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610, 2017

8 Steps To Get Your Business Off To A Flying Start

By |October 6th, 2017|Business, XPC|Comments Off on 8 Steps To Get Your Business Off To A Flying Start

Anybody who starts a business wants to make sure they get it off to a flying start. Usually, the better the start, the more momentum builds up and things carry on smoothly and efficiently. If you want to make sure you get your business off to the best start possible, here are 8 steps that can help you:

Outline And Define What Your Business Is About

The first thing you need to do is outline and define what your business is all about. You can do this in the form of a business plan, which is also a great way to help you secure funding and investors later on down the line.

Your business plan will help you to keep moving forward if you lose your way a little. Of course you may change what your business is about at some point, but you need to record everything as accurately as you can to begin with so you can get started with confidence.

Research Your Competition Thoroughly

You should never start a business without thorough research on your competition. You should know who has a business like you, where they are located, what they are doing similarly/differently to you, and how successful they are. You should never try to copy your competition or be a business just like them. Your uniqueness is what will bring you success. However, knowing where your competition are in the market will help you figure out your game plan.


Know What Makes You Unique

Your USP, or unique selling proposition, is what makes people want to buy from you rather than your competitors. Know what makes you unique and enhance it, and you’ll be far more successful.

Make Sure You Know How Much You Need To Get Started

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610, 2017

Get Into Golf: the Easy Way to Start Playing

By |October 6th, 2017|Golf, Sports, XPC|Comments Off on Get Into Golf: the Easy Way to Start Playing

Golf has long been a favorite pastime of people all over the world. Pretty much every US president of the last few decades has spent their free time playing golf (some more than others). Even though it’s often seen as a sport only accessible to the rich, country-club set, anyone can get into golf if they desire. You just need to know how to get started and where to go. Once you start playing golf, you could realize that it’s a relaxing way to spend your weekends, and a gentle way to exercise too. If you want to give it a try, here’s how you can start officially calling yourself a golfer.


Try a Taster Session

If you’ve never played golf before, an excellent way to get started is to try out a taster session. Many golf clubs and courses hold regular events where you can go along and give it ago for a few hours. It’s a good way to get just a taste of what playing golf is like, without having to commit to anything. You can also consider the possibility of taking a beginner’s course, which will allow you to get a bit more in-depth. You can learn a few more things, and get a bit more time to play. Plus, you can meet other beginner golfers too.

Play a Few Rounds

Once you’ve got a feel for the sport, and you understand the rules, it’s time to start playing. You probably don’t want to join a club just yet, so find somewhere that non-members can play or make friends with someone who has a membership and can bring guests along. You don’t have to do a full 18-hole course right away. A shorter 9-hole game […]

610, 2017

Political Scientists Release Findings On The Trump Presidency So Far

By |October 6th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Political Scientists Release Findings On The Trump Presidency So Far

There’s no doubt that the Trump presidency has been contentious. One of the most shocking election results in recent history has given us a president that has divided opinion in a huge way with policies like the border wall and the repeal of Obamacare. During the election campaign, anti-Trump protesters were quick to denounce him as a fascist. That’s a pretty strong claim to make about a person, regardless of what you think of them, but is there any truth behind it. Fascism is defined as a system of authoritarian rule characterized by an uncompromising dictator and violent suppression of opposition. It represents a complete destruction of democracy and every single one of its values. Can that really be said of the presidency of Donald Trump?


Fortunately, it looks like we might be getting an answer to that question, courtesy of four political scientists that have been tracking his presidency since day one and assessing any potential attacks on democracy so that they can highlight these attacks to groups like the National Endowment for Democracy. They are committed to protecting and upholding democracy around the world, including the United States. The four political scientists that have been keeping an eye on Trump have released their findings, and luckily, they don’t tell a tale of authoritarianism.

Recent research into the American population has found that less and less people are concerned with democracy than they were before. The number of people that are completely committed to democracy is falling with each generation and people are becoming more accepting of alternative, more authoritarian ideals. That’s one of the reasons that concerns about Trump are growing.

The opinions on democracy in America are massively polarized and, depending on whether you’re for […]

310, 2017

Park Your Phone: The Top Reason For Road Accidents

By |October 3rd, 2017|Automotive, XPC|Comments Off on Park Your Phone: The Top Reason For Road Accidents

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Now that the days are so much shorter and the roads are getting slippery, it’s time to prepare ourselves for the seasonal changes. To many, this means getting their vehicles fixed up and ready to tackle the rain, snow, and ice that tends to follow. While all of this is important to take care of, it’s actually not the weather that causes most of the road accidents in the US as much as the time we spend on our phones.

