Misery for Ryanair customers as insurers refuse to cover costs

Misery for Ryanair customers as insurers refuse to cover costs10 Ryanair has cancelled 2,000 flights, affecting some 315,000 passengers, after admitting it had “messed up” over its pilots’ holiday roster.  CREDIT: EPA Sian Harrison 23 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 6:56PMThousands of Ryanair customers affected by the airline’s flight cancellation crisis have been dealt another blow after it was revealed insurers may not cover some costs.The Irish airline has cancelled 2,000 flights, affecting some 315,000 passengers, after admitting it had “messed up” over its pilots’ holiday roster.While Ryanair has offered customers refunds or alternative flights and said it will provide up to £350 compensation under EU legislation, many will lose out on other holiday costs including hotel rooms, car hire and event tickets. Paid content 11 biggest expat communities in SpainInterNationsAloe Vera Tablets 12,000mg – 180 TabletsSimply SupplementsRecommended byAnd a survey of travel insurers has now found that most standard policies will not cover “consequential losses” such as these as a result of flights being cancelled by an airline.Fiona Macrae, of the Travel Insurance Explained campaign, said unless a policy specified cover for cancelled flights, claims were unlikely to be successful. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary CREDIT: EPA”The cheaper a policy, the more limitations there are likely to be on that policy and people don’t always look at the cover provided when buying travel insurance,” she said.”We would urge anyone buying a travel insurance policy to look for one that provides cancellation cover for ‘any cause beyond your control and you are unable to claim back from any other source’.”We are trying to get people not to think about price first of all, because spending just a few pounds more on insurance could save hundreds of pounds in an event like this.”Ryanair customers affected by the cancellations were notified by email on Monday, with a number stranded abroad or in airports waiting to go on holiday.Elizabeth Leggat, 28, of Walton-on-Thames had to spend about £500 to get home from a holiday in Krakow after her return flight to London Stansted was cancelled.She said she was offered a flight to a West Midlands airport three days after her planned return date, but had to get back sooner for work. Ryanair customers affected by the cancellations were notified by email on Monday, with a number stranded abroad or in airports waiting to go on holiday.    CREDIT: ALAMY STOCK PHOTO”I was given two days notice whilst already abroad and had no option but to book expensive flights to get home,” she added.”I know you get what you pay for, but arbitrarily abandoning people abroad is something else entirely.”The embattled airline said yesterday it has found alternative flights or processed refunds for about 75 per cent of passengers affected and expects to have dealt with 95 per cent of customers by tomorrow.However pilots and first officers have written to boss Michael O’Leary threatening to bring in lawyers in an ongoing row over working conditions.They have rejected a £12,000 they were offered to work through their holidays, citing grievances over pay and being overworked.A spokesman for the Association of British Insurers said Ryanair was the first port of call for affected customers looking to recover wasted holiday costs.

Source: Misery for Ryanair customers as insurers refuse to cover costs INSURANCE COMPANY BAILING OUT RYANAIR ARE GOING DOWN IT SEEMS.

 

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A question about Passover

A question about Passover

I am not Jewish …. not Muslim …. and perhaps only nominally a Christian.  I live my life by trying my best to follow the Golden Rule: “Treat others as I wish they would treat me.”  The Golden Rule can be found in every religion. I have learned a lot about how to live by the Golden Rule during my visit to Gaza.

I don’t profess to have a deep understanding of the Passover Seder, maybe not even a superficial understanding.  But Rabbi Michael Lerner’s words resonate with me.  Lerner is the founder of Tikkun in the United States.

I once found his words so compelling that I ordered many extra copies of the Tikkun Magazine and when they arrived, I mailed copies to many members of Congress with a personal letter.  I wonder if anyone read it.

This month Rabbi Lerner has written an important supplement to the Passover Haggadah, available here.  I have copied a portion of it below, followed by my question to Jews who are celebrating Passover this week.

One of the most frequently repeated commands (mitzvah) in the Torah goes something like: “When you come into your land, do not oppress the stranger. Remember that you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Indeed, it commands us positively: thou shalt love the stranger.

We cannot turn this Seder into a meaningless ritual by ignoring the ways in which we, the Jewish people, have been acting as Pharaoh to another people.

Yet we also have to approach these issues with a high degree of compassion, both for Israelis and for Palestinians. The two peoples have co-created the current mess.

As Jews, we have a special responsibility for Israel’s role as long as we allow Israel to claim to be “the State of the Jewish people,” and as long as we allow American Jewish organizations to give blind loyalty to whatever policy is presented to the world by the Israeli government. Unless each of us has actively involved ourselves in building organizations like Tikkun, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, Peace Now, Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, or some equivalent, we must share some of the blame for what other Jews have done in building organizations and media that express blind loyalty to the Israeli government. Many of us say that we are pro-Israel but not pro-its-current-policies. But unless we’ve put our money and our time behind efforts to create an alternative voice, we share some of the responsibility for what is being done in our name by the leadership of the American Jewish community and by the State of Israel.

