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19 Dec 18
Guy-Gal Conner

MTV Base Celebrates Mzansi’s Hip-Hop Giants   Late Soweto born hip-hop legend, Linda ‘ProKid’ Mkhize scooped the number one spot in the first-ever MTV base Hottest MCs G.O.A.Tlist. Understanding that hip-hop has touched millions of South Africans with its message of social consciousness, MTV base (DStv channel 322) paid tribute to the genre by appreciating Mzansi’s living and passed hip-hop giants […]

19 Dec 18
Frequent Miler

Travel Mileage/Points Increases Merchant Best Rate on 12/18/2018 Best Rate on12/17/2018 Banana Republic 5 (2) mi./$ 4 pt./$ Best Rate History Banana Republic Factory 4 (2) mi./$ 2 mi./$ Best Rate History Cate & Chloe 5 mi./$ Best Rate History D Delight LLC 5 mi./$ Best Rate History Eileen FIsher 4 (3) mi./$ 3 mi./$ […]

19 Dec 18
Vogenix Self Tanner

ILIA offers a “full face” assortment of more than 100 distinct high-performance products crafted with certified organic ingredients and non-toxic synthetics to ensure that each delivers beyond the expectations of natural makeup. Its unique combination of brilliant pigments, superior performance and nourishing organics has earned ILIA a leading position in this fast-growing category. Additionally, the […]

19 Dec 18
Quartz
Cannabis companies love to brag about the latest hot-shot executives they’ve poached from the mainstream economy. It legitimizes their mission and industry. One of this year’s big arrivals was Peter Horvath, the former COO of Victoria’s Secret, who is now CEO of cannabis maker and distributor Green Growth Brands. He spoke to Quartz about how selling lingerie prepared him for the marijuana business, where hundreds of competitors are basically all selling the same product. Welcome to our field guide on the cannabis industry. Check out other parts of our deep dive here. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Quartz: What did selling bras teach you that’s going to be relevant for selling cannabis? Horvath: It’s really not about cannabis consumers, it’s about consumers. The product is an important detail, it’s an essential ingredient, but it’s not the recipe. The market has identified a product, but you need some way to sell it. The existing market is very immature, young, and moving fast. They don’t have experience cooking the way we do, to stick with this one crazy metaphor. We are Michelin star chefs. At retail? Yeah. In 1985, the bra market was comparable to the cannabis market today. Bras were something women bought maybe three times a year, they tended to be white, and they were bought in the foundation department of department stores. They cost maybe $16 each. Now, after putting the Michelin star chefs in the mix, the average woman buys 10 or 11 bras a year and can pay $36 or more.[pullquote]In 1985, the bra market was comparable to the cannabis market today.[/pullquote] The first thing [for the bra industry] was positioning the brand to be more emotional and less functional. The functional aspect was a foundation, something that just held you together underneath your clothes. Les Wexner (Chairman and CEO of L Brands), who was one of my mentors, said, “I think women deserve lingerie,” a term which wasn’t broadly used back then. The functional performance of [a Victoria’s Secret bra] accentuates who she is, and brings out the best of her. If she feels a certain way, she feels confident, she feels empowered. That was ultimately what was going on behind all the stitches. How can you bring that to cannabis, which isn’t necessarily associated with bringing out the best of you? I don’t know about that. [Currently available products] are probably the crudest versions of the product that we’re ever going to see, because it’s only going to become more sophisticated, more acceptable, and more relevant to consumers. That’s the product piece. How do you differentiate yourself from everybody else? It’s got to be on an emotional level. What that means is that you can’t expect consumers to be forced into getting a PhD in the benefits of a product. You need to let them opt into the level of education that they want. Basically, we’re experts at building assortments, presentations, running stores, and guiding staff so that they can read the needs of the consumer and meet the consumer where they want to be met, so that each consumer can individualize their interaction with our brand. Five years from now, what does that connection with consumers look like for cannabis? Emotion will be part of it, that’s an element. Function will be part of it, and function can sometimes be about the product, or in the case of Casper Mattresses or Warby Parker, it’s about a different way to transact. With Amazon, which is a marketplace, not a product and not a retailer, the thing that people like the most is that all they have to do is press a damn button and they get access to endless assortment, and the transaction is easy. It’s like almost scarily too easily. Believe it or not, that’s a functional thing that kind of bridges emotion. That’s part of loyalty. For cannabis, it’s as simple as if every time the consumer comes into your cannabis store, everything that they loved about the store last time is there, so you’re getting consistency, plus there are things that are new and exciting and surprising. What’s even better is if there’s familiarity in terms of the staff. You know the staff, you trust them, they know you. You feel like they know you. It’s like a dance. Basically, all these things connect. They all make it easy for you to swim downstream and earn loyal customers and deliver consistent experiences with surprise and delight every time. It’s hard to do. What do you make of tobacco giant Altria’s recent investment in Canadian marijuana company Cronos? It’s the same event as liquor company Constellation buying into Canopy. It’s US consumer package companies that cannot participate in cannabis in the US placing bets on Canadian companies, hoping that either through export to foreign countries, which is very limited, or the legalization of cannabis in US states, they have a toehold that allows them to dominate the market when the US gets federally legal. Do you think it’s bad for the industry’s image to be associated with tobacco? I don’t know. That’s a tough question. Maybe it’s a way to say, “Wow, the tobacco guys are finally getting away from the evil stuff and moving on to stuff that promotes more wellness.” I’m guessing that if you smoke cannabis, it’s not as good for you as if you take it other ways. That’s the general consensus. Cannabis basically will be a healthier alternative to alcohol. I feel like tobacco isn’t used for the same purpose as alcohol or cannabis, so for me, tobacco has always been an outlier. Do you use cannabis? Yeah, I’m a new user. What have you gotten into? Well, I’m very purpose-driven. What I use it for is when I get a text message at 11:00 at night, and I’ve already fallen asleep on the couch, and I’m trying to keep that sleep mode going by moving to bed, and it’s like, “Don’t read the text message,” and I do. Then it’s like, “Damn it.” Then what I have is an indica vape pen and I take two hits of that and I usually sleep like a baby, and I feel really good in the morning. That’s this 61-year-old former distance runner endurance athlete who’s never wanted to smoke anything.
19 Dec 18
TEAM FOUR SIXTEEN

