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 When Simon Martinez retire his boxing gloves; in his wildest dream he would have thought his baby girl would dust them off and step into the square circle. Sierra Martinez is one of the leading lil ladies of Rhode Island whose forging her future now at a tender age. Its never too early to pursue your dreams and she is proving it, Sierra took a few minutes from her training to speak to us and this is what this future champion had to say.

For those who doesn't know you yet, please introduce yourself and how old are you?

My name is Sierra Martinez and I'm 11 years old! 

 

How long have you been a boxer? And how long did it take to get adjusted to boxing life?

I'm only been boxing 10 months and I'm used to boxing cause my whole family boxes                                                                        

 

What about boxing do you enjoy the most?

What I love the most about boxing is the fun of competing with girls my age

 

You have a big trip coming up in Canada…are you excited for this opportunity? Yes I'm leaving for Calgary with my dad and I'm excited

 

 Who are you going against and what are you fighting for?

I'm fighting Alexa Kubicki and we are fighting for the Canadian Provincial title

 

Saw you train the other day even against boys; does sparring against boys help you when you fight against strong girls?

Yes sparring against male boxers like Bubba Shelton and Richie Hogan helps me a lot cause they have over 30 fights and it helps me with experience and timing

 

How would you describe your fighting style, swarmer, out-boxer, slugger, or a boxer-puncher?

I’m a boxer puncher

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not boxing? I enjoy going to school I attend Times Squared Academy and I play with my sister and roller skate

 

Who is your favorite boxer and why them? my favorite boxer is Roberto Duran ...He’s tough!

 

Thank you for taking the time to speak us, before I let you go I have to ask who do you have winning between Mayweather  vs  Pacquiao?

 Thank you Mr. Stanley! I have Manny via 8th TKO!

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the world of women boxing. Mastering the same respect that men had conquer for generation. We now have a new breed of females, the ones that can no longer be told that they can't. stepping into the square circle is a way life. In today's world you have to fight for your dreams literally. Allow me to introduce to you a female that is fighting her way to the top. Distraction is not an option, Focus is the key, Success is her ride. 

K.O. Mequinonoag Reis

1. For those who doesn't know please introduce yourself to our readers?


 -My name is Kali Mequinonoag Reis, I am 28yrs old from Providence Rhode Island and I am the first Native American female world champion boxer out of new England. I am mixed with Cape Verdian as well. I represent the Seaconke Wampanoag tribe and am also of Nipmuc Cherokee heritage. I fight for all nations. I have a purpose and a reason to fight that is greater than myself. I fight my ancestors before me and for the future of my people.

2. You started boxing at the age of 15, most girls at that age was discovering makeup to beautify their face, you was training to crush faces, why boxing over make up?


- I had plenty of eye shadow make up thru boxing with the occasional black eyes I received lol! I was never a "girly girl". My mother, being a beautiful woman of poise grace and a student of professional dance for 18 years, of course tried with the dresses and ballet lessons with me. However, I would just end up climbing up in a tree somewhere, playing football with the boys or making a fort out in the woods out of ANYTHING. I always liked the challenge of sports. The glittery Barbie doll crap never caught my attention plus I didn't like the type of attention that came with "dressing up". Looking or being pretty meant that the boys wouldn't respect me as being an equal competitor or they just wanted one thing and I wasn't having that! I started boxing because I was intrigued about the type of responsibility and discipline that came with it. It's not a team sport. It's just you and your opponent in there. You solely depend on yourself which is a feeling I'm very familiar with. It was a healthy addiction for me and I wasn't a "girl" I was a fighter just like everyone else in the gym.

3. Tell us about that July when you finally walked into Manfredo Jr gym. Was that like how they say in business "when the needle hit the vain" moment for you?


-Walking into the gym I already knew boxing was what I wanted to do. When I saw the fighters working out in a hot sweaty gym on a sweltering summer day, no fans no ac just hard work I saw a challenge and I wanted it. This is where dreams like mine were started. Any other teenage girl would have either been looking for a date in there or the door, I was looking for some gloves!

4. In your first fight you got a bloody nose, why not stop, :I tried it", "Im good". Why pursue?


-I'm not a quitter. I wanted to know what I had to do to NOT get another bloody nose and give bloody noses. Trust me getting punched in the face multiple times in front of hundreds of people isn't fun lol. I have tons of pride but this seemed to humble the crap out of me. There was a way not to get punched and be a accurate puncher. I wanted to learn. It just made my love for this art even stronger. It is most definitely a sweet science and I want to master it.

 

 

5. Whose your favorite boxer and why them, is it their heart, style, fame, or determination?

-I like a lot of different fighters for they're different styles. I like to pick stuff from a lot of fighters not one fighter does everything right lol. I love Lucia Rijker! She is an awesome fighter In all styles she fights. She came into boxing when female boxing was hot. She is just a true warrior and she knows her craft very well. She's not cocky about it but she is very confident in her skills and ability to get the job done. She's humble. She respects the art of combat. And she hits with the force of a freight train!

