the rule of a female president and female judges, their attackers and abusers can still go scot free? What do their mothers tell them? That Ma Ellen says the man sick so he must go back to Lebanon? Oh mother of the nation! How do you treat your daughters this way?! A slap in the faces of our young girls and their mothers, who may now never marry them off. The shame on the faces of once proud fathers, whose beautiful daughters have been violated—and by foreigners, no less. A slap in the faces of the poor, to whom the message rings loud and clears that Justice, belongs to the highest bidder.A slap in the faces of our medical professionals, whose medical opinions are being overridden by money. And what of the girls themselves? The stigma that may never go away. “Who will marry me? Everyone knows my story. Even if I had the money to travel, I know my story. I can never run from it.”No counseling for them. Their faces and bodies will appear on internet pornography sites for sick-minded dogs to salivate over. But alas! There is one court that money cannot buy. It is the High Court of Heaven. Sue them! Sue them to the High Court of Heaven. Are these people serious? Do they want dogs to eat their flesh? Despicable beings! Have they no mothers, sisters ordaughters of their own that could suffer the same fate? Yes, forgiveness is God-like. But so is Justice. Yes, He is a God of mercy; but only to the FULLY repentant (not the case here). Let Justice fight against them. Let shame overtake them for generations to come – Those who committed the despicable acts AND those who set them free.But may the God of Heaven restore our daughters. May He remove the shame from their faces. May He send them help from His holy place. Restoration! Restoration! Restoration! We decree restoration for our children. Vindication! Vindication! Vindication! We decree vindication for our children. Comfort and Protection! We decree comfort and protection for our children.Most of all, we decree and declare hope and a future for our children. A clean slate; a new start.Have we waxed spiritual? Yes. A resounding YES! In the absence of Justice or conscience in Liberia, God is our only recourse. And a formidable Judge will He prove to be. Let the wicked stand by to taste of the cup of the wrath of God concerning the violation of His little ones. For their angels minister before Him day and night, and the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. And whoever causes one of these little ones to sin, it would be better for him were a mill stone to be to be tied around his neck and dropped into the sea. Those who have long been doing, aiding and abetting evil have messed with the wrong ones now – children. God is angry, and there will be no mercy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)