‘People told me my plans for a skincare firm were crazy’

Christel Deskins

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Tata Harper, owner of the popular US skincare company of the same name.

Tata Harper’s mission to create a natural skincare range began when her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer in 2005.

His doctors advised him to adopt a healthier lifestyle. They wanted him to reduce the amount of toxins and synthetic chemicals he was exposing his body to, be it through the food he was eating, or what he was putting on his skin, from shampoo to soap.

Ms Harper says it made her realise that she, and the rest of the family, also needed to make the change.

“While I was looking for new products for him, I was also looking for new products for me, because I was trying to make my life more healthy,” says the 44-year-old

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Disney World to Cut Theme Park Hours Due to Lower-Than-Expected Attendance amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Christel Deskins

Disney World will be reducing their operating hours in September amid lower-than-expected attendance due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Florida theme park shared its revised hours on the Disney World website over the weekend.

The Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are both losing an hour of operation at the end of the day. Meanwhile, Epcot is cutting back by two hours and the Animal Kingdom is losing an hour in the morning and an hour at the end of the day.

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Disney World’s new hours set to begin on Sept. 8 are:

Magic Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Epcot: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hollywood Studios: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Animal Kingdom: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Disney World officially reopened on July 11 after shutting down all operations in mid-March

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A woman made an incredibly long Furby for her friend’s birthday and Twitter users can’t get enough of the creation

Christel Deskins

Johnny Chiodini captured his wife's homemade Furby character, which gained a lot of attention on Twitter.
Johnny Chiodini captured his wife’s homemade Furby character, which gained a lot of attention on Twitter.

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  • Johnny Chiodini shared a photo of a massive homemade Furby on Twitter, and users can’t get enough of the meme-inspired toy.

  • Chiodini’s wife made the Furby as a birthday present for a friend who is obsessed with the character and jokingly asked for one for her birthday.

  • Chiodini said that he and his wife discovered “a community of people on the internet who write guides on how to construct long Furbys.”

  • The Furby took 20 hours to make and ended up measuring about 6 feet tall. 

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A photo of a homemade long Furby, a fictional creature that has become an internet sensation, has captured the attention of people on Twitter.

Johnny Chiodini, who posted photos of the massive Furby creation to Twitter, where he got thousands of

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GA Tallies 13 Deaths, 3,177 Cases As Free Mega-Testing Site Opens

Christel Deskins

ATLANTA, GA — Sunday’s report of 3,177 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a day, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, comes as Georgia is about to open a free mega-testing site near Atlanta. The site opens Aug. 10 near Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport.

On Sunday the Georgia Department of Public Health reported more than 3,000 new cases, along with 13 deaths and 72 hospitalizations. The numbers are a drop from Saturday’s tally of 4,445 new cases, a one-day death toll of and 274 more hospitalizations.

The mega-testing site has the capacity to test 5,000 people a day and is located at 1800 Sullivan Road, College Park. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 26. Testing is available to all Georgians regardless of symptoms, but appointments and online registrations are recommended.

To register online and to make an appointment go to https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/.

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Celebrating Our 10-Year Anniversary: A Personal Reflection

Christel Deskins

Ten years ago today, I brought out my laptop at a general store in Lake Tahoe and officially became an entrepreneur for the first time. With a click on the keyboard, I pushed my first website onto the world thanks to that store’s wifi connection. For the 50-something me, it was a turning point.

For the entirety of my professional life, I extensively reported on the people who led some of the world’s most successful companies and many pioneering entrepreneurs. I often would joke that most business and economic reporters would not be able to run a lemonade stand or a shoeshine stand (something I have actually done in my teenage years for 15 cents a pair) on a busy street corner. Now, I had taken the big step to run websites on the world’s cluttered and noisy Internet.

I had never had to manage a real P&L, recruit and

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Online teaching will be a family affair for the Burrills in the Santa Clarita Valley

Christel Deskins

West Ranch baseball coach Casey Burrill, who teaches AP Computer Science, and his wife, Kristin, who teaches seventh-grade P.E., are going to be instructing students from home starting Tuesday. <span class="copyright">(Corey Burrill)</span>
West Ranch baseball coach Casey Burrill, who teaches AP Computer Science, and his wife, Kristin, who teaches seventh-grade P.E., are going to be instructing students from home starting Tuesday. (Corey Burrill)

When the new school year begins Tuesday in the Santa Clarita Valley, classes will be taught online, but Brady and Jennifer Burrill will not be working from home.

