Annan welcomes start of direct talks between Tamil rebels and Sri Lankan

In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said he is “pleased that the two sides have successfully implemented the provisions of their ceasefire signed last February and are now entering substantive peace negotiations.” The Secretary-General hopes that the talks will lead to a political settlement of the internal conflict in Sri Lanka, which will preserve the country’s unity and integrity as well as take into account the needs and interests of all its communities, according to the statement. While paying tribute to the facilitation role played by the Government of Norway, Mr. Annan “looks forward to enhancing the United Nations role in support of the peace process, especially regarding peacebuilding activities,” the spokesman said.

Football Ohio State rolls over Oklahoma 4524 in Norman

OSU senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNORMAN, Okla. — The game that was hyped up for weeks fulfilled the desires of many Ohio State football fans in the first half. After a shaky start for the Buckeyes, OSU recovered by rattling off two unanswered touchdowns and never looked back, eventually topping the Sooners 45-24. Oklahoma received the ball and promptly marched down the field before an injury to starting redshirt freshman left guard Cody Ford slowed the opening drive for the Sooners. The drive stalled, and the Buckeyes forced a field goal attempt, which was missed from 27 yards out.Things never got back on track for the Sooners, as Oklahoma would be playing catchup throughout the first half. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel scampered in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a lead they would never relinquish.It was a night that saw the Buckeyes dominate both the offensive and defensive lines of Oklahoma.“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “When you do that you have a good chance of winning the game.”With Oklahoma looking to gain momentum by going for it on fourth down early, the Buckeyes found themselves up 14-0 after an outstanding defensive play.Filling in for injured junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker, sophomore Jerome Baker intercepted a tipped pass from Sooner redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and turned on the jets for a 68-yard touchdown.“(Junior defensive end) Jayln Holmes, he tipped it,” Baker said. “I looked up and it fell right into my hands.”Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon answered back with a touchdown of his own, returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Finding a hole in the middle, Mixon broke free and was nearly untouched throughout the return.Although the score was upheld, video review later revealed that Mixon dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Although all scoring plays are to be reviewed, the touchdown for the Sooners remained.All questions about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown were answered in the first half, as Buckeye fans witnessed three touchdown receptions, with the last one of the first half dropping the jaws of fans throughout the stadium.Being guarded closely in the left corner of the endzone, Brown pinned the ball against the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick, maintaining possession and dragging his foot. The score put the Buckeyes up 35-17 with just six seconds left in the half.Brown finished the night with four touchdowns.The Buckeye defense struggled to limit the amount of yards picked up by the Sooners in the first two quarters but kept Oklahoma from gaining the lead. Although OSU surrendered 258 yards in the opening half, the Silver Bullets defended well enough to keep their team in the lead.The second-half was much of the same for the Buckeyes. Smothering defense and a healthy use of Brown in the redzone kept OSU out in front by a large margin.After receiving the second-half kickoff, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett quickly led OSU down the field, setting Brown up for another touchdown reception, this time from eight yards out. Four of Brown’s five receptions were for touchdowns, while every one of Barrett’s touchdowns were to the redshirt sophomore.The grind-it-out attack used by the Buckeyes quickly wore down Oklahoma in the second half. After Barrett and Brown led OSU for much of the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, Barrett and Samuel took over the game.Finishing the game with an average of 6.1 yards per carry combined, the three players racked up 291 rushing yards throughout the contest.Mayfield struggled again in the second half, as OSU’s tight defense in the secondary and pass rush kept the redshirt junior scrambling from the pocket for much of the second half. He finished his night going 17-for-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.The defensive lineman for OSU took into account the mobile ability of Mayfield, and made sure to keep him in check as best as they could.“Sometimes if you were going to win your one-on-one matchup, you couldn’t take it. You had to cage the pocket and collapse him” said OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. “There was one time I beat the tackle so clean that he escaped right away. Stuff like that, you just had to keep him caged and not give him any running lanes because he was out of there really fast.”The Buckeyes even received cheers from the OSU faithful in the Oklahoma crowd. During the third quarter, an “O-H-I-O” erupted in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Outscoring Oklahoma 14-7 in the second half, OSU walked away triumphant with a 45-24 victory. After a week filled with predictions favoring each side, the Buckeyes proved they can perform on the biggest stages.Although OSU was all smiles following the game, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley sustained an upper-body injury during the first half. Conley did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 4.Meyer said he was unsure of the status of Conley after the game, but said as far as he knew, the redshirt junior was doing well.Next week, the Buckeyes will be on a bye week. After the break, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium to open Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kickoff is set for noon on Oct. 1.This article has been amended with quotes following post game interviews. read more

Royal Academy visitors are invited to brush past naked man and woman

Abramović is known as the controversial grandmother of performance art.Andrea Tarsia, head of exhibitions, said she was a “pioneering” artist who has “consistently tested the limits of her own mental and physical endurance”.He said of Imponderabilia: “This simple gesture proposed a confrontation with nakedness, gender, sexuality and desire.”Abramović will be in London throughout the exhibition but the RA said her presence at the exhibition is “yet to be determined” – seemingly leaving the door open for her to participate in the nude display.Tim Marlow, the RA’s artistic director, said: “She’s 74 years old – her main concern is about how her work will be re-performed, as theatre and music is. But never say never with Marina.”Will she do exactly what she wants and not take any notice of anything we say to her? Almost certainly.” Nudity has only featured in two performances in the RA’s history, and on both occasions in the less visible Burlington Gardens.In 2009, Spartacus Chetwynd put on one of her risqué carnivalesque art shows, ‘Helmut Newton’s Ladies Evening’.In 2012, Eddie Peake exhibited his work ‘Touch’ – a naked five-a-side football match in which teams were only differentiated by the colour of their socks.It was intended to illustrate the inherent eroticism of contact sports.This is the first time a naked performance will take place in the RA’s main galleries, where hundreds of thousands of visitors pass through every year. The Royal Academy in Mayfair, west LondonCredit:David Rose/David Rose Eyebrows were raised in 1977 when a pair of naked performance artists stood inches apart at the entrance of a gallery in Italy, leaving just a tiny gap for visitors to squeeze through.Now it has been revealed that Marina Abramović’s jaw-dropping creation, Imponderabilia, will be replicated at the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) next year – the first time a live nude work of art has been exhibited in the main galleries.The Serbian artist’s original performance more than forty years ago was with her then boyfriend and fellow artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna.Passersby were unaware that they were being filmed by a hidden camera and their reactions would form part of the art work.Many were unsure which naked body to face; some squeezed past as quickly as possible; others avoided going through altogether.The brave display will be recreated by two young artists at the RA between September 26 and December 8, 2020.In a test of composure and physical stamina, they will keep in position for up to three hours in the doorway between two adjoining gallery spaces.Visitors less eager to get up close and personal with two strangers will have the option of walking around the naked duo. Abramović and her then boyfriend and fellow artist stood inches apart at the entrance of the Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna in 1977 Abramović and her then boyfriend and fellow artist stood inches apart at the entrance of the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in the Italian city of Bologna in 1977Credit:Will Oliver/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Royal Academy in Mayfair, west London read more