It is that time of the year again, where summer vacation plans are being formed and the decision whether or not to purchase travel insurance and which type is again on the table.
The new way to search for just about anything is quote engines. Enter your data and the rate from the insurance company most suitable for your specific destination, age bracket and sometimes activities surrounding your trip is going to win the bid on providing you with the best quote possible.
In the UK
According to The Mirror, the Best Travel Insurance Provider is the Post Office.
When it comes to medical insurance, the premiums vary widely as seen here from The Guardian:
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Joni was found unconscious in her home this afternoon. She regained consciousness on the ambulance ride to an L.A. area hospital. She is currently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits. More updates to come as we hear them. Light a candle and sing a song, let’s all send good wishes her way.
More here: https://www.facebook.com/jonimitchellcom?fref=nf
“Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
More here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6517153/cynthia-lennon-dead
Black box transcripts from last week’s deadly Germanwings flight that left 150 passengers and crew members dead were released Sunday by the German Bild tabloid, revealing the desperate pleas of captain Patrick Sondheimer to co-pilot-turned-mass-murderer Andreas Lubitz, to “open the damn door,” in an effort to re-gain control of the cockpit and save the aircraft and its passengers up until the moment of doom.
The released transcript reveals the flight starting off ordinarily, with Sondheimer apologizing to passengers for a 26-minute delay in Barcelona pre-takeoff. The recording then transitions to a 20-minute conversation between the two-co-pilots, during which Lubitz encourages and even urges Sondheimer to feel free to leave the cockpit for a bathroom break, and give him reign over the cockpit’s controls.
At 10:27 a.m., as the aircraft reached cruising altitude and Sondheimer instructed his co-pilot to prepare for landing in Germany’s Dusseldorf, Lubitz’s replies turned from ordinary to what French prosecutors described as “laconic,” using phrases such as “hopefully,” and “we’ll see” when addressing what should have been the aircraft’s safe landing at its designated destination.
A few minutes later, after checks for landing, Sondheimer leaves the cockpit, handing over the controls to Lubitz. The snap of a door can be heard promptly as he leaves his post.
In the next few minutes, the aircraft descends in altitude, an alarm signal sounding “sink rate,” can be heard, and air traffic controllers are greeted by silence, no response, when trying to contact the cockpit.
The recordings culminate shortly after when Sondheimer returns and attempt to re-enter the cockpit. He is heard pounding on the door, yelling “For God’s sake, open the door!,” followed by “open the goddamn door!” as passengers in the background are heard screaming, newly aware of the aircraft’s sudden descent. Lubitz’ breathing can be heard on the recording, yet he remains silent, ignoring the pleas of both Sondheimer and the aircraft controllers, along with the screams of the frightened passengers.
German investigators found antidepressants in the apartment of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz this week, according to news reports.
Die Welt, a German newspaper, cited an unidentified senior investigator who said that Lubitz suffered from a severe “psychosomatic illness” and that German police seized prescription drugs that treat the condition. Lubitz suffered from a “severe subjective burnout syndrome” and from severe depression, the source told Die Welt.
The New York Times also reported that antidepressants were found during the search of his apartment. CNN has not been able to confirm the reports.
French authorities have said that Lubitz appeared to have deliberately crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 into the Alps on Tuesday as it flew from Barcelona toward Dusseldorf, Germany, with 150 people on board.
The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525, brought down by a pilot with diagnosed mental illness, raises red flags about how airlines evaluate, regulate, and address such issues among employees.
Andreas Lubitz, who was at the controls of the jetliner that crashed in the French Alps Tuesday and killed all 150 people aboard, was diagnosed with a psychosomatic illness that he kept hidden from his employers, according to reports. Investigators had found notes from two doctors among other ripped up medical documents attesting that Mr. Lubitz was unfit to fly the day of the crash, German officials said.