Grants by the International Fund for Promotion of Culture

first_img 2021 World of WearableArt Awards Competition April 10, 2015 Published by aana Deadline: 29 May 2015, noon-time (CEST, Paris, France time)Open to: applicants submitting projects about production of cultural and artistic works and/or contributing to the establishment of culture and development strategies and programmesGrant: between US$ 20,000 and US$ 100,000 (covers no more than 80% of the total project budget)DescriptionAre you an artist or creator? An NGO or a non-profit private or public body, whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation? If your project is compliant with the criteria indicated in the Operational Guidelines of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC), you can submit your project application and be considered in order to benefit from the financial support of the Fund. Eligible activities for receipt of assistance from the IFPC are:The production of cultural and artistic works;The organization of cultural and artistic events of national, regional and/or international scope contributing to the establishment of culture and development strategies and programmes.EligibilityFor the co-financing grants may apply:Individuals, particularly artists and creators;Public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of culture and artistic creation;Non-governmental organizations and non-profit private bodies whose objectives are in conformity with those of the Fund and whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation.IFPC assistance measures shall be allocated subject to availability of resources and taking into account the projects’ compliance with all of the following criteria, which are considered indispensable:The amount of assistance required is between US$ 20,000 and US$ 100,000 and covers no more than 80% of the total project budget;Another source of funding, whether financial or in kind, has been identified, covering at least 20% of the total estimated budget;The amount of assistance requested is appropriate for its implementation;The proposed activities have a solid monitoring plan;The project may have institutional, and/or socio-economic results;May have a multiplier effect, inspiring the implementation of other measures, activities and projects;Have an implementation calendar for the activities proposed to be funded under the IFPC of a maximum of twelve (12) months.Read more about the eligibility criteria in the Operational Guidelines of IFPC.GrantThe amount of assistance required should be between US$ 20,000 and US$ 100,000 and it should cover no more than 80% of the total project budget.ApplicationYou are strongly advised to read the FAQs prior to starting the online application process:You must create an account in order to start your online application;The application form must be duly completed online;While filling the online application form, you may use the ‘SAVE” button at the end of the application form to save your work before submitting your project proposal;All applications must be completed in English or French;Please note that only one (1) application per applicant/project holder will be considered;Once your application has been submitted you will not be able to make any further changes;Final selection will be made in February 2016. Successful candidates only will be notified no later than two weeks following the date of the selection.The deadline for submission is 29 May 2015 at noon CEST – Paris, France time. Due to the large number of applications the Fund receives, there may be technical issues during the hours close to the deadline. They therefore recommend that you submit your project proposal well in advance of the deadline. Applications which, for technical issues or for issues of any other kind, are not received within the deadline will not be accepted. Please note that unsigned and/or incomplete applications will not be evaluated.If you have any queries related to the call for project proposals you may write to the Fund at: [email protected] the call for proposals. ← A 100 $ Challenge for a Local Event Pocket Grants by the International Fund for Promotion of Culture Similar Stories Log in to Reply +1 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw 2021 MOBILITY FIRST – ASEF CULTURAL MOBILITY INITIATIVE 2021 LinkedIn 0 am Maryan the founder /leader of the community centre for peace and development org. am very impressed by the promotion culture & grants,we are the organization based in divers communities living in Kenya rift valley province Baringo county. our organization formed to promote cultural values among the pastoralist community in baringo count. these funds will #promote social economic in semi Arid land communities through promotion of Arts,traditional dancers, sacred songs etc.Hope for positive a coordinator of the said organization am requesting to be considered. on May 15, 2015 at 3:14 pm Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. 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Praxair sells US homecare business

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UN failing to represent Africa: Zuma

