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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

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1304, 2017

A Survivor’s Guide: Restoring The American Dream

By |April 13th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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The economic climate is at one of the worst records in history. Expensive housing, rising unemployment and low pay all contribute to a standard of life in which “getting by” is now seen as the benchmark of modern living.

Whatever happened to the American Dream? Once a land of insurmountable opportunity, America is now the perfect example of a complacent nation that has settled for adequacy. But there is hope yet! With a little know-how and a lot of ambition, you can recapture the spirit that helped found one of the greatest countries on this earth.

Get educated

It’s no surprise that the best-paid jobs go to the most qualified, skilled workers. On the whole, these workers tend to be college graduates. Take an online course or a night class and begin the journey that will equip you for a lifetime of success.

Yes, you will have to pay initially for these courses, but the long-term benefits that a good education can provide you with far outweigh the initial cost.

It is advisable to take courses in subjects of which you already have a basic understanding, as this will help you develop the skills you already have. Knowing your skills and weaknesses is essential to success.

Keep the faith

In hard times, it is easy to quit. That is why it’s important to have a coping strategy for when life gives you lemons.

Many people turn to religion, with proven success, and many modern churches have modern designs, such as those found at https://www.seatingconcepts.com/customizable-jubilation-church-seating-for-worship/, making daily worship even more comfortable.

Attending worship is also a great place to meet like-minded people, who can share advice and help you overcome whatever difficulty you face. They are great to talk to about anything from personal […]

1204, 2017

What To Do When Your Elderly Parent Refuses Help

By |April 12th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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Whilst growing up is completely optional, growing old isn’t, and it isn’t much fun either. It isn’t much fun for the person and it isn’t much fun for the family either, especially when you know they need a little assistance, a little care, a little help.

Perhaps they need a tad of help around the house, such as getting up the stairs or in and out of the bath. Maybe they have gotten to that point where driving is no longer a safe thing for them to do. Or maybe it is becoming increasingly hard for them to afford the running costs of their family home. All of these are challenges that you have to help them overcome, but it won’t be easy.

So to help you through this process – and help you overcome their objections – here are some strategies that may make the idea of them having help a little easier to accept.

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Start As Early As You Can

In an ideal world, we would all sit down as a family and get this conversation out of the way before health reasons force our hand. So try and live in this ideal world. Ask them about their future, where they see themselves settling and how they feel about a little bit of help, such as getting a cleaner, or someone to drive them to the shops each week, or anything else.

Patience Is A Virtue

When you ask a question, make sure you allow your parents the time to answer. Patience is going to become your best friend, as is the tactics you use when asking the question. The worst thing you can do is put words into their mouths. Instead, ask open questions. Persevere. It […]

1204, 2017

What US Immigrants Need To Know

By |April 12th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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If you are thinking of emigrating to the USA, then you might be surprised at just how much there is to take on board throughout the whole process. These days, the process of actually emigrating to the USA can be quite difficult to finalize, and if you are really keen on living in this country as comfortably as possible you might be surprised at how many hurdles you need to get through first. However, it is still a beautiful country, and if you stick it out you will be pleased with the results. In this article, we are going to look at a few of the basic things that you need to get to know well if you are to settle in and enjoy your time in the USA.

The Culture

Whenever you move to a new country, this is always going to be one of the most difficult elements involved. In part, this is because of the culture shock itself. Depending on what country you are moving from, you might find the culture to be so strange as to cause you some emotional distress. If this does happen to you, try not to worry. Remember that culture shock is perfectly natural and that it will pass in time as long as you don’t force the process. The best thing you can do at this point is to gradually get involved in your local community. That way, you will be able to eventually feel like a real part of the culture, and that will help you hugely in settling in.

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Administration

One of the most important aspects of emigrating to any country, but in particular the USA, is to make sure that you are following any protocols […]

504, 2017

How To Become An American Citizen

By |April 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

Becoming an American citizen is something that a lot of people in the country are currently striving towards, particularly given the current political situation which has seen people who have been living in the USA for over twenty years being deported. Becoming a citizen is the easiest way to attain a lot of privileges and rights that are only given to citizens in the USA. Here are the four ways that you can become a citizen in the United States of America…

Naturalization

For people who were not born in the USA, naturalization is the most common way to become a USA citizen. The criteria are as follows: the applicant must be aged 18 or over, and they must have one of the following: 1), they must have been resident in the USA for the last five years, 2), they must be married to and living with an American citizen for at least three years, or 3), they must have served in the American Armed Forces for at least one year. Fulfilling one or more of these criteria is probably the easiest way to become an American citizen – talk to a law company like Hacking Law Practice if you want some more information on what exactly to do. If you want to become green card naturalized, you need to have held it for at least five years, have a good knowledge of American history and the English language, and to be a person of good moral character.

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Acquisition

It is possible for a child to have US citizenship even if she or he was born outside the country. If that’s the case, then the child needs to file an Application for Certificate of Citizenship. They can become […]

504, 2017

Growing Up Different: How To Support A Disabled Child

By |April 5th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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Most people can probably imagine some of the difficulties parents face when supporting a disabled child. While they still get as much love as any other baby, caring for them can become stressful. Lots of parents simply don’t know where to start, and it can take a few years before they master the process. With that in mind, we wanted to release a post that offers some advice and guidance on the subject. The nature of your kid’s disability will determine the finer workings of your solution. However, the tips below will help you to make a start. They should help you to develop a framework from which you can work out how your lives will play out.

