My fiance and I travelled to Martinique in the Caribbean, flying from Leeds to Paris and then onwards to Fort-de-France. We were having a lovely holiday until I received an email from our airline, Level, saying our return flight to France had been put back four days. I spent hours trying to find out why and what assistance it could offer us as it meant we had to book another flight from Paris to Leeds and find accommodation for another four days. Level appears to be owned by Iberia so its helpline bounces you between call centres in different countries. We were offered no help and it turned into a very expensive four days. Level claimed it was entitled to change flights under its terms and conditions. Our insurance firm said it could process our claim for the costs incurred but only if Level provided email confirmation of the dates of the flights and the reason for the change. I have sent numerous emails requesting this but it replies with a standard email saying we are not entitled … [Read more...] about Why won’t this airline level with us about a four-day change?
The Civil Aviation Authority has said it is taking legal action against Ryanair over its refusal to compensate thousands of UK-based customers.Their flights were cancelled or delayed over the summer because of strikes by Ryanair pilots and cabin crew. The CAA says they are entitled to compensation under EU law.However, Ryanair argues the strike action amounts to "extraordinary circumstances" and that therefore, it does not have to pay. More Ryanair passengers have put in compensation claims for cancellations or delays to arbitration this year than any other airline.Figures from the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service showed the airline accounted for the largest proportion - 30% - of all appeals. In the first nine months of 2018, it received 22,159 complaints, but only processed 1,347 of 6,653 Ryanair cases. Airports with worst flight delays revealed Ryanair sacks staff who 'slept on floor' According to the CAA, under EU legislation, passengers are allowed to make an EU261 … [Read more...] about Ryanair compensation claims to go to court
The cost of training and competition for training contracts makes pursuing a career in law tough, even for those with high grades, privileged backgrounds and degrees from top universities. But if you come from a disadvantaged family, a legal career can seem out of reach. “Lawyers are seen as privileged, from posh schools and posh universities,” says Matthew Channon, a law lecturer at Exeter University. According to the Sutton Trust, 74% of judges and 71% of QCs are privately educated. “But not everyone comes from that background. I was the first in my family to go to university.” To find lawyers from disadvantaged backgrounds, Channon created the hashtag #mypathtolaw. From asylum seekers to people brought up in care, here are their stories: ‘It took me six weeks to understand the difference between murder and manslaughter’ Kaweh Beheshtizadeh, solicitor at Barnes Harrild & Dyer Beheshtizadeh fled Iran and arrived in the UK in 2004, aged 23 and … [Read more...] about My path to law: ‘I couldn’t understand my lecturers for the first two years’
Henry Ford II (also known as ‘the deuce’) was the CEO of Ford Motor Company, the automobile empire that was founded by his grandfather Henry Ford I in 1903 The year was 1966 and competition between Ford and Ferrari had reached fever pitch. 250,000 spectators gathered around France’s treacherous 8.5 mile course at Le Mans to watch the automotive opponents compete for king of the road. The non-stop 24-hour race is notoriously grueling. Only 15 out of 57 entrants that year finished the brutal endurance challenge that tests the strength of a car’s machinery just as much as it does the stamina and concentration of its driver. Sleep deprivation, 200 mph speeds and very little room for human or mechanical error makes fatal disasters a common matter-of-course. For those reasons, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is known as the most dangerous sporting event in the world, but also the most prestigious. The stakes in 1966 were just as high for the car makers as well; … [Read more...] about Fast and Furious: The true story of how Ford vowed to beat Ferrari at Le Mans in the legendary rivalry that started over a business deal gone bad
Google has admitted to a second massive bug in its Google+ social media service. It affected 52.5 million Google+ accounts, including those of some business customers, for six days after it was introduced last month, Google said. However, Google said in a blog post that it found no evidence that any other apps had accessed the data, such as name, email, gender and age, using the latest bug. It says that in light of the latest flaw, it will shut down its Google+ social media service in April, four months ahead of schedule. Scroll down for video A report claims Google exposed the private data of hundreds of thousands of users of its Google+ social network and opted not to disclose the issue due to fears of regulatory scrutiny THE LATEST BUG A new bug introduced via a software update in November was discovered during routine testing and fixed, according to the company.Google determined that the vulnerability affected approximately 52.5 million users, allowing … [Read more...] about Google+ bug revealed the personal info of 52.5 MILLION customers last month, Google admits – and says it is killing off the service sooner as a result