first_img25 September 2012South African President Jacob Zuma has raised concerns about what he described as the “undemocratic and unrepresentative” nature of the UN Security Council, saying this would lead to the council’s decisions coming under attack for lack of legitimacy.Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, Zuma said it was “common cause that the current configuration of the council is unfair. It does not reflect the contemporary geo-political realities, especially with respect to Africa.”Speaking at a session that focused on the rule of law at national and international level, Zuma criticised the UN for failing to ensure that Africa had enough representation on issues on international peace and security.The African continent was both generally under-represented and specifically unrepresented in the permanent category of the UN Security Council (UNSC), he said.“Adherence to the international rule of law will continue to elude us as long as the organ with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security is unrepresentative and undemocratic.”He said the assembly needed to ask whether the content of the decisions of the UNSC were fair.“Over the past year we have seen both inspiring improvements and spectacular disappointments in the promotion of the rule of law through the council’s work,” Zuma said.He added that the adoption of Resolution 1989, “bringing the Al Qaida regime closer to human rights” and due process standards was a noteworthy illustration of the council’s willingness to adhere to the rule of law.The UN had been severely criticised for lack of due process in the listing and delisting of individuals. The resolution was an improvement in that it provided individuals with recourse to challenge unfounded listings.“However, as we noted during the Security Council’s debate on the rule of law in January 2012, there is a need to ensure greater accountability for actions taken in the name of the Security Council.”Africa would continue to encourage the organs of the United Nations, including the council, to make greater use of the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, by making requests for advisory opinions when confronted with complex legal questions.The continent was also of the view that while exerting efforts to promote the rule of law at the national level, including the promotion of accountability mechanisms, equal attention also had to be paid to the rule of law at international level.“If not, the United Nations runs the risk of being accused of double standards and hypocrisy,” Zuma said.Source: read more

Weekly Wrapup, 5-9 November 2007

first_imgrichard macmanus Here is a summary of the week’s Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. For those of you reading this via our website, note that you can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email.Note: If you would like to sponsor the Weekly Wrapup – which gives you a banner ad in our feeds as well as on site – please contact the editor for pricing details.Web NewsOpenSocial, Facebook Ad Network, MySpace HyperTargetingLast week was all about Google’s OpenSocial, a project that will tie together Google, MySpace and other social networking platforms in a common widget development environment. This week the discussion raged on. By the end of the week it had boiled down to two themes:1) OpenSocial isn’t quite as “open” as it makes out to be – check out Marshall Kirkpatrick’s post for more. Also see Bernard Lunn’s post on the privacy implications of OpenSocial. In summary, OpenSocial seems to be less about open standards, and more about Google setting the standards. Nevertheless, it also has a lot of things going for it – see Sean Ammirati’s post Google’s Kevin Marks Discusses OpenSocial at Defrag to find out Google’s plans for OpenSocial.2) Facebook isn’t in a rush to join OpenSocial; indeed this week they focused primarily on pushing out their new advertising network. See Josh Catone’s coverage of Facebook’s ad plans. Also Josh wrote about why Facebook shouldn’t fear OpenSocial.On the advertising front, there was action from MySpace this week too. The world’s largest social networking site announced that it would be launching a new advertising program called “HyperTargeting,” which uses profile data to target ads to users.This week we ran a poll asking: Will Facebook Join OpenSocial? See a summary of the comments here. The results at press time:Yes 44%No 46%Open What? 10%No GPhone, but Google Announces Android The other big Web news of the week: after months if not years of speculation, Google announced that they are not in fact developing a single phone, but rather an ostensibly open-source mobile operating system called Android.Other Web tech news this week:IAC to Split Up, Announces Major Ad Deal with GoogleMajor Newspapers Consider Ad AllianceMySpace Voted Most Likely to Be Blocked at WorkSumner Redstone: YouTube Won’t Pay The RentYouTube Releases Multi-file Uploader, Raises File Limits to 1 GBWeb ProductsBlogcosm Challenges Technorati, Techmeme to Parse the BlogosphereBlogcosm is a new company aiming to build a directory of the blogosphere. From the mundane to the esoteric, the company wants to provide users with a rich data set about any particular blog of interest or the vertical market it is in.Marshall Kirkpatrick met founder Scott Lawton, an old time geek from Massachusetts, this week at the first annual Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. Blogcosm built a blog directory of all the speakers at Blog World Expo and the blogs they write for, as a case study. Check our post for more, but note that the current Blogcosm site is very basic and doesn’t have any of the sophisticated features the founder talked up in the post.Where the Cool Photos Hang Out Remember when Flickr used to be the elite hang out of the visual digerati? By initially embracing talented photographers, Flickr developed a reputation as the place to go to check out amazing amateur and professional photography on the web. But then Yahoo! came along and encouraged users of its Photos service