“…One of the most familiar scenes of Christian Family life in Germany is Luther with his children around the Christmas-tree, singing his own Christmas hymn: ‘Good news from heaven the angels bring, Glad tidings to the earth they ring…’”

19 Dec 18

Every Thursday, I wake up and perform the same routine: I drive to downtown Durham, NC, park and walk to the bakery for a coffee, then cross the street and unlock the bookstore I work at. I crank Dusty Springfield up, sweep the mats, straighten the display cases, and flip the open sign around. Occasionally, […]

19 Dec 18
BiblioMarket

Every Thursday, I wake up and perform the same routine: I drive to downtown Durham, NC, park and walk to the bakery for a coffee, then cross the street and unlock the bookstore I work at. I crank Dusty Springfield up, sweep the mats, straighten the display cases, and flip the open sign around. Occasionally, […]

19 Dec 18
Toy Shopper Portal

[ad_1] Every year, it seems the talk of Christmas comes earlier and earlier, with stores stocking shelves with red and green decorations well before Halloween has even arrived. Commercials start airing with the hottest toys of the season and Christmas movies start before we’ve even taken the turkey out of the oven on Thanksgiving. To […]

19 Dec 18
Keely's Korner

CELEBRITY NEWS: DECEMBER 18, 2018 http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) – 29 years old Christina Aguilera (Singer) – 38 years old Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek) – 40 years old Murphy Lee (Rapper in St. Lunatics) – 40 years old Josh Dallas (Once Upon A Time) – 40 years old Sia (Singer) – 43 years […]

19 Dec 18
Finding things that bring a smile to others

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY that belongs to you can be from many sources, such as: utility deposits, inactive savings or checking accounts, overpayments, refunds, such as hospital bill refunds, funds for liquidation escrow accounts, and uncashed checks. Also, check under the names of your parents, grandparents and other relatives (one bachelor uncle left behind a nice and […]

