Roosevelt Teen Charged With Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager has been arrested for allegedly shooting a 21-year-old man to death in Roosevelt five months ago, Nassau County police said.Elliott Fortune, 18, of Roosevelt, was charged Friday with second-degree murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Fortune shot and killed Sayvon Marcus Burt, of Freeport, who was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in an alley near Park Avenue at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.Officers were responding to a Shot Spotter alert followed by a 911 call when they found the victim, police said.He was ordered held without bail during his arraignment at First District Court in Hempsteadlast_img read more

Tuesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these Rangers-related questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-37]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Case IH

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2016 Trade TalkLeo Bose, AFS Marketing Manager for Case IH, joined Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood to talk about precision farming and its exciting possibilities down the road.161110_TradeTalk_CaseIH_LeoBoseCASE IH Planter Marketing Manager Tony McClelland commented on the latest updates on the 2000 Series Early Riser planter with factory-fit Precision Planting technology.161110_TradeTalk_CaseIH_TonyMcClellandTalking tillage with Tillage Marketing Manager Chris Lursen.161110_TradeTalk_CaseIH_ChrisLursen2015 Trade TalkThe Axial Flow technology from Case IH is getting some nice upgrades as the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins found of from Case IH’s Kelly Kravig.Case IH Kelly Kravig Axial FlowLeo Bose visited with Ty about Case IH’s Advanced Farming Systems.Case IH Leo Bose PrecisionCase IH’s Mitch Kaiser tells Ty that there is a lot to celebrate when it comes to new 2016 Steiger enhancements as the company celebrates 20 years of tracks.Case IH Mitch Kaiser Trackslast_img read more

Farm groups launch “Farm Town Strong” campaign to address rural opioid epidemic

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) announced a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong,” to raise awareness of the crisis’ impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.The groups have launched a new website,, to provide easy access to information and resources that can help struggling farm families and rural communities.The Farm Town Strong campaign comes on the heels of a recent survey commissioned by AFBF and NFU that highlighted how the opioid epidemic has hit farmers and farm workers especially hard. While just under half of rural Americans say that they, a family member or friend have been directly impacted by opioid addiction, for farmers and farm workers it’s 74%. A strong majority of respondents also support increasing public awareness of anti-opioid resources and reducing the stigma that surrounds addiction to help solve the opioid crisis.“Farm country has been hit hard by the opioid crisis — even harder than rural America as a whole, or big cities,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “It’s going to take everyone working together to combat this crisis to make a difference. That’s why Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union are teaming up to show unity on this issue and encourage farm families to help their neighbors. If you or a family member has been affected by opioid addiction, it’s important to talk about it so that others will know they are not fighting this alone.”The two organizations will also hold public events and launch a social media campaign, #FarmTownStrong, to highlight the crisis and share resources.“Opioid addiction — along with all of its consequences — is a silent, but very real, crisis for our farming communities,” said Roger Johnson, NFU President. “The lack of services, treatment and support exacerbates the issue in rural areas, and the negative stigma associated with addiction makes it hard for farmers to discuss the problem. Too often, those struggling with addiction and their family members don’t seek the support they need. Through the Farm Town Strong campaign, we’re tackling this crisis head-on by encouraging more dialogue, more information sharing, and more farmer-to-farmer engagement.”AFBF President Zippy Duvall and NFU President Roger Johnson will lead a discussion on overcoming the opioid crisis on Monday, Jan. 8, at the 2018 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee.last_img read more

2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Lamb results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion Market Lamb: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co. (Champion Hampshire)Res. Grand Champion Market Lamb: Bailee Amstutz, Union Co. (Champion Grade)Third overall: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co. (Res. Champion Grade)Fourth Overall: Ian Johnson, Union Co. (Champion Natural Color)Fifth overall: Weston Stevens, Ross Co. (Res. Champion Hampshire) HampshireChamp: Grant Johnson, Wayne Co.Res. Champ: Weston Stevens, Ross Co.ShropshireChamp: Chase Eisenhauer, Huron Co.Res. Champ: Craig Schiff, Clinton Co.SouthdownsChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.SuffolkChampion: Jordan Collom, Clinton Co.Res. Champion: Carter Lampe, Wood Co.DorsetChampion: McKala Grauel, Hardin Co.Res. Champion: Alaine Brenke, Lorain Co.OxfordChampion: Elizabeth Shatto, Shelby Co.Res. Champion: Hayden Harriman, Richland Co.AOBChampion: Jacob Roeth, Miami Co.Res. Champion: Linsey Eddy, Union Co.Brockle-faceChampion: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.Res. Champion: London Reichert, DarkeNatural ColoredChampion: Ian Johnson, Union Co.Res. Champion: Caleb Stone, Miami Co.GradeChamp: Bailee Amstutz, Union CountyRes. Champ: Jada Shroyer, Logan Co.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Just a bad series for India, says Srikkanth