6. You was recently trained by Floyd  Mayweather Sr. How was that? did you have to be an open book to implement the knowledge he was teaching you?


- That was an experience only few get to have and I am so blessed to have had the opportunity. It was surreal and yet so natural. We share the passion of a sport. He loves to teach I love to learn and he is full of that good ol' school knowledge. I definitely had to be extra sharp and open to catch on to all he was dishing out. It was great! I believe in getting the teachings and perspectives of different trainers. Having one view isn't the best way to be a well rounded fighter.

?7. Your next fight is in Germany against a German, the hammer, shes undefeated. 17-0...When people talk about your opponent like that. Do you go in your mind saying I have to be on my A game, or do you be like Mr.T in Rocky 3.. My prediction for Christina is "Pain" or a little bit of both?


- There's a certain type of mental balance in general you have. I respect every fighter who steps into that ring and don't put anything past anyone. Anything can happen in that ring so I make sure I train accordingly. I prepare myself physically and mentally. I do everything needed to get the best out of myself. My mind set is and will always remain "she bleeds blood and breathes air just like I do... She's not immortal...she doesn't want it more than I do". I know what I'm up against so I hope she does. >:)

8. What will defeating Christina Hammer mean to you?


- Being the #2 female middleweight boxer in the world and defending the #1 female middleweight will mean everything. I've worked very hard for a long time for this moment. Every fighter male and female dreams of the "GREEN N GOLD" belt!! :) I'm just thankful for the opportunity not only to fight for one but two of the three top belts. The WBC and the WBO! It will be another check off my boxing career list and on to the next challenge.

 

9. You waited for a fight like this for years..are you ready?

-F*%$ YEA IM READY!!! LoL I'm not going over there to loose. I earned my "stripes" and fought my way to be a world champ so I want to continue by being a multi world champ! You should be asking her if she's ready. ;)

10. On a lighter note you and Laila Ali got in the ring who would win?

Well first off HAAYYY MISS ALI :-* :) ;) lol I would be honored to fight Laila . She's a few weight class's heavier but hey I'm game! Laila got what she wanted out the game, I haven't gotten everything yet, I'm hungry! so the only way to answer that is to start signing some contracts right?!

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Earlier this month, a bill to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol was introduced in the Rhode Island legislature.

The Marijuana Regulation, Control, and Taxation Act, introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) and Rep. Scott Slater (D-Providence),  would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow one mature marijuana plant in an enclosed, locked space. It would create a tightly regulated system of licensed marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, and testing facilities and direct the Department of Business Regulation to create rules regulating security, labeling, and health and safety requirements. It would also establish wholesale excise taxes at the point of transfer from the cultivation facility to a retail store, as well as a special sales tax on retail sales to consumers.

 

 

 

 A 2014 poll found 52 percent in favor of changing marijuana laws, mirroring national trends. This is the fourth year that legislation to regulate and tax recreational marijuana has been introduced. It’s unclear whether state lawmakers will support the new measure.

Legalized marijuana would boost the state treasury by $58 million a year in taxes, the Marijuana Policy Project projected.

“We want Rhode Island to be a leader on the East CoastRegulate_RI_Release_Logo.png and become an early adopter in order to get a competitive edge in the regional market to maximize job creation, tax revenue, and business growth in our state,” Jared Moffat, director of the marijuana policy reform group Regulate Rhode Island, told The Huffington Post.

GENEVA -- The December announcement of Lamborghini's replacement for the Gallardo was a nice early Christmas present for this fan of bullish supercars. Today at the 2014 Geneva auto show, we finally met the 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 in the flesh.

Supercar, super specs
Lamborghini gave us the full scoop on the Huracán's specs when it was announced earlier, but here's a quick refresher. It'll hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, goes on to 124 mph (200 kph) in 9.9 seconds, and keeps going to a 201 mph top speed.

Just aft of the cabin is a mid-mounted 5.2-liter engine that produces 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Air enters the 10 cylinders via natural aspiration, and fuel is added with Lamborghini's new Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (IDS) system, a combination of direct- and port-injection systems.

That power makes its way to all four 20-inch wheels via a fully electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system, but not before being multiplied by a seven-speed, dual-clutch Lamborghini Doppia Frizione(LDF) gearbox. Paddle shifters flanking the flat-bottomed steering wheel allow the driver to quickly smack upshifts and downshifts. The driver will also be able to select from three driving dynamics modes (Strada, Sport, and Corsa) which will progressively sharpen the behavior of the gearbox, engine, exhaust, all-wheel-drive system, and electronic stability control.

Bringing the Lambo to a stop are standard carbon-ceramic brakes with monobloc aluminum calipers: 6-piston units up front and 4-pots out back.