19 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Monte Vista Christian School’s wrestling team, headlined by sophomore Christian Cabuag and senior Amman Klair, is again expected to do some heavy damage on the mat this season. Cabuag, the only Central Coast Section finalist from Santa Cruz County last season and a returning state qualifier, and Klair are ranked No. 2 in their respective weight classes, according to CCSRank.com. And the Mustangs, who took a school-best fifth-place finish at CCS last season, are ranked No. 3 in the section. “The goal is to finish top three,” said third-year coach Armando Gonzalez, the former head coach at Gilroy High. Cabuag will compete at 113 pounds and Klair at 152. The Mustangs’ roster has grown from 13 last season to 33 this year. A pair of juniors ranked fourth in CCS, Amit Klair (120) and Edward Zamora (138), who was ineligible last season, return. And with much-improved junior Justin Tepoorten (170) and sophomore Nate Fernandez (220), Gonzalez figures MVC could produce six medalists at CCS. Gonzalez is hoping his full lineup will help MVC garner some extra points at CCS. Gilroy, winner of 16 straight CCS titles and now under the direction of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, is ranked No. 1 in the CCS. Evergreen Valley is No. 2. MVC finished second to Evergreen Valley at the Webber Lawson Memorial Tournament on Dec. 8 in Sunnyvale. Cabuag and Amman Klair won titles, with Cabuag pinning Evergreen’s Kaikoa Tumale in the final. Cabuag, a potential state placer this season, will be battle tested by the time he faces Gilroy sophomore Jayden Gomez, ranked No. 1 in CCS, in league play. Gomez is ranked No. 4 in the state while Cabuag is at No. 7. “They’ll have some spirited matches,” Gonzalez said. “He’s aligned to meet all challengers. He looks like a contender. It’ll be hard to not bring home a medal this year.” Amman Klair, who medaled at the California World Challenge at Clovis West in October, is ranked No. 27 in the state and has turned it up a notch recently. “He looks very, very impressive,” Gonzalez said. MVC competes in the Pacific Coast Athletic League’s top tier, the Gabilan Division, with Alisal, Everett Alvarez, Gilroy, San Benito, Palma and Salinas. Watsonville and Pajaro Valley compete in the middle tier, the Mission Division, with Carmel, Gonzales, Monterey, North Monterey County, North Salinas and Pacific Grove. St. Francis competes in the bottom tier, the Cypress Division, with Christopher, Greenfield, King City and Soledad. On Feb. 1, the PCAL-G Finals will be held at Palma, the PCAL-M Finals at Gonzales and the PCAL-C Finals at King City. The PCAL Championships, a qualifier for CCS, are Feb. 9 at Gilroy. For the first time, the CCS (Feb. 15-16) and CIF state championships (Feb. 21-23) for boys and girls will be held on the same weekend. MVC doesn’t have any female wrestlers on its roster. Watsonville coach Josh Castillo has 18 athletes on his team, including eight returners and six girls. Back for the Wildcatz are seniors Luke Meyers (152) and Tyson George (132) and junior Joaquin Mosqueda (128) — all former CCS qualifiers. Team workhorse Julian Basurto (145), a senior, also returns. The Wildcatz’s Angela Torres (101), a senior, and sophomore Michelle Gomez (150) are expected to make some noise in CCS. Torres is ranked third in the section. Watsonville hosts the Apple Cider Classic on Jan 5-6. Pajaro Valley had two underclassmen place in the Monterey Bay League championships last season: Rigoberto Herrejon (195) and Alejandro Vasquez (220). St. Francis will be led by senior Justin Parker (152) and junior Hunter Blinkenberg (170), both of whom won Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League titles last season. Blinkenberg competed at 152 last season and Parker was at 145. #gallery-2406287-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2406287-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2406287-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2406287-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Santa Cruz High wrestler Greta Gustafson wraps up a teammate during practice on Tuesday. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Santa Cruz High wrestler Maya Letona wraps up a teammate during practice on Tuesday. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Santa Cruz High wrestler Marcus Dong practices Tuesday in the Cardinals’ wrestling room. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) Freshman Ethan Robinson is already a standout on the Santa Cruz High wrestling team. (Dan Coyro — Santa Cruz Sentinel) SCCAL Aptos, Harbor, Santa Cruz, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Soquel make up the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League. SLV will host the league championships on Feb. 8. The Mariners, the defending league champion, see longtime assistant Rudy Guzman replace coach Reggie Roberts at the helm. Aptos, host of the Pat Lovell Holiday Classic on Dec. 28-29, has 34 athletes out for the team, including nine females The Mariners return league champion Camila Barranco (111), the first female in school history to beat a male for an SCCAL title, and five SCCAL runners-up: Eli Galster (126) and fellow seniors Tyler Slay (170) and Marcos Reyes (182/195), and juniors Luke Keaschall (146) and James Platero (220), who this season will compete at 195. Talented freshman Ben Archuleta (106), a transfer from Colorado, and senior Alex Zacarias, who has been injured much of the past three years, give the Mariners a couple of x-factors. Sophomores Alex Quintero and Eli Rodriguez also help the cause. Senior Susan Munith (160) could be a threat in the CCS girls tournament. “Our focus is on CCS,” Guzman said. “I know a lot of people are thinking that Reggie is gone and it could be their year. But we’ll have some things up our sleeves.” Santa Cruz sophomore Greta Gustafson (111), who became the school’s first female champion in the SCCAL boys tournament last season, and defending league champion Josh Franklin (132), a junior, are among the Cardinals’ 40 wrestlers, as are SCCAL finalists Russell Calmes (106/113), a junior, and senior Marcus Dong (138/145). Gustafson is ranked No. 1 in the CCS for girls and Maya Letona (116) is No. 3. Senior Issac Marquez (220) and juniors Kevin Chavez (138), Daniel Felix (220) and Juan Rosales (220) help give the Cardinals depth. Santa Cruz also features a trio of talented freshmen in Casper Tate (138/145), Ethan Robinson and Owen Dunbar (160/170). “We’re good throughout,” said Cardinals coach Emilio Aragon, in the fourth year of his second stint with the team. Santa Cruz finished 13th out of 42 teams at the Webber Lawson tournament while Aptos, sans football players, took 25th. “If that’s a litmus test, things look pretty good for league,” Aragon said. “My four-year goal was to win league. I think we’ll compete for it. It’s definitely going to be contested.” SLV has 20 out for its team, with the CCS-ranked duo of Ruby Sartain-Miller (152), a senior, and junior Lilian Busnardo (120) leading the way. Other Cougars standouts include junior Caylen Swan (182) and sophomores Connor Urbancic (138), Donald Baker (145) and Daniel Coronado, a transfer who has yet to be cleared to compete. Soquel, under returning coach Shane Torres, has 23 on its roster, including returning SCCAL finalists George Mendoza (132), a senior, and Samuel Hugi (160), a sophomore who competed at 138 as a freshman. The Knights also feature senior Cody Bryan (195). Scotts Valley, led by returning coach Fred Cortez, has 15 athletes out for the team, including former league finalist Joseph Hammana (128). The young Falcons include sophomore Dylan Najera (152) and freshmen Matis Barbies (160) and Zach Hemold (145). Hammana and Najera are the team’s only returners. Among the team’s five females is standout freshman Tyler France, who is ranked No. 3 in CCS at 131. “She’s the real deal,” Cortez said of France, who has been competing in the sport since sixth grade and took third in the California USA Middle School Folkstyle Championships. Harbor, under first-year coach Jay Reyes, has a dozen wrestlers, including four females. The Pirates are led by returning SCCAL champion Daniel Cruz (195), a senior battling back from injury, and sophomore Nico Vasquez (152), a league finalist at 145 last season. Senior Anna Andreason (121) and sophomore Faith Brown (131), a transfer from SLV, are also expected to shine for the Pirates. Ones to Watch Christian Cabuag, MVC, So.: Ranked No. 2 in CCS at 113 after taking second at the same weight last season Amman Klair, MVC, Sr.: Ranked No. 2 in CCS at 152 after taking third at 138 last season Amit Klair, MVC, Jr.: Ranked No. 4 in CCS at 120 after taking fourth at 106 last season Edward Zamora, MVC, Jr.: Ranked No. 4 in CCS at 138 after taking sixth at 126 last season Greta Gustafson, Santa Cruz, So.: The Cardinals’ first female to win an SCCAL title, she’s ranked No. 1 in CCS at 111 after taking second at 116 last season Camila Barranco, Aptos, Jr.: The Mariners’ first female to win an SCCAL title, she’s ranked No. 3 in CCS at 111 after taking fifth at 106 last season Maya Letona, Santa Cruz, Jr.: Ranked No. 3 at 116 after taking fourth at 111 last season Ruby Sartain Miller, SLV, Sr.: Ranked No. 3 at 150 after taking third at the same weight last season Tyler France, Scotts Valley, Fr.: A veteran in the sport, she’s ranked No. 3 at 131 Susan Minuth, Aptos, Sr.: Ranked No. 3 at 160 after taking fourth at 143 last season Notable Dates Pat Lovell Holiday Classic: Dec. 28-29, Aptos High Apple Cider Classic: Jan 5-6, Watsonville High PCAL-G Finals: Feb. 1, Palma High PCAL-M Finals: Feb. 1, Gonzales High PCAL-C Finals: Feb. 1, King City High SCCAL Championships: Feb. 8, SLV High PCAL Championships: Feb. 9, Gilroy High CCS Championships: Feb. 15-16, TBA CIF State Championships: Feb. 21-23, Bakersfield
19 Dec 18
Sarandipity Book Reviews

Orderly Affair (Hearts and Health Book 6) By D.J. Jamison   Rating: 5 out of 5 stars   Blurb:   A hospital orderly explores his bisexuality with an adorably geeky lab tech, but can their sparks lead to love outside the closet? When Ian Connolly installs a hookup app to explore his long-suppressed attraction to […]