May 16th, 2013
On Wednesday, Pyongyang announced that their Korean-American prisoner Kenneth Bae or known as Pae Jun Ho in North Korea, has begun his stay at a special prison. North Korea sentenced Bae 15 years of hard labour for committing acts of political aggression against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Bae was arrested last month at Rason City, northeast of North Korea.
The official North Korean state-run news agency KCNA said that Bae “is now starting his life at a special prison on Tuesday, but no details were given about the place he is staying in.
The United States, which still has great tensions against North Korea, had asked for the country to surrender Bae and grant amnesty. However, the North Korean government has not given any type of response. Dennis Rodman, who visited North Korea and Kim Jong Un on February, plead to get Bae home, but his efforts also had no effect.
North Korea says that Kenneth Bae is not a “political bargaining chip” wherein the country released several Americans they have captured after a few visits from the former American presidents. North Korea only says that Bae is not guaranteed any humanitarian generosity if the United States continues their hostile policy against North Korea.
North Korea’s sanctions began with its nuclear weapons development programs. In March and April, the United States and North Korea clashed once again as North Korea made threats against the United Nations and the United States.
March 25th, 2013
Recently, news and media reported that the small nation of Cyprus, under the Euro Zone, is currently facing financial difficulties and have spread through headlines all over the world. However, experts say that it would be wise to avoid panic and implying anything negative without knowing the overall Cyprus situation.
Christopher Pissarides, an economics and political science professor at the London School of Economics, says that Cyprus has a manageable fiscal deficit and still has a low debt. Its economy is capable because of its financial services and tourism economy. It also has a good resource depot for its rich gas and oil near its southern coasts.
Cypriot banks suffered greatly in 2011 when Greece cut out some of its private bond dealers and these banks took great losses that were sufficient. The Cypriot banks needed refinancing, which brought the country to ask for a bailout in 2012.
However, EU’s bailout plans sparked the ire of Cypriot banks and Cyprus’ Russian business partners. The country may have raised €5.8 billion to prevent increasing debt, but a bank levy of over 100,000 euros in banks and a smaller percentage on deposits of more than 20,000 left Cypriots panicking about their money.
The policies, while they continue to help Europe, are estimated by Christopher Pissarides to backfire against Europe sooner or later.
March 12th, 2013
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APL) said that they cannot accept the MOJ and UK government proposals for new whiplash claims guidelines this year because it does not work for the interest of victims. It puts victims at a vulnerable state, which insurance companies might take advantage of to lower the compensation amounts the victims deserve.
The MOJ’s new whiplash claim guidelines were a result of the discovery that road accidents have lowered by 20%, yet whiplash and car accident injury claims have risen by 60% last year. The Association of British Insurers said that the disproportionate amount had cost the insurance industry losses of up to £2 billion yearly.
Judge Chris Grayling proposed that an independent medical group would investigate claims while ensuring legitimate claims passed effectively to insurance companies. To lower the insurance companies’ legal costs, the MOJ proposed that the Small Claims Court pay out from £1000 to £5000.
The APL rejected the proposal for the Small Claims Court because faulty products and services never extend to pain and suffering, and life damages. They said that the Small Claims Court would leave victims undercompensated if they are only given a maximum of £5000 for any detail of the injury they validate.
March 12th, 2013
North Korea recently announced that the Korean Armistice Agreement between it and South Korea is about to be scrapped. This brought the world and the UN’s attention to them; implying new sanctions are on the way. Experts say that China, who have profoundly defended the reckless country from greater UN and US sanctions, may finally be striking against its ally.
China has defended Pyongyang from great western sanctions because of its weapons testing with rocket launches, nuclear missile tests, reckless attempts of attack and statements against the United States, and even for the kidnapping of Chinese anglers. However, China defended North Korea “irregularly” for its thrashing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, and even signed for the sanctions against North Korea.
