Website Lists Coaches Banned from U.S. Olympics

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other …
Source: Journal USA Website Lists Coaches Banned from U.S. Olympics

Baltimore Sues Monsanto Over PCB Pollution

Baltimore has filed a lawsuit against the agrochemical giant Monsanto and two other companies, accusing them of polluting city waterways and stormwater. The legal effort focuses on PCBs, the industrial chemicals that have long accumulated in animals, plants and people …
Source: Journal USA Baltimore Sues Monsanto Over PCB Pollution

New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes Seat Belt Law for Back-Seat Passengers

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state’s seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only …
Source: Journal USA New York Gov. Cuomo Proposes Seat Belt Law for Back-Seat Passengers

About 450 Vehicles Declared Total Losses After Acid Spill On Canadian Highway

British Columbia’s public auto insurer says about 450 vehicles have been written off since sulphuric acid spilled along a busy commuter route near Trail¸ B.C.¸ in two incidents last spring. The Corp. of B.C. says there have been more than 4¸450 received in the wake of the spills but the vast majority of those vehicles were not damaged. It says it is still in the early stages of a lawsuit but no trial date has been set. The spills happened on April 10 and May 23¸ 2018¸ when tanker trucks owned and operated by Westcan spilled sulphuric acid from Teck’s plant in Trail along a stretch of highway near the city. ICBC filed a notice of civil claim against Teck Metals¸ Teck Resources¸ International Raw Materials¸ Westcan¸ the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary¸ the City of Trail¸ two drivers and the provincial government in October. Most defendents have filed responses denying responsibility.
Source: The Claims Page – USA About 450 Vehicles Declared Total Losses After Acid Spill On Canadian Highway

Medical Malpractice Claims Down¸ Payouts Up: Study

The frequency of medical malpractice has dropped substantially¸ but average case management expenses and indemnity payments continue to rise¸ according to a report. The rate of medical professional liability declined 27% from 5.1 cases per 100 physicians to 3.7 cases from 2007 to 2016¸ according to a report issued on Tuesday by CRICO Strategies called Medical Malpractice in America: A 10-year Assessment with Insights that examines national trends in frequency¸ payment and root causes of preventable harm. The report analyzed events affecting 124¸000 patients. “For the roughly one million physicians across the country¸ this trend signals a dramatic change in their risk of being named in an MPL case¸” the report stated.
Source: The Claims Page – USA Medical Malpractice Claims Down¸ Payouts Up: Study

Insurer Reveals The Most Frequent Days For Crashes Due To Daydreaming

Erie has reviewed police data on car crashes¸ and found that Saturdays in September are the most frequent days for fatal car crashes involving daydreaming while driving. The insurer recently published an analysis on its findings¸ which also discovered that Tuesdays in February are the lowest days for crashes involving daydreaming. Erie’s previous analysis last year found that being “generally distracted” or “lost in thought” is the number one distraction identified in fatal crashes. Erie cited its crash data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) – a repository that includes information from police reports on the causes of fatal car crashes. The insurer also consulted with the Institute for Highway Safety to analyze the data.
Source: The Page – USA Insurer Reveals The Most Frequent Days For Crashes Due To Daydreaming

Business interruption still largely misunderstood

One senior figure says more needs to be done before organisations truly understand their level of risk


Source: Business Online Business interruption still largely misunderstood

Smashing the glass ceiling in insurance

In the case of getting more women into leadership positions, there are some already blazing the way in the industry


Source: Insurance Business Online Smashing the glass ceiling in insurance

Cover-More enhances travel insurance offering

The insurer rolls out new major benefits in their policies to reflect the evolving needs of travellers


Source: Business Online Cover-More enhances travel insurance offering

OnePath upgrades life insurance adviser portal

The enhancements will help advisers provide a “timely and appropriate outcome” for clients, says head


Source: Insurance Business Online OnePath upgrades life insurance adviser portal

Biggest threats to Australian SMEs revealed

But are SMEs protected against these risks?


Source: Business Online Biggest threats to Australian SMEs revealed

State Chart Reveals New Laws Have Little Impact on Reducing Distracted Driving

If you’re driving right now, it’s far more likely you are reading this on your phone than you would have been a year ago. Despite a harrowing surge in traffic fatalities, American drivers appear to be getting worse at avoiding …
Source: Journal USA State Chart Reveals New Laws Have Little Impact on Reducing Distracted Driving

GPS Failed to Warn Bus Driver Before Overpass Crash

The out-of-state driver of a charter bus full of high school students that crashed into a low-hanging overpass on a Long Island parkway was using a non-commercial GPS device that didn’t warn him about the hazard in time to prevent …
Source: Journal USA GPS Failed to Warn Bus Driver Before Overpass Crash

Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. Four out …
Source: Journal USA Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

AUB Group names new CFO – again

After a failed attempt earlier this year, it seems the group has finally found its latest senior exec


Source: Business Online AUB Group names new CFO – again

CBA admits unfair credit insurance sales

It has admitted breaching obligations under the Corporations Act


Source: Business Online CBA admits unfair credit insurance sales

Are brokers doing enough to close the protection gap?

One senior industry figure says more needs to be done to educate consumers


Source: Business Online Are brokers doing enough to close the protection gap?

ANZ bank to pay out millions following ASIC reviews investigation

Body hands down hefty undertaking as a result of “systemic failures”


Source: Business Online ANZ bank to pay out millions following ASIC reviews investigation

Cyclone-hit groups encouraged to apply for relief

Foundation to help community organisations get back up after storm battering


Source: Business Online Cyclone-hit groups encouraged to apply for relief

Strong Winds Collapse Hangar At Houston Airport¸ Millions In Damage

Strong winds took down a large hangar at Hobby Airport overnight when severe storms rolled through southeast Houston. No one was inside the hangar when it happened. No one was hurt. The Houston Airport System says the runway that was once covered by debris from the collapsed hangar reopened sometime after 3 p.m. Wednesday¸ but that part of a neighboring taxiway is still closed. According to HPD Lieutenant Larry Crowson¸ police received a call a little after midnight to assist the fire department at the hanger owned by Jet Aviation.
Source: The Page – USA Strong Winds Collapse Hangar At Houston Airport¸ Millions In Damage