The amidship placement of the Huracán's engine helps the vehicle's weight distribution, and the "hybrid chassis," which integrates carbon and aluminum elements into its construction, helps create race-carstiffness while keeping the curb weight to a fairly light 3,134-pounds. The combination of lightweight and the new engine help the Huracán reach an EU cycle fuel economy of 12.5 liters per 100km, which translates very roughly to about 18.8 US mpg.

5.2-liter V10 engine bay
The 5.2-liter V-10 engine is good for 610 horsepower.Josh Miller/CNET

Digital dashboard
The Huracán boasts more interior space for the "driver and co-driver" and better visibility than in the outgoing Gallardo.

The Huracán's instrument cluster is a completely digital affair, displaying virtual gauges and more on an integrated and customizable 12.3-inch TFT display. With a high resolution of 1,440x540 pixels, this virtual cockpit's 3D graphics are powered by a Tegra 30 chip from Nvidia's Tegra 3 Series. Fast graphics processing allow the tachometer's digital needle to swing at 60 frames per second to keep up with the engine.

Lamborghini Huracan instrument cluster
The Huracan's fully digital instrument cluster can display high-resolution driving info, infotainment, and maps, or both at 60 fps.Antuan Goodwin/CNET

There are three display modes for the digital instrument cluster. In Full Drive mode, you get a massive analog-style rev counter with smaller displays for fuel level and temperature and a digital speedometer. Mixed mode shrinks the tachometer, freeing up half of the display for an infotainment window that shows the navigation map and audio source. Finally, Full Navi mode fills most of the monitor with the 3D map graphics and infotainment data.

Most of the infotainment functions can be controlled via the steering wheel and viewed on the digital instrument cluster, but there's also a narrow TFT display on the narrow center console that toggles between the automatic climate controls, oil pressure, oil temperature, and voltage displays. The center console also features buttons and switches with shortcuts for the climate control, navigation, phone, info, radio, media, and sound functions, as well as a volume knob.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 (rear)
Josh Miller/CNET

Audio sources include a CD/DVD player, an audio interface for USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth for audio and hands-free calling, and a digital radio tuner. Missing from Lamborghini's release, but not necessarily missing from the list of options, are HD Radio tuning or satellite radio. Whatever the source, the audio is played through a standard six-speaker stereo.

Perhaps the highlight of the center console is the large start/stop button beneath a red flap.

The Huracán's cabin is upholstered in fine Nappa leather and Alcantara with a variety of color combinations to choose from. Lamborghini also notes that this model uses full-LED illumination -- from the headlamps to the interior accents, there's not an incandescent to be found.

Would you pay $6 to commute in a bus that looks like a cafe crossed with a Virgin America plane?

A luxury-bus startup called Leap Transit relaunched in San Francisco last week, carting passengers from the wealthy Marina district to downtown. It's the latest company to offer a high-end alternative to public transit.

In just a week, Leap has drawn attention for its almost clichéd list of San Francisco amenities.

The five buses are decked out in creamy leather, blue LED lights and reclaimed wood. There's wifi on board (obviously) and outlets for your mobile devices. You can order food and drinks through the Leap app, which also lets you track and board the buses and see who the other riders are. There's iced coffee (Blue Bottle of course), small-batch yogurt, a box of purified water and some $7 raw organic juices.

 

Each bus has a cheery attendant who mans the QR code scanner when people board, makes sure the temperature is just right, hands out refreshments, and chooses music to play over the Beats Bluetooth speaker.

The 25-seat buses only run during peak hours, heading downtown from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and back to the Marina from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a 30-minute route that makes four stops at each end.

Elizabeth Rice, who rode the bus Friday morning, was cautious about getting too attached to yet another transit startup. She used to take Loup, which used black cars to pick up multiple passengers along a set route, before it shut down. Similar startups still in business include Chariot and RidePal.

The posh shuttles could be an easy target for outrage in San Francisco, where public buses cost $2.25. Protesters have targeted private shuttles for Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FBTech30)employees as symbols of the influx of wealthy tech workers and the Bay Area's skyrocketing cost of living.

But the new shuttle isn't necessarily bad, according to Susan Shaheen, co-director of UC Berkeley'sTransportation Sustainability Research Center. Private options have the potential to reduce traffic and lesson strain on overcrowded public bus lines.

They also need to work with existing public transit. One major criticism has been that many of these shuttles use public bus stops, literally disrupting people's rush-hour commutes.

Leap made that mistake when it first launched in 2013 with $2 million from Andreessen Horowitz. The startup quietly discontinued service after four months.

Kyle Kirchhoff, Leap's 30-year-old CEO and cofounder, says the early run was a beta test to "see what would happen," and that the company has worked with San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) for the past year to design its current route, which only stops at white loading zones.

Instead of focusing on the luxury shuttles, private cars and tech buses, advocates should push to improve public transit, says Gabriel Metcalf, the CEO of SPUR, a nonprofit urban policy organization. To retain the wealthier customers who can afford their own car or a service like Leap, Muni has to improve and speed up its service.

