Javier Clemente, former coach of Spain and former coach of Athletic Club and Real Sociedad, considers that the final of the Copa del Rey this season between both Basque teams should be played “when LaLiga opens and the two teams agree, whether in June, July, August or whenever possible.”“To me, playing the week before the final in 2021 seems like a ridiculous phrase,” said the coach in an interview with Onda Vasca. in which he considered that the options on possible dates for that party are “bullshit” and “a subject to fill in the media.”Clemente does consider that “the issue is for the players who end their contract”, a question that Athletic -in which they ended their relationship on June 30, Beñat, San José and Aduriz- “little affects” because the staff ” it would be very similar if they don’t renew. ““Aduriz says that ‘I leave football’, but he can also say ‘I give the club two months and if the coach wants to put me on.’ The other two are going to continue playing elsewhere if they don’t renew, but he doesn’t,” he said. However, For Clemente, the case of Real Sociedad “is different” because “it has players who do not know if they continue or not, in addition to Martin Odegaard – who is loaned by Real Madrid – and others.”“Or if they buy from the striker or if someone does not renew. They can play four or five players. It is a different problem because now they have a team that works very well. Everything can change depending on the date of the final,” he added.The coach, on the other hand, sees it “feasible” that the league competition can be resumed “in May” as long as he returns to training a few weeks earlier, “but with control.”“If everyone is medically healthy, with tests every day or every other day, I do see it. I don’t know if that is medically controllable at all. If they start out healthy and going for bread they catch it, maybe that’s where the problems come from. They would have doctors talk about, but my opinion is that it could be done, “he said.Finally, Clemente acknowledged that after “having done it every day” is “very burned with confinement” because he considers that “he who is healthy must be on the street, he is 40 or 90 years old. Why can’t you play golf 25 meters from the others in the game or tennis one on each side of the court?” I ask.
Mohamed Salah – The 23-year-old forward has received an ‘insane offer’ to sign for Fiorentina. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – The Egyptian struggled for regular game time at Stamford Bridge, due to fierce competition for places, but thrived during his loan spell in Florence last season. Salah scored six goals in 16 Serie A appearances for La Viola and, according to club director Vincenzo Guerini, they have offered the pacey forward an excellent package to join on a permanent basis. The ball is now firmly in Salah’s court, but he could snub the Italian outfit’s advances in order to attempt to secure a move elsewhere, with Premier League team Spurs also said to be interested in his signature. Arda Turan – The Atletico Madrid midfielder has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, according to the player’s agent, and Chelsea are in the frame to secure his signature. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – The Turkey international remains a key figure at the Vicente Calderon but has made it clear that his intention is to leave Diego Simeone’s side for the Premier League. We know that several members of England’s top tier are interested in the 28-year-old after Turan posted a message on his official Twitter account and reports claim that Chelsea are in the running. Although hot headed, the experienced midfielder’s work rate would suit Jose Mourinho’s philosophy, but Atleti will be unlikely to accept a bid south of £20 million for his services. 8 8 Oscar – Champions League finalists are set to test the west Londoners’ resolve with a bid for the Brazilian midfielder. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – The reigning Serie A champions face the prospect of losing both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal this summer, while Andrea Pirlo has already left the Old Lady. Manager Massimo Allegri will need to bolster his midfield ranks as a result and the Italian tactician has declared his interest in Chelsea’s Oscar. The 23-year-old is rated highly by Jose Mourinho, who allowed Juan Mata to leave the Blues due to his faith in the Brazilian, but could now have his resolve tested. 8 8 8 Radamel Falcao – The Colombian front man’s imminent arrival at Stamford Bridge on loan is set to lead to an exodus of several youth players, according to reports. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – Although the 29-year-old striker endured a disappointing spell at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is adamant that he wants to help the Colombian rediscover his best form. Falcao’s season-long loan move to Chelsea is now on the verge of completion, but new reports suggest that Monaco will be offered three Chelsea youth players rather than a loan fee to clinch the deal. Isaiah Brown, Nathan Ake and Andreas Christiansen are amongst the candidates that could move to the principality outfit temporarily. Alex Song – The Cameroon international has reportedly rejected an opportunity to sign for the Blues and is now likely to rejoin West Ham United. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – Chelsea’s interest in the Barcelona midfielder was believed to evolve around the fact that Song is classed as a homegrown player, after he spent his development years at Arsenal, but he will not join the Blues this summer. The 27-year-old, who has ben deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, has rejected an opportunity to join the Blues as he does not want to play under Jose Mourinho. Few Chelsea fans will lament the 27-year-old’s decision. Kennedy – The 19-year-old, who is also a Manchester United target, has left Brazilian outfit Fluminese and is expected to become the Blues’ second signing of the summer – The teenager is one of the most sought after teenagers in world football at present after starring for Brazil’s Under-20 side and has been linked with a move to several of Europe’s elite this summer. However, Chelsea appear to have won thew race for the forward after Fluminense confirmed that the youngster left the club last week. There has been no official announcement from Chelsea thus far, but it is widely believed Kennedy has chosen Stamford Bridge ahead of Old Trafford. He looks set to spend a season away from west London on loan before a place in Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad could be afforded to him. Aleksandar Mitrovic – The 20-year-old Serbian striker has been lined up to replace Loic Remy in the Blues’ front line. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see all of the latest Chelsea transfer rumours – The Anderlecht forward rose to prominence following his goal against Arsenal in the Champions League last season and has already attracted interest from Swansea City and Newcastle United this summer. Valued at £20 million, wages of £60,000-a-week would be enough to secure the man dubbed the ‘Serbian Didier Drogba’ and could prove to be a solid addition to Jose Mourinho’s front line after the recent departure of the Ivorian legend. 8 8 8 Premier League champions Chelsea have been biding their time so far this summer.While several of the Blues’ rivals have already conducted several high profile pieces of business, Jose Mourinho is yet to spark into life.However, the Portuguese tactician constantly keeps his cards close to his chest and has undoubtedly been putting in the ground work behind the scenes.A host of players are reportedly on the west Londoners’ radar as the Stamford Bridge outfit attempt to stay ahead of the chasing pack, but which players represent worthy additions and which aren’t worth their salt?Well, talkSPORT is here to bring you the latest Chelsea transfer rumours and you can click the yellow arrow above, right, to see them all in full… Andreas Christensen – 19-year-old stopper to join Monchengladbach on loan IF he signs a new deal – The Mirror claim that as soon as the Dane has signed a new deal, he will be sent on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach to get some first team experience, something the youngster is keen on. He has a year left on his current deal.