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3112, 2016

How To Keep People Healthy During An Outdoor Event

By |December 31st, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on How To Keep People Healthy During An Outdoor Event

Whether you’re in the event management business or are just throwing a one off event you need to give a duty of care to those attending it. Personal injury can be a real problem, especially if it is some kind of outdoor sporting event. Even at outdoor music areas like festivals people can get hurt and the rides and mechanics of carnivals can also cause injury. Here are some tips to keep people safe and well at your event.

Use Some Rules

By using rules you can limit the amount of people who enter your event, if the crowds become uncontrollable then you’ll have a problem. You can also lay down rules regarding queue lengths, age restrictions on certain areas such as rides unsuitable for those under a certain height and also general rules regarding littering.  The creation of rules also show you’ve been following due diligence. So if anything bad did happen you’d be partially covered if you were sued or summoned to court for any reason.

Have A Plan Incase Something Seriously Bad Happens

If your event is in the middle of the countryside where it can be hard to get to you need to consider how you can help someone in trouble. Air Ambulance Services can help, giving you peace of mind that if a serious accident happens they can be reached. Just be sure to have a designated area for the helicopter to land and be sure it is well policed. You also need to ensure there is a plan to get the afflicted individual to the landing area as fast as possible. This means using a wheeled stretcher and flooring that it can be wheeled upon, so not grass. Black floor mats can help […]

2112, 2016

The Way The World Is Harnessing Power In 2017

By |December 21st, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on The Way The World Is Harnessing Power In 2017

The way we’re using power and energy in this day and age is very different to how we used to use power and energy. Many people and companies are beginning to use renewable sources of energy, which is much better for the environment. Google is one company that has the goal of using 100% renewable energy sources in 2017, but there are ways the average Joe can profit from using renewable energy too.

Google has had the goal of using 100% renewable energy for years. Now, they say that their global data centers and corporate offices will have reached this goal in the new year. It was just 6 years ago that Google began signing long-term contracts to purchase renewable energy directly from solar and wind power suppliers. The first contract was to purchase all of the electricity from a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa. Then, in 2015, Google purchased another 842 megawatts of renewable energy. This doubled the clean power it had already purchased, which took 2 gigawatts of cumulative renewable power. They are the world’s largest corporate buyer of wind and solar energy. They took a multi-faceted approach to buying energy, buying through power purchase agreements that locked in contracts at a set price for carbon-free energy. They also began to create more efficient facilities that would create less energy. They have signed onto 20 renewable energy projects all around the world so far. That’s over $3.5 billion of clean energy investments. They say their ultimate goal is to create a world where everyone has access to clean energy, and not just Google.

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The great news is, it isn’t only Google who are taking the steps towards using 100% clean energy. Apple is another […]

1212, 2016

Looking Out For Number One Isn’t Selfish

By |December 12th, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Looking Out For Number One Isn’t Selfish

Humans are caring. We naturally have instincts that allow us to care and help out others (well, most of us do, anyway). Sometimes this can get in the way of our own goals and desires. If we spend too much time and energy on others, how can we focus on ourselves and our growth?

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We need energy and focus to expend on tasks. Fitness and health goals require an intense dedication, passion and of course, energy. Trying to race for a promotion at work is going to need a great work ethic and focus. If you’re not looking out for yourself as a priority, you might just fall short.

So, what does looking out for number one exactly mean? Should you foster your kids off and dump your girlfriend? Absolutely not! You’ve just got to remember that life’s experiences are relative to you and you only and you need to do everything in your power to chase success, but never at the expense of anyone else. Morality is one-hundred percent a private matter and no-one can tell you what is right or wrong. They shouldn’t be anyway.

A noble quest is one that involves you sacrificing everything for others. You’re allowing yourself to be a pushover and a stepping stone for the goals of others and sometimes that’s not a bad thing, but you can be left in the dirt if it is a constant decision of yours. There’s no obligation for your goals, interests, and happiness to succumb to the goals, interests and happiness of everyone else. Don’t try to please every single person you meet, because you’ll succumb to unhappiness sooner or later.

