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209, 2017

What Are Some Of The Most Difficult Jobs To Have?

By |September 2nd, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

In America’s current economic climate, getting and keeping a job is requiring more and more in terms of experience and qualifications. Sometimes, getting these standards on your CV is just impossible. So a lot of people turn to the undesirable because they have to, however, these so called ‘challenging’ jobs still require a high set of skills and all of a person’s dedication. So what are some of the most difficult jobs to have in the market?

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Being a Second Responder

Working as a person who supports first responders, such as police and firefighters, can be grueling and dirty work. However, it requires someone with a lot of compassion and skill due to working alongside victims and their families, and in disaster situations that are no laughing matter. Working as someone in crime scene clean up is especially challenging due to the sensitive and dangerous nature of the work involved. Working with biohazardous materials requires a lot of training and equipment knowhow, so know what you’re getting into with such a dangerous environment.

As a second responder, you’re also second to anyone involved in what you’re cleaning up. With the recent destruction in Texas, being a second responder is especially important in the current atmosphere. You often don’t have to be skilled in an official position to be first on the scene behind police and ambulance crews, but don’t expect to be paid or recognized for volunteering. This isn’t the point, however, as helping out your fellow man is a core value of this kind of job.

Working on an Oil Rig

Being an oil rig worker means you’ll have long periods of isolation away from friends and family doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. […]

3108, 2017

Why Is Violence Such A Commonly Found Political Tool These Days?

By |August 31st, 2017|Editorial, Politics, XPC|0 Comments

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In many headlines lately, most likely brought on by the wider cultural discussion of the very vocal detractors of President Trump, violence is a word on many people’s lips. Recent events in Charlottesville, as well as the picketing and protesting of many conservative pundits, have highlighted the growing cultural and political divide in the country. However, since the dawning of the United States of America, there has always been a difference in opinion and cultural identities.

The whole point of the founding of the nation was that its citizens should have the freedom to openly debate these political issues, in the effort to try and make the best ideas win out. Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been the case that these ideas have met peacefully and won through pure merit alone. Some issues, such as the establishment of civil rights for those of all races, were won through repetitive exposure and force. Looking back over history, it’s certain to say that these conflicts resulted in a net positive for the country and general ethical hygiene of its people.

Unfortunately, however, in our mostly peaceful internet climate, violence is being used more than ever to try and back up political points, and the fault lies with both sides of the argument. Recent attacks in Charlottesville have spurned on these issues. While white supremacy is an insidious and hateful problem that needs to be addressed at its root cause, the common means of countering this found today, such as those found in the aptly named ‘Anti-Fa’ groups have not done anything substantial to quiet the fire. In fact, in many cases, they have progressed issues even further.

It would be very wrong to take sides in these instances. Extremism in any […]

3108, 2017

Is The Electoral System Being Rigged?

By |August 31st, 2017|Editorial, Politics, XPC|0 Comments

During and after the most recent American general election, there were accusations of foul play flying around. Whispers of interference from Russia has been a contentious issue and the validity of Trump’s victory has been brought into question. In the run up to the election, it was Clinton that was accused, and 41% of voters believed that there could have been some kind of election fraud going on. Whether you believe it or not, it highlights an issue that existed long before Trump and Clinton. Mccain accused Obama of benefiting from voter fraud through the Acorn organization and when George Bush was elected for a second time, there were plenty of conspiracy theories about electronic voting machines that had been tampered with. In amongst all of these accusations, and a growing climate of mistrust in the government, it can be difficult to know whether the American voting system can be trusted to give a true representation of the will of the people. So, what’s the truth?

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Electronic Voting Machines

Since being the focus of the conspiracy around George Bush’s second election win, electronic voting machines have gathered a lot of suspicions. However, those that are making accusations about Florida in the 2004 election haven’t actually managed to come up with any evidence of tampering. Hacking is another concern that people have but if you look at the facts on Smartmatic, you’ll find that these machines cannot be preprogrammed, they are protected against hackers, and they can be audited after the election to check that there has been no foul play. Those accusations that people are making about tampering with electronic voting machines are not grounded in any truth whatsoever.

Is The System Right?

One of the […]

3108, 2017

Increase in On-the-Job Motor Accidents Raises Concerns

By |August 31st, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

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Accidents on the road are the leading cause of deaths on-the-job in the United States, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – the country’s main workplace safety agency – still have no jurisdiction to deal with the issue.

