Weekly Update – May 5

Actuarial Updates:

Did you miss our recent webinars? They are now on actuview.

Lateral Thinking: The Power of Diversity of Thought

SOA Competency Framework

Food for Thought:

As Caribbean people we pride ourselves on being a wonderful mix of races, nationalities and religions. We look with horror on the blatant prejudices played out in so many countries. But are we really that clean? What biases, or full-blown prejudices, do we harbour, consciously or unconsciously? Here’s one we might all be guilty of: Old people can’t do the job: they’re stuck in their ways; they don’t understand technology. Young people can’t do the job: they don’t have enough experience; they’re too easily distracted.

Have a read of this article.

Climate Corner:
CAA Notices:
  • A reminder to ALL ordinary, associate and affiliate members to do your 2020 CPD attestation. Click here to read our CPD Policy.
  • As actuaries we are greatly concerned with Climate Change. If you would like to e a part of the CAA’s effort to address this concern, contact the Secretariat.
  • STUDENTS: SOA candidates having difficulties finding a place to sit their exams may refer to the SOA website or contact our Secretariat.

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COVID-19 Weekly Update – April 30

Dear Colleagues,

La Soufrière updates

Interesting weekend reading:

Anti-vaxxers are nothing new. Here’s what happened 200 years ago when Edward Jenner developed the first vaccine.

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Weekly News Update – April 28

Hi Everyone,

Actuarial Updates

All CAA ordinary and associate members can create IAA accounts

SOA Elections

Climate Corner:

CAA Notices:

  • A reminder to ALL ordinary, associate and affiliate members to do your 2020 CPD attestation. Click here to read our CPD Policy.
  • As actuaries we are greatly concerned with Climate Change. If you would like to be a part of the CAA’s effort to address this concern, contact the Secretariat.
  • SOA candidates having difficulties finding a seat to take their exam may contact us.

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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.

COVID-19 Weekly Update – April 23

Dear Colleagues,

La Soufrière updates and videos

Suggested weekend reading:

Remember to share any articles of interest and continue to provide feedback. 

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News Update – April 22

Hi Everyone,

TODAY IS EARTH DAY. What will YOU do today and the rest of your life to reduce your carbon footprint?

Happening now: Leaders’ Summit on Climate. It is very important that action, not just empty promises, come out of this. The good news is that, despite differences on almost everything else, both the USA and China are participating. These two countries together produce roughly ⅓ of the world’s greenhouse gases.  Here’s an interactive chart showing various countries’ emissions.

Global warming affects the Caribbean even more that it does many other places. Rising sea levels are greater closer to the equator because of centrifugal forces. Here’s an eye-opening article by a geology professor. He postulates that, in the Earth’s normal climate cycle, sea levels might rise 20 feet over the next 2000 year and mankind would most likely adapt. But, given the current trajectory, sea levels could rise 2 feet in less than 20 years. Not much? Look at a topographical map and check the elevations of some familiar places. Though the jury’s still out on the direct causation of more and stronger hurricanes, this article from National Geographic concludes that “You can’t say climate change caused 2020’s roster of rapidly intensifying, slow-moving, rain-rich storms – only that it made such a year more likely: This season we just saw is the kind of season we might expect to see more of under climate change”.

Then there’s all the other ways we’re polluting the Earth. Think one word: PLASTIC. Here are some Facts and Figures from UNESCO and more from CONDOR.

Here’s something you might not even know about Bitcoin.

So, let’s go back to the beginning: What will YOU do today and the rest of your life to reduce your carbon footprint?

A popular meme states that our problem will not be solved by hundreds of people acting perfectly but rather by millions of people acting imperfectly.

  • Buy a 250ml thermos and give up that ubiquitous water bottle
  • Carry reusable shopping bags
  • Don’t run 10 errands a week, organise them better
  • Fly less
  • Use LED lightbulbs
  • Don’t buy things on impulse only to throw them out
  • Conserve water
  • Conserve electricity
  • Always recycle
  • Volunteer for the CAA’s Climate Change Committee – Happening Soon!

Earth Day Live on YouTube

#RestoreOurEarth

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COVID-19 Weekly Update – April 16

Dear Colleagues,

CARICOM: La Soufriere – CARICOM Heads hold Emergency Meeting As has been the case for the past week, our thoughts are with our members and friends in St. Vincent as well as those in Barbados which is being inundated with ash. More information from the SVG The National Emergency Management Organization.

Suggested Weekend reading:

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COVID-19 Weekly Update – April 9

Dear Colleagues,

Our thoughts are with our members and friends in St. Vincent and the Grenadines following this morning’s eruption of La Soufrière Volcano. Here’s this morning’s Emergency Press Conference and regular updates from CARICOM.

Thanks to President Kyle Rudden for the attached PowerPoint COVID graph analysis for the Caribbean 2021 to date, created from information on Our World in Data.  Unfortunately, the French departments and Dutch territories are not included in available countries. The links included in the ppt can be pasted into your browser and used to get an updated graph at any time.

This presentation will shortly be available on our website.

Suggested Weekend Reading:

Remember to share any articles of interest and continue to provide feedback. 

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News Update – April 7

Hi Everyone,

Join us for another Diversity Chapter on 22nd April when Kudzai Chigiji, a brilliant pan-African actuary, shares her thoughts on Lateral Thinking. Want to know more about Kudzai? Read Shall We Dance? in a past issue of The Actuary.

Did you miss our webinar on the SOA Competency Framework? Content is not SOA specific and therefore relevant to everyone.  You can watch the recording on actuview.

Last week’s IAA/ASSA/IFoA webinar Actuaries in Banking: The South African Experience is now available on YouTube. You might also like Boosting actuarial careers in banking in The Actuary. ASSA offers their B200 Certificate in Actuarial Banking Practice to both their members and non-members. B200 Information available here.

Have a look through Marla Dukharan’s Caribbean Economic Report for March.

International Conference on Inclusive Insurance 2021: call for proposals now open. Deadline for submissions is 15th May. Under the theme Reaching scale in small countries, this conference is tentatively scheduled to take place late October in Jamaica.

More Events of Interest:

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News Update: Holiday Special – April 1

Dear Colleagues,

Wishing all our members and friends a Happy Holiday Weekend!

We’re sharing a generous list of suggested links from which you may select your holiday reading.

Did you miss our recent webinar on the SOA Competency Framework? You can watch the recording on actuview.

COVID related:

Actuarial Events:

Actuaries Outside the (Pensions & Insurance) Box:

Useful websites:

Winding up Women’s Month, here is a thought to ponder.

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Stay Safe and Happy,

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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.