So, how do you look out for yourself? You don’t have to be […]

1012, 2016

Practical Knowledge To Help With The Child Who Needs A Little Extra

By |December 10th, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Practical Knowledge To Help With The Child Who Needs A Little Extra

Every child is different and every child is as important to their parents and their community at large as the rest of them. Having a child with learning or social disabilities can be challenging for both parent and child. But it’s far from insurmountable. Nowadays, we’re learning more and more about how to address education and personal development in all spheres. Here are a few of the practical applications you can use to make sure you’re giving your child the help they need to excel.

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Talking to your child

Many parents might think to keep silent on the existence of a learning or social disability in their child. However, that isn’t always the best option. If they don’t already realize they’re differently abled, they may very well start to understand that they’re different treated by other children. Talk to them about it. Let them know that we all have strengths and weaknesses. Focus on the positives of their talents and the strategies you can use to help them overcome their own weaknesses. Use your own weaknesses as an example, too.

Find out how they learn best

Everyone, regardless of whether they’re differently abled or not, has a learning style they fit better to. For your child, you need to become something of an expert on what style they fit best. Whether they fit the visual style, auditory style or kinesthetic style. In finding which style and methods of learning fit best for them, you can help their teachers shape their approach to education and homework.

Finding the best fit

To make sure your child has every advantage and opportunity on offer, you may want to look into programs beyond regular school activities. For instance, you might look into programs like […]

912, 2016

Farming Safety: It’s No Laughing Matter

By |December 9th, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Farming Safety: It’s No Laughing Matter

You might not think of it this way, but farming can actually be a pretty dangerous profession these days. There are so many things that we take for granted in the everyday working world. And, if you work in agriculture you might be so used to your job now that you see it as safe. But, farming can actually be very unsafe because there are so many potential risks involved.

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It’s worth considering some statistics for a moment. You may not be aware, but farming is still ranked as one of the most dangerous professions in the world. In fact, in 2013 a survey showed that farming had 239.4 major injuries per 100,000 workers. Construction had just 156.0. In fact, as recently as last year, statistics showed that farming deaths increased by more than 20%. So let’s take a look at some of the reasons why farming is such a dangerous profession.

It’s Hands-On

One of the things you’ve got to understand about farming is that it’s very hands-on. As a professional farmer, you need to be dedicated and hard working if you want to be successful. And this requires a proactive approach to things. But, because it’s so hands-on it increases exposure to more dangerous elements of the working world. And, as such, you will find that things become more dangerous. Any career that involves hard work and a hands-on approach is going to present problems eventually. And that’s probably why around half of all global workplace fatalities occur in the agriculture industry.

Heavy Machinery

You also need to bear in mind the fact that there is a lot of heavy equipment and machinery involved. There are tractors, trailers, combine harvesters and plows. And that’s just for starters. […]

612, 2016

Top Tips To Keep Your Home Secure

By |December 6th, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Top Tips To Keep Your Home Secure

With Christmas coming the risk of theft unfortunately increases. No longer is it safe to leave your door unlocked and we need need to give a serious thought towards our home security. There are varying methods to defend a home, and here we look at some to get you started. […]

212, 2016

47 Countries Pledge to Move to 100% Renewable Energy

By |December 2nd, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on 47 Countries Pledge to Move to 100% Renewable Energy

When people discuss climate change, they often neglect to talk about the countries that are most affected. The truth is that countries in Europe or North America are some of the last that will be impacted by the consequences of global warming. It is some of the poorest countries in the world that will be disproportionately affected by changes to the Earth’s temperatures. It is due to this that 47 countries recently pledged to move to 100% renewable energy sources. Nations including Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Haiti, agreed to change their plans to cut carbon emissions by 2020. They now want to use completely green energy, making the changes between 2030 and 2050.

The group of countries called the Climate Vulnerable Forum is a firm supporter of the target to keep the global temperature rise this century under 1.5 degrees. As well as making their own moves to switch to using only renewable energy, they want other countries to follow their example. Many of these countries are already seeing the effects of climate change or have a good understanding of how it will affect them in the future. They feel that many richer countries aren’t moving at a fast enough pace and should be making more of an effort to generate clean energy.

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The announcement about the pledge was made at the end of climate talks in Marrakech in November. Other attendees were impressed by the commitment and praised the group’s initiative. For example, the EU climate commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete said that the commitments are “impressive and inspirational”. The EU has offered support and praised their goals. These countries will be relying on financial support from richer nations to help reach their goals. They […]

212, 2016

What Does It Take To Up Sticks & Move Abroad To Further Your Career?