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Daniel Sturridge to learn the difference between “serious pain and what is only pain”, after the striker suffered a fresh injury blow this week.The 26-year-old pulled out of the squad for Thursday’s 2-1 Europa League win over Bordeaux after reporting discomfort in his foot after a session.Sturridge has missed almost as many matches (68) as he has featured in (70) since joining the club nearly three years ago, and hip surgery in May has restricted him to just 252 minutes over three appearances this season.He featured in only 18 games in the previous campaign because of thigh, calf and hip problems and Klopp has yet to play him since taking over as manager in mid-October.The German has made allowances for the amount of time Sturridge has been sidelined, but admits the striker cannot be given an extended period to recover with the side still competing in three competitions at this stage of the season.“The situation is Daniel was very often injured in the last few months, and maybe years, so it is normal when you get back in training usually it is not the quality, but you need training,” he said.“Your body has to learn to adapt to new intensities of training and in this time you have to learn what is serious pain and what is only pain.“Everyone wants him back on the pitch but we all have to learn.“Now we can say [his latest issue] is not that serious but it is not possible to go on as before so we have to react to every situation – which is normal for injuries.“When Daniel comes back usually after this long break you would train five weeks in a row and play only in friendly games.“That would be the best, but of course we know the world is not perfect so we have to try the best and the quickest.“It is a really long period so now we have to stay patient I am sorry to say: sorry for you, sorry for me, sorry for him.”Klopp could not say whether Sturridge would be fit to be included in Sunday’s squad to face Swansea.However, he revealed captain Jordan Henderson, who has not played since the second match of the season after heel problems and then a broken bone in his foot, will not be considered until fully fit.The midfielder returned to training with the full squad this week and is keen to play, but his manager insists he will take it day-by-day with the 25-year-old.“He wants [to play] but we have to wait,” said Klopp.“I am waiting for him, that is what I told him. For a player like him he is always [knocking] on the door saying ‘Give me five minutes, ten minutes’.“I like this, but it is not always the best thing to do. He has a big step ahead of him now.“Everything we do is 120 per cent so you need to be prepared for this. Players like Hendo have to be fit, not only 50 per cent.“If he is in this shape we can use him and he can help us.”Klopp also questioned whether Christian Benteke, whose brilliantly-taken goal won the game against Bordeaux, is ready to start again after 90 minutes against the French club.“I don’t know in this moment if Christian is capable of playing two games in three days. We will have to decide,” he said.“But it is not the most difficult situation at this moment with the strikers because we have Christian, Divock [Origi] and Roberto [Firmino] who are good.“We need all of them for this big number of games.” 1
11 7. Heung-Min Son (attacking midfield) Mauricio Pochettino will have decisions to make ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Friday.The clash gets underway at 8pm and will be Spurs’ first visit to the London Stadium. They will be hoping to leave with three points, closing the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point going into the weekend’s football.The north Londoners will be full of confidence after convincingly beating Arsenal in the derby to extend their winning run to nine matches.Pochettino must decide whether to stick with Kieran Trippier or to recall Kyle Walker, who is rumoured to want out of the club after reportedly falling out with his boss.On the other side of defence, left-back Danny Rose [knee] is still not ready to return from a lengthy lay-off, with the England defender expected to resume full training next week.Harry Winks [ankle], Erik Lamela [hip] and Cameron Carter-Vickers all remain unavailable.So who will line up for Spurs on their first visit to the Hammers’ new ground?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted XI in squad number order… 11 4. Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre-back) 12. Victor Wanyama (midfield) 11 11 11 33. Ben Davies (left-back) 23. Christian Eriksen (attacking midfield) 20. Dele Alli (attacking midfield) 11 15. Eric Dier (midfield) 11 16. Kieran Trippier (right-back) 11 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the right arrow, above, to see Tottenham’s predicted XI to face West Ham… 11 11 10. Harry Kane (forward) 11
We can all dream, can’t we? Here are the fixtures for the 2017-18 EFL League Two season. (All fixtures subject to change)05/08/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Colchester United05/08/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Swindon Town05/08/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Grimsby Town05/08/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Notts. County05/08/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Port Vale05/08/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town05/08/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Cambridge United05/08/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Barnet05/08/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Yeovil Town05/08/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Cheltenham Town05/08/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Newport County05/08/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City12/08/2017 15:00 Barnet v Luton Town12/08/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Carlisle United12/08/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Crawley Town12/08/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Stevenage12/08/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Coventry City12/08/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Morecambe12/08/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Forest Green Rovers12/08/2017 15:00 Newport County v Crewe Alexandra12/08/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Chesterfield12/08/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Wycombe Wanderers12/08/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Exeter City12/08/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Accrington Stanley19/08/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Mansfield Town19/08/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Cheltenham Town19/08/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Port Vale19/08/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Newport County19/08/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Cambridge United19/08/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Barnet19/08/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Lincoln City19/08/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town19/08/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Colchester United19/08/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Swindon Town19/08/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Grimsby Town19/08/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Notts. County26/08/2017 15:00 Barnet v Stevenage26/08/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Morecambe26/08/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Exeter City26/08/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Forest Green Rovers26/08/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Wycombe Wanderers26/08/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Carlisle