It doesn’t seem that long ago that Matisyahu was a burgeoning name on the scene, making a career-altering appearance with jam icon Trey Anastasio at Bonnaroo back in 2005. Now, twelve years later, the reggae-rock artist has toured the world over, released multiple albums, and evolved both personally and artistically. The former Phish tour kid will be playing a special late-night performance at NYC’s The Cutting Room following Phish’s performance at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, August 2nd as part of their Baker’s Dozen run.Phishin’ With Matisyahu: How LSD “Turned My Entire World Inside Out”Matisyahu just released his latest album, Undercurrent, on May 19th, and will be on tour in support of the album throughout the summer. The album was created and produced by Matis and fellow band members Stu Brooks (bass, keys, musical director), Time Keiper (drums), and Aaron Dugan (guitar) only. No outside producers, no post-production — to put it plainly, no compromises and no frills. What came out of these sessions is music in its purest form, with special guest spots from friends and longtime collaborators BigYuki and Joe Tomino adding some timely flourishes throughout the album.Before Undercurrent, in September, Matis released the single “Love Born” (listen above) and discussed the track and its deeper meaning in context to both the good and bad that each of us goes through. “‘Love Born’ is about accepting pain and learning to transform it. It’s the ability to look back at one’s history and bring close those moments of pain and confusion and work with them in the present to evolve with strength to one’s future,” explains Matisyahu. “Life has no cushion, music has no net. This approach requires trust, patience, and a leap of faith that each player will listen to, and absorb what is happening around them, and be able to transform it into a collective whole.”Tickets for Matisyahu’s late-night performance at The Cutting Room are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Check out Our Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late Nights for a full slate of what’s happening after the party ends at Madison Square Garden.
“I just play hard. That’s it. There’s nothing else to think about,” World Peace said. “You just got out here and play hard and have a good time. That’s it. I don’t think about anything else.”World Peace also insisted he no longer thinks about the strong fan reception he receives after initially soaking in the moment. He thought plenty, though, of the irony of the moment. When World Peace played with the Lakers from 2009 through 2013, plenty of fans sounded anxious when he took 3-pointers or ran the fast break.“They used to boo,” World Peace said. “I could hear that (stuff). But for me, I don’t care. I’m going to continue to shoot as long as I’m on the (expletive) floor,” World Peace said. “You never know which one of them might go in. One of them might go in. You give yourselves a chance.”Fond farewell?For what might mark his last game at Staples Center wearing a Lakers uniform, World Peace will not have the same kind of farewell that accompanied Kobe Bryant’s career-finale.World Peace will not have a documentary crew following his every move. The Lakers will not hold a video tribute filled with testimony about his accomplished career that included helping the Lakers win the 2010 NBA championship. World Peace will not try to mimic Bryant’s scoring output that he posted in his last game nearly a year ago.“Kobe had 60!” Lakers forward Nick Young told World Peace at his locker before Sunday’s game against Minnesota at Staples Center.“I’m not going for that,” World Peace said. “If I can get five assists, I’ll be happy.”World Peace’s reasoning is simple.World Peace does not plan to formally retire following his 17th NBA season and 18th professionally after also playing overseas in China and Italy in 2013-14. The 37-year-old World Peace hopes to play at least two more years in the NBA or overseas, which would mark a 20-year career.“I want to play a long time,” World Peace said. “That’s cool. All I got to do is work hard. I know what I have to do to get there. I set those goals a long time ago and I don’t have to think any more.”Hence, World Peace would love to re-sign with the Lakers once he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July to mark the third consecutive year he fulfills a mentor year. Yet, World Peace remains mindful of the Lakers’ higher offseason priorities.“There’s too many free agents and rookies they have to sign,” World Peace said of the Lakers. “It’s the last thing I would think about this early. The whole league has to get the free agents, the rookies and get the B-class players and C-class players. I never think about it. It’s too early.”It’s not too early to know how Lakers coach Luke Walton will handle Tuesday’s game against New Orleans at Staples Center. That marks the Lakers’ last home game of the 2016-17 season before their season-finale in Golden State on Wednesday. “Whether it’s his last game or not,” Walton said, “we’ll get him out here.”World Peace entered Sundat’s game averaging only 1.3 points on 21.6 percent shooting in 5.2 minutes through 22 appearances. But he has earned rave reviews the past two years for his practice intensity, positive reinforcement to younger teammates and sharing his dietary habits.