‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award NBA 2017 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook welcomed Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to Oklahoma City while Houston added Chris Paul and tough defenders toNBA assists leader and number two scorer James Harden with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward joining Al Horford in Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd the Cavaliers, with four-time MVP LeBron James bidding for an eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, added his pal Dwyane Wade, oft-injured Derrick Rose plus Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas in the deal that sent Irving to Boston.In all, eight players with a total of 45 All-Star Game appearances switched teams. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Just because you compile a team of superstars don’t mean it’s going to work, because it’s a lot of ego,” Green told GQ magazine.”And we just happen to have a perfect group to where it works.”Las Vegas oddsmakers agree. The Warriors are a runaway favorite to repeat as champion at about 2-1 with Cleveland next at 4-1 ahead of Boston at 10-1 with Houston and San Antonio at 15-1 just ahead of Oklahoma City at 16-1. ‘They don’t stand a chance’ It’s the NBA version of a nuclear arms race, complete with a fistful of teams stockpiling top talent and legend Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with Chicago who owns the Charlotte Hornets, warning of mutually assured destruction.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (R) vies during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Kevin Durant barely had a chance to grip his first NBA championship trophy in Golden State’s victory celebration last June before rival clubs were moving to challenge the Warriors “superteam” for supremacy.Now the NBA’s 72nd season opens Tuesday with a fistful of clubs having assembled three or more stars, uniting to stop Durant, 3-point sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and forward Draymond Green from bringing Golden State a third title in four campaigns.ADVERTISEMENT Gins finish strong, soar 2-0 vs Bolts The superteams will be tested on opening night with Boston visiting Cleveland and Houston at Golden State. Oklahoma City will open Thursday at home against New York, Anthony’s former club.’James says that despite potential issues with 2011 MVP Rose, 2006 MVP Wade, himself, Love, Crowder and teammates relegated to reserve duties, the Cavaliers will come together and again be a championship threat.“At the end of the day when guys sign here and wanted to come here, we all know what we’re here for,” James said. “So there’s no ego. The only ego is bring your game, which these guys know how to do. We all have a common goal, so none of that other stuff matters.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado magazine.“You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”In the wake of a heartbreaking seventh-game loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals after a record 73-9 season, the Warriors recruited Durant, the former MVP who opted out of Oklahoma City. They rolled through the playoffs with a 16-1 record.It’s a follow-on to the escalation James helped spark in 2010 when he left Cleveland for Miami to join Wade and Chris Bosh in a “Big Three” that reached four NBA Finals in a row, winning in 2012 and 2013.When he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, he matched up with Irving and added Kevin Love for a new “Big Three” and now such trios abound.“It’s pretty… sick to see how everybody is just in a … panic about what to do,” Green told GQ. “That’s the fun part about it — they know they don’t stand a chance.”Green said the Warriors were inspired by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s comments after last June’s NBA Finals, when he said the Warriors “are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We’re used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeves.”That proved to be pairing Paul and Harden, two of the NBA’s best, in the Houston backcourt.“They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy,” Green told GQ. ‘Only ego is bring your game’  Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more


