According to statistics, a quarter of a billion euro had been paid out to at least 10,560 people by February. Despite the increases, governments had advised insurers not increase premiums on vehicle and household insurance policies. However, authorities are speculating on the increase because of the lack of increase in accidents in the previous year.
Whiplash injuries had been the easiest to fake in claiming injury compensation in many car accident compensation cases. According to sources, some organisations actually “plan” accidents that would help persuade insurance companies to give compensation for their injuries.
The UK supreme court had previously announced that it would be having an independent medical board that would oversee the regulation of whiplash injuries to ensure that those with genuine whiplash injuries receive proper compensation, while those who have fraudulent injuries will have a difficult time making a claim.
Insurers are actually losing £2 billion to fraudulent injury claims. However, this amount is smaller should insurers want to challenge suspicious insurance claims. The UK court had made plans to reduce the legal fees for challenging claims to reduce the strain on insurance companies.
Some officials and observers blame no win no fee accident claims companies for increasing legislative costs by pushing fraudulent and evidence-lacking claims, however it would be absurd to place blame on this sector alone. Without the chance of compensation from no win no fee claims companies, many genuine victims of accident or injury would struggle to get the money that would be owed to them.
Despite the increasing modernisation of Saudis in their home country and all over the world in different industries, western culture still condemns them to derogatory stereotypes as people who ride out in deserts with camels, are very rich or are terrorists. Even foreign expatriates living in the country still view Arabians in this way.
According to Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, Bernard Haykel, the image of the Arab is not positive in the United States and other western countries. Their derogatory stereotypes are associated with their excessive wealth, gender inequality, abuse of women and their close-minded approach to faith.
According to him, even if some expatriates or visitors may find some Saudi Arabians as kind and down to earth enough to change their ideas, there will still be media and independent underground groups that are willing to tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia.
According to Niagra College Professor Karen Martin, she loved Riyadh when she first saw it. She said she loved the environment and Arabian students were as diligent and welcoming as western students.
She added that the “closed-door” image of Saudi Arabia that has western countries endow it with negative and extreme imagery. She added that it is possible 9/11 changd the view of the world to Arabians and the Middle East forever.
The Saudi Boeing 767-300ER carrying 315 passengers made an emergency landing in the Holy City of Medina in the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz airport after the pilot told Medina Air Traffic Control that it had a technical glitch in its rear wheels and had problems with its hydraulic system.
The control tower then helped the pilot land the plane while having firefighters and security authorities at the airport. A special foam substance across the runway helped limit the friction of the plane’s landing. The experienced senior captain helped stop the aircraft before the end of the runway, limiting damages except for the runway, which would force all domestic and international flights in the airport cancelled
All the reported plane damages were on the rear end of the aircraft.
The spokesman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation reported that 29 passengers were injured and 11 the authorities transferred to hospitals. At least 18 people had minor injuries and there were no casualties.
Authorities also received a report on human body parts dropping from the sky on the city of Jeddah in the neighbourhood of Mushrefa, but they downplayed its involvement in the crash. However, some observers speculate that the body parts, which may come from a stowaway in passenger jet’s landing gears who may have been crushed to death.
At least 60,000 employees had already been expelled by the Saudi government as its new program struggles to allow Saudi natives priority for local jobs to deal with the high case of male unemployment in the country. According to sources outside Saudi, over 2 million more expatriates in the country could follow.
However, economists are saying that the high rate of deportation can greatly affect the global economy, especially the Southeast and Middle Eastern economies. Saudi’s menial jobs market are dominated by South and Southeast Asians including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Jordan and other developing countries.
Most of the high-skilled jobs in the country are dominated by US and European expatriates. Experts said that it is highly unlikely Saudis will take on tasks for cleaning, agriculture and other domestic services.
Economists fear that the $27.5 billion remittance in 2012 could be severely affected by the deportation. Saudi is the one of the biggest sender of remittances after the United States and Canada in third. With remittances the saviours of most countries with the least advantage in terms of economy, its resilience for the global economy may fail for 2013.
Experts are advising Saudi Arabia to reconsider its labour policies because the high unemployment in the country will not fade even after expelling low-skilled expatriates because not only the home countries of the expelled will be affected, but Saudi’s, as well.
Financial Ombudsman Service Chief Natalie Ceeney had resigned from her position after the FOS receives its one millionth PPI complaint. Chairman of the Ombudsman Nicholas Montagu said that Ceeney felt it was time for her to move on from the Financial Ombudsman Service. Montagu said that Tony Boorman, the deputy ombudsman chief, will be running the office until further notice.
PPI or payment protection insurance is the biggest financial scandal in the United Kingdom’s history. With the total PPI refund bill reaching £20 billion as experts speculate, there are no signs of the financial scandal ever ending in the next two years. If you have been mis-sold PPI, it is strongly advised that you recover your money by using one of the reclaiming guides readily available on the internet or have claims management companies such as PPI ClaimBack Co to help you in making your claim.
Natalie Ceeney has been known to criticize banks for failing to meet customer satisfaction in dealing with their PPI complaints. Most of these rejected complaints come straight from consumers who are unsatisfied with their lenders’ decision, which costs lenders £900 for every PPI complaint against them. This adds to the administrative costs of lenders, which is also added to their PPI compensation total.
In fact, the Financial Ombudsman estimates that 80% of the complaints rejected or insufficiently-reviewed by banks were upheld in favour of consumers.
