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Kurtenbach: It’s one game, but… Why the Warriors’ embarrassing opener can’t be brushed off

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — We didn’t learn anything in the Warriors’ season-opening 141-122 loss to the Clippers that, deep down, we didn’t already know.Yes, all that preseason wishful thinking, all those happy thoughts of the Dubs’ dynasty continuing on into 2019-2020 season, and all those clouds in the sky for this first season in San Francisco were dealt a fatal blow of harsh reality on Thursday.The Warriors’ loss to the Clippers was a reckoning — an epiphany of the worst kind — as Thursday’s …last_img

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South African artist revitalises Woodstock

first_imgOne of Sam’s most recent projects involved painting colourful murals with positive messages as part of efforts to rejuvenate the once thriving Woodstock area. Shop owners are happy to have murals painted on their buildings. His murals are created using mixed media such as household paint and spray paint. (Images: Freddy Sam) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ricky-Lee Gordon +27 83 300 9970RELATED ARTICLES • Waste gives Such artistic inspiration • Rugby sewing initiative kicks off • Local Xhosa heritage goes global • Art Bank Joburg: helping local artists Wilma den HartighA South African artist is using art to bring about social change and transform the suburb of Woodstock in Cape Town with colourful murals.Ricky-Lee Gordon, known by his pseudonym Freddy Sam, is best described as a creative activist who initiates projects to inspire people and change lives.“It is my intention to explore my community and surroundings using public art as a tool to communicate and connect with people from all walks of life. I am more interested in the experience than the result,” he says.One of his most recent projects, which has attracted international attention, involved painting colourful murals with positive messages as part of efforts to rejuvenate the once thriving Woodstock area.Woodstock, which is one of Cape Town’s oldest suburbs, was always known for its thriving textile and clothing community. “Many families moved here to get work in these factories, but now they are unfortunately closing down,” Gordon says.As more factories closed their doors, people were left without work and the area started to decline.New lease of life for WoodstockWoodstock may not be Cape Town’s most upmarket suburb, but Gordon says that the area is fast gaining a reputation as an up-and-coming art precinct.Contributing to the urban gentrification of Woodstock is an important aspect of Gordon’s work as an artist. “I want to be part of it and I want to influence it for the better with art,” he says.The area has a lot going for it – it has character and its authentic and vibrant culture has become a major draw card. This, coupled with affordable rental space, has encouraged many artists, galleries and agencies to move into the area.“Artists like to be surrounded by real culture and there is a lot here. It makes for interesting life on the street,” he says.Mural art with a purposeFor Gordon, Woodstock is the ideal canvas. The architecture is neglected and colourful murals are a good way to transform the rundown landscape.“With the grittiness of Woodstock many building and shop owners are happy for murals to be painted on their buildings. The colour is rejuvenating the area,” he says.Before painting a mural, he always approaches the building owner to ask for permission. He explains that community engagement is one of the main goals he hopes to achieve.His murals are created using mixed media such as household paint and spray paint. “My work is a mixture between portraiture and abstraction. Abstraction is a mixture of colour, line and shape to give emotion. I want people to smile and feel good about the work,” he says.The response to his murals has been overwhelming. “People love it. It is nice to create something like this and it gives me joy to give someone else joy and this defines my style,” he says.Community involvementGordon has also found another outlet for his creative activism by getting involved in the Percy Bartley Orphanage, a home for boys aged eight to 18 years.“The home is a safe space for the boys, but when I found out about it I approached a sponsor to provide funding to rejuvenate the home with murals and colours,” he says.Since livening up the home with murals, the project has evolved and he now hosts art workshops at the home. Gordon says the youngsters will soon be opening their own art exhibition.Five years ago he founded the Write On Africa initiative, a community art and inspiration project that creates murals and presents workshops in poor communities to uplift and inspire social change.Gordon also runs a residency and project space called Word of Art and invites creative people from all over the world to come and live in Woodstock and get involved in the community.Artists the new ‘rock stars’His next ambition is start a creative art initiative in schools, focusing on those with very low to zero pass rates.He wants to approach the most needy schools and work in them for a year, running weekly workshops in creative art. “It will be a colourful expressive activity. It won’t be intimidating and children won’t be marked on it,” he explains.Through art, he hopes to inspire children and teachers to believe in themselves and take pride in their school. “It only takes one day of inspiration to change someone’s life,” he says.Gordon believes that creativity can be a solution to many challenges in South Africa’s schools and artists can be at the forefront of such change.“Artists can make a major contribution to societal change. It took me many years to appreciate art because it wasn’t considered cool, but these days artists are like the new rock stars,” he says.last_img read more

