Share this article and your comments with peers on social media At its annual general meeting held earlier this month the OmbudService for Life & Health Insurance (OLHI) announced another successful year, and the successful completion of its second independent review. OLHI is a national independent complaint resolution and information service for consumers of Canadian life and health insurance products and services. Keywords Life insurance industry, Dispute resolution Related news IE Staff Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Sun Life Financial buying Pinnacle Care International Manulife, Sun Life report modest impact from Hong Kong turmoil OLHI said total contacts with the public exceeded 66,000 this year, led by a growth in web visits of 35%. It also noted a significant increase in both complaint referrals from insurers and the number of Western consumers using OLHI’s services. “We are pleased that OLHI’s profile with the public continues to grow”, said Dr. Janice MacKinnon, OLHI chairwoman. “Another major highlight has been the completion of OLHI’s second independent review,” added MacKinnon. “The review concludes that OLHI is fulfilling its mandate as an independent forum for consumer protection.” “We are particularly happy with the reviewer’s conclusion that OLHI operates independently from the life and health insurance industry and that its current model for the selection of directors should not be changed,” she said. MacKinnon also clarified that OLHI will continue to handle consumer complaints related to segregated funds. “Segregated funds are insurance products and OLHI has the expertise to handle these complaints. It makes sense that we continue to review them and to refer any related banking or mutual fund complaint to our sister OmbudService, OBSI,” she said. OLHI receives approximately 70 segregated fund complaints annually; fewer than 10% involve a mutual fund or banking component. Further details on notable company events in the past year, including consumer case studies, are contained in OLHI’s 2012 -13 Annual Report now available online. Manulife Canada CEO sees Apple and Netflix as competitors as insurance evolves
Published: Feb. 14, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Erin Greenhalgh, chair CUSG Student Group Funding BoardAs the chair of the Student Group Funding Board (SGFB), I get a lot of questions from student groups who are looking for funding. It’s no wonder. Information about SGFB is not at all centralized or easy to find. (Coming soon—CUSG’s new website, which will ease some of these problems.) When you can find information, it’s often full of student government jargon, references to documents you’ve never heard of, and so many acronyms. In this article, I will break down the basics of the SGFB so your group can go forth and get funding.What is SGFB? How is it different from other funding boards?There are many boards at CU that fund with student fee dollars: Rep Council, Council of Colleges and Schools (CCS), Arts and Sciences Student Government (ASSG), the Cultural Events Board (CEB), and the SGFB. Because these boards distribute funds that you as a student have contributed to, they all follow guidelines called the Student Fee Regulations, which dictate how to responsibly allocate that money.While all the boards listed above can fund events and travel for groups, SGFB is unique in that we can also give money for operational costs, such as office supplies. SGFB is also able to fund in higher amounts than many of the boards, and is often a good option for student groups. SGFB is governed by the SGFB code, which gives more specific guidelines for how the board should operate.How do I know if my group is eligible for funding?In order to fund with student fee money, we board members need to make sure that as many students as possible will benefit from the spending. Think of it this way—you paid into student fees, so we want you to have the opportunity to enjoy the activities and events they fund.The SGFB code has clear requirements for the kinds of groups we can fund. Your group must be open to everyone—grads and undergrads. You cannot have any exclusionary measures, like accepting only women or men or having a GPA requirement. This means, unfortunately, that in general sororities and fraternities are not eligible for funding. Your group can charge a membership fee, but you have to accommodate people who want to join but are unable to pay the fee.In addition, your group must have regular meetings — at least three per semester — and maintain an account with the Student Organizations Finance Office (SOFO). This means meeting with them at least once a semester to update your signer information and check on the status of your account. SGFB can only fund groups that are in good standing with SOFO.Finally, when you apply for funding, SGFB requires your group to send a copy of its by-laws. This is important so that the board can get a better sense of how your group functions, and so that we can double check that your group meets the open access requirements.If you have questions about your group’s eligibility, you can find more information in Chapter 5 of the SGFB code.How can I apply for funding, and what is the process like?You can find our application online on the CUSG website or the SOFO website. There are several sections on the application; only fill out the ones that are applicable to your request. When filling out the application, be as detailed and specific as you can. The groups who get funding the quickest are those who give a detailed breakdown of the cost of the items they are planning on buying in addition to a description of how these items are important to the mission of their group.When you finish your application, send it to [email protected] Remember to attach a copy of your group’s bylaws as well. I look at the applications every Friday and sort them for the upcoming hearing.Hearings take place every week on Wednesdays starting at 5 p.m. For meeting locations please check the CUSG website. Your group will have up to five minutes to present your funding request and then the board will ask questions. The board will discuss your proposal and vote on an amount to fund. If the board has more questions, we will ask you to add to your proposal and will vote on your funding the following week. If your proposal is clear and detailed, you will get an allocation notice from your liaison by the following night. Then all you need to do is have a short meeting with your liaison and SOFO, and you are free to use your funds.The funding process can seem complicated, but gathering all the information beforehand will help your hearing go smoothly and get you to accomplishing your group’s goals faster. If questions come up along the way, email me at [email protected] or at [email protected]
Previous articleTrivento Strikes Three-year Deal with Major League SoccerNext articleJoseph Phelps Vineyards Celebrates 45th Napa Valley Harvest Press Release Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Facebook Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Elkhart Plastics, Inc. Earns Multiple ‘Top 10’ Rotomolding RankingsIndustry News ReleasesElkhart Plastics, Inc. Earns Multiple ‘Top 10’ Rotomolding RankingsBy Press Release – September 12, 2017 162 0 AdvertisementELKHART, IN – Elkhart Plastics, Inc. (Elkhart Plastics) is proud to be ranked in the Top 10 categories for overall and custom rotomolding sales in North America according to Plastics News’ 2017 North American Rotational Molders Rankings.For the second year in a row, Elkhart Plastics ranked second in custom rotomolding sales and seventh in overall rotomolding sales. While the top ten positions are the same, the company’s overall sales figures grew from $87 million to $89.6 million in just one year.Plastic News released the rankings in August based on data from fiscal year 2016.“We are proud to rotomold quality products that fit very particular needs,” said Jack Welter, CEO of Elkhart Plastics, “And our sales reflect that pride. We are equally proud of our growth over the last year and excited to achieve even more growth next year.”Since the totals used to determine the Plastic News rankings were released Elkhart Plastics has introduced four new products to the market including plastics pallets, Tuff Stack intermediate bulk containers, Tuff Cube intermediate bulk containers, and KONG Coolers.“I am grateful to Elkhart Plastics team members nationwide for making these rankings possible,” Welter said. “Without our knowledgeable workforce and their dedication to providing quality products and personal customer service none of our achievements would be possible.”Owned and operated in the United States, Elkhart Plastics has five plants with locations in Elkhart, South Bend, and Middlebury, Ind.; Ridgefield, Wash.; and Littleton, Colo.Plastics News ranked Indiana as the second highest state for rotomolding plant locations. Elkhart Plastics owns three of the 17 rotomolding locations located in the state.Elkhart Plastics employs more than 550 people and utilizes 46 rotational machines – the most machines reported amongst Plastics News’ top 100 rotomolders – to design and produce custom and off-the-shelf products for clients around the world.With the slogan of “If you can imagine it, we can rotomold it,” Elkhart Plastics can create a countless number of rotomolded items. Primarily, the 29-year-old business serves the agriculture, construction, heavy truck, marine, RV, and material handling industries.Elkhart Plastics, Inc. is a 29-year-old, privately held American company. One of the largest custom rotational molding companies in the United States, Elkhart Plastics has five plants and more than 550 employees nationwide. Understanding that application drives design, their experience and knowledge can create unique parts using the rotomolding process in addition to producing a number of proprietary items. Email ReddIt Share TAGSElkhart Plastics
RelatedHenry Awaits Report on Palisadoes Talks RelatedHenry Awaits Report on Palisadoes Talks FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Transport and Works, the Hon Mike Henry, says he is awaiting a comprehensive report from meetings being held among stakeholders to the US$65 million Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Programme, over recent days, following major hitches caused mainly by violent intimidation on the project site. Mr. Henry, who is on official business in Trinidad and Tobago, says he has been in touch with various stakeholders, but intends to fully address the issue after analysing the comprehensive report expected after the meetings are completed. Mr. Henry brought the security concerns of main contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to the attention of the Police Commissioner. In response to the Opposition’s claim that the security issues were being used to mask other issues there, Mr. Henry said strong-arm tactics were long-established and integral features of the constituency. “Those who don’t know it and never expected such issues to arise on the mega project just don’t exist. Everybody knows how East Kingston politics operates and who have flexed the real muscles there, traditionally. So to deny the undeniable is pretty much futile, I believe,” the Minister said. He added that it was in the national interest for the project to be completed, without any repetition of the level of intimidation that has recently emerged, saying that was his goal in going forward. However, he said the sources of the problems need to be fully addressed, to minimise the likelihood of repetition. He also cited the need for the police report on the matter to be brought into the picture, especially since the Member of Parliament (MP) has dismissed all assertions of criminal involvement by political elements in the problems on the worksite. The minister said from the overall report that is expected, he intends to chart an amicable way forward. By Balford Henry, JIS Reporter & Editor Henry Awaits Report on Palisadoes Talks TransportSeptember 14, 2011 RelatedHenry Awaits Report on Palisadoes Talks Advertisements
