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Musicians welcome World Cup stage

first_img11 February 2010 The greatest stage in world sport, the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ is set to offer South Africa much more than just on-field action. Focusing the eyes of the world on the southern tip of Africa, the event offers an exciting opportunity for some of the country’s top musical talent. With millions of international tourists expected to make the trip to the Rainbow Nation later this year, young artists and bands across the country are eager to perform for a global audience. Brimming with talent, the South African music scene remains one of the world’s most untapped resources – now it will get its chance to shine. Three South African groups hoping to make their mark during the upcoming festivities are Taxi Violence, D-seven and Fox Comet. All three acts recently performed at the legendary Up the Creek music festival in Swellendam near Cape Town, and after leaving their fans cheering for more, are looking to make the most of the epic opportunity the tournament is serving up for them.Fox Comet “2010 is going to be a great thing for South Africa. There is going to be a huge buzz around the whole country,” says Fox Comet lead singer Rob Coutts. Fox Comet, an exciting up-and-coming funk-rock band that burst onto the local scene in 2009, are keen to show the world what they can do. “It’s going to be crazy, and we’re going to enjoy every minute of it,” says Coutts. “Hopefully we’ll get to play to an international audience at some great venues. We’ve had talks with the Harley-Davidson club in Cape Town about being involved with them. They’re a base for fans from Holland, so hopefully we can win over some Dutch supporters for ourselves as well. “We’ve also been approached by people organising some big parties in Long Street, which is awesome,” says Coutts. “There are so many parties, so many festivals, we’re keen to be apart of the vibe.”Taxi Violence Louis Nel, drummer for popular rock band Taxi Violence, says he and his bandmates are also looking forward to being a part of the “World Cup mania” when it hits South African shores. “There is so much going on, and getting involved with the parties, fan gatherings, the after parties – that’s where we want to be,” says Nel. “All around the country there are going to be awesome events taking place. It’s an opportunity to be seen by the world.” Nel, George van der Spuy, Rian Zietsman and Jason Ling make up Taxi Violence. Formed in 2004, they are a band very much on the rise in South Africa. “Our main focus is entertainment,” says Nel. “We always do our best to give people their money’s worth and put on a great show. This year we’re hoping to take it up a notch.”D-seven Something a little different, mixing in beat-boxing and fresh harmonies, are D-seven, another act eager to make an impression on the World Cup social scene. An impressive a capella group, D-seven have shared the stage with a number of South Africa’s top performers in recent times, including Goldfish and Just Jinger. Looking ahead to the World Cup, the band is keen to test themselves in front of a global audience. “It’s really exciting – it’s a big test,” says band member Shiraz Jogee. “All the hotels and venues are going to be filled up with international tourists, and it’ll be good to see how they react to our music and that feedback is massive [for any band out there]. This year is hopefully going to be huge for us. “During the World Cup we’re going up to the Grahamstown Festival and then heading back to Cape Town to get involved in the festivities there,” says Jogee. “We are involved in a lot of corporate functions and events, so during the World Cup we’ll be doing a lot of that. We’ve got a regular gig on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel, and a couple other nice World Cup gigs we’re excited to be a part of as well.”Bafana Bafana And regarding the football? All three groups are firmly behind the host nation. “Probably Spain [will be my second choice], but definitely it’s South Africa all the way,” says Shiraz. “[We’re supporting] any African team,” says Nel. “Obviously we’re behind Bafana Bafana, but hopefully someone can do the continent proud!” “Naturally we’re behind Bafana,” says Coutts. “It’s going to be awesome!” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Positively Social: Blogging & Tweeting with AIDS/HIV