United26/08/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Luton Town26/08/2017 15:00 Newport County v Chesterfield26/08/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Accrington Stanley26/08/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Crewe Alexandra26/08/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Crawley Town26/08/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Coventry City02/09/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Colchester United02/09/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Mansfield Town02/09/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Stevenage02/09/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Coventry City02/09/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Yeovil Town02/09/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Newport County02/09/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Crewe Alexandra02/09/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Luton Town02/09/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Accrington Stanley02/09/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Notts. County02/09/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Barnet02/09/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Forest Green Rovers09/09/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Carlisle United09/09/2017 15:00 Barnet v Cambridge United09/09/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Crawley Town09/09/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Port Vale09/09/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Chesterfield09/09/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Exeter City09/09/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Swindon Town09/09/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Grimsby Town09/09/2017 15:00 Newport County v Wycombe Wanderers09/09/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Morecambe09/09/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Lincoln City09/09/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Cheltenham Town12/09/2017 19:45 Accrington Stanley v Grimsby Town12/09/2017 20:00 Barnet v Exeter City12/09/2017 19:45 Colchester United v Chesterfield12/09/2017 19:45 Coventry City v Carlisle United12/09/2017 19:45 Crewe Alexandra v Cambridge United12/09/2017 19:45 Forest Green Rovers v Lincoln City12/09/2017 19:45 Luton Town v Port Vale12/09/2017 19:45 Mansfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers12/09/2017 19:45 Newport County v Cheltenham Town12/09/2017 19:45 Notts. County v Swindon Town12/09/2017 19:45 Stevenage v Crawley Town12/09/2017 19:45 Yeovil Town v Morecambe16/09/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Coventry City16/09/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Barnet16/09/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Colchester United16/09/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Accrington Stanley16/09/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Notts. County16/09/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Crewe Alexandra16/09/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Yeovil Town16/09/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Mansfield Town16/09/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Newport County16/09/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Forest Green Rovers16/09/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Stevenage16/09/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Luton Town23/09/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Cheltenham Town23/09/2017 15:00 Barnet v Crawley Town23/09/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Wycombe Wanderers23/09/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Exeter City23/09/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle United23/09/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Swindon Town23/09/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Chesterfield23/09/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Cambridge United23/09/2017 15:00 Newport County v Grimsby Town23/09/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Lincoln City23/09/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Morecambe23/09/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Port Vale26/09/2017 19:45 Cambridge United v Forest Green Rovers26/09/2017 19:45 Carlisle United v Stevenage26/09/2017 19:45 Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town26/09/2017 19:45 Chesterfield v Yeovil Town26/09/2017 19:45 Crawley Town v Newport County26/09/2017 19:45 Exeter City v Notts. County26/09/2017 19:45 Grimsby Town v Colchester United26/09/2017 19:45 Lincoln City v Barnet26/09/2017 19:45 Morecambe v Luton Town26/09/2017 19:45 Port Vale v Accrington Stanley26/09/2017 19:45 Swindon Town v Coventry City26/09/2017 19:45 Wycombe Wanderers v Crewe Alexandra30/09/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Cheltenham Town30/09/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Crewe Alexandra30/09/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Carlisle United30/09/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Morecambe30/09/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Accrington Stanley30/09/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Lincoln City30/09/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Newport County30/09/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Notts. County30/09/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Port Vale30/09/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Cambridge United30/09/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Barnet30/09/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Colchester United07/10/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Luton Town07/10/2017 15:00 Barnet v Coventry City07/10/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Wycombe Wanderers07/10/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Exeter City07/10/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Swindon Town07/10/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Mansfield Town07/10/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Stevenage07/10/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Chesterfield07/10/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Crawley Town07/10/2017 15:00 Newport County v Yeovil Town07/10/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Forest Green Rovers07/10/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Grimsby Town14/10/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Coventry City14/10/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Morecambe14/10/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Carlisle United14/10/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Newport County14/10/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Crawley Town14/10/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Cambridge United14/10/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Stevenage14/10/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Swindon Town14/10/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Barnet14/10/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Cheltenham Town14/10/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Exeter City14/10/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra17/10/2017 20:00 Barnet v Mansfield Town17/10/2017 19:45 Cambridge United v Yeovil Town17/10/2017 19:45 Carlisle United v Wycombe Wanderers17/10/2017 19:45 Cheltenham Town v Grimsby Town17/10/2017 19:45 Coventry City v Forest Green Rovers17/10/2017 19:45 Crawley Town v Chesterfield17/10/2017 19:45 Crewe Alexandra v Notts. County17/10/2017 19:45 Exeter City v Luton Town17/10/2017 19:45 Morecambe v Port Vale17/10/2017 19:45 Newport County v Colchester United17/10/2017 19:45 Stevenage v Accrington Stanley17/10/2017 19:45 Swindon Town v Lincoln City21/10/2017 15:00 Barnet v Yeovil Town21/10/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Chesterfield21/10/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Notts. County21/10/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Lincoln