In an attempt to fill the gap, a number of safety organizations are calling for employers who run fleets of vehicles that are not covered by the usual workplace safety regulations, to introduce voluntary programs utilizing better employee training, vehicle maintenance and driver tracking to get on top of the problem. Doing so could help to prevent accidents on the job, and also cut down on the number of employees forced to contact a personal injury attorney to claim against their employer. So, there is certainly some incentive for employers who run fleets to get onboard.

Accidents Increasing

According to a representative from the National Safety Council, it is the most successful companies that are looking beyond their requirements as an employer. This is something they hope to change with this push to prevent work-based accidents on the road.

The push by safety promoters to change company thinking on road safety comes after figures were released by the Bureaus of Labor Statistics showing that on-the-job roadway fatalities grew faster than any other kind of occupational fatalities with overall fatalities growing by just 3 percent between 2011-2015 and occupation-related highway fatalities growing by 1t5 percent in the same period. Overall, in 2015, 1264 employees died in accidents on the road -a  figure that represents 26 percent of all worker fatalities in that year.

The situation isn’t getting any better. In fact, the National Safety Council has estimated that in 2016, there were 42,200 passenger and driver deaths of this kind, which […]

3008, 2017

Caring For Aging Parents: What Are The Options?

By |August 30th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

Your parents devote years of their lives to looking after you, but as they get older, the tables may turn. Having relied on parental guidance for decades, it may be time to take the baton and assume responsibility for your parent’s care. If your parents are getting older and they’re struggling to get by alone, it may be time to consider the options and think about how the next few years are going to pan out.

Help at home

For most of us, there’s no place like home, so it’s understandable that the majority of older people want to stay at home for as long as possible. If your parents are still fit and healthy, but they need a bit of help around the house, you could look into domiciliary care packages. Home care services provide everything from assistance with making meals and bathing to taking medication, and they can enable people to stay at home for longer. You can choose the duration and frequency of visits, and you can adapt the package in line with changes in your parent’s’ health, their preferences or their mobility or level of independence.

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Finding a care home

If you have a parent who has underlying health conditions, their health is deteriorating, or they’re not safe at home, for example, they have fallen a few times in the last couple of months, it may be necessary to look for a care home. At a nursing or residential home, your parents will have access to round-the-clock support. Some people have a negative perception of care homes, but there are some excellent facilities out there. Read inspection reports, ask friends and colleagues for recommendations, and visit some homes and have a look around. Many […]

2908, 2017

Rich People Vs Poor People: What’s The Difference?

By |August 29th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

We all know that there’s a difference between rich people and poor people, but what exactly causes it remains a mystery for many. Most people just chalk it up to inherent differences or the luck of the draw, but this isn’t always the case. Yes, some people do just get “lucky” and bag a business deal of a lifetime which sets them on a journey to fabulous wealth, but that’s not always how it works. Usually, the difference between wealthy and poor is down to personal ideology. Here’s what that means in practice.

Millionaires Have A Purpose

Many people who aspire to get wealthy think that wealth itself is the goal. But most people who later became millionaires didn’t initially set out to make loads of money. Instead, they had a passion which they worked really hard at and loved. Making lots of money was just a byproduct.

There’s a good psychological reason for this. Making money itself usually isn’t sufficient motivation to work hard at something and become the best at it, whereas working towards a higher purpose is. Millionaires don’t just love money, they love the process of getting in and are willing to put in the hours necessary to make it happen.

Take Calculated Risks

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While it’s true that entrepreneurs take risks, it’s not true that they just jump in head first without thinking. Any risks they do take are carefully considered beforehand to ensure the maximum chances of success. Taking out a cash advance to invest in things they think are going to be successful is part of how they operate. They know that the only way to gain wealth is to put money into things that are profitable and create multiple income streams.

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2908, 2017

Staying As The Strong Head Of Your Family Unit

By |August 29th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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One of the myths of modern familial discourse is that the family is more of a committee than a team with a head. While every family is free to define what makes them happy within their own private lives, it’s largely a mistake of the modern mindset to assume that strong parenting and strong leading figures in the family isn’t of tremendous benefit. In an age of participation trophies and a million ways to be penalized for accidentally hurting someone’s feelings, it might feel necessary to temper our personalities and give our children more authority than us regarding matters of their life.

