CAA Weekly News Update – 22nd September

In case you missed it: IDB’s Caribbean Quarterly Bulletin

Something special: Official virtual launch of NAWA: Network of Actuarial Women and Allies 7th October from 3:00-5:00pm EDT/AST. 2:00-4:00pm EST.

Recently the IAA participated in a virtual actuarial skills training for insurance supervisors with the Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) and the IAIS for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Among the trainers representing the IAA were Simone Brathwaite and Britta Hay. A2ii: September Newsletter

What we’re reading:
What we’re watching:

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Climate Corner:

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SOA elections are open. Long-time friend John Robinson is on the ballot for President Elect. CAA member Nikhil Asnani, is a candidate for the SOA’s International Section. You will remember Nikhil as the Chair of our 2018 Conference in Jamaica.

We encourage all our members with SOA voting privileges to participate in these elections which close THIS FRIDAY, 24th September.

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Food for Thought:

Samfundssind – a Danish word we might not be able to pronounce but can practice. It means a sense of what’s best for the community.

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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty & Pedro

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Weekly News Update – August 18

Actuaries: Reach Out! Our FREE webinar next Thursday, 26th August. This Diversity webinar with Lesley Traverso, Glennfor Hellement and Cathy Lyn explores the vast range of non-traditional fields where actuaries can make their mark. Register HERE.

Save the Date: 6th to 10th December – CAA Annual Conference 2021 – CHANGE: Embracing the Disruption

Our warmest congratulations to Toni-Marie Bobart, Co-chair of our Climate Change Committee, on achieving her SOA fellowship. Toni-Marie has created history as the first graduate of the Actuarial Science programme at UWI, St. Augustine to become an actuarial fellow. Well done, Toni-Marie!

The SOA has published their slate for upcoming elections. We note with pleasure that our long-time friend John Robinson is on the ballot for President Elect. We urge all our members with SOA voting privileges to participate in these elections which open between 13th – 24th September.

All Ordinary, Affiliate and Associate members are reminded that online CPD attestation for 2020 closed on 31st July. Those who did not complete their attestation will now be recorded as non-compliant with the CAA CPD Policy and must inform those relying on their actuarial expertise accordingly.

Climate Corner:

The latest Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out and the science is irrefutable. Not 100 years, not 50 years……NOW!

The Report is thousands of pages long but you can download specific sections or read commentary on it from The Atlantic and The Guardian.

Actuarial articles & webinars of interest:

Here’s a great human interest story about a Good Samaritan who helped a lost Jamaican Olympian who then went on to win Gold!

Our thoughts are with our neighbours in Haiti who recently suffered a devastating earthquake followed just days later by storm floods.

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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty & Pedro

The views expressed above are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.

Weekly News Update – August 13

The latest Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out and the science is irrefutable: Not 100 years, not 50 years……NOW!
The Report is thousands of pages long but you can download specific sections or read commentary on it from The Atlantic and The Guardian.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our neighbours in Haiti following the devastating earthquake.

Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Thanks for your support. Your feedback and contributions are highly valued.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty and Pedro

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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

The information on this page does not necessarily reflect the opinions, standards or policies of the CAA. Data included in graphs has been obtained from several sources the accuracy of which cannot be guaranteed by the CAA. The CAA assumes no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or completeness of content contained in any linked site.