Branden Grace captures Joburg Open

first_img16 January 2012South Africa’s Branden Grace captured his maiden European Tour title and his second Sunshine Tour win in the Joburg Open on Sunday. “It’s a dream come true,” he said.Just prior to the event, Grace had picked up the Gary Player Trophy at the Sunshine Tour’s annual awards for the leading stroke average on last season’s Tour. He continued his low-scoring form on the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club’s East and West courses.With three excellent rounds of five-under-par 67, six-under 66, and seven-under 65, it was Grace’s tournament to lose after three rounds and a final round level-par 72 was enough to earn him victory by a single shot over Jamie Elson.Set the course alightThe Englishman set the course alight over the final 18 holes, firing a nine-under-par 63 to rocket up the leaderboard, making it into the clubhouse on 16-under-par 271. Despite the pressure his superb effort created, Grace held firm to claim the victory.“It’s been a long time coming and it’s nice to take my first win at home,” he told the Sunshine Tour’s website. “Hard work and consistency paid off.“From just getting my European Tour card, to gaining exemption, to playing events I never thought I would, this year has really been unbelievable.”‘I stuck to my game plan’He added: “I didn’t really look at the leaderboard, but I did see that Jamie was 16-under and finished, so I knew it was up to my hands. But I stuck to my game plan and that was enough at the end.”With Elson finishing early and with an eagle on the last hole, Grace needed to keep his game together; his round could hardly have been more solid, consisting of 16 pars, one bogey and one birdie.The victory earned Grace the biggest cheque of his career, worth €206 050 (approximately R2.12-million), and further earned him a European Tour exemption until the end of 2013 and a place at the 2012 Volvo Golf Champions, which take place at Fancourt from 19 to 22 January. The Fancourt field features only winners of European Tour events in the past year, as well as current Tour members who have won at least 10 European Tour titles.With the win, Grace also moved to the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai standings. They’re currently dominated by South Africans, with Louis Oosthuizen in second place, Joburg Open runner-up Jamie Elson in third, Tjaart van der Walt in fourth, Jaco van Zyl in fifth, and Retief Goosen in sixth.Missed the cutGrace succeeded Charl Schwartzel as champion. Schwartzel, ranked inside the world’s top 10, was the two-time defending champion but surprisingly missed the cut by one shot.There was a logjam for third place with Scotland’s David Drysdale and Marc Warren joining South Africans Michiel Bothma, Trevor Fisher junior, Dawie van der Walt and Jaco van Zyl on 14-under-par 273.George Coetzee was in a strong position after three rounds on 14-under-par, but a disappointing final round of 75 took him out of the mix and dropped him to a share of fourteenth place.Retief Goosen enjoyed two strong rounds, opening with a 66 and 67, but those were followed by rounds of 71 and 73, which took him out of the running, and left him on 10-under 277 in 16th place.LEADERBOARD(South African unless otherwise stated) Branden Grace (-17) 67, 66, 65, 72, 270Jamie Elson (Eng) (-16) 63, 75, 70, 63, 271Michiel Bothma (-14) 68, 66, 68, 71, 273David Drysdale (Sco) (-14) 65, 72, 69, 67 273Trevor Fisher jnr (-14) 68, 68, 69, 68 273Dawie van der Walt (-14) 70, 66, 67, 70, 273Jaco van Zyl (-14) 67, 69, 69, 68, 273Marc Warren (Sco) (-14) 66, 69, 70, 68, 273Jbe Kruger (-13) 67, 66, 69, 72, 274George Murray (Sco) 65, 69, 73, 67, 274Robert Rock (Eng) 65, 67, 72, 70, 274Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 70, 66, 69, 69, 274 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI 200 find place in Times magazine

first_imgIconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s record-breaking one-day International double century has found a place in the Times magazine’s top 10 sports moments of the year.”Certain sports milestones seem simply unreachable: In cricket, it’s the one-day double-hundred: no man had ever produced 200 runs for his team during a one-day international match,” ‘The Times’ said.”In February, however, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest run scorer of all-time, hit the magic milestone against a powerful South African squad.”Tendulkar smacked three “sixes” the cricket equivalent of a home run during his epic performance, and the build up to 200 was exhilarating.”When he reached 199, the home crowd in Gwalior waved Indian flags, and roared, knowing they were about to witness history. The diminutive Tendulkar, dubbed “The Little Master,” slapped a single past the South African fielders. The world’s 1.5 billion cricket fans had a moment they’d never forget,” it said.last_img read more

10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Freezing Rain warning remains in place for BC expands into Alberta

