Mr. Ban and Mr. Tsvangirai met for half an hour in Accra, Ghana, at the request of the opposition figure, the Secretary-General told journalists after the tête-à-tête. Mr. Tsvangirai complained about the deadlock in Zimbabwe, where the results of the presidential poll held on 29 March have still not been released, and the deterioration of the country’s humanitarian and political situation. “He told me that the military had been deployed around the country terrorizing people, and therefore many people had been running away from their homes and hiding somewhere, which had in turn created a very serious humanitarian situation,” Mr. Ban said. The Secretary-General added that Mr. Tsvangirai – who represents the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) – also appealed to the UN and the African Union to intervene as he feels there has been no progress with the Southern African Development Community, which held a summit on the crisis earlier this month. “Upon hearing his complaint and briefing on the situation, I have expressed my deep concern about the post-electoral situation… I also expressed my deep concern about this continuing situation, where violence and polarization have now been prevalent, and I asked him to resort to peaceful means to resolve this issue, through dialogue.” Mr. Ban also said he would now consult the leadership of the AU on possible ways forward. Zimbabwe’s electoral authorities have already announced the results of the parliamentary elections that were held on the same day as the presidential poll, in which the incumbent Robert Mugabe was challenged by Mr. Tsvangirai. 21 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has held talks today with Zimbabwean opposition leader and presidential contender Morgan Tsvangirai over the protracted post-election crisis in the Southern African country.
What’s the future for Sears Canada? U.S.-based Sears Holdings announced yesterday it may sell its 51 per cent interest in the Canadian division.Marvin Ryder of McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business joined us earlier with his take.
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OSU coach Urban Meyer and members of the OSU football team run into the field before the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State’s 2016 NFL Draft Class was one for the books. In April, the Buckeyes had 12 players drafted, with another three going undrafted but signing as free agents.With the first pre-season football games occurring over the weekend, multiple Ohio State draftees shined in their first NFL action.One standout performance came from Cardale Jones. The 6-foot-5-inch, fourth-round pick took the field for the first time for the Buffalo Bills. Backing up E.J. Manuel and starter Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, Jones went 11-for-21 on completions, totaling 162 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for another 34 yards on four carries.Second-round pick Michael Thomas also had a big day on offense for the New Orleans Saints. Thomas had four receptions for 67 yards, including two very impressive catches — one diving and another coming along the sideline.Quarterback-turned-wide-receiver Braxton Miller, taken in the third round, had his own highlight catch against good coverage along the sideline for 24 yards. He would finish his first game with the Houston Texans with four receptions for 34 yards.Undrafted wide receiver Jalin Marshall also opened some eyes with an 84-yard kick return for the New York Jets.Highly touted offensive lineman Taylor Decker — a first-round pick — started at left tackle for the Detroit Lions. Decker had his struggles in his debut, getting called for a holding penalty and allowing James Harrison to beat him, forcing a fumble from the quarterback.Former Buckeyes also showcased their skills on the defensive side of the ball.Darron Lee played on both defense and special teams for the New York Jets. He contributed four tackles (two for a loss) and one sack. Lee played a total of 51 snaps in the game, 38 on defense and 13 on special teams.Tyvis Powell, an undrafted safety, recorded an interception and had a good, hard block on a special teams return for the Seattle Seahawks.While all these former Ohio State players are off to solid starts in the pros, the best may still be yet to come.The two highest picks in 2016 for the Buckeyes, Joey Bosa (taken third overall by the San Diego Chargers) and Ezekiel Elliott (taken fourth overall by the Dallas Cowboys) have yet to touch the field in the NFL.Bosa is in the midst of a holdout with the Chargers as both sides have not been able to come to a contract agreement. He has not been with the team in training camp or in their first game against the Tennessee Titans.Ezekiel Elliott, perhaps the most highly anticipated rookie in the class, is dealing with a hamstring issue and did not play in the Cowboys’ first preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams. Dallas is hoping the running back can make his debut in their next preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #STOPPED: The review of medical cards is to stop with immediate affect. Medical need will now be pertinent when issuing medical cards.2. #JOB LOSSES: As 200 jobs are cut at Bausch and Lomb in Waterford, the Government has been forced to deny that the news was held until after the elections.3. #SEX ASSAULT: Judgement has been reserved in the appeal into the six-month jail sentence given to a man convicted of sexual assault.4. #BAD BANK: NAMA has revealed that it pays 134 developers a total of €11 million every year in wages.5. #CHASE: An investigation has been launched after 43-year-old Sinéad Maguire died in a car crash following a pursuit by gardaí in Fairview in Dublin.