"Otherwise the fear is it becomes like public housing, meaning a mobility provider for people with no other option," said Metcalf. "And that just cannot work. We cannot let that happen." 

With little fanfare, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has thrown her support behind a historic Senate bill to comprehensively reform medical marijuana at the federal level.

The bill, unveiled last week by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would end the federal prohibition on medical marijuana and offer clarity to states that have approved the drug for medical use. Among its many features, the bill would reclassify marijuana in the federal government’s eyes, moving it from the Schedule 1 category of drugs deemed to have no accepted medical use to Schedule 2.

“Senator Boxer is a strong supporter of California’s medical marijuana law and she believes that patients, doctors and caregivers in states like California should be able to follow state law without fear of federal prosecution,” Zachary Coile, Boxer’s communications director, said in a statement.

According to federal records, Boxer, who is not seeking reelection next year, cosponsored the bill on Tuesday, although her office issued no announcement of her support. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) also sponsored the bill last week, saying in a news release that “the time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies.”

Boxer’s support is in line with her past comments on marijuana. In 2010, her campaign manager told Talking Points Memo that Boxer opposed a state legalization measure “because she shares the concerns of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials that this measure could lead to an increase in crime, vehicle accidents and higher costs for local law enforcement agencies.” But, the spokeswoman added, Boxer does support California’s medical marijuana law.

“Sen. Boxer represents the state that led the way on medical marijuana, and it’s about time she took some action to defend the will of California’s voters from federal interference,” Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, an advocacy group, said in a statement. California in 1996 became the first state to pass a medical marijuana law. Nevada’s medical marijuana laws went into effect last year.

In addition to rescheduling the drug, the federal bill would exclude some strains of cannabis-derived oil from the federal definition of marijuana. Such oils used to treat epilepsy and seizure disorders have very low or no levels of THC, the ingredient associated with the drug’s pscyhoactive effects. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act would also let Department of Veterans Affairs doctors recommend marijuana for patients, expand opportunities to research the drug, and let banks and financial services companies offer their services to the industry.

Eleven James lets customers rent luxury watches for several months at a time.

When a watch costs $40,000, you don't want to end up with buyer's remorse.

Enter Eleven James, a company that offers men the chance to try out a new watch for a few months at a time, by allowing its members to rent different luxury watches several times a year.

Like NetJets, which lets customers buy à la carte flights on private planes, Rent the Runway for pricey party dresses and Bag Borrow or Steal for high-end handbags, Eleven James gives customers access to luxury watches they may not be able to afford or may just want to test out without the five-figure price tag and lifetime commitment.

Users make two primary choices: what type of watches they want to wear and how frequently they want to change. There are currently three tiers, based on watches that retail for $10,000, $20,000 and $40,000. They then choose how many times they want to switch it up -- between three and six times per year. They fill out a preference sheet based on brands and styles they're interested in, and work with a concierge to figure out which watches they'll try next.

Membership for the least expensive watches, brands like Breitling, Panerai and Rolex, start at $199 per month, or $2,150 per year. On the high end, for watches like Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Sohne, it can reach $1,379 per month, or $14,900 per year.

Related: 13 things to know about the Apple Watch

In an age when a clock is displayed on any of the expensive electronic devices people already carry, why would anyone pay to borrow a device that only tells time?

According to Randy Brandoff, Eleven James' founder and CEO, the watch is still what makes an outfit, and there's a tremendous amount of heritage and craftsmanship that many people, especially in the professional sphere, still appreciate.

But because it's such a huge purchase, and a person can only wear one at a time, the idea of getting to try out a number of different watches without first having to buy one is appealing, he said.

Santo Rosabianca is one customer who'd grown tired of his old Omega. But after signing up with Eleven James, he suddenly had new options that suited his tastes -- a Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco to fit his Formula 1 fandom, and an Italian-made Panerai to appeal to his Italian heritage.

"Everyone I meet compliments me and it's brought me new business. It's a real conversation starter," he said. "I've been really blessed by it."

Of course, it appeals to collectors who are intrigued by the idea of trying out all kinds of watches and models several times a year. But it's also bringing in a new customer.

That's good news for the watch industry, since Brandoff said the company is attracting clients who weren't yet collecting or had become apathetic because they didn't have any variety. It makes sense, then, that 85% of its members said they were more likely to purchase a watch within the next year because of the service.

Brent Handler was one of them. He ended up purchasing the first watch he was sent to try from Eleven James. He owned a Cartier watch his wife bought him before, and didn't think he needed to spend $10,000 on another one, until he became "enamored with" the Zenith watch he was borrowing.

"I'm 46 years old. I have three kids. There aren't that many new things that I get to experience," he said. "But when I get a call six times a year from a concierge saying, 'what kind of watch do you want?' that's something to look forward to."

Eleven James also avoids the regret that often comes with make a big watch purchase. Eric Wind, a contributor to the online watch magazine Hodinkee, said that many people lament that they didn't know that much about watches or didn't know what they would like when they bought an expensive watch, and then they're stuck with it.