“We want to reward Metta every chance we get for how great he’s been this year and the way he’s worked and the way he helps the young guys and being positive,” Walton said. “He’s been one of the better players in this league for a long time. He’s won a championship with this organization, obviously. So that comes into play.”Balancing actThe performance left Walton entertained. He watched David Nwaba lead the D-Fenders in a Game 2 win over Rio Grande Valley of the Development League’s Western Conference semifinals with 22 points on a 8-of-14 shooting. The performance also left Walton concerned. Nwaba logged 41 minutes for the second consecutive D-League game despite also playing for the Lakers.So, Walton sat Nwaba for the second consecutive game for the Lakers.“The last thing we want is to overuse him and make him susceptible to injury,” Walton said.Yet, it sounds like Walton has wished for a compromise as Nwaba bounces between the D-Fenders (Game 3 on Monday) and the Lakers (vs. New Orleans on Tuesday). Although Walton said he has talked with D-Fenders president Joey Buss and coach Coby Karl, Nwaba’s participation in the D-League has come at the expense of his participation with the Lakers. The Lakers had signed Nwaba in late February after he spent most of the season with the D-Fenders.“We want to do what’s best for David,” Walton said. “A big part of what’s best for David is what he feels is best for him. The D-League team is a team he’s played with all year so he’s close with them. It’s the playoffs, so you want to help your team win. We feel confident with what we’ve seen out of him so far. But, he, in my opinion helps us win and makes winning plays. We stay in communication and we try to make the decision on what’s best for him.”Nwaba first faced this unique challenged last week. After playing 29 minutes last Wednesday in San Antonio, Nwaba and D-Fenders general manager Nick Mazzella made the 3 ½ hour drive to Hildalgo, Texas for Game 1 of the D-Fenders’ playoff series against Rio Grande Valley on Thursday. After logging 39 minutes on Thursday, Walton sat Nwaba despite insisting he felt fine to play.“He was telling me one thing,” Walton said. “But the body language was saying something different.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat did not stop World Peace teammates from razzing him. Randle joked it took World Peace about 30 seconds before taking the shot. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson abstained from diplomacy so he could crack a joke.“His leg, he was shaking like a stripper in the corner,” Clarkson said, laughing. “He didn’t know what he was going to do. I thought, ‘Is he going to shoot it?’ I’m looking at him like, ‘You see his leg shaking?’ I know he made bigger shots than this.”Yes, he has. And that’s why the 18,997 fans cheered for World Peace and implored him to shoot anytime he touched the ball.“When Metta shot the three, I thought ‘How perfect is this?’” said Lakers coach Luke Walton, who played with the former Ron Artest with the Lakers from 2009 to 2012. “Metta World Peace is going to make a game-winning three.”World Peace didn’t, but he still made several other key plays. After sitting through three quarters, the 37-year-old World Peace provided reason for the fans to cheer besides nostalgia for his possible final week wearing a Lakers uniform. He handled the ball before making a fadeaway jump shot. Nearly 90 seconds later, World Peace sank a 3-pointer. By the end of the game, World Peace posted eight points on 3-of-8 shooting in 11 minutes. LOS ANGELES >> The crowd stood ready in anticipation as they greeted Metta World Peace.The Lakers had signed a previous fan favorite for the second consecutive year on a role that involved more mentoring than less theatrics than when he provided in that legendary Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. But there the 37-year-old forward stood on a court, ready to secure a game in crunchtime during a season that previously focused more on his younger teammates trying to do the same.On the fast break of the last possession of the game, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell set World Peace for an open 3-pointer. He hesitated for a few seconds before shooting a 3-pointer that hit off the front of the rim. No matter. Lakers forward Julius Randle grabbed the rebound and set Russell up for the game-winning 3-pointer in the Lakers’ 110-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at Staples Center.“I wanted to shoot the three. I wanted to try to end the game, but I didn’t know if I was behind the line,” World Peace said, chuckling. “My leg started shaking like a dog. I didn’t know where I was. Then it looked like I was nervous. I wasn’t.”