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A freezing rain warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace and has been expanded into Alberta.The warning says freezing rain is possible Sunday morning due to a Pacific disturbance crossing the B.C. Peace River region. A few mm of ice accumulation is possible before the system passes through late Sunday morning.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta.  Freezing rain will end late Sunday morning.For current road conditions visit www.drivebc.ca and in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caSee the full warning for both regions below. Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Warnings7:12 AM MST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaFreezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of freezing rain has moved into west-central Alberta.Freezing rain will end later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Slow down driving in slippery conditions. Watch for taillights ahead and maintain a safe following distance. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ABstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm. UPDATE #3 – The freezing rain warning has ended in the B.C. North PeaceUPDATE #2 – As of 8:30 a.m. – Grande Prairie RCMP are warning motorists of extremely icy road conditions in Grande Prairie and on Highway 40.  Grande Prairie Rural members are currently responding to a multi-vehicle collision South of Grande Prairie on Highway 40 at the correction line. Travel in the Grande Prairie area is not recommended unless necessary at this time.UPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended for the B.C. South Peace but remains in place for the North Peace and Alberta Peace.center_img Warnings3:34 AM PST Sunday 13 January 2019Freezing rain warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverFreezing rain is expected or occurring.A Pacific disturbance crossing the BC Peace River region has spread freezing rain to the area, as warm, moist air overruns subfreezing air near the surface. A few mm of ice accretion is possible before the system passes through later this morning.Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.last_img read more

Scaling dangerous heights

first_img“We do not know a planet like this,” wrote meteorologist Eric Holthaus on Twitter on May 13, 2019 while announcing that the atmospheric concentration of deadly carbon dioxide (CO2) had, for the first time, breached 415 parts per million (ppm). What he didn’t say was that the current levels are inevitable and that the concentration levels will scale further. The world first breached the safe levels of 350 ppm in May 1986, according to US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In May 1992, when the Earth Summit saw the formation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the CO2 level was 359.99 ppm. During the summit, 178 member nations set a target to bring CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2000. But the levels reached 371.82 ppm in April 2000. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn 2014, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 reached 401.78 ppm, breaching the 400 mark — which is 50 ppm more than the safe limit. And last year, the highest levels were recorded in May at 411.24 ppm. The CO2 concentration levels have increased every year since 1986 despite repeated commitments and UNFCCC meets where almost every member nation pledges to cut their emissions. The recent reading on May 12, 2019 found the concentration levels to be at 415 PPM at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. This shows that the levels are “far higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens”. Also Read – The future is here! Unprecedented impact High concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere — primarily caused by humans who continue to burn fossil fuels and chop forests that act as carbon sinks — disrupts the Earth’s natural cooling cycle, trapping heat near the surface and causing global warming. In fact, the world is already 1oCelsius warmer than the pre-industrial levels and breaching 1.5oC limit will have devastating effects. The global consumption of fossil fuels has gone up by 78 per cent in three decades — between 1986 and 2017. India is already 2oC warmer than the pre-industrial levels and the impact of this is clearly felt across the country. India recorded eight major extreme weather events in 1992 which went up to 13 by 2016. In 2018, there were 15 major extreme weather events that killed 1,428 people. Even the recent Fani cyclone in Odisha, which is being compared to the 1999 Super Cyclone, became unpredictable because of climate change. The India Meteorological Department had to revise its prediction nine times. This was primarily due to changing wind systems that are influenced by warming oceans. Since 1970, sea surface temperatures worldwide have gone up by about an average of 0.1°C per decade.