The T List: Holiday Gift Guide, Part II

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. For this week, we’ve turned it into the second installment of our holiday gift guide, with recommendations from T staffers on what we are coveting for ourselves this season, as well as the gifts we’re thinking of giving our friends and loved ones. Read the first edition here, and sign up here to find us in your inbox every Wednesday. And you can always reach us at [email protected].


The Beverly Hills chocolatier andSons was launched last year by the brothers Marc and Phil Covitz, who grew up watching their mother, Aviva, run the local outpost of the Swiss chocolate brand Teuscher. Hoping to create American chocolates as luxurious as those they ate as children, the pair — along with the esteemed pastry chef Kriss Harvey — debuted their own hand-painted bonbons (some filled with fruit-forward ganaches, others with rich house-made pralines and popping candies), which come in beautiful foil-stamped boxes that open from their center. No less covetable are the brand’s holiday specials, including its Eggnog Snowmen, with white chocolate shells and creamy centers that strike the perfect balance between sugar and spice.


In my fantasy kitchen there would be not much more than one big pot, a single perfect knife and a heat source, and all other unnecessary equipment would be banned. (No more apple corers or egg slicers.) But I would make an exception for this bread cloche, which is impressively effective: Made from mica-rich clay in England by the ceramist Isatu Hyde, it creates a steamy enclosure for your dough as it bakes in the oven, producing bread with a uniquely light texture and well-developed crust. It is also pretty enough to sit on your counter and double as a vessel in which to store your loaf.


There are few thrills greater than receiving an Hermès orange box, especially around the holidays. This year, I have my sights set on these painted wood bracelets, which can be worn individually,

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Women’s national team, U.S. Soccer settle part of their lawsuit

U.S. women’s national team players and the U.S. Soccer Federation settled their long-running lawsuit over inequitable working conditions compared with the men’s team while leaving their dispute over unequal pay for additional litigation.

The parties filed a redacted public notice of the settlement with the federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday while providing the complete agreement to U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner. The deal with the world champion American women and the sport’s U.S. governing body calls for charter flights, hotel accommodations, venue selection and professional staff support equitable to that of the men’s national team.

“I hope that the women and their lawyers see that we are taking a new approach,” said Cindy Parlow Cone, a former player who became the first female USSF president in March.

“We want the women’s team as well as their lawyers to see that we want to move in a different direction,” Parlow Cone said. “We want to have a different relationship with them. We want to work together. And I think they’re starting to see that. And we have to continue down this path.”

Players sued the USSF in March 2019 claiming they have not been paid equitably under their collective bargaining agreement that runs through December 2021, compared to what the men’s team receives under its agreement that expired in December 2018. The women asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Klausner dismissed the pay claim in May, ruling the women rejected a pay-to-play structure similar to the one in the men’s agreement and accepted greater base salaries and benefits than the men, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

But Klausner allowed aspects of their allegations of discriminatory working conditions to be put to trial, which had been scheduled for next month. With those issues settled, the players may now ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to restore the wage claims.

“We are pleased that the USWNT players have fought for — and achieved — long overdue equal working conditions,” players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson said. “We now intend to file our appeal to the court’s decision, which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job.

“We remain as committed as ever to our work to achieve the equal pay that we legally deserve. Our focus is on the future and ensuring we leave the game a better place for the next generation of women who will play for this team and this country.”

The lawsuit got international attention. Following the U.S. victory in last year’s World Cup final in Lyon, France, the crowd chanted “Equal Pay!” as players celebrated on the field.

In May, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden posted to Twitter: “To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To @ussoccer: equal pay, now. Or else

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The USSF agreed to provide equal resources to both the men’s and women’s teams for chartered flights. The federation also will maintain comparable budgets for accommodations and ensure the women stay in top-quality hotels. Will Wilson, who started as USSF CEO in March, said working conditions of the women will be equal to those of the next labor contract with the men.

USSF will ensure that playing surfaces and venues for women’s matches under its control will be similar to those of the men, an issue that arose when the women refused to play a 2015 exhibition against Trinidad and Tobago on artificial turf in Honolulu. FIFA scheduled the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada on artificial turf but the men’s World Cup has been played exclusively on grass.

The federation will provide equal support staffs to both the men’s and women’s teams.

“Coming to agreement on the working conditions was just the first step,” Parlow Cone said. “The goal for both sides in this was to really define a more structured way to provide both teams, the men and the women, with equitable support, also allowing for flexibility at the same time.”

The federation has argued that it cannot pay the women World Cup bonuses matching those of the men because of vastly dissimilar bonus payments for men’s and women’s tournaments paid to federations by FIFA, soccer’s world governing body.