first_imgThrough the bravery and efforts of people such as our good friend Drew Olanoff and the LIVESTRONG campaign, many social media users are much more aware of cancer and what this disease does to the body, mind, soul and community.Today, on World AIDS Day, we’d like to direct your attention to a few folks on the social web who are facing lives with HIV/AIDS and have made the same brave choice to share that experience with the rest of us. Read on for bits and pieces of their stories as well as feeds and lists that will keep their struggles and triumphs in your thoughts.Shawn Decker’s ShawnandGwenn.comDecker, who is a public speaker educator and advocate, blogs with girlfriend Gwenn Barringer about his own struggles with the virus and the challenges of being in an HIV-asymmetrical couple.With the success I’ve had keeping my numbers stable, I broached the topic of trying one week on, two weeks off meds…My reason for wanting a longer break has been absent-mindedness and lethargy… It’s especially frustrating on the days when things just aren’t clicking in the old nugget; like when I wake up feeling exhausted instead of rested or, in the middle of a shower, I wonder if I’ve already washed my hair or not. This tends to happen after a couple of days on meds.Steve Schalchlin’s Bonus RoundSchalchlin is one of the first HIV/AIDS bloggers, beginning his blog in 1996. Also a songwriter, Schalchlin put his story into music that his partner, playwright Jim Brochu, turned into The Last Session, a musical about a man’s struggle with AIDS.In Flash Forward, some of the characters are saying, “The future saved me.”I remember when I could see my future. And like this character, there was a certain comfort in knowing I had only just so much time and no more. I’m reminded of the old Chinese saying about how a child who dies has the longest life and an old man, the shortest. I know that that state of mind, of perfect freedom, is available. I know it is because it’s only a state of mind. Having gone there, I know what it feels and tastes and smells like. The question is whether I have to know when I’m gonna die to get there again.Kenn Chaplin’s My Journey With AIDSChaplin is a blogger who faces AIDS and is a survivor of childhood and adult trauma and adult-diagnosed mental illness.When diagnosed with HIV in 1989, and AIDS a few years later, it was suggested that I probably had a maximum of ten years to live. In fact I did nearly die of cryptospoidiosis which my doctor still talks about with a sense of marvel. It only seemed logical that I should accept the reality, with countless friends dying around me, and try to live into death with as much grace as I could muster. What I asserted was realism some friends took to be pessimism. One I think of in particular eventually drifted away as, it seems to me, she could neither tolerate what I believed to be reasonable thoughts of dying nor the fact that my health was, to her, no longer of imminent concern.James McLarty-Lopez’s Still ArrivingMcLarty-Lopez is a young, recently married gay man. His blog references medications he takes, side effects he experiences and his general feelings about this part of his life.Chad and I last night were discussing Justin’s passing. While very sad it was only a matter of time… I have been tired many times. I have been weak many times. However, through the times in the valley I have always said “I want to live.” In comparison, Justin too said he wanted to live, the difference being, he waited far too late to make that decision. He was only 24 and ravaged with HIV and AIDS defining illnesses. Who knows why Justin never really sought treatment? Perhaps the stigma of having HIV stopped him. Perhaps he just didn’t want to have to acknowledge the fact he had it. The only person who could have answered that is gone. Speculation will neither ease the pain nor bring him back. Now it’s about remembering his smile and moving on with the lesson of I want to live.To subscribe to a 12-blog feed of blogs from folks living with and writing about HIV/AIDS, click here.Also, we’ve put together a Twitter list of people who live with HIV/AIDS and people who medically treat, advocate for and work with HIV/AIDS sufferers.What better way to observe World AIDS Day than by actually reading the words and understanding the challenges of those who actually live with AIDS or HIV and are unashamed and courageous enough to share those stories with us? Related Posts Tags:#Blogging#NYT#Social Web#twitter#web jolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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The Business Side of the Green-Built Environment

first_imgAll are good questions or statements. Some are clichés. All deserve to be answered. Which takes me back to my last blog, where I stated, “I’m really pleased to be building and remodeling green in Houston” and even more pleased that I do not have to compete “with the Birkenstock-wearing hippies who ride their bicycles to work down the road in Austin.” With all due respect to my hippie friends in Austin, this point is worth exploring in greater depth. But please note my use of the term “hippie” refers to folks whose preference is to save the planet in part by intentionally grossly undervaluing and undercharging for the work they do. This is in contrast to those of us who desire to play a role in saving the planet but are not shy about charging a fair price for our expertise.Houston is not known as a hotbed of green building (or green anything, for that matter), and to the best of my knowledge, there is not a large number of hippies building homes here, green or otherwise—which is one of the main reasons why I prefer to build green in Houston. Everybody always asks me why I haven’t moved to Austin, where everybody and everything is green. Wouldn’t it be easier to build green in Austin, they ask, where so many people know what green is all about. Unfortunately, in Austin, as in many other parts of the country, there are many more such builders who do not know the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet. And I would rather compete with a fellow MBA any day instead of some green building fool out there giving their work away.But the biggest difference between us is that I do my tree hugging from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m., and they do theirs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In other words, during the day I am trying to make a profit from green building so that by night I have the financial means to support whatever tree hugging activities otherwise I choose. And it would be very difficult for me (and you) to compete against folks who keep getting confused between mark-up and margin, whose financials look like a 501c3 instead of a for-profit builder.We know that building green is all about saving money (vis-à-vis energy reduction), for our clients (and don’t be fooled, it’s the only thing that matters to most of mainstream America). And if energy use reduction is why our local, state, and federal governments have different programs to reward green building (through rebates, credits, and subsidies), then why can’t it be about the money for the green building community as well? Of course, I’m not saying reducing energy consumption is the only reason that folks build green or that governments subsidize green, but I am saying it is the primary driver.So if homeowners and governments get to rank money as the deciding factor in the green choices they make, shouldn’t we? The short answer is yes, and we will continue to delve into the how in the weeks ahead.last_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Find Positive Meaning in Misfortune