first_imgChief selector K. Srikkanth believes while India appeared under-prepared, England were psychologically on top going into the 4-match Test series that ended visitors’ 20-month reign at the top, saying one bad series should not mean all is lost for Team India.”England played brilliantly throughout the series. But it was just a bad series for India, a horrible series,” Srikkanth told Headlines Today executive editor Rahul Kanwal in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.”I’m not defending them. It’s easy to come and blame us, because the team is at the receiving end as of now,” Srikkanth said.However, the chief selector had a subtle message to the world champions: “If you want to be a great player, try to adapt to different conditions”.Srikkanth was reacting to media reports quoting M.S. Dhoni as saying Indians find it difficult to cope with English conditions.He also dismissed suggestions that younger players, such as Suresh Raina, find it difficult to cope with bouncy pitches abroad.”See Raina has to improvise on his technique in Tests. But in One-day Internationals (ODIs), it’s not a problem. We should not judge things from one series only?I don’t agree,” he said.Srikkanth also refused to buy the idea that the selection process has gone horribly wrong, what with almost half of World Cup winning squad is beset with injuries.”I don’t think we should play the blame-game. It’s like bad business, where everything goes wrong,” the chief selector said, adding, “I thought and thought where we went wrong. The honest truth is, everything went wrong,” he said. advertisement”Let’s not get carried way by what others say and write. I appreciate criticism. Selectors also make mistakes. Let’s be very frank. It was something beyond us,” Srikkanth said, adding, “It’s bad luck, bad cricket.”Asked to comment on key players’ injuries, Srikkanth said every player wants to give his best. No one wants to push himself. But they cannot avoid it. “Body is not machine. It can break down,” he added.On being asked if he offered to resign in the wake of India’s 4-0 whitewash in England, Srikkanth said, “I don’t want to comment. It is between the cricket board and me. These are personal matters.”Will he continue to serve the board in the present capacity? “I don’t know. My term is nearing its end. But it’s up to the BCCI,” he said.last_img read more

The Heat leader: Erik Spoelstra passes Pat Riley on Miami games list

first_imgHeat guard Dwyane Wade has spent virtually his entire career around Spoelstra, who was an assistant under Riley until moving into the top spot for the 2008-09 season. That means he’s heard just about every quote Spoelstra has to offer over and over and over again, lines about “identity” and “competition” and insisting that in any circumstance “we have enough.”It took Wade a long time to understand why Spoelstra’s message rarely deviates from one year to the next.“He’s consistent,” Wade said. “If you’re a parent, you understand that my kids need consistency from me and my wife. They need routines, they need all these things. It’s the same thing. It’s a big day care that he has in that locker room and he’s consistent with his message and how we do things.”Among coaches with at least 10 years on the job, Spoelstra’s winning percentage — .595 — is eighth-best in NBA history. By the time this season ends, he should be in the top 30 for all-time wins. And he’s only 48, meaning his career might still have many, many more years left for him to add to his legacy.Plus, he realizes how fortunate he is to be in a place like Miami, where the leadership group led by Riley and managing general partner Micky Arison values stability. Among current NBA coaches, only San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich has been in his job longer than Spoelstra — who has seen 122 coaching changes in the league since Riley promoted him to the top spot on Miami’s staff.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Almost 25 years later, the mantra still applies.Erik Spoelstra coached his 850th game for the Heat on Wednesday night, passing team president and Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley for the most in franchise history. Spoelstra is only the 13th person to coach at least 850 games with one NBA franchise; it’s happened 14 times overall, with Don Nelson reaching that threshold with both Milwaukee and Golden State during his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“My dad had been fired from a couple of different places and he knew the real NBA,” Spoelstra said. “He was saying it almost as such an exaggeration … just find a way to hang on with this guy, this Hall of Famer. And I guess the lesson to that is, I’m still just trying to hang on, trying to work for him for as long as I possibly can.”New Orleans’ Alvin Gentry will coach his 1,000th career game Thursday when the Pelicans visit Oklahoma City, making him the 31st NBA coach to hit that milestone. Unless either Scott Skiles or Stan Van Gundy returns to an NBA sideline beforehand — they’ve coached 958 and 907 games, respectively — Spoelstra could be the next coach to join the 1,000-game club, sometime around the midpoint of the 2020-21 season. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra gestures toward players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra still vividly remembers getting a short speech from his father, a sage piece of advice that came about a year into his time in the employ of the Miami Heat.“Don’t screw it up,” Jon Spoelstra said.ADVERTISEMENT “This coaching profession is extremely dynamic,” Spoelstra said. “It’s complex and I’m very grateful to have this opportunity with such an incredible organization. You don’t have it in pro sports. That’s why I try to do my very best and try to grow and get better and reinvent every year because I don’t want to let them down.”That means he’s still listening to his dad’s suggestion, all these years later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joel Embiid’s herculean effort carries 76ers past Spurs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Outrage as neoNazi elected town council leader in Germany

