T.J. Holmes Joins ABC News Team

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Last week, ABC News announced that award-winning journalist, T.J. Holmes, would be joining the team as co-anchor of America This Morning and World News Now.

Holmes comes to ABC following his five year stint at CNN and his brief time at BET where he hosted the late night news talk show Don’t Sleep. After a short-lived tenure at BET, Holmes then moved to MSNBC where he worked as a weekend news anchor.

In a memo released by ABC News president James Goldston, Goldston expressed his excitement for having Holmes added to the team.

“A skilled broadcaster and a dynamic storyteller with the ability to report on a variety of different stories, I’m confident T.J. will be a strong asset to our team,” said Goldston.

In addition to his co-hosting duties, Holmes will also report on all of ABC News broadcast and digital platforms, allowing some of his stories to be re-broadcasted for other news programs on the network as well as re-aired online.

SOURCE: Mediabistro

T.J. Holmes Joins ABC News Team

Image: File

Last week, ABC News announced that award-winning journalist, T.J. Holmes, would be joining the team as co-anchor of America This Morning and World News Now.

Holmes comes to ABC following his five year stint at CNN and his brief time at BET where he hosted the late night news talk show Don’t Sleep. After a short-lived tenure at BET, Holmes then moved to MSNBC where he worked as a weekend news anchor.

In a memo released by ABC News president James Goldston, Goldston expressed his excitement for having Holmes added to the team.

“A skilled broadcaster and a dynamic storyteller with the ability to report on a variety of different stories, I’m confident T.J. will be a strong asset to our team,” said Goldston.

In addition to his co-hosting duties, Holmes will also report on all of ABC News broadcast and digital platforms, allowing some of his stories to be re-broadcasted for other news programs on the network as well as re-aired online.

SOURCE: Mediabistro

10 Travel Essentials For The Savvy Traveler

2015 is anticipated to be a big year for travel – especially for those who booked fares on Etihad Airlines to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and New Delhi last week. No matter where you are traveling to preparation is the key to a successful trip. Once you’ve determined your travel goals it’s important to make a checklist of essential items to make packing less tedious and more efficient. From luggage tags to digital camcorders, these goods deserve a spot on your packing list no matter what your destination.

On the Go! Travel Checklist ($15): The On the Go! Travel Checklist goes above and beyond, with color-coded categories, a handy spot to check off items that have already been packed, and a stylish, personalized header and design that every type of traveler will love.

Lipault 19″ Weekend Tote ($119): Whether you’re getting away for the weekend or have over packed your large suitcase, the Lipault 19″ Weekend Tote is the perfect solution. This bag is roomy enough to hold your personal travel essentials, a change of clothes, reading materials and even a laptop. The inside has open pockets for a pen and phone. There is also a full-size zippered pocket and clip to hold keys. The wide-mouthed opening makes it easy to sort through the contents in security or mid-flight.

Zuca Pro Travel ($295): The anti “jet lag” bag. Developed for the seasoned road warrior, the ZÜCA Pro is part carry-on, part organizer, and part “darn is this thing cool”. With a built-in seat and removable packing pouches that stack like drawers, this patented new concept in travel is like nothing else. Better yet, the ZÜCA Pro fits comfortably into overheads and comes with a TSA-friendly toiletry bag.

Tego Audio: Power Grid ($59): The PowerGrid is the perfect prescription for all you portable battery needs. Right out the box, the PowerGrid comes up to 80% charged and ready to use anytime, anywhere. Utilizing your device’s USB charging cable, the PowerGrid is compatible with almost all USB devices including iPhones, iPods, Samsung Galaxy, Android & Windows phones, and much more.

Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter ($49.99): This compact charger and router juices gadgets and creates wireless network while on the go. The Satechi Smart Travel Router / Travel Adapter with USB Port adapts to fit into four of the most common plug configurations used around the world and features four different modes for your wireless networking needs. Two options provide charge your device: an AC power port and a USB port. This compact adapter is convenient for charging smartphones, laptops, music players, cameras, e-readers, handheld game consoles, tablets, and other devices all around the world.

Vivitar DVR 850W ($99): This digital video recorder has compact size with powerful features.  The Vivitar DVR 850W will blow you away with its crystal clear video and still image quality.  The DVR 850W is waterproof up to 5 meters. This recorder also has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, 8x Digital Zoom, and a bright 2.4″ LCD making this DVR easy to use, even for the beginner.