By |December 2nd, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on What Does It Take To Up Sticks & Move Abroad To Further Your Career?

When it comes to moving house, a lot of us think that moving from one end of the country to the other is far enough. However, for some people, the idea of moving even further away than that – aka moving abroad, is incredibly appealing. There are many reasons for this, from moving abroad for love to moving abroad to help further your career.

For instance, if you don’t seem to be moving forward in your job, no matter what you do, you may have been looking at your options. You may have a friend who works in the same industry as you and moved abroad to further their career, and now you are considering doing the same. Although this could be a fantastic opportunity for you, it’s important to think the decision through. After all, moving to a foreign country, away from all your friends and family is a big deal.

To give you an insight into what it takes to up sticks and move abroad to further your career, below is a list of the things that you will need to do.

You may need to retake your qualifications

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Depending what industry you work in, you may need to retake some of your qualifications or do some extra training. This is because how each country works in certain industries, such as the medical industry, for instance, differs. So, it’s a good idea to look into what you would need to do to work in your field of expertise in another country. You may not need to do any additional training, but you may do. So it’s best to take the time to find out beforehand so that you know what to expect.

You may need an attorney

There […]

212, 2016

Why Getting a Divorce Could Be The Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

By |December 2nd, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Why Getting a Divorce Could Be The Best Thing You’ll Ever Do

Getting a divorce is never going to be an easy time. This is a person you’ve probably spent a significant portion of your life with and imagined things lasting forever. Unfortunately, life isn’t a fairytale, whether your relationship ended with a bang or slowly fizzled out- the reality is that a person you once thought was right for you no longer is. There’s a lot of uncertainty when it comes to a divorce; your finances are intertwined in property and business, and there are legal matters to take care of too. There may be vehicles to sort out on top of childcare, custody and everything else that comes along with parting ways for good. However, despite the sadness there are actually lots of reasons why it can be a really great thing. If you’ve been unhappy for a while, then it could be the best thing you’ve ever done!


Divorce Can Be Beneficial For Children

People instantly think of divorce being a bad thing for children. But this just isn’t true and done correctly it can be a really positive thing for them. If you and your partner have been disagreeing and arguing for some time, children are bound to have noticed the tension in the household. This can lead to a lot of anxiety and stress for them, even if it’s not full blown shouting and screaming- passive aggressive comments and a general feeling of unease isn’t pleasant for them. Once you’re separated, this is instantly removed. There are no bad atmospheres in the home, and while you’ll surely be feeling sad and need time to heal from the relationship, having that catalyst to your upset gone can be helpful for everyone. It can feel like […]

1911, 2016

Trump V The Media And Other Shocking Lawsuits You Won’t Believe

By |November 19th, 2016|Editorial, XPC|Comments Off on Trump V The Media And Other Shocking Lawsuits You Won’t Believe

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People have been suing major corporations and businesses for a countless number of years. There are various reasons why this occurs. In some cases, it is the findings of science that triggers a lawsuit. Researchers discover the negative effects or health problems that could have been caused by a product. Since the damage has already been done, those affected must look for justice from the courts. There have been numerous high profile examples of this, from the Roaccutane scandal to the causes of mesothelioma.

In other incidents, lawsuits have been brought forward due to what is essentially reverse Darwinism. Here, when someone sues a major company it is because they have not taken the precautions to protect people who have a low IQ. An example of this would be the individual who sued McDonald’s because they burned themselves after gulping down hot coffee. The precedent introduced in this lawsuit is the reason that coffee cups now need warnings on them. Other businesses are afraid that they could be next. In fact, it has reached the point where trousers have a warning telling people not to iron them while wearing. As we can see by these two cases, some lawsuits against businesses are justified, and others are not. However, it is not justification that determines whether the claims are successful.

This brings us to 2016. Last week, we elected Donald Trump as our next president. Trump has not been shy about announcing his controversial intentions after he is sworn into power. Donald Trump has said on multiple occasions that one of his first acts as president will be to open up mitigation so that newspapers can be sued. Not just newspapers, but any and every media […]