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 […]

303, 2017

Securing Your Home Against Natural Disasters – The Essentials

By |March 3rd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Securing Your Home Against Natural Disasters – The Essentials

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Securing a property is the most important part of being a homeowner. After all, what’s the point of owning a home that is open to a variety of threats? What most property owners don’t realize, though, is that there are more thefts than burglary. Sometimes, to keep your house safe, you have to install more than an alarm. Sometimes, you have to think about the bigger picture, the bigger picture being Mother Nature. Here’s how you can try and fend off Mother Nature should she attack.

Remember that they aren’t foolproof because there is no way to negate a disaster. In case one occurs, they should help make the situation better.

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Move Your Pots & Plants

Your garden might look like a thing of beauty, but it can also be destructive. The reason is due to fire. Fire is lethal, and it loves dry plants and grass because they are easy to burn. The closer the greenery is to your house, then, the quicker it will spread. You might think this is an over-exaggeration, but there are plenty of examples that say otherwise. It is especially pertinent if you live in a dry climate where wildfires are prone. A mere spark could be the difference between a glorious garden and destructive fire, and that’s important to remember.

Create An Incline

Water is just as destructive as fire, although in different ways. The thing about water damage is that it ruins everything it touches. And, it can last for ages if the rain continues to pour. For most people, a flood is more realistic than a fire, so it’s sensible to be pragmatic. The key is to create an incline for the water. Any property that is […]

203, 2017

Head To The Future For Your Next Shopping Experience

By |March 2nd, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Head To The Future For Your Next Shopping Experience

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Shops are changing thanks to new technology that’s benefiting both the customer and the shop owner. With new tech, it’s possible to deliver a more efficient service, avoid wasting time and look a lot more modern. In the future, it’s likely that tech is going to be a massive part of the shopping experience. And, if you look around, it already is.

Contactless Payments

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Arguably one of the biggest advancements in recent times is the contactless payments. With contactless payments, it’s possible to complete transactions within seconds. Though usually, this is only available for purchases that are small and not too expensive. One of the reasons for this is that shop owners don’t want to alarm customers. While it is possible and still secure to complete larger transactions without a pin, customers are already weary of contactless payments. A recent report revealed that thirty percent of customers don’t trust it at all. This is one of the reasons why it’s not yet possible to get rid of contact payment altogether. There are too many customers who would quite simply stop buying.

Smart Stores

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Amazon recently suggested that they were interested in setting up the first smart store on the highstreet. Rather than making purchases the typical way, customers could set up their phone to interact with the store as they walked in. Once they had done this, they would be able to buy products simply by putting them in their basket. No till at the end of the shopping experience would be necessary as everything would already have been paid for using their smartphone or device. You might think this is a highly innovative idea. But in a way, it already exists on shop floors across […]

2102, 2017

Life In The Military Isn’t What You’d Think

By |February 21st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Life In The Military Isn’t What You’d Think

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You probably think you have a pretty good idea of what it means to work in the military and for that matter, live as part of the armed forces. But let’s face it, most people’s conceptions are derived from war films, TV shows and the general media. While these films might be entertaining, very rarely do they paint a true picture of life in the military. It’s probably nothing like what you’d expect. For this reason, seeking out a career in the military could be a fantastic choice and here’s why.

You’re Part Of A Family

There’s no such thing as outsourcing in the armed forces. Everything is handled in-house from legal disputes using military law specialists to the various jobs in a team. As such, you do feel like a family and connected to the people around you more than you would in a typical business or career. You feel as though they would have your back and understand you more than anyone else. It’s fair to say that a large part of the average lifespan is spent in a job, usually in an office. But, it’s very unlikely that you know the people you work with on a personal level. This isn’t true in the military. Here, everyone around you will be part of your life and connected to you on a personal level.

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You’ve Got Great Future Prospects

You might have heard the stats suggesting that a large portion of war veterans end up on the streets and are unable to find work once they leave the armed forces. However, this is just one side of the story. Many other military officials go on to highly successful careers after they have left the armed […]

1602, 2017

Signs You’re In The Wrong Job

By |February 16th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Signs You’re In The Wrong Job

What is the ‘wrong’ job? Surely there’s no wrong job. Only jobs that put money in our bank accounts and allow us to feed our families. You could say that. But if your job isn’t making you happy, you’re in the wrong job.

Think about it. We spend many hours of our lives at work, or working. Many of us do it every day. If you find your job is slowly destroying your soul, it’s not right for you. Believe it or not, it’s possible to enjoy a job. That’s how we should all feel! We shouldn’t make job decisions out of fear that we won’t be good enough for the job we really want. It’s up to us to go out there and make our dream job a reality.

