I’m a Wimp ;)

dralfoldman:

This is from somebody who had heart surgery in January. Most people don’t try hard enough, unlike Pit. Well done Pit!

Originally posted on Pit's Fritztown News:

Last Saturday, at the LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour,…

lbj 100 Preparing for the Ride

… I turned around at the first rest stop, after 8.5 miles, so that my total distance was 17 miles. My body and my legs felt very good still when I arrived at that rest stop, but mentally it was a different thing. I kept thinking of the hills that were to come, starting just around the corner of that rest stop, and that, with me averaging about 10 miles per hour, the 42 miles I had signed up for would take me 4 hours or more, and those thoughts killed any enthusiasm I might still have had in me. Well, maybe it wasn’t a bad idea after all, since I felt quite good after the ride, and not overly tired as I might have had if I had completed the 42 miler – if I had completed…

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EU demographic indicators: Situation, trends and potential challenges

EU demographic indicators: Situation, trends and potential challenges

dralfoldman:

Some excellent insights into Europe’s demographic trends here

Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service:

Written by Angelos Delivorias and Giulio Sabbati

EU demographic indicators: Situation, trends and potential challenges © auris / Fotolia

Europe’s share of the global population is declining and its population is ageing. Unemployment is still high, although rates vary between Member States, as well as within them. Women, young adults and older workers have a higher risk of unemployment, while the number of part-time workers is increasing. Migrants represent 7% of the European population and account for around 7% of total employment. They are usually younger and more likely to face disproportionately heavy housing costs, to live in overcrowded households and to be more materially deprived than nationals, although, within the group, trends diverge between migrants from other EU Member States and third-country migrants. Differences in the distribution of income are observed, although they are still lower than in many other parts of the world. Almost a quarter of Europeans face the risk of poverty or social exclusion…

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