to migrate to Flickr, opening the site up to anyone and their vacation pictures. Has Flickr become boring and mundane? Where should we turn to now to find all the cool photos?Flickr is still a great photo hosting platform used by a large number of amazing photographers, but cutting through the increased noise can be a chore. The six sites in this post will help you locate the more artistic photos out there on the web, without having to wade through any photos of Aunt Millie at the beach.TrueKnowledge Demos Its Semantic Search Engine Venture funded UK semantic search engine TrueKnowledge unveiled a demo of its private beta this week – and Read/WriteWeb was one of the first to publish a review. TrueKnowledge looks like an interesting site to watch. One cannot help but think of the still-unlaunched Powerset, but it’s also reminiscent of the very real “smart answers”.You can find many other startup profiles in our Startups category.AnalysisHow a Startup Inspired HP’s Print 2.0 Strategy Big computing company HP was promoting a strange concept at the Web 2.0 Summit in October: Print 2.0. At first R/WW editor Richard MacManus couldn’t figure out what this meant. Web-based printers? Some new form of inkless paper? Curious to know more, while he was at the Summit Richard met up with HP’s Antonio Rodriguez – formerly of startup Tabblo, now Director of Research and Development for HP‚Äôs embedded web-to-print group.The Social Enterprise – What Works, and What Doesn’t Alex Iskold asks why should enterprises go social, and what are the compelling reasons for adoption?On the surface there are immediate benefits, but from experience we know thatconsumer technologies do not directly map into the enterprise. In this post, Alex exploredthe reasons for the social enterprise, looking at what social technologies fit and raisingvarious concerns related to adoption.E-Government Meets Web 2.0: Goodbye Portals, Hello Web ServicesGartner recently released a couple of reports on how web 2.0 technologies are being used in e-Government. The reports are entitled The E-Government Hype Cycle Meets Web 2.0 and Government and Web 2.0: The Emerging Midoffice. Both are about how modern e-government efforts are moving away from the ‘one stop shop’ portal approach that characterized early efforts, and are turning more towards mashups and (to quote the first Gartner report) “a number of mostly adventurous initiatives with blogs, wikis or islands in Second Life.” But it’s the ecosystem of Web Services – and the reusability of content and services that Web Services enable – that really excites Gartner about web 2.0 in e-government.You can find more R/WW analysis posts here.EventsThis week the Defrag conference was held – and it got some rave reviews. For an overview of the conference, check out Sean Ammirati’s post: Five Themes From the Defrag Conference. See also Charles Knight’s live-blogging of the event on AltSearchEngines.R/WW Network Blogslast100 Our Digital Lifestyle blog last100 this week looked at the new NPR website. Daniel Langendorf wrote that “I’m in music heaven again. The new site uses a slick Flash pop-up player that’s super-easy to use and, as an added bonus, works across all NPR properties.”Alt Search EnginesThis week AltSearchEngines was busy live-blogging Defrag. But also there’s a feature post about people search engine Wink, which this week released advanced profile controls, giving people complete control over the contents of the search result for their name.Read/WriteTalkSean Ammirati of Read/WriteTalk interviewed Kaliya Hamlin – a.k.a. Identity Woman. She’s recognized as one of the thought leaders in user centric identity, having helped organize Identity Commons and lead the Internet Identity Workshop.That’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Why Politics and Social Networks Shouldn’t Mix

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Among social networking site users, 25% agree or mostly agree with their friends’ political postings; 73% of users “only sometimes” agree or never agree. If there is disagreement, 66% of SNS users say they usually ignore posts and only 28% of those users respond with comments or posts of their own. Only 5% say it’s all circumstantial.Social Networks and Politics Do Not Make Good BedfellowsLogging onto Facebook and Twitter is always a crapshoot. You never know what type of information you’ll start receiving, especially since the Facebook news feed uses an algorithm to identify what it thinks you want to read, and from whom. If you’re rather particular, you could go through and categorize Facebook users into smart lists and just check those. Facebook is also rolling out interest-based lists in the coming weeks. But the list element does take away the oft-times enjoyable randomness of the Facebook news feed. On Twitter, users can at least rely on real-time updates, or neatly categorize using lists. If there’s some big political event going on, logging onto Facebook sometimes feels like accidentally walking in on a political rally…depending on who you’re friends with. It will most likely be a rally organized around people you agree with because that friend whose political beliefs you disagree with may not actually show up. Facebook shows you what you want. So you won’t see opposing views unless you actively seek them out, which means that you can create your own filter bubble of news and information. Says the Pew study, “as a rule, the most active and engaged political participants on SNS sit at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, yet their experiences around political material on SNS are quite