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USS Sampson Visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

first_img View post tag: Base Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Sampson Visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Pearl Harbor-Hickam The US Navy’s San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit on November 6.Sampson, a part of the Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet and U.S. 3rd Fleet, departed for an independent seven-month journey to the western Pacific Ocean.The ship and crew of more than 300 Sailors, assigned to Destroyer Squadron Two Three (DESRON) 23, will conduct various presence operations and goodwill activities with partner nations.U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the international date line and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.[mappress mapid=”14429″]Press release, Image: US Navy November 14, 2014 View post tag: visits View post tag: Joint View post tag: News by topic View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS Sampson View post tag: Naval Authorities USS Sampson Visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Share this articlelast_img read more

Supreme Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Cap on Religious Service Crowd Size

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lawrence HurleyThe U.S. Supreme Court late on Wednesday backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship challenging New York State’s latest restrictions in novel coronavirus hot spots.The court on a 5-4 vote granted requests made by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish congregations.The order marked one of the first consequential actions on the court of President Donald Trump’s new appointee, conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast a deciding vote in favor of the religious groups. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts dissented along with the court’s three liberals.An Oct. 6 decision by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down non-essential businesses in targeted areas where infections have spiked, including some Brooklyn neighborhoods. It limited gatherings at religious institutions to 10 people in some areas and 25 in others.The houses of worship say that the limits violated religious freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, and that their facilities were singled out for more stringent restrictions than essential businesses, such as food stores. The Orthodox congregations Agudath Israel of Kew Garden Hills and Agudath Israel of Madison, as well as nationwide Orthodox Jewish group Agudath Israel of America.A federal judge in Brooklyn rejected separate requests made by the religious groups on Oct. 9. The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined emergency requests filed by both sets of challengers on Nov. 9.In two previous cases this year, the court on 5-4 votes turned away similar requests by churches in Nevada and California.Those votes occurred before the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and saw her and her three liberal colleagues joined by Roberts in the majority.For more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirusSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

Indonesia a dream market: Allianz banks on increased awareness of protection amid pandemic

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic has changed most aspects of life, including how people interact and protect themselves and their family members amid the uncertainty of the health crisis. The insurance industry is no different as its players work to change their business approaches and products to adapt to the changes.Several players, including Allianz Life Indonesia, have reported that they faced difficulties in selling their products amid the movement restrictions implemented to curb the virus spread, despite seeing rising awareness of the importance of insurance among the public.The Jakarta Post’s Riska Rahman and Prima Wirayani talked with Allianz Indonesia country manager and CEO Joos Louwerier via Zoom in late July to discuss how the pandemic has affected the insurance industry, Allianz’s strategies to weather the crisis and the company’s future post-pandemic. Here is the excerpt of the interview. Question: Can you give us insights on the challenges the insurance industry has faced during this pandemic?Answer: The earlier months of the pandemic were a challenging period because it was harder to sell insurance as we could not meet the customers and they may have been reluctant to meet with us, too.Like many of our peers, we have worked very hard to overcome this challenge by developing the right products. We have also focused more on protection, hospitalization and critical illness products.We have also developed the Allianz eAZy Cover for virtual selling and helped our agents with using a methodology to approach customers and explain the need for protection. We anticipated the changes and that resulted in sales picking up quite nicely. I agree with my colleagues in the industry that it has been quite challenging. However, with the right measures, we think we can still grow.What is the industry’s potential in Indonesia and how does it compare with other countries in Southeast Asia?I think the potential is huge. I often say to my colleagues and to anybody working in insurance in Indonesia that this is the dream market because of the very low insurance penetration rate of about 3 percent to gross domestic product (GDP). The opportunity also lies in the fact that a lot of people simply do not have insurance and are not familiar with it.That also comes to the point that we as insurance companies have a huge responsibility in Indonesia to explain what insurance is, to make it easily accessible to the public and to increase the financial literacy rate, which according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK) is about 18 percent. That has to increase and we have to work together to do that.Considering the low penetration of insurance in Indonesia, in your view, why are Indonesians unaware or reluctant to buy it for themselves?Many people believe that they do not need insurance because they have their families or communities to help them. But if they do not have that kind of protection, people will start to feel the need to be protected by an insurance company. That is where we come in and explain insurance in a very simple and comprehensive way. I think the OJK, the government and insurance industry players have all worked very hard to educate various groups of the population about insurance and we have to continue to do so.However, the biggest jump in insurance awareness was actually made by the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan). The penetration of BPJS Kesehatan has been quite significant in a short period of time and that has made people more aware of insurance in one way or another.Recently we have seen many cases that have harmed the reputation of the insurance industry, like with state-owned PT Asuransi Jiwasraya and Asabri. How have these cases affect Allianz?Allianz has always been committed to maintaining our customers’ trust in regards to managing their funds and their unit-linked products. We rely on our expertise to always optimize the investments and returns. We remain very prudent in designing our products and also in maintaining our asset portfolios. We explain the products to customers and also how we take care of customers’ money in unit-linked portfolios.I hope these cases will result in the industry becoming more mature and that regulators will take the right steps to avoid this happening again in the future. We are working with the industry and with the regulators on this together.Can you explain to us what types of insurance have gained in popularity for Allianz, especially during the pandemic, and how has client acquisition fared so far?Traditional protection products have gained quite a bit in popularity because of COVID-19. People are looking at hospitalization and critical illness insurance, so we have seen a significant increase there. Our unit-linked insurance products, however, still remain our most dominant products.We have seen a significant increase in numbers for our health and life insurance this year, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, Allianz Life saw a 27.6 percent increase in weighted new business premiums, far surpassing the average market growth that dipped 4.4 percent. Allianz Life also recorded a 21.2 percent increase in its total weighted premiums, which exceeded market growth that dropped 1.3 percent from the same period of 2019.If you ask me about the projection for this year, we think this has been a tough year for the whole industry, but we believe we can grow despite the crisis. We saw a huge opportunity for growth in the first quarter and we think we can continue that growth over the entire year.What are your strategies to grow your business in terms of the number of policyholders and premiums?We embarked on a digitalization journey three years ago in which we are very aggressively re-shaping our processes and our systems to make sure that customers can access us in a very convenient way and that our agents are digitally-enabled as well.We want to make it easier and very simple for people to purchase our products, not for them to have to go through endless documents, but to make it easy to understand and process.We also want to partner with our ecosystem partners such as Gojek, Bukalapak, Halodoc and also Home Credit to make customers more aware of the need for insurance and to make it easier for them to purchase those products.Experts expect more work will be done virtually after the pandemic. How do you think that will affect your company and the workflow of your staff?I think all industries, not just insurance, have seen huge changes. I do not think this will completely change after COVID-19 because it can improve efficiency, as we have all seen from the benefits of working online.At Allianz group, we are quite aggressive about this. We think that in the future, we will not go back to 100 percent working at the office. It will be probably around 60 percent work in the office and 40 percent work from home, even after COVID-19.As for our agents, we plan to increase their numbers in the future because I expect that digitization will make it easier for agents to get on board. I expect that COVID-19 will result in growth in the number of agents in the industry and also for Allianz.Topics :last_img read more

