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1105, 2017

Why Local News Coverage is Important in Business

By |May 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Why Local News Coverage is Important in Business

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When it comes to getting your business noticed, a lot of focus is often placed on advertising on a national scale. While this is all well and good, you could end up missing out on business that is in your very own backyard. This is where local news coverage still plays an important role for companies both large and small. If you are trying to grow your company, it is important to speaking to local news stations as much as possible. Here are just a few reasons why this is important.

Local News Outlets are Well-Connected

Forming a close relationship with your local news outlet is a great idea as they have contacts all throughout the community. They specialize in everything that is going on in the local area, so getting your business at the forefront of this action is very important. Many local news producers also hold a degree of traction at a national level, and it can’t hurt to form working relationships with people who have connections.

They Can Help to Build Your Media Experience

If you have never had a great deal of experience dealing with the media, speaking to various outlets can help to keep your skills sharp. For example, if you have never appeared on television before, this is a skill that can be honed by appearing on as many regional stations as you can. If your interview is just going down in print, it can help to do a lot of these so you can refine the process of giving quotes.

Your Business Can Gain Credibility

Local news outlets tend to have a great deal of traction in the local community. If for example, you do business in Phoenix, being featured on a […]

1105, 2017

Trump Has Been ‘No-Nonsense’, But Has He Been Criminal?

By |May 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Trump Has Been ‘No-Nonsense’, But Has He Been Criminal?

In a different world, it could be considered outlandish to accuses a Head of State of crimes. The figures who lead the countries of the world are under the highest form of private and public scrutiny and every single one of their actions is highlighted by members of the public and press from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. If we accuse a head of state of criminal action, certainly – there would need to be heaps and heaps of evidence to back our actions and those who run countries and are in power will certainly do everything they can to avoid the merest hint of speculation.

Now – there have clearly been powerful figures capable of great evil in the past, and even leaders like Nixon who walked a tight-rope above criminality. There are those like Bush and Blair who are accused of war crimes. However, there has never been a leader so outspoken and as defensive as the current President of the United States of America as the current one: Donald J. Trump. Trump was elected by the people of the USA in November 2016 and was inaugurated back in the January of this year. His presidency has been rife with speculation and criticism thus far. But criminal? Could Trump really have to use a criminal defense team to save his term as President?

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One big thing stands out from the Trump presidency though and that is his ‘no-nonsense’ foreign policy. Every single one of his preceding presidents has utilized the use of bomb strikes and drone strikes, but it has been Trump who has quickly defined his reign with military action. In fact, it is Trump who is ordering […]

1005, 2017

Trump And His Promise Of Infrastructure

By |May 10th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Trump And His Promise Of Infrastructure

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Donald Trump recently passed the benchmark of his first 100 days in office. It is something of an arbitrary metric to use to judge a new president’s suitability for the job. Achievements made on the 101st day would obviously not be included, and since the idea of 100 days has become common, it may induce some presidents to rush certain initiatives in order to superficially bolster the things about which they can boast. Some have suggested that this is the case with Trump, such as the Washington Post, which argued that he ‘scrambled’ to show progress on health care reform and tax cuts. His American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently got past the House of Representatives but is likely to face a much tougher time when it reaches the Senate. In any case, it is estimated that it will not only cover 24 million fewer people, it will cost more at the same time. This comes just as Trump announced a massive tax cut for the super-rich (including his own company). His intention is ostensibly to allow businesses to keep more of their own money so that they can reinvest it to grow and therefore create more jobs. However, the confluence of these events does not seem to add up. If those jobs are not going to cover people who are no longer insured, it was probably a bad move on Trump’s part. He did achieve some things in his first 100 days though. The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court ended what was a long attempt on behalf of Republicans to stall the appointment until they could be the ones deciding on who was taking the seat.

Another promise that Trump made, […]

605, 2017

Why It Doesn’t Pay To Be A Private Person

By |May 6th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Why It Doesn’t Pay To Be A Private Person

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Since the recession, it seems as if every worker wants to flock to the private sector. After all, the industry has security, a healthy rate of pay, and excellent benefits. The public sector, on the other hand, has been taking a hit. So, if you’re in the process of choosing a new career, it might seem like it pays to be private. Although that is the perception, it isn’t always the reality. The truth is that the public sector has a lot to offer, even more than going private.
Here are the reasons it’s better to be open regarding your career.
Flexibility

Among the most flexible employers are the ones in the public sector. When you think about flexi-time and a work life balance, you think about nationalized companies. You see, a limited business doesn’t care about employees in the same sense because profit is their main aim. Public enterprises are different because they are state owned. They have to worry about makes their workforce tick as they have to be at the forefront of the revolution. As a result, they are constantly introducing new policies which bring a nice balance to work and life.

