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The Latest On The Urban Meyer Meeting: Evening Update

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first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing a headset during an Ohio State football game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks on the sideline during the second half of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)It’s been a long day for Urban Meyer, Ohio State and the rest of the college football world. Here is the latest on everything that’s going on with the Buckeyes and their impending decision on the head coach.The meeting, as said several times, began at 9 a.m. E.T. The Board of Trustees meeting is open to the public, but it quickly broke off into a private, executive session.Urban Meyer showed up to the building shortly after 9. His wife, Shelley Meyer, joined him inside the building after 2 p.m. E.T.According to reports, Meyer is not inside the room with the Board of Trustees and Ohio State’s president, Michael Drake.There have been few updates throughout the day. The latest is this: Ohio State’s athletic director, Gene Smith, and his wife arrived a couple of hours ago.Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smith arrive at OSU. The Athletic Director enters the Longaberger Alumni House. pic.twitter.com/tBykEZtWqE— 97.1 The Fan (@971thefan) August 22, 2018We’re now going on 9 hours since the meeting began. Reporters and fans have been outside the building, Ohio State’s alumni center, all day.There was this report from Ohio State insider Dave Biddle:“Ohio State’s BoT wants to reinstate Urban Meyer immediately. University president Michael Drake is balking at that; wants Meyer to serve a suspension. Meyer refuses to serve suspension since he thinks he did nothing wrong,” he tweeted.CliffsNotes version (from what I’ve been told): Ohio State’s BoT wants to reinstate Urban Meyer immediately. University president Michael Drake is balking at that; wants Meyer to serve a suspension. Meyer refuses to serve suspension since he thinks he did nothing wrong. #Buckeyes— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) August 22, 2018That, of course, has yet to be confirmed. The Board of Trustees, the school’s president and Meyer have been inside all day. Nothing official has been said.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Annan urges Somali factions to pursue peace

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Stressing that no amount of goodwill and external support will bring peace to Somalia, the Secretary-General writes in a report released today that, “Outsiders can help, but only Somalia’s leaders can decide to end the suffering of their people and only they can decide to negotiate an end to the conflict.”Mr. Annan underscores concern about the proliferation of arms in Somalia, and calls for efforts to disarm and reintegrate Somali youths. He urges concerted international action to end the impunity with which armed groups continue to harass humanitarian and development agencies, causing further suffering to civilians and communities. He also calls on the authorities to ensure that aid workers are able to perform their tasks without fear of harm or any form of harassment.While hailing the fact that many of the 400,000 Somalis in exile have begun to return home with the help of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Secretary-General warns of the large gap between the needs of returnees and their potential opportunities. “Unless this issue is resolved, the return of exiled populations is likely to continue to constrain the recovery process,” he cautions. Calling international funding for Somalia “disappointing,” the Secretary-General appeals to countries to generously support humanitarian and recovery efforts for the country. read more

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