Reggae Boyz and Leicester City captain Wes Morgan is hoping to continue his finest year in football to date with the Reggae Boyz as he rallies Jamaicans to help the national senior team to victory over Costa Rica next month in their key World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium.The Jamaicans will face off against a strong Costa Rican outfit on Friday, March 25, with the aim of pushing up the table after losing their opener to Panama (0-2) before their close 1-0 win over Haiti.Jamaica sits third in Group B with three points, with Costa Rica leading the way with six, followed by Panama on three and Haiti without a point.”I am asking the Jamaican people to come and support the Reggae Boyz and help us in our conquest to try and qualify for the World Cup,” said Morgan, who has captained Leicester City to the top of the Barclays Premier League.Morgan was speaking via a recording played at the Jamaica Football Federation’s (JFF) secretariat yesterday.”We need you guys to come to the Stadium and make as much noise as possible and give us the drive and determination to perform and give our very best. We need you all there, so the more the merrier. Please come and support us. We need you guys, and, of course, see you guys at the game, and all the very best,” he said.
MOST READ “Our big question mark is if Greg would play,” said Cone.“If we play Friday, I would say he won’t play. Given another day or two, he may play. But we do expect him to be back sometime in the series. We just hope that we’re still in the series by the time he’s available.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSlaughter sat out both playoff games against Rain or Shine due to a sprained ankle, but Cone acknowledged that he would need all of his weapons against a star-studded squad like San Miguel.“That’s a big thing for us, whether Greg can play and help us equalize against San Miguel,” said Cone. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Both teams battled in the last Philippine Cup Finals with the Beermen emerging victorious to claim their third straight all-Filipino title.The winner of this series goes on to play the winner of the other semifinals, which features Magnolia taking on NLEX.The Road Warriors swept the Alaska Aces, 2-0, during their quarterfinal showdown after a tense 87-83 victory in Game 2 Wednesday night, thus claiming their first Final Four stint in franchise history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bayron fends off Lascuña charge, leads by 2 strokes Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Without Slaughter, the Gin Kings absorbed a 1-4 series loss—a defeat that still lingers for Ginebra veteran LA Tenorio.“Of course, we’re motivated by payback,” said Tenorio. “Last season, we didnt have Greg. But we came all the way from No. 7, so we just ran our of steam to be honest.”The Beermen reached the semifinals by disposing of TNT KaTropa, 106-93, in the quarterfinals with Fajardo shooting 35 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.“I think we have enough talent also, enough people also to contain June Mar and their shooters and their bigs, and also, their guards. We’ll see,” Tenorio said.“It’s gonna be tough for us, definitely. But again, we will fight. We have to really be focused on the game plan especially against June Mar. Really June Mar is playing [on] a different level now.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Greg Slaughter Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith its “equalizer” still doubtful, Barangay Ginebra takes on the challenge of toppling the “monster” whose shadow has loomed large over the PBA Philippine Cup in the past three seasons, starting Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.As if beating the three-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen over a seven game series is not tough enough, Gin Kings coach Tim Cone, a winner of 22 PBA titles, has to make his team cope with the absence of prized big man Greg Slaughter in the early part of the matchup.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments
– rather than barring them from working night shiftWith the Social Protection Ministry’s dogged move towards barring single mothers from working the night shift offered by security firms; a member of the Women andWomen rights activist Nicole ColeGender Equality Commission (W&GEC) is arguing for a different, more comprehensive approach.According to notable women rights activist, Nicole Cole, women have an inherent right to work. She recalled that at a recent workshop, she had made a presentation that had made recommendations for how the Government could truly help single mothers working the night shift. She noted that Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Keith Scott, was present.“This Minister listened to my presentation which included the recommendation of Government assisting single moms by subsidising night care services,” Cole said in a recent interview. “Women have a right to work!”“What is needed is assistance with the children who are left unprotected at home when the mother is at work at nights, hence my recommendation of Government subsidised night care services.”The activist noted that, at present, night care services are not a prevalent feature among Guyana’s service providers. She noted that while putting mothers with very young children on the day shift can help, it would call for more consideration to be shown to mothers who their children depend on – and more comprehensive measures.“It’s not an easy road as a single mother when you have to work to feed the children,” the social worker said. “Many mothers cry as they leave those children alone. They’re really traumatised but have to go out to work; raising awareness ofMinister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scottthe importance of co-parenting in also very fundamental.”Noble idea?Even though concerns were raised by stakeholders regarding Minister Scott’s belief in barring single mothers from working the night shift for security firms, it was announced in a missive on Monday he has “no intention” of abandoning this “noble idea”.The Ministry made it clear that it plans to minimise and eventually eliminate night work for single mothers within the private security industry and as such, directives were issued to other Ministries.“In pursuit of this noble idea the Honourable Minister is with immediate effect requesting his colleagues and other senior Government functionaries to take all feasible steps to give efficacy to the initiative,” the missive said.“Accordingly, they are asked to ensure that with immediate effect the contracts for the provisions of private security services provide for the exclusions of single mothers from night work,” it continued.But while the missive noted the Government’s plan to eventually eliminate night work for single mothers, it went on to state that whatever policies are developed and implemented they “should not run counter to the individual desire of a single mother who may elect to work at nights.”“The Honourable Minister Keith Scott wishes to assure all interested stakeholders that this proposition is merely intended to promote the interest and safety of the family unit.”The desire to bar single mothers from night work was first expressed by Minister Scott during a seminar hosted by the Minister on August 24, 2017. The Junior Minister had noted that his Ministry was concerned with the work arrangement for female security personnel in the field and the effect it has on single mothers.“Many days when I report for duty, I am pained and grieved to be greeted at 7:30am by a female security officer who had worked the night before,” he had expressed. “I’m unsure whether or not the private security industry has carefully examined the impact which night work has had and continues to have on women…”“I wish to submit without fear of contradiction that the level of danger to which the family is exposed increases astronomically when that family is headed by one parent only, who happens to be the mother and has to work all night while her children are left unprotected, unsupervised and to the mercies of possible predators.We should not wait for indisputable evidence before we seek to minimise or control the level of night work to which our women… are exposed,” he said.Scott had expressed the belief that these are the kinds of dangers family members are exposed to when single parents work at night. And according to the Department of Public Information, the Minister had called for the development and implementation of policies to completely prevent women from working night shifts.