Burrill, who serves as an assistant baseball coach at Valencia West Ranch High, plans to teach Advanced Placement calculus from his classroom. His wife will teach Advanced Placement statistics from her classroom at Valencia High. Both said staying home is not an option with children ages 5 and 9.

“Functionally for us, there’s no way,” Brady said. “Our 5-year-old is starting kindergarten. She will want her mom and dad to help with everything all the time. My wife and I are passionate about teaching and pretty loud when we talk. All

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Gov. DeWine explains testing mess; US surpasses 5 million confirmed cases

Christel Deskins

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was bullish on coronavirus tests Sunday despite his own testing hiccup as the U.S. reached another astonishing milestone by surpassing 5 million confirmed cases.

The U.S. is home to about one-quarter of cases reported worldwide. And our numbers continue to roar higher: More than 56,000 new U.S. cases were reported Sunday, with more than 1,000 deaths. More than 162,000 Americans have died in little more than six months.

All this as the world neared 20 million cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient testing.

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally act on the pandemic-driven recession with executive orders drew scalding criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday. Trump, unable to cut a deal with Congress on a new stimulus package, signed an executive order and issued three memorandums Saturday. One would provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits to

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Pelosi calls Trump executive order ‘constitutional slop’; US surpasses 5 million confirmed cases

Christel Deskins

President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally act on the pandemic-driven recession by with executive orders drew scalding criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday as the U.S. reached another historic milestone by surpassing 5 million cases.

The U.S. home to about one-quarter of cases reported worldwide. And our numbers continue to roar higher: More than 56,000 new U.S. cases were reported Sunday, with more than 1,000 deaths. More than 162,000 Americans have died in little more than six months.

All this as the world neared 20 million cases, a number experts widely believe is underreported due to insufficient testing. 

Trump, unable to cut a deal with Congress on a new $1 trillion stimulus package, signed an executive order and issued three memorandums Saturday. One would provide an additional $400 per week in unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans. Pelosi dismissed the package as an “illusion” and “constitutional slop.”

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Sobbing over the back-to-school display in the grocery store? It’s the coronavirus blues

Christel Deskins

School supplies. <span class="copyright">(Laurence Mouton / Getty Images)</span>
School supplies. (Laurence Mouton / Getty Images)

In the grocery store the other day, I passed through the “back to school” aisle and promptly burst into tears.

Not the salty-sweet tears that fill your eyes and hang on your lashes before sending a perfect drop or two down your cheek to remind you that you are still alive in an emotional way. Nope, these were throat-spasming sobs, complete with instant mucus production and primative guttural sounds.

It was … excessive. Especially considering how much I, into the ninth year of my third child’s education, hate back-to-school supply shopping. The possibility of not being forced by tradition into increasing our family’s already prodigious collection of erasers, colored pencils and backpacks is one of the few benefits (besides, you know, avoiding a deadly virus) of the online schooling my 8th-grader faces.

Even so, the sight of spiral notebooks and glue sticks sent

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Connecticut Schools In The Era Of Coronavirus: How Do They Rank?

Christel Deskins

CONNECTICUT — As parents across the state debate how or even whether their children will return to class in the fall, school superintendents are racking up accolades on how well their systems perform.

The latest trophies come from personal finance website WalletHub, which has named Connecticut’s public schools second best in the nation, just behind those of neighboring Massachusetts.

The Nutmeg State scored particularly well with some new criteria beyond the traditional metrics of academic excellence and standardized test scores. Connecticut ranked No. 1 in the category of COVID-19 response, for instance, and 20th in bullying incidence rate.

Money, of course, matters in school district performance, as it does in just about everything else. Research from the Albert Shankar Institute concluded that “On average, aggregate measures of per-pupil spending are positively associated with improved or higher student outcomes.” To really make a difference, that money needs to be spent on

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