GoPro Hero4 ($399): Adventure travelers can capture striking 4K video in a wide array of environments using the GoPro HERO4 Silver action camera, which features a standard waterproof housing for use in up to 131′ of water. The wearable, mountable design enables versatile use.

Skullcandy Crusher ($99): The Skullcandy Crusher headphones supply amazing, rich sound to keep travelers entertained for hours and fold up tight for easy storage. These offer realistic and powerful bass experience that you can feel, thanks to a built-in amp and an extra driver.

PUNK Wireless Speaker ($69.99): PUNK is water, shock and dust resistant, so it’s tough enough to survive in your bag, rugged enough for a mountain bike trek, and loud enough to be heard over crashing waves. And with eight hours of battery life (50% more than the other speakers its size), you will need to recharge before PUNK will.

On The Go! ID Tags ($20): These durable plastic tags with a clear plastic attachment fit all carry-ons, camera bags, back packs and more and are essential to anyone on-the-go!

 

10 Travel Essentials For The Savvy Traveler

2015 is anticipated to be a big year for travel – especially for those who booked fares on Etihad Airlines to Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and New Delhi last week. No matter where you are traveling to preparation is the key to a successful trip. Once you’ve determined your travel goals it’s important to make a checklist of essential items to make packing less tedious and more efficient. From luggage tags to digital camcorders, these goods deserve a spot on your packing list no matter what your destination.

On the Go! Travel Checklist ($15): The On the Go! Travel Checklist goes above and beyond, with color-coded categories, a handy spot to check off items that have already been packed, and a stylish, personalized header and design that every type of traveler will love.

Lipault 19″ Weekend Tote ($119): Whether you’re getting away for the weekend or have over packed your large suitcase, the Lipault 19″ Weekend Tote is the perfect solution. This bag is roomy enough to hold your personal travel essentials, a change of clothes, reading materials and even a laptop. The inside has open pockets for a pen and phone. There is also a full-size zippered pocket and clip to hold keys. The wide-mouthed opening makes it easy to sort through the contents in security or mid-flight.

Zuca Pro Travel ($295): The anti “jet lag” bag. Developed for the seasoned road warrior, the ZÜCA Pro is part carry-on, part organizer, and part “darn is this thing cool”. With a built-in seat and removable packing pouches that stack like drawers, this patented new concept in travel is like nothing else. Better yet, the ZÜCA Pro fits comfortably into overheads and comes with a TSA-friendly toiletry bag.

Tego Audio: Power Grid ($59): The PowerGrid is the perfect prescription for all you portable battery needs. Right out the box, the PowerGrid comes up to 80% charged and ready to use anytime, anywhere. Utilizing your device’s USB charging cable, the PowerGrid is compatible with almost all USB devices including iPhones, iPods, Samsung Galaxy, Android & Windows phones, and much more.

Satechi Smart Travel Router & Adapter ($49.99): This compact charger and router juices gadgets and creates wireless network while on the go. The Satechi Smart Travel Router / Travel Adapter with USB Port adapts to fit into four of the most common plug configurations used around the world and features four different modes for your wireless networking needs. Two options provide charge your device: an AC power port and a USB port. This compact adapter is convenient for charging smartphones, laptops, music players, cameras, e-readers, handheld game consoles, tablets, and other devices all around the world.

Vivitar DVR 850W ($99): This digital video recorder has compact size with powerful features.  The Vivitar DVR 850W will blow you away with its crystal clear video and still image quality.  The DVR 850W is waterproof up to 5 meters. This recorder also has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, 8x Digital Zoom, and a bright 2.4″ LCD making this DVR easy to use, even for the beginner.

GoPro Hero4 ($399): Adventure travelers can capture striking 4K video in a wide array of environments using the GoPro HERO4 Silver action camera, which features a standard waterproof housing for use in up to 131′ of water. The wearable, mountable design enables versatile use.

Skullcandy Crusher ($99): The Skullcandy Crusher headphones supply amazing, rich sound to keep travelers entertained for hours and fold up tight for easy storage. These offer realistic and powerful bass experience that you can feel, thanks to a built-in amp and an extra driver.

PUNK Wireless Speaker ($69.99): PUNK is water, shock and dust resistant, so it’s tough enough to survive in your bag, rugged enough for a mountain bike trek, and loud enough to be heard over crashing waves. And with eight hours of battery life (50% more than the other speakers its size), you will need to recharge before PUNK will.

