The First ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Trailer Looks Intense

By Bill Bradley

Coming off the shocking season finale of “The Walking Dead,” AMC released the first trailer for the new spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead.” From the video, it seems like there’s a strange virus going around. Hmm … wonder what that could be?

The new show is set to be a prequel to “Walking Dead.” It will reportedly take place on the West Coast in the early stages of the zombie outbreak. The new cast includes Cliff Curtis (“Missing”), Kim Dickens (“Gone Girl,” “House of Cards”), Frank Dillane (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) and Alycia Debnam Carey (“Into the Storm”).

The spinoff has received some grief online for its somewhat unoriginal title, but if it’s going to be as intense as the trailer looks, who really cares what it’s called.

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4 Deadly Pitfalls All Start-ups Must Avoid

By Mark Halstead

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Starting a new business in any field is never likely to be a walk in the park. Whatever your specific goals are there will be any number of ways in which your pursuit of success could be scuppered.

But there are also some predictable problems that all start-up operators should be looking to avoid if at all possible.

Here’s a look at 4 such pitfalls well worth having in mind if you’re embarking on a start-up journey of your own.

1. Failing to properly prepare

Quite what amounts to “properly” preparing to start a business is always going to be a matter of opinion and individual judgement but the list of companies that fail because their founders didn’t do their homework is endless.

Missing opportunities to launch can be a problem too but failing to gain a clear understanding of the market you’re entering and what your business will offer is almost a sure-fire way to leave your start-up struggling from the outset.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

2. Taking on too much debt

Not every start-up company can attract investment funding on a significant scale and use it to make rapid and worthwhile early progress. Therefore, taking on debt can be essential and unavoidable for start-ups looking to get their ideas off the ground.

However, taking on too much debt can leave new businesses with a burden that quickly becomes too much to bear. As a rule of thumb, it is generally a good idea for start-up operators to only borrow as much money as they really need, rather than as much money as they are able to secure access to.

3. Staffing up too soon, or too late

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Carrie Underwood Shares Adorable Photo Of Baby Isaiah Michael

By Lauren Zupkus

Does Carrie Underwood have a future athlete on her hands?

The country singer gave her 1.7 million Instagram followers an adorable first look at her baby boy, Isaiah Michael, on Sunday. In the sweet shot, Underwood showed her support for her hockey player husband, Mike Fisher, and his team, the Nashville Predators, by placing a hockey stick in their sleeping newborn’s tiny hands:

The Predators are in the playoffs! Just waiting to get called up! #PutMeInCoach

A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Mar 29, 2015 at 9:47am PDT

The “Before He Cheats” singer and Fisher welcomed their first child together on Feb. 27. The new mom announced the baby news earlier this month, sharing a precious photo of her baby’s little hand:

Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher – born on February 27. Welcome to the world, sweet angel!

A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Mar 3, 2015 at 7:33am PST

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6 Tips for Startups Wanting to Add a Blog to their Website

By Tim Denning

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Since I started being involved with blogs back in 2006, a lot of people ask me questions about how their startup can add one to their website. When I was involved with a blog in the early days it was pretty easy to rank for a topic in Google if you had lots of keywords in your post. Whilst some of the concepts remain the same, it’s a lot harder in 2015. The difficulties you now have are a blessing if you will see it that way. It means that businesses that are not committed, and posting content for the sake of it won’t make it. Google will not look upon your blog favourably if it has out of date content with no sort of consistency – your customers won’t be interested either.

There is lots of competition for eyeballs in the online space nowadays so you have to stand out, be different and master your niche!

1. Tell your startups story

As they will teach you in sales, the thing that sells more than anything is your story. Decide what your startups story is and then tell it to the world via your blog. Don’t shy away from the failures either, make sure you tell them to because that shows your human and you have done the hard yards. One of the best things you can do is talk about real life experiences that your startup faced with a particular product or service and how you overcame it. In each post keep referring to why you started your business in the first place and why you want to continue to solve the problem that your business solves.

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Seniors Strip Down For Charity Calendar To Help Kids In Need

By Eleanor Goldberg

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A charity calendar featuring women in their 80s and 90s from an Ohio assisted living facility is opening more than a few eyes.

The residents of the Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living near Akron decided to show a little skin in calendar. The centerfolds are two women in their 90s appearing to play poker with strategically placed oversize cards.

The 87-year-old Miss February is soaking in a bubble bath and flower petals while another resident in the calendar is covered only by a large exercise ball.

Administrator Teresa Morris tells The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1x0K3x3 ) that the residents were giggling and acting like 20-year-olds when the photos were taken.

Money from the $12 calendars goes toward providing shoes for children in the city of Barberton.

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