"Watch tastes typically evolve over time and the luxury watch rental services provide users with that commodity of time -- literally," he said. 

 

The Rolls-Royce Wraith has a V12, 624-horsepower twin-turbo engine and a top speed of 155mph. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and 15 mpg city/highway combined fuel efficiency. Source: Rolls-Royce
 
 

My little brother plays on a professional basketball team in Belgium.

Well, "little" is a relative term.

Abe is 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds: The perfect size for a power forward, but not, as it happens, for most of the finer automobiles available today.

 

Imagine the particular bend in his hips, the twist in his neck, as he steps into the McLaren 650S (only 6 inches off the ground) or the Lamborghini Huracan (5 inches). There’s not a lot of leeway. And in something ostensibly built for four -- a Ferrari California T, say -- don’t even think about offering him the back seat.

So it was especially appropriate that he was the one sprawled in back of the Rolls-Royce Wraith I drove to Philadelphia earlier this year. Stretched out like a Great Dane in front of a fireplace, he was the happiest I’d seen him on a road trip -- and I say this as someone who had many a family-mandated summer pilgrimage to Yellowstone.

A-Typical A-Lister

I’ll be direct: Buy the Wraith if you want a mind-blowing sports car that happens to be a Rolls-Royce.

Just know that at Rolls-Royce, “sporty” means a V12, 624-horsepower twin-turbo engine pushing a 5,500-pound, 17-foot-long car. Power-operated doors and a massive trunk come standard. In other words, this is not your typical sports car.

The Wraith is Rolls’s first modern coupe. It’s named after a previous 1938 model, a name meant to evoke “an almost imperceptible force” of agility and potency, CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told me at its launch party in Detroit last year. He said it is meant to “younger drivers” who would otherwise consider a Ferrari or Maserati.

Its distinguished profile is dominated by the arch of an aristocratic grill, long front hood, and erect windshield. The effect simulates those handsome blue-blood profiles carved into Victorian-era ivory cameos. But it’s faster and more powerful, not to mention 7 inches shorter and easier to maneuver, than its $263,000 Ghost counterpart. Which is some feat considering its size -- thank the steel monocoque body that reduces exterior dimensions but maximizes interior space.

"Gentleman's Grand Turismo"

Müller-Ötvös went further to describe Wraith as “the ultimate gentleman’s grand turismo,” and for good reason: Its eight-speed automatic transmission will hit 60mph in 4.4 seconds -- faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera. It has a top speed of 155mph.

The handling, though, is where you’ll start using words like “ethereal” when you try to describe how it makes you feel. Engineers have tuned the suspension so finely that it adjusts the steering weight to feel heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds. (The car noticeably rises and falls in accordance with your speed.) The effect is that you are in total driving control at all times. At back-alley speeds -- quick but not sprinting -- you’re a British special agent outmaneuvering everyone. At anything over 70 you dominate the road like a conquering king.

The reason for this excellence, and the reason why other cars aren’t as excellent, is largely two-fold.

One: Wraith has a double-wishbone front suspension and rear suspension that work in tandem with an exceptional electronic variable damping system. Have you ever seen quick time-lapse footage of fog steeping through ancient forests or down around mountain crags? Smooth, silent, and unrelenting. That’s how it feels to drive this car.

Two: Wraith has a proprietary satellite-aided transmission system that uses GPS mapping to chart the road ahead and then shift accordingly. The system pre-empts the car’s every move, eliminating inefficient shifting (apparently even automatic transmission vehicles make mistakes). I’m pretty sure the system works way better than those “regular” transmissions in the Phantom and Ghost -- this was the smoothest-shifting car I’ve ever driven -- but don’t quote me on that, since you can’t actually turn it off to gauge the difference. No matter. Whatever Rolls is doing down there is working. I’m more than satisfied. You will be, too.

 

 

OCD Detailing

I’m telling you so much about suspension because I want to impress just how extraordinary the car is as a driving machine, not just as a plaything with a champagne refrigerator. (Naturally, it has one.) Anyone can give you burl walnut and some extra room for your picnic basket.

Eighteen-speaker Naim surround sound and night-vision driving with infrared cameras and thermal imaging are de rigueur. Rolls is so picky about appearances that it included a rotary touchpad rather than a touchscreen in order to avoid “unsightly smudges” on the 10-inch TV screen. Perhaps only the Bugatti Veyron does the combination of performance and posh better, but you’ll have to shell out $2 million to get one. And the Wraith is much more handsome.

I should also mention that this car is low-key. (Let’s remember, please, that I’m speaking in relative terms. Just go with me on this.) I’ve gotten many more woops and cell phone photos in the Jaguar F Type and Audi RS7. It’s how the lines flow: The high waist of the car set just under that low roof and raked cabin force the eye to skim over the front of the car quickly toward the back. It just slips out of your gaze. The frameless coach doors and the sloping fast-back top line further augment its inherent grace.

