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2504, 2017

Running a Company in the Travel Sector: The Headaches, Challenges & Rewards

By |April 25th, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

The travel industry is one of the most interesting in the world. It’s a huge industry, and it seems to be growing still. Many people work in this industry, and lots of people run businesses in it. Even if you haven’t worked in the travel industry, you have probably used some of the companies that do operate in this sector. It’s an industry that affects everyone, so it makes sense to understand it and how it all operates.

Maybe you want to run a company in this industry, or you just want to understand more about what it takes to do that. Whatever you want to know about the travel sector, you will find it in the information below. We’ll explore the headaches, challenges, and rewards of operating in this industry. Read on now to start learning everything you need to know about running a company in the travel sector.

Some Important Issues to Understand

The Travel Industry Can be Hit by Negative Headlines and Political Turmoil

This is a fact that has always been true throughout history. When something goes wrong in the world, people from other places no longer want to visit it. The success of travel companies and the travel industry generally is reliant on public opinion and the public mood. When people no longer want to visit a place because of bad news stories coming out of that location, it can be very disruptive and damaging for travel companies. Political turmoil in an area can also cause tourists to be more wary, and often for good reason.

Travel Companies Often Suffer When the Economy Takes a Turn for the Worse

The ups and downs of the global economy also have a big impact on companies operating in […]

2504, 2017

Watch Out, There’s Trouble On The Road Ahead

By |April 25th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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Let’s think about the roads and how safe they really are. You might assume that road accidents are quite uncommon, but that’s not true. In fact, in 2015 alone there were over 35,000 deaths on the road. If you think that’s worrying, it get’s worse because that number is a ten percent increase from the 2014 stat and it’s not even taking into account injuries that don’t result in death. So, what’s going wrong? Well, there are a few problems that we must start taking seriously if we want American roads to be safer.

Tech Misunderstandings

You might have heard of the auto technology that is available for cars right now. Auto tech supposedly means the car can drive itself. But some recent victims have found out that this isn’t quite true. In fact, recently a man was killed in his self-driving car after it crashed into the side of the road. What’s interesting is that reports show the man had roughly seven seconds to correct the car’s course. In driving time, that’s an age and more than enough chance to react if you’re watching the road.

The issue here is that many owners of self-driving cars take the name literally. They think they can sit back, relax go to sleep or watch a movie. However, the pioneer company of these cars, Tesla make it quite clear that drivers should keep their hands on the wheel at all times and focus on the road. It is only intended to make things easier and not take over completely.

Unless the misunderstanding is resolved soon, self-driving cars are probably going to be the cause of a lot more crashes.

Goodbye Cellphones, Hello Drink Driving

Good news, the usage of cell phones while […]

2404, 2017

Driving Democrats and Invoking Jeff Duncan’s Name

By |April 24th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina, State Senate Races|2 Comments

From driving Democrats out to vote in a Republican Primary Election to invoking the name of the very popular Congressman Jeff Duncan:
Political campaigns in South Carolina can rival dirty politics anywhere else in the world (nothing to brag about).
In Carol Burdette’s last run for South Carolina District 3, she was 17 points behind incumbent Senator Kevin Bryant. Her campaign made up most of the difference by driving democrats out to vote in the Republican Primary Election, closing the gap to almost nothing using this unscrupulous (but not illegal) tactic.

Bryant ascended to Lt Governor following the appointment of Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the United Nations and the ascension of Lt Governor McMaster to now Governor. This chain reaction generated a need for a Special Election for the vacant seat in Senate District 3 and Burdette is running again.

Things aren’t looking good for Burdette this round either, so in the last hours of campaigning a robo-call goes out across the district from Friends of Jeff Duncan, encouraging folks to vote for Carol Burdette. Just a minor little problem; Congressman Jeff Duncan had nothing to do with it and with the speed of social media, everyone is learning of it via this Facebook post from Congressman Duncan:


With the Runoff Election taking place from 7AM to 7PM on Tuesday, April 25, the Burdette campaign has been pulling out all the stops.  They also triggered this mailer:

The mailer is blasting Richard Cash for saying that Burdette “Isn’t pro-life.”  The campaign was already reeling from the blowback on this one because Richard Cash had actually defended Burdette as being pro-life which can be seen in the following video.

For the Record

Some people have asked about Carol Burdette’s negative attack ad. It was as best egregiously deceptive or at worst a flat out lie. To set the record straight this is a video of the only statement I have made about Carol Burdette’s pro-life or second amendment record.

