Virtual benefit by Bodega horse rescue stars ‘Black Beauty’ filmmaker

If not for the coronavirus crisis, local equestrians and other horse lovers on Saturday might have met in person the writer and director of a new Disney film adaptation of the classic “Black Beauty.”

Plan B worked out quite well, too.

Screenwriter-director Ashley Avis appeared as featured guest of a virtual benefit soiree for the horse rescue mission at west Sonoma County’s Casari Ranch and for The Wild Beauty Foundation that Avis created with her husband, “Black Beauty” producer Edward Winters.

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Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi of Casari Ranch, located outside of Bodega, has joined forces with The Wild Beauty Foundation as she works to rescue and protect horses and to promote what she calls the magic that happens when people engage with horses.

Mazzucchi encouraged guests of her Saturday afternoon virtual fundraising party to get cozy at home, “uncork a bottle of wine or make your favorite tea” and settle in for a couple of hours of music and conversation about horses in need of human help.

Avis spoke about the inspiration that led her to write and direct “Black Beauty,” a film adaptation of the 1877 novel by Anna Sewell that follows the life of a horse through its many stages, from a coveted colt to a gentleman’s carriage horse to a cruelly exploited cab horse.

In Avis’ retelling of the story, a wild horse speaks for itself as the animal and a teenage girl forge a profound, lifetime bond. The new “Black Beauty” stars Mackenzie Foy, Kate Winslet, Claire Forlani, Iain Glen and Fern Deacon. It will be released Nov. 27 on the Disney+ steaming service.

At one point in Saturday’s virtual benefit party, Avis and Mazzucchi recounted how they recently rescued horses from a kill pen in Texas.

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Barbie dolls sport recycled fashion in virtual benefit auction for Sonoma Community Center

SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) — Sporting a jaunty cap made of a recycled pacifier, one of many Barbie dolls decked out in trash-based fashion took the spotlight in a virtual runway show at the Sonoma Community Center Saturday.

Some may say a new line of Barbie dolls is trashy, but the Sonoma Community Center is calling them “reclaimed and reinvented” as part of their tenth annual “Trashion Fashion” auction event where items up for bid are new interpretations of Barbie dolls feature clothing made from cast-off and recycled materials.

The items reused by artists include plastic utensils, busted balloons, popsicle wrappers and pipe cleaners.

One doll’s shiny tinfoil strapless top, closely molded to her upper body, demonstrated that detritus need not be déclassé.

Another doll, dubbed “Goddess of the Sea,” wore a seashell skirt-a tongue-twisting sobriquet that didn’t faze the event’s hosts, Eric Jackson, the center’s creative programs manager, and office coordinator Molly Spencer.

The hosts held up doll after doll for examination, enthusing over the inventive transformations. The show also included hilarious videos, one involving a courtship between a Ken and a Barbie wearing a skirt made of bright orange tea bag containers.

On a more serious note, one doll wore long black judges’ robes and a recycled lace collar in homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the associateSupreme Court justice who died in September. Another doll was dressed as a suffragist, celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2020 of women’s right to vote.

Even host, Eric Jackson said, “At the end of the day, this is about creative waste management –how we give everything a second life to avoid the planet being buried in garbage.”

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Most of the dolls are the creations of local community members, though some were designed by people from as far away as Arkansas and New Jersey.

“When we start thinking of discarded items as useful materials we can shift our thinking to become more aware of our waste footprint and prioritize reducing and reusing. Great job everyone,” Sloane Pagal, program manager for Zero WasteSonoma said in the chatbox.

Around 600 people attended last year’s in-person auction, and more than 100 people showed up for Saturday’s virtual event, exceeding the number of people allowed to attend by Zoom.

The auction raises funds for the center. Bidding runs through next Saturday, Nov. 21. See the Barbie dolls at here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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7 Retail Stocks That Will Benefit From 2020’s Holiday Shopping Season

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Mashable has a list of the biggest retailers and their plans for Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and the rest of the holiday shopping season. This year’s Super Bowl of shopping is going to be much more subdued. If you’re in the betting mood, I see seven retail stocks taking most of the victory laps between now and the end of the year. 