Nelson Figure Skating club skaters are busy refining the routines to compete in the upcoming Pacific StarSkate Championships in Cranbrook.The Heritage City club is sending a handful of skaters to the Cranbrook, including nine-year-old Sophie Borhi.Borhi recently had a chance to skate her routine in front of a large crowd at the Nelson Leafs KIJHL Playoff game against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Borhi took the silver medal in the preliminary freeskate at the recent competition in Beaver Valley, which has qualified her to skate at the Pacific StarSkate.Last month at the Ogopogo Free Skate Competition in Penticton that drew 230 skaters from B.C., Alberta and Washington State, Borhi placed second in her category.Other skaters heading to Cranbrook include Morgan Sabo and Erica Tolles.The Nelson Figure Skating Club executive would like to remind the public that the deadline to register for Spring CanSkate is March 21.The spring program begins March 28 at the NDCC Arena.For more information or register visit the club’s website at [email protected]
The playoff run of the Kootenay Wildcats came to an end Saturday as Fraser Valley Phantom completed a two-game sweep in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA Hockey semi final series.The Phantom, regular season champs, finished off the Cats with a 4-3 win at the Langley Sportsplex.Fraser Valley won the opener of the best-of-three series 2-0.Two third-period goals by Madison Sands and Simran Sidhu late in the game allowed the Phantom to escape with the narrow win.Sarah Doll of Cranbrook was in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay, finishing fourth in regular season standings, qualified for the semis with a 2-1 series win over Prince George Cougars. The Wildcats had affiliate and West Kootenay Bantam player Merissa Dawson in the lineup for the weekend.Fraser Valley now advances to the Female Final against the Okanagan Rockets.The Rockets ousted Vancouver Fusion in straight games in the other league semi final series.This is the first time in four years Kootenay Wildcats have not played in the championship final.The Female Midget AAA League was established in the 2007-2008 season to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to play against elite Female players in the [email protected]
Fulham are 8/11 to finish the campaign in the top 10 (evens bottom half) after their derby win over Rangers and they travel to Newcastle on Sunday.Newcastle are 16s for the drop and need three points but it could be a good time to meet the Geordies.Alan Pardew’s side are 11/10 to win, with Fulham 27/10 and the draw 5/2.Dimitar Berbatov has scored in his last four league games for the first time in his career and is 7/1 to score the opening goal and 85/40 to score at any time.Paolo Di Canio brings his Sunderland side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with Chelsea (6/4 to win the FA Cup) desperate for the points to cement their place in the top four.The Blues are 1/3 with the Black Cats 19/2 and the draw at 22/5.Chelsea are 4/11 to finish in the top four and 6/5 to finish top London club, but they need three points against relegation-threatened Sunderland, that’s for sure.Rangers gave it a good go in the second half on Monday night but their defensive inadequacies meant it was another loss and the Hoops are now 1/16 the be playing in the Championship next term.They entertain FA Cup semi-finalists Wigan on Sunday and it goes without saying they must win.Loic Remy was wasted wide on the right in the first 45 minutes at the Cottage but looked sharp in the second half when playing down the middle and is 5/1 to score first and 6/4 to score at any time.Rangers are 7/5 with the Latics (5/2 for relegation) 21/10 and the draw at 12/5.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comBe luckyCharlie
The children of Wings of Hope enjoy a swim. (Image: Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation)The Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation (KNF) believes pre-school is one of the most important elements in a child’s education, and its offering to this age group is a beacon of hope for families with small children in Johannesburg’s inner city suburb of Jeppestown.Global engineering design and project management group DRA shares the same sentiment and decided to join forces with KNF and help the people of the impoverished area. Community development is part of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which seeks to build sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.DRA engineer Mark Cresswell joined the organisation as chairman of the committee in 2005. “Most of the original members are still trustees of KNF, which was formed to run a school and other outreach projects with the aim of helping to uplift the whole area,” he told SA Goodnews.WINGS OF HOPEMore than 80 children attend the foundation’s Wings of Hope school in Jeppestown, where they are cared for and given a free foundation level education to prepare them for their years to follow at primary school.They come from disadvantaged homes where there are few opportunities to play with something as simple as a toy. Most of these children arrive not knowing how to colour in with crayons or even read a picture book.KNF provides all of this and more to the pre-schoolers so that when they join Grade 1 they have the foundation to help them succeed.“These little ones receive a high quality education from KNF. They also get two hot meals and a decent snack every day plus medical care if necessary and loads of love, care and support,” Cresswell said. “Ultimately, I have seen our past graduates go into Grade 1 with confidence and knowledge.”Since Wings of Hope opened, it has grown from two classes of 20 pupils to four classes of 25 pupils. The enrolment has been steady at 100 pupils for the last few years, which means a large portion of the disadvantaged Jeppestown children are being given the opportunity of a better education.HOW IT STARTEDKNF was founded in 2000 by Sister Natalie Kuhn, a Dominican nun who was nearing retirement from her position as headmistress of the Dominican Convent School (DCS) in Jeppestown.She had been working in the area for years and had noticed the growing numbers of young children idly sitting on the street corners. She realised that she was witnessing the future’s potential street children and decided to do something about it.Having always had a passion for pre-school education, she came up with the idea to turn one of the houses surrounding the core buildings at DCS into a pre-primary school. A fellow nun helped set up the school with inheritance money. In 2005, a committee was formed that included Cresswell as the chairman.Sister Natalie died in 2013 but her good work continues with the help of companies like DRA.With the pre-primary filled quickly, Cresswell and his fellow committee members began to recognise it was not enough to only provide a strong educational foundation to the children in their care.