As planets orbiting the sunOur solar system’s come undoneWe’ve deviated from the pathForgotten logic, ignored the mathOur ego’s blind us to the factsWe’ve broken all of our contractsThere is no “I” in the word “team”We’ve lost all hope, refuse to dreamWe talk but don’t communicateWe just make noise and act irateWe judge our friends before they speakWe see the thoughtful as the weakWe’ve replaced merit with our greedWe lack the passion to succeedWill the future’s foundation ever be built?Will I turn away and hide from guilt?I know that I must share the blameCarry my part of our joint shameOur sins are not always apparentWhat’s in our minds is not transparentWe dodge, we jump, and we deviateWe avoid the truth and embrace hateMy vision reaches as far as my noseMy foolish pride leaves me exposedWe contribute to the degradationWe mock ourselves and hurt the nationWe are people of words who do not actThe time has passed to display tactShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Catch advertising mogul, Odette van der Haar, at the 2017 Nation Brand Forum hosted by Brand South Africa. Odette van der Haar will be one of the speakers at this year’s Nation Brand Forum. A leading advertising executive, Van der Haar will be part of discussions around how nation branding can attract investment to the country. (Image: Adlip.com)Odette van der Haar is the CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) which is the recognised industry body of the advertising and communications profession in South Africa.She joined the ACA in October 2007 from Sentech Ltd where she headed the company’s advertising, events and sponsorships portfolio.Her experience and knowledge gained locally and abroad are as a result of having worked for leading companies such as African Technology Holdings Group of Companies, South African Post Office Limited, Siemens, BP Southern Africa, Mutual & Federal and Rentworks holding positions in marketing, business development and strategy.Odette currently serves on the boards of the ACA, AAA School of Advertising, the Media and Marketing Collection Agency (MAMCA), Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) – formerly Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa and the SACAP CSR (South African Council of Architectural Professionals Communications and Stakeholder Relations) committee. She also served a full term on the Board of the Brand Council ofShe also served a full term on the board of the Brand Council of South Africa, she was a custodian of the “Take a girl child to work” initiative and served on the MAPPP SETA board of directors. Odette is involved in various community projectsOdette is involved in various community projects and charities and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network African chapter – African Leadership Initiative. She holds a Higher Diploma in BusinessShe holds a higher diploma in business management and has completed various courses in marketing and insuranceOdette is highly respected in the advertising and communications sector. Her opinionon industry matters is regularly sought and she is often profiled and quoted in themedia. She has been featured in publications such as the Financial Mail’s Little BlackBook, the Mail and Guardian’s Book of South African Women and The Annual to name a few. She is often called upon to serve as a judge on numerous prestigious industry award programs including but not limited to the APEX awards, AdFocus, AdReview and PICA awards.Recently, Odette was recognised for awards such as woman of the year, the mostinfluential women in business and government, and the most powerful women in South Africa in digital marketing.
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, left, looks to take a shot as Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 132-95. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — When the NBA handed down Nikola Jokic’s one-game suspension Friday afternoon, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone called for two things: an explanation from the league and a second shootaround from his players.He appreciated the first and was satisfied with the second after the Nuggets rallied around their star center’s absence in routing the Phoenix Suns 132-95 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT To teammates, Tom Brady stands alone as he chases 6th ring PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “People forget, Mason Plumlee was a starter on a playoff team” in Portland, Malone said. “So, as much as we love Nikola, with Nikola not being here tonight, Mase is more than capable of taking those minutes and playing like Nikola.”All five starters reached double digits and so did reserves Malik Beasley (19 points), Monte Morris (17) and Trey Lyles (12).“That’s what good teams do,” Malone said. “When somebody’s not here, somebody else steps up.”Jokic’s absence sure didn’t turn into a blessing for Phoenix.“They didn’t need him the way they played — or the way we played,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said.Devin Booker led the Suns with 35 points. They were without their own big man with DeAndre Ayton missing the game with a sprained left ankle.“We know we didn’t play well tonight,” Booker said. “It was kind of embarrassing.”VANDERBILT DEBUTNuggets rookie Jarred Vanderbilt, a 19-year-old selected in the second round of the NBA draft out of Kentucky, made his pro debut in the waning minutes after recovering from ankle and foot injuries.“I’m happy he got that first-game jitters out of the way,” said Malone, who wants Vanderbilt to get his legs under him in the G-League. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “The league was great, and I mean this,” Malone said, adding the NBA apologized for not informing him of Jokic’s suspension before the Nuggets’ noon shootaround.“They were just busting my chops in there because we brought them back in the afternoon just to walk through the plays once we knew who was in, who was out,” Malone said after emerging from his victorious locker room. “But, whatever it takes for a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMason Plumlee laughed about the extra pre-game practice.“I don’t think anyone was happy” about it, he said. “Did we need it? I don’t know. He can say it was the right move now because we played well.” In 3 minutes, Vanderbilt had a point, an assist on a full-court pass, a steal and three rebounds, then was doused by a couple of teammates with two cups of Gatorade.“He’s in the league now,” Plumlee said.LIGHT WORKJamal Murray scored 13 points but rolled his troublesome ankle again. Malone said with the big lead, there was no reason to put him back in.“That was the good thing about tonight as well: our starters, nobody played crazy minutes,” Malone said. “We were able to play a lot of guys with tomorrow being our third game in four nights, that’s always important.”TIP-INSSuns: Several of Ayton’s teammates were out with him, including his backup, Richaun Holmes (right foot). Forward T.J. Warren (sore right ankle) and guard De’Anthony Melton (right ankle) also missed the game. … The Suns fell to 4-21 on the road.Nuggets: Denver outscored Phoenix 26-2 on second-chance points. … Denver won the season series 3-1. … The Nuggets improved to 21-4 at home. … The Nuggets closed out the first half on a 23-8 run for a 70-55 lead. … Denver improved to 15-1 when holding opponents below 100 points.UP NEXTSuns: Visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Paul Millsap had 20 points to lead eight Nuggets in double figures, and Denver held the Suns to 40 second-half points in handing Phoenix is seventh straight loss.Jokic, the Nuggets’ leader in points, rebounds and assists, was banished for a night by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation in Utah two nights earlier.Although the suspension forced him to juggle his lineup and rotations, Malone said it didn’t “change our focus at all because that should not change no matter who’s playing in uniform. Obviously, when you are down your best player and an All-Star, other guys have to step up.”That, they did.Plumlee got the start in Jokic’s absence and had 16 points, six assists and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night when they get Jokic back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem