Entries in Compensation (3)


Owner of Italian Cruise Ship Offers Passengers Compensation

Laura Lezza/Getty Images(GIGLIO, Italy) -- The company that owns the Italian cruise ship that ran aground off the coast of Italy earlier this month announced on Friday that it is offering passengers 11,000 euros -- roughly $14,500 -- in compensation for any loss or damage of property and psychological trauma they may have incurred.

Costa Cruises also said it would refund passengers the cost of the cruise, as well as anything they spent on travel or medical care following the crash.

Since the luxury ocean liner Costa Concordia keeled over on Jan. 13, 16 people have been confirmed dead and another 16 are still missing.´╗┐

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Families of Russian Girls Switched at Birth Get $100,000 Each

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- A judge has awarded the families of two Russian girls switched at birth $100,000 each, and the families may use the money to move the girls closer to each other or into the same home, according to reports.

“It is the largest amount of compensation one can hope to get in Russia, but I haven’t got my head around how I am going to spend it yet,” said one of the mothers, Yulia Belyaeva, according to the BBC.

The two 12-year-old girls, named Irina and Anya, have said they don’t want to leave the mothers and families who raised them.

The girls grew up just a few miles away from each other in the Ural Mountains of eastern Russia.

Their mothers gave birth in the same maternity ward just 15 minutes apart, and their infant daughters were inadvertently given the wrong name tags.

Their true identities were revealed after the ex-husband of Yuliya Belyaeva refused to pay for child care because his daughter, Irina, looked nothing like him. After conducting several DNA tests it emerged that neither adult was Irina’s biological parent.

The DNA tests sent Belyaeva on a search for her own daughter. She remembered that when she was giving birth, another woman was also in labor in the same ward. She suspected that the maternity ward had mixed up their daughters.

An investigation revealed that Irina’s biological father, Naimat Iskanderov, had been raising Anya, Belyaeva’s biological daughter, in a neighboring town.

Reports say the two families may use the funds to move closer or into a single-family home. However, the BBC noted, religious issues could interfere with the plans.  The Iskanderovs are strict Muslims while the Belyaevas are Russian Orthodox Christians.

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US Provides $190 Million to Compensate Pakistan Flood Victims

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ISLAMABAD, Pakistan) -- Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Frank Ruggiero, Richard Holbrooke’s interim replacement, announced that the U.S. would supply a $190-million compensation package for flood victims in Pakistan during a visit to the country Thursday after meeting with Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani. The money will go toward Pakistan's Citizens Damage Compensation Fund. 

The funds will be taken from $500 million the U.S. initially rushed to help flood victims -- a reprogrammed part of the $7.5 billion Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid for Pakistan. 

“Acting SRAP Ruggiero also urged the Pakistani government to quickly implement the necessary accountability mechanisms, particularly those already agreed to with the World Bank, in order to enable expeditious release of the U.S. and other donor funds to the Citizens Damage Compensation Fund. And we'll continue to work with the government of Pakistan to identify priorities for the remainder of the U.S. commitment to provide up to $500 million of accelerated U.S. assistance from Kerry-Lugar-Berman,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Thursday.

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