similar.” Like most public social networks, Facebook and Twitter are just platforms for discussion. What you choose to discuss is up to you. But if your friends and followers are not either far Left or far Right, chances are they’re a bit more complex. Your friends and followers are not political organization fan pages. They are the people you talk with, most likely about more than just politics. They are your friends.On social networking sites, polarizing conversations and charged story articles elicit tons of feedback and commentary. It’s easy to receive quick, simple feedback by posting a polarizing political story. Yet it is the more complex, nuanced stories from a thoughtful friend or follower that don’t get noticed as much – and it’s those that may cause a more subtle shift of the personal-as-political on social networks, including yours. Meanwhile, some conversations on social networks create echo chambers of agreement and mutual outrage rather than real, honest discussion. Related Posts You have a friend on Facebook who posts non-stop about all things politics. This friend is either a die-hard progressive, a staunch Republican or a total schizophrenic mixed bag who only posts outrageous political commentary to piss off other users. With the Republican primaries in full swing, you may see more political-minded posts tend to gathering at the top of your news feed. Depending on how much or how little you care about politics, you’ll either find yourself glued to the news feed or avoiding it all together. Politics and social networking sites, particularly Facebook, don’t mix as well as you think. Keeping the conversation light means only posting about more benign subjects, like sports, news and the weather. When it comes to politics, you’re bound to piss someone off. But chances are that pissed off user will remain silent. A new study from Pew finds that almost four-in-ten users discovered through postings by friends that their political beliefs were different than they thought. Some users even blocked, unfriended or hid those users’ posts from the news feed because they so strongly disagreed, or they were just sick of seeing so many posts all the time. Others decided to stay away from politics all together. A total 22% of social networking site users do not post sensitive political commentary or links for fear of pissing someone else off. After all, it’s hard to get political without upsetting at least a few friends. You won’t even know if you’ve pissed someone off because they probably won’t comment or like your post. Pew also found that liberals have the highest visibility on social networking sites – and they also make up the highest percentage of Internet users. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Facebook#Op-Ed#politics#social networks#Social Web#web alicia eler The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Napoli training retreat from Friday

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Sky Sport Italia report the Napoli squad will go into a training retreat, but only for one night before Saturday’s Serie A match with Genoa. The Partenopei were supposed to be in the ‘ritiro’ all week in the build-up to crunch games against RB Salzburg and Genoa, but the players staged a mutiny following Tuesday’s 1-1 Champions League draw and went home. This prompted an angry response from the club, who are taking legal action and could dock their salary as punishment. Fans were also furious and vented their frustration with insults during today’s open training session. A statement confirmed coach Carlo Ancelotti would be given the full power to decide on training retreats, taking the decision away from President Aurelio De Laurentiis. According to this evening’s report from Sky Sport Italia, Ancelotti has opted to put them into a training retreat for just one night – Friday – leading up to the Genoa match.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2006: Argentina, Czech Republic kick off soccer carnival in style

first_imgWills: Argentina and Ivory Coast set the toneHeat is not simply a physical thing that is making us all sweat under the broiling sun of the afternoons and the sticky humidity of the nights here in central Europe.There is the heat of passion that has spread from South Korea to,Wills: Argentina and Ivory Coast set the toneHeat is not simply a physical thing that is making us all sweat under the broiling sun of the afternoons and the sticky humidity of the nights here in central Europe.There is the heat of passion that has spread from South Korea to Mexico and to the Czech Republic as tens of thousand party through their nights of victory.There is the heat that burns inside the heads of men struggling to live up to the high expectations aroused in their homeland-like the Poles who awoke after defeat to Ecuador to the most devastating of headlines: “Don’t Come Back Home”.There is heat on a slow burner, churning inside the likes of Ronaldo as he hears what sounds like 180 million Brazilians taunting him as “Fat Boy”. And there is the heat of frustration inside men such as Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Raul… The gods of the playing pitches whose tournaments have begun with whispers growing into a crescendo inside of them that they are not worth their wages. The rhythms of the global game are mounting apace.Can none of us any longer treat triumph and disaster as just the same? It says something about modern societies that a first round win sends the masses onto the streets of Sydney or Seoul to hoot horns until dawn.Kaka of BrazilWhat does the violence back in England tell us of