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Distracted driving is the cause of most road accidents and continues to be so, even with many states rolling out stricter penalties for the drivers who are caught red-handed. For repeat offenders, this could mean spending some time in jail.

‘Distracted driving is an epidemic’

As Oregon Department of Transportation announced the new Bill which takes effect on the upcoming Sunday, the officials stressed its importance. It will, in principle, make it unlawful for drivers to touch their cell phones while driving – including other electronics.

You could use a hands-free device, of course, except for those under 18 who will not be able to use any kind of electronic device except for an in-dash navigation system.

While the law may seem strict to some, the ODOT officials point to the fact that it is designed to save lives as the habit of distracted driving has become an addiction and an epidemic for drivers on the road.

Statistics by the ODOT administration shows that fatal crashes have increased by 50 % the last two years and, with the increase of technology in our lives, it seems like stricter penalties and the prospects of jail time is the way to get the numbers down.

It’s not just the phones

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310, 2017

The Impediments To Weight Loss On a Vegan Diet

By |October 3rd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on The Impediments To Weight Loss On a Vegan Diet

There’s a silent revolution going on all over the world. People everywhere are realizing the benefits of switching their protein-rich, processed food heavy diets with a vegan diet consisting wholly of plant based foods. A diet consisting entirely of veggies, fruits, grains, and pulses has been proven not only to be the best for weight loss but for mitigating (and even reversing) a range of other health issues. Vegan diets have been proven to lower cholesterol and chip away at the plaque in the arterial lining that leads to a range of cardiovascular problems including strokes, heart attacks, and angina. Studies have also shown that plant-based diets significantly reduce blood sugar, resulting in a reduced risk of diabetes.

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While the results of a vegan diet, combined with an effective exercise regime rival any of the top rated workout and diets, a lot of nascent vegans find themselves plateauing in their weight loss. They fail to understand that weight loss on a vegan diet means more than just cutting out meat and dairy, it also means ensuring good overall nutrition. Here are some areas in which some fall short of their goals on a plant-based diet.

Over-reliance on processed foods

It’s hard to go from a meat and dairy heavy diet to completely plant-based and the vegan foods industry has met this surge of demand for plant-based meat and dairy substitutes. Oat, soy and almond milk, as well as, soy-based meat substitutes and gluten-based ‘wheat meats’ like seitan are okay in moderation, but they should not take the place of whole vegetables and fruits.

Not getting enough protein

People whose diets used to include lots of meat and eggs probably didn’t experience many food cravings. This is because protein […]

2909, 2017

Claiming Compensation After A Car Accident

By |September 29th, 2017|Financial, XPC|Comments Off on Claiming Compensation After A Car Accident

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If you are suffering from an injury from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you have every right to claim compensation. It doesn’t matter whether you were the driver, a passenger, or someone knocked down in the street, if you were injured by no fault of your own, and have lost money because of this injury, you can and should get this money back, and here’s how:

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Call The Police

Immediately after the accident, you will want to call the police. Even if the collision and your injuries don’t seem that serious right now, and you’re pretty sure that you don’t want to claim anything, you don’t always feel the pain from injuries like whiplash straight away, and you may be in agony in the morning. Calling the police will ensure that the accident is on record, and you can get a copy of the police report later on. This report will include important details of the accident, such as dates, times, and people involved, and will often have an officer’s opinion of whom they believe was at fault for the accident. This can support your case later on.

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Record Everything

Ensure you make notes of all the details of the accident, like in a police report. Things like the weather, the speed at which any parties were driving, and any witnesses to the accident could all help to backup your compensation claim in court. You will also want to keep any receipts for things such as medical expenses, transport, and childcare. You should also get a letter from your employer to confirm that you have been unable to work due to your injuries and verify how much income you have lost as […]

2909, 2017

Relocation, Relocation: Should You Move Abroad?

By |September 29th, 2017|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Relocation, Relocation: Should You Move Abroad?

The planet is colossal, and when you live in one place all your life, you only ever experience a small part of it. Sure you can travel, but you never really get to know and understand a place in the same way and living and working there. Perhaps you want to make a huge change in your life, or maybe living abroad has always been the plan for you. Either way, upping sticks and moving to another country has plenty of benefits. Here are a few things to consider before packing your bags.


Is Moving Abroad The Right Decision?

There’s no right or wrong answer here, everyone’s circumstances are so different, so it all depends on you and where you are in your life. If you’re young and single for example, you’re likely to find it easier to move away than someone with a family and strong ties to where they live. If you’re at the start of your career and moving abroad can improve your job prospects, that’s fantastic, but for others, it might be more difficult to change or move their career. But that’s not to say it’s impossible, just spend some time thinking about it and whether moving abroad is definitely the right decision for you. If you’re relocating due to work for example, is the company stable? If they have had financial issues before then, it could give you a reason to stop and reconsider. https://www.forbes.com/ provides information for more things to think about when you’re relocating for work.

Why Relocate?

When you’re deciding whether to move your life to another country, it makes sense to have your reasons set out. Perhaps you want to become more cultured, see a new part of the world […]

2909, 2017

Business Community Urged To Set Up Rehab Centers For ‘Most Heroin Addicted Country In The World’

By |September 29th, 2017|World, XPC|Comments Off on Business Community Urged To Set Up Rehab Centers For ‘Most Heroin Addicted Country In The World’

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In the last few decades, there has been a dramatic increase in drug addiction in Pakistan. With almost seven million drug users, more than four million of these being addicts, this is amongst the highest number for any country in the world.

Most of the country’s illegal drugs come from neighboring Afghanistan, which is known for its opium production. In fact, Afghanistan’s poppy production goes into ninety percent of the heroin across the globe. On top of this, a lot of heroin is produced in Pakistan itself- almost three times more than what is produced in America. In fact, it is estimated that forty-four tons of heroin is smoked or injected in Pakistan each year. While cannabis is the most used drug in Pakistan, the injection drug use has soared which can not only lead to sudden death, drug-related death and accidents but also sparks fears of an HIV epidemic. In fact, in 2011 it was found that almost forty percent of Pakistan’s injection drug users were infected with the virus. And with a survey of regular injecting opiate users in Pakistan finding that seventy-three percent of respondents reported sharing a syringe, it’s little wonder. Another problem with addiction comes prostitution, crime, and violence. Cities like Peshawar, once popular with tourists for its outdoor markets and lively atmosphere have now degraded to become a violence-ridden wasteland. Once bustling with tourists and travelers, the city and many like it are now rife with derelicts- those looking for their next hit of drugs.

While the increase in the drugs problem in Pakistan has been nothing short of alarming, up until recently there has been very little response from the government to try and resolve the problem. Little is […]

2909, 2017

How Technology Is Going to Shape the Future of Politics

By |September 29th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on How Technology Is Going to Shape the Future of Politics

At the heart of politics are the issues of today and the modern world. And a huge part and major issues of the modern world we live in today is technology. So, it’s no surprise that technology is having an impact on politics, and it’s no surprise that it will probably continue to do so. Make sure to read on to see how much of an impact technology is going to have on the future of politics, and how it is likely to shape it.

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Social Class

As developments occur — whether they are technological or not — so does a need to own and make use of them. This has always been the case, and will always continue to be the case. So, with new technological developments will come a class of people rich enough to afford them, as well as a class that is not. Therefore, technology is going to forge yet another divide in the already tenuous divide that is in place currently between social classes. It is even said that as technology advances a new class called the ‘super-haves’ will arise — their name tells you everything you need to know about them: they have everything money can buy.

What all this means is that future governments are going to have to be very wary of what advances in technology are going to do to their country’s social classes. Yes, technology is more than likely going to build on the significant progress made over the past few decades regarding the provision of the basics, such as food, water and education to underprivileged communities, namely those in third-world and war-torn counties. But what it will also do is only worsen what is known as […]

2709, 2017

Can Our Health And Well-Being Be Affected By Our Life Choices?

By |September 27th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Can Our Health And Well-Being Be Affected By Our Life Choices?

Our health and wellbeing can be affected by many different things in life. Some mental, some physical and some brought on by other factors in life that we don’t have control over. Many of us will do our best to ensure that we don’t become affected, but the chances are we can all feel some of the negative effects that can be brought on by significant life changes, good and bad. Some of these things may seem obvious, but some of them might surprise you. I wanted to share with you some of the ways our health and wellbeing can be affected by our life choices and hopefully offer you some tips on how to overcome them if it does.


Relationship breakups

Whether you are married, in a long-term relationship or find yourself just starting out with someone, relationships can be a huge emotional rollercoaster, wouldn’t you agree? There are, of course, plenty of ups and downs, but I guess how you both handle the situation makes you the couple you are today or are about to come in the future. But, relationships, sometimes don’t last forever. You have every intention to make it work, but for reasons, the relationship can break down. You may have done wrong, or the other person may have done, or you just don’t seem to like one another as much as you used to. Relationship breakups can really affect your mindset and make you question who you are. It can make you feel anxious and upset, but the best thing to do in this situation is to accept and move forward.

Committing a crime

Some people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Other people intentionally go out to cause no […]