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Diego Simeone would never coach his son at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confessed that he would never give his son Giovani a spot on his squad while he is the manager.After striker Giovanni Simeone’s first ever match for Argentina in a big match last week in which he scored a goal, the rumors about Atletico Madrid getting the player due to Diego Simeone’s desire to coach his son started spreading like wildfire. But this Monday the Argentine manager spoke about the possibility for the first time since his son started playing as a professional, he denied that Giovanni playing for Atletico under him in the near future was a possibility. Situations like this in which nepotism can become a very dangerous subject, are something that straight arrows like Diego Simeone will always try to avoid during their career. ‘Cholo’ has always been proud to play by the book, always living by the rules and never taking advantage of his position in any shape or form during his time as the manager for Atletico Madrid. Giovanni Simeone does look like the perfect fit for Atletico Madrid, he plays in a very similar manner to Diego Costa for example.#PartidazoSimeone https://t.co/juu15vNi0h— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Contrary to popular belief, Diego Simeone just confessed that he wouldn’t be on board with the idea of him coaching his son in any of his teams at such an early age. There were rumors that suggested that Diego Simeone desperately wanted to sign his son Giovanni, the striker has every single attribute that the boss looks for in his favorite type of striker as a potential signing for the Colchoneros. But contrary to what the general idea was about ‘Cholo’ having his son on the squad, he didn’t want this because he feels like it would be too complicated for the relationship given that he would be even more strict than he usually is with the rest of his pupils. The eldest Simeone recently spoke to Cadena Copa about many different topics, but he was very adamant to deny his son’s possible arrival to the Colchoneros and didn’t close the door for that chance but after he leaves the club.?️?Simeone en el Partidazo de COPE: “Griezmann este año fue sin ninguna duda el mejor jugador del mundo. Sin duda”#PartidazoSimeone pic.twitter.com/gA1KAvnjtl— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Watching him play in the national team gives me chills. He knows exactly what we feel for the national team, he has it in his blood like me. I think he did a very good job but I don’t like talking about him from a father perspective, but I do like talking about him from a manager’s perspective. He is a lad who has all the characteristics to play for one of my teams, but I will unfortunately never bring him to Atletico while I manage the club. I don’t want to say never but… It’s very difficult having a son in the dressing room. It would be difficult for him, as well as the relationship… Maybe 5 or 6 years from now he becomes an even more important player than he is today, maybe we can discuss something. If he becomes an even bigger start and he plays for me it would be easier for everyone because he would be more protected. He is going through the stages of his career in the perfect manner. Maybe someday when I’m no longer the Atletico Manager, maybe then he could come and play here,” said Diego to Cadena Cope.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina comienza su entrenamiento en el centro deportivo de @NYCFC. pic.twitter.com/IDSZgKLBDu— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 9, 2018Giovanni’s great performance for Argentina.Diego Simeone was incredibly proud after his son scored the first ever goal for the National Team, this was during the 3-0 victory against the Guatemala side last Thursday and he celebrated with a lot of excitement. This goal marks a great historic moment because there are not many Argentina players who can presume to have more than one generation playing for the National Team in history, Giovanni looks like he could potentially become a great player like his father but with very different abilities. Because as we all know, Diego Simeone was a defensive midfielder in every club he played and Giovanni is a striker with very different skills. It’s a bummer we are not going to see Diego Simeone coaching his son this early in his career, but we are confident that they will meet as manager and player down the line when the young striker becomes a world-class star.#SelecciónMayor Tras la victoria ante Guatemala, el técnico Lionel Scaloni y los jugadores dialogaron con los medios de comunicación ➡ https://t.co/eYublPG2Y3 pic.twitter.com/Rj33w6anpC— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 8, 2018How long do you think Giovani will take to become manageable for Diego Simeone? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Former police gunned down three being hunted