first_imgAustralian triathlete seeks 70.3 Cebu 4-peat “They (Beermen) are used to the pressure, I saw that right after we won our first title together,” said the multititled coach, who is a perfect 6-for-6 in title series appearances with San Miguel.Tim Cone will try to blemish Austria’s record and the two-time Grand Slam champion coach will have a full armory with the 7-foot Greg Slaughter in the pink of health—an able match for reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.“That’s a thing of the past,” Austria said of his Finals record. “I come into every series not trying to protect that, but aiming to win the next championship.”Austria won the last time he and Cone squared off for a championship, when Ginebra played without Slaughter in the 2016-17 Philippine Cup Finals.Both sides will be coming in with healthy rosters for the series and Austria has added a key piece to the lineup in top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ “Every time you play (Barangay) Ginebra in a Finals is special,” Austria told the Inquirer on the eve of Game 1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. “The players remember what happened last year, when the expectations for (us to win) the Grand Slam were so high.”The Gin Kings ousted the Beermen in the Governors’ Cup’s Final Four last season and effectively snuffed out San Miguel’s shot at a Triple Crown sweep, and Austria believes that this is firing up his charges for the series that starts 7 p.m. on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Every championship (bid) is special,” Austria added. “But this one carries something more for my players since this will put us on track again toward another shot at the Grand Slam.”Austria said that they did nothing special in practice leading up to the series opener. They went through their usual plays and he believes that there will be no pressure on his Beermen even though Ginebra will have the crowd throughout the best-of-seven series. With the 6-foot-7 Standhardinger, Austria can go toe-to-toe with Ginebra in terms of size, and with imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee expected to cancel each other out, deciding the series will most likely be how the locals will perform.Fajardo remains to be the biggest matchup problem for Cone, although no one expects Ginebra to play the 6-foot-10 behemoth one-on-one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeo Austria and San Miguel Beer have been playing in—and winning—so many title series in the PBA in the last four years that some might think they have lost the appetite for it.Everyone will be surprised to find out that they are approaching the PBA Commissioner’s Cup title series with the same zest they had when they chased—and won—their first, especially since they have some sort of unfinished business with the team on the other end of the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Bea De Leon breaks out of slump in style with dominant showing in latest Ateneo win

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief powered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES UAAP volleyball: Young NU squad pulls off five-set stunner over UP Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—It has been a whirlwind of a campaign for Bea De Leon in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Although Ateneo has racked up wins left and right, De Leon has so far struggled, averaging just six points in the Lady Eagles’ first five games.De Leon, however, finally shrugged off the slump and put on a Player of the Game-worthy performance of 14 points in the Lady Eagles’ win over Adamson University, 25-8, 22-25, 25-16, 25-10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: UAAP volleyball: Ateneo hikes win streak to 5 after fending off Adamson“Bea is the best player right? It’s about time. I really admire Bea, and all of my seniors, because they really put the sacrifices in everything,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Bea makes my job as a coach that much easier so I really admire her,” Almadro added. “I told her that the points would come, just be patient.”De Leon, who captains the Lady Eagles, said that Almadro always reminded her that she doesn’t need to do the heavy lifting for them and that what her teammates need from her is her leadership.“Coach always says to me ‘I don’t always need your points, I just need your voice,’” said De Leon after the Lady Eagles soared to a league-best 5-1 record. “The game gave me a lot of confidence and the team showed me that they still trust me.”“They saw me struggle and I know that I can’t bounce back from my slump by myself, it takes help from my teammates,” added De Leon.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Homeless man crushed to death by truck

first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanA homeless man was tragically killed on Tuesday afternoon when he was crushed to death by a container truck at Sheriff and Garnett Streets.The dead man, who was said to be in his late 30s, has been identified only as Michael, also called “Jail Boy” of Tiger Bay, Georgetown.According to reports, around 15:00h, the man was attempting to retrieve a bottle of drink which had slipped out of his hand and rolled under a container truck that had stopped at the traffic light, unbeknownst to the driver.When the light turned green and the vehicle began moving, his head was crushed in the process.“The container [truck] was in traffic when the man was crossing Sheriff Street. The bottle of drink which he had in his hand fell and rolled under the container. He was trying to get the drink before the container started to move, but the man (the driver) didn’t see him under there so when the traffic light turned green, the man started to drive and crushed him,” an eyewitness related.The woman explained that after the driver of the container truck became aware of what had occurred, he stopped and exited his vehicle, looked at the dead man, re-entered his vehicle and drove off.Another woman who saw what transpired explained that just minutes before the incident, she was having a conversation with the man who left to buy a bottle of drink.“I was just speaking with him; he was joking with me, telling me that he bought bread and that he would share it with me, but only if I buy the drink. Anyway, he left to go buy his drink and by the time I go inside that store and came out back, I saw him lying on the road with his head smashed in,” the woman said in disbelief.Also speaking with this publication, an employer of the now dead man disclosed that he was released from prison just four days ago.He noted that the man was well-known on Main Street, Georgetown and he would always have tools in his hands, ready to work.He stated that he mainly employed the man as a handyman to do work around his place of business occasionally.The businessman related that for the many years that he had known the man, he never spoke of any relative. He added that it was customary for Police Officers to collect Michael during parades and lock him up.“He would serve his time and then come out back. People call him “Jail Boy” because he would always have on jail clothes.”When Guyana Times visited the scene of the accident, the man was lying in the middle of the street with his entire face smashed.The bottle of drink he was attempting to retrieve was seen on the road next to him.Up to press time, it was unclear if the driver of the container truck had been arrested.An investigation into the matter has been launched.last_img read more

