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CARIBBEAN NEWS: November 1st – 7th, 2014

CARIBBEAN HALL OF FAME INDUCTS RONNIE BUTLER—11/01/14
Ronnie Butler, known as the “godfather of Bahamian music,” was inducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame. He is the fourth inductee from the Bahamas. Since Butler was unable to travel to the induction event in Kingston, Jamaica, in October 2014, he received his award at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture from Minister Dr. Daniel Johnson. Butler was represented at the Jamaican ceremonials by Deandra Hamilton of the Ministry.

WICB LOOKS TO POLITICAL LEADERS TO HELP WITH BCCI CLAIM—11/02/14
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) wants the support of Caribbean political leaders in regard to a claim totaling US$42 million by Indian authorities for the West Indies team withdrawal from a tour of India. The WICB received the claim from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and on the same day, a meeting was attended by the WICB’s president Dave Cameron in Trinidad to confirm that regional leaders are looking for a resolution to the difficulties between the players and their players’ association.

HEALTH ORGANIZATIONS SEND PREPAREDNESS TEAMS TO CARIBBEAN—11/03/14
The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization are organizing expert teams in the area of outbreak alerts and emergency responses to help member states in the Caribbean and Latin American to address any potential outbreaks of the Ebola virus in their countries. Experts from Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) will also be called in if an imported case of Ebola is found in any member country.

RISING SEA LEVEL ENDANGERS SMALL ISLANDS IN CARIBBEAN—11/04/14
The smaller islands located in the Caribbean could be in danger of disappearing due to effects of rising sea levels attributed to climate change. These islands will be the first areas in the region to experience the effects of higher waters, says Achim Steiner, the executive director of the Environmental Program of the United Nations.

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS RECEIVE $25 MILLION FROM EUROPEAN UNION—11/05/14
The European Union has provided $25 million in a grant to the several Caribbean nations to enhance their disaster management programs. The monies will be disbursed over a five-year period to Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Barbados. The aid will be used to strengthen infrastructure meant to respond to earthquakes, hurricanes, and flooding.

CRICKET BOARD IN TRINIDAD SAYS RAMDIN HAS NOT BEEN FIRED—11/06/14
According to the president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Azim Bassarath, reports that Denesh Ramdin has been fired as captain of the 2014 first-class season are false. Ramdin said he had been fired and charged the Board with victimizing him as test captain of the team that abandoned its tour of India in October 2014. Bassarath says no decision has been made as yet about Ramdin and that he continues to be the team’s captain.

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