Senate approves pandemic-related liability protection for businesses

first_imgSenate Republicans have sent the governor a bill that will shield health care facilities, businesses and other organizations from most lawsuits over conditions related to COVID-19.Senate Republican Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny said “bad actors” won’t get liability protection if they’ve failed to follow public health guidelines.“We believe as long as these entities have used a good faith effort to keep up with the recommendations, the requirements of the government, that it’s important for us to get our economy back open,” Whitver said last Friday on Iowa PBS, “and what we’re hearing from Iowans is in order to do that, they needed some sort of assurance that if they’re following the rules, they’re not going to be hit with lawsuit after lawsuit.”Democrats like Senator Nate Boulton of Des Moines say the move is a slap at essential workers, especially those who work at packing plants.“I get as I walk into this chamber and I see I have colleagues that are wearing masks and some colleagues who aren’t wearing masks that there’s a difference in our opinions on how we respond to this, but separate from the opinions are the facts,” Boulton said during last night’s debate. “People are dying. They’re dying because they go to work in places that aren’t protecting them. Some are. Some aren’t.”Senator Dan Zumbach, a Republican from Ryan, said the state’s meatpacking industry needs liability protection because no matter what is done inside the plant, workers who fall ill could be contracting the virus from their family and social networks during off-work hours.“This is about ensuring that those folks have a place to work long term, ensuring the people who bring the animals into the plants have a place to bring them to,” Zumbach said las tonight. “This is way bigger than just the workers, than just the employees. It’s about all of Iowa.”Senator Jackie Smith, a Democrat from Sioux City, said due to the presence of meatpacking plants in her area, residents fearfully watched as COVID-19 outbreaks were reported at packing plants to the east, then weeks later Woodbury County became a hot spot.“Those brown and black workers, Asian workers — people that don’t speak our language, they need us to protect them and if we don’t do it, I don’t see the company voluntarily doing it either,” Smith said last night. “If there is one issue that gets me hot, this is it.”The Senate voted on the bill shortly before midnight. The bill won approval in the Iowa House late last Friday night and the governor is expected to sign it into law.last_img read more