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But while Israel’s oppression of Palestinians is unacceptable to us as Jews, a fuller account points to horrific acts of violence and human rights violations by Palestinians as well. We should not accept attempts by others to make Israel the sole villain in this story without acknowledging the ways that Palestinians, surrounding Arab states, and the entire world have acted irresponsibly and sometimes cruelly toward the Jewish people, and how that has contributed to the political intransigence and self-destructive and immoral policies of the government of Israel. In critiquing Israel, we do not seek to delegitimize its existence or its many humane accomplishments in other spheres and important contributions to the well-being of people around the world. Nor will we play into the notion that Israel is the worst human rights violator on the planet—it is not, though sometimes others talk as though it were.

Yet, since we are Jews celebrating Passover, and we do feel a special responsibility for Israel, it becomes appropriate to not hide behind the unfairness of others—our task is still to fight for liberation for all peoples, and that includes the liberation of the Palestinian people from the domination inflicted upon them by Israel.

Let’s acknowledge that both sides are suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder so acute that they cannot recognize the humanity of the other, nor can they see their way to the peace and justice both legitimately seek. Both have been victims of a horrendous history of oppression. So while we as Jews have a responsibility to challenge our own people’s distorted vision, we have to mix that challenge with a high level of love and caring for our people, and recognize that our people need healing, not just chastisement.

We have to acknowledge that some Israeli intransigence is rooted in genuine fear that has been reinforced by terrorist attacks and by Hamas’s bombing of Israeli cities, just as much Palestinian intransigence is rooted in the daily violence imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli Occupation, as well as by Israel’s targeted assassinations, its killing of hundreds of civilians, and its jailing of tens of thousands of Palestinians, who are often imprisoned without formal charges. Because our people has vastly more military power than the Palestinians, we must mix our compassion with a firm commitment to end the Occupation. Its inevitable consequences of human rights violations and its hatred-generating behavior have, in turn, already ensured that there will be generations of Palestinians who will feel justified in acts of terrorism and hatred against our people. Both peoples need healing, and that can only happen when there is both a genuine peace accord that brings justice to the Palestinian people and also a fundamental change in the dominant paradigm of thought so that our people become the embodiment of Torah values of love, generosity, repentance, and forgiveness. We must escape the “blame game” of who did what to whom and focus on how we can embody more love and compassion for both sides of this struggle.

My question to my Jewish friends and family.  Do you think the “dominant paradigm of thought” that Rabbi Lerner writes about above can be changed — and if so, what is the role or responsibility of American Jews in changing it?

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

I am not Jewish …. not Muslim …. and perhaps only nominally a Christian.  I live my life by trying my best to follow the Golden Rule: “Treat others as I wish they would treat me.”  The Golden Rule can be found in every religion. I have learned a lot about how to live by the Golden Rule during my visit to Gaza.

I don’t profess to have a deep understanding of the Passover Seder, maybe not even a superficial understanding.  But Rabbi Michael Lerner’s words resonate with me.  Lerner is the founder of Tikkun in the United States.

I once found his words so compelling that I ordered many extra copies of the Tikkun Magazine and when they arrived, I mailed copies to many members of Congress with a personal letter.  I wonder if anyone read it.

This month Rabbi Lerner has written an important supplement to the Passover…

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Who by bulldozer, and who at gunpoint?

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

Rabbi Arik Ascherman originally presented these remarks at a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  They were subsequently published in The Times of Israel on Sept. 20, here. I share them on my blog to find an audience that might not have seen or read his plea earlier.  Shana Tova to my Jewish friends and family.

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Presentation for Senate Briefing – September 19th, 2017

My name is Rabbi Arik Ascherman, and I am here to plead for the life of Aysar’s village. After 21 years leading Rabbis For Human Rights, I recently founded “Torat Tzedek Torah of Justice,” dedicated to the human rights of Israeli single parent moms and Palestinians alike, because the Torah teaches us that every human being is created in God’s Image. I come before you without a political agenda. Defending human rights does take place in a…

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´IT IS CLEARLY A MESS´: Ryanair faces unprecendented compensation claims from holidaymakers over cancelled flights | Olive Press News Spain

´IT IS CLEARLY A MESS´: Ryanair faces unprecendented compensation claims from holidaymakers over cancelled flightsBy Joe Wallen – PUBLISHED – 19 Sep, 2017 @ 14:13 LAST UPDATED: 20 Sep, 2017 @ 09:19 0SHARE BUDGET airline Ryanair could be set to pay out up to £60 million in compensation to holidaymakers over upcoming cancelled flights.The Dublin-based airline has been forced to axe 2,024 flights from September 18 to October 28, affecting an estimated 400,000 passengers.The vast number of flight cancellations has been attributed to 140 Ryanair pilots defecting to rival airline Norwegian in 2017 leading to pilot shortages.Further problems were caused by pilots being forbidden from using their holiday allowance over the busy summer period.Many staff were forced to use holiday quotas in the autumn and unbreakable EU rules on Flight Time Limitations restricted pilots who were still available. Ryanair has announced flights departing and arriving from Malaga Airport are to be affected and you can see the full list of cancellations here.Coby Benson, Flight Delay Legal Manager at Bott & Co, said passengers should be aware of the full amount of compensation they are entitled to under European Union law if their flight has been canceled.“As these circumstances were within Ryanair’s control they will have to bear the cost of this mistake and pay passengers compensation of up to €600, where their flights were cancelled with less than 14 days notice,” he said.A full guide surrounding claiming compensation from EU laws for cancelled flights can be viewed here.Michael O´Leary, Ryanair CEO said, “This is a mess of our own making. I apologise sincerely to all our customers for any worry or concern this has caused them over the past weekend,” he said.However, with an estimated £500 million wiped off its market value and its reputation amongst customers undergoing major turbulence – it remains to be seen whether Ryanair can recover from this corporate nosedive.