Leeds and Blades hero, subs that make you go ‘oh no’ and Hooters bars – it’s the Warm Up with Johnny Vaughan

first_imgListen to Johnny, James and Gav’s lighthearted take on the sporting world. Well, listen to James and Gav try to get a word in when they can.The boys are joined on the show by former England, Sheffield United and Leeds United star Tony Currie, as the latest ‘River Niall’ guest.Meanwhile, other important topics covered include substitutes that make you go ‘oh no, not him’, how your arms get longer as you get older and Hooters bars. All the usual stuff that pops into Johnny’s head.Get The Warm Up podcast with Johnny Vaughan for free by subscribing on iTunes herelast_img read more

Delta, pilots deal win key backing

first_imgA bankruptcy judge Wednesday approved the $280-million-a-year concessions agreement between Delta Air Lines Inc. and its pilots, rejecting claims by the government’s pension insurer that it should receive the compensation the pilots were promised if their pension is terminated. The decision came hours after rank-and-file pilots gave their nod to the deal. The agreement, which runs through 2009, will take effect today. The deal, which replaces an interim pact agreed to in December, includes an initial 14 percent pay cut for pilots and assurances the pilots union won’t fight any company effort to terminate the pilots’ pension. Judge Adlai Hardin signed the agreement during a hearing in White Plains, N.Y. Earlier in the day, pilots of the Atlanta-based airline, the nation’s No. 3 carrier, approved the deal with a vote of 61 percent in favor. The judge’s approval, the last hurdle in the process, came despite an objection filed by the government’s pension insurer, which insisted that a $650 million note and $2.1 billion unsecured claim that Delta has promised the pilots should belong to the agency if the pilots’ pension is terminated as expected. Hardin heard arguments from lawyers for both sides, but determined in the end that the agreement was in the best interest of the airline. The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said afterward that it was reviewing its options, including the possibility of an appeal. “It was probably the most significant negotiation transaction we’ll face as part of this bankruptcy process,” Chief Financial Officer Edward Bastian said of the concessions deal. “It gives us the ability to put the past behind us and make Delta a success again.” The chairman of the pilots union’s executive committee, Lee Moak, said in a telephone interview that he was encouraged by the agreement getting final approval. “The sacrifices we have made were difficult,” Moak said. “It has been difficult and I am confident in the process going forward.” Also Wednesday, Delta said in a filing with the bankruptcy court that it lost $27 million in April. Excluding reorganization items, it would have posted a profit of $22 million in the 30-day period. As of April 30, Delta had $2.5 billion of unrestricted cash. It has posted losses of more than $14.4 billion since January 2001. In a letter to pilots after the pilot vote was made public, Delta’s top three executives said the ratification by the rank-and-file marks a new beginning for the airline. “If we seize this opportunity rather than squander it, Delta Air Lines once again can proudly become the gold standard of the industry,” the executives said. The cuts are in addition to $1 billion in annual concessions the pilots agreed to in a five-year deal in 2004. Hardin rejected the PBGC’s main argument, that a deal between Delta and the pilots union was illegal. He said that although, in some people’s minds, there was a link between the $650 million promise and the potential loss of the defined pension plan, that “did not render a private agreement between an employer and union illegal.” “That is not a legal proposition I can endorse,” he said. “So I must