Posted by Richard Cash for SC Senate on Saturday, April 22, 2017

But… for the record, we asked the following of Ms. Burdette when she […]

2104, 2017

Dealing With The Labor Problem In Manufacturing

By |April 21st, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

It cannot be denied. As much of a backbone of the economy as manufacturing is in most countries, there is a serious lack young workers wanting to come into the industry. It could spell a major problem for those countries where the push to reinvigorate the industry has become a large concern. In this article, we’re going to look at the details of the crisis, why the factories are empty and what the employers could be doing to reverse that.

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The image issue

Perhaps the biggest problem is the bad rep that manufacturing has got in the past. It’s true that in the past, there were big concerns that made manufacturing a bad choice for most employees. They still are demanding jobs and still are more dangerous than a lot of other work environments. But nowadays, we have plenty of safety standards and workload lightening methods that make the modern plant a much more pleasant place to work. There’s also the concern that manufacturing jobs are low-paying and dead-ended, but that can be fought by prioritizing those jobs with the most potential. The jobs that give real skills, a point we will look at next.

Where have all the skills gone

Nowadays, there’s a greater perception of freedom and opportunity amongst a more educated working populace. Even in tough economic times, that means many people are going to be holding out hope for a job that challenges them and offers real progression. Manufacturing still can offer that, of course. The specialization of tools and the rise of equipment-specific companies like Pirtek shows a lot of room to become an expert in training and implementation of different tools in the manufacturing world. There are also skills that appeal to […]

2104, 2017

Building In The Big Apple

By |April 21st, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

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Whatever you may think of Donald Trump, the fact remains that he is the President of the United States and if no peculiar circumstances arise, he will be for the rest of his four-year term. He is, of course, now living in Washington D.C in the White House but for much of his career, he has been associated with the country’s de facto capital: New York City. Trump has been referred to as ‘the King of New York’ in the past (an ironic title considering just how overwhelmingly he lost the state to his rival Hillary Clinton in last year’s election) but he has not set foot in the city since his inauguration. It was his home prior to the election and his wife, Melania, and son, Barron, still live there in Trump Tower (at a reported cost to taxpayers of between $127,000 and $146,000 each day). In any case, he is not there now and because of his new responsibilities as leader of the free world, he will likely not spend much time there in the future.

Since Trump is a property developer, the New York skyline is not going to be accommodating any more of his buildings anytime soon. Ambitious and aspiring moguls may, therefore, see this as an opportunity to make their own fortune. If you are one of them, and you want to start building in New York, there are lots of things that you should be aware of. While the President was kind enough to write and publish several books about the secrets to his success, the landscape is changing and will continue to in the future. Here are a few ways that New York City is evolving:

If you are […]

2104, 2017

Construction Under Trump: A Forecast

By |April 21st, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

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During last year’s bitter and exhausting presidential election campaign, the now incumbent President of the United States, Donald Trump, a man who built his fortune in the property business, gave hope to construction workers by promising to rebuild America’s infrastructure (perhaps rather ominously, the page containing this promise on his personal website no longer exists). In a speech earlier this month at the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU), Trump said that ‘together, we are going to rebuild this nation’. He vowed to bring back three-quarters of a million jobs by reducing bureaucratic red tape with regard to the process of getting permits to build, a process he claims can take up to a decade. In order to enact his supposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the President vowed to get rid of many of the regulations that he sees as simply being inhibitive to fast and efficient work. His presidency is still young and it remains to be seen whether he will succeed in his ambitions or not. A major construction job that he seems to be taking particular interest in is the construction of the promised wall on the southern border that the US shares with Mexico. It has yet to be established exactly who will pay for the wall or when it will begin construction but the bidding process began last month.

The health of the American construction industry depends in large part on how Trump acts but its current state has more to do with Obama’s legacy. A recent report found that over the course of 2016, the industry enjoyed modest but steady growth. At the end of the fourth quarter of the last financial year, figures showed that spending had risen […]

2104, 2017

How & Why You Should Prioritize Health & Safety In Your Home

By |April 21st, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

When anyone hears the words health and safety, they immediately think of hard hats on a construction site or warning signs in an office. However, health & safety extends beyond the working world into our homes.

The simple fact is that too many households aren’t prioritizing health & safety above everything else. You must ensure that your home is safe enough for your family and that you have ways in which you can deal with any health concerns that occur.

Why is it important to prioritize health & safety in your home? It’s simple, if you don’t, then you run the risk of creating an environment that’s potentially dangerous for you and your children. If your home is unsafe, then they could hurt themselves and need serious medical help.

