Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’

first_imgReluctant at first, the former ABL Most Valuable Player did himself well in the Coffee Lovers’ debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.While he said he was no “Living Legend,” Avenido’s came out like one as he carried Gamboa Coffee mix, drilling the go-ahead freebies with 3.1 seconds remaining while also thwarting Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner late to secure the pulsating 85-84 win over Zark’s Burger on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut more than anything, the 6-foot-2 forward said that all he did was to give confidence to his players as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled itself out of a 13-point hole in the first half.“I saw that our morale was down, so I just tried to lift our morale. I just thought that when I come in, I will show them that I’ll give my all,” he said, as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESThrust to the job of a playing coach for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Leo Avenido admitted that he’s still feeling his way in his new role.“I’m not Jawo (Robert Jaworski),” the 38-year-old said. “This is hard, but it’s the task that was given so I have to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Avenido, though, reminded his fellow Coffee Lovers to not shy away from sharing their insights to him as the squad seeks to make noise this conference.“I told them I’m just a coach on paper, but we’re all coaches here and I’m open for suggestions on the plays they think could help us win. That’s how I wanted when I’m playing and that’s the same idea I’m applying here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

Jamaica’s ISKA World Champs booth a big hit at US Open

first_img OPTIMISTIC ISKA President, Cory Schafer, who believes Jamaica could host up to 4,000 visitors staying up to two weeks on the island for the event and holidays after, stopped at the colourful booth to express his optimism based on the good reviews from the 2014 World Cup in Montego Bay. “It’s not a theme-park experience like the US Open, which is held in Disney, making it extremely attractive to children and parents alike. However, for martial arts tournaments, the majority of the competitors are children travelling with parents. In that regard, Montego Bay is a beautiful place to go to a tournament and spend the next week,” he said. Gavin Stewart, a member of the organising committee who also worked on the 2014 ITF World Cup, said pamphlets displaying Jamaican attractions were fast movers. “A lot of interest has been shown, especially from persons already registered and coming from the United States,” he explained. “They are really interested in activities post-tournament and grabbing brochures about tours to Kingston and the different attractions in the Montego Bay area,” Stewart pointed out. Stewart and his team were busy attending to interest being shown by South Africans and Australians, most of whom have already registered, booked flights and enquired about accommodation at the tournament’s partner hotel, the Holiday Inn. “There is Team Trinidad as well, plus England and Germany are in dialogue to finalise their participation. However, the Europeans, from the 2014 World Cup experience, tend to register late, so we are expecting major registrations at the end of July,” Stewart explained. Apart from winning 41 medals – 12 gold, nine silver and 20 bronze – at this year’s International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) United States Open World Martial Arts Championships in Orlando, Florida, Jamaica was also a big hit off the mat, showcasing one of the most-visited promotional booths at the Coronado Resort. Decorated with the unmistakable green, gold and black of Jamaican flags, the booth promoting ISKA’s Amateur Members Association World Championships, set for the Montego Bay Convention Centre from September 13-15, drew more interest from spectators and competitors than that of a major retailer of martial arts equipment, set-up at the opposite end of the competition hall. Jason McKay, Jamaica’s ISKA representative and promoter of the event, said Jamaica’s booths never fail to pull crowds, pointing to the booth that was set up in Benidorm, Spain, at the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Championship in 2013 promoting the World Cup a year later in Jamaica. “It’s always huge, a perfect promotional vehicle for our tournament and to also promote Jamaica at the same time. It created exposure for the product and had a significant [appeal] to push the ITF World Cup, primarily participation from Europe,” he said.last_img read more