City21/10/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Colchester United21/10/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Luton Town21/10/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Accrington Stanley21/10/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Port Vale21/10/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Grimsby Town21/10/2017 15:00 Newport County v Mansfield Town21/10/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Forest Green Rovers21/10/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Wycombe Wanderers28/10/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Barnet28/10/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Carlisle United28/10/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Crewe Alexandra28/10/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Morecambe28/10/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Cambridge United28/10/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Crawley Town28/10/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Coventry City28/10/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Exeter City28/10/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Newport County28/10/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Swindon Town28/10/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Cheltenham Town28/10/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Stevenage11/11/2017 15:00 Barnet v Colchester United11/11/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Accrington Stanley11/11/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Yeovil Town11/11/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Luton Town11/11/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Mansfield Town11/11/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Forest Green Rovers11/11/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Lincoln City11/11/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Grimsby Town11/11/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Wycombe Wanderers11/11/2017 15:00 Newport County v Port Vale11/11/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Notts. County11/11/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Chesterfield18/11/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Newport County18/11/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Exeter City18/11/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Morecambe18/11/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Crewe Alexandra18/11/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Carlisle United18/11/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Coventry City18/11/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Cambridge United18/11/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Stevenage18/11/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Cheltenham Town18/11/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Barnet18/11/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Crawley Town18/11/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Swindon Town21/11/2017 19:45 Accrington Stanley v Wycombe Wanderers21/11/2017 19:45 Cheltenham Town v Cambridge United21/11/2017 19:45 Chesterfield v Forest Green Rovers21/11/2017 19:45 Colchester United v Lincoln City21/11/2017 19:45 Crawley Town v Exeter City21/11/2017 19:45 Grimsby Town v Swindon Town21/11/2017 19:45 Luton Town v Carlisle United21/11/2017 19:45 Morecambe v Crewe Alexandra21/11/2017 19:45 Newport County v Barnet21/11/2017 19:45 Port Vale v Mansfield Town21/11/2017 19:45 Stevenage v Coventry City21/11/2017 19:45 Yeovil Town v Notts. County25/11/2017 15:00 Barnet v Grimsby Town25/11/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Stevenage25/11/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Morecambe25/11/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Crawley Town25/11/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Luton Town25/11/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Accrington Stanley25/11/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Cheltenham Town25/11/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Port Vale25/11/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Chesterfield25/11/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Colchester United25/11/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Newport County25/11/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Yeovil Town09/12/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Swindon Town09/12/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra09/12/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Barnet09/12/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Exeter City09/12/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Mansfield Town09/12/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Forest Green Rovers09/12/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Notts. County09/12/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Coventry City09/12/2017 15:00 Newport County v Carlisle United09/12/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Cambridge United09/12/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Wycombe Wanderers09/12/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Lincoln City16/12/2017 15:00 Barnet v Morecambe16/12/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Newport County16/12/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Port Vale16/12/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Cheltenham Town16/12/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Crawley Town16/12/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Stevenage16/12/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Luton Town16/12/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Accrington Stanley16/12/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Yeovil Town16/12/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Grimsby Town16/12/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Colchester United16/12/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Chesterfield23/12/2017 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Crawley Town23/12/2017 15:00 Barnet v Cheltenham Town23/12/2017 15:00 Colchester United v Port Vale23/12/2017 15:00 Coventry City v Wycombe Wanderers23/12/2017 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Swindon Town23/12/2017 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Carlisle United23/12/2017 15:00 Luton Town v Grimsby Town23/12/2017 15:00 Mansfield Town v Morecambe23/12/2017 15:00 Newport County v Lincoln City23/12/2017 15:00 Notts. County v Cambridge United23/12/2017 15:00 Stevenage v Chesterfield23/12/2017 15:00 Yeovil Town v Exeter City26/12/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Barnet26/12/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Accrington Stanley26/12/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Yeovil Town26/12/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Crewe Alexandra26/12/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Colchester United26/12/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Forest Green Rovers26/12/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town26/12/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Stevenage26/12/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Notts. County26/12/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Coventry City26/12/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Luton Town26/12/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Newport County30/12/2017 15:00 Cambridge United v Crewe Alexandra30/12/2017 15:00 Carlisle United v Coventry City30/12/2017 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Newport County30/12/2017 15:00 Chesterfield v Colchester United30/12/2017 15:00 Crawley Town v Stevenage30/12/2017 15:00 Exeter City v Barnet30/12/2017 15:00 Grimsby Town v Accrington Stanley30/12/2017 15:00 Lincoln City v Forest Green Rovers30/12/2017 15:00 Morecambe v Yeovil Town30/12/2017 15:00 Port Vale v Luton Town30/12/2017 15:00 Swindon Town v Notts. County30/12/2017 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Mansfield