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HOUSTON Nike Air Max 97 Off White , March 17 (Xinhua) -- The Spaniards who in the 1500s brought livestock competitions to what became part of South America, Mexico and the western United States could never have imagined that one day in 2015, their work and cultural festivities would be honored during the world's largest rodeo.
More than 155,000 people - 26,406 more visitors than last year - turned out at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Go Tejano Day on Sunday, a day set aside in the March 3-22 rodeo to honor Hispanic heritage, which includes the concept of the rodeo itself.
Linda Alonzo-Saenz Nike Vapormax Off White , 57, an executive member of the Rodeo's Go Tejano Day Committee, said the creation of the special day to encourage people of Hispanic culture to attend the Houston rodeo has proven to be a success in celebrating the heritage of Texas.
"Tejano is translation of Texas in Spanish and Go Tejano Day started in order to get more involvement from the Hispanic community, just as the rodeo started as a Spanish tradition," Alonzo-Saenz said. "Spanish got here and brought longhorn and other cattle - and what would be more obvious than to blend with the native Western culture already here (Native Americans) and then adding all the diverse cultures that now make up Texas."
The Go Tejano Day Committee honors not just Hispanic people, but all the people who support the events that make up the rodeo, including agricultural and scholarship events.
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"In October, we have the fashion show and dance. In February, a scholarship gala," Alonzo-Saenz said. "The Go Tejano Food booth runs during the 20 days of the rodeo, just like a restaurant...Our main goal is to support the students with scholarships. Last year Nike Air VaporMax Nederland , we gave away 18,000 (U.S. dollars) in scholarships."
Go Tejano Day festivities also include live entertainment featuring popular recording artists, and the Fiesta Charr, a colorful exhibition of traditional Mexican folk dance, music and horseback riding.
There are two other special days at the rodeo to honor Texas heritage. They include Go Texan Day, which is held before the rodeo even begins. During that day, the rodeo encourages schools Nike Air Max 96 Nederland , businesses, organizations and clubs to dress in Western clothes and help build pride in Texas and Western heritage.
The other special day is Black Heritage Day, which honors African American cowboy tradition and was held on March 6 this year. Day-long festivities included live entertainment, school bands, choirs and dance teams, and historical displays around the grounds.
BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhua) -- China's commercial banks will see their bad loan ratio remain generally stable and slightly retreat in the coming quarters Nike Air Max 270 Nederland , a report released by China Orient Asset Management predicts.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, Chinese lenders' non-performing loan ratio declined for the first time since 2012 to 1.74 percent, suggesting that loan losses posing risks to the country's financial market are easing.
The ratio stood unchanged in the first three months of 2017.
Citing results from sample surveys and data analysis, the report concluded that the banks' bad loan ratio would remain stable from the second quarter of 2017 to the first quarter next year.
But as China pushes ahead with economic structural upgrades, the ratio would still face upward pressure, the report added.
China Orient Asset Management is one of the country's four asset management companies set up in 1999 to deal with the toxic assets of state-owned banks in a bid to help them transform to market-oriented financial institutions.
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TOKYO, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The Nikkei stock index closed down 0. 37 percent Monday amid a lack of fresh cues as U.S. markets were closed for a long weekend.
The Nikkei 225 index dropped 57.69 points to finish at 15,379. 44, while the broader Topix index of all first-section shares lost 5.37 points, or 0.42 percent, to end the day at 1 Nike Air Max 360 Nederland ,279.87.
But analysts here said that despite a dearth of fresh incentives to encourage investors to chase riskier assets higher, including stocks, some buying on dips was evident during the day, which helped cap the day's overall losses.
"There is a lack of catalysts to buy," said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities Co. "While there may be buying on dips today, it's not a market you can actively keep chasing higher."
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