Judge orders Uganda’s Bobi Wine freed from house arrest

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A judge ruled on Monday that Ugandan security forces cannot detain presidential challenger Bobi Wine inside his home, rebuking authorities for holding the candidate under house arrest following a disputed election. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been unable to leave his home since Jan. 14, when Ugandans voted in an election in which the singer-turned-politician was the main challenger to President Yoweri Museveni. Ugandan authorities have said Wine can only leave his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, under military escort because they fear his presence in public could incite rioting.last_img

Vermont Pure reports drop in sales for first quarter

first_imgVermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (Amex: VPS) announced its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009 and that it will file these results on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.Total sales for the three months ending January 31, 2009 decreased 5% to $15.6 million from $16.4 million for the comparable period a year ago. Gross margin also decreased 11% for the first quarter of 2009 to $8.1 million from $9.1 million in the comparable period a year earlier. Gross margin, as a percentage of sales, decreased to 52% in the first quarter of 2009 from 56% for the first quarter a year ago. Net income decreased to $95,000 for the three months ended January 31, 2009 compared to $512,000 for the comparable period last year.”Economic conditions in our marketplace have presented us with a challenging business environment in 2009,” said Peter Baker, C.E.O. of Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. “The economy has created an even more competitive environment not only resulting in lower sales but lower margins. In response, we have continued to lower our operating costs and increase the efficiency of our operations. Since some of the current changes in our market may not be cyclical, we are also analyzing how we do business in order to capitalize on new opportunities to expand our customer base,” Baker concluded.Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (Amex: VPS), the largest independent home and office distributor of its kind in the United States, markets water, coffee and other home and office refreshment products throughout the Northeast through its subsidiary Crystal Rock LLC. The Company bottles and distributes natural spring water under the Vermont Pure(R) brand and purified water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock(R) label. The majority of its sales are derived from a route distribution system that delivers water in 3- to 5-gallon reusable and recyclable bottles. The Company continues to set high standards in the bottled water industry through its technical innovation, commitment to the environment and by integrating its family roots into relationships with employees and customers. More information is available at http://www.crystalrock.com(link is external). VERMONT PURE HOLDINGS, LTD Results of Operations (Unaudited) Three Months Ended: January 31, January 31, 2009 2008 (000’s $) Sales $15,552 $16,385 Income from operations $833 $1,546 Net Income $95 $512 Basic net earnings per share $0.00 $0.02 Diluted net earnings per share $0.00 $0.02 Basic Wgt. Avg. Shares Out. (000’s) 21,503 21,614 Diluted Wgt. Avg. Shares Out. (000’s) 21,503 21,614Note: This press release contains forward looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including integration of acquisitions, ability to sustain and manage growth, changing market conditions, and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.WATERTOWN, Conn., March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –SOURCE Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd.last_img read more

Eagles, Trojans likely to play 8-man football in 2019

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island football teams are likely to play the eight-man version of the sport in 2019 after the Maine Principals’ Association Football Committee laid out a proposal Tuesday for the possible format.The teams are two of 20 high school football programs in Maine set to adopt the new format, which is being implemented in hopes of addressing concerns regarding declining roster sizes. Teams will be given the chance to pick between moving to one of two eight-man football classes or continuing in one of three 11-man classes.The proposed format would eliminate Class D, in which the Eagles currently compete along with Bucksport. The Golden Bucks would stick with 11-man football and compete in Class C next season under Tuesday’s proposal.A meeting to finalize the eight-man proposal will be held Jan. 31, and a classification meeting will be held Feb. 11. The final vote on the matter is expected to take place in April.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Mixed results for Badgers in back-to-back weekend meets