Town01/01/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Morecambe01/01/2018 15:00 Barnet v Swindon Town01/01/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Cambridge United01/01/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Chesterfield01/01/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Grimsby Town01/01/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers01/01/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Lincoln City01/01/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Carlisle United01/01/2018 15:00 Newport County v Exeter City01/01/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Port Vale01/01/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Cheltenham Town01/01/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Crawley Town06/01/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Chesterfield06/01/2018 15:00 Barnet v Carlisle United06/01/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Cheltenham Town06/01/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Cambridge United06/01/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Exeter City06/01/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Port Vale06/01/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Wycombe Wanderers06/01/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Lincoln City06/01/2018 15:00 Newport County v Morecambe06/01/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Crawley Town06/01/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Swindon Town06/01/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Grimsby Town13/01/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Mansfield Town13/01/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Crewe Alexandra13/01/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Accrington Stanley13/01/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Luton Town13/01/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Barnet13/01/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Coventry City13/01/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Newport County13/01/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Notts. County13/01/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Stevenage13/01/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Yeovil Town13/01/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Forest Green Rovers13/01/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United20/01/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Port Vale20/01/2018 15:00 Barnet v Lincoln City20/01/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Grimsby Town20/01/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Swindon Town20/01/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Wycombe Wanderers20/01/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Cambridge United20/01/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Morecambe20/01/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Cheltenham Town20/01/2018 15:00 Newport County v Crawley Town20/01/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Exeter City20/01/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Carlisle United20/01/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Chesterfield27/01/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Notts. County27/01/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Forest Green Rovers27/01/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Barnet27/01/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Stevenage27/01/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Accrington Stanley27/01/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Yeovil Town27/01/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Luton Town27/01/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Newport County27/01/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Mansfield Town27/01/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Colchester United27/01/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Crewe Alexandra27/01/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Coventry City03/02/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Stevenage03/02/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Crawley Town03/02/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Newport County03/02/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Coventry City03/02/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Cheltenham Town03/02/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Swindon Town03/02/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Exeter City03/02/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Barnet03/02/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Crewe Alexandra03/02/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Morecambe03/02/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Carlisle United03/02/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Cambridge United10/02/2018 15:00 Barnet v Notts. County10/02/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Lincoln City10/02/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Colchester United10/02/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Port Vale10/02/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Accrington Stanley10/02/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Grimsby Town10/02/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Yeovil Town10/02/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Wycombe Wanderers10/02/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Chesterfield10/02/2018 15:00 Newport County v Forest Green Rovers10/02/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Luton Town10/02/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Mansfield Town13/02/2018 19:45 Accrington Stanley v Crewe Alexandra13/02/2018 19:45 Chesterfield v Cambridge United13/02/2018 19:45 Colchester United v Coventry City13/02/2018 19:45 Forest Green Rovers v Stevenage13/02/2018 19:45 Grimsby Town v Morecambe13/02/2018 19:45 Lincoln City v Cheltenham Town13/02/2018 19:45 Luton Town v Crawley Town13/02/2018 19:45 Mansfield Town v Newport County13/02/2018 19:45 Notts. County v Carlisle United13/02/2018 19:45 Port Vale v Exeter City13/02/2018 19:45 Wycombe Wanderers v Swindon Town13/02/2018 19:45 Yeovil Town v Barnet17/02/2018 15:00 Barnet v Accrington Stanley17/02/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Grimsby Town17/02/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Chesterfield17/02/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Wycombe Wanderers17/02/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Luton Town17/02/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Lincoln City17/02/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Colchester United17/02/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Mansfield Town17/02/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Forest Green Rovers17/02/2018 15:00 Newport County v Notts. County17/02/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Yeovil Town17/02/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Port Vale24/02/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Cambridge United24/02/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Swindon Town24/02/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Barnet24/02/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Crawley Town24/02/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Exeter City24/02/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Crewe Alexandra24/02/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Cheltenham Town24/02/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Coventry City24/02/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Stevenage24/02/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Newport County24/02/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Morecambe24/02/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Carlisle United03/03/2018 15:00 Barnet v Port Vale03/03/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Luton Town03/03/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Grimsby