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Roku Adds Al-Jazeera & USB to Channels

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Internet TV#web center_img mike melanson Roku, the little box that brings streaming Internet content to your television screen, announced two additions today that bring the Internet TV device to a new level. A device like Roku can be judged both in terms of what content it natively supports and how it connects to other devices to make content sharing easy.Today’s announcements by the company work to increase the device on both levels, connecting it both to content you won’t find on many TV networks and to the other device in your room – your computer!.The first part of the announcement might be most interesting in terms of recent news. Last week, Egypt completely shutdown the Internet in the country and one of the only ways to keep up with events there was by the streaming, online version of Al-Jazeera English. In light of these events, Roku has announced that it has added Al-Jazeera English as a streaming channel in its Roku Newscaster app.“With so much interest in the current events in Tunisia and Egypt, a lot of attention is being paid to Al-Jazeera and its coverage,” wrote the company. “We’re working on a number of ways to bring Roku customers both live and on-demand feeds from Al-Jazeera.”For the most part, the news service is unavailable on most U.S. television screens, as pointed out today by The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog. To get Al-Jazeera on your Roku box, simply go here and follow the instructions.In addition to adding Al-Jazeera, Roku announced that it launched a Roku USB Media Player, which “gives Roku HD-XR and XD|S customers the ability to enjoy personal videos, pictures and music right from their USB hard drive.” This means that you can play any content you have on your computer directly on your TV.  According to Roku, the USB solution doesn’t completely bridge the gap between computer and TV screen, as it needs to plug directly into a USB port on the drive, such as with an external hard drive. But if you don’t have an external hard drive, simply copy the content onto a thumbdrive and plug that in. Voila! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How To Not Look Stupid

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now “I don’t want to look stupid.”Some salespeople are afraid to call their dream clients because they believe that they may be asked a question to which they lack the answer. They are afraid that by not knowing the answer that they will lose their credibility. In their worse fear, instead of being perceived as a value creator, they may be perceived as a time waster.Like all fears, there is some real danger in looking stupid. But if you have to know the answer to any and every question your dream client may ask of you, you are always going to fear being stupid. The whole of human knowledge doubles every five years, and there is no way to keep up. The different questions that may be asked of you are limitless, and there is no way to anticipate or prepare for every question.Fortunately, there are ways to not “look stupid.”You Don’t Know EverythingFirst, don’t pretend to know everything. If you really want to avoid looking stupid, don’t answer questions for which you don’t know the answers. Nothing will ruin your credibility more than speaking about something you don’t know.If you don’t want to be exposed as a time-wasting salesperson, then don’t pretend to be an expert in areas you don’t know.You Are the ConductorSecond, when you are asked a question to which you don’t know the answer, say this, “That’s a great question. I don’t have an answer for you now, but I am going to get with my team here and get our best thinking on that. I’ll call you back this afternoon and tell you how we would answer that question and what we might suggest.”The longer you work in one company or one industry, the more you gain the situational knowledge you need to answer your client’s questions. But you never have to know the answer to every question you might be asked.As a salesperson, you orchestrate results. That means you are the conductor, not first violin. You are always allowed to lean our your subject matter and technical experts to serve your clients. Being resourceful enough to know how and where to get the answers your clients need is as important as developing situational knowledge. What do you do when you don’t know the answer to a question your client asks?How do you exercise your resourcefulness in helping your clients solve their biggest challenges?Where do you go to get help answering your client’s questions?last_img read more