COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes gives instructions to his assistant coaches on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a game against the Army Golden Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Army 38-7. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was hit in the face by a referee during his team’s contest against Wisconsin on Saturday night.Ohio State is struggling against Wisconsin on Saturday night, and it isn’t just the team’s players getting a little beat up. Head coach Urban Meyer, near the end of the first quarter, took a shot to the face from a referee after a play. Meyer attempted to get out of the way, but the ref simply came in too hot.To top it off, Ohio State was hit with a sideline interference penalty that cost the team 15 yards. We’re not sure if the two incidents are related or not.Hero pic.twitter.com/88n5rItZiR— Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 16, 2016Lol. Urban Meyer got hit in the face by the ref and they got a 15 yard penalty. #classic pic.twitter.com/EuyB5q6EYd— Taylor Hahn (@taytortaco) October 16, 2016Ohio State trails Wisconsin 10-3 in the second quarter. The Buckeyes need to put away their frustration if they want to emerge victorious.
Following a high-level meeting under the chairmanship of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, representatives of six countries neighbouring Afghanistan, as well as the United States and the Russian Federation, agreed today on the need to establish a broad-based and freely chosen Afghan Government.In a joint declaration issued after the meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the US and Russia – collectively known as the “Six plus Two” group – “pledged their continued support to efforts of the Afghan people to find a political solution to the Afghan crisis, and they agreed that there should be the establishment in Afghanistan of a broad based multi-ethnic, politically balanced, freely chosen Afghan administration representative of their aspirations and at peace with its neighbours.” The declaration, signed by ministers and other senior officials, “condemned the export of international terrorism by the al-Qaeda network and the ruling Taliban authorities for allowing the continued use of Afghan territory for terrorist activities.” It expressed support for efforts by the Afghan people to rid themselves of the Taliban regime, as well as international efforts to root out terrorism and bring the perpetrators to justice. Welcoming the “central” role of the United Nations in assisting the Afghan people in developing a political alternative to the Taliban regime, the declaration endorsed the work by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, particularly efforts to help Afghan groups urgently establish a broad-based Afghan administration.Concerning the relief operations, the members of the “Six plus Two” group pledged continued support for the UN’s humanitarian efforts both inside Afghanistan and in refugee camps located in neighbouring countries. They urged additional contributions from donor countries and welcomed efforts by the international community to begin planning for Afghanistan’s long-term reconstruction once a broadly-based government has assumed office and peace has been restored. During the meeting, Mr. Brahimi briefed the participants on his recent mission to the region. Representatives of each country spoke, except for Pakistan, whose Foreign Minister was not able to enter the UN building which had been closed following a plane crash in New York City. Speaking to reporters after the session, the Secretary-General underscored the importance of quick action on the diplomatic front. “The group stressed the need for speed, and that, as things are moving very fast, we need to try and bring the political aspects in line with the military developments on the ground,” he said.For his part, Mr. Brahimi agreed on the need to move quickly. “I hope that, because of these developments on the ground, we are going to try, as soon as possible, to get a – hopefully – a representative sample of the Afghan population together, and see what kind of interim arrangements we can work together for Kabul,” he said.