Source: ´IT IS CLEARLY A MESS´: Ryanair faces unprecendented compensation claims from holidaymakers over cancelled flights | Olive Press News SpainWell they come and go cheap charter no frills but plenty of splills in my opinion this is the death knell of ryanair. i say no more or no less time will tell.

VIDEO: Iran fires huge multi-warhead ballistic missile

VIDEO: Iran fires huge multi-warhead ballistic missile Andrew Illingworth – 23/09/20170BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – Video footage has been released showing Iran’s strategic missile forces testing one of their latest ballistic rocket designs, one which reportedly has a multi-warhead carrying capability.The missile tested by Iran is called Khorramshahr.According to Iranian claims, the rocket has a range of two thousand kilometers (1,250 miles). This puts it well within the medium-range ballistic missile class. That it can also carry multiple reentry vehicles is proof of Iran’s ever-improving strategic missile technology.The footage below, originally released on Iranian television, shows several repeats of the missile taking off from different angles and its eventual traveling into the outer atmosphere.

Source: VIDEO: Iran fires the huge multi-warhead ballistic missile.What is not said is ISRAEL THE MIGHTY ZIONIST STATE HAS A STOCKPILE OF 100S OF NUCLEAR MISSILES .YES ILLEGAL. STILL DENIED TO HAVING ANY NUCLEAR WEAPONS  AND THE U S A SAYS NOTHING YET IRAN IS UNDER DAILY POLITICAL ATTACK ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS.WHO IS THE BIGGEST PROTAGONIST IN THIS SITUATION  ISREAL THE DEVIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST .

Abby Martin “Exposes” Zionism & Israel | GMMuk – Michael Aydinian

Abby Martin “Exposes” Zionism & Israel  Michael Aydinian News I’ve said all I’m ever going to say about Israel & their evil, brutal occupation of the Palestinians. This 25-minute clip featuring the great Abby Martin says it all. She recently went out there so it’s from the horse’s mouth. If there’s any video you need to share here it is –

Source: Abby Martin “Exposes” Zionism & Israel | GMMuk – Michael Aydinian the Zionist propaganda machine grinds on and on we love Israel ,

BDS IS NOT WORKING.ETC ETC  BUT WE DO NOT ALL OF US LOVE ZIONIST ISRAEL AND THERE ARE MANY JEWISH PEACE GROUPS THAT DO NOT LOVE ZIONIST ISRAEL AND THE WHOLE IDEOLOGY OF ZIONISM ORDINARY PEACEFUL JEWISH PEOPLE.

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network –The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) is a network of anti-Zionist Jews pledged to “Oppose Zionism and the State of Israel”.

  1. Neturei Karta is an international organization of Orthodox Jews dedicated to the propagation and clarification of Torah Judaism.

    When Hashem restores the fortunes of Tzion—we see it as in a dream— our mouths shall be filled with laughter, our tongues, with songs of joy. Then shall they say among the nations, ‘Hashem has done great things for them!’ Hashem will do great things for us and we shall rejoice.” Psalms 126:1 (The Israel Bible™)

    The growing phenomenon of fringe anti-Zionist Jewish groups, evidenced by organizations such as IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace which protest Christian support for Israel, is representative of the greatest challenge of the Jewish people in reaching geula (redemption) – the Jewish people themselves, say several prominent Jewish thinkers. According to Biblical tradition, the Jewish people will gather and unite on the shoulders of the gentiles, embodied in today’s Christian Zionist groups.

    there are many more JEWISH GROUPS WHO OPPOSE ZIONISM .

Video footage of the Russian submarine attack on Idlib

Video footage of the Russian submarine attack on IdlibBy News Desk – 22/09/20170BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – Footage, released by the Russian Ministry of Defence, reportedly shows cruise missiles being launched from the Mediterranean Sea, before striking targets of Al-Nusra in the Idlib region, Friday.The cruise missiles were launched from ‘Veliki Novgorod’ submarine of the Black Sea Fleet as a part of the military operation in the Mediterranean Sea. The airstrikes targeted Jabhat al-Nusra group positioned in Idlib province, according Igor Konashenkov, Chief Spokesman for the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.The group previously attacked Russian military police platoon in de-escalation zone in northern Hama.00:11/00:4200:40

Source: Video footage of the Russian submarine attack on Idlib