0Shares0000Willian looked delighted as he helped Chelsea confirm their place in the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League. Photo/Daily MailBAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov 22 – Chelsea powered into the Champions League last 16 as Eden Hazard and Willian inspired a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Qarabag on Wednesday.Antonio Conte’s side reached the knockout stages with a game to spare thanks to influential displays from Hazard and Willian at the Olympic Stadium that knocked Azerbaijanis Qarabag out of the competition. Chelsea will go into their last Group C fixture against Atletico Madrid, who take on Roma at the Wanda Metropolitano later on Wednesday, on 10 points and still in with a chance of finishing top.Hazard scored Chelsea’s first-half opener from the penalty spot after his pass to Willian provoked a foul on the Brazilian from Rashad Sadygov, who was sent off as a result.Willian doubled Chelsea’s lead nine minutes before the interval, collecting Hazard’s deft back-heeled pass before rolling home.Cesc Fabregas netted Chelsea’s third from the spot in the 73rd minute after another foul on Willian, and the Brazil international crashed home his second in the closing moments.The English champions were heavily criticised after a woeful loss at Roma in their previous Champions League match, but have now won three in a row in all competitions.“We did everything well. We should have scored more. It is easy to play with these good players,” Hazard said.“We have a big game at Liverpool on Saturday so it was good to have a small rest. We are ready for Saturday.”Conte had bemoaned the fixture schedule that sends Chelsea to Liverpool for a crucial Premier League game on Saturday, just 48 hours after they return to London from the 5,000 mile (8,000 kilometres) round trip to Azerbaijan.But he still fielded a strong side, with David Luiz starting in defence for the first time since being dropped after a reported training ground row with the Blues boss following the Roma defeat.– Michel rattles woodwork –Conte’s side had thrashed Qarabag 6-0 in September, but they almost fell behind early on in Baku when Maksim Medvedev was allowed to advance into the area with little resistance.Michel picked up possession and lashed a fierce shot against a post before the rebound was blazed over.Hazard was nominally Chelsea’s central striker but the Belgian playmaker had freedom to roam and it was from a deeper position that he triggered his side’s 21st-minute opener.Threading a pin-point pass behind the Qarabag defence, Hazard sent Willian clear on goal and the Brazil winger tumbled into the area after Sadygov grabbed at his arm.Referee Manuel de Sousa saw enough contact to give Chelsea the penalty and sent off Sadygov.Qarabag were furious but Hazard ignored their complaints to stroke home the spot-kick for his sixth goal in his last seven appearances.He followed the opener with an extravagant touch to help double Chelsea’s lead in the 36th minute.Pedro started the swaggering move with a flick into the path of Willian, who guided the ball to Hazard.The Belgian baffled the Qarabag defence with a sublime back-heeled pass into Willian and he made no mistake with a clinical finish.Conte’s team struck for a third time in the 73rd minute when Gara Garayev conceded a penalty with a tug on Willian.Fabregas’s initial spot-kick was ruled out for encroachment, but the Spaniard was unflustered as he slotted home again.Chelsea weren’t done and Willian capped the rout with a stinging strike from the edge of the area in the 85th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Neil Lennon has pulled out of a benefit game in Ballybofey today between Celtic and Finn Harps following death threats.The move came on the advice of security chiefs who feared for his safety following recent death threats and a bomb hoax.The Celtic manager was due to take charge of a Hoops side against Finn Harps in a benefit match then be a guest at a dinner for former player John Kennedy. Instead the Celtic players flew in a private jet to County Donegal today without their manager. The club want him to stay in Scotland so he can be given protection in the wake of the most recent death threats.Security had been heightened around the Co Armagh man after bullets were sent to him through the post in a stunt blamed on crazed Belfast Loyalists.And there was a fresh alert on Friday when a fake nail bomb addressed to him at Parkhead was intercepted at a Post Office sorting centre in Saltcoats, Ayrshire. Lennon was escorted to training on Friday by a bodyguard.The Parkhead coach and his family are now under 24-hour security and friends say the threats are causing them stress. He is said to be considering his future as Celtic boss but is expected to stay on until the end of the season before reviewing his position.Meanwhile Rangers fans are behind an internet campaign claiming Lennon racially abused their crazed striker El Hadji Diouf during last Wednesday’s crazy Old Firm Cup clash.Diouf lost the plot at the match and was one of three Gers players sent off.Lennon and Rangers assistant Ally McCoist also had to be pulled apart.But last night, a spokesman for the 39-year-old Celtic manager said of the Diouf claims: “These allegations are completely outrageous – with no substance whatsoever. “There is a concerted campaign by malicious and despicable individuals to cause distress to Neil Lennon. Celtic Football Club and all Celtic fans stand by their manager in the face of these vicious and unacceptable attacks.”A police investigation centres on footage from TV coverage of Celtic 1-0 win on Wednesday night.Two hundred Rangers fans have made complaints to the Strathclyde police.CELTIC BOSS NEIL CANCELS DONEGAL TRIP AFTER DEATH THREATS was last modified: March 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
FootballPeter Gallagher and James O’Donnell’s men continued their faultless start to the season with a hard earned 2-11 to 1-11 victory over a pugnacious Letterkenny Gaels side in testing conditions at Father Tierney Park. A pulsating first half ended with the hosts holding a two points lead, 2-6 to 1-7. The second half ebbed and flowed, but Aodh Ruadh got the better of it to confirm their sixth successive win of the league campaign. Callum O’Halloran was outstanding at corner back, while Michael Ward also made some telling interventions. Again the half back line distinguished itself, Johnny Gethins, Colm Kelly and Niall Harley getting through a heap of work. Seamus Kane took two class scores and was a great option all through. David Dolan continued his mightily impressive early season form with another heavy haul of points, while Sticky Ward was ever the calming influence, picking the right options. We have a full report from the game up on aodhruadh.org with pictures over the course of the week. The reserves recorded an impressive win over Letterkenny Gaels. They started at a high tempo and maintained that to the break where they went in leading on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-2. The second half