first_imgThe way hustlers view the experiences of their lives is very different than the way non-hustlers view those very same experiences.A hustler believes that the circumstances of her birth are why she is where she is now. The non-hustler believes those very same circumstances are why they are not where they might be.The hustler believes that their humble beginnings are what shaped them. The fact that their family didn’t have a lot was a driving force in their life, and it caused them to find a way to improve their circumstances. The non-hustler believes that the fact that they weren’t born into a family with means is what prevents them from having more now.The hustler may have suffered the loss of a parent through divorce, an illness, or an accident. To the hustler, the loss of their parent was as meaningful to them as it is to the non-hustler. The difference is the meaning it provided. To the hustler, it meant they had to stand on their own two feet earlier. Or it meant that had to contribute to taking care of their family. It might have meant they recognized that they had to get moving, that time is short. To the non-hustler, that same loss is a disadvantage that can’t be overcome.A lot of hustlers never went to college. Many of the hustlers that did go to college didn’t make good marks. Some hustlers felt constrained by college and left to start hustling. The lack of formal education doesn’t prevent the hustler from doing whatever they want to do (or becoming whatever they want to become). The non-hustler views their lack of education as something that prevents them from succeeding.There is no doubt that hustlers suffer the same misfortunes as non-hustlers. It can’t be otherwise. The hustler defines those misfortunes in a way that empowers them. The non-hustler views their misfortunes as dis-empowering. But the events are exactly the same, and misfortune doesn’t discriminate. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We need to rebound for our kuyas (older brothers),” said Kiefer Ravena on Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “It’s a motivation for us to want (the gold) even more and be hungrier.”Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag praised these group for feeling that way, noting that it’s just natural for this team to seek redemption to make up for the loss incurred by their Fiba Asia counterparts.“Of course, if you see your brother and see him fall short of a goal, as the younger brother, I think you wanna go out there and make everyone here at home forget about the loss from last night. The only way you do that and go to the SEA Games and put another great effort and do our best to win a gold medal,” he said.With the Philippines relegated to the classification phase for fifth to eighth place in the Asian championship, the SEA Games roster knows that the pressure is now on them as they eye to win the gold medal for the 18th time.“It’s our turn for redemption,” said Amer. “We have to defend our kuyas. We know the weight they are carrying because all of us are watching them. So with the SEA Games, we know all eyes will now be on us. We just want to help them and protect our fort. All we want when we come home here is that we’re all going to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Amer wasn’t only one who went to bed in a gloomy mood as thousands of Filipinos stayed up late only to witness the national team fail to advance past the quarterfinals.What made the defeat tougher to swallow was it came at the hands of its fierce rival Koreans, who continued to own the Philippines’ number in continental tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines has a chance to avenge that failed bid in Fiba Asia with a strong showing in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be represented by the younger members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.And that’s actually one of the the motivations for the SEA Games-bound Gilas crew. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual MOST READ Photo by Mark GiongcoBaser Amer said he had a hard time sleeping after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in a humiliating 118-86 defeat to Korea early Thursday morning.“When they got blown out, I struggled to get some sleep,” he shared in Filipino. “I took it really hard because us Filipinos doesn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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7 days agoBielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successful

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bielsa insists he wants Arsenal striker Nketiah’s Leeds loan to be successfulby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa insists he wants Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell from Arsenal to be a success.Nketiah was loaned out to Elland Road this summer in search of more regular playing time to continue his development. But despite scoring four times in nine appearances in all competitions, the 20-year-old is yet to start a Championship game, with Bielsa sticking by Patrick Bamford.”For me it is very important that Eddie has a good spell at Leeds,” Bielsa said.”If Nketiah doesn’t do well here in Leeds, the responsibility is going to be mine. That will be fair because Nketiah is a player full of results and as coach, I have to know how to manage all this skill to improve the team.”The person who most wants Nketiah to have success at Leeds is me, but also I value Bamford, I value him a lot.” last_img read more