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppAnother brazen daytime heist is exposing a sickening trend for the Turks and Caicos and the prevalence of firearms on the streets of Provo. A veteran former police officer and owner of Tag Security Services, Alboin Williams was struck and survived the shooting said to be at point blank range while on a money pick up for Sunny Foods grocery store on Sunday. Williams, was fired upon several times, reportedly while he was down on the ground by assailants who tried to flee the scene in Five Cays but may have failed in that attempt. Police confirmed to Magnetic Media that multiple suspects were in custody being questioned in the case, and a nearby a white sedan was undergoing forensic testing as it is believed a suspect vehicle, aka, the possible getaway car. “The culprits who were described as 5’4”, 5’9” and 5’11” all dark complexion and medium built, got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Presently, there are two men in police custody assisting in the investigations.”As for Williams, it was unconfirmed up to news production time what condition the man, said to be in his 50s was in… but he did survive the ambush and was taken to hospital for treatment. In an unrelated incident, Police on Friday updated that they found the 2004 Nissan March which was stolen with personal items from a tourist family in North West Point, Provo last Thursday. The car was found ditched in Five Cays in bushes near the beach. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Gal Gadot drops the first poster of Wonder Woman 1984

first_imgThe first poster of Wonder Woman 1984 has been released and there’s a new suit that we need to familiarise ourselves with! As per several reports and confirmation from Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins, Warner Bros won’t be participating for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Touted to be known as Hall H presentation wherein production houses drop the first teaser of their upcoming projects, anticipation for WB’s slot has been high. However, the actors and even WB confirmed that they won’t be putting up a presentation for this year’s Hall H.Disappointing as it sounds, Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins decided that it would be nice to cheer up fans by dropping the first look of Wonder Woman 1984. In the poster, Gadot is seen sporting the iconic gold armour with extra pizzazz and a bright coloured background. Her costume looks like it is a reference from Wonder Woman’s iconic golden eagle armour. From the comic books, the essence of the armour is that it helps Wonder Woman fly. Plus, with its superhuman durability, the suit makes Diana impregnable to bullets, explosions and other energy attacks. Gal Gadot’s Instagram postInstagramOn the same, producer Charles Roven stated, “It’s a completely different timeframe and you’ll get a sense of what Diana/Wonder Woman had been doing in the intervening years. But it’s a completely different story that we’re telling. Even though it’ll have a lot of the same emotional things, a lot of humour, a lot of brave action. Tugs at the heart strings as well.” For the uninitiated, Wonder Woman 1984 will follow the life of Diana Price post the World War II era. Basically, she comes in conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War and eventually meets with a new foe, Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). Gal Gadot’s Instagram postInstagramSo far the plot details have been kept under the wraps as neither Gal Gadot nor Patty Jenkins wants any leaks, However, the debut of Diana Price in a golden suit definitely leaves a lot of clues for fandom to work around. Wonder Woman 1984 is set to release on June 5, 2020.last_img read more

Photos of the Week

first_img Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes Moss Men in Spain, Sikh pilgrims in Pakistan, and more.Demonstrators hold placards condemning a recent mob lynching of Muslim youth Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand state as they listen to a speaker during a protest in New Delhi, India, on June 26, 2019. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the helm of the Indian government, Hindu mobs have lynched dozens of people, mainly Muslims and lower-caste Dalits. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)Indian Sikh pilgrims look from a railway compartment as they arrive in Lahore, Pakistan, to attend the 180th anniversary of the death of their spiritual leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh, on June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)Members of the Wild Boars soccer team, who were rescued from a flooded cave a year ago this week, offer foods to Buddhist monks near the Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, Thailand on June 24, 2019. The 12 boys and their coach attended a Buddhist ceremony at cave to commemorate the anniversary of their ordeal that saw them trapped for more than two weeks. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)Moss men take part during a Corpus Christi procession in the village of Bejar, Spain, on June 23, 2019. Four men and two women covered from head to toe in moss paraded through the streets of Bejar, in western Spain, to commemorate a daring raid that local legend says helped liberate their town from Muslim occupation some eight centuries ago. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Hindu brides perform rituals after their wedding ceremony, on the banks of the river Ganges in Mirzapur, India, on June 22, 2019. The River Ganges is considered sacred by Hindus, who believe bathing in its waters will rid them of their sins. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)The spire of a church rises over the village of Hadat, near Beirut, Lebanon, in this June 24, 2019, photo. The town has imposed a ban under which Muslims can only rent or buy property already occupied or owned by a Muslim. Imposed years ago, the ban has recently sparked a national outcry. The case reflects Lebanon’s rapidly changing demographic make-up against the backdrop of deep-rooted sectarian divisions that once erupted into a 15-year civil war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)Archbishop Elpidophoros, center left, and Metropolitan Augoustinos of Germany, center right, walk toward the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for Elpidophoros’ enthronement ceremony as the new archbishop for America as young girls throw flower petals on June 22, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julius Motal)Monsignor Alberto Ricardo Lorenzelli lies prostrate as Pope Francis celebrates his Episcopal Ordination, in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, on June 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Members of the Qadiriyya Sufi order perform outside the tomb of Sheikh Hamed Al Nil, a 19th century Sufi leader. Adherents attend weekly gatherings to dance and chant religious hymns until the sunset, at Omdurman district, in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla) Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle By: Kit Doyle As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Tagshomepage featured photos photos of the week Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Catholicism By: Kit Doyle News Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Kit Doyle,Load Comments,Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Indian Kashmir Civil rights advocates, victims’ families urge support for new hate crime report … Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This!last_img read more