was more evenly fought, but a goal from the excellent Cáelán Drummond saw Ballyshannon finish 1-13 to 0-9 victors. We will have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week.Attention turns to the championship next Saturday, 14th May, when the reserves and seniors travel to take on Cloughaneely in the first round of the group stages. The reserves go off at 6pm with the seniors throwing in at 7.30pm. The other teams in Group B are Naomh Colmcille and Naomh Ultan. Aodh Ruadh under 14s made the long trip to Dungloe on Monday evening and came back with a draw on a scoreline of 3-9 to 4-6 which ensured Ballyshannon topped division 1 after the round robin stages. Aodh Ruadh had the better of the first half to go in at the interval leading by 2-5 to 1-5. However the hosts came out all guns blazing in the second half and it took a wonderstrike of a goal from Frankie McGinley to ensure that Aodh Ruadh topped the table. Also among the goals was Senan Rooney with a brace which capped another fine outing at midfield from the Corker man. There were decent defensive showings from Kyle Murray and Eugene Doherty, while up front Colm McGloin continued his fine attacking form. That result sets up a rematch in the league semi-final which will take place on either Friday or Saturday, with Dungloe travelling to Ballyshannon for that fixture. Training continues on Wednesday at 4.30pm.The under 12s had a good start to the league on Monday with an away win against Ardara. Each league fixture features senior and reserve matches and they were two great games where 25 players in all represented the club. The reserve match was a great contest with James Gallagher in midfield and the two Cians – McKenna and Hunter – showing very well. Ardara finished stronger in the second half and the reserves lost by five points. The seniors on the other hand were on top from the beginning with Ryan Daly getting off to a blistering start from corner forward. Our defence was on top throughout with Darragh Flood Dolan commanding at full back. Aaron Neilan controlled midfield and the link up play from defence to attack was a joy to behold. Aaron Cullen pulled off one magnificent save in the second half and his skill in kick outs were the starting point for our best scores. Cian McKenna who swapped nets for full forward when he came on as a sub bagged three goals in a second half where Aodh Ruadh just had a bit too much for Ardara on the night. Many thanks to the green and white army who travelled in big numbers to support the boys, to the Ardara club for their hospitality and Pat Walsh for refereeing. The under 12s will be entertaining Four Masters this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Players to be up at the park by 6.30pm with the game throwing in at 7pm. Training continues as usual every Monday and Friday from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.The under 10s have their first blitz of the year this Saturday in Mountcharles. The games get under way at 11am with Aodh Ruadh playing teams from Saint Naul’s, Four Masters and Bundoran. All players to be at the venue for 10.30am. We are gathering at the park at 9.15am to arrange lifts for players whose parents / guardians can’t travel. We will be leaving the park at 9.30am sharp.Huge thanks to Naomh Bríd for hosting our under 8s at their blitz last Saturday, our your footballers loved getting into action for the first time this season. Huge thanks also to Southern Board fixtures secretary Paul Martin who arranged for us to take part in Ballintra at short notice. Despite the cold and the wet the lads and lass all gave great accounts of themselves and played some lovely football. Lining out for Aodh Ruadh on the day were Garreth Brennan, Patrick Clarke, Manus Conlon, Sam Davitt, Joey Daly, Finn Doogan, Callum Dorrian, Antóin Duffy, Eoghan Gallagher, Joseph Gibbions, Tomás Keown, Ethan Kerrigan, Finn Hartin, Sean Maguire, Eoghan McCadden, Oisin McCadden, Shaun McGarrigle, Ethan McGowan, Sean O’Neill, Éabha Rogers, Max Roper, Dáthaí Sheerin, Corey Sheridan and MJ Ward.Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh.LadiesThe Realt Ruadh senior team are away to Glenties this Sunday at 12pm. Best of luck to the girls.Congratulations to the Donegal ladies, and our representative on the panel, Sarah Patton, on capturing the NFL division two title last Saturday with a 3-17 to 0-13 victory over Westmeath. Aodh Ruadh under 14 girls put in a fantastic team display last Wednesday evening against a strong Glenties side, to remain unbeaten in the league. Aodh Ruadh were straight out of the blocks and within a few minutes were two points up thanks to Bridín Maguire and Sarah Jane Keon. Glenties began to get their hands on the ball, however they found it very difficult to break down a strong Aodh Ruadh defence who played as a unit and forced the Glenties forwards to shoot from distance. Aodh Ruadh continued to chip away at the score board and led 0-0 to 0-7 at half time. The lead would have been much greater only for a number of fantastic saves from the Glenties keeper. The Ernesiders continued to push ahead and got the first score of the second half before Glenties enjoyed their best period of the game. A high ball into the Aodh Ruadh box somehow ended up in the net for the hosts only score. Aodh Ruadh continued to push forward, adding another five points without response. Áine Hill was again rock solid in goals, the entire defence gave nothing away and Caoimhe Keon and Ella Clancy covered very blade of grass on the pitch. The forward line continually troubled the Glenties defence and took their scores well. Overall a fantastic team performance.The under 12 girls have their first fixture of the season this week. They play Saint Naul’s this Wednesday at 6.15pm in Mountcharles. We will be meeting at the park at 5pm to arrange lifts for players whose parents / guardians can’t travel and leaving the park at 5.15pm.Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday’s) on Mondays from 6-7pm.This year’s Duck Race will take place on Saturday 28th May at 3pm. So mark the date in your calendar as it’s always an entertaining afternoon. HurlingThe under 14s made the long trip to Gaoth Dobhair on Thursday night to take on the amalgamated Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair team. It was a tough battle from start to finish. The effects of the long trip were shown early on as the Gaeltacht lads struck for three early goals. Midway through the half we slowly got into the game and finished the half strongly only finding ourselves three points down at half time. With the aid of a strong breeze we were well on top, but found scores hard to come by. A strong finish saw us come out on top on a 7-9 to 6-6 scoreline. We are away to Four Masters this Thursday.Our young minor team’s difficult season continued on Thursday with a home game against Burt. It was a tough low scoring game with very little between the teams. Burt’s ability to hit the net was the difference between the teams, and they ran out worthy winners 3-3 to 0-7. This very young team deserve great credit for fielding