COVID-19 Update – January 8

Dear Colleagues,

All the best for 2021 and onward!

This is our first COVID-19 update for 2021. Since the last update we have seen increases in the average daily number of cases, the approval of several vaccines and the identification of new strains of COVID-19. Many countries have initiated further restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. In countries with the vaccine, front line workers and those at high risk are being administered the vaccine. While vaccines may start arriving in the Caribbean in Q2 these will most likely only be adequate for high-risk groups and the rest of us will have to wait much longer.

Most countries walk a fine line between saving lives and saving the economy. Bloomberg publishes an informative chart, updated monthly, which attempts to show which countries have most successfully balanced both. New Zealand, fresh from battling a volcano and a monstrous hate crime, then battled COVID with better success than most. Bloomberg’s chart shows only major countries. Would anyone like to try a similar analysis for the Caribbean?

We can all learn from past mistakes. This article from the New Yorker tries to analyse what the USA did wrong in the early days of the pandemic.  

As with most, if not all, organisations, our 2020 Annual Conference was virtual. We encourage you to access our conference presentations on Actuview. All members have been provided access codes. Each week, we will recommend viewing of one session which was presented live and one which was pre-recorded. We start with IFRS-17 Implementation Challenges for the Caribbean and Mental Health in a Time of COVID-19. Most sessions qualify for cpd credits.

Feedback is welcomed.  We encourage continuing conversation and will provide the necessary fora for discussions i.e., between presenters and interested parties.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you. Stay safe and happy.

Your Communication Committee:

Shubhash Gosine, Betty Black, Pedro Medford and Brian Blake

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COVID-19 Update – December 18

Season Greetings to our Members, Colleagues and Friends.

This is our last update for 2020. We will resume posting on the 5th of January 2021 with the next COVID-19 update on the 8th of January. We look forward to continuing our meaningful rapport in 2021.

We encourage you to access our conference presentations on actuview. Please send us your comments, especially on the pre-recorded sessions.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our festive season is going to be very different than what we are accustomed too. We will still enjoy time with our loved ones though this year some get-togethers will be by Zoom.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you. Stay safe and happy.

Shubhash Gosine, Betty Black, Pedro Medford, Brian Blake and other contributors in 2020.

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News Update – December 11

Dear Colleagues,

We took a break for our Virtual Conference. We hope that you were able to attend and that you enjoyed all the sessions. We wish to keep the dialogue going, especially on the current topics and the thought-provoking presentations.  The CAA thanks the participants, presenters, sponsors and organisers.

All presentations are now available on actuview. All members have been given access codes. If you are unable to recall your code then please search your inbox for “your actuview code”.

We also have quite a few presentations that were pre-recorded as we could not fit them all in the live sessions. We would appreciate your feedback to share with those presenters.

I have deliberately left out weekend reading as I encourage everyone to explore our sessions.

Enjoy your weekend.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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News Update – December 8

Hello Everyone,

We hope you all attended our highly successful conference last week! Keep watching our website and our actuview page for additional material coming this week.

We’ve all been focused on Conference and may have missed a very important milestone for one of our long-serving members. Here’s a feature from Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper of last Monday.

Congratulations to Astor Duggan, his team, and all those who preceded them, who shaped Duggan Consulting Ltd. into the highly respected firm it is today.

Best Regards,

Shubhash & Betty

COVID-19 Update – November 20

Dear Colleagues,

Please note our Covid-19 Update is on Friday. Tuesday is allocated for CAA and other Actuarial News.

Weekend reading:

Keep sending comments and feedback. They are greatly appreciated.

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Thank you.

Shubhash Gosine

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Actuarial Updates – November 17

Actuarial News & Articles:

Virtual Meetings and Webinars:

Registration Now Open!

Exciting Programme with speakers from virtually everywhere!

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Best Regards,

Shubhash & Betty

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News Update – November 10

Hi Everyone:

Cyber Risk is a major threat to actuaries and their employers/clients, particularly in the COVID work from home era.

Cyber Security Links:

*The CAA does not suggest you purchase products/webinars mentioned on these sites but both contain good general advice.

Virtual Meetings and Events:

CAA 30th Annual Conference Registration Open

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Best Regards,

Shubhash & Betty

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CAA 30th Annual Conference

  • Over Ten Sessions Live-Streamed
  • Pre-recorded Sessions on Demand through ActuView, the actuarial media platform
  • Well-known Speakers from Virtually Everywhere
  • Student and Member Sessions
  • Virtual Social Activities and Surprises
  • Opportunity to earn CPD credits
  • Content relevant to Actuaries and Non-actuaries

Live Sessions Include:

Keynote Session: Hon. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, and other prominent professionals from virtually everywhere hold a Round Table Discussion on: Achieving a Greener, Smarter, Fairer Recovery and Resilience – Moving from Talk to Action
  • Presidents of Global Actuarial Bodies participate in a Presidents’ Town Hall
  • Diversity of Thought, Chapter Six: Promoting Inclusion in the Actuarial Profession: Tonya Manning President, IAA; Marjorie Ngwenya, Past President IFoA; Cathy Lyn, Past President CAA, Past Chair IACA
  • Statistical Perspective of COVID-19 and Analysis: Sylvain Goulet, Eckler Ltd.; Ronald Richman, QED (Pty) Ltd.
  • Actuaries Giving Back: Nazir Valani, Valani Global; Mike McLaughlin, Trees that Feed Foundation
  • Actuaries Climate Indices and Climate Change: Louise Pryor, President Elect IFoA; Steve Kolk, CAS
  • Artificial Intelligence & Ethics: Caribbean and Dutch perspectives
  • Demystifying Data Science Buzzwords

THANKS TO OUR LOYAL SPONSORS!

To Our Readers – October 27

Thank you for reading our blog. We regularly scour the web to find interesting links so you don’t have to. We hate to disappoint you but, between now and the end of the year, we’ll be cutting back to two posts every week. COVID-19 updates on Fridays and other news on Wednesdays. You can also catch up on some of our past posts by visiting our Homepage.


Conference is just around the corner and we’re doing all we can to make it just as engaging as always. Be prepared for a few surprises – including the registration!  Live sessions will take place between 30th November and 4th December but we’ll start uploading pre-recorded sessions to ActuView from the week before. All members received ActuView codes several months ago. If you’ve mislaid yours let us know and we’ll resend it.


More details on our 30th Annual Conference coming soon!