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Weather Tracking Firm Receives Patent on Storm Warning Technology

Earth Networks Inc., a Maryland company that provides weather-tracking services, has received a patent on a technology that can be used to track storm cells. Patent 8,836,518 covers a method that uses lightning-flash rates to track the cells. According to …

A.M. Best: Prospects Improve for Insurers in ASEAN Market

While integration of insurance markets among the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has a long way to go, the prospects for closer connectivity in a region with vibrant growth give insurers and regulators incentive to …

Experts: Insurance Distribution Future Online and Personalized

The future of insurance distribution was discussed at the CPCU Society’s annual All Industry Day in California on Tuesday. The day-long conference at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City included panels on the economy, business interruption and cyber liability. During …

W. Africa Ebola Cases May Rise to 10,000 a Week by December

The number of Ebola cases in three West African nations may jump to between 5,000 and 10,000 a week by Dec. 1 as the deadly viral infection spreads, the World Health Organization said. The outbreak is still expanding geographically in …

Best Report: Spain’s Insurance Market Remains Profitable

As Spain’s economy shows signs of improvement, there are indications that the decline in the country’s non-life insurance market has slowed in 2014, aided by growth in the health insurance sector, according to a new A.M. Best special report. This …

A.M. Best: UK Non-Life Insurers’ Profits Under Pressure

Profit margins in the U.K. non-life insurance sector are under pressure this year as companies fight to maintain pricing discipline in an extremely competitive market, according to a new A.M. Best special report. Premium rates are falling in personal lines …

Are States, Cities Equipped to Handle Ebola Emergencies?

The missteps in Dallas’s handling of the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States have revealed an uncomfortable reality: state and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations for everything from measles to floods, …

Seattle, Boston Top Cities for Pedestrian Safety

Seattle, where a crowd of football fans celebrating a Super Bowl victory waited at a crosswalk for a signal change this year, is the safest U.S. city for pedestrians, according to a study by Liberty Mutual Holding Co. The city …

How States Rank, High to Low, in Workers’ Compensation Premiums

A list of state rankings for workers’ compensation premiums shows a slight drop in premiums in the last two years, and that a number of states are close in terms of how much employers are paying. The list put out …

High-Tide Floods to Triple for Some East Coast Cities, Study Finds

Flooding during high tides, which used to be rare, is now common in some places and could worsen to the point that sections of coastal cities may flood so often they would become unusable in the near future, according to …