Student Loans

If you want a fantastic job, you will need a college degree. That isn’t supposed to pressurize you, but it should open your eyes. The gap between the classes in terms of education is getting shorter. As a result, more and more people have degrees, which is beneficial for employees. They can take their pick, which means you need to stand out from the crowd. The problem with going to university is the cost. Student loans are pretty extortionate, so paying them back can be hard work. The good news is […]

305, 2017

Identity In The Age Of Trump

By |May 3rd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Identity In The Age Of Trump

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It’s the biggest political shock in recent memory. The reality TV star who became the leader of the most powerful country in the world has thrown up biggest of questions, what does the notion of identity mean in the modern era? The Era Vulgaris we are living in has, for many people, taking the vulgar part of that word to a whole new level. The time for vulgarity and what can only be described as post-political correctness is booming. With each wall Trump wants to put up, he is being met with a massive backlash, and for the left-wing that is great, but what does this mean on a grander scale? And what can we define as identity?

Identity politics, once a term associated with the liberal left, is now being used by Trump supporters, and the tagline Make America Great Again has a lot of assertions to cultural identity in modern America. Will the continued efforts of putting up “a wall” do anything to reignite the proud, blue-collar American image that has been mocked due to Trump’s association with it? The irony of the 156th richest man in America being a spokesman for the working class is not lost on many. The spate of people wanting to make their entry into the States from other countries has been made more difficult with the travel ban, but by no means does this spell a lack of business for an immigration attorney anytime soon. In fact, there are some who are seeing quite an increase in business. Some have reported a rise of 25% in their business, and haven’t seen this much since the era of Reagan.

The backlash against other races, from African-Americans to Mexicans and everyone […]

105, 2017

Is a Career in Farming For You?

By |May 1st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Is a Career in Farming For You?

Agriculture, for many, seems like it might be quite a straightforward business. But in fact, it is a complicated and ever-changing field to be in. There are many different angles to take and things to decide upon. To be successful in farming then you need to know a lot about your land and the type of things that you plan to do with the land that you have. Plants and animals can be pretty complicated, though. So it really is a science that you need to be up to scratch on. You shouldn’t just go into farming thinking that it is going to be a walk in the park. You have to have a good understanding of it all of it all in order to make a profit. And at the end of the day, you want to make a profit in order to have a successful business. So here are some things to consider, if you are thinking about a future in farming.

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What Is Your Farming Experience?

If you have very little in the way of farming experience, then you need to think before you just start to rent or buy a farm. You could end up with this land but not have a clue about what to do with it all. So if you don’t have much experience, then it could be worth hiring a farm hand to help you out. It might only be for the start of the business, but it is important to learn from an expert if you don’t have any experience. So bear that in mind when it comes to planning for your business and costs.

Look For Ways To Be More Cost Effective

You don’t want the costs to […]

2704, 2017

Four Ways To Promote Peace and Tolerance in Your Community

By |April 27th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Four Ways To Promote Peace and Tolerance in Your Community

In the world that we live in, we hear about wars, rumors or wars, and conflicts on a daily basis. But politics aside and whatever you do or do not think about the current situation, there are many things that we can do to help to promote peace around the world. By making a few small changes in ‘our’ world, with those people that we directly come into contact with, it can have a great impact. At the end of the day, even if we change just one person’s view and cause them to do something differently, then it becomes like a chain reaction. They can go to help others promoting peace, and the chain goes on. So if you’re not sure what you could be doing, here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Use Social Media Wisely

We have such an incredible tool right at our fingertips with the internet. What comes along with that is the use of things like social media. It can be a bit of a double-edged sword for many. But there are lots of things we can do on there to help spread peace. Don’t participate in hateful comments or campaigns. Spread information that empowers, rather than information that harms or upsets. Look at Moshe Kantor in Forbes, for example. A billionaire who actively participates in the promotion of tolerance and reconciliation in the modern world and someone that uses his platform to spread the message of peace. If you cause contention, even online contention, then it is never a good thing.

Attend a Rally

There is nothing better than showing how you feel about something that actually getting out there and doing something to show the world what you feel. […]

2504, 2017

Watch Out, There’s Trouble On The Road Ahead

By |April 25th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Watch Out, There’s Trouble On The Road Ahead

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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 […]

1304, 2017

A Survivor’s Guide: Restoring The American Dream

By |April 13th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on A Survivor’s Guide: Restoring The American Dream

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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|Comments Off on What To Do When Your Elderly Parent Refuses Help

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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 […]