Minstrels take over Cape Town’s streets

first_img6 January 2014 About 40 000 minstrels – or Kaapse Klopse as they are popularly known – took over the streets of Cape Town on Saturday as part of the annual Tweede Nuwejaar (second New Year) street parade, one of the city’s largest and most historic cultural events. In an event lasting around 10 hours, the 75 colourful groups of musicians, dancers and troupe members danced their way from Zonnebloem to the city centre. Around 60 000 of the Cape Town’s residents and visitors cheeredon the performers on a sweltering day in the city’s centre. While the 200-year-old event is usually held on 2 January – the one day Cape slaves were given off every year – it was moved to Saturday this year at the request of the minstrels to allow more people to attend.Glamour A stage was set up at the Grand Parade, where entertainers selected by the minstrels to represent Cape Town’s rich cultural diversity performed before the formal programme began. The event attracts entire communities, including young children, all kitted out in glamorous outfits. “The various brightly clad teams carry a rainbow of umbrellas and some are armed with musical instruments, dazzling onlookers with toe-tapping songs and beautifully choreographed dances, preserving a custom that began in the mid- 1800s,” the city explains on its website. “The Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade is so ingrained in local society that some performers have been taking part in the parade for over 30 years, and are not only joined by their children but even their grandchildren for this extravagant event.” The annual ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ parade and the Cape Minstrels were part of the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town, Grant Pascoe, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing said in a statement on the city’s website. “It is more fitting than ever to ring in the New Year a second time, as we enter the 20th year of South Africa’s democracy. Embracing our cultural diversity is an integral part of our commitment to building an inclusive city.” City of Cape Town and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jacqueline Fernandez’s double role in Roy will grip the audience: Bhushan Kumar

first_imgActress Jacqueline Fernandez’s double role in her upcoming movie “Roy” will grip the audience, says Bhushan Kumar, the producer of the film.Roy is set to release Feb 13, next year.The 29-year-old will be sporting two completely different looks — one of a movie director and the other of an art director alongside her co-stars Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor.”This is the first time one will see Jacqueline in a double role. Both her roles are contrasting and will grip the audience attention,” Bhushan Kumar said in a statement.As an art enthusiast named Tia, Jacqueline will be seen in a sophisticated classy look with cropped hair opposite Ranbir Kapoor in the film.As movie director Ayesha in the film, the Sri Lankan beauty will be dressed very casually with her long tresses and accessories including bands and bracelets.She will complete her look with a tattoo on her neck and wrist.Directed by debutant Vikramjit Singh, the film’s ending parts are currently being shoot in Mumbai.The film is set to release Feb 13, next year.last_img read more

Webinar Opportunity – Understand The Transition Towards Online Registration

first_img7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ACST Touch Online Registration and Payments Webinar for Top End Affiliates This session will provide affiliates and administrators with the opportunity to understand the current strategic insight into expanding the use of technology with Touch Football. Time: To reserve your seat at the webinar, please click on the following link:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/697140424After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.center_img Title: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Date:last_img read more