Jordan officially applied for the UN Security Council seat after Saudi Arabia officially declared that it is declining the position offered by the UN Security-General Ban Ki-Moon. Saudi’s refusal was met with mixed reactions from different Middle Eastern countries. Jordan applied for the position seeking to raise its international profile and have the world recognize its big role in accommodating Syrian refugees.
Regarding Jordan’s upbeat action on Saudi Arabia’s decline, officials from the two countries had already discussed Jordan’s decision and now have Saudi Arabia and the United States’ blessing in applying for the seat in the United Nations Security Council.
According to Foreign Minister Nasser Joudeh, “Jordan’s decision comes after consultations between King Abdullah II and his brothers in Saudi Arabia, as well as a number of other Arab leaders and other world leaders.”
However, Jordan will still need the support of the majority of UN’s General Assembly to be successful in its application. If successful, Jordan will be joining Russia, France ,Britain and China in the council.
Jordan did not deny that it was hesitant to replace Saudi Arabia for the security council. It recently applied for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.
Today, the country is safeguarding 600,000 refugees from the 2 years and six months Syrian civil war.
The PGD technology was designed to allow couples in the Middle East avoid genetic diseases and male infertility caused by intra-family marriages through different western techinques. However, according to fertility expert Marcia Inhorn, the technology was being abused for sex selection.
As culture favours males, many couples are using the technology solely for selecting a boy as their child. According to Inhorn, it was a scientifically unethical slope should the activity continue.
According to the doctor, rumours of clinics in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates were seeing patients who wish to conceive a boy through PGD practices.
Dr. Ragaa Mansour brought PGD and reproductive technologies to the Middle East at least three decades ago. In 1986, he intended the technologies be used to weed out genetic diseases in the country.
However, Inhorn was the only medical professional who was against the medical practice.
In the Middle East, women had to bear children or else they could face divorces from their husbands. To continue the patriarchal line, boys are desired children for many families. Since more modern couples are wanting lower numbers of children, most of these children are males.
However, the costs of PGD makes it difficult for some couples to use the technology to their advantage. Half of the patients coming in to most hospitals were asking for boys.
The Financial Conduct Authority officially revealed its investigation results regarding several financial institutions for the increase of PPI complaints in the first two quarters of 2013. The FCA confirmed that only 6 out of 18 of these companies were complying with the needed standards. The remaining 12 may be subject for enforcement action or could be fined thousands of pounds.
The Financial Ombudsman had confirmed this information as it received 266,388 PPI claims in the previous two quarters, marking a 26% increase in the overall consumer complaints from the previous year. The Financial Ombudsman also said that 8 out of 10 PPI complaints were in favour of customers, signifying banks and lenders are not doing their job properly.
Anybody mis sold PPI is advised to use a free PPI calculator to help them know their exact compensation. The average PPI compensation is around £3000 for most consumers.
The Financial Conduct Authority pointed out that some companies did not take the details of the insurance’s inclusions and exclusions properly. They also did not take note of the consumer’s circumstances upon purchasing the insurance policy and they cannot give a proper reply for the delays in the insurance payouts.
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According to a Tunisian official, many young women are returning back to Tunisia bearing what might seem the children of Syrian jihadists. However, Syrian activists say that it is impossible that foreign women are travelling to Syria to participate in “sex jihad”.
According to Tunisia Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou, women from Tunisia were travelling to Syria and were passed from 20 to 100 rebels. From such sexual activity, they return home to Tunisia with a child from one of the jihadists.
However, Syrian human rights observers and activists said that it is propaganda. The Human Rights Alliance for Syria said that there is little evidence to point that such activities exist inside Syria, which is now swelling with great violence. According to HRA for Syria president Maher Nana, it might be propaganda for a political agenda.
The issue first began when Tunisia Minister of Religious Affairs Noureddine Al-Khadimi, who cited a Saudi cleric Muhammed al-Arifi, first mentioned “sexual jihad”. Al-Arifi said that the Syrian fighters should relive themselves of earthly desires to boost their morale. However, the cleric denied such statements.
However, because of such a statement, the Tunisian government said that many Syrian fighters impregnated Tunisian women. According to Tunisia’s mufti, 13 Tunisian girls travelled to Syria to provide sex for the fighters.
“Sex Jihad, or Jihad al-Nikah, is not a legitimate Islamic practice. However, many salafists or Islamic leaders argue that it is a necessity during holy war.
According to Saudi Arabia Undersecretary for Administrative and Technical Affairs Abdullah Al-Huwaimel, the renovation of 647 mosques is already under way. The program, which was made by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, will allocate SR500 million to the repairs of Saudi Arabia’s mosques. The project will begin as soon as the allocation proceeds.
Minister Saleh Al-Shakeih will be heading the renovation programs. Contracted companies will handle the manual workload of repairing and renovating the mosques. Branch Director Abdullah Al-Naser said that the renovation of the mosques will be of the highest standard.
Some of Saudi Arabia’s mosques are considered some of the oldest structures in the world. Saudi also has the very first mosque ever made in the world, the Masjid al-Haram. Its other mosques, namely Quba Mosque and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, were built in the7th century.
The interiors of the structures have not been changed and tourists find these mosques as a great vacation sight and cultural expression from Saudi Arabia.
The renovations will also carry over repairs of the al-Ferdous Mosque, which became host to a fight between Egyptians and Arabians in attendance. The fight had started a fire and damaged the entire structure of the mosque.