On The Go! ID Tags ($20): These durable plastic tags with a clear plastic attachment fit all carry-ons, camera bags, back packs and more and are essential to anyone on-the-go!

 

The Best LeBron James Commercials of 2014

2014. It was the year of LeBron James in commercials. From James cooly pulling up to a red carpet event in a luxury Kia to working out while listening to music through his Beats by Dre headphones, we look at some of the top commercials starring King James.

Nike

Back in July, James told Sports Illustrated in a first-person essay that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Months later, Nike released a black-and-white video featuring the basketball star and his teammates. The two-minute video felt like a love letter to the city of Cleveland. “We got to do it for Cleveland,” James told to his teammates in a huddle. Throughout the video, James was heard reminding his teammates why it was so important to play hard. “We got to give it all back to them. The whole city of Cleveland,” James said. And, it looks like Nike has helped with such a powerful advertisement. Back in 2003, James signed a seven-year, $90 million agreement with Nike before even being drafted by the Cavaliers.

Kia

On Dec. 25, Christmas Day, basketball fans probably saw the  Kia commercial starring King James. The dapper baller cooly stepped out of Kia’s 2015 luxury sedan after pulling up to a red carpet event.   We all wanted to take the seemingly magnificent vehicle for a spin. It was a great commercial starring James who pocketed $60,000 just for driving the car, reported ESPN.

Beats by Dre

Similar to Nike, the headphone company decided to piggyback off James’s decision to move back home to Cleveland. In the workout video, James was listening to music as his mother Gloria James was heard dishing wisdom: “Don’t forget where you came from, ever,” she reminded the talented star. It’s obvious James did not. The Cleveland star has the words “Akron Est. 1984” inked on his body. This year, he added a reportedly $11 million to his basketball income for simply promoting the headphones.

Sprite

In line with Nike, Beats by Dre, Sprite was another endorser who decided to bankroll on James’s big summer news. The soda brand worked with city officials to turn Patterson Park, which hadn’t been updated in more than 20 years, into a blank canvas for New York urban artist Futura to transform, according to the company. James collected around $42 million from endorsements alone this year. Read about other athlete’s big endorsement deals.

 

 

15 Important Small Business News Stories from 2014

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These are some of the newsworthy events affecting small business during 2o14 and that readers found useful and of interest.

Among them were appointment of a new Small Business Administration chief, more Microsoft changes at the newly acquired Nokia, news of the planned PayPal spin off from eBay, a new Canadian anti-spam law and a long anticipated IPO for GoDaddy. Read on.

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The year began with a price hike for businesses using the U.S. Postal Service for shipments.

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How Sears Used LeBron’s Birthday Celebration to Promote Their Business

LeBron James was “established” on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio. The high-powered athlete turned 30 today. Fans and friends of the Cleveland cavaliers star wished him a “Happy Birthday” on social media. On Twitter, SportsNation created the #GiftsForLeBron hashtag. People have chimed in with a few ideas for gifts. “Earplugs,” tweeted one user. While another user had an outlandish gift idea, “Get that man a helmet and some football pads and a starting QB job in Cleveland.”

Surprisingly, Sears Auto Center jumped in to promote the company’s automobile center, but the tweet fell flat. “A new battery, so he doesn’t run out of juice in the 4th quarter,” wrote the brand’s social media editor. Only two users on Twitter starred the 140-character message. It seems like Sears was hoping to receive free publicity from James’s birthday celebration like Charmin, the toilet paper brand did after Kobe Bryant’s practice tirade.

Meanwhile, The New York Yankees also wished James a “Happy Birthday” on Instagram and described him as “one of the world’s biggest #Yankees fans.” The special call-out didn’t sit well with some Instagram users. “The #Yankees Instagram account is embarrassing themselves by calling LeBron one of the world’s biggest Yankees fans,” wrote one user. ESPN commentator Skip Bayless added his thoughts: “Even the New York Yankees and MLB are wishing LeBron a Happy Birthday. I don’t want to live anymore.”

What do you think? Welcome to a round age, LeBron. Happy Birthday.

New Year’s Resolution: Update Your Exit Strategy

Even if your 2015 plans don’t include the sale of your business, take some time to review your exit strategy on an annual basis. By doing so you will be ready for any unexpected circumstances that might necessitate a sale, and you could also uncover some new ways to boost your business value.