the state of football’s Mother Country? The team won its opening match, but not in the style the people had led themselves to believe, not like the putative world beaters their media had hyped the players to be.So, the hooligans with beer in their hands responded by fighting with police, smashing up their own inner cities to the extent that there will be no more big screens for the public in Liverpool or the London Docklands.advertisementIt is a small mercy that England’s MPs and Customs officials have impounded the passports of 3,500 known troublemakers, preventing them from coming to Germany.The baring of emotions, from euphoria to despair in the space of 90 minutes, is both the best and the worst of this modern cult. Football is like an old boot, repackaged and laced up with commerce, low nationalism and an assumed importance way beyond what it was intented to be.BEHIND THE GOAL POSTSMexican goalkeeper Oswaldo SanchezAs part of coach Juergen Klinsmann’s new-age methods, the German team watched a 10-minute film on the culture of Costa Rica before their opener against the Central Americans. The duration of the film was recommended by the team psychologist who noted that the men under his charge had an attention span of exactly 10 minutes for most things beyond their normal areas of interest.Mexican goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez lost his father just before his team’s first match against Iran. He took two trans-Atlantic flights within three days to return to Germany after the funeral. Before the match, the Iranian captain gave Sanchez a bouquet as a mark of condolence.The civic authorities who ran extra tram services in Gelsenkirchen to get fans in and out of its World Cup stadium quickly discovered that some fans didn’t want to get off. namely the Ecuadoreans, who came to town for the match against Poland and had never travelled in trams before.Japanese fans got caught between tomato-throwing members of the public and 200-odd neo-Nazi demonstrators arriving at the Gelsenkirchen railway station. The tomato throwers were expressing their anger at the neo-Nazis who were eventually outnumbered. An antineo Nazi rally attracted 5,000 demonstrators.Tall Disorder: England’s Peter CrouchBetween them, the 15,000 volunteers at the World Cup speak 45 languages, including Hindi. Among the volunteers, chosen from 50,000 applicants, is FC Schalke’04s reserve goalkeeper Christopher Heimeroth.Spain’s El Pais newspaper called the England team “flat, grotesque and contaminating” and its striker Peter Crouch a “two-metre asparagus”.Even the turf is official: only two varieties of grass are prescribed and allowed to be grown as football turf in World Cup stadia: the lolium perenne (rye/perennial grass) and poa pratensis (blue grass/Kentucky grass).The Ghanian camp includes the mother of one of the players whose express purpose for being in Germany is to cook her son’s favourite dish of rice and groundnuts.Stop me right there. Ask me what is good about the game, what makes my privilege of being at my ninth tournament on this scale? Easy to answer. At 9 p.m. in the Berlin Olimpiastadion on Tuesday, the sun was setting into a glorious, mellow gold over the concrete steps that led to Marathon Gate.advertisementThose steps, which in 1936 Jesse Owens ascended four times to be an Olympic gold medallist and to destroy Hitler’s myth of white Aryan supremacy in the athlete, have been preserved in what is otherwise an oval stadium remodelled at a cost of more than $300 million.By keeping the old and the new, Berlin has refused to cover up history. By starting off the matches in this arena with Brazil, the team that could well finish it here as well on July 9, sport had done its best to set the scene that will live long after the 18th World Cup is consigned to history and accountancy.Yet, people around me were longfaced while Brazil laboured to overcome the resistance of Croatia. Why? Search me. The Croats are a proud people, they surely were not expected to come and lay down at the skills of Brazil? They competed with stubborn will, sometimes near the bone of physical force. They put three men on Ronaldinho, but only two on Kaka. That was where the plot was won and lost.When Kaka, at 24 the youngest of Brazil’s so-called Magic Quartet, received the ball 25 metres from goal, when he moved his body in such a rhythmic but deceiving way that both his opponents became wrong-footed, we could sense, almost smell, what was coming.The Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa possibly sensed it as well, but even as he hurled himself high and to his right, the shot from Kaka arched around him and into his net.There it was, the Beautiful Game boiling down to a single motion. I forgot my journalistic protocol. I leaped into the air, temporarily just a fan. Why not? Why else would we go to the stadium?You can argue about the craft of that goal against, for example, the one struck by Torsten Frings during the opening night for Germany, or the two curved and flicked in by the Czech, Tomas Rosicky. You can insist that Tim Cahill’s brace of goals to turn the Australian struggle against Japan into victory surpassed Kaka’s. You might say the Korean winner by Ahn Jung-Hwan was more ferociously hit.We could go on comparing the goals and the impressions they made on each of us. The point is, they are the end product of a game that grips so many of us because that is the joy, the diversion that the sport provides.Not for a second do I believe we have seen the best this World Cup will bring in the first week. Certainly Brazil’s first match was, in the words of their coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, “60 to 70 per cent of where we want to be at the end”. You start off slowly. You have to fight for the right to show your peacock feathers. You need work ethic as well as skill to unravel the resistance applied by the other team. You believe, as Parreira insists he believes, that Ronaldo will come good again.advertisementIf we were to stop the World Cup after the week in which each of the 32 nations has now played once, Argentina would be the winner because their quality against Ivory Coast was the best match of the round.The Czechs would be close because they wiped out the American dream with such stylish football. The Italians would impress because of their knowhow and their ability to throw off a scandal like an unwanted cloak. Why, even Mexico and Korea would, in their dreams, be entitled to feel ‘six more performances like the first one and we are champions of the world’.”We could be world champions, too,” said Oleg Blokhin, once a devastatingly quick left winger for the Soviet Union, now the unpaid Ukraine coach. He takes no salary because the sport has propelled him to his country’s parliament, and MPs there are not allowed a second job. In his “hobby” then, Blokhin suggests, “A football player who does not think he can win is like a soldier who does not want to become a general. He is not a good soldier.”Maybe it is a bit military for your taste. But his point, and mine, is that the game is for ambitious people.Brazil might win again in the end, but they will be all the better if opponents do as Croatia did and make them prove that they are the very best.last_img read more

10 months agoLovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles

first_imgLovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invinciblesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren is confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003/04 unbeaten season.The Reds have gone 19 games without a single loss this season, but face a tough test against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Thursday night.Asked if Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003-04 invincible season, Lovren said: “There are always records to beat. Everything is possible when you believe and you work hard.”Of course, you need the luck to go your way also, but why not? It is a challenge for us and every player here.”Will it be possible? Let’s see at the end of the season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoReal Madrid boss Zidane delighted with Modric ‘cracker’

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zidane delighted with Modric ‘cracker’by Carlos Volcano19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was delighted with Luka Modric’s goal for victory over Granada.Modric hit a screamer on the day.Zidane said, “I’m delighted for Modric. He scored a cracker. “He’s got that in his locker, three or four years ago he scored that very same goal in Granada. “He doesn’t always go for it, but with the shot that he’s got on him… he certainly should.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Catching up with Ohio State sports played over winter break

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) dribbles the ball during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWhile The Lantern and the Ohio State student body were taking a few weeks to unwind on winter break, several ongoing athletic programs were still in action.Since the last print issue of The Lantern on Dec. 8, six major OSU teams — football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s ice hockey and wrestling — played through the new year. While most readers likely are well aware of the football team’s 44-28 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, here are how the other five programs fared.Men’s basketballAfter a start to the season that could described anywhere from “dreadful” to “rocky,” the young OSU men’s basketball team finally started to find its identity until a devastating loss over the weekend left the team wondering how it will respond.When The Lantern paused publication for winter break on Dec. 8, the Buckeyes were 4-4, easily the worst start in coach Thad Matta’s tenure.But a win that evening over Air Force put OSU back over .500. Though a blowout loss at Connecticut followed, the Scarlet and Gray made an unpredictable run from that point.A win over Northern Illinois was expected, but the Buckeyes shocked the college basketball world with a 74-67 win over then-No. 4 Kentucky in Brooklyn, New York.Five more wins followed to extend their winning streak to seven games and improving their record to a respectable 11-5, leading some to believe if the team has gotten its act together as Big Ten play arrived.But an embarrassing 85-60 loss at Indiana on Sunday silenced most of those murmurs, at least for the time being. The Buckeyes were trounced by the Hoosiers from the get-go and trailed 48-18 at the half.While the team was enjoying its winning ways, one freshman exited the program while another entered.Guard Austin Grandstaff announced on Dec. 17 that he would be seeking a transfer, which was later revealed to be to Oklahoma. A day later, however, forward Mickey Mitchell was cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center to play following a month-and-a-half-long pause. Mitchell made his debut on Dec. 23 and has played in six games, averaging 2.5 rebounds per game.Matta’s squad is set to return to action on Wednesday against Rutgers. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.Women’s basketball The cold weather is finally arriving in Columbus, but the OSU women’s basketball team is on the opposite end of the spectrum, as it is currently on a major hot streak, just in time for Big Ten play to begin. Over the break, the Buckeyes played seven games and grabbed victories in all of them, including wins over Princeton, who went 31-1 last season, and then-No. 5 Maryland. The win over the Terrapins was OSU’s first over a top-five team since 2006. The latest victory came Sunday against Rutgers, which moved OSU’s record to 12-3, and a perfect 4-0 within the conference. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIn the latest version of the RPI rankings, which came out Monday, the Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 5, largely thanks to the fact they have won 12 of their last 13 games. The Scarlet and Gray currently are fourth in the country in scoring offense, averaging 86.5 points a contest. That high-powered offense can be attributed to a barrage of reasons, but the play of sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell is certainly the most prevalent one. Building off her excellent freshman campaign, the preseason All-American is hitting her stride as of late. Mitchell is second in the country in scoring, registering 25 points per game, on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. The 5-foot-8 Cincinnati native collected the National Player of the Week award for the second time this season on Jan. 4. The Buckeyes are set to hit the hardwood again Thursday on the road against Northwestern. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. Men’s ice hockey If the start of the OSU men’s basketball team’s season was bad, then there is likely a shortage of words fit for print to describe the men’s ice hockey team’s beginning to the 2015-16 campaign.The Buckeyes went into their break around the same time as the OSU campus, halting play for about three weeks on Dec. 5. At the time, their record was a paltry 3-11-0 after a pair of overtime losses at Minnesota.But when the Scarlet and Gray resumed action in the Florida College Classic in Estero, Florida, on Dec. 28, a new team appeared to be lacing up the skates and taking the ice.OSU freshman forward Freddy Gerard (15) during a game. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy GerardIn the first game of the four-team tournament, the Buckeyes shook off a 2-0 first-period deficit to score three unanswered goals and stun No. 4 Boston College 3-2. Freshman forward John Wiitala scored the game-winner in the third period, while junior goalie Christian Frey stopped 30 of 32 shots.The next day, the championship of the tournament pitted OSU against No. 9 Cornell. That game proved to be a laugher, as eight different Buckeyes scored and Frey recorded his first career shutout as the Buckeyes stomped over the Big Red 8-0.A 2-0 win over Wisconsin followed on Friday, followed by a 4-4 tie the next day, though the Badgers won the shootout.The Buckeyes are next set for a home-and-home series against Michigan, with the first game on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, followed by a 5 p.m. Sunday matchup in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Women’s ice hockey The women’s ice hockey team had a similar schedule to its male opposite but with considerably less optimism emerging.OSU went into winter break with a pair of losses to Minnesota Duluth at home by scores of 4-2 and 5-2. That put the Buckeyes’ 2015 record at 6-12-0.The first game after break seemed encouraging, a 2-1 win over Penn State on Jan. 2. But a 3-2 loss to the Nittany Lions followed. And the next weekend, OSU was outscored by No. 3 Minnesota 12-1, including a 9-0 defeat on Sunday. Those two losses brought OSU’s season scoring margin against the Golden Gophers to 30-5 in four games.Sophomore defenseman Jessica Dunne made her season debut in the first game against Penn State, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period.The Buckeyes currently sit at just 7-15-0 on the season, and are set to return to the ice at home against St. Cloud State for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, at the OSU Ice Rink.Wrestling OSU then-freshman Kyle Snyder celebrates a victory last season.Credit: Lantern file photoThe defending national champions had four matches over winter break, going 2-2 in them, but the biggest story surrounding the squad was the news that Kyle Snyder will be rejoining the team beginning in February. Snyder was intending on using the 2015-16 season as an Olympic redshirt, but on New Year’s Day, coach Tom Ryan announced that the sophomore was altering those plans, instead competing collegiately while still training for the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. His debut is expected to arrive on Feb. 5 when OSU travels to State College, Pennsylvania, to wrestle against top-ranked Penn State. Snyder, who is also set to take to the mat in the Big Ten and NCAA championships, is slated to compete for the Buckeyes in the heavyweight division. In September, Snyder became the youngest person in U.S. history to capture the World freestyle championship. As a freshman, the Maryland native went 30-4 and was both a Big Ten and NCAA runner-up at 197 pounds. The Buckeyes (6-2) are currently ranked No. 6, but that position will likely be lower when the newest edition comes out, as their loss to Michigan on Jan. 9 is not yet factored in. Adding Snyder back into the equation is instrumental as OSU quests to hold onto its national title.OSU is set to continue its season on Sunday against Nebraska. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena. read more