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Settles Part Of Gender Discrimination Suit : NPR

Megan Rapinoe (center) and Alex Morgan (right), pictured celebrating with U.S. women’s soccer teammates in New York after a ticker tape parade, on July 10, 2019. “We are pleased that the USWNT Players have fought for – and achieved – long overdue equal working conditions,” a spokeswoman for the team said on Tuesday.

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Megan Rapinoe (center) and Alex Morgan (right), pictured celebrating with U.S. women’s soccer teammates in New York after a ticker tape parade, on July 10, 2019. “We are pleased that the USWNT Players have fought for – and achieved – long overdue equal working conditions,” a spokeswoman for the team said on Tuesday.

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The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached a proposed settlement with the Women’s National Team in a legal battle over working conditions but a dispute over equal pay with that of their male counterparts continues.

The agreement, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Tuesday, is a partial victory for the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team, who will see an improvement in hotel accommodations, venues, travel and staffing that will put them on equal footing with players on the Men’s National Team.

“This is a good day. I hope everyone sees that we are a new U.S. Soccer,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone told reporters in a press conference.

She noted a slew of internal personnel changes, including herself and new CEO Will Wilson, saying their “fresh approach” is helping to rebuild the strained relationship between the players and the federation.

Among the most notable changes under the proposed settlement is a requirement that “matches be played on grass in almost all circumstances.” The women’s team has been fighting for years to put an end to matches played on artificial surfaces — a condition with which the men’s team rarely contends.

The federation will also provide an equal number of chartered flights to the women’s and men’s teams, and it has agreed to offer comparable hotel accommodations for the teams. They will also have comparable staff, with 18 to 21 professional positions to provide support services to the respective teams.

“Coming to an agreement on the working conditions is just the first step,” Parlow Cone added in a reference to ongoing compensation-related litigation.

Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players was also pleased with the outcome of negotiations on Tuesday, although she confirmed that the WNT’s legal challenge over wages is far from over.

“We are pleased that the USWNT Players have fought for – and achieved – long overdue equal working conditions,” Levinson said in a statement.

“We now intend to file our appeal to the Court’s decision which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job. We remain as committed as ever to our work to achieve the equal pay that we legally deserve. Our focus

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Women’s team, U.S. Soccer settle part of their working condition lawsuit

The USWNT observe a moment of silence prior to the United States international friendly match against Ireland at the Rose Bowl on August 3, 2019 in Pasadena, California. The United States won the match 3-0.

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U.S. women’s national team players and the U.S. Soccer Federation have settled their long-running lawsuit over inequitable working conditions with the men’s team while leaving their dispute over unequal pay for additional litigation.

The parties filed a redacted public notice of the settlement with the federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday while providing the complete agreement to U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner. The deal with the world champion American women and the sport’s U.S. governing body calls for charter flights, hotel accommodations, venue selection and professional staff support equitable to that of the men’s national team.

Players sued the USSF in March 2019 claiming they have not been paid equitably under their collective bargaining agreement compared to what is received by the men’s team, which failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The women asked for more than $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Klausner dismissed the pay claim in May, ruling the women rejected a pay-to-play structure like the men’s agreement and accepted greater base salaries and benefits.

But Klausner allowed aspects of their allegations of discriminatory working conditions to be put to trial. Those issues were settled, and players may now ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to restore the wage claims.

“We are pleased that the USWNT players have fought for — and achieved — long-overdue equal working conditions,” players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson said. “We now intend to file our appeal to the court’s decision, which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job.

“We remain as committed as ever to our work to achieve the equal pay that we legally deserve. Our focus is on the future and ensuring we leave the game a better place for the next generation of women who will play for this team and this country.”

Following the U.S. victory in last year’s World Cup final in Lyon, France, the crowd chanted “Equal Pay!” as players celebrated on the field.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden posted to Twitter: “To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To @ussoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding,” referring to the 2026 men’s World Cup, set to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

After the USSF argued in court documents that women lacked the skills and responsibilities of their male counterparts, sponsors criticized the federation. Federation President Carlos Cordeiro resigned in March and was replaced by former national team player Cindy Parlow Cone.

“We hope today’s positive step forward will result in the USWNT accepting

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Women’s team, US Soccer settle part of their lawsuit

U.S. Soccer and the women’s national team have settled the players’ legal claim over inequitable working conditions, putting to rest a part of the team’s gender discrimination lawsuit

U.S. women’s national team players and the U.S. Soccer Federation have settled their long-running lawsuit over inequitable working conditions with the men’s team while leaving their dispute over unequal pay for additional litigation.

The parties filed a redacted public notice of the settlement with the federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday while providing the complete agreement to U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner. The deal with the world champion American women and the sport’s U.S. governing body calls for charter flights, hotel accommodations, venue selection and professional staff support equitable to that of the men’s national team.

