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1410, 2017

Look After Children? 3 Ways To Keep Them Safe & Healthy

By |October 14th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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Looking after children in a professional capacity can be a stressful affair. No matter how good you are with kids, you’re always going to be subject to the same stresses on a daily basis when trying to keep them safe and happy. Looking after your own child is one consideration that you obviously hold dear to your heart, but taking responsibility, and getting paid to look after someone else’s child can be positively debilitating if something goes wrong. So, never let a thing go wrong.

Opening your house up to children as a childminder or personal daycare can be intrinsically rewarding, but it takes a careful eye to make sure everything is proceeding in the right way. We’d like to explore how you can best keep the children in your charge safe and healthy, so you can build an excellent reputation and look after the children who mean so much to you.

Playground Protection

You must make sure the exterior of your house is just as safe as the interior. If you provide playground facilities in your yard, it’s important to make sure everything is well placed. A rubber playground surface can help level out the flooring, perfect if you have an uneven garden, as it will help prevent fall hazards. Not only that, but debris in the grass which is hard to spot could injure a child, and so a rubber surface will bring with it the ability to see anything untoward resting on the floor. Not only that, but placing it around the playground equipment will help secure it in place a little more, so if something breaks it should fall on and potentially hurt those playing.

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Corners in your household are to be found everywhere. As […]

1110, 2017

Seven Reasons Why We’re So Hard On Ourselves

By |October 11th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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If you were to step back and look at your life objectively, what would be the initial observations that you make? When you start to dissect your life, and see yourself through the eyes of others, a few things immediately become clear. And when these revelations are made, you can often find yourself coming to one very obvious conclusion; you’re too tough on yourself. But don’t feel bad, because you’re definitely not the only one that does it. In fact, being hard on ourselves is something that a lot of us do quite naturally. However, just because it’s a both natural and common occurrence, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right. It’s actually something that can do us a lot of harm. So how can you make a change for the better?

The first thing you need to do is work out why you’re so tough on yourself. Because unless you know the reasons for why you’re doing it, you’re not going to be able to stop. Again, you need to be very objective here. And honest. You need to look at your lifestyle and see what it is that’s making you be so hard on yourself. And only then can work on becoming healthier. To get you started, here are seven things that you could be influenced by too.

Making Comparisons

One of the biggest culprits for why we’re always so tough on ourselves is that we mark comparisons. And if it’s something you find yourself doing, or even don’t notice until you do start to get objective, you’re then going to want to stop. Comparing yourself to others and even basing your own lifestyle choices on this will only lead to you feeling inadequate. And […]

1110, 2017

Are Women Treated Equally?

By |October 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

A big debate for many years now has been as to whether women really have the same rights as men do. While they can now vote, and work in any industry a male can, there are still many misogynistic views about where a woman’s place is, within the family or society. This article is going to explore a few examples of this, to let you make your own mind up on the situation.

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Let’s be honest here, if you see a female working on a construction site it’s going to shock you, but why shouldn’t women be doing that kind of work? Many men have taken to doing what society used to call “a woman’s job” like hairdressing and nail technicians, so why should it be any different for women? The problem here is that many men feel the need to protect women, which is a very nice gesture, but it’s very restricting for women. Or you could take the alternative view on a woman in a construction site which is that she’s going to be gawked at by male passersby and possibly even her work colleagues.

It’s definitely something to ponder on, isn’t it?
Custody of children
A point more in favor of women here, or is it? Over the last fifty years or so, men have fought for their rights to have custody of their children if they are no longer with the mother of said children, and so they should as children should have the access to both of their parents (unless one is dangerous or the many other reasons that can stop you from having access to your children). Regardless of your sex, you should always visit a mother’s rights attorney to find out […]

910, 2017

Boost Your Income

By |October 9th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

Everyone is feeling the pinch nowadays. Unless you’re in a high position of a corporate role, chances are you’re struggling like everyone else. So many factors get in the way such as costs of food, cars, public transport, and even socializing. It’s is so common, especially for the younger generation, for people to be dragging themselves through the last three weeks of the months, whilst spending the first week living like a king. It’s all well and good trying to be frugal, but why not just boost your income and live the life you wish to live without holding back. Boost your income with these easy tips.