The thing is that people don’t notice it like an Aston Martin; they don’t hear it from the distance like they do the Ferrari California T. But when you roll up, they’re curious. Someone once put it to me like this: “With other cool cars everyone wants to see the car. With a Rolls, everyone wants to see who’s inside.”

 

 

Aristocratic Interiors

Wood, leather, steel, light: these are the elements that make up the car’s universe. An illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament (at $7,100 it costs less than the $9,100 gold-plated one) and glass rooftop ($7,950) cost extra. So do ambient lighting, reading lights and Deco-inspired roof lights.

Get inside and notice three things right away: How solidly built the wood-paneled reverse-opening doors are and how lightly they swing closed; the blonde lambswool floor mats ($1,225) so thick you could lose your phone in them; and the starlight headliner offered for the first time in a Rolls other than the $403,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The interior feels like those six-figure powerboats George Clooney must drive around Lake Como. Blood-orange needles on the dashboard gauges are elegantly striking; wood smooth as marble is polished by hand in England.

I have been to the Goodwood factory and seen first-hand the humidity controlled rooms where exotic woods in warm amber, chestnut, ebony are carefully stacked on tall shelves until the woodworkers there find the exact right match for them. The installation process for the wood inside is so detailed that the grain is angled at 55 degrees throughout: A “Canadel Panelling” effect, which matches the grain in each wood panel like the pages of an open book, forms a perfectly symmetrical Chevron pattern through the center.

The term “starlight headliner” sounds a little cheesy, but the effect is as beautifully stunning as its price ($12,925). It uses 1,400 tiny individual fiber optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining to achieve the effect of the night sky. The car I drove had the lights arranged in the exact placement of the stars above Goodwood, but you can request any constellation you want. I’d choose the Northern sky above the mountains where I grew up.

 

 

Bespoke (And Then Some)

More than 90% of Phantoms include customized elements -- this gives you some idea of the type of people who buy Rolls these days -- and the Wraith of no different. You can get words and names and dates inscribed in contrasting wood or stitched in kid; you can match exterior paint colors with your horse or plane or motorcycle; you can commission elements like bulletproofing, double-pane windows, and soundproofing. You can sync the car with your home in Geneva or Tokyo or Buenos Aires. Or you can stay simple and choose the suggested options on the Wraith like seven-spoke polished wheels ($7,750), adaptive headlamps ($1,200); side/top/rear camera system ($3,750); and massage seats ($1,300) -- though upgrades like that can up the total price of the car by another 30%.

Problem is, when you can very literally commission this car to be whatever you want -- and I do mean whatever; there is no “within reason” qualification here -- it’s nearly impossible to come up with complaints.

I’ll try a few.

It’s expensive. $289,000 base (including taxes) expensive. But if you visited the lady at Goodwood who spends 16 hours a day sewing a steering wheel, or if you went for a smoke, like I did, with the third-generation fellow who cuts the dark oak inside with the care of a master carpenter, you’d understand why.

It’s inefficient. It gets 13 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. But the fun I had hitting multiple 7-Elevens on the way to Philly (the perfect excuse to ruin my dinner on Slurpees and corn nuts) outweighed my conscience in this regard, at least for the moment.

It can be a lot to manage. You know, emotionally. It is not something to beat around town. It is not a car to park and forget. It deserves more than that -- it deserves real care and devotion. When you drive this car, you have a certain responsibly. You can feel the weight of the hands of those who made it, and of their forebears, many of whom also built these cars.

This is a car to love.

And to throw your kid brother inside with no qualms about his back.

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It’s amazing how in the world of hair that black hair care can be omitted out of public consciousness. Antonia Opiah reported in the huffington post that black hair care and products is actually a half a trillion dollar industry. Yes that is a massive amount of zeros. With numbers like that sky rocketing even major companies like L’Oreal which mostly catered to just white women, changed their marketing strategies by purchasing and distributing products that now cater to black consumers. 

  The number that isn't being over looked is 80. That’s right 80% of beauty supply chains are owned by Koreans. They have created a plutocratic strong hold on the industry, with that hold it’s more of  an uphill battle to thrive in a tight market.  But these 3 friends have implemented a New way of combating these odds. They are the first African American beauty supply store in Rhode Island history, that alone is amazing, but that's not it they also created impressive jewelry line. The road to success always start with the first step but they already made three. 

For those who doesn't know you guys please introduce yourselves to the people. 

Rodney Dalzone Co Ceo of Hair Zone,  Daniel Harris other partnering Ceo of Hair Zone, Dominique Metts Ceo of Lady Opulence 

What motivated you guys to start your own beauty supply shop?

Rodney: With the minuscule amount of Black business owners in Rhode Island and with our back ground in Community service. We felt we can empower our culture base plus empower our community by not just being business men and women by actually having our own businesses.

Daniel :  When it comes to hair care 90% of all hair care products that are purchase in America are purchase by African Americans. Not to mention that the Asian community has cornered the market, barely allowing us to merge in it. We felt we can step in provide more for our community because we are our community.