So, how can you prioritize health & safety in your home? Well, there are a few things you can do, and they’re listed in the remainder of this article:

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First Aid Supplies
Firstly, you need to ensure your house has a first aid kit, and that it’s always full of essential supplies. This kit will help you deal with any little problems that might happen. If your kid falls over, you can patch up their injuries without having to take them to a doctor. As a general rule, it makes sense for every home to have either first aid cabinets or a small first aid box. The more first-aid supplies you have, the better.
Safety Talks
Secondly, deal with any safety issues in your home by having talks with your children. Sit them down and tell them what they can and can’t do and what they should stay clear of. If you don’t do this, then a child’s natural curiosity […]

2104, 2017

Three Hidden Diseases You May Not Know You Have!

By |April 21st, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

When we know that we are ill, at least we can take steps to alleviate or even cure our condition. But what can you do when you aren’t aware that you have a problem? Well not very much! That is why it’s important to look out for the sign of some of the more hidden diseases so you can get them checked out and treated. So read on to find out more about some of the most common ones, and what the best course of action is if you suspect that they might be affecting you.


Diabetes is a fairly common condition, but for every case, that is identified and treated many go unrecognized. This is a problem because diabetes is not only an immediate risk to health but is also the cause of many long-term health complications. That is why it is vital that you get checked out if you believe you could be at risk from this disease.

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Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in its system. This is because it has trouble with producing the hormone insulin. There are two types of diabetes known as type 1, and type 2. Although the symptoms present as similar. Including going to the toilet frequently, being thirsty all the time, and having blurred vision.

Type 1 is usually diagnosed early on, and it means that you body struggle to create enough insulin to properly regulate the sugar you consume. This is usually tested by monitoring blood sugar levels and self-administering insulin when needed.

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Type 2 is a little different as it is late onset diabetes and can be caused by a variety of factors such as age and being overweight.

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1804, 2017

From the Vault

By |April 18th, 2017|Politics|0 Comments

2nd in a series on Spartanburg County GOP
In the first article, we pointed out the two primary reasons someone wants to be elected; Serve others or serve themselves.  Continuing with that theme; a few excerpts from an article by Bob Dalton (Robert W. Dalton) of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, published on Sunday, April 20, 2008.
Headline: GOP chairman halts political services

Spartanburg County Republican Party Chairman Rick Beltram on Saturday said he will no longer sell political services to GOP candidates involved in primaries.

Last week, Beltram came under fire for selling a variety of services – including automated calls, polling and walking lists – through his company, B Square Enterprises. He runs the company out of the county GOP office, where he pays half the rent.

He offered the services in a memo to each Republican candidate, but the memo did not mention that the money would go to B Square Enterprises.

State Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson on Thursday said it was inappropriate for Beltram to operate the business while serving as county chairman…

Beltram declined to step down, but on Saturday stepped out of providing the services.
Back in the day, this was a big scandal right in the middle of an election. There were quite a few other situations which hit the news and looked quite bad on the Republican Party. This certainly doesn’t seem to fall under the category of serving others and it’s sort of nice; not having the local Republican Party in the news on a regular basis with embarrassing articles.

1604, 2017

We Didn’t Light It but We’re Trying to Fight It

By |April 16th, 2017|Politics, South Carolina|1 Comment

When you look at county party politics, there’s always a lot going on which leave’s one scratching their head and wondering “why?”
Why would anyone want to be elected to run a local party (or any other elected position)? I believe there are two reasons someone wants such; (1) They truly have a desire to serve others, or (2) They truly have a desire to serve themselves.

Over the last eight years, after a small group lost control over the Spartanburg County Republican Party they have been constantly taking shots at all who have since served. The attacks and rhetoric have remained the same even though the people serving have changed out quite a bit. This reminds me of a saying:

If you meet a jerk every now and again it’s one thing, but if you meet a jerk every morning, a jerk every afternoon, and a jerk every evening, then you are the jerk.

Rick Beltram held the position of Spartanburg County Chairman for a decade, losing in a landslide in 2009. In many ways, Beltram was a good chairman; he was very active politically and did a good job handling the press, but it was the things he wasn’t so good at which brought an end to his service. During the 2009 reorg, he refused to share information with anyone he thought might oppose him – an accusation he, and those associated with him levied at each of the three administrations that have since served.

Other accusations made in regards to our last three administrations have been in regards to party funds and fundraising, so let’s have a look at Beltram’s regime:

Collections of Bronze Elephant never totaled over $3,880 in one year.  The only Bronze Elephant member list […]