Uganda’s Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president’s win

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Monday launched a court case seeking to overturn the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, had suggested he did not want to legitimize Museveni’s victory in last month’s polls by seeking justice with a court that has been reluctant to rule against the president in past elections. The Supreme Court ruled three times that electoral irregularities were not substantial enough to affect the outcome. Museveni won the Jan. 14 elections with 58% of the vote while Wine had 35%, according to final results announced last week by the electoral commission after accounting for results from nearly all polling stations.last_img read more

UK government backs pension dashboard project

first_imgThe UK government has pledged to take the lead on developing a “pension dashboard” to allow individuals to see all of their savings through one portal.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference in Manchester yesterday, Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, pledged that the Department for Work and Pensions would take forward work on the project “at pace”.“Be in absolutely no doubt: The dashboard will happen,” Opperman said.The project has been pushed forward by industry bodies so far, with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) leading work on a prototype. The ABI co-ordinated work between pension providers and technology firms to attempt to address data issues and other hurdles to displaying all an individual’s savings and pensions in one place.Huw Evans, director general of the ABI, said a dashboard was “vital to helping workers keep track of their pension savings as they move employment as well as helping them track down lost pension pots likely to be worth billions in total”. Graham Vidler, director of external affairs at the PLSA, said: “The minister’s support of the pensions dashboard is great news for savers – who will be placed at the heart of the project. The dashboard could have a revolutionary effect on the way people engage with pensions, but it needs regulation and strong governance underpinning it. This is a job for government and we are pleased DWP has been tasked with leading the project.”center_img Guy Opperman MPThe Pensions Regulator also backed the project. Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment, said: “The work to date is also a clear demonstration of what industry can achieve when it works together and showcases the huge benefits the pensions industry could get from the application of such technology.”The People’s Pension, one of the UK’s leading defined contribution providers, has been a vocal supporter of the dashboard concept. Darren Philp, director of policy, described the government’s support as “an important milestone”. “While there are still significant challenges to overcome, this is a substantial step to help bring people closer to their pensions,” he added.last_img read more

Stanford sweeps No. 6 USC

first_imgThe No. 6 USC women’s volleyball team had no answer for Stanford’s stonewall defense at the net, falling 3-0 Wednesday night at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto in the first leg of their Northern California road trip.“We got some good performances today, but we didn’t also didn’t get some of the performances that we needed to get, and that really did us in tonight,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “We had too many hitting errors today, and you can’t do that against a good team.”Though the Women of Troy (16-3, 4-3) had 37 kills over the course of the match, they only accomplished that on a .085 hitting percentage. By comparison, Stanford finished with 44 kills with a .350 percentage.Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio and senior opposite Katie Fuller struggled to get USC’s offense going, combining for just 16 kills.The Women of Troy started out strong early in the first set with freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio garnering four kills early.Stanford went on a run to go up 8-5. The Cardinal continued to control the net before sophomore setter Hayley Crone served back-to-back aces to tie it at 11.The first set continued to be a back-and-forth affair with USC, led by junior outside hitter Sara Shaw, who led players with 13 kills. Stanford, however, would pull away before finishing off the set 25-18.The Women of Troy couldn’t recapture their fast start from the last set, with the Cardinal capturing an early 7-2 lead.Following a stretch with two kills and a block by Jordan Burgess, Stanford extended their lead to a disheartening 12-4 score. The Cardinal continued to pour it on as Rachel Williams dominated the set at the net by putting the game almost out of reach at 19-8.The Women of Troy rallied late and got the score within striking distance behind three straight blocks from junior middle blocker Alexis Olgard, but the deficit proved too much and USC stumbled, 25-16.The third set looked very similar to the previous two. USC fell early and Stanford quickly stole the momentum to win the set 25-18.Despite the defeat, the Women of Troy will have to regroup to face California on Friday.“The expectation will be that we suck it up, work on what we need to work on in practice and go in their building and try to come out with a win,” Haley said. “It’s going to be tough playing a late game on the road, but it will be a good challenge,”Neil Jariwalla contributed to this story.last_img read more

‘Toy gun’ bandits escape after victim opens fire

first_imgThree men, who were armed with a suspected ‘toy gun’ attempted to rob a mechanic in the wee hours of Sunday morning but got the scare of their lives after the victim whipped out his licensed firearm and discharged three rounds in their direction.Based on reports received, at about 02:00h, the 50-year-old mechanic of Belle Vue, West Bank Demerara, dropped his wife off at Vlissingen Road and remained parked on the road in his Suzuki Escudo with the windows up as she entered the yard. Whilst there, he noticed the suspects at the western side of his motor vehicle on pedal cycles.One of them had a black gun pointing in his direction and without hesitation; he reached for his licensed firearm and discharged three rounds in their direction. As a result, his driver’s side window shattered.However, the man who was carrying the suspected toy gun, dropped the bicycle he was riding and the toy gun, as he joined one of his accomplices in making good their escape. The suspects’ toy gun and bicycle were confiscated by the Police as evidence.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

‘Liverpool may be tempted by Klopp’, talkSPORT told

first_imgTony Evans, The Times’ Football Editor, claims Liverpool may be tempted to replace Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp this summer.The current Reds manager has come under pressure throughout the season, after failing to emulate last year’s heroics, which saw them almost lift the Premier League title.Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp has announced he will leave the Bundesliga giants at the end of the season, and Evans believes the Fenway Sports Group (FSG), Liverpool’s owners, may be interested in the 47-year-old.“Liverpool might be tempted by Jurgen Klopp,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I wouldn’t say Brendan Rodgers is safe. I didn’t realise how close he was to losing his job in December until recently. FSG are very ruthless and they have a vision of how they want this club to work.”But Evans added the American owners may have to change their model slightly if they’re to attract the cream of European managers.“If they went to Jurgen Klopp and said, ‘this is how it’s going to work’, I don’t think many managers of the highest standing would accept the way they want to go forward,” he said.“They get the transfer committee to target players and giving the manager a group of young players to work with and coach them. Klopp would want more say over any new arrival.”last_img read more