Compensation for AirAsia Victims’ Families

Debris of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 found at sea.

Debris of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501 found at sea.
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You’ve probably been tuning in to the news. Last December 28, 2015, AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared as it was on its way to Singapore from Surabaya in Indonesia. And there have been developments to the story as key parts of the plane—such as its tail section—have been found. The seach team also found the two black boxes which will greatly benefit the whole investigation process.

Now, all this poses a question: will the victims’ families be compensated for the loss? It’s truly tragic and devastating event for the family members of victims. Fortunately, the airline company vowed to grant families up to $100,000 compensation. Initially, it was set at around $23,000, but families refused to take it.

$100,000 is a hefty amount, and I think that’s only fair. AirAsia Indonesia set about 1.25 billion rupiahs for damages pertaining to death caused by aviation accidents—according to rules and regulations.

AirAsia’s CEO, the eccentric yet charismatic Tony Fernandes, made every effort to reach out to the families, making sure that transparency is to be practiced. However, to family members, money isn’t really an issue, as the loved ones lost is far more important than how much they would receive.

Nevertheless, the compensation to be provided should meet aviation standards and I can see that AirAsia’s doing their best in making it so.

On a legal note, according to the law, insurers are liable for paying the amount to family members for each of the passengers. Also, for those who purchased flight insurance themselves, an additional $25,000 to $60,000 would be provided.

The plane allegedly did not have the permit to fly through the route on that day, but Indonesian Aviation confirmed that the day of the flight did not have any impact on the crash and thus, families would still be able to grab the compensation they are entitled to.

So what do you think? Is it only fair that AirAsia provides money for damages to victims’ family members? Let me know your thoughts

The Supreme Court’s “Passport Case”

Israelis have long claimed Jerusalem to be the capital city.

Israelis have long claimed Jerusalem to be the capital city.
Image source: The Electronic Intifada

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are all aware of the ongoing conflict over at the Gaza strip. The issue has divided citizens on where they should be siding. Some argue that Israel’s actions are war crimes whereas others think the initiative by Israel is a good thing as it keeps extremism at bay.

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On the Man Charged with Terrorism for Posting Exodus Lyrics on Facebook

Exodus was one of the biggest thrash metal acts which emerged in the Bay Area.

Exodus was one of the biggest thrash metal acts which emerged in the Bay Area in the 80s. Image source: Metality

James Evans is a huge metal fan. One of his favorite bands is the Bay Area thrash band, Exodus. One day, he decided to post a line from the band’s song, “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer).” Needless to say the authorities were not too thrilled about it.

On August 28, he was arrested and jailed. He stayed behind bars for eight days because he could not afford to pay the $1,000 bail.

The reason for the arrest? He was supposedly making terroristic threats by posting the line below:

“Student bodies lying dead in the halls, a blood splattered treatise of hate. Class dismissed is my hypothesis, gun fire ends in debate.”

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An Overview on ISIS

ISIS forces marching.

ISIS forces marching.
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If you’ve been tuning in to world news, you’re pretty much aware of the organization called the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or ISIS. Members of ISIS are responsible for much of the appalling events in the Middle East, specifically in Iraq and Syria. The most well-known of these acts include the recent beheadings of foreign journalists. In the face of near universal disapproval, both from outside and within the Middle East, their numbers continue to increase, partly from within developed countries such as France and the UK.

But exactly how much do we know about this extremist movement?

I did a bit of research on the group. It appears that its formation may be have been obscure and only gained infamy as of late. Here are some facts on ISIS which you need to know.

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The Last Will and Testament of Three Celebrities

Robin Williams

Robin Williams
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The death of actor-comedian Robin Williams shook the whole world. It was an unexpected turn of events and I hope he rests in peace now. I offer my condolences to his family as well.

Undisclosed is his last will and testament. In relation to that, why don’t we take a look at various wills left behind by deceased celebrities? Below is a brief list of famous people who passed away and the wills they left behind.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
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Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

Houston left her will to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, as her sole heir. Yet allegedly, it was not her last will. The initial executor was Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston. But everyone agreed that Whitney would have wanted her sister-in-law, Pat Houston, to act as so.