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took their show on the road this past weekend, facing off against conference rival Northwestern Friday and following up with a meet against a tough Notre Dame squad Saturday.The women’s team took care of business Friday against the Wildcats winning 162-136, while the men’s side had more trouble against their Big Ten opponent, suffering a 135-165 defeat. Saturday proved to be a  difficult day for both, losing by a final combined score of 362.5-234.5.Third-year head coach Whitney Hite remains proud of the way the teams performed, emphasizing his lack of concern about their dual meet record, instead focusing on the valuable experience the Badgers gained from competing against tougher opponents.“We’ve gone out and swam against some of the best teams in the country, “ Hite said. “We’re not afraid of them and we want to make sure that we compete against the best.”Despite taking the loss against Northwestern, the men’s team had multiple moments of strength. Freshman diver Andrew Suchla continued to prove he will be a force in the Big Ten for years to come, picking up an impressive victory in the one-meter dive against Northwestern freshman rival Andrew Cramer by just 5.50 points.Additional notable swims for the Badger men included dominant finishes in the middle-distance events. Junior Drew teDuits was victorious once again in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of one minute and 48.9 seconds, while junior Nick Schafer cruised to a convincing win in the 200-yard breaststroke with a two minute and 2.3 second finish and freshman Brett Pinfold stole the show in the 200-yard freestyle clocking in at one minute and 37.88 seconds.teDuits, the defending NCAA champion in the 200-yard backstroke, gave credit to the training methods executed in practices for his consistency in meets.“Our coaches have the team as a whole practicing race strategies in all of our events,” teDuits said. “I practice my strategy in the 200 back twice per week and make sure I work harder in the last 100 yards where it really hurts.”The women’s team came out of the gates swinging Friday, dominating the 200-yard medley relay by taking the top two spots. This set the tone for the rest of the evening as freshman diver Ashley Peterson followed up the team’s opening relay performance by owning the competition in the three-meter dive, winning the event by almost 30 points with a score of 296.63 over second place Northwestern senior Mary Kate Campbell.Multiple memorable performances in a variety of different races also helped seal the deal for the women’s side, including victories by senior Rebecka Palm in the 200-yard freestyle and sophomore Anna Meinholz in the 100-yard breaststroke. Junior Ivy Martin finished with arguably the most lopsided victory of the night, securing a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle by almost two seconds with a time of 49.83 seconds.Martin, a five-time NCAA All-American, credited her training methods as a big factor of her continual success in the sprint races.“It’s been a matter of getting stronger for me this year that has accounted for my improvement.” Martin said, “Going under 50 seconds in the 100 is a goal in every duel meet, and staying consistent in both meets and practice has been important as well.”Martin believed the teams diminished performance Saturday against Notre Dame was the culmination of exhaustion from back-to-back meets and long drives on the road. teDuits echoed Martin’s comments, but the team as a whole sees their road-heavy schedule (just one home meet all year) as good practice for the long and tiring championship weekends on the road at the end of the season.“Going to back-to-back dual meets where you’re swimming four events per day doesn’t even compare to swimming one event per day at the Big Ten’s and feeling rested,” teDuits said.Although the top-place finishes came in fewer numbers Saturday, the loss to the Fighting Irish showcased some strong performances, the most impressive being a pair of two-event finishers for the Badger men and women. teDuits finished atop the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke — with times of 49.88 seconds and one minute and 48.91 seconds respectively — and Martin winning the 50-yard at 22.67 seconds  and 100-yard freestyle races at 50.55 seconds.These consistent performances out of Martin and teDuits are exactly what Hite looks for in his team leaders. He is quick to point out the contributions by his two star swimmers have had an impact on the team far beyond anything that can be read on a results sheet.“I think they’re both growing into their role as leaders since it’s not only about performance, but stepping up and saying the right thing at the right time and holding teammates accountable,” Hite said.Having reliable leaders on a team is especially crucial for a program that has a heavy base of underclassmen looking for an strong example to follow. Martin, teDuits and Hite all agreed the underclassmen have done a great job of stepping up and providing the team with some much needed depth.teDuits recognized the efforts of the underclassmen sprinters in particular for “taking a hold of those freestyle events,” referring to the efforts of freshman Chase Kinney and sophomore Annie Tamblyn on the women’s side, as well as the performances of freshman Ryan Barsanti and sophomore transfer Zach Wagner for the men this season.Hite added this is the most talented team he’s coached so far, and their potential is exciting for him to see.“We definitely have some good pieces in place to have great success this year,” Hite said.Following two weekends off, both Badger teams will travel to Austin, Texas for the three-day Texas Invitational Dec. 5-7.last_img read more

Wydad survive siege to hold Sundowns

first_img0Shares0000Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns is challenged by Alejandro Quintana of Wydad during their 2018 CAF Champions League tie on May 5, 2018. PHOTO/AFPJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 6- CAF Champions League title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco survived a late siege by Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in Pretoria Saturday to force a 1-1 matchday one draw.Sundowns made a perfect start to the Group C clash between the last two winners of the elite African club competition by going ahead within three minutes. Ivorian Cheick Comara turned a Sibusiso Vilakazi cross into his net, although the goal was awarded only after the Cameroon referee overruled his assistant, who had signalled a corner.Wydad responded with an adventurous approach that paid off on 20 minutes when Ismail el Haddad darted forward to nod a cross past Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango.El Haddad will score few simpler goals as several Sundowns defenders stood still, believing the ball had crossed the line before being floated into the goalmouth.Rattled by the goal, Sundowns were lucky not to fall behind soon after when Wydad captain Brahim Nakach surged into the box only to blaze wide.After a thrilling first half, the second 45 minutes was a let-down as Wydad tired in the 1,340-metre (4,395-feet) altitude and wasted time whenever possible.Wydad edged 2016 Champions League winners Sundowns on penalties in the quarter-finals last season after both clubs won 1-0 at home.The draw completed an eventful day for Sundowns after news leaked that they will face Spanish giants Barcelona on May 16, and signed Guinea-Bissau striker Toni Silva.The friendly against Barca is expected to be confirmed in Spain Monday and will be staged at the 90,000-capacity Soccer City stadium in Soweto.It will be the second visit of Barcelona to South Africa, having beaten Sundowns in Pretoria 11 years ago.Silva was on the books of Benfica, Chelsea and Liverpool as a youth and moves to South Africa from Greek outfit Levadiakos.In the other Group C match, Horoya of Guinea kept a 100 percent away record in the competition this season by edging Port of Togo 2-1 in Lome with captain Aboubacar Camara scoring the winner.Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo made an impressive start in Group B by whipping fellow former African champions Entente Setif of Algeria 4-1 in Lubumbashi.The pick of the goals was the opener on 10 minutes as quick, slick passing created gaps in the Setif defence and Ben Malango fired a cross into the net from close range.Malango bagged a brace and Elia Meschak and Zambian Nathan Sinkala also scored for Mazembe.Group D favourites Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, the only winners of all five present and past CAF club competitions, came from behind to hold Primeiro Agosto of Angola 1-1 in Luanda.Lompala Bokamba struck the ball into the corner of the net from just outside the box on 43 minutes and Ammar Jemal headed the equaliser midway through the second half after a free-kick.In the same section, Mongaliso Shongwe scored on 80 minutes to earn Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland a 1-1 draw away to 2016 Champions League semi-finalists Zesco United of Zambia in Ndola.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more