Toronto-based life insurer The Independent Order of Foresters has announced that it is ending sales-based travel incentive conferences for independent insurance advisors in Canada in response to recommendations from the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. (CLHIA). Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Companies Foresters Foresters is the latest of many life insurers in recent months to announce plans to discontinue the conferences, which reward advisors who meet certain sales thresholds with all-expenses paid trips to coveted destinations around the world. A recent report on insurance distribution from CLHIA advised that these types of travel incentives could contribute to a “perception of a conflict of interest,” by potentially motivating insurance agents to sell one carrier’s products over another’s. CLHIA recommended that insurers change the parameters of such conferences to avoid any perception of a conflict of interest by requiring that independent advisors pay their own costs, among other changes. Foresters announced that its 2018 Elite Producers’ Conference will be the last. The insurer hosted its 2016 conference in Los Cabos, Mexico in April, and it will host next year’s conference in Dublin, Ireland. “This decision gives us the ability to best support our clients and agents as the industry continues to evolve,” says Robert Baboth, vice president of Canadian sales, North America life insurance and annuity division, in a statement. “It’s also an exciting opportunity to redesign how we deliver advisor education and development events.” Foresters is consulting with stakeholders to identify options for new educational and networking initiatives for advisors that align with the CLHIA recommendations and industry best practices. Photo copyright: Bloomberg Megan Harman
Share DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann announced on Wednesday he will suspend himself for a week following his arrest earlier this month on public indecency charges.Like us on FacebookMultiple Atlanta news outlets are reporting that Mann issued a memo to DeKalb Sheriff’s Office employees saying that he was “disciplining myself for ‘conduct unbecoming’ ” but that ”I will continue to vigorously defend myself as it relates to the charges.”Mann said in his memo the self-imposed punishment begins Saturday and continues through June 4.He was arrested on May 6 for allegedly exposing himself in Piedmont Park, and also was charged with obstruction by Atlanta Police, who said he ran from the scene.Mann and his attorney also are trying to stop an investigation into his arrest ordered by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who appointed a three-personal panel to conduct the inquiry. Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Add to My List In My List For Whom The Bell Rings ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party
Related Cycling Canada has launched its new brand and website, the end result of a process which was initiated in 2018 through funding support from the Canadian Olympic Committee’s National Sport Federation Enhancement Initiative.The development of a new brand and digital home for Canada’s national cycling federation marks another important milestone for an organization striving to modernize as it leads and develops a growing array of cycling disciplines and communities from coast-to-coast.“While the sport of cycling is complex and continues to evolve, we are an organization whose mission and purpose remain rather simple – to inspire Canadians through cycling,” said Cycling Canada Executive Director Matthew Jeffries.“Our sport is unique in its ability to enrich lives and build a happier and healthier nation. Cycling is a journey that unites us all. It is our shared passion and we want our brand to reflect this passion as well as our dedication towards developing the sport holistically and collaboratively across the country.”Originally founded in 1882 as the Canadian Wheelmen’s Association, Cycling Canada is among Canada’s oldest national sport organizations.“While a key objective with this project was to develop something modern and contemporary, we are proud of our rich history and we wanted to ensure that was reflected and acknowledged in the new brand,” noted Head of Performance Strategy Kevin Field.The development of the new Cycling Canada brand and website was achieved in collaboration with Toronto-based consulting and advertising agency theturnlab, known for its work with the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Adidas, Cannondale, as well as and many other high-profile sport and lifestyle brands.The website and logo were designed by Montreal-based Leonardo Studio, Cycling Canada’s agency of record for graphic design, while La Cursive assisted with the content creation in both official languages (English and French).“Over the last few years, our marketing strategies have evolved to become more inclusive of all cycling disciplines and all levels of the sport,” said Cycling Canada Marketing & Communications Manager Karine Bedard. “With increasing focus on the development of consistent and quality content that reaches a broader audience, this new brand and website come at the right time.”Executive Director Matthew Jeffries added, “I want to extend our most sincere thanks and gratitude to all the partners who contributed towards this project, and particularly the Canadian Olympic Committee for the resources and funding support to make it all happen.”While the new website is now live, the new brand will come to life gradually over the coming months across Cycling Canada event properties, programs, digital platforms and apparel.www.cyclingcanada.ca/about/overview/
The Steelers won 13 games but also allowed Tom Brady to light them up late in a mid-December loss that determined home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They couldn’t stop Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles from orchestrating a playoff upset at Heinz Field that brought a season filled with Super Bowl expectations to an emphatic and sudden halt.The moves freed up about $7 million in cap space, money Pittsburgh can now use in part to retool around veteran cornerback Joe Haden, promising if erratic cornerback Artie Burns, and safety Sean Davis.Mitchell spent four uneven seasons with the Steelers, who made a rare splurge in free agency when they brought him in from Carolina in 2014, signing him to a five-year, $25 million deal. Mitchell picked off four passes and recovered four fumbles in Pittsburgh. He also reined in the questionable hits that cost him tens of thousands of dollars in fines earlier in his career.He also served as a firebrand for a secondary in transition following the retirement of stars Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor. Yet he would occasionally go for the big hit when a routine tackle would have sufficed, an issue that popped up at inopportune times.Gay’s departure leaves quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the only player from Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl victory nearly a decade ago. Gay carved out a niche as a reliable and versatile defensive back. He has played in 176 consecutive games while spending 10 of his 11 seasons with the Steelers. Gay’s playing time decreased last season as rookie Mike Hilton took over his spot as the nickel back.Golden filled in at various spots in the secondary, though his real impact was on special teams, a unit he served as the captain from 2014-16.The moves came a month after Tom Bradley replaced Carnell Lake as defensive backs coach. Lake stepped down shortly after the playoff loss to Jacksonville to spend more time in California to watch his son play high school football.Pittsburgh, as has long been its custom, stayed quiet on the first day of the league’s new year. The Steelers have focused most of their work over the last six weeks trying to get under the 2018 salary cap, something they’ve done largely through restructuring existing contracts.While Pittsburgh has depth concerns at safety and inside linebacker, it’s likely the Steelers will rely heavily on the draft to address those needs. Davis and J.J. Wilcox are the only safeties on the current roster with serious NFL experience. Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier has already been ruled out for 2018 as he recovers from spinal surgery in December.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen runs upfield before being tackled by-Steelers defensive-backs Willie Gay (22) and Mike Mitchell (23) September 1, 2017 at Heinz Field. (AP Photo/File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Mitchell brought bluster and a physical if occasionally volatile presence to the Pittsburgh secondary. William Gay was a steady hand and contributed a decade of consistency to the Steelers. Robert Golden had the hard-to-quantify intangibles that made him a special teams ace and reliable backup.And now they’re gone.The two-time defending AFC North champions released all three players Wednesday, signaling a shift in direction in a defensive backfield that faltered in key moments last season.
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