The first criteria for picking retail stocks that will benefit from this year’s shopping season are those with a strong online presence. Many of the biggest retailers may stay closed on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday to reduce the possible spread of the novel coronavirus and give their employees a bit of a break from previous years. 

The second criterion should be retailers that have been doing well throughout the pandemic. Have they reported quarterly growth? The companies that are doing well pre-holiday will likely do well during November and December and into 2021.

And finally, I think it makes sense to bet on those retail stocks whose products are in demand and likely purchases at this time of the year. 

  • Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN)
  • Best Buy (NYSE:BBY)
  • Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR)
  • L Brands (NYSE:LB)
  • Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU)
  • Target (NYSE:TGT)
  • Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM)

So, despite Peloton (NASDAQ:PTON) not being able to keep up with demand, I doubt it’s on the shopping list for anyone but the wealthiest of gift-givers. However, I’m sure Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Watches will be given out this holiday season. Happy shopping.

Retail Stocks to Buy: Amazon (AMZN)


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To be clear, I’ve only put the e-commerce giant first on my list because I’m ordering the seven stocks alphabetically. That said, it’s hard to go wrong with Amazon during the holidays. 

Last year’s holiday shopping season was its best ever as shoppers worldwide bought billions of items for the special people in their lives. Even better, they purchased millions of Amazon devices. 

“This holiday season has been better than ever thanks to our customers and employees all around the world,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO said the day after Christmas last year. More importantly, Amazon’s third-party sellers made out like bandits last year. 

“People bought stuff Amazon didn’t make, too. Third-parties sold way more products on Amazon this year than they did last year,” CNN Business reported. “Although Amazon is notoriously and, for investors, annoyingly coy about specific sales data, the company said third-party product sales increased by a double digit percentage over last year, surpassing one billion items sold.”

Well, Amazon might not break out the sales numbers, but one only has to look at its North American and International sales in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 — North America saw Q4 2019 sales growth of 22% while international sales rose 14% in the final quarter of the year — to know

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Five Idaho women who served honored on limited-edition medallion: ‘They’ve been a huge benefit to this country’

Five women are memorialized on the Idaho Women Veterans Medallion. Each one played a different, but pivotal role in our nation’s defense.

NAMPA, Idaho — Of the 124,000 veterans living in Idaho, about 10,000 are women. They are grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters.

This year, the state of Idaho is celebrating the legacy and service of all Idaho women veterans with a special silver medallion, featuring five women veterans who each played a different, but pivotal role in our nation’s defense.

“[They] have really kind of been unrecognized because women veterans don’t tout themselves,” said Sue Paul, co-founder of the Warhawk Air Museum in Nampa. “They just do their duty. They’re very proud of who they are. They’re very close to each other overall. And they’ve been a huge benefit to this country.”

Kay Gott Chaffey is one of the women featured on the medallion.

In 1942, she volunteered to be part of the Women’s Air Service Pilots or WASPS. With all the boys leaving and going overseas, someone needed to take over on the home front. Chaffey was one of about a thousand women selected for the job.

She flew 17 types of military aircraft.

“Her favorite plane was the P-51 Mustang,” Paul said. “She flew the Mustang. She flew the P-40. She flew the bombers. She flew everything, as all the WASPS did during World War II, and they ferried the airplanes from base to base. They actually taught men to fly on training bases.”

Carmelita Pope also served in WWII as a USO officer during the last months of the war.

“She was extremely patriotic and came from an Italian neighborhood, pure Italian family and friends,” Paul said. “And so she said ‘I want to go to war.’ And so she joined the USO and she went to Europe, primarily Italy. And they had a show that they traveled all over Italy performing in front of all of our servicemen.”

Paul was part of the committee that selected the women. A ceremony unveiling the medallion was held at the museum in October.

Judith Eighmy, the only woman on the coin who still alive today, was there. A Vietnam war veteran, Eighmy was assigned to the US Navy Nurse Corps aboard the USS Repose where she cared for soldiers who were medevaced from the war zone.

“Taking care of the wounded was an honor in itself because we were volunteers,” Eighmy told KTVB. “I feel more like a representative and a figure, a face on the coin. But I really believe it’s not about me it’s about representing other women who served.”

Wanda Pollard is also on the medallion. She joined the Navy in 1953 at the age of 21 and was assigned as the hostess on the personal aircraft of the Commander in Chief, US Atlantic Fleet.

