Jordan Bell explains why he chose to join Minnesota Timberwolves

first_imgUnlike perhaps other young NBA players in his position as a free agent, Jordan Bell did not seek long-term security. Nor did he consume himself with how he could fatten his wallet.When Bell accepted a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on the veteran’s minimum, it reflected his hope to satisfy something that he did not experience consistently through two seasons with the Warriors.“An opportunity just to play,” Bell said in a phone interview with Bay Area News Group. “Money wasn’t …last_img

Giants need all of Yastrzemski’s three home runs in chaotic extra-inning win

first_imgPHOENIX — Chaos. Insanity. Launch angle.Baseball in 2019.It’s hard to know what to believe anymore when watching a sport where hitting a ball over the fence was once an accomplishment worth celebrating.Up until this season, it would have been all-too-easy to write that surely, neither Giants manager Bruce Bochy nor Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo had seen anything like what took place at Chase Field on Friday before. Except two months ago, before Lovullo’s D’backs and Bochy’s …last_img

Naomi Ruele: Botswana’s Olympic medal swimming hopeful

first_img15 July 2016Meet Naomi Ruele, #Botswana’s first Olympic swimmer #TeamBotswana #Rio2016 ??— Botswana (@Botswana) July 13, 2016Botswana is going Olympics-mad over its new swimming sensation, Naomi Ruele. The 19-year-old is the first swimmer from Botswana to qualify for the Olympics.Ruele, who currently swims for Florida International University in the US, qualified for the Rio Games in March this year, setting a personal best of 26.07 seconds in the 50m freestyle qualifier.During her time in the US, Ruele has won seven gold medals at the most recent C-USA Championships, the country’s top collegiate swimming competition. She set two records and was the top swimmer of the event.Ruele was recently named the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year by the Botswana National Sports Council. It noted her remarkable achievements in the pool as well inspiring young Batswana to take an interest in the sport.Swimming Sensation Naomi Ruele Bags 7 Medals! –> #BotswanaYouthMagazine— Botswana Youth Mag (@BotswanaYouth) March 17, 2016She will join the rest of the Botswana Olympic team made up of current African Games 400m champion Isaac Makwala and London Olympics 2012 800m silver medallist Nijel Amos.For the first time Botswana will have more than one female in their Olympic team. Track athletes Lydia Jele and Christine Botlogetswe will also join Ruele in Rio de Janeiro. Until now, 400m sprinter Amantle Montsho had been the only female Batswana Olympian, competing at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.Heats for the Rio 2016 50m freestyle event begin on 11 August 2016 at the Barra da TijucaAquatics Stadium.Source: This is AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using materiallast_img read more

MyMusicCircle: A Reputation-Based Marketplace for Musical Talent & Gigs

first_imgWe spoke this afternoon with MyMusicCircle’s VP of Marketing, Johnathan Naranjo, and their CIO, Henry Bueno.One of our first concerns was how the startup would deal with encouraging user adoption without a critical mass of content – in this case, paying gigs to attract work-hungry artists. “We’re not going to be scraping gigs from other sites,” said Bueno, “but we will be contacting the individuals that post those gigs. If someone posts a gig to Craigslist, our team will contact that person and invite him to post on MyMusicCircle.”The features that separate MyMusicCircle from other cattle-call classifieds for musicians all concern verification and measurement of reputation. Bueno told us, “Everyone has to do their homework. That’s why we give thorough tools for portfolios, public feedback, and communication tools for users asking questions.“The features we have now are the internal feedback system for professionals and clients. It creates a sort of synergy in the site as new professionals emerge onto the scene to help them create a reputation, much in the way that eBay sellers have a reputation for providing good service or creating good products. This also affects their search rankings for MyMusicCircle search.”And allowing artists to create full profiles featuring their multimedia content is also a great way for potential clients to pre-screen talent, as well.Other coming-soon features include Virtual Studio, visual conference tool for professionals and clients to communicate. Also on the horizon is a shopping cart feature that will allow beatmakers to sell beats, artists to sell tracks, attorneys to sell billable hours, composers to sell sheet music, manufacturers to sell packages for T shirts or CDs, etc., directly from their individual profiles. Bueno also revealed that his team is working on help manuals and tutorials for users of all experience levels.The site has been in beta for about a month. Users can send feedback through the feedback tab on the right side of any MyMusicCircle page. Although all accounts now are free, MyMusicCircle has planned a 3-tiered freemium business model for future launches.“We’re musicians ourselves,” said Bueno. “We created this online system because it’s needed; there’s no central nervous system where people can do business in the music industry. We’re trying to empower musicians who are ready to work and provide great services.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Like or 99designs, MyMusicCircle is a niche marketplace for an industry notorious for being saturated with broke amateurs.Finding good talent and, on the flip side of the music industry coin, finding paying gigs can both be excruciatingly difficult tasks wherein both parties in a project rely on word-of-mouth referrals or Craigslist classifieds to find one another and collaborate; in general, we feel that the more online tools music industry pros have to get their various jobs done cheaper, faster, and simpler, the better off we’ll all be. The site was pitched to us as “the new way the music industry does business.” And with enough user adoption and content creation, MyMusicCircle could actually prove to be a great resource for finding talent and gigs online.Although the site’s features run deep and wide, the premise is simple: Create a profile (focused on finding either talent or paying gigs), and search for what you need. Projects and opportunities cover the entire breadth of the music industry, from promotion to road crew to performers to print shops to venues to arrangers to legal counsel to graphic designers and beyond.Users can add projects or artists to watchlists or favorites lists, bid on projects, contact other users, conduct searches, and create multimedia portfolios with videos, documents, images, and audio. The site also includes an escrow-based internal payment system for gigs; and SMS alerts are available for projects, connection requests, and other events. According to site reps, new features will be rolled out on a continual basis.Of course, we put the site to the test and created an artist profile and portfolio. The process was incredibly simple, even if the interface wasn’t the prettiest or most elegant we’ve seen. Especially for multimedia and video content, the uploading process and proprietary media player could use some design/UX TLC. jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

U.P. BJP MLA to Mamata Banerjee: ‘Mend your ways or meet Chidambaram’s fate’

first_imgAn Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA has warned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to mend her ways or get ready to meet the same fate as former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram who is currently lodged in jail.The MLA from Bairia Assembly constituency Surendra Singh said the Trinamool Congress supremo should “become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh” as she was opposed to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). “The statements made by Mamata Banerjee against the NRC show that she is backed by foreign forces,” Mr. Singh told reporters in Ballia on September 14 on the sidelines of a krishi mela. “It seems that Mamata is forgetting that bad days are approaching her. She should change her language and behaviour otherwise she will meet the same fate as Congress leader P. Chidambaram,” he said. On September 13, Ms. Banerjee took out a rally in Kolkata against the NRC in Assam after the final list was released on August 31 which left out 19 lakh people.After the rally, the Trinamool chief had said that she would never allow the Centre to conduct a similar exercise in West Bengal.Mr. Singh, however, said: “If Mamata wants to do politics by protecting the infiltrators from Bangladesh then she should become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.” “In Bengal, lord Ram and lord Hanuman respectively in form of Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath have appeared, and in the next Assembly elections, there will be a change of power in the State,” he added.last_img read more