first_imgBerlin: The unanimous election of a neo-Nazi politician in Germany as the head of a town council, thanks to votes from rival party members, has sparked outrage among senior political figures. Stefan Jagsch of the far right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NDP) became the council leader for Waldsiedlung, in the district of Altenstadt, 30 kilometres (18 miles) north-east of Frankfurt, on Thursday. Jagsch was appointed with help from local members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), plus opposition groups Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Free Democratic Party (FDP), prompting calls for the decision to be reversed. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The SPD has a very clear position: we do not co-operate with Nazis! Never!” the party’s general secretary Lars Klingbeil tweeted Saturday. “That applies to federal government, the state and municipalities. The decision in Altenstadt is incomprehensible and cannot be justified. It must be reversed immediately. #noNPD.” Peter Tauber, a CDU member of Germany’s lower parliament for Hesse, the state in which Waldsiedlung is located, was equally vocal and threatened action against those who helped Jagsch. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Whoever lacks the political and moral compass and, as a democrat, makes such an irresponsible election decision can not be accepted in the CDU,” Tauber tweeted on Saturday. “The election of an NPD politician as local leader in Altenstadt with assistance from CDU” members “horrifies me”, he added. The FDP’s parliamentary chief Marco Buschmann described Jagsch’s election as “doubly bad: firstly that democrats voted for someone like him and secondly, that no democratic candidate was ready to take on the task” of leader. Regional CDU and SPD leaders in Altenstadt also condemned the decision. “The election of a member of a party that, according to the Federal Constitutional Court, pursues anti-consitutional goals is incomprehensible and intolerable for the CDU,” wrote Sven Mueller-Winter, party chairman for Altenstadt, and regional chair Lucia Puttrich in a joint statement. They called for the representatives who elected Jagsch to “reconsider, understand and correct their wrong decision.” Lisa Gnadl, the district’s SPD chief was “completely stunned” that Jagsch was “unanimously elected” with votes from CDU, SPD and FDP members. “We will therefore have to examine all the consequences,” she added.last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Jan. 29———VICTIMS’ REMAINS FOUND IN PLANTER BOXES, TORONTO POLICE SAY: A self-employed landscaper now facing five counts of first-degree murder allegedly dismembered some of his male victims and buried their remains at the bottom of large planter boxes. Toronto police, calling the accused and alleged serial killer, said Monday that more victims may yet be identified in what they called an unprecedented case in Canada’s largest city. Speaking at a news conference, Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said officers had found dismembered skeletal remains belonging to at least three people in planter boxes at a home linked to Bruce McArthur, already charged earlier this month with killing two men who had disappeared from the city’s gay village. McArthur, 66, was arrested and charged Jan. 18 in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman. He was further charged on Monday in the deaths of two missing men — Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50 — as well as Dean Lisowick, 47, who had never been reported missing.———NO PLACE IN POLITICS FOR ASSAULT, SCHEER SAYS: Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if allegations of sexual assault were levelled against candidates for his party today, they wouldn’t be allowed to run. But Scheer says he can’t speak to a decision made by party officials during the 2015 campaign to allow Ontario MP Rick Dykstra to remain on the ballot despite knowing he had been accused of assault. That the party was aware of an allegation of sexual assault against Dykstra came to light in a report by Maclean’s magazine. Scheer says he can’t comment on that decision but if the party was made aware of such an allegation today, the individual would be removed as a candidate until an investigation was completed. Scheer calls the allegations about Dykstra disturbing and says there’s no place for such conduct in the political system. Dykstra has not returned a request for comment on the allegations; he lost his seat in the 2015 election and went on to become president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, a position from which he resigned over the weekend just ahead of the Maclean’s story publication.