What  set you guys apart from other stores? 

Daniel: What will set us apart, will be our quality of service plus the niche  to supply all natural products. Including free Delivery.

 

What Type of products do you have for women and do you also carry weave and extension? 

 

Rodney:  Yes we have all natural products, growth oils, hair repair. 

Daniel: Strengthening Shampoo,  Hair Smoothing Serum

Rodney:  We have facial and hair coloring, Curl Control Jelly, Curls Cleansing Cream. Sulfate Free Cleanser

Daniel: We have the finest in hair products all natural weave and multi-colors 

 

What  about for men do you also cater to that gender and what Type of  products do you have for them? 

Daniel: We carry bump stoppers, Beard dye, Wave caps including wave brushes. 

Rodney: We also carry dandruff products, Wave greases.

 

 

Do you also carry products for that are equip for barbershops and salons? Plus can they open an  account with you where you will be their main supplier?

Rodney: Yes we have clippers, razors etc. Also yes barbershops including salons can open up accounts  purchasing equipment and supplies. 

Since you’re the first African American own beauty supply shop in Rhode Island do you have certain products that cater to that demographic?

 Daniel: Yes we have products like Shea Moisture, Creme of Nature Strength & Shine, Just for me, Quick Curls, The products are endless.                                  

 

In the world of health consciousness do you carry organic products? 

Rodney: Yes we carry array of products, that is basically our niche the natural hair products. we trying to stay away from chemicals that actual damages the hair and implant organic hair products that is best for our customers. 

Where do you see this company in five years and plans yet of making it a chain? 

Daniel: Definitely we are  planning on to expand this company all over New England and than beyond

 

Do you guys give out samples to customers and do you have like discount cards?

Rodney: of course  our customers are first priority, that is also why we provide  free delivery, free samples, to give them the best service 

 

Since eCommerce has become a major thing in our world now, what are your website, social site?

www.Hairzone14.com Facebook: Earl Rot Instagram: Hair_zone_14 Tumblr: Hairzone14 

Now  lets get into the other entity of the company the jewelry department  Dominique can you please tell us what your department is called? 

Dominique: it is called Lady Opulence 

 

Why did you decide to start your own business

Dominique: Boss Fatigue, having someone constantly controlling you.  I wanted to be my own boss, I no longer wanted to look for career, I rather start create one. 

 

I understand that you’re jewelry can be purchase at another location 

Dominique: Yes it can also be found at bliss salon on Douglas Avenue 

 

What Type of jewelry do you have?

Dominique: I specialize in accessories for women who are going out for a night or a elegant function, those who are going to church plus the women who love natural stones. I also do hand made pieces which I incorporate with my work shops which include seniors and children through After school programs. 

To further your brand you have events...do tell?

Dominique: Yes I host events call sip and shops at restaurants, clubs, and salons. I have a DJ, Masseuse  with a Kiosk of jewelry for all the women that attend. Plus I also deliver. 

Where can you found on line?

Dominique: www.facebook.com/LadyOpulence

Copper Royalty Necklace 
449 Smith Street
Prov. RI 
2 day shipping available 
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Since 1984 the emergence of Atari video gaming began infultrating households worldwide. The internet has made unlimited connections possible and taken gaming to a new level. No longer are the days of beating your little brother or neighborhood friends, you have to prove your skills internationally.

 When you become the best in a certain game you are now called a professional gamer. Who knew that playing video games could become a profession? Well guess what it is. What was once thought of as a “boy thing”  is no more. Women are breaking stereotypes and picking up the controller and dominating.  A study conducted by the Entertainment Software Association in 2009, concluded that 40% of the game playing population is female, and women 18 or older comprised 34% of all gamers. The percentage of women gaming rose to 43%, up 4% from 2004. The same study shows that 48% of game purchasers are femaleu. 

 

I sat down with a woman who is putting her name on the list of pro-gamers and get an incite into her virtual world.

 

Hi Vanessa, you are the C.E.O of Savage Gamers. What inspired you to begin Savage Gamers?

 

Thanks for having me. I wouldn’t even call myself the CEO, I like to think of myself as the 8 handed, geaky, sweatshop worker. Yes I own the site but when I think of a CEO, I think of some dude in a huge comfy chair, smoking cigars and making bank. Its been tough. I pretty much wear all the hats from development, marketing, social media; the list goes on. I wish I could have other hands to help me, but creating a startup with limited resources is hard. 

 

Basically Savage Gamers was a concept I came up with after realizing I had kept the same closed nit group of gamer friends on my friends list for about 6 years. Every other random friend request I would get would usually get deleted months later because we didn’t play the same games too often, didn’t click well, or they just sucked at gaming in general.  And then I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to find new friends that played the same games and had the same play style? I mean I just deleted a 25 year old that out of the blue would start yelling creepy pedophile-ish remarks and try to pick fights with younger kids. With my site gamers can add games to their stash, display their play style and be rated by other members. So right off the bat when you search for a gamer you will see what games they play, if they are a casual gamer, competitive or pro and see what other gamers have to say about their experience playing with them.