“Once they graduate from pre-school and enter government schools, the children face uncertainty at home. Often there is not enough to eat and the children have to move from one home to another because their parents cannot afford to pay the rapidly rising rent,” he said.“Without stability and adequate nutrition the children struggle to concentrate and progress with their studies.”KNF HELPS FAMILIESIn response, KNF started sending the parents to accredited cooking, home-based care and cleaning courses. “Unfortunately, the courses are costly, so we are not able to assist every family.”Those who have received training have been able to find employment, which has greatly increased the chances of stability in their homes.KNF has also provided training and skills development to nine employees. “Six parents are now fully qualified pre-school teachers and three others work as support staff, cooking for 100 people each day and caring for the environment around them,” said Cresswell.Through a monthly donation that started in 2008, DRA has invested more than R1.3-million in the organisation.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Terry Wehrkamp, director of live production, Cooper Farms, is now chairperson of The Animal Agriculture Alliance Board of Directors. Cooper Farms has been a member of the Alliance for more than 10 years and Wehrkamp has served on the board since 2014. Wehrkamp accepted the gavel at the spring board meeting earlier this month from immediate past chairperson Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board.As director of live production, Wehrkamp manages the teams caring for the company’s turkeys, hogs and chickens and its feed production. A well-respected industry leader, Wehrkamp was inducted into The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences Hall of Fame in December 2015 and was awarded the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010.
In The Lost Art of Closing, I wrote about the ten commitments you need in a typical B2B sale. In that book, I identified two rules to acquire these commitments, the first of which is that you must trade enough value to create an imbalance in your client’s favor (they gain from the meeting, even if they never buy from you). The second rule is that you need to control the process (the sales conversation).Here are eleven ways you give up control.Not knowing that it is your responsibility to control the process: It is easy to lose control of the process when you don’t know it is your responsibility to manage it in the first place. Improvement here starts with awareness. There are some who believe that buyer should—or does—control the process, and that you should be subservient, waiting for them to direct you. This is wrong, and it will cause limit your ability to win and serve your clients.Not creating enough value in a meeting to earn the next: If you don’t show up prepared, with an agenda, with insights and ideas, and with good questions, you are not going to generate enough value to earn the right to another meeting. Your client is going to decide whether the next meeting makes sense, and that judgment is shaped by how you perform.Leaving a meeting without a meeting: You should never leave a meeting without another meeting. If you do, you are going to find yourself chasing your prospective client for the next meeting, first over voicemail, then over email (two mediums which make it easy for your client to avoid you). Book the next meeting before you end each meeting.Accepting a non-commitment: A non-commitment sounds like this: “We’ll reach out to you in the next couple weeks.” Maybe they mean it. Alternatively, perhaps they’re just nice so that they can get rid of you. One thing is certain, there is no next meeting on their calendar, and there is nothing on yours. You accepted a non-commitment, and you are back to chasing.Making a commitment instead of gaining one: You may have established a few critical follow-up tasks from your meeting. You owe your prospect an email with some additional information. The commitment that you made is not a commitment for the client, and they are in no way obligated to open, read, or respond to your mail. A commitment was made, but your client didn’t make it.Avoiding conflict over next steps: Your client may not want to do what they need to do next. They may not want to bring in other parties. They may not want to commit to a meeting with your operations team. They may not want to let your legal team hash out an indemnification clause with their legal team. When these commitments are necessary, avoiding the difficult conversation to gain the commitment can levy a hefty penalty of your conflict-aversion of your lack of diplomacy.Failing to trade enough value for the commitment you want: If you can’t tell your client precisely what they gain from the meeting you are trying to schedule, they are right to refuse it. They need to know how they benefit from agreeing to the meeting. No value, no commitment.Allowing clients to determine what comes next when it is the wrong decision: Sometimes a client will tell you something that sounds positive, like “Go ahead and get us a proposal and pricing.” But if you haven’t done the work to be able to provide what they are asking for, you have to do what is right instead of what seems easy.Not knowing what commitment you need: It’s possible that you don’t know what commitment you need. Because the sales conversation is nonlinear, it is easy to find yourself outside of your sales process and in a place where turn-by-turn directions are not available. Even if you have to guess, and even if you are wrong, you need a commitment that moves the opportunity forward.Failing to identify the next best commitment: Sometimes the commitment you need is difficult to gain. If you don’t have a backup commitment, something you can ask for that, while not being optimal, still moves your forward. Something is almost always better than nothing.Not asking: If you don’t ask for the commitment you need, you are not going to acquire that commitment. Ask!