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Photo: Sebastian The Ibis Is Wearing A Suit To Miami’s Nightclub Uniform Release Party

first_imgMiami players run onto the field before a game.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 11: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re less than two hours from Miami’s adidas uniform release party at Club Liv in Miami Beach. It looks like those in attendance are dressed for the occasion, including Miami’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. Sebastian is donning a suit for the occasion.Sebastian The Ibis is ready for the Adidas jersey reveal party at Club Liv pic.twitter.com/I2MLM6wnK1— CaneSport (@CaneSport) July 18, 2015Looking sharp, Sebastian. Check back later tonight for the full scoop on Miami’s uniform reveal.last_img read more

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Clemson’s Shaq Lawson Will Declare For NFL Draft: “I’m Ready For The Next Level”

first_imgShaq Lawson interviewed ahead of FSU game.shaq lawson clemson dalvin cook florida stateAfter losing superstars like Stephone Anthony, Vic Beasley, and Grady Jarrett from last year’s top Clemson defense, many expected a big slide for the Tigers on that side of the field. After finishing first nationally in total defense in 2014, Clemson repeated in the top 10, currently ranking seventh in that category. A big reason: defensive end Shaq Lawson, who has 55 total tackles, an eye-popping 22.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks on the year. After the upcoming College Football Playoff, though, he will be off to the pros. [email protected] DE Shaq Lawson: “I’m going to declare for the draft, “It’s time. I’m ready for the next level. I will always miss Clemson”— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) December 9, 2015At 6-foot-3, 270-pounds, Lawson should be a pretty exciting prospect for NFL teams after his breakout season. He’ll have a chance to improve his stock on the sport’s biggest stage on New Year’s Eve.last_img read more

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This Is The Greatest Sports Day Of The Year

Oct. 15, 1978Sun1 (WS Game 5)1355 Oct. 14, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 2)1235 DATEDAYMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 4, 2001Sun1 (WS Game 7)1374 Another sports equinox is in the booksDates on which all four major U.S. sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL) had at least one game Nov. 2, 2009Mon1 (WS Game 5)153 Oct. 12, 1980Sun1 (NLCS Game 5)1348 Oct. 17, 1971Sun1 (WS Game 7)1236 Oct. 21, 1973Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 With nine NHL games, three NBA games, an NFL game and an MLB playoff game — made possible by the Chicago Cubs’ victory in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday — Thursday is your (first) sports equinox of 2017.What’s a sports equinox? As my former colleague Reuben Fischer-Baum wrote on a couple of occasions, it’s when all four major U.S. sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB — play at least one game on the same day. Historically speaking, it doesn’t happen often. There have only been 17 sports equinoxes in history, including Thursday: Oct. 15, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 2)1236 Oct. 27, 1985Sun1 (WS Game 7)1315 Oct. 22, 1972Sun1 (WS Game 7)1235 Oct. 14, 1979Sun1 (WS Game 5)1337 Nov. 1, 2010Mon1 (WS Game 5)133 NUMBER OF GAMES Nov. 1, 2009Sun1 (WS Game 4)1274 Oct. 19, 1980Sun1 (WS Game 5)1336 Nov. 1, 2015Sun1 (WS Game 5)1275 Oct. 30, 2016Sun1 (WS Game 5)1178 Oct. 19, 2017Thu1 (NLCS Game 5)139 Amazingly, there was a 15-year period without a single sports equinox, between 1985 and 2001. And after 2001, seven more years passed without it happening. But sports equinoxes have occurred much more frequently in recent years — six have happened in the nine years since 2008. They might become even more common in the future, thanks to Thursday-night NFL becoming a fixture, the World Series often running later than usual, and a new NBA scheduling policy this season that moved the season’s opening night up by a week and a half.If the Cubs can force Game 7 in the NLCS, Sunday will be another sports equinox. As will Oct. 29, if Game 5 of the World Series takes place. But even if those do happen, Thursday’s equinox will be the only one this season with the added bonus of college football — there are two FBS games tonight, including No. 25-ranked Memphis at Houston (A “Super Equinox”?). Good luck finding enough screens to watch it all! read more

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Kompany wants to win the title by beating United

first_imgVincent Kompany knows that something special can happen in the Premier League – there will be the Manchester derby next week and City can win the title by winning this game.The Belgium international insisted that it would be something incredible for his side’s fans – there is just one win between Manchester City and the Premier League title after last 3-1 win over Everton.The centre-back spoke about his side’s situation in the title race as he said, according to Standard:“It’s steady but we have a big game midweek and then we have to deal with Manchester United on Saturday.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We’ll take it game by game but we have done very well so far.”“It would mean the world to our fans. I have lived in Manchester long enough to know what it means.”“It will be lively and spicy but I don’t mind. Manchester United have seven days to prepare, but we need momentum so we need a good Champions League game.”last_img read more

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