Shifted: France vs Italy will be held in Marseille, not Paris (Getty Images) Why is France v Italy being played in Marseille?To kick off round three of the 2018 Six Nations, France are playing Italy on Friday night, but the game is not where you would expect.Traditionally, France play their Five and Six Nations home matches in Paris. Their current home is the Stade de France, located in Saint-Denis to the north of the city, while the Parc de Princes, which is home to football team Paris Saint Germain, staged matches in the Eighties and Nineties and from the 1920s to the early 1970s their fixtures were held at Colombes.Related: Six Nations TV coverageHowever this week the match will be taking place in Marseille, at the Stade Velodrome (or for sponsorship purposes, the Orange Velodrome!). This is the first time France have ever played a home Six Nations match outside of Paris. So what’s behind the stadium switch?Firstly, the majority of the rugby fans in France are situated in the south of the country with teams like Toulon, Toulouse, and Montpellier having large followings. The only two Top 14 sides in the north of the country are Parisian clubs Stade Francais and Racing 92 – every other team is located in the bottom half of France.Toulon regularly use the Velodrome for matches, the biggest of which was their Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster in 2014.By moving this fixture against Italy to Marseille they are giving those in the rugby hotbed of the south the chance to see live Six Nations action without travelling to Paris – or one of their away matches.The Stade de France has been known to have a poor atmosphere on occasions so it will be interesting to see if the crowd is more vocal and intimidating in Marseille.Second home: Toulon often play in Marseille for big games (Getty Images)Secondly, France has the ability to switch venues, with several massive football stadiums across the country. Countries like Ireland, Scotland, and Wales do not have the same choice of alternatives, plus their traditional venues – the Aviva Stadium, BT Murrayfield and Principality Stadium – are conveniently located, particularly given the fact those countries are smaller. Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France and Italy have moved the odd autumn Internationals away from the Stade de France and Stadio Olimpico before, but the historic nature of the French federation taking a Six Nations fixture away from Paris is significant.It may also lead to calls for England to move Tests away from Twickenham. Why not stage an International at Old Trafford or St James’ Park and give those rugby fans in the North of England the chance to see their heroes in action?Importantly, if you are a French fan, the national side has a good record in Marseille too. They have played there 11 times since 2000 and only lost twice, once to Argentina in 2004 and the other to New Zealand in 2009.Good Record: France have a strong record in Marseille, only losing twice in 11 matches (Getty Images)This is welcome news for Jacques Brunel and his side in terms of their Six Nations camapign because France desperately need a win, having lost to both Ireland and Scotland in close contests in the first two rounds. Their opponents, Italy, also need a victory after losing heavily to England and Ireland.As for the fact this match is being played on a Friday night, that is down to the TV rights holders. Friday night sporting events traditionally attract big TV audiences but France are now the only country in the Six Nations to agree to stage fixtures then.Wales have hosted Friday night games in the past but made a call last year to stop until more countries in the competition agreed to do the same.Interestingly, next year’s Six Nations will kick off with a Friday night game between France and Wales on 1 February 2019 at the Stade de France.Related: Six Nations Fixtures On Friday night, France will play Italy in Marseille for the first time in Six Nations history. Find out why here
The owners are being sought for a dog found in Newtowncunningham outside Letterkenny yesterday.The brown and white Springer Spaniel (pictured above) was found on the N13 Letterkenny Rd, junction of Moyle Rd, Newtowncunningham at 5pm on Wednesday 2nd August.If this is your dog or you have any information about the owners, please contact Stephen 0871642786 Dog Found: Do you recognise this pooch? was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:DOGfoundpet
For more than a century, it was a simple way of making a child’s dreams come true during Christmas. Volunteers could go to the post office, sift through piles of letters that children had sent to Santa Claus and pick one — or more — that tugged at their heartstrings. Gifts were then acquired, wrapped and shipped to families whose space beneath the tree might otherwise be bare.With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, however, the U.S. Postal Service announced on Monday that it was taking its annual “Operation Santa” campaign nationwide, and that letters to Santa could be read exclusively online.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Covid-19 has caused undue hardships, both financial and emotional, to so many Americans this year,” Kimberly Frum, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, said in an email. “The program provides kids and families with an opportunity to receive gifts during the holidays from anonymous, generous postal customers.”- Advertisement – Those customers used to review the letters in person, but Operation Santa has moved largely online in recent years after a pilot program in 2017. By 2019, the online operation had expanded to 15 cities, including New York, Chicago, Denver and Grand Rapids, Mich., to, “enhance the ability for generous people across the nation to help those in need no matter where they live,” Ms. Frum said. So-called legacy programs still operated in New York and Chicago, where customers could go to a post office to read letters in person, but those programs will not be offered this year because of the pandemic, Ms. Frum said.The move to make the program available nationally is an acknowledgment of the grim reality many Americans face going into the holiday season. Widespread job losses have contributed to a situation in which one in eight families don’t have enough to eat. Though jobs have started to return, with last month’s jobs report showing a full percentage point drop in the unemployment rate, the number of long-term unemployed people — those out of work for more than half a year — rose by 50 percent to 3.6 million. And a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks threatens those fragile economic gains.The Postal Service said the Operation Santa program had received hundreds of thousands of letters each year. “It seems like a small thing,” Ms. Frum said. “But for anyone who is struggling, it’s a huge deal to be able to give or receive a gift and share in a bit of the joy that is the holiday season.” Some things aren’t changing: Much as it had over the past 108 years, the Postal Service said that it was inviting American children to write letters and to mail them to the North Pole, using a special address and ZIP code and affixing the proper postage.This year, however, the letters will be uploaded to the Operation Santa website, so long as they are legible and make specific requests for items like toys, clothes or games. Starting on Dec. 4, postal customers can then read them and choose to send gifts with their responses, with a signature saying it’s from Santa (or St. Nick, Kris Kringle or any of Santa’s many names). – Advertisement –
Students and teachers looking to purchase a MacBook during their back-to-school shopping spree are usually rewarded with a little extra incentive from Apple. The company has been offering free or discounted products since about 2006 for students and teachers purchasing a MacBook during the Apple Back to School event. Apple is launching its Back to School promotion today, but rumors are buzzing about what Apple will offer as its promotion, and some MacBook customers may not be happy with this year’s deal.In the past, Apple has offered printers, and iPods. Rumors came up in May that Apple might possibly be offering $200 off of an iPad, or $229 towards the purchase of any iPod. However, Apple’s promotion for this year is rumored to be a $100 iTunes gift card instead of an iPod. Technically you can download $100 worth of music on your new MacBook, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to play the music you already have on a shiny new iPod?Many people may be rolling their eyes at Apple for this move–most people would most likely prefer a new iPod over $100 towards the iTunes store. If the promotion was good in the Apple Mac App Store, too, that may be a different case. Students could then put that money towards software they’ll actually need for school, rather than downloading all five seasons of The Wire to watch on their MacBook.via 9to5MacJennifer’s ThoughtsWhen I got a free printer with my MacBook purchase back in 2006 I appreciated it. I definitely made use of it to print my school papers, class notes, and all that other college stuff. In fact, the printer, now five years old, is still working in great condition. The music/apps you buy with that $100 credit will be nice to have, but what’s then chance you’ll be interested in them five years from now? I think Apple should step up its game and offer something that’s actually useful for students.Editor’s Note: Thanks to our readers who pointed out in the comments that the printer promo still exists! Also the $100 is good for the Mac App Store, among other stores. More info here.