For holiday travelers, it’s getaway day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“There aren’t many crowds there on Christmas,” the Canoga Park man said with a grin. “It’s pretty sparse.” At least 65.2 million Americans nationwide are revving up for getaways between Christmas Day and Jan. 1 – with about 53 million getting there by car. Although holiday travel hit an all-time record last year – jumping 1.6 percent from the previous year – there’s been little growth since then, said Marie Montgomery, Auto Club spokeswoman. About 0.2 percent more people are expected to travel this season than last – another record-setter – although just a slight increase, said Montgomery. That’s partly because consumers are feeling the pinch on their travel budgets as airfares have increased 16 percent from last year and gasoline prices hover at more than $3 a gallon. Nearly 5.6 million Southern California residents are packing up and heading out of town for the holidays – with most starting their travels today, according to an Automobile Club of Southern California survey. And despite gasoline prices 70 cents higher than a year ago, at least 80 percent of the region’s travelers will be strapping on their seat belts and driving to their celebrations, according to the survey. For Len Taylor, the holiday season means a fishing trip on the Owens River where the trout are plentiful. But it’s a 260-mile trip, so to avoid the madness of Los Angeles traffic the 61-year-old is hitting the road at 4 a.m. Christmas Eve and not looking back. “We’re seeing more people traveling than ever – it’s just not a huge amount of growth,” said Montgomery. Nationwide, 8.9million travelers will hit the skies to head for their holiday celebrations, with the heaviest air travel through Sunday and again Thursday-Dec. 30, according to travel Web site Expedia.com. About 840,000 passengers from Southern California will head to Hawaii, but if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you can see a dusting of snow at 3,000 feet above sea level in local mountains. Die-hard snow enthusiasts can head to 8,000 feet above sea level where 6 inches have piled onto hilltops, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist in the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service. For this season’s travelers, local weather shouldn’t be a problem – unlike delays last month when heavy morning fog prevented some flights from leaving Burbank Airport around Thanksgiving. Rain that has sporadically showered the region should clear up by today, although winds out of the north could gust up to 40 mph, said Seto. In addition, chilly temperatures will hang over the San Fernando Valley today and Saturday with highs hovering in the 60-degree range and lows at night dropping to the 40s. Come Sunday, the sun will heat the area up again, with highs through Tuesday expected in a comfortable 70-degree range with nighttime lows around 40 degrees, Seto said. But while millions head out of town for the holidays, the mere thought of staying close to home brings a smile to Anna Khacheryan. The 38-year-old has only a few miles to drive to relatives’ nearby homes for festivities Dec. 31 – the day she and her family celebrate Christmas. “We cook and have a big family feast for the holidays,” said the Canoga Park woman. “We do our big travels during the summer.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com 818-713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

RUGBY STAR LARISSA HELPS RELAY FOR LIFE GET ‘APPY’!

first_imgLarissa Muldoon, centre, with Relay for Life’s Siobhan Diver and Laura Bennett.Donegal’s Relay for Life has gone all hi-tech in advance of this year’s event after releasing a special phone App.The app was officially launched by Larissa Muldoon, a member of the Irish Rugby team.You can see Larissa endorsing the app on the Relay for Life Donegal Facebook page and on Youtube. The Relay for Life Donegal App can be found at Windows, Android and Apple Stores. The App is free to download. The app is extremely user friendly with social media integration. Relay for Life Donegal Twitter and Facebook pages feed directly to the app.The app facilitates users to sign up a team, register as a Volunteer/Survivor, etc. Details of fundraisers being held can be viewed via the app; thus enabling anyone wishing to attend a Relay for Life Donegal fundraiser to view a schedule of events.Photos of any Relay for Life Donegal function/event or fundraiser can be uploaded directly to the app.The app is constantly updated by Laura Barrett, Marketing Support, Relay for Life Donegal. Donations can also be made through the app. When the Relay for Life Donegal event kicks off on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14, watch it live from the app! On the clip Larissa also asks the question “WHO WILL YOU RELAY FOR?” and informs anyone considering entering a team for Relay for Life Donegal 2014 to “contact Nicola Mc Bride on 086 8880399 or email relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.com” RUGBY STAR LARISSA HELPS RELAY FOR LIFE GET ‘APPY’! was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AppdonegalLarissa MuldoonRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Dummy booster rocket tests satellite launcher

