Doherty slams staggering 62% hike in motor insurance premiums

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has hit out at the Irish insurance industry for waging a ‘public disinformation’ campaign following a new report on motor insurance.The Central Bank’s first-ever report on private motor insurance reveals that the average price paid for motor insurance shot up by 62% between 2013 and 2018.The average premium was €706 last year, jumping up from €498 in 2009. While the number of claims is down by 40%, the cost per claim is up 64%.The report has been described as a shocking indictment of the insurance industry by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty, who criticised the Government for “peddling the misinformation campaign” of the insurance industry.Teachta Doherty said the report should serve as a wake up call.“Today we have the facts in black and white. “Since 2009, the cost of claims per insurance policy has gone down by over 2%. At the same time the average motor insurance premium has gone up by a staggering 42%.”The report also shows that the average legal costs for motor insurance injury claims settled through litigation between 2015 and 2018 were €23,031. More than half (53%) of claims between 2015 and 2018 were settled directly between the insurer and the claimant. 16% were settled through the Personal Injury Assessment Board.On these figures, Doherty said: “The ‘compo-culture’ line trotted by the industry was a convenient story to cover its own price-gouging activities. That line does not stand up to scrutiny.”Doherty today called on the government to hold the insurance industry to account:“The National Claims Information Database confirms what we in Sinn Féin have been saying for some time. “The Irish insurance industry is highly profitable and highly dishonest. They have waged a public disinformation campaign that flies in the face of the facts. Cost of claims to the industry has gone down while the premiums paid by consumers has sky-rocketed, increasing every year.“We know that insurance companies are using practices such as dual pricing to overcharge existing customers.“I am calling on the Government and Fianna Fáil to stop defending the industry and repeating their spin.“Sinn Féin has repeatedly held the industry to account for misinforming the public and ripping off their consumer. Only Sinn Féin can be trusted to take them on and end the insurance rip-off.” Doherty slams staggering 62% hike in motor insurance premiums was last modified: December 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Motor InsurancePearse Dohertylast_img read more

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Sign me up: Six local standouts pick CR

first_imgWhen Ryan Bisio interviewed for the then-vacant head coaching position for the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team, he told Athletic Director Bob Brown he intended to hit the ground running.Adding six of Humboldt County’s best players to his inaugural recruiting class certainly qualifies, and that’s what Bisio did during Tuesday afternoon’s press conference at the college.Fortuna High’s Drew Gillette, Zac Claus, Bradley Willis and Donald Willis joined McKinleyville High’s AJ Stubbs …last_img read more

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Cardinals’ Flaherty edges out Giants’ Rodríguez in matchup of 2018’s top rookie pitchers

first_imgST. LOUIS — If you spent the last 365 days living under a rock and happened to come up for air on Tuesday, it would have been no surprise to see Giants right-hander Dereck Rodríguez and Cardinals righty Jack Flaherty locking horns in a pitchers’ duel at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.At this time last year, Rodríguez, Flaherty and Dodgers flamethrower Walker Buehler were chasing Ronald Acuña, Jr. of the Braves and Juan Soto of the Nationals in an epic Rookie of the Year race that ended with the …last_img read more