reject that.” Separately, a retired pilots group had objected to the new deal out of concern the Delta deal would ultimately reduce their benefits based on the pension being terminated. But their objection was resolved at Wednesday’s hearing. As part of the settlement, Delta has agreed to provide retired pilots an administrative claim of $9 million to cover a portion of certain pension benefits that the retired pilots would have gotten since the bankruptcy filing in September had the benefits not been frozen. An administrative claim is a debt incurred by a company that has filed for bankruptcy, with court approval. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLegendary commentator, Dingle’s Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be at the Mount Errigal Hotel on Wednesday, September 17 for the Donegal Daily Up For The MatchDONEGAL DAILY in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny and St Eunan’s GAA Club is proud to present a very special ‘Up For The Match’ live from the Mount Errigal at 8pm on Wednesday, September 17.We’ve lined up some very special stars for what should be a great night – with a commentating legend from Kerry, an All-Ireland winning manager from Tyrone and former Donegal player and All Star Kevin Cassidy.And all hosted by the voice of sport himself, Donegal TV’s Charlie Collins. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh’s first RTE broadcast was on a Railway Cup match in 1949 after being selected for the job following a test commentary on a hurling game. He has since become the public voice of the GAA with his uniquely entertaining and often bilingual commentaries.Born in Dún Síon, near Dingle, Co. Kerry, he worked as a teacher before becoming a full-time broadcaster. Ó Muircheartaigh retired from broadcasting in October 2010 but continues to offer his words of wisdom on gaelic games. He has also become a voice for rural Ireland and an advocate for older people throughout the country.Joining him on our panel will be the legendary Mickey Harte.Mickey Harte will be fielding questions on the night.Mickey has led Tyrone to three All-Ireland titles and three Ulster titles. An inspiring motivational speaker, Mickey has been to Croke Park and done that and will be giving his views on the Donegal team taking on Kerry for the 2014 title. Former Donegal player and current Gaoth Dobhair senior coach Kevin Cassidy will be giving his views on the game too.Kevin is a double All Star winner and has won an Ulster title with Donegal and two senior football county titles with his club.Proceeds on the night will go to the players fund and there will be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets – with four tickets for the All Ireland Final up for grabs.Cost of entry is €10 for adults, €5 for children – or €20 for a family of two adults and up to three children. Payable at the door.“It promises to be a fantastic preview to a much-anticipated All-Ireland final,” said Charlie Collins, our MC for the evening. Kevin Cassidy will also be there on the night.“The Mount Errigal is a fantastic venue and I’m looking forward to getting views from Micheal on this Kerry side, Kevin on this Donegal side – and the view of Mickey who has had a wonderful career as a county manager at the very top of our sport.”Donegal Daily editor Stephen Maguire said: “It promises to be a fun night for all the family.“Excitement is building to Donegal’s clash with Kerry now that we’ve finally got over the shock of beating Dublin.“We have three top class guests and a top class man to ask the questions.” RTE COMMENTATING LEGEND MICHEÁL JOINS MICKEY HARTE AND KEVIN CASSIDY FOR DONEGAL DAILY ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ LIVE was last modified: September 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Charlie CollinsKevin CassidyMícheál Ó MuircheartaighMiokey HarteUp For The Matchlast_img read more

