College GameDay will be in Jacksonville this weekend for the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party—the annual rivalry game between Florida and Georgia—for the first time since 2005.Most probably didn’t see the Gators and Bulldogs facing off as a pair of one-loss, Top 10 teams back after UF lost to Kentucky for the first time in decades. Now, the game is pivotal for the SEC East race.Based on the schedule, it was the most obvious choice for GameDay this weekend. Next weekend’s episode location probably won’t have much drama behind it either.In all likelihood, College GameDay will be in Baton Rouge for LSU vs. Alabama in Week 10.The No. 4 Tigers and No. 1 Crimson Tide are each on bye this weekend, making a virtual guarantee that we’ll have a battle of Top 5 programs on Nov. 3.For the 8th-straight season, #LSU and Alabama will meet in @CBSSports’ primetime slot. Details: https://t.co/Nuqt2JK7Ni pic.twitter.com/nYZ18fjxRL— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 22, 2018The game is slated for an 8 p.m. ET kick, making it one of those vaunted night games at Death Valley. The game is on CBS, but that won’t stop ESPN from making the call.There are a few other enticing options. West Virginia at Texas and Penn State at Michigan are both match-ups of big ranked programs. Still, they pale in comparison to the SEC West rivalry this year.Alabama-LSU was the host of GameDay two years ago, last time it was in Baton Rouge. Lee Corso made LSU his headgear pick, but Alabama won 10-0.Alabama-LSU was the third ever match-up to host College GameDay, back in 1996. Corso picked the Tide to win that game at LSU, and was correct. Overall, the match-up has played host to the show nine times. Alabama is 7-2 in those games.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s new Chief of Mission in Sri Lanka today presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.Sarat Dash, previously served as IOM’s Chief of Mission in Yemen, Bangladesh, Nepal and Azerbaijan. He was also IOM’s Special Envoy to India and Bhutan. An Indian national, Dash joined IOM in 1998 with over 15 years of experience in development sector in South Asia. While acknowledging the strong relationship between IOM and his Government, the Foreign Minister emphasized on IOM’s engagement in reconciliation and peace building (particularly in transitional justice), reintegration programme and counter trafficking issues. Dash assured the Minister of his commitment to work closely with the Government of Sri Lanka, UN system and other stakeholders to serve the migrants and their communities around them during his tenure in Sri Lanka.As the leading intergovernmental agency dealing with migration, IOM, which has 173 Member States, acts with its partners in the international community to assist in meeting the growing operational challenges of migration management; to advance understanding of migration issues; to encourage social and economic development through migration; and to uphold the human dignity and well-being of migrants. “There is an urgent need for skills development for migrant workers to meet the demands of destination countries”, he added. Sri Lanka became an IOM Member State in 1990 and IOM’s first office in the country opened in 2002.It currently has over 100 staff distributed among its Head Office in Colombo, a Migrant Health & Operations Centre in Colombo, and four Sub-Offices located in Jaffna, Kilinochchi (covering Mullaitivu), Vavuniya (covering Mannar) and Batticaloa. (Colombo Gazette)