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:

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

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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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

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.

COVID-19 Weekly Update – March 26

Dear Colleagues,

Please continue to practice all protocols as it is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Also note, we are aware of quite a few persons (one personally known to this writer) who have contracted the virus after taking the first dose of the vaccine.

We hear that some Jamaicans plan to march maskless tomorrow to protest the COVID-19 lockdowns. Bear in mind that transmissions in Jamaica are at the highest level EVER.

Suggested reading for the weekend:

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

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Stay safe and be 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.

COVID-19 Weekly Update – March 19

Dear Colleagues,

Enjoy selecting from the links below.

Weekend reads:

Something a little lighter:

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

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

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.

Weekly News Update – March 17

Hi Everyone,

Despite the challenges we all faced last year, three of our members were able to achieve their fellowships. Our warmest congratulations to Anika Peart, Saabera Narine and Ian Clarke for reaching this milestone!


Interesting events coming up!

Caroline Grégoire, who some of us know from Actuaries without Borders, and now Actuaires du Monde, is presenting a free webinar, through her company, TOMORROW, 18th, at lunchtime in the Caribbean.

Sharpen your Edge. Find your Balance: Join this one-hour webinar, designed to give leaders, primarily in the finance, insurance and actuarial sectors, valuable insights on how to stay resilient, build stamina and even thrive in these challenging and uncertain times!


And don’t forget our own webinar, next Thursday, 25th. The material is not SOA specific so is of interest to actuaries/aspiring actuaries from other bodies. The target audience includes:

  • Early career actuaries and students who want to take a long-term view of their career paths.
  • Advanced actuarial students closing in on *Fellowship* and looking forward to more free time for building their interpersonal versatility.
  • Seasoned actuaries who seek guidance for the next stage of their careers.

REGISTRATION IS FREE! More information and registration on our website.

More Items of Interest:

  • Actuaires du Monde has presented a series of webinars to actuarial students at the University of the West Indies on Introduction to the Actuarial Profession. Four very successful sessions have already taken place and there is a possibility of more.
  • The IAA has expressed its intent to respond to public consultations on:
    • Revised OECD Roadmap for the Good Design of Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Plans, and
    • IOPS consultation on their proposals on Good practices for designing, presenting and supervising pension projections
  • The CAA has representation on all the IAA committees involved so will have a part in formulating these responses.
  • 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.

* Opening for a fellow, or near fellow, at Colina Insurance in The Bahamas: details here. *

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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 – March 12

Dear Colleagues,

Enjoy reading your choices from the links below.

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

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

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.

Weekly Update – March 10

Most of the women reading this are probably reasonably comfortable in their environment. Some of us, and the mothers of others, were in the forefront of the movement in the 1960s that brought equal pay, maternity leave and many other rights which are now normal in many parts of the world; though there’s still a way to go.   But, as recent headlines have shown us, there are still places where not even princesses have rights. In other places, though laws exist, girls of 12 and even younger, are still being married off, sometimes to much older men. In war-torn countries the problem is compounded. That leads us right into domestic violence, made even worse by COVID restrictions, where no country or stratum of society is immune. If you see the signs in an employee or friend, remember there are hotlines in every country.

One of the biggest problems in the world today is human trafficking – modern slavery, with women and children being the greatest targets. This exists everywhere but unfortunately is not given priority by many governments.

We in the Caribbean are on par with developed countries in many areas but there is one where, sadly, we fall behind: sexual harassment in the workplace. It is not uncommon, right here in our corner of the world, for a problem to be reported to the highest level and still completely ignored. Let us all try, individually and collectively, to wipe this out in our own companies, through vigilance, and our own countries, with enforced laws.

Let’s end this conversation with an interest graph showing the best and worst countries to be a woman.

You might also be interested in:


Actuarial Events:

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Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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.

International Women’s Day – March 8

Why does a group of people comprising half the World’s population need a special Day of recognition? Well, we can start with history.

For millennia, world leaders, archaeologists and historians could not (or would not) accept the accomplishments of women.  No less a person than Darwin stated that a woman’s smaller sized brain was “proof” of lower intelligence. Modern explorers and historians, with the technology available to them, are gradually unearthing a different picture.  We all grew up thinking that the ancient hunter/gatherers were male hunters and female gatherers. Recent discoveries appear to confirm what some scientists have long put forward; that both men and women participated in hunts. Just a few years ago DNA testing of the remains of a powerful Viking leader revealed a woman, not a man.

Those women recorded in history were often vilified or trivialised. Empress Wu of China was recorded for all the bad she did, ignoring her great martial and political prowess.  Cleopatra of Egypt, who seduced both Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony with “her great beauty”, has now been shown as having been a highly intellectual woman with shrewd political acumen…. and not particularly good looking. In ancient Britain, Queen Boudica of the Iceni took a famous stand against the Roman invaders.  Here are some other women warriors of a day gone by.  Moving forward through history, there was Isabella of Spain, Catherine the Great of Russia, Elizabeth the First of England and others. Maybe many others whom history has forgotten.

Fast forward to the twentieth century. How many of us knew of the existence of the women in America’s Space Race before the movie Hidden Figures, was released? Here are some stories about those wonderful women, some of  the other “computers”, as they were called, who participated in that programme; and other great female mathematicians of recent history.

Iris Collins led the way as the first woman elected to Jamaica’s Parliament in 1944. Eugenia Charles of Dominica, elected in 1980, was the region’s first woman Prime Minister, and, of course, The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, current Prime Minister of Barbados, is making an impact on the World Stage. Here’s a list of female Caribbean Heads of Government and Heads of State.

International Women’s Day official UN commemoration: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world on the way to the Generation Equality Forum; 8th March 2021, 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. (EST)

International Women’s Day events worldwide

Of course, no celebration of International Women’s Day would be complete without celebrating the women serving on our Board of Directors, our former Executive Council members, those who served and are serving on our Committees; and all the women of the Caribbean Actuarial Association, past and present: those who have risen to the top, both in the Caribbean and internationally, and those who work quietly behind the scenes.

Have a great International Women’s Day and a productive week.

Your News Team: Shubhash, Betty, Pedro and Brian

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 Update – March 5

Dear Colleagues,

A few reminders and takeaways:

The number of total confirmed cases has almost doubled in the first two months of the year in Jamaica. It has risen around fourfold in Cuba, eightfold in Barbados and around tenfold in St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, according to Oxford University’s Our World in Data database.

We know persons who have received the vaccine, either both doses, or just the first. No one with whom we’ve been in touch has had any significant adverse response. We have communicated with people in Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and Barbados. We know quite a few Jamaicans who have travelled to the USA specifically for the vaccine. Florida’s “vaccine tourism”. If the vaccine is available to you, Take it. There will always be positives and negatives.

It is still important to follow the protocols essential to prevent getting the virus and spreading the virus.

As barriers are lifted, care is more essential with regard to COVID-19. We are risk experts. We apply the actuarial control cycle to manage and reduce risks.

We’re all good drivers. That does not prevent us from having accidents.

We’ve found quite a few interesting links from which you can select your weekend reading:

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

Please visit our website, Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

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.