Texas Surplus Lines Industry Sees Rule Changes at Year’s End

Article 0 Comments New rules for the Texas surplus lines insurance industry are coming into effect at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019. According to the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLTX), one of the most pressing changes concerns the untimely filing of policies. Rule §15.114, which […]

Empty Oil Tanker Catches Fire Near Cyprus; Crew Members Treated for Burns

Article 0 Comments A Maltese-flagged oil tanker caught fire and ran aground near a fishing village, forcing several crew members to jump overboard, Cypriot authorities said Saturday [Dec. 29]. Cyprus’ Joint Rescue Coordination Center said the fire aboard the tanker Athlos was extinguished soon after it broke out. Five crew […]

Louisiana Adds Jobs for 14 Straight Months

Article 0 Comments Over the course of 14 months, Louisiana has added tens of thousands of jobs, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. According to information released on Dec. 21 by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased in the state by 23,100 jobs from […]

Tropical Storm Usman Becomes Philippines’ 2nd Deadliest Weather Disaster in 2018

Article 0 Comments Tropical Storm Usman, which entered the Philippines on Christmas Day, emerged as the deadliest weather disaster for the country this year following Typhoon Mangkhut in September. Usman, a slow-moving storm with winds of up to 55 kilometers (34 miles) an hour, killed at least 61 people as […]

Ohio Records 9 Traffic Fatalities Roads During Christmas Holiday Weekend

Article 0 Comments The State Highway Patrol says nine people were killed in traffic crashes around Ohio during the Christmas weekend. The patrol says three people died in drug or alcohol related crashes during the five-day holiday period that began Dec. 21. It also says three fatalities were related to […]

Another Lawsuit Filed over Detroit’s Towing Practices

Article 0 Comments Two Detroit residents and a car leasing company have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the city and a towing company worked with police to impound vehicles without informing owners. The suit alleges that Bobby’s Towing was allowed to charge exorbitant storage fees to unsuspecting car owners, […]

North Dakota Still Working to Improve Warnings After Deadly Tornado

Article 0 Comments The impact of a deadly summer tornado that struck western North Dakota is still being felt as work continues to improve the area’s weather warning system. The EF2 tornado slammed into the Prairie View RV Park in Watford City around 12:45 a.m. on July 10, killing a […]

3 Men Convicted in Britain of Murder During Insurance Fraud

Article 0 Comments Three men in Britain have been found guilty of murdering five people in an explosion as part of a plot to claim over 300,000 pounds ($380,000) from an insurance policy. Arkan Ali, Hawkar Hassan and Aram Kurd were convicted Friday in Leicester Crown Court. Prosecutors say they […]

Ascot Expands U.S. Marine Team With Johnson and Factor in California

Article 0 Comments Ascot has named Chris Johnson and Jocelyne Factor as underwriters in the U.S. marine team. Both will be based in the new San Francisco office, expanding Ascot’s geographic footprint to the West Coast. Johnson, senior vice president, joins from Navigators, where he was regional vice president responsible […]