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US President Barack Obama on Thursday strongly condemned what he said appeared to be a “horrific terrorist attack” in Nice.
Offering assistance to investigate the attack which left at least 80 people dead, Obama vowed to help France “bring those responsible to justice.”
“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” Obama said in a statement.
A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French Riviera resort town after a Bastille Day fireworks display, sending hundreds fleeing in terror and leaving the area strewn with bodies, including those of children, authorities said.
The driver of the truck was shot dead after traveling more than a mile (two kilometers) through the crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais.
“We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack,” Obama said.
“We know that the character of the French Republic will endure long after this devastating and tragic loss of life,” Obama added.
“On this Bastille Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world.”
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*The fixtures for the final day of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week on Saturday, 16 July, have been included below the day four results.
The Golden Lions and Western Province will face one another in the final match of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, while Western Province will go head-to-head with the Blue Bulls in the closing game of the Coca-Cola Academy Week on Saturday at Kearsney College in Durban.
The Bidvest Golden Lions and Bizhub Free State on Thursday threw their names into the hat for a place in the final match of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week with commanding wins, while Boland, the Blue Bulls and Sharks CD rose to the top in the Coca-Cola Academy Week as all the sides remained unbeaten following their second round of matches on Thursday. Continue reading
After a grueling tour schedule including festival appearances alongside Iron Maiden, Garbage, Slayer and Iggy Pop, Prime Circle is set to showcase their Deluxe Edition of Let the Night In. Gauteng fans will be rocked with two picnic style concerts at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on 13 August and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens on 14 August 2016.
SANBI and Hilltop Live in association with TUKS FM Presents: Prime Circle – To the Roots. A two stop Botanical Gardens tour showing the band have not forgotten where they came from. These two shows are set to welcome back Prime Circle to South Africa and ushers in the outdoor shows that come with the changing of the Seasons. Multi award-winning band, Prime Circle continuously proves that after 15 years in the game, they are as relevant in the world of rock, as they have ever been. Continue reading
DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has had to make a number of changes to his forward pack for their Currie Cup Qualifier against Border Bulldogs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
In the front row the return of tighthead prop Wilco Louw from DHL Stormers duty sees Kyle Whyte shift across to the loosehead side, with Denzil Riddles on the replacements bench for the match which kicks off at 14h15.
With Chris van Zyl called up to the DHL Stormers, Eduard Zandberg gets an opportunity alongside David Ribbans in the second row, whilst in the loose trio Eital Bredenkamp gets a chance to start at openside flank with Rikus Bothma returning from long-term injury to provide cover from the replacements bench.
There is just one change to the backline that started against Boland last week with EW Viljoen moving from wing to outside centre, with Khanyo Ngcukana starting out wide. Continue reading
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell on Wednesday evening took time out to inspire the U18 SA Rugby Youth Week players at Kearsney College in Durban and advised them to work hard to achieve their goal of becoming professional players regardless of the challenges on their path.
All 44 teams participating in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Academy Week attended the special function, where a player from each provincial union received the opportunity to ask either of the coaches a question. Continue reading
The Emirates Lions face a tricky assignment in Buenos Aires on Saturday against the rugged Jaguares in their quest to finish in the overall top spot of the Vodacom Super Rugby standings. The match is the last of the weekend’s fixtures and kicks off at 23h40 SA time.
As things currently stand, the Highvelders are one point in front of the Chiefs, who are leading a pack of New Zealand sides still in contention for places in the playoffs.
A bonus point win will guarantee the Emirates Lions (52 points) first spot on the overall log and with that the privilege of home ground advantage throughout the playoffs. The Chiefs (51) could make a move for the overall top position with a bonus-point over the Highlanders, however, the Johannesburg side have a far stronger point difference in the event of both teams finish on the same amount of league points.
From a South African perspective, the DHL Stormers (46) have already made sure of their place in the playoffs thanks to a haul of 10 log points collected from their two recent away games in Australia. The Emirates Lions and the DHL Stormers are the two African conference winners, while the Cell C Sharks (39) are currently two points ahead of the Vodacom Bulls in the race for the local wildcard spot. Continue reading