While serving, she met many high-ranking civilians, foreign dignitaries and service officials.

“Her entire family, I think there were 17 members of her family, that came to the ceremony,” Paul

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Job Gains Benefit Hispanic Men, While Women Lag Behind

The labor-market recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has been uneven across demographic groups, as Hispanic men benefit from gains in industries such as construction while women—especially from racial minority groups—lag behind, Labor Department data show.

Pandemic-driven shutdowns and slowdowns were especially severe in the restaurant, hospitality and parts of the retail sector, which disproportionately cost Black and Hispanic women their jobs. Meanwhile, white men, who are more likely to hold office jobs that can shift to remote work, have fared the best so far.

Last month, Hispanic men nearly caught up to white men, in terms of their jobs recovery, Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department showed. They held 4.7% fewer jobs than in February, the month before widespread shutdowns began. That compares with a 17.7% decline in employment in April from February. White men, meanwhile, held 4.5% fewer jobs in October than February, and that group suffered a less severe employment decline in the spring.

“The sectors that have been least affected, or are booming in the middle of the pandemic, have a higher representation of Latino men,” said Monica Garcia-Perez, a labor economist at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

That includes warehousing and storage, which has added 60,000 jobs since February, among the strongest gains of any industry, because of the surge in online shopping. Last year, 32.2% of those employed in the sector were Hispanic, nearly double the share of Hispanic workers overall, according to the Labor Department.

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1,500 vulnerable families to benefit from Deepavali gift packs, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – A group of some 350 volunteers under the annual Lighting Hearts Lighting Homes initiative will be distributing festive gift packs to vulnerable families from Sunday (Nov 1) to Saturday (Nov 7).

In the spirit of Deepavali, the initiative, which is in its eighth year, rallied the support of the community. Some 130 home-based bakers and festive bag packers, with help from 200 driver volunteers, raised a total of $204,000 in donations.

The aim this year is to reach out to 1,500 families. Each gift pack includes $120 cash packets, Deepavali candles, Suji cookies made by volunteers, NTUC vouchers contributed by the Singapore-Indian Development Association (Sinda), as well as handwritten notes by students from the Sinda learning centres.

Since 2018, the initiative has been partnering nursing home Sree Narayana Mission to connect with more beneficiaries in need.

Ms A. Vigneswari, 26, who was part of the organising committee, said that the initiative has seen an increase in the number of beneficiaries during the Covid-19 pandemic, and hopes to be able to help them tide through these difficult times.

Some of the Items included in the gift packs are cash packets, Deepavali candles, and Suji cookies made by volunteers. ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

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Childcare Management Software Market Vendors to Benefit from Increase in Women Workforce Globally

The global childcare management software market size is poised to grow by USD 62.21 million during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of about 6% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Globally, there has been a growth in the number of women working in organized sectors. This can be attributed to a number of initiatives undertaken by successive governments on women empowerment. In addition, many countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa are witnessing steady growth in women’s salaries. With the growth in the women workforce, the demand for childcare services is increasing among parents. These factors are providing significant growth opportunities for childcare centers, which is encouraging them to invest in childcare management software to track the progress of children. Thus, the increase in the women workforce is expected to fuel the growth of global childcare management software during the forecast period.

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  • The major childcare management software market growth came from the on-cloud deployment segment. This is due to the increased demand for cloud-based childcare management solutions from small-scale private childcare centers.

  • North America was the largest market for childcare management software in 2019, and the region will offer several growth opportunities to market vendors during the forecast period. This is attributed to the increased expenditure on childcare and education by governments in the region.

  • The global childcare management software market is fragmented. Childcare Sage, EZChildTrack, Hi Mama Inc., Jackrabbit Technologies Inc., Kangarootime, Ladder Software, Procare Software LLC, SmartcareOS LLC, SofterWare Inc., and Tadpoles LLC are some of the major market participants. To help clients improve their market position, this childcare management software market forecast report provides a detailed analysis of the market leaders.

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Application of artificial intelligence (AI) for better childcare management will be a key market trend

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Black Owned Beauty Brand to Benefit Rural Farming and Reforestation in Haiti

HOUSTON – October 19, 2020 – ( )

Djanillie’s, a beauty brand based in Houston, Texas and owned by Haitian woman entrepreneur Djanillie Joseph, aims to help struggling rural farmers through its Rural Farming and Reforestation program.

The personal care brand, known for its effective haircare and skincare products, gives back part of its profits every year to help support rural farming in Haiti.

The company not only aims to satisfy the diverse hair and skincare needs of its customers using advanced formulations, but it also wants to help the less fortunate while doing its part in conserving the environment.

“We are a beauty company with a purpose and that purpose is to help elevate rural farmers in Haiti and promote reforestation of the island,” said the company CEO. She added that her company wants to provide solutions that meet the customers’ needs, and at the same time, make a difference in people’s lives. “Our company is not just another beauty company. Our key purpose is to provide quality products to our customers while helping the less favorable and our environment in the process,” said the CEO.

With most Haitians dependent on farming for their livelihood, Djanillie’s believes that their intervention will not only bring hope but also make a difference in the lives of Haitian farmers. “Buying our products will not only give you natural, non-toxic personal care solutions but will also go a long way in helping the Haitians improve their lives and country,” said the CEO.

Djanillie’s hair care products are designed to help women dealing with hair loss, thinning hair, breakage, dandruff, eczema, and unmanageable hair.

“Our skincare products are created for all skin types to combat fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, acne, and dry skin,” said Djanillie, adding that “the company aspires to become notable for crafting healthy and effective products designed specifically to nurture, nourish, and re-balance the hair and skin.”

About Djanillie’s Beauté

Djanillie’s Beauté aka Djanillie’s is a personal care brand based in Houston, Texas, offering high-performance haircare and skincare products that cater to a diverse array of hair textures and skin types. Djanillie’s was borne out of its founder’s passion for beauty, dedication to a healthy lifestyle, and keen interest in personal care products. She researched the latest hair care techniques, skin rejuvenating treatments, ingredients, and cutting-edge formulas to build a trusted brand in the beauty industry. 

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4 Ways to Benefit from Stainless Steel Jewelry

Jewelry has become all the rage in the world today. From the teenagers that buy it in order to make a statement with what they wear all the way up to the adults that purchase stunningly beautiful jewelry in order to accentuate their public appearance, there is a lot of demand in the world today for well made and designed pieces of jewelry. In order to meet that demand, the supply side has really vamped up the design and manufacture areas of their business and today more than ever new pieces of jewelry are quite literally flooding the market.

These pieces of jewelry are made from a number of different materials; gold, silver, plated metal and almost anything else you can think of. A newer form of jewelry, stainless steel jewelry, has started to gain in popularity as people begin to understand the ways to benefit from stainless steel jewelry. Four of those ways are listed below.

Way #1: The first way to benefit from stainless steel jewelry is to understand and take advantage of the fact that it is very versatile. As mentioned above, people do not buy jewelry for the same reason. Whatever your reason for wanting to invest in jewelry is, that reason is more than likely accomplished very well through the purchase of stainless steel jewelry. While gold and silver jewelry tend to only be good for showy purposes and plated jewelry tends to lack in that area, stainless steel is good for almost all jewelry purposes.

Way #2: The second way to benefit from stainless steel jewelry is to be able to own jewelry that does not require a large amount of maintenance. If you go and buy gold or silver jewelry, not only are you going to need to polish that jewelry on a frequent basis, but you are also going to have to be careful in order to avoid smudging that jewelry. Jewelry along the lines of stainless steel, on the other hand, is a lot easier to maintain.

Way #3: The third way to benefit from stainless steel jewelry is understanding that the normal wear and tear is okay with your jewelry. When people buy gold or silver jewelry, the tendency is to be very leery of wearing it often in order to help preserve it for a very long time. Stainless steel is an alloy that was made specifically to be durable and because of that you can wear stainless steel jewelry as much as you want without having to worry about wear and tear ruining your jewelry well before you can afford to buy more.

Way #4: The fourth way to benefit from stainless steel jewelry is to save a lot of money. Stainless steel jewelry tends to be cheaper than gold or silver jewelry and because of that not only can you enjoy your new jewelry, but you can also leave a little more money in your pocket while doing so. And really, when everyone is looking for ways …

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