for all games this season, unfortunately a number of players didn’t make themselves this season resulting in us struggling to field in all games. The lads have shown great commitment this season. We have our final league game this Thursday another difficult trip to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan’s.The first under 8 and under 10 blitz of the season takes place on Sunday week, May 22nd in Convoy. The lads are really looking forward to the blitz. We will have full details at training this Sunday.Our clothes collection to raise funds for underage hurling comes to an end on Saturday 21st May, thanks to all who have supported this fund-raiser so far. All unwanted clothes – except duvets and pillows – shoes, belts and handbags welcome.Lá na gClubAodh Ruadh marked Lá na gClub on Sunday 8th May at Father Tierney Park. Ballyshannon Brass and Reed Band lead a procession to the park where club chairman Gerard Ferguson addressed the assembly before club president Owen Roe O’Neill raised the flag. That was followed by a reading of the 1916 proclamation, stirringly orated by Sylvester Maguire. We have pictures from the ceremony up on aodhruadh.orgInter-county minor challenge On Tuesday May 10th there is an inter-county minor challenge in Father Tierney Park between Donegal and Sligo. As both teams are preparing for their respective Championship encounters this should be an entertaining game. Throw-in is at 7pm.Let’s play dartsOn Friday May 27th Seán Óg’s will host a darts exhibition with Jelle Klaasen. The proceeds will go towards extensive surface repair works required at Father Tierney Park. Tickets priced €5 are available via adult team managers and from key club personnel. Contact Tom Daly, David McLoone or Conal Gallagher for information or tickets for this important club fund-raiser.Maintenance and development works on club premisesTowards the end of this week we expect to commence substantial surface repair works at Father Tierney Park. The park will be unavailable for the duration of the works. Down-time will be kept to a minimum, but weather will be a factor. Keep in contact with with Peter Conlon in relation to the possible impact on coaching, training and games. During May repair and maintenance will also be undertaken on both playing fields at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. No significant impact on activity is anticipated. The first phase of refurbishment works at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh will also commence later this week. Construction work on the new hurling / rebound wall at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh is entering its final phase and this new facility will soon be available for use by individual players and club coaches. It will be a resource for hurling, football and handball skills development.Abbey Centre BingoCongratulations to Packie Boyle on winning the spring snowball prize of €425, checking on just 40 numbers. The €400 jackpot prize was won by Caroline Murphy of Donegal town. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,400. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 3, 6, 15, 17 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Carmel Gillespie, c/o P O’Neill; PJ Buggy, The Abbey; Noeleen O’Brien; Margaret McCauley, Mulleek; and Packie McGrath, Cashelard. Next draw is on Sunday in The Bridgend Bar with a Jackpot of €4,500 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.Ten years ago…On Friday, a small piece of history was created when the club fielded an under 10 hurling team for the first time. They played a successful challenge game against Four Masters in Tir Conail Park. The team was Dylan Newell, Rossa McCosker, Thomas Gillespie, Eugene Drummond, Christopher Kilpatrick, Colm Kelly, Brian Ward, Jamie Brennan, Oisin Roper, Patrick Cassidy, Oisin Rooney, Ronan Storey, Ronan McMullin, Brendan Gillespie, Darie Doyle. Subs, Conor Gilmartin and Rory Cullen. Manager was John Rooney and his mentors were Ciaran Kilgannon, Brian Fox and Stewart Doyle.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.AODH RUADH CONTINUE SENSATIONAL FORM WITH WIN OVER LETTERKENNY GAELS was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAASport
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Drake University track and field team got its outdoor season off to a great start with a strong showing against some of the best teams in the nation at the Arkansas Spring Invitational on Saturday, March 26.”We had some amazing performances today with athletes stepping up in multiple events,” said Drake head coach Natasha Kaiser-Brown. “To perform so well this early in the season sets us up for some great performances as the season goes on.”Sprinter Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) set the tone for the day with a pair of personal bests in the 100 and 200 meters while anchoring the Bulldogs’ 4×100-meter relay to a second place finish after winning its heat. Vincent came in second in the 100 meters with the third-fastest time in school history at 10.40. Vincent finished behind only professional Wallace Spearmon in a meet that featured athletes from Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Oklahoma State . He also clocked the fourth-fastest 200 meters in school history at 21.18. Demetrius Shelton finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in both races.The women’s team’s jumpers continued their outstanding year as Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) won the triple jump with a leap of 40-4, just shy of her own school record. Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) finished second with a personal best mark of 39-10.5 that ranks second all-time in Drake history. Bell also recorded a personal best in the long jump of 19-3.5 to finish third with the sixth-best jump in program history.In the hurdles, Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) recorded a personal best of 59.86 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fifth while Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) was ninth. Young finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.74.The Bulldogs return to action next weekend as the team splits its talents between the Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational and San Francisco Distance Carnival.2016 Arkansas Spring InvitationalFayetteville, Ark. – John McDonnell FieldMarch 26, 2016Drake Individual Women’s Results100 Meters23. Taryn Rolle, 12.2425. Rai Ahmed-Green, 12.3133. Destani Welch, 12.56200 Meters17. Rai Ahmed-Green, 24.7127. Kaylen Rettig, 25.61400 Meters21. Kaylen Rettig, 58.56800 Meters (Open)3. Laura Gann, 2:17.6311. Meghan Kearney, 2:21.031,500 Meters13. Taylor Scholl, 4:37.831,500 Meters (Open)4. Cassie Aerts, 4:41.963,000 Meters6. Bailee Cofer, 10:12.02100-Meter Hurdles6. Mary Young, 13.748. Destani Welch, 13.9815. Virginia Hill, 14.5218. Victoria Coombe, 15.06400-Meter Hurdles5. Virginia Hill, 59.869. Mary Young, 1:01.7018. Victoria Coombe, 1:06.724×100-Meter Relay7. Young, Ahmed-Green, Welch, Rolle, 47.554×400-Meter Relay5. Hill, Young, Rettig, Ahmed-Green, 3:46.52High Jump4. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-57. Taylor Patton, 5-3Long Jump3. Kayla Bell, 19-3.5 14. Taryn Rolle, 17-6Triple Jump1. Kayla Bell, 40-42. Taryn Rolle, 39-10.5 2016 Arkansas Spring InvitationalFayetteville, Ark. – John McDonnell FieldMarch 26, 2016Drake Individual Men’s Results100 Meters2. Pierce Vincent, 10.40 9. Demetrius Shelton, 10.5817. Aaron Chier, 10.7923. Kendall Owens, 10.90200 Meters6. Pierce Vincent, 21.18 10. Demetrius Shelton, 21.3518. Aaron Chier, 21.7520. Kendall Owens, 21.87800 Meters (Seeded)7. James Saxton, 1:57.99800 Meters (Open)3. George Webb, 1:56.10110-Meter Hurdles11. Hudson Priebe, 14.9612. Dominic Lombardi, 15.13400-Meter Hurdles6. Hudson Priebe, 53.529. Dominic Lombardi, 55.414×100-Meter Relay2. Owens, Shelton, Chier, Vincent, 40.234×400-Meter Relay6. Priebe, Lombardi, Saxton, Webb, 3:23.96High Jump6. Ryan Cook, 6-4.757. Forest Moses, 6-4.75Long Jump15. Johnathan Osifuye, 22-1Triple Jump7. Johnathan Osifuye, 46-11.75Shot Put13. Ryan Lemke, 49-0.25Discus15. Ryan Lemke, 139-119. Michael Dolan, 133-1Hammer Throw17. Michael Dolan, 159-4Javelin3. David Silkman, 184-3Print Friendly Version
Some of the recent transfer speculation ahead of Tuesday’s deadline. Embed from Getty ImagesFulham have moved for Peterborough winger Marcus Maddison, the Mail say.Maddison, 23, is said to be a target for a host of Championship clubs and Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic apparently believes the player can make the step up to the Championship.Posh are said to be keen to keep Maddison, who has scored six goals for them this season. Bees linked with BogleEmbed from Getty ImagesBrentford have made enquiries about Grimsby striker Omar Bogle, Sky Sports News HQ say.Leeds United are also said to have asked about the 24-year-old, who has scored 19 goals this season.Rotherham, who have been discussing the possible sale of Danny Ward to QPR, are reported to have had three bids for Bogle turned down. Mail claim QPR and Fulham want RobinsonEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR and Fulham both want Preston striker Callum Robinson, the Mail reckon.It is claimed that Rangers boss Ian Holloway wants to bid £1.5m for the 21-year-old.Fulham also supposedly want Robinson, who has scored seven goals this season. Bristol Post tout Henry for City moveThe Bristol Post suggest Karl Henry could join Bristol City from QPR in exchange for Luke Freeman.It comes after West London Sport revealed that Rangers are looking to sign Freeman and revealed that Henry has fallen out with boss Ian Holloway.The Post suggest Henry could be a makeweight in a deal to take Freeman to Loftus Road.The contracts of both players are due to expire at the end of the season and Freeman has not signed a new deal he was offered by City. Onuoha also touted for possible moveEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR captain Nedum Onuoha has again been touted for a possible move to Sunderland, this time by the Telegraph.The Mail earlier claimed that Celtic, Sunderland and Olympiacos are showing an interest in Onuoha, that he has a clause in his Rangers contract enabling him to leave on a free transfer and that Sunderland boss David Moyes previously tried to sign him for Everton.Onuoha, who spent the 2010-11 season on loan at Sunderland from Manchester City, has been touted for a move to top-flight clubs during successive transfer windows.The Telegraph say Sunderland are looking into the possibility of taking him back to the Stadium of Light. QPR make McCormack enquiry, Mail reckonQPR have made an enquiry about taking Ross McCormack on loan from Aston Villa, according to the Mail.McCormack has been linked with a return to Fulham but the Whites are not interested in re-signing their former striker.He has failed to impress since his summer move to Villa, whose manager Steve Bruce has criticised him for missing training.It is now claimed that QPR are showing an interest but could struggle to pay McCormack’s wages. Taylor speculationEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Mail also say Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor can go for £300,000 and that QPR and Brentford are among the clubs to have been alerted to his availability.The other clubs are Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich, the Mail say.Taylor, 26, reportedly has a clause in his Rovers contract allowing him to move this month.QPR boss Ian Holloway recently insisted he would not be interested in taking Taylor to Loftus Road.Holloway said: “He’s a very good player who belongs to Bristol Rovers and I shouldn’t talk about anybody else’s players.“There are a lot of players who step up a level and can score. But it’s about the balance I need – the pace and power to move the ball from back to front sometimes if Idrissa Sylla’s injured.“Have I got anyone who can do that? I’m not so sure I have, and Matty Taylor isn’t really that sort of player.” Luongo reveals Chinese approachesQPR midfielder Massimo Luongo says he receives regular approaches to play in China.Speaking to beIN Sports, Luongo, 24, insisted he was determined to “get to the top” rather than accept potentially huge wages in the Far East.“Probably once a month there’s always someone trying to get me over there — an agent or someone who could probably profit from it as well, but it doesn’t interest me,” Luongo said.“When the figures start flying about it does start to get in my head. Then when I see what my mates are on or Diego Costa or whoever’s flirting with it at the moment.“But I still want to prove myself at the highest level I can here. Leaving (Tottenham) to (join) Swindon on a permanent was the best thing I could have done. Just getting first-team football was what I wanted and I proved myself at that level.“At the moment I’m trying to prove myself at Championship level. 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CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceMESA, Ariz. — There’s no better time for Frankie Montas to battle to make the Athletics’ starting rotation.The right-hander was a huge part of the A’s playoff run last year. He compiled a 3.88 ERA in 11 starts and displayed the best command of his career. But perhaps more important than a solid 2018 performance is baseball’s contractual restrictions.Put simply, Montas is out of minor league options. The A’s would …
