OKLAHOMA CITY – For every finish and pass he makes, DeMarcus Cousins has increasingly proven one significant thing to the Warriors.“That can no one can stop him,” Draymond Green said. “Same [stuff] that we knew years ago. Starting to see it again.”The Warriors are seeing it again indeed. In the Warriors’ 110-88 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Cousins had 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, held his own against another elite center (Steven Adams) and showed improvements …
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Electrifying performances are what you can expect at Under Madiba Skies. (Image: I Support Do You)Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994; his inaugural speech, in which he spoke of freedom, the future, reconciliation and renewal, still resonates today.“It always seems impossible, until it is done,” he said, prompting musicians from South Africa and France to interpret his words in a special performance in which many influences and cultures come together on stage.This meeting of musical chairs goes by the name of Under Madiba Skies, and they will be performing in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town from 29 October to 1 November.On 29 October, catch them at Alliance Française Pretoria; on 30 October, they are in Johannesburg at Alliance Française Johannesburg; on 31 October they will be at Ikhaya le Langa in Langa in Cape Town; and they finish off their tour in Durban at Rainbow Restaurant. All performances are free, except the final show in Durban, for which tickets are R60.A MEETING OF DIFFERENT CULTURESIn Under Madiba Skies, French band Gran Kino has come together with a number of South African musicians, including Manelis, Ayanda Nhlangothi, Jitsvinger and Burni Aman, to share their vision of South Africa today.This collaboration, which began in 2013, has spawned several songs. Whether from Durban, rapping in isiZulu, from Johannesburg singing with a traditional sweetness, or from Cape Town rapping in Afrikaans, the vision is mutual: coming together on one stage, uniting different languages, visions and ideas. Above all, the venture celebrates an endless artistic richness.The music weaves together traditional songs, rock, hip-hop and acoustic piano and voice. The performers are colourful and embody values of peace and openness to the world.Under Madiba Skies released a four-track EP in 2013; the first single was called Brand New Day, and is available online.The artists see Madiba’s inaugural speech as a prophecy and feel honoured to bring his word to listeners around the world. It is also an opportunity to show the world what South Africa has to offer.Their ideals dovetail with South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which has an aim to seal Africa’s place in the world and bring about nation building through social cohesion.In 2013, the group successfully toured France with performances at some of the biggest world music festivals in that country, such as Festival Generic and The Worlstock Festival. In 2014, they visited South America.The first Under Madiba Skies single, Brand New Day, was playlisted on Radio France International and other French radio stations. Songs from the EP were also playlisted on radio stations in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Poland, Italy, Spain and Hong Kong, among other countries.AUDIENCE APPRECIATIONIt seems the collaboration has touched many, with audiences around the globe appreciating the performances:“I wanted to congratulate you, to thank you, to tell you how much this moment had touched me. My emotions about your performance were so strong, I was not able to do anything the days following your concert.”“It is this simple message I want to convey to you: through your involvement with a bit of soul, Madiba was in Macon, and the permanence of the soul softens the pain caused by the sad news of his passing. For me, as for many, Madiba remains alive.”“It was an evening of great splendour and generosity… Your concert was like a bomb of talent: energy, originality, crossroads of music and styles. A true rainbow of musicians and rhythms.”
Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The more businesses move to transactional models with no human interaction, the more human interaction is going to be a competitive advantage. When caring is absent, caring becomes a defining differentiator. If you have ever needed help from the company that sold you something to find that no one was available to help you, you understand the value of caring.As more businesses chase a super-transactional model, believing that reducing friction (and price is a form of friction) is their competitive advantage, the more they will attract price sensitive buyers. Those who chase a super-relational model will attract the higher end of the market, and the more they will find clients and customers willing to pay for something better.As automation becomes more prevalent, the more “by hand” is going to be something special. Mass production reduces the costs of manufacturing, making things available to the masses. “By hand” increases craftsmanship, the uniqueness of what one buys, and provides something truly special. One of a million is often something less than one of a kind.When people are treated like a number, a data point, a record, or a file, those who treat people like an individual will create a special bond, and one that creates the feeling that they are unique and important. There are certain human needs that are so deeply ingrained that they aren’t easily lost. There are also human needs that, when violated, create a repulsion, and the lack of respect is a need of the first order.When communication is automated, it isn’t personal, and it doesn’t create any feeling inside the recipient. Mostly people consider it spam. There is a difference in mass emailing and nurturing your dream clients. In one case, there is no connection because there is no real person behind the communication. In the other, the communication has a person’s fingerprints all over it. When something is created for you, it is special.There are some who believe that everything is being commoditized, that there is no real differentiation possible, and so they race towards super-transactional approaches, not understanding that in a race to the bottom there are few winners, normally large, and almost always with the scale necessary to eliminate competitors who play their game. Those who pay attention to these kinds of things understand that playing your competitor’s game puts you at a disadvantage, and so they play a different game, moving in the opposite direction, creating greater value, providing greater care, ensuring a better overall experience, and better outcomes for their clients. They create relationships that allow them to create a market of those who want something more, something better, and something worth paying to obtain.If you are in the middle, you have to pick a side.
An immensely confident Virender Sehwag on Tuesday declared that India would be the favourite to win the World Cup early next year, saying the home factor would be a big advantage to the team. If that happens, India will become the first ever home side to clinch the World Cup.Viru feels the Indian cricket team will have more home advantage than others.Since the inception of the World Cup in 1975, in 35 years, no host nation has won the title. But the everpositive Sehwag reasoned that despite what some people might feel about hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) having “reduced” India’s “home advantage”, the team will still enjoy more benefit than the other teams.”It’s a benefit that we are playing in India since childhood. We know how the wickets behave and what the advantages are at all centres. We will surely get the benefit, but there are some other teams that are regularly visiting India and getting used to the conditions. The task will be difficult, but the Indian team will be the favourite,” the India vice-captain announced.Sehwag did not agree with some people, like South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl, who feels that the hosting of the IPL has diminished India’s home advantage as foreign players now know the conditions well.”We are playing here more often than the foreign players-since our childhood. We play in the under-19 category, firstclass (level) and then for India. We play a lot more series in India, so we are more used to the conditions here,” he said, after unveiling 12 commemorative models of Timex watches, the official product licensee of the World Cup.advertisement”If you see, India have recently played more matches in the subcontinent than the other countries. So, we will have more benefit. Yes, it’s true that foreign players in the IPL have adjusted well to the conditions, but it is difficult to adjust as a team.” The 31-year-old dashing opener stressed that the team would not spare any effort to break the World Cup home jinx.”We will surely try, but we can’t say we will definitely win. What we can do is to make our best effort. Win or loss depends on which team plays well on a particular day. But we will surely make more than 100 percent effort and win the World Cup,” he assured.Sehwag is pleased with his current form in all forms of the game, having helped India draw the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka. He was adjudged the man of the series.In the ODI tri-series, too, he was named the man of the series.”I would love to extend this form to the World Cup. You never know, sometimes you score runs, sometimes you don’t-and sometimes people praise you and sometimes criticise you. But the way I am batting at the moment I am confident,” said the right-hander who was the highest scorer for India in the 2003 World Cup final against Australia.Sehwag will get another chance to test the Australians in the two-Test series beginning in Mohali on October 1.”India’s preparation for the World Cup is starting from the Australia series. I am looking forward to that,” he said.He, however, clarified that he doesn’t play for records, though Sehwag’s coach Amar Nath Sharma feels that if his bestknown ward bats for full 50 overs in an ODI he can break Sachin Tendulkar’s world record of the highest innings, 200 not out.”There are so many players who can break the record if they play full 50 overs. But we are not playing for records; we play to perform and to try and win games. I try to score and win games for the country,” he said.