Annan urges Israel to withdraw backs Powells mission all the way

“The whole world is demanding that Israel withdraws – I don’t think the whole world, including the friends of the Israeli people and Government, can be wrong,” Mr. Annan told reporters in Madrid, where today he opened the UN Second World Assembly on Ageing.”So I appeal to Prime Minister Sharon to heed the call, and move ahead with the implementation of the resolution,” he stressed, referring to Security Council resolution 1402. “Of course the resolution also makes demands on the Palestinian leadership and I urge them also to honour that,” he added.”I think what is happening in the region, both Israel and Palestine, is a very painful thing for all of us to see the human tragedy and I also regret to say that the longer this goes on, the more it erodes the moral and political position of Israel in the world and I hope that Prime Minister Sharon would bear that in mind as well,” the Secretary-General said.Describing the tragic humanitarian situation, Mr. Annan said, “it is really very, very serious when you consider that a large number of people are without water, they are short of food and medication, and the humanitarian workers, from Red Cross to Red Crescent to UNWRA [UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East], do not have a freedom of movement.”The Secretary-General voiced full backing for the forthcoming visit to the Middle East by United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. “We are solidly with him and I hope he will have a successful mission,” said the Secretary-General, warning, “It’s not going to be easy.””He doesn’t have a magic wand, so we should not expect miracles,” Mr. Annan stressed. “It’s a tough mission but we will be with him all the way.” read more

Womens soccer defeats Pittsburgh 20

Shelby Lum / Photo editorSenior defender Megan Fuller controls the ball during a game against Pittsburgh on Aug. 28, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.The streak continues for No. 24 Ohio State women’s soccer team, after it defeated Pittsburgh 2-0 Wednesday night at the Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Field at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, the Buckeyes set a school-record with 14 consecutive matches unbeaten, dating back to last September.“I think that just shows how hard we’ve all worked as a team and the coaching staff… and it paid off,” junior forward Kayla Varner said after the win.OSU controlled the game offensively for most of the first half and a 36th minute goal off a corner kick from senior defender Megan Fuller to freshman midfielder Alexis Degler opened the scoring for the Buckeyes.“Megan Fuller takes unbelievable corner kicks, and I knew my role on the back post is to just clean it up,” Degler said. “I just took my chance and got my head in front of it and made it.”The Buckeyes were able to keep possession for most of the first half, outshooting the Panthers 8-1 in the first half, and holding a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.“This week, we really focused and pinpointed the attack. I know we do a lot of functional training so we really just focused on the final third,” Degler said.In the 60th minute, junior forward and midfielder Kayla Varner extended OSU’s lead, making a long shot that beat redshirt-junior goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino. The ball found the back of the net, but Varner said she didn’t know how she did it.“Well, it was kind of an accident, but it worked in my favor. It was supposed to be a cross, but I’ll take it,” Varner said.Coach Lori Walker said she was pleased with her team’s effort and their ability to score against a solid defensive team like Pittsburgh.“Pittsburgh defended really hard, they were very organized behind the ball, as I figured they would be and I feel good that we found the back of the net,” Walker said.The Buckeyes are set to be back in action Sunday, hosting Arizona at 6 p.m. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Walker says rest is the most important thing for her team right now.“First thing we have to do is recover, this is our third game in five days, we need to get a little bit of rest in us … and find some things out about Arizona,” Walker said. read more