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Blood in Bahrain: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgcurt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#TWiOT#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Protesters killed in Bahrain. In the latest Middle East uprising, Bahrain went into the streets on this week, filling up streets and roundabouts. Last night, however, it went pear-shaped as Bahrain security forces attempted to “close” the square. Between tear gas, tear gas canisters, beatings, rubber bullets and possibly live fire, three have died. Over 200 were injured, 60 are missing and dozens arrested. Crowdvoice, a site run by the Bahrain-based MideastYouth, has been blocked due to their page on the Human Rights Crackdown in Bahrain. Protests and classes also took place in Libya, where one protester was killed. The Libyan government had tried to head it off by warning against using Facebook and arresting several activists. Protests took place for the seventh day in Yemen . In Iraq government forces killed one and dozens were wounded in an anti-government protest. Syria sentences blogger to five years. After removing blocks on the Internet that have been in place for years, as a sop to protests around the Middle East, Syria’s government couldn’t deny their essential nature. They’ve sentenced a 19-year-old female blogger, Tal Al Mallohi, to five years in prison. Detained since December of 2009, she was convicted of “revealing information to a foreign country.”Oh, did we mention Mubarak resigned? After three weeks of intense protest, after a whole generation was mobilized, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak resigned from 30 years of one-man rule. Mubarak, like Tunisia’s Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, tried various stalling methods. But none of it worked. The people of Egypt were done with him. I confess, I kept waiting for the fall-out, but it keeps not coming. There’ll be a lot of hard work ahead but once the vast majority of a country get behind a change, that’s when it sticks. Currently, Wael Ghonim has set up a very successful Google Moderator page to sketch out the future of the country.Blogger and lit mag editor from Equatorial Guinea leaves country. Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel started a hunger strike to protest President Teodoro Obiang Nguema’s dictatorial rule. He left for Spain four days later after repeated harassment. He cited Tunisia and Egypt as models for his country. Cuba increases Internet connectivity. An undersea cable from Venezuela just reached Cuba. When it goes live it will increase Cuba’s Internet connectivity 3000x. It is far from certain that this will mean more Cubans will be online. One Cuban however, Cuba’s most renowned blogger Yoani Sánchez , is back online in that country after years of being blocked. Her Cuban blog aggregator, Desde Cuba, is likewise visible. How long that will last is equally uncertain. Bahrain photo via Al Jazeeralast_img read more

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Dominator and Actualization Hierarchies

first_imgI am fascinated by this idea I picked up from Ken Wilber. It’s not his idea originally, but he is the very best at explaining it in a way that is useful. The idea is that there are dominator hierarchies and actualization hierarchies.All of nature contains hierarchies, but they are really full of wholes. Every complex organism is really a “holarchy,” each part being a whole on it’s own, all of them combining into something more. Wilber reminds us that atoms make up molecules, molecules make up cells, cells make up organs, organs make up complex, living organisms. In nature, when a cell tries to dominate molecule, or other cells, you have a pathology, like cancer.Cultures work this way. There are dominator hierarchies and actualization hierarchies. If you’ve worked in either, you easily know the difference by the words themselves.DominatorsIn a dominator hierarchy, force is used by those at the top of the hierarchy. The people at lower rungs of the hierarchy are a means to end. So they are badgered, bullied, belittled, abused, and treated poorly. In the worst of cases, the people at lower rungs are treated as “the enemy.” In a dominator hierarchy, clients may also be the enemy.ActualizationIn actualization hierarchies, power isn’t used to drive performance. Instead, the people at levels of the rung work together to determine how to achieve their best performance. They help each other to grow. No one is treated poorly, because they are part of the organism, and it would be wrong (and pathological) to abuse some part of the whole. If you have ever been on a team that functioned well, you know what an actualizer hierarchy feels like.You may find that there are pockets of each of these types of hierarchies in your organization. You may also find that your clients have pockets of both.But in a lot of cases, a fish rots from the head, and the dominator hierarchy has taken a deep hold and the organization has a form of cultural cancer.If you work for a great leader, they will insist on an actualization hierarchy. They will insist that the individuals that make up the whole are all given an opportunity to grow, to develop into the best versions of themselves, and to make their greatest contribution. As each cell becomes stronger, the whole they make up also becomes stronger.Growth is always better than stagnation. Persuasion is always better than force. Meaningful work is always better than a job. Love is always better than fear. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Perth Scorchers beat Lahore, guide MSD’s Chennai into CLT20 semifinals