The Playmakers, a statue by ErnestUllman, reflected in the windows of theJohannesburg Civic Theatre.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library)South Africa has a vibrant theatrical scene with more than 100 active spaces all over the country offering everything from indigenous drama, music, dance, cabaret and satire to West End and Broadway hits, classical opera and ballet.Venues range from the staid and monolithic homes of the former state-supported performing arts councils to purpose-built theatres, a converted fresh-produce market and casinos.Add to this a multitude of festivals that take place across the country all year round, offering an almost bewildering range of theatrical experiences. The annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the largest festival of its kind in Africa, has in its 33 years spawned a variety of similar festivals such as the Afrikaans-language Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn and the Manguang African Cultural Festival (Macufe) in Bloemfontein.Sections in this article:OriginsCreative outletsTackling apartheidStruggle theatre in the 1970sThe Market TheatreAnger and anguish The presentRelated articlesUseful links OriginsThe origins of South African theatre can be found in the rich and ancient oral tradition of indigenous South Africans – the folk tales around the fires, with their drama, and an audience ranging from the very young to the very old.Performances on stage came much later. The formal South African theatre tradition dates as far back as the 1830s when Andrew Geddes Bains’s Kaatje Kekkelbek or Life among the Hottentots was performed in 1838 by the Grahamstown Amateur Company.Originally, white South African theatre was heavily influenced by 20th-century missionaries, who made an important contribution to a tradition of theatre when they introduced drama in education. Their themes were not only staged versions of biblical teachings but also didactic plays located in South Africa. At Marianhill in the 1920s Father Bernard Hess also encouraged the production of comedies and the dramatisation of Zulu narratives.Theatre began to flourish in the black townships where performance arts became increasingly popular in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1929 the Methethwe Lucky Stars staged productions based on themes of rural life and customs. In 1932 came the Bantu Dramatic Society, which aimed to encourage “Bantu playwrights” and to develop African dramatic and operatic art.The 1930s and the 1940s saw the blooming of the work of Herbert Dhlomo, a teacher, journalist and musician, who was the first South African playwright to make a significant attempt to challenge colonial domination through drama. His work, The Girl Who Killed To Save, was the first published play by a black writer in English. Indigenous theatre continued to develop in the 1940s and 1950s with the formation of organisations such as the Orlando Boy’s Club Dramatic Society. In the townships, particularly in Johannesburg’s vibrant Sophiatown, an eclectic performance culture developed, drawing on American, English and African cultural traditions and involved comic sketches and acting as well as jazz, singing and dancing. The album cover of the original castrecording of King Kong, South Africa’s firstinternational musical hit.Creative outlets During the mid-20th century, theatre for white English-speaking South Africans consisted almost of local (or sometimes imported) versions of plays being performed in England or America. The National Theatre, formed in 1947, did not allow for black creative participation and, although it performed some indigenous Afrikaans plays, only about five of more than 40 plays performed in English were by South Africans. One of the few was Guy Butler, whose play The Dam and the Dove Returns entered the company’s repertoire in the 1950s.In the 1950s, as the apartheid system put a stranglehold on South Africa, some of the country’s major writers, including Lewis Nkosi, Nat Nakasa and Bloke Modisane, were barred from white theatres and their potential contribution to South African was lost.But there were some attempts to provide outlets for emerging black talent. In the 1950s Ian Bernhardt, a member of an amateur society, formed an all-black drama group called the Bareti Players, which drew on the tradition of theatre based on European models. Bernhardt also promoted the Township Jazz concerts that culminated in the production of the all-hit musical, King Kong.Towards the end of the 1950s, a young Port Elizabeth playwright named Athol Fugard made his first impression on the Johannesburg stage with a play entitled No-Good Friday. The play was created with a number of black intellectuals from Sophiatown and opened in 1958 at the Bantu Men’s Social Centre, adjacent to Dorkay House.King Kong opened at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Great Hall in 1959 to multiracial audiences. During a season in London the musical launched stars such as Miriam Makeba and Todd Matshikiza into the international spotlight. Sponono, another musical using black actors and produced by Alan Paton and Krishnah Shah, opened in 1961 in Durban and Johannesburg to much acclaim. Benjy Francis and Fats Bookholane inAthol Fugard’s The Blood Knot(Image: Baxter Theatre)Tackling apartheid As the National Party entrenched itself through all manner of constraints – apartheid legislation, censorship, bannings, media restrictions – theatre was increasingly used as a means of criticising the apartheid state. Plays by white playwrights like Lewis Sowden (The Kimberley Train), Basil Warner (Try for White), David Herbert (A Kakamas Greek) and Athol Fugard (The Blood Knot) tackled aspects of the apartheid system. But few of them were seen in the areas in which the victims of the system lived.South Africa’s black townships were devoid of all amenities apart from the odd sports stadium. Soweto, with a population of more than 1-million in the 1970s, had one nightclub, one hotel, one cinema and two outdoor arenas. Those productions which did tour the townships or which emanated from them were performed in draughty communal or church halls. Nonetheless, in the 1950s and 1960s, a vibrant township theatre movement began to evolve.In the late 1950s Athol Fugard and his wife Sheila began a small theatre group in Port Elizabeth called the Circle Players. Later in the 1960s, Fugard worked with a Port Elizabeth group called the Serpent Players. From its members, the young John Kani and Winston Ntshona, with whom he created Sizwe Banzi is Dead and The Island, which would go on to win international acclaim. In those years the prolific Fugard also wrote Hello and Goodbye and Boesman and Lena.In Durban, Ronnie Govender and Muthal Naidoo founded the Shah Theatre Academy in 1964. In the the-Transvaal, Gibson Kente (1932 – 2004), a South African theatre legend, created a black theatre that did not explore political themes but concentrated on love, adultery, alcoholism and crime. Two of Kente’s young actor/musicians, Percy Mtwa and Mbongeni Ngema, went on to produce one of South Africa’s most phenomenal international successes – the two-hander Woza Albert! The play toured extensively and won numerous awards worldwide.In black areas all over the country theatre groups came and went, many of them snuffed out by the political harassment and sometimes the indefinite detention of their participants. The Theatre Council of Natal (TECON), which was founded in 1969, died with the arrest of three key Black Consciousness leaders who were active in it. The People’s Experimental Theatre (PET) was formed in 1973, but disintegrated when several of its leaders were arrested and charged with treason.Much work was banned either by ministerial decree or by township superintendents who refused to allow it to be performed. One of those