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1910, 2016

The Unexpected Truth About Road Collisions

By |October 19th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on The Unexpected Truth About Road Collisions

It is an unfortunate fact that road collisions are becoming more and more common year after year in the US. Nearly 1.3 million people die on the roads every year, and an additional 20 million are injured. Given these statistics, it might even seem unlikely that any individual will avoid such a fate. Indeed, it does look set to go that way. It is predicted that road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death by the year 2030. That is, unless something is done. But what can be done? Whatever the solution is, it can only come after we fully understand the reasons behind there being so many collisions every year. In truth, there are a few common culprits which we can investigate. Coming to terms with these might help us to understand road safety better more generally.

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Mobile Phones & Other Distractions

According to some sources, distraction is the number one cause of road collisions. And among the different potential reasons for being distracted, the mobile phone is way up at the top. These days, the majority of people walk around with a phone on them at all times. There is no denying that they are useful, but they can also pose a serious threat in certain circumstances. Driving is a great example. The truth is, it is much safer to drive without having the phone turned on at all. This hugely minimizes the risk of the driver being distracted. This, therefore, reduces their chance of suffering the most common cause of collision. Of course, mobile phones are not the only source of distraction. It is also a good idea to keep any music down to a minimum, particularly heavier music.

Driving At Work

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1910, 2016

Water Conservation: Why It’s Important & What it Involves

By |October 19th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on Water Conservation: Why It’s Important & What it Involves

Water is quite simply the world’s most precious research. Without it, there would be no lifeforms at all on this planet. Every living organism needs water in order to live. That’s why water conservation is so important at the moment. Water is not infinite; there is a limited amount of it on the planet. In parts of the world where access to clean and safe water is abundant, there is a responsibility not to waste it. There are many different reasons why this is so vitally important.

Conserving water is one of those things that is easy to ignore. You can easily forget about water shortages, droughts and examples of contamination that are present in other parts of the world. Now is the time to change all that though. Below, you will find important information on what makes water conservation so important. And then you can learn about what is involved in conserving water. This will allow you to make some changes in your own everyday life that will help to save water and waste less of it. So, what are you waiting for? Read on now.

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Why is Water Conservation Important?

First of all, you need to learn about what makes water conservation so important right now. To fully embrace water conservation, you need to understand the reasons behind it.

Safe Drinking Water is Scarce

Did you know that 97.5% of the water found on the surface of the planet is salt water? That means that the vast majority of water is not suitable for drinking. When other factors are taken into consideration, only about 1% of all the water on the planet is suitable for human consumption. This makes you realise just how scarce safe drinking water […]

710, 2016

What It Really Means To Respect Our Multifaceted Society Today

By |October 7th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on What It Really Means To Respect Our Multifaceted Society Today

We’re living in a world that’s growing more multicultural as time goes on. For a lot of people, that’s because the environment of media and the internet is starting to reflect what has always been true. We are a diverse people with a diversity of voices, origins, and stories to make up our civilization. So, how do you truly support that change? How do you challenge your values and start broadening your mind to the world we’re moving toward?

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Experience

Ignorance is the defining characteristic of those who aren’t catching up with the times. The root of that ignorance, however, is often fear. We are told to fear people who aren’t like us, to know that they aren’t ‘like us’, that they are the other. You need to put that fear behind you and start experiencing what else the world has to offer. If you’re a white person, then look up black events listing and listen to their voices. If you’re a man, then don’t be afraid of somehow becoming more feminine just by reading books by women writers on the experience of women. If you want to stop fear and ignorance being a part of your life, you need to fill that hole with experience.

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Support

A lot of us have friends in communities we’re not a part of. We might even have family who will have a fundamentally different life experience from us. With those we know personally, we can go a step further than just listening to them and learning their experience. We can support them in it. Do you have a daughter with aspirations of getting into engineering or other STEM careers? Don’t try to pigeonhole her into what you expect a woman […]

710, 2016

Hiring The Right Lawyer Made Simple

By |October 7th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on Hiring The Right Lawyer Made Simple

There are many different reasons that you might find yourself needing to hire a lawyer. It is the kind of situation that most people don’t think they will find themselves in. Yet, such situations do occur all the time. If you have found yourself in need of legal advice or protection, then you need to start thinking about how to find a lawyer. If you have never done this before, the prospect might concern or worry you. But don’t let yourself become too stressed. As long as you bear some basic things in mind, you can be sure of finding the right lawyer in no time at all. Let’s see what those essential considerations are.
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Is Self-Representation An Option?

