Gunmen in Haiti burn sub-police station demanding release of suspected gang…

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Police have restored order to Savane Pistache, the second district in the capital, Port-au-Prince, after heavily armed gunmen set fire to several buildings and demanded the release of at least 17 people detained during an earlier exercise by law enforcement officials.The police had detained the suspects as they continue their investigations into the attempted assassination of Éric Jean Baptiste, Secretary General of the Rassemblement des Démocrates National Progressive (RDNP) on December 21.Eyewitnesses said that members of the powerful and dangerous gang, “Tije”, descended on the area on Christmas Day demanding the release of those detained.They set fire to the police sub-station and also to the homes of several police officers.Residents of the area remained in doors in fear of their lives while sporadic bursts of automatic weapons caused panic and terror. The gunmen are also reported to have looted several businesses.The eyewitnesses said that special units of the Haitian National Police intervened to restore order, confronting the gunmen.The police have solast_img read more

Iowa’s political parties ‘in lock step’ on mechanics of reporting Caucus results

first_imgJOHNSTON — The leaders of Iowa’s two major political parties say they’re meeting with vendors and are planning to use the same “app” for reporting the results of the Iowa Caucuses on February 3, 2020.Iowa Democrats — for the first time ever — will be holding a series of “virtual caucuses” before Caucus Night and Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price says it takes time to put all the pieces in place.“We’re working with security experts right now to make sure that we have the protections we need so that we don’t have any foreign interference or outside interference in our process,” Price says.The Democratic National Committee has given tentative approval to the plan for virtual caucuses.“In September, we’re going to start a robust education program around all of this,” Price says. “…In the month of May, I think I did 30 different events around the state talking about what the changes are to the caucuses and we will have more information on that when we get into the fall and when we have more of our processes figured out.”Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann says even though no candidate has campaigned Iowa to challenge President Trump’s re-election, Republicans also will cast votes on their presidential preference on February 3.“Anything we do in terms of reporting, we would like to do together,” Kaufmann says. “We’re still in negotiations in terms of how we are going to do that, technology that we’re going to use.”Kaufmann says about 95 percent of Republican precincts used the mobile app to report caucus results in 2016, while about two-thirds of Democratic precincts in 2016 submitted results electronically. Both parties operated a dial-in system for reporting results in 2016 and plan to do so again for the 2020 Caucuses. Kaufmann says the two parties “are in lock-step” when it comes to the mechanics of reporting results.Kaufmann and Price made their comments during taping of the “Iowa Press” program that airs tonight on Iowa Public Television.last_img read more

Scorpions beat Red Force by 292 runs … advance to Super50 final

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Jamaica Scorpions defeated Trinidad and Tobago Red Force by 292 runs, in the first semi-final of the Regional Super50 at Coolidge Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The Scorpions racked up a staggering 434 for four off their 50 overs with Chadwick Walton leading the way with 117 runs.  He was well supported by Jermaine Blackwood who slammed 108 not out with Rovman Powell falling just short of his century after he was sent back on 95. Steven Taylor added 88 against Ravi Rampaul’s two for 83.  The Red Force never got close, crashing to 141 in 26.3 overs with Jason Mohammed (62 not out) showing the only resistance against a torrid Jamaican attack.  Powell returned to claim five for 36, with Jerome Taylor 3-27 and Renard Leveridge 2-31 also ripping through the Red Force batting lineup.  SCOREBOARD SCORPIONS +C Walton lbw b Imran Khan 117 S Taylor c Ottley b Mohammed  88 J Blackwood not out 108 R Powell b Rampaul 95 J Campbell c wkp Ramdin b Rampaul 0 Extras  (b1, lb11, w12, nb2) 26 TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 434 To bat: D Thomas, A McCarthy, D Jacobs, *N Miller, J Taylor, R Leveridge. Fall of wickets: 1-174 (Taylor), 2-269 (Walton), 3-432 (Powell), 4-434 (Campbell). Bowling: Gabriel 9-0-91-0 (w3), Rampaul 10-0-83-2 (w1), Emrit 8.3-0-78-0 (w3, nb2), Pierre 6.3-0-77-0 (w1), Mohammed 6-1-24-1 (w1), Imran Khan 10-0-69-1 (w2). RED FORCE K Hope c Miller b Leveridge   17 E Lewis c wkp Walton b Taylor 18 K Ottley c wkp Walton b Leveridge 1 J Mohammed not out 62 N Alexis lbw b Taylor 0 *+D Ramdin c wkp Walton b Powell 27 I Khan c Blackwood b Powell 6 R Emrit c Taylor b Powell 3 K Pierre c wkp Walton b Powell 2 R Rampaul c wkp Walton b Powell 0 S Gabriel b Taylor 0 Extras (b1, lb1, w4) 6 TOTAL (all out, 26.3 overs) 142 Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Lewis), 2-38 (Hope), 3-39 (Ottley), 4-40 (Alexis), 5-103 (Ramdin), 6-118 (Khan), 7-136 (Emrit), 8-141 (Pierre), 9-141 (Rampaul), 10-142 (Gabriel) Bowling: Taylor 5.3-0-27-3, Leveridge 5-1-31-2 (w2), Jacobs 3-0-24-0 (w1), Powell 8-1-36-5, Miller 5-0-22-0 (w1) Result: Scorpions won by 292 runs. Position: Scorpions qualify for Super50 final. Man-of-the-Match: Rovman Powell. Toss: Red Force. Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid; TV – C Tuckettlast_img read more