Analysts say that China’s new direction may indicate that it had “had enough” of North Korea’s indifference and erratic behaviour. However, they say that China would still prefer having a stable “status quo”, given that if North Korea actually collapses, US-allied South Korea would probably unify Korea and become a powerful US-allied entity in Southeast Asia.
The details of the new sanctions are still kept confidential, yet Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the US, says that these new sanctions would “bite hard” against North Korea.
China’s official UN ambassador said that China is only acting for the best interests of safeguarding and ensuring the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula.
February 18th, 2013
PPI should have helped you repay your loans, mortgages and credit cards, but it turns out it won’t function very well for you because your banks used tactics to have you purchase something extra that goes into their profit. Bank mis selling is key to avoiding future incidents of getting mis sold financial products you don’t need. Here’s how banks made the PPI scandal very possible.
1. “We Recommend This to All Our Customers”
This particular strategy is well-known from UK big bank Lloyds Banking Group. Lloyds is essentially the biggest PPI mis seller with over £5.3 billion in repayments. Former Lloyds employees say the bank trained them to tell customers that PPI was essential for their loan and that they “recommend it to all their customers”. PPI has its exceptions, so it cannot be a recommendation for anybody.
2. “This is a Loan Requirement”
Some bank representatives tell customers that the PPI is a loan requirement; they cannot have the bank approve the loan application without lowering its risk value. The notion that PPI lowers risk value is not true because PPI has its exceptions and your credit score is where your bank should only consider your risk value.
3. “It’s a Packaged Deal”
Bank employees would sometimes tell you that the PPI comes with the loan, mortgage and credit card free for one year. This is actually true and you get to repay the insurance the following year. However, you are still mis sold PPI and you are paying for something you cannot make use of.
In case you intend to make a PPI claim, it is essential that you know how to make a PPI template letter and where to submit your claim. You could also ask a PPI claims company to help you sort things out.
January 23rd, 2013
Medical negligence is not a lottery win should you earn your compensation; it is money and medical services awarded to the victim for any damages caused by a doctor’s careless actions. With medical negligence injuries the damages can cause severe complications, even if they are simple. Here are a few things to remember to make an effective and rewarding medical negligence claim.
By April 2013 in the United Kingdom, new guidelines for personal injury and medical negligence claims include having two medical opinions about the injury. For medical negligence, getting yourself medically inspected by two medical professionals in the same field as the defendant is important. The medical check-ups can get you medical reports as evidence.
In addition, asking for a record of your operation session with the defendant can be used as evidence that the medical professional indeed was tasked the faulty medical operation. Ensure that the record and the medical operation end report has the defendant’s signature.
2. Legal Premise
In a medical negligence claim, the victim should work in the right of law and theirs is the burden of proof. Your legal position in the litigation would be to prove your claim is true through evidences and point out the violations committed by the defendant upon such careless actions resulting to damages. If you want to know more about your legal position and the things you can and cannot do, consult with a claims professional.
3. Claims Management Companies
If you do not have time or the strength to make your medical negligence claim, you could ask for a claims management companies help. Most of them like the MedicalNegligenceClaimsCo.org work under a win/lose no fee or no win no fee basis. This is helpful especially if you as the victim are dealing with a severe medical negligence injury.
January 3rd, 2013
The sandy hook shooting, which killed 26 people including educators and children aged 5-6 from an armed man’s assault on the school, left the United States and its citizens shocked from the attack. Today, the school resumes classes in a nearby refurbished school in the town of Monroe, with officials planning the first day of school to be an “ordinary school day” for most of the students.
School officials and parents of the children will be driving with school buses going to the middle school in Monroe. The Chalk Hill Middle School had been closed since a year and a half and was refurbished and reconstructed within three weeks since December 14. It was renamed to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The refurbished building now has a new and much effective security system. Monroe Police Department officers will be patrolling the grounds and all hallways and areas of the school are monitored via surveillance cameras and microphones. Officials plan to make the school the “safest school that America has”, as said by Lieutenant Keith White at a press conference Wednesday.