———TIME FOR CHANGE ON HARASSMENT, MINISTER SAYS: The time has come to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces, including Parliament Hill, says Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. “Parliament Hill features distinct power imbalances that perpetuate the culture that people with a lot of power and prestige can and have used that power to victimize the people who work so hard for us,” Hajdu said Monday in the House of Commons as she kicked off debate on proposed legislation to support safe workplaces. The legislation, introduced last fall, is aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. Later Monday, MPs agreed with a motion tabled by NDP House leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau to fast-track the legislation, known as Bill C-65, sending it straight to the House of Commons human resources committee for further study. The proposed changes would merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence, subjecting them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could mean bringing in an outside investigator to review allegations. They would also — for the first time — bring parliamentary staff under the protection of the Canada Labour Code.———NEW CANDIDATE JOINS ONTARIO PC LEADERSHIP RACE: A new candidate jumped into the race to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservatives on Monday as the party grappled with the latest accusations of sexual misconduct to hit its ranks. Doug Ford, a former Toronto city councillor and brother to the city’s late former mayor Rob Ford, said he was throwing his hat in the ring to save the party from what he called political “elites.” The party’s executive announced Friday there would be a leadership race to select a permanent replacement for former leader Patrick Brown, who stepped down last week in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, which he vehemently denies. Caucus members had recommended that interim leader Vic Fedeli carry the party through the upcoming provincial election. The party found itself having to fill another vacancy Monday after its president Rick Dykstra resigned abruptly amid a report from Maclean’s magazine on allegations of sexual assault. The allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press and Dykstra has not responded to requests for comment. Fedeli said he was shocked and disgusted by the reported allegations against Dykstra, adding he is taking them very seriously. He said he will take steps to ensure the workplace is safe for party members and staffers in the wake of the allegations.———CANADA HINTS AT WTO, LUMBER TRADE-OFF: The Canadian government has suggested it might drop its major international trade case against the U.S., if it gets a softwood lumber deal. Canada has filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs, infuriating the Americans. U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called it a “massive attack” on the American system of international trade. “If it were successful, it would lead to more Chinese imports into the United States and likely fewer Canadian goods being sold in our market,” he said Monday at the end of NAFTA talks in Montreal. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the case is directly tied to softwood lumber, where the U.S. imposed duties. “We are aware that the U.S. is concerned by our litigation. And to those concerns, I have a very clear response and a clear offer, which is: let’s sit down and let’s negotiate a softwood lumber deal,” the minister told reporters following her earlier appearance with Lighthizer and their Mexican counterpart, Ildefonso Guajardo. A big challenge in reaching a softwood deal is that it’s not entirely up to the governments of Canada and the U.S. As part of any deal, the American lumber industry would need to sign off on the right to sue Canada again for punitive duties — and there’s no indication that’s happening.———MORNEAU DELUGED WITH MESSAGES OVER TAXES: Bill Morneau was inundated with more than 10,000 missives last fall following the release of controversial tax-change proposals that infuriated Canada’s small-business community. An internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press says the flood of messages addressed directly to the federal finance minister came in addition to the more than 21,000 email submissions his department received as part of a related public consultation process. The Nov. 15 briefing note to the deputy finance minister also says the department had yet to process all the tax-related submissions at that time — even though more than a month had passed since the end of the consultation period. The document says that, as expected, most submissions came from taxpayers that would be directly affected by the tax proposals. The memo also lists the most common criticisms — including complaints the consultation period was too short, that the changes would have retroactive consequences on retirement plans created under the current rules and that farmers were too busy with their harvests to thoroughly examine the proposals. Morneau has argued the proposals were designed to stop wealthy owners of private corporations from unfairly taking advantage of the system — however, the uproar eventually forced him to back away from some elements of his plan.