How Go Tejano Day Became The Houston Rodeos Hottest Ticket

first_img Listen Courtesy of Marie ArcosTrail riders traveled to Houston from Reynosa, Texas for the rodeo. Many of their family members met up with them for camp outs along the way.More than two million people attend the Houston Rodeo each year, making it the biggest event of its kind in the world. Some even arrive on horseback and covered wagon to celebrate Western traditions.Music, rides and rodeo competitions attract fans throughout the weeks-long event, but one special event brings in the biggest crowds: Go Tejano Day.In fact, if you take a look at the 10 best-attended days in all rodeo history, over half were specified Go Tejano Days. 00:00 /04:04 A family traditionFor Maria Alanis, the rodeo has always been special. Her father worked on a ranch in South Texas, so he was no stranger to the rodeo ways. When they moved to Houston, the rodeo was a way to celebrate the way they grew up.She dresses up her kids each year for the rodeo and has several pairs of boots at home.She’s been to Go Tejano Day every year, except one. “When my dad died, we didn’t go for maybe a whole year,” she said.  “We have a tradition when someone passes away, we have to respect their memory for a year or so,” said Arcos.  – / 2Alanis plans to be at Go Tejano Day this year to see Los Tigres Del Norte.But she said that there’s one musical act that stands out in her years going to Go Tejano Day: Selena. Remembering SelenaSelena Quintanilla headlined Go Tejano Day in 1995, though she was involved with the Go Tejano Day committee as a performer before then. It was one of her last concerts before her untimely death and her last televised performance.Maria Alanis said that she still recalls that historic performance.“I remember that moment exactly when she came out we were cheering. We were standing up cheering for her. The crowd was going crazy for her,” Alanis said.“I know all her songs. She looked so perfect. She surpassed cultures you know.”Rodeo organizer Marie Arcos was there, too.“I was on the floor of the (Astro)dome and just remember looking up and she was probably in her second or third song and the place was just crowded – standing room only. You could feel the energy. You could feel the love for her. You could feel her love back,” said Arcos. Both fans and artists cherish Selena’s legacy.Pop stars Camila Cabello, Prince Royce, Kacey Musgraves and Cardi B have all paid tribute to her, some singing covers to “Como la Flor” and “No Me Queda Mas”.The fandom feels as strong as ever here in Houston.Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend Go Tejano Day this weekend, which is likely to turn out yet another day of record-breaking attendance.  X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share The first Go Tejano DayA group of Mexican-American trail riders were part of the group that created Go Tejano Day.During weeks-long rides from Reynosa to Houston, using covered wagons and horses, they discussed how the Hispanic community could benefit from the rodeo by creating scholarships for local students. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaMarie Arcos shows photos of the rodeo trail rides her grandfather was a part of decades ago.Marie Arcos was part of those conversations and later served as chair of the Go Tejano Day committee.But her involvement with the trail riders began long before. Arcos and her siblings grew up meeting these trail riders for camp outs. “We’d spend the weekend with my grandfather and his trail ride buddies,” she said. They would eat the traditional trail ride bread, pan de campo, and hang out around the campfire.  “You’d just sit around the campfire, no cell phones, and you just told stories and you connected with people. Both languages were spoken, English and Spanish,” she said.  When she grew older, Arcos was part of efforts to kickstart Go Tejano Day in the late 1980s.“Go Tejano was created to bring the two together: the “Go Texan” traditions and heritage around the Western cowboy and then merging it along with the traditions of the Mexican vaquero.”Courtesy of Marie ArcosTrail riders come into Houston from all around Texas to celebrate the rodeo each year.The newly-formed Go Tejano Day committee brought in Spanish-language musical acts and invited Tejanos to come celebrate being Mexican-American, along with providing scholarships for the Latino community.  “Early on when they started the Go Tejano committee we were given a Sunday and it was one of the lowest attended days,” said Arcos. Immediately, Go Tejano Day became a crowd favorite. The first official year, 1990, they invited Tejano musicians Roberto Pulido, Emilio Navaira and Vikki Carr, which was the only sold out performance that year, according to Arcos. Courtesy of Marie ArcosA Go Tejano Day float at rodeo’s annual kick-off parade. The float features one of the founding members of the Go Tejano Day committee, Rudy Vara, along with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.“The families began to come out in large numbers to support their culture and their heritage, a day that celebrated around who they are, it became one of the fastest growing days,” she said. Tejano culture and the rodeoUniversity of Houston history professor Raúl Ramos said that rodeo traditions resonate with Tejanos because of their roots in Mexican and South Texas ranching culture.“Go Tejano Day gives us this example of a long history and global history that brings in North Africa, that brings in Europe, that comes through the Americas, that comes into Texas, that combines with Anglo Americans moving westward and we continue to see those changes today,” said Ramos. He said that while the rodeo represents a historic mix of cultures, the Houston rodeo also represents the region’s current cultural diversity.“For Tejanos, it’s a place to show that tradition and put it side by side next to all these other traditions on equal footing,” he said. The rodeo’s musical acts is where you can hear these different cultural traditions coming together. The Go Tejano Day committee invites mariachi groups from the U.S. and Mexico to compete each year. They also invite a plethora of Spanish-language artists that draw in massive crowds each year. Courtesy of Marie Arcoslast_img read more