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How I handled a late-stage career change from writer to wine expert

  • Dena Roché is a wine consultant and founder of Vin Roché, a private wine services business based in Phoenix, Arizona. 
  • After 10 years working as a travel writer, Roché decided to make a career change centered around her love and knowledge of wine and launched Vin Roché.
  • Through partnerships with other vendors, Roché’s clients have access to a wine club membership and direct delivery services, as well as curated wine dinners and virtual themed tastings. 
  • A late-stage career change can be challenging, so Roché says it’s important to combine something you’re passionate about with your existing skills and expertise.
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For the last 10 years, I was living a dream life, paid to go on vacation and write about it for magazines and online publications. Through a lot of networking and pitching ideas, I built up my reputation and portfolio as a freelance travel

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  • November 27, 2020

Become an expert craftsperson with these luxury workshops, from floristry to mosaic making

The School of Icing by Biscuiteers
The School of Icing by Biscuiteers

All this extra time spent indoors right before the festive season may be something of a blessing in disguise. Christmas is nigh, but suddenly there’s plenty of time to plan for the season of gifting.

While high-end purchases are always received well, it’s not often that one takes the time to craft a gift by hand. Why not use this time to submit to the tutelage of a master artisan? Emerge from lockdown with a garden of silk flowers and tins overflowing with biscuits that could be in the window displays of any top patisserie. Or if you’d rather wait a while, book ahead and revel in the knowledge that soon you’ll be painting watercolours in the shade of an oak tree.

Virtual floristry with McQueens Flowers


McQueens Flowers regularly works with the likes of Claridge’s, The Berkeley and The Connaught, but its

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  • November 23, 2020

Oyo’s Ritesh Agarwal shares expert tip for startups

a person posing for the camera: 'Microscope in one, telescope in another': Oyo's Ritesh Agarwal shares expert tip for startups

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‘Microscope in one, telescope in another’: Oyo’s Ritesh Agarwal shares expert tip for startups

One of India’s youngest entrepreneurs Ritesh Agarwal, 26, has a piece of advice for startups. The CEO and founder of OYO Rooms says involvement in everything is a must for any startup to achieve greater heights. “If you are building a startup – Keep a microscope in one hand and a telescope in the other. In the early days be involved in everything,” he said in a tweet.

However, Agarwal’s tweet comes amid Oyo’s growing difficulties. The SoftBank-funded startup, which was once the harbinger of the start-up industry in India, is struggling to keep itself afloat as coronavirus ravages the global hotel industry.

Also read: Oyo founder Ritesh Agarwal sets up Aroa Ventures to invest in early-stage startups

Just over a year ago, Agarwal was touted to become “the world’s biggest hotel

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  • November 11, 2020

Wilderness survival expert trains others to be prepared for weather changes, emergencies | Cheyenne Edition

Survival skills are important to know at any time, but they seem especially needed during this time of rampant wildfires and global pandemic.

Colorado native Jason Marsteiner, founder, owner and operator of Colorado Mountain Man Survival in Cripple Creek and The Survival University in Colorado Springs, has the skills and knowledge to share.

He’s set to instruct an Introduction to Wilderness Survival class designed to teach basic outdoor survival skills will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road.

From this class participants will learn basic wilderness survival skills including the Rule of Threes, Top 10 must-haves in the back country, Top 10 mistakes people make in the outdoors, gear recommendations and wild animal safety awareness. Participants also will learn outdoor safety and how to find warmth, food, shelter and water in the Colorado outback.

Marsteiner will share some of

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  • October 30, 2020

Can I still travel in the UK during a local lockdown? Your travel questions answered by our expert

‘Can we travel to London for a short break?’

Q. Susie Parr: “We are due to travel down to London on Friday 23rd October for a social weekend.  It is just my husband and I and we are driving down in our own vehicle. We are  going to a few restaurants, a museum and shopping.  

“Can we do all of this?  We are not meeting anyone, just the two of us.  We live in Derbyshire and I think it may be going up a Tier.”

A. Nick: I don’t think there is anything in the Tier 2 rules which actually forbids you from doing this, but you are “advised” to reduce the number of journeys you make “where possible” when you are in the Tier 2 area, so it would come down to your individual conscience.

‘What about travelling to a Tier 2 area?’

Q. Fern Taylor“My family

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  • October 20, 2020

Want to get your kid in a learning pod this school year, but don’t know how? Start with this expert advice.

Back-to-school in 2020 comes with some very unique challenges. (GIF: Yahoo Life)
Back-to-school in 2020 comes with some very unique challenges. (GIF: Yahoo Life)

It’s no secret that the 2020-21 school year is going to look a lot different for most children across the country. Schools in many major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and Washington, D.C., will start school with a fully remote plan, while New York City schools will attempt a hybrid model that mixes remote and in-person learning.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to ameliorate the isolation that is sure to come, parents have taken to geography-based social networking app NextDoor, filling it with posts about wanting to create so-called learning “pods,” or small groups of students who are brought together to learn a common curriculum. Many of these pods are made up of students who are learning remotely due to the pandemic and go to the same school, and while some will be taught by a teacher

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  • August 20, 2020

Can you safely go on vacation amid coronavirus? And other burning travel questions we asked an expert

With COVID-19 cases rising in popular vacation spots, should people be going on vacation?

They can, but with the same precautions you would be taking if you were home, said Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland. Before COVID-19, the travel center mainly assisted people traveling internationally to ensure they were prepared (such as vaccines) for travel.

The Akron Beacon Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, asked Armitage his advice about summer travel plans, amid rising COVID-19 cases nationwide.

We asked an expert: How much coronavirus risk is there in common travel activities?

Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation -- with precautions.
Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation — with precautions.

Q: As cases are spiking, should people be taking their

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Florida, Arizona, Texas Opened ‘Too Aggressively,’ Public Health Expert Says

Since Chinese officials locked down the city of Wuhan in January, there have been more than 12.9 million cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, across the planet.

More than 569,000 people have died from the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Efforts to curb the outbreak have led to the global disruption of daily life and the economy, as schools and workplaces shuttered in hopes of slowing transmission. After months of precautions and lockdowns, governments have begun to reopen their economies.

HuffPost reporters around the world are tracking the pandemic and its effects.

Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. (To see the latest updates, you may need to refresh the page. All times are Eastern. For earlier updates on the pandemic, go here.)

Hong Kong Disneyland To Close After Spike In Cases — 7/13/20, 12:29 p.m. ET

Hong Kong’s Disneyland will

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Coronavirus puppy scams come with ‘red flags,’ expert says: Illegal Tender podcast

This is the third and final part of Yahoo Finance’s Illegal Tender podcast about the puppy crimes of quarantine and online puppy scams. Listen to the series here.

Many dog owners will look back at the coronavirus lockdown and self-quarantine as the start of their puppy journey.

This season of “Illegal Tender” explores the world of online puppy scams through conversations with two victims and one industry watchdog.

This episode, concluding the season, is a conversation with Josh Kreinberg, chief administrative officer and general counsel at PuppySpot. Kreinberg is a dog owner and dog lover who’s dedicated his professional life to working for a company that places dogs with forever homes. 

Through his work at PuppySpot, Kreinberg is an expert when it comes to identifying online puppy scams and how would-be dog owners can protect themselves from becoming victims.  

The desire to welcome a new dog into your world might … Read More