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November 6, 2012

  Risk, Insurance, Claims & Safety 
  • Sandy may drive up insurance rates, experts say
    Insurance rates could rise and policy terms may become stricter because of Hurricane Sandy and its remnants, experts say. Insurers may curb the amount of flood coverage written and are likely to be "looking hard at deductibles," said Al Tobin of Aon Risk Solutions. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hawaii county, EPA reach $5.1M settlement over landfill emissions
    Hawaii's Maui County will spend $5.1 million to resolve allegations that a landfill violated the Clean Air Act with regard to methane and other emissions. The county says it has spent $4.5 million toward new gas-collection systems at the landfill, and also will pay a $380,000 civil penalty. The settlement also includes the installation of an eight-turbine wind farm that will cost about $250,000. The Maui News (Wailuku, Hawaii) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert: Cities can use technology to provide services efficiently
    Cities will need to better apply computer, sensor and networking technology to help deliver a sustainable future, IBM's Michael Dixon writes. The Mesa Police Department in Arizona, which has reported a 25% reduction in crime, now shares information on criminal activity with municipalities across the state, Dixon writes. In San Francisco, a 1,000-mile wastewater system has been retrofitted with sensors as a cost-effective solution to ensure that leaks are found and fixed so that it stays in good condition. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Workplace & Retirement 
  • Ala. county is struggling amid layoffs, manager says
    The loss of hundreds of Jefferson County, Ala., employees, who were laid off last year because of financial constraints, is affecting operations, County Manager Tony Petelos said. Those who bought business licenses were given an extra 30 days to pay because of software problems, and problems also arose related to property-tax forms and notifications. The Birmingham News (Ala.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Higher Education 
  • Penn State officials are arraigned after grand jury report
    Penn State University's athletic director and a retired vice president have been arraigned on charges of covering up allegations that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is expected to be arraigned this week. The allegations against Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were made in a 39-page grand jury report that was released last week. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Groups push for Mont. students to be able to carry guns
    Gun-rights supporters say the Montana Board of Regents is wrong to restrict guns on college campuses, and they are pushing to allow students to carry firearms. One lawmaker has sought in recent years to approve the carrying of a gun on campus if the owner has a permit. Gary Taylor, police chief at the University of Montana, says campus police are trained to respond to shootings and that if "we have three armed students in a room, it makes it hard to determine in that split second who's the shooter and who's not." Independent Record (Helena, Mont.) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Crisis-management tips from Bloomberg
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a master class in crisis management as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy hit the Big Apple, Scott Eblin writes. Bloomberg has projected quiet confidence, remained highly visible and stayed utterly consistent in his message. Level Blog (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News From Aon 
  • Sandy recovery information
    Aon continues to provide resources for those working through a recovery from Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy at the Aon Situation Room. You can access advice from top experts and continually updated information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HR in higher education
    The State of HR Effectiveness: Higher Education Survey investigates how HR delivers value and contributes to institutional success and the components that distinguish HR functions at leading academic institutions. The findings not only shed light on the specific programs and practices that drive the success of institutions, they also uncover how these companies are wrestling with leadership challenges amid the current economic and academic environment. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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