Ensuring boys’ safety during traditional initiations

first_img23 June 2014 South Africa is moving to ensure the safety of boys and young men who undergo circumcisions while attending traditional initiation schools in the country, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced earlier this month. Addressing journalists in Pretoria on 13 June, Motsoaledi said the state would be paying for doctors who had been chosen by traditional leaders to carry out circumcisions at initiation schools. Motsoaledi said his department had reached an agreement with the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) that they could choose professional circumcision doctors to help them with pre-circumcision screening, circumcision and after-care. The winter school holiday signals the opening of initiation schools spread across Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and parts of Gauteng province. The minister said the unnecessary deaths of numerous initiates, as well as numerous injuries sustained by initiates, in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga province in recent years had warranted serious intervention by the government and traditional leaders. He said his department had set aside R180-million to support safe circumcisions at initiation schools in 2014/15. Support will include health screening for all initiates at approved legal initiation schools, as well as the provision of medical consumables and transport for initiation monitoring teams. Motsoaledi said there were already eight doctors directly contracted to his department who were providing medical male circumcision at initiation schools in Limpopo province, while eight were working with traditional leaders at Mpumalanga’s 27 initiation schools, and five working in the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape. According to the minister, the health practitioners conducted 22 325 circumcisions without deaths or injuries in Limpopo last year. “At those initiation schools who were working with the general practitioners in the previous initiation school season, no deaths occurred.” Motsoaledi made it clear that bogus traditional surgeons and their illegal initiation schools were not part of the new partnership. “As government, we regard the establishment of illegal initiation schools as a criminal activity, and it must be dealt with in the manner in which criminals are dealt with.” Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Obed Bapela, also addressing the briefing, urged citizens to report suspected illegal initiation schools or bogus traditional surgeons by calling his department on 082 822 5878 or the chairperson of the national task team, Kgoshi Mahlangu, on 071 461 0475. He said four deaths had already been reported since the beginning of this year’s initiation season, three in Mpumalanga province and one in the Eastern Cape. “In Mpumalanga, one died in Nkangala district as a result of dehydration, while the other two died in Verena as a result of diabetes and pneumonia because there was no prior-screening conducted before the initiates were enrolled at the school”. He said an investigation into the deaths, and the schools involved, was under way. Bapela said the 17-year-old boy in King Sabatha District in the Eastern Cape had died of hunger and dehydration in an illegal initiation school after being forced to be circumcised by a traditional surgeon. “A case has been opened, we know the traditional surgeon, very soon an arrest will be taking place, and through these measures we want to show that government wants this cultural practice to be done with care, love and in a very responsible way,” Bapela said. “If you are a bogus traditional surgeon, don’t think government is going to leave you. We are going to arrest you and ensure that there is prosecution.” The deputy chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Kgoshi Sefogole Makgeru, said: “This practice remains the pride of our people; this is a proud moment of the House and the nation at large. This culture is very strong, thanks to government intervention.” Urging parents and guardians to avoid taking their boys to illegal initiation schools, he added: “We also want to use this opportunity to welcome all our boys into the new world, the world of promise, the world of pride, where manhood is to be instilled.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Look At Me: Effectively Pitching The Blogosphere

first_imgWhen you’re bootstrapping your startup from your basement suite, media relations is often the default responsibility of the non-tech cofounder. For those who haven’t already navigated the emotional peaks and valleys of a PR job, the effort can be daunting. Nevertheless, when you finally get through to someone, you forge a lasting and mutually beneficial relationship. In the past few weeks a number of startup companies have asked for feedback on their pitches. Rather than getting into the gritty details, we thought we’d offer a couple of helpful tips: 1. Know Your Audience: We’re not asking you to know our kid’s names or stalk us on Facebook, we’re asking you to know the ReadWriteWeb audience. Our readers come to us for web-related product reviews, features and trends. We generally don’t write on gadgets or events, and we certainly don’t cover feline toilet solutions. Figure out what the writer wants and deliver on it. If you don’t hit the nail on the head the first time, then try a different angle in a couple of months. 2. Message Delivery: Try to research the best methods to send your pitches. As per our past article, ReadWriteWeb prefers to receive pitches via tips[at]readwriteweb.com. You can also send us your RSS feed and we’ll keep tabs on your regular updates. 3. Embargoes: An embargo gives reporters a head start on writing an article before news is publicly released. ReadWriteWeb does everything in its power to honor embargoes; however, many bloggers openly oppose them. As a rule of thumb, get a verbal agreement to the embargo before forwarding any sensitive documents. 4. The Difference a Day Makes: Slow days are great days to offer demos and pitch company features. The ReadWriteWeb team still works on Friday mornings and Sunday nights despite the fact that few PR pros pitch us on those days. Rather than pitching at the same time as a mid-week Apple release or major acquisition, consider pitching us when you know we’re looking for stories. 5. Don’t Use a Template: We don’t care how your pitch is formatted as long as it’s interesting. You could string together a thousand buzzwords and get lumped in with your competitors or you could stand apart with a simple paragraph explanation and a link. If you pitch in a voice and style that’s true to you, your passion will come through. Photo Credit: Lead – Plastic Revolver, Inset of Chris Messina – Roland Tanglao Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups dana oshirocenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

