UN unveils unity government to end Libya crisis

first_imgLibya agree on national unity government Related Libya announces unity government Tripoli-based MP Fayez Sarraj’s name has been proposed for the prime minister’s post by the UN. The council will have three deputies to the prime minister — representing the country’s east, west and south — and two other ministers. The United Nations has announced plans to end the hostility between the two rival governments in Libya and pave the way for a unified central government. The intergovernmental organisation proposes a presidential council to be set up comprising members from both the governments – one internationally recognized in the eastern city of Tobruk, while the other an Islamist-backed in Tripoli.At a news conference in Morocco, UN’s special envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, said: “This was not an easy task but we believe this can work if all agree to work as a team.” He named six candidates for key posts in the national government, who will be part of the presidential council headed by a prime minister. However, the proposal is likely to face tough resistance from both parliaments, as some MPs have already cast their doubts on the plan.“We are not a part of this (proposed) government. It means nothing to us and we were not consulted,” said Abdulsalam Bilashahir, of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC),” he told the BBC.The GNC has refused to propose names of candidates for a united government, as they want more amendments to the initial deal. Leon, however, said that the GNC’s decision to not propose names and ask for more changes in the text is a little frustrating for the international community, which has made huge efforts to adapt the text favouring both sides.He said that the doors remained open for the GNC to participate as the elected officials in the Tripoli government are expected to vote “for, or against” the plan.Meanwhile, Ibrahim Alzaghiat, of the Council on Deputies (CoD) government, based in Tobruk, said, “This proposed government will only lead to the division of Libya and will turn it into a joke. Mr Leon’s choice was unwise.” Libya’s UN-backed unity government arrives in Tripolilast_img read more

USC gives up many all-time records

first_imgPerhaps USC can now empathize with hapless Colorado. When senior quarterback Matt Barkley completed 95 percent of his passes and threw for six touchdowns against the Buffaloes on Oct. 20, many celebrated the Trojans’ bevy of new offensive records, never stopping to think how helpless Colorado’s defense must have felt.Missed opportunity · USC coach Lane Kiffin cited senior defensive end Wes Horton’s (96) first-quarter sack as one of two key chances for a turnover. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThis time, on the other end of an offensive onslaught, the Trojans witnessed a redefinition of the term “video game-like numbers.” In Saturday’s 62-51 loss against Oregon, USC’s defense faced 12 offensive series from the Ducks’ up-tempo spread offense; Oregon scored touchdowns on nine of them.“We weren’t aligned in our assignments perfectly like we were last year,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Dion Bailey said of the defense’s inability to produce stops. “We blew a lot of our assignments, and they capitalized on every single mistake.”In their three non-scoring series, the Ducks missed a field goal, fumbled the ball on a shotgun snap that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota never fielded cleanly and punted in the fourth quarter after the game was out of reach.In essence, the Trojans’ defense — a unit hailed for its improvement earlier in the season — produced only one actual defensive stop in the entire game.“With our offense playing the way they did, we had to get one or two stops and we would be in this game,” Bailey said. “Our defense just didn’t do that tonight, and that’s why we’re on the losing side.”Following the game, USC coach Lane Kiffin didn’t offer much explanation for USC’s inability to stop Oregon from marching down the field at will.Instead, he lamented three offensive series in which the Trojans were unable to put points on the board: the first series of the game in which USC settled for a field goal, Barkley’s interception on a fade route intended for sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee that ended the Trojans’ second offensive series and Lee’s fumble in the red zone at the end of the first half.“Unfortunately, we shot ourselves in the foot,” Kiffin said. “The game comes down to three offensive possessions.”Barkley agreed with his coach’s assessment.“We knew it was going to be a shoot-out,” Barkley said. “I felt like we had to play perfect on offense.”But given the historic feebleness of USC’s defense on Saturday, many defensive players quickly shouldered the blame for the loss.“Our offense put up 51 points,” senior safety T.J. McDonald said. “That should be enough.”The number of records Oregon set seems to side with McDonald’s assessment, as USC Sports Information will have plenty of work this offseason when re-writing the USC football media guide’s “All-Time Opponents’ Records” section.Beginning with Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, who has vaulted himself into a two-man Heisman Trophy race with Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, is a good starting point. Barner ran for 321 yards on 38 carries, scoring five touchdowns. All of those numbers broke USC opponent records, except for the 38 carries, which fell one short of former UCLA running back Gaston Green’s mark in 1986. Previously, former Penn State running back Curtis Enis held the record for most rushing yards against USC with 241 in 1996, while six players had scored four touchdowns against USC.“He’s a slick guy,” Bailey said of Barner. “He keeps his feet moving, kind of like De’Anthony. They just keep running, but you got to really wrap his legs up so you can bring him down.”Barner’s outrageous statistics buoyed Oregon’s offense to historic numbers for a USC opponent. The Trojans began playing football in 1888, and Saturday’s game marked both the most points (62) and the most total yards (730) a USC team has ever surrendered. The previous record for most points allowed by a USC team was 56 in its triple-overtime loss to Stanford last season at the Coliseum. Oregon’s 730 total yards shattered Notre Dame’s former record of 623 posted in 1946.“They just know how to move the ball,” McDonald said. “They’ve got fast guys. They know the offense well. You’ve got to tip your hats to them. They’re not ranked where they are for no reason.”Even with the barrage of quick-scoring series, McDonald maintained that USC’s defense never lost its confidence and played aggressively until the end.“Every time we took the field, we knew we had to get a stop and we had the attitude that we would get the stop,” McDonald said. “It just didn’t work out in our favor.”last_img read more

