Annan calls for constitutional reform disarmament in Côte dIvoire

Under an accord reached over the summer in Accra, Ghana, the parties agreed to adopt legislative reforms, revise the Constitution’s provisions relating to eligibility by nationality for the presidency, and begin disarmament.Through a statement released today by his spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that these provisions “have not been met.”President Laurent Gbagbo, in an address to the nation on 12 October, said the political crisis should be resolved without further delay – a view the spokesman said Mr. Annan shares.”To this end, the Secretary-General urges the political forces in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the full and unconditional implementation” of the Accra III agreement, as well as an accord they struck in 2003 in Linas-Marcoussis, France, the spokesman said, emphasizing the need to address constitutional reform and disarmament.The Secretary-General “urges adoption of all legislative reforms without delay, and also appeals to all armed elements, including militias, to commence disarmament at the earliest.”The statement also welcomed President Gbagbo’s condemnation of all acts of violence against the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the French peacekeeping forces, and said it “should be unconditionally enforced by all authorities concerned.”Côte d’Ivoire’s current crisis broke out in September 2002. The rebel Force Nouvelles dominates the north, and UN peacekeepers serving with UNOCI are stationed between the opposing sides. read more

Kentucky UConn Virginia Memphis highlight Ohio State mens basketball nonconference slate

Then-sophomore forward Marc Loving (2) passes the ball during a game against Campbell on Nov. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 91-64.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team released its 2015-16 non-conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, with several of the nation’s elite set to face off with the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to host Virginia — a No. 2 seed in last season’s NCAA tournament — in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Dec. 1, and travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on the 2014 NCAA champion UConn Huskies on Dec. 12.The Buckeyes also have marquee games scheduled in neutral sites against Memphis (Nov. 27 in Miami) and Kentucky (Dec. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y.).The matchup against Memphis is set to be played at American Airlines Arena, while the showdown with last season’s No. 1 overall seed Kentucky is set for the Barclays Center.The game against the Wildcats marks the second of three years of the CBS Sports Classic, a series involving OSU, Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA. OSU fell to UNC last season and is scheduled to conclude the series with a matchup with UCLA during the 2016-17 season.“As I look at this schedule we will be challenged on the road, at home and on neutral courts,” OSU coach Thad Matta said in a press release. “With the youthfulness of this team, I believe it will help us prepare for Big Ten play.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern and Rutgers both home and away, with single home games against Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Penn State, and single road games against Indiana, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin rounding out their Big Ten schedule.The dates for their conference slate will be released at a later time, according to the press release.The Buckeyes are set to begin their season on Nov. 15 with a home matchup against Mount St. Mary’s.The full non-conference schedule can be found below:Nov. 15 vs. Mount St. Mary’sNov. 17 vs. GramblingNov. 20 vs. UT ArlingtonNov. 24 vs. Louisiana TechNov. 27 vs. Memphis (American Airlines Arena)Dec. 1 vs. VirginiaDec. 5 vs. VMIDec. 8 vs. Air ForceDec. 12 at UConnDec. 16 vs. Northern IllinoisDec. 19 vs. Kentucky (Barclays Center)Dec. 22 vs. MercerDec. 27 vs. South Carolina State read more