Klausner dismissed the pay claim in May, ruling the women rejected a pay-to-play structure like the men’s agreement and accepted greater base salaries and benefits.

But Klausner allowed aspects of their allegations of discriminatory working conditions to be put to trial. Those issue were settled, and players may now ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to restore the wage claims.

“We are pleased that the USWNT players have fought for — and achieved — long overdue equal working conditions,” players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson said. “We now intend to file our appeal to the court’s decision, which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job.

“We remain as committed as ever to our work to achieve the equal pay that we legally deserve. Our focus is on the future and ensuring we leave the game a better place for the next generation of women who will play for this team and this country.”

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden posted to Twitter: “To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet. To @ussoccer: equal pay, now. Or else when I’m president, you can go elsewhere for World Cup funding,” referring to the 2026 men’s World Cup, set to be co-hosted by the United States, Mexico and Canada.

After the USSF argued in court documents that women lacked the skills and responsibilities of their male counterparts, sponsors criticized the federation. Federation President Carlos Cordeiro resigned in March and was replaced by

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Be Part of Women’s Health’s Next Virtual Health & Fitness Event

Women’s Health’s next virtual event is coming soon – and it’s going to be our biggest one ever.

Of course, we don’t want to give away too much just yet, but considering past events have seen tens of thousands of women tune in from the UK and beyond to work out with and hear talks by the likes of Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall and Kayla Itsines…

Well, you know this one is going to be *big*.

This time, we’re inviting brands to take part, and reach our audience – for starters, that’s a social media following of 1.4 million strong. Interest piqued? Here’s more info.

What are WH Virtual events?

While getting together to get sweaty is not an option, we connected with our audience in two groundbreaking virtual events in 2020.

In both, we’ve beamed fitness, health and wellness sensations like Jillian Michaels, Davina McCall, Kayla Itsines, Kelsey Wells, Dianne Buswell, Simone De La Rue and Jessica Skye straight into our readers’ living rooms for a series of thought-provoking interviews and star-studded workouts.

In our next virtual event – WH Weekenders – we’re looking to build on this incredible success.

What’s new this time?

We mentioned bigger, right? Instead of a two- or three-day event, our next virtual event will last four weeks.

Over the course of four weekends, we’ve scheduled in workouts with some of the world’s hottest trainers and celebs – but WH Weekenders is not all about getting sweaty.

Our audience will also be able to tune into fascinating panel talks with some of WH‘s editors and the UK’s top experts in fitness, health and wellness. We’re also spicing things up with several cook-alongs by top chefs, foodies and brands.

The line-up WH Weekenders will be announced in the coming weeks (and we can’t wait!)

Of course, the event length and line-up is not all we’re building on. We recognise that a big part of our in-person Women’s Health Live event was the opportunity for brands to showcase their products and services to our audience – so we’ve devised a few new ways for you to reach them. Virtually, of course.

1. WH Weekenders Marketplace

The first, our WH Weekenders Marketplace, will offer businesses the chance to exhibit with us. On the final weekend of January, event attendees will be able to attend our the online marketplace, where they’ll be able to shop and receive discounts to their favourite wellness brands.

2. WH Weekenders E-Zine

As an event bonus, our registered attendees will receive our free e-zine – a digital event guide and marketplace electronic magazine, which will feature a selection of our favourite wellness brands.

REGISTER YOUR BRAND

When + where is it happening?

The event will take place over the last 4 weekends of January 2021 – that’s Saturday 9 – Sunday 31 Jan.

The workouts, panel talks and cook-alongs will all be hosted on Women’s Health’s YouTube channel.

How to get involved

If you’re a band looking to get

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City Funds Gift Cards As Part Of Holiday Shopping Program

CONCORD (BCN)

To encourage Concord residents to shop locally this holiday season and give merchants a much-needed shot in the arm during a COVID-19-ravaged economy, the city of Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have teamed up for the “Shop Concord” program, boosted by $10,000 worth of gift cards paid for by the city.

Through the program, which launched Wednesday, shoppers who buy a $50 gift card through the Shop Concord program will also receive a free $25 gift card.

Cards can be used for purchases at participating businesses, which include retail, restaurants, service businesses and gyms.


Shoppers also have the option to buy a $20 gift card and receive a free $10 gift card in return. Those free gift cards are made possible with a $10,000 donation from the city’s general fund. The bonus cards will last as long as that cash holds out.

Details on how to buy gift cards, and a list of participating businesses as of Wednesday’s launch date, can be found at https://www.concordfirst.com/shop-concord-card/.

More businesses are expected to join the program as it moves ahead; merchants looking to take part can go to www.concordfirst.com/shop-concord for more information.