Town03/03/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Notts. County03/03/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Lincoln City03/03/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Wycombe Wanderers03/03/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Forest Green Rovers03/03/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Chesterfield03/03/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Colchester United03/03/2018 15:00 Newport County v Accrington Stanley03/03/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Mansfield Town03/03/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Yeovil Town10/03/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Lincoln City10/03/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Barnet10/03/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Morecambe10/03/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Carlisle United10/03/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Notts. County10/03/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Port Vale10/03/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Accrington Stanley10/03/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Colchester United10/03/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Crewe Alexandra10/03/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Cheltenham Town10/03/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Cambridge United10/03/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Newport County17/03/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Forest Green Rovers17/03/2018 15:00 Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers17/03/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Swindon Town17/03/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Crawley Town17/03/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Chesterfield17/03/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Yeovil Town17/03/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Coventry City17/03/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Grimsby Town17/03/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Exeter City17/03/2018 15:00 Newport County v Luton Town17/03/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Mansfield Town17/03/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Stevenage24/03/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Yeovil Town24/03/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Cambridge United24/03/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Notts. County24/03/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Grimsby Town24/03/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Cheltenham Town24/03/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Newport County24/03/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Swindon Town24/03/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Mansfield Town24/03/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Barnet24/03/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Lincoln City24/03/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Colchester United24/03/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Port Vale31/03/2018 15:00 Barnet v Crewe Alexandra31/03/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Crawley Town31/03/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Carlisle United31/03/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Luton Town31/03/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Stevenage31/03/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Exeter City31/03/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Accrington Stanley31/03/2018 15:00 Newport County v Coventry City31/03/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Wycombe Wanderers31/03/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Chesterfield31/03/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Morecambe31/03/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers02/04/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Notts. County02/04/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Lincoln City02/04/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Newport County02/04/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Yeovil Town02/04/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Swindon Town02/04/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Port Vale02/04/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Cheltenham Town02/04/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Colchester United02/04/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Mansfield Town02/04/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Cambridge United02/04/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Barnet02/04/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Grimsby Town07/04/2018 15:00 Barnet v Forest Green Rovers07/04/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Exeter City07/04/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Morecambe07/04/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Accrington Stanley07/04/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Chesterfield07/04/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Wycombe Wanderers07/04/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Crewe Alexandra07/04/2018 15:00 Newport County v Stevenage07/04/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Coventry City07/04/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Crawley Town07/04/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Carlisle United07/04/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Luton Town14/04/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Exeter City14/04/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Forest Green Rovers14/04/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Mansfield Town14/04/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Notts. County14/04/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Coventry City14/04/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Barnet14/04/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Crewe Alexandra14/04/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Carlisle United14/04/2018 15:00 Newport County v Swindon Town14/04/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Lincoln City14/04/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Cambridge United14/04/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Wycombe Wanderers21/04/2018 15:00 Barnet v Newport County21/04/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town21/04/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Luton Town21/04/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Stevenage21/04/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Morecambe21/04/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Crawley Town21/04/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Chesterfield21/04/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Colchester United21/04/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Port Vale21/04/2018 15:00 Notts. County v Yeovil Town21/04/2018 15:00 Swindon Town v Grimsby Town21/04/2018 15:00 Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley28/04/2018 15:00 Accrington Stanley v Lincoln City28/04/2018 15:00 Cheltenham Town v Coventry City28/04/2018 15:00 Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers28/04/2018 15:00 Colchester United v Swindon Town28/04/2018 15:00 Crawley Town v Crewe Alexandra28/04/2018 15:00 Grimsby Town v Notts. County28/04/2018 15:00 Luton Town v Forest Green Rovers28/04/2018 15:00 Morecambe v Barnet28/04/2018 15:00 Newport County v Cambridge United28/04/2018 15:00 Port Vale v Carlisle United28/04/2018 15:00 Stevenage v Exeter City28/04/2018 15:00 Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town05/05/2018 15:00 Barnet v Chesterfield05/05/2018 15:00 Cambridge United v Port Vale05/05/2018 15:00 Carlisle United v Newport County05/05/2018 15:00 Coventry City v Morecambe05/05/2018 15:00 Crewe Alexandra v Cheltenham Town05/05/2018 15:00 Exeter City v Colchester United05/05/2018 15:00 Forest Green Rovers v Grimsby Town05/05/2018 15:00 Lincoln City v Yeovil Town05/05/2018 15:00 Mansfield Town v Crawley Town05/05/2018 15:00 Notts. 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Captain reliable Seamus Coleman has led the Republic of Ireland team to another famous victory tonight – their first against Austria in Vienna.The 28 year old Killybegs man put in a huge shift as the Boys in Green beat Austria 1-0 thanks to a super goal from Derryman James McClean.Martin O’Neill’s team have now secured a brilliant ten points from their first four games in this World Cup Qualifying Campaign. Coleman, who was being scouted by Man Utd during this game, immediately paid tribute to the 3,500 travelling Irish fans.“The lads were brilliant tonight and I have said it before that’s it a pure privilege playing beside these guys because they give it their all every time. They were amazing tonight and so were the fans,” he said.The Donegal man also heaped praise on his team-mates including McClean and Jonathan Walters.Captain Reliable leads Boys in Green to another brilliant win was last modified: November 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalIrelandKillybegsseamus colemanWORLD CUP
