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Trump tries to explain remark about Sweden amid confusion

Donald Trump.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - US President Donald Trump has sought to explain why he referred to a security incident in Sweden on Friday which did not actually happen.

Addressing a rally on Saturday, he had said, "look at what's happening last night in Sweden", as he listed parts of Europe hit by terrorist attacks.

With no such incident reported in Sweden on Friday, the country asked the US administration for an explanation.
Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday that he had been referring to a TV report.

He said it had been broadcast on Fox News but did not say when. He may have been referring to a Fox News programme on Friday night, which looked at refugees and crime in Sweden.

Despite his words "happening last night in Sweden", White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said separately that Mr Trump had been talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, not referring to a specific issue.
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SA athletes victorious at 2017 OCC

Participants in the 10km race wheel off from the starting line. Photo: Supplied.
GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - The 15th annual Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC), a race exclusively for athletes living with physical disabilities was held in George on Saturday 18 February with South African athletes dominating in the winners’ circle.

The 42km men’s race was won by Steward McCreadie (South Africa) in the hand cycle category, Ernst van Dyk (South Africa) in the racing chair category and Pieter du Preez (South Africa) took the men’s quads title. Claiming victory in the women’s 42km race was Justine Asher (South Africa) in the hand cycle category and Ayishetu Seidu (Ghana) in the racing chair category.

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The George Arts Theatre: What’s happening in March 2017

Valentine’s day was preceded by two world-class performers at the theatre. Arno Carstens and Pieter-Dirk Uys came to the theatre.

Both shows were sold out and the audiences had a great night out. The good news is that Pieter-Dirk Uys loved our theatre and wants to come back next year! Watch this space for details.

In March, we have a bumper line up yet again.

We have the Dalene Mathee classic, Kringe in ‘n Bos, a tribute to Brel in the form of Bonjour Brel. Andrew Young visits us again and we have an early treat with a George Society of Arts kid’s show, The Girl with the Golden Locks. This show directed by Bronwyn Stammer, will thrill the youngsters with a fantastic romp through the much-loved fairy tales with a modern twist.

Book now on our online ticketing system, It’s easy, quick and you get to book the great shows as they open!

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Eagle sees Garcia soar to Di-Data Challenge victory

Lali Stander – GEORGE, 19 February 2017 – Nicole Garcia rocketed to second in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Points Standings on the back of a stunning wire-to-wire victory in the Dimension Data Challenge at Fancourt on Sunday.

Sunshine Ladies Tour Dimension Data Challenge winner Nicole Garcia; credit Sunshine Ladies Tour
The 27-year-old Benoni golfer produced a sensational eagle at the par five 17th and boxed her final putt for birdie for a flawless five-under-par 67.
The victory on 10 under 216 earned Garcia her second Sunshine Ladies Tour title, a payday worth R70 000 and 650 points in the points race for the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies Final.
She finished three shots clear of former SA Women’s Open champion Tandi von Ruben and six strokes ahead of defending champion Lee-Anne Pace.
Von Ruben notched a trio of birdies on the back nine for a 69, while Pace’s bid for successive titles died a watery death at the par five 17th and she had to settle for third after closing with a 72.
Garcia was thrilled with the start to finish victory and the chance to challenge for the R1-million jackpot in the season-finale.
“If I can keep this form going, I’ll have a very realistic shot at this year’s final,” Garcia said.
“What Dimension Data did for us on Valentine’s Day was a game changer. They’ve raised the prize money every year since the Sunshine Ladies Tour launched in 2014, but this year they blew us away when they pushed the purse to R500 000.
“I didn’t make the final last year, so that has been my goal since the start of the season. With this win I actually now have a stab at the title, never mind making the top 10. I am over the moon.”
Garcia carded rounds of 68 and 71 at George Golf Club, but even with a one shot cushion over Von Ruben and Pace, there were nerves on the first tee.
“Lee-Anne, Tandi and Carrie Park are strong players and they all good finishers, so the butterflies were definitely present, but if anyone is going to make you laugh and let you forget about the nerves, it’s Tandi,” Garcia said.
“I owe her big-time for keeping me relaxed at the start of the round and she kept up the jokes and the banter all the way to the final hole.”
Garcia inched two strokes clear with a birdie at the second and a run of seven straight birdies carried her to the turn in six under.
Pace birdied the eighth and moved to six under with a gain at 10, but Garcia answered with a birdie of her own at 11 to go seven under, keeping the gap at two strokes. Von Ruben, meanwhile, joined Pace at six under with a brace of birdies at 11 and 15.
This status quo held until Pace reached the penultimate hole, where she leaked her tee shot right and found trouble in the trees. She punched out, but hit another tree and her third shot ended in the water surrounding the green.
“I knew I needed to make a few birdies over the last few holes, because I thought Lee-Anne would birdie the 17th and probably the last hole, too” Garcia said.
“We had no idea that she had been in trouble. All I could think standing on the 17th tee was that I needed to make a birdie. I hit a great tee shot and pulled off a tricky approach to leave myself an eight-footer for eagle. I timed that putt perfectly.
“It was a great feeling to walk up the 18th with a three shot lead. It gave me a lot of freedom and I could enjoy the walk and all the people around the green. I hit my second to a foot and made the birdie putt and I was so relieved, because I wanted to finish on a high note.”
Garcia credited her current coach Grant Veenstra and former coach Doug Wood for the form that carried her into the winner’s circle.
“I didn’t think having your boyfriend as your coach was a good idea, but Grant and I started working together a few weeks ago and I am really happy with the progress,” Garcia said. “He is so supportive, even getting up at the crack of dawn this morning to help me warm up. He definitely owns some credit for this win. Dougie and I were together for a long time and he helped me to shape some good habits, so a big thanks to Dougie, as well.”
Garcia won’t have much time to enjoy the victory, though.
“We are heading to Glendower Golf Club for the Sunshine Ladies Tour Classic, sponsored by Canon, on Tuesday,” she said. “That’s where I had my breakthrough win in 2015. I love the course and it really suits my game, so I am going to draw on all this positive energy and gun for back-to-back wins.”
Final Result
206 – Nicole Garcia 68 71 67
209 – Tandi von Ruben 70 70 69
212 – Lee-Anne Pace 70 70 72
214 – Kiran Matharu (ENG) 72 72 70
215 – Rebecca Hudson (ENG) 72 72 71, Ivanna Samu 74 70 71
216 – Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA) 71 73 72, Lejan Lewthwaite 76 69 71, Carrie Park (KOR) 68 74 74
217 – Cecilie Lundgreen (NOR) 74 75 68, Monique Smit 76 73 68
218 – Melissa Eaton 76 72 70
219 – Hannah Arnold (USA) 77 69 73
220 – Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ) 75 77 68, Bertine Strauss 73 74 73, Alexandra Lennartsson (SWE) 73 73 74
222 – Stacy Bregman 76 75 71, Mandy Adamson 76 74 72, Alana van Greuning 73 76 73
223 – Laila Hrindova AMA (SVK) 76 78 69, Bonita Bredenhann (NAM) 76 72 75, Kim Williams 76 71 76, Morgana Robbertze 77 74 72
224 – Chiara Contomathios AMA 72 78 74
226 – Hanna Roos (SWE) 77 75 74, Sofia Ljungqvist (SWE) 74 77 75
227 – Clara Pietri (SUI) 78 76 73
230 – Laurette Maritz 77 76 77, Leanda Schulze 75 77 78
232 – Siviwe Duma 81 73 78
234 – Mae Cornforth 77 75 82
235 – Flavia Namakula (UGA) 75 78 82
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