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE A company vying to develop a new military satellite launch system dropped a 72,000-pound dummy booster rocket from a C-17 transport plane this week, moving the effort closer to a real launch. The dummy booster was dropped Wednesday over Edwards as part of AirLaunch LLC’s efforts to develop a launch vehicle called QuickReach rocket, intended to be able to put small surveillance and communication satellites into space more quickly and for significantly less money than conventional rockets. At just under 66 feet in length and weighing 36 tons, the dummy booster matches the characteristics of an operational rocket. The C-17A aircraft released the dummy at the operational launch altitude of 32,000 feet, the company said. The drop was third in a series of tests to verify the ability of the C-17 to safely deliver AirLaunch’s QuickReach rocket to its operational launch altitude. Each test set a new C-17 record for the longest and heaviest single items dropped from the aircraft. “The team has now flown three drop tests, using three separate C-17 aircraft, demonstrating that any C-17 can be used for AirLaunch drops and ultimately for our QuickReach launches,” said Debra Facktor Lepore, president of AirLaunch LLC. “This test also leads to a new spacelift role for the C-17 the aircraft can deliver troops and humanitarian aid one day and launch a satellite the next.” The QuickReach rocket would be carried aloft by an airplane to its launch area, then dropped to fire its rocket motor and fly into space carrying a satellite. The Kirkland, Wash., company is looking to launch a live QuickReach rocket in 2008. AirLaunch wants to create a system capable of launching a 1,000-pound satellite into space within 24 hours of getting an order, and doing it for a cost under $5 million. Now it costs about $20 million to launch a satellite of that size and it can take months to prepare a launch. The test was part of a program that is exploring a new way of launching small satellites into space called the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle program, administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force. “Having a quick reaction launch system that can launch specialized small satellites will provide the warfighter with real-time data and communication during time-urgent situations,” said Steve Walker, DARPA program manager. “This test demonstrates that small companies can successfully work with government agencies to produce low cost, innovative solutions for the warfighter.” AirLaunch’s QuickReach rocket would carry satellites equipped with communications, camera and sensor payloads that allow special-purpose support for military activities, hurricanes and forest fires, as well as enable time-urgent communications in remote areas, the company said. AirLaunch’s industry team includes three Mojave companies Scaled Composites, which provided a data acquisition system and truck-mounted model testing; Protoflight, which provided instrumentation, testing, and integration services; and Fiberset, which built the nose cone. The flight testing is being supported by the Air Force Flight Test at Edwards Air Force Base. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743last_img read more

Manchester United team news: Is this how the Red Devils will look against Stoke?

first_img 6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 17. Daley Blind (left-back) 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre-back) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI to face Stoke, in squad number order… 11 11 Stoke City v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 (BST) on Saturday 9 September.A perfect start to the season for the Red Devils has seen them win all three of their matches, scoring 10 goals, and conceding none. It’s pretty damn impressive.No more major incomings mean Jose Mourinho has a nicely settled squad and the group is also free of any new injuries.This means only long-term absentees, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are out of the game against the Potters.So who will Mourinho pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI to face Stoke, in squad number order…For more match stats, click here, or stream Stoke v Man United here. 11 4. Phil Jones (centre-back) 11 11 11 9. Romelu Lukaku (centre forward) 19. Marcus Rashford (left-wing) 11 25. Antonio Valencia (right-back) 11 8. Juan Mata (right-wing) 31. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (attacking midfield) last_img read more