to fall foul of the authorities was playwright Maishe Maponya, whose Bahumutsi Drama Group used the Moravian church hall in Diepkloof, Soweto, to bring his work to the township. His Gangsters, however, was considered by the Directorate of Publications to be so “inflammatory” it could only be performed in “small, intimate, four-wall theatres of the experimental or avante-garde type”. Since there were none of those in any township, he sought a home for the play in one of the smaller spaces at the new Market Theatre.Struggle theatre of the 1970s The 1970s saw an intensification of worker and trade union struggle and the student uprising of 1976 which sowed the seeds of the revolution that would result in the birth of democracy in 1994. As repression grew and the voices of political activists were increasingly silenced, theatre became an important means of voicing the protests that were banned from the streets and political platforms of the country.Theatre emanated from the unions, from the Black Consciousness movement, from the collaborative efforts of Fugard, Kani and Ntshona, from Kente, and from a multitude of university and fringe groups. The Music Drama Arts and Literature Institute (MDALI), formed in 1972, sought to “promote self determination, self realisation and self support in theatre arts”. The Shah Theatre Academy in Durban continued to stage plays up to the 1980s, the Imitha Players were founded in East London in 1970, and the Inkhwezi Players emerged in Grahamstown in 1974. Familiar texts and universal themes were adapted to reflect local conditions in a variety of ways.In 1970 Welcome Msomi, collaborating with Peter Scholz and Elizabeth Sneddon, director of the Theatre Workshop Company in Durban, produced Umabatha, a Zulu version of Macbeth, which was performed both in South Africa and at the World Theatre Season in London in 1972. Dorkay House’s Phoenix Players, directed by Barney Simon, staged Phiri, an African jazz musical which placed Ben Jonson’s Volpone in a township setting, while Workshop 71 used Crossroads to present Everyman in township terms. An important theatre group to emerge in the 1970s was the nonracial Junction Avenue Theatre Company, which produced innovative productions such as The Fantastical History of a Useless Man and Randlords and Rotgut.While indigenous theatre was exploding, venues for its performance were not. The state-subsidised Performing Arts Council was not interested in new South African work in English and certainly not interested in anything that challenged apartheid. In 1976, for instance, the only local work to be seen on the stage of the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal (PACT) was coloured poet Adam Small’s Kanna Hy kô Huistoe.New and innovative venues began to emerge and productions of controversial local work found their homes in various spaces at the University of the Witwatersrand, at the Space Theatre in Cape Town and the Stable Theatre in Durban. After 1976, the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, and, from 1977, the Baxter Theatre on the University of Cape Town campus became popular venues for local productions.The Space, founded in Cape Town by theatre photographer Brian Astbury and his actress wife Yvonne Bryceland, opened in May 1972 and established itself as a defiantly nonracial venue in a racially divided country. The first pioneering fringe theatre in the country, it mounted almost 300 productions starting with the premier of Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest under the Immorality Act. Taken over by Moyra Fine and Rob Amato after Astbury and Bryceland left, it survived as The People’s Space for some two years before succumbing to overwhelming financial pressures. Shelagh Holliday and Marius Weyers inAthol Fugard’s A Lesson from Aloes.(Image: Baxter Theatre)The Market Theatre The Market Theatre was the brainchild of writer and director Barney Simon and producer and administrator Mannie Manim, both of whom had had wide experience of theatre before forming The Company – an independent company committed to nonracial theatre – in 1974. Housed in a former Indian fresh-produce market in Johannesburg’s Newtown, the Market Theatre complex consists of three theatres, the Main Theatre, the Barney Simon Theatre and the Laager Theatre.Like the People’s Space, it defied the Group Areas Act, which restricted theatres in white areas to white people only – both as audience and as actors. From the start the trustees of the Market Theatre Trust opened the stages and the auditoria to all who wished to come there, regardless of race. The Market Theatre also encouraged local playwrights, local performers, and local work, a move would bring it its international reputation and a string of awards as the most exciting and entrepreneurial management in the country.It was to the Market that Fugard would bring his A Lesson from Aloes, Master Harold … and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, A Place with the Pigs, My Children! My Africa!, and Playland. At the Market Barney Simon and his actors would develop in workshop Cincinatti – Scenes from City Life, Call Me Woman, Black Dog Inj’emnyana, Outers, Born in the RSA, and Woza Albert! It was at the Market that Johannesburg theatregoers were introduced to the work of most of South Africa’s leading playwrights and directors, including Welcome Msomi, Zanemvula (Zakes) Mda, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Gibson Kente, Paul Slabolepszy, Mbongeni Ngema, Adam Small, PG du Plessis, Kessie Govender, Bartho Smit, Maishe Maponya, Percy Mtwa, Deon Opperman, Reza de Wet, Matsemela Manaka, and a myriad aspirants.Under the new CEO Sibongiseni Mkhize, artistic director Malcolm Purkey and financial manager Christine McDonald, the Market Theatre has evolved into a cultural complex for theatre, music, dance and the allied arts. The theatre celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006 with a year-long programme of local and international theatrical productions.Closely linked to the Market was the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town which opened in 1977 under the enthusiastic direction of Irishman John Slemon. It wasn’t long before Slemon, Manim and Simon were discussing collaboration and many of the Market’s successes, some of them directed by Simon, went on to play at the Baxter. In 2001 Manim took over as director of the Baxter.The Baxter also built a relationship with a local township group, the Cape Flats Players, who mainly performed their own original work which would open at the Cape Town theatre and then play at the Market Theatre. Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa in WozaAlbert!