RelatedContract Signed for Cedar Grove High School in Gregory Park Advertisements RelatedContract Signed for Cedar Grove High School in Gregory Park FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education has signed a $660 million contract with HDB Construction for the building of the Cedar Grove High School at Gregory Park, in Portmore, St. Catherine. The institution is the first to be built under the National Education Trust (NET) on behalf of the Ministry, and the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), and is a joint initiative involving the New Testament Church of God Jamaica/Cayman Islands, which has leased the land. Funding support is being provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Speaking at the signing ceremony, held at the Ministry’s Heroes Circle headquarters in Kingston, on April 26, Acting Permanent Secretary, Grace McLean, pointed out that there is tremendous shortage of spaces at the secondary school level, numbering more than 100,000. “We are of the opinion that if we start with one, and move on to another, we will be able to fulfill that need. We are very happy that despite the shortages, we have been able to use creative strategies and systems to ensure that our children can continue to get their secondary level education until we can make the situation ideal for them,” she said. The Permanent Secretary lauded the initiative taken by the church to collaborate with the Ministry. “What is most important on this project is to ensure that we complete it on time and within budget, and that our partners can be fully satisfied with this project,” she added. Member of Parliament for East Central St. Catherine, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, welcomed the construction of the school, noting that Portmore has the distinction of having the highest concentration of educated persons in the island, particularly at the tertiary level. “Therefore, the addition of this school will continue that tradition. We hope that we will attract the best and brightest minds and add value to them, so that they can contribute to the development of the country,” he said. Director of the ESTP, Jean Hastings, explained that the school was among those identified under the transformation programme to increase capacity at the secondary level. She noted that the programme is being carried out as a result of the recommendations of the Task Force Report on Education Reform of 2004. “About $5 billion was provided previously by the Government to commence the build-out of schools, at both the secondary and primary levels. Miss Hastings pointed out that St. Catherine is one of the areas where rapid growth is being seen, and where the demand for secondary spaces is very high. “So, this is a welcome start in improving the capacity of spaces at the secondary level, particularly for that parish,” she said. The school, which will be sited on the Gregory Park main road, next to the Cedar Grove community, will accommodate 1,200 students and 80 staff members, with 20 classrooms; 10 technical workshops; three science labs; two computer labs; administration, washroom and canteen facilities; library; book rental room; tuck shop; store rooms; kitchen; multi-purpose dining area; ancillary staff area; and ramp access for the disabled. Construction is to begin in another week and be completed within 18 months. RelatedContract Signed for Cedar Grove High School in Gregory Park Contract Signed for Cedar Grove High School in Gregory Park EducationApril 26, 2012 By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporter
Story HighlightsThe National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be handing over an electronic wildlife monitoring kit to the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), to better equip Customs officials in preventing the illegal trafficking of endangered Jamaican wildlife.The presentation will take place during a ceremony on Thursday, March 3, at Institute of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, to mark World Wildlife Day under the theme: ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands.’Senior Manager, Conservation and Protection sub-division at NEPA, Yvonne Strong, told JIS News that the toolkit contains information on local laws governing the movement of endemic species, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). NEPA to Present Wildlife Monitoring Kit to Customs EnvironmentMarch 3, 2016Written by: Roger Hutchinson RelatedWork Completed on Innswood Artificial Groundwater System RelatedNEPA To Award Top Photos In World Wetlands Day Competition RelatedCharlemont Residents Receive Land Titles Photo: JIS PhotographerWild birds nesting in trees along the banks of one of Jamaica’s protected wetlands. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be handing over an electronic wildlife monitoring kit to the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), to better equip Customs officials in preventing the illegal trafficking of endangered Jamaican wildlife.The presentation will take place during a ceremony on Thursday, March 3, at Institute of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, to mark World Wildlife Day under the theme: ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands.’Senior Manager, Conservation and Protection sub-division at NEPA, Yvonne Strong, told JIS News that the toolkit contains information on local laws governing the movement of endemic species, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).It will be a guide for Customs officers, who operate as first responders in the fight against the illicit trade in plants and animals that are endemic to the island.“The kit will assist Customs officers in the detection of breaches of endangered species; protection, conservation and regulation of the Trade Act; and regulation and other provisions as it relates to CITES. It also will assist them with the proper reporting procedures to NEPA,” she explained.Mrs. Strong further disclosed that the kit provides information on the laws that govern international trade and how Customs officers can obtain further information on the various animals and plants that are listed in the indices of CITES.“We have also included in the brief, an outline as it relates to the other legislation that govern the international trade of species by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries,” she told JIS News.NEPA also plans to increase public awareness about legislation governing wildlife protection in Jamaica, and to continue to enforce these laws. NEPA to Present Wildlife Monitoring Kit to CustomsJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements
Steve Costello Home China’s number 2 and 3 pick up trial FDD LTE licences – report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 JUN 2014 Author Previous ArticleTelco sees loss on Telecom Italia stake, ahead of break-upNext ArticleIndian operators push for partial allocation of unused 3G spectrum Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more China MobileChina TelecomChina UnicomFDD-LTEMIITTD-LTE Related China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone Asia China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal China Telecom profit jumps Tags China Unicom and China Telecom have picked-up licences for trial FDD LTE networks in 16 cities, according to reports originating from the country.As yet, however, it is unclear when the Chinese authorities will issue commercial FDD LTE licences, to complement the TD-LTE licences issued to operators late last year.According to Reuters, the licence issue has been confirmed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.While market leader China Mobile is all-in with its support for TD-LTE, its rivals have both said they envisage a model where both network types are deployed to deliver high-speed services to consumers.In the meantime, China Mobile has been aggressively building out its 4G network, putting it ahead of its rivals in the game.Last year, China Unicom said that there “won’t be any wavering” on its plan to deploy FDD LTE as an evolution of its WCDMA network, while undertaking a rollout of TD-LTE that is focused on provincial capital cities and coastal cities.And in its most recent results release, China Telecom said that it intends applying for an FDD LTE licence alongside its TD-LTE permit, in order to “deploy a 4G network appropriately with regard to the government policy and business development”.China Telecom has also said it intends to deploy its network in such a way that the majority of the investment supports both FDD LTE and TD-LTE operation.The Chinese authorities have favoured TD-LTE due to the heavy involvement of Chinese companies in the development of the technology – which is not the same as for FDD LTE.But, unlike in the 3G space, where the China-developed TD-SCDMA standard failed to gain any traction outside of its home market, TD-LTE has gained international support.And the Global TD-LTE Initiative, the body promoting the adoption of the technology, has also promoted the co-existence of the technology with FDD LTE from the outset, with the aim of enabling operators to make the best use of diverse spectrum allocations seamlessly.
China tightens app data collection rules CES 2015 NewsChinaNDRCQualcomm Previous ArticleZTE ramps up US offeringNext ArticleSamsung bets its future on an open IoT world LIVE FROM CES 2015: Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, said that reaching a resolution with regard to the company’s ongoing woes in China is “one of the highest priorities for our management team”.Responding to a question in Qualcomm’s press event, the executive continued: “There has been some speculation around and we can’t really comment too much on that. As soon as we get to a resolution, obviously we will be in a better position to talk about it.”According to recent reports, the Chinese government has indicated it could be about to agree a settlement that could cost Qualcomm more than $1 billion. It has also been suggested that the company has changed its licensing fees, to give parity to CDMA and WCDMA-family products.Qualcomm previously said that it believes some companies in China are “not fully complying with their contractual obligations to report their sales of licensed products”, and that others may delay negotiations while the NDRC dispute is ongoing.The US chipmaker has been in talks with the National Development and Reform Commission for some time, with Aberle apparently involved in the process. China to accelerate 6G push over next 5 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 JAN 2015 Tags Airtel, Qualcomm forge 5G open RAN deal Related Steve Costello HomeAsiaNews Qualcomm head: China resolution “highest priority” Asia Author Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more