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Side Business

Everyone has a passion for something, and it’s so easy to get yourself a few extra pennies by turning this passion into a business. No matter how small it is, every little helps. So if you love spending your free time baking, start selling them to families and friends. Marketing yourself using social media to attract a wider audience. Before you know it, you’ll have a nice little income trickling in. Make sure there are no investments involved if you’re just using it as something on the side of your normal career. The key here is to boost it, not lose it.

Investments

When we said not to invest, we only meant when running your own side businesses. Investing when you know how to can be the perfect way to boost additional income. For example, small businesses are so perfect to invest in. With the right help and guidance, your investment will pay off in no time. Make sure you do your research and understand the niche you’re going to invest in. Property is another great example. It’s a […]

910, 2017

Investing In Business: The Things You Need To Consider

By |October 9th, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

Some people have no idea what to do with themselves when it comes to business. Do they start up themselves and create something? Or do you invest in something that has already started up or that you feel passionate about? These are the two questions that you need to be asking yourself. But, what you also need to think about in regards to the first question is whether you have an idea for a business that could work, and do you feel passionate enough to make it happen. In most cases, people want to be involved in some form of business and find it better to invest in something instead.

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However, there is even much to think about when it comes to investing in a business, and some of it might not have even entered your mind. So while it can be very lucrative it can also still be a risk. Which is why it is so important to ensure that you are aware of all the aspects and tick all the boxes when it comes to investing in a business.

What type of investment do you want to be involved in?

Firstly, you need to consider the type of investment you want to be involved in. Is it a case of investing in a business in the same country? Is it something that you want to consider investing overseas? Perhaps you want to think about something that is already well-established, maybe using a stocks and shares account to invest instead? Or you might just like the idea of starting a new business with someone else in an idea you feel passionate about. However, you choose to do it, make sure that it is an investment you […]

910, 2017

College Admissions Are Up But Students Still Feel Unprepared For College Life

By |October 9th, 2017|Education, XPC|0 Comments

It seems that University life is still alluring for American students. As predicted just a few years ago, college admissions are continuing to rise. Education is big business, and the thought of a bigger pay packet at the end of studying is an attractive proposition for young people. So why is it that, according to EdSource, so many high school students feel unprepared for what lies ahead?

There are many reasons to be worried about life on campus. Despite all the great stories from older siblings and parents about parties and other activities, young students fear loneliness. After spending so many years with close friends close to home, there is the prospect of traveling hundreds of miles away alone. And kids today are far more clued up when it comes to the value of money. They know their college fees are hurting Mom and Dad hard! That puts pressure on them to do well.

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Of course, there are plenty of worries, fears, and concerns that every eighteen or nineteen-year-old might face in life. It’s new. After a lifetime of a sheltered childhood, the realities of adulthood is thrust before them. So where can they turn to become better prepared for these new experiences and responsibilities?

Fortunately, there are dozens of resources. Some of the best ones are easily accessible. They include:

School Counsellor – This resource is thought to be underused. They can offer a wealth of information about career options, life away from home, lifestyle and relationship choices, and more.

Dedicated Online Resources – These aren’t just enormously helpful, but also the preferred option for many. If you’re looking for hints and tips to ace the admissions process for college, then try them. You can find the most […]

610, 2017

Americans Doomed To Die In Debt

By |October 6th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

A recent report has emerged, revealing that more than 70 percent of Americans will die, still owing money. What does this mean? Well, it means that the debt will carry over to their loved ones and their family. If you die still owning debt, the lenders can then charge your wife, your son or your daughter. They can even pursue distant relatives and perhaps those who may not be connected to you by blood. In fact, some debt collectors will target anyone they can that’s even slightly connected to you to get back the money they are owed.

It also means that there are people right now in their forties, their fifties, and sixties, who will still be in debt when they die. Now, it’s important to realize that all these people won’t be in a dire condition. There’s a difference between sinking in debt and managing it effectively. Some debt can be managed like a mortgage. You may not like owing money, but most people can afford to pay off their mortgage month by month. Other debts, on the other hand, will cause you to sink into the abyss. Credit card debts can quickly mount up until they become a great wall of loans that you can not possibly climb.