Now this I have to know, females are not known for playing Video games, What are guys reaction when you beat them in a game?

 

I think that its becoming much more common for females to play video games.  But there is still a huge set of stereotypes that come with that. For example Ive encountered guys that assume Im gaming for attention and unfortunately this is something Im always seeing. Chicks that have hungry egos, and will pick up a controller as some sort of demented way of impressing guys. This irritates the crap out of me.

 

What’s your game tag and whats your system of preference?

 

You can find me on almost every gaming and social media platform under the alias gothixmodel - Its a nickname I came up with way back in the day when I first got into Alternative modeling and it sort of just stuck. When I do game though, you will usually catch me on the PSN network.

 

.How did you get into gaming?

 

My dad first introduced me to gaming with “Punch Out” on nintendo. I remember sucking horribly at that game, but it instilled that competitive nature in me. tournaments. Just to give you an idea, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be holding a One Million Dollar Championship in march. Now hows that for getting paid to play?

Since the release of Grand Theft Auto, in a way video games have been partially blamed for the rise in violence. How do you feel about that?

 

I think that is a load of bull. Ever hear the term “Age is nothing but a number”? I have lost matches against some great gamers that were only 12-14 years old. Being older does not make you more experienced or skilled with gaming, and being younger does not make you more susceptible to violence when you play T-M rated titles. It all comes down to how you are raised. I think if a child has an anger problem, slacking in school, or talking back to their elders - parents need to step up and put their kid in line.  Im just sick of parents pushing these anti-violent game propositions our way instead of taking ownership and dealing with the problem themselves.  I watched bloody and messed up horror movies when I was younger, and surprise! Im not a serial killer.

 

Tell us where to find your site        “Pro Gamers Can make BANK”                              

 

www.savagegamers.com

 

 Have you ever consider creating your own game? If so what type?

 

Its funny that you mention that. I actually just purchased a deal on amazon local (kind of like groupon) and I bought a years worth of game development and design training. So I plan on digging into these lessons and hopefully you may see a little game coming my way someday.

 

 What are a few of your favorite games and which one do you play the most?

 

Call of Duty, BioShock and Payday series are definitely my favorite games. I usually play call of duty on the daily. 

 

 Do you think hardcore gamers’ social lives suffer from excessive solitary game playing?

 

Honestly I think it depends on the person. Kind of going back to what I said about how violent games doesn’t necessarily make a gamer violent, it just depends on their lifestyle, how they were raised etc. 

 

Being such a hardcor female gamer, you seem to be breaking the stereotypes of gamers, such as a fat guy living in his parents basement having no social life...How do you deal with it..when people find out that you’re a gamer?

 

Well I don’t really go around telling people that I game. In fact I am really humble to the topic. I know that Im really good at gaming, but my guy friends seem to think I’m absolutely amazing. So usually they will be the ones to speak for me and be all “Hey! Did you know Vanessa is a Gamer? You should see her game clips!” Its really flattering that I have my boys to back up my skills.

 

Where do you see the state of video gaming in terms of graphics?  My vision is similar to the game pit fighter but more advanced not so cheesy?

 

Video Game graphics are definitely evolving. But what I really want to see is Virtual Reality really hit the market. Its something that Ive always been interested in and Ive been following the development of oculus rift for a while, which is a virtual reality 3D gaming headset paired with a circular treadmill. I eventually want to feel like I am in the Game, and I think the rest of the gaming community is too.

 I am a professional sports fan, my favorite athlete being Lebron James. Who is the Lebron James of gaming and are you planning on taking his title?

 

Well I don’t do pro gaming myself so I cant really give a name..but Lebron James? Come on now, I love me some Jordan

 

How much money can be made from gaming tournaments and are there sponsorships?

 

Pro Gamers can make BANK. You can make money by having companies sponsor you and by winning 

 

Thank you for all the great info, can’t wait to see you on line. Don’t whoop me to bad on Call of Duty.    

 

No problem! Thanks for having me and hey don’t hate the player. 

 

 

 

Hotinri is the brain child of Nelson Damoura. A die hard Rhode Island native from the age of two, he wanted to take his company beyond the realm of just internet connection but submerge it in the market of print media. 

 

This magazine was created to showcase all that Rhode Island has to offer. Nelson’s vision was to shine a bright light on what makes Rhode Island special. 

 

In an effort to keep his vision alive

HOTINRI magazine is showcasing what is hot in RI’s night life, concerts, community events, local talent and more importantly, local entrepreneurs. 

 

                    “The Peoples Champ” 

 

Nelson has always been labeled “The Great One” “The People’s Champion” by He believed that in order to be the peoples champ, you have to serve the people. HOTINRI magazine will be here

for the people of Rhode Island and to let those who don’t know that Rhode Island is the place to be.