“The Shop Concord program will make this year’s holiday gift giving more impactful because each purchase made is a direct benefit to our community,” Concord Mayor Tim McGallian said in a statement. “While the purchase of a gift card may seem like a small act, it is a huge gesture of support for our community that will go a long way toward helping our local businesses keep their doors open.”

Concord businesses, as with those in almost all American cities, have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic that has resulted in restrictions on most businesses, curtailed operating capacity at many of them, forced many others to operate primarily or entirely outside, and has even completely closed some, at least sporadically as county health orders have changed as coronavirus infections have ebbed and flowed.

Terri Nuno, a spokeswoman for Liberty Gymnastics Training Center in Concord, said that business is taking part in Shop Concord to show support and unity with other Concord businesses struggling during the pandemic.

“By participating in Shop Concord, we are able to provide a benefit to our customers at no additional cost to our business,” Nuno said.

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Apple accessories designed to fulfill every tech lovers dream: Part 4

Apple has released a slew of products this year – the latest being their ‘one more thing’ event that rocked the world this November with the advent of M1 chips to their MacBooks. The reviews are now just pouring in and they promise the new laptop is a beast – which makes me even more intrigued for the next series of MacBook Pro’s and while I wait for them, I shall bide my time collecting accessories that promise to take my gadgets to the next level. Each unique design here is a game-changer for every Apple lover – be it yourself or someone you know and the gifts make for great Xmas gifts for that person who seems to have it all!

Joyce Kang and C.O Design Lab’s Pod Case gives the Apple Watch a much-needed history lesson, introducing it to the ancestor that started the Apple craze. The watch’s screen roughly matches the screen size found in classic iPod Nanos, while its body is only a slight bit thicker. The Pod Case, made in silicone, slides right over the Apple Watch body, giving it a funky throwback, while also letting you use the watch as-is.

Moment, the Seattle-based accessories company specializing in phone camera gear has created a bunch of iPhone 12 series accessories that inherently have some kind of camera utility. There’s a whole bunch of cases, tripod mounts, and car vent mounts with MagSafe compatibility that add to the functionality of your Apple phone. First up, the cases come in two broader variations – a thinner version for better ergonomic feel in hand and the other, a more rugged one for more protection in event of accidental drops. All these cases have wrist strap loops and can endure a 6-foot drop. The cases priced at around $50 are compatible with the M-Series Moment lens system and they also work with the Moment Mounts.

The Apple x Procreate controller by Simon Pavy measures around 2-inches in diameter. With a rotating body and a liquid retina touchscreen surface on the top, the controller really lets you precisely control aspects of your workflow. The rotating knob lets you very intuitively increase or decrease brush sizes, cycle through layers, adjust colors, or even play around with other settings, while the touch surface on the top works as a brilliant dedicated color palette, and an interface for cycling through layers, experimenting with brushes, or quickly going through your list of brushes while you work on your art piece. The puck-shaped controller comes with its own battery, and a USB-C port to charge it (you could just hook it to the iPad Pro).

The way the Apple Watch docks on the iPad Pro is similar to the way the Pencil does. It sits right on the edge, allowing you to wirelessly charge your watch while you comfortably use your tablet uninterrupted. Like all of Satechi’s products, the USB-C Magnetic Charging Dock comes with Apple-certified MFI charging and works across all generations of the

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Carlsbad bride determined not to let pandemic prevent grandma from being part of her wedding day

“I love her so much. I wanted to make sure she could be included,” said bride Tamara Zack.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — A Carlsbad bride didn’t let the pandemic prevent her from getting married. But before tying the knot, she made a special stop at a local senior center to vist her grandmother. 

Tamara Zack made special arrangements with the Glenbrook Health Center in Carlsbad for a socially-distanced visit with her grandma, Joan Jeske. 

“I think when you love your grandma so much, you need her to be included, no matter what the circumstance,” said Zack. “We are visiting with her so she gets to see me all dressed up and we can have a ladies toast before the big event.”

Grandma Jeske couldn’t have been happier.

“She’s a very sweet young lady. She’s always been sweet,” said Jeske. “I got to see her grow up and turn into this lovely young lady.”

Zack said it was her grandparents love that always inspired her.

“She has been a huge influence to me,” said Zack. “With her and my grandfather’s relationship, [they were] married 60 years.”

The small gathering was complete with champagne, flowers, wedding cake and a toast.

“I’ll have all these lovely pictures to remember [the wedding]. So I’m just thrilled,” said Jeske.

After visiting her grandma, Zack went to Sunset Cliffs to meet her fiancé for the ceremony. They exchanged their ‘I do’s’ and were married.

Though Zack’s grandma wasn’t there in person, Zack said she was there in spirit.

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