first_imgLahore Lions, needed a 46-run win against Perth, to push Chennai out of the contentionPerth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh not just stopped Lahore Lions from making it to the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a three-wicket win in their last group match here today but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the last-four stage.Marsh scored an unbeaten 63 off just 38 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes, besides putting up a crucial unbroken 68 runs with Brad Hogg (28 no; 19b 2X4 2X6)) to overhaul a modest target of 125 with six balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy stadium here. Earlier, the Scorchers had restricted the Pakistani side for a mere 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs and then reached 130 for seven in 19 overs.Had the Lahore Lions pulled off a victory by a margin of 46 runs against the Scorchers, they would have progressed to the semifinals by displacing Chennai Super Kings from second place in the Group A standings. Hogg hit Adnan Rosool for a six in the 14th over to knock Lahore out of the tournament, while sending CSK into the last-four stage.Kolkata Knight Riders were already through to the semifinals after topping Group A, having registered four victory in as many matches. The Lions needed to bundle out the Scorchers for 78 to make the semis but failed to contain their opponents. It was Scorchers bowlers who wreaked havoc as paceman Joel Paris (3/22) and Mitchell Marsh (2/12) shared five wickets between them.advertisementSaad Nasim top-scored for the Pakistani side with an unbeaten 69 off 55 balls, studded with five fours and a six. Put into bat, Lions lost three early wickets with just two runs on the board. Paris accounted for the wickets of the two openers in Nasir Jamshed (1) and Umar Siddiq (1), while Marsh saw off skipper Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Wahab Riaz (0) for a nought each to leave the Lions reeling at 11 for four.Nasim shared a 43-run fifth wicket stand with Umar Akmal (26) and then put on a solid 48 with Mohammad Saeed for the sixth wicket to bring the Pakistani outfit back on track and cross the 100-run mark.Meanwhile, play was interrupted for a brief while due to rain. Chasing a modest target, the Scorchers also did not have an ideal start as they lost seven wickets for just 62 runs on the board. The Scorchers kept losing wickets at regular interval with the top and middle order, barring opener Cameron Bancroft (22), failing to reach the double digit mark.At 62 for seven, the Lions had a realistic chance of bundling the Aussie unit out below 78 and advance to the next stage, but Marsh and Hogg combined to consolidate the innings and guide their team to a rather comfortable victory in the end. In the 19th over, Scorchers hit three sixes off Wahab Riaz — two by Hogg and one by Marsh — to wrap up the match quickly.For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of two for eight in his allotted four overs.last_img read more

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New AP Poll: Buckeyes Remain Unanimous No. 1

first_imgWeek two of the new AP poll.Week 2 AP Poll Lee Corso College GameDayTwitter/College GameDayThe Ohio State Buckeyes, after taking care of Virginia Tech on the road Monday night, are still the No. 1 ranked team in the country – in both the Coaches’ Poll and the AP Poll. The latter was just released.Alabama, previously ranked No. 3, has moved up to No. 2 after a dominating performance against Wisconsin. TCU, which struggled a bit with Minnesota, drops a spot to No. 3. The rest of the top ten is rounded out by Baylor, Michigan State, Auburn, Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Georgia.Texas A&M, after a big win over Arizona State, debuts in the poll at No. 16. Utah and Mississippi State also entered the poll, at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively.1. Ohio State2. Alabama3. TCU4. Baylor5. Michigan State6. Auburn7. Oregon8. USC9. Notre Dame10. Georgia11. Florida State12. Clemson13. UCLA14. LSU15. Georgia Tech16. Texas A&M17. Ole Miss18. Arkansas19. Oklahoma20. Boise State21. Missouri22. Arizona23. Tennessee24. Utah25. Mississippi StateYou can check out last week’s rankings here.last_img read more

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Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball in the second quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his seven-touchdown performance in No. 6 Ohio State’s win against Nebraska, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday morning.Barrett has been named conference player of the week on eight occasions, the third-most ever. If he wins it again, he will tie former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most career times being honored with the award.The redshirt senior completed 27-of-33 for 325 yards and five touchdowns, adding 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the Buckeyes’ 56-14 victory. He tied the school record — which he set in last year’s game against Bowling Green — for most touchdowns accounted for in a single game with seven scores.Barrett picked up his 32nd career win Saturday which gave him sole possession of the second-most victories by a Buckeye quarterback.Barrett and Ohio State do not play this weekend, but return to action against No. 2 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Rep Maturen takes oath of office in Lansing

first_img Categories: Maturen News State Rep. David Maturen, R-Brady Township, took the ceremonial oath of office administered by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. Accompanying Maturen is his daughter, Nicole, and his wife, Nancy. Maturen was elected last November as the state representative for the 63rd House District, which consists of parts of Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. Residents are invited to contact Maturen and his staff by phone at (517) 373-1787, via email at [email protected], and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. 15Jan Rep. Maturen takes oath of office in Lansinglast_img read more

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