RAPHOE NOTESRaphoe Family Resource Centre RAPHOE 5K:On Tuesday 16th July at 7.30pm the Family Resource Centre will hold its 3rd Annual 5k race in association with Lifford AC and Donegal Co. Athletics Board. The 5k, which is part of the Grand Prix Series costs €10 to enter with all proceeds re-invested into supporting the work of the Family Resource Centre. The Centre is delighted that Coyle’s Centra, Raphoe have agreed to be the main sponsor for the race and our sincere thanks are due for this generous offer. Coyle’s Centra have been very consistent supporters of the work of the Family Resource Centre over many years. You can now pre-register for the race by emailing your name, club/organization (if any) and age category to firstname.lastname@example.org and of course registration can take place on the night from 6.00pm onwards in the Family Resource Centre, William St, Raphoe. Changing facilities and showers will be available in the Deele College and we would like to thank Mr. Damian Mc Devitt for his support and cooperation with that.RAPHOE WALKING GROUP: The Raphoe Walking Group meets every Thursday at 10.30am in the Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome. This is a brilliant opportunity to get fit (ter) and meet new people in your Community.RAPHOE TIDY TOWNSThe application for the town has now been sent in to the Tidy Towns unit for this year’s competition. Judging is usually in June, July and early August. A sincere thank you to everyone in the town for all your help in keeping your properties and gardens in good shape which in turn helps our town looking well. The local residential groups, Tidy Towns committee and C.E staff are doing a great job in the different areas of the town which is a great help every year. You can help by putting out window boxes, hanging baskets from this week on. You can also help by painting, weeding & keeping your areas litter free. Last year the town received a silver medal and 297 points so hopefully we can gain a few extra points this year again. Good Luck Raphoe!ATTIC INSULATION FOR THE HOMEDo you own your house? Are you in receipt of fuel allowance? Please contact Martin at the Tidy Towns Office on 9145692 for further details.Fundraiser for new playground for RaphoeSupport needed to ensure we reach our target to get the playground started. Donations also welcome. email@example.com or 0863467793 RAPHOE BOXING CLUBCongratulation goes to Councillor Frank Mc Brearty who has just completed a very successful year as Mayor of Donegal. Well done Frank and sincere thanks for all your assistance at the Raphoe Boxing Club.Best wishes for every success goes to Convoy’s Bryan Mc Namee and Letterkenny’s Brian Elliot who will be representing Ireland at the forthcoming European Schoolboy Championships to be staged in the City West Dublin from 28th July to 4th August. Good luck lads from all at the Raphoe club. And best wishes goes to Carrigart’s female kingpin Meave Mc Carron who is competing for Ireland at the European Youth Championships, in Hungary.The boxing club is now closed for a well deserved summer break and the club will re-open on Monday 2nd September when coaches Gary Mc Cullagh, Stephen Mc Bride and Tommy Stewart will welcome all new and former members for the new season. More details of the club’s 25th anniversary to be staged in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey on Saturday 16th November will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org every Thursday to meet the print deadline.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS
SAN JOSE — Rudolfs Balcers walked into SAP Center on Friday afternoon — like he has so many times before — and made his way to the hallway that houses the dressing rooms for both visiting NHL teams and the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks’ AHL affiliate.If he was still a member of the Sharks’ organization, Balcers may have been walking the few extra steps it takes to get to the Barracuda’s room for its game that night. Instead, he’s getting his chance to play at the NHL level with the rebuilding …
West African performance artist Gregory da Silva, otherwise known as the Famous Egg Man, on the streets of Grahamstown during the National Festival of the Arts.Khanyi Magubane As the 1820 Settlers Monument perched on a hill overlooking Grahamstown comes into view, the place seems like just another quiet Eastern Cape town. But as our car draws closer, eventually winding into the broad boulevards of High Street in the town centre, the crowds of people, buskers, actors, traders, street performers and more are anything but quiet.They’re all here for the National Festival of the Arts, a 10-day feast of performance that invades this small university town every midwinter. Now in its 35th year, globally the Grahamstown Festival is second in size only to Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival.This year’s festival, held from 2 to 12 July, offers the usual feast of drama, dance, jazz, stand-up comedy, arts and crafts, food galore, student and street theatre.The theme is “10 DAYS OF AMAZ!NG”. But with over 400 stage productions on offer – and average of 40 a day – for me it might be more a case of 10 days of the Amazing Race, from venue to venue. It’s my fourth time at the festival, but even I feel a little overwhelmed.Grahamstown in midwinter is normally a forbiddingly cold place, but this year the weather is surprisingly balmy, so we take a stroll about town to see what’s up.There are street musicians, an artist producing portraits on the pavement, and throngs of young Grahamstown kids, their faces painted white, performing for passersby. There’s also the Famous Egg Man, Gregory da Silva, a performance artist from West Africa with a his signature headdress piled with, you guessed it, eggs.Among the festival-goers, musicians and markets we suddenly see a group of men in orange prison overalls running down the street, with others in police uniforms in pursuit.After the initial shock we realise that, of course, it’s some kind of performance. In fact, it’s guerilla marketing for Prison Codes, a gritty play about life in the Western Cape’s gang-dominated prisons, told from the perspective of the notorious 27s gang. The actors stage their mock-escape through the streets of Grahamstown to get people into their theatre.George Hill, the play’s producer, tells me that festival-goers sometimes don’t realise it’s just advertising. “Some of them were scared for real,” he says. “We hope this will give them a taste of what’s to come in this hard-hitting production.”The Prison Codes cast aren’t the only ones to use these tactics, with this year’s 234-page programme proving there’s a lot of competition. With both the main and fringe festivals boasting strong productions, casts, directors and producers use aggressive marketing campaigns to fight for audiences.Actors wander the streets, dressed in their costumes, handing out flyers and begging everyone to see their plays.One production that isn’t shy to make an impression is YES!, an adult-humour play that explores the quirky side of sex. The cast can be regularly seen parading the streets in nightgowns – the women in pink and the men in blue.A woman in pink approaches me, handing me a business card with the production’s details. Then she looks me in the eye and asks, “What makes a person a better lover?”While my cheeks heat up, another actor puts a small bottle in my hand. It turns out to be something called Afrodité, a gel with apparent libido-enhancing properties, designed specifically for women. A man nearby is given a male version of the product, and seems as unable to conceal his bewildered embarrassment as me. They certainly got our attention.But the performers on the streets aren’t all brazen actors punting their shows. There are plenty of street musicians, such as the marimba band Sibonile. Established in 2006, the band is made up of six men and a woman, all of them from Grahamstown – and all of them blind.Richard Nzwana, the group’s spokesperson, says they experimented with a number of instruments before they hit on the marimba – a large percussion instrument, similar to a xylophone, made of wood.