———GIRL KILLED BECAUSE OF UNDERAGE SEX, CROWN SAYS: The Crown opened its second-degree murder case against 55-year-old Raymond Cormier, alleging he killed 15-year-old Tina Fontaine when he discovered her age. He was arrested 16 months after Tina’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River in central Winnipeg in 2014. She had run away from a hotel — where she was being housed by Child and Family Services — and was being sexually exploited. Her death shocked the city and led the Manitoba government to phase out the use of hotels for kids in government care. Crown attorney James Ross said told jurors they will hear evidence from Cormier’s friends, as well as from wiretaps of Cormier’s apartment, that he killed the teenager because he was worried he might be arrested. Cormier had sex with Tina and later was angry upon finding out she was only 15 — one year below the age of consent, Ross said. “Mr. Cormier told associates that Tina Fontaine ‘got killed because we, I, found out she was 15.’” Ross also said Cormier was worried Tina was going to report him for possessing a stolen truck — the same one the Crown believes was used to transport her body to the river.———MURDER TRAIL BEGINS FOR FARMER IN FATAL SHOOTING: Jury selection has begun at the trial for a Saskatchewan farmer accused in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man. Gerald Stanley was formally arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty at a community centre in Battleford, Sask. Saskatchewan Chief Justice Martel Popescul must find 12 unbiased jurors in a case that stirred racial tensions in the province. Some 750 potential jurors were summoned — prompting jury selection to be held in a community centre — and about 200 showed up. Colten Boushie was 22 when an SUV that he was a passenger in drove onto a farm near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016. An altercation ensued and Boushie — from the Red Pheasant First Nation — was shot and killed. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.———AUDITOR GENERAL TO ISSUE NEW FIGHTER JET REPORT: Six years after his explosive report on the F-35 derailed the Harper government’s plan to buy the controversial stealth aircraft, federal auditor general Michael Ferguson is diving back into the fighter-jet file. Ferguson’s staff have been going over internal government records for several months, though the auditor general’s office won’t reveal exactly what aspects of the program are under the microscope. The final report is scheduled for release in the fall. Ferguson’s last report on fighter jets in April 2012 was a bombshell that found senior defence officials twisted rules, downplayed problems and withheld information about the Harper government’s plan to buy 65 F-35s. The report forced the government to suspend the project pending a complete review, which eventually pegged the full cost of buying and operating the F-35s at more than $45 billion. Six years later, Canada still has not chosen a new fighter jet to replace its aging CF-18s. It is unlikely the auditor general will find the kind of serious problems with the government’s efforts to buy fighter jets as the last time, as the overall procurement system has been revamped with a variety of checks and balances.———ALESSIA CARA DEFENDS BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY WIN: Canadian singer Alessia Cara is defending herself against negative comments over her Grammy Award win. Cara won best new artist at Sunday’s show, which some social media users said wasn’t fair since she’s already well-established in the music scene. Some wrote that the award should have gone to R&B singer SZA, who was also nominated in the category alongside Julia Michaels, Khalid, and Lil Uzi Vert. Cara responded to the backlash on her Instagram account, writing that she didn’t ask to be submitted in the category and had “no control over” the outcome. The Brampton, Ont., native said she’s “worked really hard” and was “not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was kid.” The 21-year-old added “there is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers.”———last_img read more

Finance Minister named head of CDB Governors

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMinister of Finance, Investment and Trade, Hon Washington Misick holds the prestigious position now of Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Caribbean Development Bank; he was appointed to the post last month during the closing ceremony of the 46th Annual Board of Governors Meeting held in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Next May, the Turks and Caicos Islands will now host the annual gathering of the CDB regional board of Governors. Minister Misick as the new Chair of the CDB Board of Governors said: “The ongoing proactive engagement among leaders is invaluable; bringing new possibilities and benefits that go beyond national and even regional boundaries.”last_img read more