The ‘buddy buddy’ approach, while a great way to develop a lasting and bonded relationship with your spouse and children, is lacking in a certain substance. It’s best to combine that attitude with a sense of inner strength, of something that all the members of your family can look up to with zero questioning of your place at the head of the family whatsoever. Even in matters of familial difficulty which require a law firm such as Romano Law PC, we have the opportunity to be figures of admiration in our spouse and children, no matter how turbulent the emotional difficulty currently being experienced within the family unit.

Be Frank But Fair

Children these days are used to being told that they are the best thing ever. When a child is young, so long as they aren’t spoiled, this can help them develop their self-esteem and afford them the confidence to interact with the world and other people. However, once they grow up a little and can understand the responsibilities of their place within the world, switching up this strategy to that of a […]

2908, 2017

When Work Circumstances Make You Feel Uncomfortable – Here’s What To Do

By |August 29th, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

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Not all jobs are plain sailing. In fact, none of them is. Fortunately, some are much easier to deal with than others. Sometimes, you simply get unlucky and accept a job that you maybe shouldn’t have accepted, or are already part of a job which slowly degrades in quality and operation over time. Sometimes, a job can make you comfortable due to the practices that take place there. Because most people work jobs to earn a living and put food on the table, it’s not difficult to imagine that giving up a coveted position because of a situation which is unappealing can be hard for most people.

Unfortunately, letting workplace difficulty or irregularities continue without addressing the fact they upset you can be damaging for your long term mental health, as well as robbing you of your limits you would like to impose when providing a quality skill set to the firm you enjoy being a part of. The following tips will give you the tools necessary to get over these issues and potentially do so confidentially. It might be a sexual harassment issue, an unethical business practice or simply workplace bullying that has you on edge. No matter the issue, you will hopefully find solace in the advice below.

Change Jobs

While it might be difficult to simply pack and leave the position you’re in, if the workplace culture you are part of is simply difficult to operate within, you might find that placing yourself in another firm could be for the best. This can serve as the best option for those who feel the least necessity for conflict, and simply wants to move to somewhere better. You must remember though that conflict will come […]

2908, 2017

Taking A Fastpass In Your Career

By |August 29th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

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Most people like the idea of progressing their way to a better job. Once you get yourself into this position, life promises to get a lot easier, with more money coming in and your workload changing to something more enjoyable. Of course, though, achieving this sort of goal is much easier said than it is done. You will have to work hard at the job you have, pushing to show your employers that they should promote you, for many years. Instead of going through this, it can be much quicker to take a more educational approach.

Most modern roles will ask that you have a minimum set of qualifications to be able to apply for them. Entry-level jobs won’t ask for much, but as you start to look at better options, they will all start to become more specific. Know what you’ll need to study to be able to get the job you want is easy, thankfully. But, you still have to choose the way that you’re going to study it. In most cases, you will have two main options; online or classroom-based.

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Online Vs. In The Classroom

Studying your course online is a great way to get an education while you’re working it. By using your spare time to learn, you can minimise the time it takes you to achieve your goals. Along with this, it also gives you the chance to get a qualification based on a role in the company you already work for. For example, if you have a job working as a bricklayer for an engineering company, a masters in engineering management could be studied online to help you progress in your career. This sort of approach can be applied […]

2908, 2017

Medical Staff Deserve To Be Treated Well Too

By |August 29th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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Our medical staff goes out of our way to treat us – shouldn’t we be treating them better? A rising influx of patients and a growing shortage of medical staff is putting extra pressure on doctors and nurses worldwide. Staff are having to work more hours for comparatively less pay. In instances such as the UK’s NHS, stresses are even causing doctors and nurses to leave the profession. What can be done to relieve the pressure?

Fortunately, there are already plans being discussed, as well existing services out there that need to be promoted. Here are just some of the key ways we could be making life better for our medical workforce.

It’s largely a matter of funding

A lack of funding is having a dramatic effect on hospitals worldwide. 53% of nurses have been reporting that many services that were once freely available five years ago are now being rationed. This is leading to patients not getting the sufficient care that they need, make nurses feel more restricted and less rewarded for their efforts.

Many medical staff feel they should be paid more for the added stress, but with medical cuts already being responsible for this added stress, where could the money for higher wages possibly come from? Healthcare costs for patients are already high and raising them might make medical care even more inaccessible for some people (in countries where it is free, taxes would have to be raised). Charities meanwhile can barely scratch the surface. Perhaps one solution could be to even out the pay distribution.

Medical salaries worldwide vary depending on role and area. In the US alone, there’s a huge inconsistency depending on where you work with staff in cities such as New York […]