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Water level detectors in all below-waterline compartments should be mandatory for large fishing vessels: TSB

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

More than 26 years after the fatal sinking of a leaking fishing vessel north of Nova Scotia, the federal government has still not mandated water level detectors on all large fishing vessels, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada warned this

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March and year-to-date second warmest on record for the world: NOAA

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

On the heels of the second warmest winter in its 138-year record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reported that March 2017 and the year-to-date were the second warmest on record for the world. The March 2017 average

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Volkswagen to pay US$2.8 billion in U.S. diesel emission scandal

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

DETROIT – Volkswagen has been ordered to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests. Federal Judge Sean Cox in Detroit followed the deal negotiated by VW and the U.S. Justice Department.

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BlackBerry expanding channels of distribution via cyber security initiative with Allied World

April 21, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Ontario-based BlackBerry Limited is growing its footprint in the insurance industry through a new initiative with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings in which the latter’s U.S. cyber policyholders will gain direct access to the former’s cyber security expertise through an

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Transportation Safety Board calls on aviation firms to have “clearly defined” go-around policies

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Commercial aviation firms are at increased risk if they do not have a “clearly defined go-around policy” during approach and landing, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada suggested in a report released Thursday, the same day the agency announced a

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M&A insurance claims rising, 23% of deals over US$1 billion end in a claim: AIG study

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The frequency of insurance claims related to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is rising as large deals prove risky and the average payout on the most severe category of claims tops US$20 million, according to a new global study from American

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Police are conducting ‘search’ when knocking on door to investigate allegations of drinking and driving: Court

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Canada’s highest court announced Thursday it will not hear a crown appeal of an impaired driving acquittal, in which a Saskatchewan Provincial Court judge ruled that a police officer knocking on the apartment door of a registered vehicle owner constituted

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Travelers reports combined ratio of 96% for Q1, net income of US$617 million

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Travelers Companies, Inc. has reported a combined ratio of 96% for the first quarter of 2017, up 3.7 points from 92.3% in the first quarter of last year. Net income for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31

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Global insurance industry to see “slightly increased” growth by 2018, P&C premium volume to grow by 4% on average: Munich Re

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The global insurance industry is likely to see slightly increased growth by 2018, Munich Re reported on Thursday. Munich Re said in a press release that better economic prospects in the United States and in many emerging markets will offset

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Optimum General obtains CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) has announced that Optimum General Inc. has obtained CSIO certification for commercial lines eDocs. Optimum is now CSIO eDocs-certified for both of its lines of business, as the company obtained certification for

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Intact Ventures becomes strategic investor in Canadian IoT technology company Alert Labs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Ventures has made its first investment in Canada Alert Labs Inc., an Ontario provider of easy-to-install technology that offers residential and commercial property owners real-time water use, flood, leak, temperature and power alerts. Not only do the alerts generated

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Dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars, experts say

April 19, 2017 by Tom Krisher and Ken Ritter - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LAS VEGAS – A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government’s efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There’s nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from