For the second year in a row, the Flathead Beacon won top honors among the state’s large weekly and small daily newspapers in the Montana Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were handed out Saturday night at the association’s annual banquet in Bozeman. The Beacon took home 29 total and 11 first-place awards, including the Division III Weeklies/Division I Dailies Sweepstakes, which recognizes the best newspaper in the division and is based on total points accumulated for placing in the various categories of the contest.The Beacon received awards for best front page along with best business, agriculture and educational reporting. It was also honored for general excellence.The Beacon won in the second-largest division. In Division II Dailies, the largest division, the Billings Gazette received the Sam Gilluly Sweepstakes Award as the best daily newspaper in Montana. The Dillon Tribune won among Division II Weeklies and the Bigfork Eagle took top honors in Division I Weeklies.The following is a roundup of categories in which the Beacon placed:FIRST PLACE AWARDSBest Front Page: Flathead BeaconBest News Graphic: Stephen TempletonBest Business, Economy, Technology Reporting: Dan TestaBest Agricultural Reporting: Molly PriddyBest Educational Reporting: Keriann LynchBest Outdoors Section or Page: Flathead BeaconBest Feature Picture: Lido Vizzutti, Flathead BeaconBest Editorial Cartoon: Stephen TempletonBest Online News Product: Flathead BeaconGeneral Excellence: Flathead BeaconSweepstakes Award (Weeklies Division III/Dailies Division I): Flathead BeaconSECOND PLACE AWARDSSpecial Section: Winter GuideNiche Publication: Beacon Business MonthlyBest Headline Writing: Flathead BeaconBest Business, Economy, Technology Reporting: Myers ReeceBest In-Depth Investigative Reporting: Myers ReeceBest Sports Picture: Lido VizzuttiBest Outdoors, Nature Photo: Lido VizzuttiCommunity Service: Flathead BeaconTHIRD PLACE AWARDSBest Column Writing: Kellyn BrownBest Justice System Reporting: Flathead BeaconBest In-Depth Investigative Reporting: Dan TestaBest Agriculture Reporting: Keriann LynchBest Educational Reporting: Myers ReeceBest Lifestyle Page: Flathead BeaconHONORABLE MENTIONBest Sports Page: Flathead BeaconBest Sports Event Coverage: Elizabeth HarrisonBest Advertising Series: Flathead BeaconBest Innovative Online Idea: Lido Vizzutti Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
Summer means a lot of things in Northwest Montana: barbeques, warm days on the lake and hikes in Glacier National Park. Summer also means the beginning of road construction season and the Montana Department of Transportation will be keeping busy this year with a number of projects in this part of the state.Ed Toavs, MDT’s Missoula district administrator, said planning what road projects to tackle during any given summer can be tough, especially as the number of drivers on Montana’s roads continues to increase.“You’ve got to consider the timing of these projects to ensure that they will have the least amount of impact on people,” he said.While some projects are small – a slope stabilization effort near West Glacier and a new traffic light on Highway 35 – others will be major, multi-year efforts, including a new bridge on U.S. Highway 2 in Hungry Horse. The Beacon caught up with Toavs to talk about some of the upcoming road projects.Road Construction Projects in Northwest Montana. Map by Steve Larson.1. Columbia Falls – Highway 2Estimated Start: Late SummerMDT will rebuild the curb and sidewalks along U.S. Highway 2 through Columbia Falls to ensure they comply with the American With Disabilities Act. The project will also upgrade the road surface from the west side of Columbia Falls to the Flathead River bridge. The project is expected to cost nearly $4 million.2. Hungry Horse Bridge – Highway 2Estimated Start: Spring One of the biggest road projects in the state will be the construction of a new bridge over the South Fork Flathead River. The original bridge will remain open until 2018 while a new one is constructed alongside it. Because of that, Toavs said the impacts to drivers would be limited, at least this year. In 2018, during the second phase of the project, MDT will realign the highway on either side of the bridge. The project is expected to cost $20 million.3. West Glacier – Highway 2Estimated Start: Late SummerMDT crews will be fixing the embankment along a 200-foot section of U.S. Highway 2 between West Glacier and Essex.4. Evergreen – Highway 35Estimated Start: FallMDT will be realigning the approaches of Montana Highway 35 and Helena Flats Road, as well as installing a new traffic light to make the intersection safer. The project is expected to cost $1 million.5. Somers – Highway 82Estimated Start: SpringFour miles of Montana Highway 82 near Somers will be repaved. While the project will result in some delays, Toavs said they are optimistic it will be done before the busy summer tourist season.6. Polson – Highway 93Estimated Start: Early FallNew turning lanes will be installed on U.S. Highway 93 north of Polson near the intersection of Flathead View Drive. Toavs said there have been a number of collisions at the site and the new turning lanes will increase safety.7. Libby – East Balsam StreetEstimated Start: SummerNew sidewalks will be installed on Balsam Street in Libby between Nevada Avenue and Main Avenue. Toavs said the sidewalks would improve mobility within the community.8. Troy – US Highway 93Estimated Start: FallRetaining walls along U.S. Highway 2 between Troy and the Idaho border will be rebuilt.9. Kiowa Jct. – Highway 89Estimated Start: SpringA section of Highway 89 between Browning and Kiowa Jct. (where Highway 49 from East Glacier Park comes in) will be completely rebuilt and realigned in some areas. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email