Australia Takes First Blood in the Mixed Open Division

first_imgNew Zealand was the first team to score before Australia hit back to lead at half-time and take a four touchdown win. Australia’s Nikki Etheridge impressed for the Australians, scoring four touchdowns. It took until the ninth minute of the match for either country to get on the scoreboard, and it was New Zealand who took the early advantage with Tiwi Davis scoring. The Australians were quick to hit back however, with Nikki Etheridge the recipient of a great long ball from Peter Watkins to score in the corner to level the game at 1-all. Michael Chapman scored his first touchdown for Australia just after the midway mark of the half, when a deflected pass landed in his hands to give them a 2-1 lead. Watkins again set up Etheridge for her second of the game and when Sarah Spacie scored in the corner in the 18th minute, Australia had a handy 3-1 lead. New Zealand hit back just before the siren to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns, with Clayton Ngawharau diving over but the Australians went to the half-time break up by two touchdowns, 4-2. Australia was quick to get back on the scoreboard in the second half, with co-captain Roy Prasad the recipient of a switch from Watkins, to take a 5-2 lead. Etheridge got her first touchdown of the second half in the third minute of the second when Sebe Rey darted from acting half to take a four touchdown lead. New Zealand’s Awhina Savage helped reduce the deficit to three touchdowns at the midway mark of the second half, scoring in the corner for her side to trail by just three, 6-3. Watkins was in the thick of the action two minutes later, with Spacie scoring her second to extend her side’s lead to four, and Etheridge made it a five touchdown lead with five minutes remaining with her fourth touchdown. New Zealand’s Lauren Ensor scored with minutes remaining, but it wasn’t enough to spark a Kiwi comeback, with the new look Australian team taking a four touchdown win, 8-4. Highlights of the game can be viewed at the TFA YouTube channel. Please click on the link to view the highlights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WC8pLLb2Ys&list=UUNA2662hsW_18Wok5HHiMeg&index=1&feature=plcpAustralia – 8 (Nikki Etheridge 4, Sarah Spacie 2, Michael Chapman and Rohit Prasad) defeated New Zealand – 4 (Tiwi Davis, Lauren Ensor, Clayton Ngawharau and Awhina Savage)Half time: Australia 4 – New Zealand 2Referees – Mick Medlin, Andrew Williams and Anthony Smithlast_img read more

3 days ago​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiola

first_img​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiolaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has received praise from Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini.The Italian outfit are in England as they face off against City in the UEFA Champions League group stages.And Gasperini has not forgotten a gesture of kindness from Guardiola a few years ago, when the former was sacked by Inter Milan.Gasperini said at his press conference: “His compliments are very welcome. I have got nothing to add to what has already been said about Pep Guardiola, not just as a coach but as a human being.”He made a really nice gesture towards me and I can’t forget that. This makes this occasion even more poignant.”When I was sacked by Inter he called me and invited me to go to Barcelona to see them. It was a very nice gesture from a human point of view at a very difficult moment for me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Urban Meyer Says “Everything Is Fine” And There’s “No Issue” With Braxton Miller’s Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller promotes Advocare products.Last week, Ohio State senior quarterback Braxton Miller posted a photo on Instagram that was believed by some to possibly be an NCAA violation. Miller, a rep for Authentik Fitness, promoted the nutritional products in the photo and listed his email as a point of contact for potential buyers. Under NCAA bylaws, student-athletes are not allowed to use their likeness to help companies profit. According to Urban Meyer, though, “everything is fine” and there is “no issue.” Urban Meyer answers @CantonRepdotcom ? About Braxton Miller NCAA endorsement issue “everything is fine. No issue.”— toddporter (@toddporter) March 30, 2015That’s, obviously, good news for Ohio State fans. The Buckeyes open their 2015 season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech. Will Miller be the man behind center?last_img read more

24 Hour Musicals Comes To Broadway For First Time

first_imgThe 24 Hour Musicals is coming to Broadway for the first time.The marathon process for The 24 Hour Musicals begins at 9 PM the night before the performance. Writers, composers, directors, choreographers, actors, music directors, musicians and production staff — many of whom have never worked with or met each other before — gather for an orientation where they are asked to share one costume piece, one prop, a special skill, and to reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage, as well as some singing and dancing. At 11 PM, the composers and writers get to work crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight; at 9 AM the next morning, the actors receive their roles and the directors, choreographers and musicians arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they must be ready to perform in front of a live audience.The evening will benefit The Lillys’ work supporting women in theater and promoting gender parity, as well as The 24 Hour Plays’ programs, including The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists).Featuring Performers: Corey Cott, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Emily Estefan, Joel Marsh Garland, Savion Glover, Jessica Hecht, Carol Kane, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, John Mulaney, Patti Murin, Bebe Neuwirth, Molly Ringwald, Jordan Roth, Jeremy Shamos, Will Swenson, Donald Webber, Jr; Directors: Carolyn Cantor, Kathleen Marshall, Robert O’Hara, Kate Whoriskey; Writers & Composers: Ashley Nicole Black, Kristen Childs, Jonathan Coulton, Amanda Green, Aimee Mann, Julia Mattison, Lauren Pritchard (LOLO), Jonathan Marc Sherman, Rona Siddiqui; Choreographers: Sarah O’Gleby, Rick and Jeff Kuperman; & Bandleader: Zac Zinger. Along with appearances by: Lynn Nottage, Lisa Kron, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Todd London and Sarah Ruhl.Proceeds from the one-night-only performance benefit the Company’s program supporting theatre professionals 25 and under through The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and The Lilly Awards Foundation’s work supporting women in theatre and promoting gender parity. www.24hourplays.com.WHEN: Monday, October 29, 2017 Media Check In: 10:00 PM Curtain Call: 10:15 PM After Party Arrivals: 10:30 PMWHERE: American Airlines Theatre 227 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036last_img read more

