EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Patra, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for the insurance industry, along with AmWINS Group, CRC Group, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, are among the leading companies that have formed InsurConneXtions Alliance, a strategic alliance that will prioritize, develop, and integrate specific technology solutions into critical insurance processes – for the purposes of driving processing efficiencies and industry standards.

The Insurance industry will need to rapidly adopt technology to drive efficiencies and economic value for our customers

The formation of InsurConneXtions represents leaders across insurance technology, brokerage, wholesale, and specialty insurance, and represent over $50 Billion in Insurance premiums. 

With a multitude of decisions and rapid changes facing the insurance industry, collaboration and cooperation is required to accelerate the integration of technology into critical and high-volume processes. The charter members of the Alliance are well positioned to leverage their expertise, experience, and market position to accelerate the deployment of technology into a variety of insurance processes. 

The alliance has unanimously selected to begin its collaboration by focusing on technology and efficiency improvements to policy checking. Policy checking is a high volume and comprehensive process that performs a critical validation for accuracy and integrity of policy issuance across carriers, wholesalers, and brokers. Beginning this month, alliance members will work together to drive the evolution of Patra’s industry leading policy checking solution.

“The need for insurance leaders to collaborate on technology has never been more important and this InsurConneXtions will be an important and strategic contributor,” said John Simpson, CEO and Founder of Patra. “With industry leading firms along with Patra’s technology and full-service delivery capabilities, a collaborative approach will help ensure a more rapid delivery of tech-enabled solutions to help solve our common challenges.”

“Speaking on behalf of the membership, we are excited

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s first institute dedicated to green finance research and talent development was launched on Tuesday (Oct 13) by the Imperial College Business School and Lee Kong Chian School of Business at Singapore Management University (SMU).

The institute is supported by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and its launch was announced by the central bank’s managing director Ravi Menon during his keynote speech at the Financial Times’ Investing for Good Asia conference.

“MAS is committed to developing a vibrant green finance research and talent ecosystem in Singapore,” he said. 

“The Singapore Green Finance Centre will be an important part of this ecosystem.” 

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The finance centre will draw on the strengths of Imperial College and SMU in climate science, financial economics and sustainable investing, MAS said in a joint news release with the two schools. 

The centre will pursue research that helps “develop strategies for policymakers and financial institutions to support Asia’s transition to a low carbon future”. 

The research will focus on three main themes: Transforming businesses by integrating climate-related data and environmental, social and governance considerations into decision-making; designing policies and new initiatives that can improve the efficiency of green finance markets; and catalysing the development of green finance solutions.

The centre also aims to equip professionals with new skills and develop a strong pipeline of green finance talent. It will offer courses across various levels – undergraduate, post-graduate, continuing and professional education. 

The institute will be jointly led by Professor David Fernandez, director of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics at SMU, and Dr Charles Donovan, Professor of Practice and executive director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School.

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ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor officials are looking for community feedback on potential affordable housing developments on four city-owned sites.

Working with consultant SmithGroup, the city has launched a community engagement website and online survey to seek input on potential projects at 121 E. Catherine St., 353 S. Main St., 309 S. Ashley St. and 721 N. Main St.

Take the survey.

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The 121 E. Catherine St. site in downtown Ann Arbor.City of Ann Arbor and SmithGroup

The 121 E. Catherine site is a 49-space parking lot in downtown’s Kerrytown district at the northwest corner of Fourth Avenue and Catherine Street. The site is zoned D2, which allows a building height of six stories.

The city’s Housing Commission is considering a 100% affordable housing development, though there also is potential for a partnership with a developer to have a mix of market-rate and affordable units.

Building options for the site range from four to six stories tall, with anywhere from 57 to 93 affordable housing units.

No onsite parking is required, but it may be important to the neighborhood, the survey states, estimating a three-story underground public parking deck on the site could cost $8 million, financed by the city.

Here are three development options:

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Option 1 for an affordable housing development at 121 E. Catherine St.City of Ann Arbor and SmithGroup

121 E. Catherine St.

Option 1 details for 121 E. Catherine St.City of Ann Arbor and SmithGroup

121 E. Catherine St.

Option 2 for an affordable housing development at 121 E. Catherine St. City of Ann Arbor and SmithGroup

121 E. Catherine St.

Option 2 details for 121 E. Catherine St.City of Ann Arbor and SmithGroup

121 E. Catherine St.

Option 3 for an affordable housing development at 121 E. Catherine St.City of Ann Arbor and SmithGroup

121 E. Catherine St.

Option 3 details for 121 E. Catherine St.City of Ann

Perhaps one of the most admirable of Lewis Hamilton’s characteristics is a reluctance to aggrandise his success. Often his reaction when prompted is one of genuine, faint disbelief. This weekend at the Eifel Grand Prix a victory for the world champion would equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula One wins. Should Hamilton do so it will be an achievement that, as much as he might not believe it, places him as one of the greats in the sporting pantheon and a pivotal force in the history of Formula One.

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a man wearing a baseball hat: Lewis Hamilton, then with McLaren, chats with Michael Schumacher of Mercedes before the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in October 2010.

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Lewis Hamilton, then with McLaren, chats with Michael Schumacher of Mercedes before the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in October 2010.

There is symbolism, too, about the venue of his second attempt to equal the mark; the Nürburgring is only 50 miles from Kerpen, where the German great was born, and is a track where Schumacher has more race wins – five – than any other driver.

When Schumacher dominated the sport, winning five consecutive titles for Ferrari between 2000 and 2004 and taking his total to seven, no one was expected to come close to matching, let alone, surpassing him. Hamilton, now 35 and in his 14th season, has almost done so. Schumacher’s greatest achievement, those seven titles, will surely be matched by Hamilton this year as well.

After his victory at the Tuscan Grand Prix the Englishman considered the prospect of equalling Schumacher’s number of race victories. “It just doesn’t seem real,” he said. As always he thanked his Mercedes team but concluded with a sense of wonderment at his own success. “I’m just a link in the chain. But I never thought that I would be here, that’s for sure.”

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Months in the making, a development with new homes, restaurants and stores will begin taking shape in North Richland Hills on vacant land where a shopping mall once stood.

Mehrdad Moayedi, president and CEO of Centurion American Development Group, and community leaders broke ground this week on the 52-acre City Point project on Grapevine Highway in Tarrant County.

The Dallas Morning News reported last fall that Moayedi’s firm was designing a residential and commercial project for the property, which also includes North Richland Hills’ new City Hall and a public safety and municipal court complex.

“We are excited to celebrate the next chapter in the life of this property,” Mayor Oscar Trevino said during the ceremony.

Centurion American’s plan includes 366 single-family homes, 400 to 600 multifamily units, parks and trails and 60,000 square feet of commercial development, according to the company. It will take around seven years to complete.

North Hills Mall closed in 2004 and was torn down three years later.

Trevino said North Richland Hills considered several developers, but Centurion American was chosen because of its financing plan and track record.

“We are proud to be here,” Moayedi said. “The way the council has treated us, we feel that we are on the way to getting it done in short order. We want to live up to our promises.”

Centurion American is one of the most active developers in North Texas. It is working on the redevelopment of Collin Creek Mall in Plano, a 2,000-plus-home community in Little Elm and a community in Anna with 1,000 homes and apartments. It also restored downtown Dallas’ landmark Statler Hotel.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TNS) contributed to this story.

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