Seeking financial support

Before you do anything else, it’s wise to look into the funding available for parents in your position. Caring for a disabled child could cause a lot of stress any worry. That could encourage your mental health to deteriorate if you don’t have the right level of financial support. Thankfully, there are many government funds and programs that could offer a helping hand. In some instances, you might even choose to seek compensation if the disability could have been prevented. Birth injury lawyers could help you to sue the medical professional or hospital that made a mistake. So, you need to research all those options as soon as possible. That is especially the case if one of you has to stop working.

Taking the time to listen and learn

All children are different, and that’s particularly true when it comes to those with disabilities. As a responsible parent, you will want to give them the life they deserve. So, it’s vital that you always take the time […]

3103, 2017

Standing Your Ground When The Going Gets Legal

By |March 31st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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The law can be a troubling thing. Most people only know the very basics of what’s legal and illegal. And, don’t have a grasp of the subtleties that come with this area. This is understandable, though. Most people don’t have time to spend researching how the law works in their country. But, without this knowledge, it’s impossible to know if you’re being treated fairly; if you’re ever in trouble. A lot of the time you would need the knowledge, you may not have done something wrong. So, it’s critical that you start learning. To help you out, this post will be helping to you find the resources you will need to get up to date on the laws and legislation in your home.

Getting a solid understanding of your local laws will take some time. Most countries are different when it comes to law. So, first, you have to make sure that you’re looking at the right resources to help you. In most cases, your government websites will be the best place for you to search. You can start with something easy, like the rights that police officers have in your home. And, how long jails can hold you before you go to trial. If you don’t know what the police are allowed to do to you; it’s impossible to know if you’re being treated fairly by them. Once you’ve mastered basic laws like this, you can start to shift your focus onto more pressing things.

Having an idea of what the police can do to you and what your rights will be in court is great. But, you should be preparing for the worst, at the same time. You never know when you might have […]

2503, 2017

The Art of Preparing Yourself For Disaster

By |March 25th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on The Art of Preparing Yourself For Disaster

It’s not something in life that any of us like to think about, but sometimes disaster strikes without warning. It could be that you lose your job, you suffer some sort of injury or there is a break in at your house. If the worst does happen, you need to have a plan of action in place to be prepared. The people who are most prepared are best able to respond should the worst happen.

Here are just a few ways that you can ready yourself should disaster strike you.

Have An Action Plan

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Imagine the types of scenario that could go wrong in your life and how you would respond to them. For example, if you have a break in, you would need to make sure you have the right contents insurance so your most valuable possessions are covered financially. If you get injured in an accident, you should have the number of a good injury lawyer on file and also be prepared financially for any loss of earnings. Ultimately, if you are prepared for any scenario, you will be ready for anything.

Prepare Financially

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When a disaster happens, people are often hit financially. The first thing that you need to focus on is paying off your debt as this can build up quickly. After that, it is worth setting up a savings account and putting a certain percentage of your salary into it every month. This may well be the money that you need to live on at some point in the future. Try to think about other areas of income that you could start up. Many people are getting involved in the ‘sharing economy’, renting out their spare room, storage space, driveway, household items, clothing […]

1803, 2017

Wrong Place At The Wrong Time? What To Do If You’ve Been Arrested

By |March 18th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Wrong Place At The Wrong Time? What To Do If You’ve Been Arrested

The job of the police force is to protect citizens and stop unlawful behavior and criminal acts. When an offense has been committed, the police must also arrest those that are guilty or are under suspicion of carrying out those crimes. Of course, there are times where some citizens get arrested even though they are innocent. In those cases, they could simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time!

We all like to think that we’d never get on the wrong side of the law. But, if you were ever to get arrested, would you know what to do or what rights you could exercise while you’re in custody? Here is what you need to know.

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Don’t panic

Yes, it might be easy for someone to tell you that, but it’s important that you don’t panic if you ever get arrested. The process of arresting someone is a formality that police officers have to carry out, even if they suspect you’ve done nothing wrong, as strange as it sounds!

Depending on the situation, you may even get arrested for your own protection. If you’ve been accused of committing a crime, it’s important you keep your wits about you. That’s because you need to defend yourself against any accusations; more on that in a moment.

Know your rights

Despite what you may hear in the media, everyone has rights when they are in custody. It’s vital that you know what yours are if you ever become arrested for a crime, regardless of whether you’ve committed it or not.

You usually have the right to:

Get free legal advice, paid for by the government;
Make a telephone call to a loved one, friend, or lawyer;
Seek medical help, in case […]

1503, 2017

Will Brexit Impact Employee Rights?

By |March 15th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Will Brexit Impact Employee Rights?

When you look at the current landscape of employment law in the UK, much of the progress made towards employee rights has come from the EU. Annual leave, maternity rights, and even health and safety are all European directives and give workers a vast array of benefits they did not enjoy before.

And while the government is promising to protect those rights post-Brexit, it’s still a worrying time for employees all over the country. The current administration can make all the promises they like, after all. But in the future, all it will take to erode these important and hard-fought employee rights is a single vote in Parliament.

You can say what you like about the EU, but membership of the union means that you are protected as a worker by all these rights. And if a government of a future decides they fancy a change, there will be no European Court of Justice to stand in their way. Worrying times? Perhaps – and here are some of the issues that might arise.

Paid leave

All those lovely long holidays you currently enjoy are not completely down to the EU – the UK legal requirement is 28 days leave every year. However, current EU directives mean that employers must offer a minimum of four weeks leave per year, which no government attached to the EU can scrap. So, while those 28 days a year of annual leave are safe – for now – Brexit could take away that four-week safeguard and allow any future government the chance to slash standard holiday requirements. Don’t be too surprised if Brexit results in a system much like the American one, which sees the average worker being given only two weeks holiday a […]