Art show tells about cancer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The show is on display indefinitely, at the American Cancer Society, 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 170. The artists wrote testimonials to accompany their works. The testimonial beside Karen Kaufman’s “Wish Box” describes how the sculpture reflects her “lighthearted intention” to remain close to love and gratitude for her life, and reflects on how cancer might be her adversary, yet it does not define her life. Cyndi Lingua, who displays three watercolors in the show, taught many grades during her 25 years in the Newhall School District. For nearly 12 of those years she used one motif, included in the show – a rose – as a lesson for students to paint roses as Mother’s Day gifts. “Art is the most loving piece of productivity I can create, because I’m putting my whole heart into it and giving it away to be enjoyed by another person or family,” she said. “In kind of a way, it’s like leaving a legacy behind. I’m working hard to beat this cancer, but you never know.” CANYON COUNTRY – Art might not be stocked on the drugstore shelf, but for some who have cancer, it can be balm for what ails them. Heather Warrick, 37, who has had seven relapses since she was diagnosed with breast cancer a decade ago, is not an artist, but has always wanted to be one. “As a survivor, I feel I need to express myself in some way,” she said. “I (wrote) poetry, and always wanted to try art, and thought maybe others did as well.” Warrick organized an art show displaying five of her works plus 46 in various media from 30 other cancer patients at the American Cancer Society’s office in Canyon Country. Warrick, manager of health programs for the American Cancer Society’s Santa Clarita Valley unit, has been in constant treatment for the past three years, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic cancer, for which she says there is no cure. Cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, her chest wall, her bones, her brain, her clavicle and one of her eyes. “But I look at it as having a chronic disease,” Warrick said. “I’m living with cancer, but with the latest advances it’s becoming more of a chronic disease than a deadly one.” Katherine Spangle, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society, said Warrick and her husband, Chad – who were in the same elementary school classes, and attended the same junior high and high schools in Canyon Country but did not meet until five years after graduating from high school – have embraced Heather’s health as something to champion for the rest of their lives. “She has always refused to be a victim of her diagnosis,” Spangle said. “I think at this point she actually celebrates her cancer because, being a cancer patient herself, she can reach other cancer patients in a way no one who hasn’t suffered from the disease can.” Therapists who are not specifically trained in art therapy use it, primarily with children, to help them express thoughts and feelings they might not be able to verbalize. Certified art therapists use art as the primary treatment tool with all ages. Warrick’s idea to use art as a bridge works, her husband says. “I think it’s therapy for cancer patients and people battling the disease,” said Chad Warrick. “For people looking at the art, they realize the battle these people are going through and it helps them understand the disease more and the challenges these people are facing.” His wife’s photo collage pokes some humor at one of the challenges. Years of cancer treatments have rendered her unable to bear children, but she and Chad are the proud parents of Farley, 3, Archie, 7, and Gus, 9 – all pugs. “They are our children, our love, our life,” Warrick said with a chuckle. “Like kids, they are high-maintenance, but they’re worth every bit of it.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rodgers happy Celtic had solution to deliver ‘brilliant’ result

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers hailed a “brilliant” result for his side as they defeated Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox to further stretch their lead at the the top.The manager praised his players for their ability to find a solution after they fell behind to a Kenny Miller goal, with Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair scoring to take three points.“I thought it was a brilliant result for us,” he said. “It was a real, great advert for Scottish football. I thought both sets of players did very, very well considering the conditions. It was very blustery and rained.“I thought we thoroughly deserved it. First half, we didn’t start so well and didn’t pass the ball so well but we were always a threat on the counter-attack, trying to exploit the space. “We needed to adjust one or two things at half-time and I thought second half we were brilliant. We looked a real threat every time we went forward. We looked like we could score, we created opportunities. I’m disappointed probably just to have two goals.”Rodgers revealed that he had spoken with his players about the possibility of having to come from behind to win and that he was impressed by their ability to handle the occasion and find a way to win.“Probably the most pleasing thing was that we talked before the match about if we went behind in the game, about dealing with pressure and finding solutions for that,” he said. “We stayed very calm and then once we got the goal I thought we played our way back into the game again.“So an outstanding performance for us, particularly in the second half and it was a really good result.” Rodgers paid tribute to the opposition, saying that Rangers had asked different questions than some teams who just set out to frustrate the league leaders. That openness had given his players an opportunity to show another side to their game.“You can see why Rangers haven’t lost here for 15 months and Mark is just building his team here,” he said. “I thought they played very well today. At stages I thought our quality and the intensity of our game and fitness really came through but we still have to find solutions in every game.“It doesn’t matter who we play. There was a bit more space today and Rangers obviously opened up a wee bit more, playing 3-5-2. “They’re a big team so they want to take responsibility with the ball. Lots of games we’ve played recently teams have suffocated the space so it limits you a little bit. “But I think this team are finding solutions all the time so there’s immense character today to come here to a team that is confident playing at home and perform like that.”last_img read more