What we need to be thinking about is how to change this situation. How can we make sure that people do not die in debt?

Re-education

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It’s fair to say that a lot of people are in debt because they have been made redundant. Usually, this is because their careers have become obsolete and essentially they are no longer needed in the economy. There have been many industries that have gone down this road, and the […]

610, 2017

8 Steps To Get Your Business Off To A Flying Start

By |October 6th, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

Anybody who starts a business wants to make sure they get it off to a flying start. Usually, the better the start, the more momentum builds up and things carry on smoothly and efficiently. If you want to make sure you get your business off to the best start possible, here are 8 steps that can help you:

Outline And Define What Your Business Is About

The first thing you need to do is outline and define what your business is all about. You can do this in the form of a business plan, which is also a great way to help you secure funding and investors later on down the line.

Your business plan will help you to keep moving forward if you lose your way a little. Of course you may change what your business is about at some point, but you need to record everything as accurately as you can to begin with so you can get started with confidence.

Research Your Competition Thoroughly

You should never start a business without thorough research on your competition. You should know who has a business like you, where they are located, what they are doing similarly/differently to you, and how successful they are. You should never try to copy your competition or be a business just like them. Your uniqueness is what will bring you success. However, knowing where your competition are in the market will help you figure out your game plan.

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Know What Makes You Unique

Your USP, or unique selling proposition, is what makes people want to buy from you rather than your competitors. Know what makes you unique and enhance it, and you’ll be far more successful.

Make Sure You Know How Much You Need To Get Started

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610, 2017

Get Into Golf: the Easy Way to Start Playing

By |October 6th, 2017|Golf, Sports, XPC|0 Comments

Golf has long been a favorite pastime of people all over the world. Pretty much every US president of the last few decades has spent their free time playing golf (some more than others). Even though it’s often seen as a sport only accessible to the rich, country-club set, anyone can get into golf if they desire. You just need to know how to get started and where to go. Once you start playing golf, you could realize that it’s a relaxing way to spend your weekends, and a gentle way to exercise too. If you want to give it a try, here’s how you can start officially calling yourself a golfer.

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Try a Taster Session

If you’ve never played golf before, an excellent way to get started is to try out a taster session. Many golf clubs and courses hold regular events where you can go along and give it ago for a few hours. It’s a good way to get just a taste of what playing golf is like, without having to commit to anything. You can also consider the possibility of taking a beginner’s course, which will allow you to get a bit more in-depth. You can learn a few more things, and get a bit more time to play. Plus, you can meet other beginner golfers too.

Play a Few Rounds

Once you’ve got a feel for the sport, and you understand the rules, it’s time to start playing. You probably don’t want to join a club just yet, so find somewhere that non-members can play or make friends with someone who has a membership and can bring guests along. You don’t have to do a full 18-hole course right away. A shorter 9-hole game […]

610, 2017

Political Scientists Release Findings On The Trump Presidency So Far

By |October 6th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

There’s no doubt that the Trump presidency has been contentious. One of the most shocking election results in recent history has given us a president that has divided opinion in a huge way with policies like the border wall and the repeal of Obamacare. During the election campaign, anti-Trump protesters were quick to denounce him as a fascist. That’s a pretty strong claim to make about a person, regardless of what you think of them, but is there any truth behind it. Fascism is defined as a system of authoritarian rule characterized by an uncompromising dictator and violent suppression of opposition. It represents a complete destruction of democracy and every single one of its values. Can that really be said of the presidency of Donald Trump?

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Fortunately, it looks like we might be getting an answer to that question, courtesy of four political scientists that have been tracking his presidency since day one and assessing any potential attacks on democracy so that they can highlight these attacks to groups like the National Endowment for Democracy. They are committed to protecting and upholding democracy around the world, including the United States. The four political scientists that have been keeping an eye on Trump have released their findings, and luckily, they don’t tell a tale of authoritarianism.

Recent research into the American population has found that less and less people are concerned with democracy than they were before. The number of people that are completely committed to democracy is falling with each generation and people are becoming more accepting of alternative, more authoritarian ideals. That’s one of the reasons that concerns about Trump are growing.

The opinions on democracy in America are massively polarized and, depending on whether you’re for […]