Whitney didn’t leave anything for Bobby Brown both in the 2000 and 2004 update of the will.

  1. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson
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    Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Jackson’s siblings labeled the will as “fraudulent.” Even though such is the case, the previous will and testament will still be in effect as per the law. There were no major changes between the old will and the updated one.

  1. Heath Ledger

    Heath Ledger
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    Heath Ledger (1979-2008)

Ledger’s will stirred some controversy over family members. His father, Kim Ledger, asserted that his granddaughter had the absolute priority for the will. He also stated that Michelle Williams, the mother, is part of the Ledger family.

Disputed was the legal status of Heath’s among relatives. Ledger left the will to his parents and sisters. Yet as per legal advice given, Ledger’s daughter Matilda Rose is also entitled to the share. Thus, she received $16.3 million from Heath’s father, saying that the family gave everything to Matilda.

 

Such actors and actresses have left a legacy in one way or another. But their respective wills are there to leave something behind for loved ones.

You might want to add to the list if you know some more celebrities. Why don’t you do so? I’d love to hear from you.

Another Bizzare Case: Lawyer Smacks Judge with Flyswatter

Just when we thought court cases couldn’t get any more ridiculous following that brawl between a Florida judge and a public defender, we now have something even more bizarre: A lawyer smacks a judge repeatedly with a flyswatter.

You read that right—a flyswatter. What’s the world coming to? And here I thought odd court cases are isolated, but then, we have this.

Evgeniy Tankov, a 35-year-old lawyer from Kazakhstan, was not at all happy with the court decision in an inheritance case. When things took a turn against his client, Tankov took a flyswatter. He supposedly approached the judge and said, “Let’s not hang about arguing the law here, let’s decide this with flyswatters.” And there, he began swatting away!

The judge at first tried to ignore the swatting but was later annoyed and began wrestling with Tankov and later on, he landed some fists upon the lawyer.

And what’s happened to the Kazakh lawyer? He’s been banned from practicing his profession and is currently facing criminal charges.

Why exactly did he start that duel using flyswatters? Well, he’s supposed to show that the Kazakh justice system is a huge joke. I guess the joke was on him, as he’s been jailed for the deed. After all, he started it.

Honestly, I’m not sure if whether I should be appalled or laugh at how hysterical the whole event is. Perhaps we’re not getting enough bizarre cases here in our country hence, my reaction to the whole thing.

Well, a flyswatter is better than any other lethal weapon brought to court.

 

My Thoughts on the Orlando Bloom-Justin Bieber Issue

Image source: 360nobs

Image source: 360nobs

Just recently, the media was rocked by news of Orlando “Legolas” Bloom swinging a punch at Justin Bieber. While I’m not an avid fan of Bloom, I’m pretty much on his side. I mean, Bieber’s a spoiled brat who’s gotten his head in the clouds.

I definitely don’t know what to say to the assertion that Bieber provoked Orlando Bloom, who had been in the showbiz industry for years now. At least show some respect, Biebs.

I’m wondering if any of the two sides can sue the offending party. Bloom did throw punches, but Bieber uttered slanderous remarks, especially regarding Orlando’s estranged wife, supermodel Miranda Kerr.

In legal terms, Slander is defined as:

“… oral defamation, which causes harm against one’s reputation.”

Slander can be a basis for a lawsuit. Regarding the case, Bieber alleged to have said statements regarding him and Miranda Kerr just to provoke Bloom. (And others say that Leonardo di Caprio was present!)

I honestly couldn’t understand why Justin Bieber had to pull something like that off.

It was a good thing the whole conflict was injury and lawsuit free, because Orlando Bloom missed Bieber.

Of course, Bieber was still up to no good, denying Bloom entry to a star-studded party at Ibiza a couple of days after the punching incident, yet the English actor seemingly isn’t bothered.

So what’s next for the both of them? We can only stay tuned.