“We started playing the bongo drums and the piano, and then we heard of marimbas, and we decided to try them,” he says.The band taught themselves to play, later securing the services of a marimba coach, who taught them by encrypting Braille on the instruments. Sibonile performed at the festival’s opening ceremony on 1 July, and will be taking part in the annual National Marimba Festival taking place on 25 to 26 July in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.“We are currently the defending champions,” says Nzwana. He’s confident they will walk away with the first prize again this year.Putting together a festival of this size does not come without hefty costs, so it’s run with sponsorship from a number of institutions. The principal sponsor is Standard Bank, which was been supporting the festival for 25 years.Other sponsors include the National Lottery, the National Arts Council, the Eastern Cape Government, with media sponsors The Sunday Independent newspaper and satellite television broadcaster MNet.Other than the main and fringe festivals, there’s also the Spirit Festival, for those with a faith perspective on arts, which includes a gospel music workshop. Then there’s the Children’s Arts Festival, which offers theatre, performances by clowns, and as films made for children.Amazing arts, all of it.Related articles Lennox sings for HIV/Aids Words come to life at book fair South Africa’s rainbow salsa Art for all at Joburg Art Fair SA films scoop awards at Fespaco Useful links National Arts Festival Standard Bank National Lottery National Arts Council
marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In a jaw dropping move of bizarreness, Wall St. Journal writers Emily Steel and Jessica E. Vascellaro have called out major social networking websites tonight for violating user privacy apparently by passing profile page URLs to advertisers as the referring URLs when users click on ads. We’ve emailed both writers to ask for clarification in the event that they are in fact referring to something else, but haven’t heard back from them yet. Update:Vascellaro has responded by email, emphasizing an apparently now-resolved if legitimate issue discussed vaguely as “in some cases” in the original story. Conflating that and the simple matter of referring URLs seems odd, to say the least. That said, it does appear that there was some grounds for debate around what was being communicated in some URLs. I’ve added some more thoughts, along with the text of Vascellaro’s more clear explanation by email, to the footer of this post. I don’t think the situation is as crazy now as I did when I first read it and wrote this post.“Facebook, MySpace and several other social-networking sites have been sending data to advertising companies that could be used to find consumers’ names and other personal details, despite promises they don’t share such information without consent,” the article begins. See also: EFF Finds That Every Browser Has Unique Fingerprint“Across the Web, it’s common for advertisers to receive the address of the page from which a user clicked on an ad. Usually, they receive nothing more about the user than an unintelligible string of letters and numbers that can’t be traced back to an individual. With social networking sites, however, those addresses typically include user names that could direct advertisers back to a profile page full of personal information. In some cases, user names are people’s real names.”It’s just incredible. Go read it for yourself. Or don’t. The tone of the article implies that some major scandal has been broken wide open. To be fair, some other people we’ve spoken with tonight agree with the Journal’s assessment of the situation. This sure reads like anti-technology fear-mongering to me though, and I’ve been one of Facebook’s very loudest critics regarding privacy. Related but perhaps less surprising coverage of the Journal’s story comes from Gawker, with the over-the-top headline Facebook Secretly Sold Your Identity to Advertisers. Hello, pageviews!The Journal writers do allude to something a step beyond referring URLs when they write: “But Facebook went further than other sites, in some cases signaling which user name or ID was clicking on the ad as well as the user name or ID of the page being viewed.” Those additional cases weren’t discussed any more explicitly.The Journal coverage even went so far as to claim that some social networks changed their behavior once questioned by said venerable publication! Facebook, according the the Journal, eliminated those mysterious “other cases” upon being questioned. So problem fixed right?Of course anyone who has ever looked at a website’s traffic logs knows that referring URLs are shown to destination domains. [Ok, so that’s not actually very many people in the world.] And yes, on social networks sometimes those URLs include profile names. As the Journal acknowledged, that doesn’t mean it was the profile owner who clicked on the ad.As the Journal’s own coverage said:A Twitter spokeswoman said passing along the Web address happens when people click a link from any Web page. “This is just how the Internet and browsers work,” she said.That’s right. That’s just how the Internet works.Privacy and Facebook are serious issues. It’s irresponsible and unhelpful to report on them like this. If we’re reading this wrong, then at the very least it’s being communicated poorly.Update: Vascellaro’s email to us in response:Facebook was making it possible for advertisers to see ids for users who clicked (not just the profile url). This was happening through a ref equals profile code getting passed through after a user clicked on their profile and then an ad. Facebook acknowledged that this could be used to identify users who clicked, not just the profile of the user on whose page an ad appeared. They changed this after we alerted them to it, so it cannot currently be demonstrated.Others are just passing urls on pages viewed but myspace and fb said — and we reported –are working to obscure those too as it could be construed as personally identifiable data about some users, if not the users who clicked. Of course, whether people view it as personally identifiable varies, as we say. They are, however, changing it.Decide for yourself then, readers.Updated upon further reflection: I think if it had been put like this, the WSJ story would have been more more clear: Facebook used to, in some cases, send referring URLs with logged-in user IDs inside the URL when a user clicked on an ad. The Journal alerted them to that situation and they now obfuscate those URLs. That’s good. Potential privacy situation dealt with. Unfortunately, this is something that is hard to explain to non-technical readers and in its attempt to do so, I believe the Journal’s coverage left more technical readers confused and concerned that all referring URLs were being criticized unfairly. That is my working understanding of the situation right now.