That land our land makes us the richest people in the world

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuebec’s new $80 billion Plan Nord is on its way.A number of First Nations groups are demanding more information.So the province and the mining industry held an information session in Chibougamau, Que.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette was there.last_img

Official US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ foreign minister says he’s optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation’s contribution to bolstering stability and security in the east Mediterranean.Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides told The Associated Press on Friday that Washington sees the “added value” of allowing Cyprus to acquire military equipment that would help enhance its capabilities to boost regional security.Christodoulides said he has conveyed to his Russian counterpart that stronger ties with Washington shouldn’t be interpreted as “prejudicial” to Cyprus’ relations with any other country. He said Cyprus’ foreign policy doesn’t engage in a “zero-sum game.”Christodoulides said the U.S. and some European Union countries are keen to join energy-based partnerships that Cyprus has established with neighbouring countries including Egypt, Jordan and Israel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Squash Abhishek and Sanya emerge victorious

first_imgMumbai: Abhishek Agarwal and Sanya Vats won the Men’s and the Women’s titles respectively of the Otters Club Vedanta Squash Open held here. Meanwhile, Veer Chotrani defeated Saksham Choudhary to take the U-19 Trophy. Abhishek, who had an easy victory over Sandeep Jangra on his way to the finals, faced his toughest competition in unseeded Tushar Shahani. Tushar started the game on a high scoring back-to-back winners to race to a 6-1 lead in the first game, but Abhishek who had a little trouble picking up the drop shots did not let the game slip away and came back strongly to level the scores at 8-8. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Tushar managed to hold off Abhishek by blocking him just enough to avoid a replay and restricting his moment to take the first game 11-9. The second game was in complete control of Abhishek, who made Tushar work all corners of the court before taking it 11-4. Tushar made unforced errors at crucial moments, which helped Abhishek take the third and fourth games by 11-6, 11-6 and the championship by 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6. Third seed Sanya Vats secured an upset win over top seed Urwashi Joshi to take the women’s trophy home. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later In the Boys U-19 finals, Veer Chotrani dominated Saksham Choudhary winning the game 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4. Meanwhile, Aishwarya Khubchandani, who lost out on an opportunity for a double title after losing to Sanya Vats in the semis, fought hard to claim her U-19 title defeating a higher ranked Amira Singh in a game that went down the wire. It was a very tough game with nothing separating the two in the first 4 games with Amira winning the 1st and 3rd game while Aishwarya bouncing back to win the 2nd & 4th games all by an identical 11-9 margin. The fifth game was anti-climactic with Aishwarya stepping up and dominating Amira to take the fifth game 11-2 and win the championship. Results: Men’s finals: Abhishek Agarwal [3/4] bt Tushar Shahani 9-11 11-4 11-6 11-6 Women’s finals: Sanya Vats [3/4] bt Urwashi Joshi [1] 11-8 8-11 11-8 11-6 Boys U-19 Finals Aishwarya Khubchandani [5/8] bt Amira Singh [3/4]9-11 11-9 9-11 11-9 11-2 Girls U-19 Finals Veer Chotrani [1] bt Saksham Choudhary [3/4] 11-6 9-11 11-3 11-4.last_img read more