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NIF Group Launches Program for Luxury Homebuilders in 3 Western States

NIF Group, Inc., a program administrator and specialty brokerage firm, has created a program for luxury homebuilders and remodelers. NIF Insurance Services of California, a division of NIF Group, is in partnership with an A.M. Best rated ‘A’, carrier writing …

Beazley Doubles Environmental Risk Capacity to $50M with Lloyd’s Consortium

Beazley, the London-based provider of specialist environmental liability insurance, has doubled its capacity for operational and fixed site environmental risks to $50 million. Covering the environmental liabilities of large multi-national companies, the increased limits are backed by the Beazley Elements …

Officials: No Long-Term Impact on Florida Tourism Expected Despite Zika Spread

The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn’t ideal for tourism, but local officials and business leaders are confident the long-term impact on the tourism industry will be minor. Transmission of the virus via mosquito has been confirmed …

Number of Iowa Drivers Penalized for Passing Stopped School Buses Declines

Fewer drivers are receiving the tough penalties Iowa lawmakers approved in 2012 for illegally passing school buses when they are stopped. The Des Moines Register reports that the number of people charged with violating the school bus law has declined, …

1347 Property Insurance Holdings Expects Losses from Louisiana Storms

1347 Property Insurance Holdings Inc., which offers specialty property/casualty insurance through its subsidiary, Maison Insurance Co. (Maison), said it expects to incur losses from claims related to damage from the recent storms that produced record-breaking floods in Louisiana. Maison has …

Health Official: Zika Virus Could Spread Across U.S. Gulf States

One of the top U.S. public health officials on Aug. 21 warned that the mosquito-borne Zika virus could extend its reach across the U.S. Gulf Coast after officials last week confirmed it as active in the popular tourist destination of …

Flood Claims Mount; FEMA Extends Insurance Renewal Period for Some in Louisiana

Due to the damage and displacement caused by recent flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended to 120 days the grace period to renew flood insurance policies in certain Louisiana parishes. The federal agency said more than 25,000 …

Conyers Appointed Assistant VP, Distribution at CNA

Property/casualty insurance company, CNA, has appointed Shay Conyers to assistant vice president of distribution. Based in Chicago, he reports to Rocco Orlando, senior vice president, sales and distribution He has 16 years of industry experience and joined CNA in 2012 …

Midlife Back Pain Traced to Heavy Physical Work Habits in Youth

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way …

Willis Re Taps Aon’s McDowell to Lead Bermuda Unit; Harden as APAC President

Willis Re announced the appointment of Chris McDowell as CEO of Willis Re Bermuda. Effective Jan. 1, 2017, he will succeed Michael Harden, CEO of Willis Re Bermuda since 2014, who is returning to the Asia Pacific region as president …

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