(Image: Baxter Theatre)Anger and anguish In the late 1970s theatre grew as a means of expressing frustration, anger and anguish among communities. At the People’s Space in 1978, and later at the Market Theatre, Imfundiso was produced by the women of Crossroads, the city’s sprawling informal settlement, to dramatise their predicament. Prison was the subject of many of the plays of the 1970s and 1980s, among them Kani, Ntshona and Fugard’s The Island, for which the actors received a Tony Award, as well as Workshop 71’s workshopped Survival and Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali.Other works explored the plight of domestic workers (Poppie Nongena), the trauma of black policemen (Bopha!), the role of black women in a South Africa racked by violence (Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo – You Strike the Woman, You Strike the Rock) detention without trial (Four Paces by Two) and security police infiltration (Born in the RSA).The trade union movement also made use of theatre to publicise its problems. In 1979 the Junction Avenue Theatre Company was asked to produce a short play entitled Security, to raise money in support of a strike by the Food and Canning Workers Union. The following year, during a strike at a foundry on the East Rand, a lawyer called in to help defend some of the arrested strikers, conceived a role-play situation to try to reconstruct events. This experiment evolved, with the help of a member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company, into a production entitled Ilanga Lizophumela Abasebenzi (The Sun Will Rise for the Workers), performed both to workers in factories and to a wider audience at the University of the Witwatersrand.Other productions followed, and during the period 1983 to 1987, thirteen plays were created, many of which played in several parts of the country, one of them also being performed in England.Mbongeni Ngema, who shot to fame with Woza Albert!, immortalised the 1976 student uprising in 1987 with his hit musical Sarafina! The cast of the international hit Umoja inaction on stage.(Image: Umoja)The present The political change in 1994 began to undermine the position of the traditionally white-dominated Performing Arts Councils and with the country’s new freedom came a crisis of identity. No longer could the world be divided into the good (opponents of apartheid) and the bad (proponents of apartheid). Clear lines began to blur, and with the blurring came uncertainty. South Africa’s vibrant cultural life began to become less vibrant. Uncertain what to write, many of the country’s leading playwrights grew silent and new work was thin on the ground.But with the new century under way, the pendulum is swinging back, and, in nurseries like the Market Theatre Laboratory, the Liberty Theatre on the Square, Saturday Children’s Theatre Workshops, the Cape Town Theatre Lab, the National Children’s Theatre, new shoots of talent are burgeoning and blooming, nurtured by events like the Market’s Community and Young Writers’ Festivals. Many new names are being added to the role call of South African playwrights – Lesego Rampolokeng, Xoli Norman, Mondi Mayepu, Heinrich Reisenhofer and Oscar Petersen, Fiona Coyne, Mark Lottering, Nazli George, Craig Freimond, and Rajesh Gopie – creative, innovative and serious about theatre.In Johannesburg, new theatres recently opened up to the public. The Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein, Umoja ‘s Victory Theatre in Orange Grove and the Teatro at Montecasino, which opened to host The Lion King in May 2007, are new additions to the 20 or so theatres already in existence in the city.A new state-of-the-art theatre currently under construction in Soweto is scheduled to open in 2012.Some of the plays are still frequently raw and angry and ragged, but now they encompass themes that would, in earlier years, have been considered irrelevant. Love, religion, family violence, homosexuality, drugs and more are explored in works that engage and involve their audiences. Importantly, too, works that in the 1970s were new, shiny and innovative have, 30 years on, become classics. A revival of Woza Albert! in 2001 evoked the same hilarity and recognition as the original, even though the young audience had no personal memory of its frame of reference.As importantly, young people are beginning to come to the theatre as audiences. New venues, like Cape Town’s Warehouse and the Fugard Theatre which opened in 2010 in District Six, encourage young audiences, with a range of fresh theatre that includes both original South African and innovative imported work. Also in Cape Town, the High Street Theatre presents a rich programme of mainly Afrikaans South African work, mixed with South African, mainly Afrikaans, cabaret entertainments. Collaborations, co-produced by Artscape with the Cape Town Theatre Lab, gives new South African work a one-week season in the Arena theatre in the Artscape complex. Artscape also stages community-type festivals. Audiences, though, sadly still tend to reflect the demographics of the company on the stage.The late Barney Simon and John Kani opened the Market Theatre Laboratory in 1989 with seed money from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Laboratory, the training and development wing of the Market Theatre, fosters and develops young acting talent. Even in the once-conservative Free State, the Performing Arts Centre has transformed its activities to involve and develop exciting regional talent in all fields of performance.The most exciting cultural explosion of all is from the communities themselves, observes the vice-chairperson of the Theatre Managements of South Africa, Des Lindberg. In the remote North West province, for instance, a theatrical tradition has “flourished and grown and drawn audiences in a way which is the envy of other provinces”. In the Western Cape, flourishing theatre group From the Hip: Khulumakahle, a mixed deaf-hearing ensemble, uses theatre to break down barriers between the hearing and deaf sectors of the population.Before democracy, there was an explosion of community theatre groups in townships that shaped political agendas. However, some sectors have decried that today, community theatre faces stiff competition from mainstream theatre and is plagued by mismanagement and lack of funds. The Market Theatre Laboratory, in an effort to revive community theatre, runs a community theatre festival every year “to provide a space for indigenous South African works to be staged”.With the gradual introduction of theatre studies into the school syllabus, there is hope that the next generation will be enticed away from television and computer screens and back into theatre seats.Related articles South African artSouth African musicSouth African literatureSouth African EnglishUseful links National Arts Council of South Africa Arts Link South African Community Theatre Association South African Theatre Initiative Major theatres Artscape Theatre (Cape Town) Barnyard Theatres (nationwide) Baxter Theatre Centre (Cape Town) Fugard Theatre (Cape Town)Johannesburg Civic Theatre Market Theatre (Johannesburg) On Broadway (Cape Town) Playhouse Company (Durban) State Theatre (Pretoria) Theatre on the Square (Johannesburg) Major arts festivals Aardklop Arts Festival (Potchefstroom) Arts Alive (Johannesburg) Gariep Kunstefees (Kimberley) Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (Oudtshoorn) Macufe (Bloemfontein) National Arts Festival (Grahamstown) Wits Arts and Literature Experience