Monthly Archives: March 2014

Accident victim Ryan continues to amaze doctors

A brave Padiham man who amazed doctors by walking again after suffering severe brain damage in a road accident has celebrated a milestone birthday. Ryan Cooper was in a coma for six months after being hit by a car as a child in 1999 and doctors feared he may never be able to walk or even feed himself again. But inspirational Ryan, who confounded surgeons with his astonishing recovery, marked his 21st birthday in style at a party surrounded by friends and family at Lowerhouse Canteen. The computer game fan, who has a wheelchair but can now walk with a stick, had an Xbox cake and even a cheeky surprise when a stripper turned up to help celebrate his coming of age. The former Ridgewood pupil, of Bear Street, Lowerhouse, said: “It was a...
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Filthy house sold for full asking price

A filthy Birmingham property has been sold for its asking price – despite shocking sales pictures of wall-to-wall squalor. Advertising shots of the property in Short Heath Road, Erdington showed unmade beds, washing up left in the sink, filth on kitchen worktops and a rubbish-strewn living room. The property has been snapped up for almost £115,000. Despite the less than flattering photos, one buyer forked out £114,950 to land the property, estate agents Burchell Edwards have revealed. That same figure could buy a three-bed house in trendy Kings Heath, a well-presented three-bed property in Small Heath or a spacious family home in Yardley. Full story via Filthy Birmingham house sold for full asking price | Central - ITV News....
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Year-on-Year Increase in New Mortgage Approvals Continues

House purchases continue to account for vast majority of new mortgage approvals The latest figures from the IBF Mortgage Approvals Report, published by the Irish Banking Federation (IBF), show that 1,494 mortgages to the value of €252 million were approved in the three months ending February 2014.* The following are the key elements:
  • A total of 1,494 mortgages were approved in February, of which 1,397 (93%) were for house purchase.
  • The number of mortgages approved showed a year-on-year increase of 32.6% and a month-on-month fall of 5.9%.
  • The value of mortgages approved in February was €252 million of which €243 million (96%) was for house purchase.
  • The value of mortgage approvals increased by 40.8% year-on-year and fell 8.7% month-on-month.
See the full report via IBF - News >...
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Michael Schumacher Ski Accident Recovery ‘Unlikely’

It is unlikely racing legend Michael Schumacher will ever recover from the skiing accident that has left him in a coma, according to Formula One's former chief doctor. Doctor Gary Hartstein, who was F1 medical delegate until 2012, said: "As time goes on, it becomes less and less likely that Michael will emerge to any significant extent." Writing on his blog, he said "serious lapses" in the early treatment of Schumacher "almost certainly" worsened his condition. Dr Hartstein said he had learned "from usually impeccable sources who have access to this information" that mistakes were made soon after the seven-time world champion hit the right side of his head on a rock in December. "I think that serious lapses in judgement were evident during Michael's initial management ... these lapses could (and almost certainly...
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US home sales fall, but consumer confidence rises

Sales of new US homes hit a five-month low in February, but a surge in consumer confidence to a six-year high in March suggested the economy was regaining momentum after being held back by severe weather. Other data today showed solid gains in house prices, which should boost household wealth and support consumer spending. An unusually cold and snowy winter disrupted economic activity at the start of year. New home sales fell 3.3% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units, the lowest level since last September, the Commerce Department said. January's sales were revised down to a 455,000-unit pace from a 468,000-unit rate. Last month's drop brought new home sales in line with other data such as home resales and building activity that have offered a downbeat...
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District And Circuit Court Limits Increased

Helping Kids After DivorceThe Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 changed the monetary limits on the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court and District Court in civil proceedings to €75,000 and €15,000 respectively.  In personal injury actions, the revised monetary jurisdiction limit of the Circuit Court will be €60,000.  The new limits came into effect on 31 July 2013. The purpose of the increased limits is to reduce the number of personal injury cases in the High Court and to reduce legal costs for parties in relevant actions.  Insurance Ireland opposed the increased limits, cautioning that they would increase the case load of the District and Circuit Courts without the necessary supports being put in place.  It remains to be seen whether costs...
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Aga Khan divorces German princess after dispute

Aga Khan divorces German princess after dispute - Europe news -

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader to millions of Muslims, has finalized his divorce from a German princess after years of legal dispute. Lawyers for the Aga Khan and his ex-wife, Gabriele Renate Inaara Zu Leiningen, released a statement Friday saying their marriage ‘‘ends by consent’’ after the Paris Court of Appeals approved a divorce settlement. The lawyers said terms of the settlement are confidential. The two married in 1998 and had a son, and started divorce proceedings several years later. This article is courtesy of  Aga Khan divorces German princess after dispute - Europe news -
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Personal Injury claim not bound by agreed settlement

The Supreme Court in the UK has given a landmark ruling that a woman should not be bound by an agreement to settle her personal injury claim. Joanne Dunhill had settled her case for £12,500 after she suffered a severe head injury in a collision in Sheffield with a motorcycle in 1999. The claim was settled in January 2003 without the insurer for the motorcyclist, NIG, admitting liability.

But after Dunhill approached a new claimant firm, Manchester practice Potter Rees, she was able to argue in the High Court she did not have mental capacity at the time of the settlement. Her...

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Average house price sees greatest rise in 21 months

The average house price rose by £2,500 in February - the largest monthly rise in 21 months. The latest House Price Index from LSL Property Services/Acadametrics shows that the average price climbed to £257,951 – a new record high. Alongside this, monthly sales are set to reach 66,000 - another record, as the highest February total since 2008. House sales in January and February were only 12% below the average in the decade before the credit crunch. get the full story via Average house price sees greatest rise in 21 months | Financial Reporter....
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technology beats fraudulent motor insurance claims

FRAUDSTERS who tried to con an insurer out of around £20,000 by falsely claiming for injuries received in a crash that never happened have been found out by a telematics device. The personal injury claim was filed with Aviva after three claimants reported that two vehicles had been in a collision in Liverpool. But the telematics 'black box' fitted to one of the vehicles supposedly in the shunt proved that the vehicle was more than two miles away from where the accident was said to have occurred. The telematics system can record a vehicle's location with pinpoint accuracy and also monitors its condition. read the full story via technology beats fraudulent motor insurance claims. | Stoke Sentinel....
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