The Best Photo-Sharing Services The Web Has To Offer

first_imgTags:#photography#social media Embarking on a Photo A Day project? Worried you won’t be disciplined enough to keep it up? Blipfoto is a unique photo community that prompts you to take and publish a new photo “entry” every day. In fact, the free service actually limits you to one image per day.Blipfoto is a good alternative for people looking for quality over quantity, for something like Instagram but without the excessive hype. Follow other users’ journals in a friend feed, geek out over your own statistics or join groups to indulge in ultra-specific photography categories with other members. DeviantArt A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts lauren orsini Embraced by a younger, geekier crowd, DeviantArt is sometimes overlooked as a prime photography haven. Offering free user profiles that can double as all-medium art portfolios, the community is perfect for photographers. At the basic, free level, DeviantArt gives you the opportunity to store, share and showcase 2 GB worth of photos. They’ll then show up readily in DeviantArt’s sophisticated search function. If you’re interested in improving your work, you can request critical feedback with the DeviantArt Critique tool. With 27 million members, there’s a good chance you’ll make connections with other photographers, and perhaps even watch your fanbase grow with DeviantArt’s “Watchers” function.Do-It-YourselfHonestly, the best photo-sharing solution for you might not even be a purely photo-centric community, but another type of service altogether. Some of the Web’s most popular social networks—Google+, Facebook and Pinterest—all offer built-in image uploading features where you can share your own photos and photo galleries with your vast social networks. Want a photo gallery that you can regularly update and easily view in a linear way? A photo blog at WordPress, Blogger or Tumblr might be your best bet. Want an online storage space that lets you share with friends and family, but keeps your photo galleries hidden from strangers? Dropbox and Photobucket both have privacy options so you only need to share with people you care about.  Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. All other screenshots taken by ReadWrite.center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Ever since its Yahoo-prescribed makeover last spring, there’s no shortage of press about Flickr. But despite what you’ve heard, the photo-uploading community isn’t the only one of its kind. When you’re deciding where your summer vacation snapshots ought to live on the Web, check out some of these less-considered photo-sharing alternatives:  SmugMugDon’t mind spending a little money? SmugMug is a slick lightbox of a photo site that offers unlimited storage for every user, for a fee. You can also customize your gallery with themes, backup your photos and opt out of searches other users perform to keep your content private. The site also just underwent a huge redesign in July, opting for an enormous lightbox image display like competitor Flickr. SmugMug’s most basic package costs $5 a month or $40 a year, and its most upscale costs $35 a month or $300 a year. With the high-end option, you’ve got the ability to use your SmugMug portfolio as a customizable online storefront for photos and prints. Pro photographers will get the most use out of this alternative.  500pxToronto-based photo service 500px  has long been one of Flickr’s pluckiest competitors. By offering free accounts with easier tools and a more modern interface, it was a no brainer over earlier designs of Flickr. Even though Flickr has cleaned up its act, 500px is still a considerable alternative. Now that Flickr’s “Pro” level has doubled in cost to $50 a year, 500px’s comparable “Plus” level seems like a bargain at $25. And at any level, 500px’s comment structure and user voting system will make you feel like part of a community. Blipfotolast_img read more