First things first, you need to ask yourself whether or not you actually need a lawyer. If you are just in need of some advice, then getting hold of a solicitor is probably the way to go. However, a lawyer is not always necessary. Even if you are summoned to court, it might be the case that you want to represent yourself. For many, self-representation is the best option. This is particularly true if you do not think that it is worth spending the money on legal representation. Of course, this is not the kind of decision that you should take lightly. If you do decide to represent yourself, it is a good idea to read up on similar cases using a source such as the black law dictionary. This will give you a better chance.

Research Their Backgrounds

When you are choosing between lawyers, you need to be sure of their abilities. The best way to discern whether they are right for you is to look into their […]

410, 2016

SCDOT Hurricane Matthew Preparation Status Update

By |October 4th, 2016|General News|Comments Off on SCDOT Hurricane Matthew Preparation Status Update

Lane reversals for evacuation will begin at 3 PM tomorrow.
SCDOT Hurricane Matthew Resources page:  http://www.scdot.org/getting/Matthewresources.aspx

Interactive Map for SCDOT Evacuation Routes:  http://scdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=eea77264247b41669486b8f63bdf2937

PDF maps of SCDOT Evacuation Routes:  http://www.scdot.org/getting/evacuation.aspx

As of 4pm today:
Engineering District 1 (Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Richland and Sumter Counties)
District One is currently at normal operations. Plans are to begin 24/7 shift work Wednesday morning at 7:00 AM in the District Office, Lexington County, and Sumter County. Richland, Kershaw and Lee County are scheduled to begin 24/7 shift work at 7:00 AM on Friday. All counties are have made preparations for lane reversals on I-26 associated with the evacuation order issued by Governor Haley. Preparation has also been made to provide assistance to the coastal counties after the storm should it be needed.

Conditions: Conditions are normal throughout the District.
Staffing: All counties are currently on normal operations with plans to go to 24 hour shift work at 7:00 AM Wednesday morning.
Road Closures: No roads are closed at this time due to Hurricane Matthew.
Engineering District 2 (Abbeville, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties)
District Two is currently at normal operations and continues to monitor the forecast. Plans have been made to
provide assistance to the coastal counties after the storm if necessary.

Conditions: Conditions are normal throughout the District.
Staffing: All counties are currently on normal operations.
Road Closures: No roads are closed at this time due to Hurricane Matthew.
Engineering District 3 (Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties)
District Three is currently at normal operations and continues to monitor the forecast. Plans have been made
to provide assistance to the coastal counties or wherever needed after the storm if necessary.

Conditions: Conditions are normal throughout the District.
Staffing: All counties are currently on normal operations.
Road Closures: No roads are closed at this time due […]

410, 2016

Helping Flood Victims

By |October 4th, 2016|General News|Comments Off on Helping Flood Victims

With Hurricane Matthew looming, one
South Carolinian has become passionate
about helping flood victims,
both in and out of our state
Wes Howard of Lexington was among hundreds of volunteers in the Irmo area who helped South Carolinians recover from last October’s floods, and he is organizing efforts to help people in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, still recovering from last September’s floods.

Wes helped out for a month by camping out in the Pine Glen neighborhood in Irmo.

“Those folks were basically forgotten,” Wes said.

Wes has been a paramedic in Lexington County for about 10 years, but never had a call in the quiet Pine Glen neighborhood. “I never knew it existed until the floods came.”

“It opened my eyes and heart to see that flooding is different than other natural disasters,” he said. “It is a long, long recovery process. It can be a huge headache for homeowners, who basically just want their lives back.”

Wes and his associates have used social media to raise awareness of what they’re trying to do. “God blessed us immensely. We were overwhelmed in a good way.”

“My idea is to go to Baton Rouge as many times as I can depending on how much money we can raise,” Wes said. “I made contact with some local churches, and was told, just show up, bring as many people and supplies as you can, and we will find you places to stay. Our goal is to serve and try to help those folks.”

They need box fans, dehumidifiers, extension cords, hammers, small pry bars, rags, gloves and cleaning supplies. It takes a community effort. This time next year they will still need help, Wes said.

Wes said, “It is nothing less than a nightmare to be flooded out of your […]

210, 2016

Animal Health: Are We Doing Enough To Look After The Health Of Our Pets?

By |October 2nd, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on Animal Health: Are We Doing Enough To Look After The Health Of Our Pets?

As humans, we have a tendency to look after our health. Not only that, we have a natural urge to look after the health of people we care about too. If you have siblings or children, you know the importance of keeping them healthy. You do all you can to provide healthy foods for your kids and keep them in tip-top condition.

My article today is all about how we approach the health of things that aren’t our fellow humans. More specifically, do we look after the health of our pets as well as we should? I think the majority of humans care less about animal health and welfare. This is fairly obvious, given that most of us will happily eat an animal that’s been killed or we visit animals in captivity. However, I find the reason we don’t care about things like that is that we have no connection with wild animals. We don’t spend any time with them; they’re complete strangers to us.

But, our pets aren’t wild animals. We’ve spent a lot of time with them; they become part of our family. That’s the key point here; some people see their pets as a family member. So, do they care for their health in the same way they’d care for their children or siblings?

Generally speaking, I don’t deem this to be true. There’s a reason you see plenty of animal welfare organizations like HSUS cropping up. People simply don’t care enough about the health of their pets. They think they do, but they don’t. I’m going to look at some key health topics and look at how we can do more to care for our pet’s health.

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Oral Health
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2009, 2016

What Goes Into Building and Maintaining Public Roads?

By |September 20th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on What Goes Into Building and Maintaining Public Roads?

Most of us take our roads for granted. They are taken care of by the state and funded using taxpayer money. Therefore, we have the right to take them for granted. But there is a lot of time and effort that goes into maintaining and building the roads that we all use. Read on to find out all about it.

Building Process

In most places, contractors bid for the chance to build roads for the state. They will carry out the work and get paid for doing it. Most of these companies will have long-standing business relationships with local government. The companies doing the work usually use recycled aggregate to lay the base of the road. Before that stage is reached, however, there is a lot of planning and design work that happens. This makes sure that the roads are going to be safe to use for drivers in all kinds of vehicles. And the exact location and positioning of the roads will be taken into account too. Asphalt is usually used when the road is being paved, but concrete can be used too.

Routine and Periodic Works

When the roads are in place, there are two key types of maintenance that have to take place. The first is routine work. These kinds of jobs are taken care of about once a year. They address any problems that might have emerged in the road at any point over the last year. Verge cutting, cleaning and fixing cracks or potholes all happen at this point. It’s common for the same company that constructed the roads to take care of this kind of work. Then there is periodic work. Things like resurfacing or changing the structure of the roads don’t happen […]

1909, 2016

4 Things You Should Never Do After A Road Accident

By |September 19th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on 4 Things You Should Never Do After A Road Accident

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Being involved in a road accident can be completely overwhelming. You’ll try and keep your head, focus and think, but it’s just not possible. Everything is moving far too quickly. There will be an unpleasant buzzing noise in your ears or ringing. You might also feel like you have a nasty headache. Are those sirens approaching or is it in your head? It’s possible no one even knows you’ve crashed yet. Particularly, if you drove straight off the road in the middle of the night. As you can see, there’s a lot to think about in this situation. It’s best to consider the possibilities before you experience the nightmare for yourself, first hand.

Don’t Panic

It’s possible that you might have sustained a serious injury when you crashed. If that’s the case, it’s important not to panic. Panicking will cause your heart to race and in doing so, you could lose a lot more blood. In fact, it’s possible that you could go into shock or pass out. That’s the last thing that you want. Instead, you need to keep as calm as possible. You must slow your breathing, examining your surroundings carefully. Do not make the mistake of moving too suddenly. You don’t know whether you’re injured or what state the car is in. Even if you think you might still be in danger, it’s important to be rational.

Don’t Admit Or Accept Guilt

After an accident, emotions are always running wild. Your brain is already functioning at ten times its normal speed as you try to figure out what on earth went wrong. During this point, there might be people pointing fingers towards you as a driver. Or, you might even feel that you were […]

1709, 2016

Are Motorcycles Unsafe? 5 Myths That Need To Disappear

By |September 17th, 2016|General News, XPC|Comments Off on Are Motorcycles Unsafe? 5 Myths That Need To Disappear

For years, it has long been debated whether motorcycles are unsafe to ride. Those who have found themselves embarking on the life of a biker will be all too aware of the misconceptions that are out there. They’re constantly told that they’re endangering their health by riding one of these death traps, and it all gets a bit tiresome after a while.

In actuality, there’s a good reason why motorcycles are sometimes considered to be a safer option than driving a car. Unfortunately, much of the general public doesn’t know this, often due to the myths they’ve picked up along the way. It’s time to debunk some of them now.

They’re Unreliable Machines

Your car is somewhat of an unreliable machine. You’re required to keep it well-maintained if you want to it stay in top working order throughout the year. A motorcycle requires exactly the same considerations. At a minimum, you need to top it up with gas, check its oil and take it in for servicing on a semi-regular basis.

It’s Better To Wear No Helmet At All…They’re Too Dangerous

This myth could be born out of a number of reasons. Firstly, helmets have different types of safety standards, and they need to be studied carefully. It might be hard to believe, but some helmets can carry these standards illegally, despite not being up to scratch. Also, some might point to instances where helmets haven’t saved a rider from head trauma after a crash. In cases like this, the helmet rarely has any bearing on the crash itself. In low-speed instances, a good helmet might just save your life.

Car Drivers Don’t Care About You

It’s true that motorcyclists have a rough ride when car drivers ignore them totally. But, it’s […]