Still parents who are worried are allowed by the school to accompany their children. Children in kindergarten to grade 4 can be accompanied and parents can stay in the school for as long as they like.
Adam Lanza, the gunman of the Sandy Hook shooting, still leaves officials puzzled about his intentions in attacking a school. He was initially diagnosed having Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. He had earlier killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before attacking the school. He committed suicide as the police entered the school
Source: Yahoo News
December 27th, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ new research findings indicate that half of women sent to Iraq and Afghanistan report that they were sexually harassed by male officers and the ratio of one to four were sexually assaulted. The new study that is based on anonymous surveys of female servicemen deployed to war indicate the unceasing number of female sexual assaults against women in war zones.
In February this year, around 20,000 women serving in Afghanistan reported sexual harassment. VA’s PTSD Center deputy director Amy Street stated that the findings show the traumatic strains beyond combat of troops both male and female.
Representative Jackie Speier, who pushed to investigate the cases more promptly, says that women have no safe spots during wartime because the military culture of male dominance has not changed even with the new rules and regulations by secretaries and generals. The sexism has not been scrubbed out of the military. Even with new reforms, the military cannot completely erase this particular culture.
Military academy reports show that from 65 in 2011, numbers of sexual misconduct by instructors have increased by 80 in 2012. Cases of sexual assault by instructors in Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and a brigadier General’s trial for sexual misconduct with lower ranking servicewomen have also received the Pentagon’s attention.
Source: USA Today
December 19th, 2012
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano’s dissolving of the Italian legislature after the austerity budget for Italy has been passed pushes the election date likely on February 17, 2013. However, ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi and the conservatist Freedom Party insists on pushing the date to February 24, arguing that candidates have not drawn up their proper lists for Parliamentary candidates and the party needs time to study the legislation.
Italian Premier Mario Monti will also be resigning after the Italian austerity measures are put in place. He replaced Berlusconi, who left his Premier position after the widespread financial troubles in Italy and his case regarding paying an underage girl for sex. Berlusconi announced that he will not run for premier if Monti would also be running for the position.
Berlusconi stresses that “unnecessary stress due to an inconsiderate deadline” will take its toll on the candidate’s choices for Parliament and may affect many decisions of candidates once election day comes.
In the latest polls of local Italian media, Berlusconi’s popularity is greatly falling. Italians have stated that Berlusconi’s time had already come and gone. However, the Italian media-empire “king” is quite confident that he has gained popularity while watching in the political sidelines and that he could head as much as 40% in the elections.
Aside from his underage legal rap, Berlusconi is also appealing for his sentence from his case in 2009 regarding tax fraud.
Source: USA Today
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December 14th, 2012
North Korea’s rally in celebration of its successful rocket launch last Wednesday indicated the nation’s “saving face” in the midst of a similar attempt to put a weather satellite on orbit in April, which failed due to technical failure. The United States, Japan and South Korea condemned the launch, claiming it to be a demonstration of military strength and the capability of North Korea to launch a rocket at its will.
Governments worldwide are growing worried over the technological developments in North Korea, where nuclear technology is clearly developed. The launch clearly defies the 2009 U.N. restriction of missile testing against North Korea in 2006 and 2009, years in which the country launched its prototype nuclear missiles.
The Japanese government states that it shows North Korea’s ability to attack even the most distant Japanese Islands with their new rocket. Anti-North Korean protests in South Korea wer held in city squares, all in defiance of the nuclear research and technological development that North Korea had developed for state superiority.
The rocket’s parts scattered as it went through its stages to bring the satellite to orbit. Parts landed in the Yellow Sea west of the Korean Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean. Japan also said that it flew over Japanese islands during its launch. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, confirmed the satellites placement into orbit.
The launch also coincides with the events that marked the death of Kim Jong Il on Dec 17 and is clearly the most prominent success of of his governing son Kim Jong Un.
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