Adesanya Dethrones Whittaker to Become UFC Middleweight Champion

first_imgNigeria-born New Zealand fighter, Israel Adesanya, extended his perfect professional record to 18-0 as he dethroned UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in spectacular fashion at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.Adesanya, 30, arrived in the arena to an acrobatic choreographed dance routine and produced a near-punch-perfect performance to finish Whittaker after three minutes and 33 seconds of the second round and capture the undisputed UFC middleweight title in front of nearly 60,000 fans at Marvel Stadium.Whittaker started out throwing a host of power shots but Adesanya was loose and slick on his feet in the opening round, and delivered a stunning right hand in the final seconds that sent Whittaker crashing to the canvas as the buzzer saved the champion from a first-round defeat. A similar counter right hook from Adesanya found its mark early in the second round as the interim champion began to turn up the heat, but a powerful left from the defending champion showed the challenger would have to be on his guard against Whittaker’s power.And, as the pair started to trade big shots in the middle of the octagon, Adesanya planted his feet and answered a straight right from Whittaker with a stunning right-left combination to send him down, with referee Marc Goddard stepping in to spare the Australian further punishment as the Kiwi moved in to apply the finishing touches on the ground.Former kick-boxing star Adesanya exploded onto the global MMA scene only last year after arriving in the UFC with an undefeated 11-0 record.The Kiwi then reeled off six successive wins inside the octagon, culminating in his victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 in April that saw him capture the interim middleweight title in a Fight of the Year contender in Atlanta.That victory set up an all-Antipodean clash with returning world champion Whittaker in Melbourne, with the bout pitting the hard-hitting Australian against the undefeated rising star from New Zealand.The event set a new attendance record for the UFC, with 57,127 fans packing Marvel Stadium on fight night.That figure topped the previous record of 56,214 held by the same stadium at UFC 193, when Holly Holm dramatically knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women’s bantamweight title back in November 2015.And, on the biggest stage of his career, Adesanya stepped up and delivered a huge performance to cap his journey from fan to world champion.“I was in the nosebleeds,” he told UFC commentator Jon Anik in his post-fight interview. “Now I made his nose bleed.“He threw everything we expected. We had everything from his Plan A, Plan B, Plan C. We had everything up to Plan Z.”Adesanya’s first test as undisputed middleweight champion looks set to come against hulking Brazilian contender Paulo Costa, who was a prominent figure at cage side on fight night.Like Adesanya, “Borrachinha” (translation: “The Eraser”) is also undefeated, and the Brazilian has blitzed his way to the number-one contender spot with four straight TKO finishes, followed by a hard-earned decision win over Cuba’s former Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero.Now the 28-year-old from Belo Horizonte looks set to challenge Adesanya, and has already made no secret of his dislike for the self-confident Kiwi, labelling him “skinny”, while the new champion described the musclebound Brazilian as looking like an “over-inflated balloon animal”.In the night’s co-main event, Adesanya’s teammate, Kiwi lightweight Dan “The Hangman” Hooker, produced a dominant display to earn a unanimous decision victory over former title challenger Al Iaquinta before calling for a hometown fight against the most recent man to challenge for the UFC lightweight title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more