Youth of today have a responsibility in shaping our future

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 3 October 2013 – As the One Young World Summit, the world’s largest youth forum, enters its second day, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in a panel discussion on Sustainable Development, later in the day.  Mr Matola is one of the counsellors to the Summit and also participated in the opening ceremony on Wednesday night.Reflecting on the significance of the One Young World Summit, Mr Matola said, “The young leaders we are seeing coming to the fore are the ones who will drive this country’s developmental agenda. They are the ones who will sustain our democracy and ensure that a mirror is always held up to the leadership of our nation.”“The vibrancy, vitality and positive spirit of young people will be critical as South Africa moves towards implementing the National Development Plan, or Vision 2030.  It is also very exciting that South Africa is preparing to celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014.  This will coincide with the country’s 5th democratic elections.  Young people are urged to participate in safeguarding and strengthening our democracy by voting in these elections,” Mr Matola concluded.As part of its support to the young people of this country, Brand South Africa has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit, namely, Zanele Mabaso, Luvuyo Mandela, Raelene Rorke, Thembi Graham and Aslam Levy.The Brand South Africa delegates will join the approximately 1500 young people from over 180 countries in deliberating on the issues of education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment.  These discussions have particular relevance for the world at large since the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the world’s leaders in 2000 must be achieved by 2015.  These goals have at their heart the issues of education, health and sustainability.The youth who will become the leaders of tomorrow will have a great responsibility in ensuring that the peoples of this world live in a world that is better than today.  The deliberations that will shape this future are therefore very significant.Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, delivering the opening address at the Summit at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday evening reiterated this message saying, “There are no limits to what you can achieve. You are the smartest generation that we’ve ever had.  Through this summit, we have the opportunity to showcase Africa’s greatest resource – you the young people. Together with your One Young World colleagues from around the world, you embody the talent and energy that has driven change, evolution and creativity around the world.“You are after all the first generation that can genuinely call yourselves citizens of the world. You inhabit a planet where – far more than any previous time – our futures and fortunes are closely connected. You know more about your counterparts in other parts of the world, than ever before. The technology you use to communicate and share information allows you to bridge frontiers. National borders no longer contain you. You have wider horizons,” Mr Annan told the young leaders.Brand South Africa to host a One Young World Breakout SessionAs part of Brand South Africa’s support of the One Young World Summit and the development of youth as leaders of the future, Brand South Africa will on Friday, 4 October 2013, host a breakout session of the One Young World Summit.The session will be held under the banner of Youth’s Role in Long-Term Planning and will focus on South Africa’s National Development Plan. It will include an information-sharing platform, on best practice models from the delegates’ countries.Media are invited to attend this session as follows:Date        Friday, 4 October 2013Time       14h00 to 18h00 (the formal session will be followed by a dinner networking session)Venue    The Open, Maboneng Precinct, 4th floor, Mainchange20 Kruger Street,City and SuburbanJohannesburgGPS co-ordinates: 26°12’16.2″ S; 28°3’33.3″ ERSVP       Nadia Samie-Jacobs on 072 777 9399 or email nadias@brandsouthafrica.comAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: nadias@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

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