You’re in the wrong job if you dread getting up in the morning. You’re in the wrong job if you hate every second at work. You’re in the wrong job if you don’t feel satisfied. You’re in the wrong job even if you feel indifferent about where you’re at now. The right job will light you up. It’ll incorporate your skills and your interests. You’ll look forward to doing it. You might even get so lost in your work that you lose track of time! These are the things we should be working towards doing every day.

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602, 2017

Smart Ways to Deal with Stupid Behavior

By |February 6th, 2017|Editorial, Health, XPC|Comments Off on Smart Ways to Deal with Stupid Behavior

Have you ever found yourself worse off because of the reckless behaviour of others? If so, you probably remember how annoyed and angry it left you feeling, especially if it impacted you in a serious way. But did you deal with it in the right way? Did you do your best to protect yourself during the aftermath? If not, then here are some things to remember if you ever find yourself on receiving end of the stupidity of others again.

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Firstly, don’t get caught up in the moment of pure hatred you feel for the person whose negligence has just caused you great harm. When somebody crashes into your car, for example, don’t show overt anger towards them as it may eventually go against if you proceed with legal settlements. Threatening behaviour could land you in as much, or maybe even more, trouble with the justice system as the person that is stood before you, insisting you ‘pulled out on him’. So don’t do anything that will make the causing party feel any sort of fear, as they will be likely to use it against you.

Secondly, you must deal with the aftermath accordingly. The mistakes of others don’t need to mean your finances suffer if you seek the correct assistance to fight for your fees; Medler Law Firm LLC, for instance, can help you financially when you have been affected by the negligence of others. So instead of focusing all of your efforts on being angry at the person who has caused the mess you find yourself in, focus them on finding the best financial cover for you. When involved in an accident, the price paid can be high, even when there is little to […]

602, 2017

Now We’ve Got Trump, What’s Going To Happen To International Real Estate?

By |February 6th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Now We’ve Got Trump, What’s Going To Happen To International Real Estate?

The Donald, a big name in New York real estate, now the 45th president of the United States, has said that he wants to go on a building spree. Throughout his electoral campaign, he championed the idea that America needs to be rebuilt from the ground up with new infrastructure and airports befitting of the richest country on Earth.

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With Trump in command, and with optimism returning to the public all over the world, many analysts, including those at Market Watch, are expecting big things from the housing market over the next few years. So what trends are we likely to see?

The Rise Of “Surban” Living

Policymakers, environmentalists, and politicians have been whining about the scourge of “suburban sprawl” for decades and have been advocating for more dense living in the cities where people are literally dumped one on top of the other.

But, as it turns out, most people really don’t like this and only live in the inner cities if they absolutely have to. Now, though, planners are looking at a new concept, called “surban” living. It’s suburban in the sense that it is well outside of the core of the city itself. But it’s also urban in the sense that many traditionally urban amenities are now close by. In essence, cities will soon be clustered around smaller communities, well out of the center.

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According to Danielle Leach, a senior real estate consultant, what’s happening at the moment is more than just “mixed-use.” It’s a blend of urban and suburban that gives people the best of both worlds. With “surban” living, it’s possible to be within walking distance of all your favorite civic amenities, reducing congestion and transport costs in the city center.

Wealth Could Flood […]

3101, 2017

What Are The Most Common Types Of Litigation?…

By |January 31st, 2017|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on What Are The Most Common Types Of Litigation?…

No one, except perhaps people who are aspiring to be lawyers and judges, wants to find themselves in court. However, litigation in all its different forms has become more and more common over the years, so much so that the right to mount a case against a person or entity is now considered a part of life in the developed world. Whether you’re planning to pursue some kind of legal action or you just want to stay more informed on the whole subject, here’s a list of some of the most common types of litigation.

Wrongful Termination and Employment Discrimination

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This is one of the most common forms of litigation brought against businesses in the developed world, but it’s hardly ever a simple affair. Although, in theory anyway, everyone in the US is protected against workplace offenses by federal anti-discrimination policies, lawsuits are constantly springing up around alleged violations. Discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination are all big talking points in courtrooms all over the developed world, and they’re not expected to go away with the international shift towards nationalism. US federal law forbids any employer from discriminating against workers based on their gender, age, religion, disability and various other characteristics. Many states have similar laws in place too. The law defines any unwelcome conduct based on these factors, and in these cases the defendant is usually a manager at the company in question. Retaliation, on the other hand, refers to demotion, firing, or a similar act from a professional as punishment for one of their co-workers filing a complaint about discrimination. Wrongful termination claims are not necessarily always linked with harassment, but the two issues are often intertwined in court. For example, a 50-year-old worker […]